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2015 Fontesteau, Haut-Médoc
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Fontesteau has a generous bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cedar and sous bois scents that are nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, quite fine tannin, plenty of edgy red fruit and impressive delineation on the finish that shows focus and length. This is recommended. Bravo. (NM)" (10/2017) Wine Enthusiast: "This rich, spicy wine has a toasty element from the new-wood aging and also plenty of ripe, berry fruits and balanced acidity. It co...
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2019 Mas de Sainte Croix "Tendresse d'un Climat" Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Valréas
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91 points Decanter: "Lavender and anise on the nose, very Provençal aromatics. Medium-bodied, quite soft on the palate, with slender tannins. Good sense of ripeness, the alcohol is gently warming. Good length, and otherwise very well balanced. (MW)" (08/2021) K&L Notes: Jacques Coipel worked in the petrol industry until 2002 when he decided to change career paths and enter the wine business. He purchased an exceptional site in the Côtes-du-Rhône Village Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at around 1,200 feet with a mix of clay, limestone and gravel maki...
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91 points James Suckling: "Wild strawberries, blueberries, stones and wild herbs on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, firm tannins. Fresh and fruity with vibrant acidity and a flavorful finish." (06/2021) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The main production of the estate, the 2019 Ventoux Rouge is a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, aged in equal parts barriques, foudres and concrete eggs. Bottled in May 2020, with no additions until bottling (sulfur). It offers impressively concentrated notes of rich mixed berries on ...
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91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is a smoking good Côtes du Rhône and offers full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, lavender, and flowers. It's rich and concentrated, yet also elegant, weightless, and layered, with notable complexity." (08/2018) K&L Notes: Xavier Vignon was always a scientist at heart and began his studies in pharmacology in Reims in the Champagne region. A chance encounter with an oenologist ignited his passion for wine and set him on a new path where he quick...
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90 points Decanter: "Austere cassis and blueberry fruits here with tannins that are pretty tight. This is an enjoyable estate that needs a few years in bottle but should soften and open within two to three years. (JA)" (11/2020) James Suckling: "A tight, linear young red with some currant and walnut, as well as pine needle. It’s medium-bodied with firm tannins and a medium finish." (02/2021) Wine Enthusiast: "This property of the Pagès family has given us an attractively fruity wine. Tannins are still young and the black-currant fruit is still fresh ...
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2019 Cellier des Dauphins "Réserve" Côtes-du-Rhône
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90 points Decanter: "Smoky aromas of spice and redcurrant, while the palate is vibrant with Summer fruit, black olive, cherry and seductive oak. (2021 DWWA)" (08/2021) K&L Notes: The Union des Vignerons des Côtes-du-Rhône is an association of growers that established their cooperative in 1965. Now 2,300 members strong, they cover a range of some of the best Village and Cru appellations in the southern Rhône. The Cellier des Dauphins label was created shortly after the inception of the winery in 1967. It has remained one of France's benchmark Rhône bran...
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "While Beaujolais is full of old vineyards, these vines, planted in 1935, are exceptional. They give a concentrated wine, solid in tannins and showing swathes of perfumed fruit. (RV)" (02/2021)
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Layers of wood in this old-vines wine from Christophe Lavau are balanced by ripe black-plum and berry fruits. Concentrated and dense, this 90% Merlot has a rich texture. (RV)" (02/2019)
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A step up, with more elegance and finesse, the 2019 Cairanne La Bousquette (80/20 Grenache and Carignan) offers up a vivid purple hue as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of red and blue fruits, lavender, and garrigue. I love its balance, and it has ripe, polished tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. Don’t miss it!" (01/2022) 92 points Decanter: "Strong liquorice side to the fruit. Very full and generous, very rich, deep fruit. Acidity is quite marked, very ripe tannins, not the finest, but certainly plentiful. Long,...
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90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The base 2019 Crozes-Hermitage looks to be outstanding, with a beautiful purple color, classic Northern Rhône notes of darker fruits, pepper, and gamey tapenade, medium to full body, and a balanced, pure, seamless texture. It should be a smoking value and delivers the goods." (11/2020) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Whispers of eucalyptus and charred clove lend spice to black-currant and cherry flavors in this 100% Syrah sourced from vines averaging 45 years in age. Matured 15 months in a combination of new and used oak, it’s fu...
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2019 Domaine Petroni Corse Rouge
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91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Wonderful raspberry and ripe strawberry fruits as well as spice, flowers, and a beautiful chalky minerality all emerge from the 2019 Corse, a medium-bodied, fresh, seamless, impeccably balanced red from Corsica. It has plenty of classic Mediterranean spice and garrigue nuances, yet it holds onto a wonderful sense of freshness, focus, and elegance, and is just a joy to drink." (08/2021) K&L Notes: Domaine Petroni is an estate on the eastern side of Corsica near Lake Diane. Lake Diane is a famous lagoon, where the local aquacultur...
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2019 Château de Montfaucon Lirac
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92 points Decanter: "No overextraction or excessive concentration here, just bags of beautifully pure berry fruit. Lovely sense of elegance. Really vibrant. Long finish. Tannins are grippy and abundant but not excessive. Destemmed, matured in concrete tank for 20 months. *Best-Value Rhône Wines 2019* (MW)" (10/2020) K&L Notes: An 88-acre estate, Château de Montfaucon sits just across the Rhône River from the esteemed vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is owned and operated by Rodolphe de Pins, a UC Davis graduate and former member of the winemaking s...
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A Castillon ridge mix of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this perfumed wine has new wood and mint flavors that balance with the black fruits and tannins. It's ripe, with fresh acidity as well as structure. There's just 8,500 bottles from 7.5 acres. This will age well, so drink from 2017. Owner Nicolas Thienpont purchased the vineyard in 2011. (RV)" (12/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A property of winemaking guru Nicolas Thienpont, this blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc shows very strong, chalky minerality, l...
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2019 Château Gigognan Côtes-du-Rhône
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "In this wine, luscious blackberry and plum flavors are juxtaposed by notes of iron and crushed earth. A Grenache-dominant blend accented with Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan, it's a forward, penetrating wine with lingering nuances of fur and earth. Framed by fine-grained, persistent tannins and briskly balanced, it's at peak now through 2025. (AI)" (05/2021) K&L Notes: The estate at Château Gigognan has a history stretching back to Roman times and eventually became the property of the bishops of Avignon. More recentl...
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2018 Bourdieu No1, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
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90 points James Suckling: "Plenty of nice, delicious fruit with cherry and currant character and some ripe raspberry. Some chocolate, too. Medium-bodied with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now." (03/2021)
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2019 Xavier Vignon Lirac
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, Vignon's 2019 Lirac is drawn from multiple parcels with galets roulés over clay soils. Roughly one-third went into oak, while the rest stayed in tank. It may be the most complex of the various Vignon "Signature" offerings, marrying hints of garrigue and licorice with mixed berries and hints of oak. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and forward, with the same lip-smacking drinkability factor that marks all of Vignon's wines on the finish. (JC)" (09/2020)
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2018 Crabitey, Graves
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This rich wine is powered by tannins and generous blackberry fruits. It is currently dry, with a firm core. But the wine has weight and will develop well. (RV)" (04/2021) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark cherry and red currant fruit melds nicely with notes of red tea and warm earth. Light alder thread stitches up the solid, juicy finish. (JM)" (03/2021)
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Partially wood aged, this perfumed wine is full of rich fruits and generous tannins. It also has the structure to age well for several years. There is a strong texture of minerality as well as the bite of tight acidity. Drink the wine from 2022. (RV)" (03/2021)
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2018 Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment" Côtes Catalanes Rouge
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another 100% Syrah release, the 2018 Côtes Catalanes Infiniment De L'Ou comes from vines near the estate, just south of Pepignon. It's a beautiful, round, soft, supple wine with lots of mulled black cherry and currant fruits, velvety tannins, an expansive, layered mouthfeel, and classic Syrah bacon fat, chocolate, peppery herbs, and tapenade aromas and flavors. Up-front and ready to go, it should keep for 4-6 years." (08/2021) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 100% Syrah 2018 IGP Côtes Catalanes Infiniment de l'Ou wa...
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Bottled in April, the 2020 Côtes Du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut (55% Syrah and 45% Grenache) offers lots of jammy black and blue fruits as well as peppery herbs. It’s ripe, medium to full-bodied, and opulent while still holding onto a terrific sense of purity." (01/2022)
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrahs, and 10% Mourvèdre brought up in tank (the Grenache wasn’t destemmed), the 2017 Gigondas offers a classic bouquet of dark fruits (black cherries, blackberries) spring flowers and sappy garrigue, with a fresh, vibrant style aromatically. These gives way to a medium-bodied, elegant Gigondas that has fine tannins, good acidity, and the class to evolve for over a decade. It’s well worth seeking out! " (09/2019) K&L Notes: The Verquière estate has been passed down from father to son for four genera...
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2020 Domaine la Garrigue "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes-du-Rhône
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Cuvée Romaine checks in as 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. It has a beautiful bouquet of red and black fruits, garrigue, pepper, and spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured style on the palate. With a level of purity and complexity well above its humble price point, it's a no brainer purchase." (03/2021) K&L Notes: Founded in 1850 by the Bernard family, Domaine la Garrigue resides in what is now the appellation of Vaqueyras. One of the largest landholders there, t...
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The base 2020 Ventoux has a beautiful, exotic nose of wild raspberries, strawberries, candied violets, and peppery garrigue. This flows to a medium-bodied, pure, incredibly elegant Ventoux that has plenty of chalky minerality, a seamless mouthfeel, good overall freshness, and enough structure to allow it to evolve for 10-12 years. It's beautifully done." (01/2022) K&L Notes: Located in the foothills of Mont Ventoux lies the one of the top producers in the Ventoux region of the Rhone - Domaine de Fondreche. In the shadow of the ...
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is dense, now maturing well with its firm tannins just beginning to soften. Spice and ripe black fruits are to the fore along with smoky minerality. *Editors' Choice* (RV)" (05/2022) Wine Spectator: "Fresh fruity flavors of cherry and crushed red plum are infused with dried wild herb, violet, espresso and spice elements, supported by medium-grained tannins through the finish. (GS, Web-2021)" K&L Notes: A rich ruby red with notes of violets and red berry fruits, this Cabernet Franc is nicely layered on the palate w...
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2018 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Matinière" Crozes-Hermitage
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90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Beautiful notes of spiced red and black fruits, incense, graphite, and mint emerge from the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière, which is supple and seamless on the palate, with beautiful tannins. I love the balance here, and this forward, charming, sexy Crozes shows the style of the vintage perfectly." (12/2019) 92 points Vinous: "Lively aromas of ripe red and dark berries and candied flowers, with a suggestion of allspice emerging as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic in style, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherr...
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "South of the Loire-side city of Saumur, this estate has produced a ripe, spicy wine with a light texture over smoky flavors and generous red fruits. (RV)" (06/2021) John Gilman: "The Brunet family farms their vines organically in this very chalky section of Saumur, with the vines over forty years of age. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in cement vats prior to bottling, with the 2018 coming in listed at 14.2% octane in this warm summer. The wine is deep and ripe on the nose, wafting from the glass in a m...
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This rich wine has dense blackberry fruits and tannins that are enveloped by the ripeness. It is a complex wine, partnering fruit with structure. Drink from 2023. (RV)" (04/2022)
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "There is a fine touch of wood aging in this wine with ripe, juicy black fruits and generous mouthfeel. It is perfumed with blackberry flavors and a texture that is just right now. Drink now. Organic. (AI)" (03/2021)
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2010 Fontis, Médoc
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90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of tar, currants and flowers with hints of wood follow through to a full body, with well-integrated tannins. Firm and focused." (03/2013)
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2019 Rhonéa "La Ponche" Vacqueyras
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93-94 points James Suckling: "This is tight and structured with firm, intense tannins that frame the fruit nicely. Full-bodied. Impressive for the appellation." (05/2020) 91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lots of red and blue fruits as well as exotic orange blossom, violets, and pepper, emerge from the 2019 Vacqueyras La Ponche, a medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, ripe yet seamless Vacqueyras from this quality négociant. It has ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and outstanding length. Drink bottles over the coming 8-10 years." (01/2022) K&L Notes...
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2018 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Source" St-Joseph
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91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Unlike a couple of the firm's lieu-dit samples from Saint Joseph, Ferraton's 2018 Saint Joseph la Source (a blended cuvée) shows admirable freshness and vibrance. Violets and purple raspberries adorn the nose, while the full-bodied palate shows off silky tannins, a sense of stony reserve and a long, licorice-tinged finish. (JC)" (01/2020) 92 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. A complex bouquet evokes spice-accented dark berries and cherry liqueur, along with suggestions of succulent flowers and black pepper. Li...
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2020 Ferraton Père et Fils Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Plan de Dieu
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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2020 Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu boasts impressive concentration. Black cherry, cassis and hints of asphalt appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is soft, velvety and ripe without being baked or jammy. Drink it over the next several years. (JC)" (01/2022)
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2019 Yannick Amirault "Cote 50" Bourgueil
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Amirault's 2019 Bourgueil Cote 50 blends the fruit of 35-year-old vines cultivated in four lieux-dits located on the gravel terrace just 50 meters above the Loire. The wine is dark in color and exhibits an intense, wonderfully aromatic yet fine, fresh and elegant bouquet of perfectly ripe dark fruit and even some red berries intertwined with tobacco and graphite notes as well as spicy-stony gravelly tones. Concentrated but fresh, with silky tannins and lovely tart kumquat bitters on the finish, this is an aromati...
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Xavier Vignon "Arcane - L'Etoile" Beaumes de Venise
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from the higher elevation sites, the NV Beaumes de Venise Arcane Etoile is another elegant, finesse-oriented wine from Xavier that has both richness and freshness. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre as well as a small amount of Viognier from 2015, 2016, and 2017, it has something profound in its texture and balance. Notes of black raspberries, currants, dried flowers, lavender, and pepper are followed by a beautiful, full-bodied, elegant wine that might just be one of the greatest red wines to come from Beaumes de Ve...
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "All Grenache brought up in demi–muids and aged on lees for 8 months, the medium ruby/purple hued color of the 2019 Cuvée Nicolas is followed by a killer bouquet of kirsch liqueur, savory spices, cured meats, and peppery garrigue. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and gorgeously textured, it has wonderful richness with no sensation of weight or heaviness. It’s another insane value from this team." (03/2021) K&L Notes: Jean-Marc Lafage has knocked it out of the park once again with this high-quality, low-cost stunner of a wine. Domaine...
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2019 Tardieu Laurent "Les Becs Fins" Cotes-du-Rhone
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90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A similar deep purple/red, the 2019 Cotes Du Rhone Les Becs Fins is another expressive, complex, outstanding wine from this estate. Black raspberries, saddle leather, peppery garrigue, and sandalwood emerge from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, balanced 2019 that has silky tannins and loads of character. It too is ideal for enjoying over the coming 5-6 years." (12/2020) K&L Notes: Tardieu Laurent is the passion project of Michel Tardieu. A native of the Provence region, he wanted to work with top growers to produce q...
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2019 Rhonéa "Terres des Farisiens" Beaumes-de-Venise
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93-94 points James Suckling: "This is very chewy with lots of rich fruit, yet it’s framed by ripe tannins. Solid red." (05/2020) K&L Notes: Following in the footsteps of some of France's greatest cooperatives, Rhonea reestablished itself about a decade ago when the Cave de Vacqueyras and Cave de Beaumes des Venise merged. Though there are some 400 growers in their stable, they make appellation wines that are easily accessible and well represent their respective regions. It's the wines that focus on the single terroirs and domaine bottlings that are ...
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2019 Tempo d'Angélus, St-Émilion
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93 points James Suckling: "A delicious, savory red with blackcurrant, chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied with fine, round tannins. Fresh and bright. It opens at the end and becomes chewy and intense. Give this two or three years to soften, but it’s already focused. " (02/2022) 91 points Decanter: "Rustic nose, a hint of perfume, but focuses on vanilla, clove and liquorice. Lovely texture in the mouth with chewy tannins around deep, soft and smooth red fruits, cooling menthol and spiced wood notes at the back. Precise winemaking ...
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90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan De Dieu Henri Durieu is a bigger, richer wine with a rocking bouquet of black cherry and blackberry fruits as well as peppered meats, spice, and garrigue nuances. With medium to full body, a round, soft, mouthfilling texture, and beautiful tannins, this pleasure-bent, undeniably delicious 2018 is ready to go yet should keep for 4-6 years, if you're so inclined." (04/2021)
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90 points Wine Spectator: "A solidly built version, with crushed cherry and plum puree notes that meld with melted red licorice before singed juniper takes over on the finish. This has guts and range. Drink now through 2023. (JM)" (12/2021) K&L Notes: It's unusual to see 100% Syrah coming out of the southern Rhône but this has become one of the signature wines of the prestigious Gigondas producer Château de Saint Cosme. The fruit comes from the Vinsobres appellation in the northern part of the southern Rhône and the terraces of the Villefranchian subr...
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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Flowering garrigue notes bring a lovely touch to the full-bodied 2016 Cairanne. This is plush and creamy in texture, rich and warm, with a supple finish that suggests early drinking. Don't be tempted to hold it past another few years. (JC)" (10/2017) 90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The inky colored 2016 Cairanne is a full-bodied effort from Xavier that packs serious depth and richness in its dark, jammy fruit, blueberries, scorched earth and peppery herb-like aromas and flavors. Coming from very old vines and brought u...
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90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Plan De Dieu Vieilles Vignes has considerably more elegance and finesse compared to the richer, more opulent La Bouveau and gives up beautiful notes of black cherries, raspberries, flowers, and peppery garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, silky and just beautifully balanced, this is a no brainer Southern Rhône to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years as well." (12/2020) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre, the 2019 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu Vieilles Vignes is an exce...
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2018 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dense, concentrated and structured, this powerful wine shows the intensity of Tannat, mitigated with some lighter Cabernet Franc. Black fruits and dark chocolate give richness to this young wine. *Cellar Selection* (RV)" (09/2021) K&L Notes: Château Peyros is a 17th-century estate situated in the southern part of Madiran. In 1999, Jean Jacques Lesgourgues bought the estate and began the process of modernizing and revitalizing this historic property. Peyros, which means "stony place," sits atop soils of clay and limestone but...
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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Courier is slightly more Burgundian than the 2013 yet offers similar notes of crushed flowers, bouquet garni, game, leather, and assorted red and black fruits. It too is silky and seamless on the palate, with beautiful tannins." (02/2020) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From schistous soils, Courier's 2014 IGP Côtes Catalanes spent three years in barrel and then three more in bottle before release. A blend of 70% Grenache (from 75-year-old vines) and 30% Carignan (from 100-year-old vines), it shows hints of bricking at ...
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94 points Wine & Spirits: "Les Crus Faugères is the only cooperative in this appellation, managing 2,223 acres or nearly half of Faugères’ vines. It puts out a vast array of labels, including Mas Olivier, also recommended here, but Baron Ermengaud was the standout for both its 2019 and 2018 reds. Mostly syrah (80 percent), with grenache, carignan and mourvèdre, all of it hand-harvested off schist parcels, the 2019 shines in its combination of earthiness and brightness. Lively acidity and herbal notes give it a just-picked freshness that energizes the red...
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93 points James Suckling: " love the deep blackberry and savory nose of this elegant and finely nuanced Julienas. So graceful, in spite of the ripeness of the vintage. Long, wild-herb and mineral finish that has wonderful delicacy. Drink or hold" (03/2022) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Offering up aromas of raspberries and plums mingled with hints of rose petals and spices, the 2020 Juliénas Beauvernay is medium to full-bodied, ample and succulent, built around powdery tannins and mouthwatering acids. It's a fine rendition of this supremely...
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91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lots of beautiful red and blue fruits, tobacco, bouquet garni, and violet notes emerge from the 2018 Anjou Reliefs. Medium-bodied, it has a lively, elegant texture, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish. This cuvée is largely Cabernet Franc yet includes 10% Grolleau, from gravelly, schist soils, brought up mostly (all?) in tank. It's a beautiful, elegant wine that's a joy to drink." (03/2021)
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91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Readers looking for a hidden gem should snatch up the 2019 Lirac Les Sables D’Arènes from the team at Giraud. Coming from just across the river from Châteauneuf du Pape and mostly Grenache, it offers a terrific perfume of spiced red fruits, loamy soils, Provençal herbs, and garrigue. Medium-bodied, seamless, and beautifully textured, it has sweet tannins and is already impossible to resist. It’s a smoking bottle of wine in the making." (10/2020) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Seductive, with cherry preserve and plum reduction not...
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93 points Vinous: "Dark berries, potpourri, exotic spices and a suggestion of smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering densely packed, energetic blackberry, cherry compote and violet flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Supple, even tannins add grip to the impressively persistent, mineral-driven finish, which strongly repeats the floral note. (JR)" (04/2020) K&L Notes: J. Boutin is a newer project from Stephane Vedeau of Clos Bellane and La Ferme du Mont fame. Named for his mothe...
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93 points Decanter: "Delicate florality to this, smells wonderful, bursting with flowers and black fruits - incredibly welcoming. Lovely acidity on the palate, you can feel this is lively with great energy and drive pushing the red fruit flavours across the palate. The tannins are soft but they are mouth coating and really do mask a lot of what is going on right now. A big mouthful but with brightness and verve underneath. Lovely long length and good persistency and freshness. One to seek out and hold on to. (GH)" (01/2022) 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast...
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