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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1528. 10 CHATEAU D'ESCURAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
14.5%. Deep, rich, concentrated fruit. Not a lot of new oak showing at this stage. Escuracs are usually pretty oaky soon after release. Nearly age 8, the oak has become well integrated. Wonderful black currant cabernet character. This is intense. First class./ Rich and meaty. Loaded with sweet fruit for its age. That's 2010! A big boy. And, a class act. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1529. 15 CHAPELLE DU CHATEAU POTENSAC, MEDOC
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1530. 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: 18.99 each

FR-1531. 14 CHATEAU TOUR PRIGNAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Largest single vineyard in the Medoc: 315 acres. Oh, boy, big time Medoc cabernet body plus full oak complement. Wow, this is complex./ Dark, full of fruit material and oak bonuses. Grand. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1532. 15 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛With smoky aromas and structured tannins, this is still young and firm. Under those tannins, the black currant fruit is developing to give a ripe wine with fine acidity and structure. Drink from 2020. $40.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1533. 15 LES TOURS DE CHATEAU BEAUMONT, HAUT MEDOC
At Cussac; second wine; 60% cab sauv, 40%. Wow, lots of cabernet sauvignon black currant and a surprising measure of oak in a cru bourgeois second wine./ Fruit surge and fruit depth. Awesome value. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1534. 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-1535. 14 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Vinous 92: 'A wine of notable precision, persistence and class, the 2014 Cantemerle is outstanding. Sweet tobacco, licorice, red cherry and dried savory herbs are some of the signatures. Medium in body and lively, the 2014 captures the best attributes of the year. This is a positively stellar showing. 2017-2026.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1536. 12 LES ALLEES DE CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, HAUT MEDOC
Second wine of Chateau Cantemerle. 12 heft. Nicely positioned at age 5 plus. Southern Haut Medoc forest floor. Cantemerle merlot cherry and cabernet blackberry. Barrel age influence. Commendable. Always has been. Older vintages were proven troupers. All so right here in 2012./ Pleasing body. Wood and dark fruit. One complex southern Haut Medoc claret. Wine of place, wine of integrity, and a great price. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1537. 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: 19.99 each

FR-1538. 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-1539. 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-1540. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC magnum
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1541. 14 CHATEAU FORT LIGNAC, HAUT MEDOC
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-1542. 14 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, HAUT MEDOC
50% cab sauv, 45% merlot, 5% cab franc.Good oak and class. Impressive fruit sweetness in 2014. Yes. Pauillac black fruit. Some barrel aging. Fulfilled./ Indeed, this is a black currant laden, classy, and elegant Pauillac. With spicy oak. Lingering oak flavor, pleasing and vanilla like. Well poised. Yes, yes, yes. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1543. 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: 26.99 each

FR-1544. 15 CHATEAU LIEUJEAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
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-1545. 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-1546. 15 CHATEAU PEYRABON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 89-91/100. My notes: At Saint Sauveur. Dark./ Fabulous cabernet and barrel seasonings. Class and clarity. With air, the nose sweetens to fruit and oak cremes./ More enclosed. That's OK. Nose tells all at this stage, and what it tells is right. Rich enough fruit to coat the tannins. I have full confidence in this one. Give it time to blossom. 92+/100. Tasted 8/16/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1547. 16 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
Partner with Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Like the 2012, sleek, well tailored, trim to start. With aeration, lovely claret fruit starts emerging. Balanced and even tempered./ Fine tannin and acid for texture. No new oak evident. Tres claret, tres 2016. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1548. 15 CHATEAU SENEJAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Suckling 92-93/100. My notes: At Le Pian. Plenty of good oak here, the most in years. Southern Haut Medoc sur bois terroir and plenty of cabernet sauvignon expression./ Structure of cabernet and oak tannins. A great Senejac with cellar potential. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1549. 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-1550. 10 CHATEAU COUTELIN MERVILLE, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Boy, it‛s one of those 2010 Saint Estephe bears. Large, clay born, genuine. I hear both cabernet and merlot talking. How far from the estuary is this? Solid, old time, terroir based. Powerful./ The merlot component is starting to soften up the palate. Pleasing wine. Little sign of new wood, though seems to have some barrel seasoning. I like the richness, fullness, roundness. Saint Estephe muscular for sure, and fairly priced. An old steady I haven‛t seen for many a vintage. Add to the portfolio. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1551. 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: 28.99 each

FR-1552. 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-1553. 15 CHATEAU SERILHAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Parker 90-92: ‘The 2015 Château Sérilhan has a crisp blackberry, briary, damp earth-tinged bouquet that shows a little more cohesion than other Saint Estèphe 2015s. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, red berry entry, well-balanced if not showing the depth on the finish that is displayed elsewhere. Still, this is a well-crafted wine that should give 15-20 years of pleasure.’
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1554. 14 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
James Suckling 95/100. My notes: Full, romantic, and rightful cru classe Pauillac. 80% cabernet sauvignon and it shows. Good oak too. All class cabernet and oak./ Firm and forthright Pauillac stature. Even that cherished, elusive cedar note of Pauillac cabernet. The real deal. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1555. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BATAILLEY, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Parker 92-94; Vinous 92-95: ‘A wine of class, pedigree and nuance, the 2015 Haut-Batailley is superb. Beams of supporting tannin give the dark purplish flavors striking energy and cut. Graphite, smoke, violet, mint, dark cherry and plum notes continue to open up in the glass. Haut-Batailley is a Pauillac with distinct Saint-Julien leanings, and that is exactly what comes across here. It is also one of the overachievers of the year. The 2015 was impressive each and every time I saw it. Tasted five times.’
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1556. 12 CHATEAU HAUT BATAILLEY, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Parker 92: 'Long owned by Xavier Borie, this Pauillac estate sits next to Batailley and is just south of Borie's other famous chateau, Grand-Puy-Lacoste. The 2012, dramatically better from bottle than barrel, is bigger boned, richer and more flamboyant than this wine normally tends to be. The color is a healthy purple, and the wine offers plenty of cassis and licorice as well as a touch of incense. The oak from barrel-aging 18 months is largely obscured. Medium to full-bodied and impressively endowed, it comes off like a hypothetic blend of a St.-Julien and Pauillac, but this is a classic 2012 that is full, rich and impressive, with beautifully sweet tannins. Drink it over the next 20 years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1557. 02 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Parker 90: 'The successful 2002 exhibits a beautiful, dense ruby/purple color, a lovely concoction of raspberries, cassis, flowers and licorice in the fragrant aromatics, medium to full body, surprising opulence for a 2002, and soft and supple tannin. A beauty, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 15+ years. 2005-2020.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1558. 15 LA RESERVE DE CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON, SAINT JULIEN
James Suckling 93; Wine Spectator 91: 'Offers a wonderful display of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry preserve flavors scored liberally with pastis, licorice snap and ganache notes. The roasted apple wood backdrop on the finish lets the fruit play out. Will be hard to lay off in the near-term. Best from 2020 through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1559. 09 LA RESERVE DE CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Spectator 91: 'This is plush and inviting, with warm fig sauce, plum cake and blackberry cobbler notes laced with charcoal and sweet spice. The long finish is filled with tar and tobacco, but the mouthwatering acidity makes this inviting now. Drink now through 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1560. 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-1561. 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-1562. 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: 22.99 each

FR-1563. 15 CHATEAU BRANE CANTENAC, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Vinous 96: 'The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is powerful, structured and explosive in feel. A deep, resonant wine, the 2015 boasts off the charts ripeness allied to formidable structure and tannic heft. I imagine the 2015 is going to need a number of years to become approachable and more than that to be at its best. The dark stone fruit, smoke, tobacco, spice and leather flavors pack a huge punch, but it is the wine's balance that places it among the elite on the Left Bank in 2015. Brane-Cantenac is a total pleasure bomb. I can't wait to taste it with a little bottle age. Drink 2027-2050.'
How Many bottles/singles: 104.95 each

FR-1564. 15 CHATEAU DEYREM VALENTIN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Parker 91: ‘The 2015 Deyrem Valentin has a lifted bouquet with dark cherries, blueberry and touches of iodine, quite opulent for this Margaux estate that I have been following closely for more than a decade. The palate is medium-bodied, soaked in plush red berry fruit, blueberry and a dash of spice. There is real swagger to this Margaux, probably earlier drinking than many of its peers, but its caressing texture will please many over the next 15-20 years. Give this relatively less-known Margaux a try.’
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1565. 15 CHATEAU FERRIERE, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wine Enthusiast 94: ‛Biodynamic from this vintage, Ferriere is closely associated both through family and vineyard practices with Durfort-Vivens. With dusty tannins and beautiful black-currant fruits, this wine is both rich and juicy, finishing with crisp acidity. Drink from 2024.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1566. 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-1567. 15 CLOS MARGALAINE DE CHATEAU MAROJALLIA, MARGAUX
Vinous 90-93: ‘A magnificent second wine, the 2015 Clos Margalaine is yet another example of how strong the vintage is in Margaux. Today, the Clos Margalaine is open-knit, powerful and totally seductive. A rush of dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice builds to the sumptuous, racy finish. Even with all of its obvious intensity and large-scaled voluptuousness, the 2015 remains impeccably balanced and vivid throughout. What a gorgeous wine this is. Clos Margalaine is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot aged in about a third new oak. Christophe Coupez and Michel Rolland consult. Tasted three times.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1568. 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-1569. 15 CHATEAU RAUZAN SEGLA, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Parker 97: ‛The 2015 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and was matured in 65% new and 35% one-year-old barrels for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up a myriad of softly spoken fresh berry, floral and fragrant earth notes, including crushed red and black currants, black raspberries and menthol notes with touches of cigar box, lavender, violets, smoked meats, black truffles and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, the palate possesses an arresting quiet intensity of many tightly wound, subtle layers, finishing on a lingering mineral note. Very polished and precise, this Rauzan-Ségla is truly a triumph! Drink 2024-2047.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 119.95 each

FR-1570. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Parker 90-92: 'The 2015 Chateau La Tour de Bessan has a straightforward, blackberry and bilberry scented bouquet that takes time to settle in the glass, but it does coalesce nicely and the oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, plenty of blackberry and boysenberry notes infused with cedar and graphite, leading to a precise finish.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1571. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
54% merlot, 46% cab sauv. Some reduction to start. No Margaux charm evident at first. Then the nose clears and deepens. Now cabernet-on-gravel black currant charm is revealed./ Rich, and really dense for Margaux. Certainly a plentiful 2014. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1572. 15 CHATEAU DU TERTRE, 5ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Suckling 94-95; Wine Enthusiast 92-94: ‘While the tannins are firm and dry, the fruit is just as important. The black plum-skin flavors are rich and dense, while the wine ends on a lifted note of black currant.’
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1573. 15 CHATEAU BARET, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Heritiers Ballande at Villenave d'Ornon; 73% merlot, 25% cab sauv, 2% cab franc. Oh, that big step up to Pessac-Leognan northern Graves. The size, the sophistication, the new-barrel influence. Big time performance from this class estate whose 1975 vintage I still have in my cellar./ Yes, Grand Cru like breeding and complexity. The sweet generosity of 2015's ripe fruit. The real deal. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1574. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, GRAND CRU CLASSE, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 93-95; Vinous 91-94; Parker 92-94: 'The 2015 La Tour Martillac is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured in 40% new French oak. It has a slightly more high-toned and outgoing bouquet, with dark cherries and blackcurrant aromas, a smidgen of cassis emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant saltiness here, very focused with a finish of real pedigree. This is a superb Pessac-Leognan from the estate - one of the best in recent years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1575. 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-1576. 15 CHATEAU LARRIVET HAUT BRION, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Suckling 94-95; Parker 92-94: ‘The 2015 Larrivet Haut Brion might be overlooked against some startling other 2015s with ‘Haut Brion’ in their name, which would be wholly unfair because this is a potentially great wine. It has an outgoing bouquet with plenty of bright and bushy tailed red fruit that is well defined and very nicely focused. The new oak is carefully used here and gives it real lift. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, fleshy in the mouth with crisp acidity and a nicely composed, lightly spiced finish. This is an excellent Pessac-Léognon and it will hopefully will be well priced.’
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1577. 09 CHATEAU LARRIVET HAUT BRION, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Sweet and open and ripe and beautiful expression of vintage and terroir. So harmonious, balanced, poised. All lays together right. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-1578. 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-1579. 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-1580. 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: 15.99 each

FR-1581. 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-1582. 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-1583. 10 CHATEAU BARRAIL DESTIEU, SAINT EMILION
Tight-knit, dry, traditional. Still 2010 firm. Not yet Saint Emilion giving. Flairs of oak enter the picture after aeration./ Well, Saint Emilion sweet fruit is evident on the palate. Yet to develop bottle bouquet at age eight. Well priced, but to get the full value, cellar it further. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1584. 14 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Oh, boy, Grand Cru Classe ripe fruit selection and fine new oak. Pure, lifted, romantic perfumes./ Still 2014 close on the palate, with drying tannins. No problem. Fine future here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1585. 14 CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 94: 'The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a dark, sumptuous wine. Dark cherry, plum, rose petal, licorice and sweet spices are all pushed forward. Extravagantly ripe and flamboyant, the 2014 hits all the right notes. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more overt, opulent side of Saint-Émilion, and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. Tasted two times. Drink 2020-2024.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1586. 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-1587. 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: 36.99 each

FR-1588. 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 Stéphane 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-1589. 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-1590. 12 CHATEAU GRAND CORBIN, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Dark./ Deep, rich, round Saint Emilion at age five. Merlot cherry, cabernet franc raspberry. Noble, large, barrel aged, deep, 12 black and framed. Wow./ Yes, 2012 cool, dark, and tailored. Fine tannin. Subtle barrel influence. Has body. Good balance and poise for the cellar. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1591. 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-1592. 15 CHATEAU LARCIS JAUMAT, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
2012: At Saint Christophe de Bardes. 85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Ample, barrel aged, sweet black fruit. Cool mint./ 12 closed up still on the palate. Good future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1593. 15 CHATEAU PAVIE DECESSE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 98: 'Gérard 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-1594. 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-1595. 15 CHATEAU SAINTAYME, 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.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1596. 15 CHATEAU TOUR ST. CHRISTOPHE, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92+/100. My notes: 80% merlot, 20% cab franc. 40% new barrels. Boy, grander than Grand Cru. When the next classification comes out, this will be Grand Cru Classe. The oak embellishments are super. Rich, spicy, cedary. And plenty of ample Saint Emilion merlot ripe fruit to soak up the wood./ Yeah, wood, fruit, roundness. Superb balance. Wonderful. Star bound. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1597. 15 LES VALENTINES DE CHATEAU ROL VALENTIN, SAINT EMILION
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1598. 15 CHATEAU CAP DE MERLE, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
65% merlot, 25% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. Sweet fruit core within a solid framework./ Yes, rich 2015 fruit filling plus correct claret structure to contain it. Just getting started. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1599. 12 CHATEAU DES LANDES CUVEE TRADITION, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
Gold Medal - Lyon. Like the 2010, the obdurate house style in youth. Even tougher than the 10 was at the same stage. Has plenty of material and oak./ Full reserve and grip. Solid, concentrated fruit core. Well poised. A keeper. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1600. 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-1601. 15 VIEUX CHATEAU PALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Parker 90-92: ‘The 2015 Vieux Château Palon has a well-defined and crisp bouquet with perfumed black cherries and red plum fruit, the oak well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, real substance here and a lovely, caressing, licorice-tinged finish that has plenty of energy. Modern in style, well crafted and long, this is a delicious Montagne Saint Emilion.’
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1602. 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-1603. 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-1604. 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-1605. 15 CHATEAU TAILLEFER, POMEROL
Parker 91-93: ‘The 2015 Château Taillefer, the property of Catherine Moueix together with her daughter Claire, has a tightly wound bouquet, perhaps not quite as expressive as its peers at this early stage - though it opens nicely in the glass and reveals a hidden mineral core of fruit. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, fine tannins here, linear and focused with a very refined and poised finish that leaves you wanting me. This Pomerol has great potential, one of the best wines I have tasted here in recent years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1606. 15 CLOS DU ROY, FRONSAC
90% merlot, 5% each of the cabernets. 12 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Spotting a snazzy new label. Hard to read though. Full red ruby color. Color of a Mason Cherry Dot./ Yes, the oak adds extra dimension. Depth, wood spices. The fruit is fully up to it, striking an ideal balance./ Fronsac fortitude. I like that black fruit of Fronsac. Zesty, almost peppery. A big, broad, dynamic Fronsac with good oak mellowing and complexing. Softness and spread. Best Clos du Roy I‛ve tasted. They‛re usually more four square. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1607. 14 CHATEAU MAYNE VIEIL, FRONSAC
Silver Medal - Concours de Bordeaux. All merlot. Deep, ripe, Fronsac substantial and significant. Smoky. Smoked fruits and spices. Some wood./ More ripeness, extract, and plentitude than the 2012. Yes. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1608. 15 CHATEAU VILLARS, FRONSAC
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1609. 15 CHATEAU LA GRANGE CLINET GRANDE RESERVE, COTES DE BORDEAUX
At Saint Caprais; 68% merlot, 17% cab sauv, 15% cab franc. Very sweet fruit. Full, rangy, sweet fruited. Significant. Light oak savor./ Yes, rich and full 2015 fruit that‛s delicious, and nicely countered by good acidity and very fine grained tannins. flow, complexity, size. Like the highly rated 2014 of this, first class. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1610. 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: 19.99 each

FR-1611. 14 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91; Wine Spectator 90: 'Frankly toasty, sporting a mocha frame around a core of warmed plum and blackberry confiture notes. Light tobacco and licorice accents fill in on the finish, where the toast still holds sway. This has the fruit. Best from 2018 through 2024. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1612. 16 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Black color./ Rich, deep, spicy black cherry merlot display with Castillon significance. Ripe, but not overly so like I found the 2015. Runs way deep, Pastilles, cremes./ Powerful and ripe but also 2016 well managed. Fine texture and spice. Big time tannins too. These temper the ripeness. Can't fault its ambitions. Still some astringency to shed on the finish. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1613. 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-1614. 12 CHATEAU LA ROCHE MEZIERES, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
This is nice now, coming along. Seems it was 12 bearish when younger. Pleasingly 12 dark and formed. But earning a nicely softened core./ Yeah, the fruit here is now nice and flashy and pure. 12 dark. Could be oak tinged. And that‛s just the nose./ Pleasingly balance. Has some gaminess. Good degree of maturity. Works right now. Pleases. Very popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1615. 15 SEIGNEURS D'AIGUILHE, COTES DE CASTILLON
Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, proprietor of Premier Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere. 85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. 14 months in barrels, 30% new. Oh, boy, an explosion of sweet black fruit and oak Deep and large framed and filled. Gives, gives, gives./ Large in the mouth too. Great oak and sweet fruit in harmony. Yes, lots of give, oak, fruit. Shows off Castillon as an extension of Saint Emilion. Fine tannin. Long. Fine cellar candidate. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1616. 15 CHATEAU MARSAU, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
All merlot, average vine age 25 years. Aged 12 months in new and once used barrels. Large. Shows oak sophistication. Both 15 rich and claret elegant./ Yes, plump and Pomerol like, with oak framing. Fine claret. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1617. 15 CHATEAU MARSAU, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX half bottle
All merlot, average vine age 25 years. Aged 12 months in new and once used barrels. Large. Shows oak sophistication. Both 15 rich and claret elegant./ Yes, plump and Pomerol like, with oak framing. Fine claret. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1618. 15 CHATEAU CHAMAILLE, COTES DE BOURG
Gold Medal - Macon. All merlot. Yes, sweet and direct merlot cherry on the attack. Just surges forth./ Again, all about Bourg, merlot, and 2015 generosity. Aims to please. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1619. 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: 12.99 each

FR-1620. 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: 12.99 each

FR-1621. 16 CHATEAU SAUMAN, COTES DE BOURG
Deep, dark, and sweet fruited Bourg. Bright, clear, fruity 16 Bourg claret classic. Very bright indeed./ Soft, tender, accommodating. Good stuff. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1622. 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-1623. 14 CHATEAU LES JOUBERTS CUVEE PRESTIGE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Well, my, uh huh. Sweet accomplished, full. Quite a large charge for vintage and zone./ Delivers on palate too. Lots of substance here. And flavor and texture interest and breadth. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1624. 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: 17.99 each

FR-1625. 15 CHATEAU BELLEVUE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Sauveterre. 60% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 10% malbec. Deep, rich, haunting, unique, cool, berried, black, sleek, all./ Rich, opulent, cran-apple taste with fine tannin and texture. Superb claret value. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1626. 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-1627. 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Thierry Lurton; at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc; in branded wood boxes of 6. Bordeaux Superieur extra volume and dimension. Class, quality, depth. Coming out of its shell very nicely. More abundant than previous vintages. I'm a believer now./ Emerging even more on the palate. Sweet stuff. I've never had one of these so sweet and open and revealing. Just a luscious, sexy, inviting thing. Gotta have it. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1628. 15 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
85% merlot, 15% cab franc. 43 year old vines. 9 months in barrels, half new. Owned by the Janoueix family. Oh, yes, the extra dimension here of the barrel regimen. And substantial basis of Bordeaux Superieur standards and old vines. Everything right about it. In Bordeaux Superieur terms, a Grand Vin./ Beautiful. Wears everything right. The fruit, the wood, the acid, the juicy, delicious flavor. Virtually without tannin, and fully inviting for current use. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1629. 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: 14.99 each

FR-1630. 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-1631. 15 CHATEAU GRAND FRANCAIS GRAND CUVEE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
In the Isle valley north of Saint Emilion. 50% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Aged 10-14 months in oak barrels. Fabulous 2015 ripeness, with claret framing, constraint, dignity. Light oak aura./ Yes, oak and fruit flavors. Ripe, juicy claret with oak savors. Great acid. Balanced and long. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1632. 15 CHATEAU LES GRANDS MOTTES, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
80% merlot, 20% cabernet. Couldn‛t keep the 2012 on the shelf. This 2015 is even better. Beautiful fruit, 15 sweet and billowing. On key./ Yes, this has fruit and flow, and it becomes even more generous after aeration. Has texture, sweetness, grip, variegation. Well balanced presentation for now and later. 91+/100. Branded wood case.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1633. 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-1634. 11 CHATEAU LESCALLE CUVEE EMMANUEL TESSANDIER, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
70% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 10% cab franc, 5% petit verdot. 14%. Hearty color./ Well developed and inviting bouquet./ Yes, hearty, accomplished, and developing nicely now. Some oak and positive leather notes. First accomplished 2011 claret I‛ve tasted in a long while. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1635. 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: 11.99 each

FR-1636. 15 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE LEAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
100% merlot. Ripeness, richness, and sheen of 15. Probably more barrel-extract influence than in the Sarah, though not blatantly oaky by any means./ Softness, roundness, size, and power of the vintage. Totally well composed, with nice barrel influence. Seems old vines intense. A beauty right now. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1637. 15 CHATEAU DE BON AMI, BORDEAUX
Famille Regaud at Le Puy. Good 15 richness. Berry and cherry. This works./ Great acid and tannin textures. Both flavor and texture working hard to please the palate. 90/100. 12-bottle purchase earns you a wood case.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1638. 16 CHATEAU CAMPOT LAFONT, BORDEAUX
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-1639. 16 CHATEAU CHARRON, BORDEAUX
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1640. 15 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX
Getting better, more enjoyable. It was so tightly wound when it first arrived. Richer, softer, more revealing./ Yes, plusher and more charming. I'm a fan now. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1641. 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-1642. 16 CHATEAU LAMOTHE CASTERA CUVEE MARGAUX, BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 90 - BEST BUY: 'This is a ripe, rounded wine that displays fine tannins and a black fruit flavor that come together easily on the palate. It will age well and should be enjoyed from 2021.' 85% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1643. 15 CHATEAU LA MARZELLE, BORDEAUX
85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Dark and accomplished and ideally ripe. Wow, what 2015 Bordeaux AOC claret should be about. Dark fruited, perfectly ripe, and fabulous./ Again, spot on. Some tannin for texture. Food wine now, or later. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1644. 15 CHATEAU MOULIN DE L'ESPERANCE, BORDEAUX
Cholet at Saint Radegonde; 75% merlot, 25% cab franc. Sweeter even, and lovely. Merlot cherry emphasis as always here. Open hearted, but also classically formed./ Yes! Sweet cherry flavor, great acid. Long and inviting. Orders taken. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1645. 15 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX
80% merlot, 10% ea of the cabernets. Continues to fill out, to freshen up. Deeper, plusher fruit today. No barrel aging necessary./ Very nice, even beautiful, perfectly ripe example of the vintage. Still a little dry in back, but is filling out nicely. Becoming really quite delicious. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1646. 15 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX
At Targon. 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% cab franc. Well, this is an abundant, sweet, ripe one. As before. Just the right degree of fruit ripeness. Perfect 15 fruition. Sweet and black and deep and dense. The real 2015 claret deal./ Rich and seemingly cabernet influenced. Super sized. Has fruit goodness all over the place. Plus good texture and tannin. Superb value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1647. 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-1648. 15 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6
All awarded Gold Medals at prestigious wine competitions. 1 bottle each Bordeaux AOC Chateaux Chauvet, Florie Aude, Haut Bardin, Haut Moulin, Jean de Bel Air, Talaise. In a flat white gift box with map, labels, medals, and descriptions included.
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1649. 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-1650. 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-1651. 14 L‛ABEILLE DE CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of the Grand Cru. Full, new, not a bit oaky or earthy. Perfectly clear and explicit northern Graves blanc. Age potential here./ Yes, full concentration and extract of the vintage. Attractive oak nuances flare up on the palate. 14 minerality. Complete. And cellar-worthy. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1652. 15 CHATEAU TOUR LEOGNAN, PESSAC LEOGNAN
This is the second wine of Grand Cru Chateau Carbonnieux. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon. Plenty of oomph. Quality semillon basis. 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: 22.99 each

FR-1653. 16 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES BLANC
An attractive amalgam of sauvignon and semillon aromas and feels./ Good grip and substance. Full of texture and oomph. Good value. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1654. 16 CHATEAU CHANTEGRIVE, GRAVES BLANC
Half each semillon, sauvignon blanc. Aged 5 months in cooperage on its fermentation lees, which are stirred regularly. Good Graves depth and fortitude. The varietals are in sympathy with one another. Pungent, oaky, leesy, fruity, complex./ Yes, lees, oak, and barrel bouquet development. That semillon - sauvignon blanc yin-yang of body and race carries through to the finish. Attractive strength, largesse. Ready for the table. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1655. 17 CHATEAU DUCASSE, BORDEAUX BLANC
The right semillon and sauvignon blanc relationship. Well groomed Dubourdieu style./ 2017 suits this well. Softness and come hither qualities. Well balanced in all respects. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1656. 17 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC
2016: New York Times 20 Under $20: ' White Bordeaux is one of this wine writer's favorites that never manages to capture the imagination of the public. That can make it a very good value, like this savory, saline wine of 75 percent semillon, 20 percent sauvignon blanc and 5 percent muscadelle. It is rich but floral, and the longer it's exposed to air, the better it gets.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1657. 15 CHATEAU PERRON, GRAVES BLANC
50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Fine sauvignon gooseberry and muscadelle green mango. Full of ripe and green fruit aromas./ Full body, texture, and flavor ranges. Good balance of acid and ripeness. Best of these I've tasted. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1658. 17 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC
At Portets; proprietor Arnaud de Butler; 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc. Graves rich and full, 2017 racy and inviting. Complex aromatic spectrum suggesting that semillon, given the spotlight, can really strut its stuff./ Great zest and vitality. Tangy, juicy. Again, insights into semillon, flairs of sauvignon exuberance. Yow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1659. 17 CHATEAU BELLEVUE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Vicomte d'Armecourt at Sauveterre; 49% ea semillon, sauvignon, 1% ea muscadelle, colombard. Fuller bodied and less aromatic. More mineral than fruit./ The main flavor themes are sauvignon spring grass and yellow citrus. Fine acidity. Well balanced and geared to meal time service. This is a dinner wine, not a show wine. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1660. 17 CHATEAU DE CASTELNEAU, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Vicomte Loic de Roquefeuil, proprietor. 60% semillon, 30% sauvignon, 10% muscadelle. Both rich and racy. Ideal cuvee. Ample, complex, broad./ Semillon solid, 17 juicy, tender, and fresh. Yes, ideal. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1661. 16 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Lots of guava and passion fruit. Zingy, thrilling, rangy. Semillon depth, sauvignon gris richness, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle brightness./ Full flavor of sauvignon blanc, plumpness of sauvignon gris and semillon, green tinctures of muscadelle. Everything fits together. Racy acid, juicy citrus and tropics flavors. Sprawling, persistent, flavorful aftertaste. Total treat. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1662. 17 CHATEAU LA GRAVIERE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Shows lots of personality. Including green fruit. Muscadelle here? Or is it the sauvignon?/ Pizzazz, body, flair. Flavor, texture. Lots of things to like here, more on display than ever before. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1663. 17 CHATEAU TERTRE DE LAUNAY, ENTRE DEUX MERS
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1664. 16 CHATEAU LES JOUBERTS CUVEE PRESTIGE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX BLANC
All sauvignon blanc. Aged 6 months in barrels. The barrel and origin make it fat and full. Sauvignon guava, green fruit./ Again, the lime and green stuff. Mini Bouscaut. Big, rich sauvignon. Champion. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1665. 17 CHATEAU BRIOT RESERVE, BORDEAUX BLANC
All sauvignon blanc. Fresh, young, and tender 2017 classic. Super nose./ Flavors of spring grass and gooseberry. Yes indeed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1666. 16 BLANC DE CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
More about tropical fruit than citrus fruit./ More citricity comes through on the palate. That magnificent 2016 acid structure and refreshment. A sure quaffer. Head for some goat cheese. Swell buy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-1667. 16 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX BLANC
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-1668. 17 CHATEAU FORT VIAUD, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
Whoa! Intense, ripe tangelo aroma sports tingle and race./ More tangelo. Plus guava, mint, hyssop. Yow! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1669. 17 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon, sauvignon. Another flattering 2017 Euro white with soft, forthcoming fruit. Good semillon padding./ Yes, all about fruit. Light lemon curd semillon. Sauvignon lime edge at end. Will improve. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1670. 16 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Fresh and classic form of Bordeaux sauvignon-semillon. Crisp edge./ Full, intense varietal character. Very good texture. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1671. 15 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon, sauvignon blanc. Aged in Sauternes barrels. Barrel age notions, semillon basis, sauvignon lime./ Plump and sassy both. Semillon marl and lemon curd. Beginning to fill out nicely since last tasted weeks back. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1672. 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-1673. 16 DOMAINE DES JUSTICES, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon and sauvignon blanc. 14%. Serious strength, fullness, presence. Big deal like a Graves./ Yes, power and body. Maybe some barrel time. Big time white Bordeaux for food. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1674. 17 CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. At Saint Felix de Foncaude, Entre deux Mers. Juicy sauvignon citrus with rich semillon basis. 2017 fruity and forward./ Great acid edge. Citrus, mineral, texture, grip. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1675. 16 CHATEAU REYNON, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
Very rich, as if semillon were part of the cuvee. Deep textured, dense textured. Great presence. And it swells the nostrils too. Unmistakable Bordeaux sauvignon hallmark in the last vintage of the master wine professor/winegrower Denis Dubourdieu. I hope the family is able to carry on his tradition./ Oh, yes, this fills and coats the palate. Gooseberry and lush tropics. Huge texture and form. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1676. 15 CHATEAU REYNON, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
Parker 90-92/100. By Denis Dubourdieu. Wonderfully full Bordeaux sauvignon. A lot of stone fruit. Nice tropical fruit too. No grapefruit./ It's got his style. We're going to miss him. Terrific passion fruit display. Lots of race, texture. Enormously successful 2015. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1677. 16 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC
From Villegouge near Fronsac. Half each sauvignon, semillon; 70 year old vines. Full. Talks the talk of both. Unique from the usual Bordeaux Blanc areas./ Very full. The two varieties come together very well and support one another with thickness and briskness. Very well managed. Clings, lingers. Lemon creme and lemon zest. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1678. 13 LA FLEUR D'OR, SAUTERNES half bottle
2010: Assembled by negociant Bill Blatch from productions too small to chateau-bottle. Fresh peach, pineapple, orange. Full, sweet honey with pollen botrytis. Deep and dark as usual./ Botrytis tea and tobacco. Golden honeycomb. Candied pineapple. Light astringency and bitterness of botrytis. Full, sweet, balanced. Great now. Best ever vintage of this. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1679. 05 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 97 - #4 - TOP 100 WINES OF 2008: 'Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2014.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1680. 13 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
2011: 2/3 semillon, 1/3 sauvignon blanc. Sweet and upbeat. Pineapple, lemon curd. Bright acid./ Really vital acidity to balance its unctuous sweetness. Total concentration here. Long and powerful. What must the Grand Vin be like?! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1681. 10 CHATEAU HALLET, SAUTERNES half bottle
Chateau bottled by Chateau Gravas at Barsac. Sweet honey and pineapple. Candied citrus peels too. Light botrytis. Barsac's relative dryness./ Full, brassy, nutty, botrytised. Big-time concentration, power. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1682. 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-1683. 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-1684. 13 CHATEAU LARIBOTTE, SAUTERNES half bottle
A proper set of honey, citrus, and pineapple on the nose, if understated yet./ Hold everything! A va, va voom explosion of sweetness and luxury on the palate, all the aromatic attributes greatly magnified. The nose will catch up. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1685. 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./ Luscious honey, vanilla cake frosting, citrus, botrytis tea and tobacco. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1686. 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 Château de Myrat and comes highly recommended.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-1687. 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-1688. 12 CHATEAU PINEAU DU REY, SAUTERNES half bottle
Second wine of 2me Grand Cru Chateau Filhot. Lightly sweet pineapple aroma. Filhot filigreed, delicate. Honey and citrus follow./ Very sweet, with good acid foil. Long aftertaste of honey, pineapple, citrus. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1689. 15 CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Parker 96; Vinous 97: 'The 2015 Rieussec is gorgeous. Scents of apricot jam, honey, mint and wild flowers lift from the glass. Delicate and gracious, with terrific freshness, the wine is all polish. Reflecting both the style of the year and the desire to make a slightly lighter Sauternes, the 2015 is rendered in a style the emphasizes finesse over power. The blend is 86% Semillon and 14% Sauvignon Blanc.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1690. 09 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1691. 06 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 94; Wine Enthusiast 95: 'It is the poise, the elegance of Coutet that shows so well in this delicious wine. It is ripe, with layers of apricot and peach, lifted with spice and an over-arching sweet acidity that gives the wine a wonderful, heart-stopping lift.'
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-1692. 03 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 95: 'Honey, apple tart and lemon rind. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and very spicy with intense flavors of mace, apple and honey. Long finish. Thick and powerful. Best after 2010.'
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1693. 02 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1694. 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-1695. 17 BERGERAC BLANC SEC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX
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-1696. 14 COTES DU MARMANDAIS ABOURIOU, LIONEL OSMIN
I like this best of the set of three from obscure SW France varietals. I enjoy the fuller body and strength./ Softer, fuller, rounder. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1697. 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: 16.99 each

FR-1698. 15 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: 15.99 each

FR-1699. 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-1700. 11 CAHORS, CLOS TRIGUEDINA
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

FR-1701. 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-1702. 13 CAHORS MALBEC K-LYS, CLOS TROTELIGOTTE
24 months in new French oak. Dark./ Creamy, with barrel age. All sorts of wood spices plus cherry and briar of malbec. A rich fruit and oak bomb./ Rich texture, good acid, fine tannin. Full flavor range. Super now and has age potential too. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1703. 12 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU GAUTOUL
Wine & Spirits 90 - BEST BUY: 'Once owned by chef Alain Senderens, who renovated the 18th-century chateau and built the winery, this 49-acre estate is now the property of Belgian businessman Eric Swenden. Working with vintner Thierry Meze, his 2012 is a showy wine, royal purple and dense with fruit. Oak scents heighten the sweetness of the dark-chocolate-and-cherry flavors while ferrous tannins keep it firm and savory. For a steakhouse. $16.'
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1704. 15 CAHORS MALBEC LA GAMOTIN CLOS DE GAMOT, JOUFFREAU
Tart and racy Euro style of malbec. Surprisingly tart fruit for 15. Maybe that's what this cuvee is all about. Young wine./ Fruitier palate talks 15. Nice achievement, and the price is right. Lots of appeal. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1705. 15 CAHORS MALBEC, CHATEAU HAUT MONPLAISIR
2014: 100% malbec grown on the third terrace above the Lot; unfined, unfiltered. Significant black fruit and spice showing. Plenty of material; unfined and unfiltered residual. Sweet fruit for young 14 Cahors. A sense of barrel aging without overt woodiness./ Yes, rich and full of body and matter, berry and spice. Lingers. The whole package. Better than the admirable 2012. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1706. 09 CAHORS CRU D‛EXCEPTION, CHATEAU LAGREZETTE
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1707. 13 CAHORS CHATEAU CHEVALIERS, CHATEAU LAGREZETTE
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1708. 17 CAHORS MALBEC PIGMENTUM, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
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: 9.99 each

FR-1709. 16 CAHORS MALBEC GOULEYANT, GEORGES VIGOUROUX
10% merlot. Rich and rightful modern Cahors. Lovely. Plumper than Pigmentum./ Very pure 2016. Cool and clear. Fine tannin. Nice and dry. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1710. 12 MADIRAN CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, ALAIN BRUMONT
2011: Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Bouscasse is the home of Alain Brumont who also owns Chateau Montus in Madiran. This powerful wine with its blend of Tannat with the two Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon) is dense and packed with firm tannins. It is also equally full of generous black-plum fruits and considerable acidity. This is still young -- it's a concentrated wine that needs to age further. Drink from 2019.'
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1711. 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-1712. 12 MADIRAN L'ORIGINEL, DOMAINE DU CRAMPILH
All tannat. Real 2012 and tannat form and enduring vigor. Beautifully balanced, eminently well composed. With aeration, it becomes very giving./ Full tannat flavor and feel. No barrel aging necessary. Well balanced. Fine fruit tannin. Classic. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1713. 14 GAILLAC VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DU MOULIN
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1714. 17 COTES DU GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES
50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng. Sings. Sweet and fresh 2017 Euro white style. The softness of the south. Cool, green fruit fragrance of colombard and sweet stone fruit assets of gros manseng./ Oh, yes, the gros manseng really comes through this vintage, giving this the personality of Gascogne's late harvest blancs while maintaining its true dryness. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1715. 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-1716. 16 COTES DE GASCOGNE L‛AURORE EN GASCOGNE, BERNARD MAGREZ
Gold Medal - IWC. 80% colombard, 20% sauvignon blanc. Correct nose. Subtle. Green fruit colombard and sauvignon citrus./ Juicy citrus. Plenty of fresh acidity for food. Dry. Take to the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1717. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE L‛AURORE EN GASCOGNE LA DOUCER DES VIGNES, BERNARD MAGREZ
All gros manseng. Quite dry; cool peach./ Round and soft and succulent, yet drier than the norm. Good acidity to balance. Needs time for more flavor development. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1718. 12 COTES DE GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG MOELLEUX, DOMAINE DE MENARD
Petit and gros manseng. Oh, luscious. Honey and apricot. Really working hard for my benefit./ Unbelievable. Full flavored, honey, tonic. Petit manseng high acid. A magnificent sweet wine. Way underpriced. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1719. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET
All colombard. Crisp scented, and full of the good colombard green stuff./ 2017 come hither softness. Long on texture and follow through. Made right. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-1720. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE L'ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT
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: 12.99 each

FR-1721. 17 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES
80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Yes, much more fulfilled now than three weeks back. Full, crisp, penetrating. Colombard green, racy stuff all over the place./ Then on the palate, a burst of colombard green goodness with gros manseng plump goodness. Dazzles and embraces. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-1722. 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: 8.99 each

FR-1723. 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-1724. 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

FRANCE LOIRE

FR-1726. 09 FRANCAIS GAMAY CUVEE GIGOU‛T, VINS GIGOU
Fresh, black, warm, full. Astonishingly concentrated Loire gamay. Full of ripe fruit of 2009./ Great acid tang, and surprising tannin for age, variety, vintage. Full density. Light bottle bouquet. List price: $22. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1727. 16 SAUMUR CLOS MAZURIQUE, CHATEAU DE BREZE
Wine & Spirits 91; New York Times 20 Wine Adventures at Under $20: 'The cabernet franc wines of the Loire have been perennially great values, and this remains true even though wine writers have for years been desperately trying to give away the secret. Arnaud Lambert of Chateau de Breze is among the leading winemakers.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1728. 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: 12.99 each

FR-1729. 17 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE
Dark color./ Nice ripe red raspberry Loire cabernet franc aroma. Spicy savor and lift./ Deep, dark, spicy, glorious. More sumptuous than ever before. Spiced fruit./ Again, fruit and spice all over the place. Yow. Yes, this is ripe and fruity Bourgueil. Sweet fruit always marks this cuvee. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1730. 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-1731. 16 CHINON CLOS DU SAUT AU LOUP MONOPOLE, DOMAINE DOZON
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-1732. 15 CHINON LES COTEAUX DOMAINE DES CLOS GODEAUX, PHILIPPE BROCOURT
Very clear and bright cabernet franc red raspberry aroma. Sweet and intense in 2015. Great aromatic push./ Yes, fully ripe Loire cabernet franc in 2015. Well ahead of the 2014 in development in turns of roundness and openness. Dense and ample. 91+/100. List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1733. 14 CHINON LES COTEAUX DOMAINE DES CLOS GODEAUX, PHILIPPE BROCOURT
Oh, boy. It‛s racier than it was at last encounter. Good maturity, patina of bouquet. Very rich and open now; not a bit bearish./ Really a lot of darkness, oomph, and stuffing for a Loire cabernet franc. Round, rich, mature. Large scale cabernet franc. 92+/100. List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1734. 16 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT
2015: On clay and limestone. 15 sweet fruit pulp with tarry peels stuff too. Mellot clarity. Deep and persistent./ Juicy cherry and raspberry taste. Mouthful of flavors that expand on the palate. Great acid. For the table or the cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1735. 17 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU
Dark, bright, fresh, snappy aromas of raspberry and seed. Becomes rounder with aeration. Ideal. Better even than the 2015 and 2016./ Yes, much more fulfilled and inviting. Balanced. Wonderful red raspberry character. Fine material. Fresh, bright acid, and plenty of fruit contents too. Just glowed at the August 30 Ann Arbor Tasters Guild Weygandt dinner. At Wine Club September 9, it seemed even more intense in every respect. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1736. 17 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT
2016: OMG! That is luscious! That's in spades! All over the previous vintage. Tremendous amount of oomph and richness for Loire cabernet franc./ Oh, my, mouthfilling. Total. Has the crisp acidity too. And so much volume. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1737. 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-1738. 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-1739. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD
Full moss, spring forest, terrarium impressions. The real deal./ Entire flavor confirmation. Large and rustic, traditional. Good acid, tender core. True to type. A lot of muscadet for the money. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1740. 17 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE
Dazzling. Like all these wonderful 2017 muscadets. Soars. Fruit abundance, concentration./ Full, full, full. Grandlieu stuff. Chablis full. Everything you could want. Terroir, apple, citrus, undergrowth. Just billowing forth after long aeration. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1741. 16 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Bright and full. Delivers in a beautiful fashion./ All kinds of botanical flavors. Off the charts. Wonderful, wonderful thing. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1742. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DE GRAS MOUTONS, CLAUDE BRANGER
Wine & Spirits 91/100. My notes: Vines average 38 years. Brisk apple and ventilating terrarium airs. Cool./ Racy, yet not without muscadet's tender middle palate. Very nice texture and balance. Hits the spot. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1743. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU LA CARIZIERE (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
2013: Fresh, green, conservatory, hot house. Lima and apple. Real oomph, aroma bounty, 3D./ Full flavor of moss and earth. Plus full class. Balanced. Fresh, brisk acid without padding. Lithe. Food worthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1744. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE CHATEAU L'OISELINIERE DE LA RAMEE, CHEREAU CARRE
Full, fresh, classic. Good sur lie nutty-creamy complex./ This has volume, earth, grit. A pleasing 2015 Muscadet. For food. Well liked by the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1745. 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-1746. 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-1747. 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-1748. 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-1749. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, NICOLAS IDIART (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Classic green fruit./ Lots of grip, material, dry extract. Almost hard to swallow. Boy, is this concentrated. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1750. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LES HOUX, DOMAINE JO LANDRON
Just a succulent form of muscadet in 2015. I mean, it's not soft and sloppy; it's just ample, cushioned, loaded. Rich and right. Green stuff, cedar, pear. Coming on well./ Yeah, it has big time form and filling, power and presence. How does it give all this at 12%?! 15 richness in stone fruit, with good extract and correct acid. All the while maintaining its cool. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1751. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE CLOS DES ALLEES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE LUNEAU PAPIN
Big time. Total fullness. Deserves its heavy bottle. A giant of a Muscadet./ Positively fills the mouth. Very popular with the group. Lots of flavors and textures. Without straying from classicism. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1752. 13 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE PERD SON PAIN, DOMAINE MARTIN (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
At age two plus, it offers quince, stone, grain, seckel pear, and lees influence. Ideal./ Good body, texture, extract, lees autolysis. Balance and accuracy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1753. 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-1754. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA PEPIE, LA PEPIERE
New York Times - 3 Stars. My notes: Fresh and mossy and giving. Right. Soft lemon creme center./ Soft and sassy both. Acid and tenderness. Well balanced and easy on the approach. Well liked by the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1755. 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: 12.99 each

FR-1756. 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: 15.99 each

FR-1757. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, CHATEAU SALMONIERE
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1758. 17 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GORGES, DOMAINE VERDIER
2015: Est. 1635; first to plant melon de Bourgogne in Loire Maritime. Here we have snap and vigor. A penetrating nose-ful. Yes./ Juicy, flavorful, full bodied for its genre. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1759. 15 MUSCADET SEVRE & MAINE SUR LIE GORGES, DOMAINE VERDIER (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Est. 1635; first to plant melon de Bourgogne in Loire Maritime. Here we have snap and vigor. A penetrating nose-ful. Yes./ Juicy, flavorful, full bodied for its genre. Spot on. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1760. 17 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE,. THIBAUT HENRION
Est. 1820; chenin blanc; sandy-clay soil. Bright and fine and edgy 2017. Crispness and minerality. Yeah, chenin‛s quince aroma, fresh and alert./ Pleasing 2017 fruit softness, forgiveness. Suave, round chenin mouthful. With good acidity. Quince and lime. Juicy finale. Yes. Ideal. Has it all. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1761. 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-1762. 11 COTEAUX DU LAYON, CHATEAU DE LA ROULERIE (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Lovely apricot, quince, pear, and walnut husk aromas./ Full sweetness and great acidity. Long and fabulous aftertaste. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1763. 17 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU MIDI, CHATEAU DE BREZE
2016: Oh, this fills the bill so well. It tingles. Juicy chenin melon plus. Wonderful./ Boy, I like the build on this. Chenin gentle. Good acid, good cut. Oh what a properly proportioned combo of glycerol smoothness with tingle. Not demonstrative; instead, mealworthy. Laid back and lovely. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1764. 17 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, VIGNERONS DE SAUMUR
2016: Chenin blanc from a single vineyard on southwest slopes near Meron. Nose retarded yet (5/31/17)./ Bright fruit flavor already though. Melon and lime. No doubt fulfilled by mid summer. Well liked by the group. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1765. 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-1766. 17 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET
2016: Fabulous. Just the right composition. Light pear, quince, even apricot. Perfect pitch./ Yes, the taste, the light sec tendre style, the juicy acid; everything lays together just right in the mouth. This is succulent and harmonious. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1767. 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-1768. 16 VOUVRAY, CHAMPALOU
Dry and tingly. Always dry these days./ Sec tendre in a reach, but surely near dry, with great acid background as always and plenty of chenin fruit display; quince, lime, apple. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1769. 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-1770. 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-1771. 16 VOUVRAY CLOS DU BOURG SEC, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 93: 'Bright and pure, with delightful pear, green almond and green plum notes laced with a fennel streak, ending with finely beaded acidity and a mineral echo through the finish. Very refined. Drink now through 2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1772. 17 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU SEC, DOMAINE HUET
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1773. 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-1774. 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-1775. 15 VOUVRAY LE HAUT LIEU MOELLEUX, HUET
Wine Spectator 95: 'Offers a big, broad feel, with layers of glazed pear, apple and peach falling over each other, backed by fresh ginger, honeysuckle and quince notes. Everything pulls together through the finish, with green tea accents and racy minerality providing the foil. Drink now through 2035. '
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1776. 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-1777. 15 VOUVRAY LE MONT MOELLEUX, DOMAINE HUET
Wine Spectator 94: ‛Offers ginger- and hibiscus-infused creamed yellow apple, quince and pear notes, gilded with a whiff of piecrust. All the elements meld through the long, rippling finish. Drink now through 2035.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1778. 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-1779. 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-1780. 16 VOUVRAY LE PEU DE LA MORIETTE, DOMAINE PICHOT
Oh, quince, lime, sweetness, acidity, all./ Yes, juicy demi sec. Balanced, complete, thorough. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1781. 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-1782. 17 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX, DOMAINE VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU
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-1783. 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-1784. 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC, DOMAINE PAUL BUISSE
Dazzling; lots of passion fruit. The 2016 was fresh enough. This is beyond freshness. Levity and brightness are among its fortes. Gravitas too; and the ethereal properties of 2017./ Tells the tale. The difference between 16 weight and 17 lift. Equal quality, more freshness, different style. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1785. 16 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC, DOMAINE PAUL BUISSE
Good zest and vitality. 16 persistence and body. Yes, grass and citrus./ Again, All vital and grippy. Texture and taste persistence indeed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1786. 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE GRAND ST-VINCENT, LES VIGNEREONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS
Sweet citrus and passion fruit. Incisive too./ Again. Balmy tropics flavors plus acidity and coolness of Loire. Really great acid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1787. 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, VIGNOBLE DU HAUT BAGNEUX, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MANDARD
55 year old vines. Very, very pretty aromas of tangerine and nectarine. Dainty and delightful./ Good green fruit sauvignon flavors: lime and green melon. Crisp acidity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1788. 17 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE COEUR DE LA REINE, DOMAINE JACKY MARTEAU
At Pouille. Rich, racy. Fabulous penetration. Ripe citrus./ Ripe and round, with enough acid. Long citrus aftertaste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1789. 16 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE PLOUZEAU
Clear, racy, full./ Large range of citrus and even stone fruit flavors. White peach. Very full and broad and giving for its appellation. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1790. 17 QUINCY DOMAINE DES ROUESSES, JOSEPH MELLOT
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1791. 14 SANCERRE ROUGE LES HERSES, GITTON PERE
Silex soil. 50 year old vines. Aged in small oak casks 18-24 months. Rich, evolved, woody, suave, spicy./ Confirmed. Christmas cake spices and ventilating sachet overtones. Special. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1792. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE, DOMINIQUE & JANINE CROCHET
At Bue. Clear and crisp. 17 rich in fruit. Harmony, reserve, discretion. Underlying body and stamina./ Great acid and spreading, mouthfilling flavor and texture. Clings. Lingers. Almost chewy. For food. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1793. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY
Pungent, weighty, and forward, in tune with the style of recent vintages./ Yes, emphasizes fullness over elegance. Ready to put to work at the table. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1794. 17 SANCERRE LE CLOS DE CHAUDENAY, DOMAINE DAULNY
At Chaudenay-Verdigny; on Kimmeridgian limestone. Quiet. Still water runs deep. Quince. Loaded./ Yes, large in body, alcohol. Passion fruit coming forth. Unique vintage for this. But aren‛t they all?! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1795. 17 SANCERRE CHAVIGNOL, DOMAINE DELAPORTE
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: 29.99 each

FR-1796. 16 SANCERRE LES BELLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FOURNIER
Wine Spectator 91: ‛A fresh, herb-filled version, with lots of bristling savory and thyme notes followed by white asparagus and gooseberry flavors. A flinty spine holds the finish. Drink now through 2021. $28.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1797. 16 SANCERRE LES MONTS DAMNES, DOMAINE GIRARD
Rich Monts Damnes stuff. No grassy sauvignon, this is chalky; it reports its calcareous origin. Grows and deepens with aeration./ Great texture and tingle. Variegated feels and flavors. Complex, layered. Long and clinging. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1798. 17 SANCERRE, LANGLOIS-CHATEAU
Est. 1885. Nose young. Not a lot of aromatic or textural spiel yet./ Much more expression on the palate though. Full flavor and texture activity. Great length. A wow taste. The nose will catch up soon. (Tasted 7/11/18). 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1799. 17 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE, JOSEPH MELLOT
On flint-rich, siliceous clay. Flinty indeed. More soil- than varietal-driven./ Yes, mineral, stone, less fruit. Meal time destination. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1800. 17 SANCERRE COTE DES EMBOUFFANTS, DOMAINE ROGER NEVEU
At Verdigny; on limestone. Exudes calcaire terroir and varietal citrus./ Great, chewy extract and acid. Pink grapefruit and passion fruit. Juicy closing. The most alluring wine in a set of five 2017 Sancerres. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1801. 17 SANCERRE DOMAINE PAULINE, ERIC LOUIS
Full, brisk, bright, well priced. This will fly./ Crisp and clean. Still filling out. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1802. 16 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DU PRE SEMELE
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-1803. 17 SANCERRE, DOMAINE HIPPOLYTE REVERDY
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1804. 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-1805. 16 SANCERRE LA REINE BLANCHE, JEAN REVERDY
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: At Verdigny; dispersed vineyards on silex, caillottes, and terres blanches. To start, SO2 closes the nose down and gives a sharpness./ Aeration works wonders, and the palate boasts fetching sweet-tart yin-yang, and flavors of new mown grass and grapefruit. Soft landing. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1806. 16 SANCERRE, DOMAINE PAUL THOMAS
The nose is clear and cool but somewhat retarded by either travel and/or youth. 16 finesse./ Incisive acid, extract, grip. Yow. A jawbreaker. 92+/100. Tasted 11/9/17.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1807. 17 POUILLY FUME LE TRONCSEC, JOSEPH MELLOT
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: 26.99 each

FR-1808. 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: 18.99 each

FR-1809. 16 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. Crisp, round, alert, balanced, concentrated. All the right 2016 stuff./ Yes, perfect pitch. Sweetness, briskness, texture. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1810. 17 HAUT POITOU SAUVIGNON LE BOIS DE LA TOUR, CAVE DE HAUT POITOU
Bright, delicate, discreet take on sauvignon blanc. In contrast to the NZ style. Attractive sauvignon citrus./ Yes, that lovely, lilting, ‛luncheon‛ sauvignon style of Haut Poitou. Well balanced. In form. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

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FR-1812. 15 COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MAGNIEN
40 year old vines. Good and rich 15 with plenty of pinot personality. Medium bodied style of the appellation. This all works./ Flavors of cherry and pitch. Good acid and tannin. Balanced and ageworthy. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1813. 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: 15.99 each

FR-1814. 16 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES URSULINES, JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET
Wine Spectator 90: 'A smoky version, offering black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice flavors to match the toasty oak. This is succulent and leaves spice and smoke notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021. $20.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1815. 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-1816. 16 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE DE LA GREFFIERE (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
At La Roche Vineuse. Damp-earthy to start. Clears to a readily identifiable pinot noir expression. A rich one too./ Bright acidity of 2016. Still tart and edgy in youth. Put it away for awhile. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1817. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, LIGNIER MICHELOT
12.5%. Rich, full, rightful Cote de Nuits black plum fruit. Light barrel overtones./ Yes, the black fruit, the oak seasoning. The Morey Saint Denis area definition. Should be cellared to allow it to blossom fully. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1818. 15 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MATROT
Deep, dark, earthy, woody, tarry Matrot style indeed. Sweet black cherry. Full of material./ Cherry and oak flavors. Fully extracted, full of matter and power (though only 12%), tannin and grip. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1819. 15 BOURGOGNE, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
From the domaine's parcels in Premeaux-Prissey, on Nuits St. Georges' south border. Unbelievable! The 2015 fruit ripeness, the Cote de Nuits blackness, the Nuits Saint Georges tailoring, the barrel-aged craftsmanship. Pure black plum fruit and discreet yet dazzling oak seasonings./ Yes, fruit ripeness and raciness. Depth, flavor, persistence, acid cling. Fabulous; well surpasses Bourgogne AOC norms. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1820. 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-1821. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD-DILIGENT
From the Chablis-Auxerre area. Deceptively pale in color./ Oh, but beautifully intense. Never fault a Burgundy pinot noir for color. Gorgeous allure./ Pinot cherry, northern crispness. Richness, freshness, balance. Oodles of charm. Textbook northern Burgundy pinot. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1822. 15 BOURGOGNE EPINEUIL, DOMAINE GRUHIER
Good depth of fruit for the north. Coming along nicely. Special, spicy perfume. Cracked peppercorn and sachet./ Which echoes on the palate. Plus sweet cherry. I love the texture, flavor, spiel, balance. Special interpretation of pinot noir. Terrific. Unique. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1823. 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-1824. 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-1825. 15 MARSANNAY, LOUIS LATOUR
Deep, sweet Cote Dijonnaise pinot. Another excellent example in a fine series./ Yes, wine of place with vintage sweetness. Good acid and form for cellaring too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1826. 14 FIXIN, ALBERT BICHOT
2012: Dark Fixin pinot. Hearty, ploughman constitution. Has fruit padding. Good red and black fruits. Sweet and dark and classic 2012 and Fixin. Good to have one in the repertoire./ Young. 12 forthright, linear to start. Softens and broadens with aeration. Good Fixin frame, rich fruit, ideal form. Good future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1827. 16 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, FREDERIC ESMONIN
Wine Spectator 93: 'This red starts out with cherry and strawberry fruit, matched to a firm, dense matrix. Stone and spice elements add depth as this tightens up on the chalky finish. This feels austere now, but the lasting impression is of sweet fruit. Best from 2022 through 2037.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1828. 15 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY VIEILLES VIGNES, LIGNIER MICHELOT
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1829. 15 VOSNE ROMANEE, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
Wine Spectator 92: ‛This is lush, charming and well-marked by toasty, spicy oak. Black cherry and black currant flavors take center stage and the vibrant structure propels this through the long finish. Fine balance. Best from 2020 through 2032. $90.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1830. 15 NUITS SAINT GEORGES, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
Wine Spectator 94: ‛A strong iron note in the aroma leads off, while sweet oak spice coats the black currant and cherry flavors. This is balanced, though needing time to absorb the oak and find its voice. Best from 2021 through 2040. $75.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1831. 12 NUITS SAINT GEORGES AUX PERDRIX 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX
Wine Spectator 95/100. My notes: Oh, regal, imperial even. Robed, purple. Fabulous oak potpourri. Deep, romantic fruit scents./ Purple Nuits fruit, sexy oak, full extract. Fine, fine tannins. Grand. 96+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-1832. 15 CORTON LE ROGNET GRAND CRU, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Wine Spectator 95: ‛Dark and lush, this red verges on jammy, with black cherry and black currant fruit shaded by violet and spice accents. A line of tannins marks the long finish, which shows density and structure. Best from 2020 through 2038. $125.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 109.95 each

FR-1833. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
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-1834. 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-1835. 15 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE
Wine Spectator 90: ‛Round and fruity, like a bowl of fresh cherries, this red is expressive. Offers good underlying structure. Hints of earth and spice chime in. Shows a fine, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. $35.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1836. 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-1837. 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-1838. 15 SAINT ROMAIN, ALAIN GRAS
Oh, sweet, Volnay like strawberry. Dark fruit too. Real Saint Romain rouge./ Ripe, large, backward. Ample. Not rustic like some from this village. Instead, classic. Long. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1839. 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-1840. 15 MARANGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE MATROT
Lean, racy, cool, dark, earthy Matrot style./ Yes, dark cherry and a feral side. Ripe, juicy cherry fruit. Earth, texture, fine tannin. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 35.99 each

FR-1841. 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-1842. 17 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
2015: Rich fruit and hearty, rustic Hautes Cotes identity. Here it‛s Beaune red fruit versus Nuits black fruit. I don‛t think I‛ve ever tasted one of each side by side. This tells the tale./ All about give and generosity. Fine texture and balance. Signs of barrel aging. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1843. 13 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE BEAUNE PINOT NOIR CHATEAU DE MERCEY
2015: Rich fruit and hearty, rustic Hautes Cotes identity. Here it‛s Beaune red fruit versus Nuits black fruit. I don‛t think I‛ve ever tasted one of each side by side. This tells the tale./ All about give and generosity. Fine texture and balance. Signs of barrel aging. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1844. 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-1845. 15 MERCUREY CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE
30% from Premier Cru sites. Sweet and abundant fruit, with well managed, toasty oak. Large./ 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-1846. 15 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE
Fuller still than the village wine; more barrel influence here. Large and classic Clos du Roi showing./ Oh, wood and fruit abundance. Pleasing body. Good power. Balanced in all respects; looking forward to steady bouquet development. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1847. 17 MERCUREY, DOMAINE FAIVELEY
This is AMAZING. 17 fruity, explicitly pinot noir, Mercurey dark fruited like a Cote de Nuits. Ebullient; very, very giving./ Has oomph, texture. Fullness without restraints. Wonderful 17 fruit qualities. Beautiful pinot noir 2017 front runner. We‛re gonna have a lot of fun with this vintage. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1848. 16 MERCUREY, DOMAINE FAIVELEY
Wine Spectator 93 - SMART BUY: 'Purity is the hallmark of this sleek red, whose vibrant structure marshals the flavors of cherry, raspberry and currant to a lingering conclusion. Balanced and focused, this fades gracefully with berry, orange zest and spice notes. Drink now through 2030. $30.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1849. 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-1850. 15 MERCUREY EN SAZENAY 1ER CRU, DOMAINE DE LA BRESSANDE
Incredibly focused, precise, and rich black cherry and pitch Mercurey pinot fruit. Oak lacings./ More good oak comes out on the palate. Plenty of sweet 15 pinot feel and flavor. Long aftertaste. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1851. 15 GIVRY, CHATEAU DE LA FERTE
Deep, sweet, spicy, earthy, peppery./ Yes, a big time Givry in 2015. Very pure pinot fruit. Fine acid-richness balance to the taste. Finishes with good Givry vigor. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1852. 17 FRANCAIS RAISINS GAULOIS, M. LAPIERRE
Eric Asimov - New York Times Wine School: ‘The Lapierre was made entirely of gamay, mostly of young vines in Morgon, home territory for the great Lapierre Morgons, but also from elsewhere in Beaujolais. It was juicy, fruity and pure, without the minerality or earthiness that would be in a Morgon. The Lapierre is straightforward, for downing.’
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1853. 18 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, ALBERT BICHOT (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
A very fresh, fruity, floral, fabulously forthcoming Nouveau aroma. Pushing from fermentation to fruit fulfilled status./ Yes, exceptionally bright and juicy, with soft and tender beguile. Bichot‛s always makes a welcoming hand introduction to the latest Nouveau vintage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1854. 18 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, GEORGES DUBOEUF (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
By comparison, drier and shyer. No issues here; just a little reticent in youth. Give it more aeration./ Less fruity and spontaneous, more withdrawn. Decant to kick-start the aromatics. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1855. 18 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, ANTONIN RODET (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
This is always firmer, deeper, blacker. It will benefit from aeration too. And perhaps a couple weeks‛ more bottle age, as there are fermentation aromatic residuals yet./ Yes, the fruit is dark, and the wine will improve steadily into the holiday season. True to the style of past Rodet Nouveaux. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1856. 18 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES NOUVEAU, GEORGES DUBOEUF (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Decidedly more-ish than the Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. More power and give. More forthcoming./ Before a firm background, this really puts forth a lot of dark, deep Villages gamay fruit. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1857. 17 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. Well accomplished. All berry. And berry pulp thanks to no filtration./ Ripe, and ready to go. Full, meaty, complete. Fine, fruity, youthful, vigorous, all. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-1858. 17 BEAUJOLAIS L‛ANCIEN TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE BRUN
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1859. 15 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, VIGNOBLES BULLIAT
40 year old vines on clay and limestone. On the surface, dry and austere. Rich 2015 underlayment. A gamay wine with cellar potential./ Yes, with sweet fruit, good acid, and surprising tannin. Growth to go. I like the texture and flow. Take it to either table or the cellar. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1860. 16 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, GEORGES DUBOEUF
James Suckling 901/00. My notes: Very heavy bottle. Villages intense. As rich and ripe as the 15, and perhaps with more grace and equilibrium of 16./ And the better acid of 16. Villages spread; prime example. Very high quality. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1861. 17 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DES CHERS
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1862. 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-1863. 17 CHIROUBLES GRAND CRU, DOMAINE COQUELET
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1864. 17 BROUILLY GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DUBOST
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1865. 17 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE BRUN
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1866. 15 FLEURIE GRAND CRU LA MADONNE, DOMAINE CHAINTREUIL
Vines 50 to 100+ years old. Fleurie elegant, 15 large. Fleurie beauty, black fruit, coolness At the same time, the ripeness of the vintage. Nothing to excess. Gathering some attractive bouquet aspects. Smoky autumnal tones./ Yes, deep and broad and rich in material./ Red fruit, cool fruit, Fleurie acidity and flair. Suave. Coming along. At a nice stage. 15 full. Useful now, and will carry on. Lots of good stuff here. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1867. 11 FLEURIE GRAND CRU CLOS DE LA TOUR, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
How nicely a proper Beaujolais Grand Cru improves with age! Flowery and deep. Good example of Fleurie. Deep, elegant, gorgeous fruit./ Fruit, flower, elegance of Fleurie. 92/100. List price: $23.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1868. 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-1869. 12 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1870. 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-1871. 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-1872. 17 PETIT CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT -BORDET
Fresh, northern, clear take on the appellation. More about fruit than calcaire. Full. Well balanced for aging./ Palate in tune with the nose. Easy going 17 fruit. Ideal Petit Chablis. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1873. 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-1874. 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-1875. 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: 22.99 each

FR-1876. 17 CHABLIS CHAMPS ROYAUX, WILLIAM FEVRE
Fevre owns 125 acres of Chablis vyds, half in 1er and Grand Cru. Full and well composed. A perfect picture of 2017 Chablis. So forceful, penetrating, full of character. Flint as well as calcaire. Yikes, a giant./ Yes, super vintage fruit quality and defining calcaire. Rich, sweet, full bodied, complete. Awesome village Chablis. Well balanced in all respects. Yes. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1877. 15 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY
Crisp, full, near perfect 15 Chablis nose. Nice play of fruit against calcaire./ Yes, deep apple-calcaire Chablis chardonnay combo. Straight-on village Chablis. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1878. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE PICQ
Continues the theme of 17 freshness and lift. Can put to use right away./ Nicely proportioned. 17 softness, ease on the approach Apply with sole and scrod 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1879. 15 CHABLIS VAUDERCORSE, DOMAINE PICQ
Next to Vaudesir. Not offered every vintage. More significant and clear and pure than the village wine. More depth. Special./ Yes, more texture, sweet fruit. Unique in all of Chablis. Again, the 15 acid ease. Exceptionally well balanced all the same. Juicy. Very special indeed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1880. 15 CHABLIS, CHRISTIAN MOREAU
60% estate grown, 40% purchased. 10 months on the lees. Sweet 15 Chablis chardonnay and polished, all malo house style./ Yes, 15 sweet and mild on entry with nice acid etch in back. Lots of flavor. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1881. 17 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
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-1882. 15 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET
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: 24.99 each

FR-1883. 16 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN
Fuller, sweeter fruit than Servin‛s Petit Chablis. Lots of terroir too. Delves deep. Balloons up as it airs too./ Wow, jawbreaker 2016 extract. Big boy, 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1884. 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-1885. 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-1886. 12 CHABLIS 1ER CRU, MOUTARD-DILIGENT (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Body, minerality, and graininess of Premier Cru. Deep, dense, hefty. Full, rich, sweet fruit. No heaviness. Pure chardonnay apple./ Again, big, grainy, burnished, textured, weighty. Grip, volume, calcaire. Round and rich, with Premier Cru volume. A mouthful. Fresh apple aftertaste. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1887. 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-1888. 15 CHABLIS COTE DE LECHET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE FOURREY
Decanter 92/100. My notes: Rich and nutty Premier Cru profile./ Suave and full. Premier Cru size and range. Walnut husk. Rich, fat, round 2015, with exceptional acid foil. Flavorful, unique, lasting. Fine. 92/100. List price: $32.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1889. 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-1890. 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-1891. 16 CHABLIS VAILLON 1ER CRU, HENRI COSTAL
Oh, Premier Cru fruit quality and intensity. Very expressive of Vaillon‛s noted generosity. Wow level of delivery./ Yes, rich and racy, and very expressive of fruit and terroir. Long aftertaste. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1892. 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-1893. 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-1894. 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-1895. 16 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET
Not at all fancy. Understated varietal fruit. No serious oak embellishments./ Oh, that great aligote fruit acid. This is the way Burgundians finish their aligotes for home consumption, not to impress the foreign markets. Altogether genuine. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1896. 15 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, ALBERT BICHOT
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-1897. 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./ Yeah, carries over to the palate. Not openly oaky. Barrel and lees influenced. Most impressive white burgundy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-1898. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY CLOS DE LA COMBE, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
Walled vineyard within the village limits of Puligny. Impressive oak influence and 16 form. Wonderful successor to the 15. Splendid amount of oomph and generosity. The fruit, the terroir, the barrel elevage./ Ample, rich, round, buoyant juicy. Great, great dinner wine. Ready for the table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1899. 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-1900. 15 BOURGOGNE BLANC CHAUMES DES PERRIERES, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Here's the scoop on the vineyard. It was a fallow plot lying within the boundaries of Meursault le Dos d'Ane and Chaumes des Perrieres when purchased by Raymond's grandfather in 1975. Fallow because this rocky, calcareous parcel was covered with soil too shallow to bear new vines. His grandfather asked for and received permission to add eight inches of topsoil to the section. This desecration of terroir incited his neighbors to get the vineyard declassified from Meursault to Bourgogne Blanc. Fair enough while the vines were young, but now, at age 37, their roots are well down into the original soil and subsoil of Meursault le Dos d'Ane and Chaumes des Perrieres, and the wines talk the Meursault talk. Firm. Broad, heavy Meursault style. Yes./ The full Meursault terroir and barrel influence. 15 plush and giving. Mineral salt finish. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1901. 16 BOURGOGNE BLANC, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET
Oh, yes; here‛s the beef! Full Burgundian barrel regimen and full Meursault oomph. Just sprawling. Meursault in all but name. A cornucopia of grain, meal, nuts, dried leaves--all of Meursault's autumnal bounties./ Full Meursault display on the palate. Terroir and barrel augmentation in total harmony. Full and lengthy flavor and texture. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1902. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MATROT
Full, rugged, billowing, intense fruit, acid, barrel regimen. Huge./ Yes, savory, woody, large, walnuty. Matrot style indeed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1903. 15 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY
Good oak and fruit vigor. Full barrel regimen and plenty of Chassagne area chardonnay richness. Racy for the vintage./ Some malo, 2015 and Chassagne padding. Creamy. Oak framed. Good acid. A well balanced, generous presentation. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1904. 11 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, CHATEAU DE SAINT ROMAIN (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Oh, that lovely, fresh 2011 acidity. Full oak complex here. Total Cote de Beaune chardonnay./ Mellow with barrel and bottle development. Fine acidity echoes on the palate. Super value. 93/100. List price: $32.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1905. 16 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE SEGUINOT BORDET
Clear and northern, unwooded chardonnay. Rich and penetrating. Building bulk as it airs./ Rich and full textured. Really delivers the mouthfeel. Masterful. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1906. 15 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE BLANC PIMENTIERS, JEAN CHARTRON
Chartron fine oak and lees and barrel fermentation. Savigny calcaire./ Savigny style, firmness. Power and persistence. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1907. 13 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN
Unfined, unfiltered. Full delivery of barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and toasted French oak extracts. Meursault like body too./ Wow! Body and power. That Auxey degree of restraint next to a Meursault. Great texture, weight, reserve. From a site that is mostly Premier Cru and sits just upslope from Meursault Vireux. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-1908. 16 MEURSAULT, JOSEPH DROUHIN
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1909. 16 MEURSAULT GRUYACHES, JEAN-PHILIPPE FICHET
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-1910. 15 MEURSAULT, LOUIS JADOT
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1911. 15 SAINT AUBIN MURGERS DES DENTS DE CHIEN 1ER CRU, JEAN CHARTRON
2013: 'Murgers' are drystone walls built of debris removed from the vineyard, their profile resembling 'dog teeth'. A cool, ventilating face of Cote de Beaune chardonnay from a site abutting Puligny Montrachet Champ Gain Premier Cru. Subtle oak. Biscuity. Shows calcaire and high altitude Cote de Beaune origins. Puligny like if subtler, with plenty of oomph and depth and richness./ Good oak, barrel fermentation, lees contact -- the whole program. Chartron delivery. Long, powerful, flavorful conclusion. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-1912. 15 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, DOMAINE BACHELET-MONNOT
Very agreeable Puligny calcaire. Wonderful Cote de Beaune chardonnay barrel regimen, through and through. 15 richness. A little less extract than 14./ Has all the barrel regimen goodies. And 15 round, ripe fruit coating its acid and extract in youth. Very fine effort all the way. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 72.95 each

FR-1913. 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-1914. 15 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LA GARENNE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE LARUE
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1915. 15 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET, FRANCOIS CARILLON
Creamy and mellow 2015 Chassagne. Soft oak. Vintage roundness. True Chassagne lushness./ Good oak and really good acid for 15. Good material, range, and depth.. And value. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-1916. 15 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET BENOITES, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON
2014: Fleshiness of Chassagne. Nut creme of Chartron barrel aging. That soft and fine textured oak element./ Deep, oaky, powerful, framed. A great Chartron achievement, replete with 14 extract and structure. 95+/100. List price: $75.
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-1917. 11 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET CAILLERET 1ER CRU, JEAN CHARTRON
How Many bottles/singles: 72.95 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. 14 RULLY BLANC MONTMORIN, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Clay-limestone hilltop vineyard south of Premier Cru La Meix Cadot on the Mercurey border. Fermented in oak barrels, 10% new. Matured on the lees for 10 months. Plentiful new oak, body, Chalonnaise resin. Big time woody goodies./ Wow! All the Chalonnais chardonnay and oak extras one could want. Chartron size. Great acid race too. Chewy texture. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1920. 14 MERCUREY BLANC CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
95 acre estate, 38 in Premiers Crus. Barrel aging impact. Wood derivatives and time-in-barrel bouquet development. Full; fledged, sappy Mercurey. Talks the talk./ Full bodied, oaky, powerful, Chalonnais resinous. Love the volume. This is dynamic and forceful, almost painful to drink alone. Take it to the dinner table for poultry. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-1921. 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-1922. 16 MACON VILLAGES DEUX ROCHES, COLLOVRAY ET TERRIER
2016 full. Sur lie complex. Meal time body and style./ Moderate acidity. Less lees, more fruit. Full body and texture. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1923. 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: 18.99 each

FR-1924. 17 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT
2016: At Martailly-Les-Brancion. Green apple and citrus. Reflects the intensity of old vines and a small crop. Full./ Everything fits together just right. Texture, vinosity, fruit. Mealworthy indeed. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1925. 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: 15.99 each

FR-1926. 16 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE MALLORY & BENJAMIN TALMARD
2015: Good body and extract etch. Full character. Grows and grows in the glass./ Yes, full. Plenty of form and filling. Great acid. Ideal, really. Wow. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1927. 17 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD
From the thousand-year-old village of Chardonnay; domaine est. 17th century. Fresh and fruity and padded 2017 with good, solid Talmard framing. Full bodied. Surging aromatics and texture./ Full 2017 fruit flavor. Plenty of bulk, form, length. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1928. 16 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, JEAN MANCIAT
Full apple, peel, etch./ Full and balanced. Great size and texture. Harmonious and lasting. Very popular with the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1929. 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-1930. 17 MACON LUGNY LES CRAYS, JOSEPH DROUHIN
2016: Shy aromatically but clearly well built in the 16 vernacular./ Nicely full in the mouth too. A good, large villages Macon. Will improve weekly. Very popular with the group already. 90+/100. Tasted 8/15/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1931. 16 MACON LUGNY, JOSEPH DROUHIN
Shy aromatically but clearly well built in the 16 vernacular./ Nicely full in the mouth too. A good, large villages Macon. Will improve weekly. Very popular with the group already. 90+/100. Tasted 8/15/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1932. 16 MACON MILLY-LAMARTINE, LES HERITIERS DU COMTE LAFON
Wine Spectator 92: ‘An appealing mix of oak spice, mineral, peach and citrus fruit aromas and flavors are the highlights of this suave white that's harmonious and long, with a lingering aftertaste of citronella and stone. Drink now through 2024. $30.’
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1933. 16 MACON LA ROCHE VINEUSE VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE LA GREFFIERE
Wine Spectator 90: 'A lush, ripe expression of apricot, golden apple, pastry and mineral flavors comes together, focused by the bright structure in this tangy white, which lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2022.'
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1934. 17 MACON VINZELLES LES MORANDES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
2015: Wow. Rich and penetrating. Lots of mineral stuff in 15. Large size of Vinzelles./ Yeah, substance and balance. Satisfaction. Ready to use. Very fulfilling. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1935. 15 VIRE CLESSE CLIMAT LA VERCHERE, BRET BROTHERS
Barrel influenced, for sure. 2015 ripeness and softness./ Oaky indeed, but not too oaky. Full and round on the approach, with good back acid. The power and body suggest dinner service. 92/100. List price: $40.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1936. 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, moderate acidity. I would have expected that more of a 2015 than a 2016. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-1937. 15 POUILLY VINZELLES DOMAINE LA SOUFRANDIERE, BRET BROTHERS
Significant barrel extract and maturation impacts. Intense, large, long in barrel. Really strong barrel influence, as is the intention here. A big, powerful Maconnais chardonnay in the Bret Bros. style./ Some malo creaminess. Ample, forceful, large and wide ranging in oak flavors and textures. Best served with hearty fare. 92/100. List price: $43.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1938. 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: 18.99 each

FR-1939. 17 POUILLY VINZELLES, CAVE DES GRANDS CRUS BLANCS
2016: Oh, so very fresh and bright and vigorous. 16 lift and cut. Chiseled./ Yes, there's that upbeat persona again. Acid, mineral, nut husk. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1940. 18 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC, DOMAINE PRAL
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each


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