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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) 97 $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) 97 $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!(JD)" (12/2016)

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

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Also showing the incredible purity and elegance that's the hallmark of this estate, the 2015 Cornas les Vieilles Vignes comes from the La Côte and Mazards lieux-dits and is a bigger, richer, more mineral-laced version of the Les Chailles. Black raspberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, liquid violets, black olives and new saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, concentrated Cornas that has sweet tannins (but plenty of them), impeccable balance and a killer finish. Buy it by the case (theres a little more than 1,000 cases made) and enjoy bottles over the coming 2-3 decades. 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!(JD)" (12/2016)

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)

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

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "What should be another good value, the 2015 Côte Rôtie les Triotes comes from the La Triotes, Lancement, le Combard and le Mollard lieux-dits, and will see 18 months in 25% new oak. Its a medium to full-bodied, supple, even sexy effort that offers a touch of violets, smoked meat, bourbon barrel and vanilla. It has sweet tannin and I suspect will drink nicely in its youth, yet also evolve for a decade or more. While the 2014s from winemaker Kevin Garon are seriously good, dont miss the 2015s, as these are the finest wines Ive tasted from this estate.(JD)" (12/2016)

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

92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The single-vineyard 2015 Côte Rôtie les Rochins comes from schist soils just up the slope from the La Landonne lieu-dit. Mostly destemmed and aged in 40% new French oak, it offers full-bodied notes of blackberry and cassis, impressive purity of fruit, fine tannin and a lengthy finish. Theres certainly a modern slant here, but it has a wealth of fruit and its oak component is pushed into the background. Forget bottles for 4-5 years. While the 2014s from winemaker Kevin Garon are seriously good, dont miss the 2015s, as these are the finest wines Ive tasted from this estate.(JD)" (12/2016)

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

94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a vineyard just down the slope from Les Rochins, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lancement is a possibly profound wine that offers massive notes of blackberries, cassis, toasty oak and hints of vanilla bean in a full-bodied, voluptuous, downright sexy style. Brought up in 50% new barrels, give this blockbuster Côte Rôtie 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following two decades While the 2014s from winemaker Kevin Garon are seriously good, dont miss the 2015s, as these are the finest wines Ive tasted from this estate.(JD)" (12/2016)