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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1641. 15 CHATEAU BLAIGNAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Intense and rich, this is an opulent, concentrated wine from a 240-acre vineyard. Powerful, dense and packed with black fruits, this shows solid aging potential. The tannins are already integrating with the generous berry fruits and the acidity, to give an impressive wine. Drink from 2024.' Oldest winegrowing estate in the Medoc AOC; jointly owned with Chateaux Grand Puy Ducasse and Meyney; Hubert de Bouard, oenologist; 60% cab sauv, 40% merlot.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1642. 08 CHATEAU CABANS, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
At Begadan, the most gravelly commune of Bas Medoc; thus, 70% cab sauv, 30% merlot. Long has this wine resisted my advances over the years, like many a 2008 claret. The color is still very dark, though getting a little ruddy at the rim./ It's still dark and stocky but no longer hard./ Much softer feel finally--in front. In back lurks tannin still. And there's plenty of bouquet yet to form. Check again in a couple of years, if you put some in your cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1643. 16 CHATEAU LES GRANDS CHENES, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 90-92: ‛Barrel Sample. This ripe wine is full of great fruit aromas and flavors. The tannins are generous and rich, supported by rounded black-plum and -berry fruits. It should cellar well through the medium term.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1644. 16 CHATEAU HOURCADE, MEDOC
At Jau Dignac & Loirac. Well, how about this. Sweet, ripe, barrel influenced. I wouldn't have discovered this if a customer hadn't ordered some. I mean, this is from the extreme north of Medoc, where the gravel fetters out. Well, now! Goes to show you never can tell./ Sweet and fruity. Subtle oak. Good 16 acidity, balance. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1645. 16 CHATEAU LIVRAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛Owned by a member of the Lurton family, the most prolific vineyard owners in Bordeaux, this estate has produced a well-balanced wine touched by wood but focused on black fruits. Richness is balanced by attractive acidity and fruitiness. Drink this wine from 2023. $30.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1646. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: . 65% cab sauv, 30% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Just screams cab sauv black currant and gravelly distinction. Usually does. I'm likin' it as much as the 2012. Lots of give, bright black currant character./ Much closer on the palate. Considerable tannin. Very nice acidity. I'm really keen on the nose, and I'm sure the rest will catch up. Cellar potential for sure. Even 6 months ago, the 2012 still had a long way to go. Likin' this! 92+/100. List price: $30.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1647. 15 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
45% each cab sauv, merlot; 5% each petit verdot, malbec. Coy, teasing nose. Flairs of black currant and black cherry as usual here. Beguiling potential./ Some wood seems to enter the picture on the palate. Echos of black fruit. Will enjoy following this. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1648. 18 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, HAUT MEDOC
At Cussac; 53% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 5% petit verdot in Gunz gravel, 12-14 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Proof that cru bourgeois tiers have returned. Huge upgrade in sophistication this vintage. Plushness of 2018 and Cussac, neighbor of Saint Julien. The big difference is barrel influence. All sorts of complex nuances that weren't here before. New oak is a recent feature at Beaumont. It's a plus in this abundantly fruity vintage. Gives framing as well as aromatic range./ Wonderful 18 fruit coupled with barrel flavor and structure contributions. Both rich and elegant. Velvety 2018 texture. Ripe, intricate, lasting. Young claret well poised for cellaring. Best Beaumont vintage in memory. The group was wildly enthusiastic. 92+/100
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1649. 15 CHATEAU BEL AIR GLORIA, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Part of Domaines Martin, which also owns Chateau Gloria in Saint-Julien, this wine benefits from a classed-growth winery's attention to detail. The wine is rich, dense and structured. Its black-plum and blackberry fruits are rich, sustained by fine tannins and acidity. It's a wine to age, so drink from 2024.'
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1650. 10 CHATEAU BELGRAVE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Spectator 91: ‛Ripe and fleshy, with lots of roasted vanilla bean and fresh espresso, followed by dark, winey cassis and blackberry fruit. An intense licorice edge and a solid, tarry finish imparts drive. Best from 2014 through 2023.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1651. 06 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC magnum
Sweet, round, well developed fruit and oak bouquet. Maturity, grandeur, Grand Cru class. Beautiful./ Yes, sweet fruit. Mellowing. Light tannin. Has it all together. Classic to estate, zone; with fine maturity. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 129.95 each

FR-1652. 15 LES ALLEES DE CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, HAUT MEDOC
Second wine of 5me Grand Cru Chateau Cantemerle. That nice, dark fruit and forest floors things of southern Haut Medoc. 60-40 cabernet-merlot classic. Younger vines but doesn‛t show it./ Good tannin, good form. Like a lot of 15s, starting to shut down, lay in for the long term. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1653. 12 LES ALLEES DE CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, HAUT MEDOC
Second wine of 5me Grand Cru Ch Cantemerle; at Macau in the south; from the younger vines; 82% cab sauv, 10% cab franc, 8% merlot; aged a year in oak barrels and vats. Dark, neat, still pretty close in the 2012 style. Exudes cab sauv blackberry and black currant and that classic sur bois character of southern Haut Medoc clarets. A SIGNIFICANT second wine (actually it's 1/3 the Chateau's production)./ Black is beautiful on the palate too. Modicum of fine tannin yet. Another cellar sleeper. Well liked by the group. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1654. 15 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛Run by the Nony family, this 17-acre estate has produced a generous, rounded wine dominated by black fruits. The barrel aging has enhanced the black-currant flavors and the acidity. All these elements are coming together in a full wine that will age well. Drink from 2024. $26.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1655. 16 CHATEAU CISSAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Fine oak augmentation to its 16 fruit distinction. Noble cru bourgeois./ A little tight, backward. Ample though. Should age well. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1656. 15 REFLETS DU CHATEAU CISSAC, HAUT MEDOC
Second wine of cru bourgeois Ch Cissac; first time in the market; Familie Vialard; at Cissac west of Pauillac; 70% cab sauv, 22% merlot, 8% petit verdot. This shows significant barrel aging impact for a second wine. 2015 warmth and openness, assisted by time in cooperage./ Yes, indeed, barrel time and extracts are well into play here. Both oak and fruit tannins. A sleeper for the cellar. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1657. 14 CHATEAU CITRAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC magnum
At Avensan; 49% merlot, 43% cab sauv, 8% cab franc. Large and barrel aged. 14 framed. This has power and presence and barrel extras. In tune with the usual Citran styling./ Meaty. Oak and country pate flavors. Real substance here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1658. 15 CHATEAU FORT LIGNAC, HAUT MEDOC
Aged 12 months in barrels. Now owned by the Borie family. 70% cab sauv, 25% merlot, 5% cab franc. Doesn't mention the age of the barrels, but this definitely shows some new barrel extract in addition to the broadening effect of barrel aging. A once run of the mill 'cru bourgeois' has taken on quite a bit of sophistication under the Borie hand. Plenty of 2015 fruit presence too, the cabernet sauvignon fully ripe and yielding./ Yes, 2015 fruit fulfillment, oak embellishments, balance in all respects. What a satisfying glass of Left Bank claret! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1659. 16 CHATEAU HAUT PLANTEY, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Owned by an American family, the Roskams, since 2005, this small estate is situated close to Listrac. This wine is structured and rich, with solid black fruits and ripe tannins. The wood aging shows a little but will integrate well with the rich fruits as the wine matures. Drink from 2022.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1660. 14 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU D'ISSAN, HAUT MEDOC
60% cab sauv, 40% merlot. From a vineyard in Arsac. Part of Arsac is in the Margaux appellation; not this part apparently. The third wine of Margaux 3me Grand Cru, Chateau d‛Issan. Sweet black fruit, especially lush smelling for 2014. Signs of barrel complexity, mellowing./ Full fruit, assuaged and complicated by barrel time. Nice degree of Margaux perfumed elegance. Great acidity, melted tannins. Altogether a sophisticated finale. To put to use now, with cellar potential to boot. Kudos. Very popular with the group. 93/100. List price: $29.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1661. 12 CHATEAU DE LAMARQUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Heritiers Marquis d'Evry. 53% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Continues to emerge. Less tied down that the old-time Lamarques. Less dry. Has more fruit and more barrel influence. Depth, richness, fortitude, sweetness, light oak. Admirably ripe enough fruit./ Yes, rich and right, barrel aged, with fine tannin, full body, and accomplished mid Haut Medoc cabernet sauvignon presentation. Wine of place. High quality. I like everything about it. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1662. 18 CHATEAU LARRIVAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 91-93: ‛Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Larrivaux features baked berries, warm cassis and herbs with pencil shavings and olives notions on the nose. Full, rich and concentrated, it has firm, grainy tannins with nice freshness and great length.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1663. 15 CHATEAU LIEUJEAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Garri du Gai at Saint Sauveur; next to Pauillac; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot. 2015 sweet smelling; red fruited. Open, fruity, spicy, revealing. Comes on even stronger with aeration./ Claret body. Full of good, spicy fruit. Balanced, suave. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1664. 16 CHATEAU MALESCASSE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Spectator 91: ‛Solidly built, showing tobacco and charcoal notes mixed with dark currant and blackberry compote flavors. There's good energy here and the fruit and earth details meld well through the finish. Has a little grip for mid-term cellaring too. Best from 2021 through 2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1665. 15 CHATEAU MARTIN CUVEE LA MARSAUDRIE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Vertheuil. 55% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc. Aged 10 months in barrels, 30% new. And it shows. Oh, yeah! Deep and luxurious barrel extracts and barrel maturation. Sweet Asian spices./ Great fruit, form, oak, fine tannin. And the right acidity. All. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1666. 16 CHATEAU PEYRABON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 91: 'The 2016 Peyrabon has a finely detailed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, pressed flower and mineral aromas. This exudes class. The palate is well balanced with fine grain tannin, one of the more saline Cru Bourgeois with touches of oyster shell and spice towards the poised, edgy finish. Very fine. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. Driink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1667. 16 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
Partner with Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Like the 2012, sleek, well tailored, and racy to start. With aeration, lovely claret fruit starts emerging. Balanced and even tempered./ Fine tannin and acid for texture. Nice and spicy, though no new oak evident. Tres claret, tres 2016. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1668. 15 HAUT DE CHATEAU POUJEAUX, HAUT MEDOC
45% cabernet sauvignon, 55% merlot. The estate's third wine, from vineyards outside the Moulis AOC. Pretty damn sophisticated for a third wine. Vineyards likely inland from Moulis and on more clay than gravel. Thus the merlot predominance. This plays out well. Spicy oak and good fruit ripeness. Cabernet and merlot fruit complementary. Sweet blackcurrant and cherry. Seems based on gravel, not clay. It's Poujeaux stalwart and upscale./ Yes, merlot fruit richness, cabernet form and tannin. Clearly some barrel upbringing too. Wow, lavish oak and sweet black fruit come forth with aeration. Well crafted. Bravo! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1669. 15 CHATEAU DU RETOUT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛With over 80% Cabernet Sauvignon in the this Kopp family blend, this wine is packed with black currants, ripe tannins and a smoky backdrop from the wood aging. It is structured, dry and juicy at the same time. With this firm core, the wine will need aging, so drink from 2024. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1670. 15 CHATEAU SENEJAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Le Pian. Plenty of good oak here, the most in years. Southern Haut Medoc sur bois terroir and plenty of cabernet sauvignon expression./ Structure of cabernet and oak tannins. A great Senejac with cellar potential. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1671. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR CARNET, 4ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 La Tour Carnet is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was cooled through a 'cryogenic tunnel freezer,' essentially spraying liquid nitrogen, and will be matured for 16 months in 30% new oak. It has a very pure bouquet, so much so that there is something almost Pinot Noir-like here, with ebullient Morello and subtle kirsch-like scents. The oak is judicious and neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is very smooth and harmonious in the mouth, well-judged acidity, precise and detailed. It gently fans out on the finish, completing what I think is a very well-crafted, silky and seductive Haut-Medoc.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1672. 16 CHATEAU VILLEGEORGE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'From one of the properties owned by Marie-Laure Lurton, this wine is balanced, ripe and full of fruit. A good structure comes from the deep gravel soils. This wine demands aging and should not be drunk before 2023. $37.' One of only six Chateaux to earn the highest ranking, Cru Exceptionnel, in the original crus bourgeois classification of 1932.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1673. 14 CHATEAU DOMEYNE, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Spectator 91: 'Solidly built, with a slightly rugged charcoal edge around the core of steeped plum and red currant fruit. Ample tobacco and warm stone notes emerge on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1674. 15 CHATEAU LILIAN LADOUYS, SAINT ESTEPHE
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How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1675. 16 CHATEAU SEGUR DE CABANAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Parker 88: 'Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Segur de Cabanac gives up cassis, blackberries and black cherries on the nose with wafts of chocolate box and roses. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and fragrant with a chewy texture and an herbal lift. Drink 2019-2028.'
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1676. 16 CHATEAU SERILHAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Vinous 92: ‛The 2016 Serilhan has a wonderful, quite high-toned and generous bouquet with ample blackberry and raspberry scents laced with violet and hints of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip in the mouth, quite symmetrical and focused with impressive precision on the finish. This feels dialed back in terms of power to the benefit of this elegant Saint-Estephe. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. Drink now-2034.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1677. 16 CHATEAU LA BERNEDE GRAND POUJEAUX, MOULIS
Second wine of Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois. Sweet black fruit with light, sweet oak aura. Well crafted in the 2016 style./ Lots of everything: oak, extract, concentration, tannin, fruit density. A whopper of a second wine. The best of 2016 attributes enhanced by winemaker craftsmanship. This sleeper was the talk of Bordeaux's brokers in 2016. No wonder! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1678. 15 CHATEAU BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Parker 92: 'Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Branas Grand Poujeaux is often one of the finest Moulis wines and this vintage is no different. It has a gorgeous bouquet of mulberry, dried herbs and cedar, very well defined with plenty of fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with a plush finish that belies the structure underneath. Excellent (again) from this Moulis estate. Tasted September 2017. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1679. 14 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Parker 91: 'The 2014 Chasse-Spleen has an attractive bouquet, one that is more forward than I expected, replete with brambly red berry fruit, pain grille and brown spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and commendable weight. It perhaps does not quite deliver the freshness and precision I was anticipating after its primeur showing, although I appreciate the tangy marmalade note that complements the black fruit on the structured finish. One to watch. 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1680. 16 CHATEAU MAUVESIN BARTON, MOULIS
Vinous 91: ‛The 2016 Mauvesin Barton has an attractive, quite open bouquet of crushed violet and potpourri scents; red fruit (raspberry and wild strawberry) emerges with time. The well-balanced palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins rendering it lithe in the mouth, leading into a spicy and quite persistent finish. Delightful. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. Drink 2021-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1681. 15 CHATEAU FOURCAS DUPRE, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC
Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its elevage - one to keep an eye on.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1682. 15 LE BECASSE, LISTRAC
Half each cabernet sauvignon, merlot. Very elegant for Listrac. Must be from the gravelly section closer to the estuary. Best La Becasse I've tasted, benefitting from the vintage's warmth yet also establishing its own elegant style./ Good Listrac earthy substance and grip, all the while featuring innate La Becasse charm. Real success. Fine tannin promises longevity. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1683. 16 CHATEAU D'ISSAN, 3ME GRAND CRU CLASSE. MARGAUX magnum
Parker 94+: 'The 2016 D'Issan is blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot, aged in 50% new and 50% one-year-old French oak for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it has vibrant black cherries and blackcurrants notes with chocolate mint, beef drippings, black olives and cigar box. Medium-bodied with a well-sustained, intensely flavored mid-palate, it has a rock-solid, grainy frame and long savory finish. Drink 2019-2037.'
How Many bottles/singles: 219.95 each

FR-1684. 15 CHATEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPERY, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Suckling 97-98; Wine Spectator 93-96; Parker 93-95: 'The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle.'
How Many bottles/singles: 99.95 each

FR-1685. 16 CHATEAU MARQUIS D‛ALESME BECKER, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Parker 96: ‛Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Marquis d'Alesme Becker leaps from the glass with gregarious notions of plum preserves, creme de cassis and Black Forest cake with hints of potpourri, star anise, menthol and tapenade. Full, rich, firm and grainy, with fantastic freshness lifting the densely packed palate, it has a long, beautifully fragrant finish. Drink now-2047.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1686. 14 CHATEAU MARQUIS DE TERME, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX imperial
Vinous 92: 'The 2014 Marquis de Terme has really come together nicely. Dark, pliant and supple, it offers notable depth and intensity. Sweet herb, licorice, menthol, chocolate and smoke infuse a core of dark stone fruit. The 2014 shows quite a bit better from bottle than it did from barrel. Hopefully, the overt oak will soften a bit over time. There is certainly plenty to look forward to. 2020 to 2034.'
How Many bottles/singles: 399.50 each

FR-1687. 15 CHATEAU PRIEURE LICHINE, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Vinous 95: 'The 2015 Prieure-Lichine has really come together over the last two years. Sumptuous, bold and racy, with no hard edges or angular contours, the 2015 is all class. The purity of the flavors is striking. Bright floral and spice notes perk up the red stone fruit nicely in this sensual, silky Margaux. All the elements simply fall into place. This is the first vintage Stephane Derenoncourt and his team made in the new cellar. In 2015 Prieure-Lichine, is a total knock-out. Don't miss it. Drink 2025-2040.'
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1688. 18 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Marie Laure Lurton, proprietor; at Soussans; 54% merlot, 43% cab sauv, 2% cab franc, 1% petit verdot; 10-14 months in barrels. Improving each quality vintage as its vines mature. There's a Margaux charm aspect and cabernet on gravel black currant./ Close, tart, tannic upon opening.. Hopefully this will open up as it airs. The material is there. And it did to considerable extent, offering on the palate more fruit, more oak, and that lovely cabernet cedar suggestion. Widely appreciated by the group, with the caveat it needs more cellar time. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1689. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BERGEY, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Full color./ Sappy, earthy, black fruited Pessac. Little oak showing. Aroma closing down like so many 2015 clarets lately./ Sweet 2015 fruit up front. Still, this is not as showy as it was in youth. Needs to be cellared not served. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1690. 15 CHATEAU LA GARDE, PESSAC LEOGNAN half bottle
Wine Enthusiast 92: ‛This is a stylish wine, with acidity, firm tannins and layers of blackberry and black-currant fruits. A blend of almost equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, its richness comes from the ripe fruits and layered structure that now shows the beginnings of maturity. Drink from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1691. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, PESSAC-LEOGNAN imperial
Wine Spectator 91; Parker 91: 'The 2014 Latour-Martillac has an attractive bouquet with intense blackberry, briary, warm gravel and balsamic notes that are very well defined and evoke Pessac-Leognan through and through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It feels gentle in the mouth, not structured but fleshy and full, fanning out with crushed strawberry, red cherry and white pepper towards the satisfying finish. This is early drinking compared to its peers, yet well crafted. 2019 to 2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 379.50 each

FR-1692. 15 CHATEAU LE THIL COMTE CLARY, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Owned by the Cathiards of Smith Haut Lafitte; 70% merlot, 30% cab franc; aged 18 months in barrels, 50% new. Oh, boy. Yet another great splash of oak sophistication coupled with the terroir character and Chateau approach. All the silky refinement of Florence Cathiard's SHL thanks to equal handling of this wine./ Yes, fine textured, full but fine fruit and oak tannins. Top nobility. Great cellar candidate. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1693. 18 CHATEAU TOUR LEOGNAN, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1694. 16 CHATEAU BACCUS CUVEE EXCELLENCE, GRAVES
50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 5% each petit verdot, malbec. Barrel aging has added noteworthy sophistication, as well as breadth, depth, and complexity. This is overtly woody though./ Well thought out varietal melange, each variety making a contribution, all in harmony. Fine example of Graves rouge. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1695. 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-1696. 14 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES
Arnaud de Butler at Portets. 14 firm, dark. Deep, sweet core./ Yes, 14 firm and tannic...and that same sweet core. Well balanced claret with cellar life ahead. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1697. 16 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Owned by the Cuveliers of Clos Fourtet and Ch Poujeaux; 70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv, vines averaging 40 years; aged up to 18 months in barrels, 50% new. Whoa! Here's a full dose of oak augmentation. Well absorbed at this stage. Overall, a very sophisticated wine. That's what Grand Cru Classe terroir is about. This really is a splendid Saint Emilion GCC value./ Yes, GCC complex and noble. Intricate flavor profile. Tannins fine and laid back. For use or cellaring. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1698. 18 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Spectator 92: ‛Stylish, with creamed plum and cherry reduction notes carried by a velvety structure, picking up anise, black tea and incense accents along the way. The finish is detailed and finely grained, with a subtle minerality lingering at the very end. Drink now through 2032.‛ Owned by the Cuveliers of Clos Fourtet and Ch Poujeaux; 70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv, vines averaging 40 years; aged up to 18 months in barrels, 50% new.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1699. 16 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: 60% merlot (vines up to 100 yrs. old), 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv; aged 18 months in barrique. Splendid face of 2016 Saint Emilion. Silky, refined, reserved, noble, confident. Quietly confirms its pedigree./ The palate is sweeter and fruitier than the nose indicated, which just adds to the wine's complexity and entertainment value. Two ring circus full of outstanding performances. What more could you want? 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1700. 15 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
60% merlot, 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv. Wow! Rich, ripe, spicy. Still, measured, under control. Ripe and rich Saint Emilion with Euro resolve./ Wow! Big, juicy fruit and oak. And structure. All. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1701. 16 CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 93: 'The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is a sumptuous wine. There is no shortage of richness or volume here, that much is obvious. Sweet tobacco, leather, espresso and cherry abound. The 2016 is exotic and flamboyant in style, and yet the new oak is overdone to the point that the early signs of oxidation are already present. I very much like the intensity here, but the reality is that the 2016 could have and should have been an even better wine. Drink 2021-2036.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1702. 15 CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 93: 'The 2015 Fleur Cardinale is terrific. Exotic and flamboyantly ripe, it exudes richness and depth in all of its dimensions. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, mocha, leather and menthol are all amped up in a dramatic, full-bodied wine that is long on personality. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more opulent side of Saint-Emilion. A burst of red cherry jam, spice, new leather, spice, lavender and French oak punctuates the unctuous finish. Tasted three times. Drink 2020-2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1703. 16 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 95: ‛The 2016 Fonroque has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and opens with black cherries, kirsch, warm blueberries and spice box scents plus hints of tobacco and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, it has a chewy line and plenty of earth-inspired flavors, finishing just a tad grippy. Drink now-2035.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1704. 14 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 92-94; Parker 91-93: 'The Chateau 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: 34.99 each

FR-1705. 18 SAINTAYME, SAINT EMILION
Owned by ace consulting oenologist Denis Durantou; 98% merlot 2% cab franc; at St Etienne de Lisse; aged 14 months in barrels, 30% new. Near black color concentration./ Full 2018 fruit abundance tempered and complexed by barrel effects, including new barrels. Thoroughly modern claret in the best sense, as you'd expect from this maker./ Prominent fruit richness conquers the oak, which adds an underlying layer of taste and tannin. Very, very long finish. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1706. 15 CLOS FOURTET, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 97: 'Clos Fourtet is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty in 2015. Powerful, vivid and wonderfully nuanced, it exudes class. Inky red/purplish stone fruit, lavender, spice, mint and orange peel give the 2015 its myriad shades of nuance, but it is the wine's balance and total sense of harmony that elevate it to the realm of the profound. In 2015, Clos Fourtet has a bit more body and resonance than is typically the case. Beneath all of the fruit, however, the 2015 has more than enough energy and structural underpinning to drink well for many years. This is a stunning wine from the Cuvelier family and consulting winemakers Stephane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu. The blend is 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. Drink 2022-2045.'
How Many bottles/singles: 129.95 each

FR-1707. 16 SAINT EMILION DE CHATEAU QUINTUS, SAINT EMILION
Part of the Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion) group. Saint Emilion richness and roundness plus very polished and sophisticated barrel extras./ Oh, the roundness and succulence of the fruit, exceptional for 2016. Plus the 16 burnished texture, good control, and tailoring. Total balance. Long finish. Fine cellar potential. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1708. 15 CLOS DES MENUTS, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
85% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 5% cab franc; aged 12 months in barrels. Gold Medal - Paris. Fine contrast. Merlot and Saint Emilion abundance. Signs of barrel aging add to the fruit complex and Grand Cru terroir. Writes a book on Saint Emilion./ Dark, dense, sweet, round merlot with good complement of acid and tannin. Splendidly well proportioned and representative of its AOC and classification. Well liked by the group. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 32.99 each

FR-1709. 10 COUVENT DES JACOBINS, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wow, deep and velvety at age ten. Earning barrel and bottle bouquet to an extend, but still holds onto a lot of original fruit. Maturation in terms of softness and broadness is ahead of bouquet formation. Well poised./ Even mellower on the palate. Great depth, breadth, and complexity of GCC. Always the velvety pleasures of CdJ. 2010 form and fine tannin yet. Deserves more cellar time. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1710. 18 CHATEAU LA DAME DE BOUARD, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Second wine; owner: Coralie de Bouard, daughter of Hubert de Bouard (Ch Angelus); 85% merlot, 10% cab franc, 5% cab sauv; formerly Ch Tour Musset. Whoa, a big step up in pedigree of origin and barrel impact after a solid 2018 Bordeaux Superieur. . Hard to believe this is a mere Montagne second wine. Soaring, complex, thorough./ Full bodied, well balanced, rich in flavor and fine grained tannins. This too is 'modern', in the best sense. Masterful winegrowing here displays Bouard family genius. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1711. 17 CHATEAU ROCHER CALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
14.5%; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc. Tough act to follow, but it stands up. How did it achieve its alcohol content in this cold, wet vintage? Who cares? The fruit ripeness, the power, and the volume are there, coupled with Saint Emilion fruit generosity./ Unbelievable fruit sweetness for 2017. A completely accomplished Right Bank claret that lasts and lasts. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1712. 12 CHATEAU DU COURLAT, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
90% merlot, 10% cab franc. This is Saint Emilion. Rich, and still youthfully fruity at age seven plus. No 2012 resistance any longer./ The smoothness of merlot. Good acidity. No oak evident. While it‛s gained ease, it has yet to gather bottle bouquet. It‛s a paragon of stability. 91+/100. List price: $20.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1713. 18 CHATEAU CAP DE MERLE, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
65% merlot, 25% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon. Black fruit, cedar, and Asian spices despite not barrel aged. Saint Emilion amplitude, generosity./ The palate is very spicy too. Dynamic and rangy Right Bank claret, the sweet fruit coating any vestige of tannin. Good enough acidity. A proper 2018 claret. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1714. 18 CHATEAU DE ROQUES, PUISSEGUIN SAINT EMILION
Proprietor M. Sublett; 70% merlot, 25% cab sauv, 5% cab franc. A real cork-stainer. Unfined, unfiltered? After a Cotes de Bourg, this is generous too, and it goes up a notch in nobility. There's that up front, sweet, all engaging 2018 plump fruit. Soars high and dives deep, and, it has framing. Saint Emilion through and through./ Wow, plenty of both breed and give. Flavorful and framed as well. Good dose of fine-grained, drying tannin keeps it honest and renders it cellar-worthy. Awesome value in ageworthy claret. So well composed all around. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1715. 18 CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE CORBIN, SAINT GEORGES ST. EMILION
On the site of the original villa of the Roman poet Ausonius; 70% merlot, 30% cab franc; average vine age 55 yrs; aged in barrels 15 months, 1/3 new. Full color depth and fruit richness of 2018. A sense of stated power, but it doesn't overwhelm./ Fruit in command, assuaged by barrel influences. Again, the power, met head on by the bountiful fruit. A modern claret in the best sense. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1716. 16 CHATEAU TOUR DU PAS ST. GEORGES, SAINT GEORGES SAINT EMILION
The satin texture, the fine, tensile structure, and the black fruit depths of 2016. Ideal 2016 Right Bank./ Plays it to a T, without barrel complications. Just delicious 2016 merlot and cab franc claret degree of ripeness. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1717. 12 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Pierre Bourotte, proprietor; 90% merlot, 10% cab franc; at the western edge of the AOC; aged 18 months in barrels, 50% new. 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. Wow, soft, broad, hugely complex for its oak intricacies. Fine tannins yet. Almost larger than life. Very popular with the group.94+/100. List price: $72.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1718. 14 CLOS DU CLOCHER, POMEROL
Parker 93/100. My notes: 70% merlot, 30% cab franc. Clay and gravel over ferrous subsoil at the highest part of the plateau, between Lagrange and Trotanoy; 40 year old vines. 18 months, in barrels, 2/3 new, 1/3 second year Many of the same positives as the Bonalgue plus more heft. Ups the ante in power, breadth, depth, and significance. The 2012s followed a like pattern. Full charm and clarity. Extra oak brilliance./ More backward than the Bonalgue. The oak is still dominant. It has plenty of support. Body, weight, power. Rich, ripe fruit. Really loaded. Not as sexy as the Bonalgue at this stage. 2014 compact, reticent, tannic, and loaded. Keeper. Very popular with the group. Lots of oomph. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1719. 16 CHATEAU HAUT LABORDE, LALANDE DE POMEROL
80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc. Rich, round Pomerol. Full./ Soft, sweet, gentle, good and generous. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1720. 16 CHATEAU SIAURAC, LALANDE DE POMEROL
Vinous 91: ‛The 2016 Siaurac is silky, perfumed and exceptionally beautiful. Readers will find a restrained Lalande de Pomerol built on finesse and class. Sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice and pretty herbal notes add shades of complexity throughout. Drink now-2026.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1721. 16 CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR CUVEE PRESTIGE, FRONSAC
All merlot; a cuvee from the oldest vines.; Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Shows 2016 and Fronsac black fruit and old vines concentration./ No barrel signs,--part of the reason for its modest price. Well balanced, with fine tannin. Good cellar candidate. A very nice expression of Right Bank Bordeaux merlot. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1722. 14 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC
Silver Medal - Concours de Bordeaux. All merlot. Very sweet, bright, and delightful Bordeaux merlot. Deep, ripe, Fronsac substantial and significant. Smoky. Smoked fruits and spices. Some wood./ Yes, sweeter than the 10 and 12. More open. Nice, fine tannin, texture. More ripeness, extract, and plentitude than the 2012. Can serve now. Tres claret. Yes. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1723. 17 CHATEAU VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC
Wine Spectator 92: ‛This is packed with plum and blackberry compote flavors, supported by graphite and smoldering tobacco notes. Everything melds through the solidly structured and toasty finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1724. 15 CHATEAU VILLARS, FRONSAC
Vignerons Gaudrie since 1812; on hillsides above the Isle; 81% merlot, 15% cab franc, 4% cab sauv; average age: 37 years; aged a year in barrels, 1/3 new; unfiltered.. Oh, that's dark and dense, 2015 ripe and barrel complicated. Real Fronsac black-fruit intensity./ Full, rich, and tannic palate. Talks the Fronsac talk. Which I love. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1725. 18 CLOS DU ROY, FRONSAC
At Saillans; merlot, cab franc, cab sauv, malbec; aged 20 months in barrels. Fronsac forthright, Fronsac solid. Given this firm basis, there's plenty of material to work with its generous oak intricacies, to stay free of over-oakiness./ That lush 2018 fruit definition, good acid, plenty of oak complications. Never loses its sense of place. Fine tannin points to cellaring prospects. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1726. 17 CHATEAU LA GRANGE CLINET GRANDE RESERVE, COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛In the hills above the town of Cadillac, this vineyard has produced a richly generous wine. Warm black fruits are balanced by just the right amount of acidity to give a fresh edge to licorice and blackberry flavors. The wood aging needs to integrate further, so wait to drink until 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1727. 10 CHATEAU CARIGNAN PRIMA, CADILLAC COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Heavy wood aging dominates this rich wine at this stage. That should integrate to leave an almost California ripeness from the 100% Merlot. It has a full and rounded structure, cushioned by generous fruits. $35.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1728. 16 CHATEAU ASTER DE BEAULIEU, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
The prestige cuvee; 80% merlot, 20% cab franc. Serious dose of new oak to this tip of the pyramid cuvee. Fruit depth and concentration to take it all up. An upscale Castillon./ Still pretty heavy in the oak flavors and tannins. They won't outlive the fruit; that's intense and compact and all present. Ambitious. Requires cellaring. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1729. 16 CHATEAU CAP DE FAUGERES, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90; Parker 90: ‛The 2016 Cap de Faugeres (composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a medium garnet-purple color and reveals notions of warm plums, blackberry pie and black raspberries with touches of pencil shavings and sauteed herbs. Medium-bodied with a velvety texture and good core of black fruits, it finishes on a long-lasting earthy note. Drink now-2029.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1730. 15 CHATEAU CAP DE FAUGERES, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90: ‛Lively, with aromatic pomegranate, rooibos tea and savory notes forming the core, picking up currant coulis and iron accents on the finish. Drink now through 2023.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1731. 14 CHATEAU DE CLOTTE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Proprietor Bruno Laporte at Les Salles. Deep, dark, well armed, still pretty surly. Castillon loaded. Deep red and black fruits. A big boy./ Flavors still constrained. Plenty of mass and glycerol. Just 2014 backward. Well liked by the group for its promise. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1732. 18 CHATEAU L‛HETRE,. CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
95% merlot, 5% cab franc; owned by the Thienponts of Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin; barrel aged 15 months. Well, this is good Castillon terrior (an eastern extension of the Saint Emilion cote) and Grand Cru Classe elevage. Folks are going to have to learn that Castillons nurtured in this fashion are worth over thirty bucks. Ripe 2018 fruit and intricate barrel nuances./ Full of 2018 merlot richness and savor. And so finely imparted barrel embellishments. I'm in awe. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1733. 18 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv; aged 18 months in once used barrels. Yow, that bright, heart on sleeve 2018 claret appeal, enhanced by its Right Bank merlot dominance and by Castillon wine's Saint Emilion knockoff style and quality. It is, after all, an extension of eastern Saint Emilion's 'cote'./ Oh, so sweet and juicy fruited, with upscale body and grip. Barrel time extends the complexity. Best Hyot I've tasted. Deal! The group agreed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1734. 15 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wow, much riper and sweeter than the good 2014. Castillon complexity and Saint Emilion generosity./ Drier and more tannic than the nose suggests. Trace of astringency. Aerate, decant, or give more bottle age to bring the palate forth. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1735. 18 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Deep, dark definition of 2018, with the usual ripe-fruit style of this Chateau. Youthful fruit. Spices emerge with aeration, and the nose gathers depth./ Dense and spicy. Plenty of good, fine-grained tannin. Good acidity. The vintage talks the talk.. While ripe, the acid reads Euro. Tannin builds at the end. Everything points to a positive evolution. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1736. 15 CHATEAU D‛AIGUILHE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 92 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‛This balanced wine shows fine potential. Its structure dominates at the moment, with solid tannins, but the rich black fruit is all there. Let it develop over the next several years and drink from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1737. 16 SEIGNEURS D'AIGUILHE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛Part of the von Neipperg holdings, this ripe, perfumed wine is rich with tannins and and spice. Black fruits and acidity balance all this firmness to give a wine with delicious potential. Drink this generous blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1738. 18 CHATEAU DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
Parker 90: ‛The 2018 Les Cerisiers has a deep garnet-purple color and gives a wonderfully pure nose of warm black plums, baked blueberries and cherry pie with hints of dark chocolate, spice box and Provence herbs. Full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy black and blue fruit, supported by soft tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a spicy lift.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1739. 16 CHATEAU PUYGUERAUD, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90: ‛This has a good juicy core of red currant and damson plum fruit flecked with mouthwatering savory and tobacco notes through the finish. Drink now through 2022.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1740. 18 CHATEAU PERTHUS, COTES DE BOURG
Mostly merlot. Wow, this is deep purple fruit of 2018. Upholds Bourg's reputation for generous clarets. Better than the last vintage we had, which as damn good./ Yes, lush, purple fruit to the fore with compensating acid and fine tannin. Meal-worthy already. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1741. 16 CHATEAU PUYBARBE, COTES DE BOURG
Yes, sweet fruited, complete Bourg package like the 2012 but with a pleasing 2016 burnish of its own./ Indeed, Bourg generous, 16 silk texture. Mild tannin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1742. 17 CHATEAU SAUMAN, COTES DE BOURG
90% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon. Full and luxurious for its vintage. Not the first 17 claret to come across that way. A deep, sweet fruited surprise. Actually, one of the richest and best in the series./ Full body and tannin, warmth and amplitude. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1743. 14 BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX MIX OF 2
Chateau Chantemerle - Wine Enthusiast 91: '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.' Closerie du Bailli - Wine Enthusiast 91: 'This Alliance Bourg co-op wine is packed with minty new-wood aromas, this has the potential to be a smooth, polished wine. The blend is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Firm tannins at this stage do not mask the ripe blackberry fruits. Give this wine until 2019 before drinking.' In a handsome, informative gift box.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.95 each

FR-1744. 15 CLOSERIE DU BAILLI GRANDE RESERVE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX 5-liter jeroboam
75% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon.
How Many bottles/singles: 119.95 each

FR-1745. 16 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Here's the usual full fruit spread that marks it an especially large and complicated Blaye claret. Though this is not the oaky cuvee, it seems to have some complexing barrel influence to its ample fruit display./ Broad, rich, deep, and long, this is a thorough Roland la Garde with a special measure of fine tailoring that distinguishes it from the more open knit 2015. Gold Dust Twin vintages. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1746. 15 CHATEAU BELLEVUE PEYCHARNEAU, SAINTE FOY BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'From the easternmost appellation in Bordeaux, this wine is softly rich. Juicy black-currant flavors and ripe tannins come from the blend mainly of 65% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is dense while open and attractively fruity. Drink from 2020.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1747. 17 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
2016: Famille Sichel at St. Andre du Bois. 65% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cabernet franc. Signs of barrel age here (it spent 12 months in barrels)./ Smoothed out by the barrel time influence. Great texture, fine tannin, all. A champion vintage of this one. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1748. 18 NICOLAS BARREYRE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
2015: From Chateau Barreyre at Macau, Haut Medoc. Vineyard on the palus by the estuary. 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. Sweet, full, fresh. 15 ripe and fulfilled. Ideal palus wine./ Yes, full of fruit, terroir, and texture, and give. Left Bank merlot all the way. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1749. 18 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Thierry Lurton at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cabernet franc. Oh, boy, 2018 talks the black fruit talk. Really intense. Lurton is working wonders here; a Chateau to follow. And more to come./ Medium bodied and not as exuberant yet as the nose. Another 2018 here this evening that was probably just shipped. I need to exercise more patience. All the components are here though. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1750. 16 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC CUVEE PRESTIGE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Thierry Lurton, proprietor; 700 year heritage; 60% merlot, 40% cab sauv; an old vines selection; barrel aged. Wow, barrel aging has added a lot of breadth and depth to its already impressive old vines fruit intensity. One loaded Bordeaux Superieur./ 2016 black fruit and silky texture. Finest of tannins. Exemplary 2016 BS. Competes well above its AOC. More to come. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1751. 18 L'ESPRIT DU CHATEAU CANDELEY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At St. Antoine du Queyret. 60% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 10% each cab franc, malbec. Deep, dark, and amply endowd 18 claret. Plush merlot of front, with good framework in support from the rest of the varietal cast./ Yes, merlot filling and black fruit cabernet plus framing. This has more structure and ageworthiness than many of its peers. Well priced too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1752. 16 CHATEAU CHAPELLE D‛ALIENOR, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
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How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1753. 16 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
98% merlot, 2% cabernet franc. 43 year old vines. 9 months in barrels, half new. Owned by the Janoueix family. Oh, charm, oak, finesse, barrel time, everything. Perfect./ Perfectly proportioned. Super value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1754. 16 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Lugon, west of Fronsac; second wine; 90% merlot; 10% cab franc; barrel aged. Dark ruby./ Wow, big time fruit intensity and exceptional oak endowments for the second wine of a Bordeaux Superieur Chateau. Grand and ambitious stuff./ Abundant fruit and oak concentrations. Tannin on teeth. Broad, deep, complex. A sleeper for the cellar. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1755. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX DE ROCHE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
James Suckling 90: 'Some toasty oak and deep earthy notes here. Tangy dakr-berry aromas and flavors make for an engaging palate, and there's some blackberry compote to close. Again, good freshness here.' 60% merlot, 15% each carmenere, petit verdot, 10% malbec.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1756. 18 CHATEAU FRANCS MAGNUS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
James Suckling 92: ‛I like the depth of fruit and intensity to this, which shows blackberry and blueberry character. Ripe tannins too.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1757. 16 CHATEAU LES GRANDS MOTTES, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
80% merlot, 20% cabernet. Good and full for Blaye 2016. Not as ripe as the 2015, as expected. Delivers 2016 reserve, potential./ More vinous than fruity at this stage. Full bodied and well balanced. Cellar it awhile. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1758. 17 CHATEAU DU HAUT QUERAY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Martine Bordiere at Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps north of Lussac Saint Emilion. Fabulous, fine, full, sweet black and red fruits. This is from a 'difficult' vintage? No issues here. Buoyant claret./ Up front sweet fruit that's persistent. The right sweet-acid balance. Easy to put to use now. Versatile. Yes; bravo! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1759. 16 CHATEAU JALOUSIE BEAULIEU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛The fruit is right up front in this ripe, full wine. With fine tannins and a rich texture, it is spicy, toasty and packed with blackberry fruits. Acidity shows strongly at the end. Along with the tannins, this will allow it to age. Drink from 2022. $35.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1760. 16 CHATEAU LESCALLE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
65% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 10% each petit verdot, cab franc. On the palus along the estuary near Margaux. 25% new barrels. Fine, deep, silky. Outstanding 2016 style and classic claret aura, plus.emphatic cabernet content and barrel aging.evidence./ Again, 16 silky, tailored. Fine tannin and texture. Why the critics love this vintage. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1761. 18 MOULIN DE CHATEAU D‛ISSAN, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
From Issan''s vineyards on the richer palus soils between Margaux's gravels & the estuary; 90% merlot, 10% cab sauv. Oh, my, what isn't Issan doing right these days?! Entirely Margaux like sophistication despite vineyards on heavier terroir. Barrel aging is the key additive. One complex Bordeaux Superieur./ Dazzles on the palate too, with both fruit and oak giving upscale performances. Fine grained tannins guarantee cellar potential to a full bouqueted maturity. The group was in awe. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1762. 16 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At St. Genis du Bois; 70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Lots of purple-black cab sauv fruit. Richly fruited wine with seemingly some seasoned barrel aging influence. Really well put together combo of varietals./ Good cabernet tannin. And the cabernet fruit is fully ripe. Deliciously balanced and overall very, very fine. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1763. 16 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE LEAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
All old vines merlot. Dark purple./ Deep, dark, and rich. Wisp of violets. Some oak spice too./ Old vines fruit intensity. Oak seasonings. 2016 satin texture. Tannin to shed yet. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1764. 16 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Soussac in eastern Entre Deux Mers; 60% merlot, 20% each cab sauv, cab franc. A tad 2016 reluctant to start. That changes with aeration; it opens up to a sweet, albeit measured, 2016 claret style. Yes, this is correct; tres 2016./ Reads 2016 on the palate too. Balanced, well tailored, finely tannic, and maintaining a certain austerity that promises well for its future. Good value. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1765. 18 CHATEAU LE BERGEY, BORDEAUX
At St. Loubes. Wow! So bright and right, spicy and vigorous./ Abundant, sweet, spicy black fruits. Complex and persistent, even insistent. What a great introduction to the latest claret vintage! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1766. 18 CHATEAU DE BERGUN, BORDEAUX
Boy, I‛m looking forward to this vintage. This has oomph and fortitude. Richness and ripeness./ Richness of merlot plus good acid race. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1767. 18 CHATEAU BLOUIN, BORDEAUX
Proprietor Isabelle Valbom, at Arveyres. Sweet and abundant 2018 merlot-rich claret. Euro restraint and reserve nonetheless. The cherry fruit runs deep./ Fully confirmed on the fruit-rich, tannin-controlled palate. A well balanced, flavorful presentation. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1768. 17 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX
2016: 50% merlot, 25% each cab sauv, cab franc. Young. Has 2016 lines but little fruit aroma yet./ Well, there's some merlot fruit emerging. These are usually more forward from the get go. I have faith. 90+/100. Tasted 5/16/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1769. 18 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX
Fine, ripe, forward 2018 merlot fruit. Fruitiest vintage ever. Holds nothing back. Some vintages are stingier when young./ Yes, a burst of beautiful red and black fruits. Very bright and juicy. Racy Euro acid, Euro form. Very light tannin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1770. 19 CHATEAU LE DRAGON, BORDEAUX
80% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon. Oh, fresh and spicy as well as 2019 fruity./ Palate confirms. Rich, racy, rangy, all. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1771. 16 ESPRIT DE CHATEAU FONROZAY, BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Warm and ripe, this wine is full of black fruits and rich tannins. It is structured but this foundation is already well integrated with the fruit. Spice and a touch of licorice indicate the wood aging and also the potential of this wine. Drink from 2021.$32.‛ 90% merlot, 10% cabernet franc.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1772. 18 CHATEAU LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX
65% merlot, 25% cab sauv, 10% cab franc; organically grown. Oh, that's a nice sweet-smelling one. 2018 fruit quality all the way. Abundant merlot cherry with cabernet blackberry and raspberry support./ Juicy cherry-berry flavors. Great acid. Fine tannin. Just-right ripe fruit sweetness. Harmonious. Useful now. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1773. 16 CHATEAU HAUT NADEAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Targon; Gold Medal at G&G. 86% merlot, 9% malbec, and 5% cab sauv. The extra largesse and power of Bordeaux Superieur./ Palate still closed and two dimensional. Has the textural goods though. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1774. 19 CHATEAU HAUT TORNEZY, BORDEAUX
Proprietor Olivier Banier. 14.5%. 65% merlot, 15% each of the cabernets. A delight. 19 combo of richness and race. Fruit out in front, expressed in true claret moderation./ Race, fruit, balance, 19 claret stylishness. Great acid. Buy it! 91/100. Packed in branded wood cases of 12 bottles.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1775. 16 CHATEAU JEAN DE BEL AIR, BORDEAUX
At Saint Martin du Puy; Gold Medals at G&G, Bruxelles, Los Angeles, New York. 60% merlot, 40% cab sauiv. Closed up for now. Must have been showier when it took its awards. The issue may be that it was just shipped or that it‛s in a bit of a trough at this stage../ Again, close.when tasted a year ago. Visit again. 90++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1776. 18 CHATEAU LORIENT, BORDEAUX
Northeast of the city of Bordeaux, in the western reaches of Entre Deux Mers beyond Carbon Blanc, the soil is gravelly and supports a preponderance of cabernet sauvignon. This one consists of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, and 10% malbec. Black color./ Blackberry, black currant, and cedar cabernet sauvignon aromas./ Full bodied, well structured style of claret with plenty of 2018 fruit, spice, vigor. Serve with ribeye steaks this winter and hold a few bottles in the cellar for the following one or two. 91+/100.A dozen bottles nets you a branded wood box.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1777. 16 CHATEAU LA MARZELLE, BORDEAUX
At Savignac; 80% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec. Deep, dark, and complicated. Really loaded./ Rich, suave, and balanced 2016 approach. Barrel enhancements. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1778. 16 CHATEAU ROQUEBRUNE, BORDEAUX
At Cenac; 85% cab sauv on clay-gravel, 15% merlot on clay-limestone. Very bright and juicy. 16 tailoring. Lovely cabernet form./ Cabernet black currant emerges on the palate. 16 stylish all the way. Now and later. Bargain. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1779. 16 CHATEAU ROUQUETTE, BORDEAUX
At Saint Vincent de Pertigues. 70% merlot, 30% cab sauv. Pleasingly ripe and sweet, especially for 2016. Nice nasal texture./ Yeah, great 2016 acid and spiel and burnish, and that uniquely sweet fruit. Deal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1780. 15 CHATEAU TARIN, BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 25% cab franc, 5% cab sauv.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1781. 17 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX
2016: At Moulon; 80% merlot, 10% each of the cabernets. It‛s 2016, so it‛s firmer. Nice, burnished texture of 2016 claret. Lovely example./ Good fruit, composure, and the finest of tannin feels. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1782. 18 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX
At Targon, Entre deux Mers; 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% cab franc on limestone, clay, and gravel; average age: 35 years. Intense aromas of cranberry, raspberry, and early fall apple. 18 fruit abundance and exuberance./ 18 sweet fruited,, with very tangy acidity. Unusually high cabernet content for the region gives it a lot of black fruit vigor. What fun this is! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1783. 18 CAVE DE MARMANDAIS PETIT LIXANDRE, BORDEAUX
Dark ruby 2018 claret color./ Wow, plenty fresh and uplifting./ Spicy too, especially clove. Unique and well crafted. A good value source. 90/100. A purchase of 6 bottles nets you a branded wood box.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1784. 16 VILLAGE LA TOURELLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BORDEAUX
All cabernet sauvignon--very rare in Bordeaux. A good, forthright cabernet. Some astringent aspects of the vintage in youth. All logical./ Real cabernet character to taste. Works this vintage. 91+/100. Notes taken at a trade show last September. Repeat customers tell me it has lost its astringency now.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1785. 16 DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX
Fully sweet. Unctuous to the max, as intended. Black fruit cremes and light oak./ More oak and fruit expression with both tannins. Well structured. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1786. 15 ESPRIT DE PAVIE, BORDEAUX
By Chateau Pavie's billionaire proprietor, Gerard Perse; 65% merlot, 20% cab franc, 15% cab sauv in clay-limestone soils of Perse-owned chateaux of St. Emilion and Castillon; barrel aged. Wow, this is classy. The fruit selection, the low yields, and the barrel aging all add up to a cru-like claret./ Yes, full nobility on the palate too. Masterful conception and execution. Fully ripe fruit and oak in harmony. The finest of tannins. A bargain price for this level of quality. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1787. 18 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6
All awarded Gold Medals at prestigious wine competitions. In a flat, branded wood presentation box.
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-1788. 18 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 3
Contains 3 of the 6 in the 2018 Mix of 6. In a flat, branded wood presentation box.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1789. 14 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Parker 94; Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Intense citrus is overlaid by the ripe pineapple and tropical fruit. This delicious complex wine, with its tangy acidity, tightly coiled texture and touches of wood aging, is packed with great fruit. Drink from 2021. $50.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1790. 16 CHATEAU LA GRAVE MARTILLAC, PESSAC LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of Grand Cru Classe Chateau Latour Martillac. Semillon and sauvignon blanc. Still shy, but clearly full bodied and well crafted./ Some barrel influence. Nice lemon/lime and passion fruit flavors. Grand Cru full, even powerful. It would be a shame to serve it now. It will be so much more accomplished a few months down the line. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1791. 18 CHATEAU CHANTEGRIVE, GRAVES BLANC
2016: James Suckling 92-93/100. My notes: This is a second Chateau of Grand Cru Chateau Carbonnieux. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon. Plenty of oomph. Quality semillon basis. Goes way deep in Bordeaux sauvignon richness and race, and semillon plumpness. Everything about it is more-ish. Very pungent, clear, tropical. Lightly oaked. Grand showing. Very giving./ Plenty of sauvignon tropics: racy, lucid citrus and passion fruit sauvignon expressions. Lots of personality, content, body. Round and rich semillon meets lively sauvignon acidity. Masterful. And making great progress since fall. This will develop well like the 2013 did. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1792. 15 CHATEAU CHANTEGRIVE, GRAVES BLANC
2016: James Suckling 92-93/100. My notes: This is a second Chateau of Grand Cru Chateau Carbonnieux. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon. Plenty of oomph. Quality semillon basis. Goes way deep in Bordeaux sauvignon richness and race, and semillon plumpness. Everything about it is more-ish. Very pungent, clear, tropical. Lightly oaked. Grand showing. Very giving./ Plenty of sauvignon tropics: racy, lucid citrus and passion fruit sauvignon expressions. Lots of personality, content, body. Round and rich semillon meets lively sauvignon acidity. Masterful. And making great progress since fall. This will develop well like the 2013 did. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1793. 18 CHATEAU DUCASSE, BORDEAUX BLANC
Good, clear, crisp, full, grassy nose. Perfect poise./ Plump on the approach, with good acid and lime peel cut. One of the best of the series, and one of the earliest to fulfillment. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1794. 19 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC
Herve Dubourdieu, proprietor; 50 year old vines; 75% semillon, 20% sauvignon, 5% muscadelle. Oh, that deep, musky semillon basis. Dubourdieu is a semillon master. Hovering aromas of sauvignon tropics and muscadelle green tea and mint. Perfect pitch./ Palate fully confirms aroma range. Semillon waxy viscosity, sauvignon-muscadelle cut. A lot of textural presence at a modest level of alcohol. Inimitably stylish. High ratings all around. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1795. 18 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC
Proprietor Arnaud de Butler at Portets. 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon. Understated. Just shipped. Probably should have waited a couple of weeks. Graves material evident, semillon weight but a much aroma yet./ I like the semillon weight, the feel, the balance. Seems to have it all together. Just not pumping out the flavor yet. Let‛s see how this shows when the group tries it following aeration. Well, it had more to offer later, including terroir, complexity of varietal characters, flavor, balance, and length. Particularly the next day! 91+/100. Tasted 8/26/20.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1796. 18 CHATEAU DE CASTELNEAU, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Vicomte Loic de Roquefeuil, proprietor. 40% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 20% muscadelle. Ah, those muscadelle lime peel and walnut husk marks. A complex of all three varietals forms with airing./ Upon opening, the flavor seemed less intense than the aroma, and the acid seemed coated. Both drawbacks were solved by aeration, and by the time the group tasted it, it was fully expressive and well balanced as well. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1797. 17 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Good nose: intense, rich, variegated for its varietal complexity. Sauvignon gris spiciness comes forth. One of the best vintages of this./ Satisfying body.. Good flow, spice, vigor, acid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1798. 18 CHATEAU PROMIS, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Boy, this has a lot of pizzazz. Stimulating sauvignon and muscadelle flair and etch./ Yes, plenty of flavor and texture both. This really delivers for the price. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1799. 18 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% semillon, 35% sauvignon gris, 25% sauvignon blanc. Semillon fattens it up. Sauvignon gris adds an intriguing aromatic set that includes pepper and yew./ Sauvignon citrus chimes in on the palate. Sauvignon gris supplies maximum character in this unique Bordeaux blanc. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1800. 19 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX BLANC
At Grezillac in Entre Deux Mers; longtime home estate of the late Andre Lurton. 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. After a little hesitation, there's a positively scintillating display of sauvignon ruby red and tropics, semillon lemon curd, and muscadelle linden./ Rich, lush, round semillon basis, with sauvignon and muscadelle aromatic airs hovering over. Good and bright and sharp acidity. Long and complex, flavorful finish. A big group favorite; orders taken. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1801. 19 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
One of the youngest I've tasted of this, and that's all the better for it. Each varietal component is fully evident and sympathetic to the other. Ying and yang of sauvignon lemon juice and semillon lemon custard./ Sauvignon juiciness to the fore. Fleshy tropical fruits as well as citrus. Intense and precise flavor complex. Best ever...probably because the youngest. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1802. 19 CHATEAU LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX BLANC
At Saint Laurent du Bois in Entre Deux Mers; 60% sauvignon, 40% semillon; organically grown. Sauvignon flair, semillon basis. A rightful assemblage. Coordinated./ Yes, good semillon viscosity and padding, and racy, edgy sauvignon acid and grassy, citrusy flavors. Lemon-lime and dash of passion fruit. Salivating. Long, flavorful finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1803. 17 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX BLANC
2014: 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-1804. 19 CHATEAU LAMOTHE, BORDEAUX BLANC
At Montignac; 86% sauvignon blanc, 14% semillon. Very fresh and crisp sauvignon, mainly citrus fruit./ Well some juicy passion fruit comes forth on the palate to join the citrus. Delish. A quaffer for summertime pleasure. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1805. 18 CHATEAU LAMOTHE, BORDEAUX BLANC
86% sauvignon blanc, 14% semillon. Full scent and texture. Yes./ Juicy. Bordeaux sauvignon/semillon body. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1806. 18 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC
From Villegouge near Fronsac. Half each sauvignon, semillon; 70 year old vines. Nice and pissy sauvignon pungence. Sauvignon cat pee and semillon body./ Yes, semillon fullness and plumpness. Sauvignon cat pee and lime cut. Works. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1807. 17 BLANC SEC DE CHATEAU SUDUIRAUT, BORDEAUX BLANC
Wine Spectator 90: ‛Fresh white peach, yellow apple and lemon chiffon flavors stream through, with flashes of honeysuckle and jasmine on the finish. Very pretty. Drink now through 2022.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1808. 19 BLANC DE CHATEAU CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1809. 18 CLOS DES LUNES LUNE D‛ARGENT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, BORDEAUX BLANC
70% semillon, 30% sauvignon; from old vines in an undulating vyd within the Sauternes AOC. The body of semillon is apparent as well as the heavier soil of the Sauternes area versus Graves. Clear ring of sauvignon makes a nice contrast./ Wow, that's a rich, full bodied semillon based wine making a clear terroir statement. You can take it to the table, but I suspect it will increase in depth and complexity after another year or two in the cellar. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1810. 13 CLOS D‛ABEILLEY, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Bommes. 20 acres within Rayne Vigneau. 75% semillon. Sweet honey and earthy honey aspects. Not fruity. No botrytis showing. Terroir statement./ Yeah, stony like Rayne Vigneau itself. Cool peach on the back taste. Minerally Rayne reminder. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1811. 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: 69.95 each

FR-1812. 13 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
2/3 semillon, 1/3 sauvignon blanc. Honey, pineapple, and oak aromas. Strong, deep, sweet./ Flavors confirm aromas. Plenty sweet indeed. Not much botrytis showing. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1813. 12 CHATEAU HALLET, SAUTERNES half bottle
2010: 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: 18.99 each

FR-1814. 16 CHATEAU LAFAURIE PEYRAGUEY, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES half bottle
Parker 95+: ‛Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey gives up bold notions of fresh pineapple, green mango, lemon meringue pie and yuzu zest with touches of beeswax, lime blossoms, toasted almonds and cedar chest. The palate is all class with fantastic poise, purity and precision giving the tropical and citrus layers loads of sparkle through the long finish. Drink 2021-2049.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1815. 15 CHATEAU LAMOTHE GUIGNARD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: 'Freshness is the hallmark of this wine. Of course, there is sweetness, but at the same time, the lemon and bitter orange flavors are shot through by lively acidity. It is a perfumed wine that will age well over the medium-term.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1816. 16 CHATEAU LARIBOTTE, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Preignac. 60 year old vines, 90% semillon, 8% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle. Brimful of honey, pineapple, and citrus. Very sweet./ Sweetness coats the acidity. Aromatics continue to pour forth. Add almond to the set. Botrytis masked at this stage. Loaded. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1817. 05 CHATEAU DE MALLE, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1818. 15 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Vinous 93; Parker 93-95: 'The 2015 Myrat was tasted as a blend and from barrel at the estate with proprietor Xavier de Pontac. It has an elegant bouquet with scents of white flowers infusing the lightly honeyed fruit. The palate is very well balanced, very pure and refined, gently building to a really quite gorgeous, tensile finish that feels long and very sophisticated. This is one of the best that I have tasted from Chateau de Myrat and comes highly recommended.'
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1819. 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: 52.95 each

FR-1820. 15 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES
Vinous 93/100. My notes: Luscious. Overwhelmingly creme filled. Custard creme donut. Lemon frosting, lemon curd. Pineapple. Suggestions of botrytis: tea, tobacco, dry pollen./ Plenty of honey and pollen. Big time flavor impact, range. Awesome second. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1821. 09 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES
Parker 92: 'Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Carmes de Rieussec opens with evolving honey-coated almonds, lemon pie and dried pineapple scents with hints of candied ginger, praline and cinnamon toast. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, it has compelling savory accents and just enough freshness to sustain the long, honey-nut finish. Drink now-2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1822. 16 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Parker 95: ‛With coaxing, the pale lemon colored 2016 Coutet slowly unfurls to give a myriad of preserved lemons, pineapple pastry, almond croissant, fresh ginger and lime blossoms scents with nuances of chalk dust, white pepper, star anise and cedar. Rich, seductive and yet exquisitely balanced, the satiny-textured palate has layer upon layer of citrus and savory notions, finishing very long and spicy. Drink 2021-2044.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1823. 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: 59.95 each

FR-1824. 02 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1825. 13 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC half bottle
Oh, this is really making progress now. A nose I can feel. Honey, botrytis, stimulating acidity. Citrus, fresh pineapple. Tartness. Pollen dusting. Huge intensity./ The palate is full of honey, granola, pineapple, and botrytised succulence. Luscious to the max and yet still Barsac relative dryness. Not a bit sticky. Complex, broad, deep, lasting. 96+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1826. 16 CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 96+: ‛Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Rieussec comes sashaying out of the glass with a beautiful floral and citrus perfume of orange blossom, pink grapefruit, yuzu, lime leaves, lemongrass and fallen leaves with hints of nutmeg and candied ginger. Having shed a lot of the puppy fat from when I last tasted this from barrel, the palate reveals loads of elegant, tightly wound layers and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Drink 2021-2050.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1827. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON, SAINTE CROIX DU MONT
Formerly owned by the Fertals, relatives of a Detroit area wine merchant, du Pavillon has been sold to Olivier Fleury. I've had many a previous vintage to compare to this one, and the style remains consistent and the quality high. Nice, rich, fruity, citrus aroma./ Plus a peachy taste. Fully up to snuff Ste. Croix, rivaling a Sauternes. Mmm. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1828. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON, SAINTE CROIX DU MONT half bottle
Formerly owned by the Fertals, relatives of a Detroit area wine merchant, du Pavillon has been sold to Olivier Fleury. I've had many a previous vintage to compare to this one, and the style remains consistent and the quality high. Nice, rich, fruity, citrus aroma./ Plus a peachy taste. Fully up to snuff Ste. Croix, rivaling a Sauternes. Mmm. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1829. 16 CHATEAU DOISY DAENE, 2ME GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAUTERNES half bottle
Parker 94+: 'Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Doisy Daene is a little closed, opening out to reveal lime blossoms, Mandarin peel, candied lemon peel and peach blossoms scents with hints of spice cake and creme brulee. The palate offers an incredible array of citrus and spice layers with fantastic freshness and length. Drink 2021-2050.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1830. 16 CHATEAU LES ROQUES, LOUPIAC half bottle
80% semillon, 18% sauvignon blanc, 2% muscadelle; Gold Medal - Concours Mondial des Feminalise. Wow, pineapple, husk, tupelo honey, singed orange peel, and much, much more. I'm afraid I'm running out of time to take it all in./ Succulent, honeyed fruit, stature, and surprising sense of power at 12.5%. Sweetness suppresses full display. Will improve for decades. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1831. 18 BERGERAC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX
Half each merlot, cab sauv. Bountiful and heady in the Taster glass. More fruit amplitude than the Bergerac rouge norm. A winning wine every time it's served. Rock 'em, sock 'em robot of a Bergerac rouge. Loaded./ Well portrays 2018 black fruit fulfillment. Yes, rangy and deep flavors and feels. Richness met by really racy acidity. Perfectly balanced through the long finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1832. 18 BERGERAC BLANC SEC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX
50% sauvignon, 45% semillon, 5% muscadelle; Becky Wasserman selection. Well , look what an extra year in bottle does! Now reveals effusive and attractive Bordeaux area sauvignon assets. Lemongrass sauvignon, lemon curd semillon, and touch of muscadelle green mango./ Semillon roundness, sauvignon bright acidity. Full flavor spectrum that simply won't be denied. Pleasing texture and length too. Semillon waxiness, sauvignon minerality. Orange blossom afterglow. Balanced and evocative. Widely enjoyed by the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1833. 16 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU DU CAILLAU
All malbec; the estate also produces Clos La Coutale. Deep, very spicy, and fine. Wow! Volume here!/ Pleasingly sweet fruit and, again, lots of spicy vigor. A flashy, new Cahors malbec. Well priced. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1834. 14 CAHORS, CHATEAU CAYROU
Becoming very pretty. Pretty and cool malbec black cherry./ Very pure. Certainly fully ripe. A lot of dash and flow. Yeah. 91/100. Weeks later, at Wine Club: Continues to impress. Rich and ripe for 14. Comes forth readily./ For a 14 Cahors, plenty of give. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1835. 18 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE
80% malbec, 20% merlot. Black wine of Cahors indeed. This is deep, dense, and concentrated. Cherry concentrate and tar./ Fine fruit sweetness of 2018. Best from here since 2014. Sweet fruit, fine fruit acidity, nicely burnished tannins in back. Ageworthy too. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1836. 13 CAHORS, CHATEAU GAUTOUL
5 soil types on the property; 80% malbec, 16% merlot, 4% tannat; aged 18 months in oak casks; 2013 just released. Black Wine of Cahors./ Oh, and it's a tough guy too. Geez, after 7 plus years, still compact and stingy. The 2012 was much more accommodating last year,/ Well, there's some fruit sweetness on the palate, and an intriguing cedar streak. The tannins are manageable. Overall, quite an achievement this vintage. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1837. 15 CAHORS MALBEC LA GAMOTIN CLOS DE GAMOT, JOUFFREAU
Very juicy, ripe black cherry malbec nose. Tres 2015./ Yes, black cherry concentrate and tar. Fine tannin. A lovely 2015 take on Cahors. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1838. 18 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
14.5%. Opaque./ Dense but intriguing as well./ Indeed, this has spiel as well as intensity. Has good acidity too. Unique. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1839. 18 CAHORS MALBEC GOULEYANT, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
Est. 1887. Cahors stalwart Vigouroux's early drinking cuvee. Well, it's 2018 abundantly fruity and ready to fill the bill. Cherry pie nose, in spades./ Yes, the palate is sweetly fruity and generous. Great acid balances the sweet fruit, keeps this wine from getting sloppy. Light tannin on the finish comes with the Cahors territory. Well crafted. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1840. 14 MADIRAN CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, ALAIN BRUMONT
Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This is the home estate of Madiran superstar Alain Brumont. The wine is big, bold, rich and packed with both fruit and tannins. It has great structure and a dense dusty tannic character that promises great aging. This is a major wine that needs time. Drink it starting from 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1841. 14 FRANCAIS MALBEC LA RESERVE, LIONEL OSMIN
Southwest France negociant founded in 2010 by its namesake. That's black malbec and 2014 fruit. Not quite the bear of 2008, 2014 was similarly firm in youth, and the SW France reds are opening slowly. I like the style and degree of maturity about this one at present./ Medium bodied and pretty pliable now. Balanced and versatile at the table. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1842. 18 COTES DU GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG - SAUVIGNON, ALAIN BRUMONT
50-50. That enduring balance of gros manseng plumpness and sauvignon blanc cut. Well tuned./ Juicy sauvignon white grapefruit meets manseng's peachy padding. Great taste succulence and texture. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1843. 19 COTES DU GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng. Dazzling and penetrating aromas of sharp green colombard, softer green ugni, and round, golden manseng. Goes way deep thanks to the manseng./ Flavors of spring grass, lime, and soft tropical fruits. Scintillating fruit acidity just vibrates on the palate. Long, tangy, flavorful finish. A top vintage of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1844. 19 COTES DU GASCOGNE RESERVE SELECTION CUVEE GROS MANSENG, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
Peach-apricot varietal aroma. Very enticing. Defining./ Round and soft, but not sweet. Long lasting flavor included peach-peel intensity. When I bought this, I was expecting a sweet wine like Pellehaut's L'Ete. Research and experience have proven otherwise. I'm not disappointed though. Not one bit. This is a singular wine and textbook gros manseng at a song of a price. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1845. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE HARMONIE DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
2017: Ugni blanc, colombard, gros manseng, petit manseng, folle blanche, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay. Round, sweet, more advanced, less racy. The peachy mansengs show../ Yes, oh yes, the juicy white peach stuff! Wow. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1846. 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET
2018: Very, very green fruit take on colombard this vintage./ Again. Extreme green tropical fruits including guava. Takes colombard to the outer limits. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1847. 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE L'ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
Owned by the Beraut family for 300 yrs; 80% gros manseng, 10% each chardonnay, petit manseng. Oh, what an inspiring nose! Ever peachy mansengs to the fore, with the ultimate apricot lift of the petit. Chardonnay adds a yellow delicious apple note./ So gently sweet and so brightly elevated. The flavors, which add in mango and green tea, last forever, and spread out across the palate. Always worth a detour. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1848. 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES
Famille Duffour. 80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. A nice cuvee. Colombard crisp, manseng padded. Perfect pitch. Au point even at such a youthful stage. Nice to see this fully fresh./ Plump, round, soft citrus and other tropical fruits. Cool and composed. May even bear a little RS, which is foiled by adequate acidity. Long aftertaste. On the second evening, even more intense tropics aromas and flavors. Yow! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1849. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE CARPE GUILHEM, DOMAINE SAN DE GUILHEM
70% colombard, 30% sauvignon blanc. Round and rich 2018 presentation and ideal balance of the varietals. Neither dominates./ Fine fruit sweet-acid balance too. Feels and flavors go on and one. A delightful value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1850. 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-1851. 16 FRANCAIS SUD OUEST VILLA CHAMBRE D'AMOUR, LIONEL OSMIN
Deep, sweet gros manseng peachiness cut by sauvignon blanc citricity./ Mmm, that balance of manseng plumpness and sauvignon acid race. Will continue to put on weight. In tune with the series. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1852. 18 GAILLAC BLANC CUVEE M, DOMAINE DU MOULIN
Sauvignon blanc plus. The sauvignon is subtle. Not a surging nose but pleasant. Nice citrus peel edge./ Acid is brisk and pleasing. Sauvignon passion fruit comes forth. Very enjoyable. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1853. LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE, VIEUX PAPE
Combo of fruity and vinous. Juicy purple berries: loganberry, boysenberry./ Medium bodied. Attractive flow. Mild tannin. Good acid. Flavorful. An intriguing sleeper. Would like to know more about its background. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 5.99 each

FRANCE LOIRE

FR-1855. LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE BLANC, VIEUX PAPE
This is more involved than simply vinous, but I can‛t put a finger on the varietal makeup. It‛s not fruity or floral. There‛s a creamy aspect./ Yes, creamy fruit something. Entirely pleasing, and like nothing else. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 5.99 each

FR-1856. 18 VAL DE LOIRE PINOT NOIR, NICOLAS IDIART
His best vintage of this, thanks to the ripe, fruit forward nature of 2018. It's northern grown fresh and without a trace of greenness./ Yes, amazingly ripe and fruity, without compromising its high latitude coolness and great acidity. Take it right to the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1857. 09 FRANCAIS GAMAY CUVEE GIGOU'T, VINS GIGOU
Fresh, black, warm, full. Gamay fruity. Astonishingly concentrated Loire gamay. Full of rich and ripe fruit of 2009. Plus gathering bottle bouquet. Still on the up and up./ Great acid tang, and surprising tannin for age, variety, vintage. Full density. Light bottle bouquet. Fully vital. 92/100. List price: $22.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1858. 15 VAL DE LOIRE GROLLEAU, CLAU DE NELL
Wine & Spirits 93: 'This was a struggling biodynamic vineyard that attracted the attention of Anne-Claude Leflaive and her husband, Christian Jacques; they purchased it in 2008. Leflaive has since passed away, but the couple had hired Sylvain Potin, who continues to farm the Demeter certified property. The grolleau vines range from 60 to 90 years old, growing in silty clay over tuffeau, and the ripe fruit of the 2015 took this wine to a friendly sort of beauty from what is often a gruff grape. It's full of wild-blackberry flavors and sweet tobacco notes, with a structure that feels delicate and lacy for a wine of its dark riches. $57.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1859. 17 ANJOU ROUGE RELIEFS, CHATEAU SOUCHERIE
90% cabernet franc, 10% grolleau. Lean, northern cabernet franc, with a lightly sweet 2017 demeanor./ Medium flavor intensity. Still a bit of an introvert. Medium bodied. Some tannin yet to shed. This will swell up with more bottle age. Right now it's a bit contrite. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1860. 18 SAUMUR BREZE CLOS MAZURIQUE MONOPOLE , ARNAUD LAMBERT
One very rich and ample Loire cabernet franc. Wow. So far, Loire's reds speak well for the 2018 vintage./ Full bodied, and spicy too. Delivers ripeness, depth, and range. And it's fully formed. Wow again. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1861. 17 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL
Sand and gravel soils. Pretty and bright. Joyous. With Loire cabernet franc tart edge./ Yes, sweet-tart, green and red fruit. Euro for sure. The finish has forgivingly soft and sweet touches. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1862. 18 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE
Est. 1822. Fresh, bright, crisp, cool, fruity, northern, snappy, classic./ 2018 fruit bounties. In addition, it's swelled up and broadened out since last tasted several months back. Spot on Bourgueil. Wow, a lot of bang for the buck. More to come. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1863. 18 CHINON, DOMAINE BAUDRY
2017: Wine Spectator 92: 'A gorgeous red, with tobacco, bay leaf and black pepper notes underscoring the dark cherry and cola flavors. Beautifully integrated tannins join the fresh acidity and create a solid structure that gives this harmony and promises a long life ahead. Delicious now, but should be even better in a few years. Best from 2021 through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1864. 16 CHINON, CHATEAU COUDRAY MONTPENSIER
Oh, deep and fully endowed. Noble reduction. Cranberry and red raspberry./ Yes, creamy texture replete with Loire cabernet franc acid and peels extracts. Full. One loaded Chinon with aging capacity. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1865. 18 CHINON CLOS DU SAUT AU LOUP MONOPOLE, DOMAINE DOZON
Wine Enthusiast 92: ‛Eric Santier created a rich, smoothly textured wine that has benefitted from the concentration of the vintage. It is ripe wine full of spicy black-berry flavors. Soft tannins are already integrated into the fruitiness. $26.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1866. 17 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT
Vineyard on clay and limestone. Rather close and tart to start, but true to its cherry-suggestive name. Nose sweetens up with aeration./ Dry and tannic on entry. Fruit character and padding come on. Good ager. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1867. 18 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU
Oh, this is sweet and perfectly ripe. In some vintages, this plays it closer to the vest at this age. Not this 2018. Awesome delivery already and vigorous spiciness./ Yes, both ripe and racy. Complete cabernet franc red raspberry and brambly seeds peppery nature. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1868. 18 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT
14.5%; est. 1693; from sandy alluvial soil near the Vienne. Strange positioning for a Chinon in a Wednesday set, but check the alcohol and the color! Large, extract laden, and still sullen./ Yeah, this has all the material, body, power, and potential one could want. Just lacks aromatic profile. Over the coming hours it began to reveal a richer set of aromas and flavors. Nonetheless, like me, the group was most impressed its body, power, and cellar-worthiness. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1869. 17 CHINON, CHATEAU DE RIVIERE
Cherry and tar darkness, density, and depth. Airs well to a more user friendly presentation./ Nice flow. True and stylish. Balanced and even. Good now, with some cellaring prospects too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1870. 14 CHINON, DOMAINE SOURDAIS TAVEAU
At Cravant. Nice development with warm, meaty savors. Good stage./ Confirms warmth and suavity, animal savors. Great acid. Love it. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1871. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE L'AURIERE, VIGNERONS DE LA NOELLE
Well, totally vibrant, alert. A good spread of green things. Depth here too./ All over again. Very, very flavorful. Good acid as well as the appropriate tender core. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1872. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE L'AURIERE, VIGNERONS DE LA NOELLE (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
4 generation estate; gneiss & granite subsoil; 15-35 yr old vines; 7months on lees with regular stirring.. That's 16 full. Rounding out, maturing./ At a mellow stage, the acidity cushioned. 90/100..
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1873. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD
In the Gregoire family for 5 generations; on a diversity of soils at Monzillon. A nice and mossy one. Green fruit; terrarium./ Plenty of varietal character. Flavorful, classic. Deep seated minerality. Good value. Versatile at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1874. 18 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE
Full, full, full green, underbrush scented classic. Oh, plus good citrus flair. Penetrating./ Yes, fine vigor. Spices as well as green, herbal aspects. Real cut. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1875. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DE GRAS MOUTONS, CLAUDE BRANGER
Claude and Sebastien Branger form this wine from a range of estate parcels averaging 40 years old. Dry and discreet. More about form than fragrance. Good 2018 build./ Proper sur bois flavors define it Muscadet. Old vines grip. Acid and rightful tender core. A classic, really, if slightly understated at this stage. Turns out all it needed was a couple of hours' more aeration to pour its heart out. A big group favorite.91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1876. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE BREGEON
Body, pizzazz, and lots of sur lie influence. Balanced presentation. This works./ Very crisp and clear. Light sur lie aspects echo on the palate. Well balanced. Long aftertaste. A complete performance. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1877. 18 MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA BRETONNIERE
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1878. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU LA CARIZIERE
Big, billowing aroma. Has force and depth./ Rich and round, full and suave. Paragon 2017. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1879. 14 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE COMTE LELOUP DE CHASSELOIR CUVEE LES CEPS CENTENAIRES, CHEREAU CARRE
Wine & Spirits 94: 'Part of the region's Cru Communaux, the Comte Leloup is 7.4 acres of vines that are more than 100 years old. Bernard Chereau ferments the wine in stainless steel and ages it on the lees for ten months, followed by at least two years in bottle. The vines, growing in schist and slate, deliver fruit with smoky depths, the wine lasting on ripe peach, honeydew and bitter melon, all of its richness wrapped in juicy tart-apple freshness. It's broad and intense, floral and savory, a wine to decant for a roasted whole fish stuffed with fennel. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1880. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GNEISS DE BEL ABORD, DOMAINE DE LA FRUITIERE
Oh, good 16 fullness. Swells and etches the nostrils. Saturated with underbrush and wet stone. This has classic form, classic lines. It's explicitly Muscadet framed, with a soft, forgiving, alluring center./ Rich, and full of fruit expression, if ever a Muscadet had such. Balanced by fine acid race. This delivers real mouthfeel. For food. Yow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1881. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE GADAIS
In Saint Faicre, lieux dit Les Avineaux; on granite. Nice and stony. Full terroir expression. Moss, terrarium./ Full body, mineral savor. Good presence and flavor impact. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1882. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE BRIN D'R, DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE
Raphael Luneau, 9th generation. That's alert, alive and brimful of fruit. Just surges forth in an eager to please manner./ Full and round on the palate. Some peels astringency and a metallic ring on the finish. A singular Muscadet. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1883. 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-1884. 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. With plenty of grip and presence. 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. Really enduring. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1885. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA GRENOUILLE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE
19th century roots; vineyards on sandy gravel over granite and schist; vines 25-60 years old. Moss, sur bois, stone dust. Persistent, penetrating./ Oh, quite some volume and flavor intensity on the palate. Racy acidity along with the classic core of tenderness. In tune with the series.. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1886. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA PEPIE, LA PEPIERE
Lighter and livelier than the good 2018. All the same, it has that core of leesy goodness that renders it another winner in the series./ Yes, perfect muscadet pitch. Fruit and lees, padding and acid. Good to go. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1887. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE GORGES, DOMAINE LA PEPIERE
Full, solid, ageworthy. Deep seated. Great grip and acidity for 2015./ Ah, some of that ripe 2015 fruit underlayment. Large structured, well packed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1888. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION DU COGNETTES, DOMAINE PERRAUD
2017: Intense and deep. An assortment of fruit peels and pith./ Dazzling lemon curd highlight. Fine texture and 17 fruit delivery. Long. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1889. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA
After the 17 Pepiere, fuller. Stonier. Year older./ Balance, build, quality. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1890. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA RAGOTIERE
Wine Enthusiast 92 - Top 100: 'Old vines, up to 60 years old, are the basis of this concentrated, ripe and intense wine. It is impressive and tightly wound, with layers of rich citrus fruit and a chalky texture. This is still a little young, so drink from 2018. $16.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1891. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU SALMONIERE
Crisp and fresh. Subtly aromatic. Pure and typical./ Juicy and flavorful. Balanced and meal-worthy. Bargain. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1892. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, SAUVION
2018: Fullness, power, personality. Sous bois and terrarium muscadet classic./ Indeed, full and well textured. Good acid and tender core. Great vintage of this. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1893. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DES TROIS VERSANTS
Yves Bretonniere, 4th generation vigneron; versants = hillsides; on schist; average 30 year old vines; oldest 70 years; all selection massale. Wow, a big burst of green and yellow fruit goodness. Both plush and incisive. Minerality and depth./ Nice metallic ring on the palate. Still a shade reductive under screwcap. Juicy, stony savors. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1894. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GORGES, DOMAINE VERDIER
Est. 1635; first to plant melon de Bourgogne in Loire Maritime. A nose-ful. Has grip. Good tone. Fulls out more with aeration./ Rich and mossy. Lots of flavor. Incisive fruit acidity. For food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1895. 19 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE,. THIBAUT HENRION
Gold Medal - Concours Mondial des Feminalise. Fresh and spunky. Quince, melon, lime, terroir. Lovely, lilting dry chenin blanc as always. Spot on./ Soft and juicy. Come hither. Delectable, really. Pleasing softness of fruit but no lack of adequate acidity. Very flavorful. Wide ranging applications. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1896. 16 SAVENNIERES, DOMAINE DES BAUMARD
Wine Spectator 93: 'Piercing and pure, with pear, green apple and green almond notes carried by a sleek, minerally edge. Shows juiciness along with edges and flashes of honeysuckle and bitter almond in the background. Drink now through 2035. $38.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1897. 18 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY TERROIR DE CRAIE, DOMAINE DE LA PERRUCHE
Full color./ Oh, that's a bright--even brilliant--S-C cab franc red raspberry nose. No herbs in ripe 2018. The special elegant take of an S-C cab franc. Haven't had one in a long time, but I can't forget it./ Sweet and juicy ripe fruit shows the combo of vintage and northern latitude. Lingering ripe acidity and very fine tannin. Textbook S-C. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1898. 19 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU MIDI, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Wine Spectator 93: ‛This offers an expressive mix of yellow apple, persimmon and Meyer lemon flavors infused with light notes of hazelnut and hints of smoke. The acidity is electric, giving this plenty of verve and carrying all the elements to the long and seductive, lightly floral finish. Best from 2022 through 2034. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1899. 15 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DAVIDE, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Wine Spectator 93; Wine & Spirits 93: 'Along with his father, Yves, Arnaud Lambert has managed the vineyards at the Chateau de Breze since 2009. His domaine wines come from 50 acres in Breze and another 50 in Saint Cyr en Bourg. This is a fascinating wine from vines planted in 1965 on a cool northeast-facing hillside where a thin layer of sandy topsoil covers the limestone bedrock. He ferments half of the lot in old foudres, the other half in barriques (15 percent new). The result is both ornate and invigorating, a crunchy chenin that's so dry it will make you thirsty for more. The freshness comes in waves of orange, the richness in notes of hazelnuts and almonds. Age will allow its intensity to mellow. $40.'
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1900. 19 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, CAVES DE SAUMUR
Chenin blanc vineyard on southwest facing slopes near the village of Meron. Pungent apple and quince. It's both brisk and fresh and has that tender, forgiving 2019 fruit center./ Palate adds white peach. This is very stimulating and refreshing for its bright, crisp acidity. Salivating even. Great mineral savor. Many mealtime applications. A top vintage of this. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1901. 10 JASNIERES RAISINS NOBLES, DOMAINE GIGOU
Honey and nut. Perfect pitch. Very vital and well balanced./ Great acid, botrytis, and sweetness all in harmony. And, at a low alcohol level. Totally together. List price: $35. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1902. 18 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET
Quince, lime, and melon aromas of Loire chenin. Calcaire etches the nostrils. Spot on./ Near dry. If there is a touch of 'sec tendre' residual sweetness, it's well buffered by racy acidity and clinging extract. Another winner in this series. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1903. 19 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU
35 yr old vines on clay & limestone; indigenous yeasts; aged 11 months on the lees; Kermit Lynch selection. Dry aroma of quince, lime, and calcaire. Perfectly in tune./ Near dry, medium bodied. Flavorful and well balanced. There's a core of dry matter here that gives promise. Popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1904. 18 VOUVRAY, MARCEL DUBOIS
2017: Oh, well, this is a rightful demi sec Vouvray with quince, lime, and calcaire qualities in harmony./ Yes, with the right acid to balance its light sweetness. Just right. Some kind of value! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1905. 16 VOUVRAY DEMI-SEC LA LANTERNE, GUILBAUD FRERES
Bright aromas of quince, lime, melon. Acid gives nostril etch, texture. Sweet chenin fruits. All balanced./ Yes, with hazelnut, almond extras. Great acid. All in place. Reported even better the next day. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1906. 17 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG SEC, DOMAINE HUET
2016: Wine Spectator 93: 'Bright and pure, with delightful pear, green almond and green plum notes laced with a fennel streak, ending with finely beaded acidity and a mineral echo through the finish. Very refined. Drink now through 2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1907. 17 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Dry, full, and etched. Quince prominent./ 2017 ease. Sec tendre, really. Not as chalky as the 2014 brought by an attendee. Unique. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1908. 17 VOUVRAY LE MONT SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 91: 'Lively, with a mix of makrut lime, verbena, white ginger and pear aromas and flavors that are zippy at the start but turn to a creamier feel through the enticing finish. Drink now through 2024.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1909. 18 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU DEMI SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Sultry. A buckwheat honey sort of aroma. Thick smelling./ A lot of feel, but not a lot of flavor at this stage. Of either fruit or botrytis. Texture promises cellar-worthiness. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1910. 17 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG DEMI SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 93: 'This glistens, with glazed pear, warm persimmon, green plum and quince flavors, all carried by elegant white ginger and verbena notes. A light gilding of piecrust adds to the flattering feel, though there's ample acidity here for balance and drive. Drink now through 2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1911. 17 VOUVRAY LE MONT MOELLEUX, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 96: 'A beauty, with an inviting display of succulent yellow apple, green plum, pear, persimmon and quince flavors that ripples through the long finish, while light verbena, ginger and honeysuckle notes dart around. A long green tea echo runs through the finish. Shows terrific range and purity, with the sweetness easily harnessed for balance. Best from 2019 through 2040. $50.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1912. 15 VOUVRAY LE MONT MOELLEUX 1ERE TRIE, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 95: 'Ripe and energetic, with unctuous quince, melon, fig and pear fruit flavors that power along, carried by bright green tea, honeysuckle and cardamom notes. The long finish is lush and enticing, showing latent, rippling minerality. A beauty. Drink now through 2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1913. 18 VOUVRAY DEMI SEC, CHATEAU MONCONTOUR
Nice ‛dusty‛, lime, quince, and melon nose. Spot on./ Yes, with really good acidity and that polleny botrytis dusting that make it seem drier than demi sec. Long aftertaste. Went great with dungeness crab. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1914. 19 VOUVRAY LE PEU DE LA MORIETTE, DOMAINE PICHOT
Est. 1770; 'slightly dry'; Daniel Haas selection. Melon, lime, quince, calcaire: the whole package. Harmonious presentation./ Definitely off dry. The acid is coated, but it manages to break through as the wine lengthens on the palate. Very young, but well positioned. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1915. 16 VOUVRAY TUFFO, DOMAINE PINON
Dry, calcareous nose. Seriously good mealtime Vouvray. With aeration, sweet melon, quince and lime come forth to give it some padding./ Very juicy. Hint of botrytis. Delicious fruit salad melange, especially citrus fruits. Honey dipped citrus. Sec tendre, and sturdy for food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1916. 17 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX, DOMAINE VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Christophe Vigneau-Chevreau makes this wine from parcels at his family's 69-acre domaine, where the tuffeau and clay soils contain broken flint. His father converted the family's vineyards to organic farming, gaining certification in 1999; Christophe and his brother, Stephane, have since incorporated biodynamic principles into their practice. Dry, young, vigorous./ Round. But premature (5/23) compared previous vintages first tasted when months more along. Needs time to fill out. Well liked by the group all the same. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1917. 17 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC UNIQUE, DOMAINE DELAILLE
Full expression of tropical and citrus fruits and spring grass./ Good, full, limestone based sauvignon. Plenty of both flavor and body. Lacks the finesse of Sancerre, but makes up for it in generosity. Popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1918. 19 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON, A. J. LECLUSE
Bright and legit sauvignon character, still youthfully constrained./ More varietal character on the palate, and really good fruit acidity. Opens up on the palate. Good price. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1919. 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC, DOMAINE PAUL BUISSE
From clay-limestone slopes of the Cher. Crisp and northern grown sauvignon, grapefruit oriented. Very vigorous./ Juicy in the mouth. Good minerality. Well balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1920. 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LES ROCHES, LES VIGNERONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS
Round, crisp, fresh, peachy./ Young and well padded. Rich fruit plus citrus peel and cedar highlights. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1921. 19 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE GRAND VINCENT, LES VIGNERONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS
Cooperative of 20 winegrowers founded in 1957 at St. Romain sur Cher. Cher neat take on sauvignon. Cool, racy, penetrating. Lime and green mango. I appreciate its Euro discretion./ Flavors not yet as forthcoming as aromas when the bottle was first open and very cold. Later, they began to fill out. Acid on the gentle side. Appreciated by the group at its price point.. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1922. 19 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE CYRIL DESLOGES
On the east bank of the Cher near Chateau de Chenonceau. Like the 2018, cat pee on a gooseberry bush. Fully intense and penetrating. Nose soars, even higher than the 2018./ Good body and acid, though less than the 2018. Confirming and persisting flavors. Lots of meal service apps. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1923. 19 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE COEUR DE LA REINE, DOMAINE JACKY MARTEAU
4th generation estate on the south bank of the Cher. Oh, that's a pungent tangelo, mango, and passion fruit aromatic set. Piercing./ Equally demonstrative on the palate. What tang and flavor! Long, detailed aftertaste. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1924. 19 CHEVERNY BLANC, DOMAINE SALVARD
85% sauvignon blanc, 15% chardonnay. Well, quite an expressive nose. Lime and passion fruit. I suppose the chardonnay gives it some cushion./ More citrus and soft tropical fruits. As well as white peach. Really great acidity. And great length. Delicious. A panel favorite. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1925. 17 QUINCY DOMAINE LES ROUESSES, JOSEPH MELLOT
Lovely stone and citrus Quincy sauvignon. Less rich than Sancerre, as it should be. Perfect 2017 Quincy disposition./ Yes, this has dash, sweet citrus, stone, and swagger. Classic; ideal. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1926. 15 MENETOU SALON ROUGE, DOMAINE CHAVET
Deep, dark, and intense with 2015 ripeness and concentration./ Yes, really meaty for Loire pinot noir. Thanks to the vintage. Even some tannin. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1927. 18 MENETOU-SALON MOROGUES LA TOUR SAINT MARTIN, DOMAINE MINCHIN
Sauvignon blanc grown on Kimmeridgian limestone. A good example. Smokier than your average Sancerre. The fullness of 2018./ Peach nectar feel and flavor that remind me of a Pouilly Fume. Satisfying 2018 body and food-worthiness. Put it to use. Well liked by the group. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1928. 18 SANCERRE ROUGE, DOMAINE HIPPOLYTE REVERDY
At Chaudoux-Verdigny. Darker fruited, more condensed, and larger scaled than the user friendly 2017. This is even more impressive and requests more time in the cellar. Definitely near the head of its class in terms of volume, while retaining Sancerre rouge's definitive high latitude pinot noir styling./ Yes, more weight, texture, tannin, and flavor concentration than the come hither 2017. Fine, racy, northern fruit acidity. Put it away for awhile. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1929. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BALLAND
At Bue. Fully fresh and citrusy. 2017 revealing. No sign of age, just fulfillment. Spot on 17./ Well, brisk acid for 17 as well as the vintage‛s forgiving fruit core. Exemplary balance overall. Juicy. Just right for current use. In fact, delicious! Well priced too. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1930. 19 SANCERRE LES BARONNES, HENRI BOURGEOIS
10th generation; at Chavignol. Very stony. Wet stones nose. Runs deep and secretive. Brisk citrus hovers./ Brisk indeed. Citrus and soft tropical fruits. Ringing acidity. Good body. Lasting, balanced finish. A group favorite. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1931. 20 SANCERRE CUVEE SAINT CERE, CHAVET
This sizzles! Vibrant, alive, penetrating, persistent citrus and herb melange./ The palate too is alive with flavor and acid tingle. Very long finish. And the price hasn't gone through the roof like a lot of Sancerres. Must have arrived after the tariff was lifted. I'm completely taken with this. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1932. 18 SANCERRE LES TERRES BLANCHES, DOMAINE CHEVREAU
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: At Crezancy. Coolness, grip, texture, depth, and penetration. Calcaire saturated./ Youthful fruit plumpness smooths over the terroir's grip and texture for now. No problem. Rest it a few more weeks. Good, fruity aftertaste. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1933. 19 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DOMINIQUE & JANINE CROCHET
The real deal. Full charm; come hither, inviting citrus fruit./ Ripe, round fruit and good acidity. Green pear and citrus. Good balance. Lengthy and complex aftertaste. A group favorite. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1934. 19 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY
There's a lot of lift here, more than in some recent vintages. A fruity, straight forward presentation that entices./ The palate is cool, calcareous, and juicy, showing the welcoming ripe fruitiness of 2019. Bitter streak at the finale keeps it honest. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1935. 19 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY
Rich in body and texture but shy on aroma upon opening. As the evening progressed, it yielded up more sauvignon aromatics. / More flavor profile, but not by much in the beginning. However, this became more revealing as the hours passed. Again, the body and texture are admirable. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1936. 18 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY
At Chaudenay-Verdigny; on Kimmeridgian limestone. Tensile lime peel and walnut husk. Real oomph and old vines intensity./ Yow, full extract. Loaded. One of the best vintages of this. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1937. 18 SANCERRE CHAVIGNOL, DOMAINE DELAPORTE
2017: Tasting Panel 93: 'Chalk, crsip pears, and chamomile liven up on the nose in preparation for a vibrant palate. Ultra-lean acidity involves stone fruit, developing a creaminess by mid-palate. The finish is sublimely fresh with hints of key lime. $32.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1938. 18 SANCERRE LES BELLES DAMES SILEX, DOMAINE GITTON
Sharply focused, delineated. Good extract and grip./ Palate rounder and softer. Another lovely, come hither 2018. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1939. 19 SANCERRE, LANGLOIS-CHATEAU
This is fresh, citrusy, uncomplicated, and spot on Sancerre. So very bright and soaring./ Oh, and fruit juicy good. Great tang, great texture. Forget about terroir nuances. This is just a Sancerre primer. Long, lasting, refreshing taste. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1940. 18 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE, JOSEPH MELLOT
On flint-rich, siliceous clay. This one's really pungent and penetrating, sharp edged. Full, racy, complex, spot on. Talks the talk./ Flavorful. Citrus fruits and soft tropical fruits. Good acid in the back and a finely burnished texture. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1941. 19 SANCERRE LONGUES FINS, ANDRE NEVEU
In Chavignol, producing four single-vineyard sauvignons of distinct terroirs. 'Fins' is the operative word. This has finesse. Subtle sauvignon perfumes and less terroir and weight than thje Le Manoir, though allegedly higher in alcohol./ A proper Sancerre sauvignon, grassy, citrusy, racy. Another candidate for improvement in bottle over year two. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1942. 20 SANCERRE LE GRAND FRICAMBAULT SILEX, ANDRE NEVEU
Cool, deep, incisive, uplifting. Spot on 2020 style./ Yes, both roundness and cut. Nothing exaggerated; everything in harmony and moderation. Great acidity to freshen the finish. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1943. 19 SANCERRE LE MANOIR VIEILLES VIGNES, ANDRE NEVEU
In Chavignol, producing four single-vineyard sauvignons of distinct terroirs. A clear, marly terroir statement and old vines intensity. Serious Sancerre, not a bit tutti-futti./ Wow, the old vines supply concentrated juice. Weighs full on the palate and promises more in its second year. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1944. 19 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU
2018: At Verdigny; on limestone. Different from the 18 Chevreau tasted just before it. More fruit, and green fruit it is. More explicit fruit expression./ Wow, full of green tropics flavors. Oh, very intensely fruity indeed. Large charge. Mouthfilling. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1945. 18 SANCERRE DOMAINE PAULINE, ERIC LOUIS
At Thauvenay. Crisp and penetrating. Dainty and pure. A delight./ Rich and silky, with good back acid. Tangelo flavor. Yes, cleansing acidity on the finish renders it eminently food-worthy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1946. 18 SANCERRE, DOMAINE LA PETIT FONTAINE
At Verdigny. Fresh, crisp, alert. Classy. What I‛m looking for./ Pleasing combo of body and crispness. Works. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1947. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DU PRE SEMELE
2016: Wine Spectator 91: 'Bright, with a streak of lemon zest and white peach that has a piercing feel, backed by light thyme and gooseberry echoes on the racy finish. Very pure and chiseled in feel. Drink now through 2019.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1948. 19 SANCERRE LES COUTES, P. & N. REVERDY
At Maimbray; on Marne clay-limestone; unfiltered; Peter Weygandt selection. Oh, there's some real depth and dimension and minerality to this one. The clay body, the limestone calcaire. Peach and gooseberry auras./ Body, savor, terroir, amplitude. Texturally, one of the most exciting 2019 Sancerres I've tasted.. Long finish. Enjoyed by the group. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1949. 19 SANCERRE, CHATEAU DE THAUVENAY
2018: Seems to be some SO2 here, like three others in the set. Dry and delicate style./ Understated in youth or travel or sulphur suppression. Aeration helps. Needs a few more weeks of bottle age and vigorous decanting. 91+/100. Tasted 9/4/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1950. 18 SANCERRE LES CREOTS, FAMILLE THOMAS
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1951. 19 SANCERRE, DOMAINE VACHERON
2018: 30-50 year old vines. Way deep, dense, secretive aroma, a complex of sauvignon and terroir./ Close, cool, and nicely burnished. With aeration, the palate begins to bulge with acid, extract, and texture. Aromatically, still close to the vest, probably due to recent shipment. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1952. 19 POUILLY FUME LES PENTES, SERGE DAGUENEAU
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1953. 18 POUILLY FUME CLOS JOANNE D'ORION, GITTON PERE
Fresh, cool, clear, stony. Poised./ Stony, with light tropics behind. Etch and great acid. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1954. 18 POUILLY FUME LE TRONCSEC, JOSEPH MELLOT
Vineyard on chalky Kimmeridgian marls at Saint Laurent l'Abbaye. The greater amplitude of 2018 and more peachy richness that is Pouilly Fume versus Sancerre. This has real build, form./ Yes, more body, more texture, more dry extract, more flavor concentration. As we've seen from tasting the 2016 not long ago, this is ageworthy material. Mouthfilling and long. Pleasing peach-peel sort of bitterness at the end. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1955. 17 POUILLY FUME DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES, JEAN PABIOT
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: 30 year old vines. Organically grown. Natural yeasts. 5 months on barrel lees. Full, etched scent you can feel. Citrus, peach. Very vivid, vital take on Pouilly Fume./ Yes peachy roundness, tangerine acid cut. Brilliant. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1956. 18 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET
Regis Minet took over his grandfather's vines in 1976 and went on to make a small business out of Pouilly-Fume, now farming 25 acres, most of the vines between 25 and 30 years old, all on clay-limestone soils. He ferments without added yeasts in stainless steel, where the wine ages on the lees for six months. Pungent yet subtle. Pouilly Fume peachy and penetrating./ Zesty, zingy, challenging. Very well textured. Star qualities all around. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1957. 18 HAUT POITOU SAUVIGNON LE BOIS DE LA TOUR, CAVE DE HAUT POITOU
Nice edge, lithe carriage, classic rendition./ Juicy, round, rich, racy. Grapefruit and passion fruit. Very popular with the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

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FR-1959. 16 COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS PINOT NOIR - GAMAY, LES SARMENTS
50 - 50. Pinot plush and gamay sprightly. Ideal./ Up to the 15 in quality and appeal. Very juicy. Full race, vigor, flavor, length. Well balanced. Yes. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1960. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
From the lower slopes of Chorey les Beaune; vine age: 45 yrs; 1 yr in seasoned barrels; unfiltered. Well, this is huskier than the 2017. I question the alcohol statement, probably for tariff purposes, but it's no slouch. This has a firm core that will require air and/or age to spread out. The new cooperage is evident and admirable./ Really a large and complex young Beaune area pinot. And, yes, there is some heat from its strength. Not at all as easy drinking as the 2017. Price-worthy cellar candidate. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1961. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES URSULINES, JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET
Full, rich, and generous fruit of 2018./ Indeed, full, but also cool and racy. Amalgam of 17 fruit and 16 form. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1962. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, FRANCOIS CARILLON
From vineyards below Puligny and in Corpeau. A lively, round, red-fruit oriented Cote de Beaune pinot. Carillon's well measured approach. Fruit deepens with aeration. Material and harmony./ Oh, the fruit turns deep and dark on the palate. Wonderful extract, fine tannin, flavor concentration. On and on. The palate is superstar material. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1963. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Cote Chalonnaise estate. Pleasing body and aroma. Lightly sappy. 17 fruit clarity. Filling out nicely since first tasted. Fuller, rounder, richer. Almost transcends the nature of the vintage. Plenty of fruit./ 17 flow and juice. Nice acid race. Salivating. Fine tannin. Cherry aftertaste. Works. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1964. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LA MINEE, LAURENT DUFOULEUR
From Chalonnais. Unwooded. Light-medium color./ Good, fresh, lithe 17 pinot noir./ Full and fresh pinot taste, with Chalon resin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1965. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MATROT
15 yr old vines at Puligny and Meursault; 100% destemmed; aged 15 months on lees in barrels, 10% new. Oh, my goodness, what a PURE pinot noir fruit display here in 2018. You won't find the likes outside of Burgundy./ Yes, silken texture, finest of tannins, and ultimate Cote de Beaune pinot expression. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1966. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DUPRE
In the vicinity of Maconnais. Extra fruity in this fine vintage. More content, more push, more to enjoy./ Round and smooth 2018 style. Good acid in support. Lasting cherry pinot flavor. To my taste, best in the series. Even some fine tannin to give it texture and longevity. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1967. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DUPRE
From the vicinity of Maconnais. This has sweetened up and filled out nicely since last tasted a little over a year ago. Still conveys that 2017 levity and ease./ Yes, the palate has broadened too. Adequate acidity, very little tannin. Red wine for fish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1968. 19 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE FOURREY
From the Chablis area; 20 year old vines in marl; first look at a well regarded Bourgogne pinot noir vintage. Jolly red violet color./ That's sweet cherry pinot fruit for this zone. And 2019 forward appeal. Deep and spicy, clove especially./ Medium bodied, as it ought to be. Lithe, tender, flavorful. Little tannin. Good acid of the north, short of being shrill. Prefer to the 2018. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1969. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE GILLE
From Cote de Nuits terroir. Substantial, especially for 2017. Meaty. Barrel aging extras./ Rich and large for the vintage. Really has the goods. Full bodied. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1970. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE A-F GROS
Est. 1988; daughter of Jean Gros; from 2 vineyards in Pommard & 1 in Volnay. Well, almost a Cote de Nuits sense of black fruit. Masterful oak application, integrity, and complexity. One ample Bourgogne./ More to the Cote de Beaune red fruit sensations on the palate, and a measure of Volnay levity. The barrel influences contribute variegations. Good material, fine winemaking. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1971. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, LIGNIER-MICHELOT
Vineyard on clay in Chambolle Musigny commune, planted in the 1960s; 25% whole clusters; indigenous yeasts; 12 months in barrels, 25% new; unfiltered;. Oh, this is deep, serious, complicated. Definitely barrel inflected. To the extent that the oak needs more time to settle in. It still silences village and pinot tales./ A big mouthful of sweet fruit and solid, tannic oak. One loaded babe. No way this is going anywhere but straight to the cellar. This aired well over the next couple of hours, revealing more Cbambolle perfume. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1972. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, NICOLAS POTEL
Made from parcels in Santenay, Pommard, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanee (80%) as well as declassified village appellations of Auxey-Duresses and Maranges (20%). Fruit-forward, heart on sleeve Potel styling. Surprisingly powerful in the Taster glass. What starts out 'innocent' gathers richness and depth as it airs. Well, this can't be easily dismissed after all./ Definitely plenty of the dark, plummy pinot elements of the Nuits villages. In back, dry and sapid, with fine tannin that will hold it together while bottle bouquet forms. Value! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1973. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT
From northern Burgundy. Sweet, full, spicy, and desirable in all respects. Not woody, so there‛s plenty of fruit and regional definition. Wow./ Great acid as well as full body and texture and tannin and everything. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1974. 16 MARSANNAY, DOMAINE BART
Established in 1987, a scion of the Clair Dau estate; wife is a relative. Oh, this is fresh, crisp Dijonnaise pinot noir. What a pleasing juxtaposition with a Sancerre rouge tasted before it. It's like a transition between that and a full fledged Cote d'Or pinot. The fruit is very sweet and come hither for a 2016. And plumper by comparison with the Sancerre. Of course, it's two years older. That has also enhanced its complexity./ Yes, fresh and engaging Marsannay red fruit. Entirely harmonious. Good 2016 acidity. Can put to use with food. Can also cellar to allow its bottle bouquet to form. Very popular with the group. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1975. 17 MARSANNAY LES LONGEROIES VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS BOUVIER
Full, rich, round. Real old vines concentration and aromatic spread./ Seems some barrel influence too. Yow. One giving 17 Marsannay. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1976. 18 MARSANNAY LES BOIVIN, DOMAINE COLLOTTE
4-generation winegrowers that began domaine bottling in 1981; vyd high on the slope; 50+ yr old vines on Comblanchien limestone. Wow, full, round, forthcoming 2018. Cool and northern Marsannay style comes across all the same. Sweet core of griottes frult./ Sweet and delicious 2018 fruit abundance. Good form and acidity. Barrel savor and suavity is a plus. Little wonder these are in high demand. 93+/100+.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1977. 18 MARSANNAY EN COMBEREAU, DOMAINE COLLOTTE
Each of these 3 vineyards is proposed for Premier Cru; 50+ yr old vines in Couchey on crinoidal limestone. Firm. Dark disposition. Introverted; cellar-worthy. Plenty of material here./ Sweet 2018 fruit evident, while more is held back in reserve. The barrel aging adds extra dimension. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1978. 18 MARSANNAY LES GRASSES TETES, DOMAINE COLLOTTE
All three aged in barrels, 25% new; 2 old vine parcels on crinoidal and Comblanchien limestone. Grand, complex, high toned fruit and barrel tones evident. Large scale and ambitious./ Oh, it all comes out on the palate too: a peacock's tail of flavor variations. Great savor and texture too. Always a choice Marsannay site from my experience. Breathless. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1979. 17 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, FREDERIC ESMONIN
Wine Spectator 92: 'Supple in texture, this red boasts cherry, black currant, graphite and earth notes. Starts out very elegant for the appellation, picking up firm tannins and more weight on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1980. 12 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY, LAURENT DUFOULEUR
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-1981. 15 NUITS SAINT GEORGES, LAURENT DUFOULEUR
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1982. 17 NUITS SAINT GEORGES, BENJAMIN LEROUX
2016: Aged 18 months in barrels, 20% new; unfined, unfiltered. Black plum and black cherry NSG pinot with well knit tailoring of 2016. Definitely a Europhile vintage. The barrel aging makes a sympathetic contribution./ Yes, dry, sleek, well managed, and made for the cellar. Fine tannins in a well balanced, close to the vest presentation upon opening, this rose to a billowing aromatic display after a couple hours‛ aeration. The group was impressed. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1983. 15 NUITS SAINT GEORGES AUX PERDRIX 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
Wine Spectator 95: 'A creamy texture buoys the violet, black currant, black cherry and spice flavors effortlessly, while iron and earth tones reinforce the dense tannins. It's all there, just needs time to find its equilibrium. Fine, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2040. $120.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-1984. 18 COTE DE NUITS VILLAGES, DOMAINE GACHOT-MONOT
At Corgoloin, south of Nuits St. Georges; 40-45 year old vines. Deep, dark, plummy Nuits pinot nose. Well extracted./ Large in the mouth. Flavors restrained by peel tannins. Altogether power packed Nuits pinot requiring cellaring. This continued to expand throughout the evening, becoming a group favorite. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1985. 14 CORTON LE ROGNET GRAND CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Wine Enthusiast 93: ‛This wine comes from a one-acre parcel on the Corton hill. It is dense and dark both in color and in black-fruit flavors. Concentrated from the 50-year-old vines, it is firm with tannins and solid with rich fruitiness. The wine needs time; drink from 2022. $127.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-1986. 17 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Well, I'm getting that bountiful 'griottes' Savigny pinot aroma. Full, penetrating, tactile sensations too./ Juicy flavor of small, wild cherry concentration. Barrel time adds savory complexity. An enormous group favorite. Orders taken. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1987. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1988. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE, DOMAINE PAVELOT
Sweet 15. Discreet Pavelot style. Savigny cherry. Light oak. Light touch of positive reduction./ Tight and tart. Gamy. Full acid for 15. Some tannin. In tune. Age it. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1989. 18 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Darker color than the 2017 Arnoux Chorey. Darker, deeper, more concentrated pinot aroma. More black fruit than red./ Yes, this is 18 vs 17. More oomph and fruit concentration. More cellar potential. Doesn't show its stated alcohol content. Speaks so well of the vintage. Very popular with the group for its potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1990. 17 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Larger, broader, deeper, more serious; more complex than Arnoux's 17 Bourgogne. Some barrel influence here. Sweet, neat, complete./ Burst of cherry and strawberry Beaune fruits in the 17 forward style. Plenty to offer, plenty to like. Very popular with the group, especially for its accessibility. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1991. 11 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX
4th generation estate; highest vineyard of Chorey, sandwiched between Savigny and Aloxe; 16 months in barrels; unfined. Very long cork, barely stained, points to why this has matured so slowly and regularly despite being an early maturing vintage./ Really, that's wholesome, well preserved Cote de Beaune pinot red fruit, retained as it gathers bottle bouquet./ Handsome maturation on the palate. The 2011 acidity will play to its advantage at the table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1992. 11 BEAUNE LES GREVES 1ER CRU, JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSOT
Beaune pinot's indescribable village definition. It seems to speak for the whole Cote at once. Premier Cru full and more than ample than the average 2011. At a mellow stage of maturity./ Yes, well along. No grey hairs, but no sense in keeping it into 2021. However, it never failed during several hours of aeration, so maybe it's good for a longer run. A gracious Beaune. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1993. 15 POMMARD LES VIGNOTS, DOMAINE XAVIER MONNOT
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1994. 18 AUXEY DURESSES DERRIERE LE FOUR, DOMAINE RAYMOND DUPONT-FAHN
Aged 20 months in barrels; unfined, unfiltered. Genuine cork and a long one./ Wow, that's one hefty Auxey rouge./ Good and sweet fruit on the palate. 2018 talking. Plenty of bulk, presence. Good acid for balance. Light tannin. Well poised to go and grow. This yielded up more aroma and flavor as it aired over the next few hours and was universally appreciated by the tasting panel. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1995. 16 SAINT ROMAIN, DOMAINE ALAIN GRAS
35 year old vines; aged a year in barrels, 15% new. Not as close to the vest as it was a couple of years back. Beginning to flesh out, while retaining village and vintage structure. A lovely face of pinot./ Yes, indeed, softer on the palate now too. And more flavorful. Good 2016 acidity. Not much tannin to resolve. Rich, classy, very long. I forecast bouquet development through at least age seven. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1996. 14 SAINT ROMAIN, DOMAINE ALAIN GRAS
35 year old vines; aged a year in barrels, 15% new. Oh, that lusty, in-your-face Gras style, even in the restrained 2014 vintage. And backwater Saint Romain no less! But that what he does! This is approaching the body and aroma ambitions of the 2015./ Broad and complex thanks to old vines and barrel aging. The tough 2014 tannins are definitely mellowing out now. More bouquet to come, yet this has dinner time applications this winter too. Boeuf bourguignon, say? Very popular with the group. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1997. 15 SANTENAY TERRE D'ENFANCE, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Girardin lifted and sweet fruit expression with admirable barrel age. More accommodating than the stiff 2009 in youth. Rich, round, dark Santenay with 15 fatness./ Oh, juicy, come hither. Fine acid. The balance is great, and the Girardin fruit is sweet. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1998. 18 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE MATROT
Southernmost Cote de Beaune village; 30 yr old vines; same winemaking procedures. Long natural cork. More volume and weight here, but also more sullen, backward./ Yes, youthful and enclosed just after opening. Though it blossomed to degree when the group tasted it following a couple hours‛ aeration, it really didn‛t begin to express itself fully until the next day, whereupon to took the lead over its Bourgogne cellar mate. This deserves cellaring. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1999. 16 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE MATROT
Southernmost Cote d'Or village AOC; 30 year old vines; aged 15 months in barrels, 10% new. A sense of power, though only 13%.. Deep, dark, weighty Matrot approach. The fruit has emerged and spread out over the last two years./ Now here's some tannin! Astringency as well. A waste to serve now, unless extensive aeration ameliorates it. Cellar candidate. 92++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2000. 14 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE MATROT
30 year old vines; aged 15 months in barrels, 10% new. Racy, dashing pinot for Maranges and Matrot and 2014. Bouquet yet to form; initial fruit fading some, so in a bit of a trough./ 2014 solidity, extract, tannin. We're gonna have to wait this one out. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2001. 16 MARANGES FUSSIERE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE MATROT
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2002. 17 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
Bright in the 2017 style. Dark, fruit peel grip and solidity of a Hautes Cotes pinot. Beautiful highlights of fruits and flowers seldom seen in Hautes Cotes wines. That's 2017!/ Sweet and easy pinot cherry and cherry blossom. Not a bit of the rusticity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2003. 15 RULLY EN ROSEY MAISON CHANZY, J-P JESSIAUME
Good, full, sappy Chalon red with leather and coffee./ Yeah, gamy and large. Size over elegance. Good acid. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2004. 18 MERCUREY CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE
30% from Premier Cru sites; 40% aged 12 months in barrels, 10% new. Good God! This really amps up the 2017's degree of expression. Opulent black fruits suggestive of Cote de Nuits pinot. It's as pure and lovely a cherry and oak toast aroma set, with considerably more body and aromatic intensity./ Rich and juicy in the mouth, with a lovely measure of ripe, persistent acidity for moderation and balance. And meal-worthiness. Fine tannin is not objectionable. Useful now, as well as cellar-worthy. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-2005. 12 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE
2010: Lavish oak smokiness, all to the good. Ample, toasty, treacly thing. Along with ripe fruit abundance./ The oak, the fruit, the all, the balance. Mercurey doesn't get any better than this. Even better than it was last year. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2006. 16 MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DE LA BRESSANDE
More feel, oak, volume than the 2015 village wine. Significant difference for only $2 more./ Yes, broad fruit and oak and terroir statements. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2007. 17 MERCUREY CLOS DE PERRIERE MONOPOLE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Sweet, lithe, pretty 17. 17 ease, sweetness, inviting style. 17 Mercurey all the way./ Nice rusticity of Mercurey. Grip and cling. Plenty of fruit and a dab of tar. Juicy acid. Delish for food. Full, sweet cherry flavor. I want to swallow it. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2008. 18 MERCUREY, DOMAINE FAIVELEY
Est. 1825; vines planted in 62, 78, 81; aged 12 months in barrels, 10% new. It's almost primary-fruity, which is diametrically different from the rock hard young Faiveleys of decades back./ Yes, Mercurey black plum and cherry fruit that's more like Nuits pinot than Beaune. Sassy fruit acidity. Good acid and fine tannin. It's not primary after all. Clinging aftertaste. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2009. 17 MERCUREY CLOS DES BARRAULTS 1ER CRU, DMAINE MICHEL JUILLOT
Vines planted in 72, 80, 95; Peter Weygandt selection. Deep color and more toward ruby than scarlet./ Crisp fruit aroma. Less forward than many a 17 red burgundy. Signs of barrel influence./ Playing it pretty close. Quite tart, actually. Wait for this to fill out with aeration and bottle age. A couple of hours later, it was more revealing, and the group was impressed. 92+.100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-2010. 18 MERCUREY CLOS DES BARRAULTS 1ER CRU, DMAINE MICHEL JUILLOT
Aged 18 months in barrels, 25% new. The oak put a lid on this upon opening. I had a hard time assessing it. Also seemed a little out of whack from recent travel. An hour and two after, it had settled in and began to reveal for the tasting panel impressive intensity of character and better stability. After tasting a series of vintages of this over recent years, panel members commented on the exceptional weight and cellar-worthiness of the 2018. Purchases made. 91++/100. Tasted 4/28/21.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2011. 17 GIVRY CLOS DU CELLIER AUX MOINES 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DU CELLIER AUX MOINES
Decanter 96: ‛The 2017 vintage for red Burgundy was Janus-like. Some wines are charming and forward. Others, like this one, have the requisite substance, structure, and balance for the long haul. This was the first year the domaine was almost fully biodynamic, and, that perhaps, explains the wine's brilliance. Immediately expressive, the 2017 grabs your attention. Aromas leap from the glass. On the palate, it combines firm mineral qualities with a Bing cherry-like fruitiness in a suave and elegant package. Fractionally less ripe compared to the 2015, its minerality shines. A hint of bitterness in the finish adds to its appeal. Supple, yet firm, tannins provide perfect support. Drinking Window 2026 -- 2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2012. 19 FRANCAIS RAISINS GAULOIS, M. LAPIERRE
2016: Eric Asimov - New York Times Wine School: 'The Lapierre was made entirely of gamay, mostly of young vines in Morgon, home territory for the great Lapierre Morgons, but also from elsewhere in Beaujolais. It was juicy, fruity and pure, without the minerality or earthiness that would be in a Morgon. The Lapierre is straightforward, for downing.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2013. 18 BEAUJOLAIS LE RONSAY, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BRUN
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2014. 19 BEAUJOLAIS L‛ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE BRUN
80+ year old vines. Brilliant, penetrating apple-cranberry aroma. Old vines richness, density./ Yes, full flavored, rich textured, extravagant Beaujolais tout court. Not quite the awesome spread of the 2018 when tasted a couple months back, yet fully impressive in its own right. Broadens on the finish. I expect it will become even more giving as the months pass. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2015. 16 BEAUJOLAIS ORIGINE VIEILLES VIGNES VISSOUX, P M CHERMETTE
Sweet and pretty and perky. 16 sheen and burnish./ Yes, full, polished. Class and joy. Cool. Zero tannin. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2016. 19 BEAUJOLAIS, DOMAINE DUPEUBLE
The first evening, this was served at room temperature, and it had plenty of rightful gamay ID. It was cooled down for the second evening, and that made for more refreshment at no loss of aromatics./ Just right fruit sweetness modulated by great acidity. What more could one ask for in Beaujolais mealtime cooperation? 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2017. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, STEPHAN AVIRON
Fresh and full 15. Bursting with Villages gamay fruit character and intensity./ Sweet fruited and spot on Villages weight and character. Good, full acid. Put right to use, or cellar further. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2018. 18 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, CLAIRE CHANTES
Nice looking old fashioned label. Fresh, full, 18 dark. Villages heft. Commendable all around./ Bursting with gamay dark fruit. Cherry berry. Full villages intensity, volume. Exemplary. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2019. 17 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, GEORGES DUBOEUF
Both flow and form. Firm fruit basis./ Acid and flow both. Well done. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2020. 19 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES TERRE DE LOYSE, DOMAINE LAURENT PERRACHON
Younger and fruitier than last week's Perrachon pair. Just right Villages body./ Oh, fruit juicy good. Well textured. Good acidity, balance. And price! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2021. 17 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DES CHERS
Still pretty backward. Dark disposition. Less give at present; probably the old vines impact. Age it./ Flavorful. Juicy gamay taste. More bulk. Fine acid. See you again in 6 months. 91+/100. Tasted 7/10/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2022. 17 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU CHATEAU DE SAINT AMOUR
2015: Very bright and deep and classic Saint Amour. Larger than life in 2015./ Super berry fruit purity, acid, all. Total Saint Amour. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2023. 19 CHIROUBLES GRAND CRU CHATENAY, DANIEL BOULAND
Wine Advocate 92: ‛Exuberant aromas of raspberries, blackberries and cherries introduce the 2019 Chiroubles Chatenay, a medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy wine that's round and enveloping, with a charming core of fruit and melting, delicately powdery tannins. It will drink well young. Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2024. 18 CHIROUBLES GRAND CRU, DANIEL BOULAND
Parker 92: ‛Bouland's 2018 Chiroubles bursts with aromas of ripe blackberries, red plums, violets and cracked black pepper. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with a succulent core of fruit, fine concentration and a long, lip-smacking finish. An especially gourmand rendition of this cuvee, it hails from a steep hillside site and is matured in tank. Drink now-2033.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2025. 17 CHIROUBLES GRAND CRU, DOMAINE COQUELET
Cool and fresh. 17 lithe, Chiroubles lithe. Grand Cru rich and spicy as well as fruity. An adventure./ Juicy. Very, very fruity and flavorful, plus the spicy extras again. Wow. One of the best of its genre. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2026. 17 BROUILLY GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DUBOST
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2027. 18 BROUILLY GRAND CRU REVERDON, CHATEAU THIVIN
Est. 1877. Rich and racy. Bright and spontaneous. Spicy berries. Sweet and peppery. Really Grand Cru concentrated, and at the same time, Brouilly lifted./ Full flavor. Richness, race, acidity, even glycerol. Wow! Loaded. Ageworthy. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2028. 18 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU CUVEE MELANIE, DANIEL BOULAND
Parker 92: ‛Aromas of smoky berry fruit, cassis, spices and candied peel introduce the 2018 Cote de Brouilly Cuvee Melanie, a medium to full-bodied, succulent and fleshy wine that's layered and incisive, remaining fresh and lively despite its impressive mass and volume. Thanks to its perfectly mature tannins, this is unusually approachable out of the gates.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2029. 17 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE BRUN
Vinous 92: ‛Vivid ruby. Highly expressive, mineral-accented blue fruit, floral pastille and succulent herb aromas show outstanding clarity and sharp definition and a hint of exotic spices builds in the background. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry, black raspberry, spicecake and candied violet flavors that are energized by a core of juicy acidity. Densely packed but lively as well, finishing with gentle tannic grip and lingering blue fruit, spice and mineral qualities. Drink 2021-2028.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2030. 18 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, DOMAINE CHANRION
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2031. 19 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU CUVEE AMBASSADES, DOMAINE DU PAVILLON DE CHAVANNES
Parker 92: 'The 2017 Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades is an irresistible wine, soaring from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and pomegranate, complemented by a delicate top note of rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with good concentration at the core, melting tannins, mouthwatering acids and a flavorful finish. This cuvee is produced from 12 of the domaine's 37 hectares and sold to French embassies. If readers observe that the label resembles Chateau Thivin's, that's because it was formerly part of that famous estate.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2032. 19 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, CHATEAU THIVIN
50 year old vines. Oh my, oh my, is that a sweet gamay nose! More immediate and forthcoming than the majestic 2018. Lovely depth of aroma./ Not as full bodied as the 2018--at least not yet. Still, year after year, this pretty much defines the Cote de Brouilly genre. I imagine it will broaden and deepen with more bottle age. In fact, following additional aeration, the group found it already more expansive than did I upon opening. Well liked. .92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2034. 18 FLEURIE GRAND CRU LA MADONE, ALBERT BICHOT
On pink granite below Montagne de Fleurie's Madonna chapel. Wow, all the perfumed allure that marks Fleurie 'queen' of the Grands Crus. Adam Lambert aside, this is a champion. Impressively intense as well as lovely. Aristocratic too. Fabulous village ID./ Velvety luxury on the palate. Charm and beauty in both flavor and texture respects. Pretty much defines La Madone Fleurie in expressive 2018. Juicy and continuous. Thorough follow through. Light dusting of fine tannin suggests more good things to come. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2035. 18 FLEURIE GRAND CRU LA MADONE, DOMAINE CHAINTREUIL
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛Named after the small chapel on the top of the hill behind the village of Fleurie, this vineyard produces solid, structured wines. This bottling shows signs of the aging in large barrels that has calmed the vibrant fruit while giving plenty of concentration and ripeness. Drink from late 2020. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2036. 18 FLEURIE GRAND CRU CLOS DE LA TOUR, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON
2015: Wine Enthusiast 93: ‛Bruno Coperet has produced an impressive wine from this small vineyard on his property. It is still young, full of smoky wood and broad red-fruit flavors. The tannins and the concentration are considerable, although the wine also has a more stylish edge. Drink from 2019. $22.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2037. 15 FLEURIE GRAND CRU CLOS DE LA TOUR, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON
Wine Enthusiast 93: ‛Bruno Coperet has produced an impressive wine from this small vineyard on his property. It is still young, full of smoky wood and broad red-fruit flavors. The tannins and the concentration are considerable, although the wine also has a more stylish edge. Drink from 2019. $22.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2038. 18 JULIENAS GRAND CRU ROCHE BLEUE, DOMAINE LAURENT PERRACHON
Blue diorites make up part of the Julienas terroir. That's a proper, well-tailored, blue-fruited Julienas. Well endowed with 2018 fruit attributes but not as forthcoming at this stage as many. I like its poise./ 2018 forward fruit more apparent on the palate. Fruit juicy good acid too. It has Julienas style and makeup. Bravo. Well liked by the group. One participant named it ‛wine of the evening‛. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2039. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU PRE JOURDAN, DANIEL BOULAND
Wine Advocate 93: ‛Aromas of cherries, blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and smoked meats introduce the 2019 Morgon Pre Jourdan, a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and generous wine with an ample core of nicely concentrated fruit, succulent acids and fine, elegantly chalky tannins. As readers will remember, this new cuvee-which debuted with the 2018 vintage-derives from a lieu-dit near the village in the direction of Fleurie. Drink now-2035.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2040. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU CORCELETTE SABLES VIEILLES VIGNES, DANIEL BOULAND
Wine Advocate 94: ‛The 2019 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes Sable is excellent, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cherries, plums, violets and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and muscular, built around succulent acids and powdery tannins, it's elegantly structured and built to age, even if it's charming enough to be enjoyed young-the 2011 vintage from my own cellar is drinking brilliantly. Drink now-2040.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2041. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU CORCELETTE CAILLOUX VIEILLES VIGNES, DANIEL BOULAND
Wine Advocate 94: ‛The 2019 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes Cailloux is once again quite structured this year, though it's not as brooding and muscular as its 2018 counterpart. Revealing aromas of raspberries, cherries, burning embers and sweet soil tones, it's medium to full-bodied, with a deep core of fruit, lively acids and a chassis of fine but abundant tannins. Drink 2022-2038.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2042. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU DELYS VIGNES PLANTEES EN 1926, DANIEL BOULAND
Wine Advocate 95: ‛The 2019 Morgon Les Delys Vignes plantees en 1926 has turned out brilliantly, wafting from the glass with aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries, strawberries, sweet soil tones and spices. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's seamless and multidimensional, and with striking concentration, succulent acids and powdery tannins, it's long and penetrating. While this is carrying less puppy fat than the 2018 at the same age, it's still quite a demonstrative, fruit-driven vintage of Les Delys, and while it will be long-lived, it can also be approached young. Drink now-2035.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-2043. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DU PY, DOMAINE COQUELET
Vinous 92: ‛Bright ruby. Raspberry, lavender, succulent herbs, smoked meat and a hint of cracked pepper on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy and concentrated on the palate, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry and licorice flavors that are braced by a core of dusty minerality. Sappy and penetrating on the clinging finish, which features sneaky tannins and lingering spice and game notes. Drink 2022-2028.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 32.99 each

FR-2044. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DE PY, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS
Wine Spectator 90: 'Lip-smacking, with a focused profile detailing the glazed cherry, red currant and licorice flavors, structured by tangy acidity and light tannins that ease into a long finish, echoing herb, floral and smoke aromas. Drink now through 2021. $22.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2045. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS
On the Cote du Py; barrel aged a year. A lusty Cote du Py ripe cherry nose. There's characteristic 2016 form, restraint, and tailoring too./ Four years has rounded this out nicely. Plenty of cherry flavor. Powdery dusting of tannin only adds to the textural adventure. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2046. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS
On the Cote du Py; barrel aged a year. Well, riper still, as would be expected of 2015. Sprawling Cote du Py cherry character, the softer aspect of 2015 and a year more in bottle./ Good tarry concentrate too. Seems more powerful. This pair pretty much defines Beaujolais 16/15 vintage contrasts. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2047. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE MARCEL LAPIERRE
I'm surprised this is so fruity and already accomplished. We waited a lot longer to taste the 2018. Vintage matters--more in a sense of style rather than 'quality'. The Lapierre Morgon material is here. The wine has third dimension. It's just not as compact as the 18./ A round, rich, large-scale Morgon in the mouth. Flavorful and harmonious. Plenty of Morgon pie cherry fruit. Geez, this doesn't have to be assigned to the wine cellar, though it will distinguish itself there. The group was impressed. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2048. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU CORCELETTE, DOMAINE LAURENT PERRACHON
Bright and deep 'griottes' Morgon aroma. Morgon large too./ Yeah, this has village character and fortitude. Unique take. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2049. 18 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU LES CHAMPS GRILLES DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, P. M. CHERMETTE
Dark red violet color./ Very deep and abundant for Saint Amour. Nonetheless, the appellation‛s flair and elegance comes across clearly. Deep, sweet fruit./ Full spread of sweetness, size, and elegance. Walks the line. Large, but still Saint Amour beguiling. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2050. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU LE GRIOTTIERS, DOMAINE JEAN-MICHEL DUPRE
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How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2051. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS
On the Cote du Py; barrel aged a year. A lusty Cote du Py ripe cherry nose. There's characteristic 2016 form, restraint, and tailoring too./ Four years has rounded this out nicely. Plenty of cherry flavor. Powdery dusting of tannin only adds to the textural adventure. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2052. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU GRANGE COCHARD
Vinous 91/100. My notes: 14%. Bulky, powerful 15 Morgon. Large and sweet. Almost seems barrel aged, but it probably isn't. Has flair too. Well built, well poised./ Yes, richness and roundness of a ripe vintage. Man, this is loaded. Serious stuff. Definitely full of material. And fruit. 15 and old vines complete. With acid, extract, power, and tannin. Large, potent. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2053. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU, CHATEAU DE PIZAY
Tasting Panel 93: ‛From 45-year-old vines grown on a estate that dates back to the 14th century. Earth and spice lift notes of rhubarb and beets as well a soft hints of powdered strawberry, plum, and cocoa. There‛s not denying a core of slate joined by fine acidity and an array of floral tones throughout. It‛s a beauty.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2054. 18 CHENAS GRAND CRU EN REMONT VIGNES DE 1939, DOMAINE PASCAL AUFRANC
Vineyard planted in 1939 at 1200', at the top of the Remont hillside. Full, northern Beaujolais style. Big like Moulin a Vent./ Sweet, sizable, well built. Old vines intensity, stamina. To cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2055. 15 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU, VIGNOBLES BULLIAT
2016: Wine Enthusiast 90: 'This rich wine with its red-plum flavors is ripe and generous, with a tannic edge that will allow it to age. That balances with the red fruits and acidity that already give this young wine a good texture. Drink from 2019. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2056. 19 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DIOCHON
Unfined, unfiltered; 50-85 yr old vines adjacent to the windmill itself; aged 6 months in seasoned foudres.. Oh, my goodness! Let the games begin! A monster MaV sporting a complex range of intense aromatics. Cherry, plum, violets, wet stones, rare earths./ Maybe a tad less body than the Parker 94/100 2018. Still, it's plenty full enough. Chewy tannins, fine acidity, plenty of material, dry extract. This one deserves cellaring. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2057. 18 PETIT CHABLIS, ROLAND LAVANTUREUX
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How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2058. 19 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT -BORDET
Est 1590; 25-35 yr old vines on Kimmeridgian limestone facing south/southeast. Wow, quite the contrast. Especially full for a Petit Chablis. The terroir suggests Chablis rather than Petit. Apple, pear, calcaire. Fully accomplished./ Palate confirms body and flavor amplitude. Good if not great acidity. Long, pleasing aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2059. 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE COULAUDIN-BUSSY
2016: Nice. Fresh, bright, lifted, vital. This impresses. A proper Chablis./ Boy, bountiful character. Emphasis on Chablis chardonnay instead of Chablis terroir. Delightful fruit, nice take. 92/100, at least.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2060. 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE DROIN
Big and bold. Tasted right after a very good Muscadet, this wine shows why some call Muscadet the 'poor man's Chablis'. This is monstrous by comparison. Really lots of nostril-filling dry extract and calcaire./ Ample mouthful of feel and flavor to confirm the nasal impressions. Steely acid. Very, very satisfying bulk. Popular with the group. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2061. 18 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE
Fevre owns 125 acres of Chablis vineyards, half in 1er and Grand Cru. Full and well composed. Lees influence here. Terroir too. And bulk and texture. Bold./ Yes, full textured, full of material. Still a little gritty tasted brut. Air, age, and food will take care of that. 92+/100. Tasted 7/10/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2062. 19 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY
2018: The domaine is based at Milly, west of the town of Chablis. Open, forward, and exceptional fruity for Chablis. House style./ Solid stone foundation and brisk acidity, as well as the vintage's abundant fruit. Bargain. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2063. 18 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, LAMBLIN
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How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2064. 18 CHABLIS, ROLAND LAVANTUREUX
Fuller than his Petit Chablis. Really well saturated for a village wine. Stone and calcaire. Walnut husk./ Round as well as full. Perhaps a touch of malo and/or barrel time. A lot of body here. Weighty Chablis. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2065. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE THIERRY MOTHE
Taking on a nutty patina of bouquet at age 2.5. There's a solid calcaire basis./ Round, soft, and inviting style of 2017. Nice citrus tang. And the calcaire echoes on the palate. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2066. 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE PICQ
2017: Lots of fruit and--can't be wood--maybe lees here. Continues the theme of 17 freshness and lift. Can put to use right away./ 17 sweet, easy, gentle. Decent acid. All put together well. Nicely proportioned. 17 softness, ease on the approach Apply with sole and scrod 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2067. 17 CHABLIS VAUDECORSE, DOMAINE PICQ
2.5 acre southwest facing vineyard next to Vaucoupin on Kimmeridgian limestone; 40 year old vines; indigenous yeasts fermentation. Nicely swollen up after 3 years.. This is Premier Cru full, and it does strike a resemblance to Picq's Vaucoupin./ Full in the mouth too. Significant body, weight, texture, length.. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2068. 15 CHABLIS VAUDECORSE, DOMAINE PICQ
Next to Vaudesir. Not offered every vintage. More significant and clear and pure than the village wine. More depth. Special./ Yes, more texture, sweet fruit. Unique in all of Chablis. Again, the 15 acid ease. Exceptionally well balanced all the same. Juicy. Very special indeed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2069. 19 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Est. 1590; 25-40 year old vines. Chalk dust. Dusty calcaire feature. Apple and citrus chardonnay aspects too. Terroir driven chardonnay as only Chablis can interpret it./ Very juicy citrus joins calcaire grip, texture. Dry but not austere. It's to the point Chablis: lovely, pure, classic. Plenty of extract behind it too. Well liked by the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2070. 19 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
2015: Deeper, bigger than the 2016 village wine. Broad and massive. Old vines intensity. More development. No 2015 softness. This is a monster Chablis./ Yes, very large. Beginning to develop a toasty bottle bouquet. Seems barrel aged; likely not though. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2071. 18 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vinous 90: ‛The 2018 Chablis Les Pargues is a very pretty, exotic wine. Sweet floral notes, passion fruit, mint and lemon confit give the 2018 a decidedly exotic flair to play off its airy, lifted personality. Apricot, mint and light tropical notes add character to this very pretty, expressive Chablis that is a bit tight on the finish but will open up nicely with time. Drink now-2028.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2072. 18 CHABLIS, SIMONNET-FEBVRE
Wine Enthusiast 92: ‛Lemon zestiness on the nose yields a sense of freshness and ripeness at the same time. The palate manages to be slender and sinuous despite the warmth of the vintage and shows an uncommon tension. Paired with the chalky, textured midpalate, this wine has a sense of place, finishing with beautiful freshness.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2073. 16 CHABLIS BEAUROY 1ER CRU, DOMAINE COURTAULT
Wine & Spirits 92: ‛A portion of this wine ages in older oak, lending a piecrust richness to the smoky baked-pear and orange flavors, along with the seashell-like minerality. As Karen Goodlad, a wine professor at NYC's City Tech, pointed out, ‛It's tight and ripe, and the acidity screams ‛Chablis.‛ This will age with grace. $44.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2074. 18 CHABLIS COTE DE LECHET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE FOURREY
Pretty mild mannered for a ler Cru. But adequate for the price./ High acidity bodes well for the future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2033. 19 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Vineyards 45-60 years old, facing south-southeast; unwooded. Premier Cru amplitude. Fourchaume calcaire and green fruit. 2019 lift./ Leesy basis. Premier Cru sizeable. Depth, breadth, minerality, structure. Well enough balanced, if a little on the mild side acid-wise. Good overall performance. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2075. 16 CHABLIS MONTEE DE TONNERRE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE WILLIAM FEVRE
Vinous 92-94: '23 hectoliters per hectare. (1.5 tons per acre). Pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Strong mineral notes of shrimp shell and sea breeze currently dominate citrus and white peach on the nose. Densely packed, concentrated and energetic; wonderfully fresh and balanced for the year. Clamps down impressively on the superb, sappy, slowly rising finish, leaving behind piquant notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and minerals. Classically dry, crystalline and taut but not austere. This beauty really spreads out to saturate the palate on the back end.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2076. 18 CHABLIS MONTEE DE TONNERRE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vinous 93+: ‛The 2018 Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 1er Cru shows more structure and power than the other premiers crus in this range. Phenolic and savory, the 2018 is endowed with a real sense of energy and richness. The 2018 was bottled just two weeks before this tasting and is showing some element of angularity. Even so, it is impressive. Drink 2022-2033.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2077. 17 CHABLIS VAUCOUPIN 1ER CRU, DOMAINE PRIEURE ST. COME
One of the steepest of Chablis‛s Premier Cru vineyards, Vaucoupin lies east of the Grands Crus on an extension of same slope. The fruit-centric nature of 2017 fills up the extract and acid framework that is Vaucoupin Chablis. This is a serious, calcaire laden Premier Cru./ Premier Cru ample in the mouth. Dry and astute Vaucoupin style. Mineral extract grip. Nice 17 padding underneath. Again, that ideal combo of form and filling. Outstanding value. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2078. 16 CHABLIS PREUSES GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Material of 16. Power and intensity of Grand Cru. Satisfies./ Wow, the age, the terroir. Breadth and depth. Pretty grand stuff. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2079. 16 CHABLIS VAUDESIR GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
2014: Parker 94: 'The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, aged in 1,000-liter used wooden vats, has a tempting bouquet with detailed citrus peel, flint and white flower aromas; it is quite strict, but delivering real intensity. The palate is very well balanced with grapefruit, citrus lemon and a touch of white peach, a keen thread of acidity, and nicely integrated oak with fine weight and complexity on the finish--tres Grand Cru! Winemaker Jean-Francois Bordet should be proud of this wine. 2018-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 67.95 each

FR-2080. 18 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, ALBERT BICHOT
Deep, penetrating, green, sappy, mealy aligote./ Yes, talks the aligote talk on the palate too. Yes, accurate, and well priced. Has green fruit flavor and good acidity. A workaday aligote that will prove versatile at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2081. 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, ROBERT CHEVILLON
Barrel aged, and barrel mellowed./ Yes, the oak is a player in this one, like in De Villaine's. Not fully integrated yet, and leaving some astringency on the finish. Ambitious aligote that will improve with cellaring. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2082. 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE EDMOND CORNU
Maturing, warm-grains bouquet with a sharp edge of aligote nostril etch./ Yes, maturing admirably. Good 16 extract grip. Brisk aligote acidity. Well liked by the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2083. 18 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
60% from Champ Forey (limestone and gravel soil), 40% from Auvonnes (clay, marl soil with small stones). Vines averaging 50 years. Old vines intensity. Full varietal expression. Complex amalgam of soil contributions./ Rich and well rounded. Enjoy its spread and generosity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2084. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE LA CHARME AUX PRETRES, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
Vinous 90-92: ‛The 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Charmes Aux Pretres, a vineyard planted by Sylvain's father in 1949, has a fresh, vibrant bouquet of white peach, Williams pear and light flinty aromas. The palate is well balanced and quite saline in the mouth, with a fine bead of acidity; touches of lemon peel lend real tension and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. It just calls out for some fruits de mer. Drink now-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-2085. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE CLOS DU ROY, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
Vinous 90-92: ‛The 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Clos du Roy was showing a bit of reduction on the nose when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, the age of the vines (planted in 1932) imparting complexity toward the lightly spiced finish. This cerebral Aligote is one of Pataille's most elegant. Drink now-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-2086. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY CUVEE FLAVIE, DOMAINE GUY AMIOT
45 year old vines on the lower slopes of Chassagne Montrachet. Signifies Burgundy barrel aging regimen. Ample, complex, grand./ Full and flavorful. Complicated and lasting. Might as well be a Chassagne itself. The group was impressed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2087. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, ALBERT BICHOT
25-35 year old vines from Cote de Beaune and Hautes Cotes de Beaune. 30% barrel fermented, 20% barrel aged. After sampling a Chablis, this is a rounder, fuller chardonnay interpretation from grounds farther south. Flattering rusticity of its Hautes Cotes component. The barrel aging shows, adding breadth to the aromatic presentation./ Medium bodied. Lower acidity than the Chablis--no surprise. Quite the satisfying mouthful. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2088. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY KIMMERIDGIEN, J. M. BROCARD
Brittle 18 extract and high calcaire. Bright, crisp, northern, penetrating. Brilliant freshness. Fine 2018 fruit padding too./ Yow, total grip and jawbreaker extract. Hard to swallow. Gains fruit as it warms, which pulls it into a well-balanced position. A great concept. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2089. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, FRANCOIS CARILLON
Here we've got some oomph, texture, oak, and real 16 concentration. Well this is ample. It shouts fruit and terroir. And barrel elevation. Very agreeable, enveloping fruit. Very sassy./ Structure, body, balance, acid. Very well crafted. Lingering on the palate. Really good oak stuff there. Barrel and lees influenced. Most impressive white burgundy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2090. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
More southern, more Cote de Beaune broad than the Chablis that preceded it. Oak aging enters the picture here. And riper fruit, almost to stone fruit. And old vines intensity./ Yes, ample and broad on the palate. Spectrum of barrel, old vines, terroir. Sense of elegance as well. Class act. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2091. 17 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY TISERNAY, LAURENT DUFOULEUR
The site is in Chalonnais. Wonderful 17 freshness and purity in its unwooded state./ Full fruit, fresh and young. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2092. 18 BOURGOGNE BLANC, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET
From 6 parcels, in the township of Meursault. Nice long cork./ Rich and toasty. Full Burgundy barrel regimen evident. Relates to Meursault for its autumnal aromatic set./ A rightful emulation of Meursault with enough oomph to please. Gains more acidity, texture, complexity, and length as it airs, even into the second day. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2093. 16 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE BLANC SOUS EGUISONS, CAROLINE LESTIME
Becky Wasserman selection. Promising chardonnay fruit volume. Good oak complement./ Lees aging, barrel aging, and barrel extracts all evident. The large, solid, dry, austere structure of an Hautes Cotes and a 2016. I like its bulk and prospects. This swelled up and became more revealing as it aired, ultimately attracting many fans. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2094. 18 BOURGOGNE BLANC, DOMAINE MATROT
12.5%; vineyard near Meursault; 30 yr. old vines; aged 10 weeks in barrels, 20% new; Daniel Haas selection. The oak is not yet fully integrated. Puts a lid on the fruit and terroir./ Some of that mealy-grainy Meursault character. There's amplitude here. Weight and volume. Potential oak-fruit-bouquet complexity. Good acidity. For its modest alcohol content, this has a lot of presence. I'd be cellaring it. Even some oak tannin. After aeration, the oak seemed to settle in, reported the tasting panel. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2095. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, MOUTARD DILIGENT
on Kimmeridgian limestone in Tonnerre and Molosmes north of Chablis; vines planted from 1954 to 1990; aged 8 months on lees in vats and seasoned barrels. Northern take on chardonnay./ Fresh acidity. Grainy bouquet coming on with maturity. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2096. 18 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE RAYMOND DUPONT-FAHN
From a site that is mostly Premier Cru and sits just up-slope from Meursault Vireux; 20 months in barrels; unfined, unfiltered. Large, powerful Meursault like autumnal aroma of grain bin, oatmeal, and dried leaves. Well measured Burgundian barrel regimen./ Lush 18 fruit contained within an oak framework. Runs deep. A youngster, decidedly on the up and up. Pleasing acidity shows as it wraps up, rendering this a well balanced presentation. Well liked by the group. Orders taken. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2097. 13 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Unfined, unfiltered. mostly Premier Cru terroir, above Meursault Les Vireux. Oh, full, nutty-oaky. Nicely developed bouquet. Fathomless depth. Solid oak structure./ Oak and warm grains. Flavorful. Full bouqueted. Complete. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-2098. 15 SAINT ROMAIN BLANC, DOMAINE ALAIN GRAS
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2099. 18 SAINT ROMAIN BLANC SOUS LE CHATEAU, BENJAMIN LEROUX
Significant barrel influence here, and it's all for the good. Backwater Saint Romain offers a relatively prosaic Cote de Beaune chardonnay profile, so the oak augmentation fills out the nose in fit fashion./ Plenty of oak on the palate too, and there's still some on top. No problem. Even a streak of oak tannin. Snappy Saint Romain acidity. I like its prospects. Not overly 2018 fruity at all, thanks to terroir and barrels. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2100. 17 MEURSAULT LES CLOUS, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Aged 20 months in oak barrels. Unfined, unfiltered.
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-2101. 16 MEURSAULT GRUYACHES, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET
Vinous 90-93: 'Pale color. High-pitched aromas of lime leaf, grapefruit, mint and lavender sea salt. Not especially easygoing or open but chewy and extract-rich, conveying a lovely balance of sweetness and saltiness. Finishes with noteworthy rising length. This youthfully linear wine will need time in bottle.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-2102. 15 MEURSAULT VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Yeah, old vines and Meursault oomph. Nothing 15 sweetish about it./ Oak amplitude, fortitude. 15 and Girardin polished. Gotta have this. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2103. 16 MEURSAULT LES NARVAUX, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Wine Spectator 93: 'Sleek and intense, packed with apple, lime, butterscotch and mineral flavors, this white starts out expressive and doesn't quit. Balanced in a sleek way, with a long, complex finish. Drink now through 2025. $88.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2104. 16 MEURSAULT, DOMAINE MATROT
Full Meursault personality: nutty, toasty, autumnal, dry leaves, oatmeal stuff./ Even more material, more character on the palate. And form to contain it. Everything going for it. Big deal here. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2105. 15 MEURSAULT, LOUIS LATOUR
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-2106. 15 MEURSAULT, LOUIS JADOT
Wine Spectator 92: ‛Balanced and creamy, this white will please many. Peach, apple, honey and spice flavors abound and the smooth texture carries them well. Finishes with a fresh, lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2107. 15 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. 15 rich. Especially for the Chartron style. Class of the vineyard speaks./ Site calcaire. With Chartron barrel regimen. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2108. 17 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, JEAN CHARTRON
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2109. 16 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LES CHARMES, DOMAINE ALAIN CHAVY
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-2110. 16 PULIGNY MONTRACHET VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
A lot of Girardin oak. Old vines and 16 concentration./ Wow, just spreads all over the palate. Not very Puligny structured. So what. Give, give, give. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-2111. 15 PULIGNY MONTRACHET VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
2016: A lot of Girardin oak. Old vines and 16 concentration./ Wow, just spreads all over the palate. Not very Puligny structured. So what. Give, give, give. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-2112. 14 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, LOUIS JADOT
Well now, this has real village character, and well integrated wood. Has the Puligny limestone nature./ Depth of fruit, plus the calcaire, the oak, the complete barrel regimen. Grand, statuesque, that chalky terroir shining through. Fine potential. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2113. 15 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LA GARENNE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LARUE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2114. 17 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET LA BOUDRIOTTE 1ER CRU, BRUNO COLIN
Vinous 89-92: ‛Fresh lemon, lime and crushed rock aromas show a hint of reduction. Offers more texture and dimension than the Morgeot but still quite dry in the middle, with flavors of lemon, white flowers, wild herbs and anise. A bit bracing--even austere--but with no shortage of volume or breadth. The lemony fruit really clamps down on the finish. Colin may keep this wine in cuve until February or March, as his new cuverie will provide him with more space.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-2115. 11 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET CAILLERETS 1ER CRU, JEAN CHARTRON
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2116. 14 SANTENAY BLANC CHAMPS PERRIER, JEAN CHARTRON
Oh, boy, classic. Full volume of fruit, oak, and Santenay blanc calcaire. Breathless./ Penetrating, all absorbing Burgundy barrel and lees influences and that calcaire. Pushes Cote de Beaune's Big 3 blancs in body and stature. 94/100. List price: $50.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2117. 17 BOUZERON CUVEE AXELLE, DOMAINE MICHEL BRIDAY
Aligote's own appellation, thanks to the efforts of Aubert de Villaine, director of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, who keeps a home estate in Bouzeron. Even given the fruit-forward nature of 2017, this has the crisp, lean, raciness of aligote. Aligote vinosity; low in fruit emphasis./ Nice aligote cut..right to the core. Mineral salts on the tongue and lips. All together classic. Gotta have this. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2118. 15 BOUZERON CLOS DE LA FORTUNE MONOPOLE MAISON CHANZY, J-B JESSIAUME
Aligote's only local appellation., thanks to Aubert de Villaine, director of DRC, who has a home estate here. Really, really full. With barrel support, for sure. Big time. This will compete with de Villaine's at a fraction of the price./ Yes, one monster-truck aligote, oak and all. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2119. 18 RULLY MONTMORIN, 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. Oh, larger, broader shouldered, oakier than the 18 Chartron Bourgogne VV, and Chalonnais sappy. Lots more amplitude for a additional buck./ Yeah, a mouthful of Chalonnais chardonnay and barrel effects.. Deal. While this was my favorite of the two, the group was split, many preferring the Cote de Beaune styling of the Bourgogne VV. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2120. 17 MONTAGNY LES BASSETS, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Knock out nose of Montagny. Chalonnaise richness and nuttiness. Fine oak establishment here. A big 17; more like a 16./ Palate more in the style of a 2017. Fruitier than the 2016. Very enticing, and not without structure and stamina. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2121. 16 MONTAGNY LES BURNINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'From one of Montagny's top premier cru vineyards, this is dense and textured as well as richly fruity. The fermentation followed by aging in wood have enhanced the wine's complexity, offering pear flavors, a tight texture and a flinty edge. Drink from 2021. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 32.99 each

FR-2122. 17 MONTAGNY LES JARDINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛From one of the many premier crus in Montagny, this lightly wood-aged wine is ripe with yellow fruits. The acidity cuts through the wine's richness to bring balance as well as a bright aftertaste. Drink from 2020. $40.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-2123. 16 MONTAGNY LA GRANDE ROCHE 1ER CRU, LOUIS LATOUR
The size and the resin of Chalonnais blanc, plus wood and barrel time augmentations. A fine example of Montagny terroir./ Yes, Chalonnais volume and weight, plus barrel character. Tailor made for poultry. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2124. 18 MACON VILLAGES TRADITION DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER
A bit confined to start. Takes coaxing. True Macon chardonnay apple-citrus coming forth, with good 2018 framing. By the time the group sniffed it, this wine was talking the talk./ The palate is lusher and softer, and more forthcoming. Comments on good fruit, flavor, texture. Everything hangs together well. In tune with the series. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2125. 17 MACON VILLAGES DOMAINE GRANGES, YANNICK PAQUET
Engaging southern Burgundy chardonnay classic with no oak encumbrances. Freshness and vigor. Appley. Nostril swelling as well as richly fruited in 2017 Ideal 17 with briskness as well as padding./ 17 soft and gentle. Plenty of fruit flavor. No wood, no malo creaminess. Just 2017's plump fruit. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2126. 18 MACON VILLAGES, DOMAINE HENRI PERRUSSET
Round, soft, ripe fruit presentation. Faithful to Maconnais chardonnay‛s apple-citrus melange./ Markedly softer than the Chablis tasted just prior to it. Pleasing flavor and texture spreads. Yes, faithful to the vernacular. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2127. 16 MACON VILLAGES, DOMAINE PASCAL & MIREILLE RENAUD
16 deep, variegated, textured. Tells the tale. Wonderful./ Robust, ample, full flavored, appley. Off the charts. Great vintage. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2128. 19 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT
At Martailly-Les-Brancion. Upon opening, very green appley. Plenty of malic acid. Still on the sharp side in youth./ Yes, acid edge to the extreme. I'd like to give this a chance to round out some. Takes crispness to the limit. Long aftertaste. Well, apparently, this rounded and filled out further after aeration, because, an hour later, the tasting panel gave it the high marks of a fulfilled wine. Orders taken. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2129. 16 MACON CHAINTRE RESERVE DES ROCHERS, GRAND VINS DE BOURGOGNE
Gold Medal - Paris. Chaintre full. Clear, and full of apple and citrus aromas. Body and textural nostril etch./ Fullness of 2016, with fine texture. At a good stage, and it's still waxing big. Yes. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2130. 16 MACON CHAINTRE LE CHATEAU DE CHAINTRE, FABRICE LAROCHETTE
Reserves its aromatic profile. Emphasizes 16 material and structure. Fullness that is mark of Chaintre, and fine 2016 intensity and texture./ Yes, form over fragrance. Texture and body. A rightful Chaintre in that respect. Well priced. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2131. 18 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD
From the thousand-year-old village of Chardonnay; domaine established in the 17th century. Tasted in September, just after it was shipped, this was hard to read. It‛s filled out and opened up since, especially after aeration. Full, appley, well textured. Deep. Really delivers./ Yes, large textured, full bodied. Plenty of flavor and oomph. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2132. 18 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, JEAN MANCIAT
Full, full, full. Deep, dense, intense. A Mr. Big village-specific Maconnais chardonnay./ Yes, full flavor, body, texture, extract. So concentrated it even hints of walnut husk. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2133. 17 MACON LUGNY COTES BLANCHES, CAVE DE LUGNY
No notes availably yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2134. 18 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE
Old vines, barrel aging, and Roche Vineuse stoutness combine to make the full Greffiere presentation. A large Macon Villages chardonnay./ Full bodied, and still backward flavor-wise. Good future here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2135. 18 MACON VINZELLES LES MORANDES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
Wow! One of the fullest in the series. Really packed with material. Maybe some oak too. All around deep seated./ Yes, full indeed. Rich in fruit, with light oak aura. Wow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2136. 18 VIRE CLESSE HARMONIE, DOMAINE DE LA VERPAILLE
Two of the Maconnais' top villages, now entitled to a singular AOC. Oh, boy, consummate example of AOC, vintage, everything. Bold, grand, pushy. Pouilly Fuisse like weight and intensity./ Clarity, freshness, body. Solid. Still waxing big. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2137. 17 SAINT VERAN, JOSEPH DROUHIN
Saint Veran fullness, Drouhin control. Perfectly formed. Etch and volume. Yow./ 17 rich and round. Saint Veran body, Drouhin sophistication. Plenty of give in 17. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2138. 16 POUILLY VINZELLES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
Entirely from Chateau de Vinzelles, which is managed by Drouhin in behalf of its widowed proprietress. Good Drouhin tailoring with a light oak touch proper for a Maconnais chardonnay. Nice 16 textural burnish. After further aeration, oh, boy, the extra oomph of a Pouilly. Talks barrel time; not blatantly oaky or anything like that. Round, full, rich. Terroir plus elevage./ Light malo and oak touches. Balanced, even handed. Pleasing roundness points to current usefulness. Yeah, big and round and delicious. Mmm; love it. Very popular with the group too. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2139. 18 POUILLY VINZELLES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
Wow! One of the fullest in the series. Really packed with material. Maybe some oak too. All around deep seated./ Yes, full indeed. Rich in fruit, with light oak aura. Wow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2140. 17 POUILLY FUISSE LES ROBEES, FABRICE LAROCHETTE
40 year old vines in the Chaintre sector, south-facing and always the first to be harvested; lees aged. Lees and additional bottle age give this a certain graininess that creates something of a barrel-aged impression. Full body of the appellation. Classy and elegant./ 2017 soft and accommodating. Needs no further aging, really. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2141. 18 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC, DOMAINE PRAL
Good and crisp and appley. Nutty lees aspect too./ Oh, yes, this has racy fruit acidity and a Beaujolais area interpretation of chardonnay, in contrast to the 2018 Chablis tasted alongside it. You have the northern and southern extremes of Burgundy chardonnay. Begs for food. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each


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