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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1512. 15 CHATEAU BLAIGNAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Intense and rich, this is an opulent, concentrated wine from a 240-acre vineyard. Powerful, dense and packed with black fruits, this shows solid aging potential. The tannins are already integrating with the generous berry fruits and the acidity, to give an impressive wine. Drink from 2024.' Oldest winegrowing estate in the Medoc AOC; jointly owned with Chateaux Grand Puy Ducasse and Meyney; Hubert de Bouard, oenologist; 60% cab sauv, 40% merlot.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1513. 16 CHATEAU LES GRANDS CHENES, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 90-92: ‛Barrel Sample. This ripe wine is full of great fruit aromas and flavors. The tannins are generous and rich, supported by rounded black-plum and -berry fruits. It should cellar well through the medium term.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1514. 16 CHATEAU HOURCADE, MEDOC
At Jau Dignac & Loirac. Well, how about this. Sweet, ripe, barrel influenced. I wouldn't have discovered this if a customer hadn't ordered some. I mean, this is from the extreme north of Medoc, where the gravel fetters out. Well, now! Goes to show you never can tell./ Sweet and fruity. Subtle oak. Good 16 acidity, balance. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1515. 16 CHATEAU LIVRAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛Owned by a member of the Lurton family, the most prolific vineyard owners in Bordeaux, this estate has produced a well-balanced wine touched by wood but focused on black fruits. Richness is balanced by attractive acidity and fruitiness. Drink this wine from 2023. $30.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1516. 15 CHAPELLE DU CHATEAU POTENSAC, MEDOC
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1517. 15 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
45% each cab sauv, merlot; 5% each petit verdot, malbec. Coy, teasing nose. Flairs of black currant and black cherry as usual here. Beguiling potential./ Some wood seems to enter the picture on the palate. Echos of black fruit. Will enjoy following this. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1518. 15 CHATEAU BEL AIR GLORIA, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Part of Domaines Martin, which also owns Chateau Gloria in Saint-Julien, this wine benefits from a classed-growth winery's attention to detail. The wine is rich, dense and structured. Its black-plum and blackberry fruits are rich, sustained by fine tannins and acidity. It's a wine to age, so drink from 2024.'
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1519. 06 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC magnum
Sweet, round, well developed fruit and oak bouquet. Maturity, grandeur, Grand Cru class. Beautiful./ Yes, sweet fruit. Mellowing. Light tannin. Has it all together. Classic to estate, zone; with fine maturity. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 129.95 each

FR-1520. 15 LES ALLEES DE CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, HAUT MEDOC
Second wine of 5me Grand Cru Chateau Cantemerle. That nice, dark fruit and forest floors things of southern Haut Medoc. 60-40 cabernet-merlot classic. Younger vines but doesn‛t show it./ Good tannin, good form. Like a lot of 15s, starting to shut down, lay in for the long term. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1521. 14 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Saint Laurent; half each cab sauv, merlot. 12 months in barrels, 25% new. 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. Continues to blossom. More charm and breed than it had years back. Moving closer in sophistication to its cellar-mate Caronne Ste. Gemme. Fruit quality, oak class./ 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. Brilliant fruit ripeness. Good heft. Everything one could want. No young 14 firmness. Bloomin' outstanding. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1522. 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./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1523. 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./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1524. 15 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC magnum
2014: 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./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1525. 16 CHATEAU CISSAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Fine oak augmentation to its 16 fruit distinction. Noble cru bourgeois./ A little tight, backward. Ample though. Should age well. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1526. 15 CHATEAU FORT LIGNAC, HAUT MEDOC
2015: 2/3 aged in seasoned barrels. Now owned by the Borie family. 70% cab sauv, 25% merlot, 5% cab franc. Fabulous cab sauv clarity and oak flair. A lot of really fine, class oak here. Really upscale Borie winemaking./ Good cabernet character. Freshness of 2014. 14 acid and form. Oak's in the picture. Plenty of both oak and fruit filling. And an elegant hint of violets as you'd find in Ducru Beaucaillou. Nice and lingering. Bravo. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1527. 12 CHATEAU DE LAMARQUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Heritiers Marquis d'Evry. 53% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Continues to emerge. Less tied down that the old-time Lamarques. Less dry. Has more fruit and more barrel influence. Depth, richness, fortitude, sweetness, light oak. Admirably ripe enough fruit./ Yes, rich and right, barrel aged, with fine tannin, full body, and accomplished mid Haut Medoc cabernet sauvignon presentation. Wine of place. High quality. I like everything about it. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1528. 15 CHATEAU LANESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Suckling 92-93; Parker 90-92: 'The 2013 Lanessan has quite a punchy, fruit-driven bouquet with well-integrated oak, a Lanessan with more sense of purpose than I have found in recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tannin, leading to a smooth and harmonious finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. You know, this is the best Lanessan for a long time, perchance because Mon. De Bouard is consulting?'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1529. 14 CHATEAU LIEUJEAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
2015: Garri du Gai at Saint Sauveur; 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot. 2015 sweet smelling; red fruited. Open, fruity, spicy, revealing. Comes on even stronger with aeration./ Claret body. Full of good, spicy fruit. Balanced, suave. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1530. 15 CHATEAU MARTIN CUVEE LA MARSAUDRIE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Vertheuil. 55% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc. Aged 10 months in barrels, 30% new. And it shows. Oh, yeah! Deep and luxurious barrel extracts and barrel maturation. Sweet Asian spices./ Great fruit, form, oak, fine tannin. And the right acidity. All. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1531. 16 CHATEAU MIQUEU, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
2015: Ferre & Haut Brignais at Vertheuil. 2015 sweet enough, but more restrained than the Right Bank 2015s due to higher cabernet sauvignon content. Young and dark. Sweetens up with aeration to reveal berry, cherry, spice./ Yes, cabernet firm figured. Barrel augmentation.Very good, solid, young Haut Medoc claret to put in the cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1532. 16 CHATEAU PEYRABON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 91: 'The 2016 Peyrabon has a finely detailed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, pressed flower and mineral aromas. This exudes class. The palate is well balanced with fine grain tannin, one of the more saline Cru Bourgeois with touches of oyster shell and spice towards the poised, edgy finish. Very fine. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. Driink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1533. 16 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
Partner with Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Like the 2012, sleek, well tailored, and racy to start. With aeration, lovely claret fruit starts emerging. Balanced and even tempered./ Fine tannin and acid for texture. Nice and spicy, though no new oak evident. Tres claret, tres 2016. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1534. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR CARNET, 4ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 La Tour Carnet is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was cooled through a 'cryogenic tunnel freezer,' essentially spraying liquid nitrogen, and will be matured for 16 months in 30% new oak. It has a very pure bouquet, so much so that there is something almost Pinot Noir-like here, with ebullient Morello and subtle kirsch-like scents. The oak is judicious and neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is very smooth and harmonious in the mouth, well-judged acidity, precise and detailed. It gently fans out on the finish, completing what I think is a very well-crafted, silky and seductive Haut-Medoc.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1535. 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: 29.99 each

FR-1536. 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-1537. 16 CHATEAU SEGUR DE CABANAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Parker 88: 'Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Segur de Cabanac gives up cassis, blackberries and black cherries on the nose with wafts of chocolate box and roses. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and fragrant with a chewy texture and an herbal lift. Drink 2019-2028.'
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1538. 16 CHATEAU LYNCH MOUSSAS, 5ME GRAND CRU CLASSE, PAUILLAC
Parker 92-94; Vinous 92+: 'The 2016 Lynch-Moussas has a clean, pure bouquet of slightly meaty black fruit, quite harmonious if not as complex as the Batailley. The palate is well balanced, with mint-infused black fruit, tobacco and sage. I like the density of this Pauillac, which is focused and elegant yet classic on the finish. I suspect it will improve in bottle. Drink 2022-2045.'
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1539. 16 CHATEAU LA BERNEDE GRAND POUJEAUX, MOULIS
Second wine of Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois. Sweet black fruit with light, sweet oak aura. Well crafted in the 2016 style./ Lots of everything: oak, extract, concentration, tannin, fruit density. A whopper of a second wine. The best of 2016 attributes enhanced by winemaker craftsmanship. This sleeper was the talk of Bordeaux's brokers in 2016. No wonder! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1540. 15 CHATEAU BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Parker 92: 'Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Branas Grand Poujeaux is often one of the finest Moulis wines and this vintage is no different. It has a gorgeous bouquet of mulberry, dried herbs and cedar, very well defined with plenty of fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with a plush finish that belies the structure underneath. Excellent (again) from this Moulis estate. Tasted September 2017. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1541. 14 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Parker 91: 'The 2014 Chasse-Spleen has an attractive bouquet, one that is more forward than I expected, replete with brambly red berry fruit, pain grille and brown spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and commendable weight. It perhaps does not quite deliver the freshness and precision I was anticipating after its primeur showing, although I appreciate the tangy marmalade note that complements the black fruit on the structured finish. One to watch. 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1542. 15 CHATEAU FOURCAS DUPRE, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC
Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its elevage - one to keep an eye on.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1543. 15 CHATEAU LE BECASSE, LISTRAC
Half each cabernet sauvignon, merlot. No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1544. 16 CHATEAU D'ISSAN, 3ME GRAND CRU CLASSE. MARGAUX magnum
Parker 94+: 'The 2016 D'Issan is blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot, aged in 50% new and 50% one-year-old French oak for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it has vibrant black cherries and blackcurrants notes with chocolate mint, beef drippings, black olives and cigar box. Medium-bodied with a well-sustained, intensely flavored mid-palate, it has a rock-solid, grainy frame and long savory finish. Drink 2019-2037.'
How Many bottles/singles: 219.95 each

FR-1545. 15 CHATEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPERY, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Suckling 97-98; Wine Spectator 93-96; Parker 93-95: 'The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle.'
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-1546. 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-1547. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, PESSAC-LEOGNAN imperial
Wine Spectator 91; Parker 91: 'The 2014 Latour-Martillac has an attractive bouquet with intense blackberry, briary, warm gravel and balsamic notes that are very well defined and evoke Pessac-Leognan through and through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It feels gentle in the mouth, not structured but fleshy and full, fanning out with crushed strawberry, red cherry and white pepper towards the satisfying finish. This is early drinking compared to its peers, yet well crafted. 2019 to 2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 379.50 each

FR-1548. 16 CHATEAU BACCUS CUVEE EXCELLENCE, GRAVES
50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 5% each petit verdot, malbec. Barrel aging has added noteworthy sophistication, as well as breadth, depth, and complexity. This is overtly woody though./ Well thought out varietal melange, each variety making a contribution, all in harmony. Fine example of Graves rouge. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1549. 15 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES
50% merlot, 35% cab franc, 15% cab sauv. 75% stainless steel, 25% oak aged. 2015 sweet. Riper than the good 2012. Spicy oak segment too. A deal, Nice Graves claret, for sure./ Deep fruit sweetness. Good claret acid, Graves black earth. Wine of place at a handsome price. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1550. 15 CHATEAU DE PERLIGUES, GRAVES
At Illats; cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Riper than previous vintages tasted. More barrel influence too. Yielding./ Yes, sweet fruit of 2015. Awesome fulfillment and give in 2015. A cedar aura I cherish. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1551. 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-1552. 14 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES
Arnaud de Butler at Portets. 14 firm, dark. Deep, sweet core./ Yes, 14 firm and tannic...and that same sweet core. Well balanced claret with cellar life ahead. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1553. 16 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, ST. EMILION
2015: 60% merlot, 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv. Wow! Rich, ripe, spicy. Still, measured, under control. Ripe and rich Saint Emilion with Euro resolve./ Wow! Big, juicy fruit and oak. And structure. All. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1554. 15 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, ST. EMILION
60% merlot, 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv. Wow! Rich, ripe, spicy. Still, measured, under control. Ripe and rich Saint Emilion with Euro resolve./ Wow! Big, juicy fruit and oak. And structure. All. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1555. 16 CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 93: 'The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is a sumptuous wine. There is no shortage of richness or volume here, that much is obvious. Sweet tobacco, leather, espresso and cherry abound. The 2016 is exotic and flamboyant in style, and yet the new oak is overdone to the point that the early signs of oxidation are already present. I very much like the intensity here, but the reality is that the 2016 could have and should have been an even better wine. Drink 2021-2036.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1556. 15 CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 93: 'The 2015 Fleur Cardinale is terrific. Exotic and flamboyantly ripe, it exudes richness and depth in all of its dimensions. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, mocha, leather and menthol are all amped up in a dramatic, full-bodied wine that is long on personality. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more opulent side of Saint-Emilion. A burst of red cherry jam, spice, new leather, spice, lavender and French oak punctuates the unctuous finish. Tasted three times. Drink 2020-2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1557. 15 CHATEAU FOMBRAUGE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Suckling 94-95; Vinous 92; Parker 92: 'The 2015 Fombrauge is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that was cropped at 45 hl/ha between 24 September and 15 October. It is matured in 45% new oak barrels, 45% one-year-old and 10% in cement tank. It has a rich and generous bouquet with layers of black cherry, iodine and a hint of licorice. There is a slight headiness to these aromatics. The palate is showing more restrain and finesse, clean and pure with lightly spiced red berry fruit, hints of licorice and white pepper, a subtle bay leaf note towards the finish that displays well-integrated oak. Give this 5-8 years once in bottle and you will have a fine Saint Emilion on your hands.'
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1558. 14 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 92-94; Parker 91-93: 'The Chateau Fonroque 2014 blossoms from the glass with ebullient red berry fruit mixed with rose petal and violets aromas. This palate is crisp and focused with a keen line of acidity that neatly counterbalanced the silky textured, lightly spiced fruit. This is already showing fine cohesion and poise -- an excellent wine courtesy of Alain Moueix and one of my picks from the Right Bank this year.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1559. 15 CLOS FOURTET, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 97: 'Clos Fourtet is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty in 2015. Powerful, vivid and wonderfully nuanced, it exudes class. Inky red/purplish stone fruit, lavender, spice, mint and orange peel give the 2015 its myriad shades of nuance, but it is the wine's balance and total sense of harmony that elevate it to the realm of the profound. In 2015, Clos Fourtet has a bit more body and resonance than is typically the case. Beneath all of the fruit, however, the 2015 has more than enough energy and structural underpinning to drink well for many years. This is a stunning wine from the Cuvelier family and consulting winemakers Stephane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu. The blend is 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. Drink 2022-2045.'
How Many bottles/singles: 129.95 each

FR-1560. 15 CHATEAU FRANC MAYNE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 93-95: 'The 2015 Franc-Mayne has a refined and detailed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis and a touch of cedar emerging from the glass. This is a classy bouquet in the making. The palate is fresh and vibrant with succulent red berry fruit overlaying a fine lattice of tannin. Precise, focused and elegant without compromising the fruit, this is perhaps the best wine that I have tasted from this estate. Bravo!'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1561. 15 CHATEAU GRAND MAYNE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 93/100; Vinous 93/100. My notes: This Chateau has really come on as of late. Grand Cru Classe stuff for sure. Complexity, class. Aristocracy. As well as the amplitude and structure of a Cote wine. Fine fruit precision./ Really full oak decor. Still dominates the taste for woody extracts and flavors, and wood tannin the texture. Ambitious. Going places. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1562. 16 ANGELIQUE DE CHATEAU MONBOUSQUET, SAINT EMILION
James Suckling 93: ‛Made by the same team as Chateau Pavie, this is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This second wine of Chateau de Monbousquet is really delicious already with a pretty depth of fruit and richness. Lots of chocolate and blackberry character. Long finish.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1563. 15 CHATEAU PAVIE DECESSE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 98: 'Gerard Perse's 2015 Pavie-Decesse is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel, if not more so. Lifted, gracious and super-refined, the 2015 captures the richness of the year with the support of cool, mineral-driven notes from the calcaire-rich soils. Super-ripe red cherry, blood orange, rose petal and mint are some of the many notes that are woven together. In 2015, Pavie-Decesse is a wine of pure and total class. Don't miss it! Drink 2020-2045.'
How Many bottles/singles: 154.95 each

FR-1564. 15 CHATEAU PAVIE MACQUIN, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Suckling 96-97; Wine Spectator 94-97; Vinous 93-96: 'The 2015 Pavie Macquin is another tremendous wine from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Inky, rich and voluptuous the 2015 is endowed with remarkable depth and plenty of underlying energy to back it all up. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive, as are the tannins. The 2015 is going to require quite a bit of time to come together, but it is impressive, that much is obvious. Pavie Macquin is 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between September 29 and October 17 and aged in 60% new oak.'
How Many bottles/singles: 109.95 each

FR-1565. 16 CHATEAU DE PRESSAC, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 93+: 'One of the sleepers in Saint-Emilion, Pressac is once again striking in 2016. Big and vertical in feel, with tremendous fruit density, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Inky dark fruit, graphite, menthol, plum and lavender mesh together in this dark, potent wine. The 2016 is wonderfully fresh and also quite structured. Readers will have to be patient, as it will be a few years before all the wine starts to drink well. As always, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenere play an important role in shaping the personality of one of Bordeaux's most unique and intriguing wines. The 2016 spent 18 months in oak, 50% new. Alain Raynaud consults. Tasted three times. Drink 2022-2041.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1566. 15 CHATEAU SAINTAYME, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Parker 90-92: 'The 2015 Saintayme is pure Merlot picked between 29 September and 9 October, cropped at 45 hl/ha and raised in 30% new oak. It has a gorgeous bouquet with blackberry and cranberry fruit, a touch of vanilla emanating from the new oak that is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with good depth, a 'solid' Saintayme, a pleasant chewiness with a feisty dark berry, licorice-tinged finish. This comes recommended - a fine Saint Emilion from the hands of Denis Durantou.' Alternately labeled 'Saintem'.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1567. 14 CLOS DES MENUTS, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
85% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 5% cab franc; aged 12 months in barrels. Starts out 2014 firm but certainly not obstinate. Aeration coaxes forth Saint Emilion flesh, merlot cherry, give, and volume./ Great sweet-acid balance. Full flavored. Grand Cru breeding. Barrel aging breadth without woodiness. This is really good. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1568. 15 LES VALENTINES DE CHATEAU ROL VALENTIN, SAINT EMILION
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1569. 16 CHATEAU LA DAME DE BOUARD, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Coralie de Bouard, daughter of Chateau Angelus' Hubert de Bouard, takes after her father when it comes to fine winemaking. La Dame de Bouard is the second wine of her Clos de Bouard. Lovely, intricate fragrances of Asian spices and black fruits, with an aura of violets./ Generous Saint Emilion fruit, the silken texture of 2016, and overtones of oak and cedar. Class act here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1570. 16 CHATEAU ROCHER CALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Mainly merlot with some cab franc. 16 charm, 16 satin texture. Admirable ripeness and stuffing. A texture I can smell, or at least feel in my nostrils./ Tighter and leaner than the nose would suggest. I have confidence. It's 16 well proportioned and likely to blossom beautifully. Tannins, on the whole, are ripe enough and fine grained. 91+/100. Tasted 5/11/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1571. 14 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
14 dark./ Big, fat, round, Pomerol padded. Large./ Yes, full of fruit and Pomerol plushness. Light tannin. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1572. 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-1573. 15 CHATEAU LE GAY, POMEROL
Vinous 93-96; Parker 94-96: 'The 2015 Le Gay comes from the 6.5-hectare Pomerol estate, of which 2.09 hectares are currently being restructured. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 27 September until 8 October at one degree lower alcohol than Montviel; it has a fragrant bouquet with delineated red cherries, crushed strawberry and hints of vanilla from the 100% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, ripe and rounded in the mouth, very well balanced and very smooth. This just glides across the mouth and once that new oak has been absorbed, this will be a gorgeous Le Gay to behold. Do not overlook this Cru because it has been on a roll in recent years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 139.95 each

FR-1574. 15 CLOS RENE, POMEROL
Parker 91-93: 'A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec, the 2015 Clos Rene has a perfumed raspberry preserve and crushed strawberry-scented bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a mixture of red and black fruit with a very refined, pastille-like, spicy finish. This is a lovely Pomerol to enjoy over the next 10-15 years, certainly one of the best offerings from the sandier soils on the western sector of the appellation.'
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1575. 16 CHATEAU HAUT LABORDE, LALANDE DE POMEROL
80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc. Rich, round Pomerol. Full./ Soft, sweet, gentle, good and generous. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1576. 15 CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR CUVEE PRESTIGE, FRONSAC
James Suckling 93: ‛This is thick and very rich with layers of fruit and velvety tannins. Full-bodied, juicy and rich yet tannic and powerful. Lots of berries and undertones of dark chocolate and hot sotnes. Pure merlot. Drink from 2022.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1577. 14 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC
Silver Medal - Concours de Bordeaux. All merlot. Very sweet, bright, and delightful Bordeaux merlot. Deep, ripe, Fronsac substantial and significant. Smoky. Smoked fruits and spices. Some wood./ Yes, sweeter than the 10 and 12. More open. Nice, fine tannin, texture. More ripeness, extract, and plentitude than the 2012. Can serve now. Tres claret. Yes. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1578. 17 CHATEAU VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC
Wine Spectator 92: ‛This is packed with plum and blackberry compote flavors, supported by graphite and smoldering tobacco notes. Everything melds through the solidly structured and toasty finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1579. 15 CHATEAU VILLARS, FRONSAC
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1580. 16 CHATEAU LA GRANGE CLINET GRANDE RESERVE, COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91 - BEST BUY: ‛A good proportion of the two Cabernets gives structure to contrast with the generous Merlot in this wine. A touch of mint melds with the ripe blackberry flavor to produce a well-balanced wine with great potential. Drink from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1581. 10 CHATEAU CARIGNAN PRIMA, CADILLAC COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Heavy wood aging dominates this rich wine at this stage. That should integrate to leave an almost California ripeness from the 100% Merlot. It has a full and rounded structure, cushioned by generous fruits. $35.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1582. 16 CHATEAU CAP DE FAUGERES, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90; Parker 90: ‛The 2016 Cap de Faugeres (composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a medium garnet-purple color and reveals notions of warm plums, blackberry pie and black raspberries with touches of pencil shavings and sauteed herbs. Medium-bodied with a velvety texture and good core of black fruits, it finishes on a long-lasting earthy note. Drink now-2029.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1583. 14 CHATEAU DE CLOTTE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Proprietor Bruno Laporte at Les Salles. Deep, dark, well armed, still pretty surly. Castillon loaded. Deep red and black fruits. A big boy./ Flavors still constrained. Plenty of mass and glycerol. Just 2014 backward. Well liked by the group for its promise. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1584. 15 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wow, much riper and sweeter than the good 2014. Castillon complexity and Saint Emilion generosity./ Drier and more tannic than the nose suggests. Trace of astringency. Aerate, decant, or give more bottle age to bring the palate forth. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1585. 18 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Deep, dark definition of 2018, with the usual ripe-fruit style of this Chateau. Youthful fruit. Spices emerge with aeration, and the nose gathers depth./ Dense and spicy. Plenty of good, fine-grained tannin. Good acidity. The vintage talks the talk.. While ripe, the acid reads Euro. Tannin builds at the end. Everything points to a positive evolution. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1586. 15 CHATEAU DE LAUSSAC, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 Laussac has a detailed, quite complex bouquet with lifted blackberry and cedar aromas, very expressive and welcoming. The palate is clean and fresh, very well balanced with grainy tannin, pure black and red fruit, and is beautifully poised with an elegant finish that is an absolute delight. Expect this to land at the top of my banded score - absolutely superb. Drink 2018-2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1587. 16 SEIGNEURS D'AIGUILHE, COTES DE CASTILLON
Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛Part of the von Neipperg holdings, this ripe, perfumed wine is rich with tannins and and spice. Black fruits and acidity balance all this firmness to give a wine with delicious potential. Drink this generous blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1588. 15 CHATEAU PEYROLAN, COTES DE BOURG
Gold Medal - Macon. Very bright fruit, and seemingly some oak. Bourg size and give. Complex Deep and sweet candied cherry. Fruit cake cherry./ Yes, merlot all the way. Polished bright, with little tannin to interfere with current pleasure. full fruit presence. All around fine flavor and texture. Good acid for food accompaniment. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1589. 16 CHATEAU PUYBARBE, COTES DE BOURG
Yes, sweet fruited, complete Bourg package like the 2012 but with a pleasing 2016 burnish of its own./ Indeed, Bourg generous, 16 silk texture. Mild tannin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1590. 17 CHATEAU SAUMAN, COTES DE BOURG
90% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon. Full and luxurious for its vintage. Not the first 17 claret to come across that way. A deep, sweet fruited surprise. Actually, one of the richest and best in the series./ Full body and tannin, warmth and amplitude. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1591. 14 BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX MIX OF 2
Chateau Chantemerle - Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Producer Cyril Trias works with Alliance Bourg cooperative on this Merlot-dominated wine. It is ripe with rich blackberry fruits. It has spice, a dry core of tannins and a touch of chocolate. With its wood, juicy fruit and acidity, it will develop well and will be ready to drink from 2019.' Closerie du Bailli - Wine Enthusiast 91: 'This Alliance Bourg co-op wine is packed with minty new-wood aromas, this has the potential to be a smooth, polished wine. The blend is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Firm tannins at this stage do not mask the ripe blackberry fruits. Give this wine until 2019 before drinking.' In a handsome, informative gift box.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.95 each

FR-1592. 15 CLOSERIE DU BAILLI GRANDE RESERVE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX 5-liter jeroboam
75% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon.
How Many bottles/singles: 119.95 each

FR-1593. 15 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Fabulously rich and deep claret varietal set, with barrel age marrying influence and oak savors as usual. Up to snuff. Blaye on steroids. The barrel influence, the ripeness of the vintage. Awesome concentration and structure as always./ Wow, super ripe and intense. Total. Just gives and gives. Good texture and fine tannin, both oak and fruit. A significant, barrel aged Blaye claret. Awesome value. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1594. 14 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
2015: Fabulously rich and deep claret varietal set, with barrel age marrying influence and oak savors as usual. Up to snuff. Blaye on steroids. The barrel influence, the ripeness of the vintage. Awesome concentration and structure as always./ Wow, super ripe and intense. Total. Just gives and gives. Good texture and fine tannin, both oak and fruit. A significant, barrel aged Blaye claret. Awesome value. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1595. 15 CHATEAU BELLEVUE PEYCHARNEAU, SAINTE FOY BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 30% cab sauv; 12 months in barrels, 1/3 new; Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Sweet and full 2015. Large and bold at 14.5%. Barrel aging embellishments. Wears everything well. One loaded Sainte Foy./ Palate is not 2015 fruity though, at least not at this stage. Tannin constrains the fruit. One ambitious claret. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1596. 16 CHATEAU ARGADENS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Famille Sichel at St. Andre du Bois. 65% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cabernet franc. Signs of barrel age here (it spent 12 months in barrels)./ Smoothed out by the barrel time influence. Great texture, fine tannin, all. A champion vintage of this one. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1597. 15 NICOLAS BARREYRE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
From Chateau Barreyre at Macau, Haut Medoc. Vineyard on the palus by the estuary. 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. Sweet, full, fresh. 15 ripe and fulfilled. Ideal palus wine./ Yes, full of fruit, terroir, and texture, and give. Left Bank merlot all the way. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1598. 10 CHATEAU DU BERNEUILH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Half each merlot, cab sauv. Not in a trough like many a 2010 at age seven. Has some give. Not fully bouqueted yet, but displays nicely open, soft fruit./ Delicious fruit, balance, harmony. Good now. Very useful. Very, very attractive. Shows Bordeaux Superieur extra dimension. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1599. 18 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Thierry Lurton at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cabernet franc. Oh, boy, 2018 talks the black fruit talk. Really intense. Lurton is working wonders here; a Chateau to follow. And more to come./ Medium bodied and not as exuberant yet as the nose. Another 2018 here this evening that was probably just shipped. I need to exercise more patience. All the components are here though. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1600. 16 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
98% merlot, 2% cabernet franc. 43 year old vines. 9 months in barrels, half new. Owned by the Janoueix family. Oh, charm, oak, finesse, barrel time, everything. Perfect./ Perfectly proportioned. Super value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1601. 15 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Lugon, west of Fronsac; second wine; 90% merlot; 10% cab franc. Yes, barrel aged like the Grand Vin. Intense, dark, and sweet 2015 fruit soaks up the oak nicely. Really thrives on its barrel influences./ Full, sweet fruited, oaky, balanced. A keeper. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1602. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX DE ROCHE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
James Suckling 90: 'Some toasty oak and deep earthy notes here. Tangy dakr-berry aromas and flavors make for an engaging palate, and there's some blackberry compote to close. Again, good freshness here.' 60% merlot, 15% each carmenere, petit verdot, 10% malbec.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1603. 16 CHATEAU LES GRANDS MOTTES, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
80% merlot, 20% cabernet. Good and full for Blaye 2016. Not as ripe as the 2015, as expected. Delivers 2016 reserve, potential./ More vinous than fruity at this stage. Full bodied and well balanced. Cellar it awhile. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1604. 17 CHATEAU DU HAUT QUERAY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Martine Bordiere at Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps north of Lussac Saint Emilion. Fabulous, fine, full, sweet black and red fruits. This is from a 'difficult' vintage? No issues here. Buoyant claret./ Up front sweet fruit that's persistent. The right sweet-acid balance. Easy to put to use now. Versatile. Yes; bravo! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1605. 16 CHATEAU LESCALLE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
65% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 10% each petit verdot, cab franc. On the palus along the estuary near Margaux. 25% new barrels. Fine, deep, silky. Outstanding 2016 style and classic claret aura, plus.emphatic cabernet content and barrel aging.evidence./ Again, 16 silky, tailored. Fine tannin and texture. Why the critics love this vintage. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1606. 16 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At St. Genis du Bois; 70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Lots of purple-black cab sauv fruit. Richly fruited wine with seemingly some seasoned barrel aging influence. Really well put together combo of varietals./ Good cabernet tannin. And the cabernet fruit is fully ripe. Deliciously balanced and overall very, very fine. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1607. 12 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
2016: At St. Genis du Bois; 70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Lots of purple-black cab sauv fruit. Richly fruited wine with seemingly some seasoned barrel aging influence. Really well put together combo of varietals./ Good cabernet tannin. And the cabernet fruit is fully ripe. Deliciously balanced and overall very, very fine. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1608. 16 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE LEAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
All old vines merlot. Dark purple./ Deep, dark, and rich. Wisp of violets. Some oak spice too./ Old vines fruit intensity. Oak seasonings. 2016 satin texture. Tannin to shed yet. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1609. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON CUVEE RESERVEE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Wine Enthusiast 92 - BEST BUY: 'This ripe, dense wine has plenty of black fruits as well as structure. It is rich, with a good future. With acidity giving considerable freshness and the tannins still softening, the wine needs some time, so drink from 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1610. 16 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1611. 17 CHATEAU DE BON AMI, BORDEAUX
Famille Regaud at Le Puy. 45% each cabernet sauvignon, merlot; 10% cabernet franc. Sweet red fruit and easy to enjoy 2017 style. A no brainer./ Yes, 17 gentle, accomplished early. If chaptelized, it was well done. Good acid and tannin for form and texture. 91+/100. 12-bottle purchase earns you a wood case.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1612. 18 CHATEAU LE BERGEY, BORDEAUX
At St. Loubes. Wow! So bright and right, spicy and vigorous./ Abundant, sweet, spicy black fruits. Complex and persistent, even insistent. What a great introduction to the latest claret vintage! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1613. 18 CHATEAU DE BERGUN, BORDEAUX
Boy, I‛m looking forward to this vintage. This has oomph and fortitude. Richness and ripeness./ Richness of merlot plus good acid race. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1614. 17 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX
2016: 50% merlot, 25% each cab sauv, cab franc. Young. Has 2016 lines but little fruit aroma yet./ Well, there's some merlot fruit emerging. These are usually more forward from the get go. I have faith. 90+/100. Tasted 5/16/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1615. 18 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX
Fine, ripe, forward 2018 merlot fruit. Fruitiest vintage ever. Holds nothing back. Some vintages are stingier when young./ Yes, a burst of beautiful red and black fruits. Very bright and juicy. Racy Euro acid, Euro form. Very light tannin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1616. 17 CHATEAU GRAND LOUIE, BORDEAUX
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1617. 15 CHATEAU LA HASE, BORDEAUX
At St. Michel de Fronsac; 60% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Deep and smoky. Seems barrel aged./ Large. Dry and astute. Full and cellar-worthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1618. 18 CHATEAU LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1619. 15 CHATEAU HAUT MAZIERES, BORDEAUX
At Rauzan; 65% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 15% cab franc. Dry for 15. In a mid age trough. Many are. Sweet 15 merlot cherry fruit still showing though./ Dry, but juicy enough fruit of 15 at age 4 plus. Some tannin. Deserves to be cellared further. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1620. 16 CHATEAU LA MARZELLE, BORDEAUX
At Savignac; 80% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec. Deep, dark, and complicated. Really loaded./ Rich, suave, and balanced 2016 approach. Barrel enhancements. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1621. 16 CHATEAU ROQUEBRUNE, BORDEAUX
At Cenac; 85% cab sauv on clay-gravel, 15% merlot on clay-limestone. Very bright and juicy. 16 tailoring. Lovely cabernet form./ Cabernet black currant emerges on the palate. 16 stylish all the way. Now and later. Bargain. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1622. 15 CHATEAU TARIN, BORDEAUX
70% merlot, 25% cab franc, 5% cab sauv.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1623. 17 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX
2016: At Moulon; 80% merlot, 10% each of the cabernets. It‛s 2016, so it‛s firmer. Nice, burnished texture of 2016 claret. Lovely example./ Good fruit, composure, and the finest of tannin feels. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1624. 16 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX
At Targon, Entre deux Mers. 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% cab franc. Ripe like the 2015, but not as ripe. Fine 16 lines, proportions./ Tarter than the 2015. And more tannic. Makes sense. Will appeal to Euro palates. And will improve with more bottle age. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1625. 16 VILLAGE LA TOURELLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BORDEAUX
All cabernet sauvignon--very rare in Bordeaux. A good, forthright cabernet. Some astringent aspects of the vintage in youth. All logical./ Real cabernet character to taste. Works this vintage. 91+/100. Notes taken at a trade show last September. Repeat customers tell me it has lost its astringency now.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1626. 16 DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX
Fully sweet. Unctuous to the max, as intended. Black fruit cremes and light oak./ More oak and fruit expression with both tannins. Well structured. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1627. 16 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6
2015: 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-1628. 14 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Parker 94; Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Intense citrus is overlaid by the ripe pineapple and tropical fruit. This delicious complex wine, with its tangy acidity, tightly coiled texture and touches of wood aging, is packed with great fruit. Drink from 2021. $50.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1629. 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: 34.99 each

FR-1630. 16 CHATEAU CHANTEGRIVE, GRAVES BLANC
James Suckling 92-93/100. My notes: This is a second Chateau of Grand Cru Chateau Carbonnieux. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon. Plenty of oomph. Quality semillon basis. Goes way deep in Bordeaux sauvignon richness and race, and semillon plumpness. Everything about it is more-ish. Very pungent, clear, tropical. Lightly oaked. Grand showing. Very giving./ Plenty of sauvignon tropics: racy, lucid citrus and passion fruit sauvignon expressions. Lots of personality, content, body. Round and rich semillon meets lively sauvignon acidity. Masterful. And making great progress since fall. This will develop well like the 2013 did. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1631. 18 CHATEAU DUCASSE, BORDEAUX BLANC
Good, clear, crisp, full, grassy nose. Perfect poise./ Plump on the approach, with good acid and lime peel cut. One of the best of the series, and one of the earliest to fulfillment. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1632. 18 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC
Fuller than the 2018 Ducasse. More semillon, and with semillon's propensity to retain sulphur dioxide, that's still a factor, etching the nostrils./ Sweet fruited, round, and full, with Graves semillon terroir. Juicy and lasting. SO2 not messing with the palate, so you can serve it now after aeration. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1633. 18 CHATEAU DE CASTELNEAU, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Vicomte Loic de Roquefeuil, proprietor. 40% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 20% muscadelle. Ah, those muscadelle lime peel and walnut husk marks. A complex of all three varietals forms with airing./ Upon opening, the flavor seemed less intense than the aroma, and the acid seemed coated. Both drawbacks were solved by aeration, and by the time the group tasted it, it was fully expressive and well balanced as well. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1634. 17 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Good nose: intense, rich, variegated for its varietal complexity. Sauvignon gris spiciness comes forth. One of the best vintages of this./ Satisfying body.. Good flow, spice, vigor, acid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1635. 18 CHATEAU PROMIS, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Boy, this has a lot of pizzazz. Stimulating sauvignon and muscadelle flair and etch./ Yes, plenty of flavor and texture both. This really delivers for the price. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1636. 18 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% semillon, 35% sauvignon gris, 25% sauvignon blanc. Semillon fattens it up. Sauvignon gris adds an intriguing aromatic set that includes pepper and yew./ Sauvignon citrus chimes in on the palate. Sauvignon gris supplies maximum character in this unique Bordeaux blanc. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1637. 19 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX BLANC
2016: 50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle.. 4 months on lees. Clear sauvignon emphasis. Muscadelle green fruit airs./ Semillon roundness. Good sauvignon, muscadelle vigor. Balanced, even. Flavor follow through. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1638. 19 CHATEAU LES HAUTS DE LAGARDE, BORDEAUX BLANC
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1639. 17 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX BLANC
2014: 40% each semillon, sauvignon blanc, 20% muscadelle. Pungent green-fruit and musky aromas of muscadelle really carry. Sauvignon lime too./ Grass and musk. Distinctive, assertive, unique. Well liked by the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1640. 19 CHATEAU LAMOTHE, BORDEAUX BLANC
At Montignac; 86% sauvignon blanc, 14% semillon. Very fresh and crisp sauvignon, mainly citrus fruit./ Well some juicy passion fruit comes forth on the palate to join the citrus. Delish. A quaffer for summertime pleasure. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1641. 18 CHATEAU LAMOTHE, BORDEAUX BLANC
86% sauvignon blanc, 14% semillon. Full scent and texture. Yes./ Juicy. Bordeaux sauvignon/semillon body. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1642. 18 CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
2017: 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. At Saint Felix de Foncaude, Entre deux Mers. Good Bordeaux Blanc sauvignon citrus without the tropical extravaganza of many a Marlborough take./ Cut, balance, good acidity. Fits the pattern here. Very bright. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1643. 18 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC
From Villegouge near Fronsac. Half each sauvignon, semillon; 70 year old vines. Nice and pissy sauvignon pungence. Sauvignon cat pee and semillon body./ Yes, semillon fullness and plumpness. Sauvignon cat pee and lime cut. Works. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1644. 13 CLOS D‛ABEILLEY, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Bommes. 20 acres within Rayne Vigneau. 75% semillon. Sweet honey and earthy honey aspects. Not fruity. No botrytis showing. Terroir statement./ Yeah, stony like Rayne Vigneau itself. Cool peach on the back taste. Minerally Rayne reminder. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1645. 13 LA FLEUR D'OR, SAUTERNES half bottle
Sweet, but not as super sweet as some vintages. On the whole, shows gratifying poise and medesty../ Rich and good. Botrytis taste and texture. Works. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1646. 05 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 97 - #4 - TOP 100 WINES OF 2008: 'Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2014.'
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1647. 13 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
2/3 semillon, 1/3 sauvignon blanc. Honey, pineapple, and oak aromas. Strong, deep, sweet./ Flavors confirm aromas. Plenty sweet indeed. Not much botrytis showing. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1648. 12 CHATEAU HALLET, SAUTERNES half bottle
2010: Chateau bottled by Chateau Gravas at Barsac. Sweet honey and pineapple. Candied citrus peels too. Light botrytis. Barsac's relative dryness./ Full, brassy, nutty, botrytised. Big-time concentration, power. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1649. 15 CHATEAU LAMOTHE GUIGNARD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: 'Freshness is the hallmark of this wine. Of course, there is sweetness, but at the same time, the lemon and bitter orange flavors are shot through by lively acidity. It is a perfumed wine that will age well over the medium-term.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1650. 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: 25.99 each

FR-1651. 16 CHATEAU LARIBOTTE, SAUTERNES half bottle
At Preignac. Brimful of honey, pineapple, and citrus. Very sweet./ Sweetness coats the acidity. Aromatics continue to pour forth. Add almond to the set. Botrytis masked at this stage. Loaded. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1652. 05 CHATEAU DE MALLE, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
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How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1653. 13 CHATEAU LES MINGETS, SAUTERNES half bottle
All semillon from Bommes. 18 months in barrels. Rich and spicy oak and botrytis honey. Fine oak nuances. Golden tones of honey, pineapple, and citrus. Complete./ Luscious honey, vanilla cake frosting, citrus, botrytis pollen, tea, and tobacco. Great acid-sweet balance. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1654. 15 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Parker 93-95: 'The 2015 Myrat was tasted as a blend and from barrel at the estate with proprietor Xavier de Pontac. It has an elegant bouquet with scents of white flowers infusing the lightly honeyed fruit. The palate is very well balanced, very pure and refined, gently building to a really quite gorgeous, tensile finish that feels long and very sophisticated. This is one of the best that I have tasted from Chateau de Myrat and comes highly recommended.'
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1655. 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-1656. 15 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES
Vinous 93/100. My notes: Luscious. Overwhelmingly creme filled. Custard creme donut. Lemon frosting, lemon curd. Pineapple. Suggestions of botrytis: tea, tobacco, dry pollen./ Plenty of honey and pollen. Big time flavor impact, range. Awesome second. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1657. 09 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES
Parker 92: 'Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Carmes de Rieussec opens with evolving honey-coated almonds, lemon pie and dried pineapple scents with hints of candied ginger, praline and cinnamon toast. Full-bodied and opulent in the mouth, it has compelling savory accents and just enough freshness to sustain the long, honey-nut finish. Drink now-2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1658. 16 LIONS DE CHATEAU SUDUIRAUT, SAUTERNES half bottle
Parker 91: ‛The pale lemon colored 2016 Lions de Suduiraut gives up quite earthy scents of fungi, moss and fallen leaves over a core of peach preserves, dried apricots, poached pears and orange marmalade. The palate is beautifully layered with stone fruit and citrus notions, framed with just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy. Drink now-2033.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1659. 16 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 94: 'Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Coutet reveals gorgeous quince paste, candied ginger and key lime pie scents with touches of lemon marmalade and peach compote. Full-bodied, rich and seriously seductive, it has a lively line cutting through the sweet, dense layers and epically long finish. Drink 2021-2049.'
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1660. 03 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 95: 'Honey, apple tart and lemon rind. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and very spicy with intense flavors of mace, apple and honey. Long finish. Thick and powerful. Best after 2010.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1661. 13 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC half bottle
Oh, this is really making progress now. A nose I can feel. Honey, botrytis, stimulating acidity. Citrus, fresh pineapple. Tartness. Pollen dusting. Huge intensity./ The palate is full of honey, granola, pineapple, and botrytised succulence. Luscious to the max and yet still Barsac relative dryness. Not a bit sticky. Complex, broad, deep, lasting. 96+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1662. 16 CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 96+: ‛Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Rieussec comes sashaying out of the glass with a beautiful floral and citrus perfume of orange blossom, pink grapefruit, yuzu, lime leaves, lemongrass and fallen leaves with hints of nutmeg and candied ginger. Having shed a lot of the puppy fat from when I last tasted this from barrel, the palate reveals loads of elegant, tightly wound layers and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Drink 2021-2050.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1663. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON, SAINTE CROIX DU MONT
Formerly owned by the Fertals, relatives of one of our importers, du Pavillon has been sold to Olivier Fleury. I've had many a previous vintage to compare to this one, and the style remains consistent and the quality high. Nice, rich, fruity, citrus aroma./ Plus a peachy taste. Fully up to snuff Ste. Croix. Mmm. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1664. 16 CHATEAU DOISY DAENE, 2ME GRAND CRU CLASSE half bottle
Parker 94+: 'Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Doisy Daene is a little closed, opening out to reveal lime blossoms, Mandarin peel, candied lemon peel and peach blossoms scents with hints of spice cake and creme brulee. The palate offers an incredible array of citrus and spice layers with fantastic freshness and length. Drink 2021-2050.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1665. 17 BERGERAC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX
Half each merlot, cab sauv. Richly fruited, with a unique earthy quality too. Fresh and smooth and lifted. Merlot sweet. No cabernet resistance. Zesty, tangy fruit acidity tingles the nostrils./ Full flavor and richness foiled by racy acidity. Full body, fine tannins. Whoa. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1666. 18 BERGERAC BLANC SEC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX
2017: 55% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 5% muscadelle. Fresh, upbeat, dazzling. Sings and swings. The best of both varieties working together. Go to this. Wonderful spread of sauvignon and semillon./ Vital, immediate, sweet. Citrus, passion fruit, lemon curd. Lemon zest. Both sweet and tart. Balanced and everything. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1667. 16 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU DU CAILLAU
All malbec; the estate also produces Clos La Coutale. Deep, very spicy, and fine. Wow! Volume here!/ Pleasingly sweet fruit and, again, lots of spicy vigor. A flashy, new Cahors malbec. Well priced. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1668. 14 CAHORS, CHATEAU CAYROU
Becoming very pretty. Pretty and cool malbec black cherry./ Very pure. Certainly fully ripe. A lot of dash and flow. Yeah. 91/100. Weeks later, at Wine Club: Continues to impress. Rich and ripe for 14. Comes forth readily./ For a 14 Cahors, plenty of give. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1669. 17 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE
2014: 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: 16.99 each

FR-1670. 14 CAHORS MALBEC DU CLOS, CLOS TRIGUEDINA
2012: 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-1671. 11 CAHORS, CLOS TRIGUEDINA (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Wine Enthusiast 91: 'The estate wine of Jean-Luc Baldes 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 (20% off this price)

FR-1672. 17 CAHORS K-OR CLOS TROTELIGOTTE, EMANUEL RYBINSKI
2014: 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: 21.99 each

FR-1673. 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: 16.99 each

FR-1674. 18 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
2017: Oh, a really good vintage of this on first impression! Black cherry beauties. Ripe but also streamlined. This vintage says a lot. No carbonic maceration showing./ Yes, fresh, with fine tannin for texture and sweet fruit foil. A champion vintage of a steady favorite. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1675. 17 CAHORS MALBEC GOULEYANT, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
Yes, fruity, facile, deep, rich. Ideal. Open, rich, round, fruity, dark malbec. People pleaser./ Medium weight as intended, and plenty of ease and flow. You can cool it down too. Aims to please. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1676. 12 MADIRAN CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, ALAIN BRUMONT
Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This is the home estate of Madiran superstar Alain Brumont. The wine is big, bold, rich and packed with both fruit and tannins. It has great structure and a dense dusty tannic character that promises great aging. This is a major wine that needs time. Drink it starting from 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1677. 09 MADIRAN MENHIR CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, VIGNOLES BRUMONT
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'Named after the stone blocks or menhirs which are a part of the Tannat vineyard, this a ripe, open and fruity wine. The Merlot does its job of softening the firm tannins of the Tannat and the blend gives a generous wine that has hints of the wood aging along with spice and acidity. Drink now.'
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1678. 14 MADIRAN L'ORIGINEL, DOMAINE DU CRAMPILH
All tannat. Oh, deep, sweet, black, classic. Full. Even better than the impressive 2012. Has it all, really./ For 2014 tannat, this is suave, smooth, and fruity. Domaine style. No oak, no barrel aging. This is a modern Madiran in the best sense. Fine tannin and texture, balance, all. I'm glad to have this take in the repertoire. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1679. 18 COTES DU GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG - SAUVIGNON, ALAIN BRUMONT
50-50. That enduring balance of gros manseng plumpness and sauvignon blanc cut. Well tuned./ Juicy sauvignon white grapefruit meets manseng's peachy padding. Great taste succulence and texture. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1680. 18 COTES DU GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng. Oh, this is a bright one! Colombard in control, with great gros mansang peach and padding, plus tropics deep down./ Even more complexity and intensity on the palate. This is an overachiever!. Long, balanced, and flavorful finish. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1681. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE HARMONIE DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
Ugni blanc, colombard, gros manseng, petit manseng, folle blanche, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay. Round, sweet, more advanced, less racy. The peachy mansengs show../ Yes, oh yes, the juicy white peach stuff! Wow. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1682. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET
Very, very green fruit take on colombard this vintage./ Again. Extreme green tropical fruits including guava. Takes colombard to the outer limits. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1683. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE L'ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
2017: 80% gros manseng, 10% each petit manseng, chardonnay. Oh, boy, big time flashes of peach, lime, and honey. Lovely concentration. So fresh and young, and so ready to enjoy./ Fine sweetness-acidity balance. Just the right counter play of round peach and brisk citrus. Great flavor intensity. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1684. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES
80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Cool, green-fruited colombard meets lush gros manseng./ Good acid cut of colombard. Underlayment of gros manseng richness. Well balanced. Second evening: Wow! More colombard pizzazz now; zingy acidity. And still the gros manseng custard layer. This is action city! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1685. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE CARPE GUILHEM, DOMAINE SAN DE GUILHEM
70 - 30. A rightful colombard green-fruit nose. Plumpness too. Heaps of personality. Gotta like that. Oodles of stuff like quince, pineapple./ Sauvignon chimes in on the palate, racy and citrusy. What a juicy mouthful! Soft and luscious Gascogne texture. Oodles of flavor. Long. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1686. 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-1687. 16 FRANCAIS SUD OUEST VILLA CHAMBRE D'AMOUR, LIONEL OSMIN
Deep, sweet gros manseng peachiness cut by sauvignon blanc citricity./ Mmm, that balance of manseng plumpness and sauvignon acid race. Will continue to put on weight. In tune with the series. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1688. 18 GAILLAC BLANC CUVEE M, DOMAINE DU MOULIN
Sauvignon blanc plus. The sauvignon is subtle. Not a surging nose but pleasant. Nice citrus peel edge./ Acid is brisk and pleasing. Sauvignon passion fruit comes forth. Very enjoyable. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1689. LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE, VIEUX PAPE
Combo of fruity and vinous. Juicy purple berries: loganberry, boysenberry./ Medium bodied. Attractive flow. Mild tannin. Good acid. Flavorful. An intriguing sleeper. Would like to know more about its background. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 5.99 each

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FR-1691. 09 FRANCAIS GAMAY CUVEE GIGOU'T, VINS GIGOU
Fresh, black, warm, full. Gamay fruity. Astonishingly concentrated Loire gamay. Full of rich and ripe fruit of 2009. Plus gathering bottle bouquet. Still on the up and up./ Great acid tang, and surprising tannin for age, variety, vintage. Full density. Light bottle bouquet. Fully vital. 92/100. List price: $22.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1692. 18 SAUMUR BREZE CLOS MAZURIQUE MONOPOLE , ARNAUD LAMBERT
On very rich and ample Loire cabernet franc. Wow. So far, Loire's reds speak well for the 2018 vintage./ Full bodied, and spicy too. Delivers ripeness, depth, and range. And it's fully formed. Wow again. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1693. 17 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL
Sand and gravel soils. Pretty and bright. Joyous. With Loire cabernet franc tart edge./ Yes, sweet-tart, green and red fruit. Euro for sure. The finish has forgivingly soft and sweet touches. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1694. 18 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE
Est. 1822. Fresh, bright, crisp, cool, fruity, northern, snappy, classic./ Again, 2018 fruit bounties. Spot on Bourgueil. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1695. 17 CHINON, DOMAINE BAUDRY
Wine Spectator 92: 'A gorgeous red, with tobacco, bay leaf and black pepper notes underscoring the dark cherry and cola flavors. Beautifully integrated tannins join the fresh acidity and create a solid structure that gives this harmony and promises a long life ahead. Delicious now, but should be even better in a few years. Best from 2021 through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1696. 16 CHINON, CHATEAU COUDRAY MONTPENSIER
Oh, deep and fully endowed. Noble reduction. Cranberry and red raspberry./ Yes, creamy texture replete with Loire cabernet franc acid and peels extracts. Full. One loaded Chinon with aging capacity. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1697. 18 CHINON CLOS DU SAUT AU LOUP MONOPOLE, DOMAINE DOZON
2016: Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Old vines in a walled clos have produced this ripe, smoky wine with red fruits, rich tannins and a generous texture. The fruit is just beginning to integrate with the structure to produce a generous, spicy wine that will age further. Drink from 2019. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1698. 17 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT
Vineyard on clay and limestone. Rather close and tart to start, but true to its cherry-suggestive name. Nose sweetens up with aeration./ Dry and tannic on entry. Fruit character and padding come on. Good ager. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1699. 18 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU
Oh, this is sweet and perfectly ripe. In some vintages, this plays it closer to the vest at this age. Not this 2018. Awesome delivery already and vigorous spiciness./ Yes, both ripe and racy. Complete cabernet franc red raspberry and brambly seeds peppery nature. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1700. 18 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE LES LISONS CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU
From a customer in the know: 'Good you have it in; you and others will like it. My companions and I drank a couple of bottles while we were there last April. 6 ha. of selected plots on the southern slopes of the left bank of the Vienne in La Roche Clermault and Ligre - which is why it is labeled La Roche in France. 40 hl/ha from 35 to 50 year old vines. Stainless. hand harvest. I always prefer it to the one we usually see here, and it isn't much more expensive. I look forward to having it again.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1701. 17 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT
Full, dark, spicy, peppery. In a word, complete./ All over again. Full texture and taste and delivery. A Loire cabernet franc that's virtually Bordeaux cabernet franc full. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1702. 17 CHINON, CHATEAU DE RIVIERE
Cherry and tar darkness, density, and depth. Airs well to a more user friendly presentation./ Nice flow. True and stylish. Balanced and even. Good now, with some cellaring prospects too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1703. 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-1704. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE L'AURIERE, VIGNERONS DE LA NOELLE
Very pretty Muscadet. 2017 joy again. Walnut husk and underbrush classic with good, full nasal texture play./ 2017 soft and broad on entry. Lees taste and texture, and welcome astringency on the finish. Boy, that's got body and presence. Rangy and agreeable at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1705. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD
Plenty of muscadet fruit here. With give, padding. Super value./ Large, juicy. Pleasing astringency and grip. Lots of textural burnish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1706. 18 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE
Full, full, full green, underbrush scented classic. Oh, plus good citrus flair. Penetrating./ Yes, fine vigor. Spices as well as green, herbal aspects. Real cut. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1707. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DE GRAS MOUTONS, CLAUDE BRANGER
Wine & Spirits 93 - TOP 100 BEST BUYS: 'Claude and Sebastien Branger blend this wine from a range of estate parcels averaging 40 years old. Their 2017 is so constricted in its salty pear flavors that it put some tasters off, but that youthful concentration turned into an advantage with air, evolving toward kelpy Atlantic intensity, layered with fruit: peaches that are just coming into ripeness, bright oranges and Meyer lemons. Crisply detailed, this should age well over the next five years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1708. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE BREGEON
Body, pizzazz, and lots of sur lie influence. Balanced presentation. This works./ Very crisp and clear. Light sur lie aspects echo on the palate. Well balanced. Long aftertaste. A complete performance. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1709. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU LA CARIZIERE
Big, billowing aroma. Has force and depth./ Rich and round, full and suave. Paragon 2017. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1710. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE COMTE LELOUP DE CHASSELOIR CUVEE LES CEPS CENTENAIRES, CHEREAU CARRE
Wine & Spirits 93: 'Bernard Chereau's family estate dates to the 15th century, so the 100-year-old vines growing in front of the winery are relative newcomers. He presents their fruit in Comte Leloup de Chasseloir, from a 7.4-acre parcel on a schist plateau overlooking the Maine River. He has the benefit of an underground cellar, an unusual asset in the region, where he ferments this rich Muscadet, sustaining the kind of mineral drive that makes great white wines compelling. Here, that's in the scent of schist (yes, it's there in my blind tasting notes), a spark of soil propelling a massive Muscadet forward toward bright, salty refreshment. It's as saturated and satisfying as a young premier cru Chablis, and, with its more direct connection with the sea, would be an excellent match for oysters. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1711. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE KATHAROS SAN SOUFRE, CHEREAU CARRE
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1712. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GNEISS DE BEL ABORD, DOMAINE DE LA FRUITIERE
Oh, good 16 fullness. Swells and etches the nostrils. Saturated with underbrush and wet stone. This has classic form, classic lines. It's explicitly Muscadet framed, with a soft, forgiving, alluring center./ Rich, and full of fruit expression, if ever a Muscadet had such. Balanced by fine acid race. This delivers real mouthfeel. For food. Yow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1713. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE GADAIS
In Saint Faicre, lieux dit Les Avineaux; on granite. Nice and stony. Full terroir expression. Moss, terrarium./ Full body, mineral savor. Good presence and flavor impact. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1714. 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-1715. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LES HOUX, DOMAINE JO LANDRON
Just a succulent form of muscadet in 2015. I mean, it's not soft and sloppy; it's just ample, cushioned, loaded. With plenty of grip and presence. Rich and right. Green stuff, cedar, pear. Coming on well./ Yeah, it has big time form and filling, power and presence. How does it give all this at 12%?! 15 richness in stone fruit, with good extract and correct acid. All the while maintaining its cool. Really enduring. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1716. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA GRENOUILLE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE
Bright, mossy, large, right./ Delicious acid savor and classic tender center. Hallmark. Bargain priced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1717. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA PEPIE, LA PEPIERE
Pungent. Still a little sulphur to shed. Air it out.. Nice and mossy underneath./.Yeah, still some SO2 grip. Decant vigorously. Classic green botanicals and terrarium evident. 90+/100. Tasted 9/4/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1718. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE GORGES, DOMAINE LA PEPIERE
Full, solid, ageworthy. Deep seated. Great grip and acidity for 2015./ Ah, some of that ripe 2015 fruit underlayment. Large structured, well packed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1719. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION DU COGNETTES, DOMAINE PERRAUD
2017: Intense and deep. An assortment of fruit peels and pith./ Dazzling lemon curd highlight. Fine texture and 17 fruit delivery. Long. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1720. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA
After the 17 Pepiere, fuller. Stonier. Year older./ Balance, build, quality. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1721. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE SELECTION VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA RAGOTIERE
Wine Enthusiast 92 - Top 100: 'Old vines, up to 60 years old, are the basis of this concentrated, ripe and intense wine. It is impressive and tightly wound, with layers of rich citrus fruit and a chalky texture. This is still a little young, so drink from 2018. $16.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1722. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU SALMONIERE
Crisp and fresh. Subtly aromatic. Pure and typical./ Juicy and flavorful. Balanced and meal-worthy. Bargain. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1723. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GORGES, DOMAINE VERDIER
Est. 1635; first to plant melon de Bourgogne in Loire Maritime. A nose-ful. Has grip. Good tone. Fulls out more with aeration./ Rich and mossy. Lots of flavor. Incisive fruit acidity. For food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1724. 18 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE,. THIBAUT HENRION
Oh, this has blown up, expanded into a perfectly grand Anjou chenin over the last few weeks. Oodles of melon, some lime and quince./ All over again on the palate. Wonderfully racy acidity. I'm in awe. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1725. 16 SAVENNIERES, DOMAINE DES BAUMARD
Wine Spectator 93: 'Piercing and pure, with pear, green apple and green almond notes carried by a sleek, minerally edge. Shows juiciness along with edges and flashes of honeysuckle and bitter almond in the background. Drink now through 2035. $38.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1726. 18 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU MIDI, CHATEAU DE BREZE
As good as the 2017 was (Spectator 92), this surpasses it with absolute jawbreaker dry chenin blanc concentration. Really extract-laden for Saumur chenin. Lots of grip, depth, melon, lime./ The calcaire, the quince, the lime: all in spades. Full bodied, full textured. Awesome stuff. Ringer for a Savennieres. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1727. 18 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, CAVES DE SAUMUR
Chenin blanc from a single vineyard on southwest slopes near Meron. Cool melon, apple, and quince Loire chenin aromas. Depth too. Near perfect example of its genre./ Full and flavorful. Best vintage yet? 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1728. 10 JASNIERES RAISINS NOBLES, DOMAINE GIGOU
Honey and nut. Perfect pitch. Very vital and well balanced./ Great acid, botrytis, and sweetness all in harmony. And, at a low alcohol level. Totally together. List price: $35. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1729. 18 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET
Quince, lime, and melon aromas of Loire chenin. Calcaire etches the nostrils. Spot on./ Near dry. If there is a touch of 'sec tendre' residual sweetness, it's well buffered by racy acidity and clinging extract. Another winner in this series. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1730. 15 VOUVRAY MOELLEUX PLAN DE JEAN DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET
Oh, moelleux luscious but also Fouquet subtle, controlled. Nostril etch, calcaire, lime, Vouvray all. I mean, total./ And more. Swelling tastes of lime, quince, and calcaire. Plenty of acid for balance and texture. Not about botrytis. About fully ripe chenin blanc. Will age famously. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1731. 18 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU
Dry, crisp, fresh, fulfilled. Quince and lime./ Great, vigorous acid surge. Yow! If there's any RS here, it's overwhelmed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1732. 17 VOUVRAY, MARCEL DUBOIS
Oh, well, this is a rightful demi sec Vouvray with quince, lime, and calcaire qualities in harmony./ Yes, with the right acid to balance its light sweetness. Just right. Some kind of value! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1733. 16 VOUVRAY DEMI-SEC LA LANTERNE, GUILBAUD FRERES
Bright aromas of quince, lime, melon. Acid gives nostril etch, texture. Sweet chenin fruits. All balanced./ Yes, with hazelnut, almond extras. Great acid. All in place. Reported even better the next day. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1734. 17 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG SEC, DOMAINE HUET
2016: Wine Spectator 93: 'Bright and pure, with delightful pear, green almond and green plum notes laced with a fennel streak, ending with finely beaded acidity and a mineral echo through the finish. Very refined. Drink now through 2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1735. 17 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Dry, full, and etched. Quince prominent./ 2017 ease. Sec tendre, really. Not as chalky as the 2014 brought by an attendee. Unique. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1736. 17 VOUVRAY LE MONT SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 91: 'Lively, with a mix of makrut lime, verbena, white ginger and pear aromas and flavors that are zippy at the start but turn to a creamier feel through the enticing finish. Drink now through 2024.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1737. 17 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG DEMI SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 93: 'This glistens, with glazed pear, warm persimmon, green plum and quince flavors, all carried by elegant white ginger and verbena notes. A light gilding of piecrust adds to the flattering feel, though there's ample acidity here for balance and drive. Drink now through 2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1738. 09 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU MOELLEUX, HUET
Parker 95: ‛The 2009 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux offers rich and super ripe fruit on the nose, but is still precise and fresh and displays some earthy flavors. Round, intense and elegant on the palate, this is a sweet and salty, very elegant, pure and persistent Chenin of great delicacy. Silky textured and with a lovely refined acidity, this concentrated and densely woven bottling is still very young, full of energy and provided with discreet power. The finish is compact, salty, very long and gives a revival of all the ripe fruit flavors. Not a coolish but a ripe, very energetic and just beautiful wine. Drink now and over the next 50+ years.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1739. 17 VOUVRAY LE MONT MOELLEUX, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 96: 'A beauty, with an inviting display of succulent yellow apple, green plum, pear, persimmon and quince flavors that ripples through the long finish, while light verbena, ginger and honeysuckle notes dart around. A long green tea echo runs through the finish. Shows terrific range and purity, with the sweetness easily harnessed for balance. Best from 2019 through 2040. $50.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1740. 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-1741. 17 VOUVRAY DEMI SEC, CHATEAU MONCONTOUR
2016: Right down the middle in aromatic profile. Stimulating acidity. Zingy./ Sweet-tart and right. Great palate, long finish. A proper introduction to Vouvray. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1742. 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: 21.99 each

FR-1743. 16 VOUVRAY TUFFO, DOMAINE PINON
Dry, calcareous nose. Seriously good mealtime Vouvray. With aeration, sweet melon, quince and lime come forth to give it some padding./ Very juicy. Hint of botrytis. Delicious fruit salad melange, especially citrus fruits. Honey dipped citrus. Sec tendre, and sturdy for food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1744. 17 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX, DOMAINE VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Christophe Vigneau-Chevreau makes this wine from parcels at his family's 69-acre domaine, where the tuffeau and clay soils contain broken flint. His father converted the family's vineyards to organic farming, gaining certification in 1999; Christophe and his brother, Stephane, have since incorporated biodynamic principles into their practice. Dry, young, vigorous./ Round. But premature (5/23) compared previous vintages first tasted when months more along. Needs time to fill out. Well liked by the group all the same. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1745. 17 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC UNIQUE, DOMAINE DELAILLE
Full expression of tropical and citrus fruits and spring grass./ Good, full, limestone based sauvignon. Plenty of both flavor and body. Lacks the finesse of Sancerre, but makes up for it in generosity. Popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1746. 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC, DOMAINE PAUL BUISSE
From clay-limestone slopes of the Cher. Crisp and northern grown sauvignon, grapefruit oriented. Very vigorous./ Juicy in the mouth. Good minerality. Well balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1747. 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LES ROCHES, LES VIGNERONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS
Round, crisp, fresh, peachy./ Young and well padded. Rich fruit plus citrus peel and cedar highlights. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1748. 18 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE COEUR DE LA REINE, DOMAINE JACKY MARTEAU
Rather coy. Maybe sulphur masked./ Yeah, in a kind of a shell when first poured. With aeration, aromas and flavors come forth. Nice passion fruit aftertaste. 90+/100. Tasted 9/4/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1749. 19 CHEVERNY BLANC, DOMAINE SALVARD
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1750. 17 QUINCY DOMAINE LES ROUESSES, JOSEPH MELLOT
Lovely stone and citrus Quincy sauvignon. Less rich than Sancerre, as it should be. Perfect 2017 Quincy disposition./ Yes, this has dash, sweet citrus, stone, and swagger. Classic; ideal. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1751. 15 MENETOU SALON ROUGE, DOMAINE CHAVET
Deep, dark, and intense with 2015 ripeness and concentration./ Yes, really meaty for Loire pinot noir. Thanks to the vintage. Even some tannin. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1752. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BALLAND
At Bue. Fully fresh and citrusy. 2017 revealing. No sign of age, just fulfillment. Spot on 17./ Well, brisk acid for 17 as well as the vintage‛s forgiving fruit core. Exemplary balance overall. Juicy. Just right for current use. In fact, delicious! Well priced too. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1753. 18 SANCERRE LES BARONNES, HENRI BOURGEOIS
2017: Decanter 96; Wine Spectator 92 - #46 Top 100: 'Lively, with bright lemon curd, gooseberry, thyme and lime pith notes. The bright finish has mouthwatering cut thanks to a light chalky echo. Drink now through 2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1754. 18 SANCERRE CUVEE SAINT CERE, DOMAINE CHAVET
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Plenty of ring and zing. I‛m enjoy this. Quality and precision./ Crisp, accurate, flavorful. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1755. 18 SANCERRE LES TERRES BLANCHES, DOMAINE CHEVREAU
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: At Crezancy. Coolness, grip, texture, depth, and penetration. Calcaire saturated./ Youthful fruit plumpness smooths over the terroir's grip and texture for now. No problem. Rest it a few more weeks. Good, fruity aftertaste. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1756. 19 SANCERRE, DOMAINE, DOMINIQUE & JANINE CROCHET
The real deal. Full charm; come hither, inviting citrus fruit./ Ripe, round fruit and good acidity. Green pear and citrus. Good balance. Lengthy and complex aftertaste. A group favorite. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1757. 18 SANCERRE, DOMAINE, DOMINIQUE & JANINE CROCHET
Pleasantly elegant and understated./ And so gentle on the approach. Very nice. Said to become more expressive the next day. Good sign. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1758. 19 SANCERRE, DOMAINE CHOTARD
14.1%; at Reigny-Crezancy. Riper. Stronger than the other Sancerres in the set. Into a lightly peachy thing./ Yes, riper and rounder. Almost red fruited. Medium bodied. Well balanced again. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1759. 18 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY
Tense and tart. Crisp, brisk, lean./ Yes, in tune with the series, this is tightly laced in youth. Nice passion fruit flair at the finale. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1760. 18 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY
At Chaudenay-Verdigny; on Kimmeridgian limestone. Tensile lime peel and walnut husk. Real oomph and old vines intensity./ Yow, full extract. Loaded. One of the best vintages of this. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1761. 18 SANCERRE CHAVIGNOL, DOMAINE DELAPORTE
2017: Tasting Panel 93: 'Chalk, crsip pears, and chamomile liven up on the nose in preparation for a vibrant palate. Ultra-lean acidity involves stone fruit, developing a creaminess by mid-palate. The finish is sublimely fresh with hints of key lime. $32.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1762. 18 SANCERRE LES BELLES DAMES SILEX, DOMAINE GITTON
Sharply focused, delineated. Good extract and grip./ Palate rounder and softer. Another lovely, come hither 2018. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1763. 18 SANCERRE, LANGLOIS-CHATEAU
Est. 1885. Breezy, perky, tingly, tangy. On of the best in the series./ Wow, big time lime zest. Unique. Vivacious, active, scintillating. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1764. 18 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE, JOSEPH MELLOT
On flint-rich, siliceous clay. This one's really pungent and penetrating, sharp edged. Full, racy, complex, spot on. Talks the talk./ Flavorful. Citrus fruits and soft tropical fruits. Good acid in the back and a finely burnished texture. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1765. 18 SANCERRE LE GRAND FRICAMBAULT SILEX, ANDRE NEVEU
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1766. 19 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU
2018: At Verdigny; on limestone. Different from the 18 Chevreau tasted just before it. More fruit, and green fruit it is. More explicit fruit expression./ Wow, full of green tropics flavors. Oh, very intensely fruity indeed. Large charge. Mouthfilling. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1767. 18 SANCERRE DOMAINE PAULINE, ERIC LOUIS
At Thauvenay. Crisp and penetrating. Dainty and pure. A delight./ Rich and silky, with good back acid. Tangelo flavor. Yes, cleansing acidity on the finish renders it eminently food-worthy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1768. 18 SANCERRE, DOMAINE LA PETIT FONTAINE
At Verdigny. Fresh, crisp, alert. Classy. What I‛m looking for./ Pleasing combo of body and crispness. Works. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1769. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DU PRE SEMELE
2016: Wine Spectator 91: 'Bright, with a streak of lemon zest and white peach that has a piercing feel, backed by light thyme and gooseberry echoes on the racy finish. Very pure and chiseled in feel. Drink now through 2019.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1770. 19 SANCERRE, DOMAINE HIPPOLYTE REVERDY
At Chaudoux-Verdigny; dispersed vineyards on clay, Kimmeridgian limestone. Fresh, bright, full, stony. The class of the set. All clarity, minerality, calcaire./ Yes, this has texture, vigor, cut, clarity. Indeed. A group favorite. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1771. 17 SANCERRE LES COUTES, P. & N. REVERDY
At Maimbray; on Marne clay-limestone. Unfiltered. Cool, composed, citrusy, incisive./ Then surprisingly creamy on the palate. Juicy too. Yin and yang. Cool and neat. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1772. 19 SANCERRE, CHATEAU DE THAUVENAY
2018: Seems to be some SO2 here, like three others in the set. Dry and delicate style./ Understated in youth or travel or sulphur suppression. Aeration helps. Needs a few more weeks of bottle age and vigorous decanting. 91+/100. Tasted 9/4/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1773. 19 SANCERRE L'AUTHENTIQUE, CLAUDE & FLORENCE THOMAS-LABAILLE
2018: At Chavignol. Fresh, and pushing toward fulfillment. Still some residual fermentation aromas which will have passed by the time high season for Sancerre arrives./ Yeah, still a vestige of banana and Bazooka. Tempered acidity. A pleasing, early release cuvee the will progress nicely over the coming months. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1774. 18 SANCERRE, DOMAINE VACHERON
30-50 year old vines. Way deep, dense, secretive aroma, a complex of sauvignon and terroir./ Close, cool, and nicely burnished. With aeration, the palate begins to bulge with acid, extract, and texture. Aromatically, still close to the vest, probably due to recent shipment. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1775. 18 POUILLY FUME LES PENTES, SERGE DAGUENEAU
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1776. 18 POUILLY FUME CLOS JOANNE D'ORION, GITTON PERE
Fresh, cool, clear, stony. Poised./ Stony, with light tropics behind. Etch and great acid. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1777. 18 POUILLY FUME LE TRONCSEC, JOSEPH MELLOT
2017: Vineyard on chalky Kimmeridgian marls at Saint Laurent l'Abbaye. Oh, boy, full of lime and passion fruit like a Chateau Bouscaut blanc. Super 17./ Soft and gentle acidity of a 17. Eager to please. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1778. 17 POUILLY FUME DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES, JEAN PABIOT
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: 30 year old vines. Organically grown. Natural yeasts. 5 months on barrel lees. Full, etched scent you can feel. Citrus, peach. Very vivid, vital take on Pouilly Fume./ Yes peachy roundness, tangerine acid cut. Brilliant. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1779. 18 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET
Regis Minet took over his grandfather's vines in 1976 and went on to make a small business out of Pouilly-Fume, now farming 25 acres, most of the vines between 25 and 30 years old, all on clay-limestone soils. He ferments without added yeasts in stainless steel, where the wine ages on the lees for six months. Pungent yet subtle. Pouilly Fume peachy and penetrating./ Zesty, zingy, challenging. Very well textured. Star qualities all around. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1780. 18 HAUT POITOU SAUVIGNON LE BOIS DE LA TOUR, CAVE DE HAUT POITOU
Nice edge, lithe carriage, classic rendition./ Juicy, round, rich, racy. Grapefruit and passion fruit. Very popular with the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

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FR-1782. 16 COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS PINOT NOIR - GAMAY, LES SARMENTS
50 - 50. Pinot plush and gamay sprightly. Ideal./ Up to the 15 in quality and appeal. Very juicy. Full race, vigor, flavor, length. Well balanced. Yes. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1783. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Oh, bright, fresh Beaune red cherry fruit with 17 immediacy. Just come hither./ Sweet red fruit meets racy acidity. Full flavor flow. Fine balance. Ready to serve. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1784. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES URSULINES, JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET
Full, rich, and genereous fruit of 2018./ Indeed, full, but also cool and racy. Amalgam of 17 fruit and 16 form. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1785. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Cote Chalonnaise estate. Pleasing body and aroma. Lightly sappy. 17 fruit clarity./ 17 flow and juice. Nice acid race. Salivating. Fine tannin. Cherry aftertaste. Works. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1786. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LA MINEE, LAURENT DUFOULEUR
From Chalonnais. Unwooded. Light-medium color./ Good, fresh, lithe 17 pinot noir./ Full and fresh pinot taste, with Chalon resin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1787. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MATROT
Matrot big, rustic, full, entertaining. Classic. 15 amplitude. Everything's to form. Deep, dark, earthy, woody, tarry Matrot style indeed. Sweet black cherry. Full of material./ Power, scope, barrel age, rusticity. Cherry and oak flavors. Fully extracted, full of matter and power (though only 12%), tannin and grip. The real stuff. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1788. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DUPRE
Light and sweet and genuine southern Burgundy pinot noir. 2017 forward and useful now./ Medium bodied, cool, crisp, nimble, versatile. Euro style ripeness and personality. A ‛working‛ burgundy. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1789. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE GILLE
From Cote de Nuits terroir. Substantial, especially for 2017. Meaty. Barrel aging extras./ Rich and large for the vintage. Really has the goods. Full bodied. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1790. 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-1791. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT
From northern Burgundy. Sweet, full, spicy, and desirable in all respects. Not woody, so there‛s plenty of fruit and regional definition. Wow./ Great acid as well as full body and texture and tannin and everything. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1792. 16 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS RESERVE PERSONNELLE, JEAN-LUC & PAUL AEGERTER
Rich, round, and lovely. Flattering Hautes Cotes rusticity. Its sweetness and ripeness approximates the fine 2015 rendition./ Red fruit, bright, sweet, and smooth. Not quite the flavor impact of the 2015 yet, but it holds its own all the same, and promises more to come. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1793. 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: 29.99 each

FR-1794. 17 MARSANNAY LES LONGEROIES VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS BOUVIER
Full, rich, round. Real old vines concentration and aromatic spread./ Seems some barrel influence too. Yow. One giving 17 Marsannay. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1795. 17 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, FREDERIC ESMONIN
Wine Spectator 92: 'Supple in texture, this red boasts cherry, black currant, graphite and earth notes. Starts out very elegant for the appellation, picking up firm tannins and more weight on the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1796. 15 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY LES CRAS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE ANTONIN GUYON
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛Still firm and tight, this structured wine at the moment is about tannins rather than fruit. Don't worry, the fruit is there, giving weight to the wine with its rich berry character. Just allow it time and drink from 2021.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1797. 15 NUITS SAINT GEORGES AUX PERDRIX 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
Wine Spectator 95: 'A creamy texture buoys the violet, black currant, black cherry and spice flavors effortlessly, while iron and earth tones reinforce the dense tannins. It's all there, just needs time to find its equilibrium. Fine, lingering aftertaste. Best from 2022 through 2040. $120.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-1798. 14 CORTON LE ROGNET GRAND CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Wine Enthusiast 93: ‛This wine comes from a one-acre parcel on the Corton hill. It is dense and dark both in color and in black-fruit flavors. Concentrated from the 50-year-old vines, it is firm with tannins and solid with rich fruitiness. The wine needs time; drink from 2022. $127.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-1799. 11 CORTON LE ROGNET GRAND CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX
That‛s grand. It really doesn‛t show its age at all. Complex barrel embellishments. That dark, statuesque Corton pinot fruit. More like a Cote de Nuits. I mean, this is all over the place complex./ Sure doesn‛t show its age. Thriving. Plenty of sweet, enveloping fruit around a righteous 2011 core of acidity, which renders it eminently mealworthy. Grand Vin! 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1800. 17 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
2015: Wine Spectator 93: ‛Bright, offering cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors, this red is pure and focused. There's a solid structure, but the fruit shines through from beginning to end. This is very impressive and long on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. $40.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1801. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE, DOMAINE PAVELOT
Sweet 15. Discreet Pavelot style. Savigny cherry. Light oak. Light touch of positive reduction./ Tight and tart. Gamy. Full acid for 15. Some tannin. In tune. Age it. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1802. 18 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Darker color than the 2017 Arnoux Chorey. Darker, deeper, more concentrated pinot aroma. More black fruit than red./ Yes, this is 18 vs 17. More oomph and fruit concentration. More cellar potential. Doesn't show its stated alcohol content. Speaks so well of the vintage. Very popular with the group for its potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1803. 17 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Larger, broader, deeper, more serious; more complex than Arnoux's 17 Bourgogne. Some barrel influence here. Sweet, neat, complete./ Burst of cherry and strawberry Beaune fruits in the 17 forward style. Plenty to offer, plenty to like. Very popular with the group, especially for its accessibility. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1804. 15 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
2015: Bolder, lusher, more generous than ever. Rich, round, red fruited Chorey. Fits the AOC. Light barrel age woodiness and spread./ Big time flavor resolve. Burst of richness and acidity in balance. Voluminous. Oh, yes, a big, big palate. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1805. 11 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX
More mature than the 2015, of course. Less sweet and concentrated. Good acid. Enjoy now at the table. Lovely, sweet bouquet./ Medium bodied. Sweet and well developed bouquet. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1806. 15 CHOREY LES BEAUNE, JOSEPH DROUHIN
Another sweet one for Drouhin. 2015 talking. Not as ample yet as the Villages. Nonetheless, has allure./ Close Drouhin palate. More in tune with the house style. Form and future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1807. 15 BEAUNE EN GENET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX
Wine Spectator 91/100 ($55). My notes: Full color./ Beaune soft and broad and classic. Real fruit sweetness and concentration. Senses of oak and barrel aging, but mostly about Beaune generosity./ All over again on the palate. Sweetness, body, give. Well framed too. Defines Cote de Beaune pinot noir. Fine tannin, texture, flavor. Long and clinging. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1808. 15 SANTENAY TERRE D'ENFANCE, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Girardin lifted and sweet fruit expression with admirable barrel age. More accommodating than the stiff 2009 in youth. Rich, round, dark Santenay with 15 fatness./ Oh, juicy, come hither. Fine acid. The balance is great, and the Girardin fruit is sweet. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1809. 15 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE MATROT
Racy, cool, earthy Matrot style. Dark, deep, broad, generous. Splendid spread; all over the place./ Yes, dark cherry and a feral side. Ripe, juicy cherry fruit. Earth, texture, fine tannin. The grip, the black fruit, the old vines amplitude. Va, va, voom. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1810. 16 COTE DE BEAUNE VILLAGES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
2015: Sweet, soft, engaging Cote de Beaune pinot red fruit. Nice and sweet for Drouhin./ Pleasing body. Alluring softness. Good acid for balance. Useful now and later. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1811. 17 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
Bright in the 2017 style. Dark, fruit peel grip and solidity of a Hautes Cotes pinot. Beautiful highlights of fruits and flowers seldom seen in Hautes Cotes wines. That's 2017!/ Sweet and easy pinot cherry and cherry blossom. Not a bit of the rusticity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1812. 15 RULLY EN ROSEY MAISON CHANZY, J-P JESSIAUME
Good, full, sappy Chalon red with leather and coffee./ Yeah, gamy and large. Size over elegance. Good acid. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1813. 17 MERCUREY CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE
2015: 30% from Premier Cru sites. Oh, yeah, nicely Mercurey dark and pitchy. 15 full strength, ripeness, delivery. All the way. Sweet and abundant fruit, with well managed, toasty oak. Large./ Some oaky sophistication. Yes, very nice barrel extras. Spicy, Mercurey dark. Cherry over strawberry. Lots of Mercurey size and savor. Cherry and spice, plum and oak. Swelling up nicely. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1814. 16 MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DE LA BRESSANDE
More feel, oak, volume than the 2015 village wine. Significant difference for only $2 more./ Yes, broad fruit and oak and terroir statements. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1815. 17 MERCUREY CLOS DE PERRIERE MONOPOLE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Sweet, lithe, pretty 17. 17 ease, sweetness, inviting style. 17 Mercurey all the way./ Nice rusticity of Mercurey. Grip and cling. Plenty of fruit and a dab of tar. Juicy acid. Delish for food. Full, sweet cherry flavor. I want to swallow it. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1816. 16 MERCUREY LES CLOS TONNERRE 1ER CRU, MICHEL JUILLOT
Clos des Barraults: Wow! 16 at its best. Great oak. Mercurey dark cherry. No 16 edge, resistance. Sweet cherry and oak. 16 gives race./ Sweet and racy both, with nice oak touch. Distinct from the 2015, and fully worthy. Balanced and long. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1817. 12 GIVRY, DOMAINE DE LA FERTE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1818. 19 FRANCAIS RAISINS GAULOIS, M. LAPIERRE
2016: Eric Asimov - New York Times Wine School: 'The Lapierre was made entirely of gamay, mostly of young vines in Morgon, home territory for the great Lapierre Morgons, but also from elsewhere in Beaujolais. It was juicy, fruity and pure, without the minerality or earthiness that would be in a Morgon. The Lapierre is straightforward, for downing.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1819. 19 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, GEORGES DUBOEUF (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
House style vinosity. Dependable./ Still fermentation taste dominated. Relatively sweet and padded. 89+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1820. 19 BEAUJOLAIS PRIMEUR GRIOTTES DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, PIERRE MARIE CHERMETTE
Chermette's Primeur is not specially vinified as a Nouveau. Instead, it's a selection of the supplest cuvees of the new harvest from 12 acres of gamay on limestone-clay soil at Le Bois d'Oingt augmented by gamay from his vineyard on granitic soil at Saint Verand. Unfiltered. Youthful close, shy, reticent. Fresh, sweet fruit core. Will be a good and giving one in a few weeks' time./ Already delivers full fruit savors on the palate. Very bright. Light tannin for added texture. Savory finish. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1821. 18 BEAUJOLAIS LE RONSAY, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BRUN
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1822. 18 BEAUJOLAIS L'ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BRUN
Vinous 92/100. My notes: Bright and spicy. Really surges forth. Wow./ Again. This is Grand Cru big. VERY expressive. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1823. 16 BEAUJOLAIS ORIGINE VIEILLES VIGNES VISSOUX, P M CHERMETTE
Sweet and pretty and perky. 16 sheen and burnish./ Yes, full, polished. Class and joy. Cool. Zero tannin. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1824. 19 BEAUJOLAIS, DOMAINE DUPEUBLE
The first evening, this was served a room temperature, and it had plenty of rightful gamay ID. It was cooled down for the second evening, and that made for more refreshment at no loss of aromatics./ Just right fruit sweetness modulated by great acidity. What more could one ask for in Beaujolais mealtime cooperation? 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1825. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, STEPHAN AVIRON
Fresh and full 15. Bursting with Villages gamay fruit character and intensity./ Sweet fruited and spot on Villages weight and character. Good, full acid. Put right to use, or cellar further. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1826. 18 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, CLAIRE CHANTES
Nice looking old label. Fresh, full, 18 dark. Villages heft. Commendable all around./ Bursting with gamay dark fruit. Cherry berry. Full villages intensity, volume. Exemplary. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1827. 17 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, GEORGES DUBOEUF
Both flow and form. Firm fruit basis./ Acid and flow both. Well done. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1828. 17 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DES CHERS
Still pretty backward. Dark disposition. Less give at present; probably the old vines impact. Age it./ Flavorful. Juicy gamay taste. More bulk. Fine acid. See you again in 6 months. 91+/100. Tasted 7/10/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1829. 15 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU CHATEAU DE SAINT AMOUR
Very bright and deep and classic Saint Amour. Larger than life in 2015./ Super berry fruit purity, acid, all. Total Saint Amour. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1830. 18 CHIROUBLES GRAND CRU, DANIEL BOULAND
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1831. 17 CHIROUBLES GRAND CRU, DOMAINE COQUELET
Cool and fresh. 17 lithe, Chiroubles lithe. Grand Cru rich and spicy as well as fruity. An adventure./ Juicy. Very, very fruity and flavorful, plus the spicy extras again. Wow. One of the best of its genre. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1832. 17 BROUILLY GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DUBOST
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1833. 18 BROUILLY GRAND CRU REVERDON, CHATEAU THIVIN
Est. 1877. Rich and racy. Bright and spontaneous. Spicy berries. Sweet and peppery. Really Grand Cru concentrated, and at the same time, Brouilly lifted./ Full flavor. Richness, race, acidity, even glycerol. Wow! Loaded. Ageworthy. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1834. 18 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, DANIEL BOULAND
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1835. 17 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE BRUN
Vinous 92: ‛Vivid ruby. Highly expressive, mineral-accented blue fruit, floral pastille and succulent herb aromas show outstanding clarity and sharp definition and a hint of exotic spices builds in the background. Stains the palate with intense boysenberry, black raspberry, spicecake and candied violet flavors that are energized by a core of juicy acidity. Densely packed but lively as well, finishing with gentle tannic grip and lingering blue fruit, spice and mineral qualities. Drink 2021-2028.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1836. 17 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU CUVEE AMBASSADES, DOMAINE DU PAVILLON DE CHAVANNES
Parker 92: 'The 2017 Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades is an irresistible wine, soaring from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and pomegranate, complemented by a delicate top note of rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with good concentration at the core, melting tannins, mouthwatering acids and a flavorful finish. This cuvee is produced from 12 of the domaine's 37 hectares and sold to French embassies. If readers observe that the label resembles Chateau Thivin's, that's because it was formerly part of that famous estate.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1837. 18 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, CHATEAU THIVIN
50 year old vines. Wow, full and plucky Cote de Brouilly. Svelte, intricate, spicy./ Yes, very vigorous wine of place. Fruity and floral flavors. All in Grand Cru dimensions. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1838. 17 FLEURIE GRAND CRU DOMAINE TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN
Parker 92: 'Offering up aromas of raspberries, dried flowers and candied peel, the 2017 Fleurie is medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with an expansive attack and a deep, concentrated mid-palate, its generous core of fruit largely concealing its chewy chassis of tannins. Like all of Brun's crus, this will improve with bottle age, but it's also the most supple and accessible out of the gates. Drink now-2029.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1839. 18 FLEURIE GRAND CRU LA MADONE, DOMAINE CHAINTREUIL
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛Named after the small chapel on the top of the hill behind the village of Fleurie, this vineyard produces solid, structured wines. This bottling shows signs of the aging in large barrels that has calmed the vibrant fruit while giving plenty of concentration and ripeness. Drink from late 2020. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1840. 11 FLEURIE GRAND CRU CLOS DE LA TOUR, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON
Flowery and deep. Good example. Deep, elegant, gorgeous fruit./ Fruit, flower, elegance of Fleurie. 92/100. List price: $23.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1841. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU PRE JOURDAN, DANIEL BOULAND
Parker 93: 'The entire contents of the five-year-old foudre that contains Bouland's 2018 Morgon Pre Jourdan were reserved by his US importer, so overseas consumers may have a hard time finding this superb wine, which hails from lieu-dit near the village in the direction of Fleurie. Aromas of blackberries and spices mingle with notes of rose petals, violets and potpourri in a bouquet that has taken on a discrete patina from its comparatively new foudre. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and succulent, with fine and powdery tannins, ripe acids and a perfumed finish. Drink now-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1842. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU BELLEVUE SABLE, DANIEL BOULAND
Parker 93+: 'The 2018 Morgon Bellevue Sable comes from younger vines, planted on Viala rootstock in sandy soils -- as the 'sable' newly added to its label makes clear. Revealing aromas of blackberries, smoked meats, cracked pepper and violets, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and muscular, with powdery structuring tannin, juicy acids and a blockier, more reserved profile than the Chiroubles and Brouilly that preceded it. This will demand a couple of years' patience before it shows all its cards. Drink 2021-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1843. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DU PY, DOMAINE COQUELET
Vinous 92: ‛Bright ruby. Raspberry, lavender, succulent herbs, smoked meat and a hint of cracked pepper on the deeply perfumed nose. Juicy and concentrated on the palate, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry and licorice flavors that are braced by a core of dusty minerality. Sappy and penetrating on the clinging finish, which features sneaky tannins and lingering spice and game notes. Drink 2022-2028.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 32.99 each

FR-1844. 17 MORGON GRAND CRU SCHISTE BELLEVUE, DANIEL BOULAND
Parker 92: ‛Rich aromas of raspberries and cherries introduce the 2017 Morgon Bellevue, a full-bodied, velvety but reserved wine with a deep, layered mid-palate, superb concentration and juicy acids. After the expressive Chiroubles and Cote de Brouilly, the Bellevue is a little more closed after its recent bottling, but it will be superb in the fullness of time. Drink now-2033.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1845. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE BRUN
Vinous 93; Parker 92+: ‛From vines in Bellevue, the 2018 Morgon wafts from the glass with aromas of red plums, mulberries, smoked meat and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with a rich, layered core of fruit, powdery tannins and lively acids. This comes warmly recommended. Drink now-2033.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1846. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DU PY, MAISON L'ENVOYE
Full and classic Morgon Cote du Py. A wine of place. Deep, 2016 sleek, persistent./ Full bodied Morgon, full of fruit and fruit tannin. Beefy Morgon, and ageworthy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1847. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DE PY, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS
Wine Spectator 90: 'Lip-smacking, with a focused profile detailing the glazed cherry, red currant and licorice flavors, structured by tangy acidity and light tannins that ease into a long finish, echoing herb, floral and smoke aromas. Drink now through 2021. $22.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1848. 19 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE MARCEL LAPIERRE
2017: Oh, full Morgon cherry. Really full, with 2017 sweet fruit. Statuesque build too. Complex and concentrated. And come hither to boot./ Full fruit and fruit peel concentration and tannin. Grand scaled. Both current appeal and cellar potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1849. 18 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU LES CHAMPS GRILLES DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, P. M. CHERMETTE
Dark red violet color./ Very deep and abundant for Saint Amour. Nonetheless, the appellation‛s flair and elegance comes across clearly. Deep, sweet fruit./ Full spread of sweetness, size, and elegance. Walks the line. Large, but still Saint Amour beguiling. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1850. 15 MORGON GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU GRANGE COCHARD
Vinous 91/100. My notes: 14%. Bulky, powerful 15 Morgon. Large and sweet. Almost seems barrel aged, but it probably isn't. Has flair too. Well built, well poised./ Yes, richness and roundness of a ripe vintage. Man, this is loaded. Serious stuff. Definitely full of material. And fruit. 15 and old vines complete. With acid, extract, power, and tannin. Large, potent. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1851. 12 MORGON GRAND CRU COTE DU PY, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1852. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU, CHATEAU DE PIZAY
Gold Medal - Internat'l du Gamay. Sweet Morgon gamay cherry aroma. Ease and freshness. Ready to apply Morgon that really pushes forth the cherry fruit./ Great acid plus a streak of peels astringency that properly balance the sweet fruit succulence. A wine of immediacy, which is exceptional for this appellation. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1853. 17 MORGON GRAND CRU LES CHARMES, DOMAINE PRAL
Full and spicy, rich and racy./ Again. Sweet, with vigorous clove and mace highlights. Yes. A top vintage of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1854. 18 CHENAS GRAND CRU EN REMONT VIGNES DE 1939, DOMAINE PASCAL AUFRANC
Vineyard planted in 1939 at 1200', at the top of the Remont hillside. Full, northern Beaujolais style. Big like Moulin a Vent./ Sweet, sizable, well built. Old vines intensity, stamina. To cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1855. 18 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DIOCHON
Parker 94: 'Revisited a year later, the 2018 Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes continues to show very well, exhibiting a rich and inviting bouquet of black cherries, licorice, smoked meats, anise, orange rind and peonies. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, its deep core of fruit is framed by ripe tannins and succulent acids, concluding with a sapid finish. This is sufficiently demonstrative to drink well today -- preferably with a rare steak or similar -- but it will also age well. In style, it's quite reminiscent of the 2009, which is in its prime. Drink 2020-2038.'
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1856. 17 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE JEAN-CLAUDE COURTAULT
Pleasing, bright, sweet fruit of 17. One beautiful Petit Chablis. Northern, and 17 fruity./ Great acid gives it texture, tang, juiciness. Splendid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1857. 18 PETIT CHABLIS, ROLAND LAVANTUREUX
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1858. 18 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT -BORDET
Est. 1590. Pure, composed, young but already coordinated and right./ Rich, right, suave. Ripe acid. Good early. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1859. 16 PETIT CHABLIS SUR LES CLOS, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vineyard atop the Cote de Grands Crus, above Les Clos. Full. The great terroir and texture of 2016. Ideal. One big Petit./ Wow, big time fruit and terroir presence. Massive and lasting. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1860. 16 CHABLIS, DOMAINE COULAUDIN-BUSSY
Nice. Fresh, bright, lifted, vital. This impresses. A proper Chablis./ Boy, bountiful character. Emphasis on Chablis chardonnay instead of Chablis terroir. Delightful fruit, nice take. 92/100, at least.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1861. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE COURTAULT
Wine & Spirits 91: ‛A tense, gingery Chablis with understated scents of chalky lime and grapefruit, this develops notes of hazelnut, cinnamon and nutmeg that spice the buttery citrus flavor. It improves markedly with air, and it should develop well over the next several years in bottle. $29.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1862. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE DROIN
Oh, boy, full and impressive aroma and texture. Apple, quince, and calcaire in spades. Wow, big time Chablis nose!/ Well, this is just all over the place with 2017 expressiveness. The flavors and textures surge forth, spread out over the palate. Rich, textured. Both awesome and alluring. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1863. 18 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE
Fevre owns 125 acres of Chablis vineyards, half in 1er and Grand Cru. Full and well composed. Lees influence here. Terroir too. And bulk and texture. Bold./ Yes, full textured, full of material. Still a little gritty tasted brut. Air, age, and food will take care of that. 92+/100. Tasted 7/10/19.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1864. 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY
The domaine is based at Milly, west of the town of Chablis. Open, forward, and exceptional fruity for Chablis. House style./ Solid stone foundation and brisk acidity, as well as the vintage's abundant fruit. Bargain. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1865. 18 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, LAMBLIN
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1866. 18 CHABLIS, ROLAND LAVANTUREUX
Fuller than his Petit Chablis. Really well saturated for a village wine. Stone and calcaire. Walnut husk./ Round as well as full. Perhaps a touch of malo and/or barrel time. A lot of body here. Weighty Chablis. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1867. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE PICQ
Lots of fruit and--can't be wood--maybe lees here. Continues the theme of 17 freshness and lift. Can put to use right away./ 17 sweet, easy, gentle. Decent acid. All put together well. Nicely proportioned. 17 softness, ease on the approach Apply with sole and scrod 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1868. 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE PRIEURE SAINT-COME
Fruit emphasis. Fully accomplished. No oak, of course./ More about a northern Burgundy take on chardonnay fruit than on calcaire terroir. Just a delightful bargain. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1869. 18 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
2017: Fruit forward 2017. With texture. A dream./ Full flavored. The amplitude of 2017 fruit. Good acid, texture, finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1870. 17 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
2015: Deeper, bigger than the 2016 village wine. Broad and massive. Old vines intensity. More development. No 2015 softness. This is a monster Chablis./ Yes, very large. Beginning to develop a toasty bottle bouquet. Seems barrel aged; likely not though. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1871. 18 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN
Vinous 90: ‛The 2018 Chablis Les Pargues is a very pretty, exotic wine. Sweet floral notes, passion fruit, mint and lemon confit give the 2018 a decidedly exotic flair to play off its airy, lifted personality. Apricot, mint and light tropical notes add character to this very pretty, expressive Chablis that is a bit tight on the finish but will open up nicely with time. Drink now-2028.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1872. 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-1873. 17 CHABLIS, SIMONNET-FEBVRE
Est. 1840. Full, and earthier than the Fevre 2017 tasted just before it. Contrasting house styles. This is fine too. Tingles the nostrils./ Yes, tingly. Terroir driven; chalky. Wow. A mouthful. With acid, texture, and body, depth. Very fine indeed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1874. 16 CHABLIS BEAUROY 1ER CRU, DOMAINE COURTAULT
Wine & Spirits 92: ‛A portion of this wine ages in older oak, lending a piecrust richness to the smoky baked-pear and orange flavors, along with the seashell-like minerality. As Karen Goodlad, a wine professor at NYC's City Tech, pointed out, ‛It's tight and ripe, and the acidity screams ‛Chablis.‛ This will age with grace. $44.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1875. 16 CHABLIS BUTTEAUX 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
Larger still than the Servin Les Forets. Seems barrel aged. More backward./ Suggestion of oak, or at least time in barrel. A keeper. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1876. 18 CHABLIS COTE DE LECHET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE FOURREY
Pretty mild mannered for a ler Cru. But adequate for the price./ High acidity bodes well for the future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1877. 16 CHABLIS LES FORETS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
More texture and range than the Servin Vaillons. Less finesse. Nostril volume and etch./ Yes, much fuller textured, weightier. Significant Premier Cru. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1878. 17 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Oh, here it comes again, that 2017 fruit beauty, amplified to Premier Cru volume. Full distinction, full give. Balanced and juicy./ Yes, full acid, juiciness, yielding, flowing fruit bounties. Expounds on Fourchaume, and on 2017. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 36.99 each

FR-1879. 16 CHABLIS MONTEE DE TONNERRE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE WILLIAM FEVRE
Vinous 92-94: '23 hectoliters per hectare. (1.5 tons per acre). Pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Strong mineral notes of shrimp shell and sea breeze currently dominate citrus and white peach on the nose. Densely packed, concentrated and energetic; wonderfully fresh and balanced for the year. Clamps down impressively on the superb, sappy, slowly rising finish, leaving behind piquant notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and minerals. Classically dry, crystalline and taut but not austere. This beauty really spreads out to saturate the palate on the back end.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-1880. 14 CHABLIS BOUGEROTS GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN
Parker 92: 'Developing a precise bouquet with scents of apple blossom, kiwi fruit and freshly shucked oyster shells that has come on a real treat. The new oak component has been neatly subsumed. The palate is crisp and lively with green apple, gooseberry and that orange zest note still intact; it is spicier than it showed from barrel with quite a penetrating mango-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth, as it ought to, given its Grand Cru status. There is more 'typicite' now and I envisage this offering a decade or more drinking pleasure. Drink 2018-2032.'
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1881. 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-1882. 16 CHABLIS PREUSES GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
Material of 16. Power and intensity of Grand Cru. Satisfies./ Wow, the age, the terroir. Breadth and depth. Pretty grand stuff. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1883. 16 CHABLIS VAUDESIR GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
2014: Parker 94: 'The 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, aged in 1,000-liter used wooden vats, has a tempting bouquet with detailed citrus peel, flint and white flower aromas; it is quite strict, but delivering real intensity. The palate is very well balanced with grapefruit, citrus lemon and a touch of white peach, a keen thread of acidity, and nicely integrated oak with fine weight and complexity on the finish--tres Grand Cru! Winemaker Jean-Francois Bordet should be proud of this wine. 2018-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 67.95 each

FR-1884. 11 BOURGOGNE COTES D'AUXERRE BLANC CORPS DE GARDE, DOMAINE GOISOT (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
At the AA Wine Club tasting 3/8/20: Pale./ Fresh and totally vigorous. Classic to the zone, and seems timeless. Very full and nutty, maybe oaky./ Very, very full. Great northern and 2011 chardonnay acidity, plus grip, body. Round, fully developed. Wow. For food. 92/100. List price: $29.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-1885. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, ALBERT BICHOT
2016: Fresh, crisp, and full of 16 extract. Ideal aligote. Green citrus aroma./ Starts shy on entry. Comes on. Fills out. This works. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1886. 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, ROBERT CHEVILLON
Barrel aged, and barrel mellowed./ Yes, the oak is a player in this one, like in De Villaine's. Not fully integrated yet, and leaving some astringency on the finish. Ambitious aligote that will improve with cellaring. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1887. 18 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1888. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE LES AUVONNES AU PEPE, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
Vinous 90-92: ‛The 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Auvonnes Au Pepe comes from Sylvain Pataille's grandfather's vines, planted in 1961. It has a captivating floral bouquet, lilac and wild heather scents permeating the citrus fruit and hints of white peach emerging with aeration. The palate is vibrant, energetic and quite tangy in the mouth, offering marmalade and quince notes and a penetrating saline finish that encourages another sip. This comes highly recommended. Drink now-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1889. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE LA CHARME AUX PRETRES, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
Vinous 90-92: ‛The 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Charmes Aux Pretres, a vineyard planted by Sylvain's father in 1949, has a fresh, vibrant bouquet of white peach, Williams pear and light flinty aromas. The palate is well balanced and quite saline in the mouth, with a fine bead of acidity; touches of lemon peel lend real tension and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. It just calls out for some fruits de mer. Drink now-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1890. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE LES CHAMPS FOREY, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
Vinous 89-91: ‛The 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Champ Forey comes from vines planted in the 1930s and 1960s and will spend a year in used barrel. It has a gorgeous orange pith and apricot bouquet that delivers real energy - a serious step up from the Bourgogne Aligote. The palate is very well balanced with a lightly spiced entry, notes of grapefruit and lime and a tang of ginger on the finish. Super-bon! Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1891. 17 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE CLOS DU ROY, DOMAINE SYLVAIN PATAILLE
Vinous 90-92: ‛The 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Clos du Roy was showing a bit of reduction on the nose when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, the age of the vines (planted in 1932) imparting complexity toward the lightly spiced finish. This cerebral Aligote is one of Pataille's most elegant. Drink now-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1892. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, ALBERT BICHOT
2015: 25-35 year old vines from the Hautes Cotes de Beaune. 30% barrel fermented, 20% barrel aged. Nice, light oak and 2015 ripe fruit approach. Even tempered, well balanced. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1893. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY KIMMERIDGIEN, J. M. BROCARD
Brittle 18 extract and high calcaire. Bright, crisp, northern, penetrating. Brilliant freshness. Fine 2018 fruit padding too./ Yow, total grip and jawbreaker extract. Hard to swallow. Gains fruit as it warms, which pulls it into a well-balanced position. A great concept. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1894. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, FRANCOIS CARILLON
Here we've got some oomph, texture, oak, and real 16 concentration. Well this is ample. It shouts fruit and terroir. And barrel elevation. Very agreeable, enveloping fruit. Very sassy./ Structure, body, balance, acid. Very well crafted. Lingering on the palate. Really good oak stuff there. Barrel and lees influenced. Most impressive white burgundy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1895. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
More southern, more Cote de Beaune broad than the Chablis that preceded it. Oak aging enters the picture here. And riper fruit, almost to stone fruit. And old vines intensity./ Yes, ample and broad on the palate. Spectrum of barrel, old vines, terroir. Sense of elegance as well. Class act. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1896. 15 BOURGOGNE BLANC, CHATEAU DE CITEAUX
Philippe Bouzereau at Meursault. Nice touch of barrel aging. 2015 fruit sweetness, and a modicum of bottle bouquet development. / Decided oak embellishments. Yes, the ripe fruit of 2015 balanced by acid and light oak tannin. Which gives texture. At an attractive stage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1897. 17 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY TISERNAY, LAURENT DUFOULEUR
The site is in Chalonnais. Wonderful 17 freshness and purity in its unwooded state./ Full fruit, fresh and young. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1898. 17 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 39, 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. Superb fruit of 17 in full display. Plus walnut husk, a mark of distinction. Wow./ 17 weight, plumpness. Dupont-Fahn character. Builds and builds in texture, weight, depth, and breadth. In Meursault amplitude and personality. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1899. 17 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, MOUTARD DILIGENT
From the Chablis area. Oh, beautiful, intense, cool, clear. Wet stone./ Brittle northern Burgundy chardonnay. Mouthwatering. Fabulous. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1900. 17 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE PERNOT
Vineyard within Puligny, on the Meursault border. Full, oaky, dynamic combo of Meursault hazelnut and Puligny calcaire. Very attractive and well integrated barrel inflections./ Big and chewy constitution. Real Cote de Beaune solidity. Plus a 2017 grace note! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1901. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE SEGUINOT- BORDET
Clear and northern, unwooded chardonnay. Rich and penetrating. Building bulk as it airs. 2016 full, even swelling. Especially pungent for Chablis area chardonnay. Wow./ Full and fruity, juicy and well balanced. Impressive body. Rich and full textured. Really delivers the mouthfeel. Masterful. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1902. 13 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Unfined, unfiltered. mostly Premier Cru terroir, above Meursault Les Vireux. Oh, full, nutty-oaky. Nicely developed bouquet. Fathomless depth. Solid oak structure./ Oak and warm grains. Flavorful. Full bouqueted. Complete. 96/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1903. 17 MEURSAULT LES CLOUS, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Aged 20 months in oak barrels. Unfined, unfiltered.
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1904. 16 MEURSAULT GRUYACHES, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET
Vinous 90-93: 'Pale color. High-pitched aromas of lime leaf, grapefruit, mint and lavender sea salt. Not especially easygoing or open but chewy and extract-rich, conveying a lovely balance of sweetness and saltiness. Finishes with noteworthy rising length. This youthfully linear wine will need time in bottle.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-1905. 15 MEURSAULT VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Yeah, old vines and Meursault oomph. Nothing 15 sweetish about it./ Oak amplitude, fortitude. 15 and Girardin polished. Gotta have this. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 67.95 each

FR-1906. 16 MEURSAULT LES NARVAUX, VINCENT GIRARDIN
Wine Spectator 93: 'Sleek and intense, packed with apple, lime, butterscotch and mineral flavors, this white starts out expressive and doesn't quit. Balanced in a sleek way, with a long, complex finish. Drink now through 2025. $88.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1907. 16 MEURSAULT, DOMAINE MATROT
Full Meursault personality: nutty, toasty, autumnal, dry leaves, oatmeal stuff./ Even more material, more character on the palate. And form to contain it. Everything going for it. Big deal here. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1908. 15 MEURSAULT, LOUIS LATOUR
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1909. 15 MEURSAULT, LOUIS JADOT
Wine Spectator 92: ‛Balanced and creamy, this white will please many. Peach, apple, honey and spice flavors abound and the smooth texture carries them well. Finishes with a fresh, lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1910. 15 SAINT AUBIN MURGERS DES DENTS DE CHIEN 1ER CRU, JEAN CHARTRON
'Murgers' are drystone walls built of debris removed from the vineyard, their profile resembling 'dog teeth'. A cool, ventilating face of Cote de Beaune chardonnay from a site abutting Puligny Montrachet Champ Gain Premier Cru. 15 rich. Especially for the Chartron style. Class of the vineyard speaks./ Site calcaire. With Chartron barrel regimen. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1911. 17 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, FRANCOIS CARILLON
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1912. 16 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LES CHARMES, DOMAINE ALAIN CHAVY
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-1913. 16 PULIGNY MONTRACHET VIEILLES VIGNES, VINCENT GIRARDIN
A lot of Girardin oak. Old vines and 16 concentration./ Wow, just spreads all over the palate. Not very Puligny structured. So what. Give, give, give. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-1914. 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-1915. 15 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LA GARENNE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LARUE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1916. 17 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET LA BOUDRIOTTE 1ER CRU, BRUNO COLIN
Vinous 89-92: ‛Fresh lemon, lime and crushed rock aromas show a hint of reduction. Offers more texture and dimension than the Morgeot but still quite dry in the middle, with flavors of lemon, white flowers, wild herbs and anise. A bit bracing--even austere--but with no shortage of volume or breadth. The lemony fruit really clamps down on the finish. Colin may keep this wine in cuve until February or March, as his new cuverie will provide him with more space.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-1917. 16 CHASSAGNE MONTRACT MORGEOT 1ER CRU, DOMAINE VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1918. 14 SANTENAY BLANC CHAMPS PERRIER, JEAN CHARTRON
Oh, boy, classic. Full volume of fruit, oak, and Santenay blanc calcaire. Breathless./ Penetrating, all absorbing Burgundy barrel and lees influences and that calcaire. Pushes Cote de Beaune's Big 3 blancs in body and stature. 94/100. List price: $50.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1919. 17 BOUZERON CUVEE AXELLE, DOMAINE MICHEL BRIDAY
Aligote's own appellation, thanks to the efforts of Aubert de Villaine, director of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, who keeps a home estate in Bouzeron. Even given the fruit-forward nature of 2017, this has the crisp, lean, raciness of aligote. Aligote vinosity; low in fruit emphasis./ Nice aligote cut..right to the core. Mineral salts on the tongue and lips. All together classic. Gotta have this. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1920. 15 BOUZERON CLOS DE LA FORTUNE MONOPOLE MAISON CHANZY, J-B JESSIAUME
Aligote's only local appellation., thanks to Aubert de Villaine, director of DRC, who has a home estate here. Really, really full. With barrel support, for sure. Big time. This will compete with de Villaine's at a fraction of the price./ Yes, one monster-truck aligote, oak and all. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1921. 18 RULLY MONTMORIN, JEAN CHARTRON
Clay-limestone hilltop vineyard south of Premier Cru La Meix Cadot on the Mercurey border. Fermented in oak barrels, 10% new. Matured on the lees for 10 months. Oh, larger, broader shouldered, oakier than the 18 Chartron Bourgogne VV, and Chalonnais sappy. Lots more amplitude for a additional buck./ Yeah, a mouthful of Chalonnais chardonnay and barrel effects.. Deal. While this was my favorite of the two, the group was split, many preferring the Cote de Beaune styling of the Bourgogne VV. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1922. 17 RULLY BLANC LA PUCELLE 1ER CRU, NICOLAS POTEL
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1923. 17 MONTAGNY LES BASSETS, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Knock out nose of Montagny. Chalonnaise richness and nuttiness. Fine oak establishment here. A big 17; more like a 16./ Palate more in the style of a 2017. Fruitier than the 2016. Very enticing, and not without structure and stamina. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1924. 16 MONTAGNY LES BURNINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'From one of Montagny's top premier cru vineyards, this is dense and textured as well as richly fruity. The fermentation followed by aging in wood have enhanced the wine's complexity, offering pear flavors, a tight texture and a flinty edge. Drink from 2021. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 32.99 each

FR-1925. 17 MONTAGNY LES JARDINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‛From one of the many premier crus in Montagny, this lightly wood-aged wine is ripe with yellow fruits. The acidity cuts through the wine's richness to bring balance as well as a bright aftertaste. Drink from 2020. $40.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 32.99 each

FR-1926. 16 MONTAGNY LA GRANDE ROCHE 1ER CRU, LOUIS LATOUR
The size and the resin of Chalonnais blanc, plus wood and barrel time augmentations. A fine example of Montagny terroir./ Yes, Chalonnais volume and weight, plus barrel character. Tailor made for poultry. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1927. 18 MACON VILLAGES TRADITION DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER
2017: Very attractive 17 fruitiness, plus structure, extract, and etch always present here. Yes!/ Indeed, full 17 fruit flavor. Sweetness, extract, race. Yes. Terrific vintage of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1928. 18 MACON VILLAGES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1929. 17 MACON VILLAGES DOMAINE GRANGES, YANNICK PAQUET
Engaging southern Burgundy chardonnay classic with no oak encumbrances. Freshness and vigor. Appley. Nostril swelling as well as richly fruited in 2017 Ideal 17 with briskness as well as padding./ 17 soft and gentle. Plenty of fruit flavor. No wood, no malo creaminess. Just 2017's plump fruit. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1930. 16 MACON VILLAGES, DOMAINE PASCAL & MIREILLE RENAUD
16 deep, variegated, textured. Tells the tale. Wonderful./ Robust, ample, full flavored, appley. Off the charts. Great vintage. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1931. 17 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT
At Martailly-Les-Brancion. Full old vines expression of Maconnais chardonnay, with lees impact. Appley and mealy./ Clear and cool. 17 lithe and racy. Plenty of innate substance too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1932. 16 MACON CHAINTRE RESERVE DES ROCHERS, GRAND VINS DE BOURGOGNE
Gold Medal - Paris. Chaintre full. Clear, and full of apple and citrus aromas. Body and textural nostril etch./ Fullness of 2016, with fine texture. At a good stage, and it's still waxing big. Yes. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1933. 16 MACON CHAINTRE LE CHATEAU DE CHAINTRE, FABRICE LAROCHETTE
Reserves its aromatic profile. Emphasizes 16 material and structure. Fullness that is mark of Chaintre, and fine 2016 intensity and texture./ Yes, form over fragrance. Texture and body. A rightful Chaintre in that respect. Well priced. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1934. 18 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD
From the thousand-year-old village of Chardonnay; domaine established in the 17th century. Tasted in September, just after it was shipped, this was hard to read. It‛s filled out and opened up since, especially after aeration. Full, appley, well textured. Deep. Really delivers./ Yes, large textured, full bodied. Plenty of flavor and oomph. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1935. 18 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, JEAN MANCIAT
Full, full, full. Deep, dense, intense. A Mr. Big village-specific Maconnais chardonnay./ Yes, full flavor, body, texture, extract. So concentrated it even hints of walnut husk. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1936. 17 MACON LUGNY COTES BLANCHES, CAVE DE LUGNY
No notes availably yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1937. 17 MACON FUISSE, DENIS DUTRON
After the OK Macon Villages cuvee, this is more like it. More oomph, character, body. 17 soaring quality./ Yeah, body and character. Full bodied. Complete spread. Super Macon performance. Couldn't ask for more. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1938. 18 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE
Old vines, barrel aging, and Roche Vineuse stoutness combine to make the full Greffiere presentation. A large Macon Villages chardonnay./ Full bodied, and still backward flavor-wise. Good future here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1939. 18 MACON VINZELLES LES MORANDES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
Wow! One of the fullest in the series. Really packed with material. Maybe some oak too. All around deep seated./ Yes, full indeed. Rich in fruit, with light oak aura. Wow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1940. 16 VIRE CLESSE DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER
Fuller and nuttier than the 2016 CetT Macon. This may have seen some time in barrel. Very large indeed. Heavy lees and/or barrel influence./ Like its Macon Villages cellar-mate, the ripeness of the acidity associates it more with 2015 than 2016 style. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1941. 18 VIRE CLESSE HARMONIE, DOMAINE DE LA VERPAILLE
Two of the Maconnais' top villages, now entitled to a singular AOC. Oh, boy, consummate example of AOC, vintage, everything. Bold, grand, pushy. Pouilly Fuisse like weight and intensity./ Clarity, freshness, body. Solid. Still waxing big. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1942. 17 SAINT VERAN, JOSEPH DROUHIN
Saint Veran fullness, Drouhin control. Perfectly formed. Etch and volume. Yow./ 17 rich and round. Saint Veran body, Drouhin sophistication. Plenty of give in 17. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1943. 16 POUILLY VINZELLES, JOSEPH DROUHIN
Entirely from Chateau de Vinzelles, which is managed by Drouhin in behalf of its widowed proprietress. Good Drouhin tailoring with a light oak touch proper for a Maconnais chardonnay. Nice 16 textural burnish. After further aeration, oh, boy, the extra oomph of a Pouilly. Talks barrel time; not blatantly oaky or anything like that. Round, full, rich. Terroir plus elevage./ Light malo and oak touches. Balanced, even handed. Pleasing roundness points to current usefulness. Yeah, big and round and delicious. Mmm; love it. Very popular with the group too. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1944. 18 POUILLY VINZELLES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
Wow! One of the fullest in the series. Really packed with material. Maybe some oak too. All around deep seated./ Yes, full indeed. Rich in fruit, with light oak aura. Wow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1945. 14 POUILLY FUISSE LES ROBEES, FABRICE LAROCHETTE
Wow, 14 amplitude. Nutty maturity. Size. Very large scaled Pouilly Fuisse. Probably some barrel aging here./ Showing well at present. Rich, ripe, ample, vital, long on taste. Very impressive wine. I could use this. Well priced. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1946. 18 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC, DOMAINE PRAL
Good and crisp and appley. Nutty lees aspect too./ Oh, yes, this has racy fruit acidity and a Beaujolais area interpretation of chardonnay, in contrast to the 2018 Chablis tasted alongside it. You have the northern and southern extremes of Burgundy chardonnay. Begs for food. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each


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