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Library Wine Department - Featuring the Rhone Valley - 01/18/2018 - Rhone Valley

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are the wines of the Rhône Valley/b> In this list you’ll find the top selections from Napa's most sought-after estates including: Beaucastel, CLos Saint Jean, Delas Freres, Domaine Grand Veneur, Roger Sabon, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1998 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvée Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 $59.99 View
2006 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 89 4 $24.99 View
2001 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 99 1 $799.99 View
2010 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 100 1 $999.99 View
2004 Clos du Mont-Olivet "Cuvée des Papet" Châteauneuf du Pape 94 1 Price: Hidden View
2010 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 17 $39.99 View
2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 37 Price: Hidden View
2009 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 99 4 $139.99 View
2009 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 1 $39.99 View
2013 Delas Freres "Le Clos" Crozes-Hermitage (1.5L) 93 11 Price: Hidden View
2001 Domaine Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 91 6 $49.99 View
2009 Domaine Clusel-Roch "Les Grandes Places" Côte-Rôtie 94 1 $99.99 View
2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine De La Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquières" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 1 Price: Hidden View
2011 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 6 $59.99 View
2012 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92 1 $49.99 View
2011 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 7 $89.99 View
2000 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" 1 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2011 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1 Price: Hidden View
2011 Domaine de Marcoux Côtes du Rhône (1.5L) 1 $49.99 View
1998 Domaine du Caillou "Réserve Cuvee Unique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 90 1 $169.99 View
2012 Domaine du Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape 4 Price: Hidden View
2007 Domaine du Galet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Previously $60) 5 Price: Hidden View
2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 94 4 $69.99 View
2011 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 93 1 Price: Hidden View
2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape (1.5L) 1 Price: Hidden View
2010 Domaine Jean Royer "CuvéeTradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3 $39.99 View
2007 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 95 1 $224.99 View
2003 Domaine La Bouïssiere "La Ponche" Vacqueyras 92 1 $29.99 View
2007 Domaine la Bouissiere "Font de Tonin" Gigondas 93 2 $44.99 View
2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 >36 Price: Hidden View
2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 10 $39.99 View
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 $59.99 View
2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 21 $44.99 View
2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Tradition" 91 17 Price: Hidden View
2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92 14 Price: Hidden View
2001 Domaine Roger Perrin "Reserve des Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2 Price: Hidden View
2010 Domaine Santa Duc "Grand Grenache 66" Gigondas 1 $59.99 View
2007 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Hermitage Rouge 97 1 $249.99 View
1998 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage 1 $49.99 View
2006 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 95 1 $79.99 View
2007 Halos de Jupiter (Philip Cambie) Côtes du Rhône 1 $29.99 View
2012 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 1 $89.99 View
2006 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Côtes du Rhône 2 Price: Hidden View
2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) "Cuvée Centenaire" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 97 4 Price: Hidden View
2007 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc 100 8 $324.99 View
2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge 14 Price: Hidden View
2004 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (1.5L) 1 $259.99 View
2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Cracked Capsule) 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge 98 11 $179.99 View
1998 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml) 95 5 $144.99 View
2010 Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine du Terre Ferme" Chateauneuf du Pape 2 Price: Hidden View
2009 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage (torn labels) 98 4 $209.99 View
2003 Rene Rostaing "Cote Blonde" Côte-Rotie 97 3 $179.99 View
2011 Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 95 2 $99.99 View
2007 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 2 $59.99 View
2009 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 96 4 $49.99 View
2007 Xavier Vins Châteauneuf-du-Pape 21 $29.99 View


1998 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvée Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($59.99)

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2006 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available ($24.99)

89 points Wine Spectator: "Muscular but forward, with roasted plum and fig notes backed by braised chestnut and dark tobacco. There's solid grip on the finish. Drink now through 2016." (02/09) 88 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape has a dark ruby/plum color and a sweet black cherry and currant nose with notes of loamy soil intermixed with a hint of nori (the seaweed wrapper used in sushi restaurants), as well as pepper and lavender. It is very spicy, and that, of course, is a signature of the 2006s. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Chante Cigale deserves slightly more attention than I suspect it gets, but I am not sure it has been as effectively represented in the United States as it could have been." (10/08) 14% abv.

Staff ImageJeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2010

I like the 2006 Chante Cigale Chateauneuf Du Pape because it drinks so well now. It is full bodied with nice bright fruit and a balanced and dry finish. It will go well with hearty foods and should please any CDP fan.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 08, 2010

Chante Cigale is (unfortunately) one of the most overlooked estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. One wonders why when the wines they produce are complex and interesting. Thius 2006 has black cherries, currants, white pepper and lavender. Like most other 2006 vintage CNP's, this one has a tighter core than the renowned 2007's and is better with an hour or so decanting. Or, if you prefer, it can be cellared for the next 7-8 years.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 14, 2010

For lovers of classic Rhone wines this is flat out the best deal in the house. The 2006 vintage has been somewhat overshadowed by 2007, which produced wines much riper and more lush in style. For my palate, I frankly prefer the brighter fruit and better balance of the 2006 vintage. I enjoyed a bottle of this 2006 Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape the other night with roast loin of pork with garlic & rosemary. Wonderfully bright, tangy Grenache, smoky Syrah, earthy Mourvedre, this is an astonishing value for under $30, exactly what you look for in the best of the southern Rhone. Try a bottle tonight with any dish slow cooked - roasted, braised, stewed. You can thank me later.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 05, 2009

I know that the 2007 vintage in the Rhone is all the rage these days, and rightly so. However some of the 2006 Chateauneufs are drinking really well right now. The Chante Cigale is an example of this. With a dark plum color, and a fruit profile of cherries, plums, and cassis. All framed by intense spiciness and minerality. Very approachable and pleasing right now.

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2001 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 1 available ($799.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, and 10% Syrah. Full-bodied, excruciatingly backward, and nearly impenetrable, it boasts an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a promising nose of new saddle leather, melted asphalt, camphor, blackberries, smoky, roasted herbs, and Asian spices. A huge lashing of tannin as well as a formidable structure result in the antithesis of its more flattering, forward, and voluptuous sibling, the classic Beaucastel. Readers lucky enough to come across this cuvee should plan on waiting at least a decade before it begins to approach adolescence. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040." (02/2004)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "($425; a blend of 60% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 10% syrah and 10% counoise) Saturated ruby-red. Highly complex, very primary, inky nose hints at blackberry, black cherry, licorice, spicecake and tree bark; dominated by the mourvedre. Then dense, thick and sappy in the mouth, with brooding black fruit and mineral flavors and superb precision. Hints of meat and leather lurk, but, like the regular release, this is extremely backward and dominated by dark fruits. Offers superb thickness without any excess weight, and a wonderfully seamless, elegant texture. Finishes extremely long, with very fine tannins. A unique critter: a Chateauneuf du Pape with just 20% grenache. Likely to develop in bottle for two decades or more." (02/2004)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is just starting to shed its cloak of dark, bittersweet Valrhona chocolate and brooding tar notes, unfurling a core of cassis, blackberry paste and plum reduction that has a terrifically broad, fleshy feel. Still has some grip to shed on the finish though, where roasted mesquite, iron and sanguine notes wait in reserve. Seems on course to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage.2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2026. (Web-2012)"

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2010 Château de Beaucastel "Hommage à Jacques Perrin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 1 available ($999.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No such issue exists with the perfect 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin. I don't know what more a wine could offer. Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle, enormously massive, concentrated, full-bodied and built for 30-50 years of cellaring, this wine, which is dominated by its Mourvedre component, is a tour de force, a spectacular, world-class wine. It is going to require some patience, though, and seems to need 4-5 years of cellaring. It should again be almost ageless in its potential." (10/2012)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(based on 70% mourvedre, with roughly 10% each of syrah, grenache and counoise): Bright ruby. A drop-dead, room-filling bouquet evokes black raspberry liqueur, incense, anise and lavender, with smoke and herb overtones. Sappy and penetrating, offering deeply pitched but lively dark berry and cherry flavors and an exotic touch of candied flowers. Fine-grained tannins come up with air and give grip to an endless, fruit- and mineral-dominated finish. This remarkable wine would be at the top of my Chateauneuf to-buy list this vintage if I had the resources to swim in such waters." (01/2013)

K&L Notes: Only 500 cases of this finest bottling were produced. Mourvedre was particularly good in Chateauneauf in 2010, so this was right in Beaucastel's wheel house. They weren't going to miss. 15% abv.

2004 Clos du Mont-Olivet "Cuvée des Papet" Châteauneuf du Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep violet. Enormous, room-filling bouquet encompasses the full range of red and dark berry tones, along with an intense garrigue component. Powerful and quite sweet, with dense dark berry and cherry flavors framed by solid tannins. The fruit expands on the building finish, penetrating every nook of the palate and finishing solid and chewy. Pretty stunning stuff. (JR)" (02/2007)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More dense and concentrated, the superb 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Du Papet checks in as a blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvedre. Fermented with close to 70% whole clusters and aged in both concrete and foudres, it exhibits classic black fruits, roasted herbs, black licorice, olive and garrigue to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Beautifully textured, with solid mid-palate depth, its a classic Chateauneuf that will continue to drink nicely for another decade. (JD)" (02/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Rich, macerated black cherry nose with a hint of bonfires. Very rich start and then some beef extract notes plus an enthralling cocktail of more fruit-derived flavours. Good freshness too. Very beguiling. Long. Drink 2010-2020. (17.5/20 points)" (01/2006)

K&L Notes: According to Wine Advocate: "Made by Thierry Sabon, who started having more and more control since 2001, Clos du Mont-Olivet made classic, age-worthy wines in 2004. While their traditional cuvee is solid, their top cuvee, the Cuvee du Papet, is one of the top wines in the vintage..." (JD, 02/2014)

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2010 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The classic-styled 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits plenty of kirsch, Christmas fruitcake, pepper, spice box, smoked herbs and loads of raspberry and black cherry fruit. It is a full-bodied, slightly more reserved and less exuberant effort than the 2007 was at a similar age. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and last for 10-15 years. " (10/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, bitter cherry, licorice and candied flowers. Becomes smokier with air and picks up a licorice nuance. Fleshy but lively, with strong finishing punch, lingering floral and spice notes and slow-building tannins." (02/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. 20,000 bottles. Direct, bright, very ripe cranberry fruit. Suave, velvety texture. Lots of tannin but the fruit almost covers it." (12/2011)

K&L Notes: 16% abv.

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2011 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers gorgeous kirsch and strawberry-styled fruits to go with notions of spring flowers, licorice and rose petal. A perfumed, medium to full-bodied effort, it has loads of charm and class and will have a decade of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry, lavender and white pepper on the expressive nose. Juicy and open-knit, offering lively red fruit flavors and a jolt of bracing acidity. Closes silky and sweet, with no obvious tannins and very good fruity persistence. This is already delicious. (JR)" (02/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark brownish crimson. Very spicy nose and lots of concentration. Really big and spicy with masses of alcohol but sufficient freshness too. A little dry on the end. For the long term! 17/20 points" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: Here is a great value wine. It displays delicious fruit along with soft tannins, and a big, projected bouquet of crushed herbs, black cherry jam and tobacco. With good acidity as well as medium to full body, it should drink nicely for a decade or more. "Since 2003, when Pascal and Vincent Maurel took over this estate after their father's passing, Clos Saint-Jean has gone from strength to strength," notes Robert Parker. "They have always owned great vineyards, and they had the foresight to hire a brilliant consulting oenologist, Philippe Cambie. The result has been instant stardom, and a succession of world-class wines. Recently they also partnered with the California Central Coast's renowned Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non to produce another luxury cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape from mostly Mourvedre called Chimere. A large estate for Chateauneuf du Pape (over 110 acres), Clos Saint-Jean's history dates back to 1900, with the first Maurel taking control in 1930. The majority of their holdings are in the southeastern sector of the appellation, including significant parcels in La Crau, Les Combes and St-Jean. In top vintages, Clos Saint-Jean produces five cuvees of red Chateauneuf du Pape, and the 2011s are successful across the board." (10/2012)

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2009 Clos Saint-Jean "Combe des Fous" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available ($139.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that blew me away, and the best bottle of this I've tasted, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous gave up exotic and intense aromas and flavors of ground pepper, kirsch liqueur, incense, white chocolate and crushed flowers. About as seamless and sexy as they come, this extraordinary Chateauneuf boasts incredible concentration, no hard edges and insane length on the finish. Much more forward and open than the 2010, drink it over the coming 10 to 15 years (JD)." (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby. An exotic, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, star anise and a whiff of Grand Marnier. Juicy, palate-coating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show a felicitous blend of power and vivacity, with no rough edges and slow-building spiciness. Closes on a sweet note, with lingering anise and floral notes." (01/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is packed with flavors of dark plum, boysenberry preserves and licorice, but comes across as silky and perfumy, with gorgeous mouthfeel and alluring incense and Lapsang souchong tea notes that help the finish cruise seamlessly. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Vaccarèse." (11/2011)

2009 Cuvée du Vatican Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($39.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and red berry aromas, with hints of licorice and spice in the background. Spicy and focused on entry, then deeper in the mid-palate, offering juicy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors with a touch of succulent herbs. The smoky note comes back on the pungent finish, which is taut, brisk and very persistent." (02/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the bottle, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape has lived up to its pre-bottle form. Composed of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, Cinsault and other varietals, it exhibits a dark ruby/plum color along with plenty of juicy, succulent, cassis and kirsch liqueur notes intertwined with hints of licorice, incense and underbrush. This full-bodied, sexy, lush offering also reveals a note of nori, the seaweed wrap used in sushi restaurants. Consume this 2009 over the next 10-12 years." (10/2011)

Wine Spectator: "Very pretty, with a focused beam of cassis, black cherry and blackberry fruit laced with anise and black tea. A perfumy edge lends some length to the finish. Drink now through 2015." (09/2011)

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2013 Delas Freres "Le Clos" Crozes-Hermitage (1.5L) - 11 available Price: Hidden

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Similar to the Domaine des Grands Chemins, yet with additional structure, the inky purple/ruby colored 2013 Crozes Hermitage le Clos has lots of minerality in its smoky, meaty, dark fruited profile. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, structured yet balanced, give it 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following decade or more. 93+ points. (JD)" (12/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, peppery spices, olive and smoky minerals, and a suave floral quality that builds in the glass. Fleshy and sweet on the palate, displaying excellent clarity and thrust to the dark berry and violet pastille flavors. The floral note repeats strongly on a very long, focused finish framed by velvety, building tannins. Claire Darnaud (co-winemaker with Jacques Grange) thinks the 2013s 'will enjoy a very long life on their freshness.' (JR)" (01/2016)

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2001 Domaine Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 6 available ($49.99)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Even better than a previous bottle, the 2001 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape is drinking wonderfully, showing an evolved, complex bouquet of earthy black cherry, spice box, and licorice aromas on the nose, medium+ body, good concentration, and a long, pure finish. Theres plenty of life left, and this should solid Châteauneuf should continue to show well for another 3-5 years." (03/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the Coulons finest examples of their regular cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2001 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, medium to full body, and loads of creme de cassis fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, smoke, licorice, and wood. Pure and textured as well as elegant, this beauty will be at its peak between 2005-2014. (RP)" (02/2004)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Still juicy and lively, delivering a mouthfilling range of plum, blueberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit, augmented by lots of toasted spice and a snappy licorice edge on the medium-weight finish. Very tasty.2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2018. (JM, Web Only -2012)"

2009 Domaine Clusel-Roch "Les Grandes Places" Côte-Rôtie - 1 available ($99.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very racy and persistent, with lovely definition to the plum, cherry compote and cassis notes, which are still tightly wound together. There's a mouthwatering dusting of white pepper and dark olive on the finish, and this picks up more grip as it airs in the glass. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JM)" (07/2012)

93 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and incense, with a spicy topnote that builds with aeration. Rich and expansive but lively too, offering dark berry, bitter cherry and licorice flavors and a subtle violet pastille quality. For a big wine this shows impressive nuance. Closes on a floral note, with superb clarity and supple texture. (JR)" (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Very subtle. Very dense. Reverberant. Nervier than the regular bottling. Bit neurotic but I'm sure it will ultimately be rewarding. (JR) 17.5+/20 points" (11/2010)

K&L Notes: The family-owned and run Domaine Clusel-Roch farms eight hectares of vineyards, seven and a half of which are located in Côte-Rôtie. Les Grandes Places comes from 75-year-old certified organic (EcoCert) vines, and is incredibly structured.

2001 Domaine de la Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

2007 Domaine De La Charbonnière "Les Hautes Brusquières" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the three single-vineyard releases, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that comes from the Brusquières parcel located in the northern part of the appellation. This full-bodied, ripe, sexy 2007 is loaded with notions of black cherries, black currants, licorice and roasted herbs. It has the most texture and richness in the lineup and is drinking spectacularly well today, and it will easily keep for another 10-15 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(60% grenache and 40% syrah) Vivid red. Bright, expressive bouquet of raspberry, blackcurrant, lavender and white pepper, plus a smoky Indian spice quality. Deep but impressively energetic red and dark berry flavors pick up notes of chewing tobacco and minerals with air. The finish repeats the red fruit and spice notes and lingers with impressive clarity and persistence. This is really lively for an example with so much syrah in the blend. (JR)" (01/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Combines enticing plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit with black tea, tobacco, mineral and sandalwood notes. The long, fine-grained finish lets everything hang together nicely. Should blossom in the cellar. Drink now through 2027. (JM)" (10/2009)

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2011 Domaine de la Janasse "Chaupin" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 6 available ($59.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from a cooler, sandy terroir in the northeastern part of the appellation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (which comes 80% from the Chaupoin lieu-dit and 20% from the La Janasse lieu-dit, hence the subtle name change) is 100% Grenache, from vines planted in 1912, thats aged two-thirds in foudre and one-third in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with plenty of similarities to the traditional cuvee, yet slightly richer and fuller, it delivers beautiful mulled red and black fruits, licorice, spice and tinges of stony minerality on the nose. Full-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant, with fine tannin, it makes the most of a difficult vintage and is certainly one of the top 10-12 wines. Drink now-2023. Located in the town of Courthezon, and covering 38 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and 100 acres in Cotes du Rhone, Domaine de la Janasse is run by the brother/sister pair, Christophe and Isabelle Sabon. While 2011 was a difficult vintage throughout the region, you wouldnt know it by tasting here. These wines are superb across the board and should not be missed. (JD)" (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby. Black and blue fruit scents show serious power and excellent focus. Sappy, expansive and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining boysenberry and cherry-cola flavors and a touch of spicecake. Floral and mineral notes build on the potent finish, which is framed by smooth, fully absorbed tannins. (JR)" (01/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Bright kirsch, bitter cherry and pomegranate notes are lined with hints of shiso leaf and plum pit. Lively acidity holds the finish, while this fleshes out steadily in the glass, showing darker anise and blackberry notes, with subtle minerality. Best from 2014 through 2026." (10/2013)

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2012 Domaine de la Janasse "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre) is beautiful, with medium to full-bodied richness, lots of sweet black raspberry fruit, graphite, bouquet garni and licorice aromatics, and sweet, building tannin that comes through on the finish. It shows the purity and balance of the vintage, and will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming decade or more.(JD)In case you havent been following any of the Wine Advocate reports over the past decade, Domaine de La Janasse, under the leadership of siblings Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, is one of the top two or three estates in the Southern Rhône. In addition to excelling in the top years, this estate also excels in the more difficult vintages. Looking at their 2013s, these were harvested around the October 18th. They have uncommon depth and richness in the vintage, beautifully sweet tannin, and will certainly be some of the top wines in the vintage. The 2012s also check in near the top of the hierarchy. (JD)" (10/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky mineral note adding urgency. Sappy, sweet and seamless, offering intense raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of star anise. Spreads out nicely on the gently tannic finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and repeating floral character. An outstanding effort for a "basic" Châteauneuf and extremely easy to drink right now, but there's no hurry to do so." (04/2015)

92 points Vinous: "Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky mineral note adding urgency. Sappy, sweet and seamless, offering intense raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of star anise. Spreads out nicely on the gently tannic finish, which clings with excellent tenacity and repeating floral character. An outstanding effort for a "basic" Châteauneuf and extremely easy to drink right now, but there's no hurry to do so. (JR)" (04/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fleshy plum, fig and blackberry compote flavors race along, enlivened with licorice snap and singed alder notes. Fruit-driven, with good energy and a piercing hint of graphite on the finish to stay honest. The inviting profile will win this some fans. Drink now through 2025." (10/2014)

Jancis Robinson: "Vineyard soil: galets, clay-limestone. Grape varieties: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre. Lustrous, burnished crimson with layers of interest. Firm and refreshing with lots of fruit and no overdone tannins. Very confident and impressive. Grabs the attention and is impressively persistent. Very clean, neat finish. (18/20 points)" (11/2013)

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2011 Domaine de la Janasse "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 7 available ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "And a candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is always a rough blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette and other permitted varieties, that has the Grenache aged all in foudre and the Syrah and Mourvedre aged in one-third new barrels (thats less than 6% of the blend in new barrels). Exhibiting gorgeous black fruits, spice-box, toast, licorice and roasted meat-like qualities on the nose, it is full-bodied, concentrated and layered on the palate, with loads of texture, yet delivers no weight, heat, or ever puts a foot wrong. Shockingly good in the vintage, it should not be missed. Hats off to Christophe and Isabelle. (JD)" (10/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Dark fruit liqueur, star anise, cinnamon and licorice aromas are sharpened by a lively mineral quality and a touch of white pepper. Sappy, sweet and incisive, with a suave blend of power and vivacity to its blackcurrant and mulberry flavors. Juicy acidity gives focus to the finish, which features velvety tannins, a touch of smokiness and outstanding energy." (01/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid for the vintage, with ripe, fleshy layers of plum compote, raspberry preserves and blackberry pâte de fruit. Lots of anise and graphite line the finish, with ample depth in reserve." (10/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. A certain amount of brooding fruit suggests this wine has somewhere to go. Very sweet and round but with tannins lurking underneath. Lots there, including ambition. Some tension at last." (12/2012)

K&L Notes: 15.5% abv.

2000 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" - 1 available Price: Hidden

2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) - 1 available Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A beautiful wine that's just now hitting maturity, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen is still ruby colored to the rim and offers up a classic bouquet of black raspberries, black licorice, fruit cake, garrigue and roasted meats. Full-bodied and concentrated, yet with a seamless, impeccably balanced profile, it's drinking beautifully today but has another 10-15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (02/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, but focused and pure, with a gorgeous core of crushed plum, pastis and raspberry ganache notes stitched together with long, velvety tannins. Spice, fruitcake and melted licorice notes echo through the superlong finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Very, very dark crimson. Savoury. Real vibrancy and savour. Still lots of tannin. 17.5/20" (11/2009)

2011 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

2011 Domaine de Marcoux Côtes du Rhône (1.5L) - 1 available ($49.99)

1998 Domaine du Caillou "Réserve Cuvee Unique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ($169.99)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Roasted red fruits and milk chocolate on the nose. Lush and dense in the mouth, with leather, coffee, dark chocolate and garrigue flavors, a lightly animal syrah character, and a strong oak component. Finishes fat and lush, with strong roasted wood tones. Quite Languedoc in style. (ST)" (01/2001)

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2012 Domaine du Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available Price: Hidden

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2007 Domaine du Galet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Previously $60) - 5 available Price: Hidden

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2012 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe "La Crau" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available ($69.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a hefty core of fig, blackberry and black cherry fruit, wrapped in chestnut and tobacco leaf notes and carrying through a lavender- and tar-framed finish. Dense and grippy, showing a slightly old-school shading. Should cellar well. (JM)" (11/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the flagship 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classically structured, elegant effort that will evolve gracefully on its balance and harmony. Showing the telltale seaweed, currants, olive, licorice and ample minerality so common in this cuvee, its medium to full-bodied, lightly textured and focused on the palate, with plenty of tannin. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will have 15-20 years of longevity. (JD)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes spicy dark berries and potpourri, with zesty mineral and incense qualities adding complexity. Pliant boysenberry and candied lavender flavors are impressively fresh and focused, with a hint of licorice adding depth. Closes sweet, supple and broad, with resonating spiciness and gentle tannins that add shape and grip. (JR)" (04/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Crimson. Very sweet start and rich, candified. Lots of power and structure with masses of sweet fruit in the middle. Just this side of porty but hugely satisfying. 17/20 points. (JR)" (11/2013)

2011 Domaine Giraud "Tradition" Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available Price: Hidden

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Along the same lines, the smoking good 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, from 50-to-80-year-old vines, with the Grenache and Mourvedre aged all in concrete and the Syrah in 2-to-6-year-old barrels. Knockout stuff, with sweet black currants, cassis, licorice, pepper and wild herbs, this full-bodied, supple and seamlessly textured beauty will drink nicely through 2021. Drink now-2021. This is a terrific lineup of wines by the brother and sister team of Marie and Francois Giraud. Their 2011s are certainly near the top of the vintage... (JD)" (10/2013)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Spicy raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of pungent herbs and flowers. Broad, sappy red berry flavors pack serious punch and are lifted by a refreshingly bitter blood orange quality. Finishes with gentle sweetness, soft tannins and a tangy white pepper note." (01/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This features a saturated feel, showing steeped plum and blackberry fruit, layered with pastis, charcoal and spice cake. Delivers a fleshy, polished finish. Drink now through 2023." (11/2013)

2009 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf du Pape (1.5L) - 1 available Price: Hidden

2010 Domaine Jean Royer "CuvéeTradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 3 available ($39.99)

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2007 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc - 1 available ($224.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The exuberant 2007 Hermitage Blanc reveals notes of petroleum, crushed rocks, earth, white currants and peaches, an unctuous texture, high glycerin and good acidity. This big, thick white Hermitage will not be as long lived as the 2009, but for drinking over the next two decades, it is impossible to resist. Jean-Louis and Gerard Chave opened a bottle of the 2003 Hermitage Blanc to give me an idea of how this vintage is aging. This monumental offering, which flirts with perfection, has virtually no acidity and is aging beautifully. The Chaves believe it is a repeat of what Gerards father made in 1929. (RP)" (02/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and dense, but pure and beautifully rendered, with gorgeous mango, quince, fig and pear fruit flavors woven together and offset by quinine, paraffin and blanched almond notes. The finish just sings with fruit, minerality and a kiss of toast. Drink now through 2020." (09/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow. Mineral-driven aromas of white peach, nectarine, orange zest and anise, plus an exotic note of yellow Chartreuse. Fleshy orchard and pit fruit flavors enter with very good breadth and richness but the minerality clamps the fruit down in the middle palate and a zesty, peppery element contributes lift and cut. Extremely young and not offering much in the way of complexity on the palate now. The strong, incisive finish strongly echoes the spice and mineral notes. This one demands patience. (JR)" (02/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "This is still in its youthful earlier drinking period (2009-12, suggested the Chaves or inbetween the two periods if its not served too cold) and was bottled in early Sep 2009. Lots of richness and fullness but good acidity too. There is lots of minerality and a little bitterness on the finish that gives it life. Waxy and exciting." (10/2009)

2003 Domaine La Bouïssiere "La Ponche" Vacqueyras ($29.99)

92 points Vinous: "Dark red. Assertive nose offers peppery bitter cherry, violet, magnolia and garrigue scents. Sweet and lush on the palate, with a dense, chewy texture and bright flavors of kirsch, licorice and espresso. Extremely rich and concentrated on the building, expanding finish. Made mostly from old grenache vines, this easily carries its 15.8% alcohol. (JR)" (01/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Proprietors Gilles and Thierry Faraval turned in an impressive performance with their 2003 Vacqueyras La Ponche. A blend of 70% Grenache (from 50-year old vines) and 30% Mourvedre (from 10-year old vines), it is a jammy, heady effort with loads of alcohol and fruit, medium to full body, and an exotic, ripe style boasting layers of fruit as well as glycerin. (RP)" (02/2006)

2007 Domaine la Bouissiere "Font de Tonin" Gigondas - 2 available ($44.99)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. An expansive, floral bouquet displays scents of blackcurrant, boysenberry, pipe tobacco and potpourri, with subtle mineral and spice notes adding complexity. Rich, fleshy dark berry compote flavors stain the palate and take a turn to brighter red fruits with air. A sexy framboise quality lingers endlessly behind the broad, velvety finish. Ignore the 14.5% alcohol stated on the label as this is a big, lush example of 2007 that packs a major punch." (01/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and dense, but rounded and accessible, with gorgeous spice, mesquite and warm ganache aromas backed by fig bread, espresso and licorice snap notes. Muscular but fresh on the finish, with a tangy iron note adding length. Drink now through 2015. 780 cases made." (02/2011)

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2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite wines, and up there with the top dozen or so efforts in the vintage, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds dArmand comes all from sandy soils and old vines planted in the famed La Crau lieu-dit. Full-bodied, voluptuous and layered, it doesnt pull any punches, yet never seems over-the-top, heavy or cumbersome. Giving up notes of garrigue, sugared spice, blackberry, black cherry liqueur and spring flowers, its already drinking beautifully, but will continue to shine through 2024 at a minimum. (JD)" (10/2014)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Heady aromas of candied dark berries, incense and licorice complicated by suggestions of vanilla, potpourri and five-spice powder. Lush, deeply flavored and broad, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and an exotic floral pastille nuance. Finishes supple, spicy and extremely long, with resonating sweetness, a hint of licorice and smooth, suave tannins. This sexy wine is pretty appealing right now but has the depth and energy for cellaring. (JR)" (04/2015)

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2012 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 10 available ($39.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the top classic cuvées, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah aged in a combination of different sized barrels) is medium to full-bodied, layered and downright sexy, with loads of sweet kirsch, blackberry, ground herbs and truffle. Already hard to resist, drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)" (10/2014)

90 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. High-pitched aromas of spicy red berries, fresh flowers and peppery spices, with a hint of smokiness in the background. In the mouth, sweet, seamless raspberry and boysenberry flavors are lifted and sharpened by a peppery element and a hint of dusty minerals. Graceful and focused for an entry-level bottling, finishing with very good clarity and gently tannic persistence. (JR)" (04/2015)

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2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($59.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine that got better and better over the evening was the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul. I've drunk through my fair share of bottles of this over the past few years. It has never shut down and has always shown well. A ripe, forward and sexy wine, it has lots of kirsch, garrigue, exotic spice and floral notes to go with a ripe, concentrated feel on the palate. It certainly has the vintage's Provencal character and is an exuberant, hedonistic Grenache to enjoy over the coming 10-12 years. (JD)" (09/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Full ruby. Intense black raspberry and mulberry aromas are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices, licorice and musky herbs. Bright and sappy on the palate, with a seamless texture to the spice-accented red and dark berry compote flavors. Notes of lavender and allspice carry through the long, juicy, nicely focused finish. I suspect that this wine will drink well on the young side. (JR)" (01/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This ripe red offers layers of linzer torte, cassis and blackberry fruit piled on top of well-rounded tannins. Loads of spice and licorice ripple through the finish, with an underlying iron hint. Shows the focus and polish of the vintage. Best from 2012 through 2020. (JM)" (11/2011)

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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($44.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another wine Ive drunk more than a case of since release, the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape is a rich, full-bodied, sexy effort that has tons of ripe black currants, black raspberries, incense and garrigue aromas and flavors. It has sweet tannin and while drinking at point, it will keep for another 5-7 years. (JD)" (02/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Expressive aromas of red berries and cherry, with notes of smoky garrigue and dried flowers adding complexity. Spicy and pure, with an exotic floral note joining the mineral-driven raspberry and cherry flavors. Finishes smooth and sweet, with little in the way of obvious tannins. This is delicious now. (JR)" (01/2010)

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2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Tradition" Price: Hidden

91 points Wine Spectator: "High-toned, with cherry and red currant fruit laced with shiso leaf, mineral, sandalwood and spice notes. The finish is supple but persistent." (11/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault, aged in tank (20%) and old wood foudres (80%), reveals classic Provencal typicity with its notes of sweet black cherries, lavender, licorice, roasted herbs, and meat. Soft and lush with a luxurious mouthfeel as well as a stunningly silky texture, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years.What a superlative performance from proprietors Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio. This is one of the few estates where the 2006s are so great that they eclipse their brilliant 2005s, and come very close to what was accomplished in 2007." (10/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Suave, precise red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by dried flowers, herbs and minerals. Fat and gently sweet, with vivid red fruit flavors and easygoing tannins. Very pretty and easy to drink, with excellent finishing lift and persistence." (12/2009)

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2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Price: Hidden

92 points Wine Spectator: "Taut and reserved for now, with red plum and red currant notes held back by sinewy tannins and a racy minerality. Has solid length, and the flesh should fill out with cellaring. Best from 2008 through 2022." (10/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is a beautiful wine that offers lots of ripe blackberry, toasted spice, olive and garrigue to go with a full, fleshy, Provençal style on the palate. Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre, it spent 12 months in 80% foudre and 20% barrel. Drink this classic traditional cuvee anytime over the coming 4-6 years. (JD)" (02/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Strikingly fresh aromas of vibrant strawberry and cherry, gaining depth and ripeness with air. The darker fruits continue onto the palate, which is brightened by a spicy blood orange quality. Finishes with excellent snap and drive, especially for a 'basic' bottling. This has gained richness since last year but not at the expense of vivacity." (01/2008)

2001 Domaine Roger Perrin "Reserve des Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

2010 Domaine Santa Duc "Grand Grenache 66" Gigondas - 1 available ($59.99)

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2007 E. Guigal "Ex-Voto" Hermitage Rouge - 1 available ($249.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A similar extroverted, sexy style to the '09, just on a slightly smaller scale, the 2007 Hermitage Ex Voto offers sensational black raspberry, creme de cassis, creamy licorice and crushed flower-like aromas and flavors, with the telltale minerality/graphite of the Hermitage Hill coming through with time in the glass. While aged close to four years in 100% new French oak, you'd never know it by tasting it. This full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered and already approachable beauty will have another 30+ years of drinkability. (JD)" (09/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet displays black and blue fruits, violet and olive, with powerful spice notes adding energy. Rich, perfumed and expansive blackberry and boysenberry flavors stain the palate and are complemented by cola and floral pastille nuances. The bright, incisive finish features intense spiciness and a lingering violet quality. This wine's vineyard components are 40% each of Greffieux and Bessards and 10% each of Ermite and Murands. (JR)" (04/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This has gorgeous espresso and roasted mesquite aromatics, followed by dense but velvety-textured plum sauce, blackberry paste and cassis flavors. The long, suave finish smolders with Lapsang souchong tea and singed iron, showing ample grip for the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2025." (10/2011)

1998 Ferraton Pere et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage - 1 available ($49.99)

2006 Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes - 1 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The debut vintage of the Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, the 2006 (nearly all Grenache) has totally closed down. It possesses a Chateauneuf du Pape style with a Bordeaux structure. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, it displays a hint of new oak along with sensational levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, lavender, and loamy soil. Full-bodied and powerful, with high tannin, it is built for the long haul. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2044. This estate, owned by the Jaume family, has been on fire over the last decade. The wines are made in a polished, civilized, modern style, but they do not lack Provencal or Chateauneuf du Pape typicity. In 2006, they added a third cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape, an old vine cuvee that was mostly all Grenache in 2006, but a different blend in 2007. The real bargain among the Chateauneuf du Papes is their traditional offering. Over the last 4-5 years, Grand Veneur has produced a bevy of terrific Cotes du Rhones, and the following two cuvees are indicative of what they are capable of achieving." (10/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Alluring aromas of framboise, cherry-vanilla, potpourri and smoky minerals. Completely stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry compote flavors sexed up by candied flowers and vanilla. For a wine with such flavor impact this is shockingly lithe, showing excellent finishing precision and persistence. And it's awfully seductive right now. (Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA) 92 points" (01/2009)

17 points Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Much more dangerous on the nose than the Origines. Very rich on the palate. Then dry light tannins. May well come right though for the moment not as convincing and integrated as the Origines." (08/2008)

2007 Halos de Jupiter (Philip Cambie) Côtes du Rhône - 1 available ($29.99)

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2012 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou is a classic example of this cuvee. Made from 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, aged all in demi-muid, it offers ample dark fruits, chocolate, bouquet garni and licorice in its full-bodied, supple, forward and elegantly styled profile. As with all of the 2012s here, the tannin is wonderfully ripe, the wine has solid concentration and everything is perfectly balanced. While its hard to resist already, it will be better with short-term cellaring and have 15+ years of overall longevity. (JD)" (10/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Explosive aromas of red and dark berries are complicated by suggestions of star anise, potpourri and smoky minerals. Rich yet lithe on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cola flavors and an intense note of candied lavender. Made in a rich yet graceful style, finishing with superb clarity and length and sneaky tannins that come on late. One of my favorite wines of the vintage and almost shockingly approachable now. (JR)" (04/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lush, with a lovely velvety feel. Layers of warmed fig, boysenberry coulis and plum sauce are interspersed with bittersweet cocoa, maduro tobacco and tar details. The long finish lets all the elements drape together, with a note of mesquite providing the stitching. A lovely combination of power and finesse. Best from 2016 through 2028." (11/2014)

2006 Le Clos du Caillou "La Réserve" Côtes du Rhône - 2 available Price: Hidden

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2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) "Cuvée Centenaire" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available Price: Hidden

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Hedonistic to the extreme and pushing the ripeness scale, yet keeping everything in check, the 2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire (almost 100% Grenache, with a splash of Mourvèdre, thats from the Farguerol lieu-dit in the northwest part of the appellation) is a knockout Châteauneuf-du-Pape that oozes deep blackberry styled fruits, melted licorice, spice cake, roasted meat, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, with a thick, rich texture thats brilliantly balanced by incredible freshness and ripe tannin, this gorgeous 2007 doesnt pull any punches, yet is nevertheless, a monumental wine that has 2+ decades of longevity." (03/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two brilliant successes are Brunels cuvees of 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. His limited cuvee of approximately 500 cases of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire (made from 80% Grenache aged in foudre, and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre aged in one- to three-year-old small barrels) comes primarily from a parcel of 120-year-old vines in the northern part of the appellation in the lieu-dit known as Farguerol. This cuvee has only been made in vintages such as 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, and now 2007. Deep ruby/purple in color, the wine exhibits very up-front, precocious, sexy plum, black currant, and sweet cherry notes intermixed with some floral hints, licorice, and garrigue. It is dense, full-bodied, much more supple and silky-textured than the 2005 or 2001, but seemingly more concentrated than the 2000 version of this wine. It is a brilliant, full-throttle, seamless Chateauneuf du Pape capable of lasting for up to two decades, although few people will be able to resist its exuberant youthfulness. (RP)" (10/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, but amazingly silky and elegant, this is layered with blackberry, raspberry and fig fruit and stitched with incense, black tea and warm plum sauce notes, all of it staying remarkably lithe and suave. The superlong finish shows weight and precision as only Grenache can. Tempting now, but should put on weight in the cellar. Drink now through 2030. (JM)" (11/2009)

95 points Vinous: "Vivid red color. Seductive, highly expressive aromas of raspberry, anise, Asian spices, smoky minerals and potpourri. Juicy, sweet and palate-staining, with vibrant red and dark berry flavors and superb clarity and back-end florality. The extremely long finish leaves sweet floral pastille and raspberry notes behind. This is one of the most seductive wines of the vintage and is already showing a lot of complexity. (JR)" (01/2010)

Wine & Spirits: "André Brunel picks this from a vineyard planted in 1889, a blend of Grenache (80 percent) with Mourvèdre and Syrah. The combination of ripeness and maturity give this the flavors of a chocolate-dipped Florentine; its nutty and orange-spiced with a soft toffee texture." (02/2013)

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2007 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Blanc - 8 available ($324.99)

98-100 points Robert Parker: "Another candidate for perfection is the 2007 Ermitage l'Ermite blanc. A nectar of rocks, honeysuckle, quince, pears, and white peaches, this super-expressive, full-bodied, thick, glycerin-endowed wine is another example of a massive white Hermitage that can not be found anywhere else in the world. It should last for 35-50 years." (04/09) 94 points Wine Spectator: "This has layers of creamy fig, pear, peach and apple fruit flavors, laced with grilled hazelnut and sweetened butter notes that glide through the very long, very precise finish. Beautifully rendered for the vintage. Drink now through 2019." (Insider, 2/10) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light yellow-gold. Leesy apple and orange aromas are complemented by cinnamon, allspice and marzipan nuances. Round, supple and impressively deep, offering luscious peach and pear nectar flavors and gentle citrus lift. An alluring, accessible white Hermitage that is delicious now but has the depth and balance to reward at least a few years of patience. The finish doesn't want to quit." (Jan/Feb 2009)

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2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge Price: Hidden

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2004 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (1.5L) - 1 available ($259.99)

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2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Méal" Ermitage Rouge (Cracked Capsule) - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2013 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge - 11 available ($179.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The star of the show in 2013 is the 2013 Ermitage le Pavillon. Coming from the west and eastern edges of the Bessards lieu-dit and aged in 30% new French oak, its sensational black/blue color is followed by the awesome bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, graphite and caramelized meats that could come from no other terroir in the world. Full-bodied, massive, dense, sexy and with a liquid rock-like character that comes out with time in the glass, it has sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will have 30-40 years of more of ultimate longevity. (JD)" (12/2015)

96 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. Pungent, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of dark fruits, candied violet and licorice pick up a peppery topnote in the glass. Sappy, incisive and pure, offering vivacious, deeply concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a spicy topnote. The endless finish shows superb clarity and power, harmonious tannins and a strong mineral quality. (JD)" (03/2016)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Racy and tightly coiled in feel, with a bright iron spine and tangy sanguine and pepper notes amid the core of cassis, bitter cherry and damson plum fruit. Shows terrific cut and precision. Minerality courses through the finish. (JM)" (06/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "4 ha, 100% Syrah. This wine comes from lieu-dit Les Bessards. The plot has a specific geology: It is composed of a fine layer of sediment lying on granitic subsoil. The 65-year-old vines are located at an altitude of approximately 130 metres on the Hermitage hill, above the ruins of a stone house giving its name to the wine. With tiny yields (20 hl/ha), this is perhaps the most complex of the various Ermitage wines.Mid crimson with purple highlights. Very direct and fresh on the nose. Really quite low key and modest in structure though very well balanced. Gouleyant. Bone-dry finish. Very lively but a fresher Hermitage than usual. 18/20 points. Drink 2018 - 2032" (04/2014)

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1998 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml) - 5 available ($144.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 1998 M. Chapoutier Hermitage Vin de Paille, like the 07, is 100% Marsanne thats aged for 2 months on straw mats prior to pressing and aging in new oak. It shows an aged sauterne like bouquet of dried honeycomb, crème brûlée, vanilla bean, and ripe fruit that slowly builds in the glass, revealing huge richness, as well as impressive complexity and nuance. Very full and powerful on the palate, with a firm, edgy texture, serious concentration, and a massive finish, this leans more towards the dry dessert wine spectrum and doesnt have an overt amount of sweetness present." (03/2011)

93-95 points Vinous: "Pale gold. Reticent but lively aromas of fresh apricot, honey, spice and mint. Thick and lush in the mouth, but with bright acids, a strongly spicy character and lovely floral lift giving it uncanny freshness. Finishes extremely long and spicy. (ST)" (01/2000)

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2010 Paul Jaboulet Aine "Domaine du Terre Ferme" Chateauneuf du Pape - 2 available Price: Hidden

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2009 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage (torn labels) - 4 available ($209.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe fruit in this, with plum and blackberry character. Very floral and fresh with citrus undertones, dried meats and smoke. Full body with an incredible texture of ultra-fine tannins, and length and beauty. This is like the unrated, incredible 1959. Incredible harmony and beauty. I am speechless. Drink or hold. This will be wonderful for ever." (12/2014)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As I wrote last year, the 2009 Hermitage La Chapelle is easily the greatest, most profound La Chapelle since the 1990. Most of this cuvee comes from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit in the blend. It is an opaque purple-colored wine with enormous concentration in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of graphite, creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice, beef blood and a touch of smoked game. Boasting phenomenal intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel and 50 years of longevity, the only thing that could possibly hold it back is that most consumers should plan on laying it away for 8-10 years. 97+ (RP)" (12/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Complex, highly fragrant aromas of candied dark fruits, cola, incense and violet, with bright mineral and spice nuances adding lift and energy. Stains the palate with deep blackberry and boysenberry flavors that expand and gain sweetness with aeration. Refuses to let up on the finish, which leaves peppery spice and floral pastille notes behind." (04/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* This is packed and well-rendered, with notes of fig, boysenberry confiture and ganache at the core and powerful structure pushing from behind. Shows plenty of roasted tobacco and vanilla bean on the slightly stolid finish, but there's a density and brooding length here that sets it apart form the pack. Best from 2017 through 2032." (06/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Lovely, pure black fruit aromas. Gorgeous fragrance too. Tender but prominent tannins, fine balance and a lovely spicy hint on the finish. Just entering its drinking window. Serious and aristocratic. (RH)" (09/2014)

K&L Notes: Quoting Robert Parker: "One needs no further evidence of the extraordinary turn around in the quality of the Jaboulet wines than what proprietress Caroline Frey has accomplished in 2009 as well as 2010. As I indicated last year, this is one of the great qualitative turn arounds in the wine world. It is welcomed by all wine lovers given the historic legacy of the wines of Jaboulet and the importance of this famous firm in all of France. Ms. Frey, who is also responsible for the brilliant wines produced at La Lagune in Bordeaux, has reduced the amount of new oak for the red wines to about 20% and to negligible proportions for the whites. A second wine of Hermitage, La Petite Chapelle, is fashioned from 33% or more of the production that is culled out to guarantee that the great reputation of the Hermitage La Chapelle has enjoyed over the last century is maintained." (12/2011)

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2003 Rene Rostaing "Cote Blonde" Côte-Rotie - 3 available ($179.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Seventy percent of the stems were utilized in the 2003 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. This profound Cote Rotie boasts an exquisite nose of bacon fat, sweet black cherry jam, raspberries, melted licorice, chocolate, and hints of herbes de Provence, licorice, and smoke. Voluptuous and full-bodied. (RP)" (02/2006)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dee p red-ruby. Blackberry, truffle, bacon fat, coffee and black pepper on the wild nose; a bit less extravagant and more sophisticated today than the Landonne. Dense and large-scaled but more reserved than the Landonne, despite its generosity of texture and sucrosite This, too, is carrying alcohol near 14%, but it comes across as more sappy than the Landonne (the Landonne has a pH near 3. 9, while this is between 3. 8 and 3. 85, with alcohol around 14%). Finishes with huge but very fine tannins and great persistence. Today, this conveys a stronger impression of terroir than Rostaing's other 2003s. Again, Rostaing wondered out loud if this and the Landonne are "typical" Cote-Roties, but they are undeniably impressive. "In 1999, we were shocked by the ripeness of our fruit, but we're now getting used to the warmer climate," Rostaing admitted. (ST)" (01/2005)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Supersilky and refined, with layer upon layer of ripe red and dark berry fruit with long, finely grained tannins letting the additional anise, lavender and white pepper notes stretch out. Beautiful balance and elegance, with ample but refined structure as well. Best from 2007 through 2020. 240 cases made. *Collectibles* (JM)" (06/2006)

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2011 Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Starting with the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret du Sabon, it shows the sunny character of the vintage with its perfumed kirsch and red fruits, herbes de Provence, licorice and ground spices. A big wine, it possesses full-bodied richness, fine tannin and a seamless, elegant style that will allow it to evolve gracefully for 15 years or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Features linzer torte, boysenberry and blueberry coulis flavors allied to ample, silky and seamless structure and backed by a gorgeous perfumy finish of black tea and incense. Offers a beguiling, Pinot Noir-like profile, with lovely length and mouthfeel. Best from 2015 through 2030." (10/2013)

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2007 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 2 available ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Except for Henri Bonneau's 2007 Reserve des Celestins (which is still in barrel), the last 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape to be released will be Xavier Vignons Anonyme. This sensational wine spent three years in a combination of demi-muids and small oak. It boasts an inky/purple color along with a sweet nose of underbrush, garrigue, licorice, blackberries and black currants. Full, thick, unctuously textured and even flamboyant, this stunning 2007 should drink well for another 15-20 years... Fashioned from the best fruit from old vines planted in the finest parcels is the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme.(RP)" (10/2010)

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2009 Xavier Vins "Cuvée Anonyme" Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 4 available ($49.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are approximately 10,000 bottles of the sensational 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, which is fashioned from an unusual blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and the remaining 25% Counoise, Vaccarese and other authorized varietals. Its opaque purple color is followed by a wine of extraordinary intensity. Copious notes of licorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full-bodied, modern-styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf. This terrific, voluptuous 2009 should drink well young and last for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2011)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine I wasnt able to review on release, the brilliant 2009 Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Anonyme is an eclectic blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, and the rest an assortment of varieties. Deep, dense, and layered, it offers up a truly spectacular bouquet of sweet kirsch, blackberries, lead pencil, garrigue, licorice, and flowers that continues to develop and evolve over the evening. Showing the perfume and slight red fruit-driven slant of the vintage, it shines on the palate as well and has a full-bodied, seamless, and polished feel, with surprising sweetness to its tannin, thrilling concentration, and blockbuster length on the finish. More than a little impressive, this beauty should be given another 3-4 years of bottle age, and consumed over the following decade or more. It has a solid mix of traditional aromatics and flavors to go with plenty of polish, texture, and fruit. 94+" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: Even in hallowed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, hot new brands like this are coming up, according to the Wine Advocate: "This is an up and coming, small, high quality negociant operation run by oenologist, Xavier Vignon and two partners. As I mentioned last year, they have some important clients – Raymond Usseglio, La Gardine, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name some of the more prominent. Tasting through this portfolio in September confirmed the efforts they are making to turn out high quality wines at reasonable prices." (12/2011) 14.5% abv.

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2007 Xavier Vins Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($29.99)