updated 11-16-17
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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1604. 12 CHATEAU BEGADAN CUVEE TRADITION, CRU ARTISAN, MEDOC
Famille Sallette at Begadan. Good, bright, black cabernet fruit aroma. Very elegant. The fruit is ripe. Fine 2012./ Tartness and firmness of 2012 Medoc cabernet. Time will assuage its tannic grip. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1605. 14 CHATEAU BELLEGRAVE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
At Valeyrac, belonging for four generations to the Caussaque family. 60% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot. Deep and dark, with impressive power, structure, and oak./ Black fruit and oak treacle flavors. Real class. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1606. 14 CHATEAU LA CHANDELLIERE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Gold Medal - Paris. Deep oak and barrel-age senses. Full, solid, cabernet informing./ Rich and right. Great poise. Fine cellar candidate. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1607. 15 CHATEAU CROIX DU BREUIL, MEDOC
Deep cabernet aromas of black currant and blackberry. The nose is accessible already. And fine./ Rich berry fruit filling plus good frame, sinew. Shows both presence and future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1608. 15 CHATEAU MOULIN DE LA RIVIERE, REVELATIONS D'HUBERT DE BOUARD, MEDOC
47% cabernet sauvignon, 46% merlot, 7% cabernet franc. Good cabernet fortitude and plenty of attractive new oak. Seems gravel based./ Youthful cabernet black currant aromatics. A solid Medoc keeper. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1609. 14 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Very nice and ripe and accomplished Medoc with barrel oak influence. Best in years. Yes, the black currant character of yore is fully evident./ Plenty of cabernet and merlot fruit, plus a gamy note. Tannin to resolve yet. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1610. 14 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Cussac south of Saint Julien; 47% cab sauv, 45% merlot, 8% petit verdot. Sweet and openly fruity for Beaumont and 2014. Wow, spicy oak too. More than ever before here. Nicely open knit, even in youth./ Yes, complete, modern, barrel-aged Haut Medoc now. Yow. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1611. 14 CHATEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 90; Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘This is a tight and firm wine that will take some time to develop. The fruit, an almost equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is all present and will fill out over the next few years. It is a serious dense wine with great aging potential. Drink from 2021.’
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1612. 14 CHATEAU CAMENSAC, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1613. 14 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 92: ‘A wine of notable precision, persistence and class, the 2014 Cantemerle is outstanding. Sweet tobacco, licorice, red cherry and dried savory herbs are some of the signatures. Medium in body and lively, the 2014 captures the best attributes of the year. This is a positively stellar showing. 2017-2026.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1614. 10 CHATEAU D’ESCURAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Deep, rich, concentrated fruit. Not a lot of new oak showing at this stage. Escuracs are usually pretty oaky soon after release. Wonderful black currant cabernet character. This is intense. First class./ Rich and meaty. Loaded with sweet fruit for its age. That’s 2010! A big boy. And, a class act. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1615. 14 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Saint Laurent; half each cab sauv, merlot. This continues to show with each passing vintage more of the elegance that marks the Nony-Borie family’s Caronne Ste. Gemme. Cabernet speaks louder now. Much more sophisticated, soaring fruit and oak perfumes./ Full charm, third dimension, body. This is a full-fledged, oak-tinged, and proud Haut Medoc cru bourgeois. More stylish, less stodgy than it used to be. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1616. 14 CHATEAU LANESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 91: ‘The 2014 Lanessan is gorgeous. Wild cherry, herb and tobacco give the wine its distinctive savory aromatic profile, while firm tannins add energy. The result is a touch rustic, but it is also immensely pleasing. There is lovely depth in the glass, although the 2014 appears to have shut down a bit post-bottling. 2018-2026.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1617. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ The palate is firmer than the nose at this stage. Tannic still. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1618. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC half bottle
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ The palate is firmer than the nose at this stage. Tannic still. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1619. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC magnum
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ The palate is firmer than the nose at this stage. Tannic still. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1620. 10 CHATEAU HAUT LABORDE, HAUT MEDOC
In a branded wood case. Chateau at Saint Sauveur near Pauillac. Plenty of color; very dark./ Good measure of maturity, including some in barrel./ Plenty of stuffing, textural range, and interest of a superior vintage. Depth, flavor range, maturity. Very good value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1621. 10 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, HAUT MEDOC
Good oak and barrel aging. Fine stature. Plus bottle bouquet. Logical development for a 2010 claret at age seven./ Well, there’s plenty of 2010 solid fruit core here, and drying tannins yet to resolve. Aerate well or cellar further. Very popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1622. 12 CHATEAU DE LAMARQUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Heritiers Marquis d’Evry. Depth, richness, fortitude, sweetness, light oak. Admirably ripe enough fruit./ Yes, rich and right, with fine tannin, full body, and accomplished mid Haut Medoc cabernet sauvignon presentation. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1623. 14 CHATEAU LARRIVAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Cissac. Nobility of Cissac cabernet sauvignon plus a barrel-aged complex. The most sophisticated Larrivaux vintage I’ve tasted. And a fabulous value in Haut Medoc claret./ Solid, linear, and fine 14 mouthfeel. The fruit is sweet, but there are dry tannins behind to resolve yet. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1624. 12 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
By Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Good ripe cabernet sauvignon and light oak and barrel evolution. Deep and dark and spicy./ Rich in cabernet black currant and blackberry. Peppercorn and wood extracts. Very satisfying Haut Medoc style and value. Good bouquet potential here. 91+/100. List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1625. 14 CHATEAU SENEJAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‘This is a structured wine that has both firm tannins and ripe black plum fruits. It is concentrated and serious, the wood aging and the fruit tannins giving a lift and richness to the spicy fruit. The estate, dating to the 17th century, has 96 acres. Drink from 2021.’
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1626. 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: 23.99 each

FR-1627. 14 CHATEAU LILIAN LADOUYS, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Enthusiast 93 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Under the ownership of Jacky Lorenzetti, president of one of France's top rugby clubs, this estate is now performing impressively. The wine is finely structured with dark tannins and tight acidity and a hint of minerality. It is Merlot dominated, although it is the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that brings out the black-currant fruitiness. Drink from 2022.’
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1628. 14 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
James Suckling 95/100. My notes: Full, romantic, and rightful cru classe Pauillac. 80% cabernet sauvignon and it shows. Good oak too. All class cabernet and oak./ Firm and forthright Pauillac stature. Even that cherished, elusive cedar note of Pauillac cabernet. The real deal. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1629. 02 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Parker 90: ‘The successful 2002 exhibits a beautiful, dense ruby/purple color, a lovely concoction of raspberries, cassis, flowers and licorice in the fragrant aromatics, medium to full body, surprising opulence for a 2002, and soft and supple tannin. A beauty, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 15+ years. 2005-2020.’
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1630. 14 CHATEAU DU GLANA, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT JULIEN imperial
Wine Spectator 90; Vinous 90: ‘The 2014 du Glana has a respectable bouquet with well-defined, cedar-tinged red and black fruit, with pencil box aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, quite lively in the mouth with fine tension. It merges into more black, dusky fruit towards the finish, the persistence on the mouth commendable. This Saint Julien is very well crafted and should give much pleasure over the next decade. 2018 to 2028.’
How Many bottles/singles: 279.50 each

FR-1631. 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 grillé 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-1632. 14 CHATEAU DUTRUCH GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
2012: Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS’ CHOICE: ‘This is turning into an impressive wine as it finds its way between solid tannins and ripe, full black fruits. It is dark and dense at this stage with tannins that dominate. A more juicy character will develop as the wine ages. Drink from 2017. $29.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1633. 14 CHATEAU GRESSIER GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Est. 1720; since 2003, owned by Chasse Spleen; half each cab sauv, merlot. Large, well filled 2014 claret with light oak embellishments. Fine Moulis structure./ Indeed, balanced, structured, classic 2014 Moulis overall. Well poised. The Villars family is doing good work here at raising an old favorite to better-than-ever quality standards. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1634. 09 CHATEAU MALMAISON, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Baron Edmond de Rothschild; 80% merlot; 20% cab sauv; special attendee price: $20.99. Remember tasting it long ago, but couldn’t find my notes, so asked for a sample. Finally, softening. Now showing 09 and merlot prosperity. The right variety for inland Moulis clay soil. Light and pleasing oak patina./ Attractive oak confirmed. Sweet, ripe fruit of 2009. Light tannin residual. Coming into its prime. Favorable comments from the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1635. 10 CHATEAU POMEYS, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Light oak, ripe fruit. More give and accomplishment than 09. Ripe plum and black currant. Oak spices./ 2010 firmness behind rich and fulfilled fruit flavors. Works well. Classic, in fact. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1636. 14 CHATEAU POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS imperial
Wine Spectator 90; Vinous 90: ‘The 2014 Poujeaux is an absolutely joyous wine. Plump, juicy and flavorful, it possesses striking depth. Dark stone fruit, spice, leather and tobacco give the wine an attractive savory profile. The 2014 could use a bit of time in bottle to settle down, but it is very nicely done. Tasted two times. 2018 to 2024.’
How Many bottles/singles: 299.50 each

FR-1637. 12 CHATEAU DUCLUZEAU, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1638. 14 CHATEAU LABEGORCE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Parker 93: ‘The 2014 Labégorce is one those ‘dark horses’ of the vintage, a wine that has a prosperous future. It has a lovely, very pure and sensual bouquet with lifted redcurrant and wild strawberry scents that really evoke the essence of Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well -udged acidity, good concentration with a satisfying raspberry preserve-infused finish that demonstrates superb persistence. I adored this Labégorce from barrel and now in bottle it does nothing to disprove my initial enthusiasm. Top Margaux ahoy! 2020-2040.’
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-1639. 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-1640. 09 CHATEAU PRIEURE LICHINE, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Half new oak, half second fill. A great Prieure Lichine, a great Margaux. As flamboyant as its former proprietor. Fully expressive of Margaux. The perfumed set, the floral stuff./ Fine new oak, more lavishly imparted than any of the previous vintages I’ve tasted. Lots of cabernet presence; full of black currant race. Well proportioned. 2009 open and yielding. What a beaut this is, the class oak, the Margaux elegance, the eight years of age. Grand Vin. 97/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1641. 10 CLOS MARSALETTE, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Spectator 93/100; Parker 91-93/100: ‘Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, Clos Marsalette is a relatively small 17.5-acre site situated next to Latour Martillac. Made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 exhibits an opaque ruby/purple hue along with copious notes of graphite, creosote, sweet berry fruit and subtle roasted herbs. Round and expansive on the palate with medium to full-bodied flavors, silky smooth tannins and extraordinary elegance as well as depth, this beauty is a major sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1642. 05 CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Good Graves purple fruit quality with some black earth. Well integrated oak. Beautiful harmony and texture of 05. Developing evenly. Needs more time. Very classy and promising. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1643. 10 LE COMTE DE CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, PESSAC LEOGNAN
45% each cabernet sauvignon, merlot; 8% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot. Some bottle bouquet at age seven, but also retains 2010 fortitude. Firm core of dark Malartic fruit lines. A superior second with a lot of barrel embellishment. Lots of poise./ Not overly tannic. Palate yielding, fleshy, sweet. Lovely oak and fruit-oak harmony. Softening nicely now. Definitely a wine to stock and recommend for current drinking. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1644. 14 CHATEAU LATOUR 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-Léognan 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-1645. 09 CHATEAU MAMIN, GRAVES
Beautifully sparse label. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before. Wonderfully abundant, sweet, ripe, open. 7 years of age has done it well. Gives and gives./ Palate produces too. Broad and deep and rangy and giving. Meal worthy now. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1646. 11 L’ESPRIT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2010: Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru. 55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot; selection made by barrel, not vine age. The classic, firm framing of 2010 claret. Aeration coaxes forth a peacock’s tail of merlot and the cabernets character plus discreet, already well integrated oak./ Firmness of 2010, claret discretion of DdC, Graves earth and game. Earns complexity with aeration. Aristocratic Grand Cru lineage is clear. 94++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1647. 09 CHATEAU LARRIVET HAUT BRION, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Sweet and open and ripe and beautiful expression of vintage and terroir. So harmonious, balanced, poised. All lays together right. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1648. 15 CHATEAU DE BERN, GRAVES
55% merlot, 45% cabernet sauvignon. Sweet fruited and full of barrel age scents and savors. One impressive young claret./ Full fruited 2015 sporting toasty barrel extras. Great value in Graves. Savor the Bern. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1649. 12 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES
50% merlot, 35% cab franc, 15% cab sauv. 75% stainless steel, 25% oak aged. Good, sweet, ripe black 12 fruit frankness. Clarity./ Ripe, while 2012 claret measured. Ripe black fruit flavors, hint of wood, barrel time. Classic claret. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1650. 15 CHATEAU CHANTELOISEAU, GRAVES
First off, a very attractive label. And I find a high correlation between labels and wines I like. So it is here. Still firm but surely accurate expression of Graves earthiness./ Compact sweet fruit. Both red and black currants. Where I want a young Graves to be. Positive future. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1651. 10 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD, GRAVES
80% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon. Super luxurious, deep, romantic. Graves rouge bulb flower and black earth classic. Full and lovely, cool merlot cherry nose. Classic Graves proportions. Sweet as a nut. Lovely./ Yes, juicy merlot cherry and fine, spicy black tea aspects. Vintage and claret reserve. Silk texture. A beauty for the ages. Fabulous. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1652. 10 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD CUVEE PASSION, GRAVES
90% merlot, 10% cabernet; eleve en fut de chene. Full, sweet merlot fruit. Subtle oak. Balanced and complete./ Sweet fruit plus fruit and oak tannins. 2010 backward. Cellarworthy for sure. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1653. 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-1654. 14 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Oh, boy, Grand Cru Classe ripe fruit selection and fine new oak. Pure, lifted, romantic perfumes./ Still 2014 close on the palate, with drying tannins. No problem. Fine future here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1655. 14 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 92-94; Parker 91-93: ‘The Château Fonroque 2014 blossoms from the glass with ebullient red berry fruit mixed with rose petal and violets aromas. This palate is crisp and focused with a keen line of acidity that neatly counterbalanced the silky textured, lightly spiced fruit. This is already showing fine cohesion and poise–an excellent wine courtesy of Alain Moueix and one of my picks from the Right Bank this year.’
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1656. 12 CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92: ‘Twenty years ago, this used to be one of my candidates for the worst wine from a top terroir in St.-Emilion. Things have changed incredibly since the acquisition of this property by Justin Onclin. The terroir is fabulously situated just adjacent to the walls of this medieval village, and the wine has gone from strength-to-strength. The 2012 has a dense purple color, a rocky and chalky minerality, medium to full body, and is long, rich and intense, elegant yet noble. Consumers have to be pleased that this long-time underachiever has finally raised its game under the new ownership. This is a property to seek out in St.-Emilion. Drink this 2012 over the next 15-20 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR`-1657. 14 CHATEAU LES FOUGERES, REVELATIONS D'HUBERT DE BOUARD, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
While he may not put in as many miles as the globetrotting Bordeaux consultant Michel Rolland, Hubert Bouard, proprietor of Premier Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion Chateau Angelus, is widely sought after for oenological advice. He‛s worked wonders here, incorporating an unusually high percentage of cabernet sauvignon (50%) for a Right Bank claret, plus 45% merlot, and 5% cabernet franc. Plus plenty of new barrels (50%). Great new oak splash. Finesse, breed, black fruit./ Fabulous oak seasonings, violet and black cabernet fruit, fresh 2014 fruit acidity. Everything in harmony; plenty in reserve. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1658. 12 CHATEAU LARCIS JAUMAT, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
At Saint Christophe de Bardes. 85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Ample, barrel aged, sweet black fruit. Cool mint./ 12 closed up still on the palate. Good future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1659. 10 CHATEAU TOUR DE YON, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
75% merlot, 25% cabernet franc. Vanilla oak. Rich fruit support. Bottle bouquet forming. This is no 10 recluse./ Oak and sweet fruit and light bottle bouquet signs. Useful now. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1660. 12 CLOS DE MENUTS, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Oh, grand! Lots of new oak embellishments, well integrated with generous Saint Emilion fruit. Complex, special, big time, classy claret./ Yes, upscale, complex, broad and deep. Fine textured. Wow! Well liked by the group. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1661. 14 CHATEAU PICAU PERNA, SAINT EMILION
2012: A. Duboudin at St. Pey d’Armens. Black fruit, spice, the sweetness of merlot. Some sense of barrel aging. Treacly thing. A good and solid 2012 Saint Emilion./ Pleasing measure of oak lends a treacly spiciness to season the good, ripe 2012 merlot fruit feel and flavor. A marked success. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1662. 14 CHATEAU CAP DE MERLE, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
65% merlot, 25% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. Lussac complex. Class of the terroir shows. Wood time and Saint Emilion depth and breadth add to the aromatic range./ Rich fruit ripeness in 2014, with 14 race and savor. Yes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1663. 12 CHATEAU DES LANDES CUVEE TRADITION, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
Gold Medal - Lyon. Like the 2010, the obdurate house style in youth. Even tougher than the 10 was at the same stage. Has plenty of material and oak./ Full reserve and grip. Solid, concentrated fruit core. Well poised. A keeper. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1664. 14 CHATEAU MOULIN DE GRENET, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
75% merlot, 25% cab franc. A right pleasing--and aiming to please--Lussac without too firm a frame./ Very flowing and inviting. Some tannin behind, so give it a little time to resolve. Good stuff. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1665. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX BLANCHE, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Full and deep, three-dimensional nose displaying barrel aging but not overt woodiness./ Round, rich fruit and barrel-aged savors. Lots of both flavor and texture appeal. Soft tannins. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1666. 12 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Oh, deep, luxurious, exotic Oriental wood spices and total Pomerol plushness. Very sweet and ripe for vintage. The oak is nice. A champion./ Oh, boy, texture, wood, elegance. Scores. Full flavored, spicy, padded, plus tannin reserve. 94+/100. List price: $72.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1667. 15 CHATEAU DES BARAILLOTS, LALANDE DE POMEROL
Deep and romantic, elegant and succulent. Wow Pomerol at its plush and velvety best./ Full juiciness, sweetness, and roundness of the ripe vintage Pomerol sort. Good acid and tannin for structural containment and future bouquet beauties. Yes. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1668. 12 CHATEAU LA MENOTTE, LALANDE DE POMEROL
At Neac. Dark and deep. Oh, purple and black fruits. Soft and voluptuous Pomerol styling. Spicy complex from oak and barrel time./ Yes, lush fruit plus tempered oak seasoning. Soft tannins. Large and luxurious. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1669. 15 CHATEAU BARRAIL CHEVROL, FRONSAC
80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon. Deep and solid and true to past vintages and to Fronsac durability. In 2015, plenty of fruit here too./ Really plenty of Fronsac structure and 2015 fruit filling. One of the best in the series. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1670. 12 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC
All merlot. Robust and rich red and black Fronsac fruit. 12 and region frank and yielding./ Firm and sinewy as usual. Needs time. I go way back with this Chateau but haven’t seen it in the market for years. It’s comforting to find the style remains consistent. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1671. 14 CHATEAU LA VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC
Wine Spectator 92: ‘Ripe and structured, this sports a vivid core of cassis and plum that races along, with fine-grained structure and light anise, bay and chalk notes hanging in the background. The long finish has cut and drive, with the cassis accent pushing through with determination. Rock-solid. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2026. $30.’
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1672. 10 CHATEAU BELLEVUE VIEILLES VIGNES, COTES DE CASTILLON
Barrel aged; Silver Medal - Concours des Feminalise. Very sweet and ripe. The high alcohol (14%) shows. One powerful claret. Some oak./ Oak, extra ripeness, fruit tannin, game. New wave claret. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1673. 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: 18.99 each

FR-1674. 15 CHATEAU HAUT TUQUET, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. At Saint Etienne de Lisses. Very nice. Has vintage fruit plus the superior posture and stature of Castillon. Beautiful 19th century steel engraving label too./ Yeah, structure, filling, extract. Gonna be a good one. I love Castillons. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1675. 14 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91; Wine Spectator 90: ‘Frankly toasty, sporting a mocha frame around a core of warmed plum and blackberry confiture notes. Light tobacco and licorice accents fill in on the finish, where the toast still holds sway. This has the fruit. Best from 2018 through 2024. $20.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1676. 15 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Ripe, large, rich, deep, lush Castillon without wood. Plummy./ Sur maturitie like an 82, 09. Licorice, tar, fine tannin. Early pleasures. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1677. 14 SEIGNEURS D’AIGUILHE, COTES DE CASTILLON
Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, proprietor of Premier Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere. Admirably sweet, ripe fruit and a fine measure of new oak to complement it. He always lavishes it on these. As good as it gets. Maybe better than the 2010./ Awesome combo of beautifully ripe merlot and fine oak. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1678. 10 CHATEAU DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90: ‘Engaging, with juicy plum and linzer torte fruit flavors offset by a lively tobacco leaf note. There's a nice tug of earth on the finish, with the tobacco edge lingering as well. Drink now through 2015.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1679. 14 CHATEAU PERTHUS, COTES DE BOURG
At St. Andre de Cubzac. Dark purple color./ Deep and inky purple fruit of Bourg with the plush dimension of Bourg. Qualities not found in many 14s of this level./ 14 purple fruit but not austere. Padded. Works. Has a good future too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1680. 14 PRINCE DE TABOURG, COTES DE BOURG
80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. Bourg full and round, with 2014 tight laced elegance./ Yes, speaks again of vintage and village. Real deal, and good. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1681. 12 CHATEAU PUYBARBE, COTES DE BOURG
Subtle, discreet, soft, and elegant, especially coming after the Croix Mouton. It has good power and penetration of its own though./ Good strength, depth, breadth, padding. Well balanced. Fine tannin. Yet another 2012 Right Bank winner. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1682. 14 CHATEAU LES JOUBERTS CUVEE PRESTIGE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Well, my, uh huh. Sweet accomplished, full. Quite a large charge for vintage and zone./ Delivers on palate too. Lots of substance here. And flavor and texture interest and breadth. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1683. 15 CHATEAU MOULIN NEUF REVELATION DE BOUARD, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Chateau Angelus proprietor Hubert de Bouard extends his talents to other Chateaux’ wines in the role of consulting oenologist. It shows. Yes, all class, all fine oak, all merlot pride./ Yes, full of finesse. Very suave, silky Bouard styling. Special. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1684. 14 CHATEAU LA GRANGE CLINET GRANDE RESERVE, COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‘With vines situated on the slopes above the Garonne River, this Terra Vitis bottling is rich and spicy, full of blackberry fruits and still young acidity. Sixty percent Merlot gives it its smooth character although it is the Cabernet Franc that adds its subtle perfumes. The wine will need time and should be ready to drink from 2020.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1685. 12 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Famille Sichel at St. Andre du Bois. Gold Medal - Concours de Bordeaux 2015. 12 sweet and dark, solid and fundamental. One of the riper-fruited 12s./ Sweet and balanced and accomplished. No tough tannin, no greenness–drawbacks of some 2012s of regional appellation. Best potential since the 2009. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1686. 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Thierry Lurton; at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc; in branded wood boxes of 6. Ripest vintage of this yet. Still dark fruited but also sweet. Measured, not sloppy. Gateway to 2015 claret./ Tighter, with less padding. Still, there’s a sweet cherry merlot core. Fine tannin. Balanced. Will age gracefully. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1687. 12 CHATEAU LA CROIX CALENDREAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At St. Christophe de Bardes in eastern Saint Emilion. All merlot. Aged in large oak cooperage. Deep and dark fruit from cool maceration. Rich, deep, black, creamy, ‘modern’./ Yes, light oak and rich fruit cremes. Dramatic. Melted tannins. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1688. 15 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
85% merlot, 15% cab franc. 43 year old vines. 9 months in barrels, half new. Owned by the Janoueix family. Oh, yes, the extra dimension here of the barrel regimen. And substantial basis of Bordeaux Superieur standards and old vines. Everything right about it. In Bordeaux Superieur terms, a Grand Vin./ Beautiful. Wears everything right. The fruit, the wood, the acid, the juicy, delicious flavor. Virtually without tannin, and fully inviting for current use. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1689. 10 CHATEAU DE DAIGNAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
In a branded wood case. Boy, even at the regional appellation level, these 2010 clarets are taking their sweet old time developing bottle bouquets. Still very firm laced./ Yeah, at a quiet stage between aroma and bouquet. That’s a good sign. 90++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1690. 10 CHATEAU GRAND FRANCAIS CUVEE SPECIALE FUTS DE CHENE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
45% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 25% cab franc. In the Isle valley north of Saint Emilion. Organically grown. Rich and revealing for 2010 claret. Ripe, dark, wood aged, now fulfilled 2010 claret. Super, complex, plush, rangy./ Yes, oak, ripe fruit, and finally some softness and bouquet development. Sweet and open from barrel aging. 2010 form and tannin in support. Fine 10. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1691. 14 CHATEAU DU HAUT QUERAY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Martine Bordiere at Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps north of Lussac Saint Emilion. Well, sweet and nutty. That cherry-nut sundae aroma of perfectly ripe merlot. Plus 2014 claret’s innate elegance./ Yes, juicy cherry flavor with nutty overtone. Full-flavored. Light tannic grip. Pure and dazzling merlot cherry aftertaste. 91/100. Available in flat, branded wood boxes of six bottles.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1692. 15 CHATEAU LES RAMBAUDS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Half each merlot, cabernet sauvignon. Dark, sweet fruit, well extracted, well poised. Spicy. Fills and fills with aeration./ Rich and well seasoned. Generosity of the vintage. Good acid too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1693. 11 CHATEAU RECOUGNE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
78% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon; borders Fronsac. Sweet and pretty 2011. This vintage’s clarets have a special charm to them when they’re properly ripe. This one’s accomplished. No green fruit. Some chaptelization sugary glaze; well undertaken. Lovely merlot cherry./ Ripe fruit fulfillment. Smooth and skillfully chaptelized. Balancing acid. Light tannin. Good vintage here. Bravo. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1694. 10 CHATEAU SAINTE BARBE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Very upscale. A nice, sweet, treacly oak overtone. Yes, more like toffee than wood grain. Even better than the good previous vintages. Plenty of fruit too./ Very dark and deep. Hefty; acts like Saint Emilion. 10 tight still. Wood well integrated. Lots of form, frame, filling. Well assembled. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1695. 09 CHATEAU SAINTE BARBE, BORDEAUX
90% merlot, 10% each of the cabernets. Fine oak as always. The 09 fruit quality and abundance is even better than the 05./ Wow! Sexy, spicy oak plus form and fruit to match. Overachiever. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1696. 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX
Proprietor Thierry Lurton; at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc; in branded wood boxes of 6. Ripest vintage of this yet. Still dark fruited but also sweet. Measured, not sloppy. Gateway to 2015 claret./ Tighter, with less padding. Still, there’s a sweet cherry merlot core. Fine tannin. Balanced. Will age gracefully. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1697. 15 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX
50% merlot, 25% each of the cabernets. Once again, this claret is all accomplished from the get go. Sweet and spicy merlot-cabernet display./ Yes, lovely, balanced, fulfilled fruit presentation. No herb. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1698. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX
Getting better, more enjoyable. It was so tightly wound when it first arrived. Richer, softer, more revealing./ Yes, plusher and more charming. I’m a fan now. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1699. 12 CHATEAU FINET, FUTS DE CHENE, BORDEAUX
Gold Medal - Bordeaux. 60% merlot, 20% each of the cabernets. Deep and dazzling cherry fruit, with barrel aged extras. / 2012 form, acidity, tannin. Smoked venison sausage highlight. Best 2017 to 2019. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1700. 15 CHATEAU LAMOTHE CASTERA CUVEE MARGAUX, BORDEAUX
In Entre deux Mers. 85% cab sauv, 15% merlot. Clear and racy, fruity. Cabernet blackberry and merlot cherry. All about joy and fruit ripeness./ Again, on the palate, 15 ripeness. Up front. Spicy edge. Pastilles and cremes on the aftertaste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1701. 15 CHATEAU LES MILLAUX, BORDEAUX
In a branded wood case. All merlot grown on this estate between Saint Emilion and Fronsac. The proprietor Frederic Bellot worked 7 years and Haut Brion and buys his barrels from there. Young and full. My, this is ambitious. The material is there./ Yeah, it’s dry and full and tannic. Little merlot softness showing yet. Unusual degree of potential for a claret of this appellation and price. 90++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1702. 14 MURETS DE MEZ, BORDEAUX
At Cocumont. 50% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Inviting merlot character and 2014 elegance. Plush and forward./ Sweet, elegant fruit. Nice acid edge and light grip of tannin. Good value claret. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1703. 15 CHATEAU DU TERTRE, BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 15% each of the cabernets. Showing plenty of fruit sweetness of 15. Encouraging sign of an early drinking window./ Definitely good fruit ripeness and presence. Attractions already. More to come. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1704. 15 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX
2014: Proprietor Henri Masse at Moulon. Oh, this sweet and elegant claret. Superior to the 2012 for sure. Spicy, racy./ Rich, balanced, ripe, ideal claret. Lots of joy and appeal already. Bodes well for this claret vintage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1705. 15 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX
At Targon. Wood case. Sweet and black and deep and dense. The real 2015 claret deal./ Rich and seemingly cabernet influenced. Full tannin. Super sized. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1706. 15 DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX
Sweet and modern. Alluring. Exemplary New Wave claret./ Delicious 15 sur maturite without going over the top. Great now. Succulent. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1707. 14 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6
All awarded Gold Medals at prestigious wine competitions. 1 bottle each Bordeaux AOC Chateaux Chauvet, Florie Aude, Haut Bardin, Haut Moulin, Jean de Bel Air, Talaise. In a flat white gift box with map, labels, medals, and descriptions included.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1708. 14 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
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-1709. 14 CHATEAU CARBONNIEUX, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Parker 90-92: ‘The Château Carbonnieux Blanc 2014 has a pretty nose in the making: precise apple blossom and blackcurrant leaf aromas that gently waft from the glass. The palate is crisp on the entry, the acidity not as shrill as some of its peers, thus rendering it a more ‘languid’ Pessac-Léognan. There is already a very elegant, gravelly finish that lingers in the mouth–a very promising Carbonnieux Blanc that may merit a higher score after bottling.’
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1710. 12 L’ESPRIT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon; selection made by barrel, not vine age. High toned semillon lemon curd and sauvignon lime and grass in perfect harmony./ Semillon padding, sauvignon flair. Richly concentrated, rightly balanced. A beauty. Unmistakably Chevalier. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-1711. 15 CHATEAU TOUR LEOGNAN, PESSAC LEOGNAN
This is the second wine of Grand Cru Chateau Carbonnieux. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon. Plenty of oomph. Quality semillon basis. Everything about it is more-ish./ Plenty of sauvignon tropics. Lots of personality, content, body. This will develop well like the 2013 did. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1712. 15 CHATEAU BEAUREGARD DUCASSE, GRAVES BLANC
Famille Perromat at Mazeres; 60% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc. Enclosed to start. Then opens to green mango. Plenty of semillon influence too./ Lots of sauvignon grass, citrus, and mango. The extra texture and largesse of Graves make for a step up from the Bordeaux blanc tasted before it. Lots to offer. Best vintage yet. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1713. 14 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES BLANC
Semillon full, waxy, figgy./ Yes, full at 12%. Wow. A young Graves semillon without sulphur. A nice change. Full body, texture. Yowsa. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1714. 13 CHATEAU GRAND ABORD, GRAVES BLANC
80% semillon, 20% sauvignon. Savory lemon creme brulee. At a very revealing and flattering stage. Light sauvignon zesty citrus./ Rich, round semillon texture with good acid spiel plus marked sauvignon lime zest. Great Graves blanc! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1715. 15 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC
Wine & Spirits 90: ‘Hervé Dubourdieu selects this wine from 13 acres of vines more than 45 years old, growing in clay and limestone soils over fractured rock. He brought this 2015 to a bright moment of ripeness, with the zestiness of grapefruit and floral notes of lime. It’s fresh and friendly, a vibrant white for seafood chowder. $18.’
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1716. 12 CHATEAU MAGENCE , GRAVES BLANC (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Fresh and well built and good. Mineral./ Fine citricity, acid, and bitters. Traditional Graves blanc that stands the test of time. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1717. 15 CHATEAU DE PERLIGUES, GRAVES BLANC
A nice, bright, crisp little number. Sauvignon for sure and maybe some muscadelle./ Yeah, the green stuff, and also some semillon it seems, for its fullness, padding, lemon curd. Good Graves, good price. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1718. 15 CHATEAU PERRON, GRAVES BLANC
50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Fine sauvignon gooseberry and muscadelle green mango. Full of ripe and green fruit aromas./ Full body, texture, and flavor ranges. Good balance of acid and ripeness. Best of these I’ve tasted. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1719. 14 CHATEAU SAINT JEAN DES GRAVES, GRAVES BLANC
As usual, this is mild mannered. Even-handed presentation./ Yes, no varietal stands out. Smoothness of semillon, and its lemon-creme attribute. House style. A gentle Graves that may become more aromatic with bottle age. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1720. 15 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC
At Portets; proprietor Arnaud de Butler; 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc. Good full semillon statement. Both plumpness and race. Classic Graves./ The ripeness of the vintage, the viscosity of semillon, the acid cut of sauvignon. Winning balance of all components. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1721. 16 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Lots of guava and passion fruit. Zingy, thrilling./ Full flavor of sauvignon blanc, plumpness of sauvignon gris and semillon, green tinctures of muscadelle. Sprawling, persistent, flavorful aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1722. 15 CHATEAU FAGE, GRAVES DE VAYRES
80% semillon, 10% each sauvignon, muscadelle. Racy, vivid. Great fruit. Lots of lemon curd semillon. Good one./ Flavorful. Good fatness of 15 and semillon. Juicy and very attractive. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1723. 16 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Fresh and classic form of Bordeaux sauvignon-semillon. Crisp edge./ Full, intense varietal character. Very good texture. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1724. 15 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
At a relatively quiet stage as it moves toward its third year. Good green citrus fruit./ Milder acidity than found in the 2016. 2015 was a warmer growing season. Another very attractive effort here. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1725. 14 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Wine Spectator 91: ‘This is a live-wire version, with thyme and verbena notes leading off, followed by pure lemon zest and white peach accents. An herbal edge adds cut through the finish even as the fruit fans out a bit. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2019.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1726. 14 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX BLANC
40% each semillon, sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Pungent green-fruit and musky aromas of muscadelle really carry. Sauvignon lime too./ Grass and musk. Distinctive, assertive, unique. Well liked by the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1727. 15 DOMAINE DES JUSTICES, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon and sauvignon blanc. Shy nose./ But not the palate. Rich and delicious tropical flower aromatics. Large, waxy, spicy, unique. These folks are something else. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1728. 16 CHATEAU L’ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. Deep and rich semillon with a racy sauvignon edge. Spot on interchange of the two./ Yes, rich sauvignon tropical fruits–guava and citrus–with semillon plush basis. Racy overall. A winner once again. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1729. 15 CHATEAU L’ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
WONDERFUL nose. Enticing combo of sauvignon and semillon./ What a flavor burst of tropics. Guava, passion fruit. Tangelo. Awesome. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1730. 15 LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX BLANC
At Saint Laurent du Bois, Entre deux Mers; 60% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon; organic. Semillon speaks marl, mushroom, and melon. All positive./ Zesty sauvignon cut, and bitter twist at the end. Fine taste, texture, acidity, and length. Impressive. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1731. 15 CHATEAU REYNON, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
Parker 90-92/100. By Denis Dubourdieu. Wonderfully full Bordeaux sauvignon. A lot of stone fruit. Nice tropical fruit too. No grapefruit./ It’s got his style. We’re going to miss him. Terrific passion fruit display. Lots of race, texture. Enormously successful 2015. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1732. 14 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC
From Villegouge near Fronsac. Half each sauvignon, semillon; 70 year old vines. Bordeaux sauvignon full lime and peel, semillon lemon custard and body./ Both rich semillon and ripe sauvignon. Balance of all components. Old vines intensity. A very satisfying mouthful to have at the dinner table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1733. 03 CHATEAU D’ARCHE, 2ME GRAND CRU SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 92: ‘Aromas of ripe apples, honey and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, very sweet and spicy, with loads of spicy botrytis character and a long finish. Lively! Better than the 2001. Best after 2008.’
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1734. 09 LES CHARMILLES DE CHATEAU LA TOUR BLANCHE, SAUTERNES
Second wine of the Premier Grand Cru. Powerful, luscious Bommes Sauternes style. Deep and dense aromas of honey, caramel, pineapple. Rangy, concentrated, botrytised. Loaded./ La Tour Blanche marly, semillon rich style. Fully luscious, yet great acidity gets through to perform its balancing act. As impressive as a Grand Vin. Huge. I‛d pay this for a half bottle. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1735. 10 LA FLEUR D’OR, SAUTERNES half bottle
Assembled by negociant Bill Blatch from productions too small to chateau-bottle. Fresh peach, pineapple, orange. Full, sweet honey with pollen botrytis. Deep and dark as usual./ Botrytis tea and tobacco. Golden honeycomb. Candied pineapple. Light astringency and bitterness of botrytis. Full, sweet, balanced. Great now. Best ever vintage of this. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1736. 14 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES half bottle
Wine Spectator 95: ‘Not shy, with unctuous dried apricot, peach and tangerine fruit flavors, augmented with ginger, bitter orange and bitter almond notes that add tension. Expressive, with a floral twinge on the finish imparting lift. Best from 2020 through 2040.’
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1737. 05 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 97 - #4 - TOP 100 WINES OF 2008: ‘Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2014.’
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1738. 11 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
2/3 semillon, 1/3 sauvignon blanc. Sweet and upbeat. Pineapple, lemon curd. Bright acid./ Really vital acidity to balance its unctuous sweetness. Total concentration here. Long and powerful. What must the Grand Vin be like?! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1739. 10 CHATEAU HALLET, SAUTERNES half bottle
Chateau bottled by Chateau Gravas at Barsac. Sweet honey and pineapple. Candied citrus peels too. Light botrytis. Barsac’s relative dryness./ Full, brassy, nutty, botrytised. Big-time concentration, power. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1740. 09 CHATEAU HAUT BOMMES, SAUTERNES half bottle
Second wine of Premier Grand Cru Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey. 90% semillon, 10% sauvignon blanc. 22 months in barrel. Essential honey, nectar, wood syrup./ 14% power to balance the sweetness. Lots of botrytis tea, tobacco. Lush, open grained, full bouqueted, wanton. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1741. 10 CHATEAU LAMOURETTE, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Bommes. Luscious, sweet, peach, pineapple, honey. Very revealing at this stage. 2010 nature./ Totally sweet and revealing. Doesn’t get any better than this for current drinking. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1742. 14 CHATEAU LAUVIGNAC CUVEE SAHUC, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Preignac. 85% semillon, 10% muscadelle, 5% sauvignon blanc. Honey, peach, and pineapple aromas. 2014 crisp edge./ The fruits echo on the palate. Add orange. On the tongue, the acidity is coated by the sweetness at this early stage, but it‛s fully evident on the nose and in the freshness of the aftertaste. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1743. 11 CHATEAU LES MINGETS, SAUTERNES half bottle
Sweet pineapple, citrus, honey, toast. Fresh./ Yes, sweet honey, pineapple, cookie, nectar, peach. All. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1744. 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-1745. 11 CHATEAU PARTARRIEU, SAUTERNES half bottle
Clos de la Vicairie at Preignac. Concentrated pineapple and citrus aromas. Plus botrytis nuttiness. An essence, with cool raciness./ Tobacco and tea botrytis notes. Pear and pineapple flavors. Unctuous concentration. Practically a syrup. Cut with sleek acid race. Dusted with botrytis. An essence indeed. Has it all. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1746. 12 CHATEAU PINEAU DU REY, SAUTERNES half bottle
Second wine of 2me Grand Cru Chateau Filhot. Lightly sweet pineapple aroma. Filhot filigreed, delicate. Honey and citrus follow./ Very sweet, with good acid foil. Long aftertaste of honey, pineapple, citrus. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1747. 11 CHATEAU LA RIVIERE, SAUTERNES half bottle
80% semillon, 10% each sauvignon blanc, muscadelle. Thick, sweet semillon with sauvignon and muscadelle relief. Young. Good 2011 form./ Richness of semillon and botrytis, with acid race. So well balanced. Very intense this vintage. Better than the 2010. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1748. SORRY, SOLD OUT

FR-1749. 06 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 94; Wine Enthusiast 95: ‘It is the poise, the elegance of Coutet that shows so well in this delicious wine. It is ripe, with layers of apricot and peach, lifted with spice and an over-arching sweet acidity that gives the wine a wonderful, heart-stopping lift.’
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1750. 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: 64.95 each

FR-1751. 10 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 92: ‘The 2010 Cypres de Climens is an outstanding second wine from Berenice Lurton and her team. It has a very clean and fresh bouquet with lanolin, dried honey and peach notes that are nicely entwined with the botrytis character. The palate is rounded with viscous honeyed fruit, a fine line of acidity and impressive volume and persistency on the caressing mellifluous finish. This is very seductive and as good, if not better, than many of its grand cru peers. Drink now-2028.’
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1752. 07 CHATEAU LES ROQUES CUVEE FRANTZ, LOUPIAC
83% semillon, 15% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle; barrel aged. Luscious pineapple, peach, and dried apricot aromas plus tea and tobacco botrytis extras./ Totally decadent, succulent. Great Loupiac acid, sugar coated pineapple. Huge potential. The group was in awe. 97+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1753. 14 FRANCAIS MALBEC LA RESERVE, LIONEL OSMIN
Good Cahors-like malbec fortitude. 2014 elegance. A sweet core; nothing young Cahors mean about it./ Yes, a sweet fruit constitution. This has weight, frame, and a dense core. Ideal SW France malbec. Eminently well balanced. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1754. 12 CAHORS, CHATEAU DU CAYROU (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1755. 09 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU DE CHAMBERT
85% malbec, 15% merlot. 12 months in oak. Cherry and licorice big time, both rich and snappy./ Yes, rich cherry concentration and licorice highlights. Oak and time in barrel too. Fabulous. Fine tannins. Useful now. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1756. 14 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE
80% malbec, 20% merlot. Good vintage of this. Precise cherry, licorice, tar. Well drawn and focused. 14 clarity. Plus plenty of sweet fruit./ Racy, peppery, spicy. Licorice. Some herbaceous qualities on the aftertaste. Good overall. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1757. 13 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE
New York Times - 20 Recommended Wines Under $20: ‘Though inky black, this is not the ferocious Cahors of legend (and fact), but an earthy, accessible wine that will give you a sense of malbec from southwestern France rather than Argentina. What’s the difference? Less soft, sweet fruit, more structure, restraint and nuance. Serve this with fatty meats on a cold, rainy day. $17.’
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1758. 12 CAHORS MALBEC DU CLOS, CLOS TRIGUEDINA
100% varietal. No oak. 20-30 year old vines on Terrace 2 in red clay. Fruit forward. Nice. Black licorice, spice./ Dry tannins. Not so easy after all. Tannic finish. Air and age. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1759. 11 CAHORS, CLOS TRINGUEDINA
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‘The estate wine of Jean-Luc Baldès is often overshadowed by the limited production wines. In itself, though, it is a firm, solid, well balanced wine, rich and expressing the minerality of Malbec in Cahors. This vintage should be aged, drink from 2016. $40.’
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1760. 14 CAHORS K-OR CLOS TROTELIGOTTE, EMANUEL RYBINSKI
Deep and rich, reductive and complicated 2014. Padded too. 3D./ Wow, dark, solid, reduced, and still painfully astringent. It hurts so good. Great future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1761. 09 CAHORS MALBEC K-LYS, CLOS TROTELIGOTTE
24 months in new French oak. Deep, violet laced, floral, purple fruit. Attractively open and mature with bouquet development in both barrel and bottle. Lovely oak wood-spice seasoning./ Again, lovely French oak spices. Light tannin. Full flavor and texture. Abundant. Good soon, even now. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1762. 12 CAHORS MALBEC ENCLOS DES GRAVES, CHATEAU FANTOU
6 months in barrels. Fresh, racy, unique. Showing the elegance of its gravel basis. Very nice./ The charm persists. Racy, fruity, fine textured. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1763. 11 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU GAUTOUL
Sweeter and more revealing than before. This is nice and spicy now./ Dry but not too. Rounder. Spicier than at the first encounter. I probably tasted it too soon after it was shipped, and it suffered from travel shock. Now it’s moving up closer to the qualities I appreciated in the 2009. Yes, with every passing month. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1764. 15 CAHORS MALBEC LA GAMOTIN CLOS DE GAMOT, JOUFFREAU
Tart and racy Euro style of malbec. Surprisingly tart fruit for 15. Maybe that’s what this cuvee is all about. Young wine./ Fruitier palate talks 15. Nice achievement, and the price is right. Lots of appeal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1765. 14 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU HAUT MONPLAISIR
100% malbec grown on the third terrace above the Lot; unfined, unfiltered. Significant black fruit and spice showing. Plenty of material; unfined and unfiltered residual. Sweet fruit for young 14 Cahors. A sense of barrel aging without overt woodiness./ Yes, rich and full of body and matter, berry and spice. Lingers. The whole package. Better than the admirable 2012. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

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FR-1767. 14 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
Deep and sweet purple-black fruit, black licorice, spice. Pure, ripe. One of the ripest and most openly expressive in youth./ Rich and open hearted like an Argentine malbec. Lots of grip and texture, good acid. Yes, ripe and racy. Also dry, crisp, lightly tannic in youth. Fulfilled already. Delivers good flavor and texture ranges. Good now with food, and later. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1768. 10 GAILLAC ROUGE, CHATEAU LABASTIDE
50% duras, with cab sauv and syrah. Sweet and forward, wholesome fruit qualities./ Full and fruity, with plenty of 2010 build and stamina without 2010 resistance. Good acid. A big boy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1769. 11 MADIRAN CUVEE CHARLES DE BATZ DOMAINE BERTHOUMIEU, DIDIER BARRE
90% tannat, 10% cabernet sauvignon; aged in new oak; Charles de Batz is the real name of musketeer d’Artagnan. Wow! Good wood and barrel time. 2011 open and revealing. Toasted cherry poptart. Sweet, tarry, deep, loaded./ Yes, barrel earned savors, sweet cherry fruit, and overall balance of tart acid, light tannic grip, and rounding glycerol. A three dimensional Madiran with a long finish and a promising future. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1770. 11 MADIRAN CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, ALAIN BRUMONT
Wine Enthusiast 94: ‘Bouscassé is the home of Alain Brumont who also owns Château Montus in Madiran. This powerful wine with its blend of Tannat with the two Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon) is dense and packed with firm tannins. It is also equally full of generous black-plum fruits and considerable acidity. This is still young—it's a concentrated wine that needs to age further. Drink from 2019.’
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1771. 12 MADIRAN L’ORIGINEL, DOMAINE DU CRAMPILH
All tannat. Tannat toughness, grip, material. Licorice lacings. 2012 precision./ Yes, meaty, gamy, fully extracted. A sleeper, well priced, well prepared for cellaring. Balanced and thorough. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1772. 13 COTES DE GASCOGNE JAVA, DOMAINE CHIROULET
Famille Tezes. 65% merlot, 35% cabernet franc. Bright, fresh, lithe claret style. A success. One of the few Gascogne rouges I’ve tasted that isn’t underripe. Deep, pure, and totally up to date./ Yes, racy and fresh, with accomplished fruit. This is more like it. Suave, elegant, easy. Smooth, balanced. All the same appeal as the Gascogne whites. Bravo! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1773. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG - SAUVIGNON, ALAIN BRUMONT
2015: 50-50. Gros manseng’s plump lemon custard meets sauvignon’s fresh lemon zest’s tangy foil. Harmonious and lovely whole./ Yes, the palate confirms that fine balance of plumpness and cut. Satisfying flavor intensity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1774. 16 COTES DU GASCOGNE BLANC, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng; Next to the all-colombard Mont Gravet, more stone fruit. More complex range of varietal expressions. Both green and yellow fruits. Gros manseng presence./ Acid modulated by gros manseng glycerol, roundness. 3D and complex. Another best ever? 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1775. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1776. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE SAUVIGNON BLANC, PIERRE JEAN
All sauvignon blanc. Lithe and crisp and dry./ Really shrill sauvignon acid cut. Mouthwatering. Just super. Total race here. Love it! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1777. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD-CHARDONNAY, PIERRE JEAN
Ideal. Peach and citrus aromas./ Soft and fresh, easy to assimilate. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1778. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD-SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE DE MENARD
Well, just bursting with goodness. The green colombard, the mango sauvignon. Very, very well crafted cuvee. Immediate and wanting to please./ Soft on entry followed by a tangy aftertaste. Perfectly enticing. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1779. 12 COTES DE GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG MOELLEUX, DOMAINE DE MENARD
Petit and gros manseng. Oh, luscious. Honey and apricot. Really working hard for my benefit./ Unbelievable. Full flavored, honey, tonic. Petit manseng high acid. A magnificent sweet wine. Way underpriced. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1780. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET
All colombard. Crisp, green, and as emphatically varietal as ever./ Sings and rings with green citrus. Great acid. Long on texture and follow through. Best vintage ever? 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1781. 14 COTES DE GASCOGNE L’ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
80% gros manseng, 10% ea chardonnay, petit manseng. Oh, special. Spice and vigor of the mansengs. Lush peach, citrus, honey. Sweet./ Again, an adventure in nuance, acid-sweet play. Light botrytis complex. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1782. 15 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES
80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Sweet lemongrass, mango, apricot. Both varietals talk the talk./ Sweet mango and colombard green stuff. Ideal at this stage. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-1783. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE CARPE GUILHEM, DOMAINE SAN DE GUILHEM
Colombard, ugni blanc, gros manseng. Lush, full. The gros manseng component is talking./ Yes, peach and peel. Giving, easy to assimilate. And well balanced. Great price. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-1784. 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-1785. 15 FRANCAIS SUD OUEST VILLA CHAMBRE D’AMOUR, LIONEL OSMIN
Gros manseng and sauvignon blanc. Nice, sweet, honey, peach, apricot. Honey-dipped citrus. Race and vigor as well as perfume. The ripeness of the vintage makes this sweeter than usual. However, the acidity holds up well. The stone fruit class of gros manseng. The race of sauvignon blanc. Super vintage for the former to express itself. Les versatile at the table than some vintages. Better with fruit and fruit desserts. A champion; one of the best in the series. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FRANCE LOIRE

FR-1787. 15 SAUMUR CLOS MAZURIQUE, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Yes, 15 ripe and succulent. Plus the cool black fruit of Loire cab franc. Spicy, floral extras. Violets, plums./ Satisfying body and flavor concentration. Gentle acid. Good, long, fruity aftertaste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1788. 13 SAUMUR LES POUCHES, VIGNERONS DE SAUMUR
Cool, crisp, green northern cabernet franc. Right. And not too tart./ Yes, green tobacco. Great acid and grip for food. With time, this really swells up, gaining fruit padding and fulfillment, leaving its earlier severity behind. The virtues of aeration. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1789. 15 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL
From gravelly and sandy soils. Oh, boy, ultra fresh and real Bourgueil cabernet franc. Cool northern vigor and 2015 fruit ripeness work together really well./ Yes, cool, racy, tarry, snappy, zesty. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1790. 15 CHINON, CHATEAU COUDRAY MONTPENSIER
Fresh raspberry and seed. Peppercorn edge. Deep and meaty./ Yeah, peppered meat. Light and customary herbal note. All around full and satisfying, as it has proved in past vintages. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1791. 15 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT
On clay and limestone. 15 sweet fruit pulp with tarry peels stuff too. Mellot clarity. Deep and persistent./ Juicy cherry and raspberry taste. Mouthful of flavors that expand on the palate. Great acid. For the table or the cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1792. 15 CHINON MESSANGES ROUGE DE PALLUS, DOMAINE DE PALLUS
Sweet and primary aroma. Whole bunch fermentation? Partial carbonic maceration? Admirably sweet and ripe northern cabernet franc./ Palate’s less developed, less aromatic, more backward. Seems like I enjoyed the 2013 more, but likely that was at a later life stage. Give it a chance to fill out in the mouth. Already pleasing served cool. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1793. 16 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT
Firm; even a bit austere. As full as it seemed at the trade tasting a week ago./ Yes, full, rich, complete. More material even than the well received 2015. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1794. 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-1795. 15 CHEVERNY ROUGE, PIERRE-OLIVIER BONHOMME
From pinot noir and gamay. Fresh and spicy and unique. Plum chutney./ Sweet and sassy. Balanced. Unique. Great acid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1796. 14 COTEAUX DE GIENNOIS PINOT NOIR DE LA VIGNE DU TAUREAU, GITTON PERE
Fresh and northern tart cherry and tart acid./ Sweet-tart cherry. Great acid plus nice pinot padding. Discreet, elegant. Fine light tannin. Works. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1797. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE L’AURIERE
2012: Concentrated and stimulating. Deep nose of apple and terrarium./ Full, round. The concentration of a low-yield vintage. The group was impressed. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1798. 15 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE
Cotes de Grandlieu appellation now. 15 full and satisfying. This will please./ Really good body of the zone. I like the concept. Will improve too. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1799. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE CUVEE LA LEVRAUDIERE CHATEAU LA TARCIERE, BONNET-HUTEAU
A good and full one. Moss; terrarium. Classic./ Very striking green and bitter botanicals. Very dry and extreme. Positively needs food companionship. Likely cellar candidate too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1800. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DE GRAS MOUTONS, CLAUDE BRANGER
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Vines average 38 years. Brisk apple and ventilating terrarium airs. Cool./ Racy, yet not without muscadet’s tender middle palate. Very nice texture and balance. Hits the spot. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1801. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU LA CARIZIERE
Fresh, green, conservatory, hot house. Lima and apple. Real oomph, aroma bounty, 3D./ Full flavor of moss and earth. Plus full class. Balanced. Fresh, brisk acid without padding. Lithe. Food worthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1802. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE CHATEAU L’OISELINIERE DE LA RAMEE, CHEREAU CARRE
Full, fresh, classic. Good sur lie nutty-creamy complex./ This has volume, earth, grit. A pleasing 2015 Muscadet. For food. Well liked by the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1803. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA FRUITIERE
Oh, this has classic form, classic lines. It‛s explicit 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. Yow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1804. 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-1805. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, NICOLAS IDIART
Classic green fruit./ Lots of grip, material, dry extract. Almost hard to swallow. Boy, is this concentrated. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1806. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LES HOUX, DOMAINE JO LANDRON
Just a succulent form of muscadet in 2015. I mean, it’s not soft and sloppy; it’s just ample, cushioned, loaded. Rich and right. Green stuff, cedar, pear. Coming on well./ Yeah, it has big time form and filling, power and presence. How does it give all this at 12%?! 15 richness in stone fruit, with good extract and correct acid. All the while maintaining its cool. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1807. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE CLOS LES ALLEES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE LUNEAU PAPIN
Big time. Total fullness. Deserves its heavy bottle. A giant of a Muscadet./ Positively fills the mouth. Very popular with the group. Lots of flavors and textures. Without straying from classicism. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1808. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE PERD SON PAIN, DOMAINE MARTIN
At age two plus, it offers quince, stone, grain, seckel pear, and lees influence. Ideal./ Good body, texture, extract, lees autolysis. Balance and accuracy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1809. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE
Full, and perfectly formed. Fresh citrus and lees extras./ Yes, full indeed. Very juicy. Spot on. I mean, at this price it’s a no-brainer. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1810. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA PEPIERE
Cool, crisp, and full of green undergrowth and botanicals. Green herbs, moss, hyssop. Big uplift. Nostril-swelling. Ideal./ Very full in the mouth. Ample, gripping texture. Expands, swells up in the mouth. Surely full for 12%. Good crisp acid. Big time generosity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1811. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION DES COGNETTES, DOMAINE PERRAUD
Bright green apple and botanicals. Intense./ Full, variegated texture. Body and etch. Lots to give. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1812. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA
Plenty brisk and green fruited as well as 2015 round and fulfilled. Indeed, complete./ Well textured. Bulks up with aeration. The real deal. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1813. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GORGES, DOMAINE VERDIER
Est. 1635; first to plant melon de Bourgogne in Loire Maritime. Here we have snap and vigor. A penetrating nose-ful. Yes./ Juicy, flavorful, full bodied for its genre. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1814. 16 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE,. THIBAUT HENRION
Fresh, new, young. Apple and melon. Good, crisp relief. Sweetens with air. Lime chimes in./ Sweet as a nut. Truly dry, with a nice, tender core. Ideal poise; will continue to fill out as the weeks pass. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1815. 15 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE,. THIBAUT HENRION
Both ventilating and plush, apple-melon Loire chenin classic./ Soft and seductive in 2015 with genuine varietal and terroir expressions. Delish now. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1816. 11 COTEAUX DU LAYON, CHATEAU DE LA ROULERIE
Lovely apricot, quince, pear, and walnut husk aromas./ Full sweetness and great acidity. Long and fabulous aftertaste. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1817. 15 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU MIDI, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Brisk and bright. Nice Saumur chenin quince, calcaire, race./ Oh, juicy, savory cooked quince taste. Yes, melon, citrus, and stone too. Really brisk. Full acid, full extract. A super-sized chenin for food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1818. 16 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, VIGNERONS DE SAUMUR
Chenin blanc from a single vineyard on southwest slopes near Meron. Nose retarded yet (5/31/17)./ Bright fruit flavor already though. Melon and lime. No doubt fulfilled by mid summer. Well liked by the group. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1819. 15 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET
Parker 92: ‘The 2015 Vouvray Cuvée de Silex has a bright and pure, fresh and elegant bouquet of white fruits and some flinty notes. Pure and piquant on the palate, with a lovely juiciness and a piquant acidity, this is a very mineral and elegant Chenin from silex soils. The sweetness is perfectly intertwined with the piquant minerality and the serious body (13% alcohol); it tastes significantly less sweet than in the corresponding Le Plan de Jean. The finish is long and complex, and reveals a stimulating grip, as well as a great finesse and aging potential. However, compared to the Plan de Jean, it is still more austere and needs more time—either in the carafe or in the cellar, even more so because it is bottled under screw cap. I also compare it more to Riesling than to Burgundy, due to its linear, lean and racy character. 2019-2040.’
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1820. 15 VOUVRAY JARDIN EN FLEURS, BESOMBES MOC-BARIL
From Chateau de Valmer. Steadily improving as the weeks pass. Lovely quince, lime peel, cedar, melon, calcaire./ Pleasing vigor on the palate. Between sec tendre and demi sec sweetness foiled by crisp acidity. Room to grow. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1821. 16 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU
Dry and tingly. Always dry these days./ Sec tendre in a reach, but surely near dry, with great acid background as always and plenty of chenin fruit display; quince, lime, apple. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1822. 14 VOUVRAY, CLOS PALAT
Attractive light quince and lime./ Good acid and mouthfeel. Balanced. Suits its genre well. Sec tendre. Almost sec. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1823. 15 VOUVRAY DEMI-SEC LA LANTERNE, GUILBAUD FRERES
Bright. Very fresh and upbeat. Lime and quince. Not at all sweet smelling./ Cool demi sec sweetness in 15. With brisk, limey fruit acidity. Perfect balance. This is awesome. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1824. 16 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG, DOMAINE HUET
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: 38.99 each

FR-1825. 16 VOUVRAY LE MONT DEMI SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 95: ‘This tilts toward the flattering side of off-dry, showing a plump feel to the core of creamed pear, white peach and yellow apple fruit. Lovely verbena, honeysuckle and mineral accents keep this balanced and driven, with a long finish that lets the fruit echo. Drink now through 2032.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1826. 14 VOUVRAY LE MONT DEMI SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Parker 94+: ‘The 2014 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec shows an intense yellow color with a golden shimmer. The bouquet is very diverse to the other 2014s of the domaine and shows more yeasty flavor along with delicate, precise ripe fruit aromas that are more open and enriched with fennel aromas at this stadium. On the palate, this is a lovely, fresh and juicy, persistently mineral Chenin with an aromatic intensity and persistency, also with great finesse and lingering salinity. Maybe some barrels underwent the malolactic fermentation, which makes this Le Mont more accessible than usual at this early moment. The finish is very pure and salty with lovely fruity, but in a very refined way. This is a gorgeous, tension-filled Le Mont with 20 grams per liter of residual sugar. 2030-2050.’
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-1827. 15 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU MOELLEUX, HUET
Wine Spectator 95: ‘Offers a big, broad feel, with layers of glazed pear, apple and peach falling over each other, backed by fresh ginger, honeysuckle and quince notes. Everything pulls together through the finish, with green tea accents and racy minerality providing the foil. Drink now through 2035. ‘
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1828. 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-1829. 15 VOUVRAY DEMI SEC, CHATEAU MONCONTOUR
Complete picture: etch, richness, apple, quince, lime, calcaire. Light honey./ Sweet in 15. Coated acid still. Right form, flavor, all. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1830. 15 VOUVRAY LE PEU DE LA MORIETTE, DOMAINE PICHOT
Wine Enthusiast 92 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘This single vineyard wine has enormous potential. At this stage it is dry and not quite integrated. But with the rich fruitiness, the hints of yellow fruits and the tight mineral character, this wine will age extremely well. Drink from 2021. $21.’
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1831. 14 VOUVRAY, REMY PANNIER
Clear, clean apple, lime, quince./ Yes, all. And juicy. Tangerine aftertaste. Neat. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1832. 16 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX, DOMAINE VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU
It’s right, it’s full. Quince and lime./ About silex rather than calcaire. A good one. Worth the price. 92+.100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1833. 14 MONTLOUIS CLEF DE SOL DOMAINE LA GRANGE TIPHAINE, CORALIE & DAMIEN DELECHENEAU
Fresh and true. Honey, lime, quince. Lighter approach than Vouvray, as it should be. Ideal./ Yes, freshness, acid, balance. Dry and racy. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1834. 14 VAL DE LOIRE CHARDONNAY DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE, LUNEAU
At Le Landreau, Loire Maritime. Good unwooded, cool climate green citrus and apple./ Great texture and taste. Popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1835. 16 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC UNIQUE, DOMAINE DELAILLE
Intense, precise, vigorous passion fruit aroma./ Yes, plus juicy citrus fruit. Very zingy. Citrus oil aftertaste. This is screaming for attention. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1836. 16 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC DESTINEA, JOSEPH MELLOT
2015: Destinea were flat-bottomed boats that plied the Loire. In warm 2015, not as acute as cool 2014's take. Plusher, mellower. Fully accurate./ Well, where did this welcome, zingy acid come from? The nose didn’t tip it off. This works for me. On the whole, this is easier-going than the previous three vintages without departing from its Loire sauvignon heritage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1837. 15 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, VIGNOBLE DU HAUT BAGNEUX, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MANDARD
55 year old vines. So insistent. Passion fruit, citrus. Pointed, intense, penetrating, pure./ Soo snappy and pure and racy and flavorful. Enveloping, ever-lasting savor. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1838. 15 SANCERRE LES TERRES BLANCHES, DOMAINE CHEVREAU
Very spicy sort, with 15 ripeness too./ Smoothness and ease of 15, with good and juicy back bite. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1839. 16 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY
Tingly edge. ‘Newer’ than I usually encounter a vintage of this. Brisk and penetrating./ Crisp and round both. Well balanced. Best in years. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1840. 16 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY
Neat, concise, understated, confident./ Light citrus edge. Lovely subtleties. It‛s still coy in youth and after travel. Distinct 2016 style and harmony. Just lovely. With aeration, everything seems to build, to magnify. The aromatics, the flavor, the texture. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1841. 15 SANCERRE, LANGLOIS-CHATEAU
Crisp and bright up front, even tingly. Deep and complicated. Shades of Pouilly Fume./ Sweet citrus and peach like a Fume. Love it. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1842. 16 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE, JOSEPH MELLOT
On silex, clay, limestone. Fresh, and well delineated. Fine boned, tensile, precise. Pleasing sauvignon citrus focus. Well tailered./ Softness on entry evolves to a tangy, crisp, classic calcareous follow through. Very good form and presentation. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1843. 16 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, ROGER NEVEU
At Verdigny; on limestone. Shy. With light SO2 yet./ Soft and sweetish on entry. Some zing at the end. More to come. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1844. 15 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DE PRE SEMALE
Nice sweetness of the vintage. Genuine quality. Good example./ Sweet fruit, balanced by good astringency, tartness. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1845. 16 SANCERRE LA REINE BLANCHE, JEAN REVERDY
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: At Verdigny; dispersed vineyards on silex, caillottes, and terres blanches. To start, SO2 closes the nose down and gives a sharpness./ Aeration works wonders, and the palate boasts fetching sweet-tart yin-yang, and flavors of new mown grass and grapefruit. Soft landing. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1846. 16 SANCERRE, DOMAINE PAUL THOMAS
The nose is clear and cool but somewhat retarded by either travel and/or youth. 16 finesse./ Incisive acid, extract, grip. Yow. A jawbreaker. 92+/100. Tasted 11/9/17.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1847. 16 SANCERRE L’AUTHENTIQUE, DOMAINE THOMAS-LABAILLE
Wine Spectator 91: ‘Racy and refined, with chalk and flint notes framing jicama, lemon pith and gooseberry flavors. The rapier finish is very pure. Drink now through 2020. $25.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1848. 14 SANCERRE PENTE DE MAIMBRAY DOMAINE DE ST. ROMBLE, PAUL VATTAN
Clear and pungent cat pee and gooseberry. I like it./ Cool vintage Loire sauvignon rings true on the palate. Clear and cool and minerally as spring water. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1849. 15 POUILLY FUME LA CRAIE, BAILLY
Racy citrus peel and walnut husk. Brisk and unique./ Rich palate featuring Pouilly Fume stone fruit. Good balance of 2015 softness and racy acidity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1850. 15 POUILLY FUME DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES, JEAN PABIOT
30 year old vines. Organically grown. Natural yeasts. 5 months on barrel lees. Fresh and full of Pouilly Fume peach and nectarine and bright citrus. This rocks in 2015./ Lush vintage fruit fleshiness with a wonderful foil of tart, underripe peach and peach peel. Cool and northern. Delicious now. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1851. 15 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET
Wine & Spirits 94: ‘Régis Minet took over his grandfather’s vines in 1976 and went on to make a small business out of Pouilly-Fumé, now farming 25 acres, most of the vines between 25 and 30 years old, all on clay-limestone soils. He makes a clean wine, fermenting without added yeasts in stainless steel, where it ages on the lees for six months. And perhaps it is that cleanness that’s so appealing in 2015, the breezy freshness of the grapes, the fleshy fatness of the vintage and the mineral length of flavor combining in a gracious white. It hints at yellow apple and delicate wild-strawberry fruit as the flavors develop with air, suggesting the complexity that will develop with a few years of bottle age.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

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FR-1853. 13 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, OLIVIER DECELLE & PIERRE-JEAN VILLA
Est. 1969 in Nuits Saint Georges. Grapes from Savigny and Chambolle. Rich, ripe, right. Savigny pinot zesty cherry character. Gives and gives. Great 2013./ Rich and suave, silky pinot. Chambolle perfume highlights. Talks the terroirs. Little tannin. Good sweet-acid balance. Ideal. Depth, breadth, sweetness, grandeur. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1854. 14 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES GENEVRIERES, FREDERIC ESMONIN
Satisfyingly ripe and concentrated for vintage and appellation. Not much fruit aroma development yet. This is steady and well poised./ Pinot sweetness with balancing acidity. Again, not much fruit character formed yet. Will reward cellaring a year or so. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1855. 12 BOURGOGNE, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
From the domaine’s parcels in Premeaux-Prissey, on Nuits St. Georges’ south border. Big, rich, romantic. NSG black plum. Lots of French oak potpourri savors. Center ring attraction./ Smooth, rich, racy, savory. Nuits black plum and cherry. Fabulous oak seasonings. Nuits St. Georges in all but name. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1856. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT
Very sweet and ripe for a Chablis-area pinot. 2015 talks. Pure cherry hard candy./ Sweet and ripe fruit with vigorous acid too. Balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1857. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, ANTONIN RODET
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1858. 15 BOURGOGNE LES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE MICHEL SARRAZIN
Vineyard near Givry. Fine 15 cherry take with Givry pepperiness. Nice black fruit and old vines concentration./ Most fulfilled palate. Ripe, round, expressive. Flavor range, textural comfort, perfection. Fruit from the get go. Very impressive. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1859. 15 BOURGOGNE EPINEUIL, DOMAINE GRUHIER
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1860. 15 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS PINOT NOIR RESERVE PERSONNELLE, AEGERTER
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1861. 13 MARSANNAY LES FINOTTES, DOMAINE BART
Established in 1987, a scion of the Clair Dau estate; wife is a relative. Whole cluster pressed. Aged 15-20 months in new in demi muids. Full, with impressive oak and depth./ Fine oak and ripe fruit. Fabulous acid, all. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1862. 15 MARSANNAY, LOUIS LATOUR
Deep, sweet Cote Dijonnaise pinot. Another excellent example in a fine series./ Yes, wine of place with vintage sweetness. Good acid and form for cellaring too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1863. 12 FIXIN, ALBERT BICHOT
Dark Fixin pinot. Hearty, ploughman constitution. Has fruit padding. Good red and black fruits. Sweet and dark and classic 2012 and Fixin. Good to have one in the repertoire./ Young. 12 forthright, linear to start. Softens and broadens with aeration. Good Fixin frame, rich fruit, ideal form. Good future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1864. 15 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, FREDERIC ESMONIN
2012: 50-60 year old vines. Good tart cherry crispness of the vintage. Gamy Gevrey character. Accurate to village and vintage./ Rangy, crisp pinot fruit feels and flavors. Full acid of a cool year, welcome at the table. The right form and poise. A traditional Burgundy that will age well for decades. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1865. 14 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, FREDERIC ESMONIN (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2012: 50-60 year old vines. Good tart cherry crispness of the vintage. Gamy Gevrey character. Accurate to village and vintage./ Rangy, crisp pinot fruit feels and flavors. Full acid of a cool year, welcome at the table. The right form and poise. A traditional Burgundy that will age well for decades. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1866. 11 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN, LOUIS LATOUR
I reckon red-wine pasteurization is a thing of the past at Latour. This Gevrey is black, solid, deep, angular, stout; showing none of the warm softness of many a previous vintage. I’m impressed./ Yes, this is Gevrey: stalwart, uncompromising, black fruited, cellar-worthy. Black plum, black cherry, black spices, and oak char. Lay it down 2-4 years. 93++/100. List price: $80.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1867. 15 NUITS SAINT GEORGES, DOMAINE GACHOT-MONOT
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1868. 12 NUITS SAINT GEORGES AUX PERDRIX 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
Oh, regal, imperial even. Robed, purple. Fabulous oak potpourri. Deep, romantic fruit scents./ Purple Nuits fruit, sexy oak, full extract. Fine, fine tannins. Grand. 96+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-1869. 12 NUITS SAINT GEORGES, NICOLAS POTEL
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1870. 14 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS RESERVE PERSONNELLE, JEAN-LUC & PAUL AEGERTER
8-12 months in barrels. More heft and barrel aging influence than the Bourgogne Pinot Noir. More ripe cherry pinot classic aroma. Bravo achievement in 2014./ Rightly bodied, saucy. Shows regional character and fruit. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1871. 12 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Vineyard near Aloxe. Riper fruit than the Arnoux Chorey. More wood time. More dimension./ Riper but with good acid profile too. The balance renders it agreeable with food as well as ageworthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1872. 11 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Full of charm and fruit sweetness. Ideal 2011 burgundy at age five./ Engaging. Just the right weight, balance, and suave, forward bouquet and texture appeal for current applications. 92/100. List price: $36.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1873. 11 BEAUNE EN GENET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX
In a bit of a mid life trough, aromatically. Between fruit aroma of youth and sage bottle bouquet. That’s OK. The fruit is good and Beaune sweet, and the nose displays Cote de Beaune character that is the mark of this appellation’s wines./ Sweet and sassy harmony. Good acidity. Everything fits and works together well. Will improve through age seven, at least. 93+/100. List price: $53.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-1874. 09 VOLNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Ideal Volnay weight and charm and flow, with light oak potpourri savors./ Yes, a little on the 09 firm side still, but useful already with food. Promises enhanced bottle bouquet and suavity over the next 2-3 years. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1875. 12 POMMARD GRAND CLOS DES EPENOTS 1ER CRU, DE COURCEL
International Wine Cellar 92: ‘Good full red. Liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of redcurrant, leather and musky underbrush. Lovely Pommard depth and soil tones to the complex flavors of red berries, smoked meat, spices and pepper. Finishes with dusty tannins and a lingering note of licorice. Excellent potential. 2022-2032. $175.’
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-1876. 12 POMMARD, JOSEPH DROUHIN
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1877. 15 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET ROUGE L’ESTIMEE, JEAN NOEL GAGNARD
Oh, sweet and lovely 15 fruit. Deep. Fine oak. Chassagne plumminess. Rich and generous./ Still a bit tart and close in youth. Nose carries for now. Palate will fill out over time. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1878. 15 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1879. 13 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
2012: Fresh, ripe fruit. Very crisp and bright and vigorous in 2012, with the vintage’s snappy dark fruit./ Yes, 2012 firm fruit and promising future. Complexing gamy note. Cellar candidate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1880. 14 BOURGOGNE COTE CHALONNAISE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
40-70 year old vines in clay and limestone. Aged a year in oak barrels. Full and rangy. Spicy oak and good, sapid Chalonnaise resin, substance. Full, strong, southern Burgundy pinot. Rich, round./ Yes, ample, earthy, gamy, resinous Chalonnaise pinot. Spicy oak for sure. Plenty of substance, fine tannin, and extract. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1881. 11 MERCUREY CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
30% from Premier Cru sites. Rich, robust black cherry and oak. Elegant and fine oak./ Large, meaty, savory. Totally engaging. Maraschino and morello cherries. Lively and dynamic as well as rich. Great future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1882. 11 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
Rich and forward. Ahead of the 2010 in development. Bouquet, fruit, oak, all./ Yes, savory. Good oak and barrel time breadth and ease. Just a little tannin to resolve. Yes. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1883. 10 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
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-1884. 15 MERCUREY, DOMAINE FAIVELEY
Sweet and spicy. Deep and complete. Attractive now./ Yes, cherry and spice, Mercurey dark, plummy pinot fruit. Suave and sweet, with good acid for balance. Not nearly so tough as young Faiveley Mercureys used to be. Looks like this vintage is every bit as good as its billings. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1885. 12 MERCUREY, CHATEAU DE MERCEY
Very lovely 2012 Mercurey expressions of black plum and black cherry. Perfect 2012 posture./ Cote de Nuits like pinot. Good acid, tannin. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1886. 15 MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE MERCEY
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1887. 13 MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE MERCEY (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1888. 15 GIVRY, CHATEAU DE LA FERTE
Deep, sweet, spicy, earthy, peppery./ Yes, a big time Givry in 2015. Very pure pinot fruit. Fine acid-richness balance to the taste. Finishes with good Givry vigor. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1889. 17 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES NOUVEAU, ALBERT BICHOT
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1890. 17 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES NOUVEAU, DOMAINE ROCHETTE
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1891. 17 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, ANTONIN RODET
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1892. 17 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, GEORGES DUBOEUF
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1893. 16 FRANCAIS RAISINS GAULOIS, M. LAPIERRE
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: 15.99 each

FR-1894. 17 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, ALBERT BICHOT
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1895. 17 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU COQ D'OR, DOMAINE CHATELUS DE LA ROCHE
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1896. 17 BEAUJOLAIS PREMIER, DOMAINE DU VISSOUX
2016: The least advanced of the new crop. Real Primeur, that is, not vinified specifically for Nouveau; rather, a selection of the most supple cuvees from the general harvest. It’s fresh. It’s full, for sure./ My goodness, it does deliver. Closer to young Beaujolais normale than nouveau. Very suave palate. Ripe fruit. This will improve well into spring. For now, it wants food. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1897. 15 BEAUJOLAIS L’ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES LES TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN
New York Times 2 ½ Stars: From one of my favorite Beaujolais producers. Bright, spicy and inviting, with aromas of flowers and tart red fruits.’
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1898. 14 BEAUJOLAIS AU PAYS DES TERRES BLANCHES CUVEE TERROIR, DOMAINE PRAL
At a good stage. Much more flattering than several months back. Stylish wines from the golden, sandy soil of southern Beaujolais. Plentiful berry fruit/ Charming, sweetly fruity, smooth, clear. Crisp acid edge. Will take a good chill and perform well at the table. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1899. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VIEILLES VIGNES CUVEE TRADITIONELLE, DOMAINE DU VISSOUX
Fresh and sweet and logical 2015 gamay sporting plum, cranberry, and pie cherry aromas./ Great acidity and astringency to balance the vintage’s full framing and rich filling. All. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1900. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES CLIMAT LE TRACOT, DOMAINE DUBOST
Plush, rich, full. Padded. Delivers. Spot on balance, plus those Villages and sunny vintage extras./ Closer, tighter, less flavor than aroma. Good acid. Body and light tannin. Age it awhile reads the palate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1901. 14 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES EMERINGES, DOMAINE DE GRY-SABLON
Fresh and completely fulfilled. Fruit sweetness and richness of a Beaujolais Villages star./ Full of black and red fruits and berries. Delicious flavor profile. Juicy. Richness and acidity in ideal harmony. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1902. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, LOUIS JADOT
Rich and classic. The fullest and best vintage in the series. So pure and cool and Jadot well managed./ Very dry and still reductive. Dark, crisp 2015 gamay basis. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1903. 15 REGNIE GRAND CRU CLIMAT LE POTET, DOMAINE DUBOST
55 year old vines. Wonderfully fresh, vital, vivacious. Defines Regnie./ Wow. Juicy and total in concentration and beauty. Regnie cubed. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1904. 15 BROUILLY GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DUBOST
Vines planted in 1908. Much fruitier than Dubost’s 2014 Fleurie. Speaks for the vintage and this always successful cuvee./ Yeah, old vines concentrated. Suave and balanced. Like a Villages but bigger. Everything it should be. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1905. 13 BROUILLY GRAND CRU ELIGO, DOMINIQUE MOREL
Fresh, bright, intense, and thoroughly Brouilly. Like a Super Villages./ Dark fruit and berry, fresh, acid. Vigorous, sweet, and complete. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1906. 16 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, CHATEAU THIVIN
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1907. 16 JULIENAS GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DES CHERS
Yes, spicy, plummy Julienas classic. Tingle, race, sweetness, all./ Less sweetness and more 2016 acid race on the palate. That works. Especially at the table. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1908. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU BALLOFIERE, DOMAINE DUBOST
Inky./ Fruit and flower air soar above a rock solid Morgon base. Full concentration; sweet and dried fruit display./ Plum, cherry, candy, warm spices. Yikes! What a dynamo Morgon! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1909. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE MARCEL LAPIERRE
Parker 93; Vinous 93: ‘Bright magenta. An expressive, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits and candied flowers, and suggestions of smoky minerals and Asian spices add vivacity. Concentrated, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering juicy, mineral-laced raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and a subtle white pepper quality that builds on the back half. Finishes with superb focus and tenacity, leaving an echo of sappy red berries behind. 2019-2025. $32.’
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1910. 15 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU LES BURDELINES TRACOT, JEAN-PAUL DUBOST
Parker 91: ‘The 2015 Moulin A Vent en Brenay, which was raised for 10 months in demi-muids, has a pleasant redcurrant jus and wild strawberry-scented bouquet that translates the power of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy red berry fruit, well judged acidity, a slightly grainy texture that marries neatly with the lively cranberry and pomegranate notes on the finish. This is a finely made, delicious Moulin A Vent. Now-2023.’
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1911. 15 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU EN BRENAY TRACOT, JEAN-PAUL DUBOST
Parker 91: ‘The 2015 Moulin A Vent en Brenay, which was raised for 10 months in demi-muids, has a pleasant redcurrant jus and wild strawberry-scented bouquet that translates the power of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy red berry fruit, well judged acidity, a slightly grainy texture that marries neatly with the lively cranberry and pomegranate notes on the finish. This is a finely made, delicious Moulin A Vent. 2016-2023.’
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1912. 16 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT -BORDET
Cool, clear, calcareous classic. Nostril swelling./ Full; plenty of material here. Plays roundness and richness against textural edge to portray a complete picture of an attractive and unique Chablis vintage. I want some more. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1913. 14 PETIT CHABLIS SUR LES CLOS, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vineyard atop the Cote de Grands Crus, above Les Clos. Lift and tingle. Pure, mineral etch./ Full body, texture. Mouthful of calcaire savor. The best of its appellation. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1914. 13 CHABLIS LE CLASSIQUE, PASCAL BOUCHARD
5-generation family firm. A flattering nutty-grainy patina either from barrel or bottle age, or both./ Yes, it works here. Is it barrel or bottle bouquet? Good value. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1915. 14 CHABLIS, DOMAINE DROIN
Oh, full of calcaire, stone, terroir. Classic. Plenty of body, oomph./ Very full. Volume and roundness. Plenty of flavor, texture, grip. Pushing Premier Cru dimensions. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1916. 15 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE
The estate covers 125 acres, half in the Premiers and Grands Crus. Full, fresh apple, peel, calcaire. The ripeness of 15./ Whoa! All about extract, volume, body. The flavor and texture intensity of a Premier Cru. Full of material. Lasting finish. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1917. 15 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY
Crisp, full, near perfect 15 Chablis nose. Nice play of fruit against calcaire./ Yes, deep apple-calcaire Chablis chardonnay combo. Straight-on village Chablis. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1918. 15 CHABLIS, DOMAINE PICQ
Oh, boy, very nutty house style. 2015 forward. Spot on now./ Yes, nutty. Gentle acid of 15. Ready to take to the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1919. 15 CHABLIS VAUDERCORSE, 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: 27.99 each

FR-1920. 15 CHABLIS, DOMAINE LONG-DEPAQUIT
After a 2015 Petit Chablis, more of the fruitiness one would expect of 2015. And the greater volume and expansiveness of a Chablis versus a Petit Chablis. Deep aromas of aromatic apples and calcaire./ Definitely softer in 2015 than in 2014. Will play to a different set of tastes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1921. 15 CHABLIS, CHRISTIAN MOREAU
60% estate grown, 40% purchased. 10 months on the lees. Sweet 15 Chablis chardonnay and polished, all malo house style./ Yes, 15 sweet and mild on entry with nice acid etch in back. Lots of flavor. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1922. 16 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Full bodied. Clearly fuller than the Petit Chablis tasted recently, good as that is. Crisp calcaire. I’m loving these 2016 Chablis wines./ Yes, it’s got that balance, that cool, comfortable, confident composition expressed by the Petit Chablis. Altogether harmonious. Nothing askew, nothing overstated. Surely to my tastes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1923. 14 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Huge volume. Just fills and swells the nostrils with old vines concentration. Exceptionally bright, crisp, penetrating./ Rich, grainy old vines stuff with full clarity of 2014 too. Suave texture. Certainly has the volume. One full-fledged village Chablis. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1924. 15 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN
Good and full. well extracted. Etch and padding, depth. and richness./ Fabulous up-front Chablis chardonnay fruit fulfillment. There’s calcaire and texture in the back. Enough etch to balance the padding. More padding than any vintage since 2009. Full flavor. Classic profile. This will broaden and deepen as the months pass. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1925. 15 CHABLIS MASSALE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vines propagated by burying canes. Full and calcaire-laden. Rich and stony, almost grainy./ Again, massive extract. More terroir than fruit. Large scaled, full textured. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1926. 12 CHABLIS 1ER CRU, MOUTARD-DILIGENT
Body, minerality, and graininess of Premier Cru. Deep, dense, hefty. Full, rich, sweet fruit. No heaviness. Pure chardonnay apple./ Again, big, grainy, burnished, textured, weighty. Grip, volume, calcaire. Round and rich, with Premier Cru volume. A mouthful. Fresh apple aftertaste. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1927. 15 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Rich, voluminous, almost sweet. Fruit dynamics of 2015./ Large Premier Cru. Freshness of Fourchaume. Vineyard ID. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1928. 14 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LIONEL COULAUDIN-BUSSY
2013: A beauty. Premier Cru full. Vaillons discreet. Richness, finesse, poise. Needs no new oak./ Delicious fruit flavor and richness. Balanced. Fine acid. Complexing dash of wood. A wonder of proportion. Ageworthy. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1929. 15 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DROIN
Vinous 90: ‘Pale, bright yellow. A bit mute on the nose, hinting at soft citrus fruits, peach and smoky minerality. Then fatter on the palate than the village offering, conveying less acidity but more stony depth and grip. Compared to the village wine, this is drier and more closed in the early going. 2018-2025. $40.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1930. 15 CHABLIS, SIMONNET-FEBVRE
Racy, clear, chiseled, framed classic Chablis. More like a 14 than a 15./ This is Simonnet-Febvre old time Chablis. Traditional, right, meal-worthy. No concessions to fruitiness, softness, modernity. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1931. 14 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, SIMONNET-FEBVRE
Est. 1840. Full. Marl as well as calcaire. Sound house style. Strong terroir foundation of a Simonnet Chablis./ Young and compact still. This has plenty of substance, dryness, tradition to it. Very popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1932. 12 CHABLIS BOURGEROTS GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
Parker 91-92+: ‘From barrel, Servin’s 2012 Chablis Bouguerots (i.e. Bougros from the Cote) displays cidery apple with overtones of orange zest and a sweet and exotic, musky amalgam of narcissus, peony and lily-of-the-valley. Fresh lime serves for refreshment while chalk and stone ground this in its region and persist in a vibrant finish. This well-concentrated and sustained offering bids fair to perform well through at least 2018.’
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1933. 14 CHABLIS BLANCHOT GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
Huge, ballooning Grand Cru. Backward./ Wow! Volume and richness. Great future. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1934. 14 CHABLIS VAUDESIR GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Parker 94: ‘The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir, 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--très Grand Cru! Winemaker Jean-François Bordet should be proud of this wine. 2018-2035.’
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1935. 15 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHOT
New and large. Might be barrel aged. Seems so. Complex and full./ Yes, intense varietal character and 15 plushness. Plus acid etch at finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1936. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, ALBERT BICHOT
25-35 year old vines from the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. 30% barrel fermented, 20% barrel aged. Full volume, nostril assault. Light oak. Penetrates, tingles, and swells the nostrils. Plenty of wood, sufficient fruit basis. Yes, all around well composed./ More fruit on the palate. Body, amplitude, full texture. Sweet fruit and fine oak burnish in balance. Long, sweetly fruity aftertaste. Best yet in a solid series. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1937. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY CLOS DE LA COMBE, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
Walled vineyard within the village limits of Puligny. Full fruit. Fine oak. Cote de Beaune drama. Full Burgundy chardonnay barrel treatment: fermentation, lees stirring, aging ID./ Seems more Meursault like than Puligny. Full. Less calcaire, more autumnal. Sweet and plump Chartron and 14 influences. A great year for Burgundy chardonnay. And a great value example. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1938. 14 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, COLIN BAROLLET
Genuine if understated to start. Light oak, terroir. More aromatic range and intensity after aeration./ Soft, and shy on flavor and texture interest in the beginning. Builds more interest over time. The benefits of breathing. Will prove a good value if cellared. 89+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1939. 12 BOURGOGNE BLANC CHAUMES DES PERRIERES, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Here’s the scoop on the vineyard. It was a fallow plot lying within the boundaries of Meursault le Dos d’Ane and Chaumes des Perrieres when purchased by Raymond’s grandfather in 1975. Fallow because this rocky, calcareous parcel was covered with soil too shallow to bear new vines. His grandfather asked for and received permission to add eight inches of topsoil to the section. This desecration of terroir incited his neighbors to get the vineyard declassified from Meursault to Bourgogne Blanc. Fair enough while the vines were young, but now, at age 37, their roots are well down into the original soil and subsoil of Meursault le Dos d’Ane and Chaumes des Perrieres, and the wines talk the Meursault talk. More forward and appealing than the 2013. High elevation Meursault like. Extremely well balanced and generous. Lots of mealy grainy Meursault stuff to appeal to the Meursault lover. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1940. 13 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, MOUTARD DILIGENT
Crisp apple plus meal. No oak. Northern chardonnay. Full./ Full texture and mealiness. Apple and pulp. Long and full finish. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1941. 11 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, CHATEAU DE SAINT ROMAIN
2010: Aged 12 months in seasoned barrels. Fine light oak. Dry, chalky, stony style of Saint Romain. Firm calcaire. Extract and body of 2010 too. Classic and well rendered./ Yeah, a vinous, stony, young classic. Fine burnish. Light oak, full extract and grip. For food. Good future too. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1942. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE SEGUINOT BORDET
Clear and northern, unwooded chardonnay. Rich and penetrating. Building bulk as it airs./ Rich and full textured. Really delivers the mouthfeel. Masterful. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1943. 11 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE BLANC LES VERMOTS DESSUS, DOMAINE YVES GIRARDIN
30 year old vines. Aged in oak, 20% new, 12 months. Lots of good vanilla and oak. And Savigny nut and grain./ Dry and built and serious ager with plenty of oak and terroir. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1944. 12 CHOREY LES BEAUNE BLANC LES CONFRELINS, DOMAINE ARNOUX
Wood, nut, apple-citrus, grain bin./ Attractive oak seasoning. Positive bouquet development. Good acid for vigor and prolonged life. 92+/100. List price: $39.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1945. 13 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Unfined, unfiltered. Full delivery of barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and toasted French oak extracts. Meursault like body too./ Wow! Body and power. That Auxey degree of restraint next to a Meursault. Great texture, weight, reserve. From a site that is mostly Premier Cru and sits just upslope from Meursault Vireux. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1946. 15 MEURSAULT, JOSEPH DROUHIN
How Many bottles/singles: 57.95 each

FR-1947. 14 MEURSAULT VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Evident Meursault grain, nut. Good oak. Good 14 form. Growing, penetrating oak and grain aromas./ Attractive flavor, texture, and appellation definition. Fine wine; good value. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1948. 13 MEURSAULT, OLIVIER DECELLE & PIERRE-JEAN VILLA
South and west sites. 25-30% new barrels. Full and genuine. Deep, positive oak influence and Meursault bulk to handle it. Balanced. House discretion, management./ Big boy with lots of lees, grain, nut; weight, roundness, heft. Full textured Meursault to say the least. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1949. 14 MEURSAULT, LOUIS JADOT
2013: Quite a lot of wood. Extra maturity of the vintage versus the 2014s on the table. Good nuts, grain, autumnal Meursault properties./ Oh, yeah, full bodied. The extra year has given it good forward momentum. Mouthfilling granola and peach. Deliciously broad palate. Wants for nothing. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1950. 14 MEURSAULT LES NARVAUX, LOUIS JADOT
Quite lavish oak on this one. Needs time to absorb it. Plenty of Meursault substance to handle the task. Will carry the ball./ Big, meaty mouthful. One loaded Meursault. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1951. 13 SAINT AUBIN MURGERS DES DENTS DE CHIEN 1ER CRU, JEAN CHARTRON
‘Murgers’ are drystone walls built of debris removed from the vineyard, their profile resembling ‘dog teeth’. A cool, ventilating face of Cote de Beaune chardonnay from a site abutting Puligny Montrachet Champ Gain Premier Cru. Subtle oak. Biscuity. Shows calcaire and high altitude Cote de Beaune origins. Puligny like if subtler, with plenty of oomph and depth and richness./ Good oak, barrel fermentation, lees contact–the whole program. Chartron delivery. Long, powerful, flavorful conclusion. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1952. 14 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, DOMAINE BACHELET-MONNOT
Wow, full barrel fermentation, lees aging, and toast-grain aspects. The entire display of all that is good about Burgundian terroir and craftsmanship./ Broad and mellow palate, softened by malo. Nice 2014 acid etch at the end. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1953. 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-1954. 14 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET BENOITES, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
Fleshiness of Chassagne. Nut creme of Chartron barrel aging. That soft and fine textured oak element./ Deep, oaky, powerful, framed. A great Chartron achievement, replete with 14 extract and structure. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1955. 14 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET, VINCENT GIRARDIN
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1956. 14 RULLY BLANC MONTMORIN, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
Clay-limestone hilltop vineyard south of Premier Cru La Meix Cadot on the Mercurey border. Fermented in oak barrels, 10% new. Matured on the lees for 10 months. Plentiful new oak, body, Chalonnaise resin. Big time woody goodies./ Wow! All the Chalonnais chardonnay and oak extras one could want. Chartron size. Great acid race too. Chewy texture. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1957. 11 RULLY BLANC CHATEAU DE RULLY, COMTE R. DE TERNAY (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2010: 60% barrel fermented. Fresh, clear, cool calcaire and light resin of Chalonnaise blanc. A beauty./ More oak and some pitch like older riesling. Viscous. Full. Pineapple core and husk. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1958. 14 MERCUREY BLANC CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D’HERVILLE
95 acre estate, 38 in Premiers Crus. Barrel aging impact. Wood derivatives and time-in-barrel bouquet development. Full; fledged, sappy Mercurey. Talks the talk./ Full bodied, oaky, powerful, Chalonnais resinous. Love the volume. This is dynamic and forceful, almost painful to drink alone. Take it to the dinner table for poultry. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1959. 13 MERCUREY BLANC LES MARCOEURS, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Full and well built. Chalon bulk, nut. Barrel age too. Balanced approach of oak and fruit. Plenty of presence. Ideal./ Sweet fruit, nutty, oaky barrel tones. Class, balance, appeal. Chalon extract, frame. Power, range, fullness, and great acidity. Big and harmonious. All. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1960. 14 MONTAGNY LES BASSETS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Good 14 clarity, form, and Chalonnaise resin, grain, wood./ Again the terroir is clear, and there are attractive wood extras. Volume and clarity, vigor, acid, form. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1961. 13 MONTAGNY LES JARDINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Good, full Chalon chardonnay nose with great barrel influences that are complex and still not overwhelming. No resin. Fulls the nostrils./ And the mouth. Large for 2013. Fine balance of acidity and suave fruit and oak. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1962. 14 MONTAGNY LES BURNINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
2012: Nicely oak burnished. Full and well barrel influenced, with a complex of barrel ferment, lees, and barrel time aromas. Bulk and resin of Chalonnais with Montagny restraint and elegance. Montagny clarity and delicacy too. Fabulous fit and range./ Great oak and volume. Montagny grace. Rich oak toast. Wood, creme, and fine Montagny take on chardonnay. Full and rich. Aftertaste carries on with barrel fermentation, oak, fruit, and terroir characteristics. Wow! Premier Cru indeed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1963. 12 MONTAGNY LES BURNINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Nicely oak burnished. Full and well barrel influenced, with a complex of barrel ferment, lees, and barrel time aromas. Bulk and resin of Chalonnais with Montagny restraint and elegance. Montagny clarity and delicacy too. Fabulous fit and range./ Great oak and volume. Montagny grace. Rich oak toast. Wood, creme, and fine Montagny take on chardonnay. Full and rich. Aftertaste carries on with barrel fermentation, oak, fruit, and terroir characteristics. Wow! Premier Cru indeed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1964. 15 MONTAGNY LA GRANDE ROCHE 1ER CRU, LOUIS LATOUR
Full of fine 2015 fruit, Chalonnais resin, well imparted oak. Great richness and composition. Fabulous nose./ Again, full flavor, texture, suavity, balance. Fruit forward, juicy, and expressive of terroir at the same time. The group was impressed with both the quality and the value. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1965. 15 MACON VILLAGES DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY & TERRIER
Cool and crisp and racy, and full of chardonnay bright, vital green citrus and apple./ Racy acid. Little 15 softness. Juicy. Deep peels taste. Good volume, extract. For food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1966. 14 MACON VILLAGES, ALAIN CORCIA
Developing nicely. Citrus and peel, apple and quince./ !4 texture and walnut and grip and texture. Mouthwatering, juicy acidity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1967. 15 MACON VILLAGES, DOMAINE PASCAL & MIREILLE RENAUD
Full. Great form./ Impressive body, texture, and character of a superior vintage. Great acid. Will spread its peacock’s tail fully over the coming weeks. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1968. 16 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT
At Martailly-Les-Brancion. Green apple and citrus. Reflects the intensity of old vines and a small crop. Full./ Everything fits together just right. Texture, vinosity, fruit. Mealworthy indeed. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1969. 15 MACON CHAINTRE LE CHATEAU DE CHAINTRE, FABRICE LAROCHETTE
Full, as usual, with extra oomph and fruit fulfillment this vintage. Probably not barrel aged, but has that aura nonetheless. From lees contact?/ Yes, full bodied indeed. Good ripeness and strength and presence. Dash of astringent relief on the aftertaste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1970. 15 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MALLORY & BENJAMIN TALMARD
Good body and extract etch. Full character. Grows and grows in the glass./ Yes, full. Plenty of form and filling. Great acid. Ideal, really. Wow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1971. 16 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD
From the thousand-year-old village of Chardonnay; domaine est. 17th century. Full, appley, well textured. Deep. Really delivers./ Yes, large textured, full bodied. Plenty of flavor and oomph. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1972. 14 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, JEAN MANCIAT
Full and resinous like a Chalonnais. One ample Macon./ Full texture, body, acid. A bit much for an aperitif. Apply with food. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1973. 14 MACON CLESSE, DOMAINE MICHEL
Wine & Spirits 92: ‘Fresh chamomile scents highlight this wine’s rich flavors of kumquat and pear. The flavors are toasty, dense and long lasting, while the finish remains bright. A Mâcon-Villages with impressive heft.’
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1974. 15 MACON VINZELLES LES MORANDES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
Wow. Rich and penetrating. Lots of mineral stuff in 15. Large size of Vinzelles./ Yeah, substance and balance. Satisfaction. Ready to use. Very fulfilling. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1975. 16 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE
2016: Very large, nostril filling, racy. Fruit triumphing over oak this vintage or stage./ The real amplitude of Roche Vineuse. There is some wood savors. No tannin. Nice, plump fruit laced with good acidity for balance. Very large, full, and round as these go. Another champion in the series. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1976. 14 SAINT VERAN, DOMAINE THIBERT
Unfiltered. Good, full oak. No malo. Works in Maconnais context./ Yes, oak and vanillin, and juicy white fruits. Good body of Saint Veran. Very good indeed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1977. 14 POUILLY VINZELLES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
From Chateau de Vinzelles. Full, with great oak extract./ Full oak that’s well managed to jibe with the fruit profile. Great 14 acid, extract. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1978. 14 POUILLY FUISSE VIEILLES VIGNES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1979. 15 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC AU PAYS DES PIERRES DOREES, DOMAINE PRAL
Oh, new, appley, alert. Very positive, lifted, breezy./ Mellow 2015 acid. Young, but already aiming to please. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each


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