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FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

FR-1996. 17 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, LE CAVEAU SAVOYARD
6 months in barrels. Concentrated, singular, high altitude variety. Deep, dark, and spicy. Round, sweet, plummy, and special. Oak and cherry things./ Clove-cinnamon highlights. From barrel aging. Special qualities that differentiate it from its peers. Light oak and fruit tannin, well padded. Good fruit flavor. Nice all around. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1997. 18 SAVOIE APREMONT LES ROCAILLES JACQUERE, PIERRE BONIFACE
Full cold cream texture. Pear fruit. Ready to wear./ Again, Creamy, floral, unique, fine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1998. 17 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, LE CAVEAU SAVOYARD
Pleasing and plump, light stone fruit and melon aromas. Fresh./ Full of fruit flavor, melon especially. Plumpness foiled by acid tanginess. Super yin-yang. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1999. 17 SAVOIE CHIGNIN, DOMAINE QUENARD
All jacquere. Lightly scented. Reminds me of a high altitude pinot blanc./ The flavor is subtle too. The acidity is well buffered, well padded. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2000. 17 SAVOIE FRANGY ROUSSETTE, DOMAINE LUPIN
2016: Tender, peachy, lithe form of roussanne./ Round, mellow, full. With good acid and grip. Balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2001. 17 SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC, EUGENE CARREL
All jacquere. Incredible eruption of aromas. Ideal./ Yes, a flash of fresh fruit flavors. Immediacy. All-occasion stuff. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2002. 16 ARDECHE SYRAH, DOMAINE DURAND
More substantial than the 2015, which is a surprise. Cool and black. Still lightly reductive but much less so than it was a few months back. Very pure syrah purple fruit essence, plus white pepper and spring flowers./ Yes, very pure, with positive reduction. Unique, really. Light notions of smoked meat on the aftertaste. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2003. 16 COLLINES RHODENIANNES SYRAH PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN L'HERMITAGE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2004. 16 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH CONNIVENCE, VERZIER
Pure, intense, northern. White pepper, raspberry. Really very beautiful./ Really bright, peppery splash to the taste. Outstanding. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2005. 16 COLLINES RHODENIANNES MARSANNE PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN L'HERITAGE
A full, meaty, marly marsanne. Commendable, illustrative, price-worthy marsanne. Complete package./ Full and rich.. Revealing. Smooth, round, and rich image. Long and tasty, balanced and thorough. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2006. 14 COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE, E. GUIGAL
Wine Spectator 92; Vinous 92: 'Opaque ruby. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying fresh cherry, blackberry and floral scents and deeper suggestions of pipe tobacco, olive and licorice. Juicy cherry and dark berry and salty olive paste flavors show very good delineation, and a hint of candied flowers emerges on the back half. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on an impressively long, sweet finish that leaves a suggestion of cherry cola behind. Drink 2020-2028.'
How Many bottles/singles: 72.95 each

FR-2007. 15 COTE ROTIE LA GIROFLARIE, PATRICK JASMIN
John Livingstone-Learmouth: '****(*): 'With the first year of the 52 hl tronconic oak vat, this was aged in that vat for 12 months, then transferred into the oak casks for a further 12 months; 40% of the casks were new, exceptionally, this year: dark red. The broad, well-filled bouquet is led by raspberry, which comes across intensely, has a little floral, geranium with it. The palate is sturdy, holds well-packed red fruits with energy. This is long, persistent, gives a real assertion of fruit. There is a lot stuffing and strength here -- it is munchable wine. Granular tannins are scattered across the finish, and there is a couch of content on the close. New oak marks the aftertaste. The pH is 3.55, and the Total Acidity 3.8 -- all very good, given the density of the wine, and avoid it being heavy. Fined, unfiltered. '2015 has a belle aromatic complexity, similar to 2010 -- it's not like the very tannic years such as 1995, 2005, 2009,' Patrick Jasmin. From 2021. 2035-37. Called La Giroflarie since 2015 (is the old name for the Cote Baudin).'
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2008. 15 SAINT JOSEPH OFFERUS, J-L CHAVE
Wine Spectator 93: 'Intense, with a racy graphite edge driving the core of crushed plum and cherry fruit along. Dried anise, fruitcake and black tea notes run along the edges, adding range and texture. Drink now through 2026. $36.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2009. 16 SAINT JOSEPH, DOMAINE J. DENUZIERE
Freshness of 2016 and Saint Joseph. Fine example of both. I can abide this easily. This is all about Saint Joseph./ Oh, goodness, this is sweet and ripe on the palate. Complexity, if not from barrel, then from terroir. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2010. 17 SAINT JOSEPH LES COTEAUX, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
2012: Parker 91: 'Leading off the 2012s, the Saint Joseph les Coteaux is a solid value that offers classic saddle leather, ground herbs, pepper and sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit. It's medium-bodied, supple and elegant, with plenty of fruit. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2011. 12 HERMITAGE FARCONNET, SELECTION J. L. CHAVE
Wine Spectator 93; Vinous 93: ‛Brilliant ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berries, olive and licorice on the pungent nose. Subtly sweet blackberry and cherry flavors show excellent clarity and energy and pick up a sexy floral quality with aeration. Displays excellent delineation, a gracefully light touch and powerful mineral lift on the persistent, gently tannic finish, which features lingering notes of bitter cherry pit and candied violet. Drink 2021-2028. $85.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2012. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE, DOMAINE BREYTON
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2013. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE SILENE, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
Sleek, black, deep, racy Chave style. Understated oak influence. One racy 2016. Deep and persistent. Gains stamina with aeration./ Sweet and complex. Good for the cellar and the table alike. Dash of white pepper. The tannins are well managed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2014. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE CLASSIQUE, YANN CHAVE
Oh, deep, expansive, spicy, total. One large Crozes Hermitage./ Lots of material, force, and texture. Finesse is not a descriptor here. This is about dynamic power, presence, delivery. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2015. 15 CROZES HERMITAGELES FEES BRUNES, JEAN-LUC COLOMBO
Wine Spectator 90; Vinous 90: 'Bright violet. Pungent aromas of ripe dark fruits, licorice, violet and smoky minerals. Densely packed, appealingly sweet and penetrating in the mouth, showing very good lift and vivacity to the smoky cassis, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors. Finishes sweet and quite long, displaying supple tannins that gain strength with air. Drink 2021-2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2016. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE LES LAUNES, DELAS
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: Deep, purple, poised, and emerging from its reductive state. 2016 tailoring and flow. Yes. Fine future./ Sweet and good. The fruit is dark, and the wine is solid and promising. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2017. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE EQUIS DOMAINE DES LISES, MAXIME GRAILLOT
Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: Oh, richness, fruit sweetness of 15. Raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat; attributes rarely found in syrah from outside Rhone Septentrionale. / Yes, full flavor-range confirmation. The whole spectrum. lavish, abundant, forward. Spicy, rangy, deep, peppery. Good balance and very fine tannic grip that ensure stay power for bouquet development. Window on a great northern Rhone vintage. The group loved it! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2018. 14 CROZES HERMITAGE EQUIS DOMAINE DES LISES, MAXIME GRAILLOT
Very bright, black, juicy, pure. Perfectly ripe, cool year wine. Spot on./ Yes, sweet and savory. Some oak and barrel time. Singular northern Rhone syrah statement. Balanced. Ager. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2019. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE, E. GUIGAL
Wine & Spirits 96 - BEST BUY: 'This is a strapping Crozes-Hermitage, and a terrific example of the combination of power and finesse possible in the 2015 vintage. Culled from parcels in four villages, most of the vines growing on steep granite slopes, the wine is initially gruff and ungiving, the fruit walled off by tannins, oak and the simple density of the extract. But give it a few hours in a decanter and the structure begins to fill with flavor, juicy blackberry and plum notes welling up to meet the austere minerality head-on. It feels more Hermitage than Crozes, the firm tannins and deep, concentrated flavor demanding more time in the cellar to relax and reveal their detail.'
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2020. 12 CROZES HERMITAGE LES GALETS, DOMAINE DES HAUTS CHASSIS
Likewise, lovely black fruit and ready now. Spicier. More seed, bramble./ Deep, sweet, with good acid and a tad more fine tannin. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2021. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE LES JALETS, PAUL JABOULET AINE
Inky./ Full, sweet, 15 abundant. Classic PJ spicy etch. Jaboulet‛s back. Deep, ripe raspberry, white pepper. Yes./ Inviting brightness as well as richness. The many distinctions of northern Rhone syrah. Raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, plus lavender. Fine tannin. Balanced feel. Lovely. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2022. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE SIGNATURE, DOMAINE MICHELAS ST. JEMMS
Oh, special aromatic set of smoked meat, warm spices, and barrel extracts. Full syrah range. 2015 sweet fruit, the emphasis on ripe black raspberries. Complex./ Close knit and under control. White pepper comes through. This has style and character. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2023. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC LA MATINIERE, FERRATON PERE
Good, full, and vinous northern Rhone blanc. Well poised./ Pleasing mouthfeel, vinosity, size. Young, and properly staged for bottle bouquet development. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2024. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC LES JALETS, PAUL JABOULET AINE
Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: 100% marsanne. Yes, a good image of marsanne here. Firm, not fruity. Seckel pear. Spot on./ Clear and classic marsanne taste and texture. Why wait? 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2025. 15 CORNAS EMPREINTES, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Wine Spectator 95/100. My notes:. Deep and sweet, and very elegant for Cornas. Noble reduction. Classic full filling too./ Joy of northern Rhone syrah. Raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, flowers. Full fruit tannin. Silky even. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2026. 12 CORNAS PREMICES, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Parker 93: 'The 2012 Cornas Premices knocks it out of the park with its chocolaty dark fruits, leather, crushed rock and licorice aromas and flavors. Dense, full-bodied and concentrated, with a hedonistic, voluptuous slant, drink it over the coming 6-7 years. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2027. 16 SAINT PERAY, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Parker 91; Vinous 91: 'Pale yellow-gold. Fresh and incisive on the nose, displaying vibrant citrus and orchard fruit scents complemented by hints of honeysuckle and chalky minerals. Shows very good depth of flavor but comes off lithe, offering juicy Meyer lemon and bitter pear skin flavors that pick up a spicy ginger note on the back half. Closes very long and precise, delivering a firm snap of minerality and lingering floral character. Drink 2022-2028. $30.' Half each roussanne and marsanne, 30% barrel fermented.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2028. 14 DROME LA RE-NOMMEE, DOMAINE LOMBARD
90% syrah, 10% viognier. Fresh, and convincing. Very bright northern Rhone syrah raspberry, white pepper, and lavender./ 14 medium body and fluidity. Delicious northern Rhone syrah taste. Spicy too. Great 14 acid edge. Plenty of length. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2029. 16 FRANCAIS THE CICADA, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
80% grenache, 20% carignan. 13%. Black./ Dense combo of the varietals. Hearty, deep, dark, the works./ Very husky. Alla about form and material, give. No subtleties. Fruit and tar on the finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2030. 15 FRANCAIS C. & J. GRIECO VIGNERONS LE GRAND ST. PAUL, DOMAINE DE LA BISCARELLE
50% grenache, 30% mourvedre, 20% syrah. 14.5%. Deep, strong, sweet, black. Real 3D here. Creamy fruits too. Wow./ Yes, ripe fruit of 15 with the assists of alcohol and body. Wholly round and rich. Plus a complex of spices. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2031. 14 FRANCAIS LES GARDETTES, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
55% cinsault, 35% carignan, 10% grenache. Fresh, fruity, cherry orange of cinsault and carignan. Smooth, sweet, polished./ Bright, easy, forward. Good acid, light tannin. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-2032. 11 GARD VIN DE MONSIEUR LE BARON DE MONTFAUCON, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
Wine Spectator 90; Parker 90: 'This full-bodied, concentrated red features plenty of cedar spice, dark plum flavors, rich tannins and a velvety finish. It should drink well for another 5-8 years.' 15 grape varieties, 5 of them white; promiscuously grown; co-fermented. 12 months in barriques.'
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2033. 15 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE L'AMEILLAUD
35 year old vines. 55% grenache, 30% carignan, 15% syrah. Full color./ Full fruit romance. 15 fulfilled into confit purity, clarity. Ripest in years and softer than the 2010. Red and black fruits and peppercorns. Dash of garrigue. Full grenache core fatness and carignan rough edge. Syrah black beauties. Textured and deep./ Rich in ripe fruit flavor and texture. A giant after the past several vintages. Fruity and also well structured. Lots of red fruit. Balanced. Full blown, ripe palate, fine tannin, deep flavors. Come hither. Body, flavor, amplitude. Breadth, depth, and taste range. Superior. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2034. 16 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
2016 young, bright, classic. Deepens as it airs, and expands./ Yes, now fuller and richer. The pattern here. Deep. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2035. 16 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE FIGUES DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE
Gold Medal - Vacqueyras judging. 60% shiraz (sic), 20% each grenache, carignan. Bastide's top cuvee. Good dark syrah fruit character. Lightly reductive still./ Sweet and inviting fruit. Smooth and well balanced. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2036. 16 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
70% grenache, 30% syrah. Fresh and cool Coulon style. Culmination of vintage, lieu dit, winemaker. So well measured. It all comes back after 40 years‛ absence from the market. Nothing‛s changed at Beaurenard./ Sweet grenache grown in a relatively cool zone. Delivers great fruit and spice ranges. Delivers great fruit and spice ranges. Welcome back. Faithful, and useful from the get go. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2037. 15 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
70% grenache, 20% carignan, 10% syrah. Full color./ Slightly reductive nose to start. Lifts, and the nose deepens. Full of material and sweet plum confit./ Full body, texture, tannin, fruit. Compact core. 15% power. Massive, really. Old vines indeed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2038. 16 COTES DU RHONE GRENACHE CUVEE BASTIEN, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
Single parcel; 45 year old vines. Power, warmth, roti, size. Chateauneuf ambitions./ Surging, forceful, insistent. The opposite of elegant. Made for hearty fare. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2039. 16 COTES DU RHONE SYRAH CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
All syrah from two 45+ yr old parcels bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep, black, and nobly reductive as it has been in other vintages. In tune with southern Rhone syrah attributes./ Again, starts lightly reduced, but, oh man, then comes on full flavored and textured. High volume southern syrah. Popular with the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2040. 16 COTES DU RHONE MON COEUR, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
Vinous 91; Wine Spectator 91: 'Fresh, with a range of cherry, cassis, dark olive and bay leaf notes that stream through over the polished structure, giving this an accessible feel already despite the depth. Drink now through 2026. $24.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2041. 16 COTES DU RHONE LA SOURCE, DOMAINE COURTOIS
Near Vinsobres; 85% grenache, 15% syrah. 16 sleek and tailored; embodiment of the vintage. 16 harmony. The fruit is sweet and forthcoming./ Oh, this is spicy, peppery, and full of garrigue. Rich fruit too. Great length. Yes, in tune with both the vintage and the estate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2042. 17 COTES DU RHONE SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS FRERES
This cuvee works well in 2017. The black fruit emphasis of a northern Rhone winemaker. It‛s still 2017 firm, but the fruit has amplitude. Yes./ Oh, yes indeed this is a full fruited presentation with a mineral edge. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2043. 16 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvedre, 5% each carignan, cinsault. Bright, racy, cool, burnished 16 style. With depth and fabulous cool reduction typical of this cuvee in youth./ Even cooler and more reduced, to the point of astringency. That‛s OK at this stage. Reads 2016 and Espigouette. 92+/100. Tasted 10/31/18.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2044. 16 COTES DU RHONE SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
Half each grenache, syrah. Fresh, fresh, fresh. Very bright, racy, and cool. Ideal 2016 expression. Clear, pure, sweet expressions of each variety. Cool berries./ Again, full of juice and varietal personalities. Forthcoming, and exciting. Very vigorous wine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2045. 16 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE ROMAINE, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE
65% grenache, 25% mourvedre and 10% syrah. Spends 10-12 months in concrete prior to bottling. A custom cuvee made by importer Eric Solomon and consultant Philippe Cambie, it comes from 60- to 90-year-old vines and is basically a declassified Vacqueyras (at a Cotes du Rhone price). Deep blueberry and elderberry aromas. Super year for this. Best yet./ All over again. Taste, texture, all. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2046. 16 COTES DU RHONE VIGNES DU PRIEURE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
50% grenache, 40% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Sweetly fruity grenache and 14% richness trump 16 closeness. Power, form, texture./ Sweet grenache plus good acid, strength. Frame and feel. Coated tannins. In tune. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2047. 15 COTES DU RHONE, E. GUIGAL
Yes, full of Guigal dark fruit goodness, spices too. Barrel age effects without barrel extracts to any obvious degree. Loaded./ Oh, sweet, round, and full of power and range, depth and palpable fruit material. Yikes! Primo Guigal Cotes du Rhone, the best since the 2010 vintage. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2048. 16 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Vineyard adjacent to Chateauneuf; 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% ea cinsault, mourvedre. Deep, large, full textured. Villages size. Sweet, spicy, dark fruit./ Suave, sweetly fruited, with light acid etch. Fits the 2016 pattern. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2049. 15 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
50% grenache, 20% syrah, 15% carignan, 10% cinsault, 5% counoise. Deep, purple, velvety. Light reduction, which is not unusual here in youth. Very cool 15./ Yes, fruity. Very good balance, acid, fine tannin. Complex back tastes. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2050. 16 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
80% grenache, 20% syrah. Dark color./ 16 cool and tailored. In style./ Yes, cool, well structured, still tannic. A traditional Cotes du Rhone. A keeper. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2051. 17 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Fresh, cool, and in style. Black fruits and black pepper./ Cool but smooth with alcohol at 14%, plus glycerol. Long, peppery, complicated aftertaste. Yes. 91+//100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2052. 15 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU
Wine & Spirits 92/100. My notes: 50 year old vines at Sorgues; 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault. Oh, big and powerful and packed with rich fruit with licorice lacings. Abundant; full concentration. Etched; 3D nasal texture./ Full, sprawling, powerful, long, loaded. Yes, lots of material. Fine tannin. I‛d be counting on this to age like a Chateauneuf. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2053. 17 COTES DU RHONE SAINT COSME, LOUIS & CHERRY BARRUOL
14.5%; est. 1490. Rich and full and spicy. So much riper and more along than the 2016 when first released. Complete. Gigondas inspired./ Wow, peppery, spicy, powerful, Good acidity and fine tannin coated with glycerol. A wow Cotes du Rhone. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2054. 16 COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBION, CHATEAU DE ST. COSME
Wine Spectator 91; Parker 91: 'A perennial overachiever, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albions continues that run. Garrigue notes accent blueberry fruit in this full-bodied, plush wine. Loaded with hints of cherries and stone fruit, it's a cornucopia of ripe fruit waiting to be slurped down, velvety and long on the finish. Drink now-2023.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2055. 12 COTES DU RHONE TRESCARTES, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
From the Gigondas property's younger vines. Younger, darker, more ample than the 2011. Wonderful statement of the vintage, and the contrast of the vintages. Deep, variegated, powerful, serious. A complex of peppercorns, garrigue, and fruits./ Ample, sweet, spicy, vigorous fruit. Balanced and well textured and strong. Full body, fine tannin. Clear Gigondas ID. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2056. 16 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
Oh, yes, the blacks and reds, the coolness of Gard, the race of 16. Fully in tune with the series. Deep, dark, and peppery./ Gard firm and 16 fine textured. Great acid. Yes, yes, yes. Brings back memories. Glad to have DSA back. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2057. 16 COTES DU RHONE CHATEAU DE SEGRIES, HENRI DE LANZAC
2015: At Lirac. A good year for this chateau. Race, etch, and clear lines. Dark fruit. Cool, Right Bank Lirac contributes race to the ripe fruit of sunny 2015. This is fine./ Rich fruit core plus that racy aspect. Logical 2015 Lirac. Lots of animation. Best vintage here in years. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2058. 17 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON
At Gigondas. Very sweet and black peppery. Clear and pure product of a fermentation that favors whole clusters. A great vintage of this. Yes!/ Full garrigue flavor set of the Trignons of yore. Robert Mayberry would be proud. Cracked peppercorn and Provencal summer airs. Great acid, sweetness, and flow. Juicy mealtime Cotes du Rhone. Best vintage since it‛s come back on the market. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2059. 16 COTES DU RHONE, LES TROIS COURONNES
80% grenache, 20% syrah; at Tulette near Visan on the Left Bank. Not as ripe as the 2015 in the beginning. 16 even tempered. Gathers the sweetness and depth of grenache as it airs./ Grip and good acid. For the table or the cellar. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2060. 15 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, LOUIS BERNARD
Parker 90: ‛Even better, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages is an outstanding Southern Rhone that has loads of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits, medium-bodied richness and a peppery, spicy style on the palate that makes it a joy to drink. It's a terrific value to buy by the case and enjoy over the coming 2-3 years. $14.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2061. 16 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LA JASSINE, BIELER PERE
At Valreas; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. 2016 trim and racy./ Richer on the palate. Full. These 2016s have the goods. Age further. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2062. 15 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE PHILIPPINE, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS
Parker 92: 'The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Philippine (60/40 Grenache and Syrah aged in tank) is a rich, ripe, medium to full-bodied red that has a 2010 level of purity and polish. Black raspberries, cassis, toasted spice and licorice all emerge from the glass, and it has ripe, chewy tannin. Give it a year and drink through 2025. $17.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2063. 14 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE SETIER, CHATEAU PEGAU
60% grenache, 20% each syrah, mourvedre. 50 year old vines in Sorgues. Strong, bold Pegau stuff even in cool 2014. Deep, smoky, condensed, large./ Full fruit and peppercorn. Ample, powerful material here. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2064. 16 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
Fuller, redder, blacker, deeper than the Cotes du Rhone.. Oh my, this is total in all dimensions and respects. Cassis even./ Wow, everything to like in the Cotes du Rhone amplified here. Yow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2065. 16 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE NOTRE DAME DES CELLETTES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
Very similar to the regular Villages except that there is riper fruit and a barrel complexity of oak and barrel-age roundness./ Larger, more extracted. Wood and fruit tannins, fine power. Will appreciate some cellar time. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2066. 13 LIRAC LA FERMADE, DOMAINE MABY
60% grenache, 40% mourvedre. 14.5%. Purple and elegant Right Bank. Regal mourvedre. Deep purple plum, flowers./ Elegant, silky, refined, super stylish. Balanced, firm texture of light, dusted tannins. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2067. 15 LIRAC, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Oh, yes, even in a hot, sunny vintage, this is Lirac - Right Bank cool. Good garrigue statement./ Juicy red fruit savors, feel. Light tannin. Fully in tune. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2068. 15 LIRAC, CHATEAU MONT REDON
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Bold and sweet 15, especially for Lirac. Real Redon build. Some barrel aging. Shows. Plus 15 ripeness against Lirac coolness. Works./ Yes, fabulous oak and fruit and spices. Large for Lirac. Sweet 15 core with tannin and framing and Mont Redon solid style. Long. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2069. 15 CAIRANNE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DENIS ALARY
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% carignan. Similar in style to the Alary Cotes du Rhone. A little reticent in youth to start. Seems more powerful. Real aromatic push comes forth with aeration./ Yes, Cairanne power. Tight and tannic. Its garrigue aura has yet to form. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2070. 15 CAIRANNE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES HARMAS, DOMAINE L‛AMEILLAUD
60% syrah, 40% grenache. Really sweet and intense, almost port like. 12% was barrel aged, and it shows, adds complexity. Super ripe, but nothing to excess. Simply a Cairanne on steroids. Really, really delivers./ Super rich and intense palate. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2071. 15 CAIRANNE, DOMAINE CROIX DE ROMET
Proprietor Alain Boisson. Deep, rich, broad, dark Cairanne classic./ Yes, large and tannic and rich in extract. 80% grenache, 20% syrah. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2072. 15 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Sweet and spicy, Peppercorn and garrigue. Deep and nettly./ All over again on the palate. Garrigue City here, as always. Great acid, balance. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2073. 17 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Richer, sweeter, more powerful than the Cotes du Rhone. Deep penetrating black fruit with peppercorn./ Rather enclosed still. Dry and firm and tannic. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2074. 16 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN
Impressive depth and dimension. Barrel age impact. Big time value./ Large and broad. Both fruit and oak tannins. Needs more bottle age. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2075. 17 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Dry, and fuller still than the Plan de Dieu. More backward. Deep seated, sweet black fruit and peppercorns./ Close but larger, sweeter, suave, more-ish. Future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2076. 16 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE PIAUGIER
75% grenache, 25% syrah. Oh, boy, sizzle and spread. Excitement. Stimulating, sweet, spicy, intense. Wow. This is special./ Yes, lovely, ripe, savory, rangy, sweet, and complete. Entirely satisfactory successor to the 2014 and 2015. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2077. 16 SAINT MAURICE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L‛ECHEVIN
Parker 92: 'Now that it's in bottle, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Saint Maurice is looking as good as I hoped it would last year. A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, it's loaded with dark fruit, cola and spice. Medium to full-bodied, with a silky-creamy texture, it finishes long and fine. Drink now-2023.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2078. 16 VALREAS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE GRANDE BELLANE
Half each grenache, syrah. Brilliant magenta hue./ Reductive, as the color would suggest. 2016 Valreas cool and racy. Fine future./ Yes, crisp, racy, reductive. Proper weight as well as lift. Air and age. Good material here. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2079. 17 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE
40% each grenache, syrah, 20% mourvedre. Gold Medal - Paris. Deep, purple Visan fruit, sweet and peppery. Cool and racy. Real Visan./ Close in youth Fine fruit tannins. Needs more bottle age to allow additional aromatics and textures to form. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2080. 15 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES TERRE POURPRE, DOMAINE LES FLORANE
Quite full and quite sweet; also quite powerful and compact./ Beautiful spread of fruits and spices. Really a fine Visan display. All comes out on the palate. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2081. 16 RASTEAU, DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
80% grenache, 17% syrah, 3% mourvedre. Same cool approach as the 16 Cotes du Rhone, but then the Rasteau terroir takes over, and this comes across larger and blacker. Showing more red fruit than earlier, and less compact blackness. Rich fruit emerging now. Yes! The real deal./ Yes, big and black. With aeration, softer, rounder, more giving. Great, juicy acidity. Full tannin. Will appreciate cellaring. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2082. 15 RASTEAU PAS DU MEUNIER, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
Parker 91: 'The medium to full-bodied 2015 Rasteau Pas du Meunier has turned out well, featuring subtle spice notes and red plums. The mid-palate is plush and creamy-textured, leading into a fresh finish that features Wild Berry Zinger tea and even hints of orange zest. Drink now-2025.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2083. 15 VACQUEYRAS SIGNATURE, DOMAINE DES AMOURIERS
Full, very powerful. Ripe 15 fruit. Not a garrigue-laden nose./ Yes, body, sweetness, and power; all the 2015 fortes. Keeper too. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2084. 15 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE COUROULU
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Deep, cool, dry, very spicy and variegated classic. Full Couroulu Vacqueyras character. A perfectly ripe 2015./ Oh, boy, this spreads out all over the palate. All over the place. Peacock‛s tail finale! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2085. 13 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE COUROULU
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Oh, yes, silken finesse. Deep black fruit intrigue. Blackberry. Well textured./ All about race, silky texture, finesse. Like the 2012, a great and singular Vacqueyras. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2086. 16 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
The power and sweetness of 14.5%. Deep seated grenache sweet strawberry and raspberry aromas. Large Espigouette Vacqueyras this vintage./ Regales the palate with sweet grenache and racy garrigue flavors. 2016 class and reserve. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2087. 14 VACQUEYRAS LES CALADES, DOMAINE LA MONARDIERE
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Good and full and variegated. Vacqueyras range, stature, uniqueness. Dark fruit of 14 has the concentration of a Gigondas. Full spread of the varietals plus terroir range./ Rich and round for 14, with plenty of fruit vigor and glycerol smoothness besides. Really giving. 92+/100. List price: $28.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2088. 13 VACQUEYRAS LES 2 MONARDES, DOMAINE LA MONARDIERE
40 year old vines, 70% grenache, 30% syrah. Velvety, juicy. Violet and black fruits. Fuller still than the 2014 Les Calades cuvee. More powerful. And more mature. Wow! Huge material!/ A mouthful. Rich in fruit, bouquet, texture, tannin, glycerol. Billowing. 93+/100. List price: $30.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2089. 16 VACQUEYRAS, CUVEE DES DEUX FRERES, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL
Wow, big spread of fruit sweetness, flowers, peppercorns, garrigue. Exceptional abundant for Montmirail./ Very ripe, almost to roti. 15% power. New winemaker here? 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2090. 16 VACQUEYRAS BOISERAIE, OGIER
Clear, cool, classy 2016 and Vacqueyras statements. Perfect poise./ Neat 2016 satin texture. Ripe and beautiful Vacqueyras composition. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2091. 15 VACQUEYRAS LES CYPRES, PAUL JABOULET AINE
Parker 89-92: 'I like the 2015 Vacqueyras les Cypres even a touch more and this sexy, round, sweetly fruited beauty offers lots of garrigue, black raspberries and floral notes in its medium to full-bodied personality. It's more broad and expansive than previous releases, yet it has some firm tannin lurking under the fruit as well. Give bottles a year or so and enjoy through 2025.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2092. 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
2015: Grenache, syrah, mourvedre. Volume and power. 15 sweet. Vacqueyras variegated. Depth, extract, matter. Deep, dark, and spicy fruit./ Sweet and powerful. More flavor to come. Big texture and power. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2093. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DU CAYRON
Vinous 92-94: 'Dark ruby. Potent mineral- and smoke-accented cherry, boysenberry and garrigue scents pick up a sexy incense nuance as the wine opens up. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors and a hint of smoked meat. Concentrated yet light on its feet, playing power off finesse with a smooth hand and finishing impressively long, sweet and youthfully tannic. I'd happily lose this wine in the cellar for a while.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2094. 15 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
Wine Spectator 91: 'Mulled blackberry and raspberry fruit is infused with dried anise, savory, black tea and incense notes, ending with a light tug of earth on the subtly juicy finish. Drink now through 2025. $30.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2095. 12 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE magnum in wood box
Vinous 90-92: 'Deep ruby. Exotic aromas of candied dark berries, pit fruits and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Lush and seamless in texture, offering sweet blackberry and passion fruit flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Smooth tannins shape the very long, fruity finish. Pretty wild stuff.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2096. 16 GIGONDAS TERRASSES DES DENTELLES, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
Wine Enthusiast 92; Wine Spectator 92: 'Tightly focused, with light charcoal threads amid the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Black tea and chalk hints curl through the finish, lending persistent perfume and textural components. Best from 2020 through 2026. $43.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2097. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
Yes! Round and full. Gigondas power underlies Espigouette control and come hither qualities. Grenache and syrah both on display. Lovely, sweet house style./ Yes, Gigondas sweet and strong. Fine fruit tannins. All about Gigondas, all about Espigouette. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2098. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: Well, here's the Pasquiers Sablet compacted into white dwarf concentration. Power, scope, depth, dimension. Red fruit and plenty of Gigondas mass and spice and savor and power. Yet always cooler than most of its rivals. Very sweet and spicy, briary, brambly, berry seed spiciness./ Yes, Gigondas giant size, power, intensity, and super smooth glycerol. Sweet and large. Yet cool, with fresh garrigue herbs and spices. A deal. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2099. 16 GIGONDAS, CHATEAU DE ST. COSME
Wine Spectator 95; Vinous 92-93: 'Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of candied red and blue fruits, incense and peppery spices pick up a hint of potpourri as the wine opens up. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors and a spicy jolt of white pepper. Shows excellent clarity and mineral lift on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by slow-building tannins. $58.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-2100. 12 GIGONDAS ORIGINE, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
Boy, this is full and generous, and really enjoying itself at age six. Multi-faceted fruit and bottle bouquet scents.Rich, ample, dark, and 2012 well delineated. Well framed sweet fruit core of Gigondas. No excess power. Nothing askew. Lovely Gigondas statement./ A big, powerful Saint Gayan Gigondas classic. Extremely well proportioned, balanced. Smooth alcohol-glycerol. Spicy; broad range of flavors. Spot on. Getting mellow with age, which I can surely appreciate. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2101. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Grenache, syrah, mourvedre. 16 bright and burnished, with Gigondas power, depth, persistence. Great, big Gigondas of sweetness, depth, and warmth./ Yes, sweet, broad, deep, fruity, singed. Monstrous. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2102. 15 GIGONDAS FONT DES AIEUX, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Suave, young, sweet, balanced./ Again, well balanced. Tourade closeness. I usually taste this cuvee when's it's had more bottle age and is more open and evolved. The goods are here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2103. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL
Parker 97: ‛Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. Drink 2019-2040.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2104. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
Wine Spectator 94/100 - Top 100. My notes: Much more open and revealing than the Rasteau. big time step up to Chateauneuf here. Very sweet fruited, with controlled power. 3D, plush, 15 generous./ Yow! Powerful at 15%. Big in the mouth, broad and meaty. Plenty in reserve. Complete package. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2105. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
Parker 90-92: 'Starting with a 2015 barrel sample, Versino's 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvedre, and the balance Counoise and Cinsault, all of which was aged in foudre. It's healthy ruby color is followed by earthy, slightly funky notes of peppery herbs, dark fruits and garrigue, which improves with time in the glass. Better on the palate, it has plenty of fruit, a full, layered mid-palate and ample tannic grip on the finish. This is a classic, old-school beauty that will need short-term cellaring and have 15 years of overall longevity.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2106. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DES FELIX, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
Parker 91-94: 'Firm and structured, with plenty of tannin, the smaller production 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix gives up the classic bouquet of roasted herbs, garrigue, black cherries and roasted meats that always seem to be present in this cuvee. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 5% each of Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise, this cuvee is aged in a mix of demi-muids and older barrels for upwards of two years, compared to the shorter elevage and foudre aging of the traditional cuvee. Give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and drink through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-2107. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, BOSQUET DES PAPES
Very sweet and powerful, spicy. Cracked pepper, savory herbs and spices./ Sweetness and pepperiness all comes across on the palate too. Very much in the estate style. Very high quality. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2108. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE PIEDLONG, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Parker 94-96: 'The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong is 90% Grenache (from the Piedlong lieu-dit) and 10% Mourvedre. It offers mouthwatering elements of cherries and raspberries, rose petals and black tea. Silky, lacy and delicate in texture for such a full-bodied wine, it's immediately charming and seductive. Drink now-2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2109. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
Parker 94/100. My notes: 65% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault. Less mass, more class than the old vines Cotes du Rhone. Dark fruit and 2015 sweet. 15%. Chateauneuf stature./ Yes, raspberry strawberry, cherry. Lots of ripe red fruits. Mixed peppercorns too. Texture, size, grandeur. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2110. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN
Vinous 94-96: ‛Deep bright-rimmed red. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe fruits, incense and exotic spices, and a sexy floral pastille nuance builds in the glass. Sappy, broad and expansive on the palate, offering sweet raspberry preserve, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that are given spine and lift by a core of juicy acidity. Closes on a gently tannic note, displaying superb clarity and spicy thrust and leaving sweet red fruit preserve and Asian spice notes behind.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2111. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN
Vinous 94-96: 'Lurid ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of musky rhubarb and Asian spices. Palate-staining sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors show power as well as superb vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The floral quality comes back emphatically on a strikingly long, sappy finish shaped by smooth, slow-mounting tannins. This might be the finest wine to emerge from this estate that I have ever tasted, and I've had some pretty amazing ones over the years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 54.95 each

FR-2112. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE SECRET DE NOS VIGNES, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
70% grenache, 30% mourvedre. 8 months in barrels. Oh, boy, big time, up front grenache raspberry and strawberry fruit joy. 15%./ Warm sample yet no alcohol heat. Grenache glycerol coats it. Certainly large. Fine cellar candidate. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2113. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CLOS DES BRUSQUIERES
Wine Spectator 94; Parker 92; Vinous 92-94: 'Limpid ruby. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and candied lavender aromas are complemented by a smoky mineral aspect and a hint of baking spices. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and closes on a gently tannic note, displaying impressive focus and floral-driven persistence.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2114. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, CLOS SAINT JEAN
Parker 94: A special cuvee produced for the American importer, Eric Solomon, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is huge. It blends 85% or more concrete-aged Grenache with small amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre aged in barrique. The result is a massive wine filled with red fruit. The tannins are ripe to the point of creaminess on the mid-palate then firm up on the long finish. This hides its alcohol better than the regular cuvee and should age longer as a result. Drink now - 2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2115. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, EDDIE FERAUD
2012: International Wine Cellar 92: 'Brilliant ruby-red. Suave, high-pitched aromas of red fruit liqueur, incense and Asian spices, with a bright mineral quality building in the glass. Fresh, energetic and pure, showing excellent clarity to its sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors. Smoothly combines power and vivacity, finishing sappy, focused and very long, with a note of lavender pastille. $50.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2116. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE FERRAND
Vinous 93-95: ' Brilliant ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and musky rhubarb, backed by a hint of Asian spices. Sweet, concentrated and seamless in texture, offering intense raspberry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors and a touch of licorice. Impressively suave and focused; a powerful jolt of candied flowers carries through the long, palate-staining finish.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2117. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CHATEAU FORTIA
Vinous 90-92: 'Ruby-red. Smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berries, licorice and candied flowers, along with a subtle hint of garrigue that builds in the background. Sweet, seamless and broad on the palate, offering nicely concentrated raspberry and floral pastille flavors that turn spicier with air. Rich but energetic as well, delivering solid closing thrust and supple tannins that build steadily.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2118. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP
Parker 91: 'A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault aged in a variety of different vessels, Font du Loup's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a worthy successor to the fine 2015. Some slightly edgy herbal notes on the nose should integrate with the bright cherry fruit within a year or two, so give it a little to come together. This is textbook medium to full-bodied Chateauneuf, with a dusting of cocoa powder over ripe cherries lingering elegantly on the finish. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2119. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP
60% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 15% syrah, 5% cinsault. Full and ripe. 14.5% alcohol that‛s under control and actually has a cooling effect on the vintage‛s ripe fruit./ Yes, cool, flowing, balanced, even charming. Such stylishness. Long lasting in the mouth, and likely in the cellar too. Fully in tune with Font du Loup‛s well managed accomplishments regardless of vintage nature. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2120. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE PUY ROLLAND VIEILLES VIGNES, LA FONT DU LOUP
From a plot of 100+ year old grenache vines. Very pure, very grand. Grenache with old vines fulfillment and depth. Relatively accessible young in this ripe vintage./ Cool tempered, stalwart, and confident, with 2015 richness and smoothness. The tannins are fine, and coated. The 14.5% alcohol is not obtrusive. It‛s an integral part of a sizeable package. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2121. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE HERCULE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP magnum
50% mourvedre, 30% syrah, 20% grenache. Black mourvedre and syrah emphasis. Certainly plenty of mourvedre dark purple fruit here complemented by 14's fruit darkness. Good fortitude at 14.5%. Really stalwart for the vintage. All the pieces fit together. Doesn't need any oak intervention. Big time. Rich, rangy, and spicy./ Yes, very spicy and rangy and ripe and rich. The fruit is entirely sweet for this cool vintage. Entirely harmonious. Font du Loup grace, refinement, reserve. A most accomplished cuvee. Grand. Full succulence apparent on the long finish. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 159.95 each

FR-2122. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLOS DU ROI, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
80% grenache, 20% syrah. Brilliant pepper-berry-garrigue range. Full concentration of licorice and berry essences./ Yes, bright berry and full garrigue spectrum. Brilliant composition, flavor, finesse, acid, length. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2123. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL
Parker 92: 'Grand Tinel's charming, forward 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a solid value for drinking over the next decade or so. It features subtle cinnamon and nutmeg aromas, modest cherry fruit, plush tannins and some leathery notes on the silky finish. It's a classic blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Drink now-2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2124. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LES ORIGINES, DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR
Parker 93: 'The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines (45% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre) is a polished, medium to full-bodied effort that has superb concentration, lots of tannin, and a ripe, textured feel. Showing plenty of black raspberry, toasted spice, creamy licorice and hints of violets, it's a classic example of this cuvee that will benefit from a year or two in the cellar, and have no problem evolving gracefully through 2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2125. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, E. GUIGAL
Wine & Spirits 93: ‛While Guigal is known as a northern Rhone specialist, the firm takes the same amount of care with wines from the south. Take this Chateauneuf: Vinified from purchased juice and raised in Guigal's cellars, it's spent three years in the firm's own-coopered casks and several more in bottle. That time in oak has given it a fine-grain texture and gentle cardamom scent without taking away any of the succulence of the sweet strawberry fruit. It feels effortlessly balanced, open and ready to drink.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-2126. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLASSIQUE, OLIVIER HILLAIRE
Close but elegant. Parker 91/100; he says Rayas like. Wild strawberries, framboise, underbrush, he writes. Good descriptors./ Rich, sweetly fruited palate. Unique; I applaud that. Early appeal. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2127. 11 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE CHAUPIN, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Parker 95: 'Coming from a cooler, sandy terroir in the northeastern part of the appellation, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin (which comes 80% from the Chaupoin lieu-dit and 20% from the La Janasse lieu-dit, hence the subtle name change) is 100% Grenache, from vines planted in 1912, that's aged two-thirds in foudre and one-third in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with plenty of similarities to the traditional cuvee, yet slightly richer and fuller, it delivers beautiful mulled red and black fruits, licorice, spice and tinges of stony minerality on the nose. Full-bodied, supple, seamless and elegant, with fine tannin, it makes the most of a difficult vintage and is certainly one of the top 10-12 wines. Drink now-2023.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2128. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Parker 96: 'Up in the top handful of wines in the vintage (which should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this estate), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich and layered Chateauneuf that doesn't put a foot wrong. Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. Like the Cuvee Chaupin, it will be better in another handful of years and thrill through 2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-2129. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, MAS DE BOISLAUZON
Parker 91-93; Wine Spectator 92: 'Dark and nicely layered, with lots of kirsch, plum coulis and raspberry pate de fruit notes forming the core. Incense, leather and black tea flavors weave through the background, while a sanguine hint stretches out the finish. Approachable, but there's serious stuffing here for further development. Best from 2016 through 2024. $44.'
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2130. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 5% mourvedre, 5% counoise, mascardin, vaccarese, cinsault. Large, dense, complex, daunting, serious. Wow, feral too. 15 ripe fruited. All./ Everything it‛s always been, enhanced by 15 ripeness, power, and glycerol. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2131. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE RESERVEE, DOMAINE DU PEGAU
Wine Enthusiast 96; Wine Spectator 94: ‛Solid, with a muscular core of dark fig, blackberry, raspberry paste flavors mixed liberally with anise, savory, tobacco and singed mesquite notes. Shows a sanguine thread on the finish, where everything knits together. This has ample depth and character. Best from 2020 through 2035. $110.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-2132. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, LES TROIS COURONNES
14%. Chateauneuf warm, full, powerful. It‛s softening with bottle age but doesn‛t display much bottle bouquet yet. Sweet black fruit emerges with aeration to raise it up./ Chateauneuf rich, round, and large. Has power, melted tannins, and full richness. In a bit of a mid age trough, flavor wise, it‛s a sleeper for the cellar at this price.91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2133. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE GIRARD, RAYMOND USSEGLIO
Parker 95: ‛The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard is blended exclusively for American importer Peter Weygandt and is bottled unfiltered. It's about 90% Grenache and delivers a compelling mix of fragrant raspberries and savory, earthy spices. It's full-bodied and plush, with a long, complex finish that suggests it will age well for a decade or more. It's powerful and concentrated yet feels fresh and lively. Drink 2018-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2134. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE GIRARD, RAYMOND USSEGLIO
Parker 96: 'The stunning 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard is blended exclusively for the American importer, Peter Weygandt, and bottled unfiltered. It's about 85% Grenache, with the balance made up of Mourvedre, Counoise and Cinsault. What makes it so compelling is the combination of fragrant raspberries, sinewy tannins and silky finish, all of which suggest it will age well for 20 years after the vintage. It's powerful, concentrated and yet feels fresh and lively. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2135. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, LE VIEUX DONJON
Wine Spectator 95: ‛Rich and dark in profile, with delicious, velvety layers of warm fig, black currant and blackberry confiture moving through slowly, flecked with hints of ganache, roasted apple wood and tar. The finish has cut to match the heft. A real brick house that will age well. Best from 2020 through 2040.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2136. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAMME, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Vinous 90-92; Parker 91: 'Boasting silky tannins, strawberry-raspberry fruit and delicate herbal shadings, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Telegramme isn't hugely rich or concentrated, but it is harmonious and graceful. Bottled in March 2018, it's immediately approachable yet capable of providing pleasure over the next 5-7 years. Drink now-2025. $45.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2137. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA CRAU, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Parker 94; Wine Spectator 95: 'This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes all mixed together, carried by silky but ample structure before ending with a long, mineral- and shiso leaf-infused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. $83.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2138. 15 VENTOUX TERRASSES, CHATEAU PESQUIE
Parker 92: 'A smoking good 2015 that readers should snatch up is the 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses, which is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that's aged in a combination of two- to four-year-old barrels and foudres. Medium to full-bodied, polished, silky and with no hard edges, it has classic Southern Rhone notes of Provencal spices, garrigue, licorice and ripe black raspberries. Buy a case and drink bottles over the coming 5-6 years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2139. 15 COSTIERES DE NIMES, CHATEAU GRANDE CASSAGNE
60% grenache, 40% syrah. 40-60 year old vines. Good 2015 fruit ripeness. Grenache strawberry, syrah raspberry./ Flavors confirm aromas. Savory and satisfying. 90/100. List price: $15.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2140. 16 COSTIERES DE NIMES CUVEE TRADITION, MAS DE BRESSADES
Wine & Spirits 93: 'A blend of old-vine grenache and syrah, fermented in stainless steel and aged in cement tanks, this tastes like a forest in the best possible way, from the sweet, humus-rich scent of the soil to the fir fronds and the array of wild berries that might grow there. It lasts, still revealing new details three days after opening, and still elegant. $22.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2141. 15 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR
Wine Review On Line 95/100. My notes: From Latour's domaine in Haute Provence. Clay and limestone soils. Oh, my, so much spice, vigor, sprightly acidity. Cherry, zesty spices, and more./ Suavity of pinot noir, with plenty of acid race. Super high altitude Med pinot noir take. Always attractive, 2015 is the best vintage of this I've tasted. The group agreed. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2142. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS
Grenache blanc, bourboulenc, clairette, viognier. Full and bright. Has the body and vinosity of low-aromatics varieties such as grenache blanc. Very subtle viognier floral highlight./ Rich, complex, and emphatic mealtime blanc. Rhone white in its natural setting. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2143. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE DE L'EPIGOUETTE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2144. 16 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAMORENS, FERRATON
Wine Spectator 90/100. My notes: Marsanne, roussanne, viognier, clairette, grenache blanc. Good volume, thickness, creaminess, herbs, garrigue./ Again. Body. Full material. Tonic finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2145. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
80% grenache blanc, 10% each clairette, viognier. Full, straw like grenache blanc aroma. Plus the adjuncts talk their talk. A little clairette and viogner go a long way at augmenting the aromatic provile./ Yes, grenache blanc full and emphatic, with hovering airs of the minor players. This will be fabulous with food. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2146. 15 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, E. GUIGAL
Brisk, and nicely scented of its viognier component./ There‛s a plumpness and smoothness likely contributed by grenache blanc and marsanne, along with that viognier yin-yang of astringency and glycerol. Viognier honeysuckle aftertaste. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2147. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC RESERVE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
1/3 each viognier, grenache blanc, roussanne. Fragrant and full. Ideal, really./ Yes, sits right. Good power, body. For food. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2148. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC LONE, CHATEAU PEGAU
40% clairette, 30% bourboulenc, 20% grenache blanc, 10% ugni blanc. Fragrant for this varietal set. Nice./ Yes, includes green flowers and tangerine. Yikes. Best ever in this series. Fine winemaking. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2149. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
Dry, nettley, vinous, serious./ Again. Not much fruit showing yet. For food. I received a report that the wine began to blossom 8 hours after the bottle was open. That's a confidence-builder! 90++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2150. 17 LIRAC BLANC ROC EPINE, DOMAINE LAFOND
50% grenache blanc, 30% roussanne, 20% viognier. Of course, the last two are the talkers on the aroma. Spot on peach and honeysuckle. It does have the body of grenache blanc./ Still some fermentation residual (May 8). No problems. That will move out. Has the goods. Likin‛ it! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2151. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
2015: Fresh and full and expressive. Proper. Dash of viognier aromatics really sets this up. Gives peachy, blossomy aspects./ Indeed, full and fragrant and right. Good grip, body, power. Does it all. For the dinner table. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2152. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC, CLOS DES PAPES
Wine Spectator 94; Parker 93: 'A big, rich wine by Vincent's standards, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc offers lots of salty minerality in its ripe citrus, spiced apples and honeycomb-laced aromas and flavors. It shows terrific purity and tension on the palate, yet also has plenty of heft and depth. Feel free to enjoy bottles over the coming couple of years, or after a decade or more.'
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-2153. 16 BANDOL, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE
Parker 91: 'Despite being raised in foudres, I thought I detected some oak on the nose of the 2016 Bandol. Mocha and cola notes give this full-bodied blend of 78% Mourvedre, 16% Grenache, 4% Cinsault and 2% Syrah a decidedly dark flavor profile, framed by ripe tannins. With its creamy, lush texture, it seems almost too easy to drink for a wine that's meant to age, but this offers plenty of depth and concentration, with blackberry fruit and soft dustiness on the long finish. Drink 2020-2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2154. 15 BANDOL, CHATEAU CANADEL
73% mourvedre, 20% cinsault, 5% grenache, 2% syrah. 14.5%. Impressive richness and stalwart barrel aging form and features. Brilliant, complex, yielding./ Yes, the cool violets airs of mourvedre and good fruit richness of 2015, which mourvedre's bitter finish cools down. Fine. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

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FR-2156. 16 BANDOL, DOMAINE TEMPIER
2015: Wine & Spirits 95: 'While many French regions suffered from the heat in 2015, Daniel Ravier reports that Bandol's vines were sustained by abundant winter rains, providing enough soil moisture to make it through the heat. His 2015 is sunny and generous in fragrant berry fruit, but it also radiates freshness. The flavors feel like they are delivered by herb-scented breeze, they so subtly and gently fill the head with fragrance. Mourvedre's power reads in the wine's leather and smoke scents, but there's nothing rustic about this: It's long, elegant and totally delicious, and should develop for another decade at least. $49.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2157. 15 BANDOL TOURTINE, DOMAINE TEMPIER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2158. 15 BANDOL MIGOUA, DOMAINE TEMPIER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2159. 16 LANGUEDOC, DOMAINE DU ROC
In Minervois. An especially sweet smelling 2016 Med rouge, reflecting western Languedoc‛s warmth. Really rich and generous./ Yes, cremes even, plus cool black fruit and acid too. Intriguing. Learn more about it. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2160. 13 LANGUEDOC L‛EQUILIBRE, VILLA SYMPOSIA
55% syrah, 35% carignan, 5% each greanche, mourvedre. Very deep, spicy, sexy. Sweet and full. Wow./ All over the place. Spicy, rich, textured, flavorful, long. Total. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2161. 16 PIC SAINT LOUP TOUR DE PIERRES, DOMAINE ERMITAGE DU PIC SAINT LOUP
That rich, large style of this estate. Ample red and black fruits. Power and sweetness. Peppercorn. Sprawling and generous./ Palate has it all: power, sweetness, acid, extract, flavor, body. Gives, gives, gives. Take it to the table. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2162. 16 PIC SAINT LOUP CUVEE SAINTE AGNES, DOMAINE ERMITAGE DU PIC SAINT LOUP
Oh, yes, more barrel influence than the Tour de Pierres cuvee here and plenty of fruit oomph. Both joy and strength./ Big, big mouthful of fruit with an oak complex to boot. Awesome cuvee, as usual. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2163. 13 SAINT DREZERY - LANGUEDOC PRESTIGE, CHATEAU PUECH-HAUT
Deep, dark, sweet, concentrated. Powerful. Statuesque, barrel aged. Delivers./ Yeah, sweet fruit and oak. Voluminous. Significant. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2164. 17 HERAULT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, MONT GRAVET
Vines up to 100 years old. Very fruity and spicy. Hallmark carignan at 6 months. Fresh and fulfilled./ Fine texture and full flavor. Classic to the series. Juicy, spicy, great acid. Invites food. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-2165. 17 SAINT CHINIAN LES TRAVERS DE MARCEAU, DOMAINE RIMBERT
2016: 40% mourvedre, 30% each syrah, grenache. 12.5% -- miraculous temperance for a Med rouge. Fresh and uplifting style of this domaine. Reads Midi varietals. Ideal./ Yes, spicy, peppery, fresh fruited. Cool and snappy. Very much its own thing. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2166. 16 SAINT CHINIAN LES TRAVERS DE MARCEAU, DOMAINE RIMBERT
40% mourvedre, 30% each syrah, grenache. 12.5% -- miraculous temperance for a Med rouge. Fresh and uplifting style of this domaine. Reads Midi varietals. Ideal./ Yes, spicy, peppery, fresh fruited. Cool and snappy. Very much its own thing. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2167. 17 SAINT CHINIAN BLANC PETIT PARADIS, VIGNOBLES FRANCLIEU
60% grenache blanc, 20% each rolle, marsanne. Rich and full textured from grenache blanc and marsanne, with subtle rolle aromatic overtones. Body varieties, scent variety. Nice./ Yes, full bodied, full textured. Wide applications. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2168. 14 MINERVOIS TRADITION, CHATEAU D'OUPIA
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2169. 16 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LIEU DIT LA NARASSA, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 91: 'The 2016 Narassa, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, carries five grams per liter of residual sugar, right at the threshold of normal detectability. As a result, some tasters may find this sweet, while others may see it as a dry wine. I'd opt for pairing it with cheeses at the end of a meal, where its decadently ripe flavors of cherries and chocolate will shine, accented by hints of violets and dried spices. Drink now-2021. $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2170. 14 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 90: 'A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. Much of it comes from 70-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provencal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2171. 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 92: 'A sensational value the readers should snatch up is the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes! This full-bodied, ripe, sexy red has incredible purity of fruit, no hard edges and classic notes of blackberries, plums, spice and pepper. It's a screaming deal. Drink now-2021.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2172. 14 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES CHIMERES, CHATEAU DE SAINT ROCH
From the Pyrenees foothills near Maury. Of grenache, syrah, and carignan. Aged 6 months in demi-muids. Very ripe, powerful, and explicit portrayal of its Med varietal set./ Maury purple fruit qualities. Even bigger and better than it was a few months back. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2173. 14 MAURY SEC KERBUCCIO, CHATEAU SAINT ROCH
Parker 90-93: 'A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors. Coming all from the black schist soils of the newly created Maury Sec AOC, this full-bodied, sexy, supple and yet still fresh and lively 2014 will drink nicely on release and have 4-5 years or evolution. $25.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2174. 16 COTES CATALANES BASTIDE MIRAFLORS, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Syrah and old vines grenache. Sweet and fruity Solomon-Lafage imprint. Talks the grape varieties: syrah dark fruit, old vines grenache plump fruit./ Full and strong. Tannins coated by fruit richness. Fits the pattern. Popular with critics and consumers alike. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2175. 14 COTES CATALANES CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 92: 'A crazy value, the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes is one of the best examples of this variety from the Roussillon, and the fact that it sells for a song is just icing on the cake for the consumer. Coming all from schist soils and 70-year-old vines, raised 12 months in a mix of concrete tanks and demi-muids, it offers tons of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink this blockbuster over the coming 2-3 years. $14.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2176. 17 COTES CATALANES GRENACHE VIEILLES VIGNES NICOLAS, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 91-93: 'It was exciting to see that the 2017 Nicolas, all old-vine Grenache from three terroirs, was showing more red fruit and freshness than the 2016. It's still rich, deep and velvety in texture, but it's livelier and should be a similarly rocking value once it's released. Drink now- 2023. $16.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2177. 15 COTES CATALANES PENYA, VIGNERONS DE CASES DE PENE
52% grenache, 36% carignan,12% syrah. Full and frank and strong and heart on sleeve as usual./ Full fruit generosity. An abundant palate. Always a good value. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2178. 15 LANGUEDOC LES DARONS, JEFF CARREL
75% grenache, 20% syrah, 5% carignan. Pretty shy to start, but it grows in breadth and depth with aeration./ Full, well balanced, and silky textured. Wow palate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2179. 17 CITE DE CARCASSONNE CABERNET FRANC, LAROQUE
Dark red violet color./ Cedar and black fruit. Lots of ripe berry fruit. Brilliant effort for this grape variety in this zone./ Black and red raspberry flavors with, again, the cedar aura. Nice silky texture. Very fine tannins. Unique. Would please me glass after glass. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2180. 15 PAYS D'OC COTE MAS ROUGE INTENSE, PAUL MAS liter
45% grenache, 25% carignan, 15% cinsault, 10% merlot, 5% syrah. A 2015 Med joy of bright, dark fruits. Better than the 2012. Spicy, savory, come hither./ Attractive body. Fine fruit, flavor, texture, balance. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2181. 17 PICPOUL DE PINET CUVEE L‛ESTANG, DOMAINE CASTELNAU
Freshness. Some varietal character; some ferment yet. Presentable. Attractive flamingo label./ Very fine and rich representative. And it‛s domaine, not co-op bottled. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2182. 15 COTES CATALANES CHARDONNAY NOVELLUM, FAMILLE LAFAGE
Parker 90: 'A custom cuvee created by importer Eric Solomon, the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a smokin' value that's made from 100% Chardonnay that spent three months in tank (on Viognier lees) followed by three months in barrel. Tasting like it cost three times the price, it offers lots of orchard fruits, white peach, honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla to go with a medium to full-bodied, crisp, yet still textured and mouth-filling style on the palate. You can't go wrong at the price and this is a terrific wine to enjoy over the coming year or two. $14.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2183. 15 PAYS D‛OC CHARDONNAY, NICOLAS (End of Bin Sale-- 30% off)
Packed in wood box of 12. No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (30% off this price)

FR-2184. 18 PAYS D‛OC VIOGNIER, FERRANDIERE
A good and perfumed one. All honeysuckle Al the time./ Yeah, it‛s fruity. Nice achievement. Well priced. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2185. 16 PAYS D‛OC VIOGNIER LE VERSANT, VIGNOBLES FONCALIEU
13%. Perfumed, dainty, alluring./ Yes, fresh, bright. Honeysuckle aroma and flavor. Suave. Balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2186. 17 FRANCAIS VIOGNIER, PAUL JABOULET
All viognier. Sweet honeysuckle and mineral. Ideal./ Yes, dry and mineral, extracted, balanced. Fruity finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2187. 17 CORSE CALVI CLOS REGINU, DOMAINE MAESTRACCI
35% niellucciu, 30% grenache, 15% sciaccarellu, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. Sweet and full, though nothing to excess. Lovely poise./ Sweet fruited, and also racy. Great acid. Mouthfilling texture, fine tannin. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FRANCE ALSACE

FR-2189. 15 ALSACE GENTIL, HUGEL
2013: Good gewurz lift. Gewurz pushes through the pinot blanc foundation and shows tonic elements./ Soft, round, balanced, viscous. Alluring. One of the most enticing vintages of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2190. 16 ALSACE PINOT BLANC TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
At Eguisheim; est. 1580. After a 2017 Michigan pinot blanc, more of that Alsace warmth and oomph. Less green fruit; more yellow fruit. Has had a year longer to spread out. Another fine take on the varietal./ Ripe, rich, and full. Nice acid etch too. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2191. 15 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, BOTT FRERES
Est. 1835. Oh, this is rich and full. Expansive, well textured, generous./ Yes, 15 soft and round and voluminous and revealing. Doughy finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2192. 15 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, THE FURST
Tender side of pinot blanc on the approach, lightly scented. Cool and clear. Pear and walnut husk. Ideal./ Cool. Delivers cut and balance. One of the best vintages of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2193. 15 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, PAUL ZINCK
1/8 on dry/sweet scale. Oh, this sings! Crackling acid vigor and bountiful varietal character./ Yes, deep and emphatic pinot blanc ID. Clarity, texture, smoothness, balance. Ready for the table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2194. 16 ALSACE PINOT AUXERROIS, ALBERT SELTZ
At Mittelbergheim. Subtle apple and cream aromatic set of this variety in a Bas Rhin setting. Certainly hides its alcohol well./ Fruit, texture, body. Well managed power. Fabulous texture, really. I mean, the alcohol helps to provide body, bulk, and mouthfeel that direct this straight to the dinner table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2195. 16 ALSACE PINOT GRIS TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: Est. 1580. Fine nut, quince, and pear aromas. Welcome example. Rich and right, thick with glycerol. Alsace can give bulked-up pinot gris wines all right./ Rich and round and waxy. The acid is coated. Melon and hazelnut flavors. Some thought this had residual sugar. I think it‛s more about ripe Alsace pinot gris‛s high glycerol level. The way I like it. Good acid for the varietal. Perfect feel and balance. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2196. 14 ALSACE PINOT GRIS IM BERG DOMAINE SAINT-REMY, FAMILLE EHRHART
Rich and fruity, nutty, waxy. Feel the power. Thick yet dry./ Yes, full and very nutty. Honey, peach, cream, glycerol. Fulfills, delivers. An Alsace pinot gris with oomph. Great acid in 14 completes the picture. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2197. 14 ALSACE PINOT GRIS RESERVE, TRIMBACH
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'A lifted, ethereal note of bitter almond suggests the beginnings of evolution. The palate, on the other hand, still seems closed but displays a streamlined concentrated core of flawless dryness and precise bundled freshness. This is taut, precise and sure to develop. The finish is lasting, refreshing and clean. Drink now through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2198. 17 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, DOMAINE ZINCK
Just out of the box. Nose not as round and rich as the 16 yet./ Round on the palate already.. Dry, as far as I can tell. 2/8 on the dry/sweet scale, but more like glycerol than RS to me. Promising wine. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2199. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, HUGEL
This sings. And tingles. Pure citrus. No petrol, no evergreen. Exactly right, young, dry Alsace riesling. Notes of cedar and peach./ All fruit, all peach and citrus. No terpenes. Great acid. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2200. 16 ALSACE RIESLING, THE FURST
Yes, dry and accurate, if not effusive./ The perfumes are understated. Down the middle style. Versatile food riesling. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2201. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, ANDRE SCHERER
Dry. Another good one for Scherer. Logically mature yet without resin. Elegant. Tailor made for the dinner table./ Yes, elegant. Good flavor impact, great texture. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2202. 14 ALSACE RIESLING LINSENBERG, SCHOENHEITZ
Ideal, full. Light resin bouquet. Racy. Classic. Mineral./ Very dry and racy with stony taste and feel. Wow. Bouquet too. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2203. 16 ALSACE RIESLING, DOMAINE ZINCK
Dry. Good, crisp, tingly take. Citrus and peach. No resin./ Yes, great textural etch, varietal character, clarity. So bright, it's unique. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2204. 16 ALSACE KLEVENER DE HEILIGENSTEIN, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER
A traminer relative called savagnin in the Jura region. Light apple aroma, sweet and full./ Not much relation to traminer evident; just a hint of rose and ginger. Seems more like one of the pinots. Some sweetness to taste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2205. 17 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Gentle, subtle but rounded ripe peach fills the nose of this wine. The palate continues in this peachy, gentle fashion. A slightly bitter phenolic edge adds an attractive almond and pith note that helps the lemon counter the peachy richness. The finish is fresh and dry. $30.'
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2206. 15 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER
Pomaded, larded, lush Frey-Sohler take on gewurz. This is really loaded, full of rose and ginger and tonic./ Sweet and suave from glycerol, with inherent gewurz astringency and bitterness as foils. Balanced and right. This has meal time uses. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2207. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, THE FURST
Medium dry. Nice barber shop set of aromas I like in many an Alsace gewurz. Sweet rose, glycerol, bergamot./ Oh, this has great gewurz astringency to balance its moderate sweetness. Plenty of presence on the palate. Fills, clings, lingers. Huge textural impact. Best vintage yet since the move to a new source for this brand. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2208. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER LA VIE EN ROSE, VIGNOBLE DU REVEUR
Lovely rose and glycerol richness./ Richness balanced by inherent varietal bitterness. Exciting texture and flavor. All over the place. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2209. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, SCHOENHEITZ
2015: Medium sweet. Southern and sultry. Ginger and other brown spices. Rich./ Plenty of varietal character. Sweetness trumps vigor at this stage. Give it more bottle age. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2210. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, PAUL ZINCK
3/8 on the dry/sweet scale. Full rose and barbershop gewurz set. Glycerol for roundness, ginger for nip. Both powdery and pomaded./ Yes, there‛s lots of glycerol and perhaps a dab of sweetness. A classic in its prime. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2211. 12 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER EICHBERG GRAND CRU, PAUL ZINCK
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'The Eichberg vineyard, one of the driest in Alsace, is on a gentle southeast-facing slope. This Gewurztraminer shows the opulent style of wines that are typically produced. It is rich and generous, developing cinnamon and nutmeg flavors balanced by superripe tropical fruits. It still has a way to go, so drink from 2017. $48.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2212. 14 ALSACE MUSCAT RESERVE, FREY-SOHLER
Silver Medal - Colmar. At a wonderful stage. Developing gracefully. A beautiful, dry, classic Alsace muscat working hard to please./ Hallmark flavor set. Lovely form and figure. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each


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