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2016 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is cut from the same cloth, yet ratchets the intensity level up another notch. Possessing lots of dark fruits (and some blue fruits), beautiful minerality, notes of garrigue, roasted meats and melted licorice and full-bodied richness, this big, unctuous beauty may just surpass the 2010 (which has drunk incredibly well since release). I’ve written so many glowing reviews on the wines of Clos Saint Jean I sometimes feel like a broken record. Nevertheless, this estate continues to go from strength to strength an ...Read More » 


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2016 Roger Sabon "Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve is a downright sexy, exuberant barrel sample that delivers the goods. Blackcurrants, licorice, roasted herbs and hints of flowers all emerge from this full-bodied beauty that has sweet, sweet tannin and a great finish. This cuvée is 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, aged mostly in foudre, and it’s possibly the finest vintage of this cuvée to date." (10/2017) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with a core of dark plum, boysenberry and fig reduction flavors that are a bit brooding in feel, while licorice snap, roasted alder and tar ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, I was able to taste all of the components of the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this will unquestionably be another terrific vintage from this estate. All of the samples had inky, purple colors, classic aromatics, good acidity and freshness, and balanced profiles. The Mourvèdre, in particular, was beautiful." (10/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No surprise, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape takes the quality of the Coudoulet and ratchets it up a notch (or two!). I tasted the preliminary blend from foudre and was blown away by its potential. At 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenac ...Read More » 


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2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2015 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years." (1/2018) 94 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Suave, mineral-accented scents of ripe blueberry, black currant and Indian spices, along with a slowly emerging floral component. Plush, broad and dee ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is going to be beauty! As is normal I was able to taste through numerous foudre of different blends, as well as a foudre of the final blend, all of the samples showed distinct, rich, even opulent profile, terrific purity and ripe backbones. The final cuvee shows the classic sweet core of fruit that’s the hallmark of this estate, as well as notable complexity in its peppery herbs, dried flowers, scorched earth and graphite aromas and flavors. This is a darker fruited cuvee than normal, and I suspect it’s goin ...Read More » 


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2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

97 points James Suckling: "All 13 grapes. This has a dark fruited, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide swinging tannins. Some white peppery elements, violets, brooding dark spices, blue fruits and dark plums. Builds from the ground up. Dark stones. Impressive, powerful wine. Drink from 2025. *Top 100 of 2017*" (8/2017) 97 points Wine Spectator: "A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. Has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas "Les Souteyrades" (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas "Les Souteyrades" (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The first line on my note for the 2016 Gigondas Les Souteyrades was “Crazy good!”. This cuvee is always one of the most exuberant and exotic of the Gigondas releases and the 2016 doesn’t disappoint with its huge nose of blueberries, orange rind, crushed rocks and exotic flowers. It’s a full-bodied, opulent beauty that’s going to be up with the crème de la crème of the vintage." (10/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most approachable and ready to drink of the 2016s, the 2016 Gigondas les Souteyrades was in vat awaiting bottling when I visited. It's full-bodied, creamy in texture b ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos Saint-Jean "Deus Ex Machina" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A bigger, richer, more powerful wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina offers a port-like bouquet of melted licorice, ground pepper, cured meats and scorched earth. It literally made my heart rate increase. From 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre brought up all in demi-muid, it’s going to be over the top for some, yet is an incredible wine that could come from nowhere else. Bravo!" (10/2017)  


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2016 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Slightly more elegant and refined than the reserve, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, aged in foudre, demi-muids and tronconique tanks) has similar black raspberry, spice and garrigue aromatics, full-bodied richness, killer purity of fruit, ripe tannin, and a great finish. It's another great wine from this estate." (10/2017) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with a racy and focused beam of raspberry coulis, cherry preserve and blackberry paste flavors driving through, laced with mouthwatering anise, black tea and singed apple wood not ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Incorporating 10% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the Grenache-dominated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (there's a touch of Cinsault) sports a saturated ruby/purple color. It shows hints of new oak in its black raspberries, blackberry, cured meats, crushed violets and spice-driven aromatics. This gives way to a rich, incredibly concentrated base cuvée that could easily be mistaken for the Vieille Vignes from another good year. Polished, concentrated and young, it's going to need bottle age." (10/2014) 93 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely beam of cassis and dark plum fruit streams through, laced w ...Read More » 


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JD 94 - 96 WS 93

2016 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that’s going to be up with the finest vintage ever from this estate, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance Cinsault) offers a southern Rhône smorgasbord of aromas and flavors including huge pepper, black raspberries, blackberries, new saddle leather and garrigue. Reminding me of the 1998 with its huge, full-bodied, unctuous texture and present tannin, it’s going to need 2-4 years of cellaring and keep for 15+." (10/2017) 94 points Decanter: "Fermented in concrete, then aged in foudre. No Cuvée Spéciale produced, jus ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Enticing, with bright, engaging raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit infused with gently roasted sandalwood and apple wood, garrigue and licorice root notes. A swath of tobacco underscores the finish, giving this an old-school hint. (JM)" (6/2018) 91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, the base 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape gives up a beautiful bouquet of ripe black raspberries and spice to go with a rich, unctuous, layered style on the palate. It’s no shrinking violet, has beautiful fruit, sweet tannin, and a great finish. I’d happily buy it." (10/2017) K&L Notes: ]' 


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2016 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Chateau Sixtine Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Sixtine, and it's a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre brought up in barrel. Black and blue fruits, graphite, licorice and pot roast like nuances all emerge from this huge, unctuous, concentrated beauty that tick s all the pleasure boxes. Despite its richness level, it stays balanced and pure. Reminding me slightly of an improved 2003, don't miss it." (10/2017) Jancis Robinson: "50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah. Cask sample. Sumptuous, succulent red fruit on the nose. Lovely savoury note on the palate lending gr ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Made with close to 50% stems (the highest in a while) and brought up in foudre and demi-muids (20% new), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin sports deep ruby/purple color as well as sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, crushed flowers, crushed rocks, and incense. Just a huge, rich, unctuous wine, it offers everything you could want from Grenache and is certainly going to challenge the 2007 and 2010 as the greatest expression of this terroir to date." (10/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted from a single foudre representing the La Crau Est lieu-dit, the ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the grand vin, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is backward and dense, with a huge mid-palate, notes of framboise, black cherries, roasted herbs, nori, and spice, a thick, opulent texture, and yet no sense of weight or heaviness. With ripe, polished tannin and a blockbuster finish, it might just be the greatest wine from this estate to date." (10/2017) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In contrast to the Piedlong, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a darker, richer wine. Yes, there are ripe cherries but also cola, blueberries and spice. Full-bodied and rich, it should easily outdistance ...Read More » 


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2016 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

90-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, the deep ruby colored 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (75% Grenache 12% Syrah 10% Mourvèdre aged in foudre and demi-muid) offers seriously good notes of red and black fruits, lavender and spice. It’s medium to full-bodied, has fine, polished tannin, solid mid-palate depth, and solid overall freshness. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years." (10/2017)  


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2016 Domaine Courbis "Champelrose" Cornas (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the Cornas releases, the 2016 Cornas Champelrose is rounded and supple, with lots of plum, violets, scorched earth and bouquet garni aromatics. This full-bodied, rich 2016 has plenty of tannin, an opulent, sexy texture and a good finish. Give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade." (1/2018) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The entry-level Cornas from Courbis, the 2016 Cornas Champelrose sees no new oak. It offers briary aromas of red raspberries, a velvety, open-knit texture and a long finish tinged with orange zest and clove. Drink this medium to fu ...Read More » 


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2015 Domaine Courbis "Champelrose" Cornas (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the Cornas releases, 2015 is an incredible vintage for this estate. Their 2015 Cornas Champelrose comes from slightly younger vines and was destemmed and brought up primarily in neutral barrels. It's a beautiful, elegant, charming Cornas (not something you say very often) that offers terrific notes of black raspberries, currants, incense, spice and violets. Its tannins are sweet, it's already delicious, yet it should evolve nicely for 10-15 years. The Courbis brothers have hit a home run with these 2015s, the finest wines I’ve tasted from this ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine des Bosquets "La Colline" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

96-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Utterly sensational, and unquestionably one of the top 2-3 wines in the vintage, the 2016 Gigondas La Colline is 100% Grenache that’s from the La Colline lieu-dit which is close to the domain, at an elevation of 350 meters above sea-level. It was mostly destemmed (there are 20% stems), fermented in concrete tanks and aging all in 2-4-year-old demi-muids. Notes of Camphor, black raspberries, strawberries, crushed rocks, garrigue and ground pepper all flow to an incredibly layered, concentrated 2016 that has sweet tannin, and an opulent, decadent profile t ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

99 points Decanter: "Rich and opulent on the nose, with yellow peach and honeycomb. Very full bodied, with that immediate internal sweet ripeness of fruit that often marks out this cuvée. Good balancing acidity here, with real intensity of concentrated sappy fruits. Huge length, impressive power and a great mineral expression. It coats the mouth, and somehow stays fresh despite its richness. Old vine Marsanne (over 70 years old) grown on the pebbly, sand and clay soils of the lieu-dit Les Murets. 80% is matured in demi-muid for 11 months, 15% new oak, and the rest in stainle ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Incorporating 8% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah and 5% other permitted variety, 60% destemmed, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes sports a deep, inky color as well as sensational notes of black currants, smoked meats, earth and crushed rocks. Deep, rich, unctuous and decadent, with huge extract and richness, yet never over the top or overripe, it's a killer wine that's going to flirt with perfection on release." (10/2017) 97 points Wine Spectator: "This is packed with plum, raspberry and blackberry confiture flavors that are youthfully wound up, while warm stone, anise, bay le ...Read More » 


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2016 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Amiral G" (Pre-Arrival)

96-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Black raspberries, strawberries, licorice and ground herbs show in the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Amiral G. (100% Grenache), and it's a big, rich 2016 that has plenty of tannins and underlying structure. Possessing full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a stacked mid-palate, it's unquestionably the star of the show in 2016. There are just over 400 cases made so don’t miss it! This is another great lineup from Chateau de Vaudieu, who have risen to the top of the heap recently. They make a perfumed, elegant style of wine, and have started releasing numerou ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Decanter: "Intense, vivid, sappy aromas of honeysuckle, rhubarb and almond. Full-bodied, but not heavy, with a good sense of energy. The acidity is low, but just adequate to bring a sense of balance, which is heightened through sheer intensity and a lovely fresh almond finish. Beautiful sense of harmony and a very long finish. Made from old vine Marsanne, over 70 years old, grown on the complex soils of alluvial deposits and loess of the lieu-dit, Le Méal. 65% is matured in demi-muid for 11 months, 10% new oak, 10% in foudre, the rest in stainless steel. Drinking W ...Read More » 


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2016 Bosquet des Papes "La Folie" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another Rockstar wine is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Folie, which is a slightly more modern styled effort based on destemmed 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre raised in 30% new barrels. It’s full-bodied, concentrated, layered and structured, with fine tannin and terrific notes of crushed pepper, dried flowers, and strawberry fruit. Forget bottles for 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 15." (10/2017) 93 points Decanter: "100 year old vines. The Mourvèdre and Grenache come through in equal measure on the nose, as scrubland herbs, liquorice and blueberries. It's full-bodied, ...Read More » 


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JD 95 - 97 DC 93

2016 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Even better (although in a very different style), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes all from very old Grenache vines planted all in sandy soils. This behemoth offers awesome notes of blueberries, plums, violets and spring flowers, with hints of sandy/loamy/soil notes developing with time in the glass. Full-bodied, fat, unctuous and hedonistic, it stays balanced lively and fresh on the palate, with no weight. Sign me up." (10/2017) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I didn't taste the straight Chateauneuf du Pape from 2016, but the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes ce ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Courbis "Les Eygats" Cornas (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "My favorite in the lineup was the 2016 Cornas Les Eygats, which has sensational purity and precision, as well as full-bodied richness and weight, integrated acidity, and terrific notes of cassis, black raspberries, violets and minerality. The purity, freshness and focus, as well as its depth of fruit, are what sets this stunner apart. The Courbis brothers have hit a home run with these 2015s, the finest wines I’ve tasted from this brilliant estate. All three of the single vineyard Cornas are incredible wines, with the Les Eygats being one of finest Corn ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "La Chapelle" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Vinous: "(raised in 20% new oak) Dark purple. A highly expressive, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh blackberry and blueberry, candied flowers, incense and exotic spices. Sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur and violet pastille flavors are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper and bitter chocolate; a spicecake nuance gains strength with aeration. Steadily building tannins add shape and grip to the extremely long, incisive finish, which emphatically repeats the floral and mineral notes. I wouldn't be surprised to see this wine turn out as ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos Saint-Jean "Sanctus Sanctorum" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Vincent told me that they harvested very late for the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum, yet there’s absolutely no sense of overripeness or heaviness, and this beauty has everything you could want. Offering a profound nose of blackberries, blueberries, graphite, lead pencil, scorched earth and even a hint of spring flowers, it hits the palate with incredible density and richness that carries an absurd amount of fruit, ripe tannin and a finish that won’t quit. Give this undeniable blockbuster 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 20." (10/2017)  


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JD 97 - 100

2016 Château Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Just sensational, and one of the best examples of this cuvée out there, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc boasts phenomenal notes of orange blossom, salty minerality, caramelized peach, and spice. Rich, full-bodied, unctuous and yet always pure and elegant, it’s one of the finest wines coming from this hallowed appellation." (10/2017) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The family is a great believer in Roussanne as the white grape of the Southern Rhône, and the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc includes 80% of that variety. Waves of honeyed pineapple and tangerine sorbet flood the senses. Thi ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Decanter: "Compelling fragrance despite its youth, remarkably fruity and open for a L’Ermite wine at this stage: lavender, orange, mint and fresh blackberry. Medium to full bodied, rich and mouth-coating yet sublimely fresh. Sprightly, saline tannins, super-fine but weighty. Very well balanced, with juicy acidity and hugely long. Serious thrust and soaring energy, this is white-knuckle stuff. This was made from 70-year-old Syrah vines planted on a high bank of decomposed granite and granitic sands, lieu-dit L’Ermite. Yields of 22 hl/ha. Completely destemmed, fermen ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Combe des Fous is the classic blend of mostly Grenache mixed with a small amount of Syrah and Vaccarèse. It’s a huge, unctuous effort that packs an incredible amount of blackcurrants, garrigue, pepper and dried flowers into its balanced, elegant, layered personality. It picks up a charcuterie meatiness with time in the glass, as well as the telltale melted licorice characteristic of perfectly ripe Grenache. Count me as a fan and this heavenly juice shouldn’t be missed by any Rhône lover." (10/2017)  


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2016 Bosquet des Papes "A la Glorie de Mon Grand Père" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Made from 100% Grenache that was partially destemmed, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Père is straight up awesome looking barrel sample. Sporting a deep ruby color and perfumed notes of strawberries, incense, Asian spices and dried garrigue, this beauty is full-bodied, layered, and opulent on the palate, yet with no weight and a graceful, balanced style. It has fine tannins which are still mostly covered by loads of fruit at this stage. It’s going to be hard to resist on release, yet should have two decades of longevity." (10/2017) Jancis Robinson: "Mo ...Read More » 


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JD 94 - 97

2015 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2015 Ermitage L’Ermite offers that classic, searing granite/ozone-laced bouquet of crème de cassis, liquid rocks, graphite, and lead pencil. More tight, focused and backward than the Pavillon, it's no less impressive and is pure, full-bodied, massively concentrated and focused. It’s another monumental wine from Michel Chapoutier that needs to be forgotten for 8-10 years and will have 40-50 years of prime drinking. Enough can’t be said about the quality coming from this estate and these 2015s are certainly a match for what was achieved in 2009 ...Read More » 


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2016 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Val de Dieu" (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A bigger, richer wine, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu is 64% Grenache, 28% Syrah, and 8% Mourvèdre. Blackberry, hints of cassis, licorice, toasted spice, and graphite give way to a rich, full-bodied, concentrated barrel sample that has terrific purity and balance. It still plays in the elegant, seamless style of the estate, yet has terrific length. This is another great lineup from Chateau de Vaudieu, who have risen to the top of the heap recently. They make a perfumed, elegant style of wine, and have started releasing numerous single parcel w ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine des Bosquets "Le Lieu-Dit" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Gigondas Le Lieu-Dit is also 100% Grenache and comes from a parcel just beside the winery. This is a cooler, sandy terroir and the style of this cuvée is dramatically different than the La Colline cuvée, showing a much more finesse-driven, elegant, ethereal style. Nevertheless, the 2016 is one of the larger, richer example of the cuvée and sports a deep, inky color as well as to die for notes of black raspberries, crème de cassis, crushed pepper, and ground herbs. With full-bodied richness, polished, sweet tannin, no hard edges and a fabulous le ...Read More » 


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2015 Domaine Belle "Cuvée Louis Belle" Crozes-Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2015 Domaine Belle "Cuvée Louis Belle" Crozes-Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I also loved the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Louis Belle which saw a traditional vinification followed by 20 months in French oak. Blackberry, currants, blueberries, violets and hints of black pepper give way to a rich, expansive, opulent Syrah that has sweet tannin and a great finish. Give it a few years of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade or more. I always love the wines from this tiny estate and they’ve made a number of brilliant wines in 2015." (1/2018) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Louis Belle is cedary and rich, full-bodied and amply ...Read More » 


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2016 Rene Rostaing "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was blown away by the completeness of the 2016 Cote Rotie la Landonne from barrel. Incredible floral aromas bring both violets and roses to mind, plus layers of raspberry fruit and complex spice notes. It's medium to full-bodied with a terrific, silky mouthfeel and a long, long finish. (JC)" (12/2017) 97 points Decanter: "Aged in demi-muids - a maximum of 10% new oak - with no destemming. It has that austere mineral character on the nose so typical of La Landonne. It is rounded, with good concentration and ripeness, matched with ample, piercing acidity and bristling with fin ...Read More » 


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2016 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape "l'Avenue" (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also 100% Grenache, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape L'Avenue offers lots of red and blue fruits, mint, sappy flowers and bay leaf aromatics, with the slightly more fresh, perfumed style that's the hallmark of this cuvée. With rich, full-bodied aromas and flavors, notable freshness and a clean finish, it should drink nicely in its youth yet evolve gracefully as well. This is another great lineup from Chateau de Vaudieu, who have risen to the top of the heap recently. They make a perfumed, elegant style of wine, and have started releasing numerous single par ...Read More » 


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JD 93 - 95

2016 Tardieu-Laurent "Cuvée Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Tardieu-Laurent "Cuvée Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The tiny production 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale is Grenache dominated and comes from 100-year-old vines planted in the sandy portions of the famed la Crau lieu-dit. It looks to be one of the stars in the vintage. Blackberries, pepper, violets, and earth all emerge from this full-bodied, massively concentrated, Grenache that has sweet tannin, no hard edges and the opulence and purity of this sensational vintage." (10/2017) Jancis Robinson: "Not as deeply crimson as the other two 2016 Châteauneufs from this producer. The sand may explain. Very fragrant and lifted. ...Read More » 


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JD 95 - 97

2016 Le Clos du Caillou "Les Quartz" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blockbuster in the making is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Quartz, which is 100% Grenache from the les Cassanets lieu-dit just beside the estate. Garrigue, kirsch, black raspberries, spice, and incense notes all literally soar from the glass of this sensational red. With full-bodied richness, incredible purity, ultra-fine tannin, and a killer finish, it's going to be one of the wines of the vintage. Clos du Caillou, under the helm of the Vacheron family, with Bruno Gaspard as winemaker and Philippe Cambie as consultant, continues to release a bevy ...Read More » 


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2015 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2015 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish. Not enough can be said about the quality that consistently comes from this estate. From the top to the bottom of the range, you can’t go wrong. (JD)" (12/2016) 97 points Decanter: "Tight bouquet, deep mass of jumbled fruits. Glorious and fat in a complex, provocat ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Saint Cosme "Hominis Fides" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the special cuvees and from the sandiest parcel of the estate, the 2016 Gigondas Hominis Fides (100% Grenache) has perfection written all over it! Just as fine, elegant and seamless as it gets, yet also with blockbuster depth and richness, it boasts incredible notes of black raspberries, loamy/sandy soils nuances, game, and camphor. Don’t miss it! Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is unquestionably one of the reference point estates in Gigondas, as well as the entire southern Rhône Valley. The estate lies just to the east of the village ...Read More » 


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JD 98 - 100 DC 98 RP 94 - 96
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2016 M. Chapoutier "de l'Orée" Ermitage Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the three single vineyard whites, the 2016 Ermitage Cuvée De L’Orée is a huge, unctuous white that delivers the goods. Orange marmalade, buttered citrus, honeycomb and brioche all soar from the glass. Possessing a thick, full-bodied style, huge mid-palate concentration, and a great, great finish, it's one of the world's greatest dry whites, year in, year out, and 2016 isn’t going to break that trend." (1/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As usual, Chapoutier's sélections parcellaires are stunning. The 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree from Les Murets' clay soils combines hints of h ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

99 points Decanter: "This vintage is considerably more weighty and muscular than an average year. Fresh plum, with a touch of high-toned plum sauce notes. Some forest berries too on the nose and palate. Very full-bodied, but also pure, with amazing quality of fruit – piercing and polished. More tannic than usual, but what quality of tannin! Utterly silky and so fine. Very long, very straight, beautifully balanced and completely compelling. Made from over 70-year-old Syrah vines planted on a high granite slope, lieu-dit Les Bessards. Yields of 24 hl/ha. Totally destemmed, fer ...Read More » 


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2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This has a drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that holds center stage but still allows notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this will cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040." (8/2017) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is sensational, with notes of blackberry jam, blueberries, crushed flowers, licorice, and graphite all soaring from the glass. Deep, rich, unctuous and still structured, with masses of tannin, it's a beast of a wine, yet stays impeccably balanced, pure and clean. It's going to need 4-5 years of cellaring. 96-99+" (10/2017) 95 points Decanter: "A remarkable combination of freshness, concentration and lightness of touch. Very long, with vivid aromatics and lovely balance. It's hard to fault really, but is painfully young at this stage ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape(375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, I was able to taste all of the components of the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this will unquestionably be another terrific vintage from this estate. All of the samples had inky, purple colors, classic aromatics, good acidity and freshness, and balanced profiles. The Mourvèdre, in particular, was beautiful. The Perrin family continues to knock it out of the park and have produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2015. In addition, I’ve included the Famille Perrin Gigondas releases here as well." (10/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No surprise, the 2016 Chatea ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Saint Cosme "Le Claux" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

99-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Gigondas Le Claux has slightly more mid-palate depth compared to the Hominis Fides, yet is also more tannic and structure. Damp clay, forest floor, currants spice and huge minerality all soar from the glass and this full-bodied beauty has an unctuous texture that’s currently hiding serious amounts of tannin. Forget bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 15+. Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is unquestionably one of the reference point estates in Gigondas, as well as the entire southern Rhône Valley. The estate lies just to the ...Read More » 


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2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Vinous: "Bright purple. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes candied dark berries, olive, smoked meat and incense, and floral and mineral notes build steadily. Sweet, focused and penetrating on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Impressively blends concentration and energy and finishes with impressive, gently tannic persistence. (JR)" (6/2018)  


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2016 Domaine de Marcoux "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also darker than its 2015 counterpart, the 100% Grenache 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals killer notes of black and blue fruits, peppery spice, violets, and garrigue. Possessing full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and ripe, polished tannin, it never puts a foot wrong, has terrific density and extract, and a huge finish, all pointing to this being a sensational example of this cuvée." (10/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes was matured entirely in concrete. It boasts lovely red plum-scented fruit and a broad mix of spices ...Read More » 


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