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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1523. 12 CHATEAU BEGADAN CUVEE TRADITION, CRU ARTISAN, MEDOC
Famille Sallette at Begadan. Good, bright, black cabernet fruit aroma. Very elegant. The fruit is ripe. Fine 2012./ Tartness and firmness of 2012 Medoc cabernet. Time will assuage its tannic grip. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1524. 14 CHATEAU BELLEGRAVE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
At Valeyrac, belonging for four generations to the Caussaque family. 60% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot. Deep and dark, with impressive power, structure, and oak./ Black fruit and oak treacle flavors. Real class. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1525. 14 CHATEAU LA CHANDELLIERE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Gold Medal - Paris. Deep oak and barrel-age senses. Full, solid, cabernet informing./ Rich and right. Great poise. Fine cellar candidate. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1526. 15 CHATEAU CROIX DU BREUIL, MEDOC
Deep cabernet aromas of black currant and blackberry. The nose is accessible already. And fine./ Rich berry fruit filling plus good frame, sinew. Shows both presence and future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1527. 14 CHATEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1528. 14 CHATEAU CAMENSAC, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1529. 10 CHATEAU HAUT LABORDE, HAUT MEDOC
In a branded wood case. Chateau at Saint Sauveur near Pauillac. Plenty of color; very dark./ Good measure of maturity, including some in barrel./ Plenty of stuffing, textural range, and interest of a superior vintage. Depth, flavor range, maturity. Very good value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1530. 10 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, HAUT MEDOC
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1531. 12 CHATEAU DE LAMARQUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Heritiers Marquis d’Evry. Depth, richness, fortitude, sweetness, light oak. Admirably ripe enough fruit./ Yes, rich and right, with fine tannin, full body, and accomplished mid Haut Medoc cabernet sauvignon presentation. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1532. 14 CHATEAU LARRIVAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Cissac. Nobility of Cissac cabernet sauvignon plus a barrel-aged complex. The most sophisticated Larrivaux vintage I’ve tasted. And a fabulous value in Haut Medoc claret./ Solid, linear, and fine 14 mouthfeel. The fruit is sweet, but there are dry tannins behind to resolve yet. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1533. 12 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
By Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Good ripe cabernet sauvignon and light oak and barrel evolution. Deep and dark and spicy./ Rich in cabernet black currant and blackberry. Peppercorn and wood extracts. Very satisfying Haut Medoc style and value. Good bouquet potential here. 91+/100. List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1534. 09 CHATEAU SENILHAC, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 90 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘A wine that is just getting into its stride, this has ripe black fruits under its firm-yet-sweet tannins. The combination means the wine is both rich and structured, layering the tannins and fruit with acidity. Powerful and concentrated, this should age for 4–5 years. $40.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1535. 12 CHATEAU MONTROSE, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Enthusiast 95 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Produced in the magnificent new cellars at Montrose, this big, tannic wine is powerful and concentrated. It has something of the classic severity of a wine from this estate, but that’s mitigated by the ripe, generous blackberry fruitiness and the final freshness of a 2012. A great success, to drink from 2022.’
How Many bottles/singles: 109.95 each

FR-1536. 13 CHATEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1537. 12 CHATEAU HAUT BATAILLEY, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Parker 92: ‘Long owned by Xavier Borie, this Pauillac estate sits next to Batailley and is just south of Borie’s other famous château, Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The 2012, dramatically better from bottle than barrel, is bigger boned, richer and more flamboyant than this wine normally tends to be. The color is a healthy purple, and the wine offers plenty of cassis and licorice as well as a touch of incense. The oak from barrel-aging 18 months is largely obscured. Medium to full-bodied and impressively endowed, it comes off like a hypothetic blend of a St.-Julien and Pauillac, but this is a classic 2012 that is full, rich and impressive, with beautifully sweet tannins. Drink it over the next 20 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1538. 03 CHATEAU LAGRANGE 3ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Spectator 92: ‘Aromas of blackberry and currant with just a hint of black licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and subtle ripe fruit, giving licorice and mineral undertones. Complex and refined. Very well done. Best after 2011.’
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1539. 12 CHATEAU DUTRUCH GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘This is turning into an impressive wine as it finds its way between solid tannins and ripe, full black fruits. It is dark and dense at this stage with tannins that dominate. A more juicy character will develop as the wine ages. Drink from 2017. $29.’
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1540. 14 CHATEAU GRESSIER GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1541. 09 CHATEAU MALMAISON, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Baron Edmond de Rothschild; 80% merlot; 20% cab sauv; special attendee price: $20.99. Remember tasting it long ago, but couldn’t find my notes, so asked for a sample. Finally, softening. Now showing 09 and merlot prosperity. The right variety for inland Moulis clay soil. Light and pleasing oak patina./ Attractive oak confirmed. Sweet, ripe fruit of 2009. Light tannin residual. Coming into its prime. Favorable comments from the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1542. 10 CHATEAU POMEYS, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Light oak, ripe fruit. More give and accomplishment than 09. Ripe plum and black currant. Oak spices./ 2010 firmness behind rich and fulfilled fruit flavors. Works well. Classic, in fact. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1543. 12 CHATEAU LABEGORCE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Margaux elegance; plus plenty of oomph. Good 12 fruit and some oak charm too. Very nice 2012. Accomplished. Fine tannin to resolve. All around well balanced 12. 92/100. List price: $49.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1544. 10 CLOS MARSALETTE, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Spectator 93/100; Parker 91-93/100: ‘Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, Clos Marsalette is a relatively small 17.5-acre site situated next to Latour Martillac. Made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 exhibits an opaque ruby/purple hue along with copious notes of graphite, creosote, sweet berry fruit and subtle roasted herbs. Round and expansive on the palate with medium to full-bodied flavors, silky smooth tannins and extraordinary elegance as well as depth, this beauty is a major sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1545. 05 CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Good Graves purple fruit quality with some black earth. Well integrated oak. Beautiful harmony and texture of 05. Developing evenly. Needs more time. Very classy and promising. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1546. 09 CHATEAU MAMIN, GRAVES
Beautifully sparse label. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before. Wonderfully abundant, sweet, ripe, open. 7 years of age has done it well. Gives and gives./ Palate produces too. Broad and deep and rangy and giving. Meal worthy now. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1547. 11 L’ESPRIT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
2010: Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot; selection made by barrel, not vine age. The classic, firm framing of 2010 claret. Aeration coaxes forth a peacock’s tail of merlot and the cabernets character plus discreet, already well integrated oak./ Firmness of 2010, claret discretion of DdC, Graves earth and game. Earns complexity with aeration. Aristocratic Grand Cru lineage is clear. 94++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1548. 09 CHATEAU LARRIVET HAUT BRION, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Sweet and open and ripe and beautiful expression of vintage and terroir. So harmonious, balanced, poised. All lays together right. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1549. 09 CHATEAU LE THIL COMTE CLARY, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Spectator 92: ‘This is quite ripe, with a big core of linzer torte, cassis and blackberry fruit, but well-supported by graphite and melted licorice notes. Offers ample breadth and depth, with honest grip through the finish. A rather polished style for a Pessac. Should settle in nicely with mid-term cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2020.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1550. 15 CHATEAU DE BERN, GRAVES
55% merlot, 45% cabernet sauvignon. Sweet fruited and full of barrel age scents and savors. One impressive young claret./ Full fruited 2015 sporting toasty barrel extras. Great value in Graves. Savor the Bern. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1551. 12 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES
50% merlot, 35% cab franc, 15% cab sauv. 75% stainless steel, 25% oak aged. Good, sweet, ripe black 12 fruit frankness. Clarity./ Ripe, while 2012 claret measured. Ripe black fruit flavors, hint of wood, barrel time. Classic claret. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1552. 15 CHATEAU CHANTELOISEAU, GRAVES
First off, a very attractive label. And I find a high correlation between labels and wines I like. So it is here. Still firm but surely accurate expression of Graves earthiness./ Compact sweet fruit. Both red and black currants. Where I want a young Graves to be. Positive future. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1553. 10 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD, GRAVES
80% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon. Super luxurious, deep, romantic. Graves rouge bulb flower and black earth classic. Full and lovely, cool merlot cherry nose. Classic Graves proportions. Sweet as a nut. Lovely./ Yes, juicy merlot cherry and fine, spicy black tea aspects. Vintage and claret reserve. Silk texture. A beauty for the ages. Fabulous. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1554. 10 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD CUVEE PASSION, GRAVES
90% merlot, 10% cabernet; eleve en fut de chene. Full, sweet merlot fruit. Subtle oak. Balanced and complete./ Sweet fruit plus fruit and oak tannins. 2010 backward. Cellarworthy for sure. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1555. 14 CHATEAU PERRON, GRAVES
60% cab sauv, 30% merlot, 10% cab franc. In 30% new oak barrels for 12 months. Well structured, built, poised./ Dark fruited. Very cabernet and very French oak. Complex for the price. Graves delivery. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1556. 14 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 92-94; Parker 91-93: ‘The Château Fonroque 2014 blossoms from the glass with ebullient red berry fruit mixed with rose petal and violets aromas. This palate is crisp and focused with a keen line of acidity that neatly counterbalanced the silky textured, lightly spiced fruit. This is already showing fine cohesion and poise–an excellent wine courtesy of Alain Moueix and one of my picks from the Right Bank this year.’
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1557. 12 CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92: ‘Twenty years ago, this used to be one of my candidates for the worst wine from a top terroir in St.-Emilion. Things have changed incredibly since the acquisition of this property by Justin Onclin. The terroir is fabulously situated just adjacent to the walls of this medieval village, and the wine has gone from strength-to-strength. The 2012 has a dense purple color, a rocky and chalky minerality, medium to full body, and is long, rich and intense, elegant yet noble. Consumers have to be pleased that this long-time underachiever has finally raised its game under the new ownership. This is a property to seek out in St.-Emilion. Drink this 2012 over the next 15-20 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1558. 12 LES ANGELOTS DE CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Rich and ripe. Superior scion of a Grand Cru Classe. Deep, rich, velvety, spicy, dignified./ Medium bodied; claret ripeness. Unusually lavish oak complement for a second wine. Fine tannin. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1559. 12 CHATEAU LARCIS JAUMAT, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
At Saint Christophe de Bardes. 85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Ample, barrel aged, sweet black fruit. Cool mint./ 12 closed up still on the palate. Good future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1560. 10 CHATEAU TOUR DE YON, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
75% merlot, 25% cabernet franc. Vanilla oak. Rich fruit support. Bottle bouquet forming. This is no 10 recluse./ Oak and sweet fruit and light bottle bouquet signs. Useful now. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1561. 12 CHATEAU PICAU PERNA, SAINT EMILION
A. Duboudin at St. Pey d’Armens. Black fruit, spice, the sweetness of merlot. Some sense of barrel aging. Treacly thing. A good and solid 2012 Saint Emilion./ Pleasing measure of oak lends a treacly spiciness to season the good, ripe 2012 merlot fruit feel and flavor. A marked success. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1562. 14 CHATEAU CAP DE MERLE, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
65% merlot, 25% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. Lussac complex. Class of the terroir shows. Wood time and Saint Emilion depth and breadth add to the aromatic range./ Rich fruit ripeness in 2014, with 14 race and savor. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1563. 12 CHATEAU DES LANDES CUVEE TRADITION, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
Gold Medal - Lyon. Like the 2010, the obdurate house style in youth. Even tougher than the 10 was at the same stage. Has plenty of material and oak./ Full reserve and grip. Solid, concentrated fruit core. Well poised. A keeper. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1564. 14 CHATEAU MOULIN DE GRENET, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
75% merlot, 25% cab franc. A right pleasing--and aiming to please--Lussac without too firm a frame./ Very flowing and inviting. Some tannin behind, so give it a little time to resolve. Good stuff. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1565. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX BLANCHE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Full and deep, three-dimensional nose displaying barrel aging but not overt woodiness./ Round, rich fruit and barrel-aged savors. Lots of both flavor and texture appeal. Soft tannins. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1566. 12 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Oh, deep, luxurious, exotic Oriental wood spices and total Pomerol plushness. Very sweet and ripe for vintage. The oak is nice. A champion./ Oh, boy, texture, wood, elegance. Scores. Full flavored, spicy, padded, plus tannin reserve. 94+/100. List price: $72.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1567. 15 CHATEAU DES BARAILLOTS, LALANDE DE POMEROL
Deep and romantic, elegant and succulent. Wow Pomerol at its plush and velvety best./ Full juiciness, sweetness, and roundness of the ripe vintage Pomerol sort. Good acid and tannin for structural containment and future bouquet beauties. Yes. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1568. 12 CHATEAU LA MENOTTE, LALANDE DE POMEROL
At Neac. Dark and deep. Oh, purple and black fruits. Soft and voluptuous Pomerol styling. Spicy complex from oak and barrel time./ Yes, lush fruit plus tempered oak seasoning. Soft tannins. Large and luxurious. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1569. 15 CHATEAU BARRAIL CHEVROL, FRONSAC
80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon. Deep and solid and true to past vintages and to Fronsac durability. In 2015, plenty of fruit here too./ Really plenty of Fronsac structure and 2015 fruit filling. One of the best in the series. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1570. 12 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC
All merlot. Robust and rich red and black Fronsac fruit. 12 and region frank and yielding./ Firm and sinewy as usual. Needs time. I go way back with this Chateau but haven’t seen it in the market for years. It’s comforting to find the style remains consistent. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1571. 14 CHATEAU LA VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1572. 10 CHATEAU BELLEVUE VIEILLES VIGNES, COTES DE CASTILLON
Barrel aged; Silver Medal - Concours des Feminalise. Very sweet and ripe. The high alcohol (14%) shows. One powerful claret. Some oak./ Oak, extra ripeness, fruit tannin, game. New wave claret. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1573. 15 CHATEAU HAUT TUQUET, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. At Saint Etienne de Lisses. Very nice. Has vintage fruit plus the superior posture and stature of Castillon. Beautiful 19th century steel engraving label too./ Yeah, structure, filling, extract. Gonna be a good one. I love Castillons. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1574. 14 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91; Wine Spectator 90: ‘Frankly toasty, sporting a mocha frame around a core of warmed plum and blackberry confiture notes. Light tobacco and licorice accents fill in on the finish, where the toast still holds sway. This has the fruit. Best from 2018 through 2024. $20.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1575. 05 CLOS LES LUNELLES, COTES DE CASTILLON
Parker 94: ‘This is the greatest Cotes de Castillon I have ever tasted. The 2005 Clos les Lunelles is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Inky/purple to the rim, the stunningly flamboyant perfume offers up scents of black fruits, spring flowers, and crushed rocks. The wine hits the palate with unbelievable concentration, full-bodied power, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin, wood, and alcohol, a layered, multidimensional mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts for nearly 45 seconds. This superb achievement is a tour de force in winemaking. Drink it over the next 15+ years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1576. 10 CHATEAU DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90: ‘Engaging, with juicy plum and linzer torte fruit flavors offset by a lively tobacco leaf note. There's a nice tug of earth on the finish, with the tobacco edge lingering as well. Drink now through 2015.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1577. 14 CHATEAU PERTHUS, COTES DE BOURG
At St. Andre de Cubzac. Dark purple color./ Deep and inky purple fruit of Bourg with the plush dimension of Bourg. Qualities not found in many 14s of this level./ 14 purple fruit but not austere. Padded. Works. Has a good future too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1578. 14 PRINCE DE TABOURG, COTES DE BOURG
80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. Bourg full and round, with 2014 tight laced elegance./ Yes, speaks again of vintage and village. Real deal, and good. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1579. 12 CHATEAU PUYBARBE, COTES DE BOURG
Subtle, discreet, soft, and elegant, especially coming after the Croix Mouton. It has good power and penetration of its own though./ Good strength, depth, breadth, padding. Well balanced. Fine tannin. Yet another 2012 Right Bank winner. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1580. 14 CHATEAU CHANTEMERLE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘Producer Cyril Trias works with Alliance Bourg cooperative on this Merlot-dominated wine. It is ripe with rich blackberry fruits. It has spice, a dry core of tannins and a touch of chocolate. With its wood, juicy fruit and acidity, it will develop well and will be ready to drink from 2019. $25.’
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1581. 15 CHATEAU MOULIN NEUF REVELATION DE BOUARD, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Chateau Angelus proprietor Hubert de Bouard extends his talents to other Chateaux’ wines in the role of consulting oenologist. It shows. Yes, all class, all fine oak, all merlot pride./ Yes, full of finesse. Very suave, silky Bouard styling. Special. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1582. 14 CHATEAU LA GRANGE CLINET GRANDE RESERVE, COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‘With vines situated on the slopes above the Garonne River, this Terra Vitis bottling is rich and spicy, full of blackberry fruits and still young acidity. Sixty percent Merlot gives it its smooth character although it is the Cabernet Franc that adds its subtle perfumes. The wine will need time and should be ready to drink from 2020.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1583. 12 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Famille Sichel at St. Andre du Bois. Gold Medal - Concours de Bordeaux 2015. 12 sweet and dark, solid and fundamental. One of the riper-fruited 12s./ Sweet and balanced and accomplished. No tough tannin, no greenness–drawbacks of some 2012s of regional appellation. Best potential since the 2009. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1584. 11 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Famille Sichel; at St. Andre du Bois. Nice maturity, spicy savor coming on. Runs deep. Sweet fruit. Accomplished/ Good 11 acidity, with melted tannins. Suavity, savor, balance. Complete. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1585. 12 CHATEAU BELLEVUE PEYCHARNEAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
2010: 65% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc. Vielli en Fut de Chene 12-18 months, both French and American oak. In Saint Foy. Fine ripe fruit and fine oak. Great class. Purple and black fruit perfumes. Cherry and berry./ Grace, charm, class. Oak still a bit prominent. Will settle in. Ambitious. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1586. 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1587. 12 CHATEAU LA CROIX CALENDREAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At St. Christophe de Bardes in eastern Saint Emilion. All merlot. Aged in large oak cooperage. Deep and dark fruit from cool maceration. Rich, deep, black, creamy, ‘modern’./ Yes, light oak and rich fruit cremes. Dramatic. Melted tannins. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1588. 10 CHATEAU DE DAIGNAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
In a branded wood case. Boy, even at the regional appellation level, these 2010 clarets are taking their sweet old time developing bottle bouquets. Still very firm laced./ Yeah, at a quiet stage between aroma and bouquet. That’s a good sign. 90++.100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1589. 14 CHATEAU FRANCS MAGNUS GRAND VIN, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
James Suckling 90-91/100. My notes: 14 blue-black color./ Dramatic 14 elegance, race, richness. Light oak? Light game./ Game but also charm. 14 style. Some tannin. Age half a year plus. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1590. 10 CHATEAU GRAND FRANCAIS CUVEE SPECIALE FUTS DE CHENE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
45% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 25% cab franc. In the Isle valley north of Saint Emilion. Organically grown. Rich and revealing for 2010 claret. Ripe, dark, wood aged, now fulfilled 2010 claret. Super, complex, plush, rangy./ Yes, oak, ripe fruit, and finally some softness and bouquet development. Sweet and open from barrel aging. 2010 form and tannin in support. Fine 10. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1591. 14 CHATEAU DU HAUT QUERAY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Martine Bordiere at Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps north of Lussac Saint Emilion. Well, sweet and nutty. That cherry-nut sundae aroma of perfectly ripe merlot. Plus 2014 claret’s innate elegance./ Yes, juicy cherry flavor with nutty overtone. Full-flavored. Light tannic grip. Pure and dazzling merlot cherry aftertaste. 91/100. Available in flat, branded wood boxes of six bottles.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1592. 15 CHATEAU LES RAMBAUDS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Half each merlot, cabernet sauvignon. Dark, sweet fruit, well extracted, well poised. Spicy. Fills and fills with aeration./ Rich and well seasoned. Generosity of the vintage. Good acid too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1593. 11 CHATEAU RECOUGNE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
78% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon; borders Fronsac. Sweet and pretty 2011. This vintage’s clarets have a special charm to them when they’re properly ripe. This one’s accomplished. No green fruit. Some chaptelization sugary glaze; well undertaken. Lovely merlot cherry./ Ripe fruit fulfillment. Smooth and skillfully chaptelized. Balancing acid. Light tannin. Good vintage here. Bravo. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1594. 10 CHATEAU SAINTE BARBE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Very upscale. A nice, sweet, treacly oak overtone. Yes, more like toffee than wood grain. Even better than the good previous vintages. Plenty of fruit too./ Very dark and deep. Hefty; acts like Saint Emilion. 10 tight still. Wood well integrated. Lots of form, frame, filling. Well assembled. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1595. 09 CHATEAU SAINTE BARBE, BORDEAUX
90% merlot, 10% each of the cabernets. Fine oak as always. The 09 fruit quality and abundance is even better than the 05./ Wow! Sexy, spicy oak plus form and fruit to match. Overachiever. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1596. 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX
Proprietor Thierry Lurton; at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc; in branded wood boxes of 6. Ripest vintage of this yet. Still dark fruited but also sweet. Measured, not sloppy. Gateway to 2015 claret./ Tighter, with less padding. Still, there’s a sweet cherry merlot core. Fine tannin. Balanced. Will age gracefully. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1597. 14 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX
50% merlot, 25% each of the cabernets. Still youthfully burly on entry. Rounds out though. The usual good stuff after all./ Yeah, sweet berry. Round and ready. Balanced, with good acid and very light tannin. Always one of the first-released clarets and always useful right out of the starting gate. How do they do it?! 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1598. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX
Getting better, more enjoyable. It was so tightly wound when it first arrived. Richer, softer, more revealing./ Yes, plusher and more charming. I’m a fan now. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1599. 12 CHATEAU FINET, FUTS DE CHENE, BORDEAUX
Gold Medal - Bordeaux. 60% merlot, 20% each of the cabernets. Deep and dazzling cherry fruit, with barrel aged extras. / 2012 form, acidity, tannin. Smoked venison sausage highlight. Best 2017 to 2019. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1600. 15 CHATEAU LES MILLAUX, BORDEAUX
In a branded wood case. All merlot grown on this estate between Saint Emilion and Fronsac. The proprietor Frederic Bellot worked 7 years and Haut Brion and buys his barrels from there. Young and full. My, this is ambitious. The material is there./ Yeah, it’s dry and full and tannic. Little merlot softness showing yet. Unusual degree of potential for a claret of this appellation and price. 90++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1601. 14 MURETS DE MEZ, BORDEAUX
At Cocumont. 50% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Inviting merlot character and 2014 elegance. Plush and forward./ Sweet, elegant fruit. Nice acid edge and light grip of tannin. Good value claret. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1602. 15 CHATEAU DU TERTRE, BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 15% each of the cabernets. Showing plenty of fruit sweetness of 15. Encouraging sign of an early drinking window./ Definitely good fruit ripeness and presence. Attractions already. More to come. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1603. 15 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX
2014: Proprietor Henri Masse at Moulon. Oh, this sweet and elegant claret. Superior to the 2012 for sure. Spicy, racy./ Rich, balanced, ripe, ideal claret. Lots of joy and appeal already. Bodes well for this claret vintage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1604. 15 DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX
Sweet and modern. Alluring. Exemplary New Wave claret./ Delicious 15 sur maturite without going over the top. Great now. Succulent. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1605. 14 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6
All awarded Gold Medals at prestigious wine competitions. 1 bottle each Bordeaux AOC Chateaux Chauvet, Florie Aude, Haut Bardin, Haut Moulin, Jean de Bel Air, Talaise. In a flat white gift box with map, labels, medals, and descriptions included.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1606. 12 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Decanter - Best 2012 Pessac-Leognan blanc; Parker 94: ‘Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting. I adored the 2012 Bouscaut Blanc from barrel, but nothing prepared me for how brilliantly it is performing in bottle. To put that into perspective, tasted blind against the likes of Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, when average scores were totted up, this came out on top by some margin. It has a vivacious bouquet with vibrant lime flower, Granny Smith apple, dandelion and lemon peel that is intense and wonderfully focused. It is difficult not to love these aromatics. The palate is very well balanced, intense with good body, the acidity perfectly judged, and yet the overall impression is one of a white Bordeaux with a seriously long and healthy future ahead. This is seriously fine. Tasted January 2016.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1607. 14 CHATEAU CARBONNIEUX, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Parker 90-92: ‘The Château Carbonnieux Blanc 2014 has a pretty nose in the making: precise apple blossom and blackcurrant leaf aromas that gently waft from the glass. The palate is crisp on the entry, the acidity not as shrill as some of its peers, thus rendering it a more ‘languid’ Pessac-Léognan. There is already a very elegant, gravelly finish that lingers in the mouth–a very promising Carbonnieux Blanc that may merit a higher score after bottling.’
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1608. 12 L’ESPRIT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon; selection made by barrel, not vine age. High toned semillon lemon curd and sauvignon lime and grass in perfect harmony./ Semillon padding, sauvignon flair. Richly concentrated, rightly balanced. A beauty. Unmistakably Chevalier. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1609. 15 CHATEAU BEAUREGARD DUCASSE, GRAVES BLANC
Famille Perromat at Mazeres; 60% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc. Enclosed to start. Then opens to green mango. Plenty of semillon influence too./ Lots of sauvignon grass, citrus, and mango. The extra texture and largesse of Graves make for a step up from the Bordeaux blanc tasted before it. Lots to offer. Best vintage yet. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1610. 14 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES BLANC
Semillon full, waxy, figgy./ Yes, full at 12%. Wow. A young Graves semillon without sulphur. A nice change. Full body, texture. Yowsa. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1611. 13 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD, GRAVES BLANC
80% semillon, 20% sauvignon. Savory lemon creme brulee. At a very revealing and flattering stage. Light sauvignon zesty citrus./ Rich, round semillon texture with good acid spiel plus marked sauvignon lime zest. Great Graves blanc! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1612. 14 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Full and scented of plump semillon lemon creme and brisk sauvignon citrus peel. Well padded./ Rich and full of texture and semillon pad. Juicy. Great combo, balance. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1613. 12 CHATEAU MAGENCE , GRAVES BLANC
Fresh and well built and good. Mineral./ Fine citricity, acid, and bitters. Traditional Graves blanc that stands the test of time. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1614. 15 CHATEAU PERRON, GRAVES BLANC
50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Fine sauvignon gooseberry and muscadelle green mango. Full of ripe and green fruit aromas./ Full body, texture, and flavor ranges. Good balance of acid and ripeness. Best of these I’ve tasted. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1615. 14 CHATEAU SAINT JEAN DES GRAVES, GRAVES BLANC
As usual, this is mild mannered. Even-handed presentation./ Yes, no varietal stands out. Smoothness of semillon, and its lemon-creme attribute. House style. A gentle Graves that may become more aromatic with bottle age. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1616. 15 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC
At Portets; proprietor Arnaud de Butler; 80% semillon, 20% sauv blanc. Good full semillon statement. Both plumpness and race. Classic Graves./ The ripeness of the vintage, the viscosity of semillon, the acid cut of sauvignon. Winning balance of all components. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1617. 15 CHATEAU LA GRAVIERE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
2014: At Saint Genes. Nice plump semillon. 55% semillon, 35% sauvignon blanc, 10% muscadelle. Light cut./ Crisp cut with semillon thickness too. Muscadelle green. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1618. 15 CHATEAU FAGE, GRAVES DE VAYRES
80% semillon, 10% each sauvignon, muscadelle. Racy, vivid. Great fruit. Lots of lemon curd semillon. Good one./ Flavorful. Good fatness of 15 and semillon. Juicy and very attractive. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1619. 14 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Wine Spectator 91: ‘This is a live-wire version, with thyme and verbena notes leading off, followed by pure lemon zest and white peach accents. An herbal edge adds cut through the finish even as the fruit fans out a bit. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2019.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1620. 14 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX BLANC
40% each semillon, sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Pungent green-fruit and musky aromas of muscadelle really carry. Sauvignon lime too./ Grass and musk. Distinctive, assertive, unique. Well liked by the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1621. 15 DOMAINE DES JUSTICES, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon and sauvignon blanc. Shy nose./ But not the palate. Rich and delicious tropical flower aromatics. Large, waxy, spicy, unique. These folks are something else. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1622. 14 CHATEAU L’ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
80% sauvignon, 20% semillon. Nice, soft, and, yes, orangey Bordeaux type of sauvignon./ Tangy gooseberry taste. This will sail. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1623. 15 LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX BLANC
At Saint Laurent du Bois, Entre deux Mers; 60% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon; organic. Semillon speaks marl, mushroom, and melon. All positive./ Zesty sauvignon cut, and bitter twist at the end. Fine taste, texture, acidity, and length. Impressive. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1624. 14 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC
From Villegouge near Fronsac. Half each sauvignon, semillon; 70 year old vines. Bordeaux sauvignon full lime and peel, semillon lemon custard and body./ Both rich semillon and ripe sauvignon. Balance of all components. Old vines intensity. A very satisfying mouthful to have at the dinner table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1625. 13 CHATEAU SUAU, BORDEAUX BLANC
In Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux; 50% semillon, 35% sauvignon blanc, 15% sauvignon gris. Full semillon body, sauvignon zip, and, well now, the sauvignon gris really stands out for its wax and nut aromas./ The full varietal spectrum spreads out on the palate. Full and rangy, richly textured. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1626. 13 CLOS DES LUNES LA GRANDE CUVEE LUNE D’ARGENT, BORDEAUX BLANC
By Domaine de Chevalier’s winemaker. 70% semillon, 30% sauvignon blanc. Full bodied, penetrating, powerful, nostril staining./ Wow! Volume, texture, power, all! Far surpasses the norms of its humble appellation. Well worth the asking price. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1627. 06 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 94; Wine Enthusiast 95: ‘It is the poise, the elegance of Coutet that shows so well in this delicious wine. It is ripe, with layers of apricot and peach, lifted with spice and an over-arching sweet acidity that gives the wine a wonderful, heart-stopping lift.’
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1628. 03 CHATEAU D’ARCHE, 2ME GRAND CRU SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 92: ‘Aromas of ripe apples, honey and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, very sweet and spicy, with loads of spicy botrytis character and a long finish. Lively! Better than the 2001. Best after 2008.’
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1629. 09 LES CHARMILLES DE CHATEAU LA TOUR BLANCHE, SAUTERNES
Second wine of the Premier Grand Cru. Powerful, luscious Bommes Sauternes style. Deep and dense aromas of honey, caramel, pineapple. Loaded./ Fully luscious, yet great acidity gets through to perform its balancing act. As impressive as a Grand Vin. Huge. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1630. 10 LA FLEUR D’OR, SAUTERNES half bottle
Assembled by negociant Bill Blatch from productions too small to chateau-bottle. Fresh peach, pineapple, orange. Full, sweet honey with pollen botrytis. Deep and dark as usual./ Botrytis tea and tobacco. Golden honeycomb. Candied pineapple. Light astringency and bitterness of botrytis. Full, sweet, balanced. Great now. Best ever vintage of this. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1631. 14 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES half bottle
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1632. 05 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 97 - #4 - TOP 100 WINES OF 2008: ‘Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2014.’
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1633. 11 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
2/3 semillon, 1/3 sauvignon blanc. Sweet and upbeat. Pineapple, lemon curd. Bright acid./ Really vital acidity to balance its unctuous sweetness. Total concentration here. Long and powerful. What must the Grand Vin be like?! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1634. 10 CHATEAU HALLET, SAUTERNES half bottle
Chateau bottled by Chateau Gravas at Barsac. Sweet honey and pineapple. Candied citrus peels too. Light botrytis. Barsac’s relative dryness./ Full, brassy, nutty, botrytised. Big-time concentration, power. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1635. 09 CHATEAU HAUT BOMMES, SAUTERNES half bottle
Second wine of Premier Grand Cru Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey. 90% semillon, 10% sauvignon blanc. 22 months in barrel. Essential honey, nectar, wood syrup./ 14% power to balance the sweetness. Lots of botrytis tea, tobacco. Lush, open grained, full bouqueted, wanton. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1636. 10 CHATEAU LAMOURETTE, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Bommes. Luscious, sweet, peach, pineapple, honey. Very revealing at this stage. 2010 nature./ Totally sweet and revealing. Doesn’t get any better than this for current drinking. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1637. 11 CHATEAU LES MINGETS, SAUTERNES half bottle
Sweet pineapple, citrus, honey, toast. Fresh./ Yes, sweet honey, pineapple, cookie, nectar, peach. All. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1638. 09 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 94: ‘This is explosively rich, with almond cream, heather and honeysuckle aromas giving way to mouthwatering lime chiffon, papaya; and dried persimmon notes. Long and expansive, with intense citrus pate de fruit on the finish. Still on the youthfully rambunctious side, so cellar. Best from 2014 to 2030.’
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1639. 11 CHATEAU PARTARRIEU, SAUTERNES half bottle
Clos de la Vicairie at Preignac. Concentrated pineapple and citrus aromas. Plus botrytis nuttiness. An essence, with cool raciness./ Tobacco and tea botrytis notes. Pear and pineapple flavors. Unctuous concentration. Practically a syrup. Cut with sleek acid race. Dusted with botrytis. An essence indeed. Has it all. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1640. 12 CHATEAU PINEAU DU REY, SAUTERNES half bottle
Second wine of 2me Grand Cru Chateau Filhot. Lightly sweet pineapple aroma. Filhot filigreed, delicate. Honey and citrus follow./ Very sweet, with good acid foil. Long aftertaste of honey, pineapple, citrus. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1641. 11 CHATEAU LA RIVIERE, SAUTERNES half bottle
80% semillon, 10% each sauvignon blanc, muscadelle. Thick, sweet semillon with sauvignon and muscadelle relief. Young. Good 2011 form./ Richness of semillon and botrytis, with acid race. So well balanced. Very intense this vintage. Better than the 2010. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1642. 14 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1643. 03 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 95: ‘Honey, apple tart and lemon rind. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and very spicy with intense flavors of mace, apple and honey. Long finish. Thick and powerful. Best after 2010.’
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1644. 10 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 92: ‘The 2010 Cypres de Climens is an outstanding second wine from Berenice Lurton and her team. It has a very clean and fresh bouquet with lanolin, dried honey and peach notes that are nicely entwined with the botrytis character. The palate is rounded with viscous honeyed fruit, a fine line of acidity and impressive volume and persistency on the caressing mellifluous finish. This is very seductive and as good, if not better, than many of its grand cru peers. Drink now-2028.’
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1645. 07 CHATEAU LES ROQUES CUVEE FRANTZ, LOUPIAC
83% semillon, 15% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle; barrel aged. Luscious pineapple, peach, and dried apricot aromas plus tea and tobacco botrytis extras./ Totally decadent, succulent. Great Loupiac acid, sugar coated pineapple. Huge potential. The group was in awe. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1646. 14 FRANCAIS MALBEC LA RESERVE, LIONEL OSMIN
Good Cahors-like malbec fortitude. 2014 elegance. A sweet core; nothing young Cahors mean about it./ Yes, a sweet fruit constitution. This has weight, frame, and a dense core. Ideal SW France malbec. Eminently well balanced. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1647. 12 CAHORS, CHATEAU DU CAYROU
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1648. 09 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU DE CHAMBERT
85% malbec, 15% merlot. 12 months in oak. Cherry and licorice big time, both rich and snappy./ Yes, rich cherry concentration and licorice highlights. Oak and time in barrel too. Fabulous. Fine tannins. Useful now. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1649. 14 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE
80% malbec, 20% merlot. Good vintage of this. Precise cherry, licorice, tar. Well drawn and focused. 14 clarity. Plus plenty of sweet fruit./ Racy, peppery, spicy. Licorice. Some herbaceous qualities on the aftertaste. Good overall. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1650. 13 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE
New York Times - 20 Recommended Wines Under $20: ‘Though inky black, this is not the ferocious Cahors of legend (and fact), but an earthy, accessible wine that will give you a sense of malbec from southwestern France rather than Argentina. What’s the difference? Less soft, sweet fruit, more structure, restraint and nuance. Serve this with fatty meats on a cold, rainy day. $17.’
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1651. 12 CAHORS MALBEC DU CLOS, CLOS TRINGUEDINA
100% varietal. No oak. 20-30 year old vines on Terrace 2 in red clay. Fruit forward. Nice. Black licorice, spice./ Dry tannins. Not so easy after all. Tannic finish. Air and age. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1652. 11 CAHORS, CLOS TRINGUEDINA
2010: 10% merlot, 5% tannat. 12 months in barrels. From Terraces 2,3,4: clay, galets, and limestone scree. 30+ year old vines. Well, deep, rich, barrel aged. Significant./ Added suavity of barrel and bottle age. Tannin in back. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1653. 09 CAHORS MALBEC K-LYS, CLOS TROTELIGOTTE
24 months in new French oak. Deep, violet laced, floral, purple fruit. Attractively open and mature with bouquet development in both barrel and bottle. Lovely oak wood-spice seasoning./ Again, lovely French oak spices. Light tannin. Full flavor and texture. Abundant. Good soon, even now. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1654. 12 CAHORS MALBEC ENCLOS DES GRAVES, CHATEAU FANTOU
6 months in barrels. Fresh, racy, unique. Showing the elegance of its gravel basis. Very nice./ The charm persists. Racy, fruity, fine textured. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1655. 11 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU GAUTOUL
Sweeter and more revealing than before. This is nice and spicy now./ Dry but not too. Rounder. Spicier than at the first encounter. I probably tasted it too soon after it was shipped, and it suffered from travel shock. Now it’s moving up closer to the qualities I appreciated in the 2009. Yes, with every passing month. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1656. 15 CAHORS MALBEC LA GAMOTIN CLOS DE GAMOT, JOUFFREAU
Tart and racy Euro style of malbec. Surprisingly tart fruit for 15. Maybe that’s what this cuvee is all about. Young wine./ Fruitier palate talks 15. Nice achievement, and the price is right. Lots of appeal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1657. 12 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU HAUT MONPLAISIR
On the prestigious third terrace above the Lot. Reductive. 2012 close, dark, licorice laced. Black and mean./ The palate reveals some give, some tenderness. The tannins are fine. Well balanced for aging. Just needs to fill out and gain more depth, and it will. 91+/100. Tasted 1/20/16.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1658. 14 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
Deep and sweet purple-black fruit, black licorice, spice. Pure, ripe. One of the ripest and most openly expressive in youth./ Rich and open hearted like an Argentine malbec. Lots of grip and texture, good acid. Yes, ripe and racy. Also dry, crisp, lightly tannic in youth. Fulfilled already. Delivers good flavor and texture ranges. Good now with food, and later. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1659. 10 GAILLAC ROUGE, CHATEAU LABASTIDE
50% duras, with cab sauv and syrah. Sweet and forward, wholesome fruit qualities./ Full and fruity, with plenty of 2010 build and stamina without 2010 resistance. Good acid. A big boy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1660. 11 MADIRAN CUVEE CHARLES DE BATZ DOMAINE BERTHOUMIEU, DIDIER BARRE
90% tannat, 10% cabernet sauvignon; aged in new oak; Charles de Batz is the real name of musketeer d’Artagnan. Wow! Good wood and barrel time. 2011 open and revealing. Toasted cherry poptart. Sweet, tarry, deep, loaded./ Yes, barrel earned savors, sweet cherry fruit, and overall balance of tart acid, light tannic grip, and rounding glycerol. A three dimensional Madiran with a long finish and a promising future. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1661. 09 MADIRAN CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, ALAIN BRUMONT
Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘Bouscassé is the home estate of Alain Brumont, who also owns Château Montus. The wine may be six years old, but it is still dark and very firm. Dense tannins still show strongly over the tarry black fruits. Just wait and this wine will reveal its richness and smoothness while never losing concentration. Drink from 2018.’
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1662. 13 COTES DE GASCOGNE JAVA, DOMAINE CHIROULET
Famille Tezes. 65% merlot, 35% cabernet franc. Bright, fresh, lithe claret style. A success. One of the few Gascogne rouges I’ve tasted that isn’t underripe. Deep, pure, and totally up to date./ Yes, racy and fresh, with accomplished fruit. This is more like it. Suave, elegant, easy. Smooth, balanced. All the same appeal as the Gascogne whites. Bravo! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1663. 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG - SAUVIGNON, ALAIN BRUMONT
50-50. Gros manseng’s plump lemon custard meets sauvignon’s fresh lemon zest’s tangy foil. Harmonious and lovely whole./ Yes, the palate confirms that fine balance of plumpness and cut. Satisfying flavor intensity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1664. 16 COTES DU GASCOGNE BLANC, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
2015: Half colombard, a quarter each gros manseng, ugni blanc. Pungent, ripe, racy, tingly. Really swells the nostrils./ Great grip and acid confirms the nasal textures. Lots of extract. Wants food. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1665. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DUFFOUR
70% colombard, 15% each gros manseng, ugni blanc. Very bright and citrusy like sauvignon blanc, but not exactly. No, it’s its own thing, a special combo of colombard and gros manseng imparting a unique aroma./ Yes, special zest and flavor range. That gros manseng padding too. Indeed, unique within its field, and without. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1666. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD-CHARDONNAY, PIERRE JEAN
Ideal. Peach and citrus aromas./ Soft and fresh, easy to assimilate. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1667. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD-SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE DE MENARD
50-50. Brilliant, flashy neon pink citrus aromas that just dazzle./ Fully zesty, flavorful, rightly balanced. Great acidity for food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1668. 12 COTES DE GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG MOELLEUX, DOMAINE DE MENARD
Petit and gros manseng. Oh, luscious. Honey and apricot. Really working hard for my benefit./ Unbelievable. Full flavored, honey, tonic. Petit manseng high acid. A magnificent sweet wine. Way underpriced. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1669. 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET
Good colombard green stuff: green fruit, green herbs. Crisp and penetrating./ The varietal gives exceptionally good acidity for region and vintage. Well balanced. Yes, a lovely, harmonious rendition. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1670. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE L’ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
80% gros manseng, 10% ea chardonnay, petit manseng. Oh, special. Spice and vigor of the mansengs. Lush peach, citrus, honey. Sweet./ Again, an adventure in nuance, acid-sweet play. Light botrytis complex. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1671. 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES
80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Sweet lemongrass, mango, apricot. Both varietals talk the talk./ Sweet mango and colombard green stuff. Ideal at this stage. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-1672. 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE CARPE GUILHEM, DOMAINE SAN DE GUILHEM
Colombard, ugni blanc, gros manseng. Rich and fruity. Gros manseng talks. Tangelo, mango, and peach. Wow! Lush stuff./ Yes, citrus, mango, peach, and pear. Ease and Gascogne blanc levity. Alluring balance of richness and acidity. Peachy aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-1673. 09 PACHERENC DU VIC BILH BRUMAIRE CUVEE NOVEMBRE 22, ALAIN BRUMONT half liter
Well, the petit manseng speaks. Honestly, these are fully as lush and concentrated as top Sauternes and as capable of conveying botrytis as well as super ripeness. Maybe less power./ Unctuous and complete and complex showing of apricot, nut, grain, honey, and tea. Dusty botrytis overtones. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1674. 14 FRANCAIS SUD OUEST VILLA CHAMBRE D’AMOUR, LIONEL OSMIN
Good, crisp sauvignon against plump gros manseng. Sort of like the sauvignon-semillon Bordeaux pairing. Except gros manseng is peachier than semillon. Sweet honey, nectar, peach, pear, white grape. Another good vintage of this./ Again, white stone fruits. Racy citrus too. It’s tangerine. Coated acid. Balanced. Come hither. Both sweet and tangy demi-sec blanc. Unique. Always works. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FRANCE LOIRE

FR-1676. 15 SAUMUR CLOS MAZURIQUE, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Yes, 15 ripe and succulent. Plus the cool black fruit of Loire cab franc. Spicy, floral extras. Violets, plums./ Satisfying body and flavor concentration. Gentle acid. Good, long, fruity aftertaste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1677. 13 SAUMUR LES POUCHES, VIGNERONS DE SAUMUR
Cool, crisp, green northern cabernet franc. Right. And not too tart./ Yes, green tobacco. Great acid and grip for food. With time, this really swells up, gaining fruit padding and fulfillment, leaving its earlier severity behind. The virtues of aeration. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1678. 15 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL
From gravelly and sandy soils. Oh, boy, ultra fresh and real Bourgueil cabernet franc. Cool northern vigor and 2015 fruit ripeness work together really well./ Yes, cool, racy, tarry, snappy, zesty. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1679. 15 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT
2014: Est. 1513; single vineyard cabernet franc on clay and limestone. Bright, cool cherry-berry. Sweet and padded in 2014./ Racy, spicy cherry-berry. Peppery. Fine tannin. Dry but not austere. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1680. 15 CHINON MESSANGES ROUGE DE PALLUS, DOMAINE DE PALLUS
Sweet and primary aroma. Whole bunch fermentation? Partial carbonic maceration? Admirably sweet and ripe northern cabernet franc./ Palate’s less developed, less aromatic, more backward. Seems like I enjoyed the 2013 more, but likely that was at a later life stage. Give it a chance to fill out in the mouth. Already pleasing served cool. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1681. 15 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: Est. 1693. Well, extreme, fresh, cherry-berry aroma. Light, flattering reduction. Licorice, tar, briar, raspberry. Real Loire cabernet franc./ Good high acid, vigor, dryness, concentration. Filling out nicely with aeration. Rich and large Chinon cab franc in 15. Yes, with bright red fruit and grace and range. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1682. 15 CHEVERNY ROUGE, PIERRE-OLIVIER BONHOMME
From pinot noir and gamay. Fresh and spicy and unique. Plum chutney./ Sweet and sassy. Balanced. Unique. Great acid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1683. 14 COTEAUX DE GIENNOIS PINOT NOIR DE LA VIGNE DU TAUREAU, GITTON PERE
Fresh and northern tart cherry and tart acid./ Sweet-tart cherry. Great acid plus nice pinot padding. Discreet, elegant. Fine light tannin. Works. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1684. 14 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE L’AURIERE
2012: Concentrated and stimulating. Deep nose of apple and terrarium./ Full, round. The concentration of a low-yield vintage. The group was impressed. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1685. 15 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE
Cotes de Grandlieu appellation now. 15 full and satisfying. This will please./ Really good body of the zone. I like the concept. Will improve too. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1686. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE CUVEE LA LEVRAUDIERE CHATEAU LA TARCIERE, BONNET-HUTEAU
A good and full one. Moss; terrarium. Classic./ Very striking green and bitter botanicals. Very dry and extreme. Positively needs food companionship. Likely cellar candidate too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1687. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DE GRAS MOUTONS, CLAUDE BRANGER
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Vines average 38 years. Brisk apple and ventilating terrarium airs. Cool./ Racy, yet not without muscadet’s tender middle palate. Very nice texture and balance. Hits the spot. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1688. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU LA CARIZIERE
Fresh, green, conservatory, hot house. Lima and apple. Real oomph, aroma bounty, 3D./ Full flavor of moss and earth. Plus full class. Balanced. Fresh, brisk acid without padding. Lithe. Food worthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1689. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE GRAVIER, DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE
Proprietors Remy et Raphael Luneau at Le Landreau. Oh, brilliantly fresh! Ideal and wonderful green fruits and botanicals. Great clarity./ Deliciously cool clarity. Underbrush. Comes to a fine close. Classic. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1690. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LES HOUX, DOMAINE JO LANDRON
Just a succulent form of muscadet in 2015. I mean, it’s not soft and sloppy; it’s just ample, cushioned, loaded. Rich and right. Green stuff, cedar, pear. Coming on well./ Yeah, it has big time form and filling, power and presence. How does it give all this at 12%?! 15 richness in stone fruit, with good extract and correct acid. All the while maintaining its cool. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1691. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE CLOS LES ALLEES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE LUNEAU PAPIN
Big time. Total fullness. Deserves its heavy bottle. A giant of a Muscadet./ Positively fills the mouth. Very popular with the group. Lots of flavors and textures. Without straying from classicism. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1692. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE PERD SON PAIN, DOMAINE MARTIN
At age two plus, it offers quince, stone, grain, seckel pear, and lees influence. Ideal./ Good body, texture, extract, lees autolysis. Balance and accuracy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1693. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE
Full, and perfectly formed. Fresh citrus and lees extras./ Yes, full indeed. Very juicy. Spot on. I mean, at this price it’s a no-brainer. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1694. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA PEPIERE
Cool, crisp, and full of green undergrowth and botanicals. Green herbs, moss, hyssop. Big uplift. Nostril-swelling. Ideal./ Very full in the mouth. Ample, gripping texture. Expands, swells up in the mouth. Surely full for 12%. Good crisp acid. Big time generosity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1695. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE GRAS MOUTONS, DOMAINE DE LA PEPIERE
Fresh, full, fragrant. What more could I want of a Muscadet?/ Yes, full of botanicals, plus juicy acid and savory extract. One mouthfilling Muscadet. The group loved it. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1696. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION DES COGNETTES, DOMAINE PERRAUD
Bright green apple and botanicals. Intense./ Full, variegated texture. Body and etch. Lots to give. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1697. 14 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA
Definitely classic, full of lees, mineral, stone, moss, and terrarium goodness./ Oh, yeah, rich, racy, tactile. Great acid, balance, full of flavor, texture, all. A Mammoth Mouthful of Muscadet. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1698. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE CHARMEL, VIGNOBLES VERDIER (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1699. 11 ANJOU CHENIN BLANC LES TERRASSES, DOMAINE DE LA ROULERIE (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1700. 11 COTEAUX DU LAYON, CHATEAU DE LA ROULERIE
Lovely apricot, quince, pear, and walnut husk aromas./ Full sweetness and great acidity. Long and fabulous aftertaste. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1701. 15 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU MIDI, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Brisk and bright. Nice Saumur chenin quince, calcaire, race./ Oh, juicy, savory cooked quince taste. Yes, melon, citrus, and stone too. Really brisk. Full acid, full extract. A super-sized chenin for food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1702. 15 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, VIGNERONS DE SAUMUR
Chenin blanc from a single vineyard on southwest slopes near Meron. One of the best in the series thanks to a warm, sunny growing season. Cool northern fruit that’s ripe while still crisp./ Really fruitier, riper, and more aromatic than usual. More-ish. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1703. 15 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET
Parker 92: ‘The 2015 Vouvray Cuvée de Silex has a bright and pure, fresh and elegant bouquet of white fruits and some flinty notes. Pure and piquant on the palate, with a lovely juiciness and a piquant acidity, this is a very mineral and elegant Chenin from silex soils. The sweetness is perfectly intertwined with the piquant minerality and the serious body (13% alcohol); it tastes significantly less sweet than in the corresponding Le Plan de Jean. The finish is long and complex, and reveals a stimulating grip, as well as a great finesse and aging potential. However, compared to the Plan de Jean, it is still more austere and needs more time—either in the carafe or in the cellar, even more so because it is bottled under screw cap. I also compare it more to Riesling than to Burgundy, due to its linear, lean and racy character. 2019-2040.’
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1704. 15 VOUVRAY JARDIN EN FLEURS, BESOMBES MOC-BARIL
From Chateau de Valmer. Steadily improving as the weeks pass. Lovely quince, lime peel, cedar, melon, calcaire./ Pleasing vigor on the palate. Between sec tendre and demi sec sweetness foiled by crisp acidity. Room to grow. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1705. 15 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU
Tender-sweet and coy and spot on for this early age. Quince and lime. Sec tendre plumpness./ Not so coy after all. In fact, sizzling! Vibrant acid and extract plus sec tendre padding. Perfect pitch, poise, potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1706. 14 VOUVRAY, CLOS PALAT
Attractive light quince and lime./ Good acid and mouthfeel. Balanced. Suits its genre well. Sec tendre. Almost sec. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1707. 15 VOUVRAY DEMI-SEC LA LANTERNE, GUILBAUD FRERES
Bright. Very fresh and upbeat. Lime and quince. Not at all sweet smelling./ Cool demi sec sweetness in 15. With brisk, limey fruit acidity. Perfect balance. This is awesome. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1708. 15 VOUVRAY SEC LE HAUT LIEU, HUET
Parker 93+; Wine Spectator 93: ‘Solidly ripe, with a full-bodied core of ginger, pear and persimmon notes allied to a racy spine that lengthens the finish, letting ginger, quince and green almond accents play out. This should age well in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2027.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1709. 15 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU MOELLEUX, HUET
Wine Spectator 95: ‘Offers a big, broad feel, with layers of glazed pear, apple and peach falling over each other, backed by fresh ginger, honeysuckle and quince notes. Everything pulls together through the finish, with green tea accents and racy minerality providing the foil. Drink now through 2035. ‘
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1710. 09 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU MOELLEUX, HUET
Parker 95; International Wine Cellar 93: ‘Pale golden yellow. Unctuous bouquet of apple blossom, candied lemon, lanolin and clover. Creamy yet refined, with the apricot pit flavor retaining a juicy, mouthwatering freshness. Finishes strong and succulent, with tropical fruits and toasted almond. In this warm vintage, most of the beautiful concentration in this superb late-harvest chenin blanc was a result of desiccation of the grapes rather than botrytis.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1711. 14 VOUVRAY, REMY PANNIER
Clear, clean apple, lime, quince./ Yes, all. And juicy. Tangerine aftertaste. Neat. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1712. 14 MONTLOUIS CLEF DE SOL DOMAINE LA GRANGE TIPHAINE, CORALIE & DAMIEN DELECHENEAU
Fresh and true. Honey, lime, quince. Lighter approach than Vouvray, as it should be. Ideal./ Yes, freshness, acid, balance. Dry and racy. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1713. 14 VAL DE LOIRE CHARDONNAY DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE, LUNEAU
At Le Landreau, Loire Maritime. Good unwooded, cool climate green citrus and apple./ Great texture and taste. Popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1714. 16 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC UNIQUE, DOMAINE DELAILLE
Intense, precise, vigorous passion fruit aroma./ Yes, plus juicy citrus fruit. Very zingy. Citrus oil aftertaste. This is screaming for attention. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1715. 15 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC DESTINEA, JOSEPH MELLOT
Destinea were flat-bottomed boats that plied the Loire. In warm 2015, not as acute as cool 2014's take. Plusher, mellower. Fully accurate./ Well, where did this welcome, zingy acid come from? The nose didn’t tip it off. This works for me. On the whole, this is easier-going than the previous three vintages without departing from its Loire sauvignon heritage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1716. 15 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, VIGNOBLE DU HAUT BAGNEUX, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MANDARD
55 year old vines. So insistent. Passion fruit, citrus. Pointed, intense, penetrating, pure./ Soo snappy and pure and racy and flavorful. Enveloping, ever-lasting savor. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1717. 15 SANCERRE LES TERRES BLANCHES, DOMAINE CHEVREAU
Very spicy sort, with 15 ripeness too./ Smoothness and ease of 15, with good and juicy back bite. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1718. 15 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY
Good and grassy. Lime too. No grapefruit. Clear and crisp./ Bright lime and gooseberry. Peach suggestion. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1719. 14 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY
Deep, complex, and aromatic range of citrus, spice, nut, grass, mint, quince./ Full and fat. Round and plump in 2014. Shades of 2009. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1720. 15 SANCERRE, LANGLOIS-CHATEAU
Crisp and bright up front, even tingly. Deep and complicated. Shades of Pouilly Fume./ Sweet citrus and peach like a Fume. Love it. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1721. 15 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE, JOSEPH MELLOT
Plenty of oomph, give, volume./ Yes, full fledged. 15 richness. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1722. 16 SANCERRE LA REINE BLANCHE, JEAN REVERDY
2014: At Verdigny. Sings bright and clear. Pure mineral, citrus, nettle. Nostril etch. Fills and fills. Walnut husk./ Fabulous citrus range, textural range. Delightful. Ruby red grapefruit. Crisp, flavorful, lovely, very long finish. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1723. 14 SANCERRE LA REINE BLANCHE, JEAN REVERDY (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
At Verdigny. Sings bright and clear. Pure mineral, citrus, nettle. Nostril etch. Fills and fills. Walnut husk./ Fabulous citrus range, textural range. Delightful. Ruby red grapefruit. Crisp, flavorful, lovely, very long finish. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1724. 14 SANCERRE PENTE DE MAIMBRAY DOMAINE DE ST. ROMBLE, PAUL VATTAN
Clear and pungent cat pee and gooseberry. I like it./ Cool vintage Loire sauvignon rings true on the palate. Clear and cool and minerally as spring water. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1725. 15 POUILLY FUME LA CRAIE, BAILLY
Racy citrus peel and walnut husk. Brisk and unique./ Rich palate featuring Pouilly Fume stone fruit. Good balance of 2015 softness and racy acidity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1726. 15 POUILLY FUME DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES, JEAN PABIOT
30 year old vines. Organically grown. Natural yeasts. 5 months on barrel lees. Fresh and full of Pouilly Fume peach and nectarine and bright citrus. This rocks in 2015./ Lush vintage fruit fleshiness with a wonderful foil of tart, underripe peach and peach peel. Cool and northern. Delicious now. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1727. 15 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET
Wine & Spirits 94: ‘Régis Minet took over his grandfather’s vines in 1976 and went on to make a small business out of Pouilly-Fumé, now farming 25 acres, most of the vines between 25 and 30 years old, all on clay-limestone soils. He makes a clean wine, fermenting without added yeasts in stainless steel, where it ages on the lees for six months. And perhaps it is that cleanness that’s so appealing in 2015, the breezy freshness of the grapes, the fleshy fatness of the vintage and the mineral length of flavor combining in a gracious white. It hints at yellow apple and delicate wild-strawberry fruit as the flavors develop with air, suggesting the complexity that will develop with a few years of bottle age.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FRANCE BURGUNDY

FR-1729. 13 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, OLIVIER DECELLE & PIERRE-JEAN VILLA
Est. 1969 in Nuits Saint Georges. Grapes from Savigny and Chambolle. Rich, ripe, right. Savigny pinot zesty cherry character. Gives and gives. Great 2013./ Rich and suave, silky pinot. Chambolle perfume highlights. Talks the terroirs. Little tannin. Good sweet-acid balance. Ideal. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1730. 14 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES GENEVRIERES, FREDERIC ESMONIN
Satisfyingly ripe and concentrated for vintage and appellation. Not much fruit aroma development yet. This is steady and well poised./ Pinot sweetness with balancing acidity. Again, not much fruit character formed yet. Will reward cellaring a year or so. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1731. 12 BOURGOGNE, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
From the domaine’s parcels in Premeaux-Prissey, on Nuits St. Georges’ south border. Big, rich, romantic. NSG black plum. Lots of French oak potpourri savors. Center ring attraction./ Smooth, rich, racy, savory. Nuits black plum and cherry. Fabulous oak seasonings. Nuits St. Georges in all but name. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1732. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT
Very sweet and ripe for a Chablis-area pinot. 2015 talks. Pure cherry hard candy./ Sweet and ripe fruit with vigorous acid too. Balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1733. 11 BOURGOGNE COTES D’AUXERRE CORPS DE GARDE, JEAN-HUGUES GOISOT
Cherry and tar. Sweet and padded northern pinot. Bravo!/ Yes, accomplished. Great acid, extract, grip, sweetness, balance, all. Warm spices too. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1734. 14 BOURGOGNE EPINEUIL PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT
2013: Light scarlet./ Fabulous. Sings, sours, tingles. Like sparkling cherry juice without the fizz./ Sweet fruit and great acid. Soo racy and lithe. Juicy and resinous, and spicy too. All. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1735. 13 MARSANNAY LES FINOTTES, DOMAINE BART
Established in 1987, a scion of the Clair Dau estate; wife is a relative. Whole cluster pressed. Aged 15-20 months in new in demi muids. Full, with impressive oak and depth./ Fine oak and ripe fruit. Fabulous acid, all. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1736. 12 FIXIN, ALBERT BICHOT
Dark Fixin pinot. Hearty, ploughman constitution. Has fruit padding. Good red and black fruits. Sweet and dark and classic 2012 and Fixin. Good to have one in the repertoire./ Young. 12 forthright, linear to start. Softens and broadens with aeration. Good Fixin frame, rich fruit, ideal form. Good future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1737. 14 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, FREDERIC ESMONIN
2012: 50-60 year old vines. Good tart cherry crispness of the vintage. Gamy Gevrey character. Accurate to village and vintage./ Rangy, crisp pinot fruit feels and flavors. Full acid of a cool year, welcome at the table. The right form and poise. A traditional Burgundy that will age well for decades. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1738. 11 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN, LOUIS LATOUR
I reckon red-wine pasteurization is a thing of the past at Latour. This Gevrey is black, solid, deep, angular, stout; showing none of the warm softness of many a previous vintage. I’m impressed./ Yes, this is Gevrey: stalwart, uncompromising, black fruited, cellar-worthy. Black plum, black cherry, black spices, and oak char. Lay it down 2-4 years. 93++/100. List price: $80.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1739. 11 NUITS SAINT GEORGES RONCIERES 1ER CRU, JEAN GRIVOT
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1740. 11 NUITS SAINT GEORGES LES BOUDOTS 1ER CRU, AURELIEN VERDET
Wine Spectator 93: ‘Dark and somber now, this red is dense, with black cherry, black currant, iron and underbrush flavors. Stays sweet and long, with ample fruit coating the dusty tannins. Shows excellent length and energy. Best from 2017 through 2030. $125.’
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1741. 12 CORTON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE LOUIS LATOUR
Wine Spectator 94: ‘Cherry, licorice, sandalwood and mineral notes are elegantly displayed in this rich, harmonious red. Flows almost seamlessly now, with a chalky feel on the long finish the only trace of youthfulness. Fine length. Best from 2020 through 2035. $85.’
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1742. 12 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
2011: Fuller, darker, spicier than the Chorey. That spicy black cherry quality of Savigny. Plenty juicy. Wow!/ Vigorous black fruit, sweet and ripe. Aromatic oak lacings. More tannin than the Chorey. Good now with richer fare, or cellar a couple of years of maximum suavity. 93+/100. List price: $39.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1743. 11 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Full of charm and fruit sweetness. Ideal 2011 burgundy at age five./ Engaging. Just the right weight, balance, and suave, forward bouquet and texture appeal for current applications. 92/100. List price: $36.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1744. 11 BEAUNE EN GENET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX
In a bit of a mid life trough, aromatically. Between fruit aroma of youth and sage bottle bouquet. That’s OK. The fruit is good and Beaune sweet, and the nose displays Cote de Beaune character that is the mark of this appellation’s wines./ Sweet and sassy harmony. Good acidity. Everything fits and works together well. Will improve through age seven, at least. 93+/100. List price: $53.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-1745. 09 VOLNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Ideal Volnay weight and charm and flow, with light oak potpourri savors./ Yes, a little on the 09 firm side still, but useful already with food. Promises enhanced bottle bouquet and suavity over the next 2-3 years. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1746. 12 VOLNAY EN CHAMPANS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE MONTHELIE-DOUHAIRET-PORCHERET
Rich 12 and racy Volnay. Ideal. Good stage. Some barrel age complex./ Rich, with proper acid balance. Really a textbook 2012 Volnay. Long, padded, balanced, complex, all. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1747. 12 POMMARD GRAND CLOS DES EPENOTS 1ER CRU, DE COURCEL
International Wine Cellar 92: ‘Good full red. Liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of redcurrant, leather and musky underbrush. Lovely Pommard depth and soil tones to the complex flavors of red berries, smoked meat, spices and pepper. Finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering note of licorice. Excellent potential. 2022-2032. $175.’
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-1748. 12 POMMARD, JOSEPH DROUHIN
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1749. 13 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
2012: Fresh, ripe fruit. Very crisp and bright and vigorous in 2012, with the vintage’s snappy dark fruit./ Yes, 2012 firm fruit and promising future. Complexing gamy note. Cellar candidate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1750. 14 BOURGOGNE COTE CHALONNAISE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
40-70 year old vines in clay and limestone. Aged a year in oak barrels. Full and rangy. Spicy oak and good, sapid Chalonnaise resin, substance. Full, strong, southern Burgundy pinot. Rich, round./ Yes, ample, earthy, gamy, resinous Chalonnaise pinot. Spicy oak for sure. Plenty of substance, fine tannin, and extract. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1751. 12 MERCUREY CLOS LA PERRIERE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Monopole. Crisp, black, tarry cherry concentrate. Racy acid, clarity, transparency. Spicy. Seems nicely oak tinged./ Rich, sweet 2012 black cherry Mercurey fruit. Ideal. Great acid. Complete 2012 statement; textbook Mercurey. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1752. 11 MERCUREY CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
30% from Premier Cru sites. Rich, robust black cherry and oak. Elegant and fine oak./ Large, meaty, savory. Totally engaging. Maraschino and morello cherries. Lively and dynamic as well as rich. Great future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1753. 11 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
Rich and forward. Very much ahead of the 2010 in development. Bouquet, fruit, oak, all./ Yes, savory. Good oak and barrel time breadth and ease. Just a little tannin to resolve. Yes. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1754. 10 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
Fuller, grander than the 2011 village wine. A year older yet more backward. Great potential./ Firm and backward but showing Premier Cru class and the oak dressings it deserves. Bold, strong, concentrated fruit and lavish oak. Large scaled Premier Cru. Fine future. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1755. 12 MERCUREY, CHATEAU DE MERCEY
Very lovely 2012 Mercurey expressions of black plum and black cherry. Perfect 2012 posture./ Cote de Nuits like pinot. Good acid, tannin. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1756. 12 MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE MERCEY
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1757. 12 GIVRY, CHATEAU DE LA FERTE
Sweet fruit and oak now spewing forth. Not tight and stingy like it was last May. No issues now. Sings, soars, and presents a classic Givry yield./ Fine oak and fruit in balance. Givry facility. There’s a dash of VA as before, now well controlled and positive. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1758. 15 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, JOSEPH DROUHIN (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
This is solid as usual. And much sweeter and richer than the norm in sunny 2015./ Yeah, more of a Primeur than a Nouveau. Real Beaujolais, full, tasty, complete. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1759. 16 BEAUJOLAIS PRIMEUR LE VISSOUX, PIERRE CHERMETTE
The least advanced. Real Primeur, that is, not vinified specifically for Nouveau; rather, a selection of the most supple cuvees from the general harvest. It’s fresh. It’s full, for sure./ My goodness, it does deliver. Closer to young Beaujolais normale than nouveau. Very suave palate. Ripe fruit. This will improve well into spring. For now, it wants food. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1760. 15 BEAUJOLAIS L’ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES LES TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN
New York Times 2 ½ Stars: From one of my favorite Beaujolais producers. Bright, spicy and inviting, with aromas of flowers and tart red fruits.’
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1761. 14 BEAUJOLAIS AU PAYS DES TERRES BLANCHES CUVEE TERROIR, DOMAINE PRAL
At a good stage. Much more flattering than several months back. Stylish wines from the golden, sandy soil of southern Beaujolais. Plentiful berry fruit/ Charming, sweetly fruity, smooth, clear. Crisp acid edge. Will take a good chill and perform well at the table. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1762. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VIEILLES VIGNES CUVEE TRADITIONELLE, DOMAINE DU VISSOUX
Fresh and sweet and logical 2015 gamay sporting plum, cranberry, and pie cherry aromas./ Great acidity and astringency to balance the vintage’s full framing and rich filling. All. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1763. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES CLIMAT LE TRACOT, DOMAINE DUBOST
Plush, rich, full. Padded. Delivers. Spot on balance, plus those Villages and sunny vintage extras./ Closer, tighter, less flavor than aroma. Good acid. Body and light tannin. Age it awhile reads the palate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1764. 14 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES EMERINGES, DOMAINE DE GRY-SABLON
Fresh and completely fulfilled. Fruit sweetness and richness of a Beaujolais Villages star./ Full of black and red fruits and berries. Delicious flavor profile. Juicy. Richness and acidity in ideal harmony. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1765. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, LOUIS JADOT
Rich and classic. The fullest and best vintage in the series. So pure and cool and Jadot well managed./ Very dry and still reductive. Dark, crisp 2015 gamay basis. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1766. 15 REGNIE GRAND CRU CLIMAT LE POTET, DOMAINE DUBOST
55 year old vines. Wonderfully fresh, vital, vivacious. Defines Regnie./ Wow. Juicy and total in concentration and beauty. Regnie cubed. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1767. 15 BROUILLY GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DUBOST
Much fruitier than Dubost’s 2014 Fleurie. Speaks for the vintage and this always successful cuvee./ Suave and balanced. Like a Villages but bigger. Everything it should be. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1768. 13 BROUILLY GRAND CRU ELIGO, DOMINIQUE MOREL
Fresh, bright, intense, and thoroughly Brouilly. Like a Super Villages./ Dark fruit and berry, fresh, acid. Vigorous, sweet, and complete. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1769. 15 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU CUVEE AMBASSADES, DOMAINE DU PAVILLON DE CHAVANNES
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1770. 13 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, DOMAINE ROCHETTE
Oh, this is bright and classic. One of the higher altitude, more charming Grands Crus. Grand Cru amplitude too./ Rich and well balanced. Rochette is a great source. Perfect Cote de Brouilly posture. Tangy acid, full texture and extract. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1771. 13 MORGON GRAND CRU BALLOFIERE, DOMAINE DUBOST
2012: Inky./ Fruit and flower air soar above a rock solid Morgon base. Full concentration; sweet and dried fruit display./ Plum, cherry, candy, warm spices. Yikes! What a dynamo Morgon! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1772. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE MARCEL LAPIERRE
Parker 93.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1773. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU LES CHARMES, DOMAINE MARION PRAL
Dark, big, and surprisingly tart. Lipstick reduction./ Cherry and cranberry. Young and tannic. Needs bottle age for full declaration of its assets. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1774. 15 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU EN BRENAY TRACOT, JEAN-PAUL DUBOST
Parker 91: ‘The 2015 Moulin A Vent en Brenay, which was raised for 10 months in demi-muids, has a pleasant redcurrant jus and wild strawberry-scented bouquet that translates the power of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy red berry fruit, well judged acidity, a slightly grainy texture that marries neatly with the lively cranberry and pomegranate notes on the finish. This is a finely made, delicious Moulin A Vent. 2016-2023.’
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1775. 15 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT -BORDET
Oh, boy, this is really stimulating! It almost stings my nostril linings. A nose you can feel, for sure./ Yes, the full acid ring that my nose tipped off. Surprising for sunny 2015. Full of material extract too. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1776. 14 PETIT CHABLIS SUR LES CLOS, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vineyard atop the Cote de Grands Crus, above Les Clos. Lift and tingle. Pure, mineral etch./ Full body, texture. Mouthful of calcaire savor. The best of its appellation. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1777. 14 CHABLIS, DOMAINE DROIN
Oh, full of calcaire, stone, terroir. Plenty of body, oomph./ Very full. Volume and roundness. Pushing Premier Cru dimensions. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1778. 15 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE
The estate covers 125 acres, half in the Premiers and Grands Crus. Full, fresh apple, peel, calcaire. The ripeness of 15./ Whoa! All about extract, volume, body. The flavor and texture intensity of a Premier Cru. Full of material. Lasting finish. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1779. 14 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY
Yes! Full, dramatic, amp-ed up, penetrating calcaire, intrigue, apple, all. Fantastic./ Suave, rich 14 fruit with ringing acid in back. full and expressive. Gives and gives. Fully classic acid, dryness, and Chablis northern race. Balanced all around. Long finish. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1780. 14 CHABLIS, DOMAINE GILBERT PICQ
A full apple aromatic range right from the peel down to the core. Calcaire, hazelnut. Huge 2014 extract./ Rich and full of dry matter and grip. Well burnished. Wow! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1781. 15 CHABLIS, DOMAINE LONG-DEPAQUIT
After a 2015 Petit Chablis, more of the fruitiness one would expect of 2015. And the greater volume and expansiveness of a Chablis versus a Petit Chablis. Deep aromas of aromatic apples and calcaire./ Definitely softer in 2015 than in 2014. Will play to a different set of tastes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1782. 13 CHABLIS, FRANCOIS RAVENEAU
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-1783. 15 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Rich and racy both. Perfect apple-calcaire expression./ Rich texture and acid, fine balance. All fits together so comfortably. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1784. 14 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Huge volume. Just fills and swells the nostrils with old vines concentration. Exceptionally bright, crisp, penetrating./ Rich, grainy old vines stuff with full clarity of 2014 too. Suave texture. Certainly has the volume. One full-fledged village Chablis. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1785. 15 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN
Good and full. well extracted. Etch and padding, depth. and richness./ Fabulous up-front Chablis chardonnay fruit fulfillment. There’s calcaire and texture in the back. Enough etch to balance the padding. More padding than any vintage since 2009. Full flavor. Classic profile. This will broaden and deepen as the months pass. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1786. 15 CHABLIS MASSALE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vines propagated by burying canes. Full and calcaire-laden. Rich and stony, almost grainy./ Again, massive extract. More terroir than fruit. Large scaled, full textured. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1787. 12 CHABLIS 1ER CRU, MOUTARD-DILIGENT
Body, minerality, and graininess of Premier Cru. Deep, dense, hefty. Full, rich, sweet fruit. No heaviness. Pure chardonnay apple./ Again, big, grainy, burnished, textured, weighty. Grip, volume, calcaire. Round and rich, with Premier Cru volume. A mouthful. Fresh apple aftertaste. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1788. 15 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
2013: Cold sample so starts muted. Grand scale, depth, fruit concentration with aeration and warming. Fourchaume class fruit, style./ Oh, grand concentration of calcaire, pear, apple, nut, granola. Complex and full textured. Ample. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1789. 14 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LIONEL COULAUDIN-BUSSY
2013: A beauty. Premier Cru full. Vaillons discreet. Richness, finesse, poise. Needs no new oak./ Delicious fruit flavor and richness. Balanced. Fine acid. Complexing dash of wood. A wonder of proportion. Ageworthy. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1790. 15 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DROIN
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1791. 14 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, SIMONNET-FEBVRE
Est. 1840. Full. Marl as well as calcaire. Sound house style. Strong terroir foundation of a Simonnet Chablis./ Young and compact still. This has plenty of substance, dryness, tradition to it. Very popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1792. 12 CHABLIS BOURGEROTS GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1793. 14 CHABLIS BLANCHOT GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
Huge, ballooning Grand Cru. Backward./ Wow! Volume and richness. Great future. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1794. 14 CHABLIS VALMUR GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DROIN
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1795. 14 CHABLIS VAUDESIR GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1796. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, ALBERT BICHOT
25-35 year old vines from the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. 30% barrel fermented, 20% barrel aged. Full volume, nostril assault. Light oak. Penetrates, tingles, and swells the nostrils. Plenty of wood, sufficient fruit basis. Yes, all around well composed./ More fruit on the palate. Body, amplitude, full texture. Sweet fruit and fine oak burnish in balance. Long, sweetly fruity aftertaste. Best yet in a solid series. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1797. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY CLOS DE LA COMBE, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
Walled vineyard within the village limits of Puligny. Full fruit. Fine oak. Cote de Beaune drama. Full Burgundy chardonnay barrel treatment: fermentation, lees stirring, aging ID./ Seems more Meursault like than Puligny. Full. Less calcaire, more autumnal. Sweet and plump Chartron and 14 influences. A great year for Burgundy chardonnay. And a great value example. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1798. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, COLIN BAROLLET
Genuine if understated to start. Light oak, terroir. More aromatic range and intensity after aeration./ Soft, and shy on flavor and texture interest in the beginning. Builds more interest over time. The benefits of breathing. Will prove a good value if cellared. 89+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1799. 12 BOURGOGNE BLANC CHAUMES DES PERRIERES, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Here’s the scoop on the vineyard. It was a fallow plot lying within the boundaries of Meursault le Dos d’Ane and Chaumes des Perrieres when purchased by Raymond’s grandfather in 1975. Fallow because this rocky, calcareous parcel was covered with soil too shallow to bear new vines. His grandfather asked for and received permission to add eight inches of topsoil to the section. This desecration of terroir incited his neighbors to get the vineyard declassified from Meursault to Bourgogne Blanc. Fair enough while the vines were young, but now, at age 37, their roots are well down into the original soil and subsoil of Meursault le Dos d’Ane and Chaumes des Perrieres, and the wines talk the Meursault talk. My notes on the 2011: Nutty, full fledged Meursault personality, plus all the barrel extras of its Auxey cellarmate./ Great, sweet oak assets. A cornucopia of Meursault’s autumnal characteristics: nuts, grains, oatmeal, dried leaves. Gathers weight as it airs in the glass. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1800. 13 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, MOUTARD DILIGENT
Crisp apple plus meal. No oak. Northern chardonnay. Full./ Full texture and mealiness. Apple and pulp. Long and full finish. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1801. 11 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, CHATEAU DE SAINT ROMAIN
2010: Aged 12 months in seasoned barrels. Fine light oak. Dry, chalky, stony style of Saint Romain. Firm calcaire. Extract and body of 2010 too. Classic and well rendered./ Yeah, a vinous, stony, young classic. Fine burnish. Light oak, full extract and grip. For food. Good future too. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1802. 11 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE BLANC LES VERMOTS DESSUS, DOMAINE YVES GIRARDIN
30 year old vines. Aged in oak, 20% new, 12 months. Lots of good vanilla and oak. And Savigny nut and grain./ Dry and built and serious ager with plenty of oak and terroir. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1803. 12 CHOREY LES BEAUNE BLANC LES CONFRELINS, DOMAINE ARNOUX
Wood, nut, apple-citrus, grain bin./ Attractive oak seasoning. Positive bouquet development. Good acid for vigor and prolonged life. 92+/100. List price: $39.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1804. 12 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
From a site that is mostly Premier Cru and sits just upslope from Meursault Vireux. Unfined, unfiltered. Revealing, more forward than the Bourgogne Perrieres. Very high-elevation Meursault vineyard character./ Extremely well balanced. Lots of Meursault meal and grain. Will surely satisfy the Meursault lover. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1805. 14 MEURSAULT VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1806. 13 MEURSAULT, OLIVIER DECELLE & PIERRE-JEAN VILLA
South and west sites. 25-30% new barrels. Full and genuine. Deep, positive oak influence and Meursault bulk to handle it. Balanced. House discretion, management./ Big boy with lots of lees, grain, nut; weight, roundness, heft. Full textured Meursault to say the least. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1807. 13 SAINT AUBIN MURGERS DES DENTS DE CHIEN 1ER CRU, JEAN CHARTRON
‘Murgers’ are drystone walls built of debris removed from the vineyard, their profile resembling ‘dog teeth’. A cool, ventilating face of Cote de Beaune chardonnay from a site abutting Puligny Montrachet Champ Gain Premier Cru. Subtle oak. Biscuity. Shows calcaire and high altitude Cote de Beaune origins. Puligny like if subtler, with plenty of oomph and depth and richness./ Good oak, barrel fermentation, lees contact–the whole program. Chartron delivery. Long, powerful, flavorful conclusion. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1808. 14 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, DOMAINE BACHELET-MONNOT
Wow, full barrel fermentation, lees aging, and toast-grain aspects. The entire display of all that is good about Burgundian terroir and craftsmanship./ Broad and mellow palate, softened by malo. Nice 2014 acid etch at the end. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1809. 14 RULLY BLANC MONTMORIN, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
Clay-limestone hilltop vineyard south of Premier Cru La Meix Cadot on the Mercurey border. Fermented in oak barrels, 10% new. Matured on the lees for 10 months. Plentiful new oak, body, Chalonnaise resin. Big time woody goodies./ Wow! All the Chalonnais chardonnay and oak extras one could want. Chartron size. Great acid race too. Chewy texture. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1810. 11 RULLY BLANC CHATEAU DE RULLY, COMTE R. DE TERNAY
2010: 60% barrel fermented. Fresh, clear, cool calcaire and light resin of Chalonnaise blanc. A beauty./ More oak and some pitch like older riesling. Viscous. Full. Pineapple core and husk. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1811. 14 MERCUREY BLANC CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
2011: 95 acre estate, 38 in Premiers Crus. Clear headed, vinous, appley chardonnay. Good, full Mercurey blanc with light oak. Ideal./ Chalon body. Fine play of acidity vs viscosity. Ample. Yes, all the way Mercurey chardonnay and oak. Full and fine Great pleasure with poulet de Bresse. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1812. 13 MERCUREY BLANC LES MARCOEURS, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Full and well built. Chalon bulk, nut. Barrel age too. Balanced approach of oak and fruit. Plenty of presence. Ideal./ Sweet fruit, nutty, oaky barrel tones. Class, balance, appeal. Chalon extract, frame. Power, range, fullness, and great acidity. Big and harmonious. All. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1813. 14 MONTAGNY LES BASSETS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Good 14 clarity, form, and Chalonnaise resin, grain, wood./ Again the terroir is clear, and there are attractive wood extras. Volume and clarity, vigor, acid, form. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1814. 13 MONTAGNY LES JARDINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Good, full Chalon chardonnay nose with great barrel influences that are complex and still not overwhelming. No resin. Fulls the nostrils./ And the mouth. Large for 2013. Fine balance of acidity and suave fruit and oak. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1815. 12 MONTAGNY LES BURNINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Nicely oak burnished. Full and well barrel influenced, with a complex of barrel ferment, lees, and barrel time aromas. Bulk and resin of Chalonnais with Montagny restraint and elegance. Montagny clarity and delicacy too. Fabulous fit and range./ Great oak and volume. Montagny grace. Rich oak toast. Wood, creme, and fine Montagny take on chardonnay. Full and rich. Aftertaste carries on with barrel fermentation, oak, fruit, and terroir characteristics. Wow! Premier Cru indeed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1816. 15 MONTAGNY LA GRANDE ROCHE 1ER CRU, LOUIS LATOUR
Full of fine 2015 fruit, Chalonnais resin, well imparted oak. Great richness and composition. Fabulous nose./ Again, full flavor, texture, suavity, balance. Fruit forward, juicy, and expressive of terroir at the same time. The group was impressed with both the quality and the value. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1817. 15 MACON VILLAGES DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY & TERRIER
Cool and crisp and racy, and full of chardonnay green citrus and apple./ Racy acid. Little 15 softness. Deep peels taste. For food. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1818. 14 MACON VILLAGES, ALAIN CORCIA
Developing nicely. Citrus and peel, apple and quince./ !4 texture and walnut and grip and texture. Mouthwatering, juicy acidity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1819. 15 MACON VILLAGES, DOMAINE PASCAL & MIREILLE RENAUD
Full. Great form./ Impressive body, texture, and character of a superior vintage. Great acid. Will spread its peacock’s tail fully over the coming weeks. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1820. 15 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT
At Martailly-Les-Brancion. Fresh, young, and certainly brisk enough for 15. Aromas still in the formative process./ Yes, hesitant to reveal its full self at this stage. All the parts are in place to assure this vintage will do the series proud. Popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1821. 15 MACON CHAINTRE LE CHATEAU DE CHAINTRE, FABRICE LAROCHETTE
Full, as usual, with extra oomph and fruit fulfillment this vintage. Probably not barrel aged, but has that aura nonetheless. From lees contact?/ Yes, full bodied indeed. Good ripeness and strength and presence. Dash of astringent relief on the aftertaste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1822. 15 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MALLORY & BENJAMIN TALMARD
Good body and extract etch. Full character. Grows and grows in the glass./ Yes, full. Plenty of form and filling. Great acid. Ideal, really. Wow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1823. 14 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD
From the thousand-year-old village of Chardonnay; domaine est. 17th century. Full nasal texture; you can really sense its presence. Classic aromas of apple, citrus, and lees influence. Balanced in approach./ Bright and full. Well balanced indeed. Lees ‘woodiness’. Body, texture, flavor, harmony, all. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1824. 14 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, JEAN MANCIAT
Full and resinous like a Chalonnais. One ample Macon./ Full texture, body, acid. A bit much for an aperitif. Apply with food. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1825. 14 MACON CLESSE, DOMAINE MICHEL
Wine & Spirits 92: ‘Fresh chamomile scents highlight this wine’s rich flavors of kumquat and pear. The flavors are toasty, dense and long lasting, while the finish remains bright. A Mâcon-Villages with impressive heft.’
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1826. 14 MACON FUISSE, DOMAINE DANIEL POLLIER
Good and full and pushing Pouilly Fuisse. Quality of the vintage./ Oh, really has a lot of oomph. Extra taste and texture 3D. Impressive. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1827. 15 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE
Very full, old vines material. Some oak as usual. There’s plenty of Roche Vineuse foundation here to bear it./ Yes, full textures of both fruit and oak origin. Ample sweet fruit of 2015. Large. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1828. 13 SAINT VERAN LES DEUX MOULINS, LOUIS LATOUR
Rich enough in 13. Suave Louis Latour style. Light malo creaminess./ More cream, nut, ripe fruit. Mellow overall, with enough acid to balance nicely. 91/100. List price: $25.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1829. 14 SAINT VERAN, DOMAINE THIBERT
Unfiltered. Good, full oak. No malo. Works in Maconnais context./ Yes, oak and vanillin, and juicy white fruits. Good body of Saint Veran. Very good indeed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1830. 14 POUILLY VINZELLES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
From Chateau de Vinzelles. Full, with great oak extract./ Full oak that’s well managed to jibe with the fruit profile. Great 14 acid, extract. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1831. 14 POUILLY FUISSE VIEILLES VIGNES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1832. 15 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC AU PAYS DES PIERRES DOREES, DOMAINE PRAL
Oh, new, appley, alert. Very positive, lifted, breezy./ Mellow 2015 acid. Young, but already aiming to please. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each


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