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FRANCE BORDEAUX

FR-1389. 19 CHATEAU LA CHANDELLIERE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    91+/100

At Civrac; 65% cab sauv, 35% merlot; aged a year in barrels, 1/3 new. The high cab sauv content stiffens this up more in youth. Real backbone. I don't get much of the new oak. Well, there's some oak intrigue on the palate. Good, high acid again. Wood and fruit tannins to resolve. Dry finish. Priceworthy cellar candidate. The group agreed. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1390. 19 GOULEE DE COS D'ESTOURNEL, MEDOC    94+/100

On a gravel outcrop in northern Medoc near the port of Goulee; 35+ year old vines owned by Cos d'Estournel; 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv; wine made by the Cos team; 50% new barrels. Dark red violet. Dark and distinguished. Full bodied. Well oaked. Seems to have even more oomph than when last tasted. Just the right degree of ripeness in 2019. The barrels supply a whale of a complex nose. Full bodied, full textured, flavorful of fruit and barrel in harmony. Remains the greatest (Bas) Medoc of the 21st century. Good acid, overall balance. It's a neat, discreet, and complete Left Bank claret. Fine tannin and length. I continue to assert it's the best Bas Medoc going these days. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1391. 16 CHATEAU LES GRANDS CHENES, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    (90-/100)

Wine Enthusiast 90-92: 'Barrel Sample. This ripe wine is full of great fruit aromas and flavors. The tannins are generous and rich, supported by rounded black-plum and -berry fruits. It should cellar well through the medium term.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1392. 16 CHATEAU LIVRAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Owned by a member of the Lurton family, the most prolific vineyard owners in Bordeaux, this estate has produced a well-balanced wine touched by wood but focused on black fruits. Richness is balanced by attractive acidity and fruitiness. Drink this wine from 2023. $30.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1393. 16 CHATEAU DE PANIGON, MEDOC    95/100

50% merlot, 45% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot; average vine age: 28 years. Aged 12 to 18 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Decanter 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1394. 16 CHATEAU POITEVIN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'Revealing scents of sweet red berries, plums, petals and tobacco leaf, the 2016 Poitevin is medium-bodied, supple and perfumed, with a fleshy core of succulent, vibrant fruit, melting tannins and an expansive finish. It's an elegant, seamless wine from this 40-hectare estate. Drink now-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1395. 19 CHATEAU POTENSAC, MEDOC    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2019 Potensac is a blend of 47% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 21st of September to the 9th of October. The alcohol came in at 14.05% with a pH of 3.54 and an IPT of 74. It is aging in French oak barriques, 34% new. With a deep purple-black color, the nose hits the ground running with lively scents of black raspberries, warm cassis and redcurrant jelly plus suggestions of garrigue, tilled soil, unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate is positively invigorating, offering bags of crunchy black and red berry flavors and a racy line of freshness, framed by approachable, grainy tannins and finishing with a skip in its step. In a word: FUN! Drink 2023-2036.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1396. 16 CHAPELLE DE CHATEAU POTENSAC, MEDOC    91+/100

Second wine; owned by Famille Delon of Leoville Las Cases; 20 year old vines, 75% merlot, 17% cab sauv, 8% cab franc. That dry, austere Delon style in youth. Old school Medoc. 2016 linear. In an aromatic trough, so not much fun now. More fruit on the palate. High merlot helps soften it some. Stuffing of fruit, acid, mineral, and tannin. I'd be cellaring it. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1397. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    92+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1398. 16 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    2++/100

60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot; 50th anniversary of the Pages family ownership. Dark red violet. Firm and frank Tour de By. Never very oaky (more than it used to be though). Always holding a lot in reserve. This is southern Bas Medoc, on more gravel than clay, and it shows the class of cabernet from such terroir. Blackberry, black currant. Yeah, like I said, there's a lot behind the early presentation. Flavor wise and texturally. Full fine tannins. I may still have some pre-Pages 1975 in the home cellar. 92++/100. Tasted 10/27/21.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1399. 19 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC    91+/100

At St. Christoly; 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot; aged 18 months in large oak foudres. Despite a higher percentage of merlot, this is snappy. And the cabernet blackcurrant shines through as it always does here. Barrel suavity without wood extracts. Good, high acid for 2019. Good flavor and texture performances out compete a lurking tannin. Pretty hefty claret by 2019 norms. I like its poise and promise. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1400. 15 CHATEAU ANEY, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    91+/100

65% cab sauv, 25% merlot, 7% cab franc, 3% petit verdot. 15 ripeness and sweetness. Seems some barrel enhancements. In a bit of a trough, aromatically. Not uncommon with 2015 clarets at age seven. Sweet fruit flavors of 15. Some fine grained tannin to resolve. Best to cellar this another 2-3 years for bouquet development. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1401. 19 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, HAUT MEDOC    93+/100

At Cussac south of Saint Julien; 50% cab sauv, 47% merlot, 3% petit verdot in Gunz gravel, 12-14 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Liked a barrel sample of this 18 months ago. We all loved the 2018. This is a little less buxom than the 18 on the nose at this stage. Nonetheless, for fruit quality and depth, it's already a worthy rival. Oh, the palate is full bodied, full flavored, full textured, deep and broad. Fine tannin draws out the taste. Palate doesn't back off from the 2018 one bit. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1402. 16 CHATEAU BEL ORME TRONQUOY DE LALANDE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC magnum    (93-/100)

At Saint Seurin de Cadourne, north of Saint Estephe. 65% merlot, 35% cab sauv. Aged a year in barrels. Suckling 93-94: 'Very dense and rich with a solid core of ripe tannins and beautiful fruit. Full bodied, tight and muscular. Impressive.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1403. 18 CHATEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (90-/100)

Parker 90-92: 'Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cambon la Pelouse is scented of cedar, tar and earth with a core of warm plums and cassis with mocha and lavender hints. The palate is full-bodied, firm and laden with fruit, supported by grainy tannins and finishing long.'

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1404. 16 CHATEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'The 2016 Cambon La Pelouse has a classic, nicely detailed bouquet with blackberry, briary, autumn leaves and cedar aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious and cohesive with supremely well judged acidity that lends the finish a silky smooth, gently grippy finish that bodes well for the future. Excellent. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. Drink 2020-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1405. 15 CHATEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

At Macau in southern Haut Medoc between Giscours and Cantemerle; vines average 35 years; 50% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 15% cab franc and petit verdot; aged a year in barrels, 30% new. Same color issue. Mmm, warm, mellow, ripe 2015 nearing age seven. The usual Cambon plushness I love. Again on the palate. Lush and flavorful. The oak is less prominent than in the Clement, yet still makes a impact from both flavor/texture ranges and from tannin. Good acid for 2015. I like this a lot. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1406. 19 CHATEAU DE CAMENSAC, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The 2019 Camensac has only improved since I tasted it earlier this year, adding floral aromas of violet and rose to its attractive bouquet of dark berries and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, supple and fleshy, it's a lively, concentrated wine that concludes with a long, penetrating finish. Drink 2023-2045.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1407. 19 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'Opening in the glass with notions of rich berry fruit, licorice, cedar, violets and loamy soil, the 2019 Cantemerle is medium to full-bodied, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and powdery tannins that gently assert themselves on the finish. This shut down a little after bottling (some 11 months ago at the time of writing), but it is beginning to bounce back to reveal a wine of real charm and character. Drink 2025-2045.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1408. 18 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'A well-constructed wine that is ripe with black fruits and integrated tannins, this is in a good place for aging. Black-currant fruitiness is balanced by a dry, smoky core that holds promise. Drink this wine from 2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1409. 15 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC    93+/100

Fresh, full fruited, plump 15. The 2009 and 2015 are soul-mate ripe vintages. Vital and strong. Well endowed with fruit and body and extract. Oak well managed. Cantemerle underbrush terroir signature. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1410. 06 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC magnum    96/100

Sweet, round, well developed fruit and oak bouquet. Maturity, grandeur, Grand Cru class. Beautiful. Yes, sweet fruit. Mellowing. Light tannin. Has it all together. Classic to estate, zone; with fine maturity. 96/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $139.95 each

FR-1411. 18 CHATEAU CARONNE STE GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Est 1648; at Saint Laurent, west of Pauillac; 60% cab sauv, 34% merlot, 6% petit verdot vines average 30 years; aged a year in barrels, 30% new; owned by the Nony-Borie family along with Ch Labat. Now that's a more refined take. Stature of cabernet, more barrel complex. Even in fruit laden 2018, the sleek, linear composure of a Nony claret comes across. There's framing to the rich fruit core. Good acid and fine tannin. Exceptionally ageworthy 2018 Left Banker. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1412. 16 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100 *

Est. 1648 at St. Laurent; half each cab sauv, merlot; owned by the Nony-Borie family along with Ch. Caronne Ste. Gemme. This rings with gravel spawned cabernet vitality. Black currant and blueberry. Good 2016 framing and sleek texture. Upon opening, quite a bit of tannin postpones the full performance. After it airing a couple of hours, the group reported it more expressive both flavor and texture wise. A well balanced, well bred, complicated claret. The wine of the night on several score sheets. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1413. 15 CHATEAU LABAT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Run by the Nony family, this 17-acre estate has produced a generous, rounded wine dominated by black fruits. The barrel aging has enhanced the black-currant flavors and the acidity. All these elements are coming together in a full wine that will age well. Drink from 2024. $26.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1414. 18 CHATEAU CISSAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93: '

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1415. 15 REFLETS DU CHATEAU CISSAC, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Second wine of cru bourgeois Ch Cissac; first time in the market; Familie Vialard; at Cissac west of Pauillac; 70% cab sauv, 22% merlot, 8% petit verdot. This shows significant barrel aging impact for a second wine. 2015 warmth and openness, assisted by time in cooperage. Yes, indeed, barrel time and extracts are well into play here. Both oak and fruit tannins. A sleeper for the cellar. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1416. 19 CHATEAU CITRAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Owed by Groupe Taillan (with Ferriere, Gruaud Larose, Chasse Spleen, Haut Bages Liberal); managed by Celine Villars; the chateau's 'park' is noted for its peacocks. Amalgam cork center with whole cork discs at each end. Classic Avensan claret with both floral perfumes and forest floor earthiness. And plenty of positive new oak. Revealing and inviting 2019 style. The oak is well controlled, the acid great, the tannins moderate. Solid Citran vintage.92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1417. 18 CHATEAU CITRAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

At Avensan in southern Haut Medoc; planted to 58% cab sauv, 42% merlot; aged 15 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Real cork. Sweeter, more abundant fruit, black fruit. Oak also impressive. The extra ripeness and power is evident. This is more-ish, the extra year's age adding an assist. More tannic than the 2019, so the palate, at this stage, is not as accommodating. Pretty chewy fare at present. Good era for Citran. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1418. 19 CHATEAU CLEMENT PICHON, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

At Parempuyre in southern Haut Medoc; Famille Fayat, also owners of St. Emilion La Dominique; 62% merlot, 33% cab sauv, 5% cab franc; aged a year in barrels, half new. Michel Rolland, consulting oenologist (his first Left Bank stint). Well, that's ambitious. The cabernets and the oak give full, firm structure. The palate too is well built and emphasizes framework over fruit filling. I like the extra dimension the barrels contribute. However, it's a waste to drink this now. See again at age seven. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1419. 16 CHATEAU FORT LIGNAC, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1420. 12 CHATEAU DE LAMARQUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1421. 19 CHATEAU LANESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Especially striking red violet color. Well composed. Comfortable in its properly ripe fruit, 19 weight, and barrel sojourn components, in equilibrium. A classic Lanessan. Fine and juicy fruit flavor and acidity. Really, just what I want in a Cussac claret. Fine tannin for texture and cellaring. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1422. 18 CHATEAU LARRIVAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (91-/100)

Parker 91-93: 'Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Larrivaux features baked berries, warm cassis and herbs with pencil shavings and olives notions on the nose. Full, rich and concentrated, it has firm, grainy tannins with nice freshness and great length.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1423. 16 CHATEAU MALESCASSE, CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONNEL, HAUT MEDOC    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Solidly built, showing tobacco and charcoal notes mixed with dark currant and blackberry compote flavors. There's good energy here and the fruit and earth details meld well through the finish. Has a little grip for mid-term cellaring too. Best from 2021 through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1424. 19 CHATEAU MALESCASSE, CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONNEL, HAUT MEDOC    93/100

Decanter 93/100; Wine Enthusiast 93: 'From a deep gravel outcrop in the heart of the Haut-Medoc, this wine offers richness and density. Black fruits show freshness while also melding well with the spicy wood aging. The wine is worth aging. Drink from 2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1425. 19 CHATEAU MARTIN, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    91+/100

At Vertheuil, west of Saint Estephe; 55% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc; aged 10 months in barrels, 30% new. Medium dark ruby. Lots of flair and fashion. Positively gorgeous, sweet, black, stalwart Haut Medoc fruit with cab sauv form and merlot filling, and oak melange. Medium weight. Some backwoods-commune rough texture and tannin. Nose reads 'drink me'; palate reads 'wait'. Well priced. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1426. 15 LE HAUT MEDOC DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Half each cab sauv, merlot. Well, the greater percentage of cab sauv shows in its display of blackberry. This has been nice and oak complexed too. Yes, the greater softness and roundness of 2015 and the extra year's age. Ripe fruit engaged with pretty serious barrel influence. Some tannin to resolve still. A real deal at this special price. 92+/100. List price: $23.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1427. 19 CHATEAU PEYRABON, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Vineyards in both Saint Sauveur and neighboring Pauillac; same owner as Domaine de Chevalier. Good red violet 2019 claret color. Well poised and fashioned if still rather reticent at opening. Fuller, rounder, and more flavorful and forthcoming on the palate. Fine claret form, balance, style. Touch of Chevalier elegance. Tempered by time in barrels. Everything lays right to the finish. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1428. 15 HAUT DE CHATEAU POUJEAUX, HAUT MEDOC     92+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1429. 16 CHATEAU REYSSON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    91+/100

At Vertheuil, west of Pauillac; on clay and limestone; 90% merlot, 10% cab franc. Dark ruby, reddening up a bit at age six. Always the forthright Reysson style. 2016 linear. No signs of barrel influence. Sweet merlot fruit plumps up this 2016. Flavorful. Good acidity. Fine tannin for cellaring. Classic claret. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1430. 18 CHATEAU SENEJAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (90-/100)

Parker 90-92: 'The 2018 Senejac is deep garnet-purple colored with a nose of warm berries, earth, herbs and tobacco plus floral notions. The palate is full-bodied and rich with fine-grained tannins, nice freshness and good length.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1431. 19 CHATEAU DE VILLEGEORGE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Derived from old vines growing in deep gravel soils, the 2019 de Villegeorge is a terrific effort for this 12-hectare Avensan estate. Wafting from the glass with aromas of dark berries, cigar wrapper, petals and sweet soil tones, it's medium-bodied, supple and concentrated, with powdery tannins and a seamless, complete profile. A fine value, it's well worth seeking out. Drink now-2042.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1432. 18 CHATEAU DE VILLEGEORGE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC    (91/100)

At Avensan; 55% cab sauv, 45% merlot; 12 months in barrels, 20% new; one of only six Crus Exceptionnel in the 1932 cru bourgeois classification. Suckling 92; Vinous 90: 'The 2018 Chateau de Villegeorge, owned by Marie-Laure Lurton, has good intensity on a nose of blackberry and bilberry fruit, a light oyster shell/sea spray note developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, offering sappy black fruit mixed with raspberry notes toward the balanced, delineated finish. I admire the cohesion of this Haut-Medoc, which feels long and tender. Very fine. Drink 2023-2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1433. 18 MADAME DE BEAUCAILLOU, HAUT MEDOC    92+/100

Famille Eugene Borie; 39% merlot, 37% cab sauv, 21% cab franc, 3% petit verdot; first vintage of this Bruno Borie cuvee from vineyards brought into the family by his mother; aged 12 months in barrels, 20% new. Deep dark color. 2018 fruit amplitude, Haut Medoc forthright stature. I'm curious about the specific origin. Seems farther from the estuary than St. Julien. Well, there's an element of Ducru elegance here along with Haut Medoc frank structure and tannin. Cellar it. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1434. 19 CHATEAU LILIAN LADOUYS CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONNEL, SAINT ESTEPHE    93/100

Decanter 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1435. 16 CHATEAU MORIN, SAINT ESTEPHE    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93: '

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1436. 16 CHATEAU SERILHAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'The 2016 Serilhan has a wonderful, quite high-toned and generous bouquet with ample blackberry and raspberry scents laced with violet and hints of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip in the mouth, quite symmetrical and focused with impressive precision on the finish. This feels dialed back in terms of power to the benefit of this elegant Saint-Estephe. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. Drink now-2034.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1437. 19 CHATEAU BELLEGRAVE, PAUILLAC    93+/100

On Gunz gravel; 66% cab sauv, 34% merlot; average age of vines 25 years; aged a year in barrels, 40% new. Compared to the 2019 Chateau Fourcas Dupre that preceded this, similar percentage yet a stronger cab sauv statement, in frame as well as the cassis facet. And more oak--good oak. Yes, Pauillac more significant, fuller bodied, fuller extracted, and tannic. A rightful rep of Pauillac at a price seldom seen these days. Best vintage of Bellegrave I'm tasted. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

FR-1438. 19 CHATEAU GRAND PUY DUCASSE, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC    95/100

Vinous 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

FR-1439. 19 FLEUR DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, PAUILLAC    93+/100

Second wine; 80% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot. Oh, that's ample and ambitious for a second wine. Lavishly oaked for the same. This is surely superior to the Pedesclaux Grand Vins I tasted earlier in my career. The owner then wasn't a billionaire!/ If the fruit is less ample on the palate, the oak echoes all its promised allures. A little less fruit sweetness and more flow than the 2018, so right in style. You certainly get what you pay for here, both vintages. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1440. 18 FLEUR DE CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, PAUILLAC    94+/100

Second wine; 80% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot. That's got a lot of new barrel influence for a second wine. Very sophisticated, upscale, nuanced. For all that merlot, there's still Pauillac structure. Virtually a Grand Vin. Yes, amidst merlot fruit sweetness, plenty of heft and structure. The barrel complexity continues to provide great flavor range. Wow. Value! 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1441. 19 CHATEAU LANGOA BARTON, 3ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN    (95/100)

James Suckling 96; Wine Spectator 93: 'Ripe and juicy, with a youthfully compact core of steeped plum, blueberry and black currant fruit. The finish is scored by violet and singed apple wood notes, with a tug of tar peeking in as well. Offers ample fruit and inner freshness, so this should open up soon enough. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2038.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

FR-1442. 19 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS    (92/100)

Parker 92+: 'Offering up aromas of cassis, plums, pencil lead and licorice, the 2019 Chasse-Spleen is medium to full-bodied, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins that assert themselves on the finish with a very civilized expression of Moulis-typical grip. Forget it for a decade and follow it for the next two. Drink 2029-2049.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1443. 18 CHATEAU MAUVESIN BARTON, MOULIS    93+/100

Est. 1457; bought by Anthony Barton's daughter, Lilian, in 2011; she's now in charge of all three Barton Chateaux; 59% cab sauv; 35%, merlot, 6% cab franc; aged in barrels 12-15 months, 1/3 new. Yeah, the new oak is there. Yet, in the true Barton fashion, it's always the seasoning and not the main course. An upscale Moulis with a Gunz gravel basis. Great development for the AOC. Yeah, this is far more sophisticated than the Moulis average cru bourgeois. Intricate texture as well as flavor. Exciting new discovery for this Moulis fancier. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1444. 16 CHATEAU MAUVESIN BARTON, MOULIS    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'The 2016 Mauvesin Barton has an attractive, quite open bouquet of crushed violet and potpourri scents; red fruit (raspberry and wild strawberry) emerges with time. The well-balanced palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins rendering it lithe in the mouth, leading into a spicy and quite persistent finish. Delightful. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. Drink 2021-2032.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1445. 18 CHATEAU FONREAUD, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, LISTRAC    (90/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91; Vinous 90-92: 'The 2018 Fonreaud comes from one of the appellation's most reliable addresses. This has a very well-defined bouquet with beautifully integrated new oak, the perfumed black fruit soaring from the glass. The palate is fresh, detailed and poised, delivering real penetration. The detailed, sweet but tensile finish lingers in the mouth. Bon vin! Drink 2022-2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1446. 19 CHATEAU FOURCAS DUPRE, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR, LISTRAC    92+/100

Highest vineyards of the Left Bank; on gravel; 66% cab sauv, 33% merlot, 1% petit verdot; aged a year on barrels, 1/3 new. A freshness and lift of 2019 to it. Not so lush and fruit forward as the popular 2018. The blackberry cab sauv comes forth with 2019 charm, and the barrel impact it well taken up already, so positive. All plays out well on the palate, the medium weight, the refined oak, the lightly chewy tannin, and the overall harmony. All about gravel. No backwoods Listrac clay to it. Handsome Left Bank claret presentation. Very popular claret value. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1447. 18 CHATEAU FOURCAS HOSTEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'The firm tannins that characterize a wine from Listrac are balanced in this wine by ripe black fruits. It is full and spicy, with the wood aging just showing in the smoky edge of this ageworthy wine. Drink from 2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1448. 18 CHATEAU D'ARSAC, CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONNEL, MARGAUX    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94: 'This wine comes from an estate in the western end of the Margaux appellation. The rich tannins and structure of the wine show its aging potential. It is complex and structured, black fruits working with the well-judged tannins and dense texture. Drink this wine from 2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1449. 18 CHATEAU DESMIRAIL, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Lilac, warmed black currant preserve and incense notes work together to define this caressing wine, while subtle mineral, bay and warm earth notes support the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

FR-1450. 19 BLASON DU CHATEAU D'ISSAN, MARGAUX    93/100

James Suckling 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1451. 18 BLASON DU CHATEAU D'ISSAN, MARGAUX    94+/100

Second wine; from younger vines; 52% cab sauv, 48% merlot; aged 16 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Ah, that special Margaux perfume coupled with yet another example of skillful application of new barrels. This is gentler, lusher, more 2018 fruit abundant. A top drawer second wine. Yes, Margaux velvet textured as well as violet perfumed. Superior to what was labeled the Grand Vin a couple of generations back. Tannin to spare for cellaring as well. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1452. 15 BLASON DU CHATEAU D'ISSAN, MARGAUX    93/100

60% cab sauv, 40% merlot. 35% new barrels - high for a second wine. Just a stunning red violet color. Full charm of d'Issan. Full elegance of Margaux. A pattern for all Margaux. Good, rich 15 fruit, especially rich for a second wine. Not at the cost of elegance. For a second wine, this is just as classy as it comes. Definitive of site, appellation, and style. And vintage. Nice and rich palate. The vintage is really talkin'. This is richer than the norm here. Admirably ripe fruit, fine tannins. Well padded. Very fine effort. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1453. 19 CHATEAU LABEGORCE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX    94/100

Neal Martin 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1454. 18 CHATEAU LABEGORCE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Silky and refined in feel, with perfumy black currant paste, plum reduction and blackberry compote notes forming the core while sandalwood, black tea and cedar accents drape the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2034.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1455. 19 CHATEAU MARQUIS D‘ALESME BECKER, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2019 Marquis d'Alesme has tuned out well, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berry fruit, woodsmoke, licorice and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, ample and seamless, it's supple and charming, with a succulent core of fruit, powdery tannins and fine length. Drink 2025-2045.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-1456. 14 CHATEAU MARQUIS DE TERME, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX imperial    (92/100)

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: $399.5 each

FR-1457. 18 CHATEAU PAVEIL DE LUZE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Young but already elegant and complex, this wine is destined for long-term aging. Ripe blackberry fruits and serious tannins will take time to mature. Drink from 2025 when this wine will be in balance. $40.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1458. 15 CHATEAU PRIEURE LICHINE, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX    (95/100)

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

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

FR-1459. 18 CHATEAU DU TERTRE, 5ME GRAND CRU, MARGAJX    (95/100)

Wine Enthusiast 95: 'From the partner estate to Chateau Giscours, this wine is as elegant as you would expect. While it is structured, it also has ripe fruits, rich tannins and great potential. The dry and firm core of this wine will propel it forward. Drink from 2027. $70.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

FR-1460. 18 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX    92+/100 *

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

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1461. 15 CHATEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN    (95/100)

Wine Enthusiast 95: 'Solid tannins mark this still very young wine. At the same time, the fruit is rich and well proportioned. Black currants dominate the fruity spectrum, giving the wine richness as well as great potential. Drink from 2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1462. 16 CHATEAU PICQUE CAILLOU, PESSAC LEOGNAN    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'This beautifully balanced wine is rich and stylish. Classic black currant flavors enhanced by judicious wood aging have a smoky edge as well as fresh fruitiness and the potential for richness as the wine develops. Drink from 2023. $40.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1463. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN imperial    (91/100)

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: $379.5 each

FR-1464. 15 CHATEAU LE THIL COMTE CLARY, PESSAC-LEOGNAN    94+/100

Owned by the Cathiards of Smith Haut Lafitte; 70% merlot, 30% cab franc; aged 18 months in barrels, 50% new. Oh, boy. Yet another great splash of oak sophistication coupled with the terroir character and Chateau approach. All the silky refinement of Florence Cathiard's SHL thanks to equal handling of this wine. Yes, fine textured, full but fine fruit and oak tannins. Top nobility. Great cellar candidate. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1465. 19 CHATEAU BARDE HAUT, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    95/100

Vinous 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1466. 16 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    94+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1467. 18 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Stylish, with creamed plum and cherry reduction notes carried by a velvety structure, picking up anise, black tea and incense accents along the way. The finish is detailed and finely grained, with a subtle minerality lingering at the very end. Drink now through 2032.' Owned by the Cuveliers of Clos Fourtet and Ch Poujeaux; 70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 10% cab sauv, vines averaging 40 years; aged up to 18 months in barrels, 50% new.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1468. 17 CHATEAU COUTET, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION    92+/100

Under vine since Roman times & Famille Beaulieu for 400 years; on limestone between Chateaux Angelus & Beausejour; 60% merlot (vines up to 100 yrs old), 30% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% cab sauv; barrel aged 18 months. Good fruit and aromatic complexity, if subtle, understated. Welcome acidity and minerality. Well balanced. Very popular with the Europhiles. Well crafted in 2017. Bravo. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1469. 19 CHATEAU FOMBRAUGE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'This rolls through with a cashmere grace, offering cassis, steeped plum and blackberry purée flavors infused with black tea and incense notes. A late alder thread keeps this nicely grounded. Suave. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2023 through 2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1470. 18 FLEUR DE CHATEAU FONPLEGADE, SAINT EMILION    94+/100

Second wine of a Grand Cru Classe Chateau on the limestone plateau; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc from the property's younger vines; aged 15 months in once filled oak barrels. Boy, that's a whopper of a second wine too. Right Bank generosity, lushness. And barrel augmentation almost to the degree of the previous Fleur. Wow, this has charm; just soars. Luscious in the mouth too, with a fine grained tannin foil. Superb fashioning here. Grand Vin knockoff too. New to me, and quite the pleasant surprise. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1471. 19 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2019 Fonroque has turned out nicely, offering up aromas of blackberries, minty cassis, licorice and spices. Full-bodied, ample and enveloping, with a fleshy core of fruit, powdery tannins and lively acids, it's a rich, generous, demonstrative wine that remains nicely balanced. Part of Fonroque's biodynamically farmed holdings are located on Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau, and the rest on the slopes, with more clay and colluvium. Drink now-2039.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1472. 14 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (91/100)

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: $29.99 each

FR-1473. 19 CHATEAU GRAND MAYNE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    95/100

Neal Martin 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

FR-1474. 16 CHATEAU HAUT BRISSON, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'Blended of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Haut-Brisson is quite oaky on the nose with underlying plum preserves, baked cherries and dried mulberries plus wafts of bay leaves, damp soil and cigars. Medium to full-bodied, it has firm, rounded tannins, seamless freshness and plenty of muscular fruit going long in the finish. Drink now-2034.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1475. 19 CHATEAU DE PRESSAC,. GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (95/100)

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How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1476. 18 CHATEAU DE PRESSAC,. GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION    (93/100)

Parker 93: '71% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carmenere and 2% Malbec. .Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 de Pressac prances out of the glass with cheery scents of Morello cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves, plus suggestions of chocolate mint, licorice and unsmoked cigars. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers loads of energetic black, blue and red fruit layers, framed by grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. It's approachable now yet has the stuffing to cellar for 15 years or more. Drink 2022-2038.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1477. 18 CHATEAU ROCHER FIGEAC, SAINT EMILION

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1478. 18 SAINTAYME, SAINT EMILION    93+/100

Owned by ace consulting oenologist Denis Durantou; 98% merlot 2% cab franc; at St Etienne de Lisse; aged 14 months in barrels, 30% new. Near black color concentration. Full 2018 fruit abundance tempered and complexed by barrel effects, including new barrels. Thoroughly modern claret in the best sense, as you'd expect from this maker. Prominent fruit richness conquers the oak, which adds an underlying layer of taste and tannin. Great flavor volume and range. Texturally perfect harmony of sweet fruit, acid, tannin. Very, very long finish. Kudos. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1479. 18 SAINT EMILION DE CHATEAU QUINTUS, SAINT EMILION    94+/100

2016: Part of the Clarence Dillon (Haut Brion) group. Saint Emilion richness and roundness plus very polished and sophisticated barrel extras. Oh, the roundness and succulence of the fruit, exceptional for 2016. Plus the 16 burnished texture, good control, and tailoring. Total balance. Long finish. Fine cellar potential. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1480. 19 LES VALENTINES DE CHATEAU ROL VALENTIN, SAINT EMILION    (93/100)

Suckling 93: 'Smoke, pine needles, bark and currants follow through to a full body with layers of firm yet round tannins and a chewy finish.' Aged 15 months in barrels, 35% new.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1481. 19 CHATEAU LA DAME DE BOUARD, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION    93+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1482. 18 CHATEAU ROCHER CALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION    91+/100

Famille Lagardere; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc; aged 18 months in vat; Michel Rolland's team consults. Much sweeter and more alluring. Vintage, age, merlot all add up. Very seductive merlot aroma with good, dark cab franc structure. Good acid. Balanced. Flavors still forming. There's some tannin, well padded as it is. Could use a bit more cellar time. Good value. I'd be keeping it a few months longer. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1483. 16 CHATEAU DU COURLAT, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The 2016 Du Courlat has a rich, slightly jammy bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry fruit. The palate is well balanced with juicy tannins, rich but nicely controlled with a very poised and tensile finish. Now this is a lovely Lussac Saint Emilion in the making. One to watch out for.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1484. 12 CHATEAU DU COURLAT, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION    91+/100

90% merlot, 10% cab franc. This is Saint Emilion. Rich, and still youthfully fruity at age seven plus. No 2012 resistance any longer. The smoothness of merlot. Good acidity. No oak evident. While it's gained ease, it has yet to gather bottle bouquet. It's a paragon of stability. 91+/100. List price: $20.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1485. 18 CHATEAU CAP ST. GEORGE, SAINT GEORGES SAINT EMILION    93+/100

Proprietor Jean-Philippe Janoueix; 82% merlot, 8% cab sauv, 10% cab franc; average vine age: 33 years; aged 6 months in barrels, half new, half once used. This has ample oak influence, including the more dramatic new barrel effects. Large, dark, and complex 2018. Vies with Saint Emilion proper--even Grand Cru. Palate backward yet clearly loaded for bear. Full body, texture, breadth, depth. The tannins are fine grained, if obstinate still. Cellar it 2-3 years. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1486. 20 CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE CORBIN, SAINT GEORGES ST. EMILION    93+/100

Once owned by Roman poet Ausonius.; 55 year old vines; 70% merlot, 30% cab franc; aged 15 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Deep red violet color. Black fruited and serious 2020 vintage product. Not as fruity and flowing as the 2018 and 2019. Black through and through. Important measure of barrel savors too, Big time satellite claret. Just as dark and surly on the palate. Tannin calls for keeping. Real black cherry and raspberry fruit concentration. Awesome future. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1487. 16 CHATEAU TOUR DU PAS ST. GEORGES, SAINT GEORGES SAINT EMILION    91+/100

The satin texture, the fine, tensile structure, and the black fruit depths of 2016. Ideal 2016 Right Bank. Plays it to a T, without barrel complications. Just delicious 2016 merlot and cab franc claret degree of ripeness. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1488. 19 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL    (92/100)

2018: Vinous 92: 'The 2018 Bonalgue has one of the most backward bouquets that I encountered from the appellation in this vintage from bottle, requiring at least an hour's aeration to reveal blackberry, loamy and truffle scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Here it picks up, offering lively black fruit and fine mineralite on the finish. This is an excellent Bonalgue, a great success for the estate. Just be patient with the aromatics. Drink 2024-2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1489. 16 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL half bottle    (92/100)

2018: Vinous 92: 'The 2018 Bonalgue has one of the most backward bouquets that I encountered from the appellation in this vintage from bottle, requiring at least an hour's aeration to reveal blackberry, loamy and truffle scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Here it picks up, offering lively black fruit and fine mineralite on the finish. This is an excellent Bonalgue, a great success for the estate. Just be patient with the aromatics. Drink 2024-2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1490. 18 CHATEAU DE SALES, POMEROL    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Silky and refined in feel, with alluring dark tea, dried anise, mulled plum and steeped black cherry notes gliding through in unison. Bay leaf note twinkles on the finish. Drink now through 2031.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1491. 18 CHATEAU LES CRUZELLES, LALANDE DE POMEROL    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'The 2018 Les Cruzelles is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with 40% new oak and 14.5% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with energetic scents of crushed blackberries, juicy black cherries and ripe plums, plus hints of menthol, dark chocolate and star anise. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers mouth-filling black fruits with a soft texture and bags of freshness, finishing long and lively. Drink 2023-2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1492. 18 CHATEAU DE CARLES, FRONSAC    92+/100

Densely planted vines, 35 years old; 80% merlot, 15% cab sauv 5% cab franc; aged 18-24 months in barrels. Fronsac solid. But not stodgy. Time in barrel offers aromatic range and grace. 2018 offers a relative measure of up front fruit. There's old vines depth and concentration too. Great acid. Full of dry extract. The tannins are smooth. Couldn't be a more classic presentation of a young Fronsac. Widely liked by the Europhiles for its typicity and potential. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1493. 18 CHATEAU LA VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'This has a succulent feel, pulling you into its mix of fresh plum, red cherry and raspberry coulis flavors while bergamot and red tea accents stay in the background. Finish is juicy but tightly focused, with an underlying chalky thread lending precision. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1494. 17 CHATEAU LA VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'This is packed with plum and blackberry compote flavors, supported by graphite and smoldering tobacco notes. Everything melds through the solidly structured and toasty finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1495. 18 CLOS DU ROY, FRONSAC    92+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1496. 19 CHATEAU D‘AIGUILHE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'A terrific effort from this large and immaculately maintained property on the clay-limestone slopes of the Côtes de Castillon, the 2019 d'Aiguilhe exhibits aromas of cherries and cassis mingled with notions of burning embers, licorice and warm spices. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with lively acids, powdery tannins and a mineral finish, it's intelligently matured in tank and large-format oak as well as small barriques. Drink now-2039.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1497. 16 CHATEAU ASTER DE BEAULIEU, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    92+/100

The prestige cuvee; 80% merlot, 20% cab franc. Serious dose of new oak to this tip of the pyramid cuvee. Fruit depth and concentration to take it all up. An upscale Castillon. Still pretty heavy in the oak flavors and tannins. They won't outlive the fruit; that's intense and compact and all present. Ambitious. Requires cellaring. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1498. 16 CHATEAU CASTEGENS, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    92+/100

In the commune of Belves at one of the highest points of the appellation. On a continuation of Saint Emilion's clay-limestone slope. 80% merlot, 18% cab franc, 2% cab sauv. Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: Dark, with a slight ruddy cast at age 6. Boy, two years older but equally fresh and youthful. Sweet merlot to the fore, in a more linear form of 2016. Clearly there are oak contributions. Well, falling into a bit of a trough like many a 2016 claret at this stage. Less flavor and more tannin impact. No problem. Plenty of bouquet potential. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1499. 18 CHATEAU L'HETRE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    94+/100

95% merlot, 5% cab franc; owned by the Thienponts of Vieux Chateau Certan and Le Pin; barrel aged 15 months. Well, this is good Castillon terrior (an eastern extension of the Saint Emilion cote) and Grand Cru Classe elevage. Folks are going to have to learn that Castillons nurtured in this fashion are worth over thirty bucks. Ripe 2018 fruit and intricate barrel nuances. Deep, full, lasting. One of the best. Full bodied and full flavored. Full of 2018 merlot richness and savor. And so finely imparted barrel embellishments. I'm in awe. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1500. 20 LA RAISON D‘HETRE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1501. 18 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    91+/100

Deep, dark definition of 2018, with the usual ripe-fruit style of this Chateau. Youthful fruit. Spices emerge with aeration, and the nose gathers depth. Dense and spicy. Plenty of good, fine-grained tannin. Good acidity. The vintage talks the talk. While ripe, the acid reads Euro. Tannin builds at the end. Everything points to a positive evolution. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1502. 16 CHATEAU MONTLANDRIE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    94/100

Jed Dunnock 94/100; James Suckling 94/100. By ace oenologist Denis Duranteau.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1503. 15 CHATEAU LA ROCHE MEZIERES, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX    91/100

Proprietor Bernard Augereau; at St. Pey d'Armens; 70% merlot, 15% each of the cabernets; aged in vats. Last seen in the 2012, when it was vintage stubborn for several years and then burst its bonds. Well, thanks to the nature of 2015 vs 2012, this entices at a similar tasting age. Sweet and spicy. Castillon generous. Medium bodied. Gentle tannins. Rightful balance. Ready to serve. Good value. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1504. 15 CHATEAU DES BORIES, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX magnum    91+/100

Wonderfully ripe fruit of 2015 in the simultaneously rich and racy Francs style. Good spread of feels and flavors on the palate. The magnum size retards bouquet development, so cellaring a few years will be rewarded. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1505. 18 CHATEAU DE FRANCS, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX magnum

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1506. 18 CHATEAU DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX    92+/100

Owned by Hebrard (formerly of Cheval Blanc) and de Bouard (Angelus); highest vineyard of the AOC; 90% merlot, 10% cab franc; aged 14 months in barrels, 1/3 new; Wine Enthusiast 92/100. Great power, merlot sweetness, and considerable barrel impact. Grand Cru ambitions. And a good measure of tannin, as the 2018s are beginning to reveal as the original fruit plumpness dries up to an extent with bottle age. Its long range intentions preclude present senses of proportion and pleasure. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1507. 18 CHATEAU PERTHUS, COTES DE BOURG    91+/100

Mostly merlot. A dark, rich, and hearty 2018 Bourg. Wow, this is deep purple fruit of 2018. Really fills up the nostrils. Upholds Bourg's reputation for generous clarets. Better than the last vintage we had, which as damn good. full Bourg impact and generosity. Yes, lush, purple fruit to the fore with compensating acid and fine tannin. So cellarworthy as well as ready to take on strong fare. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1508. 19 CHATEAU SAUMAN, COTES DE BOURG    91+/100

At Villeneuve; 5 generation estate; chateau bottling since 1965; 90% merlot, 10% cab sauv. Savory and smoky. Hidden depths. Bourg generosity laid out in moderation in the 2019 style. Good grip of fine tannin. Good acidity. The flavor profile builds with aeration. More to come. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1509. 19 CHATEAU BOURDIEU, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX    97/100

Decanter 97/100 - PLATINUM AWARD.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1510. 18 CHATEAU CRUSQUET SABORIN GRAND RESERVE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX    92/100

The prestige cuvee. 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. Nice and spicy nose. Barrel aging stuff going on here. Yes, mellowed by barrel aging too. Baking spices. Quite the treat. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1511. 18 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX    92+/100

Famille Martin; 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv; 2/3 aged a year in barrels. Always the oak complex here. I haven't found a Blayais wine as much barrel influenced as this one, except Roland la Garde's elite cuvee. Oh, and there's 2018 fruit abundance to match. Both fruit and oak tannins close down the palate to an extent. Material, texture, extract, balance. Deep, rich, complex, long. Serious stuff; ambitious stuff. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1512. 19 TEMPO D'ANGELUS, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    (93/100)

Suckling 93: 'A delicious savory red with blackcurrant chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors. It's medium-bodied with fine round tannins. Fresh and bright. It opens at the end and becomes chewy and intense. Give this two or three years to soften but it's already focused.' By the de Bouards of Chateau Angelus. From vineyards they own in Castillon and Saint Colombe on clay-limestone slopes.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1513. 18 CHATEAU BOIS DE FAVEREAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1514. 19 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    91+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1515. 16 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC CUVEE PRESTIGE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR     92+/100 *

Thierry Lurton, proprietor; 700 year heritage; 60% merlot, 40% cab sauv; an old vines selection; barrel aged. Wow, barrel aging has added a lot of breadth and depth to its already impressive old vines fruit intensity. One loaded Bordeaux Superieur. 2016 black fruit and silky texture. Finest of tannins. Exemplary 2016 BS. Competes well above its AOC. More to come. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1516. 16 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    92/100

98% merlot, 2% cabernet franc. 43 year old vines. 9 months in barrels, half new. Owned by the Janoueix family. Oh, charm, oak, finesse, barrel time, everything. Perfect. Perfectly proportioned. Super value. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1517. 16 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    92+/100 *

At Lugon, west of Fronsac; second wine; 90% merlot; 10% cab franc; barrel aged. Dark ruby. Wow, big time fruit intensity and exceptional oak endowments for the second wine of a Bordeaux Superieur Chateau. Grand and ambitious stuff. Abundant fruit and oak concentrations. Tannin on teeth. Broad, deep, complex. A sleeper for the cellar. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1518. 16 CHATEAU LAURENCE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    92+/100

At Montussan, northern Entre deux Mers; all merlot; proprietors Philippe Nunes & Hubert de Bouard de Laforest. Full red violet color saturation. Good and ripe fruit, especially for 2016. A very silky nasal texture. Bouard hand shows here. And there's some barrel upbringing evident. Yes, there's the 2016 fine tannin and the good, ripe, yet well controlled Bouard merlot approach. Long finish. Fine modern claret. Bouard's got the skills to pay the bills. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1519. 19 MOULIN DE CHATEAU D'ISSAN, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    91+/100 *

From Issan's vineyards on the richer palus soils between Margaux's gravels and the estuary; 90% merlot, 10% cab sauv. Oak enters the scene here. Adds dimension. Solid fruit basis. Some dry oak tannins in youth. First of the reds this evening that I'd advise cellaring. Persistent aftertaste and texture. 91+/100. Aeration brought out more flavor, better balance, enhanced oak/fruit complexity. Judged a great value. Many attendees' wine of the evening.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1520. 18 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON CUVEE RESERVEE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    91+/100

On the hillsides of Saint Croix du Mont overlooking the Garonne; 90% merlot, 10% cab sauv. That's pretty classy, truly Superieur. Special spiciness to it. From oak or terroir? Not just basic claret. Full bodied, with considerable tannin, foiled to an extent by 2018 fruit ripeness. Cellar potential here. 91+/100. List price: $18.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1521. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON RESERVE DU CHATEAU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    1++/100

90% merlot, 10% cab sauv; barrel aged 8 months. Heavy Bottle Award. Larger, and clearly barrel complexed. But more somber at this stage. Many 2016 clarets are. The barrel tweaks come into play even more on the palate. Both oak and fruit tannins too, modulated somewhat by bottle age. I'd be cellaring this one too. 91++/100. List price: $24.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1522. 18 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    91+/100

2016: At St. Genis du Bois; 70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. Gold Medal - Bordeaux. Lots of purple-black cab sauv fruit. Richly fruited wine with seemingly some seasoned barrel aging influence. Really well put together combo of varietals. Good cabernet tannin. And the cabernet fruit is fully ripe. Deliciously balanced and overall very, very fine. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1523. 18 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE LEAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR    91+/100

2016: All old vines merlot. Dark purple. Deep, dark, and rich. Wisp of violets. Some oak spice too. Old vines fruit intensity. Oak seasonings. 2016 satin texture. Tannin to shed yet. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1524. 19 CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1525. 18 CHATEAU LA CASTILLONE, BORDEAUX    91+/100

Rich merlot dominance. 18 black fruit. Really quite dense and powerful for its appellation. Yes, rich, black, well rounded merlot palate. Fine body and flavor intensity. Really delivers for the price. I'll be buying this one. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1526. 20 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX    91+/100

2019: Famille Chollet since 1865; vineyard borders Lussac St. Emilion; 80% merlot, 20% the cabernets. Sweet cranberry, cherry, and bramble berry set. While openly fruity, this is not as fulsome a display as the 2018 put out. Has 2019 lift. I like both. Yes, graciously medium bodied, sweetly fruity. Good acid, light tannin, form, and reserve. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1527. 19 CHATEAU LE DRAGON, BORDEAUX    91/100

80% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon. Oh, fresh and spicy as well as 2019 fruity. Palate confirms. Rich, racy, rangy, all. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1528. 19 CHATEAU GRANDE METAIRIE, BORDEAUX

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

FR-1529. 19 M DE LA CHATEAU GRANDE METAIRIE, BORDEAUX    89+/100

100% malbec. At Gornac, Entre deux Mers northeast of Cadillac; all malbec. Malbec dark, malbec solid, malbec two dimensional in youth. Medium bodied. Good flow. Limited textural range and flavor interest at this stage. I suspect it will gain more of each. 89+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1530. 19 CHATEAU HAUT PASQUET, BORDEAUX    91+/100

Vignobles Dubourg @ Escoussans, in the Haut Benauge sector of Entre deux Mers. Full ruby black color. Deep, damp earth classic reminiscent of Graves. I don't get this terroir statement often in modern claret. Kudos. The fruit takes over on the palate, sweet and engaging. No bimbo, this has fine grip and texture. Best vintage of this I've tasted. A shame it's leaving the market. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1531. 18 CHATEAU HAUT PEYRUGUET, BORDEAUX    (91/100)

Suckling 91: 'This shows lots of fruit and walnut character with some chocolate. It's medium-bodied with lovely, integrated tannins and a juicy finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1532. 19 CHATEAU HAUT TORNEZY, BORDEAUX    91/100

Proprietor Olivier Banier. 14.5%. 65% merlot, 15% each of the cabernets. A delight. 19 combo of richness and race. Fruit out in front, expressed in true claret moderation. Race, fruit, balance, 19 claret stylishness. Great acid. Buy it! 91/100. Packed in branded wood cases of 12 bottles.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1533. 18 CHATEAU MATHIOT, BORDEAUX    91+/100

5-acre family estate at Escoussans on the right bank of the Garonne. Partly due to the power, this claret of the humble Bordeaux AOC doesn't back down from the Medocs that preceded it in the tasting order. It's pretty full bodied, certainly 2018 rich fruited. Palate speaks the same language. A really generous 2018 style that holds its power well. Fine tannin on the long finish. The group was impressed with the value. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1534. 19 CHATEAU MAZETIER TRADITION,. BORDEAUX    91+/100

Est. 1930 at Saint Andre du Bois, on the Right Bank of the Garonne northeast of Langon; mainly merlot and cab sauv, with a little cab franc and malbec. This has good body and power. It doesn't shy away from the competition. Nice merlot fruit sweetness. Oh, this is a rich one. The forward black fruit of 18 and the power of 15. Very large for 19. Deep and spicy. Merlot continues its cherry fruit dominance on the palate, the others adding framework and tannin. Priceworthy cellar candidate. Best from 2024-2026. The group appreciated the value here. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1535. 19 CHATEAU MERIGOT, BORDEAUX    91+/100

All merlot. More accommodating than the Haut Genin. Quite suave. Good acid again. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1536. 18 CHATEAU MARJOSSE, BORDEAUX    92+/100

Parker 92/100. My notes: At Tizac de Curton; Pierre Lurton, proprietor; 80% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 7% cab franc, 3% malbec; aged a year in barrels, half new. Dark red violet. Whoa! This is rich and serious stuff for its humble AOC. A 2018 fruit and oak bomb full of merlot lush interior, contained within an oaky framework. Huge bang for the buck, if you are appreciative of 'modern' claret. Palate is no holds barred as well. The power is an assist. The acid is not wanting either. And there's fine grained tannin. Unabashed bargain. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1537. 19 CHATEAU DU PIN, BORDEAUX    90+/100

2016: At Saint Martial (Entre deux Mers). Sweet and fulfilled already. As rich as a 2015, with 2016 silky texture. Ideal. Dry, and still a little tart, but well managed, well textured, and well composed overall. Good stuff. Will appreciate a few more months in bottle. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1538. 18 CHATEAU THEUILEY, BORDEAUX

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1539. 18 CHATEAU TOUR DE LUCHEY, BORDEAUX    90+/100

2016: At Moulon; 80% merlot, 10% each of the cabernets. It's 2016, so it's firmer. Nice, burnished texture of 2016 claret. Lovely example. Good fruit, composure, and the finest of tannin feels. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1540. 19 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX    91/100

2018: At Targon, Entre deux Mers; 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% cab franc on limestone, clay, and gravel; average age: 35 years. Intense aromas of cranberry, raspberry, and early fall apple. 18 fruit abundance and exuberance. 18 sweet fruited,, with very tangy acidity. Unusually high cabernet content for the region gives it a lot of black fruit vigor. What fun this is! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1541. 18 COMTESSE DE DOMAINE COMTE DE MALET ROQUEFORT, BORDEAUX

By the winemaker at Chateau La Gaffeliere.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1542. 18 MARY TAYLOR JEAN-MARC BARTHEZ, BORDEAUX

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1543. 19 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 6

1 bottle each CHATEAU DUBOIS CLAVERIE Est. 1869; 58% merlot, 32% cab sauv, 10% cab franc. CHATEAU CATHALOGNE 50% each merlot, cab sauv. CHATEAU GRAND MEYNAU. Est. 1915; at Saint Avit de Soulege, Entre deux Mers; 50% merlot, 20% malbec, 10% each of the cabernets. CHATEAU LE BOURDILEY At Souligac, Entre deux Mers; 80% merlot, 20% the cabernets. CHATEAU FRANC COUPLET 60% merlot, 25% cab sauv, 15% cab franc. CHATEAU PONCHARAC At Blaisimon, Entre deux Mers; 80% mlero5t, 10% each of the cabernets. In a branded wood presentation case with map and descriptions.

How Many bottles/singles: $79.95 each

FR-1544. 18 BORDEAUX GOLD MEDAL MIX OF 3

Contains 3 of the 6 in the 2018 Mix of 6. In a flat, branded wood presentation box.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1545. 18 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93: 'Rich, ageworthy Semillon combines with crisper Sauvignon Blanc in this satisfyingly ripe wine. Still young, it has a rich, full-bodied future that will keep the wine's freshness in focus. Drink from 2023.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1546. 19 CHATEAU CARBONNIEUX, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC    93/100

Decanter 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1547. 16 CHATEAU LA GRAVE MARTILLAC, PESSAC LEOGNAN BLANC    92+/100

Second wine of Grand Cru Classe Chateau Latour Martillac. Semillon and sauvignon blanc. Still shy, but clearly full bodied and well crafted. Some barrel influence. Nice lemon/lime and passion fruit flavors. Grand Cru full, even powerful. It would be a shame to serve it now. It will be so much more accomplished a few months down the line. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1548. 10 CLOS MARSALETTE, PESSAC LEOGNAN BLANC    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Very enticing, with a bright salted butter note leading the way, followed by warm brioche, macadamia nut, green almond, candied citrus peel and white peach flavors, which all glide through the finely tuned finish. Harnesses the punch of the vintage successfully, arriving at a lengthy, creamy display. $35.'

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1549. 21 CHATEAU DUCASSE, BORDEAUX BLANC    91+/100

Proprietor Herve Dubourdieu; 60% semillon, 35% sauvignon blanc, 5% muscadelle; vines averaging 35 years; unfiltered. Conveys semillon fatness and weight, cut and lifted by sauvignon brisk citrus. Muscadelle's green fruit registers too. Could use more time to gather flavor profile. Which is typical of Ducasse. Has it all together. Just needs a few weeks for flavor and texture development. The group agreed. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1550. 21 CHATEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC    91+/100 *

2020: 75% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc, 5% muscadelle; vine age 45-48 years; unfiltered. Plenty of semillon plumpness. Sauvignon dash. Muscadelle green stuff. Fat and full. When first opened, the aromatics were still in the formative stage. They blossomed over the coming hours and were much enjoyed by the group, which declared this a top vintage for Graville. 91+/100. Tasted 10/27/21

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1551. 20 CHATEAU MARJOSSE, ENTRE DEUX MERS    92/100

At Tizac de Curton; owner: Pierre Lurton; old vine sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris, semillon, and muscadelle. Total entertainment as the varietals parade by in sequence and in step. Generally round and sweetly fruity thanks to the gris and semillon. With further sniffing, the cutting edge of sauvignon and muscadelle comes forth to etch my nostrils. Complete package. Oh, that incisive fruit acidity! While roundness forms its background. Complete varietal spread, very well assembled. Plenty of fruit intensity, breadth, and depth. A four ring circus of EdM white varieties. Tangy finish. Lucien Lurton's heirs are good! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1552. 20 COMTESSE DE DOMAINE COMTE DE MALET ROQUEFORT, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

Est. 1705; 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon; by the winemaker at Chateau La Gaffeliere. More citrusy sauvignon still. Again, the semillon padding. Brisk acid here too. A less shrill, more rounded palate overall. A bit more body. Eminently well balanced. Each begging for a plateau de fruits de mer. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1553. 21 CHATEAU L'ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

2020: At Saint Felix de Foncaude, Entre deux Mers; 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. Used to be a favorite until we met the 2018, mummified by sulphur. Was it screwcap? This one's pretty clean. The aromatics take time to form. Eventually, savignon gooseberry ours forth. Sauvignon passion fruit on the palate. Semillon forms a foundation. Good, crisp acidity. Horehound on the finish. Back in form. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1554. 20 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

At Grezillac; Famille Andre Lurton, with Chateaux Couhins and La Louviere; 78% sauvignon blanc, 22% semillon. This screwcap had a brimstone aura in the monring, so I beat the hell out of this, and have succeeded in cleaning it up pretty well. Yeah, there's a sauvignon grassy statement present, lower key than in some BBs. Good semillon underlayment. Juicy citrus sauvignon flavor. Another good vintage of this, though I miss the muscadelle. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1555. 20 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC    92+/100

70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon; barrel fermented and aged 6 months on lees in once used Sauternes barrels. Sauvignon cut, backed by semillon body. A lot of mango. Never used to get that in Bordeaux blanc. I like it. Tangerine too. Less incisive than the nose suggests. Semillon fat. Both richness cut. Good length. Light, intriguing barrel suggestions, vanilla in particular. Attendees liked it a lot. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1556. 21 LA MOULINIERE, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

2020: Famille Lesgourgue; 80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. The sauvignon is brisk and bright. Spot on. Plenty of passion fruit. Modern BB, and good at it. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1557. 20 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE MARGUERITE, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon; named for the estate's director. What do you know, a screwcap-free dozen! Very nice Bordeaux take on sauvignon blanc. Not too shrill. Tempered by semillon fatness. Citrus and mango meet quince and pineapple. Racy sauvignon acidity; really tart and juicy. Semillon underlayment. Roundness. Pleasing, well crafted cuvee. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1558. 19 CHATEAU THIEULEY, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

First time in MI in decades; still owned by Famille Courselle; half each sauvignon blanc, semillon. Cool, clear, fresh, traditional. Likely better at age two than one. A proper set of aromatics, discreetly rendered. Has good textural spiel, harmony, acidity, and mealworthiness. Old reliable Tilly! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1559. 13 CLOS D'ABEILLEY, SAUTERNES half bottle    92+/100

At Bommes. 20 acres within Rayne Vigneau. 75% semillon. Sweet honey and earthy honey aspects. Not fruity. No botrytis showing. Terroir statement. Yeah, stony like Rayne Vigneau itself. Cool peach on the back taste. Minerally Rayne reminder. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1560. 14 PRIEURE DE CHATEAU D'ARCHE, SAUTERNES half bottle    92+/100 *

Second wine of 2me Grand Cru, Ch. d'Arche; 90% semillon, 10% sauvignon blanc. Honeyed and concentrated. That dark core of fruit emblematic of the 2014 clarets. Spicy oak seasoning surprising in a second wine. Sweet and quite powerful. Acid coated. I like its prospects. Not much botrytis though. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1561. 20 LES REMPARTS DE CHATEAU BASTOR LAMONTAGNE, SAUTERNES half bottle    93+/100

97% semillon, 3% sauvignon blanc. Aged 16 months in barrels, 20% new. Pineapple and honey. Lots of give already. Boy.; sweet honey, pineapple, custard, currant. Special. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1562. 18 LES CHARMES DE CHATEAU BASTOR LAMONTAGNE, SAUTERNES half bottle    93+/100 *

Second wine of one of the top unclassified Chateaux; 97% semillon, 3% sauvignon blanc. Aged 16 months in barrels, 20% new. Pure honey, honeysuckle, orange, and pineapple. Dusty, polleny botrytis overtone. As sweet as a nut. Lightly coated acidity still. No problem; enough is exposed for balance. Long and flavorful aftertaste. Totally together young Sauternes. Popular with the group; orders taken. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1563. 16 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'The pale lemon colored 2016 Petit Guiraud sings of preserved lemons, pink grapefruit and marzipan with touches of allspice, chalk dust and acacia honey. The palate is quite mineral and savory in character with a lively line carrying off the long, chalky finish. Drink now-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1564. 15 CHATEAU LAMOTHE GUIGNARD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES    (91-/100)

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-1565. 18 CHATEAU LARIBOTTE, SAUTERNES half bottle    92+/100

Est. 1855 at Pre1gnac; 60 year old vines, 90% semillon, 8% sauvignon, 2% muscadelle. This is coy and elusive. I like that. Some Sauternes are 'in your face'. The honey, the botrytis tea and pollen, the understated stone fruit and pineapple. Sits right for me. Yes, subtly sweet, with an alluring pineapple husk 'woodiness'. Well balanced for youthful consumption (unless you're under 21). So calm, so confident. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1566. 05 CHATEAU DE MALLE, 2ME GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Green apple, toffee and lemon tart aromas open to a full body. Very sweet, with caramel, cooked apple and light vanilla flavors. Long and flavorful. Dense and sweet. Best after 2009.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-1567. 15 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC    (93-/100)

Vinous 93; Parker 93-95: 'The 2015 Myrat was tasted as a blend and from barrel at the estate with proprietor Xavier de Pontac. It has an elegant bouquet with scents of white flowers infusing the lightly honeyed fruit. The palate is very well balanced, very pure and refined, gently building to a really quite gorgeous, tensile finish that feels long and very sophisticated. This is one of the best that I have tasted from Chateau de Myrat and comes highly recommended.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1568. 09 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC    (94/100)

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-1569. 16 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Pale lemon in color, the 2016 Carmes de Rieussec features notes of candied orange peel and honey-drizzled peaches with touches of beeswax and lemon curd. The palate is rich with a lovely line of freshness cutting though the stone fruit layers, finishing on a spicy note. Drink now-2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1570. 15 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES    93+/100

Vinous 93/100. My notes: Luscious. Overwhelmingly creme filled. Custard creme donut. Lemon frosting, lemon curd. Pineapple. Suggestions of botrytis: tea, tobacco, dry pollen. Plenty of honey and pollen. Big time flavor impact, range. Awesome second. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1571. 14 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93: 'This rich, impressive wine is full of ripe fruit and balanced acidity. It has intensity, sweetness and botrytis rich enough to lend a dry core. Drink from 2022. '

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1572. 08 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES    94+/100

At Fargues; owned by the Rothschilds of Chateau Lafite; second wine; named after the Carmelite monks that once owned the property; 80-90% semillon, 10-20 % sauvignon and muscadelle according to vintage; aged 18 months in barrels. Dark, deep, and dusky 2008 aromas of cooked pineapple, tupelo honey, demerara sugar, and tawny peach and citrus. Fully sweet. Acid remains coated, because it's surely there this vintage. Honeysuckle finish. Yards to go. I love 2008 Sauternes; underrated. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1573. 16 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'With coaxing, the pale lemon colored 2016 Coutet slowly unfurls to give a myriad of preserved lemons, pineapple pastry, almond croissant, fresh ginger and lime blossoms scents with nuances of chalk dust, white pepper, star anise and cedar. Rich, seductive and yet exquisitely balanced, the satiny-textured palate has layer upon layer of citrus and savory notions, finishing very long and spicy. Drink 2021-2044.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

FR-1574. 03 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC    (95/100)

Wine Spectator 95: 'Honey, apple tart and lemon rind. Full-bodied, medium-sweet and very spicy with intense flavors of mace, apple and honey. Long finish. Thick and powerful. Best after 2010.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

FR-1575. 17 LIONS DE CHATEAU SUDUIRAUT, SAUTERNES half bottle    93+/100

Second wine of the 1er Grand Cru at Preignac. Mmm, that has fully sweet Suduiraut character. Deep notes of honey, demerara sugar, pineapple, and apricot. Barrel aged nutty aspects. Not as much botrytis in the second wine. Yes, fully sweet. Add almond to the set; that's a suggestion of botrytis. Good acidity; it's sweet but not sticky. Fabulous price-quality ratio. A group favorite. 93+/100,

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1576. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON, SAINTE CROIX DU MONT    93+/100

Formerly owned by the Fertals, relatives of a Detroit area wine merchant, du Pavillon has been sold to Olivier Fleury. I've had many a previous vintage to compare to this one, and the style remains consistent and the quality high. Nice, rich, fruity, citrus aroma. Plus a peachy taste. Fully up to snuff Ste. Croix, rivaling a Sauternes. Mmm. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1577. 16 CHATEAU DU PAVILLON, SAINTE CROIX DU MONT half bottle    93+/100

Formerly owned by the Fertals, relatives of a Detroit area wine merchant, du Pavillon has been sold to Olivier Fleury. I've had many a previous vintage to compare to this one, and the style remains consistent and the quality high. Nice, rich, fruity, citrus aroma. Plus a peachy taste. Fully up to snuff Ste. Croix, rivaling a Sauternes. Mmm. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1578. 16 CHATEAU DOISY DAENE, 2ME GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAUTERNES half bottle    (94/100)

Parker 94+: 'Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Doisy Daene is a little closed, opening out to reveal lime blossoms, Mandarin peel, candied lemon peel and peach blossoms scents with hints of spice cake and creme brulee. The palate offers an incredible array of citrus and spice layers with fantastic freshness and length. Drink 2021-2050.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1579. 16 CHATEAU LES ROQUES, LOUPIAC    93+/100

80% semillon, 18% sauvignon blanc, 2% muscadelle; Gold Medal - Concours Mondial des Feminalise. Wow, pineapple, husk, tupelo honey, singed orange peel, and much, much more. I'm afraid I'm running out of time to take it all in. Succulent, honeyed fruit, stature, and surprising sense of power at 12.5%. Sweetness suppresses full display. Will improve for decades. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1580. 16 CHATEAU LES ROQUES, LOUPIAC half bottle    93+/100

80% semillon, 18% sauvignon blanc, 2% muscadelle; Gold Medal - Concours Mondial des Feminalise. Wow, pineapple, husk, tupelo honey, singed orange peel, and much, much more. I'm afraid I'm running out of time to take it all in. Succulent, honeyed fruit, stature, and surprising sense of power at 12.5%. Sweetness suppresses full display. Will improve for decades. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1581. 18 CHATEAU COUSTEAU, CADILLAC    94+/100

Vignobles Reglat. All semillon. Yellow cast. Sweet honey, lemon curd, and pineapple. Delivers a full Cadillac moelleux statement. Flavors confirm, the honey turning to acacia. Great acid. Full sweetness. A bountiful sweet white Bordeaux for the money. Acid fairly coated in youth. No problem. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1582. 19 CHATEAU LA GRANDE METAIRIE LE MOELLEUX, BORDEAUX BLANC    91/100

Semillon and muscadelle. The semillon macaroon basis, the muscadelle green fruit flair. Lightly sweet. First Bordeaux Moelleux I've tasted. The style used to be limited to the Bordeaux Superieur rank. Pleasing if modest compared to Sauternes. Mild acid. Likely mealtime apps here. Surely priceworthy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1583. 18 BERGERAC BLANC SEC, CHATEAU LES MIAUDOUX    91+/100 *

50% sauvignon, 45% semillon, 5% muscadelle. Well , look what an extra year in bottle does! Now reveals effusive and attractive Bordeaux area sauvignon assets. Lemongrass sauvignon, lemon curd semillon, and touch of muscadelle green mango. Semillon roundness, sauvignon bright acidity. Full flavor spectrum that simply won't be denied. Pleasing texture and length too. Semillon waxiness, sauvignon minerality. Orange blossom afterglow. Balanced and evocative. Widely enjoyed by the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1584. 15 MONBAZILLAC, CHATEAU BELINGARD half bottle

70% semillon, 15% each sauvignon, mucadelle.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1585. 14 CAHORS, CHATEAU CAYROU    92/100

Becoming very pretty. Pretty and cool malbec black cherry. Very pure. Certainly fully ripe. A lot of dash and flow. Yeah. 91/100. Weeks later, at Wine Club: Continues to impress. Rich and ripe for 14. Comes forth readily. For a 14 Cahors, plenty of give. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1586. 20 CAHORS, CLOS LA COUTALE    92/100

Est 1895; 80% malbec, 20% merlot; 25 year old vines. A strong vintage of this. Bright, up front black cherry malbec fruit. Material and tarry depth in support. All in harmony. Suave textured, short of glossy. Grip of fine tannin and good acidity. Burst of flavor at the finale. Yes, one of the best years here. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1587. 18 CAHORS MALBEC DU CLOS TRIGUEDINA, FAMILLE BALDES    91+/100

Est. 1830; from young vines on the second terrace above the Lot; all malbec. Also on the cool, reductive side, yet a completely different take given grape variety and AOC. Malbec black fruit. A lot of material on the palate. Fruit flavor, extract, and fine tannin. A lot of Cahors for the money. The group appreciated the value and current appeal. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1588. 18 CAHORS PETIT CLOS, CLOS TRIGUEDINA    2++/100

85% malbec, 15% merlot; from the second terrace; unoaked. Less reductive due to what seems to spell some time in cooperage. More class. Black cherry and pitch assuaged by cask influence. A firmer, more tannic, more backward wine; really not much fun on the palate at this stage. The makings are there. Real Cahors for cellaring. The group agreed this was 'more-ish', and in need of cellaring. 92++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1589. 18 CAHORS, CLOS TRIGUEDINA    95+/100

85% malbec, 10% merlot; 5% tannat; from the second, third, and fourth terraces; aged a year in oak cooperage. Markedly heavier bottle. Wow, deep, dark, serious stuff. Complexity from barrel influence. Grand Vin. Big, classy, complex, enduring. Wow, one of the best Triguedina vintages I've tasted. The full, forward fruit of 2018 tempered by dry extract and fine tannin, as well as barrel stay. Purple grandeur. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1590. 13 CAHORS, CHATEAU GAUTOUL    91+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1591. 18 CAHORS MALBEC LA GAMOTIN CLOS DE GAMOT, JOUFFREAU    92/100

2015: Very juicy, ripe black cherry malbec nose. Tres 2015. Yes, black cherry concentrate and tar. Fine tannin. A lovely 2015 take on Cahors. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1592. 18 CAHORS MALBEC GOULEYANT, GEORGES VIGOUROUX    91+/100

Est. 1887. Cahors stalwart Vigouroux's early drinking cuvee. Well, it's 2018 abundantly fruity and ready to fill the bill. Cherry pie nose, in spades. Yes, the palate is sweetly fruity and generous. Great acid balances the sweet fruit, keeps this wine from getting sloppy. Light tannin on the finish comes with the Cahors territory. Well crafted. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1593. 19 CAHORS MALBEC LE VASSAL DE MERCUES, GEORGES VIGOUROUX    93+/100

Second wine of Vigouroux's Chateau Mercures, on Cahors' third terrace; 85% malbec, 15% merlot. Gorgeous red violet color. Oh, that's a hefty, full fledged Cahors. And it's just the second wine! Wow, that is ripe and dark fruited and even smoky. Got to have this one. Deep and complicated. Broadening barrel input. Serious stuff. Even more intense black fruit on the palate. And power and extract. Wow wine. Great intro to Cahors. Great form, texture, flavor depth and range. Full, fine grained tannins. Fine acid, balance. So satisfying. Will improve. One panelist noted: 'Best Cahors I've tasted in perhaps a decade.' 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1594. 18 CAHORS CHATEAU DE MERCUES GRAND VIN, GEORGES VIGOUROUX    95+/100

Heavy Bottle Award. Blacker color. Ah, the oak adds up to a Grand Vin level of complexity, sophistication. The fruit is stouter too, keeping the oak in tow. Hugely impressive. Great fruit and oak flavor range. Harmonious. Flavor and texture depth and spread. The finest grained of tannins. Lasting aftertaste. Grand Vin indeed. The panel agreed that this deserves to be cellared further. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1595. 16 CAHORS CHATEAU DE MERCUES GRAND VIN, GEORGES VIGOUROUX

85% malbec, 15% merlot; aged a year in Alliers oak barrels; Wine Spectator Top 100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1596. 14 MADIRAN CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, ALAIN BRUMONT    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This is the home estate of Madiran superstar Alain Brumont. The wine is big, bold, rich and packed with both fruit and tannins. It has great structure and a dense dusty tannic character that promises great aging. This is a major wine that needs time. Drink it starting from 2022.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1597. 09 MADIRAN VIEILLES VIGNES CHATEAU BOUSCASSE, VIGNOBLES BRUMONT    95+/100

Est. 1861; all tannat; vines 50-100 years old; aged 15 months in all new barrels Good, long, genuine cork has held up well. That's a dark one. It is tannat, after all. Now there's an accomplished bouquet. Tannat's a trouper. The ripeness of the vintage and the rewards of age are each apparent. The new barrel effect has been absorbed and integrated. Tannin remains; however it's not obstinate. Enjoy, or age further with confidence. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1598. 16 SAINT MONT VIEILLES VIGNES, PLAIMONT    91/100

Wine Enthusiast 91/100. My notes: All tannat. And the dark color spells it. Wow, that's a dark, sweet, and meaty tannat. Delivers concentration without accompanying toughness. Bravo. Again, the tannins are fine, non-aggressive. Amplitude and balance. Deal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1599. 14 GAILLAC CUVEE FLORENTIN, DOMAINE DU MOULIN    92/100

Brocal grape variety. Unfined, unfiltered. Firmness and darkness of the vintage. Good fruit concentration. Great 14 acid, black fruit tenacity. My mouth is getting acid really right today, and it's illuminating. No tannin issues. Delicious wine with food, or can be cellared. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1600. 18 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROUGE HARMONIE, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT    90/100

This is mellow; this is right. 18 talks. Yeah, good acid. Medium body. Works. Not pushy. Made for food. 90/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1601. 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE ROUGE HARMONIE DE GASCOGNE DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT    91+/100

Famille Beraut for 300 years; merlot, cabernet, tannat, syrah, malbec, pinot noir; vines averaging 30 years. Very sweet, round, and easy red fruit amalgam. Flashes of flair and depth. More dryness, acidity, and even astringency than the nose suggests. Renders it more 'serious' and mealworthy. Balanced finish. Deal. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1602. 21 COTES DU GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DES CASSAGNOLES    91/100

50% colombard, 25% each ugni blanc, gros manseng. Colombard and ugni green fruits to the fore. Soft, peachy manseng padding beneath. In tune. Oh, that manseng gives all it's worth on the palate, adding full stone fruit richness even in a cool vintage. Fans will be pleased. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1603. 21 COTES DE GASCOGNE, MARY TAYLOR    91/100

Olivier Gessler, vigneron at Panjas; 50% colombard, 30% ugni blanc, 15% gros manseng, 5% sauvignon blanc. Clean and crisp, with green colombard and ugni leading the way. Sense of manseng plumpness behind. Palate more aromatic, the manseng and sauvignon throwing in more support. Deliciously well balanced. Both cut and light padding. Better than the 2020. Better acid. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1604. 20 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD - UGNI BLANC, DOMAINE DE MILLET    91/100

This is filling out nicely. A lot more varietal push and spiel now. Much more exciting nose than weeks back. Great acid. Great flavor spread. Now one of the best years of this. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1605. 20 COTES DE GASCOGNE COLOMBARD, MONT GRAVET    91/100

All colombard. And it smells fully of green colombard stuff. Not as extreme as the 2018 though, so of broader appeal and usefulness. Sweet-tart limeade taste. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

FR-1606. 20 COTES DE GASCOGNE HARMONIE DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT    92/100

Ugni blanc, colombard, gros manseng, petit manseng, folle blanche, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay. .A few weeks back: A gentle mansengs sort of stone fruit aroma. Attractive. Not as wild and crazy a varietal range of aromatics as some earlier vintages. Then, on 3/3/22, spreading its usual peacock's tail today. Was less rangy a couple of months back. Now it's the usual 'wild' stuff. Exciting aroma and textural experience. There's acid and action on the palate. If gentle, surely not soft. The mansengs are in command, flavor wise. Very zesty. This sings. Vital ying-yang. Juicy finale keeps all in line. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1607. 19 COTES DE GASCOGNE L'ETE GASCON, DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT    94+/100

Owned by the Beraut family for 300 yrs; 80% gros manseng, 10% each chardonnay, petit manseng. Oh, what an inspiring nose! Ever peachy mansengs to the fore, with the ultimate apricot lift of the petit. Chardonnay adds a yellow delicious apple note. So gently sweet and so brightly elevated. The flavors, which add in mango and green tea, last forever, and spread out across the palate. Always worth a detour. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1608. 21 COTES DE GASCOGNE, DOMAINE SAINT LANNES    91/100

2020: Famille Duffour. Est. 1955. 80% colombard, 20% gros manseng. Nice tete a tete of crisp green colombard against round yellow gros manseng. Right. Yes, die beide. Round and fruity center, crisp edges. Sits right on the palate. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1609. 19 FRANCAIS SUD OUEST VILLA CHAMBRE D'AMOUR, LIONEL OSMIN    92+/100

2016: 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: $12.99 each

FR-1610. LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE, VIEUX PAPES    90/100

Combo of fruity and vinous. Juicy purple berries: loganberry, boysenberry. Medium bodied. Attractive flow. Mild tannin. Good acid. Flavorful. An intriguing sleeper. Would like to know more about its background. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $6.99 each

FR-1611. LA COMMUNAUTE EUROPEENNE BLANC, VIEUX PAPES    90/100

This is more involved than simply vinous, but I can't put a finger on the varietal makeup. It's not fruity or floral. There's a creamy aspect. Yes, creamy fruit something. Entirely pleasing, and like nothing else. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $6.99 each

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FR-1613. 20 ANJOU CABERNET FRANC, DOMAINE DES FORGES    92+/100

Est. 1890; family estate at St. Aubin de Luigne; from green and black slate soils on either side of the Layon. Sweet and sassy smelling. Almost heart on sleeve except that there is pretty fair power and a deep, dryish core. There's an appealing freshness to it too. That fresh theme continues on the palate, and, as it warms in the mouth, flavors form. Balance of acidity and padding. Wants food. On the whole, a very nice definition of its AOC at a very reasonable price. The group was impressed with its accuracy, overall quality, and great value. Orders taken. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1614. 18 ANJOU ROUGE RELIEFS, CHATEAU SOUCHERIE    93+/100

55 year old cabernet franc; aged in amphorae. Unfined. Now the REAL Soucherie stands up! Wow. This is old vines concentration. This is Anjou cab franc beauty. Even that cherished violets highlight. What a wow nose!/ Oh, it is a rich, even luscious example of its type in 2018. Both racy and intricate. Yeah, sweet red raspberry core with a solid peels extract framework that includes manageable fine tannin. Serious weight and depth. Great acid. Long finish. Can be cellared. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1615. 21 SAUMUR BREZE CLOS MAZURIQUE MONOPOLE, ARNAUD LAMBERT    92/100

31 year old vines in silty sand over limestone. Very bright--translucent even--in 2021. Red black fruit. Raspberries and seeds. The most penetrating of these yet. Good, high acid. Plenty of substance too, as always here. Old vines play a role in its constitution. Not much tannin interference. Long, flavorful, well textured. 92/100. Attendees found the nose reductive but adored the palate. That straightened itself out by the next day, and the attendee that got the rest of the bottle ordered several more!

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1616. 19 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY TERROIR DE CRAIE, DOMAINE DE LA PERRUCHE    91+/100

Perruche stones on chalky tuffeau. Backs off a little from the Beaumes de Venise and ripasso that preceded it; served out of order for that reason. Nonetheless, it's a proud and impactful S-C that's just cooler and more northern than the previous two but no less expressive. Dark fruit and considerable tannin. Chewy and well extracted. Not at all like a Chinon. Cellar it. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1617. 20 BOURGUEIL LIEU DIT BEAUREGARD, CAVE DE BOURGUEIL    92+/100

Sand and gravel soils. Very dark red violet--exceptional. And the nose is fully as concentrated as the color. Full fledged, fully intense Loire cab franc at no doubt a bargain price. Wow. Rich red raspberry flavor. Plenty of extract and a degree of fine tannin to resolve. Still, the flavor pours through. Best vintage of this I've tasted. 92+/100,

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1618. 21 BOURGUEIL CUVEE ALOUETTES, DOMAINE DE LA CHANTELEUSERIE    91/100 *

Est. 1822; vines planted from 1967-1980; on sand and clay. Oh, boy, is that one super fresh and fruity cab franc, just as the maker intended. About the best and most expressive vintage of this I've nosed. Full 2021 acidity. At opening, the tartest of these I've tasted. Apply accordingly at the table. 91/100. High marks from attendees for varietal expression and immediacy. No mention of the tartness I found, as this rounded out with aeration.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1619. 21 CHINON GRANGES, BERNARD BAUDRY

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1620. 20 CHINON LE DOMAINE, BERNARD BAUDRY    91+/100

80% grown in calcareous soil, 20% in gravel. Man, sweet as a nut. I mean it even smells nutty, like trail mix. Palate very dry and tannic though. About the most tannic Chinon I've tasted. Full acid too. And power and sweetness. Cellar it. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1621. 18 CHINON CLOS DU SAUT AU LOUP MONOPOLE, DOMAINE DOZON    (92/100)

Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Eric Santier created a rich, smoothly textured wine that has benefitted from the concentration of the vintage. It is ripe wine full of spicy black-berry flavors. Soft tannins are already integrated into the fruitiness. $26.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1622. 18 CHINON LES MORINIERES, JOSEPH MELLOT    91+/100

2017: Vineyard on clay and limestone. Rather close and tart to start, but true to its cherry-suggestive name. Nose sweetens up with aeration. Dry and tannic on entry. Fruit character and padding come on. Good ager. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1623. 20 CHINON LES GEORGES, CHATEAU DU PETIT THOUARS    93+/100

On clay-limestone in southwest Chinon, bordering Saumur Champigny. Wow, that's a full and pungent Chinon cab franc! Red raspberry, bramble, and leafy pepperiness. The palate is equally full and expressive. Well textured. Tannin level requests more bottle age. It will be rewarded. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1624. 20 CHINON RIVE GAUCHE CHATEAU DE LA BONNELIERE, M. PLOUZEAU    92+/100

Est. 1976; historic cellars beneath the fortress of Chinon; 35 year old vines on gravel. That's fuller and richer than the last couple of vintages. Boy, ideal level of fruit ripeness and varietal expression in a Chinon context. Red raspberry and seeds. Yeah, berry fruit intensity and acidity, brambly spiciness. Fine tannin to shed, or to apply to the proper fare. I'm impressed with this 2020. And the price is right! 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1625. 19 CHINON LES BARNABES, DOMAINE OLGA RAFFAULT    93+/100

From sand and gravel soils at Savigny en Veron; 35 year old vines. Oh, that's a warm and rich one. With a lot of red raspberry cab franc character besides. Inviting. Cool to the taste. The modest alcohol is appreciated. Plenty of flavor. There is a little tannin and astringency yet, so the palate is not quite as ready to rumble as the nose. Lasting finish. A group favorite. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1626. 19 CHINON, JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT    92+/100

Est. 1693; from sandy alluvial soil near the Vienne. That's a hearty red violet color. Full, sweet fruit plus nostril etch. Raspberry and seeds; peppery. Man, this really pushes the envelope. The palate is full bodied and textured, broad and flavorful. There is some tannin to resolve. A top vintage of this. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1627. 20 TOURAINE GAMAY LE COEUR DE LA REINE, DOMAINE DE LA ROCHETTE    91+/100

4th generation estate; 30 year old vines; 8 days' carbonic maceration. Light and lithe Loire gamay take vs Beaujolais. It's bursting with perfectly ripe cherry-berry aroma. What a fetching nose!/ Just the proper weight, flow, and acidity. Some carbonic astringency on the finish that will pass in due time. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1628. 21 TOURAINE GAMAY LE COEUR DE LA REINE, DOMAINE DE LA ROCHETTE    91+/100

2020: 4th generation estate; 30 year old vines; 8 days' carbonic maceration. Light and lithe Loire gamay take vs Beaujolais. It's bursting with perfectly ripe cherry-berry aroma. What a fetching nose!/ Just the proper weight, flow, and acidity. Some carbonic astringency on the finish that will pass in due time. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1629. 20 VALENCAY SOPHIE SIADOU, MARY TAYLOR    92/100

35% each gamay, cot (malbec), 30% pinot noir; on flint (silex); native yeasts. Exuberantly fruity, and evocative of each varietal. Gamay freshness, ripe malbec plush black fruit, pinot noir silky nostril etch. More pinot asserts itself in the flavor spectrum. Unique concept of the AOC and masterful execution. Better than the 2019. Great fruit acidity. The finest of tannins add texture. Lasting flavor and feel. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1630. 15 MENETOU SALON ROUGE, DOMAINE CHAVET    91+/100

Deep, dark, and intense with 2015 ripeness and concentration. Yes, really meaty for Loire pinot noir. Thanks to the vintage. Even some tannin. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1631. 19 FRANCAIS PINOT NOIR LE GRAND CAILLOU, PATIENT COTTAT    91+/100

15 year old vines on clay. Cool, dark, linear upper Loire pinot nose. Cherry, licorice, and something balsamic. This one flows pretty easily, though there is some fine tannin to resolve in back. Silk textured. Racy finish. 91+/100. List price: $19.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1632. 17 SANCERRE PINOT NOIR LES HERSES SILEX, DOMAINE GITTON PERE    93+/100

Its own thing, and I think a lot of that has to do with barrel aging. Most Sancerre rouge I see is first year, at most two or three years old. And not barrel aged. Decidedly more revealing than previous vintages tasted, some of them bearish by nature. Very cedary-spicy. Full bodied and textured. Clearly barrel influenced. A very, very exciting take. We can sell a lot of this. Brian is crazy about it. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1633. 20 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE L'AURIERE, VIGNERONS DE LA NOELLE    92/100 *

11.5%; 4 generation estate; gneiss and granite subsoil; 15-35 year old vines; 7 months on lees with regular stirring. A nice and full and forthcoming varietal and regional statement that keeps within the traditional bounds that the group appreciates. Cool, with spring-water minerality. Nice green underbrush notes. A classic muscadet--not trying to be too big for its boots. Indeed, a group favorite. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1634. 20 MUSCADET COTES DE GRANDLIEU SUR LIE CHATEAU LA BERRIERE, ABBAYE DE SAINTE RADEGONDE    92+/100 *

Vines over 30 years old; 7 months on lees. Lovely nose, varietal and pure. Forthcoming, reasonably full. And proper for the appellation, while making its own statement. Racy fruit acidity. Good flavor intensity and a long finish. More to come. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1635. 20 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LE FILS DE GRAS MOUTONS, CLAUDE BRANGER    91/100

Est. 1915; average vine age: 36 years . Lots of green fruit, moss, and underbrush. Always a classic. Really forward and full flavored in cooperative 2020. Good acid; tender core. Pretty good length too. Sits right. Tells the tale. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1636. 18 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE BREGEON    92/100

Body, pizzazz, and lots of sur lie influence. Balanced presentation. This works. Very crisp and clear. Light sur lie aspects echo on the palate. Well balanced. Long aftertaste. A complete performance. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1637. 20 MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DE LA BRETONNIERE    91+/100 *

35 year old vines on green gneiss over clay; aged 6 months on lees in concrete cisterns. Full of mossy greenery, damp forest floor. Ideal. Full feel and flavor in harmony with nose. Good acid and a tender muscadet core. Classic. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1638. 16 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE COMTE LELOUP CHATEAU DE CHASSELOIR CUVEE DES CEPS CENTENAIRES, CHEREAU CARRE    92+/100

On schist and slate in Cru Communaux; 100+ year old vines; aged 10 months on lees and at least two years in bottle. This has all the makings of the 2014 and 2015. More like the 14 in that the ripeness is less explicit. Huge extract presence here. Sweeter, rounder fruit on the palate, not to the extent of the super ripe 15 though. Again, that massive dry extract presence Poor man's Chablis? Not this one. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1639. 20 MUSCADET COTES DE GRAND LIEU SUR LIE CLOS DE LA BUTTE DOMAINE D'AUJARDIERE, ERIC CHEVALIER    93/100

11.5%; 4th generation; domaine bottling since 2005; lieu dit La Butte; on serpentine and quartz; 50 year old vines. A screwcap free evening! Wow, that soars with cool, green and yellow fruit aromatics. Comes right at ya. Oodles of personality. The extra body and fruit push of a Grandlieu Muscadet. Aromatic breadth and depth. Spot on. Mouthfilling flavor and texture. Better acidity than it showed a couple of months back. Well balanced. Welcome clinging finish. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1640. 20 MUSCADET COTES DE GRAND LIEU SUR LIE LA NOE DOMAINE D'AUJARDIERE, ERIC CHEVALIER    92+/100

11.5%; granite parcel at La Butte; 20-60 year old vines. Not as buxom and forthcoming. More minerally. Nice tete a tete. A little bigger boost of acidity, and that minerality adding to the texture and dryness. More of a keeper. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1641. 20 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE BRIN D'R, DOMAINE DE LA GRANGE    92/100

2019: Raphael Luneau, 9th generation. That's alert, alive and brimful of fruit. Just surges forth in an eager to please manner. Full and round on the palate. Some peels astringency and a metallic ring on the finish. A singular Muscadet. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1642. 20 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA GRENOUILLE DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIERE, OLLIVIER PERE    91+/100

19th century roots; vineyards on sandy gravel over granite and schist; vines 25-60 years old. Brisk and mossy. A lot of fresh, aromatic sass. Green fruit and underbrush flavors. This is really full and forthcoming. My image of good muscadet. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1643. 20 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE LA PEPIE, LA PEPIERE    91+/100 *

More reserved than usual. Pure and high pitched green fruit. Relatively restrained. The usual good minerality here. Will have blossomed fully by 'Muscadet season'. It had more to say by the time the group tasted it. Well liked. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1644. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, SAUVION    91/100

2018: Fullness, power, personality. Sous bois and terrarium muscadet classic. Indeed, full and well textured. Good acid and tender core. Great vintage of this. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1645. 19 MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, DOMAINE DES TROIS VERSANTS    92+/100 *

Yves Bretonniere, 4th generation vigneron; versants = hillsides; on schist; average 30 year old vines; oldest 70 years; all selection massale. Native yeasts. Aged on lees through winter. Wow, a big burst of green and yellow fruit goodness. Both plush and incisive. Minerality and depth. Nice metallic ring on the palate. Still a shade reductive under screwcap. Juicy, stony savors. Very popular with the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1646. 20 ANJOU BLANC LES RANGS DE LONG, CHATEAU SOUCHERIE    92/100

Spot on quince and lime Anjou chenin. Cool and pure. There's material and depth here, and fine acid and grip. Altogether impressive effort from an acknowledged fine source. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1647. 21 ANJOU BLANC DOMAINE DE LA TREILLE, THIBAUT HENRION    92/100

Est. 1820; chenin blanc; sandy-clay soil. Upon opening, perhaps the brightest vintage yet. Just shimmering with high pitched lime, quince, and melon aromas. The taste is dazzling too. Great acid verve followed by ripe melon flavor and texture. Put together right. Come hither already. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1648. 18 SAVENNIERES, DOMAINE DES BAUMARD    94+/100

From the estate's Clos Saint Yves vineyard, situated between Clos du Papillon and Roche aux Moines. 35 year old vines; aged 9 months on lees. Honied nose, as well it should be. Ripe quince, acacia, and schist terroir too. The size, the sprawl, the complexity of a chenin from Savennieres. Very large in the mouth. Full of dry extract. About as big as dry chenin blanc gets. Awesome presence. Yes, lots of flavor and texture interests here. Carries good form too. And minerality. This is no heart on sleeve 2018. At least a couple of years from its best, I'd venture. Long, detailed aftertaste with textural cling, burnish. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1649. 20 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DU MIDI, CHATEAU DE BREZE. LAMBERT    93+/100

Est. 1996; single vineyard; 40 year old vines on clay and limestone. Wow, that's got the 'it' factor. It's hallmark Saumur chenin and has so much to give. Melon and quince bounty; high volume. Ingratiating roundness cut through by limey acidity. So well formed, well proportioned. Long, long, flavorful and textured aftertaste. Bravo. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1650. 21 SAUMUR BLANC LES POUCHES, CAVES DE SAUMUR    91/100 *

Chenin blanc vineyard on southwest facing slopes near the village of Meron. Once again, 2021 Loire sings. More about minerality than chenin quince and melon. Following aeration, attendees noted lime and malic green apple. Ah, in the mouth those flavors do come forth right away and linger long. Racy fruit acidity. Best value. The group agreed. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1651. 20 VOUVRAY CUVEE DE SILEX DOMAINE DES AUBUISIERES, BERNARD FOUQUET    92+/100 *

30-60 year old vines; indigenous yeasts. Quieter, as expected. I put it in this order expecting a little sweetness. Nose is dry. Quince and lime well up as it warms in the mouth. It's pretty damn near dry. There's a forgiving softness to it. Good acid. Good extract. Versatile at the table. Good vintage of this. Bound to give more as it warms and airs. And it did; though the group too noted that it will yield even more as the months pass. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1652. 21 VOUVRAY, DOMAINE CHAMPALOU    93/100

Est. 1984; 35 year old vines on clay and limestone; indigenous yeasts; aged 11 months on lees. Quince, lime, calcaire classic. While each vintage has been running on the dry side of late, this one has less 'gras' than the last three. Very racy indeed. Not much tendre to this sec. The acid cuts right through it. Refreshment and relief. Handsome image of Vouvray. The group thought so too. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1653. 21 VOUVRAY LES FONDRAUX, DOMAINE CHAMPALOU    93+/100 *

45 year old vines on clay and silex; fermented and aged in foudres 11 months on lees; 16 g/l RS. Slightly sweeter and softer, while remaining 2021 brisk. The Vouvray take on chenin is not as crystal clear here, somewhat wrapped in RS. Larger in the mouth than the tout court. The old vines and their likely lower yields add more dry extract concentration, and this foils the modest sweetness. Vouvray chenin flavors are more clearly and intensely expressed than are the aromas at this stage. Following aeration, more aromatic revelations formed, and this one proved even more popular with attendees. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1654. 20 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX, DOMAINE VIGNEAU-CHEVREAU    92+/100

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. 30-40 year old vines; .9 RS. Dry and discreet. Honey, quince, lime, linden. Deliciously balanced at .9 RS, foiled by ripe acidity. Paragon of good, dry Vouvray. Slight dusting of botrytis pollen on the finish. I love this wine's poise and stature. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1655. 21 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON, A. J. LECLUSE    90/100

Bright and legit sauvignon character, still youthfully constrained. More varietal character on the palate, and really good fruit acidity. Opens up on the palate. Good price. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1656. 20 VAL DE LOIRE SAUVIGNON UNIQUE, DOMAINE SALVARD    93/100

Oh, this is sharp, zingy, tropical, penetrating. Best vintage yet. Yes, the cut and the padding combined. Big time spiel and flavor intensity. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1657. 20 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LES ROCHES, VIGNERONS DES COTEAUX ROMANAIS    91/100

Cooperative of 20 winegrowers founded in 1957 at St. Romain sur Cher. Bright and incisive example of Touraine sauvignon. Both sweet and tingly smelling. Briskness and basis. Juicy citrus and gooseberry. Spring water minerality. Pleasing fluidity of a Touraine sauvignon. Makes it a pretty thirst-quenching spring-summer sort of wine. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1658. 20 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON, DOMAINE CYRIL DESLOGES    92/100

On the east bank of the Cher near Chateau de Chenonceau. Oh, that cat pee and gooseberry cool sauvignon aromatic set. Tones of passion fruit too. The flavors put exclamation points after each of the aromas. Gives, gives, gives. 'Scratches the sauvignon itch', noted one panel member. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1659. 20 TOURAINE SAUVIGNON LE COEUR DE LA REINE, DOMAINE JACKY MARTEAU    92/100

4th generation estate on the south bank of the Cher. Oh, I love that lime, bell pepper, and gooseberry surge on the nose. In tune with the style and quality of this series. Reverberates on the palate. Unrelenting Cher sauvignon essences. Writes the book. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1660. 21 QUINCY DOMAINE LES ROUESSES, JOSEPH MELLOT    91/100

Domaine Jean-Michel Sorbe, acquired by Mellot in 1999; west of Sancerre; cradle of sauvignon blanc. Cool, crisp, and penetrating. Upholds its reputation for a shriller take on sauvignon than Sancerre. Grass, gooseberry, citrus. Yes, sauvignon cut to the quick. Medium bodied, well balanced, ready to serve. The group agreed about its distinctiveness from Sancerre. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1661. 21 QUINCY DOMAINE DES VICTOIRES, PORTIER    93/100

Est. 1991; on limestone, gravel, sand. Oh, that Quincy sauvignon shrillness comes right at ya! What cut! No mistaking this for a Sancerre. Billowing sauvignon citrus and passion fruit flavors. Just can't quiet down this garrulous guy. Balanced and lasting. As good a Quincy as I can remember. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1662. 19 MENETOU SALON, DOMAINE CHAVET    92/100

A nice, lemony take on sauvignon; wine of place. Expounds on lemon facets: peel, pith, juice. Tender 2019 acidity. Well balanced, and wholly enjoyable now. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1663. 20 SANCERRE CUVEE SAINT CERE, CHAVET    93/100

This sizzles! Vibrant, alive, penetrating, persistent citrus and herb melange. The palate too is alive with flavor and acid tingle. Very long finish. And the price hasn't gone through the roof like a lot of Sancerres. Must have arrived after the tariff was lifted. I'm completely taken with this. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1664. 21 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DOMINIQUE & JANINE CROCHET    92+/100 *

Generations old estate at Bue. Cold sample leaves nose rather unforthcoming. Warming in the mouth brings out more flavor and texture dimensions. Very juicy 2021 acidity. Citrus fruit and calcaire tastes. Well balanced and lengthy. Upholds a proud series, and the price remains relatively reasonable in context. 92+/100. With warming and breathing, the nose filled out, and this became widely appreciated by attendees.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1665. 21 SANCERRE, DOMAINE DAULNY    91+/100

2020: 15 hectares over 50 plots; 40 year old vines; from a diversity of AOC soil types; small percentage aged in seasoned cooperage. The Daulnys have real corks. Some sulphur suppression and barrel tempering. Hard to get to the raison d'etre of this at opening. Yes, rather subdued to start. Get to the bottom of it, Wed group. And it did. Much more revealing following a couple hours' aeration, the later panel even keener on it after additional breathing. Orders taken. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1666. 20 SANCERRE, LANGLOIS-CHATEAU    91+/100

Est. 1885; owned by Champagne Bollinger; from two parcels, one on limestone, one on flint. Somewhat subdued yet. There's Sancerre sauvignon and terroir down in there. Edgy, brisk acid is welcome. Though flavors not yet forthcoming at opening, they continued to build up through the evening and into the next day. Classic and traditional Sancerre, cool and confident, not plump and pandering. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1667. 20 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE SILEX, JOSEPH MELLOT    93/100

That''s really zesty and penetrating. Sharp citrus sting. Oh, and very tangy on the palate too. Tangelo flavor. To the max. 93/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1668. 21 SANCERRE LA CHATELLANIE SILEX, JOSEPH MELLOT    93/100

Wow, 2021 dash! Brisk citricity. Lack of those soft tropical fruits in this cool vintage. Cuts to the quick. Yes, indeed, this is racy. Some passion fruit flavor chimes in. Great sweet/acid balance. Long finish. Delish. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1669. 20 SANCERRE LE GRAND FRICAMBAULT SILEX, ANDRE NEVEU    93/100

Cool, deep, incisive, uplifting. Spot on 2020 style. Yes, both roundness and cut. Nothing exaggerated; everything in harmony and moderation. Great acidity to freshen the finish. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1670. 20 SANCERRE LONGUES FINS, ANDRE NEVEU    92+/100 *

At Chavignol; single vineyard cuvee (one of four). Keen and crisp. Not the blowsy type. Emphasis on 'fin'. Low key flavor intensity in a cold sample. I like the textural spiel though. Burnished. A fine, traditional Sancerre that will unfold further over the coming months. As well as the coming hours. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1671. 20 SANCERRE LE MANOIR VIEILLES VIGNES, ANDRE NEVEU    92/100

At Chavignol; one of four single vineyard cuvees; 50 year old vines in pebbly limestone soil. Plenty bright and brisk, even nearing age two and from a mellow vintage. There is an old vines sense of fortitude. Yes, old vines concentration, extract. Large in the mouth. Fully well balanced and ready to apply. Long, flavorful, textured finish. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1672. 21 SANCERRE LES COUTES, P. & N. REVERDY    1++/100 *

At Maimbray; on Marne clay-limestone; unfiltered. Shy on the nose upon opening. Springs into action on the palate. Juicy acid, but not as tart as some 2021 Sancerres. There's a well rounded aspect that keeps it in line. Whole lot more to come here, all in all. 91++/100. Spread its peacock's tail with two hours' aeration; well liked by the group.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1673. 19 SANCERRE LES CAILLOTTES, JEAN-MAX ROGER    92+/100

Est. 17th century at Bue; from estate vineyards in Bure, Amigny, and Sancerre communes. Lovely and rich nose. This is pretty full bodied. Roger's usually are. Wow, super rich fruit, chiseled, nervous cleansing acidity, Certainly well balanced, well textured. Long, long finish. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $32.99 each

FR-1674. 21 SANCERRE, CHATEAU DE THAUVENAY    92/100

45 acres on argille-calcaire surrounding the chateau; owned by Langlois-Chateau since 2016; Misa Imports. Dry and dusty sauvignon aroma. Pointed and penetrating. Unique. Yeah, this is 2021 cutting and clean as a whistle. Gooseberry comes on in the back. Not fancy. Just good Sancerre at a great price these days. Not at all like the Langlois-Chateau bottling. Much better than the previous vintage tasted (2018-). The group deemed it a good value. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1675. 21 SANCERRE CUVEE L'AUTHENTIQUE, DOMAINE THOMAS LABAILLE    91/100 *

25 year old vines surrounding Chavignol; native yeasts; aged on lees 4-6 months; unfined. Understated aroma. Seems crisp enough. Well, there's more expression, more feel and flavor and 2021 acid race. 91/100. Enjoyed by the group.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1676. 20 SANCERRE CHAVIGNOL LES COMTESSES,. DOMAINE PAUL THOMAS    94/100

Lees aging until June. Both sweet and sprightly. Leaps out of the glass. A treat. Wow, sweet, flashy, vigorous. Complete Sancerre. Yikes! 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1677. 20 POUILLY FUME LA BUTTE, DOMAINE CHAVET

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1678. 20 POUILLY FUME LES PENTES, SERGE DAGUENEAU    92/100 *

I visited this burly ex-rugger some 35 years ago; today, his daughter runs the show. Light sulphur lid at opening. Hints of peachy Fume sauvignon peek about the corners. As usual, more expressive on the palate, where the white peach essence comes through clearly. And silex terroir. Good acidity, balance, underlayment. Really rallies on the palate. Blossomed for the group an hour later. Well liked. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1679. 20 POUILLY FUME, VIGNOBLE DURAND    92/100

I like its subtlety and its contrast from Sancerre. Softer, peachier fruit. Spot on today. Delicious PF take on sauvignon. Round fruit and the acid needed to balance. At a nice stage. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1680. 21 POUILLY FUME DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES, JEAN PABIOT    91+/100

Wine Spectator 91/100 ($30). My notes: 5 generation estate at Loges; small stones over limestone and clay; 30 year old vines. Natural yeasts. 5 months on barrel lees. A little understated at opening. Has the makings of a good cool year Region de Sauvignon white. More body and sauvignon citricity (especially lime) as it warms in the mouth. Not so peachy a Pouilly sauvignon this vintage. Well balanced, with great acid of course. 91+/100. After aeration, it developed its innate peachy aspect.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1681. 21 POUILLY FUME VIEILLES VIGNES, REGIS MINET    93/100

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. 25-30 year old vines on clay, marl, silex, and Kimmeridgian limestone; indigenous yeasts; aged 6 months on lees. Incisive 2021 style. Quite a contrast from the three warm vintages that preceded it. The peachy nature of PF sauvignon through all the crispness. Yes, racy acid and minerality. Textured and clinging. I suspect Francophiles are going to enjoy 2021. The group sure liked this one. Begs for chevre. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1682. 20 POUILLY SUR LOIRE VIEILLES VIGNES LA CENTENAIRE, DOMAINE SERGE DAGUENEAU    92/100

From chasselas; vines over 100 years old. Well, that's chasselas, crisp and green. It's also super intense thanks to old vines. Shades of the Pataille aligotes. Yeah, exceptional ripeness and richness while retaining its green-fruit varietal personality. Mouthfilling and long lasting. Can't remember a better chasselas. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FRANCE BURGUNDY

FR-1684. 18 COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS GRANDE RESERVE, LA MAXIMUS    91/100

85% pinot noir, 15% gamay; Gold Medal ? Gilbert & Gaillard. This does the job. Rich, round pinot noir suggestive of fruit from both northern and southern limits of the region. I mean, there's a crisp edge and plush center. And the gamay supplies additional vivacity. Wow, bright and spicy cherry and clove flavors. Anything but traditional; everything about delightful. Deal! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1685. 20 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE    92+/100

From the lower slopes of Chorey les Beaune; vine age: 45 years; 1 year in seasoned barrels; unfiltered. Deep, gorgeous red-black appearance. Nose fulfills its promise. The fruit is dark and plummy, more like a Nuits than a Beaune pinot. Old vines intensity. Dash of oak spices and barrel earned savors. Sweet, strong, and substantial. Very textural, variegated. Wears its power well. Clinging finish. Deserves cellaring. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1686. 19 BOURGOGNE, FRANCOIS CARILLON

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1687. 19 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, CHATEAU DES CHAMILLY    93+/100

Est. 17th century; 40-70 year old vines; aged a year in seasoned oak barrels. Oh, I love this nose. It's a perfect intro to 2019 Burgundy pinot. Pure aromas of not just cherry but also cherry blossom. Reserve, poise, potential pleasure. Very rich, with a hearty Chalonnaise rusticity. Oh, boy, this really packs the goods. Deep, dark Mercurey like fruit. Yes, husky and well packed. Might as well be a Mercurey. Clearly the best vintage in the series, even if they've dumbed down the AOC. Long and finely tannic. Got to have it. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1688. 18 BOURGOGNE CUVEE EDME, MAISON CHAMPY

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1689. 20 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR LES GENEVRIERES, DOMAINE FREDERIC ESMONIN

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1690. 17 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE GILLE    92+/100

From Cote de Nuits terroir. Substantial, especially for 2017. Meaty. Barrel aging extras. Rich and large for the vintage. Really has the goods. Full bodied. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1691. 18 BOURGOGNE BONS BATONS, DOMAINE PHILIPPE LECLERC    94+/100

2 acre vineyard bordering Chambolle Musigny; barrel aged, 30-50% new depending on vintage; unfined, unfiltered. Fresh, purple fruited Cote de Nuits pinot. Barrel influences add depth and complexity. It certainly does have a Chambolle perfumed air compared to Leclerc's many Gevreys. Serious, first class Bourgogne. Even more Chambolle grace to the palate. Round and sweet plum and cherry 2018 pinot fruit. Again, the barrel nuances adding to the flavor experience. Worth every penny. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1692. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, LIGNIER-MICHELOT    93+/100

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

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1693. 19 BOURGOGNE, DOMAINE DES PERDRIX    1++/100

Vines planted between 1956 and 1965 at Premeaux-Prissey; 20% barrel aged a year, 10% of the barrels new. Speaks of Nuits St. Georges area purple plum fruit. Holding back a lot in reserve at opening. It has good 2019 flow. Just needs more aeration and/or bottle age for aromatic fulfillment. The tannins are ultra fine. It remained reserved over the coming hours. Cellar it. 91++/100. Tasted 10/27/21

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1694. 20 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, NICOLAS POTEL    92+/100

Made from parcels in Santenay, Pommard, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanee (80%) as well as declassified village appellations of Auxey-Duresses and Maranges (20%). Since nosing the 2018 after more bottle age, this one is relatively enclosed in youth upon opening. Two hours later, the nose spread out all over the place to become a group favorite. The palate offers a peacock's tail range of terroir nuances and seemingly some barrel extracts. Group descriptions include 'The read deal and a real bargain. Super flavorful and really Burgundian. Just wonderful, especially at the price. Deep and long. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1695. 21 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR, DOMAINE MOUTARD    91+/100

Jurassic limestone; at Tonnerre; native yeasts; half aged in seasoned oak cooperage. Pale color; not a surprise in this cool year. The nose comes across richer and riper than expected, albeit vintage and region lean. The northern expression of pinot noir is clear, and enticing. Tart palate is no surprise. Begs for food. No tannin issues. Singular wine. Andouiettes? Scallops? 91+/100. Francophiles loved its raciness and foodworthiness.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1696. 18 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE TRAPET ROCHELANDET    91+/100

From 50 year old vines near Gevrey Chambertin; yields 2 tons per acre. Not much nose. Much more texture and flavor than aromatic presence. A solid, somewhat tannic northern Cote de Nuits pinot, a little foursquare at this juncture. Good form for aging, and fine tannin as well. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1697. 20 BOURGOGNE COTE D'OR, VICTOR FAGON    93+/100

Misa Imports private label for wines of Domaine Bertrand Amboise; from vines averaging 50 years at Premeaux-Prissey, south of Nuits St Georges; 100% destemmed; aged in once to thrice used barrels. That's a good, purple Cote de Nuits color. Oh, and a purple fruited CdN pinot nose too. On the reductive side today; I count that as positive. Yes, a very cool, reductive style to it. Its own thing, really. Flowery, spicy too. Good future. Aeration alleviated the reduction impression. A big time group favorite for quality and value. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1698. 19 MARSANNAY EN COMBEREAU, DOMAINE COLLOTTE    92+/100

4-generation winegrowers that began domaine bottling in 1981; proposed for Premier Cru; 50+ yr old vines in Couchey on crinoidal limestone;. Stoic young Marsannay, not as fruit forward as the 2018 of this. I like its silkiness, its linear nature. Serious stuff indeed. Fine potential here. More fruit on the palate. Reads 50 miles north of the Chalon Bourgogne. Fuller bodied too. Long and flavorful. Fine grained tannin completes this cellarworthy pinot. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1699. 19 MARSANNAY LES GRASSES TETES, DOMAINE COLLOTTE    94+/100

2018: Aged in barrels, 25% new; 2 old vine parcels on crinoidal and Comblanchien limestone. Grand, complex, high toned fruit and barrel tones evident. Large scale and ambitious. Oh, it all comes out on the palate too: a peacock's tail of flavor variations. Great savor and texture too. Always a choice Marsannay site from my experience. Breathless. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1700. 18 FIXIN VIEILLE VIGNE, DOMAINE MONGEARD-MUGNERET    95+/100

8 generation winegrowing Mongeards united by marriage with Mugnerets in 1945; 65 year old vines; barrel aged, 5-10% new. Well, Burgundy pinot leaps from the glass. Black plum northern Cote de Nuits pinot. Fixin toughness. Old vines depth and concentration. Barrel savors add complexity. Ripe and suave 2018 disposition. Mouthfilling power and old vines extract. Flavorful, chewy, lasting finish. Quite the masterpiece. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-1701. 20 GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CLOS PRIEUR, DOMAINE FREDERIC ESMONIN    93+/100

Winegrowers for generations, the Esmonins began bottling their own wines in 1988; vineyard on the south side of the AOC, near Mazis; aged in barrels, 20% new; unfiltered. Full red-black color for burgundy. Luxurious, well padded pinot with purple and black Nuits cote fruits and not a small measure of oak's warm spices. Sweet and enticing. Good acidity. A measure of very fine tannin. At 12.5%, I'm not getting a lot of Gevrey power and stature. Regardless, this guy may be on to something. A pleasure to drink now, really. Quelle surprise! 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

FR-1702. 20 NUITS SAINT GEORGES, DOMAINE VICTOR FAGON    93+/100 *

Misa Imports private label for wines of Domaine Bertrand Amboise; 45 year old vines in five parcels; aged in barrels, 70% new. Plush red violet color. NSG black fruited. Plummy. Oak complex that augments rather than dominates. Classic to AOC. Good power and presence. Sweet fruit. Dry fruit and oak tannins. 2020 framework. Good makings here. 93+/100. I feared this would come across too oaky for attendees. Indeed, it did for one. For the rest: Wine of the Night.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-1703. 20 COTE DE NUITS VILLAGES, DOMAINE VICTOR FAGON    95/100

55 year old vines in Premeaux just below Premiers Crus Clos d'Arlot and Clos de la Marechale; aged in 400 liter puncheons, 40% new. Oh, that is a sweet smelling, purple fruit scented southern Cote de Nuits pinot. Just soars and penetrates the nostrils. Perfectly integrated oak perfume extras. Good power and presence on both nose and palate alike. Abundantly flavorful of fruit and oak savors. Good acid. Finest textured of tannins. Persistent. No need to postpone gratification. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1704. 19 PERNAND VERGELESSES LES VERGELESSES 1ER CRU, DOMAINE MONGEARD-MUGNERET    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'Opening in the glass with notions of cherries, wild berries, loamy soil and spices, Mongeard-Mugneret's 2019 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses is bright and charming, with lively acids, powdery tannins and an elegant, giving profile. Drink 2023-2043.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

FR-1705. 17 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES PIMENTIERS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE    93+/100

Well, I'm getting that bountiful 'griottes' Savigny pinot aroma. Full, penetrating, tactile sensations too. Juicy flavor of small, wild cherry concentration. Barrel time adds savory complexity. An enormous group favorite. Orders taken. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1706. 18 SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE LES NARBANTONS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE MONGEARD-MUGNERET    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Offering up aromas of sweet berry fruit, petals and spices, framed by a deft application of toasty oak, the 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, with a generous, broad-shouldered profile that's typical of the vintage but which avoids excess. Drink now-2042.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-1707. 18 CHOREY LES BEAUNE LES BEAUMONTS, DOMAINE ARNOUX PERE    93+/100 *

Darker color than the 2017 Arnoux Chorey. Darker, deeper, more concentrated pinot aroma. More black fruit than red. Yes, this is 18 vs 17. More oomph and fruit concentration. More cellar potential. Doesn't show its stated alcohol content. Speaks so well of the vintage. Very popular with the group for its potential. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1708. 18 POMMARD LES TROIS FOLLOTS, DOMAINE AUBERT LEFAS    93+/100

Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: Jolly red ruby color. Rightly Pommard plump. Oak framing contains it. Well crafted. Sweet, red-fruited Cote de Beaune with Pommard generosity. Its power complements the overall presentation. I'll bet this will cellar well--mid term, rather than long term. Bargain priced for a vineyard-designate Pommard these days. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1709. 15 POMMARD LES VIGNOTS, DOMAINE XAVIER MONNOT

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

FR-1710. 20 AUXEY DURESSES, VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE HENRI LATOUR    93+/100

7th generation domaine at Auxey Duresses. Sweet and ample strawberry and red cherry Cote de Beaune pinot display. It's old vines generous and concentrated. Barrel seasonings stirred in through and through. Great acid. Medium to full bodied. Flavors less forthcoming than aromas. Some fine grained tannins. The acidity is just striking, and presages a fond future. Among the Europhiles, the favorite of the three red burgundies in this evening's set for its acidity, classicism, and potential. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1711. 19 AUXEY DURESSES LES GRAND CHAMPS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE HENRI LATOUR    92+/100

7th generation domaine at Auxey Duresses; vineyard situated downslope from Reugne 1er Cru. Quite powerful. Red fruit of CdB; strawberry. Medium bodied. Good acid, though not as prominent as the Latour Auxey VV last week. The tannins are not a big issue. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1712. 19 AUXEY DURESSES LA CHAPELLE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE HENRI LATOUR    92+/100

A lieu dit within Reugne 1er Cru; replanted in 1989; aged a year in barrels, 10% new. The fruit is stronger, darker, more pronounced. More alcohol evident. Slightly fuller bodied. Even better acid. Slightly more tannin. Each needs more bottle age for aroma/flavor development than did the VV last week. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1713. 19 SAINT ROMAIN, DOMAINE ALAIN GRAS    94+/100

38 year old vines; aged a year in barrels, 15% new. Medium red color appropriate to AOC and domaine. Color belies a luscious Cote de Beaune pinot noir of cherry and strawberry. Sense of good acidity coming too. Yes, there it is, the tartness to match the roundness. Tannins are not obtrusive. It's the balance and acidity that will carry this forward for years. The most popular wine of the evening. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1714. 19 MONTHELIE, DOMAINE MATROT

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1715. 19 SANTENAY LE BEAUREPAIRE 1ER CRU, VINCENT GIRARDIN

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1716. 17 SANTENAY VIEILLES VIGNES, THOMAS MOREY    92/100

From the lieux dit Prorons Dessus, directly below Clos de Tavannes 1er Cru; shallow brown limestone soil; some vines planted in the late 1950s. Medium rusty red color. 17 medium bodied. Quite advanced in bouquet. Pleasingly sweet pinot fruit. Even sweeter and more come hither on the palate. Good acid. At a good stage to take to the table. 92/100. Aeration enhanced its virtues (very special, great price, super rich, complex). Orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1717. 19 SANTENAY LES HATES 1ER CRU, VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY    92+/100

South facing clay-limestone vineyard close to the village; vines planted 1939, 1985. Aged a year in barrels, 45% new. Santenay dark fruited and frank. Good 2019 firm fruit core. No doubt about the barrel influence. For me, it's appealing even when still somewhat superficial. I know it's going to sink in with bottle age. Good 2019 concentration and fruit substance. Both oak and fruit tannins to resolve. Dry finish for the time being. Real Santenay. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1718. 19 MARANGES LA FUSSIERE 1ER CRU, VINCENT ET SOPHIE MOREY    92+/100

A very dark, cool, and clear Maranges definition, as it always is. Seems at the southern reaches of the Cote de Beaune, the pinots take on a Nuits like dark fruit element, moving from strawberry and cherry to plum. Good barrel extras here. Very good race, acid, balance, flavor clarity. The tannins are fine grained. Not a bearish young 2019. I'll be stocking this one. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $38.99 each

FR-1719. 19 BOURGOGNE COTE CHALONNAISE PINOT NOIR BUISSONIER, VIGNERONS DE BUXY    92+/100

Established in 1931 by 98 winegrowers of Buxy and Saint Gengoux le National. Shallow soil, calcareous and heavily pebbled. Aged 7 months in stainless steel and 3 months in oak. Oh, that's a fine griottes aroma with that wild, rustic edge of Chalonnaise pinot. Perfect pitch. Palate fulfills expectations and adds even more body and texture than the nose suggested. Wow, this is a bargain in Burgundy pinot I'll surely be promoting. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1720. 20 MERCUREY BUISSONIER, VIGNERONS DE BUXY    92+/100

Established in 1931 by 98 winegrowers of Buxy and Saint Gengoux le National. Red-black fruit with Mercurey vigor and dark tones. There are oak augmentations too. Deep and persistent. Plenty of flavor and texture to offer. Superior acidity. Lasting and mealworthy. Not much tannin to resolve so good with food now. Cellar for bouquet amplification. Well priced. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1721. 19 MERCUREY CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1722. 18 MERCUREY CLOS DU ROI 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY, MARQUIS DE JOUENNES D'HERVILLE    94/100

2010: Lavish oak smokiness, all to the good. Ample, toasty, treacly thing. Along with ripe fruit abundance. The oak, the fruit, the all, the balance. Mercurey doesn't get any better than this. Even better than it was last year. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

FR-1723. 20 MERCUREY CLOS LA PERRIERE MONOPOLE, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY    93+/100 *

Est. 17th century; vineyard in the heart of the village; vines 40-70 years old; aged 12 months in barrels. Jolly color. Noble, purple reduction pinot. Mercurey plum and cherry. Well polished fruit; no rough edges. Nose runs deep and haunting. Good reduction on the palate too. Stands for promise. Fine acidity. Burnished tannins. Will come up to the outstanding quality of the 2019 given some more bottle age. Well liked by attendees, including a 'best Chamilly ever-' remark. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1724. 21 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU, DOMAINE ROBERT PERROUD    1++/100

Seventh generation vigneron at Les Balloquets at the foot of Mont Brouilly, vineyards on red granitic soil. Whole-cluster vinified at cool temperature. Some H2S and lipstick still. I can get under it after aeration. Solid citizen here that speaks for 'Villages' like terroir. Stony background. No ferment or sulphur on the palate. It's pretty stiff still though. I wouldn't take this to the table before winter unless decanted early. 91++/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1725. 21 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES NOUVEAU VIGNES DE 1940, DOMAINE JEAN-MICHEL DUPRE     92+/100

From a single parcel of 80+ year old vines in sand and granite soils above the village of Beaujeu; made by carbonic maceration; Robert Parker refers to this vigneron as 'an overachiever.' That's well framed yet less stubborn. No early ailments. It's into fruit and vinosity. Careful measured and crafted, old vines formed. Palate well structured and pretty chewy, actually. That's old vines extract concentration. Not at all nouveau-ish, this is Villages large and serious. 92+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1726. 21 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES NOUVEAU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FREDERIC SORNIN    92+/100

Est. 1927; ninth generation vigneron at Odenas; 50-60 year old vines on sand and granite soils; whole cluster fermented by wild yeasts. Not much nouveau-ish about this one either. It's Villages and old vines large too. Ready to apply. Yes, large, structured, and bountiful on the palate. Good acid and extract. Serious stuff. 92+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1727. 21 BEAUJOLAIS L'ANCIEN VIEILLES VIGNES TERRES DOREES, DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL BRUN    92/100

Sandy soil; 80+ year old vines. A fresh, crisp, pointed, and penetrating product of a cool year. What it's all about. Great acidity. Old vines extract. Mouthfilling, mouthwatering. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1728. 21 BEAUJOLAIS ORIGINE VIEILLES VIGNES VISSOUX, P M CHERMETTE    90+/100

5 generation estate; from vineyards on marl at Le Bois d'Oingt and on granite at Saint Verand. Pretty crimson color. Red fruited. A little dry and reticent. Again, the impression is one of dryness and low key flavor profile. Attractive strawberry and raspberry notes at the end. Would appreciate more bottle age. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1729. 21 BEAUJOLAIS, DOMAINE DUPEUBLE    91+/100

2020: Est. 1512; vines 50-100 years old; 2/3 on granitic soils, unusual in southern Beaujolais; native years; unfiltered. Limpid red violet. Sweet, bright, and forthcoming as usual. Perfectly ripe fruit. Fine acid and light tannin texture. As the tannin is absorbed, this will become increasingly delectable over the coming months. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1730. 19 BEAUJOLAIS LANTIGNIE, DOMAINE ROCHETTE    92+/100

One of the few, if only, Beaujolais Villages to bear a village name. Pretty, pretty. A real charmer. With extra Villages amplitude too. Fulfills all expectations. Racy, sweet-tart palate. Even a measure of tannin. Nose says go, palate says hold on. Yes, really quite dry and chewy on the aftertaste. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1731. 20 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, CLAIRE CHANTES    93/100

2018: Nice looking old fashioned label. Fresh, full, 18 dark. Villages heft. Commendable all around. Bursting with gamay dark fruit. Cherry berry. Full villages intensity, volume. Exemplary. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1732. 20 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES TERRE DE LOYSE, DOMAINE LAURENT PERRACHON    92+/100

70% from La Chapelle de Guinchay (sand, granite); 30% from Lancie (clay, limestone); 45 year old vines. Bright, black, and bountiful aromas of multiple terroir gamays, with a black pepper zestiness. Villages body and constitution. Fills the bill. Even a little tannin for ageworthiness and mealworthiness. A picture of B-V proportion. The group liked this a lot. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1733. 21 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON    91/100

5th generation Famille Coperet; from 30-90 year old vines in a parcel near Fleurie. Oh, my, that's a nice and sweet fruited, forward one. With Villages extra oomph. Dark and deep cherry, raspberry, and strawberry flavors. Textbook introduction to the AOC. Tangy and lingering. Mixed reactions to this one. I'd better follow up next week with a Grand Cru! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1734. 19 SAINT AMOUR GRAND CRU LES CHAMPS GRILLES DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, P M CHERMETTE    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'Bursting with aromas of strawberries, orange rind and rose petals, the 2019 Saint-Amour Les Champs-Grilles is medium-bodied, bright and lively, with fine-boned structuring tannins and a crunchy core of fruit. This is a pretty, immensely drinkable Saint-Amour from Chermette. Now-2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1735. 20 BROUILLY GRAND CRU PIERREUX DOMAINE DU VISSOUX, P M CHERMETTE

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1736. 20 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU CUVEE AMBASSADES, DOMAINE DU PAVILLON DE CHAVANNES     93/100

Well, here's real aromatic push. Style, range, depth, aromatic intrigue. Exemplary of its appellation. The fruit is at once ripe and rich, cool and snappy, Grand Cru deep and variegated. Always a deep, silky, fruit laden CdB classic. Silky indeed. Bright black fruits and racy fruit acidity. Robust and flavorful. Stands for its appellation. Long lasting gamay cherry-berry flavors. Perfect balance. Going from strength to strength. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1737. 21 COTE DE BROUILLY GRAND CRU, CHATEAU THIVIN    92+/100 *

2019: 50 year oLd vines. Oh my, oh my, is that a sweet gamay nose! More immediate and forthcoming than the majestic 2018. Lovely depth of aroma. Not as full bodied as the 2018--at least not yet. Still, year after year, this pretty much defines the Cote de Brouilly genre. I imagine it will broaden and deepen with more bottle age. In fact, following additional aeration, the group found it already more expansive than did I upon opening. Well liked. .92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1738. 20 JULIENAS GRAND CRU LES CERISIERS, DOMAINE PASCAL AUFRANC    92+/100

60 year old vines. Why do Julienas wines always have the prettiest color among the crus? Always violet. Well, the cherry suggestions are there. Purple plum too. And violets! Faithful to its genre. Flavors confirm aromas. That well tailored Julienas texture. The finest of tannins. And good acidity. Well balanced for improvement in the cellar. Good with andouillettes now. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1739. 18 JULIENAS GRAND CRU CLOS DES POULETTES, DOMAINE PASCAL GRANGER    92+/100

Yields 3 tons per acre; native yeasts; 70% destemmed; unfined. Stylish, silky, purple plum fruited Julienas. Another Grand Cru with terroir ID. Down to the cherished overtone of violets. The palate is up to the nose. Full bodied, yet still silk textured. Some fine tannin for aging potential. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1740. 18 JULIENAS GRAND CRU ROCHE BLEUE, DOMAINE LAURENT PERRACHON    92+/100 *

Blue diorites make up part of the Julienas terroir. That's a proper, well-tailored, blue-fruited Julienas. Well endowed with 2018 fruit attributes but not as forthcoming at this stage as many. I like its poise. 2018 forward fruit more apparent on the palate. Fruit juicy good acid too. It has Julienas style and makeup. Bravo. Well liked by the group. One participant named it 'wine of the evening'. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1741. 20 FLEURIE GRAND CRU LA TONNE, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON    92/100

5th generation estate; 120 acre vineyard in the northern sector; SE exposure; granitic soil. Richness of the vintage; fullness of a northern sector Fleurie; innate elegance of this Grand Cru. Deep seated fruit. All over again. Delicious and bright cherry candy flavor. Fulling, long, balanced, satisfying. Well priced. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1742. 20 FLEURIE GRAND CRU CLOS DE LA TOUR, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON    91+/100

5th generation domaine at Fleurie; high, terraced vineyard on pink granitic sand; 40 year old vines. This is always a large Fleurie, though it's not without some AOC floral elegance. Not a very forthcoming aroma at opening. Really good, racy fruit acidity. Again, not much in the way of aromatics yet. Balanced and cellarworthy. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1743. 21 FLEURIE GRAND CRU, CLOS DE LA ROILETTE    92+/100

On the border of Moulin a Vent; vines over 40 years old; aged 8 months in foudres. Medium red violet color. Fleurie elegance for sure. Upon opening, still pretty contrite. The subtle floral charms sneaking out though. The palate too is all about charm. Relatively light weight vintage of this. Might fill out more with bottle age. Roilette fans rarely wait though. 92+/100. Well, it filled out well merely via aeration. One commentator's 'wine of the night'. Added complexities of aging in cooperage noted.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1744. 20 MORGON GRAND CRU BELLEVUE SABLE, DANIEL BOULAND    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2020 Morgon Bellevue Sable mingles aromas of cherries and wild plums with hints of violets and spices. Medium to full-bodied, sumptuous and satiny, with succulent acids and melting tannins, it's charming and seamless, standing out as one of the most demonstrative, immediate wines in the range. Drink now-2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1745. 20 MORGON GRAND CRU CORCELETTE SABLE VIEILLES VIGNES, DANIEL BOULAND    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'Daniel Bouland's 2020 Morgon Corcelette Vieilles Vignes Sable is a generous, demonstrative wine bursting with aromas of plummy fruit, cherries, licorice and spices. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and textural, with fine concentration, velvety structuring tannins and succulent acids, it will offer a broad drinking window. Drink now-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1746. 20 MORGON GRAND CRU DELYS VIGNES PLANTEES EN 1926, DANIEL BOULAND    (95/100)

Parker 95+: 'The 2020 Morgon Les Delys Vignes plantees en 1926 is showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with notes of cherries and raspberries mingled with hints of licorice, sweet soil tones and cracked pepper. Medium to full-bodied, it's fleshy and concentrated, with a chassis of rich tannins and a generous core of fruit girdled by brighter acids that distinguished either the 2019 or 2018 renditions. This is correspondingly a touch more reserved out of the gates than those predecessor vintages, and it will reward a bit of patience. Drink now-2040: '

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1747. 16 MORGON GRAND CRU, DOMAINE DES GAUDETS    91+/100

On the Cote du Py; barrel aged a year. A lusty Cote du Py ripe cherry nose. There's characteristic 2016 form, restraint, and tailoring too. Four years has rounded this out nicely. Plenty of cherry flavor. Powdery dusting of tannin only adds to the textural adventure. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1748. 18 MORGON GRAND CRU CORCELETTE, DOMAINE LAURENT PERRACHON    92+/100

Bright and deep 'griottes' Morgon aroma. Morgon large too. Yeah, this has village character and fortitude. Unique take. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1749. 19 CHENAS GRAND CRU EN REMONT VIGNES DE 1939, DOMAINE PASCAL AUFRANC    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Vivid ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit aromas show sharp clarity and complementary smoky mineral and spice flourishes. Chewy and energetic in style, offering concentrated boysenberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of dark chocolate. Conveys both depth and energy and finishes with building tannins and a repeating blue fruit note. Drink 2024-2032. $30.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1750. 20 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU LES TERRES DOREES, JEAN-PAUL BRUN

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1751. 21 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DIOCHON    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2021 Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes is a pretty, charming wine, bursting with aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with peonies and potpourri. Medium-bodied, fleshy and giving, with powdery tannins and tangy acids, it also exhibits impressive concentration for the vintage. Drink now-2031.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1752. 19 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU TRACOT EN BRENAY, JEAN-PAUL DUBOST    92/100

2015: Understandably more vital, better preserved than Dubost's 2015 Fleurie. This is the 'keeper' Grand Cru. It really is quite full bodied and full of fruit. Little MaV resistance on the nose at age 5+. 15 round and sweet fruited. In tune. A core of fine tannin works to balance the 2015 fruit abundance. Drinking well. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1753. 18 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU TRACOT EN BRENAY, JEAN-PAUL DUBOST    92/100

2015: Understandably more vital, better preserved than Dubost's 2015 Fleurie. This is the 'keeper' Grand Cru. It really is quite full bodied and full of fruit. Little MaV resistance on the nose at age 5+. 15 round and sweet fruited. In tune. A core of fine tannin works to balance the 2015 fruit abundance. Drinking well. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1754. 20 MOULIN A VENT GRAND CRU LA ROCHE, DOMAINE DE ROCHE GUILLON

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1755. 20 CHABLIS, DOMAINE FOURREY    91/100

Vineyard. between Milly and Fleys; 25 year old vines. This portrays themes of freshness and minerality. The most expressive of the Fourrey village Chablis vintages I've nosed to date. Follows the lead of the 2020 1er Cru Lechet. Clear Chablis terroir here. Well, it takes the pedal off the metal on the palate. Less commanding than the nose suggests. Still, the terroir is there, and the price is right. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1756. 20 CHABLIS, ROLAND LAVANTUREUX    (93/100)

2019: Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Salty tangs of oyster shell and crushed limestone accent this fresh-fruited wine. Yellow plum, apple and grapefruit flavors are ripe and juicy but it's a briskly balanced, medium-bodied sip lifted by crisp lime acidity and a lean, steely finish. Lovely young, the wine should maintain peak through 2027. $33.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1757. 21 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SAVARY    92+/100

2020: More aromatic oomph and underlying material than the Petit Chablis. Yes, has more substance and weight. And good acid again. More of everything. A tete a tete lesson in the appellation differences. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1758. 21 CHABLIS, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET    92/100

Est. 1590; 25-40 year old vines. Oh, that's full of extract too; etches the nostril lining. Apple and calcaire. A good year here. Not as full textured as the nose suggests. Plenty of apple and calcaire flavors. Great precision. Not as tart as many a 2021 Euro white wine. Some malo performed here? Not to the extent of 'creamy' though. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1759. 21 CHABLIS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET    93/100

80-100 year old vines. Huge extract here. Old vines white dwarf concentration. Apple, calcaire, and a degree of nutty-mealy character that comes with vieilles vignes. Weighty on the palate. Again, the acid seems modified by a degree of malo. Very full bodied mouth presence and lasting finish.The group was in awe. One commented 'One of the best Chablis I've tasted in a while.' 'Liquid rocks' comments another. Orders taken. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1760. 19 CHABLIS LES PARGUES PREMIERE CUVEE, DOMAINE SERVIN    92+/100

Les Pargues lies between 1er Crus Vosgros and Montmains; fallow at the time of the classification; vines average 35 years. Pungent. Fuller and more forthcoming than any vintage since 2016. Lots of lees extras. Soft and succulent mouthful that makes a terroir as well as fruit statement. Good, ripe acidity. Lingers. The group was fond of this one. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1761. 20 CHABLIS COTE DE LECHET 1ER CRU, DOMAINE FOURREY    92+/100

4 generation estate; 9 acres in Cote de Lechet, scattered over 6 plots. A little fuller and more personality laden than several recent vintages. Better exhibits Premier Cru amplitude. That proper degree of Cote de Lechet uplift too. Yes, sufficient complexity, acidity, minerality, and structure to make a Premier Cru argument. Lasting taste and texture. W ill likely accrue with age. The group found this the best Fourrey Chablis yet and liked the price. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1762. 20 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, FAMILLE SAVARY    92+/100 *

Est. 1984; bottling since 1990; 25 year old vines. There's a dusting of SO2, yet it can't deny Chablis terroir and Premier Cru amplitude. Runs deep and wide. Feel and flavor more obscured by sulphur. I sense the material and potential intact. Certainly a larger and more widespread Chablis than the good village wine. Good value if aired and/or cellared a spell. Some attendees also noted SO2 lingering a couple hours after opening. By the next day, it had aired off, revealing fully the terroir and Premier Cru rank. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1763. 21 CHABLIS FOURCHAUME 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET    93+/100

2020: Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: Est. 1590; vineyards 45-60 years old, facing south-southeast; unwooded; use horizontal rotating fermenters; This always has a tenderness to it. I like its youth and poise. Great acid verve. Premier Cru body and level of expression. Tasty now and well balanced. Lots of aromatic rewards will come with cellaring. Big time group favorite. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1764. 20 CHABLIS MONTEE DE TONNERRE 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'Offering up aromas of orange oil, ripe lemon, crisp stone fruit, beeswax and smoke, Servin's 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre is medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with racy acids, terrific depth at the core and a long, saline finish. It's the finest rendition of this cuvee since 2017. Drink 2023-2045.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1765. 19 CHABLIS VAILLONS 1ER CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN    (92/100)

Vinous 93; Parker 92: 'A real success this year is the 2019 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, a medium to full-bodied, satiny wine evocative of citrus zest, apple blossom, white peach and rock salt. Unusually chiseled and incisive, it concludes with a long, penetrating finish. Drink now-2037.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1766. 20 CHABLIS BLANCHOT GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'As is often the case, the 2020 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots is the most honeyed, sensual wine in the Servin portfolio, with wafting aromas of beeswax, acacia honey, white flowers and sweet stone fruit. Full-bodied, ample and satiny, it's broad, textural and enveloping, with a glossy attack and a bright, fleshy mid-palate, concluding with a saline finish. It's a particularly strong rendition of this cuvée and will have considerable gastronomic potential. Drink 2025-2045. The 2020 vintage looks to be the domaine's finest and most consistent since 2017, and shrewd consumers will find much to admire here.'

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

FR-1767. 19 CHABLIS BLANCHOT GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN    (92/100)

Parker 92+: 'The 2019 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots unfurls in the glass with notes of clear honey, freshly baked bread, orange zest, pear and citrus blossom. Medium to full-bodied, ample and layered, with a glossy attack and a rich, fleshy mid-palate, it's deep and concentrated. As usual, it's one of the more demonstrative wines in the range. Drink 2025-2045.'

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

FR-1768. 20 CHABLIS LES CLOS GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SERVIN    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'A brilliant effort from François Servin and his winemaker Mark Cameron, the 2020 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos exhibits an incipiently complex bouquet of citrus oil, crisp stone fruits, wet stones and nutmeg, followed by a full-bodied, satiny and vibrant palate that's seamless and incisive, exhibiting all the site's typical power in an especially harmonious, beautifully balanced format. Drink 2025-2045.'

How Many bottles/singles: $79.95 each

FR-1769. 18 CHABLIS VAUDESIR GRAND CRU, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET    3++/100

Lots of oomph, explosiveness, strength. Aromatics undeclared yet. Plenty of body and power. Pretty awesome potential. 93++/100. Tasted 9/1/21.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

FR-1770. 18 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY KIMMERIDGIEN, J. M. BROCARD    92+/100

Brittle 18 extract and high calcaire. Bright, crisp, northern, penetrating. Brilliant freshness. Fine 2018 fruit padding too. Yow, total grip and jawbreaker extract. Hard to swallow. Gains fruit as it warms, which pulls it into a well-balanced position. A great concept. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1771. 20 BOURGOGNE BLANC, JEAN-MARC BOILLOT

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1772. 15 BOURGOGNE BLANC, DOMAINE DUPRE    91/100

2014: Hazelnut patina of Burgundy chardonnay maturity at age seven. Nicely developed. Good acidity. Dry. Wide ranging mealtime applications. Deal! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1773. 19 BOURGOGNE BLANC LES CHARMES, LIGER-BELAIR    92+/100

60% Macon Lugny, 40% Montagny. Well, there's oak up front here upon opening. Montagny body, Macon race. Well conceived. Needs time for the oak to soak in. Flavorful of ripe 2019 and augmented to a lesser degree by oak. I like its ambitions and prospects. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1774. 20 BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE V. & S. MOREY    91+/100

2018: At Chassagne Montrachet; from 4 level sites planted 1980-2006; 1 at Puligny, 1 at Chassagne, and 2 at Santenay; half aged in barrels, 20% new. A little sulphur scratch. The oak is to the fore but not to the extent it dominates the overall nasal experience. Oak and fruit flavor melange. The fruit is 2018 sunny. This is nuanced, intriguing, despite being between aroma and bouquet. Entertaining. Not out of balance for current table service. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1775. 21 BOURGOGNE BLANC, DOMAINE SEGUINOT-BORDET    92/100 *

Est. 1590; from vineyards in the vicinity of Chablis. Exceptional aromatic surge immediately after the cork emerged. Not as much calcaire as in the Seguinot Chablis wines. Mighty cool northern Burgundy chardonnay all the same. Another crackling 2021, supercharged with fresh acidity. This got the group thinking Chablis. Salivating stuff. Put it right to use. Very popular this evening. Orders taken. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1776. 20 BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS BLANC, DOMAINE VICTOR FAGON    92+/100

45 year old vines on the lower slopes of Nuits Saint Georges and Premeaux. Aged in foudres and barrels, 20% new. Big time splash of oak. It's not a lid. There's plenty of old vines substance fully in play. Big and ambitious, I'll tell you. Yes, full oak impact in a positive (to me) manner. Really good acidity. The oak will settle in, I'll bet. 92+/100. The group appreciated both the quality and the price.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1777. 20 COTES DE NUITS VILLAGES BLANC, DOMAINE VICTOR FAGON    2++/100

Tiny vineyard above Clos de la Marechale Premier Cru; yielded one barrel only (25 cases); aged in all new barrels. Well, here the oak is lid like at this age. No doubt about the underlying fruit substance. This is more substantial but also more backward. Needs cellaring. 92++/100. The group was even keener on this one. In fact, it bought me out. I'll see if I can get more.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1778. 20 PERNAND VERGELESSES BLANC, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON    2++/100

Est. 1859; barrel fermented; 20% aged in new barrels, the rest 1-5 years old. Wow, that's a pretty impressive slug of oak. Obscures the terroir at this early stage. I'm confident all will even out in the end. Yeah, the same drawback on the palate. Good acid for 2020. Chartron knows what he's doing, so I'm betting the oak issue will resolve itself. 92++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1779. 20 SAINT ROMAIN BLANC, DOMAINE VICTOR FAGON    93+/100

Aged in oak barrels, 40% new.aged in oak barrels, 40% new. Big slug of oak upon the usual Saint Romain lean chardonnay statement. I like it!/ And the oak is in command on the palate too. That's OK; it will settle in. I like the classic Saint Romain style and structure that remain fully evident. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1780. 18 AUXEY DURESSES BLANC LES VIREUX, DOMAINE DUPONT-FAHN    94+/100 *

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

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1781. 19 MEURSAULT, DOMAINE JEAN CHARTRON

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

FR-1782. 20 MEURSAULT, DOMAINE DOREAU

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

FR-1783. 18 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, JEAN-MARC BOILLOT    94+/100

Lieu-dits of Les Enseignieres, Les Meix, Rue Rousseau and Les Tremblots; 100% malo; 11 months on lees in barrels, 30% new. The whole package is positive. The malo melds with the new oak tannin to make a whole greater than the sum of the parts. Lees aging has a creamy, grainy effect. Puligny calcaire terroir is all evident. On the palate, there's sense of place, and the full white Burgundy winemaking regimen. Good acidity, real length. 2018 compact and framed; real promise for cellar aging. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $84.95 each

FR-1784. 19 PULIGNY MONTRACHET, CARILLON

How Many bottles/singles: $79.95 each

FR-1785. 20 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LA RUE AUX VACHES, DOMAINE GUILLEMARD-CLERC    94+/100

25 acre domaine at Puligny; scion of the Henri Clerc estate; vineyard next to Les Pucelles Premier Cru. Seems some barrel aging in the upbringing here. More time than extract. Puligny calcaire starts to form with aeration. A large wine. Large in the mouth too. 2020 roundness meets Puligny cut. A lot of aroma/flavor formation to come with air and age. Indeed, this aired well. Two hours later, panelists noted plenty of oak and fruit aromas and flavors. Also appreciated was the absence of malo. A group favorite. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

FR-1786. 19 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET LES EMBRAZEES 1ER CRU, DOMAINE VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY    3++/100 *

14.8%; 9 acres at 725' on shallow clay-limestone soil; planted 1962, 1987, 2000; aged a year in barrels, 40% new. Good slug of oak impact. This will likely turn off some attendees. The softer fruit of Chassagne vs Puligy is evident. Flavorful of fruit, oak, and terroir. If the label statement is accurate, this masks its power well. Probably a holdover of the tariff conditions. Has a ways to go before exhibiting its full pedigree. Indeed, some attendees found it too oaky now but had faith in its future. 93++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

FR-1787. 19 CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET MORGEOT 1ER CRU, DOMAINE VINCENT & SOPHIE MOREY

How Many bottles/singles: $72.95 each

FR-1788. 21 BOURGOGNE COTE CHALONNAISE CHARDONNAY BUISSONIER, VIGNERONS DE BUXY    91+/100

est. 1931 by 98 winegrowers of Buxy and Saint Gengoux le National. Ultra cool and racy 2021 style. Both briskness of vintage and depth of Chalonnais chardonnay. Plenty of sweet, ripe fruit here and dab of Chalon resin. More elevated level of acidity than the 2020. All around great bargain in Bourgogne chardonnay. 91+/100. The group preferred this to the fine 2020 thanks to its higher acidity.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1789. 20 BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE SILEX BUISSONIER VIGNERONS DE BUXY    91/100

Established in 1931 by 98 winegrowers of Buxy and Saint Gengoux le National. That's pretty pungent and explicit aligote. Buxy knows aligote. Nasal penetration and nippy texture are prime. Rather low key acid for aligote. That's 2020. Still, the vinosity and textural elements are fulfilling, and the price is right. Commentators noted plenty of acidity. I must admit my palate was a little off last Wed. They praised both price and typicity. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1790. 18 BOUZERON LES BOUILLOTTES, DOMAINE GUY AMIOT

Aligote's very own AOC, founded in 1998; 45 year old vines on calcareous soil. A pretty intense aligote at a pleasing stage of development. Will go on too. Yeah, this has good material, balance, and stamina. Suggests light barrel input. Now or later. 92+.100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1791. 20 RULLY MONTMORIN, JEAN CHARTRON    92+/100

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. Plenty of oak and lees aromas. And Chalonnais resin. Body over finesse. Well, that's a fair whopper on the palate too. Generally in tune with the series, if slightly softer than my favorite renditions. Can't fault its generosity. That's 2020. Poulet de Bresse, please. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1792. 18 MERCUREY BLANC LES MARGOTONS, DOMAINE DU CELLIER AUX MOINES    93+/100

Est 1130. Heavy Bottle Award. Mercurey weighty at the start. Good barrel impact lurks. A promising opening round for this contender. Full and rich in the mouth. Oak, lees, fruit, and barrel elevage all in tune. At this point, It has mighty impressive mass but warrants some cellar time to earn the breadth and depth to complete a 3D presentation. Pretty awesome, latent package. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1793. 20 MONTAGNY LES BASSETS, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY    92+/100

35 year old vines on clay-limestone. Full color suggests some barrel aging. The nose confirms same. A lot of oaky sophistication here for the price. And on the palate too. Wood toast, Montagny elegance, hint of Chalonnais resin. Broad and generous. Good potential. Balanced. There are still bargains to be found in Burgundy. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1794. 16 MONTAGNY LES BURNINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93: 'From one of Montagny's top premier cru vineyards, this is dense and textured as well as richly fruity. The fermentation followed by aging in wood have enhanced the wine's complexity, offering pear flavors, a tight texture and a flinty edge. Drink from 2021. $45.'

How Many bottles/singles: $32.99 each

FR-1795. 17 MONTAGNY LES JARDINS 1ER CRU, CHATEAU DE CHAMILLY    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'From one of the many premier crus in Montagny, this lightly wood-aged wine is ripe with yellow fruits. The acidity cuts through the wine's richness to bring balance as well as a bright aftertaste. Drink from 2020. $40.'

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

FR-1796. 21 MACON VILLAGES TRADITION DOMAINE DES DEUX ROCHES    91+/100 *

At Davaye; est 1928; limestone soil; aged on lees until spring. Vigorous 2021 acidity leaps right out .Green apple aroma suggests no malolactic fermentation. Though reticent at first like previous vintages, aeration coaxes forth plenty of fruit and lees contributions. Very popular with attendees for absence of malo. 'Best of series' comment recorded. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1797. 19 MACON VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE LA VERPAILLE    92+/100

105 year old vines near Vire Clesse. 9 months on lees. Body, power, old vines intensity. Rich in both acid and lees impact and old vines fruit concentration. Quite the big boy. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1798. 20 MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT    91+/100

At Martailly Les Brancion; three generation estate; 30+ year old vines; full malolactic fermentation. Crisp and appley Macon chardonnay with a modicum of old vines 'woodiness' and lees doughiness. Malo and vintage have rounded this out. Still, it's as brisk and lithe as all vintages lately. Always a reliable unwooded chardonnay bargain. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1799. 20 MACON-CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE GERALD TALMARD    92/100 *

From the thousand-year-old village of Chardonnay; domaine established in the 17th century. Chardonnay pie apple aroma suggest malic acid retention. Unoaked, of course. Agreeable flow as well as body. A really well coordinated Maconnais village wine. Well composed, well balanced, very versatile at the table. Again, the group was pleased. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1800. 20 MACON CHARNAY FRANCLIEU, JEAN MANCIAT    91+/100

30-35 years old vines; native yeasts. It's full; always is. Lots of lees influence gives an almost barrel aged impression. Yeah, doughy lees and appley chardonnay fruit. Charnay large. Exemplary vintage of this. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1801. 20 MACON FUISSE CHATEAU VITALLIS, DENIS ET MAXIME DUTRON    91+/100

Est. 1835; 25 year old vines; indigenous yeasts; spontaneous malo, aged 6 months in vats on lees. Nose shy at first; swells with airing. Takes on apple and cream. The palate is richer and more bountiful in flavor range and depth. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1802. 20 MACON LES MORIZOTTES, MARIE PIERRE MANCIAT    92+/100

25 year old vines; native yeasts. Lots of sweet fruit. Really very, very nice. Full bodied, full flavored. A lot of wine here. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1803. 18 VIRE CLESSE HARMONIE, DOMAINE DE LA VERPAILLE    92+/100

Two of the Maconnais' top villages, now entitled to a singular AOC. Oh, boy, consummate example of AOC, vintage, everything. Bold, grand, pushy. Pouilly Fuisse like weight and intensity. Clarity, freshness, body. Solid. Still waxing big. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1804. 19 POUILLY FUISSE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DES DEUX ROCHES

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1805. 20 ARBOIS SAVAGNIN OUILLE, DOMAINE ROLET    91+/100

From lieux dits Gaillard and Chateau Gimot on grey marl at Montigny les Arsures; aged in topped-up (ouille) barrels. Do I get a suggestion of barrel influence? Or is it just the variety that's supplying the extra spicy savor? Certainly stimulating. Relatively modest acidity as these go. Or it's coated. I'm delving for more flavor intensity but not finding it yet. Let's see what forms over the coming hours. Well, as it turns out, a lot. Great acid, oak/fruit flavor complex, and length reported. The group was well entertained. 91+/100. Tasted 7/6/22.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1806. 12 ARBOIS VIN JAUNE, DOMAINE ROLET half bottle    98/100

Savagnin. Well, that's it. It's palo cortado sherry.but not exactly. This is classic vin jaune, perfect at age nine. Long, long, long. Mouthfilling. Balanced. A special sort of softness you won't find in dry sherries. And less spirit. Did I say 'long' finish.? 98/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each



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