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

99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that u ...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)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another perfect wine from this brilliant estate is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which matches the otherworldly 2007. A classic blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah brought up all in old foudre, this beauty's deep purple color is followed by a mammoth bouquet of kirsch liqueur, black currants, blueberries, Asian spices, and garrigue. Full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful, it nevertheless is as graceful as a ballerina on the palate and has ultra-fine tannins, a silky, seamless texture, and a finish that just won't quit. Hats off to vignero ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2016 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

98 points James Suckling: "Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled just last week, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape off ...Read More » 


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

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is unquestionably the greatest wine made from this estate to date and surpasses the 1998, 2007, and 2010. Checking in as a normal blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance Cinsault, it offers a heavenly bouquet of blackcurrants, ground pepper, new saddle leather, garrigue, and an assortment of exotic spices. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly concentrated, yet with the purity, elegance, and finesse that makes this vintage so special, it can be drunk any time over the coming two decades or more. Bravo! ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Cuvee Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Getting more than one exclamation in the notes, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de Mon Aïeul is a deep, rich yet vibrant red that offers a kaleidoscope of kirsch liqueur, garrigue, crushed flowers, Asian spices, and cured meats. It's more opulent and sexier than the 2010, fresher and purer than the 2007, has deep, full-bodied aromas and flavors, and a huge finish. It's a sensational, heavenly Châteauneuf-du-Pape that tops out my scale. This cuvée is 100% Grenache that was not destemmed and was aged in 20% demi-muids and the balance in concrete tanks. ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos Saint-Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $53)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The same Grenache-dominated blend as the base cuvée, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from older vines and is released solely for the US market. It’s a step up and is reminiscent of the 2010 with its depth, concentration, and purity. Black cherries, kirsch, licorice, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this ultra-fine, beautifully polished 2016 that does everything right. Don’t miss it." (8/2018) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a core of plum and raspberry paste flavors infused liberally with blood orange, singed sandalwood and dried anise notes. The ...Read More » 


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2016 Famille Perrin "Domaine du Clos des Tourelles" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As with the 2017, the 2016 Gigondas Clos des Tourelles comes from vines inside the village. It's noticeably deeper in color than the La Gille and gives up a huge bouquet of blueberries, violets, smoked duck, and crushed rocks. Deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and multi-dimensional, it has building tannin and a huge finish. It needs time, but wow, what a wine. Hats off to the Perrin family for this utterly sensational wine." (8/2018) 92-94 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe, red and dark berries, apricot and exotic spices. Fleshy and sweet ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that u ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, 75% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache, and the rest Counoise, brought up all in foudre. Blueberries, Peking duck, new saddle leather, black cherries, scorched earth, and an incredible sense of minerality all flow to a massive, concentrated, pure, perfectly balanced 2016 that is a prime example of the old saying, “an iron fist in a velvet glove.” It's a heavenly, perfect wine that's going to live for 30-50 years. One of the old guards of the region, Château de Beaucastel is nevert ...Read More » 


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2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Performing considerably better than it did prior to bottling, the 2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Telegraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades. I believe it is even superior to the 2007, which I had several weeks ago. The 2010 boasts a dense purple color along with a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori (the sushi seaweed wrapper), black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort possesses a boatload of tannin, but it also h ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Saint-Damien "La Louisiane" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Gigondas Cuvee Louisiana is more elegant and finesse-driven when tasted side by side with the La Souteyrade cuvee. Offering notes of blueberries, violets, lavender and flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, serious depth of fruit, ripe tannin and a big finish." (10/2017) 93-95 points Vinous: "Deep ruby. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, incense and potpourri, along with smoky mineral and garrigue notes that emerge with air. Juicy, impressively concentrated black raspberry, cherry preserve and lavender pastille flavors ...Read More » 


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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that u ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Réserve des Deux Frères" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A deeper, darker color compared to the Mon Aïeul, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is also 100% Grenache that was completely destemmed and brought up all in wood, with 20% being new. This cuvée is always a cellar selection of the best lots in the cellar. Crème de cassis, blackberries, white flowers, candle wax, cured meats, street market and spice nuances all soar from the glass of this awesome wine. Deep, incredibly full-bodied, and powerful, yet also light on its feet and graceful, with elegant tannin, it's an extraordinary wine tha ...Read More » 


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

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I was questioning if the top cuvées were worth the money after tasting the traditional cuvée from winemaker Nicolas Boiron, then I tasted his 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape A La Gloire de Mon Grand-Père and decided that, yes indeed, the special cuvées in 2016 can certainly be worth the uptick in price. Based almost exclusively on Grenache (there’s a splash of Cinsault and Clairette) sourced from the La Gardiole lieu-dit and aged mostly in demi-muids, this heavenly beauty offers awesome notes of garrigue, toasted spices, flowers, licorice and loads of sweet Gre ...Read More » 


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

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Brought up in new demi-muids, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre (the Mourvèdre is from the Cristia lieu-dit). Unquestionably the greatest vintage of this cuvée ever made, this crazy good 2016 knocks it out of the park with its huge nose of currants, seaweed, incense, garrigue, and chocolate. Just a massive, deep, powerful wine, with sweet tannin and remarkable purity, it’s going to flirt with perfection and keep for 20-25 years. Bravo to the Maret family as well as consultant Philippe Cambie! ...Read More » 


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

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The same blend as the Les Olivets (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve is similarly inky ruby/purple-colored and gives up a more dense, serious, backward style in its blackberry, melted licorice, roasted herb, and graphite aromas and flavors. With terrific minerality, full body, sweet tannin, and beautiful purity, it's a seriously good 2016 that's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 10-15." (8/2018) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Full-bodied and velvety, Sabon's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is a step up fro ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another perfect wine from this brilliant estate is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which matches the otherworldly 2007. A classic blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah brought up all in old foudre, this beauty's deep purple color is followed by a mammoth bouquet of kirsch liqueur, black currants, blueberries, Asian spices, and garrigue. Full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful, it nevertheless is as graceful as a ballerina on the palate and has ultra-fine tannins, a silky, seamless texture, and a finish that just won't quit. Hats off to vignero ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (375ml) (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2016 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

98 points James Suckling: "Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled just last week, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape off ...Read More » 


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2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

94 points James Suckling: "This has a very plush, luscious and generously fleshy feel. Cherry compote, raspberries, blackberries and plums. Tarry elements, too. Smooth, velvety, pure and even. Succulence, elegance and clarity. Such value here. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 92 points Decanter: "Plenty of juicy Grenache strawberry fruit on the nose. It is full-bodied, expressive and athletic on the palate, really juicy with ample acidity and ripe tannins. Not hugely complex, but really concentrated and well balanced, putting many lesser Châteauneufs to shame. Drinking Window 2018 - 2023. (MW)" (10/2017) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Saint-Damien "Les Souteyrades" Gigondas Vieilles Vignes (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) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre grown on north-facing gray clays, the 2016 Gigondas les Souteyrades has closed down since bottling and now looks was if it will n ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Lirac Rouge (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Lirac Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Lirac checks in as 70% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre, Syrah, and other permitted varieties, with the Mourvèdre and Syrah brought up mostly in demi-muids. Blackberries, garrigue, peppery herbs, licorice, and earth characteristics give way to a full-bodied, pure, elegant, beautifully textured 2016 that has remarkable purity and length. It’s one of the finest Liracs out there." (8/2018) 92 points James Suckling: "Bright flowers and sappy, purple-berry aromas. Some cassis, too. There’s a smooth, elegant and fresh core to the palate. Bright and lively. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "D ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Saint-Damien "Classique" Gigondas Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes may be the real value play here (although these all over deliver for the humble prices they go for) and comes from a mix of estate vineyards. It offers a full-bodied, thick, unctuous style that just begs to be drunk. Blackberries, black raspberries, peppery herbs, wood smoke and ample gravelly, earthy minerality, it’s another killer wine from this estate. (JD)" (10/2017) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More flattering and easier to drink than the La Louisiane at this stage, the 2016 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mo ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteaunuef-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the Châteauneufs, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape includes slightly more Mourvèdre than normal and was brought up mostly in tank, with smaller amounts in demi-muids, barrels, and foudre. Blackberries, incense, licorice and beautifully complex spice characteristics flow to a full-bodied, opulent 2016 that ticks all the right boxes. With sweet tannin and beautiful purity, drink it over the coming 10-15 years. This estate hasn’t missed a beat in the past decade (or more) and their 2015s and 2016s both check-in near the top of the pyramid. It’s worth ...Read More » 


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

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "More cured meats, spice, loamy soil notes, and an incredible core of kirsch and currant fruits emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina. Deep, incredibly concentrated, multi-dimensional and long, it reminds me of the 2007 at this same point in time. This cuvée is always a 60/40 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre, brought up in tank and new demi-muids, and in top vintages, needs 2-5 years of bottle age to really shine, yet I always also fine a certain accessibility given its balance and purity." (8/2018) 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled just four weeks prior to my visi ...Read More » 


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2016 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship is the Grenache-dominated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Imperiale, which comes from vines planted in 1902 and was destemmed and aged in concrete tanks. Awesome notes of blackberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, violets, and graphite all emerge from this tight, full-bodied, concentrated and backward Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Possessing incredible purity of fruit, a concentrated yet fresh, structured profile, and a huge finish, it just needs time to shine. 97+" (8/2018) 95 points Decanter: "This has a distinct old-vine vinosity on the nose. Very full-bodied, searching a ...Read More » 


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

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled end of March (like the traditional cuvée), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from just two terroirs -- Charbonnière and Esquierons -- since they no longer use grapes from Galimardes, as it was recently replanted due to disease. The wine was completely destemmed and brought up all in concrete tanks. This rocking effort is still a baby in terms of evolution but still gives up a huge bouquet of kirsch, strawberries Asian spices, candle wax, white flowers, and graphite. Deep, rich, and powerful, yet with the hallmark elegance of the ...Read More » 


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

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape from bottle, the 2016 vintage was described as having the power of 2010 and similar to yet fresher than 2007. The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a great bouquet of black raspberries, tapenade, crushed violets, and spring flowers, and shares lots of similarities to the Chaupin cuvée (and it’s less expensive!). Full-bodied, incredibly elegant and seamless, it might be the finest traditional cuvée ever produced from this estate." (8/2018) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits more dark fruit than I would've expected, with bl ...Read More » 



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

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A new cuvée made from a parcel selection of old vine Mourvèdre (there are smaller amounts of Syrah, Cinsault, and Grenache) planted on a north-facing, limestone plateau, the 2016 Gigondas Le Plateau sports an inky purple color as well as more black and blue fruits, loads of pepper and garrigue like nuances, full-bodied richness, and a thick, opulent, unctuous texture. It’s a singular beauty that has building tannin and loads of potential, and I can’t wait to taste this from bottle. Under the helm of the young Julien Brechet, with aid from omnipresent Ph ...Read More » 


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

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also bottled two weeks ago, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is utterly killer and is as good as it gets. Huge notes of orange blossom, peach, tangerine, honeysuckle, and caramelized citrus flow from this insanely good, unctuous, heavenly textured white that possesses full-bodied richness and power, yet stays light, graceful and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 4-6 years, or cellar for a decade or more. Robert Parker once famously called this the Montrachet of the Rhône, and I wholeheartedly ag ...Read More » 


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2016 Clos du Mont Olivet "Cuvee Papet" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another best to date, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet from Thierry Sabon is pure perfection in a glass. More powerful than the classic cuvée, with killer black raspberries, crushed rocks, garrigue, salty minerality, and iodine, it's deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and sexy, yet has building tannin. It's one of those “iron fist in a velvet glove” wines and continued to gain depth and richness every time I went back to the glass. Old-school, traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape doesn’t get any better, and readers should beg, borrow or steal to g ...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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2016 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2016 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The all whole-bunch 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre and Syrah. The vines are all 80 to 90 years old, selected from parcels in Brusquières, Gardiole, Mont-Redon and Pignan. Glorious raspberry and cherry fruit picks up hints of mint and some stemmy notes, but they're remarkably well-integrated and should be completely absorbed within a couple of years. Full-bodied, rich and creamy in texture, this tour de force remains lively, silky and long on the finish. With 1,000 cases produc ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

98 points James Suckling: "Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. Drink or hold." (8/2018) 97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled just last week, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape off ...Read More » 


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

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Quartz comes from soils loaded with quartzite stones and is another Grenache-dominated blockbuster from this estate. A translucent, ruby-colored effort, it just oozes Provençal charm in its ripe red and black fruits, building minerality, garrigue, pepper, and spice aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully textured, and seamless, it has no shortage of tannins and is going to benefit from short-term cellaring. Still, it's certainly in the new style of the estate and brilliantly done." (8/2018) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Full-bodied, rich, con ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) New!
2016 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Laurent Charvin is a beauty, and I’d wager one of the finest to date. In addition, it has a vibrant, mineral-laced personality that I’m sure is loved by Laurent. As classic as it gets, with a rocking bouquet of black, black fruits, garrigue, crushed rocks, and pepper, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, remarkable concentration, yet also the freshness and purity that’s the hallmark of Laurent’s wines. I followed this bottle for two days, and it shut down with extended aeration, so I’d recommend ...Read More » 


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2016 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) New!
2016 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship 2016 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is certainly on another level and might just match the 2015. Deep purple-colored and heavenly perfumed, with notes of black raspberries, violets, vanilla spice, incense and flowers, it’s full-bodied, ripe, seamless, and structured. It shows the more elegant style of the vintage, but is going to need time. Delas Frères is located just outside of Saint-Jean-de-Muzols and has plenty of prime parcels spread throughout the entire northern Rhône Valley. The 2015s are the finest wines I’ve tasted from this estate since ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres - Cuvèe Spéciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A prodigious effort, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale was yet to be bottled during my June visit. It offers up sweet floral aromas, hints of thyme and rosemary and bold cherry fruit. Full-bodied and creamy-velvety in texture, it's a hugely seductive mouthful of wine that I found difficult to spit. If it emerges from the bottling process looking like this, buyers will have huge smiles on their faces. (JC)" (8/2018) 95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Blackberries, crushed rocks, peppery herbs, and graphite notes all emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Ha ...Read More » 


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

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the gems in the vintage is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, and it’s about as beautiful an example of old vine Grenache as I could imagine. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a huge perfume of blackberries, black raspberries, garrigue, crushed flowers, and exotic spices, it hits the palate with a wealth of fruit, a stacked mid-palate, awesome purity of fruit, and a finish that won’t quit. Made from 100% old vine Grenache from the sandy soils of the Cristia lieu-dit, aged in one-third new barrels, it has a certain accessibility ev ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine du Tunnel Saint Peray "Pur Blanc" (Pre-Arrival)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Possessing a hint of green in its medium yellow color, the 2016 Saint-Péray Pur Blanc is unquestionably the finest wine I've tasted from this appellation. Buttered citrus, currants, honeysuckle, white flowers and hints of minerality all flow to a pure, full-bodied, elegant white that has fine tannin, sensational purity and a saline-like minerality on the finish. Anyone doubting this terroir is capable of making great, world-class wines needs to taste this cuvee!" (7/2018) 94 points Vinous: "Light brilliant yellow. A powerful, highly complex bouquet evokes fresh citrus and pi ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine du Tunnel "Pur Noir" Cornas (Pre-Arrival)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cornas Pur Noir is a barrel selection of top lots in the vintage, and it delivers the goods in 2016. Possessing more minerality than the Vin Noir, with incredible notes of blueberries, currants, ozone/gunpowder, crushed rocks, liquid violets, and bacon fat, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, incredible purity of fruit, building tannin, and a huge finish. It’s a truly special, world-class wine that readers should beg, borrow, or steal to get ahold of!" (7/2018) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A two-barrel selection of Robert’s oldest vines, the 2016 Cornas Pur Noir (ta ...Read More » 


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2016 Domaine La Roquete "Clos" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and ripe, with a gorgeous creamy texture to the melon, fig, pear and yellow apple fruit flavors, all inlaid liberally with heather, singed almond and sweetened butter notes. A light stony spine gives this just enough support, letting the flattering flavors play out beautifully through the finish. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne. Drink now through 2019." (7/2017)  


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2015 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas "La Louisiane" (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Gigondas Cuvee Louisiane comes from a site located just beside the domaine, which is a mix of clay and sandy soils. Aged all in foudre, it boasts terrific notes of framboise, spring flowers, black raspberries and orange blossom (which I normally find more in the Les Souteyrades release). This full-bodied, deep, layered 2015 has a big mid-palate, is impeccably balanced and shows the purity and finesse that’s common in the vintage." (10/2017) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My pick of the cuvées in 2015 is the 2015 Gigondas La Louisiane, a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre and ...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. *Collectables, Top 100 Wines of 2017 #14* (JM)" (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 ...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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2017 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" St-Joseph Blanc (Pre-Arrival)

93 points Decanter: "A classic, elegant, and intense vintage of Granits Blanc. Fresh, rich aromatic expression: honeysuckle and spiced peach with well-integrated oak spice. Medium-bodied, silky, with brisk acidity. Long, saline finish. Made from 47-year-old Marsanne vines grown on steep, gravelly granitic slopes near Tournon, lieu-dit St-Joseph. 85% is matured in demi-muid for 11 months, 15% new oak, the rest in stainless steel. (MW)" (4/2018)  


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2016 Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine de Thalabert" Crozes-Hermitage (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Inky colored, the 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert will check in behind the sensational 2015, but is nevertheless a gem of a wine. It offers classic blackberry and currant fruit intermixed with lots of peppery herbs, damp earth and peppery, olive aromas and flavors. With medium to full body, excellent concentration, and ripe tannin, it will keep for 10-15 years." (1/2018) 92-94 points Vinous: "(20% new oak) Bright violet. Highly perfumed, mineral-accented dark berries, cherry liqueur and candied violet on the nose. At once rich and energetic, offering juicy, focused b ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Exceptionally low yields in the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac contribute to this wine's almost black hue. It's crazy-concentrated, full-bodied and rich but boasts incredible floral aromas of roses and violets, ripe cherry and stone fruit flavors and exotic spice notes. This looks really special. Tasting through this firm's extensive range with the voluble Michel Chapoutier is always a treat. Members of the technical team are present to answer any questions about vineyards and vinifications, the stemware is first-rate and Chapoutier is almost guar ...Read More » 


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2017 M. Chapoutier "Les Granits" Saint-Joseph Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Decanter: "A full-bodied, deep coloured, rich and intense style. Floral and stony on the nose with lovely fresh berry fruit. Very tannic although it's still mouth-coating and ripe – this needs time but it’ll be worth it when ready. It flirts with over-extraction but doesn't overstep the mark. Oak maturation lends plentiful spice and complexity. Long finish. Made from 47-year-old Syrah vines planted on granite soils near Tournon, lieu-dit St-Joseph. Completely destemmed, then fermented in concrete and matured for 18 months, 65% in large wooden tank, 35% in demi-muid ...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 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) 94-96 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Expansive aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, exotic spices and incense develop a sexy potpourri element ...Read More » 


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