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Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 'Satrapezo' Ice Wine 2013 (375 ml) Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2013 (500 ml) Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne NV (375 ml)
100% Rkatsiteli. Vibrant fruit flavors accented by the natural sweetness are well balanced with embedded orange zest. The finish is fresh with fruity core leading to a tantalizing citrus and lingering aftertaste.

The fully frozen grapes in Rkatsiteli southern blocks of Kondoli vineyards and selected old Rkatsiteli vineyards in Ikalto and Gulgula villages in Kakheti have been picked in early December, when the outside temperature fell down to -9°C. At these temperatures the water portion of each grape separates from sugar, flavor and acid components. The water freezes and crystallizes leaving the other compounds as suspended liquid drops among the water crystals. The grapes were hand harvested early in the morning in small boxes, hand sorted in our winery, all the damaged grapes were removed and gently pressed in basket press. The fermentation was held for 2 months period in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature 16-18°C. After fermentation wine was kept cold around 0°C for 6 month. Light filtration complemented by bottling and 6 months bottle aging in our cellar before the release.
WA 93

I've been waiting for a while to taste their sweet red. This time, I sampled the 2013 Dulce Monastrell, a wine that started the category of sweet Monastrell in Spain. They do long macerations in concrete vats, and the fermentation with indigenous yeasts is stopped, thus adding alcohol. It's bottled with 16% alcohol and 200 grams of sugar. The wine was bottled in June 2014, and they have been waiting to released it, as the wine is aged in bottle. It doesn't even see any oak. The nose is immediately recognizable as Olivares, with the signature aromas of sun-dried tomatoes and black olives intermixed with thyme, lavender and rosemary. The palate is juicy, soft and lush, with good balance between acidity and sweetness. 31,000 bottles produced.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 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)
Ken Wright Cellars 'Perseverence of Spirit' Late Harvest Red, Oregon (500 ml) Ruinart Brut Rose, Champagne NV (375 ml) Alfred Gratien Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml)
The Faux Port is Non-Vintage. All the fruit is from Del Rio vineyard in the Rogue River Valley of Southern Oregon. It is the first wine of its kind and to our knowledge there is nothing like it in existence. It is not fortified wine like port of sherry. All sugars and flavors were already naturally present in the grapes harvested for this wine.
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)
WS 92, V 91

Offers lovely balance and a fine, lacy texture, with the firm acidity providing a backbone for the flavors of ripe blackberry and pear fruit, pastry cream, candied lemon zest, almond biscotti, oyster shell and chalk. Disgorged November 13, 2013. Drink now through 2021.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)
Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2006 (375 ml) Alfred Gratien Brut Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml) Disznoko Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2008 (500 ml)
WA 94

The 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico represens a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a noticeable level of elegance and sophistication that you don't always find in this category of dessert wine from central Italy. The bouquet shows candied fruit, honey, brown sugar and grilled herb. Fèlsina produces 9,000 bottles of this wine, making it one of the biggest producers of Vin Santo in the Chianti Classico area.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
V 92, WS 91, IWC 91

A bright, tangy rosé Champagne, with a fine, lacy mousse carrying flavors of white raspberry, poached pear, almond skin and fresh ginger. Offers a lasting, chalky finish. Disgorged February 7, 2014. Drink now through 2020.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2014)
WA 96

Tasted at the Disznóko vertical in London, the 2008 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos is a blend of 70% Furmint, 20% Zéta and 10% Hárslevelu, the maceration mostly with finished wine. This has an exceptional bouquet: Satsuma and mandarin, quince and marmalade, wonderful mineralite and tension. The palate is very well balanced with mandarin, lime, orange rind and a touch of quince. This is edgy, a more unpredictable yet compelling Tokaji from Disznoko with a very long and sustained finish. This comes highly recommended—an outstanding 5 Puttonyos.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Barao de Vilar Maynard's 30 Years Old Aged Tawny Port NV (750 ml) Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top Brut 2005 (750 ml) Moutard Pere et Fils Cuvee Six Cepages Brut, Champagne 2007 (750 ml)
WA 92-93

The NV 30 Years Old Tawny Port Maynard's is a traditional blend with 111 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled in 2016--in a rather odd bottle looking like a Mateus Rosé. The wine is a lot better than that, happily. This was the first release of this bottling with this presentation. A bit hard and a little harsh on the end, it evolves a bit in the glass and then shows off its best points--the amazing structure, the precision and focus. There still seemed to be just a touch of alcohol on the finish, a little too much brandy. It is dry and persistent, otherwise exceptional. In fairness to this bottling, it was only bottled the day before being seen--but since it was hand bottled just to show it to me, said Alvaro van Zeller, it was fine to present. Hence, this note.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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)

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)

Ayala Brut Nature, Champagne NV (750 ml) Estate Argyros Vin Santo 4 Year Barrel Aged, Santorini, Greece 2009 (500 ml) Charles de Cazanove Stradivarius Brut, Champagne 2007 (750 ml)
JS 92

Attractive gently reductive florals and chalky stony notes. This smells extremely fresh. The palate has a fresh grapefruit, lemon and white peach fruit core. Smooth, nicely ripened and well-balanced. Drink now.

- James Suckling (Oct, 2017)

93 Points Decanter

The tension on the finish is remarkable. The acidity is often thrilling, but never shrill. The sugar, fruit and acidity are actually in excellent balance. This vivacious Vinsanto just grips the palate, lifting the fruit flavor and making it linger. It is also pretty delicious on that juicy finish, laced with caramel, apricots and baked peach.
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)

Vollereaux Cuvee Marguerite Brut Millesime 2008 (750 ml) Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial NV (750 ml) Ayala Rose Majeur Brut, Champagne NV (750 ml)
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)
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.
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)
Castello di Monsanto La Chimera Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2005 (375 ml) Barberani Calcaia Muffa Nobile Dolce Orvieto Classico Superiore 2014 (750 ml) Santos Winery Trygos Vinsanto 2005 (500 ml)
WA 94

The 2005 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico La Chimera opens to a dark amber color and thick layers of glycerin that move in thick streaks down the side of the glass. It shows tertiary tones of burnt butter, toasted almond and candied fruit. This Vin Santo is very caramelized in personality with a chewy thickness that makes it a meal on its own, or an ideal pairing partner to an after-dinner cigar.

The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an impeccably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage. This set of new releases follows faithfully in the tradition set forth by this winery.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WA 94+

The words Muffa Nobile have been taken off the front label, although this vintage sees full Botrytis Cinerea, just like in past years. The delicious 2014 Orvieto Classico Superiore Calcaia (500 milliliters) is a fabulous dessert wine from Umbria and one that I highly recommend. The wine is so robust and generous, it sails clear past any problems associated with the difficult growing season. It does so with robust confidence and personality. The wine opens to a beautiful golden color and amber hues. The bouquet delivers honey, dried apricot, white raisin and candied fruit. The mouthfeel is honey-like in intensity. Some 15,000 bottles were produced, so it's not too hard getting your hands on this special sweet wine.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
85% Assyrtiko – 15% Aidani. A fine dessert wine from the sun dried grapes Assyrtiko and Aidani of Santorini. The 3-year maturation in oak barrels offers a mature and velvety character, tricking the mouth between honey and lemon, raisins and sweet spices.
Charles de Cazanove Tradition Brut NV (1.5 Liter) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2013 (750 ml) Honig Vineyard & Winery Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (750 ml)
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 2022.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2011)
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)
Dessert in a bottle, with the aromas of dried apricot, peach cobbler, figs and honey, spiced with nutmeg and vanilla. Rich, bright and exquisitely balanced.
Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira Single Quinta Vintage Port 2015 (750 ml) Royal Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj-Hegyalja 2013 (500 ml) Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru NV (1.5 Liter)
WA 93, WE 93, WS 91

The 2015 Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira, the Douro Superior quinta, is a blend of Touriga Franca 55%, Touriga Nacional 35% and Sousão 10%. It comes in at 98 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is a relatively big boy on first taste, showing good structure and a mouth-coating demeanor. The delicious flavors, laced with cherry-chocolate and some mint, make it enticing, not just well structured. This is a lovely single-quinta that should age pretty well and still be approachable young. As it sat and aired, it became a bit more mute. It did seem to come around very fast, and it was not quite as impressive as the initial tastes suggested. It is still pretty delicious and it should hold well through 2060.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
WE 97, WS 94

This ethereal Tokaji Aszú is golden in color, with aromas of delicate acacia flower, honeysuckle, fresh peach and tinned apricot. The flavors come alive on the palate, showing luscious apricot, floral honeycomb and fresh pear juice. The acidity is perfectly balanced to prevent this delightful wine from being too cloying.

- Jeff Jenssen, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2017)
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)
Henriot Brut, Champagne 2006 (750 ml) Ayala Rose No. 8 Brut, Champagne 2008 (750 ml) Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Estate Argyros Vin Santo 12 Year Barrel Aged, Santorini, Greece 2001 (500 ml) Barons de Rothschild Rose, Champagne NV (750 ml) W. & J. Graham's Vintage Port 2000 (750 ml)
95 Points Decanter

It is understated, graceful, elegant and airy, with its acidity easily cutting through its mid-palate and the sugar. Showing far more grip and tension, however, than the four-year bottling also reviewed this issue, it adds a layer of depth and more power at the end in comparison, plus some additional complexity. It gets better and better with air, too, and showed better on Day 3 than on opening. The ability to combine power and elegance makes this a great experience. Drink now-2030.
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)
WS 98, WA 94, IWC 94

Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (May, 2003)
Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml) Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1975 (750 ml) Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 (375 ml)
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)
WA 93

The 1975 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s) is a blend of 35% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Barroca, 15% Tinta Roriz and 15% Tinto Cão, coming in at 133 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is light, but lingering. While it is relatively light for its age, it still seems to have more concentration than the 1982, also reviewed, plus a sharper, more intense feel. That has some pros and cons. The acidity and the age lend this more complexity, but it does finish rather sharply, without quite the same sex appeal. Overall, it does the job. Here, as with most all Tawnies, it is important to drink this a bit cool. This is scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
WA 96, V 94

Ending on a sweet note, both figuratively and literally, the 2004 Vinsanto del Chianti Classico is a pure incarnation of vinous opulence and beauty. The wine is absolutely stunning, from start to finish. It shows bright amber highlights against the same shade of dark brown you see on a polished chestnut shell. Its thick, viscous consistency glides over the smooth surfaces of the glass with the soft, slow motion movements of maple syrup. The bouquet is impossible to forget as it leaves notes of honey, brown sugar, roasted nut, rum cake, vanilla, white truffle, candied apricot and moist pipe tobacco firmly etched in your memory. The blend is 50-50 Sangiovese and Malvasia. You don’t drink this wine. You slurp it down instead, savoring each tiny drop. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV (1.5 Liter) Moet & Chandon Brut Rose Champagne Imperial NV (1.5 Liter) Quinta do Noval 40 Year Old Tawny Port (750 ml)
JS 92, WE 92, WS 92

Finely knit and elegant overall, this vivacious Champagne is creamy and satiny in texture, with layers of yellow plum, chalk, toast, glazed apricot and lemon curd. Offers a lingering, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2015)
IWC 91, WS 90

A smoky, fresh rosé, lightly chalky in texture, showing delicate flavors of crème de cassis, gumdrop, grilled plum and ground spice. Minerally finish. Drink now through 2018.
WA 95

The NV 40 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2016 with a bar-top cork and 169 grams per liter of residual sugar. The back label talks of "freshness," which seems odd for a 40 Year Old, but Noval delivers all that and more here. The concentrated flavor burst on the lively finish shows touches of molasses and this is far more intense than the other Noval tawnies this issue on all fronts. However, its calling card is not intensity, but its amazingly youthful and fresh demeanor. The lift to the fruit gives this an irresistibly juicy finish, letting all those flavors linger beautifully. It is smooth, sensual and impeccably balanced, never obvious. This is quite fine.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose NV (1.5 Liter) Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV (1.5 Liter) Feuerheerd's Colheita Port 1963 (750 ml)
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)
WS 93

Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy. Drink now through 2022.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
WA 95

The 1963 Colheita Port (Feuerheerd’s), coming in at 142 grams per liter of residual sugar, is brilliant. Lush and gorgeously constructed, it shows off its power and its intensity of acidity on the finish, but also its remarkable viscosity and intensity of flavor. It is often wonderful, frequently fabulous. It's a beauty that touches all the bases. This was scheduled for release in September 2015.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose, Champagne 2005 (750 ml) Denis Dubourdieu Chateau Doisy-Daene L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daene, Sauternes 2009 (375 ml) Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Very Old 1964 Port (750 ml)
WS 94

Wonderfully aromatic and finely detailed, with a layered profile of dried apricot, raw almond, honey, ground coffee, nutmeg and orange bergamot. Shows power and focus, yet this is set in a sleek, finely knit frame. The chalky minerality firms the long, smoky finish. Disgorged July 2015. Drink now through 2026.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 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)
WS 93

Smooth, spicy and still fresh, with a subtly unfolding array of candied ginger, dried apple, citrus zest and marzipan flavors supported by bright acidity. Finishes with hints of anise and juniper. Drink now. 150 cases imported.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2014)
Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port 1968 (750 ml) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privee Collection Brut 1990 (750 ml) Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon P2 Plenitude Brut 2000 (750 ml)
WS 98, WE 95, WA 94

Gorgeous from the get-go, with toasted sesame, green tea, walnut husk, pistachio cream and peanut toffee notes seamlessly layered atop one another, framed by a subtle singed alder hint. Everything glides with grace through the finish like a gently wafting plume of smoke off burning incense. Drink now.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
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)
JS 99

A Champagne that has turned to a very fine texture with dried pineapple and lemon character. Medium to full body, complex and flavorful palate. Shows length and beauty. Pie crust, cooked apple and lemon rind continue on the finish. A truly great 2000 with a combination of finesse and strength. It’s very, very minerally to a point of sea salt. It was disgorged in first half of 2016. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling
Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2004 (750 ml) Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut 2006 (1.5 Liter) Armand de Brignac Brut Ace of Spades NV (1.5 Liter)
WA 97

The 2004 Vintage Port "Nacional" is a declared Vintage Port aged for 18 months in wooden casks. An old vines field blend, it comes in at just 79 grams per liter of residual sugar, rather dry on paper and in perception. Typically graceful and leaning on elegance in the mid-palate, it is laced with some herbs and rhubarb up front. It is very aromatic and it opens with a distinctive flavor profile compared to others in the Vintage Port lineup that I had open. In the mid-palate, it seems like a very fine table wine in some ways, showing remarkable finesse and focus, and a rather dry finish. It is completely closed and gives little. The structure and the underlying concentration are all obvious, though. They are classic and they make this a cellar candidate from the get-go.

Despite being over a decade old, this is tight, firm, powerful and too young. After playing around with it for several days, I saw it finally begin to blossom, to show fresh fruit and something besides austerity. By the end of the week, it was far more evolved, showing its wonderful concentration, increasingly interesting intensity of flavor and a long finish. It is never obvious, but it is always quite gorgeous. This is an old school Port on an old school schedule. It needs cellaring. If extended aeration makes it at least a bit approachable, it is not exactly showing all it has and all it can be. Be patient--even if it is more approachable in a decade or so, that won't be even close to its peak. If you're patient and young, give it a try around 2040.

- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (March, 2016)
WA 96, WS 95,

A graceful, minerally version, featuring rich notes of smoke, mandarin orange peel and chalk that lead to subtle accents of crème de cassis, toasted almond, espresso and star anise on the fine, creamy mousse. Seamlessly knit, with citrusy acidity leaving a mouthwatering impression on the finish. Drink now through 2031.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2016)
The famous gold pewter bottle is marvellous, complex and full-bodied, with a bouquet that is both fresh and lively. It's sumptuous, racy fruit character is perfectly integrated with the wine's subtle brioche accents. Its texture is deliciously creamy and the palate has great depth and impact with a long and silky finish. A superb and singular example of a Prestige Champagne.
Dom Perignon P2 Plenitude Brut Rose 1996 (750 ml) Dom Perignon P2 Plenitude Brut Rose 1995 (750 ml) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV (6 Liter)
JS 96

This has plenty of dried roses, rose hip and other very gently seductive perfumes on offer here such as wild cherries, some pepper, plenty of spices and pink, musky marshmallows. The autolysis is still very discreet, although the fruits have changed to another phase of more savory characters and are really delicate. This is undoubtedly a restrained Champagne on a very slow path of evolution. The palate's smoothly layered with the phenolics shaping it in the first phase of the palate, casting a long tube-like form. The core is composed of dried strawberries, some spiced cherries, some dried peaches and pink grapefruit to boot. It then gives way to fresh acidity as it delivers a really thrilling and mouth-watering finish with some toasty hazelnuts and flamed orange zest to close. Superb focus, and the vintage character of the acidity and length is stunning. Beautifully preserved in the cellars for some twenty-odd years. What a treat! Drink now and for another decade or more. This will age on cork very nicely. Truly a superb expression of Dom Perignon Rosé.

- James Suckling (Oct, 2016)
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)
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)
Armand de Brignac Brut Rose Ace of Spades, Chapmagne NV (1.5 Liter) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cave Privee Collection Brut 1982 (1.5 Liter) Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV (9 Liter)
W&S 91

Wood tones dominate this wine when it's first opened, bringing ginger beer and a masculine, cologne-like scent to the savory, Morello cherry flavors. It develops floral aromas with air, a powerful cherry weightlessness that opens up and races past the woody curves of the finish. A stylized rosé, this has an intriguing character to back it up. For seared duck breast or other gamey meats.
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)
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)
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime Library Pack 1999, 2000, 2004 (750 ml) Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime, Champagne 2006 (3 Liter)
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)
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)