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CH. HAUT BRION, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 730710
The 2006 Haut-Brion performed even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Sixty-four percent of the production went into this wine, and while it displays the vintage’s powerful tannins and structure, it possesses superb concentration, and the minerality/scorched earth notes of a great Haut-Brion. Medium to full-bodied, with perhaps not quite the fleshiness of the 2005 or 2000, it is built more along the lines of the 1998 and 1996. It is a brilliant effort displaying sensational purity, texture, and length that should be exceptionally long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035

$959.99

HOB NOB, 750ML

Product SKU: 736253

$16.99

VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN 2007, 750ML

Product SKU: 70602507

$159.99

ALAIN BRUMONT TORUS SEC, 750ML

Product SKU: 740747
A pedigree of high quality which gives a dry white Torus here is very fresh, with citrus notes - lemon, orange - showing vivacious. Not to be missed!

$13.99

ALAIN JAUME & FILS DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR 1500ML, 2003 1500ML

Product SKU: 722523
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 163, February 2006
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2016

A blockbuster and a terrific example of Chateauneuf du Pape in a more challenging and irregular vintage is the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep purple to the rim with a gloriously flamboyant nose of black raspberry jam, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, the wine has dazzling concentration, pushes ripeness to the limit (note the flavors of figs) but pulls back with impressive purity and balance as well as plenty of force and resistance. This is a supple, opulent style of Chateauneuf du Pape to drink over the next decade or more. For the last 7-8 years, this has been one of the best-run estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Alain Jaume and his two capable sons, Sebastien and Christophe, continue to propel Domaine Grand Veneur into the upper echelon of quality. They also offer an impressively well-made negociant line of wines (under the name Alain Jaume). The hallmarks of the Grand Veneur wines include their extraordinary purity of flavor and impeccable balance. Moreover, they have kept prices remarkably fair.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue October 15, 2005
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2020

Loaded with dark currant and blackberry fruit, this has sinew, muscle and flesh along with tar, grilled beef and mineral notes pumping through the finish. Gets darker as it sits in the glass too. Best from 2006 through 2020.

RP: 93     WS: 92

$128.99
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ARMAND DE BRIGNAC ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 867291
Its beautiful color is achieved through assemblage, the process by which sparkling white wine is blended with a proportion of still Pinot Noir wine. The Pinot Noir is picked from old -growth vines grown specifically for use in Rosé Champagne.

The Rosé is announced with a rich bouquet of red fruits with delicate, smoky grilled notes behind. It is fresh and full-bodied on the palate with aromas of strawberries and blackcurrant, and is lingering and complex in its finish. Armand de Brignac Rosé is produced in extremely limited quantities - even by comparison to the boutique Brut Gold.

$449.99
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BAD GIRL SPARKLING, 750ML

Product SKU: 743225
The method of production for this sparkling wine is similar to many a white wine and carried out traditionally, with fermentation in tank. Afterwards, blending of the different base wines occurs, which in this case consists of 70% Sémillon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Muscadelle.

It is at the time of adding the liqueur de tirage, a mixture of yeast and sugar, that a second fermentation in bottle is brought on, which is responsible for the bubbles. The bottles rest in cellar for 18 months, while the wine matures and gains in complexity on its own lees. Once disgorged, the secret liqueur d'expedition is then added.

$29.99
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BEAUCASTEL COUDOULET DE BEAUCASTEL, 750ML

Product SKU: 351627
The '10 has a big ripe nose of raisins, thyme, bay leaves, alcohol, dark, stewed berries, some mint and anise. Full bodied, luscious mouth-feel. Concentrated fruit and pepper. Some sweetness here but this is a bright, yet herbal and earthy, wine with some tart sourness and crisp minerality. Long, warm, heady finish. Tannin and acid in perfect balance.

$34.99
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BETTS & SCHOLL HERMITAGE, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 726672
Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2007
Rating: 89 points
Drink now - 2009

Soft and forward, with iron, blackberry, fig, chestnut and sweet earth notes that run through the round, supple finish. Mature and balanced. Drink now through 2009. 250 cases made.

WS: 89

$139.99
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BETTS & SCHOLL HERMITAGE BLANC, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 726671
Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2007
Rating: 90 points
Drink now - 2009

Mature and showing well now, with softening butter, melon, chamomile and blanched almond notes. There's a lingering hint of brioche on the broad, waxy finish. Drink now through 2009. 150 cases made.

WS: 90

$139.99
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BOLLINGER GRAND ANNE ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 722124
The 2004 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is a beautifully focused, vibrant wine endowed with striking minerality and fabulous overall balance. Clean veins of chalkiness run through the fruit in this energetic, taut Rose, while seductive floral notes linger on the finish. The 2004 is 68% Pinot Noir (including 5% still Pinot) and 32% Chardonnay, 89% from Grand Cru villages and 11% from Premier Crus. The 2004 is very young, but it is going to be nearly impossible to resist. It is a dazzling effort from Bollinger. Disgorged September 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

RP: 96    

$224.99

BOLLINGER GRANDE ANNEE, 750ML

Product SKU: 145169
All that having been noted, it is Kaufmann and then-director Ghislain de Montgolfier who can take responsibility for the success that is Bollinger’s 2004 Brut Grande Annee, a bottling that, in marrying the restraint associated with young wines from this house with that of a relatively cool and copious but ultimately fascinating vintage, has rendered a work of subtle intrigue and refinement that will merit a dozen or more years’ attention. Quite pale in color and with unexpectedly green-gold shimmering, this two-thirds Pinot Noir cuvee displays alluringly silken texture and refinement of mousse as well as delicacy. Fresh white peach, yellow tomato, lime, and rhubarb offer subtly tart, brightly juicy succulence, and a mingling of chalk and sweet-saline oyster liquor serves for saliva-inducement in a long finish tinged with lightly toasted grains and nuts. It will be good to return next year to Bollinger, one of the houses I visited on my first day in Champagne 30 years ago and a longtime favorite; but for 2014, I was forced by press of time and complications of scheduling to limit myself to tasting a single new release. Early this year, dozen-year veteran Bollinger chef de cave Mathieu Kauffmann unexpectedly announced his resignation to join Reichsrat von Buhl (part of recently deceased Achim Niederberger’s plan for renewing that venerable Pfalz estate, inter alia through increased attention to its already impressive sparkling wine program), and in June Bollinger’s director Jerome Philipon announced that Kaufmann’s former right-hand, Gilles Descotes, would succeed him.

RP: 93    

$179.99
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BOLLINGER ROSE NV, 750ML

Product SKU: 732904
The NV Brut Rose comes across as delicate and even a touch frail. Sweet berries, crushed flowers and spices waft from the glass in this feminine Champagne. The NV Brut Rose is best enjoyed as aperitif wine over the next few years.

$114.99
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BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE NV, NV 750ML

Product SKU: 384529
Like a fine tapestry, this weaves rich flavors of blackberry tart, lemon parfait, graphite and toasted almond together on the creamy palate. Finely honed acidity creates a vibrant thread throughout. Drink now through 2022. 19,000 cases imported. –AN

RP: 93    

$84.99
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BOUCHARD PERE & FILS BOURGOGNE HAUT-COTES DE NUITS, 750ML

Product SKU: 536664
A bouquet that reveals aromas of red and black berry fruit. These aromas are underpinned by a firm structure highlighting the wine's straightforward character.

$29.99
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BOUTINOT CUVEE JEAN PAUL ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 547752

$13.99

BRET BROTHERS LA VERCHERE VIRE CLESSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 712888

$54.99
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C'EST LA VIE CHARDONNAY SAUVIGNON, 750ML

Product SKU: 748642

$16.99

C'EST LA VIE PINOT NOIR SYRAH, 750ML

Product SKU: 739165
Clear ruby with purple tint; fragrant nose of ripe cherries and raspberries; dry, medium body; ripe berry flavour with a touch of spice; balanced acidity

$15.99
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CAHORS SEDUCTION MALBEC, 750ML

Product SKU: 727288

$17.99

CH. D'YQUEM 2003, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 72057103

$499.99

CH. L'OISELINERE MUSCADET, 750ML

Product SKU: 743484

$16.99

CH. MOUTON ROTHSCHILD LE PETIT MOUTON, 2010 750ML

Product SKU: 72155410
A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot, this may be finest second wine Mouton Rothschild
has yet produced. The selection process is unquestionably severe, and the 2010 Le Petit Mouton is even higher in
alcohol than the grand vin. Abundant cassis, supple tannins and more near-term pleasure can be found in this full-bodied,
rich, impressively endowed effort. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.

RP: 90-93    

$299.99

CHANSON BOURGOGNE ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 719031

$31.99

CHâTEAU BOUSCASSé FRIMAIRE, 1996 500ML

Product SKU: 716628

$92.99
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CHATEAU CAPION LE COLOMBIER, 750ML

Product SKU: 748624

$27.99

CHâTEAU CHEVAL BLANC LE PETIT CHEVAL, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 72155403
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 164, April 2006
Rating: 87 points
Drink now - 2013

The 2003 Le Petit Cheval is soft, round, and ready to drink. It needs to be consumed over the next 5-7 years.

RP: 87    

$144.99
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CHâTEAU D'ARGADENS BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR, 750ML

Product SKU: 721241

$24.99
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CHâTEAU D'YQUEM CH D'YQUEM, 2005 375ML

Product SKU: 731152
Review by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
In Asia # 0110, Jan 2010
Rating: 92 points
Drink N/A

Somewhat muted floral aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and honeysuckle over candied pineapple. A waft of anise and some cedar. The palate is quite restrained with well balanced sweetness versus medium to high acidity. Very long finish -- a mineral character coming through. Tasted August 2009.

Review by: James Suckling
Wine Spectator: Issue Jun 30, 2006
Rating: 95 - 100 points

Floral, lemon, apple and cream with dried pineapple and apricot. Full-bodied, but very focused and refined. It starts slowly and then, wham! It goes on and on. Spicy, dried fruits and spices. Full-bodied, medium-sweet. So long and exciting. It is very close to 2001. We will see.

RP: 92     WS: 95 - 100

$599.99
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CHATEAU DE SANCERRE SANCERRE, 750ML

Product SKU: 164582

$29.99
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CHATEAU DU TRIGNON COTES DU RHONE, 750ML

Product SKU: 728995

$19.99

CHATEAU FUISSE POUILLY - FUISSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 719915

$37.99
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CHATEAU GRES ST. PAUL GRANGE PHILIPPE SAUVIGNON BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 589044

$17.99
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CHâTEAU MéRIC GRAVES, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 710916

$24.99
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CHATEAU MONTUS LA TYRE, 2000 750ML

Product SKU: 711207
Review by: Kim Marcus
Wine Spectator: Issue December 31, 2003
Rating: 91 points
Drink now

Rich, ripe and full-bodied red with an alluring aroma filled with coffee and cigar box notes. Loads of flavor, dominated by dark plum, dark cherry and bittersweet chocolate. Mocha and spice ooze from the long finish. Best from 2004 through 2007. 1,400 cases made.

WS: 91

$139.99
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CHATEAU MONTUS LA TYRE, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 71120701
Review by: Kim Marcus
Wine Spectator: Issue September 15, 2004
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2010

Massive, ripe, rich and extracted red that combines the best of an international flavor profile with a raw and powerful intensity. Dripping with cassis, dark plum, dark cherry and meat flavors, this has big tannins as well, but they're not out of bounds. Cardamom and exotic spice notes linger on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2010. 1,360 cases made. KM

WS: 94

$139.99
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CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT BLANC, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 727143
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 181, February 2009
Rating: 98 points
Drink by: N/A

Arguably the dry white wine of the vintage along with Laville, this is an extraordinary wine with the texture of a grand cru white Burgundy, the so-called gout de petrol that one finds in Coche-Dury Meursault-Perrieres, or one of the top Montrachets from the likes of Domaine Leflaive or Romanee-Conti. Honeyed orange, sweet melons, subtle smoke, stunning concentration, and a full-bodied mouthfeel make for an extraordinary expression of white Graves that should age beautifully for 15-20 years. The final blend from the tiny 7.5-acre parcel of this historic vineyard was 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 5% each of Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle.

Review by: James Suckling
Wine Spectator: Issue May 31, 2009
Rating: 94 points
Drink after 2012

Shows lemon pie, with cream and meringue. Full-bodied, with a very concentrated palate and loads of fruit. Yet reserved and structured, with a long finish. Layered and creamy-textured. Built for aging. Best after 2012.

RP: 98     WS: 94

$307.99
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CHâTEAU PESQUIé QUINTESSENCE, 2007 750ML

Product SKU: 702690
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 178, August 2008
Rating: 91 points
Drink: now - 2014

Pesquie’s top cuvee, the 2006 Quintessence Rouge, is made from the estate’s oldest Syrah (80%) and Grenache (20%) vines, spends 12 months in French oak, and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. This beauty boasts a dense ruby/purple hue along with abundant aromas of blackberries, charcoal, cassis, and forest floor. The sweetness of the tannins, purity, full-bodied mouthfeel, and richness are impressive. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

One of the Cotes du Ventoux's top estates, Chateau Pesquie has released a number of top-notch, value-priced wines into the North American market.

RP: 91    

$29.99
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CHATEAU PEY LA TOUR NON RESERVE, 750ML

Product SKU: 264986

$15.99

CHATEAU QUINAULT L'ENCLOS, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 716771
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 153, June 2004
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2019

This blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc owes much of its extraordinary quality to the impeccable perfectionist efforts of Quinault's owners, Dr. Alain Raynaud and his wife, Francoise. The 37-acre vineyard, situated within the Libourne city limits, includes some of the appellation's oldest vines. This wine enjoys all of the state of the art, cutting edge winemaking techniques (i.e., cold fermentation, malolactic in barrel, aging on its lees, and no fining or filtration). Yields are kept to a modest 40 hectoliters per hectare. The 2001 is a worthy rival to the 2000. Deep purple to the rim, this vibrant red boasts a gorgeous bouquet of striking minerality intermixed with raspberries, blackberries, and hints of blueberries, espresso roast, and oak. Medium-bodied, elegant, and pure, with an intense mid-palate as well as a long finish, it needs 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 12-15 years.

RP: 92    

$115.99
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CHATEAU QUINAULT LA FLEUR DE QUINAULT, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 716773

$99.99
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CHATEAU REYNON 2010, 2010 750ML

Product SKU: 20042610
From the property of well-known Professor Denis Dubourdieu, this delicious, supple, silky textured red offers abundant notes of black cherries intermixed with hints of cedarwood and earth. Round and generous, it is ideal for drinking in its first 2-3 years of life.

$33.99
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CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 730743
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 181, February 2009
Rating: 93 points
Drink 2009 - 2024

Another gorgeous white Graves from this vintage, this wine offers up notes of honeysuckle, lanolin, sweet citrus, and hints of orange peel as well as quince and white currants. It is medium to full-bodied, with fresh acidity, subtle nuances of smoky oak, and a long finish. It should drink well for 15 or more years.

Review by: James Suckling
Wine Spectator: Issue September 15, 2004
Rating: 92 points
Drink now

Offers dried pineapple and lemon, with hints of cream and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with layers of fruit, from mango to papaya, with a little cream. Balanced and pretty. Creamy and delicious. Subtle. Why wait? Drink now. 3,000 cases made.

RP: 93     WS: 92

$116.99
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CLOS DE MENUTS ST. EMILLION, 750ML

Product SKU: 417832

$35.99

CLOS DES PAPES CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, 2009 750ML

Product SKU: 72494009

$149.99
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CLOS DU MONT-OLIVET CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE LA CUVéE DU PAPET, 2000 750ML

Product SKU: 714763
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 145, February 2003
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2020

The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet (only made in 1998, 1990, and 1989) boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of balsam wood, dried herbs, black cherries, currants, plums, and figs. Full-bodied, powerful, and tannic, it is not a Chateauneuf du Pape for those wanting immediate gratification as it requires 3-5 years of cellaring. I am not convinced it is a profound as the 1998 or 1990, but it is a top-flight effort that should age for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.

RP: 92    

$92.99
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CLOS FLORIDENNE 2010, 2010 750ML

Product SKU: 20043010

$40.99
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COHARS CLOS LA COUTALE, 750ML

Product SKU: 479667

$19.99
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COTE DE NUITS VIGNOTTES RED CONFURON, 750ML

Product SKU: 752515
This wine shows purple plum and dark cherry with notes of dark loam and balsamic on the nose and palate. Richly flavored, it has a nice rustic note that adds to its attraction. Still quite tannic and will benefit from a little more time in bottle

$89.99
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CROZES HERMITAGE LES LAUNES, 750ML

Product SKU: 498584

$23.99

CUVEE JEAN PAUL BLANC SEC, 750ML

Product SKU: 17392

$13.99

DELAPORTE SANCERRE BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 748791

$30.99

DELAPORTE SANCERRE ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 748792

$31.99

DELAS COTE DU VENTOUX, 750ML

Product SKU: 555177

$16.99

DELAS FRERES ST. ESPRIT, 750ML

Product SKU: 595736

$19.99

DOMAINE BULLIAT CHIROUBLES, 750ML

Product SKU: 748828

$23.99
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DOMAINE CHRISTOPHE PERROT-MINOT GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN PREMIER CRU LES CAZETIERS VIEILLES VIGNES, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 726738
Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue September 30, 2005
Rating: 93 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

Round in profile, offering black cherry, raspberry and spice notes, here's a red whose firm tannins are dense, meshing beautifully with the fruit and flesh. Though it's tempting to enjoy now, this should develop well over decades. Best from 2010 through 2030. 70 cases made.

WS: 93

$169.99
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DOMAINE CHRISTOPHE PERROT-MINOT NUITS SAINT-GEORGES PREMIER CRU LA RICHEMONE VIEILLES VIGNES, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 726739
Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2007
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2016

Highly perfumed, boasting violet, cherry, black currant and mineral aromas and flavors, with fine length. Opulent and packed with sweet fruit, yet harmonious and elegant for the appellation. Drink now through 2016. 210 cases made.

WS: 92

$269.99
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DOMAINE CHRISTOPHE PERROT-MINOT NUITS SAINT-GEORGES PREMIER CRU LA RICHEMONE VIEILLES VIGNES, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 729504
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate: Issue 170, April 2007
Rating: 94-95 points

From 65-year-old vines in a crowded, high elevation sweet spot, surrounded by Damodes, Cras, Murgers, and Chaignots, with an altitude and exposition like that of La Tache (says Perrot-Minot) and not far south of the Vosne line and Les Malconsorts, the 2005 Nuits-St.-Georges La Richemone Vieilles Vignes was still in cask when I tasted it. Plum cake, blond tobacco, musk, and brown spices in the nose lead to a juicy, sleek, refined (though abundantly tannic), sweetly black cherry-fruited palate with spice inflections and mysterious meatiness indeed worthy of a top-flight Vosne cru. This finishes with irresistibly fat, flattering fruity intensity and brown spices. The roots go deep into the mother chalk as Perrot-Minot illustrates by means of a soil cross-section and the same can be said of the wine's finish.


Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2008
Rating: 93 points
Drink 2012 - 2025

Gorgeous sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit coat the mouth before the stern tannins take over. This is bright and complex, with mineral and spice notes adding depth. Has a long, blackberry-laced aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025. 163 cases made.

RP: 94-95     WS: 93

$389.99
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DOMAINE CLAPE CORNAS, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 726726
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 170, April 2007
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2022

There are always two cuvees of Cornas, and like some of the most traditional producers I taste, the wines are often better out of bottle than the barrel and/or foudre samples. That is the case with 2004, where both wines revealed significantly more flavor and intensity than they did last year. The 2004 Cornas, which is essentially a selection of their older vines, has zesty acidity, an opaque purple color, full-bodied power, and wonderful sweet blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with some smoke, scorched earth, and new saddle leather. It's a beauty, rich, full, and while accessible, it promises to last for 12-15 years.


Review by: James Molesworh
Wine Spectator: Web Only 2007
Rating: 92 points
Drink 2009 - 2017

Dark and muscular, this is loaded with dark bramble, bittersweet cocoa, currant and game notes that rumble through a tar- and tapenade-filled finish. Built uncompromisingly for the cellar. Best from 2009 through 2017. 1,500 cases made.

RP: 92     WS: 92

$89.99
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DOMAINE D'EUGéNIE CLOS VOUGEOT GRAND CRU, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 222224

$392.99
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DOMAINE D'EUGéNIE ECHéZEAUX GRAND CRU, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 222225

$899.99
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DOMAINE D'EUGéNIE GRANDS ECHéZEAUX GRAND CRU 1500ML, 2006 1500ML

Product SKU: 222226

$1149.99
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DOMAINE D'EUGéNIE VOSNE-ROMANéE, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 222222

$143.99
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DOMAINE D'EUGéNIE VOSNE-ROMANéE PREMIER CRU "AUX BRULEES", 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 222223

$244.99
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DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 200606
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 181, February 2009
Rating: 94+ points
Drink 2017 - 2047

An absolutely textbook great white Graves made from 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon and aged nine months on its lees, this is a prodigious effort displaying notes of white flowers, currants, honeyed citrus, fig, and crushed rocks. The wine is very pure, with full body and high acidity, in a backward, almost tannic style. Give this wine at least 8-10 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30 years.

Review by: James Suckling
Wine Spectator: Issue March 31, 2009
Rating: 95 points
Drink after 2013

Very tight and powerful, with lemon curd, honey, honeysuckle, vanilla bean and light toasty oak. Full-bodied, with a powerful layered palate. Superlong and rich. This goes on for minutes. Amazing what develops in the glass. Best after 2013.


RP: 94+     WS: 95

$127.99
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DOMAINE DE LA CôTE DE L'ANGE CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 713967
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 145, February 2003
Rating: 90-91 points
Drink now - 2017

The plum/ruby/purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes's aromas of black currants, cherries, figs, and spice box are followed by a dense, medium to full-bodied Chateauneuf with high levels of tannin as well as glycerin and fruit. This is an impressive, backward, traditional vin du garde effort that should be at its best between 2005-2017.

RP: 90-91    

$99.99
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DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 72092304
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 169, February 2007
Rating: 93 points
Drink 2010 - 2022

Possibly better, but certainly not as charming as the Chaupin or the regular bottling of Chateauneuf, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes has the most tannin and rigidity at present, and needs 3-4 years of bottle age before it will be drinkable. It should keep for 15 or so years. Dense dark purple to the rim with a beautiful nose of flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and cherries, this is intense, full-bodied wine with moderately high tannins and brilliant symmetry as well as purity. Year in and year out, this is certainly one of the dozen or so top wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, and 2004 is no exception. Over the last decade Domaine de la Janasse has become one of the half dozen or so finest estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. However, they also produce an impressive range of Cotes du Rhones. This was also one of the few dozen or so estates that had exceptional success in 2003, a challenging vintage but, for those who did it right, some monumental wines. Proprietor Christophe Sabon compares 2004 with 1999, but with slightly more fruit and power.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue November 15, 2006
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2026

Packed with dark plum, boysenberry and blueberry fruit, along with graphite, black tea, sweet smoke and licorice. Long finish shows fig, mineral and toast notes. Great length. Drink now through 2026.

RP: 93     WS: 94

$139.99
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DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE CôTES-DU-RHôNE VILLAGES TERRE D'ARGILE, 750ML

Product SKU: 720918


RP: 88    

$31.99
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DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVéE BARBERINI, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 716126
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 151, February 2004
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2017

The outstanding 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Barberini (a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre aged 24 months in 40% small barrels and 60% neutral wood foudres) boasts an inky/ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, melted licorice, graphite, smoke, and truffles. Full-bodied, lush, and expansively flavored, with tremendous purity as well as density, this brilliant 2001 is already starting to strut its stuff. Anticipated maturity: now-2017.


Review by: Per-Henrik Mansson
Wine Spectator: Issue December 15, 2003
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2012

Ripe and elegant, this ultrasmooth, creamy Châteauneuf is stylishly made, packed with deliciously sweet fruit, mineral and wet earth, and tops off with a silky and seductive finish. Drink now through 2012. 930 cases made.

RP: 93     WS: 93

$119.99
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DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE RéSERVE SECRèTE, 2000 750ML

Product SKU: 714013
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 145, February 2003
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2020

The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve Secrete was fashioned from the estate's finest parcels. Part of the cuvee was aged 12 months in new oak and the remainder in foudre. The actual composition is a surprising 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. It is tempting to think this is an internationally-styled effort, but it does not taste like a soulless international blend. It reveals all the typicity of Provence as well as Chateauneuf du Pape in its sweet kirsch liqueur and blackberry-scented nose. Full-bodied, with low acidity, extraordinary purity and ripeness, an opaque purple color, and deep, chewy flavors revealing only a hint of new oak's vanilla/toast character, this effort exhibits great presence on the palate, loads of glycerin and extract, as well as a 45+ second finish. It is surprisingly harmonious, with the alcohol, tannin, acidity, and wood beautifully integrated. While this 2000 already has a certain accessibility, there is also a fabulous upside potential. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.


Review by: Per-Henrik Mansson
Wine Spectator: Issue August 31, 2003
Rating: 97 points
Drink now - 2025

Masterful wine. Stunning quality from start to finish in this full-bodied, elegant and refined red. Dark in color, massively tannic, but all the parts are smooth and interlock beautifully, from the sweet black fruit and slightly spicy, mocha and coffee aromas to the (above all) velvety texture that caresses the palate and leaves an ethereal sense of greatness on the long finish. One for now, but also one for the cellar. Drink now through 2025. 465 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 97

$259.99
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DOMAINE DE LA VOUGERAIE VOUGEOT CLOS DU PRIEURé MONOPOLE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 716571

$97.99
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DOMAINE DE MARCOUX CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 738894
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 179, Oct 2008
Rating: 95 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

One of the vintage's blockbusters is the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, with even higher alcohol (16.2%) than the 2007. It offers lovely notes of black fruits, truffle oil, roasted meats, beef blood, black raspberries, abundant kirsch, and a hint of roasted Provencal herbs. On a much faster evolutionary track than the 2007, it is a layered, multi-dimensional effort displaying a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. Some unresolved tannins in the finish suggest this wine should be cellared for 2-3 years, and consumed over the following two decades.

I'm always interested in what sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier are doing at this biodynamically farmed vineyard, one of my favorite estates. Not surprisingly, they have produced extraordinary wines in 2007 as well as 2006s that are nearly as good. As most vignerons do, the Armeniers attribute the greatness of the 2007 vintage to both the drought that lasted from late spring through the end of September as well as the cooler than normal temperatures that were followed by three weeks of ferocious Mistral winds in September. Without any serious heat spikes, the Mistral seemed to concentrate the grapes, with the cooler weather causing very intense aromatics.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Dec 15, 2008
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

Still tight, with perfumed notes of violet and incense starting to unwind from the core of dark plum, boysenberry and raspberry fruit. Plenty of spice and dark licorice notes wait in reserve on the fleshy, powerful finish, where there's an undertow of sweet earth. Mostly Grenache with a small percentage of mixed varieties. Best from 2010 through 2030. 330 cases made.

RP: 95     WS: 94

$154.99

DOMAINE DES PERDRIX NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES PREMIER CRU LES TERRES BLANCHES, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 730346

$85.99
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DOMAINE DU PEGAU CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVéE RESERVéE, 2012 750ML

Product SKU: 608950

$94.99
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DOMAINE DU PEGAU PLAN PéGAU SéLECTIONNé PAR LAURENCE FéRAUD LOT 2006, 750ML

Product SKU: 713071
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 173, October 2007
Rating: 88 points
Drink now - 2010

As for the Domaine du Pegau estate wines from Laurence Feraud and her father, Paul, the non-vintage Plan Pegau L. 06 is the finest vin de table example I have ever tasted in these cellars. A blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from 2006, it possesses a deep ruby color as well as sweet cassis and cherry notes intermixed with garrigue, lavender, and pepper. Spicy, deep, and richly fruity, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years.


$22.99
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DOMAINE FONT DE MICHELLE CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVéE ETIENNE GONNET, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 714010
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 151, February 2004
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2018

The luxury cuvee of 2001 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Etienne Gonnet reveals a deep ruby/garnet color with a purple hue. A broad aromatic display offers up scents of roasted Provencal herbs, ground pepper, smoke, sweet black cherries, truffles, and black currants. Full-bodied and heady, with over 14% alcohol, it possesses abundant glycerin, superb concentration, and a lusty, complex, provocative style that coats the palate. Drink it over the next 12-14 years.


Review by: Per-Henrik Mansson
Wine Spectator: Issue August 31, 2003
Rating: 95 points
Drink now - 2015

Gorgeous Châteauneuf, with modern texture but authentically local aromas. Rich and thick, with impressive balance of ripe and concentrated fruit, sweet tannins and complex smoke, leather, mineral, rose petal, spice notes. The best parts are the round, coating texture on the palate and the caressing, velvety finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,665 cases made.

RP: 93     WS: 95

$79.99
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DOMAINE GALLETY LA SYRARE D'ALAIN GALLETY, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 720510
Review by: John Thomasson

One of the things I really love about travelling around to wineries is the unique occasion when you get a real surprise - one of those unexpected "wow" moments. Such was the case in March 2007 when I went to visit Domaine Gallety following the Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône show in Avignon.

After the show and doing the rounds of Châteauneuf-du-Pape I headed north towards Tain, part-way along the route we passed into the section of the Rhône that does not fit into either Northern or Southern growing regions and turned off the autoroute to head inland from the river. I passed through a lovely pastoral landscape, then a winding river valley and finally pulled up at the estate called Domaine Gallety. I was met at the entrance by Alain Gallety who toured me through his estate and then sat me down for a tasting. That was when the fun started.
I had never been to this part of the Rhône, nor had I heard of Côtes du Vivarais much less tasted one, but I had previous experience with obscure wine appellations that boasted unsung yet brilliant winemakers who rise above the humble origins of their regions and this was to be one of those experiences. The wines placed before me just knocked me out; brilliant colours, soaring aromas, unrivaled purity of fruit wrapped in sexy, silky textures. To say that I was shocked does not convey the context of the moment; quite simply these were some of the most expressive examples of pure syrah that I had ever tasted. They did not have the promiscuous richness of Australia nor the depth and impact of Hermitage, what they had was sheer elegance, style and purity that left me reaching for superlatives.

The Ultra-ripe and complex, 'la Syrare' displays blackberry fruit, Asian spices, smoke and pretty floral tones conjuring up reds of the finest northern Rhône crus. Its rich, palate-coating texture possesses exemplary finesse, silkiness and overall harmony. Thoroughly enjoyable upon release, the wine's incredible balance ensures it'll reward cellaring for well over a decade. Only 350 cases were produced.

The rare 'la Syrare' already commands €60+ a bottle in Europe (when you can find it!). Export is extremely limited as most of this wine is snapped up by in-the-know Michelin-star restaurants and collectors.

Alain Gallety in my estimation has proven himself with these wines to be a man with relentless dedication and boundless vision in creating such masterworks in a part of the world that many of us will never know.

An incredible discovery, Alain Gallety is a giant among pioneers! He is one of the most rigorous and meticulous winegrowers it has ever been our pleasure to work with. Alain's tiny terraced, hillside vines are located in the Côtes du Vivarais.

Few producers of note exist here and it was in fact, Alain's single-minded determination which drove the authorities to grant his area appellation contrôlée status in 1999. A leader in the appellation? Alain Gallety IS the appellation!



$79.99
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DOMAINE GAUBY MUNTADA, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 720036
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate: Issue 173, October 2007
Rating: 95 points
Drink now - 2017

Gauby's 2003 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Muntada featuring Syrah and Carignan with lesser bits of Grenache and Mourvedre, and matured in barriques and demi-muids smells so floral you'd swear it had been co-fermented with Viognier or Chenin. Soy and fresh black fruits, toasted nuts and herbal nuances complete the aromatic picture. On the palate, it displays some of the roasted richness one expects of this vintage, yet with wafting florality and an invigorating fresh berry component. The contrast and marriage here of creamy texture with incisive grip and kinetics is amazing, and the finish is intriguingly mineral and almost perpetually dynamic. Surely this will age for a decade or more, causing you to marvel at each return visit.

RP: 95    

$114.99
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DOMAINE GEORGES MUGNERET VOSNE ROMANEE, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 73154606

$126.99
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DOMAINE GEORGES MUGNEROT 1ER CRU LES CHAIGNOTS, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 73154906

$166.99
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DOMAINE HOUCHART COTES DE PROVENCE BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 738567

$18.99

DOMAINE HOUCHART COTES DE PROVENCE ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 738566

$18.99

DOMAINE HOUCHART PROVENCE ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 738568
Salmon pink. Strawberries, red berries.Lively and fresh, with citrus fruit aromas and plenty of fullness

$19.99
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DOMAINE JACQUES PRIEUR CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 723576

$194.99
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DOMAINE JACQUES PRIEUR MONTRACHET GRAND CRU, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 723572

$699.99
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DOMAINE JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE HERMITAGE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 72314104
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 170, April 2007
Rating: 95 points
Drink now - 2032

The 2004 Hermitage blanc, which hit 15% natural alcohol, is another superb effort, continuing a succession of totally profound white Hermitages from 2003, 2004, and 2005. As many readers know, this small family producer has been making wine in Hermitage since 1481! The 2004 (about 1000 cases) reveals a light gold color, terrific finesse and elegance in spite of its enormous power, unctuosity, and richness. Of course, it is not as honeyed as the otherworldly 2003 (which hit 16% natural alcohol) but it is an amazingly full-bodied, powerful wine with pervasive honeysuckle, peach liqueur, and nectarine notes intermixed with licorice, quince, and acacia flowers. This is gorgeous wine which should evolve for 20-25 years. I reviewed them last year and gave them perfect scores, but before leaving the cellars, I had the privilege of retasting the 2003 red Hermitage (about 16% natural alcohol) and the 2003 red Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin (2400 bottles produced, and the Chaves aren't sure whether they will ever release the wine commercially). Both wines exhibited extraordinary richness and possess a singularly profound identity. People still obsess about the red wines of Chave, but of course his whites are spectacular as well, and as I have always said, one of the most educational stops on my trips is tasting through the different cuvees that emerge from separate sites on the hills of Hermitage.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue September 30, 2007
Rating: 97 points
Drink after 2017

Very rich, but cuts like a knife, with dried apricot, marzipan and wet stone notes leading the way for richer flavors of candle wax, heather, honey and white peach on the back end. The long, extremely taut finish seems almost tannic; this is built for a long life. Try now, or forget it in the cellar. Best after 2017. 1,500 cases made.

RP: 95     WS: 97

$224.99

DOMAINE JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE HERMITAGE, 2002 750ML

Product SKU: 717111
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 156, Dec 2004
Rating: 90 points
Drink now - 2011

The 2002 Hermitage blanc exhibits abundant amounts of acacia flowers, honeyed citrus, and a hint of orange marmalade in a ripe, elegant, medium-bodied style. Because of its low acidity, it is best consumed during its first 5-7 years of life. What Chave accomplished in the extremely challenging 2002 vintage is unquestionably noteworthy. Not because of tiny yields and small grapes, but due to Chave's decision to eliminate every grape except the very best, 2002 is a small crop.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue October 15, 2005
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2020

Lovely notes of lemon curd, crème fraîche, bitter almond and dried peach and pineapple run through a long, creamy finish. As beautiful as the flavors are, the texture and drive through the finish are even better. Really gorgeous feel. Drink now through 2020. 900 cases made.

RP: 90     WS: 94

$189.99
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DOMAINE JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE HERMITAGE, 2002 750ML

Product SKU: 717112
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 156, December 2004
Rating: 91-94 points
Drink now - 2015

One of the candidates for the Rhone Valley's "wine of the vintage" is Chave's 2002 Hermitage. A draconian selection has resulted in a deep ruby/purple-colored offering revealing sweet notes of melted licorice, briery berries, earth, and herbs. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant, and intense, this forward-styled Hermitage appears to be better than the 1992, 1993, and 1994, which are all fine wines that are holding up well. The 2002 should be at its peak between 2005-2015. What Chave accomplished in the extremely challenging 2002 vintage is unquestionably noteworthy. Not because of tiny yields and small grapes, but due to Chave's decision to eliminate every grape except the very best, 2002 is a small crop.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue November 15, 2005
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2015

Alluring aromas of fig, cocoa and dried currant give way to a slightly firm but admirably ripe palate of black fruits, mineral, toast and game. Structured but fine-grained finish. A terrific effort in this difficult vintage. Best from 2006 through 2015. 1,000 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 92

$189.99
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DOMAINE MARCEL DEISS L'ALTENBERG DE BERGHEIM, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 719116
Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue October 15, 2004
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2012

There's more of a dried fruit character here, showing apricot, pineapple, litchi and subtle smoke and mineral flavors. Soft and lush, it picks up a grapefruit peel accent on the finish. Riesling with Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and small amounts of Muscat, Sylvaner and Auxerrois. Drink now through 2012.

WS: 91

$108.99
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DOMAINE PETITJEAN BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, 750ML

Product SKU: 777307
Yellow gold color, clear, green gold highlights. Aromatic, fresh, white defleurs generous aromas. Generous, subtle flinty notes, soft, mineral.

$22.99
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DOMAINE PIERRE USSEGLIO CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE RéSERVE DES DEUX FRèRES, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 730354
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 173, October 2007
Rating: 95+ points
Drink 2012 - 2037

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres, which is aged in one-, two-, and three-year-old small barrels and larger demi-muids, is 100% Grenache in 2005. Dense purple to the rim, the wine displays superb concentration, with notes of creosote, blackberry, coffee, pepper, earth, meats, and smoke. A wine of massive intensity, fabulous purity, and a thick, unctuous texture, the tannins do kick in at the end, so this wine will probably require 5-7 years of bottle age and drink well for close to three decades. It does have the requisite concentration to balance out the wine's structure.

This estate has been on an outrageous run of successful vintages ever since 1998, no small thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the two brothers, Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio. For them 2005 is a very structured, concentrated, powerful vintage that will require significant cellaring. Their 2006s are among the great successes of that vintage, much more charming and up-front than the 2005s, but concentrated.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue October 31, 2007
Rating: 97 points
Drink 2009 - 2030

Formidably dense and structured, with lots of fig paste and currant confiture, layered with espresso, bittersweet cocoa, bramble and hoisin sauce notes. The long, tarry finish really pounds it out authoritatively, with fruit and minerality to burn. Has the power of the previous vintages, but with far better definition. Best from 2009 through 2030. 500 cases made.

RP: 95+     WS: 97

$274.99
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DOMAINE RENé ROSTAING CôTE-RôTIE CôTE BLONDE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 71478711
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 163, February 2006
Rating: 91-94 points
Drink now - 2014

Always the most complex and savory, the 2004 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde includes 3-4% Viognier in the blend. It exhibits exotic tropical fruit aromas interwoven with tapenade, kirsch, black raspberries, litchi nuts, and honeysuckle. Broad, round, and richly fruity with medium body as well as admirable elegance and purity, it is the most complex of these three 2004s. It should drink well for a decade.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2007
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2015

Starts slowly, but builds quickly. Red cherry turns to black cherry, with iron, white pepper, mineral and olive flavors filling out the background. The finish is long and fine-grained. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases made.

RP: 91-94     WS: 92

$129.99
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DOMAINE RENé ROSTAING CôTE-RôTIE CUVéE CLASSIQUE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 714787
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 170, April 2007
Rating: 88 points
Drink now - 2013

The 2004 Cote Rotie displays notes of olives, fresh herbs, sweet cherries, raspberry, and some smoke and lard. The wine is medium-bodied, has some tart acidity, and it is best drunk over the next 5-6 years. P.S. The least expensive wine Rostaing makes, which comes from the Coteaux du Languedoc, is the 2004 Puech Chaude. A blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache, aged 50% in tank and 50% and barrel, it is a beauty and ideal for drinking in its first 3-4 years of life. 2004 is a classic vintage for Rostaing, who succeeded in a tough year in the Northern Rhone by performing severe crop-thinning measures during the growing season. Nevertheless, these wines are dwarfed by his freakishly rich 2003s and his beautiful 2005s, which he claims are "the best vintage I've made".


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2007
Rating: 89 points
Drink now - 2011

Tangy and pure, with violet, white pepper and black cherry notes that run through a long, sanguine finish. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases made.

RP: 88     WS: 89

$104.99
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DOMAINE ROGER SABON CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE LE SECRET DES SABON, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 507970
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 163, February 2006
Rating: 96 points
Drink now - 2021

The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon is extremely powerful and full-bodied with that note of truffle oil, burning embers, and roasted meats along with melted licorice, creme de cassis, blackberry and cherry. Dense, full-bodied, and expansive, with high glycerin and what must be at least 16+% alcohol, this is a formidable Chateauneuf du Pape that should drink well for 15+ years.

RP: 96    

$229.99
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DOMAINE ROGER SABON CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE LE SECRETE DES SABON, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 871947
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 163, February 2006
Rating: 96-100 points
Drink now - 2025

The virtually perfect 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon has an opaque purple color and a fabulous nose of Amarone, new saddle leather, chocolate, and peppery, blackberry and currant notes with hints of roasted meat and Provencal herbs. Even some truffle notes emerge as the wine sits in the glass. It is powerful and full-bodied, and actually reminded me somewhat of the 1998 Henri Bonneau Reserve des Celestins. This is killer stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue December 15, 2006
Rating: 95 points
Drink 2008 - 2030

Tightly focused, with fine-grained structure carrying spice, black tea, fig paste and raspberry ganache flavors through the long, refined, silky finish. Should blossom. Best from 2008 through 2030.

RP: 96-100     WS: 95

$229.99
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DOMAINE WEINBACH GEWURZTRAMINER FURSTENTUM CUVéE D'OR QUINTESSENCE DE GRAINS NOBLES, 2002 750ML

Product SKU: 716786
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2038

You might think that having a category above S.G.N. is more than enough of a good thing, but the Fallers offer a second celestial tier as illustrated by their 2002 Gewurztraminer Furstentum Quintessence de Grains Nobles Cuvee dOr. Think of this as the I-can't-believe-it-became-wine category ... or perhaps simply "cuvee unbelievable". The schnapps-like intensity of peppermint on the nose here is sneeze-inducing, and behind that lies an essence of roses. The viscosity is nearly gelatinous yet this barely-wine feels almost weightless on the tongue as it positively radiates high-toned herbal essences, citrus, and oil of rose petals. A nearly endless finish is not overly sweet despite stratospheric residual sugar. In short, this elixir displays a certain embryonic simplicity, but has the potential to deliver an extraordinary experience 10, 20 or 30 years from now.

The dynamic trio of Fallers continues to bottle some of France's (hardly just Alsace's) richest and most flamboyant wines. Beginning with 2005, all of their vineyards are being biodynamically farmed. Laurence Faller finds their 2005s in general "more focused and clear" (this was especially true of Riesling) despite their often prominent botrytis component, and the 2004s richer. I suppose it goes without saying, but one has to carefully scrutinize each Weinbach label, so numerous are the cuvees. And as wonderful as is the distinctiveness exhibited by the vast majority of wines here, even a geek like yours truly could be forgiven for asking whether somewhat fewer different bottlings might benefit consumers as well as journalists!


Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue October 31, 2005
Rating: 96 points
Drink now - 2025

Very concentrated, this SGN delivers citrus marmalade, honey and spice flavors, all well-integrated into the structure and texture. It's even tactile on the finish, with a pleasant tannic bitterness that tingles around the gums. Best from 2007 through 2025. 20 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 96

$499.99
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DOMAINE WEINBACH PINOT GRIS CUVéE STE CATHERINE, 750ML

Product SKU: 716780
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 87 points

The 2004 Pinot Gris Cuvee Saint Catherine is also marked by noble rot, but in all gustatory respects it could scarcely be more different from the 2005. Musky, mushroom and smoked meat aromas dominate. In the mouth one gets a slightly muddled yet fascinatingly complex and impressively smoky impression, and a strikingly creamy texture. The finish here is strong on carnal, fungal elements, persistent but a bit diffuse. With the right dishes this could hit its stride, but I would not put any in my cellar. The dynamic trio of Fallers continues to bottle some of France's (hardly just Alsace's) richest and most flamboyant wines. Beginning with 2005, all of their vineyards are being biodynamically farmed. Laurence Faller finds their 2005s in general "more focused and clear" (this was especially true of Riesling) despite their often prominent botrytis component, and the 2004s richer. I suppose it goes without saying, but one has to carefully scrutinize each Weinbach label, so numerous are the cuvees. And as wonderful as is the distinctiveness exhibited by the vast majority of wines here, even a geek like yours truly could be forgiven for asking whether somewhat fewer different ottling might benefit consumers as well as journalists!


Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue October 31, 2006
Rating: 90 points
Drink now - 2009

Big and intense, with a licorice accent to its dried apricot and mango notes. Has good acidity, keeping it lively, while the finish echoes almond and grapefruit peel. Drink now through 2009.

RP: 87     WS: 90

$79.99
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DOMAINE WEINBACH RIESLING SCHLOSSBERG SéLECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES 375ML, 2002 375ML

Product SKU: 716790
Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue October 31, 2005
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2020

Plenty of botrytis here, lending exotic honey, spice and orange marmalade aromas and flavors. It also shows finesse and delicacy, with vibrant acidity offsetting its concentration. Fine lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 23 cases made.


WS: 94

$138.99
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DOMAINE ZIND-HUMBRECHT RIESLING VERDANGE TARDIVE BRAND TURCKHEIM 375ML, 2004 375ML

Product SKU: 725404
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 97 points
Drink now - 2033

Apricot preserves, candied violets, licorice, marzipan, rowan, gardenia, white raisin, and tangerine mark both the nose and palate of the 2004 Riesling Brand Vendange Tardive, a wine of enormous botrytized ripeness, high acidity, and low alcohol, but in none of these respects quite as extreme as the Clos Windsbuhl. Here there is already elegance, refinement and lift, a ravishing combination of textural richness and palpable extract with delicacy and buoyancy, and an extraordinarily clear, pure finish with a mineral dimension as unmistakable as it is ineffable. Compared with the Clos Windsbuhl, the density here is allied to more winsome creaminess of texture (with patisserie-like flavors of vanilla cream and marzipan), and the finish - while no less penetrating and fresh - caries an intricate interplay of flavors and is not at all severe. This breathtakingly beautiful Riesling is too complex and ravishing today to tell you wait!- but it can certainly be safely followed for a quarter century.

Olivier Humbrecht compares his 2004s with 1992. These were the two most copious vintages of recent times, delivering truly dry wines with quite high acidity. Although he characterized 2004 as more precocious than 2005, Humbrecht kept harvesting through early November, insisting that this was only possible due to his stringent, biodynamic viticultural practices and consequent generally healthy fruit. Humbrecht insists too that he did not seek botrytis, as rain was rendering noble rot nearly impossible. But it certainly seems sometimes as if botrytis sought out him! One price for his protracted harvest was elevated alcohol, which some wines struck me as hard-pressed to gracefully support; and acid levels too occasionally reached extremes. Overall, in fact, I have never tasted such a wide rage of quality nor so many unusually distinctive and at times downright inscrutable wines at this address as those of 2004. Two thousand five, relates Humbrecht, brought ample botrytis, especially with Pinot Gris, but later ripeness, again with formidable acid and extract levels thanks to the cool, well-watered August. Nearly all of the Riesling musts fermented dry. Humbrecht considers it a classic vintage for (in most instances dry-tasting) Gewurztraminer. And despite the blanket of rot that descended on the Pinot Gris vineyards, a cold, virtually cloudless five day period permitted patient and rigorous selection of fruit. A tribute to the ripeness and high tartaric acidity of these 2005s is that although well more than half of his lots of Riesling and Pinot Gris underwent malolactic transformation, an experienced taster would be hard-pressed to identify which! Had we had the challenging October of 2004 in 2005 as well,- he says, most -04s would be better than the -05s.- But as things turned out - October 2005 having been the second warmest after 2001 in the last decade - Humbrecht believes that in the long run these two collections will prove well matched in overall quality.


Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue October 31, 2006
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2009 - 2020

Broad and honeyed, yet with a firm structure. Shows a hint of bitterness, like grapefruit peel, pulling it out of balance for now. It's young, so give it time to develop. Long, smoky finish. Best from 2009 through 2020. 420 cases made.

RP: 97     WS: 94

$86.99
Red Sample

DUGAT-PY GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CUVEE DU ROY, 750ML

Product SKU: 752485

$234.99
Red Sample

E. GUIGAL COTE-ROTIE LA MOULINE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 309484
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 182, April 2009
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2021

The 2004 Cote Rotie La Mouline rivals its two siblings as the wine of the vintage in this appellation. Beautifully sweet aromas of bacon fat, lychee nuts, caramelized black cherries, and raspberries are found in its complex aromatics. Black olive and black cherry flavors also emerge in the mouth. This lush, round, generously-endowed, sensual 2004 is best consumed over the next 10-12 years.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue September 30, 2008; COLLECTIBLES
Rating: 95 points
Drink now - 2023

A lilting, perfumy style, with incense, warm raspberry ganache and black tea aromas leading the way for mixed berry sorbet, mesquite and mocha notes. Super silky on the long, alluring finish. A beauty, with impressive purity for the vintage. Drink now through 2023. 400 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 95

$429.99
Red Sample

E. GUIGAL COTE-ROTIE LA MOULINE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 309492
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 182, April 2009
Rating: 93 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

The 2004 Cote Rotie La Turque exhibits hints of green pepper and bouquet garni intermixed with notions of graphite, blackberries, cherries, and smoky beef. A denser, more tannic, and structured effort than La Mouline, La Turque will benefit from another year or two of bottle age. It should keep for 10-15 years.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue September 30, 2008
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2023

Still tight, but with an ample core of hoisin sauce, licorice, black currant preserve and espresso. There's great length and lovely texture through the finish, which is filled with dark plum, cocoa and iron. Drink now through 2023. 350 cases made.

RP: 93     WS: 94

$429.99
Red Sample

E. GUIGAL CôTE-RôTIE LA TURQUE, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 30949206
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 193, Feb 2011
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2013 - 2043

The 2006 Cote Rotie La Turque's dark purple/plum hue is similar to La Mouline's, but with slightly more opaqueness. A denser, but seemingly less complex style of wine, it offers notes of animal fat, creme de cassis, charcoal and new saddle leather in its full-bodied, ripe, rich personality. This 2006 will benefit from 2-4 more years of bottle age and drink well for 25-30 years thereafter.

As I have written many times before, no one in the wine world is better at "raising" a wine (or as the French call it elevage) than Marcel Guigal, who learned the skills from his father, Etienne. Because everyone tends to focus on vintage conditions and terroir, the importance of a wine's elevage is often overlooked, but Guigal's unusually long tank, foudre and small barrel aging regime for all his red wines as well as several of his whites results in an array of remarkable wines time and time again. Even the most challenging vintages, which often taste under-nourished, vegetal and thin in their first year or two of life, tend to take on concentration and character, turning out to be some of the finest wines in many of the most difficult Rhone vintages. Moreover, Guigal's wines always taste better out of bottle than from barrel, which speaks to his honesty and integrity as well as to his brilliance in deciding how long to age a wine in wood or tank as well as choosing the perfect moment to bottle it. None of this is as simple as it might sound, and that's why Marcel Guigal gets my vote as the reigning genius in terms the upbringing his wines. For ten to twelve years after my first visit to this estate in the late 1970s, I tended to think of Guigal as primarily a red wine specialist. I still believe the red wines are the heart and soul of Maison Guigal, but the quality of the white wines has gone from strength to strength over the last few decades, and the Guigal family now routinely produces some of the finest dry whites of the entire Rhone Valley, including their humble Cotes du Rhone, and more particularly their white cuvees of Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Joseph, Hermitage and Condrieu. They produce more of the latter wine than any other proprietor of this tiny appellation. Guigal's 2008 whites have turned out surprisingly strong. Guigal's luxury cuvee of Condrieu, La Doriane, comes from the estate's tiny holdings in some of the appellation's finest terroirs, such as the Cote Chatillon, Volants, Colombier, and the Coteau Chery. Aged in 100% new oak (although it never shows any oakiness) and put through 100% malolactic fermentation, lees stirring is employed for La Doriane until the malolactic is finished. It is usually bottled after 12-14 months. Guigal's red wines possess some of the lowest sulphur dioxide levels of any finished wines I have ever tasted. Most of them are approximately 10 ppm (parts per million) total SO2, which is virtually nothing. That said, the wines always age incredibly well, which goes back to Guigal's brilliant, patient, long-term barrel, tank and foudre aging. The current value picks in Guigal's red wine portfolio are his Crozes-Hermitage (one offering made) and his three St.-Joseph cuvees. Tasting through Guigal's single vineyard Cote Roties, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque, is equal to tasting through a museum dedicated to the world's most compelling wines. Each is treated differently, although there are similarities. La Mouline always comes from the Cote Blonde, La Turque and La Landonne from the Cote Brune; La Mouline is co-fermented with 11% Viognier, La Turque with 5-6% Viognier and La Landonne is 100% Syrah. La Mouline, made from the oldest vines (over 60 years), is vinified by pump-overs; La Turque is vinified by punching down the cap; and La Landonne is vinified in a modern system of cap immersion. All of these techniques tend to produce different tannin levels as well as types of tannin. Despite the fact that these wines spend 42 months in 100% new French oak, the wood component disappears in the character of the wines at about age 6-10. Moreover, these cuvees are rarely racked and are not sulphured until prior to bottling. The total parts per million of SO2 in the three cuvees runs between 8 and 15 parts per million, which is essentially nothing. In even the worst Northern Rhone vintages, Guigal somehow manages to produce amazing wines from these vineyards. The first vintage for La Mouline was 1966, La Landonne 1978, and La Turque 1985. Of course, these wines are bottled with neither fining nor filtration. 1991 was a great year for Guigal's single vineyard Cote Roties, and 2007 is the first vintage since that reminds me so much of that vintage. 2008 was a challenging vintage for the single vineyard Cote Roties. Yet fine wines have been produced in this difficult year - a testament to the skills of Marcel Guigal and his son, Philippe.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Sept 30, 2010
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2011 - 2030

This pulls together grip, minerality and fruit, with charcoal and espresso laying the foundation for crushed plum, fig sauce and mulled currant fruit, which then gives way to a vibrant, iron- and tobacco-filled finish that leaves a mouthwatering feel. Very impressive. Best from 2011 through 2030. 400 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 96

$399.99
Red Sample

E. GUIGAL LA MOULINE, 2006 750ML

Product SKU: 30948406
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: #193, Feb 2011
Rating: 94 points
Drink: 2011 - 2026

The 2006 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline displays fragrant aromas of forest floor, bacon fat, spring flowers, cassis and black raspberries. Always the sexiest, most supple and elegant of the three single vineyard Cote Roties, the 2006 is no exception. Full-bodied, dense and delicious, it should continue to drink well for 10-15 years.

As I have written many times before, no one in the wine world is better at 'raising' a wine (or as the French call it elevage) than Marcel Guigal, who learned the skills from his father, Etienne. Because everyone tends to focus on vintage conditions and terroir, the importance of a wine's elevage is often overlooked, but Guigal's unusually long tank, foudre and small barrel aging regime for all his red wines as well as several of his whites results in an array of remarkable wines time and time again. Even the most challenging vintages, which often taste under-nourished, vegetal and thin in their first year or two of life, tend to take on concentration and character, turning out to be some of the finest wines in many of the most difficult Rhone vintages. Moreover, Guigal's wines always taste better out of bottle than from barrel, which speaks to his honesty and integrity as well as to his brilliance in deciding how long to age a wine in wood or tank as well as choosing the perfect moment to bottle it. None of this is as simple as it might sound, and that's why Marcel Guigal gets my vote as the reigning genius in terms the upbringing his wines. For ten to twelve years after my first visit to this estate in the late 1970s, I tended to think of Guigal as primarily a red wine specialist. I still believe the red wines are the heart and soul of Maison Guigal, but the quality of the white wines has gone from strength to strength over the last few decades, and the Guigal family now routinely produces some of the finest dry whites of the entire Rhone Valley, including their humble Cotes du Rhone, and more particularly their white cuvees of Crozes-Hermitage, St.-Joseph, Hermitage and Condrieu. They produce more of the latter wine than any other proprietor of this tiny appellation. Guigal's 2008 whites have turned out surprisingly strong. Guigal's luxury cuvee of Condrieu, La Doriane, comes from the estate's tiny holdings in some of the appellation's finest terroirs, such as the Cote Chatillon, Volants, Colombier, and the Coteau Chery. Aged in 100% new oak (although it never shows any oakiness) and put through 100% malolactic fermentation, lees stirring is employed for La Doriane until the malolactic is finished. It is usually bottled after 12-14 months. Guigal's red wines possess some of the lowest sulphur dioxide levels of any finished wines I have ever tasted. Most of them are approximately 10 ppm (parts per million) total SO2, which is virtually nothing. That said, the wines always age incredibly well, which goes back to Guigal's brilliant, patient, long-term barrel, tank and foudre aging. The current value picks in Guigal's red wine portfolio are his Crozes-Hermitage (one offering made) and his three St.-Joseph cuvees. Tasting through Guigal's single vineyard Cote Roties, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque, is equal to tasting through a museum dedicated to the world's most compelling wines. Each is treated differently, although there are similarities. La Mouline always comes from the Cote Blonde, La Turque and La Landonne from the Cote Brune; La Mouline is co-fermented with 11% Viognier, La Turque with 5-6% Viognier and La Landonne is 100% Syrah. La Mouline, made from the oldest vines (over 60 years), is vinified by pump-overs; La Turque is vinified by punching down the cap; and La Landonne is vinified in a modern system of cap immersion. All of these techniques tend to produce different tannin levels as well as types of tannin. Despite the fact that these wines spend 42 months in 100% new French oak, the wood component disappears in the character of the wines at about age 6-10. Moreover, these cuvees are rarely racked and are not sulphured until prior to bottling. The total parts per million of SO2 in the three cuvees runs between 8 and 15 parts per million, which is essentially nothing. In even the worst Northern Rhone vintages, Guigal somehow manages to produce amazing wines from these vineyards. The first vintage for La Mouline was 1966, La Landonne 1978, and La Turque 1985. Of course, these wines are bottled with neither fining nor filtration. 1991 was a great year for Guigal's single vineyard Cote Roties, and 2007 is the first vintage since that reminds me so much of that vintage. 2008 was a challenging vintage for the single vineyard Cote Roties. Yet fine wines have been produced in this difficult year -- a testament to the skills of Marcel Guigal and his son, Philippe.

RP: 94    

$399.99

FAIVELEY PAULéE PINOT NOIR, 750ML

Product SKU: 142448

$31.99
Red Sample

FOUGERAY DE BEAUCLAIR BOURGOGNE BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 777282

$25.99
Red Sample

FOURNIER POUILLY FUME, 750ML

Product SKU: 703721

$30.99
Red Sample

GABRIEL D'ARDHUY BOURGOGNE BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 767643
Sourced entirely from the Côte de Beaune, this is a finely detailed and superbly balanced white burgundy.

$25.99

GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 713453

$15.99

GERARD BERTRAND GRAND TERROIR PIC, 750ML

Product SKU: 745013

$26.99
Red Sample

GERARD DEPARDIEU MA VéRITé, 2002 750ML

Product SKU: 716509
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 149, October 2003
Rating: 89-91 points
Drink now - 2013

Well-known actor Gerard Depardieu is producing this garage wine with the assistance of Bernard Magrez (the proprietor Pape-Clement). Crop thinning was accomplished at 2-3 bunches of grapes per vine in this 5-acre vineyard planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. This terrific 2002 should merit a 90-point score after bottling. It possesses great fruit in addition to a big, spicy, cedary nose with background toasty oak. Opulent, layered, and multidimensional, with tremendous fruit and intensity as well as seamlessly integrated tannin, it's a shame there is not more available. It proves what can be done in the Haut-Medoc from a draconian selection as well as conservative viticultural and winemaking techniques. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2013

RP: 89-91    

$119.99
Red Sample

GRAND VAUSDASNIERE VOUVRAY, 750ML

Product SKU: 743482

$20.99

HENRI BONNEAU CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVéE MARIE BEURRIER, 1999 750ML

Product SKU: 718452
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 145, February 2003
Rating: 90-91 points
Drink now - 2016

Outstanding, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Marie Beurrier is a lighter, downsized version of the Reserve des Celestins. It possesses medium to full body as well as a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, spicy, peppery, leathery notes, and hints of prunes and plums in the background. Although less flattering and concentrated than its sibling, it is a big, bold, typically Bonneau-proportioned effort that will be drinkable between 2005-2016. Always one of the most remarkable visits, my annual pilgrimage to the top of the village of Chateauneuf Du Pape for the descent into the ancient cellars of Henri Bonneau is always a challenge. First of all, the wines are spectacular, but getting Bonneau to deliver a serious response to a question is never easy. Nevertheless, he has a wicked sense of humor, and with his Provencal twang, he is not the easiest to understand, particularly when his jibes are aimed at the French bureaucracy. Bonneau was in rare form when I saw him. He was thrilled with his 2001s, 2000s, 1999s, and 1998s (as was just about everybody else in Chateauneuf Du Pape). He was philosophical about the rain storms that flooded the region on September 8 and 9, 2002, saying that fate had already been kind to Chateauneuf du Pape with four great vintages in a row. As I have said before, the wines that emerge from Henri Bonneau's 15+ acres of old vine Grenache planted on the famed sector called La Crau are majestic wines of extraordinary power, richness, and longevity. At the end of our tasting, Bonneau pulled out one of his legendary old vintages, the 1955 Reserve des Celestins, and once again, I simply wrote "100 ... it doesn't get any better than this." The only question is when will Bonneau decide to bottle his wines? Everything done at chez Bonneau makes no sense to modern day oenologists. His cellars are deplorable, and the condition of his barrels (at least the outside of them) is frightful. However, it's what's inside that counts. The magic in those barrels represents the essence, the heart and soul of Chateauneuf du Pape.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue August 31, 2006
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2020

Traditional aromas of braised chestnuts, grilled beef and cedar give way to a lovely, supple palate layered with pepper, currant and plum flavors. Long finish has a bright minerality while showing an elegant side. Drink now through 2020.

RP: 90-91     WS: 93

$234.99
Red Sample

HENRI BOURGEIOS SANCERRE LES BARONNES, 750ML

Product SKU: 738633

$28.99
Red Sample

HOB NOB PINOT NOIR, 750ML

Product SKU: 822296

$16.99

J. MOREAU CHABLIS, 750ML

Product SKU: 349597

$25.99
Red Sample

JAFFELIN BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, 750ML

Product SKU: 53868

$22.99

JAVA ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 758941

$14.99

JEAN & BERNARD DAURE LE JAJA DE JAU SAUVIGNON, 2009 750ML

Product SKU: 736333
Review by: Kim Marcus
Wine Spectator: Issue June 31, 2009
Rating: 88 points
Drink now

Shows Golden Delicious apple flavors, with hints of apricot and glazed citrus, followed by a spicy finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases imported.

$16.99
Red Sample

JEAN & BERNARD DAURE LE JAJA DE JAU SYRAH, 2008 750ML

Product SKU: 736332

$16.99
Red Sample

JEROME QUIOT VENTOUX, 750ML

Product SKU: 728993

$19.99

JOSEPH DROUHIN BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES, 750ML

Product SKU: 28910
A truly convivial wine. Owing to the careful blending of various terroirs, the result is a wine of great charm. It has a lovely raspberry colour and a brilliant hue. The nose is both refined and intense, with notes of violet, peony and red fruit syrup. As you drink it, it feels fresh and silky. Both freshness and fruit remain for quite a long time on the palate. Made with 100% Gamay.

$19.99

JOSEPH DROUHIN MACON VILLAGES BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 24976

$21.99

KRUG GRAND CUVEE MAGNUM, 1500ML

Product SKU: 722223
Krug’s NV Brut Grande Cuvee disgorged already over the winter of 2011-2012 and further aged before release – reinforces the belief that, thankfully, even wine lovers of modest means who occasionally splurge on Krug Grande Cuvee will be rewarded with a wine that need not fear comparison with this house’s more limited and far more expensive bottlings, nor for that matter with any other wines of Champagne. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning. (Some of the textural allure of this cuvee might, I suspect, be traceable to its significant share of Pinot Meunier, particularly that of Festigny, in a side valley of the Marne’s Left Bank.) Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. Emerging suggestions of shitake and shrimp shell reduction compound the sense of capital U umami in a vibrantly interactive and refreshing finish. A day after opening, this is even more vividly complex than it had been initially, with hints of fresh red raspberry lending an invigorating tang and sensation of berry seed-crunching that delivers strikingly harmonious counterpoint to both the luscious brightness of fruit and the nutty low-tones. Plan to follow this beauty for a dozen or more years. The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvee from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. So is the result.

WS: 95

$559.99

KRUG GRANDE CUVEE BRUT, NV 750ML

Product SKU: 349688
Krug’s NV Brut Grande Cuvee disgorged already over the winter of 2011-2012 and further aged before release – reinforces the belief that, thankfully, even wine lovers of modest means who occasionally splurge on Krug Grande Cuvee will be rewarded with a wine that need not fear comparison with this house’s more limited and far more expensive bottlings, nor for that matter with any other wines of Champagne. The harmonious juxtaposition of creaminess and lees enrichment with bright, juicy citricity and of expansive richness with levity is stunning. (Some of the textural allure of this cuvee might, I suspect, be traceable to its significant share of Pinot Meunier, particularly that of Festigny, in a side valley of the Marne’s Left Bank.) Citrus zest notes segue seamlessly into the fine stream of CO2 without bitterness, while succulent white peach garlanded in lily-of-the-valley is laced with rich, subtly piquant nut oils and saliva-liberating salinity. Emerging suggestions of shitake and shrimp shell reduction compound the sense of capital U umami in a vibrantly interactive and refreshing finish. A day after opening, this is even more vividly complex than it had been initially, with hints of fresh red raspberry lending an invigorating tang and sensation of berry seed-crunching that delivers strikingly harmonious counterpoint to both the luscious brightness of fruit and the nutty low-tones. Plan to follow this beauty for a dozen or more years. The team at Krug has long taken pains to emphasize that the task of assembling their Grande Cuvee from a hundred or more lots reflecting reserves of widely varying ages is mind-bogglingly complex. So is the result.

WS: 95

$289.99
Red Sample

KRUG ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 733225
Krug’s NV Brut Rose ID 212020 – disgorged in spring, 2012, and as always for this cuvee, featuring slightly fewer and younger components than the Grande Cuvee, and an addition of still red Pinot – makes a bright, juicy impression of red raspberry and red currant mingled with fresh lime and tingling with mouthwatering mineral salts. Firmer in feel than the Grande Cuvee and without that bottling’s remarkable juxtaposition of creaminess with brightness, nor indeed its complexity, this finishes with the invigoration of red berry seed-crunching; a piquant hint of orange rind; and fascination of alkaline, saline and chalky nuances. It might well prove interesting to follow for a few years, though I haven’t the experience to address this cuvee’s track record.

RP: 92    

$369.99
Red Sample

L'OUSTAL BLANC GIOCOSO MINERVOIS, 750ML

Product SKU: 724300
Wine Advocate: #195 June 2011
Review by: David Schildknecht
Rating: 92-93
Drink : Now - 2019

From tank, the l'Oustal Blanc 2009 Minervois Giocoso - incorporating some Cinsault along with its usual Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan - is redolent of incense, freshly-baked ginger cookies, and confitured cherry and black raspberry. Thickly and seamlessly rich, it displays, surprisingly, no greater sense of superficial sweetness than the corresponding 2008 (the leavening or fluxing effect of the Cinsault perhaps decisive in this regard). For all of its high-alcohol richness this also evinces an uncanny sense of finishing buoyancy of a sort that growers are quick to attribute to the magic of chalk and clay. There is terrific grip and lingering spice here yet without any objectionable heat, while a sustained sense of salinity serves for saliva inducement. This ought to last superbly for at least 6-8 years

$33.99
Red Sample

L'OUSTAL BLANC NAICK 11 ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 724298
Smell of black berries and prunes. Well structured taste thanks to a nice minerality and a silky texture, realizing a complex and harmonious taste

$27.99
Red Sample

L'OUSTAL BLANC NAïCK 5 BLANC, NV 750ML

Product SKU: 726447
Review by: Kim Marcus
Wine Spectator: Issue August 31, 2007
Rating: 90 points
Drink now - 2012

A complex, toasty aroma leads to a deep well of mineral, cream and spice. Dense and powerful, with a long finish of smoke and ripe apple. Decant. Drink now through 2012.

WS: 90

$54.99
Red Sample

LA CHABLISIENNE ST. ERIS SAUVIGNON, 750ML

Product SKU: 587238

$24.99

LA FERME DU MONT COTES DU RHONE BLANC LA TRUFFIERE, 750ML

Product SKU: 756622

$23.99

LA VIEILLE FERME ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 559393

$14.99

LA VIELLE FERME BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 298505

$14.99

LA VIELLE FERME ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 263640

$14.99

LAVAU ENVYFOL GSM, 750ML

Product SKU: 766213
Full bodied but still light on its feet, with plenty of ripe black and red berry action, spiced up with flickers of pepper and saffron. Deliciously sweet fruit all the way through before the lingering, smoky close

$17.99
Red Sample

LE PARADOU LUBERON, 750ML

Product SKU: 12724

$13.99
Red Sample

LE PRIEURE DE VINSOBRES, 500ML

Product SKU: 761604
dark purple color. intense nose characterized by aromas of ripe fruit combined with spicy and woody notes. Wine very full in the mouth, structured, tannic finish tapering during aging, giving a balanced and harmonious wine.

$17.99

LE SOULA ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 278549

$43.99
Red Sample

LES HALOS DE JUPITER COTES DU RHONE, 750ML

Product SKU: 254995

$21.99

LILLET BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 740447
Lillet Blanc is a medium color white wine, made from sauvignon blanc and semillon grapes. that noses of honey and orange and a hint of mint. While the nose may lead you to expect a sweet dessert wine taste, in fact Lillet Blanc with taste and a firm bitterness, which suddenly diminishes, leaving a lingering trace of orange, honey and bitterness on the palate.

$19.99
Red Sample

LOUIS BOUILLOT ROSE CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE, 750ML

Product SKU: 745430
Firm and elegant, with candied strawberry, watermelon and spice flavors. Moderate length.

$20.99
Red Sample

LOUIS JADOT BONNE MARES GRAND CRU, 2011 750ML

Product SKU: 734049

$339.99

LOUIS JADOT ECHEZEAUX GRAND CRU, 2011 750ML

Product SKU: 156489

$204.99

LOUIS JADOT POMMARD CLOS DE LA COMMARAINE PREMIER CRU, 2011 750ML

Product SKU: 125526

$79.99

LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT NV, NV 750ML

Product SKU: 268771
Delicious. Smooth and complex, revealing flavors of yeast, berry, ginger and citrus, allied to a firm structure. Ends with a firm, tactile sensation and an aftertaste of candied citrus. Drink now.

WS: 90

$74.99
Red Sample

LOUIS ROEDERER CARTE BLANCHE, 750ML

Product SKU: 764948
A firm backbone of acidity balances this lightly smoky version, which shows flavors of candied almond, raspberry pâte de fruit and baked peach. Creamy and mouthwatering. Drink now through 2015. 700 cases imported.

WS: 91

$79.99

LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL, 2000 750ML

Product SKU: 716130
Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue December 31, 2007
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2025

This goes for personality and finesse. An assertive, honeyed style, with plenty of citrus flavors. Mature coffee and roasted nut accents are peeking through, with a robust structure and a dried citrus aftertaste. Drink now through 2025.

WS: 91

$379.99
Red Sample

LUCKY BUG ORGANIC SEMILLION SAUVIGNON, 750ML

Product SKU: 721748

$18.99

M. CHAPOUTIER BELLERUCHE BLANC, 750ML

Product SKU: 725770
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 185, October 2009
Rating: 87 points
Drink by: N/A

The 2008 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche blanc is an impeccably well-made white offering floral, mineral, honeyed grapefruit, and white citrus notes. Crisp and fresh, it is ideal for near-term consumption.

Michel Chapoutier fashions some terrific low-end wines that sell for a song, and in 2007, they are of exceptionally high quality. The handful of 2008s I tasted also look very good for the vintage. These are sleeper selections, especially his La Ciboise and Estubiers from the Coteaux du Tricastin.

Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue November 15, 2009
Rating: 87 points
Drink now

This offers nice cut, with a strong, stony edge to the peach pit and melon notes, followed by a fresh, lingering finish. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.

$19.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER CôTE-RôTIE LA MORDORéE, 2005 1500ML

Product SKU: 734225
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2013 - 2033

There are 577 cases of the 2005 Cote Rotie La Mordoree. This deep ruby/purple wine exhibits loads of tannin, bits of bacon fat, cassis, and a steely personality with superb depth, but an abundance of structure and tannin, and also displays tobacco leaf and a hint of fig. It will require 5-8 years of cellaring and drink well for 20-25 years.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2008
Rating: 95 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

Bright and racy, with red currant, raspberry and floral notes pushing to the front, while a nervy, minerally grip lurks in the background and emerges more on the taut, iron-filled finish. Still on the tight side for now, so needs cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2025. 577 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 95

$529.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER CôTE-RôTIE LA MORDORéE, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 434746
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2013 - 2033

There are 577 cases of the 2005 Cote Rotie La Mordoree. This deep ruby/purple wine exhibits loads of tannin, bits of bacon fat, cassis, and a steely personality with superb depth, but an abundance of structure and tannin, and also displays tobacco leaf and a hint of fig. It will require 5-8 years of cellaring and drink well for 20-25 years.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2008
Rating: 95 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

Bright and racy, with red currant, raspberry and floral notes pushing to the front, while a nervy, minerally grip lurks in the background and emerges more on the taut, iron-filled finish. Still on the tight side for now, so needs cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2025. 577 cases made.

RP: 94     WS: 95

$249.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER CROZES-HERMITAGE LES VARONNIERS, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 43473805
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 93 points
Drink 2011 - 2023

The 2005 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres reveals plenty of black olives, creme de cassis, graphite, and subtle oak, in a full-bodied, tannic, backward style that requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 92 points
Drink 2009 - 2012

Dark and nicely structured, with a loamy edge to the black currant, tobacco and dark cocoa notes. The rich, mouthfilling finish needs some cellaring to loosen up a touch. Pretty serious for the appellation. Best from 2009 through 2012. 330 cases made.

RP: 93     WS: 92

$94.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE DE L'ORéE, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 70162005
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 98 points
Drink now - 2013

Chapoutier's line-up of single vineyard white Ermitages, all from mid- to upper slopes of that small appellation, are prodigious wines. I have been following them since he first introduced L'Oree in 1991, and they are sensational to drink in their first 4-5 years, then seem to go into a rather bizarre oxidized stage that can last for 7-8 years, and then they re-emerge as something even more complex. The one thing I never understand is how the color sometimes actually lightens as they age, which makes no sense to me whatsoever, although I suspect there must be some scientific explanation. The 2005 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is a spectacular wine, with notes of nectarine, quince, honeyed hazelnuts, honeysuckle, and an almost exotic note buttressed by excellent acidity and no notice of any oak. The wine has prodigious richness and a full-bodied intensity that needs to be tasted to be believed. This is stunning stuff that should drink well for 50 or more years, but you can drink it over the next 4-5 years or forget it for 12-15. My aging curve on all of these single-vineyard wines is pretty much the same, and these are very strong vintages with higher acidity than 2005.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

Gushes with creamy textured, superripe layers of fig, green almond, pear and Cavaillon melon, all carried by well-imbedded acidity. Long, driving finish pumps out additional hints of mango and green plum. Best from 2010 through 2025. 770 cases made.

RP: 98     WS: 96

$289.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE DE L'ORéE, 2005 1500ML

Product SKU: 734224
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 98 points
Drink now - 2013

Chapoutier's line-up of single vineyard white Ermitages, all from mid- to upper slopes of that small appellation, are prodigious wines. I have been following them since he first introduced L'Oree in 1991, and they are sensational to drink in their first 4-5 years, then seem to go into a rather bizarre oxidized stage that can last for 7-8 years, and then they re-emerge as something even more complex. The one thing I never understand is how the color sometimes actually lightens as they age, which makes no sense to me whatsoever, although I suspect there must be some scientific explanation. The 2005 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree is a spectacular wine, with notes of nectarine, quince, honeyed hazelnuts, honeysuckle, and an almost exotic note buttressed by excellent acidity and no notice of any oak. The wine has prodigious richness and a full-bodied intensity that needs to be tasted to be believed. This is stunning stuff that should drink well for 50 or more years, but you can drink it over the next 4-5 years or forget it for 12-15. My aging curve on all of these single-vineyard wines is pretty much the same, and these are very strong vintages with higher acidity than 2005.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

Gushes with creamy textured, superripe layers of fig, green almond, pear and Cavaillon melon, all carried by well-imbedded acidity. Long, driving finish pumps out additional hints of mango and green plum. Best from 2010 through 2025. 770 cases made.

RP: 98     WS: 96

$522.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE DE L'ORéE, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 701620
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 147, June 2003
Rating: 93-95 points
Drink now - 2033

The great American patriot and wine connoisseur Thomas Jefferson called Hermitage "the single greatest white wine of France". Slightly lower-keyed, but still prodigious, the 2001 Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree does not possess the muscle, volume, or weight of the 2000, but it is a beautifully etched, elegant, intensely mineral wine offering hints of white flowers, citrus oils, and earth in its dense, full-bodied, chewy personality. Like its older sibling, it will be delicious in its first 3-4 years of life, then close down, to re-emerge 10-12 years later. It will last for three decades or more. These uncompromising offerings from a young genius are not meant for consumers who want something to drink immediately. They are the essence of bio-dynamically farmed vineyard sites cropped incredibly low, given extended fermentations with indigenous yeasts, and rarely touched until they go into the bottle unfined and unfiltered. In most vintages, the wines are not even racked off their lees, which only adds to their natural style. These are truly remarkable wines, but for most readers, patience is the operative rule as they generally need a good 8-10 years to strut their stuff. Once moribund, over the last 12 years, this firm has become one of the reference points for nearly all the Rhone Valley appellations since the brash yet immensely talented Michel Chapoutier took over in the late eighties. The single vineyard offerings are as good as Rhone Valley wines can be. Moreover, Chapoutier continues to upgrade the quality of those wines offered in more significant quantities than the 500 or so cases each of the single vineyard offerings.


Review by: Per-Henrik Mansson
Wine Spectator: Issue August 31, 2003
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2015

Rich and ripe, yet so elegant and refined. Full-bodied, with a creamy texture, it blends almond paste, butter, citrus and dried fruit into an intriguing whole. Smells like a sweet wine, but this wine has been fermented dry and would make a sensational match with many foods. Drink now through 2015. 555 cases made.

RP: 93-95     WS: 94

$229.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE L'ERMITE, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 703910
Review By Wine Spectator
Issue: Aug 31, 2004
Score: 96
Drink 2007-2020


A stunner. This steel-plated version is set up for long-term cellaring, though its blackberry and boysenberry fruit is tantalizingly accessible now. Exercise restraint, however, and let the racy tannins carry it while all the coffee bean, cocoa powder, mineral, fig and anise flavors integrate fully. A really beautiful wine. Best from 2007 through 2020. 375 cases made. JM

RP: 98-100     WS: 96

$429.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE L'ERMITE, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 70391005
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 99 points
Drink 2020 - 2080

Lastly, from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage is the 2005 Ermitage l'Ermite. An extraordinarily powerful wine that probably needs 10-15 years in the bottle (last year I thought 20 was probably conservative), this is a 100-year wine and probably best appreciated by our descendants rather than anyone currently over the age of 30. Dense purple to the rim, with notes of crushed rock, charcoal, roasted meats, and enormous quantities of blue and black fruits, this wine is almost painfully rich and thick, with mouthsearing levels of tannin and zesty acidity. Monumental! Anticipated maturity: 2020-2080.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 98 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

Super sleek and racy, with layers of red and black licorice snap, red and black currant, plum sauce, coffee, iron and violets. Incredibly long, with superb minerality that keeps it all harnessed, leaving a nearly saline-like feel on the tangy finish. A steel-plated version that should age beautifully. Best from 2010 through 2030. 617 cases made.

RP: 99     WS: 98

$444.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE MéAL, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 703909
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2018 - 2060+

There are 481 cases of the black/purple 2005 Ermitage Le Meal. As always, classic blackberry, asphalt, charcoal, and beef blood notes jump from the glass of this intense wine. Full-bodied, with staggering concentration and a personality not terribly dissimilar from a first-growth Pauillac, but showing no evidence of oak whatsoever (and that is in spite of being aged in 100% new oak casks), this wine needs 10-12 years of bottle age, and should keep for 50-100 years.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 98 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

Big, broad-shouldered version, with loam, tobacco, currant paste and hoisin sauce notes out in front of the formidable tannin structure. Dark, loamy and muscular through the finish, with a haymaker of black fruit and tarry grip. Best from 2010 through 2030. 481 cases made.

RP: 96     WS: 98

$309.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE PAVILLON, 2005 1500ML

Product SKU: 734223
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 98 points

The biggest production cuvee, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,067 cases in this vintage) has a dense purple color, the classic acacia flower, graphite-based, smoky creme de cassis nose with a tremendous intensity and a full-bodied power and richness that is awesome. These are monumental wines, and when you think that this wine, much like most of its siblings, is made from yields of 12-18 hectoliters per hectare, the explanation for its concentration and extraordinary expression of terroir is obvious.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

Very focused, with grippy, but streamlined tannins carrying dark currant, plum, coffee, mocha and mineral notes through a long finish. Zesty, wild berry and briar patch-filled finish. Should flesh out nicely in the cellar, as there is some real serious grip here. Best from 2010 through 2025. 1,067 cases made.

RP: 98     WS: 96

$719.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE PAVILLON, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 701618
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 175, February 2008
Rating: 98 points

The biggest production cuvee, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,067 cases in this vintage) has a dense purple color, the classic acacia flower, graphite-based, smoky creme de cassis nose with a tremendous intensity and a full-bodied power and richness that is awesome. These are monumental wines, and when you think that this wine, much like most of its siblings, is made from yields of 12-18 hectoliters per hectare, the explanation for its concentration and extraordinary expression of terroir is obvious.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue Web Only 2008
Rating: 96 points
Drink 2010 - 2025

Very focused, with grippy, but streamlined tannins carrying dark currant, plum, coffee, mocha and mineral notes through a long finish. Zesty, wild berry and briar patch-filled finish. Should flesh out nicely in the cellar, as there is some real serious grip here. Best from 2010 through 2025. 1,067 cases made.

RP: 98     WS: 96

$409.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE PAVILLON, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 70161801
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 147, June 2003
Rating: 93-95 points
Drink 2010 - 2030

Year in and year out, one of the three greatest Hermitages made is Chapoutier's Le Pavillon. The 2001 Ermitage Le Pavillon exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of camphor, ink, creme de cassis, and hints of licorice as well as smoke. Although dense, rich, and full-bodied, the 2001 reveals more acidity in its delineated, nervous personality. Unquestionably great and intense, it will be less charming and precocious than its 2000 sibling. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. (I disagree, but Michel Chapoutier feels his finest three Le Pavillons to date have been 1991 followed by 1995 and 2000. I retain a preference for the glorious trilogy of 1989, 1990, and 1991.) This uncompromising offering from a young genius is not meant for consumers who want something to drink immediately. It is the essence of bio-dynamically farmed vineyard sites cropped incredibly low, given extended fermentations with indigenous yeasts, and rarely touched until it goes into the bottle unfined and unfiltered. In most vintages, the wine is not even racked off its lees, which only adds to its natural style. This is truly a remarkable wine, but for most readers, patience is the operative rule as it needs a good 8-10 years to strut its stuff. Once moribund, over the last 12 years, this firm has become one of the reference points for nearly all the Rhone Valley appellations since the brash yet immensely talented Michel Chapoutier took over in the late eighties. The single vineyard offerings are as good as Rhone Valley wines can be. Moreover, Chapoutier continues to upgrade the quality of those wines offered in more significant quantities than the 500 or so cases each of the single vineyard offerings.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue August 31, 2004
Rating: 94 points
Drink now - 2014

Gorgeous, with velvety, plush black currant and plum fruit supported by very suave vanilla bean- and mocha java-tinged toast. Dense and long on the finish, with the toast caressing the fruit all the way through. Aromatic, richly flavored and balanced. Best from 2005 through 2014. 600 cases made.

RP: 95     WS: 94

$249.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE LE PAVILLON, 2002 750ML

Product SKU: 70161802
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 156, December 2004
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2050

As extraordinary as the 2003s are, I was also blown away by the 2002s produced by Chapoutier, some of which are among the top wines of this challenging vintage. As I have said so many times over the last 15 years, the top Chapoutier wines are meant for very long term drinking, and are not designed for immediate gratification. Everything Chapoutier is doing, from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard to tiny yields, extended fermentations, indigenous yeasts, and no fining or filtration, is done to produce the essence of a vineyard and a vintage. His track record since 1989 and 1990 admirably proves that these are indeed remarkable wines made by a young genius who refuses to compromise. Michel Chapoutier has been misunderstood by some of his peers, and there is a lot of jealousy when someone this young is so incredibly talented, but it is an irrefutable fact that these are wines of singular greatness as well as longevity.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue May 15, 2005
Rating: 90 points
Drink now

Excellent focus and texture for the vintage, with black cherry, currant, mineral and coffee flavors supported by firm yet ripe tannins. Has concentration and length, which are rare for '02. Drink now through 2008. 575 cases made.

RP: 91     WS: 90

$309.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER HERMITAGE CHANTE-ALOUETTE, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 72585302
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 156, December 204
Rating: 92 points
Drink now

The superb 2003 Ermitage Chante Alouette, cropped at a mere 15 hectoliters per hectare, was aged sur-lie in 100% new oak (which is not the least bit noticeable). It boasts tremendous amounts of honeysuckle, white currant, and liqueur of stone-like characteristics in the long, persistent flavors. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years, then forget about it for at least a decade. As I have said so many times over the last 15 years, the top Chapoutier wines are meant for very long term drinking, and are not designed for immediate gratification. Everything Chapoutier is doing, from his bio-dynamically farmed vineyard to tiny yields, extended fermentations, indigenous yeasts, and no fining or filtration, is done to produce the essence of a vineyard and a vintage. His track record since 1989 and 1990 admirably proves that these are indeed remarkable wines made by a young genius who refuses to compromise. Michel Chapoutier has been misunderstood by some of his peers, and there is a lot of jealousy when someone this young is so incredibly talented, but it is an irrefutable fact that these are wines of singular greatness as well as longevity.


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue October 15, 2005
Rating: 92 points
Drink now - 2020

Ripe, concentrated layers of papaya, fig and macadamia nut are woven with mineral, piecrust and fresh, sweetened butter notes, all rippling through a long showy finish that alternates between waxy and racy. Hard to resist now, but better with time. Drink now through 2020. 5,500 cases made.

RP: 92     WS: 92

$74.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER HERMITAGE VIN DE PAILLE, 2000 750ML

Product SKU: 70162500
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 147, June 2003
Rating: 96 points
Drink now - 2103

Although little is produced, the light to medium amber-colored 2000 Ermitage Vin de Paille boasts an unctuous texture in addition to a gorgeous perfume of orange marmalade as well as truffles intertwined with crushed nuts; it is a wine of tremendous richness and moderate sweetness. All of this is balanced by good acidity. These wines are made from grapes harvested in late October/early November that are kept on straw mats for two months prior to being crushed and vinified. They can be drunk young, but based on historic examples tasted over the last quarter of a century, they will age for 50-100 years. These uncompromising offerings from a young genius are not meant for consumers who want something to drink immediately. They are the essence of bio-dynamically farmed vineyard sites cropped incredibly low, given extended fermentations with indigenous yeasts, and rarely touched until they go into the bottle unfined and unfiltered. In most vintages, the wines are not even racked off their lees, which only adds to their natural style. These are truly remarkable wines, but for most readers, patience is the operative rule as they generally need a good 8-10 years to strut their stuff. Once moribund, over the last 12 years, this firm has become one of the reference points for nearly all the Rhone Valley appellations since the brash yet immensely talented Michel Chapoutier took over in the late eighties. The single vineyard offerings are as good as Rhone Valley wines can be. Moreover, Chapoutier continues to upgrade the quality of those wines offered in more significant quantities than the 500 or so cases each of the single vineyard offerings.

RP: 96    

$259.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER HERMITAGE VIN DE PAILLE, 2005 375ML

Product SKU: 701625
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 170, April 2007
Rating: 96-98 points

Of course, Michel Chapoutier produces some very limited spectacular dessert wines. The 2005 Ermitage Vin de Paille has a dark amber color, much more noticeable acidity than the 2004, but tastes as unctuous, yet with considerable precision. The truffle notes are not nearly as intense, but the wine does exhibit plenty of honeysuckle, caramel, and marmalade notes in a full-bodied, sweet style. This wine cuvee has between 100 and 159 grams of residual sugar, and the finished alcohol is approximately 15%.

RP: 96-98    

$261.99
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M. CHAPOUTIER MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE, 2005 375ML

Product SKU: 721563
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 169, February 2007
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2009

A sleeper selection is the 2005 Muscat de Beaunes de Venise, a sweet dessert wine offering aromas of honeysuckle, peach jam, and litchi along with good acidity and loads of fruit. Neither cloying nor overwrought, it should be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.

RP: 91    

$27.99

MARCELL DEISS ENGELGARTEN BERGHEIM, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 719111
Review by: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator: Issue October 31, 2005
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2012

Full of finesse, this is really singing today, with ripe peach, mineral and citrus aromas and flavors supported by fresh acidity. Terrific balance and harmony, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2012.

$64.99
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MEDOCAINE CH. CLOS FOURTET, 750ML

Product SKU: 749746

$274.99

MEDOCAINE CH. HAUT BAILLY, 750ML

Product SKU: 749737

$289.99

MEDOCAINE CH. LA DOMINIQUE, 750ML

Product SKU: 749743

$94.99

MEDOCAINE CH. SUDUIRAUT, 375ML

Product SKU: 730610

$89.99

MEFFRE PLAN DE CIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, 750ML

Product SKU: 752620

$17.99

MICHEL LYNCH ORGANIC RED, 750ML

Product SKU: 750309

$18.99

MOET & CHANDON BRUT, 750ML

Product SKU: 453084
The minerally undertow imparts a subtle, smoky note that blends with flavors of dried pineapple, biscuit, salted almond and white peach. A balanced version, with a fine bead and well-honed acidity. Drink now through 2018.

WS: 92

$63.99
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MOET & CHANDON DOM PERIGNON 2004, 750ML

Product SKU: 280461
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate:#1113 NOV 2013
Rating: 95

Lily-of-the-valley perfume and scents of lightly toasted brioche and almond rise from the glass of Moet’s 2004 Brut Dom Perignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop – also already intimated in the nose – lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by alkaline, nutty, liquid-floral, and nori seaweed notes for a performance of head-scratching subtlety and intrigue. (In case my description hasn’t already made clear, we have here inter alia a fantastic sushi wine.) This will be worth following for at least the next 6-8 years, in the course of demonstrating that iconic status as a luxury brand, and elevated (albeit secret) production numbers by no means preclude a wine of understated as well as profound beauty.

RP: 95    

$249.99
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MON AMI RASCAL OF THE VINEYARD ROUGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 620237

$11.99

MON AMI RASCAL OF THE VINEYARD WHITE, 750ML

Product SKU: 620328

$12.99

MUMM CARTE CLASSIQUE, 750ML

Product SKU: 308064
Toast and dried fruit notes mix in this very harmonious dry Champagne, which is full of flavor—dried apricot, candied orange peel, nut and smoke—but still elegant and light-weight. The rich, toasty note lingers on the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2020. 12,000 cases imported.

WS: 92

$54.99
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MUR MUR IUM VIOGNIER, 750ML

Product SKU: 760224

$23.99
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NICOLAS FEUILLATTE BRUT RESERVE, 750ML

Product SKU: 500397
Rich and creamy, showing the dried fruit, nut and spice notes of fruitcake, with lemon meringue, quince and honey flavors. Clean citrusy acidity integrates beautifully and provides an elegance to this refined Champagne. Drink now through 2020.

WS: 92

$59.99

NICOLAS JOLY CLOS DE LA BERGERIE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 710590
Review by: David Schildknecht
Wine Advocate: Issue 172, August 2007
Rating: 92 points

Joly's 2004 Savennieres Roche-aux-Moines Clos de la Bergerie displays a striking aroma of apricot, fresh quince, almond paste, chicken stock, chalk dust, and musky florality the sort of smells that makes you wonder that they could come from grapes, which I suppose Joly would argue that they don't really, Chenin being but the vehicle for expressing terroir and cosmic forces. Firmer, juicier and less flattering in texture than its Clos Sacres stable mate (though faintly oily), this saturates the palate with poached apricot, apricot kernel, pineapple, raspberry preserves, almond paste, and toasted pecan, yet without suggesting more than subtle sweetness. In fact, it manages to display intense ripeness while preserving a certain underlying austerity, here conveyed in the finish by an adamant tone of wet stone rather than the more diverse mineral display of the Clos Sacres. (Nor is there a trace of heat from this wine's advertised 14.5% alcohol.)


Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue October 15, 2006
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2021

Has a chewy intensity to the peach pit, green almond, ginger, persimmon and humus notes, followed by crunchy acidity on the rich finish. Very open now, but will age easily. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made.

RP: 92     WS: 91

$72.99
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NICOLAS JOLY CLOS DE LA BERGERIE, 2005 750ML

Product SKU: 71059005
Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue March 31, 2008
Rating: 91 points
Drink 2010 - 2020

Rich, but tightly coiled now, this has persimmon, orange peel, clove, cardamom and ginger notes stretched over a slightly waxy frame. Long, stony finish. Best from 2010 through 2020.

WS: 91

$76.99
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NICOLET COTES DU RHONE, 750ML

Product SKU: 743513

$22.99
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NICOLET RASTEAU VIELLES VIGNES, 750ML

Product SKU: 743515

$29.99
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NUITS-ST-GEORGES CONFURON LES FLEURIERES, 750ML

Product SKU: 752513

$74.99

PAUL JABOULET "LES JALETS" CROZES HERMITAGE, 750ML

Product SKU: 334235



$36.99
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PAUL MAS VIOGNIER, 750ML

Product SKU: 740978
It is hard to miss the fresh aromatics of this highly regarded Viognier as it scents the air with spicy jasmine and nectarine. The palate is silky in texture with honey and peach flavours, making it a scrumptious choice for spicy foods.

$16.99
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PERRIN RASTEAU, 750ML

Product SKU: 722067

$21.99

PERRIN VINSOBRES, 750ML

Product SKU: 717235

$21.99

PERRIN & FILS CôTES-DU-RHôNE PERRIN RéSERVE, 750ML

Product SKU: 363457
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 179, October 2008
Rating: 87-88 points
Drink now - 2012

The 2007 Cotes du Rhone Reserve red (60% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre) possesses beautiful crunchy, juicy, blackberry and cherry fruit as well as hints of underbrush, pepper, and black cherries. Medium-bodied and silky-textured, it is ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.


$16.99
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PHILIPPE DELESVAUX COTEAU DU LAYON SéLECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES, 2003 500ML

Product SKU: 716440
Review by: James Molesworth
Wine Spectator: Issue November 15, 2005
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2010

Lush and creamy, with layers of mango, papaya, dried apricot, ginger and orange blossom that gush from start to finish. A tang of minerality flutters through in the end. Not nearly as dynamic as the '02, but lovely. Drink now through 2010. 250 cases made.

WS: 93

$64.99
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PONSARDIN VEUVE CLIQUOT BRUT, 375ML

Product SKU: 389056

$35.99

ROTHSCHILD CABERNET, 750ML

Product SKU: 407551

$13.99

ROTHSCHILD CHARDONNAY, 750ML

Product SKU: 407528

$13.99

ROTHSCHILD MOUTON CADET, 375ML

Product SKU: 323113

$8.99

ROTHSCHILD PINOT NOIR, 750ML

Product SKU: 710615

$13.99

RUINART BRUT ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 718222
The NV Brut Rose is a pretty, understated wine graced with notable class and finesse. This is a decidedly feminine, delicate style best suited to drinking as an aperitif. Sweet berries, flowers and spices are layered into the refined, well-articulated finish.

WS: 93

$99.99
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RUINART DOM RUINART, 750ML

Product SKU: 718219

Shows beautiful, lacy texture, weaving persistent and mouthwatering acidity with flavors of patisserie pear, dried apricot, almond paste, pickled ginger, acacia blossom and clover honey. This is underscored by a rich note of smoky minerality that rings out on the finish. Drink now through 2030

WS: 96

$224.99
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RUINART DOM RUINART ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 757598
Very minerally, offering lots of smoke and roasted almond notes accenting the flavors of cherry purée, crème de cassis and macerated plum. Fresh and focused, with a fine, creamy bead and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2025. 67 cases made

WS: 93

$429.99

SEGUIN MANUEL BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, 750ML

Product SKU: 754962

$27.99

SIRIUS ROUGE, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 700583

$22.99

ST. MONT LES VIGNES RETROUVEES, 750ML

Product SKU: 758586

$16.99

TAITTINGER BRUT RESERVE, NV 750ML

Product SKU: 40873
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 144, December 2002
Rating: 90 points
Drink now

This wine was recommended, but no tasting note was given.

RP: 90    

$69.99
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TARDIEU-LAURENT CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVéE SPéCIALE, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 719124
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 156, December 2004
Rating: 93-95 points
Drink now - 2019

The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Speciale is composed primarily of Grenache with a touch of Cinsault. While the two previous Chateauneufs were made from destemmed fruit, this offering includes 100% stems. All from the famed La Crau parcel, it was made from 80-year old vines, and boasts 15% alcohol. Loads of pepper, garrigue, licorice, seaweed, and sweet currant, cherry, and plum-like fruit emerge from this full-bodied, fleshy, ripe, low acid Chateauneuf du Pape. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

RP: 93-95    

$87.99
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TARDIEU-LAURENT CHâTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, 2001 750ML

Product SKU: 713951
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 151, February 2004
Rating: 93 points
Drink now - 2018

Reminiscent of Pomerol's Chateau l'Evangile, the inky/purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers up aromas of violets, blackberries, and raspberries. Full-bodied and intensely concentrated, with background notes of new oak, this phenomenally pure, rich, structured 2001 demands 3-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.

RP: 93    

$114.99
Red Sample

TARDIEU-LAURENT CORNAS VIEILLES VIGNES, 2004 750ML

Product SKU: 726479
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 163, February 2006
Rating: 88-90 points

The 2004 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has a dense ruby/purple color, high tannin, sharp acids, and a tart finish. It is loaded and intense, and is going to last a long time, but I wonder if the acid is ever going to become fully integrated.

RP: 88-90    

$129.99
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TARDIEU-LAURENT CôTE-RôTIE, 2003

Product SKU: 719126
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 163, February 2006
Rating: 91 points
Drink now - 2021

Notes of roasted herbs, olives, black currants, and tapenade jump from the glass of the dark ruby/purple-colored 2003 Cote Rotie. The wine is exotic, rich, soft, fleshy, and full. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

RP: 91    

$114.99
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TARDIEU-LAURENT HERMITAGE, 2003 750ML

Product SKU: 719127
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 156, December 2004
Rating: 95-98 points
Drink 2009 - 2029

A blockbuster that transcends any Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage I have tasted previously is the 2003. Fashioned from three sites on the appellation's granite slopes, Le Meal, Beaumes, and Dionnieres (all 50-year old vineyards), its black/purple color is accompanied by glorious scents of creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, creosote, and black truffles. Tremendously deep, unctuously textured, and almost painfully concentrated and thick, it needs 5-7 years of cellaring, and should last for 20-25 years.

RP: 95-98    

$156.99
Red Sample

THREE WINDS SYRAH, 750ML

Product SKU: 847608

$15.99

VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN BRUT (YELLOW LABEL), NV 750ML

Product SKU: 563338
Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: Issue 90, December 1993
Rating: 90 points
Drink now

No specific tasting note


Review by: Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator: Issue December 31, 2001
Rating: 91 points

You can't lose with this classy wine. The refined apple, grapefruit and dough aromas follow through on the palate. Creamy and lively on the finish.

RP: 90     WS: 91

$69.99
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VEUVE CLIQUOT VEUVE CLIQOUT YELLOW LABEL, 1500ML

Product SKU: 572586

$149.99
Red Sample

WHISPERING ANGEL PROVENCE ROSE, 750ML

Product SKU: 750051
Classic pale salmon in colour, this wine entices with a ripe tropical fruit bouquet. Mineral flavours follow, showcasing restrained red fruit and a hint of spice. This is a wine to be enjoyed alongside elegant canapés like smoked salmon blinis.

$29.99
Red Sample

WOLFBERGER CREMANT D'ALSACE, NV 750ML

Product SKU: 702142
Review by: Pierre Rovani
Wine Advocate: Issue 143, October 2002
Rating: 86 points
Drink now

Produced mostly from Pinot Blanc, the non-vintage Cremant d'Alsace is a soft, silky-textured, plump, and easygoing wine. Light to medium-bodied and smile-inducing, it offers pear and apple flavors in its well-made character. Drink it over the next 12 months.



Produced mostly from Pinot Blanc, the non-vintage Cremant d'Alsace is a soft, silky-textured, plump, and easygoing wine. Light to medium-bodied and smile-inducing, it offers pear and apple flavors in its well-made character. Drink it over the next 12 months.

RP: 86    

$23.99
Red Sample
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