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For the last 20 years, L'Espalier has been committed to buying outstanding vintages and cellaring them, on occasion for 12-14 years, until they reach maturity. Those bottles along with 700 other selections make up L'Espalier's award winning wine list, overseen by Erik Johnson and sommelier Erich Schliebe. While there is a stellar collection of the classic French food wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, there is also a wide selection of wines from the Rhine Valley, Southern France, Alsace and Champagne. Rounding off the list is an exceptional variety of domestic wines from California, Oregon and Washington.
L'Espalier has a wine list to rival all wine lists in the region. With more than 500 bottles of wine to choose from, it would be futile to list all the rare bottles offered at the restaurant. Wine director Lauren Collins prides herself on finding unknown, unique wines from vineyards and vintners around the world and bringing them to L'Espalier to pair with chef McClelland's cuisine. L'Espalier has been known to cellar bottles of wine until they reach maturity. You'll find bottles from just about every region in the world, including France, Italy, Australia, California, Oregon and Washington. Among a few of our favorites were the 1998 Le Montrachet, Grand Cru ($5,000); the 2000 vintage ($7,000); and the 2004, 2005 and 2006 bottles ($6,000 apiece). L'Espalier's dedication to fine wine has led to the creation of two private labels for the restaurant: 1996 Westport Rivers "Cuvée L'Espalier" Brut from Westport, Massachusetts, and 2002 Alex Gambal "Cuvée L'Espalier" Fixin Blanc from Burgundy, France.