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2012 Red Burgundy... Domaine de la Pousse d'Or - 04/01/2015 - Red Burgundy

Small quantities due this fall - these are available now on a pre-arrival basis.

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($69.99)

91-93 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark plums, spices, smoke and menthol are some of the many nuances that emerge from Pousse d'Or's 2012 Volnay En Caillerets. This is a distinctly dark style of Caillerets that is deeply marked by the signature low yields of the year. There is considerable intensity in the glass, but my fear is that the wine is so concentrated that some of the terroir signatures are masked by the sheer richness of the fruit." (01/2014)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Liqueur-like black and blue fruit aromas complicated by violet and game. Very ripe and plush, with flavors of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Finishes thick and long, with serious, slightly edgy tannins, a restrained sweetness and a hint of pastry. Just enough verve here to support the wine's full ripeness. " (01/2014)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru En Cailleret was the last cuvee to complete its malolactic fermentation, three weeks before I visited. It comes from east-facing vines most planted in 1976. The nose is a little difficult to discern at this early stage: stubborn and refusing to come out and play. However the palate is lively with marmalade-tinged black fruit and a succulent, energetic finish that exerts a gentle grip. It does not quite have the vivacity of the best Cailleret that I have tasted, but it remains a very satisfactory wine. " (12/2013)

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is also markedly ripe with its more elegant nose of plum, violets, earth, spice and red currant aromas. There is a bit more energy to the detailed and mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess a dusty finish where there is a slight hint of backend dryness that mildly detracts from the overall sense of balance." (04/2014)

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru "Les Jarollieres" (Pre-Arrival) ($74.99)

91-93 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark cherries, plums, hard candy, cloves and menthol all flesh out in the 2012 Pommard Les Jarollières. One of the more explosive wines in the range, the Jarollières is also quite supple and layered, which should make it accessible with just a few years in bottle. The layered, voluptuous style is hugely appealing." (01/2014)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "There is a subtle touch of wood framing the ultra-fresh nose of just turned earth, game and dark currant aromas that display a background hint of underbrush. There is an excellent sense of verve to the less obviously mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess really lovely balance and strikingly good length. This is lovely and worth considering." (04/2014)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres comes from a 1.44-hectare parcel of vines, the oldest dating back to 1925. It has a more serious and introspective bouquet than the gaggle of buoyant Volnays. The palate is very smooth with silky tannins that take over and define the foursquare and yet fresh finish. It is typical Pommard in terms of its structure, one could almost say its aloofness, and I suggest that it will require 2 or 3 years in bottle. " (12/2013)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(the crop level here was just 14 hectoliters per hectare, according to Patrick Landanger): Ruby-red. High-toned aromas of licorice, tobacco, shoe polish and fresh herbs; with its roasted notes and cooler tones, this suggests a wider range of fruit ripeness than the estate's Volnays. Tight and lean but nicely delineated, with youthfully simple black cherry, menthol and spearmint flavors showing limited sweetness and personality today. Finishes with dusty tannins. I wanted a bit more nuance." (01/2014)

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru " Clos de la Bousse" (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($89.99)

92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Volnay Clos de La Bousse d'Or is more reserved than the Caillerets, although it has a similarly dark profile. Graphite, pencil shavings and a host of mineral-inflected notes give the 2012 its sense of energy and thrust. Violets, white pepper, pomegranate and blood orange add substantial lift and a flair of exoticism to the intense, dark fruit. I can't imagine the 2012 giving much pleasure in the immediate future. Readers need to be patient here. " (01/2014)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or, from the 2.13-hectare climat located just outside the village in limestone soils, has an appealing, almost languid bouquet without dispensing with the requisite delineation. It unfolds at its own pace with dark cherries, cassis and a scintilla of black tea. The palate has a sorbet-fresh entry with hints of dark chocolate informing the luscious dark berried fruit. There is good density and length on the finish with freshness from start to finish. This should turn out to be a pretty, approachable Volnay. " (12/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(the crop level here was just 17.5 hectoliters per hectare, according to Patrick Landanger): Good full red. Reduced nose offers scents of wild strawberry, meat and duck rillettes, plus a whiff of coffee. Rich, sweet and fat but with bright integrated acdity and a mineral firmness giving the wine a slight toughness today on the back end. Seriously tannic and in need of patience. " (03/2015)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "As is virtually always the case this is aromatically more elegant than the Clos l'Audignac with its pure and very fresh essence of red pinot fruit, spice, violet and sandalwood scents. There is an equally elegant mouth feel to the well-delineated and discreetly mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that possess the barest trace of backend asperity that is just enough to notice." (04/2014)

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des 60 Ouvrées" (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($99.99)

92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "A dark, somber wine, the 2012 Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees hits the palate with superb depth and power. Absolutely nothing is out of place as this explosive Volnay shows off its personality. The 2012 is on the edge of extreme in terms of its concentration, but at the same time, the richness softens some of the contours that are present when the wine is young. This is a distinctly muscular Volnay, but it works." (01/2014)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrees is the domaine's 2.13-hectare monopole on limestone marl soils with a high gravel content, the oldest vines planted in 1958 and the most recent in 1991. It possesses an instantly attractive bouquet with black cherries and boysenberry fruit underpinned by fine mineralite and well-integrated oak. There is plenty of aromatic "energy" palpable here. The palate is lively with admirable acidity and depth, a Volnay struck through with superb tension. There is an abiding sense of symmetry and focus with a long tail on the finish. Excellent - probably the finest Volnay from Domaine de la Pousse d'Or this year. " (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Distinctly wilder on the nose than the Clos de la Bousse d'Or, offering scents of darker berries, licorice, violet, mocha and wild herbs. Dense, sappy and rich, with a classic dryness and noteworthy power to the lightly saline flavors of black cherry and spices. Finishes firmly tannic, energetic and quite long. " (03/2015)

89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more deeply pitched nose features aromas of dark currant, spiced plum, earth and wet stone. There is a beautifully refined, even silky mouth feel to the attractively energetic middle weight flavors that culminate in a delicious if again ever-so-mildly dry finish that clips the length just slightly." (04/2014)

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($109.99)

94-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Corton Clos du Roi boasts striking inner perfume and layers of expressive dark fruit, all supported by incisive, yet beautifully integrated tannins. Today the Clos du Roi s understandably tightly wound, but it is a jewel of a wine in the making. Readers need to be very patient here. " (01/2014)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru is from the domaine's 1.45-hectare east-facing vines planted in 1979 and 1987. It has a more mineral-driven bouquet compared directly against the Corton-Bressandes. It boasts fine definition with lovely sous-bois aromas bubbling up. The palate is well-balanced with crisp, almost chalky tannins. It is bright and bushy tailed before closing up on the tannic, slightly chalky textured finish. This is one of the best wines from the domaine this year. " (12/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Slightly high-toned aromas of strawberry, raspberry and smoky, soil-inflected minerals. Densely packed and extremely young, boasting impressive thickness to its black fruit, mineral and licorice flavors. Real grand cru size here, as well as energy. Saturates the palate on the very long, ripely tannic back end. This one calls for patience. " (03/2015)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A more deeply pitched and overtly sauvage nose displays notes of iron-infused earth along with ripe and fresh dark currant and cassis aromas. There is excellent size, weight, power and concentration to the big-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract on the intensely mineral-infused finish where a touch of wood surfaces. This is a substantial wine even by the outsized standards of a fine Clos du Roi." (04/2014)

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Feusselottes" (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($119.99)

92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Les Feusselottes shows a much more aromatic, lifted side of Chambolle than the Groseilles, which precedes it in this tasting. Sweet floral notes meld into bright red berries in a classy, understated Chambolle that should drink nicely pretty much right out of the gate. Finely cut, chalky tannins give the wine much of its drive and focus." (01/2014)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes comes from vines that border the village, around two-thirds planted in the 1920s, the rest in 1966. It owns one of the most appealing and complex aromatic profiles of the Chambolle premier crus, adorned with ripe blackberry, bilberry and mineral aromas that are vivacious and captivating to the senses. The palate is energetic with a crisp, citric line of acidity and impressive poise on the finish. I just love the vibrancy, the passion already evident in this Chambolle-Musigny. " (12/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This offers a noticeable step up in aromatic elegance with its ultra-fresh, cool and restrained nose that is comprised of essence of red and blue pinot fruit, spice and stone nuances. There is excellent tension and beautiful delineation to the racy and silky medium-bodied flavors that also exude a fine bead of minerality on the delicious finish that tightens up quickly. This is a really beautiful and harmonious effort, indeed the word Zen comes to mind." (04/2014)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red-ruby. Medicinal black fruits and mint on the nose, lifted by a violet note. Then surprisingly pliant in the mouth, offering a juicy quality to the saline dark fruit and violet flavors. This rather suave wine is sweet but not at all over the top, with ripe acidity and broad, fine-grained tannins providing shape and structure. Landanger pointed out that the Chambolle-Musigny vines that came to him in his purchase of vineyards from the old Moine-Hudelot estate in 2008 are all in the range of 25 to 35 years of age. He uses wood cuves to vinify these wines. " (01/2014)

2012 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru "Les Groseilles" (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($119.99)

92-94 points Antonio Galloni: "A beautifully balanced wine, the domaine's 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Les Groseilles impresses for its captivating inner perfume, sweet, layered fruit and silky tannins. Dark red cherries, rose petals, cinnamon and hard candy linger on the supple, gracious finish. The Groseilles is one of the more feminine wines in the range. It is pretty hard to resist, even today." (01/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "While the expressive nose is not quite as complex as that of the Feusselottes, it is even more complex with its pretty array of spicy black currant, floral and sandalwood scents. This is also quite restrained in the mouth with strikingly well-detailed medium weight flavors that possess the same fine depth as telegraphed by the nose, all wrapped in a balanced and firmly structured finish. This beauty should amply reward 10 to 12 years of cellar time." (02/2014)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Black raspberry and fresh blood aromas are accented by pungent minerality. Silky on entry, then quite firm in the middle, showing a savory quality to the crushed dark berry, licorice and violet flavors. The tannins are ripe but this wine will need time to develop more personality. Leaves bitter chocolate and violet notes in its wake" (01/2014)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Groseilles comes from the domaine-s 0.52-hectare parcel of southeast facing vines planted as far back as 1937. It has a "distant" bouquet with broody, introverted black dusky fruit and forest floor/mushroom aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with solid tannins from a Les Groseilles, which is usually more feminine, perhaps due to the thick skins. But there is plenty of black plum and blackberry fruit to enjoy and it segues into a solid and masculine finish. Fine. " (12/2013)

Yquem - 1985/1986/1987 - 04/01/2015 - White Bordeaux

Less than half the price of the '09 or '10, yet with a 15+ year head start in terms of aging. Fans of Yquem can't go wrong here. These are being sold as futures and will be arriving this fall.

1995 d'Yquem, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d’Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014. (NM)" (06/2014)

Jancis Robinson: " Very dark tawny - a sunny vintage. Quite different. Lots of botrytis. Big and smudgy and less precise than the 1996. Very sweet but without the precision of 1996. I think ideally one would wait before serving this. Long and chewy and caramel with some chew. Big and round and dried-fruit notes but you need to wait. " (02/2011)

1996 d'Yquem, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear, taking off with honeysuckle, orange blossom and frangipane accents. Has almost unbridled power today, while maintaining serious cut. A very impressive showing in a rather overlooked vintage.—Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2035. " (02/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060. Note: Yquem spends 42 months in 100% new oak. No cask tasting is permitted, and the wine is not released until 5 years after the vintage. For example, the 1998 will be released some time in 2003; the 2001 will not be released until 2006. " (04/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "An academic vintage – Sandrine’s first. Guy Latrille left in 1997. Great balance. Mid copper. Very firm barley-sugar nose. Very rich and so concentrated. Lovely firmness. Brilliant fruit without being that sweet. Wax and depth and great tanginess. Very flexible with food, I should think. Medium weight and very very appetising, with a touch of chew on the end. Orange peel, muscularity. This one goes to the gym. Real lemony interest." (02/2011)

1997 d'Yquem, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival) ($299.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational Yquem, 1997 may be this estate's finest effort since 1990 (although I would not discount the 1996 turning out to be nearly as good). The 1997's light gold color is accompanied a gorgeous perfume of caramel, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, and smoky wood. Full-bodied and unctuously-textured, with good underlying acidity as well as loads of sweetness and glycerin, it looks to be a great vintage for this renowned Sauternes estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2055. (RP)" (04/2003)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A pure style, with intense acacia, white peach, apricot, nectarine and tangerine notes that are long and racy, set against a gorgeous singed almond backdrop. Pulls together orchard and tropical fruit flavors on the long, refined finish.—Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2035. " (02/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Pungent, rich and very fine. Exciting. Great stuff. Long and rich." (06/2008)

K&L Notes: Fabulous wine. Perhaps the best since the legendary 1967. Bill Blatch, Sauternes guru and wine negociant extraordinaire, says that 1997 Sauternes are better than the trio of '88,'89,90. This wine should cellar well for the whole of this century. Intense, lush, rich, etc, etc.