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Limited Production Northern Rhone Collectibles from the Remarkable 2015 VintageLimited Production Northern Rhone Collectibles from the Remarkable 2015 Vintage - 11/19/2017 - Rhone Valley

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the 2015s from the Rhone Valley count among some of the best we’ve had from the region in a decade. Offering wines of remarkable range, depth, and precision, the 2015s are nothing short of dazzling. Now available via pre-arrival are bottlings from two of our favorite estates: Alain Voge and Domaine Garon. Both have established reputations for crafting wines that artfully convey the best aspects of the region. Earning big points and high praise from the critics by all early indications these are wines you won’t want to miss. Jeb Dunnuck was so impressed with the line-up from Domaine Garon that he called them “the finest wines I’ve tasted from this estate.” He was equally impressed by the set from Voge stating: “The 2015s are incredibly rich, unctuous beauties that are going to rival the 2009s and 2010s. Don’t miss them!” Production at both estates is very limited, so there isn’t a ton of these wines to go around. Now is the time to secure both your bottles and our sharp, pre-arrival pricing. These 2015s will reward straight out the gate and will also age beautifully for years to come, so don’t hesitate on going deep on these gems.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Alain Voge "Les Chailles" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 95 $49.99 View
2015 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) 96 $79.99 View
2015 Domaine Garon Cote Rotie "Les Triotes" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $44.99 View
2015 Domaine Garon Cote Rotie "Les Rochins" (Pre-Arrival) 95 $69.99 View
2015 Domaine Garon Cote Rotie "Lancement" (Pre-Arrival) 98 $119.99 View

2015 Alain Voge "Les Chailles" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "An understated style, but focus and youll see just how lovely the cassis, cherry and raspberry flavors are, carried by riveting acidity and flecked with notes of powdered white pepper and violet. An iron girder drives the finish, pulling everything along. This is defined by pure, sleek cut. Best from 2020 through 2035." (09/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "(aged for two years in barriques and demi-muids, 20 percent of them new) Deep ruby. Smoke-accented blackberry and blueberry scents on the deeply perfumed nose, complicated by olive, peppery spice and floral notes. Densely packed dark berry liqueur flavors pick up licorice and cola accents with aeration. Stains the palate and becomes more lively with air, finishing with bright mineral cut, impressive tenacity and building tannins. (JR)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Needs a little breathing space to open. This offers up dark plums and red cherries with wild herbs and wet slate. The palate has a crisp, fine-grained texture with smooth and fluid dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Tannins are a highlight super plush and long. Drink now. (NS)" (12/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As to the 2015 reds, I wasnt able to taste the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Fontaines, but based on the showing of the Vieilles Vignes, I have no doubt it will be a sensational wine. As to the young vine cuvée, notes of wild herbs, peppered meats, garrigue, and sweet currants and blackberries all emerge from Voge's 2015 Cornas les Chailles, and it has full-bodied richness and incredible purity. As always, it has a polished, seamless style, yet it is 100% Cornas through and through. It should drink nicely in its youth and last for 15+ years. Winemaker Albéric Mazoyer continues to keep this estate at the top of the pyramid in Cornas. The winemaking is impeccable, with one foot in the past and one in the future, which is always a good sign. The 2014s reviewed here all showed well in the vintage, and while they lack the depth and richness found in the 2015s, they have beautiful purity and will drink well in their youth. The 2015s are incredibly rich, unctuous beauties that are going to rival the 2009s and 2010s. Dont miss them!" (12/2016)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The young(er) vine cuvée is the 2015 Cornas Les Chailles which comes from the Chaillot, Mazards, Chapuze, and Combe lieux-dits. Its all destemmed and brought up in older barrels. It offers terrific black fruits, saddle leather, bouquet garni and floral/violet aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, plenty of sweet tannin and a great finish. It's going to be a terrific value." (01/2018)

2015 Alain Voge "Vieilles Vignes" Cornas (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

94-96 points Vinous: "(raised for two years in barriques and demi-muids, 25 percent of them new) Dark purple. Explosively perfumed aromas of black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri and black pepper; a minerally nuance adds vivacity. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated, spice-accented blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors, picking up floral pastille and olive paste nuances with air. Velvety, slow-building tannins shape and add grip to an extremely long, sharply focused finish, where the mineral and floral notes echo strongly. The blend of richness and vivacity here is quite something.(JR)" (04/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rich, deep and layered, the 2015 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has it all. Big fruit allied to spicy complexity? Check. Ample tannins that are fully ripe? Check. A finish that extends for days? Check. Oh, you want details? Hints of brown sugar, savory spices and roast meat accent black berry and plum fruit, and while the mid-palate is dense and tannic, those tannins actually turn more supple and approachable on the lingering finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Garon Cote Rotie "Les Triotes" (Pre-Arrival) ($44.99)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the 2015s from bottle, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Les Triotes checks in as 100% Syrah thats from four lieux-dits: La Triotes, le Mollard, le Combard and Lancement. Its mostly destemmed and spent 20 months in French oak. Its beautifully perfumed and offers classic blackberry and darker fruits, peppery, dried earth and obvious minerality. With a medium to full-bodied, ripe, concentrated, opulent style on the palate, its a beautiful wine Id happily drink over the coming 10-15 years." (01/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The domaine's main (blended) cuvée, the 2015 Cote Rotie Les Triotes is full-bodied, rich and creamy, yet it retains delicate florals and bright cassis aromas. I suppose it may be a bit too much like chocolate-laced spice cake or fruitcake for purists, but it was shining on the day I tasted it, harmonious and long on the finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Garon Cote Rotie "Les Rochins" (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie Les Rochins comes all from the same named lieu-dit which is brown schist soils. Its mostly destemmed (theres 20% stems) and sees 21 months in French oak. Loaded with smoky, meaty, barbecue notions, full-bodied, ripe, and sexy, with a core of blackberry and raspberry fruit, this terrific 2015 has sweet tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Like a lot of 2015s, its already hard to resist, yet is going to cruise for 15 years or more." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a lieu-dit adjoining La Landonne and Côte Rozier, the 2015 Cote Rotie les Rochins shows remarkable purity of fruit. The cassis waves come crashing down terraced slopes in a rich, velvety wave. It's a bit jammy, in the character of the vintage, but what did you expect? It should drink well through its 20th birthday. (JC)" (12/2017)

2015 Domaine Garon Cote Rotie "Lancement" (Pre-Arrival) ($119.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A true blockbuster is the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lancement, unquestionably the finest wine Ive tasted from this family. Black raspberries, vanilla spice, dried flowers, and classic Côte Rôtie meatiness all emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated effort that stays perfectly balanced, light on its feet, and graceful. This is what great Côte Rôtie is all about! Drink it anytime over the coming 20-25 years." (01/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The firm, chewy 2015 Cote Rotie Lancement will require some patience, but I'm confident the wait will pay off. Complex aromas of ash, plum and spice lead into a rich, medium to full-bodied palate that's packed with ripe tannins. Plum and berry notes come through on the dusty finish, so give this several years in the cellar. (JC)" (12/2017)