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FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

FR-1949. 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-1950. 16 SAVOIE CHIGNIN MONDEUSE, DOMAINE RENE QUENARD
Gold Medal - Savoie. Dry and close and Euro nose to start. Nice cherry and herb aromatic set grows with aeration. Real mondeuse./ Oh, the palate is spicy and vigorous. Lots of varietal character and ideal degree of ripeness. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1951. 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-1952. 18 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, DOMAINE RICHEL
All jacquere. Fresh, upbeat, scented of green fruits. With further aeration, lots of texture and personality. Deep aromas of dried citrus peel and walnut husk./ Just a beauty on nose and palate alike. Very flavorful. Racy, juicy. Vigorous texture and taste. Lasting finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1953. 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-1954. 18 SAVOIE CHIGNIN, DOMAINE QUENARD
All jacquere. Lightly scented. Very dry. Green fruit. Reminds me of a high altitude pinot blanc./ The flavor is subtle too. Very dry, crisp, and vinous. Rangy mealtime wine.. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1955. 16 SAVOIE FRANGY ROUSSETTE, DOMAINE LUPIN
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-1956. 18 SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC, EUGENE CARREL
Wine Spectator 90 - BEST BUY; Wine & Spirits 90 - BEST BUY: ‛There's brisk Alpine freshness to this jacquere, a lovely mountain wine with green herb notes and hints of lemon and wild mushrooms. Round and savory, it will complement pan-roasted river fish. $17.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-1957. SORRY, SOLD OUT 17 SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC, EUGENE CARREL (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
All jacquere. Incredible eruption of aromas. Ideal./ Yes, a flash of fresh fruit flavors. Immediacy. Summertime stuff. 91/100.

FR-1958. 18 ARDECHE SYRAH, DOMAINE DURAND
2016: 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-1959. 16 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN L'HERMITAGE
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1960. 16 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH CONNIVENCE, VERZIER
80% barrel aged. Pure, intense, northern syrah perfume brilliance. White pepper, raspberry, lavender. Really very beautiful, cool 2016 varietal ID./ The perfumes carry over to the taste. Really bright, peppery splash and raspberry pastille sweetness and savor. Fine structure and acidity. Outstanding. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-1961. 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-1962. 15 COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE, E. GUIGAL
Wine Spectator 96: 'Dark and winey, this is youthfully tight, with a core of intense black cherry and black currant preserves, encased within layers of olive, singed alder, juniper and iron. Very focused and driven through the finish. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2022 through 2038.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1963. 15 COTE ROTIE LA GIROFLARIE, PATRICK JASMIN
Wine Spectator 97; 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: 74.95 each

FR-1964. 17 SAINT JOSEPH OFFERUS, J-L CHAVE
Vinous 93: ‛Opaque magenta. Mineral- and spice-accented dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by a smoky nuance that builds with air. Concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take a sweeter turn on the back half. Finishes emphatically spicy and quite long, with supple, well-knit tannins lending shape to clinging cherry and floral pastille notes. Drink 2023-2032.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-1965. 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-1966. 17 SAINT JOSEPH LES COTEAUX, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Vinous 91: ‛Bright purple. Spice-accented blue fruit and floral scents, along with hints of cured tobacco and olive. Broad and fleshy in the mouth, offering sappy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. Youthful, gripping tannins add shape to the finish, which hangs on with strong, dark-fruit-driven tenacity. Drink 2022-2029.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-1967. 16 HERMITAGE FARCONNET, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
Vinous 94: ‛Saturated ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries, licorice and candied violet show excellent delineation, clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that steadily deepen on the back half. Turns sweeter on the persistent, penetrating finish, which features well-knit tannins and lingering floral and exotic spice notes. This is quite graceful, and while it will no doubt reward patience, it's awfully easy to drink now. Drink 2024-2034. $87.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-1968. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, MAISON LES ALEXANDRINS
Wine Spectator 93: ‛Plush and smoky, with smoldering bay leaf and tobacco notes amid steeped plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Black tea and sanguine elements curl through the seductive finish. Best from 2020 through 2027. $29.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-1969. 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-1970. 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-1971. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, ALAIN GRAILLOT
Parker 91; Wine Spectator 91: ‛A fresh and focused style, with violet, white pepper, cassis and pastis notes streaming through, carried by a solid graphite edge through the finish. Drink now through 2027. Drink now-2027. $45.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-1972. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE EQUINOXE, MAXIME GRAILLOT
Parker 90; Vinous 90: ‛Lurid ruby. Aromas of ripe cherry and black currant, along with suggestions of woodsmoke, olive and cracked pepper. Seamless and open-knit on the palate, offering appealingly sweet dark fruit flavors given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Rich yet lively in style, displaying smooth tannins and very good finishing clarity and length. Drink 2021-2027.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-1973. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE, E. GUIGAL
Oh, abundant, sweet northern Rhone syrah set. Totally rich fruit with definitive raspberry and white pepper. Certainly doesn't back off from the monster-score 2015./ Great body, and sweet-acid balance. Full flavor, light tannin. Yes! These folks are on top of it all! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-1974. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE, DOMAINE HABRARD
A ‛taste-maker‛ customer of mine reports: ‛Well, that is definitely a fair price for the quality. The real deal..Really it‛s as good a northern Rhone as I've had in some time. 40 years ago it would have been a dead ringer for an Hermitage. It is balanced and very northern Rhone in style. This is a real classic.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1975. 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-1976. 15 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-1977. 16 CORNAS EMPREINTES, DOMAINE DURAND
Parker 95: ‛The 2016 Cornas Empreintes features hints of cedar, brown sugar and dried spices layered over its plummy fruit (it was aged in 20% new oak, with the bulk in older wood). Full-bodied, supple and ripe, it's charming but with more stuffing than that word suggests, showing ample concentration and soft, dusty tannins on the long finish. It's a terrific Cornas to drink over the next 10-12 years. Drink now-2031.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-1978. 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: 26.99 each

FR-1979. 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-1980. 18 FRANCAIS CICADA, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
2016: 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-1981. 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-1982. 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-1983. 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-1984. 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
2014: 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-1985. 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-1986. 17 COTES DU RHONE COUDOULET DE BEAUCASTEL, CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL
30% each grenache, mourvedre; 20% each syrah, cinsault; aged 6 months in foudre; unfiltered. Full. Rangy aromas and nasal textures. Peppercorn and garrigue. The power and body of a Chateauneuf du Pape./ Yeah, one heavy duty Cotes du Rhone. Power, weight, fullness, texture, richness, balance. Fine cellar candidate. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-1987. SORRY, SOLD OUT 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
70% grenache, 30% syrah. Much more generous than when first tasted months back. Full, sweet berry and spice. Suave and plummy. Ripe and vigorous both./ Palate had even more spread and padding, power and length. Ideal balance of the varietals. Impressive. 92+/100.

FR-1988. 18 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MARGUERITE, DOMAINE DE CABASSE
14%; all grenache. I‛m a big supporter of the integrity of grenache; the nose of this 100% version certainly has good power and glycerol./ Yes, presence, force, viscosity, grip, and tannin. One BIG Cotes du Rhone for hearty fare. Long, sweet, and commanding. I detect the hand of a Gigondas winemaker. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1989. 18 COTES DU RHONE GRENACHE CUVEE BASTIEN, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
Single parcel; 45 year old vines. Up front and eager to please, ready to enjoy. 2018, old vines, and grenache combine to give the ultimate in young red wine generosity./ Strawberry, raspberry, and brambly spices. Plenty of body and flavor. Tannin to shed still. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-1990. 17 COTES DU RHONE SYRAH CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
All syrah from 45+ year old vines on two parcels bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Wow, dramatic fullness of black fruits. Ideal syrah of the south./ Full glycerol and power make for a mouth filling and coating experience. Makes up in southern Rhone syrah heft what it lacks in northern Rhone syrah perfumes. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1991. 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-1992. 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-1993. 17 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvedre, 5% each carignan, cinsault. Dark fruited, full fruited. Good dryness and 17 give./ Dry and a bit close in youth. Sweet interior. Age it further, or decant vigorously. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1994. 17 COTES DU RHONE SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
Half each grenache, syrah. That pure, sweet, understated elegance of a Font du Loup wine. Perfect lift and balance. Spot on in maker and vintage style and quality./ Great acid, fruit-power balance. A perfect cuvee of red and black fruits, lightly seasoned with zesty spices. Very popular with the group. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-1995. 17 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). 15%. Really deep and smoky. Really loaded. Full, deep-seated fruit. Spot on./ Full body, dry extract, tannic grip, power, largesse. This will go and grow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-1996. 18 COTES DU RHONE VIGNES DU PRIEURE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Roasted plum and grape-jelly notes are nuanced by hints of sun-dried garrigue and black pepper in this opulent, spicy red. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, it's an unabashedly juicy, fruity sip but rich and satisfying through a long finish. Fine-grained, feathery tannins accentuate the immediate appeal. $19.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1997. 16 COTES DU RHONE, E. GUIGAL
Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'This contrasts sweet, juicy plum fruit and firm, spicy tannins with some earthy notes and bright cranberry highlights. Philippe Guigal bases this blend on syrah with grenache and mourvedre, sourced from his network of 80-some growers and mellowed in barrels for 18 months before release. It's an impressively structured and complex Cotes du Rhone red. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-1998. 17 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Vineyard adjacent to Chateauneuf; 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% ea cinsault, mourvedre. Large and powerful. Full of Cotes du Rhone force and style. An uplifting sense of freshness too. Complete picture./ Yes, power, grip, texture, plus extras. Really large. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-1999. 17 COTES DU RHONE LA SOURCE COURTOIS, DOMAINE JAUME
85% grenache, 15% syrah. At Vinsobres. Bright and racy as usual. Especially so in 17. Sweet grenache strawberry, syrah raspberry./ Rich and racy, cool and fruity. Ideal 17. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2000. 17 COTES DU RHONE ROC EPINE, DOMAINE LAFOND
Ample, abundantly fruity, rich. 17 aims to please./ Yeah, round, rich, fruitful, generous, mouthfilling. Excellent. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2001. 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-2002. 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-2003. 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-2004. 16 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU
Wine Spectator 90: 'Distinctive, with frankly ripe plum and blackberry notes that are given a hefty dose of singed alder and bay leaf throughout. Offers a dark, smoldering finish. Has character, but might be a bit heady for some.' 50 year old vines at Sorgues; 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2005. 18 COTES DU RHONE SAINT COSME, LOUIS & CHERRY BARRUOL
14.5%. All syrah. From near Vinsobres. Dark red violet./ Good raspberry and peppercorn syrah aspects. Briary./ Briary again. Berries and bramble. Berry, seed, leaf. Edginess of youth. Will settle in. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2006. 17 COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBION, CHATEAU DE ST. COSME
Wine Spectator 90: ‛Lively mesquite and black tea notes give this aromatic complexity, with the core of black cherry and plum fruit taking on a nice mulled hint. Offers good juicy energy. Drink now through 2021. $25.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2007. 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-2008. 17 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
Oh, way big, rich, round, and sweet. Yet also Gard and Saint Gervais cool. Best in years./ Yes, volume, richness, breadth, fruit sweetness. Wow. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2009. 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SERVANS
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2010. 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-2011. 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-2012. 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-2013. 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-2014. 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-2015. 17 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
Oh, boy: rich, rich Villages give, with Gard race too. Garrigue, spice, intricacy. Big time Gard Villages./ Yes, rich, well framed, generous in flavor, with Gard acidity and race. Wonderful balance overall. A top vintage of this. Very popular with the group. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2016. 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-2017. 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-2018. 16 LIRAC, CHATEAU MONT REDON
Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Red-cherry and blackberry notes are shaded by tones of anise and forest floor in this full-bodied, Grenache-dominant red. Red-currant acidity lends crispness to the midpalate, accented by fine but drying, grippy tannins on the finish. Enjoy this elegantly structured but easy-drinking wine now through 2026.' 70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2019. 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-2020. 17 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Less fruit, more force than the Sainte Anne Villages tasted right before it. Great power and concentration./ Indeed, Espigouette garrigue, intensity, alcohol and glycerol concentration. Reads right from the start and just keeps upping the ante. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2021. 17 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Has developed a deep, dark color./ Oh, boy, richness, spice, body, garrigue and black pepper. Black fruit. Euro acid. All./ Pepper crackle, Pasquiers flow. Ideal. This is really prospering from an additional year in bottle. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2022. 17 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN
Rich, ripe, spicy. One large scaled Plan de Dieu from the hands of a Gigondas estate's winemaker. Zesty peppercorns and warm spices./ Sweetness, ripeness, and power met head on by vigorous acidity. Young and ambitious. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2023. 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. Flow, acid, glycerol, power, all. Future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2024. 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-2025. 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-2026. 15 VINSOBRES LA GRANGE COURTOIS, DOMAINE JAUME
14%. Dense color./ Ripe, large, spicy. Peppercorn and garrigue. Large for Vinsobres but classically cool./ Flavors enclosed, fine tannin prominent. Well balanced by fine acidity. Needs keeping. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2027. 16 RASTEAU 1921, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2028. 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: 25.99 each

FR-2029. 16 RASTEAU PAS DU MEUNIER, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
2015: 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-2030. 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-2031. 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: 21.99 each

FR-2032. 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
2016: 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: 23.99 each

FR-2033. 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE
Unfiltered. Black, large, spicy, rangy. One big Vacqueyras./ Powerful, mouth filling. Comes right at you. Defines the house style. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2034. 17 VACQUEYRAS, CUVEE DES DEUX FRERES, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL
2016: 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-2035. 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-2036. 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-2037. 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: 23.99 each

FR-2038. 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-2039. 16 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
72% grenache, 23% syrah, 3% mourvedre, 2% cinsault. Plenty of Gigondas material and body. The most ample this has shown in several vintages./ 16 silky. Plenty of bulk. Wears its 15% well. Glad to see this back in top form. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2040. 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-2041. 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-2042. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
2015: 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: 31.99 each

FR-2043. 17 GIGONDAS BEAUCHAMP, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL
Beautiful. Very, very elegant. Open hearted. One of the best of these./ Has power too, but the emphasis is on finesse and flow. A beauty. 93/100, at least.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2044. 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-2045. 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-2046. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE BERTRAND STEHELIN
Vinous 92/100. My notes: A triumphant Gigondas. Can't deny the power and ripeness here. A beautiful example of Gigondas, dark fruited in this case./ Yeah, big, beefy, fruity. Complete. A grand Gigondas. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2047. 17 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
2016: 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-2048. 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-2049. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL
Wine Spectator 95: ‛A dark and winey style, offering a mix of plum, black currant and black cherry notes, infused with black tea, fruitcake and anise accents. Solidly built, vibrant and energetic from start to finish, this carries copious fruit easily through the lengthy finish. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise. Best from 2020 through 2040. $112.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 79.95 each

FR-2050. SORRY, SOLD OUT 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.

FR-2051. 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-2052. 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: 74.95 each

FR-2053. 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-2054. 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: 52.95 each

FR-2055. 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-2056. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN
Vinous 94-95: ‛Brilliant magenta. An assertively perfumed bouquet of ripe red and blue fruits, Moroccan spices and incense carries a smoky overtone. Sweet, penetrating raspberry preserve, cherry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show impressive depth as well as vivacity. Displays superb clarity and floral thrust on the finish, which features smoothly interwoven tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine shows just how much complexity can be achieved, even in a hot vintage, in the absence of any oak, old or new.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2057. 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-2058. 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: 44.99 each

FR-2059. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, CLOS SAINT JEAN
Parker 94: ‛The assemblage for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the same as for the ‛regular‛ Chateauneuf-du-Pape, at 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest a blend of Cinsault, Mourvedre and Vaccarese. The difference is that the Grenache in this wine was planted in 1905. And what a difference that makes. This is dark, plummy and rich but still vibrant and fresh. Full-bodied, velvety and intense, it boasts a super finish, again loaded with intriguing notes of licorice and spice. At around $50, this is a superb value in the overall scheme of CdP. Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2060. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, EDDIE FERAUD
Vinous 91-93: ‛Vivid ruby-red. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red berries and lavender show spice and mineral topnotes. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering intense red fruit liqueur flavors complicated by sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances and lifted by juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2061. 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-2062. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CHATEAU FORTIA
Parker 92/100. My notes: Fortia beauty, control, delineation. 17 ease. Chateauneuf grandeur. All the right stuff./ Round, sweet, abundant. And, under control. Beautiful example. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2063. 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-2064. 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 , largesse, and depth. Fabulous concentration. 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. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2065. 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-2066. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLOS DU ROI, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
Wine Spectator 94: ‛Densely fruited, with layers of red currant, raspberry and plum fruit paste flavors that stretch out slowly, unveiling notes of cedar, garrigue, brick dust and incense. A warm stone detail drives the finish, accented by well-buried acidity that keeps all the elements fresh and defined within the old-school rubric. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Best from 2021 through 2036. $50.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2067. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLOS DU ROI, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
2012: 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 (20% off this price)

FR-2068. 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-2069. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LES ORIGINES, DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
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 (20% off this price)

FR-2070. 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-2071. 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-2072. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, MAS DE BOISLAUZON (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-2073. 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-2074. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE RESERVEE, DOMAINE DU PEGAU
Wine Spectator 96: 'A singed chestnut accent leads off here, followed by a sappy core of steeped cherry, raspberry and plum fruit, infused liberally with tobacco, brick dust and garrigue notes. Reveals a brawny edge, but there's ample fruit in the end. A rock-solid old-school style that should cruise in the cellar. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Best from 2021 through 2040. $115.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-2075. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE ST. PREFERT
Parker 94: ‛Loaded with scents of roses and exotic spices, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a super entry-level effort. It's 85% Grenache aged in concrete, with the balance Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah that's aged in demi-muids. Full-bodied, velvety and long, it delivers opulent black raspberry fruit framed by silky tannins. Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2076. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE GIRARD, RAYMOND USSEGLIO
Parker 94: ‛A special cuvee made for American importer Peter Weygandt, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard includes a bit more old-vine Grenache, and it shows in the wine's increased elegance. It's more floral than the regular bottling, with scents of tea and roses, but it's also darker and richer, with black cherry fruit, a velvety mouthfeel and a long, layered finish. Drink now-2035.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2077. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE IMPERIALE, RAYMOND USSEGLIO
Parker 96: ‛The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale (from vines planted in 1902) is firm and structured to age magnificently. Roses, black tea and red raspberries all appear on the nose and palate, framed by fine-grained tannins. I suspect it will close down shortly, but there is terrific material here, and the wine will drink well for two decades.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2078. 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-2079. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAMME, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Wine & Spirits 92: 'Telegramme is the Brunier brothers' 'second' label, based on the fruit of the estate's young vines. 'Young' is a relative term, though: The vines that contribute to this blend average 35 years in age and come from some of the appellation's most esteemed parcels, such as La Crau and Pignan. The result is a wine that wins on its immediately appealing juicy cherry fruit as well as its complexity, with notes of dried herbs and earth giving it substance and detail. At about half the price of the estate's flagship wine, it's a terrific buy. $48.'
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2080. 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-2081. 17 VENTOUX 3 MESSES BASSES, VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX
2016: Wonderful, rich, fulfilled, ripe. Quite the best I‛ve had in awhile./ Great flavor, flow, class. Can‛t remember better. 91/100, at least.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2082. 16 VENTOUX TERRASSES, CHATEAU PESQUIE
Good and rich Eric Solomon selection style, with 2016 restraint, silky texture, and tailoring nonetheless./ Rich in the mouth as usual. Inevitable 2016 acid, burnished texture, control. Logical combination of Euro-American negociant-driven preference and vintage expressions. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2083. 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: 12.99 each

FR-2084. 16 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR
From Latour's domaine in Haute Provence. Clay and limestone soils. Nice Haute Provence take on pinot noir, combining the vintage‛s stylishness with cherry fruit warmth of the south. Some barrel augmentation to boot./ Full texture, taste, and fine balance of sweetness and acidity. Yes, another good vintage of this sleeper. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2085. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS
Grenache blanc, bourboulenc, clairette, viognier. A dash of viognier scent hovering over a broad, vinous base of non-aromatic southern Rhone varieties./ Good fruit range comes out on the palate, and variegated textural play. Welcome dash of bitterness at the end adds another twist. All in all, one multi-faceted and mealworthy white Cotes du Rhone. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2086. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
2018: Zesty, peppery, snappy, ringing. If there's viognier here, it doesn't perfume up the aroma much. The other, low key southern Rhone white varieties hold forth. Apple, acacia./ Yes, a classic southern Rhone white varietal set stressing vinosity over perfume. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2087. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
Grenache blanc, clairette, roussanne, bourboulenc. Fresh and bracing, with tingle and scent./ Again, with brace, fluidity, power, astringency. Lots of spiel. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2088. 17 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, E. GUIGAL
60% viognier. Very nice face of viognier with a nice basis of probably grenache blanc/ Good flavor, well textured. Medium to full bodied. Not excessively floral. Well crafted. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2089. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC RESERVE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
2017: 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: 17.99 each

FR-2090. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC LONE, CHATEAU PEGAU
2017: 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-2091. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC RESERVE, FAMILLE PERRIN
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 22.99 each

FR-2092. 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-2093. 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-2094. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC, CLOS DES PAPES (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
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 (20% off this price)

FR-2095. 17 BANDOL, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE
2016: 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-2096. 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

FR-2097. 17 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: 49.99 each

FR-2098. 15 BANDOL TOURTINE, DOMAINE TEMPIER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2099. 15 BANDOL MIGOUA, DOMAINE TEMPIER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2100. 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-2101. 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-2102. 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-2103. 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-2104. 16 PIC SAINT LOUP LA CLOSERIE DU PIC, CHATEAU PUECH-HAUT
15%. Heavy Bottle Award, and Heavy Hitter Award. Off the charts power and intensity. Practically the impact of a fortified wine. Ripe and spicy, lifting oak complex. Extra deep./ Fully, ripe, sweet, strong, flavorful. Loaded. Overwhelming. Wild boar wine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2105. 15 SAINT DREZERY PRESTIGE, CHATEAU PUECH-HAUT
Parker 93: ‛The 2015 Saint Drezery Prestige is a ripe, sexy beauty that gives up full-bodied notes of black cherries, melted licorice and roasted herbs. Like all the wines from this estate, it has lots of richness and texture, yet stays balanced, lively and pure. It's a year in and year out value that's a no-brainer purchase. It will drink beautifully over the coming 4-5 years (possibly even longer).‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2106. 18 HERAULT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, MONT GRAVET
From vines up to 100 years old. That‛s it! It‛s got the old vines concentration, the black cherry and cracked peppercorn character. 2018 fruit abundance, form, solidity, contents./ Real mouthful. Well balanced. Taste will spread out further over the coming months. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2107. 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-2108. SORRY, SOLD OUT 16 SAINT CHINIAN LES TRAVERS DE MARCEAU, DOMAINE RIMBERT (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
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.

FR-2109. 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-2110. 18 CORBIERES GRAND RESERVE CHATEAU CAMPLONG, VIGNERONS DE CAMPLONG
Syrah, carignan, grenache. Deep and black. A bushel of blackberries. 2018: I'm lovin' the reds so far. No Med heat. Cool and black fruit. Abundant./ Dry, fruity, serious. Balanced. Fine tannin. Can be taken to the table. Super generous and good wine. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2111. 17 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, DOMAINE LAFAGE
2014: 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-2112. 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-2113. 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LA SABINA, CLOS DEL REY
65% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan. Dark./ 14.5%. Ripe 15 for sure. Jammy, dark fruit and high spirit./ Sweet, rich textured 15. Daring; just short of overdoing it. High alcohol is warming and cooling both. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2114. 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-2115. 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-2116. 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-2117. 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-2118. 17 COTES CATALANES PENYA, LES VIGNERONS DE CASES DE PENE
52% grenache, 36% carignan,12% syrah. Full and bright. Abundantly fruity and spicy./ Same. Cool and racy as well as perfectly ripe. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2119. 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-2120. 18 CITE DE CARCASSONNE CABERNET FRANC, LAROQUE
Ripe and accomplished, high altitude Med cabernet franc. As rich and fruitful as the 17, maybe even more so. Ideal./ Juicy and delicious fruit acidity. Light tannin. A unique and attractive rendition of cabernet franc. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2121. 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-2122. 18 PICPOUL DE PINET CUVEE L'ETANG, DOMAINE CASTELNAU
Full bodied for a picpoul. Full varietal green fruit./ The palate is less insistent and more in tune with the varietal. Really good acidity for food. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2123. 18 PICPOUL DE PINET, MONTMASSOT
Very full aroma and texture for this variety. Fulfilled and fine. Maximizes picpoul aroma. Apple and melon./ Really flavorful. Full body, richness, race. Good acidity. As good as it gets. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2124. 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-2125. 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-2126. SORRY, SOLD OUT 16 PAYS D'OC VIOGNIER LE VERSANT, VIGNOBLES FONCALIEU (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
13%. Perfumed, dainty, alluring./ Yes, fresh, bright. Honeysuckle aroma and flavor. Suave. Balanced. 91/100.

FR-2127. 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-2128. 17 ILE DE BEAUTE, DOMAINE VETRICCIE
70% two native varietals, with imports merlot and syrah. Reasonably full and sweet and pleasing./ Same on the palate. Sweetness, brightness. Uniqueness of the native varieties stands out. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FRANCE ALSACE

FR-2130. 15 ALSACE PINOT NOIR TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
Good fortitude and pinot sweetness. Rich and ripe in 15./ Yes, ripe and full enough for northern pinot noir. Not tart. Not a rose. Sails. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2131. 17 ALSACE PIERRES SAUVAGES, VIGNOBLE DU REVEUR
Half pinot blanc; quarter each pinot gris, pinot noir. One year on lees. Fine. Vinous. Light lees. Dry, balanced. Not severe./ Flavorful if low key varietal flavors and lees influence. Plump, with enough acid. Rangy at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2132. 18 ALSACE SEC, DOMAINE SCHOENHEITZ
50% sylvaner, 20% chassalas, 20% pinot gris, 10% muscat. Good set. The vinosity of the base varieties and the aromatics of muscat. Really, surprisingly aromatic and very nice. But why am I surprised? 'Edelzwicker' is a great Alsace concept, and there are finally some back on the American market under easier-to-pronounce headers./ Flavorful, agreeable. Well textured. Good acid. Winner. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2133. 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-2134. 18 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, THE FURST
2015: 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: 14.99 each

FR-2135. 17 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, ANDRE SCHERER
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2136. 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-2137. 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-2138. 17 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, THE FURST
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2139. 15 ALSACE PINOT GRIS IM BERG, DOMAINE SAINT REMY
At Wettolsheim; dry. Fuller, more powerful, more aged than a 2017 Michigan pinot gris tasted right before it. Very pungent indeed./ Full bodied. Lots of peach, melon, nut. Plenty of texture. Will improve. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2140. 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-2141. 17 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, DOMAINE ZINCK (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
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 (20% off this price)

FR-2142. 18 ALSACE RIESLING, THE FURST
2016: Yes, dry and accurate, if not effusive./ The perfumes are understated. Down the middle style. Versatile food riesling. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2143. 15 ALSACE RIESLING VORBOURG DE ROUFFACH GRAND CRU, THE FURST
By Dopff au Moulin at Riquewihr. More about extract than fruit. 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: 23.99 each

FR-2144. 17 ALSACE RIESLING, ANDRE SCHERER
2014: 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: 19.99 each

FR-2145. 16 ALSACE RIESLING, DOMAINE ZINCK (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
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 (20% off this price)

FR-2146. 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-2147. 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-2148. 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-2149. 18 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, THE FURST
2017: Gewurz rose and ginger aromas../ Plenty of varietal character pushes through, though youth constrains its potential gewurztraminer abundance. 91++/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2150. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER PRINCES ABBES, DOMAINE SCHLUMBERGER (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
Wine Enthusiast 90/100. My notes: Classic Schlumberger and southern Haut Rhin power, majesty, pomaded concentration. Eminently food-worthy./ Acid coated by glycerol and light sweetness, which are foiled by great power and presence. 92/100.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each (20% off this price)

FR-2151. 17ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER LA VIE EN ROSE, VIGNOBLE DU REVEUR
Lavish. Simply luxurious. Full or rose./ Pomaded, but not in a heavy sense. Plenty of floral lift. Along with glycerol richness. Exemplary of all aspects. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2152. 16 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, PAUL ZINCK (End of Bin Sale-- 20% off)
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 (20% off this price)

FR-2153. 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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