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K&L Monthly Newsletter - Featuring the Rhône Valley & French Regional Wines - 01/15/2018 - Monthly Newsletter

After a string of quiet vintages in the Rhône, this historic region came roaring back with two back to back harvests that have the critics raving and collectors clamoring for more. The 2015s and 2016s, while each with their own distinctive traits and characteristics, are both notable for their profound range and depth - these are wines that are destined to reward for decades to come. The 2015s are more classically styled with a stately approach, while the 2016s are riper, fleshier, and more flamboyant. While many of these wines are truly superlative, we wouldn’t advise purchasing indiscriminately, which is why we’ve assembled a carefully curated list here, so you can zero in on the best of the best.

One of the central highlights in this month’s newsletter are the wines of Ferraton Père et Fils. This property has long enjoyed a sterling reputation as one of the most respected and committed in the Northern Rhône. After working in partnership with the legendary Michel Chapoutier for several years, the decision was made to sell the property outright. Since coming under the full stewardship of Chapoutier in 2006, these brilliant wines have ascended to an entirely new level. From the very sharply priced 2014 “La Source” Saint-Joseph to the big pointed 2015 "L'Eglantine" Côte-Rôtie and everything in between, these are blockbuster efforts that are more than deserving of your attention.

The Rhône isn’t the only story today, as we’re also featuring the less trodden regions (but no less spectacular) of the Jura, Cahors, and Madiran. The wines from these appellations range in style from the wildly exotic 2010 Domaine Dugois Vin Jaune Arbois to the downright delicious 2012 Château Bouscassé Madiran. Given that they don’t command the attention of Bordeaux or Burgundy, the prices from these gems remain very approachable. For those looking to expand their horizons, we strongly recommend you delve into these under-the-radar finds

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Delas Freres "St-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône Rouge 95 $9.99 View
2013 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes 93 Price: Hidden View
2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage $17.99 View
2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac Price: Hidden View
2010 Domaine Dugois Vin Jaune Arbois (620ml) $39.99 View
2015 Domaine Santa Duc "Prestige des Hautes Garrigues" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 97 $49.99 View
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $69.99 View
2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 98 $99.99 View
2015 Isabel Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 Price: Hidden View
2015 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) 97 $189.99 View

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2016 Delas Freres "St-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône Rouge ($9.99)

95 points Decanter: "60% Syrah, 40% Grenache. Lovely rich opulent and floral, black berry and plum nose, the palate is big with well layered fruit, attractively firm but soft tannin and hints of oak, a big wine with a lovely finish. *Gold Medal Winner Decanter Asia Wine Awards*" (07/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Saint-Esprit is a screaming value. If offers bold black cherry and blueberry fruit aromas, lively fruit flavors, silky tannins and a crisp, lengthy mocha-tinged finish. Drink this fun, bouncy little wine over the next couple of years. (JC)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

Riding the rambunctious Rhone region as I do, over the past few months I've had several customers politely inquire, "Do you have any Delas Esprit?" Well, up until a few days ago the answer was sadly "No, nada, negativo." But the New Year brings wondrous surprises, and the 2016 vintage has just landed, promising a fresh abundance of black cherry and red plum fruits, suave spice, rich licorice and floral notes, with a crisp, impressively mouthwatering finish. A promise... one bottle will lead to many more, so please, don't be shy, this is a simply brilliant everyday Rhone!

Staff ImageJames Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

If you haven't had a 2016 from the Rhône yet, this is the perfect place to start. Priced right and delicious from beginning to end, this is a go-to red if there ever was one. Offering up lush, expressive red and black fruit, a solid backbone of acidity, and engaging notes of mocha, espresso, and a suggestion of tobacco, it's hard to believe it can be had under the $10 mark. For those who love easy-going, soft, and plush reds with a velvety delivery, the "St-Esprit" is right on the money. Go ahead and buy a case, as this is a 2016 to return to again and again.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

A classic nose full of spice and bits of earth but shows real character. On the palate the wine's freshness is ever present in its crisp acidity, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have weight this wine is sensational at the price point and has more facets than luster, more flavors than just being soft. This is a real bargain!

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

If the incredible quality of the 2016 Delas Freres "St. Esprit" Cotes du Rhone is indicative of what you can expect from Southern Rhone in 2016-Hold onto your hats!! For under $10 I do not think there is a better value at K&L currently. This is a beautiful red wine with gorgeous aromas of red fruits, spice and mineral notes. On the palate there is a cool rush of red berry, mocha, chocolate nuances and a hit of earth. The acidity is present s well as firm tannins and admirable structure. A great value this wine is destined to be your new everyday house red.

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2013 Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes Price: Hidden

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Vines up to 50-years-old are the basis of this rich and tannic wine. While it does have some age, it still has a way to go. Big bold tannins show strongly along with ripe black-plum skins. The wood aging has given this wine a smooth elegant edge that contrasts with the still young fruitiness. Drink from 2021. (RV)" (07/2017)

K&L Notes: Chateau 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 the vineyards themselves are covered in the large rolled stones (galets roules) left after the last ice age. The 20 hectares of the estate are farmed sustainably, utilizing organic treatments while a herd of sheep walk around the property from May through October grazing the grasses between the rows of the vines and creating manure for enriching the soil. The Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age between 40-50 years. The wine spends about 12 months in oak barrels (about 40% new) before it is bottled. This is no shy Madiran. It is full of the power and texture that one associates with the region. With some decanting it is absolutely appropriate with rich dishes of sausage, duck confit and rustic pâtés.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 26, 2018

I have deep and borderline spiritual connection to the south western part of France. I love the people, the food, the brandy and although the regions dominated by the great wines of the Medoc to the northeast, the region offers an incredible array of delicious local wines. There's no question that Madiran stands at the top of the heap. Over the last two decades the Lesgourgues family (The same family making the wonderful Laubade Armagnac in Sorbet) have taken this rustic hard edged wine and turned it into a world class estate. While some technical expertise in the winery has softened the edges, there's no doubt that this full bodied dark fruited red has some classic flavors of the southwest. Chewy dense structure with plenty of spice but not so obvious on the oak. Brambly fruit tempered with subtle earthy gravel. There are few wines in the store with so much stuffing for so little money. This one will get better for 10+ years easily.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

The amazing Tannat-derived wines of Madiran could almost be thought of as medicine, as they contain the highest levels of cardiovascular-enhancing anthocyaninsthink resveratrol of any wines. Take heart, as they also possess the added appeal of being absolutely delicious. Peyros is an aromatic, deeply-structured wine, replete with flavors of black plums, cocoa powder, spices and fresh roasted coffee, with plenty of stony minerality to boot. Being primarily Tannat, tannins are still present, but with a few years behind it, this wine is crushed velvet on the finish. Uncork and enjoy with a soulful, wintry beef stew!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 11, 2018

I am falling in love with the wines of Madiran. There has been so much forward progression in the making and styling of these wines, it is hard to keep up. I'm not the only one either. Fans of fuller bodied reds from Bordeaux, Cahors and even California are finding a lot to like here. We have had tremendous success with a few noteworthy producers but for cost to quality, no one beats Peyros. Densely packed, velvety structrue, deep dark fruit and tons of graphite minerality are just a few of my notes when tasting the old vine Peyros. The small percentage of Cabernet Franc adds a little polish but the wine never loses its focus on its Tannat roots. This is bold and savory wine that is at its most harmonious with lush charcuterie, grilled sausages and of course, my favorite winter treat - Cassoulet!

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2014 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Calendes" Crozes-Hermitage ($17.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A new wine, the 2014 Crozes Hermitage Calendes is a classic, peppery, charming and medium-bodied effort that has plenty of fruit, nicely integrated acidity and a good finish. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines Ive tasted from this team. (JD)" (12/2016)

Wine Spectator: "This offers a good core of black cherry and crushed plum fruit that melds slowly with light juniper, licorice and tobacco accents through the medium-weight finish. (JM)" (11/2016)

Staff ImageMorgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 19, 2018

This (along with the other wines from Ferraton Père et Fils) really blew me away at our last staff tasting. Michel Ferraton produces the wines with all native yeast strains and minimal new oak. They adhere to a bio-dynamic philosophy, although they are not certified bio-dynamic. The nose on this is just SO good! It's a melange of white pepper, bacon fat, beautiful floral aromatics and lovely dark fruits. The palate is balanced and clean. It's got great length but doesn't come across as super intense. A really great wine for under $20!

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2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "Hissez O" Terrasses du Larzac Price: Hidden

Last Call Before the 2016 Arrives! - The Hissez O is the pinnacle of production for the domaine. Sourced from the highest-altitude, lowest-yielding parcel, the wine is composed of 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 5% Cinsault. The Hissez O is also aged in large, older demi-muid barrels, adding richness and texture to the wine. As with all things Reserve d'O, the farming is certified both Ecocert Organic and Demeter Biodynamic. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer) *Biodynamic, Natural Wine*

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 12, 2018

I met Marie and Fred Chauffray at an intimate dinner gathering late last year, the small group of us congregating around the kitchen, eventually moving to the dinner table to enjoy a fabulous feast prepared by my colleague (and our French Regional buyer), Keith Mabry. We quaffed several different wines that night but it was this very bottle that made me take an extra long moment to appreciate what was going on in my glass. The color was a deep, rich purple, the aromatics reminded me of violets, some black pepper, with a splash of red fruits. On the palate, this was so beautifully fresh and balanced, with soft tannins, such lovely structure and finesse. We took a few minutes to take it all in - the aromas, the flavors, the personality of the wine, and the special moment of sharing it with its makers amongst friends. Fred then busted out an old banjo, began picking away at a few Prince songs and I found myself singing as I can only after consuming a special bottle. A truly memorable wine.

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2010 Domaine Dugois Vin Jaune Arbois (620ml) ($39.99)

In 1973, Daniel Dugois bought two hectares of vineyard and a house equipped with wine cellars in a village called Les Arsures, where he was born. He cultivated the vineyard and sold his production primarily to Henri Maire, one of the most prominent producers in Jura at that time. In 1982, Daniel made his first harvest in his own cellars and began to sell his wines to consumers. His first ever harvest earned him his first Gold Medal for his Chardonnay at the Jura Wine Contest. Daniel and his wife Monique have continued to work on the quality of their wines and their efforts have since been recognized in many wine contests and guidebook reviews. In 2003, their son Philippe returned to the estate to lend a hand in the winemaking and in 2013 he took charge of the vineyard. Vin Jaune is the original icon wine of the Jura. Translating to "Yellow Wine," it is aged for six years under a layer of yeast without any topping up. This aging process creates a wonderfully unique and complex wine that will age for decades following its bottling.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 18, 2018

If you're a lover of vin jaune (yellow wine) like myself, then you are definitely in for a treat with Domaine Dugois's 2010 Arbois Vin Jaune. Funky and all over the place, like any classic wine from Jura, this vin jaune is an untamed beast, and I mean that in the best way possible. The flavor profile is salty, mushroomy, and carries subtle notes of caramelized onions. If you love sherry or you're feeling adventurous, and want a fantastic funky white wine, this may be the wine for you.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 16, 2018

This nutty, cheesy, yeasty masterpiece has that ever interesting oxidative edge with tart lemon, roasted nut, and mineral flavors. Underlying yellow fruits and spices give complexity and pleasant nuance to the overall character. This is the best wine that I have tried in the last two weeks, bar none!

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2018

This unique wine reveals its seductive nature over time, having spent over six years in old barriques under a thin layer of yeast, or voile, a maturing regimensimilar to sherry, which allows for generous oxidation, slow evaporationand the development of intense, complex flavors of ginger, walnut, currypowder and apricot, with a salty tang. Often served with the local Comtécheese, this famous yellow wine will also pair well with mushroomrisottos. And the real beauty of a Vin Jaune? It can age for many decades, if desired.

2015 Domaine Santa Duc "Prestige des Hautes Garrigues" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2015 Gigondas Hautes Garrigues (60/40 Grenache and Mourvèdre) is a beauty boasting killer notes of dark fruits, crushed rocks, pepper, garrigue and scorched earth. This seriously good 2015 has building richness, a stacked mid-palate and a huge finish, all suggesting short-term cellaring will be your friend. It will keep for two decades of more." (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Full ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, incense, spicecake and candied flowers show outstanding energy and clarity. Sweet, seamless and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that fan out steadily with air. Rich but nervy and precise as well, carrying no excess fat. Velvety tannins frame an extremely long, incisive finish that leaves behind notes of sweet dark berries and candied flowers. (JR)" (09/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Delightfully ripe, with a mélange of blackberry, black cherry and fig compote flavors melded together, backed by licorice root, roasted alder and bittersweet cocoa notes that add range through the finish. A hefty style, but has the detail to match. (JM)" (09/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "Mourvèdre steps up to one third of the blend while the balance is grenache. This has an attractive array of ripe dark cherry and blue plum fruits. The tannins are framed up with a deeper, wider shape. Try from 2020, this needs time." (09/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Unfined, the sample of the 2015 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues was wonderfully fragrant, redolent of flowering garrigue and red raspberries, but it also was brutally tannic and hard on the finish, making it difficult to evaluate. 90-92? (JC)" (10/2017)

2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) - -666 available ($69.99)

97 points James Suckling: "All 13 grapes. This has a dark fruited, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide swinging tannins. Some white peppery elements, violets, brooding dark spices, blue fruits and dark plums. Builds from the ground up. Dark stones. Impressive, powerful wine. Drink from 2025. *Top 100 of 2017*" (08/2017)

97 points Wine Spectator: "A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. Has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent and a hint of alder driving underneath. Everything moves in lockstep through the seriously long finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. (JM)" (09/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in late July, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is an amazing effort, especially when one considers the production volume. Loaded with black cherry fruit and cola-like spice, this full-bodied, richly textured wine never seems heavy or warm, while exotic Indian spice notes linger on the finish. It should drink well for at least 20 years. (JC)" (10/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, and theyre more and more keeping the stems with Syrah component. This is a beauty that offers more depth and richness than just about every other wine in the vintage. Blackberry, black raspberries, garrigue, spice and hints of saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, layered 2015 that has a stacked, concentrated mid-palate, ripe, sweet tannin and an undeniable opulence thats missing from too many 2015s. Marc Perrin compared this cuvée to 2001, and I cant disagree with him. Drink this blockbuster beauty anytime over the coming two decades. The Perrin family continues to knock it out of the park and have produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2015. 96+ points." (10/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented aromas of ripe red fruits, candied flowers, earth and smoky minerals; a zesty white pepper quality emerges with aeration. Sweet, expansive and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors and a subtle touch of smoke. Completely stains the palate and shows outstanding clarity on the strikingly long, focused finish, where smooth tannins make a late appearance. (JR)" (03/2017)

95 points Decanter: "Depth and detail on the dark-fruit nose. Stylish, balanced and very persistent, delivers crunchy, spicy fruit. Drinking Window 2020-2044. (JL)" (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Superb juiciness and bramble fruits. Some blackcurrant notes on the palate, a very savoury cigar and cedar character and a gentle Provençal herby note. Loads of breadth and complexity. (RH)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 09, 2017

A recent visit to Beaucastel for some barrel tasting definitely showed us why this is consistently one of the best producers in the region. The 2015 has all of the beautiful rich undertones of classic CDP with the fresh lifted quality of the vintage. Copious fruit, spicebox nuances and an impeccably balanced palate of sweet tannins and underlying acidity. A wine that will drink well in its youth and evolve gracefully for 15-20 years.

2015 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

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)" (08/2017)

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 and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades. (JC)" (10/2017)

94-96 points Vinous: "(raised in foudres) Deep ruby. Hugely aromatic red and dark berry, potpourri and floral scents are underscored by smoky minerality and an exotic suggestion of Asian spices. Sappy, focused and impressively deep yet lively, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Puts on weight and spreads out steadily with air, acquiring a succulent herb note that carries through the strikingly long, mineral-laced, gently tannic finish. This beauty is shaping up to be among the standouts of this extremely successful vintage. (JR)" (03/2017)

96 points Decanter: "A superlatively elegant, middleweight, Mourvèdrerich Châteauneuf that glides across the palate like silk, featuring juicy plum and strawberry fruits, lifted juniper and fennel seed freshness. Very fine clay tannins. Intense but not through extraction; generous, but with energy and precision. Effortless.(MW)" (01/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Tasted on three separate occasions, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is a classic, elegant, and incredibly complex style of wine reminiscent of a Grand Cru Red Burgundy (Chambolle-Musigny?). Black raspberries, blueberries, incense, pine resin, dried orange and exotic floral notes give way to a medium to full-bodied, ethereally textured 2015 that has moderate tannin, beautiful purity, and a seamless finish. I compared this to an improved 2005 last year when I tasted it from barrel, but Im not sure that comparison holds today, and I struggle to come up with another similar vintage. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful wine that should be at its best from 2020-2030+." (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Impressive and bright mixed summer berry and spiced cherry fruits on the nose in a vibrant, alluringly complex style. The palate delivers succulently ripe red cherry and plum fruit flavors. Plenty of weight. Gently warm and spicy finish. Drink from 2020." (08/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Redcurrant, black pepper, fine tannin and subtle spice. Delicate and balanced and quite restrained overall yet there is a long, deep, persistent finish that has plenty of potential. Resonant and graceful. 17.5/20 points (RH)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: 95 points, Oz Clarke in Decanter: "Grenache at its best manages to walk a tightrope between positively raisiny richness and an unlikely, but utterly tempting, red fruit scent. The fruit here is rich, with luscious prunes and crystallised plum, which blends irresistibly with bright, warm red berry scents and a scratch of herbs." (06/2018)

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2015 Isabel Ferrando "Colombis" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From some of the appellation's cooler sites and 60- to 80-year-old vines, the 100% Grenache 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Colombis is a stunner. It has a true sense of garrigue, along with dark fruit, peppery spice and rich, velvety tannins. I wouldn't turn down a glass now, but it should be even better in a few years' time. (JC)" (10/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis is a more open, sexy wine based on very old vine Grenache from the sandy soils of the Colombis, Cristia and Rayas lieux-dits. Framboise, incense, potpourri and floral notes all emerge from this pretty, elegant, complex Grenache that has sweet fruit, polished tannins and a great finish. Like all the 2015s, it's made in a more elegant style, yet still packs ample fruit. Id happily drink bottles anytime over the coming 10-15 years." (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Offers gorgeous mouthfeel, with very fine-grained tannins thoroughly embedded into the core of crushed blackberry, raspberry puree and plum pâte de fruit flavors. Mouthwatering licorice snap, black tea and graphite notes drive the finish, adding serious length and depth. Integrated enough to be tempting now, but this will deliver much more after cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Lurid ruby. Highly fragrant scents of ripe red berries, Indian spices, garrigue and candied flowers; a smoky mineral element builds steadily in the glass. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that show a suave marriage of depth and vivacity. Closes spicy, gently tannic and impressively long, leaving lingering notes of emphatic red berry, allspice and floral pastille behind. (JR)" (03/2017)

2015 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival) ($189.99)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Côte Rôtie was scheduled to be bottled not long after my visit. This is an undeniably great vintage at this address, even if Jean-Paul prefers his 2016s, calling 2015 'too much.' Its worth pointing out that he thought the same about his 1991, which is a borderline perfect wine today. The 2015 sports a deep ruby/purple color to go with searing notes of pepper, smoked meats, flowers, and assorted black and blue fruits. With full-bodied richness, a concentrated, thick mid-palate, sweet, yet present tannin, and a huge finish, this is a wine to back up the truck for. A warning, however -- its not for those looking for instant gratification.Readers looking for classic, old-school, age-worthy Cote Rotie should look no further than the wines from Jean-Paul and Corinne Jamet. While 2015 is an incredible vintage for this estate, the 2016s are also some of the more impressive in the appellation." (01/2018)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cote Rotie was scheduled to be bottled the day after my visit, so I tasted the final blend from tank. Jean-Paul describes the vintage as a cross between 2009 and 2010, adding that "as it's aged, it's gotten less broad and longer." The warmth of the year hasn't detracted from the wine's floral aromas, and the berry fruit is still fresh but concentrated. This medium to full-bodied wine is rich and tannic but also ripe and almost creamy on the mid-palate, finishing with hints of tapenade. It should begin to drink well by age 10, although it's far from unapproachable now. Aside from Guigal, I know of no other producer with such extensive experience with so many of Côte Rôtie's various lieux-dits. Tasting at Jamet hilltop cellar is always a study in geology and microclimate more than anything else, as the winemaking is resolutely traditional. All of the Côte Rôtie parcels are vinified as whole bunches, and there's still only a small proportion of new wood in the cellars, so it's possible to really taste nuances in the various barrels. Jean-Paul Jamet is always gracious with his time and wine, making it a true pleasure to visit." (12/2017)

93-95 points Vinous: "(95% whole clusters): Opaque ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh black and blue fruits, candied licorice and dark chocolate, with a sexy floral note adding complexity. Broad, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering intense blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors that are energized by a refreshing snap of juicy acidity. Blends richness and vivacity smoothly and finishes very long and youthfully tannic, leaving a sappy dark fruit note behind. (JR)" (04/2017)