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FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

FR-1981. 16 SAVOIE APREMONT, DOMAINE RICHEL
Very young and green. Ideal. And will fill and soften too./ Already fulfilled, and rounder and larger on the palate. Striking acid, etch, grip. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1982. 15 SAVOIE ROUSSETTE FRANGY, DOMAINE LUPIN
Full. Light honey and granola aromas of the variety./ Clear and full mealtime wine. Ripe year qualities. Seems bigger than 12.5%. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1983. 16 SAVOIE JONGIEUX, EUGENE CARREL
All jacquere. Fresh and finished and pear like fruit. No malo./ Aged on lees. Good, fine etch, texture. Ideal, really. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1984. 15 SAVOIE ABYES MICRASTER, DOMAINE BLARD
All jacquere. Very nice effort. Very fresh./ Oh, gracious, great zing, and very special tart apple taste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1985. 14 SAVOIE MONT MEILLIAN, JEAN VUILLON
Single vineyard, estate bottled, all jacquere. Very bright, full, vigorous. Apple, honey, flowers./ Good dryness, suavity, acid, flavor. Defines its genre. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-1986. 14 ARDECHE SYRAH, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Vines near Cornas. Fruit, dark, black, reductive. Whole bunch./ Flowing, with light grip in back. Forward and flavorful. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1987. 14 ARDECHE CHARDONNAY GRAND ARDECHE, LOUIS LATOUR
This early Latour project south of Burgundy proper now benefits from fully mature vines. Fabulous wood and extract in 14./ Yes, wood, and good bottle age. 14 extract and concentration. Real Burgundy style, generosity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1988. 15 COLLINES RHODENIANNES MARSANNE PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN L’HERITAGE
Gosh, it’s good to have Cave de Tain wines back in the market again. Fresh and attractive marsanne nose./ Vinous too. Both green and yellow fruits. Hint of wood. Good acid, freshness, cleanness. Well crafted marsanne representative of a rich and ripe vintage. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1989. 09 COTE ROTIE LES ROSES, LOUIS & CHERRY BARRUOL
Wine Spectator 93: ‘Rich and layered, with gorgeous mouthfeel to the dense blackberry, plum sauce, melted licorice snap and espresso flavors. Long and velvety through the finish, with a strong buried iron note. Made by Louis Barruol of Château de St.-Cosme and importer Kermit Lynch. Best from 2012 through 2020. $72.’
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-1990. 12 COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE, E. GUIGAL
Vinous 93: ‘Raised in 50% new oak for 18 months. Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, incense and fresh flowers, and notes of smoky minerals, vanilla and licorice adds complexity. Coats the palate with sweet cherry-vanilla and blueberry flavors given lift and cut by zesty acidity and a hint of cracked pepper. Finishes on a gently tannic note, showing excellent lift and floral-driven tenacity. 2019-2026. $78.’
How Many bottles/singles: 72.95 each

FR-1991. 07 COTE ROTIE, PATRICK JASMIN
Vinous 90-93: ‘Deep red. Textbook Cote-Rotie aromas of red and dark berries, smoked meat, violet, minerals and licorice, with a zesty kick of black pepper. Lush and creamy but by no means soft, offering sweet raspberry and cassis flavors, along with baking spices, beef jerky and a slow-mounting olive tapenade quality. Tannins arrive late and add structure but are quickly absorbed by the sweet fruit on the lengthy finish. This will be accessible early. Patrick Jasmin told me that this wine started out with a high pH but that the acidity has been gaining steadily.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-1992. 14 SAINT JOSEPH OFFERUS, J-L CHAVE
Vinous 91: ‘Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of blackberry, candied violet and woodsmoke, plus a hint of olive that emerges with aeration. Sweet, densely packed and seamless in texture, offering juicy black and blue fruit and licorice flavors given lift and spine by a core of juicy acidity. Spreads out and becomes spicier on the long, sweet finish, which features subtle tannins and a sexy floral nuance. 2020-2026. $35.’
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1993. 12 SAINT JOSEPH LES COTEAUX, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
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-1994. 14 SAINT JOSEPH, ALAIN GRAILLOT
Vinous 91: ‘Opaque ruby. Aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry, olive and licorice with a smoky topnote. Broad and juicy on the palate, offering smoky black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors and a late note of cracked pepper. The youthfully tannic finish shows serious power, appealing sweetness and a repeating peppery note. 2020-2025. $43.’
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1995. 14 CROZES HERMITAGE SILENE, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
Vinous 91: ‘Bright violet. An intensely perfumed nose offers smoke-accented red and black currant and cherry pit scents, along with a minerally note that builds in the glass. Bitter cherry, cassis and spicecake flavors show very good clarity and become sweeter with air. The mineral quality repeats strongly on a long, sappy, dark-berry-dominated finish shaped by fine-grained tannins. 2020-2025. $30.’
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1996. 14 CROZES HERMITAGE LES LAUNES, DELAS
Wine Spectator 91: ‘This has a nicely focused feel, with an iron note keeping the core of raspberry and bitter plum fruit flavors coiled up for now. Mouthwatering acidity drives the finish, letting pepper, violet and savory elements stream through. Best from 2017 through 2024.’
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-1997. 14 CROZES HERMITAGE LA MATINIERE, FERRATON PERE
Vinous 90: ‘Bright violet. Fresh dark berries, violet, smoky minerals and olive on the nose; a hint of black pepper adds spiciness. Juicy, gently sweet and focused in the mouth, offering cherry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors that turn deeper and spicier on the back half. Closes smoky and quite long, with fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip and focus. 2020-2025. $25.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-1998. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE, ALAIN GRAILLOT
Dark, deep, deluxe northern Rhone syrah. Deep raspberry and peppercorn aromas. Signs of barrel aging. Young./ Great display of fruit, form, power, acid, and tannin. This is for the cellar 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1999. 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. 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-2000. 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: 26.99 each

FR-2001. 12 CROZES HERMITAGE EQUINOXE EQUIS, MAXIME GRAILLOT
International Wine Cellar 91-93: ‘Opaque ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet of candied dark fruits, peppery spices, violet and cola. Pliant, sweet and sharply focused, offering intense blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors, along with hints of olive and blood orange. Finishes sappy and long, with resonating spiciness, chewy tannins and excellent focus.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2002. 13 CROZES HERMITAGE, E. GUIGAL
Vinous 91: ‘Brilliant violet. Intensely perfumed aromas of black currant, bacon fat, cracked pepper, violet and smoky minerals. Concentrated but lively cassis, cherry and candied licorice flavors spread out steadily on the back half. Finishes with very good focus and length, displaying supple tannins and lingering spiciness. 2019-2024. $29.’
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2003. 12 CROZES HERMITAGE ESQUISSE, DOMAINE DES HAUTS CHASSIS
At La Roche de Glun south of Hermitage hill. Fresh and genuine northern Rhone syrah. Not reductive like the 2008 was for a long while. Lovely raspberry, white pepper, white flowers. Classic./ Oh, boy, the flowers! The cracked pepper! Complex, variegated. Cool and racy northern Rhone syrah–there’s no substitute for it. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2004. 13 CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC L’ESSENTIAL, DOMAINE DES HAUTS CHASSIS
Half each roussanne, marsanne. Good roussanne peach and marsanne body. All clear./ Less fragrant and more marsanne marly. Not timid. Full bodied white for pork. Good, long aftertaste. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2005. 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: 35.99 each

FR-2006. 15 FRANCAIS H, OLIVIER HILLAIRE
40% grenache, 30% each carignan, syrah.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2007. 14 FRANCAIS LA CHAUSSYNETTE, MAS DE BOISLAUZON
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 5% each cinsault, mourvedre; 40 year old organic vineyard in the Coudoulet sector of CdRV (formerly CdP).Beautiful fruit, fabulous spice range. None of the reduction it showed several months back. Patience rewarded. Brown spices./ A little tight on the palate still and showing this cool vintage’s crisp acidity. Good grip. This will round out. The acidity would be welcome at the table now with the right accompaniments. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2008. 14 FRANCAIS LES GARDETTES, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
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

FR-2009. 10 GARD VIN DE MONSIEUR LE BARON DE MONTFAUCON, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
15 grape varieties, 5 of them white; promiscuously grown; co-fermented. 12 months in barriques. 14%. Elegant oak. Great finesse, class./ Full oak and fruit tannin, oomph, power. Very large, heavy-set. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2010. 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. Full grenache core fatness and carignan rough edge. 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. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2011. 13 COTES DU RHONE DOMAINE D’ANDEZON, VIGNERONS D’ESTEZARGUES
Unfiltered. Warm and black fruited as usual. Lightly baked./ Powerful but no burn. From the appellation’s warm south. Robust, frank, bucolic. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2012. 14 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
Oh, totally racy, peppery, garrigue laden. And cool in 14. Plenty ripe enough. Sweet enough too. Goes with the flow in 2014./ Yes, sweet and ripe and viscous, with a balance of tangy acid. All. Long, spicy aftertaste and lightly tannic finale. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2013. 13 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
OMG! Deep, garrrigue and potpourri scented without oakiness. Full garrigue range of peppercorns, sage, rosemary./ Yes, good body, fruit sweetness, full presence, acid, texture, all. This estate keeps on truckin’. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2014. 16 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE FIGUES DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE
2014: 60% shiraz (sic), 20% each grenache, carignan. Oh, a good one! I like this much better than the 2013. Rich and cool both. Nostril filling and etching. Deep seated, ripe black fruits. A winner./ Yes, fruit cremes even. Plus acid and tannin framework containing the rich filling. Balanced and fully satisfying. Yes! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2015. 14 COTES DU RHONE COUDOULET, CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL
Sweet and powerful, spicy and broad and complex like a Chateauneuf./ Wow. Fat and soft, complex, balanced, spicy, and complete. Star power. Worth the asking price. After all, it is from Chateauneuf terroir and 80 year old vines. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2016. 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-2017. 14 COTES DU RHONE BELLERUCHE, M. CHAPOUTIER
60% grenache, 40% syrah. Dark and sweet enough fruit. Bit 14 tart and cool./ Spicy, peppery, simply stated. Medium bodied. Balanced. 89/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2018. 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: 14.99 each

FR-2019. 15 COTES DU RHONE SYRAH CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
45+ year old vines; 2 parcels next to Chateauneuf. More ease and sweet fruit. Less power plus an additional year in bottle, and a ripe vintage. Signs of syrah: raspberry, white pepper. The ripeness of 15 and southern syrah./ Obdurate; syrah tannin. Less padding than the nose suggests. I expect it will improve with time.91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2020. 15 COTES DU RHONE FLORILEGE, DOMAINE COSTE CHAUDE
80% grenache, 20% syrah. Sweet and deep aromas of currants. Still playing it close to the vest./ Dark and reclusive for grenache and 15. Tight and right house style. Persistent currant impression on the aftertaste. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2021. 15 COTES DU RHONE LA SOURCE, DOMAINE COURTOIS
Parker 91: ‘If you can really find this wine at 13 bucks, buy it. The 2015 Côtes du Rhône la Source is a full-bodied, ripe and beautifully fruited effort. It has fabulous purity, lots of black cherry, currants, peppery herbs and licorice aromas and flavors, and full-bodied richness that never comes across as heavy or cumbersome. Made from 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, from a higher elevation parcel (I’m guessing near Vinsobres), destemmed and aged in stainless steel, it’s a smoking value!’
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2022. 15 COTES DU RHONE, DELAS FRERES
Northern Rhone winemaker style, dark and a little surly./ Yes, still tight and tart. Not yet 2015 giving. 90++./100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2023. 15 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvedre, 5% each carignan, cinsault. Rich yet cool and controlled. Young yet suave rather than tight. Just the proper degree of ripeness for sunny 2015./ Yes, sweet, plump 15 fruit plus the usual garrigue. Young, with good potential for impressive fulfillment. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2024. 14 COTES DU RHONE, SIGNATURE DE LA FONT DU LOUP
50 year old grenache and syrah on sandy soil near the Chateauneuf property. Jolly, juicy, bright. Sweet for the vintage./ Sweet but not overtly ripe. Lovely, pure strawberry grenache flavor of a cool year. The right weight. Ripe acid for vintage. A value. Well crafted. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2025. 15 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE ROMAINE, DOMAINE DE LA GARRIGUE
65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah that 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). Oh, this is so 2015 rich and La Garrigue powerful and deep. Great vintage here./ Yes, full power and presence, structure and potential. Classic. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2026. 15 COTES DU RHONE VIGNE DU PRIEURE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
50% grenache, 40% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Lush if reductive. Paradox of sweet and sullen./ Yeah, sweet fruit, sour reduction. Needs time to work things out. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2027. 12 COTES DU RHONE, E. GUIGAL
Oh, deep, dark, romantic, padded, satiny. Not the usual 2012 Cotes du Rhone four square profile. Nor Guigal northern inclinations. However, syrah is a significant player and a good one./ Yes, satiny and refined. Fine, multi-colored cracked peppercorns and garrigue set. Silk textured, well balanced. All. Best vintage of this I can remember. The group was enthusiastic. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2028. 14 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% each cinsault, mourvedre. Though the vintage is a cool one, Janasse always makes a large scale wine. This one’s deep, very ripe, and powerful. Huge, actually./ Sweet, giving, spicy, fully ripe fruit. Turns up the volume. Reserve indeed. More like a Villages than a basic CdR. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2029. 13 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Deep, luxurious spiced fruits, black fruits, and barrel age complex./ Robed, complex, full textured. Fine tannins, acid. All. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2030. 13 COTES DU RHONE RICHETTE, PATRICK LESEC
Grenache, syrah, 5% mourvedre. Fully ripe fruit. Burst of fruit sweetness joy./ Yes, sweet and spicy, roti and strong at 15%. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2031. 13 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
50% grenache, 20% syrah, 15% carignan, 10% cinsault, 5% counoise. Sweet grenache strawberry-cherry, syrah raspberry./ Grenache oomph. Smooth, ample, balanced. Suave acid. Fine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2032. 16 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
True to the domaine’s measured style and fulfills 2016's well-proportioned promise. Deep and dark. Plenty of quality peels extract./ Yes, full fruit, form, power, glycerol, balance. The darker face of grenache here. Great price. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2033. 15 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU
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. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2034. 15 COTES DU RHONE, SAINT COSME
Wine Spectator 91 - SMART BUY: ‘Ripe, with vivid blueberry and boysenberry fruit that’s harnessed on the back end by a bold graphite edge. Anise and violet notes add range. Drink now through 2019.’
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2035. 15 COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBION, CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME
Louis and Cherry Barruol‛s top Cotes du Rhone cuvee. Deep and haunting, with light, flattering reduction. Seems high in syrah for its clear black raspberry note, and indeed syrah is the leading player, followed by grenache, carignan, and mourvedre./ Whole bunch fermentation gives good, forward fruit appeal. Rich, and finely tannic for aging. Big time quality, class, power (14.5%), and body. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2036. 13 COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBION, CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME
2012: Parker 91: ‘A wine that come all from estate vineyards (mostly Plan de Dieu and Cairanne) since 2008, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Albions is mostly Grenache and Syrah, yet also includes a tiny amount of Clairette and other permitted varieties. It exhibits knockout notes of dark fruits, chocolate, smoked meats and pepper. This is followed by a ripe, textured and beautifully pure effort that has both richness and freshness. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2037. 11 COTES DU RHONE TRESCARTES, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
From the Gigondas property’s younger vines. Big and bold, powerful at 14.5%. Old time grenache dominance, ripe and roasted. Huge for 2011. Full and padded and spicy. Lush and broad, with revealing 2011 fruit profile of delicacy, and red fruit, garrigue, and peppercorn expressions./ Saint Gayan garrigue and Gigondas terroir. Warm and robust, savory cracked pepper and garrigue. Spicy, ripe, exotic. Candied raspberry, and peppercorn. Gets better and better each time I get to sample it. Full textural material. Mr. Big of Cotes du Rhones. Classic and cellar worthy. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2038. 15 COTES DU RHONE CHATEAU DE SEGRIES, HENRI DE LANZAC
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-2039. 15 COTES DU RHONE, LES TROIS COURONNES
80% grenache, 20% syrah; at Tulette near Visan on the Left Bank. Plenty of sweetness and oomph. The best vintage yet; even better than the 2010. Body, texture, aromatics, largesse./ Deep, sweet, and complete. Great flavor, texture, all. Plenty of alcohol and glycerol smoothness and amplitude also. Wow, a deal! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-2040. 15 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LA JASSINE, BIELER PERE
63% grenache, 37% syrah. 2015 richness, Villages power. Spicy garrigue. Plenty of potential for growth./ Sweet fruited, full bodied, loaded. Lots of cracked peppercorns. Fine fruit tannins. Long finish. A deal! 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2041. 15 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE PHILIPPINE, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS
Parker 92: ‘The 2015 Côtes du Rhône 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-2042. 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: 24.99 each

FR-2043. 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-2044. 14 LIRAC, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Clear, elegant, well-delineated 14 style of Lirac./ Perfect. Fresh, dark, crisp, classic. Even a wisp of violets. Welcome bitter-sweet finale. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2045. 13 LIRAC, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Deep and romantic Lirac. Spicy, fruity, barrel broadened. Strong, sweet, full, vigorous./ Flavorful. Lirac grace. Sweet fruit, melted tannins, harmony, all. A thorough representation of Lirac. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2046. 12 LIRAC BARON LOUIS, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON
55% grenache, 15% each syrah, cinsault, 10% carignan, 5% mourvedre. Some oak. Nice sweet oak and plenty of fruit warmth. Plus game./ Fruit cremes. Juicy fruit. Ample. Good power at 14%. Big Lirac. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2047. 14 LIRAC CUVEE RESERVEE, CHATEAU DE SEGRIES
Half each grenache, syrah. Unfiltered. Full charm of Lirac and 14. Floral; plum and blossom./ Again, a charmer with very light tanniin. Cool demeanor. Useful now. Yes indeed. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2048. 15 CAIRANNE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE CROS DE ROMET
80% grenache, 20% syrah. Classic Cairanne blackness. Black fruit, licorice, smoke. Garrigue too./ Closed up on the palate but full material if not flavor at the moment. Solid aging candidate. Very fine wine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2049. 12 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE DES GALETS, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
Lovely expressions of grenache strawberry and syrah raspberry. Spicy, bold, balanced Plan de Dieu./ Full, powerful. Sweet, seasoned, peppery, garrigue laced, powerful. Really wide ranging. Spreads way out across the palate. Yes! 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2050. 14 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Oh, sweet fruited for 14! All-grenache nose. Spicy and lively. Soars in 14; masterful./ Peppercorn and garrigue ranges. Power, texture, all. Very popular with the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2051. 15 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Gold Medal - Gilbert & Gaillard. More backward than the 2016 Cotes du Rhone. Still sinewy, dominated by peels extract and grip instead of fruit roundness. That’s OK; this is well packed./ Deep and dark and still unfulfilled. Good signs for its future in a ripe vintage like this. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2052. 15 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Gold Medal - Gilbert & Gaillard. Oh, sweet fruit cubed, plus garrigue, peppercorn, toast, and smoke. Raspberry, and strawberry laden. Full and classic Sablet./ Round, rich in glycerol. Violets even. Yes, range and garrigue in spades. Fabulous tone, fine tannin, material , form, filling. Gads! Full body. Super balance and delivery. Thoroughly useful now for its texture and appeal. All embracing. Wow. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2053. 14 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE PIAUGIER
75% grenache, 25% syrah. Jolly color./ Fresh, cool, blue-black 14 fruit style. Racy, peppery. Garrigue too./ Vigor, spice, race, balance. Plenty of flavor and texture appeal. Yes. Well liked by the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2054. 15 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE
Peppery, spicy, sweet, balanced./ Yeah, spicy, balanced, sweet. Am I repeating myself? Well, so has the wine! Already food-worthy. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2055. 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-2056. 13 RASTEAU PAS DU MEUNIER, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE
Very rich Rasteau style. Thick and sweet. Powerful, dark, classic. Black berries and fruits./ Spicy, peppery, garrigue nuanced. Ample Rasteau black fruit. Espigouette verve. Low tannin, medium acid, so ready to serve. Will develop further. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2057. 15 RASTEAU CUVEE MARC, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS
Parker 92-94: ‘I loved the 2015 Rasteau Marc from winemaker Gilles Ferran, and this blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre offers a full-bodied, rich and concentrated style to go with classic black fruits (currants, hints of cassis), crushed rock-like minerality, toasted spice and earth. Brought up all in demi-muids, it’s a blockbuster style Rasteau that will keep for a decade or more.’
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2058. 11 RASTEAU LES BLOVAC SANTA DUC, YVES GRAS
Big bomber. Black and hearty, full Rasteau. In style with former vintages. Certainly surpasses the volume norm of the vintage. This one goes to eleven. Blockbuster for its mass. And has quite a lot of aromatic interest as well./ Sweet and succulent; wears its alcohol well. A big boy. Very impressive. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2059. 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-2060. 13 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE
Proprietor, Bernard Latour. Very racy like its Plan de Dieu only fuller and more powerful. Oh, boy, a great face of Vacqueyras. Giving, complex, rangy, deep, sweet, powerful./ All over again. Rich, powerful, flavorful, rangy. Complete. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2061. 13 VACQUEYRAS LES 2 MONARDES, DOMAINE LA MONARDIERE
40 year old vines, 70% grenache, 30% syrah. Deep and purple, showing positive reduction tones. Velvety, juicy. Violet and black fruits./ Yes, high syrah black violet, medicine, tannin. Loaded. Plenty of sweet fruit on the finish. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2062. 12 VACQUEYRAS, CUVEE DES DEUX FRERES, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL
Very ripe and powerful indeed. A year further along in bouquet development than the 2013 Espigouette. One of the biggest, baddest, fullest bodied Montmirails in memory./ Yes, ripe and powerful. Some dried fruit, roti. Medium tannin. Not an elegant sort. Certainly bolder than the Montmirails I remember. What a treat to compare the Vacqueyras wines. The appellation’s winegrowers are so diverse. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2063. 14 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Grenache, syrah, mourvedre. Oh, special vintage here! Deep, spicy, beefy, unique Vacqueyras. Totally rich and multi-dimensional for the usually restrained young Tourade rouge./ Yes, rich and soft and balanced and flavorful. All you could want. Yet another face of Vacqueyras, one of France’s most diverse, entertaining, and stimulating set of red wines. Well liked by the group. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2064. 11 GIGONDAS DOMAINE GRAND ROMANE, PIERRE AMADIEU
Parker 91: ‘Moving to Amadieu’s Gigondas releases, the 2011 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah that was aged 18 months in a combination of older oak casks, 2-year-old barrels and 30% new barrels. Beautifully done, with loads of spice-box, cedar plank, orange rind, toast and sweet blackcurrant-styled aromas and flavors, it is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. It’s a knockout Gigondas that will have upward of a decade of longevity. Drink now-2021. $35.’
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2065. 13 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
Surprisingly lifted, sweet, and pure. A gentle Gigondas./ Measured, well mannered. Wears its 15% well. Still some tannin and astringency to resolve. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2066. 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-2067. 12 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE L’ESPIGOUETTE
Has that Espigouette open texture, earnestness, urge to please. Gigondas warmth and power. Lushness. Great Gigondas, great Espigouette./ Full body, full texture, appeal, quality, house character. A champ. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2068. 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./ Yes, Gigondas giant size, power, intensity, and super smooth glycerol. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2069. 13 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Parker 90: ‘The 2013 Gigondas is an even split of Grenache and Syrah that was completely destemmed and saw twelve months in concrete tanks. It’s an old school, classically-styled Gigondas that has upfront and perfumed notes of saddle leather, dusty herbs, licorice, black cherries and dried currants. Medium-bodied, nicely textured and with solid sweetness of fruit (especially in the vintage), it has enough tannin and depth to continue. Drinking nicely for another 7-8 years. $25.’
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2070. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Grenache, syrah, mourvedre. Opening up more. Beginning to show what 15 in Gigondas is all about: abundance. Mostly mass at this stage; not a lot of aromatic display yet. Traditional Tourade style./ More revealing on the palate. More spice, peppercorn, vigor, flair. Plenty of Gigondas bulk. . Just awesome for its size and power, mouthfilling qualities, abilities, weight. Good things to come. I love the poise. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2071. 10 GIGONDAS FONT DES AIEUX, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Good and gamy, with richness and depth. Meaty fruit material. Fulfills expectations for this cuvee./ 10 frame, fine tannins, acid, astringency. The right poise. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2072. 10 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE CAPELANE, DOMAINE DE L’ARNESQUE
100 year old vines. 80% grenache, 10% each mourvedre, syrah. In the center of the appellation. Sweet, full, vigorous. Fruity and open for 10. Has cushion. Lovely state of maturity, well poised and silken. Wears its 15% well. Spicy and complex bouquet./ Full of spice and fruit vigor. Rich and saucy and strong. Jammy, garrigue packed. Not an overly firm 2010. Yes, smooth, burnished delight at present. Concludes with power and volume. My, oh my. 95/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2073. 10 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE LUCIEN BARROT
Solidly built old-time style with high grenache content. Grenache’s high alcohol and glycerol. Old-time tar and licorice. Great future./ Oh, yes, grenache sweet berries, glycerol, tar, grip. Chewy texture. Fine alcohol power; blooms in the mouth. Superior to the 2007. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2074. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL
Tasting Panel 96: ‘A stunning example of this Southern Rhone with a smooth, earthy nose, velvety texture and fruit-forward style; lovely, generous ripe black raspberry fruit and an exquisite finish. $95.’
How Many bottles/singles: 72.95 each

FR-2075. 11 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE LA BISCARELLE
Wine Spectator 92: ‘Offers dark fig, plum, hoisin sauce, mulled currant and smoldering charcoal flavors, all rumbling through the briar- and licorice root-studded finish. Shows well-buried acidity, but remains grounded in an old-school character. Best from 2015 through 2025. $45.’
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2076. 11 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LES ANGLAISES, DOMAINE DE LA BISCARELLE
Wine Spectator 93: ‘Shows lots of range, with mouthwatering olive, black pepper, bay leaf and chestnut notes out front, followed by dark plum, prune, currant and tar flavors at the core. The finish is rugged and filled with licorice root, espresso and warm paving stone accents. Fans of old-school styles will enjoy this defined and driven version. Best from 2016 through 2027. $59.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2077. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
Vinous 91-93: ‘Deep red. Red berries, garrigue and smoky minerals on the highly aromatic nose. Sweet, sappy and concentrated, offering intense red fruit liqueur and lavender pastille flavors that expand and become spicier with air. Very good concentration but appealing delicacy as well. Closes sweet, smoky and very long, with gentle tannins and excellent clarity and thrust.’
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2078. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
Parker 90-92: ‘If you’re looking for classic, old school styled Chateauneufs, you can’t go wrong with the wines from Jean-Paul Versino. The same blend as the 2014 and still not yet bottled, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Tradition offers tons of pepper and Provençal herbs in a medium-bodied, structured, meaty style. It’s more concentrated than the 2014, yet should still drink nicely on release.’
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2079. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DES FELIX, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
Wine Spectator 95: ‘This decidedly old-school version pumps out a rugged core of black currant, blackberry and bitter plum fruit flavors, infused with brick dust, chestnut and bay leaf notes. The long finish has the tang of a great saucisson sec, thus begging for that perfect pairing. A wine with a track record of aging very, very well. Best from 2017 through 2035. $88.’
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2080. 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-2081. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN
Vinous 95: ‘Bright ruby. Explosive red and dark berry scents are complicated by suggestions of fresh flowers, Asian spices and smoky minerals. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and rose pastille flavors that put on weight with air. Gentle tannins sneak in slowly and fold smoothly into the wine's sweet fruit on the strikingly long spicy, floral finish.’
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2082. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CLOS DES BRUSQUIERES
60% grenache, 20% each syrah, mourvedre. Boy, that’s got nasal flair; the garrigue, the pepper, the warm spice. Plus cedar. Lovely amplitude and spread./ Very spicy. Soft and sweet, with a spreading flavor range that reconfirms its aromas. Top quality. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2083. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, EDDIE FERAUD
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-2084. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP
Mostly north facing vineyards at the highest elevation of Chateauneuf du Pape. Grenache, syrah, mourvedre, cinsault, averaging 45 years. Less grenache in 13./ Yes, More black fruit of syrah, mourvedre. Deep and exotic. Give and show./ Fine berry and garrigue. Suave, melted tannins. Fine balance, grace, composition. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2085. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE PUY DE ROLLAND, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP
Parker 93: ‘Coming from the eastern part of La Crau (more toward Vieux Telegraphe) and 100-year-old Grenache vines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Puy Rolland was completely destemmed and brought up all in foudre. It boasts thrilling notes of kirsch, orange blossom, dried flowers, sea breeze and dusty soil on the nose. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that has beautiful concentration, ultra-fine tannin and a seamless, silky texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Given its overall polish and balance, it’s a joy to drink even now, yet should hit its stride in another 2-4 years and have 15+ years of overall longevity.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2086. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE HERCULE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP
How Many bottles/singles: 109.95 each

FR-2087. 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-2088. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL
70% grenache, 25% syrah, 5% mourvedre, from the La Gardiole and Palestor lieux-dits; aged 12 months in a combination of small barrels, foudre and stainless steel. Deep, earthy, classic, full bodied grenache-heavy Chateauneuf. One of the best 13s./ Yes, red fruit of grenache. A strong vintage for Grand Tinel. Well balanced. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2089. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LES ORIGINES, DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR
Parker 93: ‘The 2012 Châteauneuf 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 cuvée 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-2090. 10 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, E. GUIGAL
Parker 93: ‘A stunning effort and showing the class of the vintage, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is comprised of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre that spent 24 months in foudre prior to bottling. Rich, textured and medium to full-bodied, with ample black cherry, olive tapenade and subtle meatiness, this traditional effort stays pure and lively, with fine tannin emerging on the finish. It can be consumed now or cellared for over a decade.’
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-2091. 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-2092. 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-2093. 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 pâte 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-2094. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE RESERVEE, DOMAINE DU PEGAU
Dry and powerful. Playing it close to the vest. Aromatics not particularly forthcoming when sampled 9/16./ A mouthful. Plenty of extract, grip. Satisfying fullness. Just needs time for aromatic fulfillment. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2095. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, ST. COSME
Wine Spectator 93: ‘Solid, with a grippy edge running throughout, as the core of macerated black currant, fig and plum fruit pumps along. The finish picks up singed chestnut and alder notes and a dash of dark earth, providing good contrast to the fruit. A rock-solid old-school style. Best from 2017 through 2028. $56.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2096. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, ST. COSME
Wine Spectator 92: ‘A old-school version, with bittersweet ganache and roasted tobacco leaf notes forming a frame around the steeped currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Singed bay and leather hints line the grippy finish. Rock-solid. Best from 2017 through 2027. $58.’
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2097. 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-2098. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAMME, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Vinous 90-92: ‘One of the finer, more elegant and classy examples of the cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Télégramme Châteauneuf du Pape is more a mini Vieux Telegraphe at this point than the more fruit-forward Télégramme examples of the past. Framboise, currants, dried earth and garrigue all emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant and finesse-driven wine that’s ideal for drinking while you wait on the top cuvée.’
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-2099. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA CRAU, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Rich and expansive. Open expressiveness of 13. Very complex; lots to offer./ Open, spicy, rangy, lots of flair. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 69.95 each

FR-2100. 13 VENTOUX TERRASSES, CHATEAU PESQUIE
Parker 91: ‘The 2013 Ventoux Terrasses offer gorgeous garrigue, white pepper, underbrush and sweet berry fruit to go with a forward, seamless, elegant style on the palate. Year in and year out this cuvee isan incredible value and a no brainer that readers need to buy.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2101. 13 COSTIERES DE NIMES, CHATEAU L’ERMITAGE
40% each syrah, mourvedre, 20% grenache. Sweet and bold. Following a terse 2014 Cotes du Rhone, the extra year’s aging shows, as does the superior vintage. Good grip./ Both creamy fruit and fruit tannin grip. All around good guy, and, good value. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2102. 14 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: 14.99 each

FR-2103. 14 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR
From Latour’s domaine in Haute Provence. Clay and limestone soils. Fresh, cool, upbeat pinot noir for sure. Cool vintage in Haute Provence, a zone well south of Burgundy but of greater elevation./ Zesty, spicy, sweet plum and cherry pinot fruit. Plus good acid. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2104. 13 LES BAUX DE PROVENCE LA GOURMANDE, MAS DE LA DAME
Half each grenache, syrah. Fresh and full grenache out front, with black-fruit syrah support. Thorough fruit force, presence, all./ Wow! Sweet and peppery, filling, complete. Interior Provence wine of place. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2105. 10 COTEAUX D’AIX EN PROVENCE TRADITION DE CALAVON, CHATEAU DE CALAVON
40% each grenache, carignan, 20% syrah. Good wood patina. Cedar, incense. Sweet, deep, complex, fruity, jammy. Chutney./ Full, with full tannin and texture. 2010 backward. Cool sample temperature accentuates the tannin. Savory. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2106. 15 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS
Grenache blanc, bourboulenc, clairette, viognier. Full, vinous, earthy, deep. Acacia, and light viognier honeysuckle. Full./ More viognier blossom up front on the palate. Very fetching. Medium-full and racy. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2107. 15 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, E. GUIGAL
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2108. 13 COTES DU RHONE BLANC COMTESSE MADELINE, CHATEAU DE MONTFAUCON (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-2109. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
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-2110. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC, CLOS DES PAPES
Wine Spectator 94; Parker 93: ‘A big, rich wine by Vincent’s standards, the 2015 Châteauneuf 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-2111. 14 BANDOL, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE
2012: Wine Spectator 92: ‘Rock-solid, with dark bay and roasted chestnut leaf notes leading the way, followed by a muscular core of black currant and blackberry confiture flavors. Best from 2017 through 2024.’
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2112. 15 BANDOL, DOMAINE TEMPIER
2013: Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: 75% mourvedre, 13% grenache, 9% cinsault, 3% carignan. Sappy mourvedre, deep and rich. Not stingy. Broad./ Ripe and deep and powerful. Feral. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2113. 13 BANDOL, DOMAINE TEMPIER
Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: 75% mourvedre, 13% grenache, 9% cinsault, 3% carignan. Sappy mourvedre, deep and rich. Not stingy. Broad./ Ripe and deep and powerful. Feral. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2114. 15 BANDOL TOURTINE, DOMAINE TEMPIER
How Many bottles/singles: 59.95 each

FR-2115. 15 BANDOL MIGOUA, DOMAINE TEMPIER
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2116. 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-2117. 16 HERAULT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, MONT GRAVET
Vines up to 100 years old. Oh, ripe, sweet, precise, fruity. Best vintage yet? Big old vines concentration./ Fabulous acid and flavor assault. Sooo refreshing and food-worthy. Complete. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-2118. 14 CORBIERES GRENACHE-SYRAH-MOURVEDRE, GERARD BERTRAND
Wine Spectator 90: ‘Full-bodied and powerful, with decadent layers of raspberry compote, kirsch and red plum notes that are met with savory details of herb and cured meat. Offers a tangy, hot stone—accented finish. Drink now through 2025.’
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2119. 13 CORBIERES NOE VIGNES CENTENAIRE, DOMAINE FAILLENC SAINT MARIE
All carignan. 15%. Old vines intense and thorough. Genuine, desirable carignan rusticity./ Yes, intense indeed, and very vigor. Still some tannin to shed. Total old vine carignan. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2120. 11 FITOU GRENACHE-CARIGNAN, GERARD BERTRAND
Wine Enthusiast 91: ‘Muddled blackberry, black cherry and boysenberry are the initial aromas on the nose of this wine, with supporting notes of sweet spice, toasted oak, crushed lavender and bay leaf. The palate is plush and juicy, with ripe fruit flavors that are framed by accents of licorice, toasted peppercorn and mocha. Drink now–2018. $19.’
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2121. 13 COTES DU ROUSSILLON, DOMAINE CABIRAU
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% carignan. Lush, abundant, fragrant. Stuffed with red and black fruits and peppercorns./ Full, juicy fruit concentration, volume, joy. A bomb. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2122. 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 Provençal 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: 9.99 each

FR-2123. 14 COTES DU ROUSSILLON 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-2124. 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-2125. 13 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES CHIMERES, CHATEAU DE SAINT ROCH
Parker 93: ‘A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres is just another example of the brilliance of the 2013 vintage in the Roussillon. Coming all from the schist soils of Maury and a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan that spent 8-12 months in 500-liter barrels and concrete, it possesses a deep purple color to go with savory notes of kirsch and assorted darker berry fruits, pepper, truffle and damp earth. Full-bodied, thrillingly textured and with incredible purity of fruit, this knockout effort stays lively and elegant, with fine tannin, terrific length and no hard edges. It will knock your socks off over the coming 4-6 years. $18.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2126. 11 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LE SABINA, CLOS DEL REY
Parker 91: ‘The tank-rendered 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Sabina – bottled already in late 2012 (though some U.S. markets are still offering the outstanding 2010) – as usual favors Grenache in a show of deeply rich yet vivaciously juicy black raspberry fruit whose purity, fine-grain and buoyancy just as much as any flavor nuances that surround it, is a tribute to the outstanding opportunity afforded by high-altitude mingling of schist and chalk-rich clay. And the nuances: sassafras, licorice, and beet root, as well as suggestions of peat, pencil lead, iodine, and salt that inform a mouthwateringly persistent finish. Expect this outstanding value to perform admirably through at least 2017.’
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2127. 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-2128. 14 COTES CATALANES BASTIDE MIRAFLORS, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 92: ‘A steal from Lafage is the 2014 Bastide Miraflors, which is a Cotes du Roussillon, and a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, with the Grenache aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in 500-liter demi-muids. Lafage makes more expensive wines than this, but certainly excels with his value lineup. He has really hit a home run with this 10,000-case cuvée. It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious. Quite deep, round and succulent, this wine should drink well for another several years. This is one to buy by the case.’
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2129. 12 COTES CATALANES GRENACHE NOIR VIEILLES VIGNES NICOLAS, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 93: ‘The 2012 Cotes Catalanes Cuvee Nicolas is an off-the-hook value. Named after Jean-Marc’s son and made from 100% Grenache from higher elevation sites in the Aspres region, fermented with 20% stems and aged half in demi-muid, it offers layers of kirsch, underbrush, licorice and serious floral notes in its medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless profile. Getting a big ‘wow’ in the notes and showing fine tannin and serious length, it should be snatched up by savvy readers and consumed over the coming 3-4 years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2130. 14 COTES CATALANES, PENYA
Parker 91: ‘Also terrific, the ruby/purple 2014 Côtes Catalanes (52% Grenache, 36% Carignan and the rest Syrah, aged all in tank) offers lots of kirsch and darker berry fruit, spring flowers, pepper and violet notes to go with a medium-bodied, supple, forward, lively feel. Like the 2013, this is a rocking value to drink over the coming couple of years.’
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2131. 12 PEZENAS NOTES D’ORPHEE, DOMAINE SAINTE CECILE DU PARC
It’s a rare treat to taste a syrah-dominant wine from anywhere outside the variety’s tiny northern Rhone homeland and to encounter a reasonable facsimile of its cherished, unmistakable aromatic profile. 90% syrah, 10% cab franc. Deep and berried. Northern Rhone like raspberry, white pepper, bacon, flowers./ Yes, northern cool, racy. A value. Flows nicely. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2132. 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: 14.99 each

FR-2133. 12 PAYS D’OC LES CLES DE EXCELLENCE DOMAINE TRANQUILLITE, BERNARD MAGREZ
90% merlot 10% cabernet sauvignon; vines averaging 25 years. Both sweet and firm to start. .With air it earns merlot’s plump fruit. Nice oak borders. Good Med take on claret./ Attractive oak on the palate too. Clarety. Still some tannin and astringency. Best to keep 1-2 years, though useful now with food. Really great acidity, in balance. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2134. 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-2135. 15 BOUCHES DU RHONE BLANC COEUR DE CAMARGUE, DOMAINE DU MAS DE REY
Terre de Camargue. 60% chasan, 20% ea sauv blanc, gros manseng. Enclosed to start; following aeration, fragrant and good./ Full fragrance of stone fruit and flowers. Well done. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2136. 14 PICPOUL DE PINET, LA CHAPELLE DU BASTIEN (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Fresh, spritzy, bright. Uplifting like a Verdicchio. Apple, pear./ Racy, quenching, padded, and balanced. Flavorful. All. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-2137. 14 PICPOUL DE PINET - COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC HB, LES COSTIERES DE POMEROLS (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Full of good green picpoul stuff. Tingly, nettly, peppery nip./ Full flavor range for this varietal. Green herbs, nuts, balsamic, spices. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-2138. 14 MINERVOIS BLANC CUVEE SPECIALE, CHATEAU DE PARAZA (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
All bourboulenc. Fresh, gently fruity, and Minervois elegant in a white wine way. Brisk and stony. Deep green fruit of the varietal. Vital, vigorous./ Peach juice and golden citrus. Dry and tender. Easy. Balanced. Finishes with bright and brisk mineral savor, vinosity, texture, all. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-2139. 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-2140. 15 COTES CATALANES GRENACHE BLANC-CHARDONNAY-MARSANNE COTE EST, LAFAGE
50-30-20. Pleasing freshness. Roussanne peach. A balanced of varietal contributions and positive scent assembly./ Dry yet tender. Well balanced, texturally. Flavorful. One of the best vintages of this. Nice acid ring at the end. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2141. 15 FRANCAIS BLANC MIRAFLORS, LAFAGE
Parker 90/100. My notes: Pinot blanc, pinot gris, vermentino, viognier, muscadelle. Good floral overtones and stone fruit and tropics./ Again, lots of aromatics. Fabulous texture. Great stage. Full of juicy, vivacious green tropical fruits and flowers. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2142. 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES BLANC LES VIGNES DE BILA HAUT, M. CHAPOUTIER
Scent of viognier or rolle. I’m guessing the latter. Cool and fresh./ Good astringency that is a feature of both viognier and rolle. Good vintage for this. Turns out to be grenaches blanc and gris, and macabeu. The macabeu’s the scented one, not the two I guessed. Works. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2143. 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON BLANC VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU SAINT ROCH
80% grenache blanc, 20% roussanne. Full and fresh. An ideal cuvee of brisk, appley grenache blanc and fat roussanne. Still some fermentation residuals./ Full at 13%. Primary and ferment flavors yet. Good acid, feel. Just a few weeks away from total fulfillment. 91+/100. (9/9/16).
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2144. 15 CORSE CALVI CLOS REGINU, DOMAINE MAESTRACCI
35% nuellucciu, 30% grenache, 15% sciaccarellu, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. Wow, lift, acid, sweetness, dryness all wrapped into one handsome presentation. Berry fruit and very spicy edge, like spiced apple./ Yes, sweet-acid balance, and fine grained tannin. Full flavor and texture delivery. Big time group favorite. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FRANCE ALSACE

FR-2146. 14 ALSACE EDELZWICKER MARU, DOPFF AU MOULIN
50% sylvaner, 35% riesling, 15% muscat. At Riquewihr. Speaks of muscat orange blossom, then riesling peach. Light sylvaner honey, nut, earth./ Whatever the aromatic nose might suggest, it’s dry after all, with muscat ottonel green fruit, flowers. Good acid. Well done. At 12%, light on its feet. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2147. 13 ALSACE GENTIL, HUGEL
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-2148. 14 ALSACE GENTIL RESERVE, WILLM
Good one, full and giving. Fortitude. More than pinot blanc but aromatics not exaggerated./ Gewurz and riesling come forth on palate. Well merged, managed whole. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2149. 13 ALSACE SYLVANER TRADITION, BOTT FRERES
Est. 1835. Attractive nut, wax, pear, walnut./ Yes, plus light and fine, cedary bottle bouquet forming. Ideal sweet-acid balance. Large for 12%. Hallmark. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2150. 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-2151. 13 ALSACE PINOT BLANC THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG
Full, and waxy even. Impressive richness for the variety./ Good richness, and good acid for pinot blanc too. Food please. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2152. 13 ALSACE PINOT BLANC LES PRINCES ABBES, DOMAINE SCHLUMBERGER
Est. 1810. Nuttier than the 14 Wolfberger, a year older, richer. Large and thick and impressive in the Schlumberger manner./ Yes, rich, viscous. Stronger. Warmth of Guebwiller shows. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2153. 15 ALSACE PINOT BLANC VAL SAINT GREGOIRE, SCHOENHEITZ
Rich, and racy even in 15. Ideal./ Yes, pure pinot blanc vigor plus 15 richness and softness. Plenty of fruit. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2154. 14 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, TRIMBACH
James Suckling 92/100. My notes: 70% auxerrois. Oh, full. The character, the body of auxerrois plus nasal etch./ Yes, rich and full varietal character. No malo. That soft varietal acidity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2155. 15 ALSACE PINOT BLANC WOLFBERGER, CCV EGUISHEIM
Est. 1902. Oh, full and aromatic in a warm year. Expressive, expansive. The usual apples, plus more fruits this vintage./ Big flash of fruit, and fabulous texture. Balanced. Best vintage yet. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2156. 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: 15.99 each

FR-2157. 12 ALSACE PINOT AUXERROIS VAL ST. GREGOIRE, DOMAINE EHRHART
Est. 1725 in Wettolsheim south of Colmar; 2/9 on the sweetness scale. Exemplary of the varietal. Tang of pinot blanc, fatness of pinot gris./ Oh, full and lush. Fabulous texture. Plumpness of glycerol and just the right touch of RS. Fine acid burnish. Yes! 93/100. List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2158. 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-2159. 13 ALSACE PINOT GRIS IM BERG DOMAINE SAINT-REMY, FAMILLE EHRHART
2014: 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: 19.99 each

FR-2160. 13 ALSACE PINOT GRIS RITTERSBERG, FREY-SOHLER
Lush. Lots of apple, honey, nut, and wax. The real deal./ Yes, abundant, accurate, flavorful. Glycerol. A little RS that’s in tune. Super stuff. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2161. 12 ALSACE PINOT GRIS THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG
Nice wax, nut, melon. Balanced and plenty fresh at age 3 plus. Ideal at this stage./ Medium body, presence, glycerol, and flavor interest confirm the moderate approach. Balanced. Good now. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2162. 16 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, DOMAINE ZINCK
2015: Lots of apple and candle wax. One of the richest vintages of this./ Yes, feel the weight and the glycerol. Taste the full flavor too. A lot of personality, generosity. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2163. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, HELFRICH
Nose shows pleasing softness of Bas Rhein. Gentle and accurate./ But wait...juicy, crisp fruit, bright and tingly. The palate is really racy! 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2164. 14 ALSACE RIESLING, HUGEL
This sings too. 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-2165. 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-2166. 15 ALSACE VORBOURG DE ROUFFACH GRAND CRU, THE FURST
By Dopff au Moulin at Riquewihr. Not a lot of fruit or give yet. Dry, with light bottle bouquet./ Yes, dry and Grand Cru statuesque. Large, dry, stony dinner riesling. Long, clinging, minerally aftertaste. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2167. 13 ALSACE RIESLING HERRENWEG, DOMAINE SAINT REMY
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2168. 13 ALSACE RIESLING, ANDRE SCHERER
Suave and silky Scherer style. Truly sheer! Light wisp of balsam cone./ Yes, satiny, burnished, and again featuring that balsam aura. Special. So smooth. Unique riesling flavor set. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2169. 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-2170. 06 ALSACE RIESLING RESERVE, PIERRE SPARR
Rich, tingly, spot-on, complete, and wonderfully mature riesling without petrol. Seems to have been stored well. Ideal state of bottle bouquet development. Terrific./ Yes, well proportioned. Full, dry, savory, extract laden 06. Great acidity has preserved it and rendered it most serviceable at the table. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 8.99 each

FR-2171. 15 ALSACE RIESLING, DOMAINE ZINCK
1/8 on the dry/sweet scale. Cool, clear, steely, stony./ Race, clarity, purity. Textural etch. Fine dinner riesling. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2172. 13 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER
Abundant rose water and glycerol. Quite powerful./ Good thickness. Intensity of flavor. Long and complex aftertaste that gets into peach and orange blossom. Exciting stuff. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2173. 14 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER THE FURST, VIGNERONS DE KIENTZHEIM-KAYSERSBERG
Oh, rich in rose, barbership, tonic, bay-laurel. Smell the viscosity. Complete./ Harmonious, pleasingly full and viscous. Good acid foil. Right body and strength. This vintage will develop well, likely for a long time. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2174. 15 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, A. SCHERER
Highly perfumed. Scherer at his best. Rose, ginger, tonic, barbershop./ Lush for all its glycerol yet literally dry. Ideal. His best vintage yet. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2175. 15 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, SCHOENHEITZ
2014: Medium sweet./ Wow. Full assault of rose, ginger, tonic. So clean and giving./ Good acid and power even at 12.5%. Tonic aftertaste. Sweetness balanced by astringency. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2176. 14 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, SCHOENHEITZ
Medium sweet./ Wow. Full assault of rose, ginger, tonic. So clean and giving./ Good acid and power even at 12.5%. Tonic aftertaste. Sweetness balanced by astringency. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2177. 15 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, PAUL ZINCK
4/8 dry/sweet scale. Thick, exotic, and totally in tune with Zinck’s intentions for a medium-sweet gewurztraminer./ Yes, intense and viscous varietal statement of ideal sweet-acid balance. Very, very spicy. Ginger nip. Outstanding model. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2178. 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-2179. 13 ALSACE MUSCAT RESERVE, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER
Finally, an Alsace muscat back in the market! The Hoyts of Leelanau Cheese Company near Black Star Farms, makers of Michigan’s premiere raclette, have been after me to find this dry, aromatic wine, as they feel it’s an ideal companion to their product. Alsace’s winegrowers plant both muscat a petit grains and muscat ottonel, as these flower, set fruit, and ripen at different periods, providing an insurance policy against inclement weather and making for a more complex wine. Ideal with asparagus too. This is a telling example of the uniqueness that is ottonel. Abundant and fresh and cool and expressive. Mineral./ Suave, intense, entire citrus and rose and spice perfumes. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each


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