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FRANCE MEDITERRANEAN

FR-2143. 17 SAVOIE MONDEUSE, LE CAVEAU SAVOYARD
6 months in barrels. Concentrated, singular, high altitude variety. Deep, dark, and spicy. Round, sweet, plummy, and special. Oak and cherry things./ Clove-cinnamon highlights. From barrel aging. Special qualities that differentiate it from its peers. Light oak and fruit tannin, well padded. Good fruit flavor. Nice all around. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2144. 16 SAVOIE CHIGNIN MONDEUSE, DOMAINE RENE QUENARD
Gold Medal - Savoie. Dry and close and Euro nose to start. Nice cherry and herb aromatic set grows with aeration. Real mondeuse./ Oh, the palate is spicy and vigorous. Lots of varietal character and ideal degree of ripeness. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2145. 18 SAVOIE APREMONT LES ROCAILLES JACQUERE, PIERRE BONIFACE
Full cold cream texture. Pear fruit. Ready to wear./ Again, Creamy, floral, unique, fine. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2146. 18 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, DOMAINE RICHEL
All jacquere. Fresh, upbeat, scented of green fruits. With further aeration, lots of texture and personality. Deep aromas of dried citrus peel and walnut husk./ Just a beauty on nose and palate alike. Very flavorful. Racy, juicy. Vigorous texture and taste. Lasting finish. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2147. 17 SAVOIE APREMONT JACQUERE, LE CAVEAU SAVOYARD
Pleasing and plump, light stone fruit and melon aromas. Fresh./ Full of fruit flavor, melon especially. Plumpness foiled by acid tanginess. Super yin-yang. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2148. 18 SAVOIE CHIGNIN, DOMAINE QUENARD
All jacquere. Lightly scented. Very dry. Green fruit. Reminds me of a high altitude pinot blanc./ The flavor is subtle too. Very dry, crisp, and vinous. Rangy mealtime wine.. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2149. 16 SAVOIE FRANGY ROUSSETTE, DOMAINE LUPIN
Tender, peachy, lithe form of roussanne./ Round, mellow, full. With good acid and grip. Balanced. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2150. 19 SAVOIE JONGIEUX BLANC, EUGENE CARREL
From jacquere. Bright and fresh and minty. Bergamot./ Medium bodied nature of vintage. Flavor confirms aroma. Good acid. Long, clinging, minerally mouthfeel. Will probably fill out further over the coming months. Regardless, very popular with the group already. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2151. 18 ARDECHE SYRAH, DOMAINE DURAND
This has been reductive in several vintages, the 2017 not so much so. The 2018 is reductive, but not aggressively so. Purple fruits and flowers. Very pure./ Again, the sense of reduction in youth. Good texture and fine tannin. The astringency that comes with reduction. Check it out in a couple of hours. I have confidence. It opened up more for the group, giving a full northern Rhone syrah display. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2152. 16 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN L'HERMITAGE
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How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2153. 19 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH FLEURS DE MAI, DOMAINE GEORGES VERNAY
50 year old vines on the plateau adjoining Condrieu. Very, very dainty take on northern Rhone syrah. The assets are there: the raspberry, the white pepper, and the lavender. Forget about the bacon factor in this sort of presentation. About finesse. The opposite of a Cornas./ Oh, lush and lovely in the mouth. Full flavored. After it breathed, several in the group caught that wisp of bacon to complete a northern Rhone syrah aroma set. Fine acidity. Unique and special. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 29.99 each

FR-2154. 18 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH SAINTE AGATHE, DOMAINE GEORGES VERNAY
Vinous 92: ‛Deep violet. Spice-accented boysenberry, cherry and a hint of candied flowers on the highly fragrant nose. Appealingly sweet and focused on the palate, showing good depth and impressive clarity to the juicy, spice-tinged red and blue fruit and licorice flavors. Shows a repeating floral quality and bright, minerally lift on the subtly tannic finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity. These vines are planted in Condrieu, but since red Condrieu isn't allowed, Cotes-du-Rhone it is. Raised in used demi-muids and barriques. Drink 2022-2029.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2155. 16 COLLINES RHODANIENNES SYRAH CONNIVENCE, VERZIER
80% barrel aged. Pure, intense, northern syrah perfume brilliance. White pepper, raspberry, lavender. Really very beautiful, cool 2016 varietal ID./ The perfumes carry over to the taste. Really bright, peppery splash and raspberry pastille sweetness and savor. Fine structure and acidity. Outstanding. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2156. 16 COLLINES RHODENIANNES MARSANNE PREMIERE NOTE, CAVE DE TAIN L'HERITAGE
A full, meaty, marly marsanne. Commendable, illustrative, price-worthy marsanne. Complete package./ Full and rich.. Revealing. Smooth, round, and rich image. Long and tasty, balanced and thorough. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2157. 19 COLLINES RHODANIENNES VIOGNIER LE PIED DE SAMSON, DOMAINE GEORGES VERNAY
20 year old vines in granite at 300 meters; once part of the Condrieu AOC. Very cool, calm, and collected take on viognier. About subtlety, not show. Cool citrus and peel instead of honeysuckle and stone fruit. Releases mor peach and floral highlights after aeration. Penetrating stoniness. Very serious wine./ Well, the viognier turns sweet and round on the palate, while maintaining that stony foundation. This is Condrieu substantial and mouthfilling. Classic varietal bitterness in back. Great length. Wine of the Night on several scorecards. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2158. 17 COTE ROTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE, E. GUIGAL
Wine & Spirits 94: 'This is a terrific vintage of Brune et Blonde, a blend of both estate and purchased fruit from the Cote Brune's schist soils and the Blonde's granite. The concentration gained in the warm, dry summer of 2017 is reflected in the wine's color, as dark purple as a Kalamata olive; the flavors are clenched in a fist of tannins and oak smoke. But give the wine a day to open and it turns cigar-smoky, with a cool blueberry-skin feel to the fruit, silky and refined -- and it remains that way for days on end.'
How Many bottles/singles: 84.95 each

FR-2159. 18 COTE ROTIE, CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME
Wine Enthusiast 95 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'Notes of char, iron and tobacco leaf accent penetrating black-cherry and cassis flavors in this muscular expression of Cote-Rotie. Produced from 100% whole-cluster Syrah and matured twelve months in 30% new French oak, it's a weighty, intensely structured red framed by firm, gripping tannins and a delicately earthen, meaty finish. While nervous in youth it should hit peak from 2023 and improve another decade still.'
How Many bottles/singles: 94.95 each

FR-2160. 18 SAINT JOSEPH OFFERUS, J-L CHAVE
Wine Spectator 93: ‛This is lively, with bright black cherry and blackberry coulis flavors racing along, lined with a fresh sanguine note and backed by a minerally edge on the finish. A flash of bay leaf in the background adds range. Drink now through 2030. $36.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2161. 16 SAINT JOSEPH, DOMAINE J. DENUZIERE
Freshness of 2016 and Saint Joseph. Fine example of both. I can abide this easily. This is all about Saint Joseph./ Oh, goodness, this is sweet and ripe on the palate. Complexity, if not from barrel, then from terroir. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2162. 17 SAINT JOSEPH LES COTEAUX, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Vinous 91: ‛Bright purple. Spice-accented blue fruit and floral scents, along with hints of cured tobacco and olive. Broad and fleshy in the mouth, offering sappy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter on the back half. Youthful, gripping tannins add shape to the finish, which hangs on with strong, dark-fruit-driven tenacity. Drink 2022-2029.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2163. 17 HERMITAGE FARCONNET, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
2016: Vinous 94: ‛Saturated ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries, licorice and candied violet show excellent delineation, clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that steadily deepen on the back half. Turns sweeter on the persistent, penetrating finish, which features well-knit tannins and lingering floral and exotic spice notes. This is quite graceful, and while it will no doubt reward patience, it's awfully easy to drink now. Drink 2024-2034. $87.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2164. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, MAISON LES ALEXANDRINS
Wine Spectator 93: ‛Plush and smoky, with smoldering bay leaf and tobacco notes amid steeped plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Black tea and sanguine elements curl through the seductive finish. Best from 2020 through 2027. $29.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2165. 18 CROZES HERMITAGE SILENE, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
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. Wine Spectator 92/100, and, it fills the bill. Spectacular range and intensity of northern Rhone syrah attributes./ 2018 suave. Complex flavor array. Fine acid and tannin. Super flavorful, long, fine. Keeper. The group was impressed. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2166. 15 CROZES HERMITAGELES FEES BRUNES, JEAN-LUC COLOMBO
Wine Spectator 90; Vinous 90: 'Bright violet. Pungent aromas of ripe dark fruits, licorice, violet and smoky minerals. Densely packed, appealingly sweet and penetrating in the mouth, showing very good lift and vivacity to the smoky cassis, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors. Finishes sweet and quite long, displaying supple tannins that gain strength with air. Drink 2021-2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2167. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, E. GUIGAL
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-2168. 16 CROZES HERMITAGE, DOMAINE HABRARD
A ‛taste-maker‛ customer of mine reports: ‛Well, that is definitely a fair price for the quality. The real deal..Really it‛s as good a northern Rhone as I've had in some time. 40 years ago it would have been a dead ringer for an Hermitage. It is balanced and very northern Rhone in style. This is a real classic.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2169. 15 CROZES HERMITAGE LES JALETS, PAUL JABOULET AINE
Inky./ Full, sweet, 15 abundant. Classic PJ spicy etch. Jaboulet's back. Deep, ripe raspberry, white pepper. Yes./ Inviting brightness as well as richness. The many distinctions of northern Rhone syrah. Raspberry, white pepper, smoked meat, plus lavender. Fine tannin. Balanced feel. Lovely. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2170. 17 CROZES HERMITAGE, DOMAINE DES LISES
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: 37.99 each

FR-2171. 18 CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC, ALAIN GRAILLOT
Vinous 92; Parker 91: ‛An 80-20 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is a 50-50 blend of barrel-fermented and tank-fermented portions. Malolactic fermentation is blocked. It's a deep golden color, rich, broad and honeyed on the full-bodied palate, then finishes with a bit of white pepper and surprising zestiness. Drink now-2022.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2172. 17 CORNAS EMPREINTES, DOMAINE DURAND
2016: Parker 95: ‛The 2016 Cornas Empreintes features hints of cedar, brown sugar and dried spices layered over its plummy fruit (it was aged in 20% new oak, with the bulk in older wood). Full-bodied, supple and ripe, it's charming but with more stuffing than that word suggests, showing ample concentration and soft, dusty tannins on the long finish. It's a terrific Cornas to drink over the next 10-12 years. Drink now-2031.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2173. 12 CORNAS EMPRIENTES, DOMAINE DURAND
Parker 92: ‛More classic, focused and edgy, the 2012 Cornas Empreintes has bright acidity in its medium to full-bodied flavors of smoked herbs, beef blood, licorice and assorted dark fruits. The largest production cuvee, give it 2-3 years and drink it through 2022. $55.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-2174. 16 SAINT PERAY, ERIC & JOEL DURAND
Parker 91; Vinous 91: 'Pale yellow-gold. Fresh and incisive on the nose, displaying vibrant citrus and orchard fruit scents complemented by hints of honeysuckle and chalky minerals. Shows very good depth of flavor but comes off lithe, offering juicy Meyer lemon and bitter pear skin flavors that pick up a spicy ginger note on the back half. Closes very long and precise, delivering a firm snap of minerality and lingering floral character. Drink 2022-2028. $30.' Half each roussanne and marsanne, 30% barrel fermented.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2175. 14 DROME LA RE-NOMMEE, DOMAINE LOMBARD
90% syrah, 10% viognier. Fresh, and convincing. Very bright northern Rhone syrah raspberry, white pepper, and lavender./ 14 medium body and fluidity. Delicious northern Rhone syrah taste. Spicy too. Great 14 acid edge. Plenty of length. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2176. 14 BREZEME GRAND CHENE, DOMAINE LOMBARD
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-2177. 19 FRANCAIS CICADA, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
80% grenache, 20% carignan; by a Chateauneuf estate. That's good, dark 2019 grenache. Carignan full support./ Juicy and flowing, as intended. Plenty of sweet fruit give. Good vintage of this. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2178. 15 FRANCAIS C. & J. GRIECO VIGNERONS LE GRAND ST. PAUL, DOMAINE DE LA BISCARELLE
50% grenache, 30% mourvedre, 20% syrah. 14.5%. Deep, strong, sweet, black. Real 3D here. Creamy fruits too. Wow./ Yes, ripe fruit of 15 with the assists of alcohol and body. Wholly round and rich. Plus a complex of spices. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2179. 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
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-2180. 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
Organically grown at Travaillon; 70% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% carignan. Culture shock: from north to south, from syrah to grenache. Oh, and it's a beautifully sweet strawberry and cranberry 2018 grenache nose. Mourvedre throwing in some purple berries like boysenberries, and carignan a dash of cherry liqueur./ Full in the mouth, with body, acid, texture, and fine tannin. Balanced. Sweetly fruity finish. Has the makings. Useful now too. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2181. 19 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE FIGUES DOMAINE DE LA BASTIDE
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-2182. 17 COTES DU RHONE COUDOULET DE BEAUCASTEL, CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL
30% each grenache, mourvedre; 20% each syrah, cinsault; aged 6 months in foudre; unfiltered. Full. Rangy aromas and nasal textures. Peppercorn and garrigue. The power and body of a Chateauneuf du Pape./ Yeah, one heavy duty Cotes du Rhone. Power, weight, fullness, texture, richness, balance. Fine cellar candidate. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2183. 19 COTES DU RHONE LES PIERRUGUES, DOMAINE LA BERTHETE
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-2184. 16 COTES DU RHONE DOMAINE BOSQUET DES PAPES, NICOLAS BOIRON
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: 16.99 each

FR-2185. 18 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MARGUERITE, DOMAINE DE CABASSE
14%; all grenache. I‛m a big supporter of the integrity of grenache; the nose of this 100% version certainly has good power and glycerol./ Yes, presence, force, viscosity, grip, and tannin. One BIG Cotes du Rhone for hearty fare. Long, sweet, and commanding. I detect the hand of a Gigondas winemaker. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2186. 19 COTES DU RHONE GRENACHE CUVEE BASTIEN, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
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-2187. 19 COTES DU RHONE SYRAH CUVEE VINCENT, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
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-2188. 18 COTES DU RHONE MON COEUR, SELECTION J-L CHAVE
60% grenache 30% syrah, 5% ea mourvedre, cinsault; vines 20-60 yrs old; from Vinsobres, Visan, Cairanne, Rasteau. Cool, uplifting fruit of the northern Meridionale villages Vinsobres and Visan play against the black fruit concentration of Cairanne and Rasteau. Masterfully crafted and undeniably entertaining./ Lift triumphs over weight on the palate. A sense of equilibrium prevails, so it's destined for the table already. The group was really sold on this. Orders taken. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2189. 17 COTES DU RHONE, DARRIAUD
80% grenache, 20% syrah. Refreshingly clear and cool take on these varieties. Speaks of Gard, or maybe northern Vaucluse.. Wow, its own thing./ Yes, prime fruit emphasis. No tannin. An ideal position, really. Way too good for the price. An overachiever. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-2190. 18 COTES DU RHONE ST. ESPRIT,. DELAS FRERES
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: 15.99 each

FR-2191. 18 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvedre, 5% each carignan, cinsault; vines average 45 years. Oh, this is fruity and spicy in 2018. Deep and concentrated, but not a bit heavy. Garrigue wells up with airing./ Yes, fruity, peppery, gently flowing. Most flattering vintage of this since the 2015. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2192. 17 COTES DU RHONE SAMORENS, FERRATON PERE
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How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2193. 19 COTES DU RHONE SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
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-2194. 17 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE ROMAINE, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE
2018: 65% grenache, 25% mourvedre and 10% syrah; 60-90 year old vines in the Vacqueyras AOC. Whoa, what aromatic intensity, what spread! Sweet and succulent. Comes right at ya./ Again, the richness, the breadth. A full performance here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2195. 18 COTES DU RHONE VIGNES DU PRIEURE, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 90: ‛Roasted plum and grape-jelly notes are nuanced by hints of sun-dried garrigue and black pepper in this opulent, spicy red. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, it's an unabashedly juicy, fruity sip but rich and satisfying through a long finish. Fine-grained, feathery tannins accentuate the immediate appeal. $19.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2196. 17 COTES DU RHONE LES VIEILLES VIGNES, FAMILLE GRAS
60% grenache (50 years), 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre, plus cinsault, counoise, carignan; Martine's selection. Deep, dark, somber. Intense old vines grenache aroma augmented by the black-fruited subordinates. Man, I mean this is LOADED, and at a moderate alcohol level to boot./ Yes, as fully packed on the palate as on the nose. Competes well above its AOC level. Full textured and clinging aftertaste. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2197. 16 COTES DU RHONE, E. GUIGAL
Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'This contrasts sweet, juicy plum fruit and firm, spicy tannins with some earthy notes and bright cranberry highlights. Philippe Guigal bases this blend on syrah with grenache and mourvedre, sourced from his network of 80-some growers and mellowed in barrels for 18 months before release. It's an impressively structured and complex Cotes du Rhone red. $18.'
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2198. 18 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Vineyard adjacent to Chateauneuf, near Courthezan. 55% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan, 5% ea cinsault, mourvedre.A surprising degree of reductive coolness to this, all for the better. May be the vintage talking. Plenty of fruit, the darker varieties making their presence known./ Both body and balance. Wears its spirit well, though there is some heat in the back. Very wide ranging and abundant flavors. Another worthy vintage of this. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2199. 17 COTES DU RHONE LA SOURCE COURTOIS, DOMAINE JAUME
85% grenache, 15% syrah. At Vinsobres. Bright and racy as usual. Especially so in 17. Sweet grenache strawberry, syrah raspberry./ Rich and racy, cool and fruity. Ideal 17. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2200. 17 COTES DU RHONE ROC EPINE, DOMAINE LAFOND
Ample, abundantly fruity, rich. 17 aims to please./ Yeah, round, rich, fruitful, generous, mouthfilling. Excellent. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2201. 18 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
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-2202. 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Near Sablet; 75% grenache, 25% syrah. Well, there's the grenache versus syrah for you. A richer, rounder, more powerful nose of red versus black fruits. About the most intense in the series./ Race over body as usual. Flavorful. Good acid. Not tannic, but just a bud waiting to blossom. All the right elements are present. 91+/100. Tasted October 2020.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2203. 17 COTES DU RHONE CUVEE MACLURA, CHATEAU PEGAU
60% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault; 50 year old vineyard at Sorgues bordering Chateauneuf du Pape. Now back to a sensible degree of ripeness after the freakish 2016. Big, rich, and powerful. Syrah and mourvedre provide a lot of black fruit aromas. This runs old vines deep and complicated./ Yes, grenache levels of alcohol and glycerol balanced by the firm black fruits of the other major players. Tannins melted, so useful now. Solid vintage of this. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

fr-2204. 18 COTES DU RHONE, ANNE-SOPHIE PIC & CHAPOUTIER
Grenache, syrah; from Drome, Gard, Vaucluse, & Ardeche. I can see the origin range. There's plenty of the cool zones' fruit here./ Yes, well balanced, with good acidity. But clearly not a wine of place, as could be expected. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2205. 19 COTES DU RHONE RESERVE VIEILLES VIGNES, DE PUECH
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% carignan. Quiet, and a bit reductive. Unresolved, undeclared to start. Probably just shipped. With aeration, a sense of probably ripe and regional fruit aroma set is evident, and it pleases./ Pretty terse and tart in the mouth still, with some fine tannin. Could probably take it to the table now. I'll bet this bud will blossom over the coming weeks. Well priced, for sure. Tasted 6/25/20. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2206. 18 COTES DU RHONE SAINT COSME, LOUIS & CHERRY BARRUOL
14.5%. All syrah. From near Vinsobres. Dark red violet./ Good raspberry and peppercorn syrah aspects. Briary./ Briary again. Berries and bramble. Berry, seed, leaf. Edginess of youth. Will settle in. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2207. 17 COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBION, CHATEAU DE ST. COSME
Est. 1490; syrah, grenache, carignan, mourvedre, clairette; from Plan de Dieu, Saint Maurice, and Cairanne; use of whole clusters & indigenous yeasts; 18 months in conical wood vats. Oh, this is sooo spicy, sexy, rangy. Multi-colored peppercorns plus garrigue. Villages range and intensity (and price). The oak seems a contribution but can't be much./ Large, rich, well textured, finely tannic. Always a show stopper. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2208. 19 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
At Saint Gervais in the upper Gard; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% cinsault. The beat goes on. We've seen three vintages of this in twelve months, and none is premature. Cool, racy, upper Gard presentation, with plenty of garrigue, peppercorn, and racy red and black fruits./ Surprisingly full in the mouth. Of course, it IS allegedly 14.5%. No heat though. Well rounded, well balanced, and accomplished for current service. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2209. 17 COTES DU RHONE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SANTA DUC
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2210. 18 COTES DU RHONE, DOMAINE DE SERVANS
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-2211. 17 COTES DU RHONE, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON
At Gigondas. Very sweet and black peppery. Clear and pure product of a fermentation that favors whole clusters. A great vintage of this. Yes!/ Full garrigue flavor set of the Trignons of yore. Robert Mayberry would be proud. Cracked peppercorn and Provencal summer airs. Great acid, sweetness, and flow. Juicy mealtime Cotes du Rhone. Best vintage since it's come back on the market. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2212. 18 COTES DU RHONE, LES TROIS COURONNES
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: 11.99 each

FR-2213. 19 COTES DU RHONE LE CORIANCON, DOMAINE VALLOT
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-2214. 18 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES L'ENCLAVE LA JASSINE, BIELER PERE
Valreas grown; 60% grenache, 40% syrah. The crisp bite and black fruit of northern Rhone Meridionale. Valreas specific. Richness of the vintage. Surpasses the 2016 for sure./ Medium weight and good flow of a Valreas rouge. A wine of place. Smooth Bieler styling. Well balanced. Who would guess 15.3%?! Very popular with the group. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2215. 16 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE SETIER, CHATEAU PEGAU
60% grenache, 20% each syrah, mourvedre; 50 year old vines on the estate at Sorgues. Very large, concentrated, powerful, white dwarf compact./ Rich, round, large in the mouth. Shows old vines intensity. Chewy tannins. Certainly portrays the size of a Gigondas if not the range. Avoids that strange overripeness of the 2016 Maclura Cotes du Rhone. Cellar candidate, or match with winter roasts, stews, game. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2216. 19 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
At Saint Gervais in northern Gard; 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 5% ea cinsault, mourvedre. Well, here we go again. The 2019 is a worthy successor to the strong series that started with 2015. The race, the spice, the garrigue vigor of northern Gard./ Oh, that sweet and vivacious fruit-spice-garrigue range refuses to quit. No need to delay gratification. Great acid for food. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2217. 18 COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES CUVEE NOTRE DAME DES CELLETTES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
60% grenache, 25% syrah, 15% mourvedre; vine age 40 yrs minimum. Impressively deep red-violet color./ Wow! This is both rich and lifted. Soaring fruit, flower, spice, and garrigue overtones along with a very rich underlayment. Got to say this is the best Notre Dame vintage I've nosed./ Dazzling, dancing, complex flavor and texture displays fully underwrite the aromas. Yes, the champion Notre Dame vintage. Touchdown Jesus would be proud. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2218. 17 LIRAC, CHATEAU MONT REDON
Grenache, syrah,, mourvedre; aged 18 months, 1/3 in piece, 2/3 in vat. Black color./ Husky build for a Lirac rouge. Runs deep, firm, Mont Redon traditional. Barrel age influence without barrel leachings./ Yeah, large scale Lirac, still with the cooler set of varietal interpretations that Right Bank appellations offer. Admirable in all respects. Worthy for both table and cellar. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2219. 17 LIRAC, PIERRE USSEGLIO
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-2221. 17 SAINT GERVAIS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LES ROUVIERES, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
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: 21.99 each

FR-2323. 17 SAINT GERVAIS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LES MOURILLONS, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
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-2220. 18 CAIRANNE CUVEE MAXIMILIEN, DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS
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-2222. 18 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Bright, racy, snappy, peppery. And, yes, garrigue laden. All that assuages and broadens the nose beyond 2018 fruit exuberance./ A vibrant, flavorful vintage of this, rangy in both flavor and texture. Lasting. The finest of tannins. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2223. 17 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Has developed a deep, dark color./ Oh, boy, richness, spice, body, garrigue and black pepper. Black fruit. Euro acid. All./ Pepper crackle, Pasquiers flow. Ideal. This is really prospering from an additional year in bottle. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2224. 18 PLAN DE DIEU COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE SAINT DAMIEN
80% grenache, 20% mourvedre; vines 37 and 65 years old. A big boy. This one's got a little of the woody aroma to it like the Bastide. What is this? Peppery, spicy, vigorous./ Rich and round, large in the mouth. Flavors consistent with aromas. Hearty fare, or to the cellar. The group‛s favorite Rhone wine this evening. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2225. 17 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
Dry, and fuller still than the Plan de Dieu. More backward. Deep seated, sweet black fruit and peppercorns./ Close but larger, sweeter, suave, more-ish. Flow, acid, glycerol, power, all. Future. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2226. 18 SABLET COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE PIAUGIER
80% grenache, 20% syrah. Oh, the black fruit--especially grenache raspberry--and black pepper. The rest of the wine is big enough to handle the high alcohol content with aplomb. Ripe and large scaled./ Rich, fruity, peppery, balanced. Shows Sablet underlying temperance too. Very, very satisfying mouthful. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2227. 16 SAINT MAURICE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE DE L'ECHEVIN
Parker 92: 'Now that it's in bottle, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Saint Maurice is looking as good as I hoped it would last year. A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, it's loaded with dark fruit, cola and spice. Medium to full-bodied, with a silky-creamy texture, it finishes long and fine. Drink now-2023.'
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2228. 16 VALREAS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES, DOMAINE GRANDE BELLANE
Half each grenache, syrah. Brilliant magenta hue./ Reductive, as the color would suggest. 2016 Valreas cool and racy. Fine future./ Yes, crisp, racy, reductive. Proper weight as well as lift. Air and age. Good material here. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2229. 15 VINSOBRES LA GRANGE COURTOIS, DOMAINE JAUME
14%. Dense color./ Ripe, large, spicy. Peppercorn and garrigue. Large for Vinsobres but classically cool./ Flavors enclosed, fine tannin prominent. Well balanced by fine acidity. Needs keeping. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2230. 16 RASTEAU 1921, DOMAINE LES APHILLANTHES
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How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2231. 17 RASTEAU, DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
15%; 80% grenache, 17% syrah, 3% mourvedre. Rasteau's black core. Monstrous but aromatically practically unyielding. At any rate, it fills the nostrils 100%./ Yeah, that's the definition of full bodied. Tannic. Plenty of cellar potential. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2232. 16 RASTEAU PAS DU MEUNIER, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
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: 22.99 each

FR-2233. 16 VACQUEYRAS CUVEE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE COUROULU
2015: 60% grenache, 30% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Deep, cool, dry, very spicy and variegated classic. Full Couroulu Vacqueyras character. A perfectly ripe 2015./ Oh, boy, this spreads out all over the palate. All over the place. Peacock's tail finale! 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2234. 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
80% grenache, 15% syrah, 5% mourvedre. Nose a bit hesitant at the start. Nice warmth and generosity of fruit that always marks this wine begins to build, becoming a spread of fruits and spices./ Warmth and body in the mouth. Savory. Medium-full. Young. Tannin present, and admirably fine-grained. Yet to branch out. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2235. 17 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE LA GARRIGUE
Unfiltered. Black, large, spicy, rangy. One big Vacqueyras./ Powerful, mouth filling. Comes right at you. Defines the house style. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2236. 18 VACQUEYRAS, CUVEE DES DEUX FRERES, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL
70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre. Whooper! Aspires to be a Gigondas in power and impact. Huge concentration of black fruit, plus peppercorn and garrigue. Runs deeps./ Surprisingly suave rather than tannic. Fruit well packed in a dense core. Not the Montmirail J. C. Mathes knew. The present generation makes 'em BIG. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2237. 15 VACQUEYRAS LES CYPRES, PAUL JABOULET AINE
Parker 89-92: 'I like the 2015 Vacqueyras les Cypres even a touch more and this sexy, round, sweetly fruited beauty offers lots of garrigue, black raspberries and floral notes in its medium to full-bodied personality. It's more broad and expansive than previous releases, yet it has some firm tannin lurking under the fruit as well. Give bottles a year or so and enjoy through 2025.'
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2238. 18 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
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: 24.99 each

FR-2239. 15 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DU CAYRON
Vinous 92-94: 'Dark ruby. Potent mineral- and smoke-accented cherry, boysenberry and garrigue scents pick up a sexy incense nuance as the wine opens up. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors and a hint of smoked meat. Concentrated yet light on its feet, playing power off finesse with a smooth hand and finishing impressively long, sweet and youthfully tannic. I'd happily lose this wine in the cellar for a while.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2240. 16 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
72% grenache, 23% syrah, 3% mourvedre, 2% cinsault. Plenty of Gigondas material and body. The most ample this has shown in several vintages./ 16 silky. Plenty of bulk. Wears its 15% well. Glad to see this back in top form. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2241. 12 GIGONDAS TRADITION, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE magnum in wood box
Vinous 90-92: 'Deep ruby. Exotic aromas of candied dark berries, pit fruits and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Lush and seamless in texture, offering sweet blackberry and passion fruit flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Smooth tannins shape the very long, fruity finish. Pretty wild stuff.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2242. 16 GIGONDAS TERRASSES DES DENTELLES, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
Wine Enthusiast 92; Wine Spectator 92: 'Tightly focused, with light charcoal threads amid the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Black tea and chalk hints curl through the finish, lending persistent perfume and textural components. Best from 2020 through 2026. $43.'
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2243. 13 GIGONDAS TERRASSES DES DENTELLES, DOMAINE DE FONT SANE
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: 31.99 each

FR-2244. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
Wine Enthusiast 93/100. My notes: Yes! Round and full. Gigondas power underlies Espigouette control and come hither qualities. Grenache and syrah both on display. Lovely, sweet house style./ Yes, Gigondas sweet and strong. Fine fruit tannins. All about Gigondas, all about Espigouette. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2245. 17 GIGONDAS BEAUCHAMP, CHATEAU DE MONTMIRAIL
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-2246. 18 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DES PASQUIERS
75% grenache, 20% syrah, 5% mourvedre. Well, this has gone up three bucks thanks to the 10/19 Trump tariff, but, I'll tell you, it's worth three bucks more than the previous vintage, which was a good one. This is much more lavish, much more Gigondas loaded./ Yeah, it still has the race and dryness of Pasquiers, but it's much more fruit laden than previous vintages. Bravo! Well liked by the group. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 26.99 each

FR-2247. 17 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE RASPAIL-AY
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-2248. 16 GIGONDAS, CHATEAU DE ST. COSME
Wine Spectator 95; Vinous 92-93: 'Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of candied red and blue fruits, incense and peppery spices pick up a hint of potpourri as the wine opens up. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors and a spicy jolt of white pepper. Shows excellent clarity and mineral lift on the long, smooth finish, which is framed by slow-building tannins. $58.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-2249. 12 GIGONDAS ORIGINE, DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
Boy, this is full and generous, and really enjoying itself at age six. Multi-faceted fruit and bottle bouquet scents.Rich, ample, dark, and 2012 well delineated. Well framed sweet fruit core of Gigondas. No excess power. Nothing askew. Lovely Gigondas statement./ A big, powerful Saint Gayan Gigondas classic. Extremely well proportioned, balanced. Smooth alcohol-glycerol. Spicy; broad range of flavors. Spot on. Getting mellow with age, which I can surely appreciate. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2250. 16 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE BERTRAND STEHELIN
Vinous 92/100. My notes: A triumphant Gigondas. Can't deny the power and ripeness here. A beautiful example of Gigondas, dark fruited in this case./ Yeah, big, beefy, fruity. Complete. A grand Gigondas. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2251. 18 GIGONDAS, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Wine & Spirits 96 - BEST BUY: ‛If you visit Frederic Haut at his estate, he might take you on a tour of his Gigondas and Vacqueyras vineyards in one of his many VW vans. This wine is a virtual tour of the Gigondas side, a blend of fruit from several parcels, fermented in whole bunches with ambient yeasts and aged in used 50-hectoliter barrels. It shines in its clarity, the power and brightness of its red-cherry flavor boosted by stemmy herbal scents. The tannins are fine and sinuous, giving the flavors a bit of tenacity and playing up the gaminess behind the fruit. Play up that savory aspect with cellar time or braised lamb shoulder. $36.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 27.99 each

FR-2252. 15 GIGONDAS FONT DES AIEUX, DOMAINE DE LA TOURADE
Suave, young, sweet, balanced./ Again, well balanced. Tourade closeness. I usually taste this cuvee when's it's had more bottle age and is more open and evolved. The goods are here. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 31.99 each

FR-2253. 11 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, LA BASTIDE SAINT DOMINIQUE
On sand and limestone. 80% grenache, 10% syrah, 5% each mourvedre, cinsault; vines average 50 years, the oldest, at lieu dit Pignan, planted in 1920. Certainly forward and well bouqueted after nine years and a light vintage. No signs of lightness here today. Or lack of ripeness. This is finally emerging from its cocoon. This just soars with the integrity of grenache from sand--like Chateau Rayas. Full finesse of terroir and vintage, finally coming true as it nears age 10./ Yeah, fruity, complete, bouqueted, balanced, useful. Gentle, medium bodied, flavorful, balanced, texturally wide spreading, and ready to enjoy. Take a look. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2254. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL
Wine Spectator 95: ‛A dark and winey style, offering a mix of plum, black currant and black cherry notes, infused with black tea, fruitcake and anise accents. Solidly built, vibrant and energetic from start to finish, this carries copious fruit easily through the lengthy finish. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise. Best from 2020 through 2040. $112.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-2255. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
Wine Spectator 94/100 - Top 100. My notes: Much more open and revealing than the Rasteau. big time step up to Chateauneuf here. Very sweet fruited, with controlled power. 3D, plush, 15 generous./ Yow! Powerful at 15%. Big in the mouth, broad and meaty. Plenty in reserve. Complete package. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2256. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, DOMAINE BERTHET-RAYNE
65% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% cinsault, 5% syrah; organically grown. Long Cork Award. Not as advanced and bouqueted as the other 2013 Chateauneufs we‛ve had on occasion over the last three years. Actually, pretty autistic./ Yeah, lack of bouquet development and retention of tannin upon opening. As the evening progressed, aeration proved its benefits. The bouquet became more expansive, showing a complex of cracked pepper and spice box notes. The texture became more savory. Widely liked by the group, especially at its price point. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2257. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
2015: Parker 90-92: 'Starting with a 2015 barrel sample, Versino's 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvedre, and the balance Counoise and Cinsault, all of which was aged in foudre. It's healthy ruby color is followed by earthy, slightly funky notes of peppery herbs, dark fruits and garrigue, which improves with time in the glass. Better on the palate, it has plenty of fruit, a full, layered mid-palate and ample tannic grip on the finish. This is a classic, old-school beauty that will need short-term cellaring and have 15 years of overall longevity.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2258. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DES FELIX, DOMAINE BOIS DE BOURSAN
Parker 91-94: 'Firm and structured, with plenty of tannin, the smaller production 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix gives up the classic bouquet of roasted herbs, garrigue, black cherries and roasted meats that always seem to be present in this cuvee. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 5% each of Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise, this cuvee is aged in a mix of demi-muids and older barrels for upwards of two years, compared to the shorter elevage and foudre aging of the traditional cuvee. Give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and drink through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2259. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, BOSQUET DES PAPES
Very sweet and powerful, spicy. Cracked pepper, savory herbs and spices./ Sweetness and pepperiness all comes across on the palate too. Very much in the estate style. Very high quality. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2260. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE PIEDLONG, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Parker 94-96: 'The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong is 90% Grenache (from the Piedlong lieu-dit) and 10% Mourvedre. It offers mouthwatering elements of cherries and raspberries, rose petals and black tea. Silky, lacy and delicate in texture for such a full-bodied wine, it's immediately charming and seductive. Drink now-2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-2261. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
2015: Parker 94/100. My notes: 65% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault. Less mass, more class than the old vines Cotes du Rhone. Dark fruit and 2015 sweet. 15%. Chateauneuf stature./ Yes, raspberry strawberry, cherry. Lots of ripe red fruits. Mixed peppercorns too. Texture, size, grandeur. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2262. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHANTE CIGALE
Parker 94/100. My notes: 65% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% mourvedre, 5% cinsault. Less mass, more class than the old vines Cotes du Rhone. Dark fruit and 2015 sweet. 15%. Chateauneuf stature./ Yes, raspberry strawberry, cherry. Lots of ripe red fruits. Mixed peppercorns too. Texture, size, grandeur. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2263. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE CHARVIN
Vinous 94-95: ‛Brilliant magenta. An assertively perfumed bouquet of ripe red and blue fruits, Moroccan spices and incense carries a smoky overtone. Sweet, penetrating raspberry preserve, cherry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors show impressive depth as well as vivacity. Displays superb clarity and floral thrust on the finish, which features smoothly interwoven tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine shows just how much complexity can be achieved, even in a hot vintage, in the absence of any oak, old or new.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2264. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE SECRET DE NOS VIGNES, DOMAINE DE CHATEAUMAR
70% grenache, 30% mourvedre. 8 months in barrels. Oh, boy, big time, up front grenache raspberry and strawberry fruit joy. 15%./ Warm sample yet no alcohol heat. Grenache glycerol coats it. Certainly large. Fine cellar candidate. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 38.99 each

FR-2265. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CLOS DES BRUSQUIERES
2016: Wine Spectator 94; Parker 92; Vinous 92-94: 'Limpid ruby. Sexy red berry liqueur, incense and candied lavender aromas are complemented by a smoky mineral aspect and a hint of baking spices. Sappy and focused in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and closes on a gently tannic note, displaying impressive focus and floral-driven persistence.'
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2266. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, CLOS SAINT JEAN
Parker 94: ‛The assemblage for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is the same as for the ‛regular‛ Chateauneuf-du-Pape, at 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest a blend of Cinsault, Mourvedre and Vaccarese. The difference is that the Grenache in this wine was planted in 1905. And what a difference that makes. This is dark, plummy and rich but still vibrant and fresh. Full-bodied, velvety and intense, it boasts a super finish, again loaded with intriguing notes of licorice and spice. At around $50, this is a superb value in the overall scheme of CdP. Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2267. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, EDDIE FERAUD
Vinous 91-93: ‛Vivid ruby-red. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red berries and lavender show spice and mineral topnotes. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering intense red fruit liqueur flavors complicated by sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances and lifted by juicy acidity. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2268. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE FERRAND
Vinous 93-95: ' Brilliant ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of ripe red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and musky rhubarb, backed by a hint of Asian spices. Sweet, concentrated and seamless in texture, offering intense raspberry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors and a touch of licorice. Impressively suave and focused; a powerful jolt of candied flowers carries through the long, palate-staining finish.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2269. 18 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CHATEAU FORTIA
40% each grenache, mourvedre, 20% syrah; 90 years back, its proprietor wrote the rules for Chateauneuf du Pape. Oh, this is fully forthcoming. Racy, spicy, peppery, garrigue laden, and full of fruit./ Round and soft 2018 fruit. The full buffet spread of accompaniments. While retaining Fortia's classic form, this is one of most fruit-filled and inviting young vintages I've tasted. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2270. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, CHATEAU FORTIA
Parker 92/100. My notes: Fortia beauty, control, delineation. 17 ease. Chateauneuf grandeur. All the right stuff./ Round, sweet, abundant. And, under control. Beautiful example. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2271. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP
Parker 91: 'A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault aged in a variety of different vessels, Font du Loup's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a worthy successor to the fine 2015. Some slightly edgy herbal notes on the nose should integrate with the bright cherry fruit within a year or two, so give it a little to come together. This is textbook medium to full-bodied Chateauneuf, with a dusting of cocoa powder over ripe cherries lingering elegantly on the finish. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many bottles/singles: 39.99 each

FR-2272. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE PUY ROLLAND VIEILLES VIGNES, LA FONT DU LOUP
From a plot of 100+ year old grenache vines. Very pure, very grand. Grenache with old vines fulfillment , largesse, and depth. Fabulous concentration. Relatively accessible young in this ripe vintage./ Cool tempered, stalwart, and confident, with 2015 richness and smoothness. The tannins are fine, and coated. The 14.5% alcohol is not obtrusive. It's an integral part of a sizeable package. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 44.99 each

FR-2273. 14 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE HERCULE, CHATEAU DE LA FONT DU LOUP magnum
50% mourvedre, 30% syrah, 20% grenache. Black mourvedre and syrah emphasis. Certainly plenty of mourvedre dark purple fruit here complemented by 14's fruit darkness. Good fortitude at 14.5%. Really stalwart for the vintage. All the pieces fit together. Doesn't need any oak intervention. Big time. Rich, rangy, and spicy./ Yes, very spicy and rangy and ripe and rich. The fruit is entirely sweet for this cool vintage. Entirely harmonious. Font du Loup grace, refinement, reserve. A most accomplished cuvee. Grand. Full succulence apparent on the long finish. 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 159.95 each

FR-2274. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLOS DU ROI, CHATEAU GIGOGNAN
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: 44.99 each

FR-2275. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL
2015: Parker 92: 'Grand Tinel's charming, forward 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a solid value for drinking over the next decade or so. It features subtle cinnamon and nutmeg aromas, modest cherry fruit, plush tannins and some leathery notes on the silky finish. It's a classic blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Drink now-2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2276. 13 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, E. GUIGAL
Wine & Spirits 93: 'While Guigal is known as a northern Rhone specialist, the firm takes the same amount of care with wines from the south. Take this Chateauneuf: Vinified from purchased juice and raised in Guigal's cellars, it's spent three years in the firm's own-coopered casks and several more in bottle. That time in oak has given it a fine-grain texture and gentle cardamom scent without taking away any of the succulence of the sweet strawberry fruit. It feels effortlessly balanced, open and ready to drink.'
How Many bottles/singles: 52.95 each

FR-2277. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE
Parker 96: 'Up in the top handful of wines in the vintage (which should come as no surprise to anyone who follows this estate), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich and layered Chateauneuf that doesn't put a foot wrong. Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. Like the Cuvee Chaupin, it will be better in another handful of years and thrill through 2027.'
How Many bottles/singles: 89.95 each

FR-2278. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, LAVAU
Wine Spectator 92: ‛Juicy and ripe, featuring layers of plum, red currant and raspberry pate de fruit flavors, lined liberally with sage, bay leaf and tobacco hints. Reveals a flash of brick dust on the finish, which shows good minerally cut. Very solid, with a pleasant old-school hint. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Best from 2020 through 2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 34.99 each

FR-2279. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
60% grenache, 30% syrah, 5% mourvedre, 5% counoise, mascardin, vaccarese, cinsault. Large, dense, complex, daunting, serious. Wow, feral too. 15 ripe fruited. All./ Everything it's always been, enhanced by 15 ripeness, power, and glycerol. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2280. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE RESERVEE, DOMAINE DU PEGAU
Wine Spectator 95 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; Parker 95: ‛Pegau's distinctive violet and garrigue aromas are on full display in the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee, backed by plummy fruit and velvety tannins. It's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and rich, with ample length and hints of mocha and licorice on the finish. Not as sexy out of the gate as some vintages, I'd give it another year or two in the cellar, then drink it over the next decade or so. Drink 2022-2035.‛ The Cuvee de Capo components are included in the Cuvee Reservee in 2017.
How Many bottles/singles: 72.95 each

FR-2281. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CLASSIQUE, DOMAINE ST. PREFERT
Parker 94: ‛Loaded with scents of roses and exotic spices, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a super entry-level effort. It's 85% Grenache aged in concrete, with the balance Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah that's aged in demi-muids. Full-bodied, velvety and long, it delivers opulent black raspberry fruit framed by silky tannins. Drink now-2030.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2282. 12 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE GRAND PIN, CHAPELLE ST. THEODORIC
Vinous 93: ‛Bright ruby. Sexy, mineral-laced aromas of fresh red berries and potpourri, with a smoky element emerging slowly. Juicy and precise on the palate, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that put on weight with air. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the fruit-driven finish, which hangs on with real tenacity.j Drink now-2023. $95.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2283. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE
Wine Spectator 93: ‛Warm and lush, with dark plum, blackberry and raspberry compote flavors rolling through, wrapped in black licorice notes and carried by a light tarry edge on the finish. Enjoyable up front, but has the stuffing for cellaring. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2035. $48.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2284. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE GIRARD, RAYMOND USSEGLIO
Parker 94: ‛A special cuvee made for American importer Peter Weygandt, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Girard includes a bit more old-vine Grenache, and it shows in the wine's increased elegance. It's more floral than the regular bottling, with scents of tea and roses, but it's also darker and richer, with black cherry fruit, a velvety mouthfeel and a long, layered finish. Drink now-2035.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2285. 17 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE IMPERIALE, RAYMOND USSEGLIO
Parker 96: ‛The 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale (from vines planted in 1902) is firm and structured to age magnificently. Roses, black tea and red raspberries all appear on the nose and palate, framed by fine-grained tannins. I suspect it will close down shortly, but there is terrific material here, and the wine will drink well for two decades.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2286. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TRADITION, LE VIEUX DONJON
Wine Spectator 95: 'Rich and dark in profile, with delicious, velvety layers of warm fig, black currant and blackberry confiture moving through slowly, flecked with hints of ganache, roasted apple wood and tar. The finish has cut to match the heft. A real brick house that will age well. Best from 2020 through 2040.'
How Many bottles/singles: 64.95 each

FR-2287. 16 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAMME, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Wine & Spirits 92: 'Telegramme is the Brunier brothers' 'second' label, based on the fruit of the estate's young vines. 'Young' is a relative term, though: The vines that contribute to this blend average 35 years in age and come from some of the appellation's most esteemed parcels, such as La Crau and Pignan. The result is a wine that wins on its immediately appealing juicy cherry fruit as well as its complexity, with notes of dried herbs and earth giving it substance and detail. At about half the price of the estate's flagship wine, it's a terrific buy. $48.'
How Many bottles/singles: 47.99 each

FR-2288. 15 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA CRAU, DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE
Parker 94; Wine Spectator 95: 'This has a lovely, perfumy mix of savory, mint, tobacco, blood orange, cherry and bergamot notes all mixed together, carried by silky but ample structure before ending with a long, mineral- and shiso leaf-infused finish. Finely beaded acidity lets everything hang wonderfully. This should expand and cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2035. $83.'
How Many bottles/singles: 74.95 each

FR-2289. 18 VENTOUX 3 MESSES BASSES, VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX
Wow! Sweet, ripe, spicy black fruit. Spot on assemblage of Ventoux varieties here, all working together./ Yes, just right spicy, ripe fruit flavors with good acidity to match. Total Ventoux package. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2290. 16 VENTOUX TERRASSES, CHATEAU PESQUIE
Good and rich Eric Solomon selection style, with 2016 restraint, silky texture, and tailoring nonetheless./ Rich in the mouth as usual. Inevitable 2016 acid, burnished texture, control. Logical combination of Euro-American negociant-driven preference and vintage expressions. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2291. 16 COSTIERES DE NIMES CUVEE TRADITION, MAS DE BRESSADES
Wine & Spirits 93: 'A blend of old-vine grenache and syrah, fermented in stainless steel and aged in cement tanks, this tastes like a forest in the best possible way, from the sweet, humus-rich scent of the soil to the fir fronds and the array of wild berries that might grow there. It lasts, still revealing new details three days after opening, and still elegant. $22.'
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2292. 17 VAR PINOT NOIR DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE, LOUIS LATOUR
Clay and limestone soils of the Coteaux du Verdon at 500 meters' elevation in Haute Provence; 15 year old vines yielding two tons per acre; harvested at the same time as Latour's Cote de Beaune vineyards. A unique take on pinot noir thanks to special terroir. It's pinot noir all right, sweet and cherry scented. And really quite rich for the vintage, perhaps due to very low yields./ Medium bodied as always. Good flavor, acid, balance, length. Attractive dab of tar that low latitude pinots can carry. Fine tannin for bouquet potential. Bravo. Keep it up, Louis. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2293. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SAINT ESPRIT, DELAS
Grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc, viognier; granite soils of the Right Bank; no malo. The aromatics are less forthcoming here, which comes with the varietal territory, sans viognier. Full body of grenache blanc./ Wow, the weight and power really become apparent on the palate. Also more flavors than aromas as the wine warms in the mouth. A white wine contender for veal. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2294. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE DE L'ESPIGOUETTE
80% viognier, 20% grenache blanc; organically grown. Decided viognier flair. Honeysuckle and brisk citricity. Solid grenache blanc foundation./ Still some astringency of youth. Viognier bitterness too. Needs a few weeks to settle in. Or maybe just hours. Later in the evening, the group‛s notes emphasized viognier‛s varietal character on nose and palate alike. Super flavorful, racy acidity. 90+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2295. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
Grenache blanc, clairette, roussanne, bourboulenc. Fresh and bracing, with tingle and scent./ Again, with brace, fluidity, power, astringency. Lots of spiel. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2296. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC SIGNATURE, LA FONT DU LOUP
2018: Grenache blanc, clairette, roussanne, bourboulenc. Fresh and bracing, with tingle and scent./ Again, with brace, fluidity, power, astringency. Lots of spiel. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2297. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, E. GUIGAL
Largest white-wine producer in the Rhone Valley; 60% viognier, 15% roussanne, 10% marsanne, 8% clairette, 5% bourboulenc, 2% grenache blanc. Viognier leaps out from the get go. It's less clear in some vintages. Viognier honeysuckle, roussanne peach. Marsanne heft./ Yes, very round, honeyed, peachy. More enticing than the Rhone blanc norm. A well assembled set of area grape varieties, perfectly new at age two. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2298. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC RESERVE, CHATEAU MONT REDON
Grenache blanc, clairette, bourboulenc, roussanne, picpoul. Admirably traditional southern Rhone dry white encepagement formed of non aromatic varieties. Good heft./ Yes, rightly formed classic emphasizing body over perfume. Thus exceptionally versatile at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2299. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC CUVEE LONE, CHATEAU PEGAU
Estate grown; 50 year old vines; 40% clairette; 30% bourboulenc, 20% grenache blanc, 10% ugni blanc. Quite full bodied and forceful, as is her style. The low key aromatics of the southern Rhone pantheon of white varieties. Aeration coaxed forth suggestions of lemon, custard, mixed berries, and even oak, according to group members‛ notes./ Yes, full, strong, well textured. For mealtime applications. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2300. 19 COTES DU RHONE BLANC RESERVE, FAMILLE PERRIN
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2301. 18 COTES DU RHONE BLANC, DOMAINE SAINTE ANNE
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-2302. 19 COTES DU RHONE ROUSSANNE, CHATEAU DU TRIGNON
All roussanne. This is full, round roussanne.. Scents of peach, peel, and straw./ More roundness. Typical roussanne glycerol. Apricot and peach pit. Had many fans this evening. A youngster in the formative stages, already flexing some muscle. Promising body, texture. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2303. 18 VENTOUX BLANC 3 MESSES BASSES, VIGNERONS DU MONT VENTOUX
45% each grenache blanc, clairette. 10% bourboulenc. Very full and expressive. I sense a good deal./ Satisfying body and flavor intensity. Good quality, value. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2304. 19 COSTIERES DE NIMES AUZAN BLANC, CHATEAU L'ERMITAGE
60% roussanne, 20% grenache, 20% viognier. Roussanne roundness, padding, and some roussanne peachiness. Grenache dryness, foundation. Airs of viognier honeysuckle. Well crafted./ Dry and quite full. Roussanne and grenache basis. Good acidity. Dash of viognier astringency. These have proven ageworthy, but I think I'd like to use this 2019 in its first year or two. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2305. 16 LUBERON, CHATEAU VAL JOANIS
Syrah, grenache. Well, this is open armed and has a wide spread. Seems to be at a sweet spot, aromatically./ Syrah dark berries, grenache red fruit and peppercorn. Harmonious, well crafted, as always here. Tannin yet, including a little green tannin. That's Med 2016. Nose says go, palate says wait. 91+/100. List price: $18.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2306. 16 LES BAUX DE PROVENCE LA GOURMAND, MAS DE LA DAME
Grenache and syrah. Strong and full and young.. Provence rouge neat and close. Good future. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2307. 17 BANDOL, DOMAINE LA BASTIDE BLANCHE
72% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 6% cinsault, 1% ea syrah, carignan. Oh, boy, talk about purple depths. That mourvedre purple plum pulp and peel stuff--the small variety with lots of peel to pulp ratio. Well over the minimum mourvedre content here. Big time aromatic depth./ Engaging degree of padding and accessibility. Bountiful fruit. Balance of richness and acidity, with nearly melted tannins. I could take this to the table now. You'll pay twice and much for Tempier and have to lay it down for years. Very popular with the group; orders taken. 94/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2308. 15 BANDOL, CHATEAU CANADEL
73% mourvedre, 20% cinsault, 5% grenache, 2% syrah. 14.5%. Impressive richness and stalwart barrel aging form and features. Brilliant, complex, yielding./ Yes, the cool violets airs of mourvedre and good fruit richness of 2015, which mourvedre's bitter finish cools down. Fine. 94+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 37.99 each

FR-2309. 17 BANDOL, DOMAINE TEMPIER
2015: Wine & Spirits 95: 'While many French regions suffered from the heat in 2015, Daniel Ravier reports that Bandol's vines were sustained by abundant winter rains, providing enough soil moisture to make it through the heat. His 2015 is sunny and generous in fragrant berry fruit, but it also radiates freshness. The flavors feel like they are delivered by herb-scented breeze, they so subtly and gently fill the head with fragrance. Mourvedre's power reads in the wine's leather and smoke scents, but there's nothing rustic about this: It's long, elegant and totally delicious, and should develop for another decade at least. $49.'
How Many bottles/singles: 49.99 each

FR-2310. 15 BANDOL TOURTINE, DOMAINE TEMPIER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2311. 15 BANDOL MIGOUA, DOMAINE TEMPIER
No notes available.
How Many bottles/singles: 62.95 each

FR-2312. 18 BANDOL, DOMAINE TERREBRUNE
No notes available yet.
How Many bottles/singles: 42.99 each

FR-2313. 16 LANGUEDOC, DOMAINE DU ROC
In Minervois. An especially sweet smelling 2016 Med rouge, reflecting western Languedoc's warmth. Really rich and generous./ Yes, cremes even, plus cool black fruit and acid too. Intriguing. Learn more about it. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 11.99 each

FR-2314. 13 LANGUEDOC L'EQUILIBRE, VILLA SYMPOSIA
55% syrah, 35% carignan, 5% each greanche, mourvedre. Very deep, spicy, sexy. Sweet and full. Wow./ All over the place. Spicy, rich, textured, flavorful, long. Total. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2315. 16 PIC SAINT LOUP TOUR DE PIERRES, DOMAINE ERMITAGE DU PIC SAINT LOUP
That rich, large style of this estate. Ample red and black fruits. Power and sweetness. Peppercorn. Sprawling and generous./ Palate has it all: power, sweetness, acid, extract, flavor, body. Gives, gives, gives. Take it to the table. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2316. 16 PIC SAINT LOUP CUVEE SAINTE AGNES, DOMAINE ERMITAGE DU PIC SAINT LOUP
Oh, yes, more barrel influence than the Tour de Pierres cuvee here and plenty of fruit oomph. Both joy and strength./ Big, big mouthful of fruit with an oak complex to boot. Awesome cuvee, as usual. 93+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2317. 16 SAINT DREZERY PRESTIGE, CHATEAU PUECH-HAUT
2015: Parker 93: ‛The 2015 Saint Drezery Prestige is a ripe, sexy beauty that gives up full-bodied notes of black cherries, melted licorice and roasted herbs. Like all the wines from this estate, it has lots of richness and texture, yet stays balanced, lively and pure. It's a year in and year out value that's a no-brainer purchase. It will drink beautifully over the coming 4-5 years (possibly even longer).‛
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2318. 18 HERAULT CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES, MONT GRAVET
From vines up to 100 years old. That‛s it! It‛s got the old vines concentration, the black cherry and cracked peppercorn character. 2018 fruit abundance, form, solidity, contents./ Real mouthful. Well balanced. Taste will spread out further over the coming months. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2319. 18 SAINT CHINIAN LES TRAVERS DE MARCEAU, DOMAINE RIMBERT
40% mourvedre, 30% each syrah, grenache. Uniquely tart cranberry aroma. Cranberry-orange relish. I want this on the Thanksgiving table./ It's not tart to the taste. The acid is fine, and there's a suavity to the texture. This is closer to my image of Saint Chinian than was the 2017 a couple of weeks back, as adventuresome as that wine was. Racy and unique indeed. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2320. 17 SAINT CHINIAN BLANC PETIT PARADIS, VIGNOBLES FRANCLIEU
60% grenache blanc, 20% each rolle, marsanne. Rich and full textured from grenache blanc and marsanne, with subtle rolle aromatic overtones. Body varieties, scent variety. Nice./ Yes, full bodied, full textured. Wide applications. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2321. 18 CORBIERES GRAND RESERVE CHATEAU CAMPLONG, VIGNERONS DE CAMPLONG
Syrah, carignan, grenache. Deep and black. A bushel of blackberries. 2018: I'm lovin' the reds so far. No Med heat. Cool and black fruit. Abundant./ Dry, fruity, serious. Balanced. Fine tannin. Can be taken to the table. Super generous and good wine. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2322. 14 MINERVOIS CAMPAGNE DE CENTEILLES, CLOS CENTEILLES
95% cinsault, 5% syrah; 50 year old vines. Younger, and 14 reticent. Still, it reads quality cinsault all the way. Deepens with aeration, eventually just bursting with cherry and orange zest cinsault brilliance and putting the vintage behind it./ Juicy and flavorful, and varietally accurate. I guess the syrah darkens it up a bit. Round and agreeable for current use. The bargain of the range. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2324. 17 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, DOMAINE LAFAGE
2014: Parker 90: 'A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. Much of it comes from 70-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provencal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.'
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2325. 17 COTES DU ROUSSILLON CARIGNAN VIEILLES VIGNES TESSELLAE, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Warm, large, rich, abundant Lafage styling that Eric Solomon so admires (and uses as a model to craft other French and Spanish wines). Well this is sweet cherry and pepper carignan carried to a logical conclusion./ Big, bold, hot, stalwart, insistent. BBQ match. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2326. 16 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES MAS DE LA GARRIGUE, DOMAINE FORCA REAL
Black fruit of 2016 pumps up Roussillon muscle. Not muscle bound though. This is a wine of style, terroir, and quality./ Yes, it has a cool, aloof bearing that I haven't seen this cuvee convey in several vintages. Exciting! Grip, tannin, form, potential. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2327. 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES SCHISTES, DOMAINE FORCA REAL
Cooler, blacker, higher altitude, more style. Belies its balmy vintage./ More black fruit here, which is not a quality-oriented statement; just an observation. It does have greater finesse though. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2328. 17 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LIEU DIT LA NARASSA, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Parker 90: ‛An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2017 IGP Cotes Catalanes Narassa is another Lafage wine that goes into demi-muids (15% new) for its elevage. It's lifted and floral, with ripe black cherry flavors and a fair whack of vanilla, but there are also sweet cola-like notes. It's full-bodied and plush yet finishes a bit quickly. Keep the borderline sweetness in mind when selecting it to serve alongside food. Drink now-2025.‛
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2329. 15 COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES LA SABINA, CLOS DEL REY
65% grenache, 25% syrah, 10% carignan. Dark./ 14.5%. Ripe 15 for sure. Jammy, dark fruit and high spirit./ Sweet, rich textured 15. Daring; just short of overdoing it. High alcohol is warming and cooling both. 92+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2330. 14 MAURY SEC KERBUCCIO, CHATEAU SAINT ROCH
Parker 90-93: 'A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors. Coming all from the black schist soils of the newly created Maury Sec AOC, this full-bodied, sexy, supple and yet still fresh and lively 2014 will drink nicely on release and have 4-5 years or evolution. $25.'
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2331. 16 COTES CATALANES BASTIDE MIRAFLORS, DOMAINE LAFAGE
Syrah and old vines grenache. Sweet and fruity Solomon-Lafage imprint. Talks the grape varieties: syrah dark fruit, old vines grenache plump fruit./ Full and strong. Tannins coated by fruit richness. Fits the pattern. Popular with critics and consumers alike. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2332. 18 COTES CATALANES PENYA, LES VIGNERONS DE CASES DE PENE
65% grenache, 20% carignan, 10% mourvedre, 5% syrah. Very sweet and dark fruited aroma set./ Delivers grenache‛s abundant fruit sweetness again. Good acid too. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2333. 18 COTES CFATALANES GRENACHE, SHATTER
2015: A good sweet grenache nose. Very ripe, rich, beautiful./ Outstanding. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 24.99 each

FR-2334. 15 LANGUEDOC LES DARONS, JEFF CARREL
75% grenache, 20% syrah, 5% carignan. Pretty shy to start, but it grows in breadth and depth with aeration./ Full, well balanced, and silky textured. Wow palate. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2335. 18 CITE DE CARCASSONNE CABERNET FRANC, LAROQUE
Ripe and accomplished, high altitude Med cabernet franc. As rich and fruitful as the 17, maybe even more so. Ideal./ Juicy and delicious fruit acidity. Light tannin. A unique and attractive rendition of cabernet franc. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 10.99 each

FR-2336. 09 PAYS D‛OC MERLOT, B & G magnum
09 and Med richness. Varietal validity./ Mellowed with age in magnum, yet the fruit remains wholly fresh and bright. Even into the second evening. Astonishing! 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2337. 18 PAYS D'OC SYRAH DOMAINE DU GRAND CAUMONT, FAMILLE RIGAL
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-2338. 19 PAYS D'OC ROUGE CLAUDE VAL, DOMAINES PAUL MAS
From Aude vineyards. 50% grenache, 20% merlot, 20% syrah, 10% carignan. A fresh, red-fruit nose./ Palate sweet and flavorful. Great acid and welcome trace of astringency. No tannin. Well balanced and ready to serve. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 7.99 each

FR-2339. 18 PICPOUL DE PINET CUVEE L'ETANG, DOMAINE CASTELNAU
Full bodied for a picpoul. Full varietal green fruit./ The palate is less insistent and more in tune with the varietal. Really good acidity for food. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2340. 20 PICPOUL DE PINET, JADIX
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. 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: 12.99 each

FR-2341. 18 PICPOUL DE PINET, MONTMASSOT
Very full aroma and texture for this variety. Fulfilled and fine. Maximizes picpoul aroma. Apple and melon./ Really flavorful. Full body, richness, race. Good acidity. As good as it gets. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2342. 18 PAYS D'OC VIOGNIER, DOMAINE DE LA FERRANDIERE
A good and perfumed one. All honeysuckle Al the time./ Yeah, it's fruity. Nice achievement. Well priced. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FR-2343. 19 PAYS D'OC VIOGNIER EMBRUNS, DOMAINE MICHEL GASSIER
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-2344. 17 FRANCAIS VIOGNIER, PAUL JABOULET
All viognier. Sweet honeysuckle and mineral. Ideal./ Yes, dry and mineral, extracted, balanced. Fruity finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 16.99 each

FR-2345. 17 ILE DE BEAUTE, DOMAINE VETRICCIE
70% two native varietals, with imports merlot and syrah. Reasonably full and sweet and pleasing./ Same on the palate. Sweetness, brightness. Uniqueness of the native varieties stands out. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 12.99 each

FRANCE ALSACE

FR-2347. 15 ALSACE PINOT NOIR TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
Good fortitude and pinot sweetness. Rich and ripe in 15./ Yes, ripe and full enough for northern pinot noir. Not tart. Not a rose. Sails. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2348. 17 ALSACE PIERRES SAUVAGES, VIGNOBLE DU REVEUR
Half pinot blanc; quarter each pinot gris, pinot noir. One year on lees. Fine. Vinous. Light lees. Dry, balanced. Not severe./ Flavorful if low key varietal flavors and lees influence. Plump, with enough acid. Rangy at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2349. 18 ALSACE SEC, DOMAINE SCHOENHEITZ
50% sylvaner, 20% chassalas, 20% pinot gris, 10% muscat. Good set. The vinosity of the base varieties and the aromatics of muscat. Really, surprisingly aromatic and very nice. But why am I surprised? 'Edelzwicker' is a great Alsace concept, and there are finally some back on the American market under easier-to-pronounce headers./ Flavorful, agreeable. Well textured. Good acid. Winner. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 18.99 each

FR-2350. 16 ALSACE PINOT BLANC TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
At Eguisheim; est. 1580. After a 2017 Michigan pinot blanc, more of that Alsace warmth and oomph. Less green fruit; more yellow fruit. Has had a year longer to spread out. Another fine take on the varietal./ Ripe, rich, and full. Nice acid etch too. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2351. 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, THE FURST
2015: Tender side of pinot blanc on the approach, lightly scented. Cool and clear. Pear and walnut husk. Ideal./ Cool. Delivers cut and balance. One of the best vintages of this. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2352. 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, ANDRE SCHERER
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2353. 17 ALSACE PINOT BLANC GRAND CRU, ANDRE SCHERER
Will have to research this. Didn't know pinot blanc qualified for Grand Cru. Maybe the rules have changed. At any rate, it has quite a bit of amplitude, depth, and penetration. Another best yet from Scherer./ Sweet, gentle, pretty flavorful for pinot blanc. Soft acidity. Come hither. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2354. 16 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, ANDRE SCHERER
How Many bottles/singles: 9.99 each

FR-2355. 18 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, DOMAINE WEINBACH
From the Laurence and Clos de Capuchins vineyards. 70% pinot auxerrois, 30% pinot blanc. Weinbach clear and intense. Auxerrois fleshes it out. Mentions of golden delicious apple, green apple, and pear aromas./ Soft acid of the varietals. Auxerrois creaminess. Though the RS is threshold, there were comments on its ‛sweetness‛. Probably due to mild acidity combined with auxerrois‛s high glycerol content. Damn good overall. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 25.99 each

FR-2356. 19 ALSACE PINOT BLANC, DOMAINE ZIND-HUMBRECHT
2018: From auxerrois vines averaging 43 years in the vicinity of Turckheim and from the Rotenberg vineyard. Full, waxy, and distinctive auxerrois. Olivier's talks the talk./ Soft and creamy varietal nature. Fortunately no detectable RS. Just a pillowy mouthfeel. Full bodied and versatile at the table. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2357. 16 ALSACE PINOT AUXERROIS, ALBERT SELTZ
At Mittelbergheim. Subtle apple and cream aromatic set of this variety in a Bas Rhin setting. Certainly hides its alcohol well./ Fruit, texture, body. Well managed power. Fabulous texture, really. I mean, the alcohol helps to provide body, bulk, and mouthfeel that direct this straight to the dinner table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 17.99 each

FR-2358. 19 ALSACE PINOT GRIS TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
Est. 1580; at Eguisheim. A fresh vintage and style. Subtle apple and hazelnut varietal aromas./ Surprisingly soft. Very flavorful. Apple and pie crust. I think there's some RS instead of glycerol. Coated acid. I'm curious about how this will evolve. 91+/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2359. 19 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, THE FURST
Fresh and spot on, clear and appley crisp fruit./ Yes, clear and bountiful varietal character. Arousing; begs attention. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2360. 18 ALSACE PINOT GRIS, SCHOENHEITZ
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-2361. 14 ALSACE PINOT GRIS RESERVE, TRIMBACH
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'A lifted, ethereal note of bitter almond suggests the beginnings of evolution. The palate, on the other hand, still seems closed but displays a streamlined concentrated core of flawless dryness and precise bundled freshness. This is taut, precise and sure to develop. The finish is lasting, refreshing and clean. Drink now through 2030.'
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2362. 18 ALSACE SYLVANER, DOMAINE WEINBACH
Grown in and around the estate's Clos des Capucins. A long-time member of my weekly tasting panel contributes these tasting notes: ‛Nose of white fruit, mainly pears, honied pears. Impression carries on the palate with a hint of licorice. A slight spritz was noted. (This was present on the Pinot Blanc tasted last week). Spring water fresh, so clean and clear. With time some peach tones emerged, along with the acidity of a peach versus a pear. A perfectly lovely statement from a workman grape. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 23.99 each

FR-2363. 19 ALSACE RIESLING, THE FURST
Pure and free-wheeling. All fruit, no terpenes. Sweet stone fruit core./ Yes, real and ripe, fresh and fruity riesling. Close to fully dry. Surely versatile at the table. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 14.99 each

FR-2364. 18 ALSACE RIESLING SIGNATURE, ROBERT KLINGENFUS
At Molsheim. A nice, pretty, delicate, tingly, pointed and penetrating riesling fruit and flower nose, particularly elegant for a Bas Rhin edition./ Relatively modest acidity of the area, but adequate. The flavors carry over. Dry but not austere. Good value. Versatile at the table. 90/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2365. 17 ALSACE RIESLING, ANDRE SCHERER
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: 19.99 each

FR-2366. 16 ALSACE KLEVENER DE HEILIGENSTEIN, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER
A traminer relative called savagnin in the Jura region. Light apple aroma, sweet and full./ Not much relation to traminer evident; just a hint of rose and ginger. Seems more like one of the pinots. Some sweetness to taste. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 19.99 each

FR-2367. 18 ALSACE RIESLING, TRIMBACH
Light terpene element in the form of fitzer. Dry, pure, large, traditional./ Fitzer echoes on the palate. Truly dry. Made for the table. Beautiful, flavorful varietal character. Long, gripping finish. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 28.99 each

FR-2368. 18 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER TRADITION, DOMAINE EMILE BEYER
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-2369. 19 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER VIEILLES VIGNES, DOMAINE FREY-SOHLER
2015: Pomaded, larded, lush Frey-Sohler take on gewurz. This is really loaded, full of rose and ginger and tonic./ Sweet and suave from glycerol, with inherent gewurz astringency and bitterness as foils. Balanced and right. This has meal time uses. 93/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 21.99 each

FR-2370. 19 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, THE FURST
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: 16.99 each

FR-2371. 18 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, THE FURST
Nice and waxy. Well pomaded. Rose and ginger./ Yes, cold cream, RS, and glycerol all perform on the palate. Proper bitter twist at the finale. A top vintage of this from the Riquewihr source. 92/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each

FR-2372. 18 ALSACE GEWURZTRAMINER, FAMILLE HELFRICH
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-2373. 14 ALSACE MUSCAT RESERVE, FREY-SOHLER
Silver Medal - Colmar. At a wonderful stage. Developing gracefully. A beautiful, dry, classic Alsace muscat working hard to please./ Hallmark flavor set. Lovely form and figure. 91/100.
How Many bottles/singles: 15.99 each


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