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Brumont Chateau Montus Blanc Sec 2012 (750 ml) Brumont Chateau Montus, Madiran 2011 (750 ml) Ogier Gigondas Oratorio 2012 (750 ml)
WE 91

Alain Brumont likes to throw challenges at himself and this is one of them. Made from two really local grapes, Petit Courbu and Petit Manseng, this wine is dry and strongly oxidative. It has fascinating touches of honey, of yellow fruit, of spice and hints of toast from the wood aging in large barrels. The wine is now very mature and very ready to drink.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2016)
WE 93, WS 91

The wine is impressive and packed with dense dark fruits. It comes from the showpiece estate of Madiran that was created by the iconic producer of the region, Alain Brumont

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2016)
WE 92

This wine manages to capture the essence of the southern Rhône in its fine scents of garrigue and sun-baked cherries. Despite a certain warmth, it remains fresh, supple and detailed, offering intricate nuances of licorice, sage and thyme on the long finish.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2013)
Domaine du Gros' Nore Bandol, Provence 2014 (750 ml) La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2014 (750 ml) Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne NV (375 ml)
For many years, all the fruit from the Pascal family vines were sold to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon, with a small amount being kept and bottled for family consumption. To honor his father’s passing in 1997, Alain Pascal started Gros ‘Noré, which has brought considerable attention and respect from peers throughout Bandol, dubbed the grand cru village of Provence. The domaine bottles a rosé and a blanc but the blend of the rouge offering is 80% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault, all of which come from vines between 40 and 60 years of age. The grapes are partially de-stemmed with percentages dependent on the vintage, and fermentation kicks in naturally via indigenous yeasts. Never fined or filtered before bottling.
WA 90

The 2014 La Fleur de Bouard has a detailed and quite intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and cedar aromas, an attractive floral scent that emerges with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, lively and crisp in the mouth, although the finish shuts everything down a little early. Therefore, give this Lalande de Pomerol three or four years in bottle to allow those tannins to mellow and just gain the charm of the aromatics.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)
JS 93, WS 92

A finely knit Champagne, this is driven by smoky minerality and layered with a subtle mix of lemon curd, biscuit, Acacia blossom and white peach puree. Long and vibrant on the spiced finish. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
Pierre Amadieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Paillousse 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2008 (375 ml)
WS 89

Solidly built, with a frame of chestnut and tobacco leaf notes around a core of lightly dried cherry and plum fruit flavors, giving way to sandalwood and garrigue accents through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2022.

- James Moleworth, Wine Spectator (2016)
WE 92, WS 90

Bright and racy, with red currant and plum fruit lined with a lively tang of iron that streaks through the finish. A touch taut, but should unwind nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WA 93, WE 93, WS 92

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. It is clear that the aromatics on the 2008 are a little simpler and more straightforward than the 2007 with honeysuckle, jasmine and mango scents emerging with time. The palate is ripe and precise on the entry with well-integrated oak that is in sync with the lemon curd and apricot fruit. There is a lovely sweetness on the finish with a hint of spice lingering in the mouth. As I wrote last year – sublime. Drink 2017-2030+

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2005 (375 ml) Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml) Domaine les Girard du Boucou Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone 2011 (750 ml)
WS 97, WE 95

Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (March, 2008)
JS 92, V 91

The 2014 Larrivet Haut-Brion is superb. Ripe red cherry, plum, spice, rose petal and savory herbs are neatly fused together. Succulent, fleshy and inviting, the 2014 is showing exceptionally well today. This supple, racy Pessac-Leognan should drink well right out of the gate.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
WA 88

The 2011 is a sleeper of the vintage, a delicious wine with loads of complex floral notes intermixed with new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and plenty of black currants and cherries. It has real intensity, medium to full body, and is certainly an over-performer for the vintage. The front-end loaded characteristics of the 2011 also make this wine a juicy proposition for drinking over the next 7-8 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet Red 2012 (750 ml) Ruinart Brut Rose, Champagne NV (375 ml) Chateau Gaudin, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml)
A fruity, complex nose leads on to a lively palate with finely balanced acidity. A mid-palate of cherry and redcurrant fruits gives way to a smooth, persistent finish.
WS 93, JS 93

A pure note of wild strawberry rides the fine and creamy mousse of this mouthwatering rosé. Expressive, with flavors of ripe berry, candied ginger, pink grapefruit zest, marzipan and smoky mineral. Elegant overall. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WE 91

From one of those rare properties in Pauillac that are not classified growths, this wine is ripe, dark, still smoky and very structured. It has some of the weight of the vintage although in a restrained way, giving juicy black currant fruits behind the tannic structure. Drink from 2017.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 2012 (750 ml) Clos de l'Oratoire, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Eric et Joel Durand Cornas Empreintes 2014 (750 ml)
WE 92-94

Barrel sample. Solid and concentrated, this wine certainly shows great dryness as well as fruit. It has power and density, and a texture that balances new wood as well as the fruitiness.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2013)
JS 93, WS 92, WA 91

Shows lovely fruit, with waves of blueberry, plum and boysenberry compote rolling over each other. The polished structure is well-embedded, while the finish lets a graphite note peek out. Emphasizes purity rather than extraction. Best from 2018 through 2028.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WS 93, WA 91

Ripe and tightly focused, with racy cassis, blackberry and plum fruit that stretches out through a lengthy, mineral-driven finish. Mouthwatering bay and rosemary accents streak through, giving this great cut. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
Ayala Rose Majeur Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml) Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Girard 2011 (750 ml) Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011 (750 ml)
WS 90

Firm and smoky, with a chalky texture, this balanced rosé shows more mineral character than it does hints of mulberry, dried herb and toasted raisin bread.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2015)
WS 91, IWC 91

A ripe, fleshy style, with plum sauce, blackberry paste and raspberry ganache notes that stay driven and fresh, thanks to a racy graphite spine and a lingering black licorice accent. Very solid. Drink now through 2021.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (July, 2014)
IWC 93, WA 91, WS 91

Looking at the reds and perfumed and beautifully Provencal, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape has rocking aromatics of kirsch liqueur, lavender, garrigue, licorice and saddle leather to go with a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured profile. I-d like to see more mid-palate here, but this is all about up-front fruit. Filling in nicely with air (tasted twice from multiple bottles), it should be enjoyed over the coming 7-8 years. Drink now-2021.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Oct 2013)
Moutard Pere et Fils Cuvee Six Cepages Brut, Champagne 2007 (750 ml) Chateau Poujeaux, Moulis-en-Médoc 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Malartic Lagraviere, Pessac-Leognan 2008 (750 ml)
WS 91

Smoky, with roasted nut and charred brioche notes, this rich Champagne is balanced by juicy acidity and flavors of baked plum and cherry fruit, honey, graphite and spice that ride the soft, creamy bead. Disgorged January 9, 2014. Drink now through 2022.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

WE 93, JS 92, WS 91

From a 30-acre property next to Château Chasse-Spleen, this 2010 is solid, dark and rich, typical of the vintage. There is a veneer of smooth new wood that opens to reveal firm, solid tannins. This is big, structured and ready for long-term aging.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2013)
WE 93, WA 91, JS 91

One of the most successful wines of the vintage, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with sweet notes of creosote, graphite, lead pencil shavings, black currants, plums and licorice. Medium to full-bodied and silky with good underlying acidity, it is a juicy, savory, quintessentially elegant wine that will benefit from several years of cellaring and last for 15+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (May, 2011)
Domaine des Baumard Savennieres Trie Speciale 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Delas Freres Chateauneuf-du-Pape Haute Pierre 2011 (750 ml)
WA 93+, WE 93

The Trie Spéciale is a famous Chenin made from the very best selected grapes and produced only in finest vintages. However, you should not drink it as soon as the bottle has been uncorked because you would give too much away and could be disappointed as well. The first day the straw yellow 2010 Savennieres Trie Speciale reveals yeasty/nutty flavors and lacks the brilliance and fruit expression of the generic Savennières or the Clos du Papillon. However it is a very rich, almost oily textured, very elegant, salty and persistent wine with finesse and expression. Somewhat bitter in the finish at the moment it needs another five years to develop. When I consulted the bottle again the next day it had open up a little bit and offered baked apple, raisin, and fresh citrus flavors on the nose and more vibrancy, salinity and citric freshness on the palate, whereas the long, caramel finish had energy, vibrancy and length. I retested the wine from the same bottle a month later (!) but the findings are quite similar. I found some candy flavors (which I do not like in wine) and walnut aromas on the nose, whereas the palate was very powerful, firmly structured and well balanced. This is both an impressive and expressive wine but I won’t drink a bottle on my own (except over several weeks – which seems to be possible), because it is so terribly rich and powerful. This wine is on a long trip and we can only estimate its true potential.

- Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2014)
WE 93, JS 93

This is a concentrated wine, packed with tannins and black plum fruits. It has some of the fruity crispness of the vintage although with its dark structure and concentration it is obviously a wine that needs to soften over time. Rich and juicy at the end, it will be ready to drink from 2024.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WE 91

If it’s possible for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape to have Burgundian style, this would be a candidate. The cherries are delicate and herbal, with crisp acids and silky tannins that provide a wiry, peppery framework for the elegant fruit. Drink now–2020.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2015)
Clau de Nell Anjou Cabernet Franc, Loire 2012 (750 ml) Charles de Cazanove Stradivarius Brut, Champagne 2007 (750 ml) Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top Brut 2005 (750 ml)
WE 88

Solid, with a racy core of damson plum and bitter cherry fruit backed by lively tobacco leaf and olive notes. The fresh finish lets a savory edge chime in, leaving a mouthwatering echo. Drink now through 2015. 330 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
WS 92

Finely honed acidity structures the well-spiced flavors of blackberry financier, rose hip, crystallized honey and lemon curd. Bright and harmonious, and persistent on the satiny palate. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)

WS 93

Bright, finely cut acidity provides a crystalline frame for this toasty version, with the creamy bead carrying flavors of roasted hazelnut, charred toast, crème de cassis, creamed apple and clover honey. Smoke and spice notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 320 cases imported.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2013)

Domaine Laroche Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes, Chablis Premier Cru 2015 (750 ml) Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee la Cote Ronde 2009 (750 ml) Vollereaux Cuvee Marguerite Brut Millesime 2008 (750 ml)
WS 90

Rich, featuring peach, apple and pastry flavors. Offers plenty of juicy acidity. The finish lingers, with harmony and a buried mineral element. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
WS 93, WA 93, IWC 92

Autard’s quasi-modern-styled offering is the dense plum/purple-colored 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde, a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah from relatively old vines (60 plus years) that sees some new oak barrels. However, the 2009 shows only subtle evidence of vanillin and toast. It is a seductive, full-bodied, opulent effort displaying notes of caramelized red and black fruits, herbs, licorice and a hint of ink. This full-bodied, rich 2009 is ideal for drinking over the next 12+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)
WE 91

A blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, this is the top wine from Vollereaux. It is dry and crisp, although with ripe fruits in the background. Just becoming mature, this is a wine to hold for another couple of years and drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial NV (750 ml) Bader Mimeur Chassagne Montrachet White 2013 (750 ml) Domaine Roux Pere et Fils Les Cortons, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)
Moët Ice Impérial's crisp freshness and powerful tropical fruit aromas are the embodiment of summer, an instant escape to warm and exotic locales around the world. Moët Ice Impérial is served in large cabernet-style glasses with ice cubes that enhance the freshness experience, and can be personalized according to taste preferences with garnishes including mint leaves, a slice of cucumber, or white grapefruit zest. Packaged in luxurious white lacquered bottles with a black tie, gold label and silver design that revamp industry conventions, Moët Ice Impérial exemplifies the House's elegance and pioneering nature.
Deep and gourmand nose, melting lemony and mint touch to mineral notes. Ample attack on freshness that evolves on richer and full-bodied mouth.
WE 90

The wine is soft, developing well with its ripe yellow fruits and accompanying acidity. It has a fine citrus streak of crispness along with the hints of wood aging. The wine will age well over the medium term and will be ready to drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
Les Vins de Vienne Condrieu La Chambee 2015 (750 ml) Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2009 (750 ml) Domaine Michelot Meursault 2015 (750 ml)
WS 95

Exotic and layered, with a dense core of peach, mango, quince and nectarine notes that pump through, offset nicely on the finish by singed almond and fresh fennel accents. Shows great energy throughout. Drink now through 2020.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
JS 93, WS 92

Rather dark and reticent, with bittersweet cocoa and licorice snap notes blocking off the core of ripe plum and boysenberry fruit, while the tarry undertow emerges more on the finish. A powerfully rendered 2009 Pomerol that will need cellaring to assimilate. Best from 2014 through 2027.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2012)
WS 90

This rich white borders on creamy, boasting apple, honey, butterscotch and baking spice flavors, balanced by a juicy texture. Finishes long. Drink now through 2021. 280 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Aug, 2017)
Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2012 (750 ml) Charles de Cazanove Tradition Brut NV (1.5 Liter) Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape 2008 (750 ml)
WS 90

An enticing red, with lots of black tea, dried star anise and singed mesquite notes leading the way, while supple plum and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors form the core. A ganache edge adds texture and length on the finish, which shows some good latent grip. Best from 2017 through 2025.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2015)
WS 92

This Champagne offers an array of flavor, including toasted brioche, Gala apple, lemon zest, graphite and ginger, with a touch of honey. Elegant, but with good intensity and a moderate, nut-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2011)
WS 93, IWC 91

This is rock-solid, with crushed raspberry, kirsch, juniper and smoked apple wood notes, backed by a broad, plush, spice- and anise-filled finish. Nicely rounded and integrated for the vintage. Drink now through 2021.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2010)
Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2010 (750 ml) E. Guigal Condrieu, Rhone 2015 (750 ml)
WS 93

Not shy, with hefty fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by a rumble of bramble, ganache and licorice snap. Underneath roils a base layer of tobacco and graphite that should slowly surface with time. May have pushed the extraction envelope ever so slightly, but this keeps it together in the end. Best from 2022 through 2032.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WE 93, WS 93

This has power in reserve, but stays remarkably restrained for now, with a torrent of boysenberry, fig and raspberry fruit held in check by charcoal-studded grip and well-embedded acidity. The long, dense smoked apple wood finish should let this cruise nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)
WS 95, JS 94

Peach and apricot-pie character that's very showy and very much within the sweet-pastry spectrum. There's also some spicy appeal to complement notes of cumquat rind. Pithy and focused. The palate has an exotic, tropical thread of mangoes, peaches and cantaloupe melon. Very hedonistic and regal — full of fat and very convincing viognier. A great vintage. Drink young whilst exuberant!

- James Suckling (Oct, 2016)
Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2013 (750 ml) Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Giscours, Margaux 2014 (750 ml)
WS 96, WE 93-95

This gorgeous Sauternes is still really tight, with racy floral and green plum edges along the core flavors of white peach, mirabelle plum, melon and green fig, but there's stunning length, with a rapier of minerality that matches the sweetness step for step on the long, quinine-infused finish. Built for the long haul. Best from 2018 through 2038.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2016)
We 94, JS 93, V 90-93

A big, enveloping wine, the 2015 Pagodes de Cos wraps around the palate with serious depth and intensity. The flavors are rich, voluptuous in this bold Saint-Estèphe. Mocha, black cherry, plum, licorice and menthol meld into the voluptuous, creamy finish. This is a highly appealing second wine from Cos. The blend is 46% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

- Vinous
WE 95, JS 95, WA 92

The 2014 Giscours has come on leaps and bounds since I tasted it twice in barrel. It is clearly more sophisticated and complex than the du Tertre on the nose. For a start, there is more fruit concentration with red cherries, raspberry and blackcurrant laced with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, pure red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit with a precise finish that the property never used to be able to offer. This is a lovely Margaux that should drink well for 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)
E. Guigal Hermitage Blanc, Rhone 2012 (750 ml) Albert Morot Les Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru 2012 (750 ml) Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvee Prestige 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94

Showing similar to last year, the 2012 Hermitage Blanc (which doesn’t include the grapes that went into the Ex Voto) is a fabulous white that gives up classical notes of acacia flowers, buttered citrus, wood smoke and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and layered, it will have another decade of thrilling drinking.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WE 93, WS 91

Smoky aromas add to the red fruits and manifest themselves on the palate as the spicy, toasty wood aging. The fruits are still developing, a series of rich berries and currants that will be ripe and generous. For the moment, the dry tannins dominate, so give this wine until 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)
WS 95, WA 93

Intense, with a delicious core of warm raspberry pâte de fruit, cassis and Linzer torte flavors wrapped in licorice and singed alder notes. The long finish has some heft but stays racy and driven overall, showing a flash of iron through the finish. Well-built. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
Delas Freres La Galopine Condrieu 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2015 (750 ml) E. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde de Guigal, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)
WA 93

Moving to the 2014 whites, these all show the more elegant, streamlined style of the vintage, yet also pack plenty of fruit and texture. Fresh, lively, juicy and incredibly pure, with fabulous notes of tangerines, white flowers and orange blossom, the 2014 Condrieu La Galopine is medium-bodied, perfectly balanced and focused on the palate. This is about as classic as they come and strikes a perfect balance between freshness and richness.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 93-95, WS 93-96

The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2016)
WA 90

Recently bottled, the 2014 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde spent 36 months in half new and half second-fill oak. It’s a bit lightweight perhaps, but it boasts pretty cherry and raspberry fruit accented by cedar, pepper and herbal notes. It finishes on a silky, mouthwatering note, so drink the 2014 while waiting for other vintages to mature.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
Chateau Phelan Segur, Saint-Estephe 2010 (750 ml) Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2012 (750 ml) Clos Fourtet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007 (750 ml)
JS 93, WS 92, WE 92

The best wine from Phélan Ségur for several years, this shows less of the often-intrusive new wood and more of the fruit that had been missing in past vintages. It shows a subtle level of toast and a black currant flavor, plus great acidity and freshness on the finish.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2013)
WE 94, WA 92+, WS 92

This structured wine with big, bold red fruits offers ripe acidity, a dense texture and considerable concentration. It also has the hallmark freshness of the vintage that balances the strong aging potential. Drink from 2022.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2015)
WA 91

A beautiful offering from proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and his estate manager, Tony Balu, the 2007 Clos Fourtet was fashioned from yields of 36 hectoliters per hectare. It exhibits a dense blue/purple color along with lovely aromas of charcoal, graphite, black raspberries, and blueberries. Dense, rich, and surprisingly full-bodied for a 2007, with good glycerin, a layered mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and low acidity, it should drink well for 10-12+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)
Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) E. Guigal Hermitage, Rhone 2013 (750 ml)
IWC 90-91

Very pure aromas of white peach, citrus zest and white flowers. Then silky and pliant on the palate, with sweet citrus fruit flavors showing good grip but no bitterness. Finishes with lovely lemony persistence. Very nicely balanced village Meursault. There's nothing extreme about this set of 2015s.

- Stpehen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (Sept, 2016)
WE 95, WA 92

This is a complete wine, full of both tannins and great swathes of ripe fruit. It has a serious side as well in its solid structure and concentration. The juicy blackberry fruits are beginning to calm down and meld into a fine dense wine that will age very well. Drink from 2025.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WA 90

Guigal’s 2013 Hermitage is a solid effort in a tough year. It’s medium to full-bodied, not that concentrated or rich but boasts attractive notes of leather, cedar and cherry. It should be consumed over the next decade or so.

- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2010 (750 ml) Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl, Alsace 2012 (750 ml)
JS 91, WA 90

This property has been making excellent wines under the administration of Caroline Frey, and 2012 continues their recent success. With a deep ruby/purple color, notes of new saddle leather, graphite, blackcurrants and black cherries, a supple texture, medium to full body and beautiful purity, this is an outstanding 2012 to drink over the next 20 years. In general, the blend tends to be approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance 25% Merlot followed by 15% Petit Verdot.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
JS 94, WE 93, WA 92

Dense purple, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as hints of smoke and subtle charred wood, this wine is expansive, round, generous, lush and multi-dimensional. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

A beautiful example of wine from this estate, which is using well-known consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, finished 2010 at 14.5% natural alcohol, and seems to be one of the sexier, more developed and evolved styles of the vintage.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WE 92, WS 92

Clos Windsbuhl in Hunawihr is the northernmost of Zind-Humbrecht’s collection of vineyards. In 2012, it has produced an impressive wine that has all the right spice of Pinot Gris along with acidity and a fresh edge. That gives this rich wine a great lift, with a waft of pear to go with the yellow-fruit flavors. Drink from 2016.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2015)
Chateau Nenin, Pomerol 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Batailley Grand Cru, Pauillac 2012 (750 ml)
JS 96

Amazing complexity and beauty with plums, tangerines and walnuts. Full body and extremely silky textured tannins with gorgeous balanced and beauty. Goes on for minutes. Superb wine. Best Nenin since the 1950s.

- James Suckling
WS 92

Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)
WA 92

From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with loads of crème de cassis, blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar, this is a strong effort from Batailley and may well usher in a new era for this fifth-growth chateau that is capable of producing great wine. The tannins are sweet and the wine has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012. Drink it over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru NV (1.5 Liter) Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Clos du Marquis', Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml) Pascal Bouchard Chablis Les Clos 2010 (750 ml)
WE 91, WS 90

With some wood fermentation, this is a particularly rich wine. The wood gives roundness and extra richness that is balanced by the mineral and taut texture. The fruit is less important than the texture, a background of crisp apples and tight acidity. This bottling is ready to drink.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WE 95

A great wine, packed with black currant fruits, sweet tannins and beautiful acidity. Made by the team at Léoville las Cases, this wine reveals an elegant, restrained structure, ripe and delicious fruit and a darker, tighter texture for aging.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2013)
WE 94

The epitome of Grand Cru Chablis, this is mineral and fruit driven—impressive both from its richness and its tense structure. The power comes from the depth of flavor that brings the texture right through the wine. Age for 5–7 years.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2012)
Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2001 (750 ml) Henriot Brut, Champagne 2006 (750 ml) Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2010 (750 ml)
WS 96, WA 93

Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2001 Guiraud is armed with an intense, vigorous bouquet with scents of marmalade, lanolin, brown sugar and peach that blossom in the glass, the latter becoming exaggerated with continued aeration. The palate is well-balanced with citrus-fresh apricot and orange zest on the entry. It is precise and vigorous with dried mango emerging toward the tightly wound finish that suggests the ’01 would benefit from several more years ageing. This is a great success. Drink 2014-2030+

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WS 93

Seamlessly knit, with vibrant, citrusy acidity and a satiny, creamy mousse layered with poached peach, pastry cream, mineral and crushed hazelnut flavors that expand through the midpalate and the zesty, spiced finish. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases imported.

- Alison, Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
WA 94, IWC 92

Another great success from proprietress Caroline Frey, the 2010 La Lagune provides an essential drinking experience, with notes of Asian plum sauce, mulberries, kirsch liqueur and black currants. The wine also exhibits a savory, rich smokiness and subtle lead pencil shaving notes. Full-bodied and pure, combining both elegance and power, this is a brilliant, very approachable effort that should hit its stride in 5-7 years and last for at least two decades. Think of it as a hypothetical blend of the 2005 and 2009. Kudos!

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
Ayala Rose No. 8 Brut, Champagne 2008 (750 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml) Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2015 (750 ml)
JS 95

A superb vintage rosé dedicated to the 2008 harvest, this has an impressively composed style. It's really smooth and supple building excellently and delivering a seamlessly composed impression. The aromas are of fragrant red cherries but in bright, fresh and gently spicy mode. The palate's precisely cut and has supple, tangy acidity underpinning some very pliable fruit flesh, a silky texture and a velvety finish. Impressive length and carefully delivered power here!

- James Suckling (2016)

JS 99, WS 97 (Top 100: 2014, Rank:12)

A large-scale version, with seamlessly layered notes of almond cream, apricot, ginger, mango, piecrust, papaya and toasted hazelnut. The long, spice-infused finish shows ample depth, echoing with an enticing tarte Tatin note. Best from 2016 through 2035.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2014)
WE 96, WS 93

Rich, fruity and with great potential, this ripe wine is also dense with firm tannins. Its juicy fruits are a part of a package with the concentrated tannins and smoky wood flavors that allow for long aging. This is an impressive wine from one of the Margaux properties owned by the Lurton family. Drink from 2025.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)
Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2012 (750 ml) Dublere Chablis Preuses Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml) Ayala Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne 2010 (750 ml)
WE 92-94

Barrel sample. With marked acidity as well as black fruits, this is a wine with weight and richness. It has a dark core of firm tannins, although the aftertaste maintains the juiciness.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2013)
Scents of lemon, lime, and more exotic citrus mingle with musk, white truffle, lightly toasted hazelnut and intimations of ocean breeze in an arrestingly diverse and intriguing aromatic display. The maritime and citrus allusions are realized in spades on this wine’s dense, lush palate, with pungent citrus oils and piquancy of pips spiking an amalgam of oyster liqueur and lemon juice, leading to a finish of nearly eye-watering and certainly salivary gland-milking intensity – brine, chalk, iodine, and myriad ineffable mineral elements leaving a near-indelible impression. This youthfully brash yet rich Preuses is almost sure to reveal more of the site’s alluring exoticism and continue to dazzle through at least 2025.
JS 93, WS 90

A lithe and lively Champagne, in an aperitif style, with citrusy acidity and a smoky underpinning framing notes of poached quince, toast and dried apricot. Disgorged January 2017. Drink now through 2022. 140 cases imported.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2017)

William Fevre Bougros, Chablis Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Chene Bleu Abelard, IGP Vaucluse 2009 (750 ml) Domaine Laroche Les Blanchots Grand Cru Chablis 2013 (750 ml)
WA 91-93

The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, is vinified 60% in used wood where it matured for six months before being transferred to stainless steel. It has a showy, generous bouquet with dewy Granny Smith apple, freshly sliced pear and chalk-scented nose. There is no holding back here. The palate is fresh and crisp, very harmonious, not powerful as such, but displaying admirable precision on the finish. I would agree with Didier Ségieur in that this forms one of the more approachable, less-challenging Grand Crus.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (July, 2015)
WA 95

Much more southern Rhone-like in style, the 2009 Abelard is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that spent 18 months in barrel. Big, ripe, layered and hedonistic, with tons of sweet Grenache blackberry and black cherry fruits, melted licorice and roasted herb aromas and flavors, this sensational Grenache has full-bodied richness, polished, sweet tannin, no hard edges and a great finish. While 2009 delivers lots of perfumed, upfront and slightly rustic wines due to the heat, this is silky, polished and incredibly pure. Drink this killer 2009 over the coming 7-8 y

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WS 93, WE 93, WA 93

Lovely balance and harmony provides the focal point for the lemon cake, apple, lanolin and stone flavors. Clean and precise, with a long, lemon- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2015)
Barons de Rothschild Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml) Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Les Champs Gain, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 2013 (750 ml) Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2012 (750 ml)
IWC 91

Bright orange-pink. Smoky, lees-tinged aromas of ripe red berries, orange zest and honey, with a hint of chamomile in the background. Juicy, penetrating redcurrant and tangerine flavors are braced and lifted by juicy acidity. Stretches out and gains flesh on the finish, which leaves suave floral pastille and berry skin notes behind. The marriage of richness and tension here will make this Champagne very flexible with food.

- Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar (Jan, 2015)
WA 89-91

From a 0.12-hectare parcel, the 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gain represents the smallest cuvee of the domaine. It has a stony, more reticent bouquet compared to the Maltroie ’13 at the moment. The palate is crisp and fresh with a keen line of acidity, vibrant citrus fruit and an almost effervescent finish that lingers nicely, yet it does not quite have the bravura of the Vergers of the Maltroie. Still, this is a well-crafted Chassagne that should age nicely over the next decade.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WA 93, WE 92

Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer’s 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and crème de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint-Julien 2006 (750 ml) Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml)
WE 94, WS 94

There's a great dark color to this, with intense aromas of cedar, wood, new leather and crushed blackberry. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and a firm, powerful palate. Long and mouthpuckering. A muscular baby. Best after 2015.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (March, 2009)
JS 96, WE 95, WA 95

This is one of my all-time favorite wines from Domaine de Chevalier, a silky, rather classic Pessac-Leognan with notes of scorched earth, tobacco leaf and black and red currants, but no hard edges. Fragrant, complex aromatics are followed by a savory, expansively flavored wine made from a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol, which must certainly be among the highest they have ever achieved, even eclipsing the 2009. An opulent, precocious style of wine that seems much more developed, complex and delicious than I thought from barrel, this beauty can be drunk in 5-6 years or cellared for 20 or more.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WS 96

A big, broad, powerful style, with piecrust, roasted almond and hazelnut cream notes framing the core of apricot, creamed peach and dried mango. Picks up extra fig and pear details through the toasty finish. Needs a bit of time to finish sorting itself out. Best from 2017 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2014)
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml) Domaine Robert Chevillon Les Vaucrains, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Le Gay, Pomerol 2012 (750 ml)
WA 94, JS 94, WS 94, WE 94

One the finest Clerc Milons I have ever tasted, and showing better from bottle than from barrel, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest a tiny bit of Carmenere and Petit Verdot has a complex nose of cedar wood, red and black fruits, white chocolate and creme de cassis. A very powerful wine at 14.5% natural alcohol (quite high for a Medoc), this wine has impressive purity and texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, relatively sweet tannin, but an already endearing complexity, length and richness that are hard to ignore. This is a superb effort and one of the wines that is usually reasonably priced among the classified growths.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WA 94

Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Vaucrains has a deep, evolving bouquet with more black fruit than red, quite minerally and tensile with fine delineation. It appears to gain vigor with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tension and impressive structure. It has the substance and depth to suggest a 2014 built for the long haul, and while it is rough around the edges at the moment, I expect it will be glorious in a decade's time. Chevillon's best wine of the vintage? I think so. Tasted September 2017.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WA 94+, WE 93-95, WS 92-95,

This is a beautiful, dense, meaty, purple-colored wine, with loads of earth, iron, blackberry and cassis fruit. It is full-bodied, rich and opulent with great length, terrific purity and surprisingly sweeter tannin than I would expect from this terroir that tends to produce a masculine style of wine. Impressive and backward, this Le Gay should drink well for at least 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie, Rhone 2014 (750 ml) Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits 2013 (750 ml) Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2013 (1.5 Liter)
V 93-95, WA 92

The 2014 Côte Rôtie is elegant, medium-bodied, seamless and already thoroughly enjoyable, with lots of raspberry and blackberry fruit, bouquet garni, pepper, and violet aromas and flavors. It will be interesting to see if this wine closes down with a year or two in bottle, but I suspect it will drink nicely for 15 years or so.

Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet continue to fashion a staunchly traditional Côte Rôtie that’s not destemmed and is aged in a tiny amount of new oak. They also make an impressive Côtes du Rhône (red and white) and a new cuvée, their Condrieu Vernillon. Regarding the 2015 vintage, this was compared to 1999 by Jean Paul, which is a vintage he disliked early on and found too over the top. He commented that it came around with cellaring. I have to agree with him, as I love his 1999.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WS 92

Pure, boasting kirsch, raspberry, floral and mineral flavors, all etched into a lean frame. A solid structure provides support, but overall this is elegant and racy. Best from 2019 through 2029. 150 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2016)
WS 92

Rather perfumy up front, with savory, mint and incense notes leading the way for silky cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. The finish is lined with subtle tobacco, warm stone and floral hints, ending with a light balsam twinge. This should put on some weight with age. Best from 2017 through 2026.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2015)
E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2011 (750 ml) E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2013 (750 ml) Domaine Laroche Les Clos, Chablis Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml)
WA 95-96, WS 95

A wine that will be in bottle by the time you read this, the 2012 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis (it always incorporates 7% Viognier) will check in behind the sensational 2009 and 2010, but should be on par with the 2005 and 2003. Cassis, licorice, smoked meats, graphite and peppery spice all emerge from this beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, seamless Cote Rotie that has building, ripe tannin, terrific purity and a blockbuster finish. It will have 20-25 years of longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WS 95, WA 94+

Tasted as a final blend and scheduled to be bottled just after my visit, the 2013 Côte Rôtie Chateau d’Ampuis is a smokin’ good wine in the vintage. Deep, concentrated and structured, with classic and masculine notes of graphite, smoked black fruits and crushed rocks, this full-bodied beauty has bright acidity, ripe tannin and beautiful length. It needs 7-8 years of cellaring to hit maturity and will have two to three decades of overall longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WE 96, WS 93

This wine has weight, structure and richness. Spice comes from wood aging while the texture is concentrated and dense. It's powerful, full of apple and crisp pear flavors that are tight and firm. There is a dusty, almost tannic character to this powerful wine that is still young. Drink from 2018.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2015)
Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose NV (1.5 Liter) Orin Swift Department D 66 'Pharaon', IGP Cotes Catalanes 2014 (750 ml)
WE 95, WS 94

A rich style, sporting cherry, raspberry, spice and earth flavors. Moderate tannins lend support, while the flavors persist on the long finish. Though balanced overall, this tightens up at the end, suggesting that the best is yet to come. Best from 2021 through 2038.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
WS 90

There's a smoky underpinning to this firm rosé, with the lively bead carrying delicate flavors of white raspberry, toast, orange peel and ground ginger. Drink now through 2019.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
WA 95

The top wine is the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes Pharaon, and it’s a barrel selection that ended up being an even split of Grenache and Syrah that was aged in 75% new French oak. While the cooler, late vintage didn’t favor Grenache, Richard commented that Syrah excelled, hence the larger portion of Syrah in the blend than normal. About as sexy and textured as they come in the vintage, this beautiful 2014 offers lots of crème de cassis, black raspberry, chocolate and peppery nuances to go with a full-bodied, luxuriously textured, hedonistic slant on the palate. Despite the ripeness level, it stays fresh and lively, with notable underlying structure. Hats off to the team here. This beauty will cruise for another decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (April, 2016)
Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2013 (750 ml) Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards 2013 (750 ml) Chateau la Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Cadettes 2012 (750 ml)
WA 92+

The 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a very pretty bouquet, backward of course, but opening with hints of white peach and white flowers, the oak succinctly integrated. The palate is crisp and taut with a keen line of acidity, the 2014 is quite saline-like, with hints of ginger and spice furnishing the finish. This is a very fine Corton-Charlemagne that sits comfortably at the upper end of my banded score from last year. It may improve even further with continued bottle age.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2016)
WA 94+

Closed, tight and backwards, the 2013 Hermitage les Bessards is a big, full-bodied, burly wine that offers first rate purity in its black raspberry, ozone, liquid rock, and creosote-like bouquet. It has plenty of material and density, but will need 7-8 years of bottle age to become approachable. As normal, it comes all from the “Bas de Coteau” portion of the Bessards lieu-dit, was completely destemmed and saw 18 months in 30% new French oak.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WS 93, WA 92

Rather ripe, with alluring warmed raspberry coulis, plum sauce and blackberry paste flavors, threaded with a licorice snap note and backed by warm ganache and Turkish coffee accents. Not shy in style, but has the freshness to stay balanced. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2015)
Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2012 (750 ml) Gerard Bertrand Minervois La Liviniere 'Clos d'Ora', Languedoc-Roussillon 2013 (750 ml) Denis Dubourdieu Chateau Doisy-Daene L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daene, Sauternes 2009 (375 ml)
WA 97

Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru from Faiveley has a beguiling nose with brambly red berry fruit, damp earth, cold flagstone and just a faint smear of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin matched with assiduous acidity that lends tension and poise. It is quite backward, even compared to other grand cru 2012s, but there is the substance and the breeding here to suggest a seriously long and pleasurable evolution. This is one of the standouts of the Côte de Nuits.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WS 90

This muscular red has a meaty undertone supporting ripe flavors of roasted plum and raspberry compote. With a solid acidity, this shows peppery spice, black olive and mocha accents on the hot stone–tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.

- Gillian Sciaretta, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WA 98-100, IWC 95-98

There are probably around seven casks of the 2009 L’Extravagant de Doisy-Daene, although that may decrease a little after racking. An equal blend of Semillon and Sauvignon, it delivers a record 220gms residual sugar and yet still exudes astounding minerality and precision, with touches of clear honey, frangipane and cold wet stones. The palate is full-bodied with a mellifluous texture, perfect acidity to slice through that rich botrytized fruit, stunning balance, citrus peel, apricot, Clementine, lemon curd and a hint of ginger. With awesome length, leaving that tingling sensation akin to Szechuan pepper, this wine truly lives up to its name.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)
Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Cote de Nuits 2013 (750 ml) Delas Freres Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2014 (750 ml) M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)
WA 89-91+

The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru is more serious and introverted than the Village Cru at the moment, the fruit veering darker. The palate has a pastille-like purity, very well balanced, but already showing more density than the Village Cru with plenty of substance on the finish. This is yet to show character but all the constituent parts are here. It may merit a higher appraisal post-bottling.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WA 94

Both of the Côte Rôtie releases are excellent wines. One of the most structured wines in the vintage, the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne (100% Syrah aged in 40% new barrels) gives up terrific notes of black raspberry, cassis, toasted spice, graphite and crushed rocks. Possessing full-bodied richness and a concentrated and beautifully-textured style, with building tannin, it should be given 3-4 years of cellaring and enjoyed over the following 10-15 years.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
WA 97, WS 95, V 93-95

Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Louis Latour Les Demoiselles Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2013 (750 ml) Louis Latour Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Claude Dugat Lavaux Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru 2014 (750 ml)
WS 92

Apricot, roasted lemon, butterscotch and toast flavors mark this flamboyant white. Plush, powerful and on the softer side of the vintage, with light tannins on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2028. 127 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2016)
WE 95

This wine is ripe and structured, dense with both acidity and minerality. It is rich with yellow and tropical fruits but always cut with lively acidity, making it opulent while fresh. Drink from 2022.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
WA 90-92

The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques has an elegant, mineral-driven and rather introspective bouquet that takes time to unfold from the glass. The palate is vibrant with lovely, pure blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tension with impressive weight on the linear finish. This is a stylish Lavaux that should give 10-15 years of pleasure.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Domaine Faiveley Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privee Collection Brut 1990 (750 ml) Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2012 (750 ml)
IWC 92-95

Cloudy pale-medium yellow. Exhilarating aromas of white peach, lime, stone and menthol ("a cousin of Chevalier-Montrachet," notes Hervet). Juicy, saline and precise; in a rather gentle style for young grand cru but with lovely focus and lingering perfume. This indeed shows the grain and class of a Chevalier-Montrachet. Impeccably balanced wine with a long finish showcasing juicy, salty minerality.

- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (Oct, 2013)
WE 97, WS 94

This toasty, superbly mature wine is part of a series of releases featuring the house's cellar-matured Champagnes. This emerges from the glass with complex flavors of almond, brioche, citrus and a hint of steeliness. The majestic richness of the wine has fully justified its decades of aging.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2012)
WS 94

This is tight and reticent, featuring black cherry and blackberry fruit locked up by dense, burly tannins, with spice and mineral notes adding depth. Finishes with balance and sweet fruit. Just needs time. Best from 2019 through 2035. 60 cases imported.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2015)
M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2012 (1.5 Liter) E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto, Rhone 2013 (750 ml) M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone 2014 (750 ml)
WA 96, WS 96

While I loved Michel's 2012 Cote Rotie la Mordoree from barrel, it blew me away from bottle, and I think bares more than a passing resemblance to his 1991. About as elegant and seamless as they come, it exhibits incredible notes of violets, peppery spice, spring flowers, rose petal and darker berry fruit. This is followed by a full-bodied, sweetly fruited, expansive Cote Rotie that's perfectly balanced, has beautiful mid-palate density, and ultra-fine tannin that emerge on the finish. It's a blockbuster effort to drink over the coming two decades.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WS 97, WA 94-97

This is intense, as dense ganache, espresso, roasted juniper and alder notes form an impressive frame around an equally ornate core of steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors, all while maintaining terrific cut and drive despite the heft. A mouthwatering iron accent at the very end seals the deal. Best from 2020 through 2040. 30 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)

WA 96, WS 95, V 94-96

The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon is another wine from this team that defies the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced and seamless, with classic notes of crushed rocks, graphite, cassis and blackcurrants, it hits the palate with no hard edges, has a great mid-palate and possesses sweet tannin. Michel commented that this wine reminded him of the 1982, and while it offers pleasure even today, it won’t hit maturity for another decade.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards 2013 (1.5 Liter) Delas Freres Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2013 (1.5 Liter) Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2014 (750 ml)
WA 94+, WS 93

Dense and fleshy in feel, with twinges of espresso and baker's chocolate running amid the core of dark plum, steeped currant and blackberry compote. The finish has a dark tobacco note lurking. This will need some time to settle in. Best from 2017 through 2024. 65 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WA 94+, WS 93

Very solid, with a loamy edge that melds slowly into the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit, while smoldering alder, bay leaf and dark olive notes flitter throughout. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2024. 35 cases imported.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WA 93-95

The 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a well-defined bouquet, the oak here nicely integrated with the fruit that consists of blackberry and wild strawberry, underneath mineral scents joined by rose petals that unfurl with time. The palate is medium-bodied and silky smooth in texture, opening nicely in the glass with its refined and very pure, very Charmes-like finish. Whereas the entry-level wines left me wanting more, this Grand Cru pushes all the right buttons.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 2014 (750 ml) Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime 2007 (1.5 Liter) Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml)
WA 95

The 2015 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru is really blossoming now that the wine is safely in bottle. It has a gorgeous, floral bouquet with scents of blueberry, blackberry and briary, wonderful mineral expression here with a palpable sense of energy and precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, what you might call a "cool" Bonnes Mares, sleek and sensual with very fine tension towards the red cherry and kirsch tinged finish. What a gorgeous Bonnes-Mares, though I would be inclined to afford it several years in bottle. Tasted November 2016.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WA 95, WE 95, WS 94

Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon calls Cristal "the first terroir cuvée of the Champagne." He furthers, "It’s not just Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, but the chalk that brings the ultimate finesse, length and precision of Cristal." Forty-five blocks with averaging age of 43-years-old, low-yielding vines form the base of Cristal, which is usually made of approximately 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Due to an early bud break (end of March) and the wet summer, the 2007 was picked at the end of August, so almost 100 days after the flowering instead of the normal 93-95 days. There is a bit less Pinot Noir than usual (57%) and accordingly, more Chardonnay (43%) in the 2007 Cristal. This Champagne comes along in a golden color and with a deep and matured, yet well-defined bouquet of ripe yellow fruits and honey notes. Full-bodied, round and very complex, the generous 2007 is a perfect mix of ripe fruit and precise minerality. It is a silky textured, pure and precise, as well as powerful and expressive Champagne. It has great tension and grip in the very long and persistent finish. Great expression of chalk. The 2007 was disgorged in 2015.

- Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 94-96, V 93-96

The 2014 Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru had to be warmed up in my warm hands, since the wine had closed down a little in recent days. It has a very composed and quite dense bouquet with wild strawberry and blueberry scents, more opulence coming through with time, red rose. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a subtle marine influence flowing under the surface of red cherry and wild strawberry notes, an almost confit-like finish that feels dense and with plenty of substance. This is a sophisticated, almost saturnine Musigny -- a Pandora's Box of secrets that will only be revealed with age.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 'Cuvee Vieilles Vignes' 2013 (750 ml) Domaine Jacques Prieur Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2012 (750 ml) Dom Perignon P2 Plenitude Brut Rose 1995 (750 ml)
WA 95-97

The 2013 Clos de la Roche Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, from vines planted in 1905, has an inviting, delineated bouquet with vibrant wild strawberry, raspberry preserve and mineral notes. The palate has great tension – so suave and poised with superb symmetry and an effortless finish that I don’t think the Clos Saint Denis has at the moment. Laurent Ponsot did not disguise his enthusiasm for this Grand Cru and I could understand why.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
WA 92-94, IWC 92-94

The 2012 Montrachet Grand Cru comes from their 0.5863-hectares (to be exact) of vine, one plot located in the middle of the vineyard and one above located on the terrace. The bouquet takes a little while to start motoring, eventually unfolding to reveal scents of fresh lime, green apple, wet limestone and sea spray. The palate is well balanced with a slight viscous texture on the spicy, rich opening. There is plenty of depth here, with lightly honeyed fruit and that spicy leitmotif becoming more pronounced towards the finish. I can appreciate the persistency and a long saline aftertaste – superb.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2013)
18.5/20 Jancis Robinson

This is released, in tiny quantities like all P2 rosés – for the moment anyway. Although I suppose this could change if the house decides to increase the production of Dom Pérignon rosé. The color is pale rose pink with just a hint of blue – in fact it almost looks younger than the 2004 first release tasted alongside it. Still reasonably vigorous bead. Haunting, warm nose - super-complex with rose petals and a hint of dill pickle - that gives way to a rather coy, super-fruity palate that ends bone dry. Smells of warm vegetables - tomatoes?! Masses of appetizing development. Great, throat-warming finish. Delicate. Lacy texture. Very fine, though so delicate that it would need careful food matching. Very pretty and complex with strawberry notes. Textured and intellectual.

- Jancis Robinson (April, 2015)
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone 2013 (1.5 Liter) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV (6 Liter) Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac Leognan 2009 (750 ml)
WA 98+, WS 96, V 96

The star of the show in 2013 is the 2013 Ermitage le Pavillon. Coming from the west and eastern edges of the Bessards lieu-dit and aged in 30% new French oak, its sensational black/blue color is followed by the awesome bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, graphite and caramelized meats that could come from no other terroir in the world. Full-bodied, massive, dense, sexy and with a liquid rock-like character that comes out with time in the glass, it has sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will have 30-40 years of more of ultimate longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2015)
WS 90

Bright and lightly toasty, this elegant Champagne layers flavors of cassis, crushed hazelnut and lemon meringue pie on the creamy bead. Drink now through 2019.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
WA 100, JS 100

What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)
Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac Leognan 2010 (750 ml) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privee Collection Brut 1982 (1.5 Liter) Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml)
WA 100, WS 99, IWC 98, WE 98

As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WS 94

Bright, sleek and elegant, with mouthwatering acidity, this is soft and creamy in texture, offering hints of smoked almond and whole-grain toast, accented by dried apple, crème brûlée and dried herb notes. Rich details of grilled nut and oyster shell linger on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2024.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)
WE 100, WA 98, WS 97

Almost black in color, this stunning wine is gorgeous, rich and dense. It's grand and powerful, with a strong sense of its own importance. The beautiful tannins and the fragrant black currant fruits are palpable. It's a great wine, with huge potential.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2013)
Chateau Margaux 2009 (750 ml) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV (9 Liter) Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime Library Pack 1999, 2000, 2004 (750 ml)
Chateau Margaux 2009 (750 ml)
Our Price: $1,094.99
WA 99, WE 99, WS 97

A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family, once again their gifted manager, Paul Pontallier, has produced an uncommonly concentrated, powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with most Medocs, the alcohol here is actually lower (a modest 13.3%) than most of its siblings-. Abundant blueberry, cassis and acacia flower as well as hints of charcoal and forest floor aromas that are almost Burgundian in their complexity are followed by a wine displaying sweet, well-integrated tannins as well as a certain ethereal lightness despite the wine's overall size. Rich, round, generous and unusually approachable for such a young Margaux, this 2009 should drink well for 30-35+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)
WS 90

Bright and lightly toasty, this elegant Champagne layers flavors of cassis, crushed hazelnut and lemon meringue pie on the creamy bead. Drink now through 2019.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2016)
Library Pack Contains Two Bottles Of Each Vintage Below

1999: WA 98
One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish.

- Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2005)


2000: WE 92, IWC 92
This is a lightweight Cristal, floating and fresh, without the punch this great wine can have from Pinot Noir. It is also way too young. To taste, there is good balance, but the persistent grapefruit flavor shows the wine’s youth.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2007)

2004: WA 97, WE 97
The 2004 Brut Cristal has put on quite a bit of weight since I first tasted it earlier this year. It is a powerful, structured Cristal layered with considerable fruit. Chardonnay seems to play the leading role in 2004, at least today. Cristal is often accessible young, but that is far from the case here. This is a serious, painfully young Cristal that will require considerable patience. Readers who are willing to spend some time with the wine today will find a super-impressive, complete Cristal. The 2004 Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This is Lot L033331E100008, disgorged January, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2010)
Chateau Latour Pauillac 2009 (750 ml) Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime, Champagne 2006 (3 Liter) Chateau de Laubade 1900 Bas Armagnac (750 ml)
WA 100, JS 100, WS 99, WE 99

A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot with just under 14% natural alcohol, the 2009 Latour is basically a clone of the super 2003, only more structured and potentially more massive and long lived. An elixir of momentous proportions, it boasts a dense purple color as well as an extraordinarily flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak and a notion of wet steel. It hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality. Full-bodied, but very fresh with a finish that lasts over a minute, this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted. Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure. Proprietor Francois Pinault and his director, Frederic Engerer, have pulled out all the stops to produce one of the most monumental Latour’s ever made.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)

V 97, JS 97, IWC 95, WE 95, WS 95

This elegant version shows beautiful texture and a sense of finesse despite the underlying power of vibrant acidity and smoky minerality. The palate offers a finely layered mesh of blackberry, poached pear, almond pastry, lemon zest and pickled ginger flavors. Drink now through 2028.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2013)
Each vintage entirely comes from a single harvest and distillation year. Each vintage clearly expresses its age, which is a specificity of Armagnac and the signature of the house. More than 80 different vintages matured in Château de Laubade’s cellars. Currently, the oldest vintage is from 1888. Each Vintage tells a particular story. A story dealing with the ongoing climate changes, with the unique Cellar Masters’ know-how that has followed one another, along the generations. The casks’ quality and the cellars’ temperature participate to the vintage special identity as well. Finally, each vintage is a particular chapter of the estate and draws on its long history, rich know-how and dedication to quality from several generations of men and women’s high involvement.

Château de Laubade only releases its vintages after a minimum of 15 years of ageing in oak casks from Gascony.