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FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

FR-1808. 18 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, DOMAINE EUGENE CARREL    92/100

6 generation family estate; clay-limestone soil, which suits mondeuse noire, planted mainly in Savoie. Full color, developing a light patina of maturation. Deep and satisfying purple-fruit mondeuse nose. Hallmark as well as ample. You could easily pay more for this quality of mondeuse experience. Full, rich, round, balanced. Fine flavor range that includes a hint of plum pit. Spot on, and at a proper degree of maturity for full enjoyment. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1809. 20 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, DOMAINE LUPIN    1++/100

2019: Reserve and refinement; high altitude definition with plenty of material. Spot on. More to come. Yes, compact, with fine tannin and plenty of fruit extract. Needs cellaring to warrant the outlay. One loaded mondeuse. I have buyers for this. 91++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1810. 15 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, DOMAINE RICHEL

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1811. 17 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, LE CAVEAU SAVOYARD    92/100

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-1812. 20 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, DOMAINE RICHEL    92/100

2018: 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-1813. 20 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, LE CAVEAU SAVOYARD    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Juicy and fresh, with a very focused beam of white peach, quinine, honeysuckle and fennel frond notes, ending with a nice piercing feel on the finish. Drink now through 2023.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1814. 20 SAVOIE JACQUERE, DOMAINE JEAN VULLIEN    92/100

On dark Jurassic limestone and black marl with a pebbly topsoil layer of scree; no malo; 40 years of winegrowing and generations in the vine nursery business; 25% of Chablis' post phylloxera chardonnay vines came from the Vullien nursery. A lot of varietal personality and aromatic intensity. Apple, pear, and suggestion of barely ripe stone fruit. These echo on palate and draw up even more flavor concentration. Well balanced fruit acidity leaves the finish burnished, cleansing, and lengthy. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1815. 20 SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC, EUGENE CARREL    91+/100

2020: From jacquere. The fruit comes pouring through. Upbeat, high altitude, and yet well padded jacquere grapey presentation. The fruit flavor is abundant and well cushioned beneath the bright acidity. In tune. 91+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1816. 21 SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC, EUGENE CARREL    91/100 *

6 generation family estate; from jacquere. Very cool and bracing 2021 nature. Varietal ID spot on as usual. Great acidity, largely malic but not too green. Minerality too. That's jacquere. Proud to join a winning series. 91/100. Well liked by the group.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1817. 20 ARDECHE SYRAH, DOMAINE DURAND    91+/100

From vineyards around Cornas and Saint Joseph; unoaked. These used to be strongly reductive. Much improved the last couple of vintages. Lots of sweet black fruit. Missing the aromatic spectrum of the superior northern Rhone syrahs. Costs a lot less!. Spicier on the palate. More tannin than usual. Light reduction streak that's positive. Seems more ageworthy than its predecessors, so there's likely breadth, depth, and complexity awaiting it. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1818. 20 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH, DOMAINE MARTIN CLERC    92+/100

Est. 1991. Very pure and pretty 2020 take on northern Rhone syrah. Lighter hearted than the Vernay we had a week or two ago (half the price too). Just as exemplary of the raspberry (here red), white pepper, smoked meat, and lavender set. Flavors confirm. Flows easily. Very tasty indeed. Great acid vigor. No tannin intervention. Enjoy it. Or cellar to greater bouquet complexity. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1819. 17 COLLINES RHODANENNES SYRAH, DOMAINE MARTIN CLERC    92+/100

Remains bright and fresh. By comparison to the 2020, greater range of syrah character thanks to the bottle age. It's less of red raspberry and white pepper. More cooked meat savors, and more floral highlights too. Less fruit concentration than the 2020. Very pretty flavor pattern. Light tannin to shed. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1820. 20 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH FLEURS DE MAI, DOMAINE GEORGES VERNAY    94+/100

50 year old vines on the plateau adjoining Condrieu. Supremely cool, regal, aloof, nobly reductive. The essence of northern Rhone syrah beauty, purity. Yes, varietal over AOC terroir statement; a representative for all. A full spread of the classic aromas: raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, lavender. In a wine world of ever lower acidity, this has great acid. The finest of tannins. Singular. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1821. 14 DROME LA RE-NOMEE, DOMAINE LOMBARD    92/100

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: $12.99 each

FR-1822. 14 BREZEME GRAND CHENE, DOMAINE LOMBARD    92+/100

All syrah. 8 months in barrels. Rich, big, dense, sweet syrah stuff. Oh, yeah, big time raspberry, peppercorn, flowers. More-ish. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1823. 18 COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE, E. GUIGAL    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'This pushes lots of alder, incense and singed tobacco notes to the fore, with commensurate cherry and red currant paste flavors following behind that, finishing with perfume and red tea accents. This is not shy with its oak treatment and very nicely done. Best from 2022 through 2034. $990.

How Many bottles/singles: $89.95 each

FR-1824. 19 SAINT JOSEPH, DOMAINE J-L CHAVE    (93/100)

Vinous 93-95; Parker 94: 'Bottled in late July 2021, Chave's 2019 Saint Joseph boasts copious floral scents of violets and lavender set against a backdrop of purple raspberries. In the mouth, it's medium to full-bodied, with a wonderfully rich yet silky feel and plenty of airy, refreshing length on the finish. It should drink well on release and for at least a decade after that. Drink 2023-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $89.95 each

FR-1825. 19 SAINT JOSEPH LES COTEAUX, ERIC & JOEL DURAND    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'Blueberries and licorice swirl together on the nose of the 2019 Saint Joseph Les Coteaux. Full-bodied and velvety, it's a big, plush example of the appellation, concentrated and rich, with a long, velvety finish. Drink it over the rest of this decade. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. Drink 2022-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1826. 16 SAINT JOSEPH TERROIR DU GRANIT, DOMAINE GUY FARGE    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'Farge's use of stem inclusion (60% in this cuvee) and older oak allows the kinkiness of Syrah to shine. The 2016 Saint Joseph Terroir de Granit features violets, pepper and exotic herbal notes, all layered over expressive raspberry fruit. It's full-bodied, creamy and lush without going over the top-? a generous, pleasure-giving wine that shows length and elegance on the finish. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1827. 16 SAINT JOSEPH MADONE, VIGNOBLES VERZIER - CHANTE PERDRIX    91+/100

50 year old vineyard below the La Madone stature on the edge of the Izeras hillside. Tasted too cold. Seems nicely formed and exemplary of St. Joe syrah style all the same. Yeah, that lighter, fresher style of this appellation's syrahs. No tannin interference. Still, I expect this to improve with greater warmth, aeration, and/or cellaring. 91+/100. List price: $40.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1828. 17 SAINT JOSEPH BLANC GRANIT, VIGNOLES VERZIER - CHANTE PERDRIX    92+/100

Sand over granite at the brow of a hillside; 60% marsanne, 40% roussanne; yields 2 tons/acre; 60% aged 9 months in seasoned Burgundy barrels on fine lees; undergoes malo. Medium deep, golden color. Grainy marsanne and honeyed roussanne fully revealed at age five. Past the usual awkward adolescence stage of this northern Rhone dynamic duo. Round and rich, showing the added intricacies of barrel aging. Not a lot of flavor development yet, so I suspect another year will help. 92+/100. List price: $43.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1829. 18 HERMITAGE FARCONNET, SELECTION J-L CHAVE    97+/100

From three parcels of distinct soil types: Diognieres, alluvial; Peleat, sand, limestone; Greffieux, cobbles; aged 18-24 months in barriques. Dark red violet color. OMG! So much more stature, depth, range, and regality than anything's that come before this evening. You pay for what you get. 3/4 of the quality of a Chave estate Hermitage at 1/4 the price. Full, velvety spread on the palate. The finest of tannins. The fruit generosity of the vintage. Luckily, it won't need as much cellar time as the Chave estate bottling. The group was in awe of this. 97+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

FR-1830. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, MAISON LES ALEXANDRINS    (93/100)

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-1831. 20 CROZES HERMITAGE SILENE, SELECTION J-L CHAVE    94/100

The vineyards for Silene are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel is on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor. The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks. Full red-black syrah color. Oh, there it is: that complete northern Rhone syrah set of black raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, and lavender. Barrel time, if not extract, puts the frosting on the multi-layer cake. Even more expression of its syrah bounties on the palate. Flavorful, well balanced, entertaining, impressive, lasting. Breathlessly good value. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-1832. 18 CROZES HERMITAGE LES FEES BRUNES, JEAN-LUC COLOMBO    92+/100

Est. 1984; from 60 year old vines of a terraced vineyard on granite; aged 6 months in barrels, 15% new. Sweet raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, and unique and attractive barrel augmentations. Crozes the Colombo way. Again, the sweet fruit and the northern Rhone syrah attributes plus that Colombo barrel factor. Good acid and moderate, fine grained tannin. A legit interpretation. 92+/100. List price: $32.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1833. 19 CROZES HERMITAGE C, DOMAINE COMBIER    93+/100

Est. 1962; from parcels around Pont de l'Isere; aged in second and third year barrels. Equally full red violet. Like the 'purple label' tasted a short time back, this is a distinctively cool, elegant take on Crozes. Cuvee C though is richer and fuller bodied. Deeply imbued with the classic northern Rhone syrah aromatic set. Raspberry and white pepper to the fore. Not a lot of bacon in these Combiers. Maybe it's the sub zone talking. Full flavored and textured. Power under control. Enticing cellar candidate. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1834. 18 CROZES HERMITAGE LES LAUNES, DELAS FRERES

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1835. 19 CROZES HERMITAGE EQUINOXE EQUIS, MAXIME GRAILLOT    93/100

Alain's eldest son; from parcels adjacent to Domaine des Lises; 30% whole cluster fermentation vs 100% for Alain's Crozes. Inky syrah color. Oh, that's a beauty. Full of northern syrah elemental aromas of black raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat,; plus lavender overtones. Flattering degree of reduction under screwcap. Very, very pure regional syrah statement. Delicious suavity on the palate. Good acid. No tannins sticking out. Modern in a positive sense. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1836. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, DOMAINE DES LISES    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Inky ruby. Pungent black and blue fruits, licorice and succulent herbs on the spice-accented nose. Shows good depth and breadth on the palate, offering ripe cassis and cherry flavors that take on smoky bacon and violet pastille qualities as the wine opens up. Shows surprising energy for its heft and finishes impressively long and spicy, with dusty tannins adding firming grip. Drink 2022-2029.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1837. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, E. GUIGAL    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91: 'Richly plummy, this is syrah in all its violet-scented goodness. It has all the variety's hallmarks when grown in the Rhone -? bacon, violets, plums and spice -? with wood notes playing backup. The warmth of the vintage reads in the grip of the tannins and the heat of the alcohol, but also in the wine's appealing generosity. $35.'

How Many bottles/singles: $32.99 each

FR-1838. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE LES JALETS, PAUL JABOULET AINE    94+/100

From the estate's 15 acre vineyard plus purchased grapes; Decanter 92/100. Very dark color, especially for the vintage. Oh, here it is, the full northern Rhone syrah aromatic spread in a brilliantly reductive presentation that coveys all its inimitable attributes. Raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, and lavender. Best of these Jalets I've nosed. Flavors less effusive than aromas because they're damped down by considerable tannins. They rally on the finish, spreading in peacock's tail fashion. More to come. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1839. 20 CROZES HERMITAGE PAPILLON, DOMAINE GILLES ROBIN    93/100

4 generation estate once selling to the cooperative; in the Terrace de Chassis zone; from vines planted in 1996; unwooded. Well, that's up front and beautiful early as intended with this cuvee. Very, very pure northern Rhone syrah aromatic set of raspberry, white pepper, and lavender. Even a wisp of smoked meat. This is as young a Crozes as I've tasted, and it's every bit what it's supposed to be. Smooth, well balanced, and delectable now. A new Crozes experience; a Happy Face Crozes. New? Or throwback to Crozes of yore? Group fave. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1840. 18 CROZES HERMITAGE ALBERIC, DOMAINE GILLES ROBIN    94+/100

Vines planted in the late 1940s; aged in barrels, 20% new. Deeper, richer in aromatics and textural aspects. Though barrel aged, this is not as 'woody' as the Colombo. Old vines volume, concentration. Big time flavor intensity and beauty. Fine tannin. Great acid. Well balanced. As 'pretty' a pair of Crozes rouges as I've tasted. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1841. 19 CORNAS PREMICES, DOMAINE DURAND    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'This is packed with dark fig and blackberry paste flavors that roll through slowly but steadily, unveiling extra dark olive, sweet bay leaf, singed alder and juniper accents along the way. There's buried minerality that should rise to prominence with cellaring. Best from 2023 through 2035. $45.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1842. 18 CORNAS EMPREINTES, DOMAINE DURAND    (92-/100)

Parker 92-94: 'Nearly as good as the Confidence, the Durands' 2018 Cornas Empreintes is more open and approachable, with sexy blueberry, blackberry and vanilla nuances. It's full-bodied, creamy and plush, with a long, vibrant finish. Drink now-2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1843. 20 SAINT PERAY, ERIC & JOEL DURAND    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'A seriously refreshing Saint-Peray, the 2020 Saint Peray features more citrus and chalk notes than most. A 50-50 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne fermented in a mix of stainless steel tank (70%) and barrique (30%), it's medium to full-bodied but zesty, clean and charming, with a bright, lively finish marked by notes of lime and tangerine.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1844. 21 FRANCAIS CICADA, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE    90/100

80% grenache, 20% carignan; by a Chateauneuf estate. Dark, bright, rich. Good Med France set. 2021 medium bodied; 2021 great acidity. Well flavored, well textured. Wants food. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1845. 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES    91+/100 *

At Travaillon; 70% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% carignan. Wow, this soars. Very high toned. But the palate has full tannin that brings it down to earth. That's good for the future. It can't totally suppress the urge to take wing though. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1846. 20 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE FIGUES DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE    90+/100

2019: 60% 'shiraz', 20% each grenache, carignan; Gold Medal - Vignerons Independants. Piercing aroma of black fruit and creosote. Wood chips? Southern syrah? Singular, and attractive in its own right. I can see the medal. Definitely syrah oriented. Black, tensile, gripping. Will have many fans. Tannin needs to be resolved first. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1847. 20 COTES DU RHONE COUDOULET, CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL    (90-/100)

Parker 90-92: 'The 2020 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel continues this cuvée's hot streak. A blend of approximately 30% each Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, with 10% Carignan, it boasts attractive floral overtones, hints of crushed stone and ripe cherry fruit. Full-bodied and impressively silky for such a young wine, it should be drinkable upon release and for at least a decade thereafter. Drink now-2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1848. 19 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE BERTHET-RAYNE    91+/100

At Courthezon; 65% grenache, 15% cinsault, 10% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Light, flattering air of reduction. Cool, collected Berthet style. Good aromatic range across the varietals. Medium bodied as usual. Lovely, elegant flavor. Fine tannin to the degree that it needs a few months for resolution. Well crafted, if not flashy. That's Berthet. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1849. 20 COTES DU RHONE LES PIERRUGUES, DOMAINE LA BERTHETE    92+/100

2019: At Camaret sur Aigues on the Plan de Dieu; 35+ year old vines; 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 20% carignan, 5% cinsault. Black color. Plenty of depth and power. Serious stuff. Aspires to Plan de Dieu AOC. Black fruit, tar, licorice. Well extracted. Lots of dry matter here. Full, fine tannin too. And good acidity. Will appreciate some cellar time. Deal. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1850. 17 COTES DU RHONE DOMAINE BOSQUET DES PAPES, NICOLAS BOIRON    92/100

2016: Est. 1860; 80% grenache, 10% each syrah, cinsault; aged in demi muids. The nobility of grenache. It's full, and vintage silky as well. Hand of a Chateauneuf winemaker showing. One large Cotes du Rhone. The cooperage is expressed in the wine's forward nature at age four plus. It's really developing into a large and complex wine to take to the table over the next couple of years. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1851. 20 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MARGUERITE, DOMAINE DE CABASSE    92/100

All grenache; from the estate's younger wines in Seguret, Sablet, and Gigondas. Deep red-black color. Ah, the sweetness and power of grenache. Raspberries, strawberries, good wines we brew. Yes, grenache sweet and strong and glycerined. The integrity of grenache. Good acid and extract. No tannin issues. Apply this winter with roasts and stews. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1852. 20 COTES DU RHONE GRENACHE CUVEE BASTIEN, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR    91+/100

2018: 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-1853. 20 COTES DU RHONE SYRAH CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR    92+/100

2019: All syrah; 45+ year old vines in two parcels bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Puts the pedal to the metal. A large and insistent nose. It's big, black, old vines southern Rhone style syrah to the max. Yes, mouthfilling and coating. Well tempered power. Good acidity. Very fine grained tannins. I can see the popularity of this cuvee. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1854. 20 COTES DU RHONE MON COEUR, SELECTION J-L CHAVE    93+/100 *

2019: 60% grenache 30% syrah, 5% ea mourvedre, cinsault; vines 20-60 years old; from Vinsobres, Visan, Cairanne, Rasteau. Really deep and dark red violet. Bursting with black fruit perfumes. Shows Chave selection,. Chave stylishness, Chave class. The play of the cool, northern Vaucluse villages against the warmer southern pair. Pure class, delineation, suavity, complexity, harmony. Yeah, you can buy CdRs for under ten bucks. This $23 one is worth every penny all the same. A top vintage of this. Earned the group's admiration. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1855. 18 COTES DU RHONE DENTELLES, YVES CHERON    91+/100

Fruit forward and agreeable 2018 CdR. Fulfilling. Flavors and textures confirmed. Well balanced. Light tannin to resolve. Spot on. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1856. 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DE COURON

At Saint Marcel d'Ardeche, 45 miles northwest of Avignon; 60% grenache, 40% syrah, vines averaging 47 years.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1857. 20 COTES DU RHONE ST. ESPRIT, DELAS FRERES    91/100

2018: Well, this doesn't back away from the California big guns it followed. Darker fruited and more revealing than the Mont Redon served earlier. Northern Rhone winemaker style. Berry, spice, garrigue. Sweet and agreeable 2018 style. Very flattering vintage of this. Fine tannin for balance and texture. I'd be drinking this and cellaring the 18 Mont Redon. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1858. 19 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Rich in concentration yet delightfully piercing in fruit quality, this Grenache-dominant red (accented by smaller proportions of Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre) consistently outperforms many Cotes du Rhone offerings. Black-plum and cassis flavors are fleshy and enveloping but nuanced by hints of granite, licorice and violet petals. This silky, enticing red is best enjoyed now to 2026. $35.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1859. 21 COTES DU RHONE SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP    92/100

2019: Half each grenache, syrah; from vineyards near the Chateauneuf estate. Glowing ruby red. Alert, fresh, penetrating, and soaring set of fruit, flower, garrigue, and terroir perfumes. The aromatic assault just won't quit. Medium bodied. Flavors flow easily. This is just as delicious as it is complex. Shows the 2019 way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1860. 19 COTES DU RHONE SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP    92/100

Half each grenache, syrah; from vineyards near the Chateauneuf estate. Glowing ruby red. Alert, fresh, penetrating, and soaring set of fruit, flower, garrigue, and terroir perfumes. The aromatic assault just won't quit. Medium bodied. Flavors flow easily. This is just as delicious as it is complex. Shows the 2019 way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1861. 20 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE ROMAINE, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE    92/100

Est. 1850; at Vacqueyras; 60-80 year old vines, half each grenache, syrah. Wow, that's BIG! Has the fruit ripeness and concentration to bear the high alcohol. The alcohol and glycerol give smoothness. Flavors forthcoming as it warms in the mouth. This has no harsh tannin issues. It's ready to go with hearty fare. Has there ever been a bigger version of this? 92/100

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1862. 19 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN    91/100

At Sorgues; 40% syrah, 30% mourvedre, 15% each mourvedre, cinsault. Unusual to see a syrah dominant CdR cuvee. The color is dark, and the aroma is dark fruited, in line with the concept. Good flavor burst of both black and red fruits with roundness overall. Wears its alcohol well; it's nice and warming. Good acid, fine tannin, overall balance. Well executed encepagement, each variety contributing to the choir. In harmony. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1863. 16 COTES DU RHONE LES CHAIX, DOMAINE GRIS DES BAURIES    91+/100

This one's new to me. Boy, the color suggests a lot of syrah. Blue-black for age six too. Syrah like black fruit. Linear 16 styling. More giving than nose suggested. Still, this is young CdR for age six. Has fine tannin. 91+/100. Later I find out it's all grenache, from its northern limits. How about that!

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1864. 21 COTES DU RHONE LA SOURCE COURTOIS, DOMAINE JAUME    91+/100

2017: 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-1865. 18 COTES DU RHONE ROC EPINE, DOMAINE LAFOND    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'Two-thirds Grenache and one-third Syrah, all raised in tank, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Roc Epine is a fun, bouncy wine, filled with cherries and raspberries, yet it has savory underpinnings of black olives and earth. Medium to full-bodied, it's supple and easygoing, with plenty of intensity and length for a simple Cotes du Rhone. Drink now-2023.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1866. 20 COTES DU RHONE, FAMILLE LAVAU    91/100

2019: Est 1964; at Violes; 60% grenache, 40% syrah; Suckling 91/100. Wow, deep red violet color. Speaks of Violes and Plan de Dieu. Cool, black fruited,. Well tailored. Medium bodied. Steady; not flashy. Good acid and balance here. I'm not often enamored of this much syrah in a southern Rhone wine, yet it fits in here. Proposed and priced for weekday service. These people make good value wines. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1867. 18 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE LA LOYANE    92/100

Half each grenache, syrah. At Rochefort du Gard on clay/limestone. 4th generation estate. 40 year old vines. Medium red color. Fresh, cool Gard nose, very forthcoming. Red fruits and berries. Redness confirmed. This is cool, racy Gard rouge. Good acid. The alcohol, at 14.2%, is well coated . It contributes good body. Long and richly flavored aftertaste. Wants food. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1868. 19 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU MONT REDON    92+/100

2018: 80% grenache, 20% syrah; from estate vineyards near Orange and Roquemaure. Blacker fruit. More substance and solidity. Less about aromatics and more about heft. Oh, it's no sluggo though. Just a packed and potent wine representative of vintage, terroir, and winemaker. Sweet fruit and alcohol assuage the palate. Flavor and texture profiles packed in. Well balanced and mid-term cellar worthy. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1869. 20 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS    91+/100

Near Sablet; 75% grenache, 25% syrah. Senses of freshness and levity despite the alcoholic content. Not real forthcoming. Still, there are garrigue suggestions if one delves deep. Balance of 2020 fruit sweetness, power, and more tannin than usual in this wine. Lots of textural spiel and satisfaction. More cellar potential than most vintages of this. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1870. 19 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU    93+/100

60% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault; 50 year old vineyard at Sorgues bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Full, powerful, and black fruited. Talks the Pegau talk. Couldn't ask for more generosity. Rich, full bodied, with mouthfilling flavors and textures. Well balanced; inviting for current use with hearty winter fare. One of the best in the series. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1871. 20 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE VIEILLES VIGNES, DE PUECH    91/100

60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% carignan. Oh, that's a sweet and fresh, uncomplicated no brainer of a Cotes du Rhone!/ Yes, sweet black fruits. No ambitions other than to PLEASE RIGHT NOW! Great acid, balance. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1872. 19 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE TRADITIONELLE, DE LA RONCIERE    91/100

80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. More robust and a year more along. This has a lot of aromatic range to offer. Almost to the extent of a Villages. Texturally exciting too. Heaps of both feel and flavor. Total harmony. Light tannin on finish for food. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1873. 20 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE    91+/100

At Saint Gervais, Gard; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. Real cork. A rarity in this price range today. That's fresh, cool, and penetrating upper Gard style. Sweet, perfectly ripe fruit and garrigue notions. Full flavor spread of fruit and garrigue. Nicely forward this early-harvest vintage. Good acid. Zesty finish. Will please perennial fans. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1874. 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DE SERVANS    90/100

2018: At Tulette; half each syrah, grenache. Full color. In style. For 14%, it has freshness, ease, and moderation. Syrah's black fruit shows, nice and sweet. Yes, never a 'thick' rouge, this is balanced and moderate, so versatile at the table. Good stuff. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1875. 19 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON    92/100

2018: In the Quiot family for 125 years; 20 year old vines; grenache, syrah, mourvedre. Incredible charm and finesse like I'm not used to experiencing in a CdR, or even a previous Trignon vintage. Its character marks why this was a Robert Mayberry favored source. Carries over to the palate. Cracked pepper and garrigue. Great equilibrium for current enjoyment. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1876. 18 COTES DU RHONE, LES TROIS COURONNES    91/100

80% grenache, 20% syrah; at Tulette near Visan on the Left Bank. 14.5%. Full, frank, and forceful. Sweet smelling, all embracing. Best vintage since the 2015. Yes, sweet and broad fruit, garrigue, and spice display. Deal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1877. 19 COTES DU RHONE LE CORIANCON, DOMAINE VALLOT    91/100

At Vinsobres; 5 generation domaine; 40 year old vines at 1500 feet; field blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre, cinsault, clairette, bourboulenc. Dark color. Grenache sweetness and lift, syrah and mourvedre black fruit core. This has vigor and persistence. It won't let go of me. The fruit is sweet, round, and well composed. No edges. 2019 stylishness. Low tannin. High elevation, northern Vaucluse style. No need to cellar. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1878. 19 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE SETIER, CHATEAU PEGAU    92+/100

At Sorgues; on pebbles; 50 year old vines; 60% grenache, 20% each syrah, mourvedre. Logically large thanks to Villages status, producer, and old vines. Pegau power, ripeness, and sprawl. Deep, dark, savory, spicy. Well framed. One might mistake this for a Chateauneuf. Well, it wears its power well. Yes, full scale Villages and old vines depth and breadth. Serious stuff. The fruit is sweet, the tannins are fine grained and complementary. A really well managed, well balanced layout with good bouquet potential. Useful at the table now too. Long finish. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1879. 20 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE    92/100

At Saint Gervais in northern Gard; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 5% each cinsault, mourvedre. Medium dark magenta. Wonderful crispness and levity of northern Gard. Garrigue notions too. Great fruit clarity, with emphasis on black fruits. The ease and flow continues on the palate. And the inviting fruit bounty. Good acidity; no tannin drawbacks. Another comer. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1880. 20 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE NOTRE DAME DES CELLETTES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE    92+/100

60% grenache, 25% syrah, 15% mourvedre; vine age 40 years minimum. Lovely dark red violet. Oh, that's a fresh and uplifting northern Gard take. Both bright and intense melange of varietal characters plus garrigue. Sweet and savory palate, the alcohol supportive of body but not showing heat or headiness. Full, fine grained tannins on the flavorful, well textured, and long lasting finish. Irish stew? 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1881. 19 LIRAC LES QUEYRADES, DOMAINE PASCAL LAFOND    92+/100

60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre. A fruit driven 2019 that seems to be ready to enjoy. The fruit is black, and the demeanor is Gard cool. Yes, plenty of fruit forward appeal. Vivid Gard acidity. Fine tannin in back for food. Take it to the table. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1882. 17 LIRAC, PIERRE USSEGLIO    92+/100

15 acres on cobbles & clay acquired by the Chateauneuf estate in 2011; 60% grenache, 15% syrah, 15% mourvedre, 10% cinsault. Oh, my, this will stand in well. Like last week's Mont Redon, it's a really a big boy of a Lirac, showing at Chateauneuf maker's hand. It's distinct from the Mont Redon though. The fruit is lusher, deeper, more accessible at the same age. Spicy, rangy.sprawling, actually. Equally lush on the palate. That counters its high alcohol, so it doesn't seem at all hot. Not classic Lirac; still, impressive. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1883. 17 SAINT GERVAIS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LES ROUVIERES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE    93+/100

Very dark red violet. Coolness of upper Gard and what I expect is a pretty large dose of mourvedre (and indeed there is). Very peppery. Highly concentrated; impressively so. An essence of the CdRV. Wow, what a spread, what a mouthful! 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1884. 17 SAINT GERVAIS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LES MOURILLONS, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE    92+/100

As deep and dark. This is closer, less expressive. Got the material but not the give. Palate more yielding in a textural manner, but no more aromatically expressive. More syrah here? Indeed, it's 100% syrah. Full dry extract; more tannic than the above. Not ready for prime time. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1885. 17 CAIRANNE LA CROIX DES TEMPLIERS, DOMAINE CROS DE ROMET    92+/100

80% grenache, 20% syrah; on limestone soil. Heavy Bottle Award. Good and dark hearted Cairanne bully style. Dense dry extract. Plenty of black pepper Cairanne garrigue. Powerful, dark fruited, tannic, deep seated. Defines Cairanne, now a full fledged single appellation. Long, chewy finish. Good cellar prospects, or serve with hearty fare. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1886. 18 CAIRANNE CUVEE MAXIMILIEN, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS    93/100

Cairanne has earned single-village AOC status; 50% grenache, 35% mourvedre, 15% syrah. Black color. Intense black fruit and black pepper. In my mind, that writes the book on Cairanne. Oh, and it's deep and cool, with another defining Cairanne note: licorice. Large and powerful, yet well constituted, well composed. The tannins are fine, the fruit is perfectly ripe and not overly 2018 gushy. May I say it again? The is Cairanne! 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1887. 19 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE    92+/100

4 generation estate; 80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre; vines averaging 35 years. Very well managed varietal repertoire, full, dark, and aromatic. Classic Plan de Dieu representative. Savory, flavorful, rightly powerful mouthful. Swelling and filling through a long finish. Fine grained tannins add texture without showing waspishness. A lot of wine for the money. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1888. 20 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS    92/100

80% grenache, 20% mourvedre; vines 37 and 65 years old. Dark red violet. Oh, that's a deep, purple fruited nose, lush and broad too. 20% mourvedre seems to steal the show. Nice and peppery garrigue aspects too. The palate is equally lush and peppery. I can't remember a previous vintage so forthcoming, generous. Alcohol gives body, not heat. Long, chewy finish. Bravo. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1889. 20 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN    92+/100

80% grenache (planted 1948), 20% mourvedre; unfined, unfiltered. Not much aroma upon opening. Takes up a lot of space though. Oh, here comes the whole garrigue package! Most garrigue in a southern Rhone I've gotten in awhile. Black pepper too. Mouthfilling, evocative. Palate talks the talk. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1890. 19 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES QUERELLE DE CLOCHERS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE TOURBILLON    93/100

Estate at Gigondas with additional vineyards at Travaillan and Violes on the Plan de Dieu; 60% grenache, 25% carignan, 15% syrah. Ripe and robust. The power is positive, both warming and cooling. The biggest Plan de Dieu I've nosed. Suggests a Vacqueyras iteration. Yes, the fruit is sweet, ripe, and persistent. 2019 forward. No excess power. Long and chewy. Fine tannins. PdD on steroids. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1891. 20 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS    92+/100

2017: 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-1892. 21 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE LES SIBU    92/100

50% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 10% carignan. That's sweet and large for Sablet and for such a young rouge. This ratchets it up a couple of notches in power and aromatic intensity. Sprawling and superb. Yeah, full bodied and powerful as Sablets go. Chewy texture. Lasting flavor. Overachiever. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1893. 19 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CHEVAL LONG, DOMAINE BERTRAND STEHELIN    92+/100

70% grenache (40-60 year old vines), 25% mourvedre, 5% syrah;. Oh, that's a satisfying noseful of Sablet. Sablet lift, attractive spiciness, cool disposition, and sweet core fruit. Full bodied for Sablet. Good strength too. Long, lasting flavor and texture. We have reliable, lower priced Sablets. This one, however, is worth a premium. The groupl agreed; a group favorite. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1894. 18 SAINT MAURICE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES ECHEVIN, DOMAINE LA FLORANE    92+/100

90% syrah, 10% grenache; aged 15 months half in concrete vats & half in oak demi muids. Va, va, voom! Like the 2015, this is huge! Southern Rhone syrah fully amplified. Sweet, dense, insistent. The fruit is sweet in the mouth too. Actually cooled and moderated by the alcohol. And balanced too by some tannin in back. Nothing overripe or overdone here. The village is in the temperate zone of Vaucluse. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1895. 20 VALREAS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES L'ENCLAVE LA JASSINE, BIELER PERE    91/100

60% grenache, 40% syrah; northernmost CDRV. Pretty sweet and husky Valreas, yet there's a certain northern Meridionale coolness to it. Each variety has a song to sing, in harmony. I smell a good value. Even cooler on the palate. Ventilating even. Good acid. No tannin issues. I guess you could call it a 'modern' Valreas. Which is what I expect from Bieler. Good run of vintages here. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1896. 18 VALREAS PASSION D'UNE TERRE, DOMAINE MAS DE SAINTE CROIX    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Blueberry jam and violet petals introduce this delightfully satiny, berried blend of Grenache and Mourvedre. Richly concentrated and voluminous on the palate, it balances streaks of cassis flavor against swathes of peppery green herb and a lingering, charry finish. While it drinks particularly well now it should hold well through 2025. $25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1897. 18 RASTEAU PAS DU MEUNIER, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE    91+/100

2016: 70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Much riper nose of a Vaucluse cru. Ripe and penetrating. The alcohol is actually cooling, ventilating. Positive roti. Yes, sur maturite. Large, black, solidly built Rasteau profile. The fruit is ripe and deep and concentrated in 2016. A frank and full Rasteau, with fine tannin and overall balance. Potent wine. For hearty fare. Wine of place. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1898. 20 BEAUMES DE VENISE TERRES BLANCHES, DOMAINE DE FENOUILLET    92/100 *

Terraced vineyards on the Dentelles massif; 50% grenache, 40% syrah, 10% mourvedre; unfiltered. Oh, there's that grenache sweet red fruit disposition up front and the black fruits bases under. Generous and masterfully executed cuvee. Sweet and round with alcohol and glycerol. Flavorful, filling. Like the 19, quite the largest BdV I've experienced. Balanced and length; fully satisfying. 92/100. Well liked by attendees as a winter wine.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1899. 17 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE COUROULU    93+/100

65% grenache (grown on cobbles), 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre; est. 1928; now run by 3rd generation Ricards. Having loved this estate's wines for years, I found the 2016 somewhat wanting, so I'm glad to have advanced to a new vintage that fully satisfies from the first sniff. This is Vacqueyras heft, complexity, and intrigue. No two estates' wines are alike. Great body, richness, spread. Both aromatic and textural range and depth. Back to the usual rewards here. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1900. 15 VACQUEYRAS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE LE COUROULU    93+/100

3rd generation estate est. 1928; 75% grenache planted in 1932 and 25% syrah in 1960; cobblestones over blue clay; unfined, unfiltered; VV cuvee is new to this market. Old vines and syrah lend a full color. 15 ripe, old vines deep and concentrated. Putting up some resistance at this stage. The palate is flavorful, deep, and variegated (aka complex). The tannin is well managed. This has fine, mid term cellar potential. At present, it's in a bit of an aromatic trough. No problem. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1901. 19 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE    93+/100

80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre, vines averaging 40 years. That has a lot of dash. Cracked peppercorn and garrigue abundance in 2019. Sweet grenache fruit and glycerol coat the alcohol. Likewise on the palate, though a little heat sneaks out. Sprawling and lasting fruit and garrigue to the end. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1902. 19 VACQUEYRAS, ALBERT & CAMILLE, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE    94+/100

Large scale if not as mammoth as the 20 Cotes du Rhone in its own field. Good acid, verve, vitality. I like its poise. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1903. 19 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE DES DEUX FRERES, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL    92+/100

80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. Youthful, powerful. The material surely is present. The nose is plentiful but the aromatics largely unformed. A sweet mouthful of Vacqueyras. The latest generation makes these a lot stronger and more abundant than when JC Mathes began to import them. Leads the way toward another successful Rhone Meridionale vintage. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-1904. 19 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE    (93/100)

2018: Wine & Spirits 93: 'Based on old-vine grenache vinified with the stems and aged in large used barrels, this 2018 feels brisk and lively, a revelation in this hot, damp vintage. Its seedy strawberry and raspberry flavors have crunch and clarity, as well as garrigue-like scents that add a sense of place. It's light enough to match well with vegetable dishes, or a rosy pork loin served rare. $29.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1905. 19 GIGONDAS JUCUNDITAS, DOMAINE DE CABASSE    93+/100

15%; 80% grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvedre. Firm, strong, full of resolve. Plenty of terroir and varietal character deep down inside. More fruit on the palate. Revealing style of 2019. Full, fine grained tannins. Pretty much a textbook example of its AOC. Lasting finish. Wears its power well. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1906. 17 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DU CAYRON    (94/100)

Vinous 94: 'Brilliant ruby-red. Vibrant, sharply focused red fruit, floral, garrigue and exotic spice qualities on the highly expressive nose. Intense raspberry, bitter cherry, succulent herbs and candied lavender flavors show superb delineation and no excess weight. Finishes with impressive persistence, sneaky tannins and resonating floral and spice notes. This graceful wine should age effortlessly on its balance. Drink 2025-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1907. 18 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE    94+/100

Decanter 94/100. My notes: Est 1860; 72% grenache, 23% syrah, 3% mourvedre, 2% cinsault;; yield 2 tons/acre; aged 8 months in oak casks. Mmm, well that's a proper contrast from previous five 'clarets'. There's a warmth, roundness, richness, and low yields concentration that totally takes up the high alcohol level. This is classic Gigondas at 2/3 of the going price these days. And the syrah adds black fruit, especially black raspberry. Total warmth and volume. The best vintage of this for quite some time. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1908. 13 GIGONDAS TERRASSES DES DENTELLES, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE    94/100

73% grenache, 24% syrah, 3% mourvedre; yield: 1 ton/acre; aged a year in seasoned barrels. Whoa, another country heard from! Here's grenache in all its force and fortitude, Gigondas-style. Power, spread, openness, evolution, sweetness, harmony. If this vintage had any weather shortcomings, they're surely not evident here. Total Gigondas nose. Equally enveloping and engaging palate from both flavor and texture standpoints. Pure harmony at this stage. This cuvee deserves such aging; best I've tasted. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

FR-1909. 18 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE    3++/100

80% grenache (60+ years), 10% each syrah, mourvedre (30+ years). Drier, closer, more powerful than the 19 Espigouette Vacqueyras. Bigger and more backward. Yeah, a tough guy at this stage. Each is a good example of its vintage's character. I could take the Vacqueyras to the table now. This one goes directly to the cellar. 93++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

FR-1910. 19 GIGONDAS, E. GUIGAL    (91-/100)

Parker 91-93: 'Marked by scents of Provence herbs, cherries and blueberries, the 2019 Gigondas is another successful example of this Southern Rhone appellation. Full-bodied and concentrated, it's rich and velvety in feel, with a long finish. Drink 2023-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $38.99 each

FR-1911. 17 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE LA HAUTE MARONE    93/100 *

From steep, terraced vineyards; 75% grenache; 13% syrah, 12% mourvedre; aged half in vat, half in barrels, second to fourth fill for a year. That's big and bold; that's Gigondas. Thanks toaging, including in barrels, this has impressive flavor range and development. Legit, full fledged Gigondas at the lower end of the price spectrum. Fully satisfies for current drinking. Well liked by the group. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1912. 18 GIGONDAS BEAUCHAMP, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL    93/100

2017: Wine & Spirits 92/100 ($40). My notes: 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-1913. 20 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS    92+/100

75% grenache, 20% syrah, 5% mourvedre. Dark red violet. A different varietal set and region heard from. Powerful yet sleek Gigondas. Defines the whole Pasquiers range and offers the most oomph, naturally. Plenty of sweet fruit presence. Gigondas ripe without going to extremes. Best value in Gigondas and easiest to drink in youth. Hits the spot and marks the series. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-1914. 17 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE RASPAIL-AY    (93-/100)

Vinous 93-94: 'Brilliant ruby. High-toned aromas of red / blue fruit preserves and candied flowers, along with a bright, spicy topnote. Shows sharp focus and lift to juicy black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors, which slowly spread out on the back half. Finishes smoky, subtly sweet and impressively long, with mounting tannins and a whiplash of sweet blue fruit. $46.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1915. 19 GIGONDAS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN    (91-/100)

Parker 91-93: 'The 2019 Gigondas Classique Vieilles Vignes shows a touch of cedary oak on the nose-nothing obtrusive, but enough to notice alongside the black cherries and subtle garrigue notes. Full-bodied and generous, with a smooth, silky feel on the palate, it ends with a gentle wash of dusty tannins and an attractive hint of licorice. Drink 2022-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1916. 20 GIGONDAS VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN

Jeb Dunnock 95-97: 'Looking at the Gigondas releases, the 2020 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes doesn't give anything to the two single vineyard releases and offers awesome aromatics, full-bodied richness, a round, lush, yet pure mouthfeel, and ripe yet certainly present tannins. It's loaded with Provencal, garrigue, and peppery goodness, and it's going to be a brilliant value. This cuvee is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Mourvedre raised all in foudre.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1917. 20 GIGONDAS LES SOUTEYRADES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN

Jeb Dunnock 94-96: he 2020 Gigondas Les Souteyrades is more structured, with notable acidity as well as tannins. Full-bodied aromas and flavors of blackberries, cassis, ground pepper, and violets give way to a rich, concentrated, focused Gigondas that's going to benefit from a handful of years in the cellar. All of these 2020 barrel samples are brilliant.'

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

FR-1918. 20 GIGONDAS LA LOUISIANE, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN

Jeb Dunnock 94-96: 'The 2020 Gigondas La Louisiane is also just about overflowing with Provençal charm and character, offering full-bodied aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, ground pepper, violets, and orange blossom. It too is seamless, has ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. The blend is 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and the rest Cinsault and Syrah.'

How Many bottles/singles: $36.99 each

FR-1919. 12 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN    93+/100

80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre; vines 60-100+ years old. Mammoth, black, daunting. As always. Spells the estate and the vintage. Thank goodness it has had eight years to temper its tannins. Sweet and nicely rounded for its bottle age. I like that black, compact, frank styling. Tannins suggest it will go on in the cellar. However, put them to use with the right cuisine this winter. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

FR-1920. 19 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE BERTRAND STEHELIN    93+/100

70-90 year old vines; 70% grenache, 25% syrah, 5% mourvedre; aged 2 years in foudres. Full red violet color. I like the silkiness of Stehelin's Gigondas. Not a description usually applied to a wine of this AOC. Cool, dark, deep, noble demeanor. Moderate alcohol for the zone fits the pattern. Very confident poise, silky on the palate too. The finest of tannins here too. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

FR-1921. 19 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE    92+/100

That's the black fruited Tourade style. Large, well structured. Not bearish though. Ripe fruit and glycerol give it a 'sweet' roundness. This has framework, foundation, and power to make a full lledged Gigondas statement. Yes. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1922. 19 GIGONDAS FONT DES AIEUX, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE    92+/100

From the estate's oldest vines, now 80+ years; 80% grenache, 20% syrah; traditional, whole-cluster fermentation; aged 12-18 months in foudres; unfined, unfiltered. Monster truck Gigondas. The most forceful of our recent series of Gigondas wines. It's not overly spiritous, just large. Massive, chewy mouthful. Short on nuance, long on bulk. I've had older vintages of this cuvee. They gather bottle bouquet complexity and lighten up on the impact. I'd be cellaring this one. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-1923. 20 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, DOMAINE BERTHET-RAYNE    93+/100

2019: Est. 1978; 65% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% cinsault, 5% syrah; in the northern CdP Chapouin, Coudoulet, and La Gardiole quartiers; aged a year in vats. A classic Berthet Chateauneuf nose, very cool and purple thanks to the high mourvedre content. I mean, everything I like about the estate's Chateauneuf Tradition is embodied in this 2019. Delicious fruit sweetness of grenache too. Grace of cinsault, kernel of black syrah at the core. Polished tannins of 2019. Good mid term ager. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1924. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN    (91-/100)

2017: Vinous 91-92: 'Ruby-red. Vibrant, spice-accented red fruits and candied flowers on the expansive nose. Sappy and seamless in texture, with a vein of juicy acidity adding support to plush cherry and raspberry preserve flavors. Shows very good energy and insistent floral character on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves behind persistent red fruit preserve and smoky mineral notes.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

FR-1925. 20 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Gutsy and forward, with a cascade of mulled dark plum and black cherry. Shows grippy tannins and cast iron minerality that power through the formidable finish, which is marked by licorice root and dried herbs. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Best from 2024 through 2032. $55.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1926. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN    (92/100)

Parker 92+: 'Charvin's gorgeously aromatic 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape—sourced from the sectors of Cabrières (Nord) and Maucoil—features scents of lavender, garrigue and purple raspberries. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and concentrated, with ample, ripe tannins, then seems a bit warm and rough, with a wooly-tannic finish. Give this tank-aged blend of 82% Grenache, 5% each Mourvèdre and Syrah and 4% each Counoise and Vaccarèse a few more years to come together and settle down. Drink 2025-2038.'

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

FR-1927. 19 CHATEUNEUF DU PAPE SELECTION, FAMILLE CHAUSSY    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Deep, shimmering ruby. Black raspberry, cherry cola, garrigue and succulent floral qualities on the highly perfumed nose. Appealingly sweet red and dark berry and cherry preserve flavors convey both depth and energy thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on an impressively long, penetrating finish that echoes the cherry and floral notes.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1928. 18 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CLOS DES BRUSQUIERES    96+/100

Owned by the godson of Henri Bonneau; 70 yr old vines; aged in foudres; unfined, unfiltered. Oh, big, sweet, sprawling. It always is. It's not really modern. Certainly not stodgy. Just Brusquiees. With aeration, the nose delves deeper and deeper. Sweet, powerful, broad, deep. Saturates the palate. The paragon of Chateauneuf generosity. 96+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

FR-1929. 18 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DU BARON, CHATEAU FORTIA    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Saturated ruby. Powerful cherry and dark berry aromas show very good clarity and pick up smoked meat and garrigue nuances with air. Shows very good depth and appealing sweetness to the chewy boysenberry, cherry liqueur and licorice flavors, which are brightened by a spicy flourish. Finishes sappy and very long, with building tannins and a lingering suggestion of bitter cherry. Drink 2023-2032.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1930. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LES DEMOISELLES, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP    93+/100

80% grenache, 20% syrah; on the north side of the La Crau plateau; sandy soil yields elegant wines; a young-vines cuvee. In style. Cool, elegant, peppery, and brown-spicy. First time I've had this cuvee. It certainly delivers heart on sleeve sweet-strawberry grenache allure, despite being the youngest Chateauneuf I've ever tasted. Sweet and smooth and flavorful. No resistance to current service. Fully justified cuvee. Congrats, An ne-Charlotte! 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1931. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP    95/100

I love this Chateauneuf vintage. The fruit is heart on sleeve and abundant. There's lift triumphing over power. / Yes, elegant fruit to the fore. Logical successor to the 2019 Demoiselles cuvee. This can be taken to the table now. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1932. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLOS DU ROI, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN    (95/100)

Wine Enthusiast 96; 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: $49.99 each

FR-1933. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL    94+/100

Est. 1846; 55% grenache (80-100 years old), 45% syrah. Wow, that pungent and forthcoming sweet black fruit. Old vines concentration and high syrah content talking. A bomb of a Chateauneuf. The lush palate is fully in line. Pepper and garrigue add to the fruit flavor range. The absolute power is bucked by a sweet, fruity modernity. Big wine. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

FR-1934. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, E. GUIGAL    (92/100)

Wine & Spirits 92: 'This has a succulence that's immensely appealing, its red-berry juiciness on slow release so that it coats every corner of the mouth. Made mostly of grenache, blended with mourvedre and syrah and aged three years in large oak foudres, it's readily enjoyable right now, but the sense of stone and herbs that underline the wine suggest this will only develop more detail with time. $57.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

FR-1935. 18 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, LAVAU    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91: 'Ripe, velvety swathes of blackberry and black-plum preserves abound in this full-bodied, softly tannic red. A blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (40%) and Mourvedre (10%) matured partially in oak, it is ripe in fruit but elegantly subdued by tones of freshly tilled earth, charred clove and graphite. Ready to drink now, it should hold well through 2028.

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

FR-1936. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE DOMAINE DE SAJE, JEROME MATTIEU    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Domaine de Saje's foudre-aged 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape is 80% Grenache, with the balance being a blend of 14 other permitted varieties (counting color mutations). It delivers attractive cherry fruit and savory notes of peppery spice on the nose, while the palate is medium to full-bodied, supple and silky in texture, with a long, peppery-cinnamon finish. Drink now-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-1937. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU MONT REDON    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Dark and winey in feel, with steeped plum and blackberry fruit forming the core, which moves along slowly, carried by silky but substantial tannins and backed by warm anise, fruitcake and roasted apple wood details through the finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

FR-1938. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE ST. PREFERT    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Melted licorice, plum sauce, cherry puree and black tea notes all meld into a silky, suave and seamlessly-textured wine that leaves a subtle echo of lavender at the very end. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre. Drink now through 2032.'

How Many bottles/singles: $57.95 each

FR-1939. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE ST. PREFERT    (90-/100)

Vinous 90-92: 'Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented blueberry and cherry compote aromas pick up peppery spice, lavender candy and mineral nuances with air. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated red and blue fruit flavors and an exotic touch of five-spice powder. Spreads out slowly on the juicy, expansive finish, which is framed by supple, harmonious tannins.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1940. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Ripe and juicy, with a nice compact feel to the mix of raspberry compote, red licorice and red currant preserve flavors. Subtle garrigue hints dot the finish and there's a nice tarry streak as well. Needs just a touch of cellaring to coax it out fully. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Best from 2024 through 2034. $50.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1941. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE GIRARD, RAYMOND USSEGLIO    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Sleek and ripe, with a lovely beam of kirsch, raspberry pate de fruit and red licorice notes streaming through, plus subtle floral and savory hints along the way. Solid finish, with sweet tobacco and spice elements. Best from 2023 through 2034.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1942. 18 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE GIRARD, RAYMOND USSEGLIO    (93/100)

Parker 93+: 'Domaine de Saje's foudre-aged 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape is 80% Grenache, with the balance being a blend of 14 other permitted varieties (counting color mutations). It delivers attractive cherry fruit and savory notes of peppery spice on the nose, while the palate is medium to full-bodied, supple and silky in texture, with a long, peppery-cinnamon finish. Drink now-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

FR-1943. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE IMPERIALE, RAYMOND USSEGLIO    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale is a big, super ripe wine, loaded with plummy, chocolaty fruit. It's almost entirely Grenache from sandy sites, made and aged in concrete. At 16% alcohol by volume, it's full-bodied and the tannins are ripe, creamy and supple, but the alcoholic heat isn't particularly noticeable. Give the bit of green stemminess from some whole-cluster inclusion a year or two in bottle to merge with the rest of the wine and drink it young, before the fruit fades. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-1944. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAMME, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Deep violet. Ripe, spice-accented dark berry and cherry preserve scents show strong garrigue and floral accents. Pliant in texture and broad in the mouth, offering sappy boysenberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and a peppery topnote. Finishes long and gently chewy, with the floral and spice notes repeating. Drink 2023-2032. $56.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

FR-1945. 19 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE PIEDLONG, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'Bright ruby. Ripe red and blue fruits, potpourri garrigue and baking spices on the expansive nose. Appealingly sweet cherry, boysenberry, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors show a hint of white pepper that adds spicy lift. Well concentrated but comes off lively thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Shows strong floral punch on the long, gently tannic finish, which leaves a hint of cherry cola behind. Drink 2025-2035. $70.

How Many bottles/singles: $57.95 each

FR-1946. 19 VENTOUX VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FONT SANE    91+/100

Large, hearty, more powerful than usual. Dark fruited. A pleasing melange of varietal characters. Sweet fruit encounters fresh acidity and a fair modicum of tannin. All lead me to expect this will augment in the cellar for a year or two. Quite a prospect in this price range. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1947. 20 VENTOUX 3 MESSES BASSES, VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX    91+/100

2019: Large, hearty, more powerful than usual. Dark fruited. A pleasing melange of varietal characters. Sweet fruit encounters fresh acidity and a fair modicum of tannin. All lead me to expect this will augment in the cellar for a year or two. Quite a prospect in this price range. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1948. 19 COSTIERES DE NIMES, LA CLARION DES ANGES    91/100

60% grenache, 40% syrah. Dark color. Attractively ripe and forthcoming. Black fruit of syrah shows, and not to the detriment. Yes, good balance of grenache sweet filling and syrah framing. Bravo. Deal! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1949. 15 COSTIERES DE NIMES TERRE D'ARGENCE, CH MOURGUES DU GRES    90+/100

14.5%. Full, warm 2015, well extracted 2015. Fills the nostrils with feel as well as aroma. Dry, almost austere. Which is strange for 2015. Full acid. Not yet resolved. Dry tannin. Worth keeping. 90+/100. List price: $16.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1950. 21 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS    91/100

Grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc, viognier; granite soils of the Right Bank; no malo. That's a helluva long, seeming genuine cork for a modest CdR blanc. Body and presence if understated aromatic properties. That's expected with this varietal set, when viognier is least important. Well, some viognier peach and honeysuckle sneaks in on the palate. Pretty full bodied. Balanced; sits right. Good turkey wine. 91/100. Perennial group favorite in its category; no exception this evening.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1951. 21 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP    91/100 *

Grenache blanc, clairette, roussanne, bourboulenc; 40 year old vines. Wonderful aromatic spread and intensity, striking for the absence of perfumed viognier. Roussanne is left to be the pushiest. A little less flavor range, force. Here the textural aspects come forth. It's full, balanced, mouthfilling. Lots of mealtime prospects, poultry and pork to the fore. 91/100. This became even fruitier as it aired, the attendees taking a shine to it, at the same time declaring it 'modern'.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

FR-1952. 20 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, E. GUIGAL    92/100

Largest white-wine producer in the Rhone Valley; 60% viognier, 15% roussanne, 10% marsanne, 8% clairette, 5% bourboulenc, 2% grenache blanc. A good measure of viognier perfume, not gushy, and filled out below by the volume varietals. About the best crafted vintage of this I've nosed. The varieties are totally coordinated. Palate echoes those impressions. Unique for its appellation because of the high level of viognier. Works. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1953. 20 COTES DU RHONE BLANC CUVEE LONE, CHATEAU PEGAU    91+/100 *

Estate grown, 50 year old vines; 40% clairette, 30% bourboulenc, 20% grenache blanc, 10% ugni blanc. At opening, not much aroma because it's from relatively non aromatic grapes. Full bodied. Develops a lemony aspect that is attractive. A bit more flavor, though pretty much about body and texture. Citrus and acacia flavors form. Good weight and mouthfeel. Very much what I look for in CdR blanc. Delicious savor. After two hours' aeration, the group sensed this had much more to say. Even more the next day, reported the host. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1954. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE    91/100

Roussanne, marsanne, viognier. Spells these varieties in the relatively cool setting of northern Gard. I imagine these vines are pretty old by now, since this has been the constitution of the blanc for many years. Roussanne peach, marsanne marl, viognier honeysuckle. Very brisk, bright, and fresh. Round and medium-full in flavor and body. Nice acid brace. Roussanne stone fruit, viognier florals. Viognier's cleansing bitter trace at the end. An harmonious cuvee, with mealworthy vinosity. Salivating and versatile aperitif and seafood white. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1955. 20 COTES DU RHONE ROUSSANNE, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON    91+/100

Famille Quiot; all roussanne; vineyard at the foot of the Dentelles. Varietal white peach and honey. Floral overtones Dash of refreshing bitterness on the finish. This became increasingly aromatic as it aired. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-1956. 20 COTES DU RHONE VIOGNIER, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON    92+/100

Famille Quiot; all viognier; vineyard at the foot of the Dentelles. Like the 2020 Roussanne, some sulphur is getting in the way of its varietal statement. There's a sense of honeysuckle sweetness coming through. And padding. Yeah, it's still sulphur grippy at opening. Like the Roussanne, this will probably show better after an hour or two's aeration. And it surely did. Tasting panel comments like ' Apricot, orange, glycerol, good acidity,' 'Best southern Rhone white ever.' 'Best viognier ever.' 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1957. 20 VISAN COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES BLANC FLEUR DE PAMPRE, DOMAINE LA FLORANE     91/100

Marsanne, roussanne, bourboulenc, grenache blanc, clairette; vines averaging 30 years. Boy, that's a noseful, texturally. You aren't gonna get gushing aromas from this southern Rhone pantheon of white varietals. Spikes of green fruit aroma pierce the nostrils though. Smooth and well integrated on the palate. Enough acid showing for balance. Like the Gessami, singular. Though, fundamentally, less aromatic surge given its varietal set. Just the same, this has its own virtues. The group found this virtuous, and entertaining also. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1958. 20 VENTOUX BLANC 3 MESSES BASSES, VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX    91/100

Half each clairette, grenache blanc. Subtle Provence herb aroma set, plus subtle underbrush aspects. The cool green fruit aspects of its varietal set. Surprising range, depth, intensity for this cuvee. Flavors more intense than aromas. Savory taste, good acidity, well balanced. Self effacing blanc that sacrifices strong identity in the name of versatility at the table. This is fully competitive with good Cotes du Rhone blancs. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1959. 18 BANDOL, LA BASTIDE BLANCHE    94+/100

Est. 1972; 72% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 6% cinsault, 1% each syrah, carignan; aged 18 months in cooperage; unfiltered. Oh, that purple black color and purple fruited mourvedre classic, redolent of boysenberry. The fruit amplification of 2018 is wholly flattering to this wine. Bandols can be resistant in youth, though seldom Bastide Blanche. / Wow, that's 2018 full, hearty, sweet fruited. Large, robust, round, powerful. This vintage takes it to eleven. The tannin is coated with sweet fruit. The acidity, however, performs a balancing act. As does a secret core of mourvedre concentration that has a positive astringent property. Replete with great structure, acid, and fine tannin, it's both balanced and framed. With the rich 2018 innards. Awesome, and will improve. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

FR-1960. 17 BANDOL, CHATEAU CANADEL    3++/100 *

Terraced vineyards on oldest rock outcroppings in the AOC; 73% mourvedre, 20% cinsault, 5% grenache, 2% syrah,, planted in 1978; aged in foudres; owner/winemaker couple apprenticed at Domaine Tempier. Large and classic. Relatively high mourvedre content shows in its dense, purple fruited core. Keeper. There's a certain smoothness to it from glycerol, which partially coats its bearish tannins. Built right, but not for current use unless decanted and given lots of aeration time. Earned the group's universal applause. 93++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

FR-1961. 17 BANDOL LES HAUTS DU VALLON, MOULIN DE LA ROQUE    92+/100

95% mourvedre, 5% carignan. Wow, that really is a lot of mourvedre. And it's plenty ripe too. Must be from one of the warmest zones of the AOC. Quite powerful on the palate. The inherent varietal bitterness still in charge. And tannin. Worth cellaring. Great price for Bandol. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1962. 18 BANDOL, DOMAINE TERREBRUNE    (93/100)

2016: Wine & Spirits 93: 'Reynald Delille tends 74 acres in the hills of Ollioulles, where limestone underlines the clay soils, and breezes off the Mediterranean refresh the vines. He favors a high percentage of mourvedre in his red Bandol-85 percent-which he lets mellow in foudres for 18 months. The 2016 is dark and spicy, the tannins and acidity giving the plummy fruit an impressive sense of size and strength without any rough edges. It's stony and savory, elegant enough to drink now, although it is sure to reveal more detail with another decade in the cellar. $48.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

FR-1963. 20 MONT BAUDILE MOURVEDRE, LA DOMITIENNE    91+/100

Faithful dark purple color. Mourvedre in a nice, warm setting. It's comfortable and well composed here. The purple fruit, the violets highlight, and the fine grained tannins spell it out. A well priced varietal series. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1964. 19 SAINT GUILHEM LA DESERT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, LA DOMITIENNE    91/100

IGP covering a sector of Languedoc north of Montpellier and encompassing Pic St. Loup; on blue marl and fossil deposits. Oh, that's a sweet and old vines concentrated, black fruited take on carignan. Black cherry, black pepper, black licorice. Sweet fruit on the palate too; not pandering though. Accurate and agreeable, if not particularly complicated. Good acid and balance. Won't vie for attention at the table. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1965. 19 PIC SAINT LOUP, CHATEAU FONTANES    92+/100

20% barrel aged. That's clear and cool PSL high altitude elegance. Charming and exemplary. Lots of fruit flavor and texture intensity. The great precision the nose implied. Full, fine tannin. Defines the genre. Got to have some. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

FR-1966. 20 HERAULT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, MONT GRAVET    91/100

From vines over 100 years old. Dark color. 20 fresh and fruity, with a carignan peppercorn edge. Yes, black fruit and black pepper. Nice and dry. Good acidity. Well balanced. While rather two dimensional the first evening, by the second and third the fruit had sweetened up and spread out to become 3D and engaging. Mealtime friendly. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1967. 20 HERAULT HERITIQUES, CHATEAU D'OUPIA    91/100

Full, rich, sweet black fruit. High acidity; Euro oriented. Good, straight forward fruit presentation. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1968. 19 FITOU VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU DE SEGURE    91+/100

14%; 40% each carignan, grenache, 20% syrah; barrel aged 9 months; Gold Medal - Berlin. Solid. The bulk and framework bear the alcohol. Dry and black in that Fitou way. Yes, lots of mass here. Good acid and fine tannin. Not a lot of aroma and flavor development yet. Well proportioned and positioned to gain both in the cellar. Pretty well priced for a cellar candidate. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1969. 21 COTEAUX DE CABRERISSE ANNE SARDA, MARY TAYLOR    91+/100

All carignan; 40-60 year old vines. Dark purple color. Deep, dark, concentrated, powerful, and clear old vines carignan aroma. Yes, full textured too. A whale of a carignan delivery for this price. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1970. 16 SAINT CHINIAN CHATEAU MICHEL CAZEVIEILLE, VIGNOBLES FONCALIEU    91/100

Mostly syrah. A year in barrels. That does smack of southern syrah forcefulness. Black and ripe and extracted. All echoes on the palate. Actually, I quite like it. And the price is quite modest Raspy finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1971. 19 SAINT CHINIAN LES TRAVERS DE MARCEAU, DOMAINE RIMBERT    91/100

Est. 1996; Jean-Marie's son, Marceau, was born at the start of his first harvest; 50% syrah, 20% mourvedre, 15% each cinsaut, carignan. Ruddy red color. That's bright; that emphasizes current appeal. Whole greater than sum of parts. Syrah doesn't stand out. Here, 'blend' has no negative connotations. Flavorful and forward. Great acidity. Begs for food; very versatile at the table. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

FR-1972. 20 CORBIERES GRAND RESERVE CHATEAU CAMPLONG, VIGNERONS DE CAMPLONG    91/100

Mainly old vines carignan, with grenache, mourvedre, and syrah. Black and peppery carignan leads the way. Less heart on sleeve that the 2018. More in the tank here; more serious too. The varietal set is both variegated and coordinated. Whole greater than sum. Fruit sweetness counters high alcohol nicely. Flavorful and lasting. Good fruit-acid balance. The 2018 won my heart. This one wins my mind. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1973. 19 CORBIERES ELEVE EN FUTS DE CHENE, CHATEAU VAUGELAS    91/100

60% syrah, 20% grenache, 15% carignan, 5% mourvedre. I've always liked this source's wines. While I'm not a fan of Midi syrah, Vaugelas pulls this one off well. It's ripe stemmed, not green stemmed. The whole encepagement is greater than the sum of the parts. Barrel time helps with the merger. Yes, sweet, dark syrah strong fruit statement. Barrel mellowing without oak vying with the fruit. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1974. 16 CORBIERES RENAISSANCE, CHATEAU DE FONTENELLES    91/100

On the Montagne d'Alaric; 55% syrah, 25% grenache, 20% old vines carignan and mourvedre; aged 12 months in cooperage. Nicely matured in barrel and bottle. An especially black-fruited encepagement for Corbieres; it shows. Sweet fruit for 2016. This is forward, gentle, generous, and spot on at this stage for fall/winter enjoyment. Lingering sweet fruit savors. 91/100. List price: $22.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1975. 16 MINERVOIS CAMPAGNE DE CENTEILLES, CLOS CENTEILLES

50-100 year old vines surrounding the 13th century chapel of Centeilles; from 50+ year old cinsault, syrah.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1976. 09 MINERVOIS CAPITELLE DE CENTEILLES, CLOS CENTEILLES    93/100

All cinsault; 70 year old vines. Sweet, warm, and mellow 2009 at a good state of maturity. Yes, warm, savory, and pretty powerful, though not too. Dried cherry and orange zest. No tannin and not much further bouquet development potential, so good to go over the coming cold months. 93/100. List price: $43.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

FR-1977. 16 COTES DU BRIAN C DE CENTEILLES BLANC, CLOS CENTEILLES    91/100

Riveyrenc blanc, riveyrenc gris, araignan; 70 - 100 year old vines surrounding the 13th century Centeilles chapel. Golden color, of course. Good Granny Smith apple aroma. This is fully vital. The palate has amazing freshness, acidity, vitality. And a unique and subtle aromatic set. Ready for poultry. What fun this is! 91/100. List price: $32.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1978. 16 COTE DU BRIAN MOSAIQUE DE CENTEILLES BLANC, CLOS CENTEILLES    92/100

Grenache gris, clairette blanche, piquepoul gris, clairette rose, terret gris, carignan gris, riveyrenc gris, grenache blanc, picardan; 70 - 100 year old vines. Similar appearance. More oomph and more bouquet development. Fully vital too. Always love new experiences!/ Bright and fresh too. With more minerality. A broader aromatic set. No sense making other than grape associations. Just sit back, and enjoy it for what it is. Poultry mate also. 92/100. List price: $32.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-1979. 19 COTES DU ROUSSILLON BASTIDE MIRAFLORS, FAMILLE LAFAGE    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The 2019 Cotes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors is a blend of 70% Syrah (vinified as whole bunches and aged in 20% new demi-muids) and 30% Grenache (destemmed and aged in concrete). Hints of peppery spice, vanilla and woodsmoke accent the blueberry-scented nose, while the full-bodied palate is ripe, supple and concentrated, adding hints of black cherries, chocolate and licorice on the long finish. It's hard to top this sort of quality at the suggested retail of $19. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1980. 19 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, CHATEAU SAINT ROCH    92/100

2/3 grenache, 1/3 syrah. Big time, purple fruited, sweet and powerful St. Roch. On target. Yeah, power of grenache, black fruit of syrah. In harmony. Gives, gives, gives. And the acid and fine tannin keep it honest. Bravo. Glad to have this back in the market. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-1981. 19 CITE DE CARCASSONNE CABERNET FRANC, LAROQUE    91/100

They've got this down. No other cabernet franc quite like it. There's some of the warmth of the south, which is tempered by the relatively high altitude of the vineyard. Red raspberry with bergamot overtones. Special spicy nuances too.A remarkably substantial cabernet franc./ Fruit sweetness not to excess. Good acid. Again the spicy variants. Long and flavorful. Unique. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

FR-1982. 18 PAYS D'OC SYRAH DOMAINE DU GRAND CAUMONT, FAMILLE RIGAL    90+/100

Properly dark color. Condensed, sweet, black fruit core reluctant to give up much aroma. Will likely benefit from additional aeration, though it was opened yesterday. This has real Med syrah makings. It's not the green-stemmed clone. It's fully rich and ripe. It's surprisingly well composed and well endowed for the price. I could see cellaring some of this, which I don't say about many under $10 wines. 90+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1983. 20 PAYS D'OC ROUGE CLAUDE VAL, DOMAINES PAUL MAS    90/100

From Aude vineyards. 50% grenache, 20% merlot, 20% syrah, 10% carignan. Pleasing melange. Sweet fruits. Well balanced by good acidity. Universal appeal. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1984. 18 FRANCAIS CINSAULT, DOMAINE DES TERRES FALMET    91/100

Yves Falmet, vigneron; at Creissan; unfiltered; 50+ year old vines on hillsides of Saint Chinian. 2018 rich. Especially for cinsault. Old vines talk. Flavorful. Really demonstrative cinsault character. Good acid. Melted tannins. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1985. 21 PICPOUL DE PINET PIQUE POUL, CAVE LES VIGNOLES MONTAGNAC DOMITIENNE    90/100

Limestone and sand soils. That's the coolness and cut of picpoul, perhaps a little understated this vintage. Softer than expected of a 21 picpoul. That's flattering, actually. More flavor than aroma. This'll do. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-1986. 21 PICPOUL DE PINET, FONT MARS    91/100 *

Clay-limestone soils. Upon opening, that understated picpoul green fruit aroma. Like past vintages, this is rather richer and rounder than its peers. Yet 2021 crispness gives it an incisive edge that kinda completes the picture of Font Mars picpoul. Ultimately juicy and begging for food. Best vintage yet here. 91/100. Aeration maxed out this variety's subtly aromatic nose. Ripe nature confirmed by attendees.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1987. 21 PICPOUL DE PINET, DOMAINE HAUT BRIDAU    91+/100 *

3 generation domaine in the heart of the Massif de Castelnaux. Closed up at first. Can't get the heart of what is, aromatically, a fairly subtle variety. A nice and gentle acidity. I will need more input from the tasting panel following aeration. Well, got it: 'Lots of aroma and flavor', 'Long and balanced', and 'Really nice'. Very popular with the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1988. 20 PICPOUL DE PINET, JADIX    91/100

On chalky clay embedded with fossilized oysters, quartz, and gravel; picpoul has been grown on the plateau above the Thau lagoon since Roman times; 'picpoul' = 'lipstinger'. This is right. Lively, zingy, cutting edge. Penetrating, brisk This has max personality for this often prosaic, understated grape variety. Pushes out those green apple and legume things that brings to mind a gruner veltliner. Flavor intensity confirms. Blind, I'd say I was drinking gruve. Except the acidity is higher and gives it a lot of textural play. Earns its name. Long, expressive finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1989. 21 PAYS D'OC BLANC CLAUDE VAL, DOMAINES PAUL MAS    90/100

2019: Grenache blanc, chasan, sauvignon blanc, vermentino, chenin blanc, mauzac. From the Aude. Pleasing Duke's mixture of non aromatic varieties for body and subtly perfumed ones for aromas. Well crafted, agreeable, versatile. Yin and yang of body and race. 2019 tender touch. Well crafted as always. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

FR-1990. 20 PAYS D'OC SAUVIGNON. VIGNOBLES FERRANDIERE    91/100

Fresh and zesty southern sauvignon combo of fruit ripeness and vitality. Wholly successful. Flavorful and racy. Lemon emphasis. Well priced. Dryness without austerity. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1991. 20 PAYS D‘OC CHARDONNAY, DOMAINE LA MOTTE

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1992. 20 PAYS D'OC VIOGNIER. VIGNOBLES FERRANDIERE    91+/100

Between Corbieres and Minervois; the unique terroir allows vines to be grown on their own rootstock Bit of an SUS issue, masking the usually brilliant viognier display of this cuvee. Oh, but wait! Here it comes! Stone fruit and honeysuckle beauties. Suave with viognier glycerol. The flavor is still somewhat suppressed. I'll bet this will show a lot more in a couple of hours. To an extent it did. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

FR-1993. 19 PAYS D'OC VIOGNIER EMBRUNS, DOMAINE MICHEL GASSIER    92/100

Wow! He's got it down. Just bursting with viognier honeysuckle and lime, whereas a couple of other 19 viogniers today need more air and age. Stimulating. Yes, dry and totally varietal flavorful. Viognier yin-yang of glycerol and astringency. Got to have it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1994. 21 PAYS D'OC VIOGNIER LES PETITS CAILLOUX, CHATEAU LA GENESTIERE    91+/100

Est. 1930; all viognier; 15 year old vines on limestone, clay, and gravel, yielding 2 tons per acre; aged on lees 6 months. Light dusting of SUS, but not enough to suppress a bright and vigorous varietal display of orange blossom and honeysuckle. The fruit is fully ripe and sweet even in this cool vintage. And there's extra raciness too compared to the 2020. Fruit/flower notes reverberate on the aftertaste. A panelist noted both glycerol and bitterness on the palate, each a viognier trait. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

FR-1995. 19 ILE DE BEAUTE, DOMAINE VETRICCIE    92/100

Plump and lively both. Sweet black fruit creme. Penetrates. 70% native varieties in the mix here offer uniqueness. Sweet and juicy flavor and feel. Best vintage yet. Great acid, fine tannin, lasting feel and flavor. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1996. 20 ILE DE BEAUTE BLANC, DOMAINE VETRICCIE    91/100

Half each vermentino, chardonnay. Nice vermentino fragrance. And the chardonnay is not just filler. There are apple-citrus aromas. These work together as a team. Yes, both body and fragrance. Fruit and flower. Intensity. I'm convinced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-1997. 18 PATRIMONIO, DOMAINE, ORENGA DE GAFFORY

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

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FR-1999. 15 ALSACE PINOT NOIR TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER    91/100

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-2000. 19 ALSACE GENTIL, HUGEL    92/100

Est. 1639; from vineyards around Riquewihr; sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, muscat, gewurztraminer. The aromatic varieties speak in tandem, moderated by sylvaner and pinot blanc cuvee basis. Hugel has been doing its 'edelzwicker' for many generations and surely has it down. It's fun to go back and smell and taste, and get a succession of riesling, muscat, and gewurz aromas and flavors. Very entertaining wine. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-2001. 21 ALSACE BLANC, KUENTZ-BAS    91+/100

65% pinot blanc, 15% muscat, 6% gewurztraminer, 4% riesling. A little tighter knit than the 2020. Cooler year, and I'm tasting it at an earlier stage. I could detect each variety in the 2020. They haven't spread out yet here. More play on the palate. The muscat white flowers, the gewurz bitterness. Bottle age will surely coax forth clearer images. 91+/100. Tasted 7/22/22.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-2002. 19 ALSACE SYLVANER, DOMAINE BOTT FRERES    90/100

Est. 1835; at Ribeauville. Good, cool, low key, and accurate Alsace sylvaner; age helps. The relatively mild acidity of the variety. Good strength, vigor, youthful bent. Boy, would this be rangy at the table. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

FR-2003. 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER    91/100

2016: 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: $19.99 each

FR-2004. 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, THE FURST    92/100 *

That''s a good, full nose for a frigid bottle of pinot blanc. Lots of green stuff. Best vintage of the series-/ Yeah, apple, peel, and gobs of mineral extract. Clinging finish. Very satisfying and rangy at the table. Became more expressive still as it warmed and aired over the next couple of hours. Earned the group's admiration. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-2005. 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, ANDRE SCHERER    91/100

At Husseren les Chateaux, high above the Alsace plain. Very cold sample. Nose understated yet valid. Clear and green pinot blanc fruit with no rough edges. I like it. Warms in mouth and expands in flavor. Textbook varietal character without frills and fancy stuff. Proper acidity level for the variety. Dry, smooth, well balanced. Wide applications. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-2006. 19 ALSACE PINOT GRIS TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER    91+/100

Est. 1580; at Eguisheim. A fresh vintage and style. Subtle apple and hazelnut varietal aromas. Plump, friendly, and forward 2019 with light nut and paraffin gris notes. Surprisingly soft and waxy. Very flavorful. Apple and pie crust. I think there's some RS instead of glycerol. Coated acid. Will gather more aromatic and textural interest with a few months' aging. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-2007. 20 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, THE FURST    91/100

2019: Fresh and spot on, clear and appley crisp fruit. Yes, clear and bountiful varietal character. Arousing; begs attention. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

FR-2008. 18 ALSACE PINOT GRIS CLASSIC, HUGEL    91+/100

Est 1639; from clay and limestone sites around Riquewihr Admirably full and waxy. Apple, melon, cream, nut. Real deal. Glycerol coats over the acid. Medium bodied. I'm going to count on this to gain depth and breadth with cellaring. It seems to have put on weight over the coming hours. Many orders taken from tasting panel members. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

FR-2009. 18 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, SCHOENHEITZ    91/100

Plumper, waxier than the pinot blanc. Not nutty. Also quite lean and sleek in styling. Nuttier on the palate. Nice glycerol padding. This is genuine too. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-2010. 15 ALSACE PINOT GRIS RESERVE, TRIMBACH    (94/100)

Wine Enthusiast 94: 'The nose is fresh but shows complete restraint. The palate gently draws pure Comice pear fruit, its ripeness tempered with ample clean freshness. A streamlined precise slenderness characterizes this bone-dry, restrained and therefore utterly elegant Pinot Gris. It's a class act to drink from now through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

FR-2011. 14 ALSACE RIESLING VENDANGES TARDIVES, FREY-SOHLER    97/100

Quite the full color. Oh, so honeyed and yet so brisk! Total VT concentration. Honey, peach,, nut. Persistent. Sweet and succulent. Perfect sweet-acid balance. Long. A privilege to taste. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-2012. 21 ALSACE RIESLING, THE FURST     90/100

Pleasing riesling apple and citrus aromas. 21 crispness. Yes, dry and racy. Riesling and vintage crisp ID. Rangy table applications. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-2013. 19 ALSACE RIESLING STEINKLOTZ GRAND CRU, HELFRICH    92+/100

Northernmost and first recorded Alsace Grand Cru vineyard. Quite the big boy in the Helfrich range. There's more to come. Good volume and texture and enhanced flavor over aroma. Good acidity. A lot to like. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

FR-2014. 20 ALSACE RIESLING CUVEE ANTOINE, GUILLAUME KLINGENFUS    91/100

2019: A little boden in this Bas Rhin take, but there's also a coy charm to the nose. Beguiles. Legit Alsace riesling feel and flavor. Truly dry. Good acidity. Lingers. Great price. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

FR-2015. 19 ALSACE RIESLING, ANDRE SCHERER    91/100

2017: A very fresh, clear take with no evergreen formed yet. This is one of the best of his of late. And one of the youngest. Lovely face of riesling, unique and hard to describe, but I'm likin' it. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

FR-2016. 17 ALSACE RIESLING SCHOENENBOURG GRAND CRU, PIERRE SPARR    93+/100

Est. 1680; estate bottled; steep, south facing hillside above Riquewihr; 35 year old vines. OMG! Is that ever a nostril filling experience, both from aromatic and textural standpoints. Grand Cru presence to the max. The aroma is as much about place as varietal. Its vineyard's uniquely elegant take on riesling. Less ripeness than the buxom 2015, which contributes vintage character also. This is drier than the 2015. Pleasing acidity and balance. Orders taken.93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

FR-2017. 19 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER    (93/100)

2018: Wine & Spirits 93: 'Based in Eguisheim, Christian Beyer blends this wine from estate-grown grapes as well as purchased fruit. This was a panel favorite, and though it didn't stand out to this critic, the panelists' enthusiasm was pretty convincing, especially when they started bringing up foods to match its sweet dark-toned plum and muscat-spice flavors. One panelist compared it to blueberry honey and suggested a pairing with roast salmon. Another took its dark fruit toward gamey venison sausage or duck prosciutto,.speck,.jamon Iberico. So, I went back to it the next day and the wine had entered another dimension, the tannins acting like crushed stone, tightening around the sweet fruit, keeping it refreshing and crunchy as its volume continued to expand. $27.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-2018. 19 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER    92/100

Accurate, dry. Classic. Nice and waxy gewurz texture. Very good bottle. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-2019. 07 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER SELECTION DES GRAINS NOBLES, FREY-SOHLER    98+/100

Golden sheen. Nectarous. Polleny botrytis. Nuts ad grains. Tea and tobacco. Plenty in reserve. BA sweetness and concentration. Acid coated but still up to the task. Years of bouquet development ahead. 98+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

FR-2020. 19 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, THE FURST    92/100

Oh, this is so lifted by its rosy airs. And there's a ginger nip too. Boy, roses to the fore. Rosier than any gewurztraminer I've tasted in a long time. It's off dry and further padded by glycerol. Good acidity performs a balancing act. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-2021. 20 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, FAMILLE HELFRICH    92/100

2018: Well pomaded this vintage. Rosewater and glycerol. A narrow stratum of Bas Rhein earthiness. Very rosy palate. Flavorful indeed. Surpasses Bas Rhein norms. This delivers. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-2022. 20 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, ANDRE SCHERER    91/100

At Husseron Les Chateaux, high above the Alsace plain. Oh, lots of rose, orange blossom, and ginger. Best vintage of this-/ Carries over nicely to the palate. Gewurz soft but not sweet. I like a little more strength and body in my Alsace gewurzs. House style, this has rangier table prospects as it is. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

FR-2023. 20 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, PIERRE SPARR    (90/100)

2018: Wine & Spirits 90: 'This wine is more about plump apricot flavors than spice or floral notes. Savory and luscious, with a gentle ease, it's an appealing gewurz to drink on its own or with pork chops and apricots braised in white wine.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

FR-2024. 18 ALSACE MUSCAT RESERVE, FREY-SOHLER    91/100

Well, it's great to have a fresh vintage to sell. Prime example of both muscat varieties. The stone fruits of petit grains, the musk melon of ottonel. In harmony. Again, a well orchestrated assemblage. Respectable acidity. Ideal with asparagus and with raclette. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each



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