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M. Chapoutier "Les Clos" 2012
96+ WA In complete contrast to the sexy, flamboyant les Granits, the tiny production 2012 Saint Joseph le Clos (which comes from a vineyard just a couple kilometers from the les Granits) is firm, tight and structured, with edgy notes of cassis,...
$85.00
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Guigal La Turque 2013
95-97WA A bigger, richer wine than the La Mouline, the 2013 Côte Rôtie La Turque offers full-bodied, layered and almost decadent notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, cassis and toasted spice. This beauty has building tannic grip, a...
$289.00
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Guigal La Mouline 2013
Guigal La Mouline 2013
94-97 WA  The 2013 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is a wine that reminds Marcel Guigal of the 2006. It offers a terrific perfume of spiced red and black fruits, violets, lots of minerality and even a hint of damp forest floor to go with a...
$289.00
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M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" 2014
96-98 WA  Both the Pavillon and l’Ermite see a touch more new oak, with the wine aged 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels. The 2014 Ermitage le Pavillon will without a doubt be one of the top two to three wines in the vintage; it...
$219.00
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Domaine Charvin CDP 2007
96+ WA- the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape continues to drink brilliantly, and while this bottle was just slightly closed, I’ve had numerous bottles from my cellar that are open and singing. Nevertheless, on this occasion, it took some swirling to...
$100.00
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Le Vieux Donjon 2010
Le Vieux Donjon 2010
96+ WA-On another level, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is rock-star stuff, and is probably my favorite vintage from this estate to date. Deeply colored, it boasts masculine, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked herbs, pepper, licorice, lavender, crushed...
$72.00
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Vieilles Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum 2007
95 WA- A beautiful wine that's just now hitting maturity, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean-Paul Daumen is still ruby colored to the rim and offers up a classic bouquet of black raspberries, black licorice, fruit cake, garrigue and roasted...
$165.00
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Delas La Landonne Côte-Rôtie 2010
98 WA-Up with some of the greatest Cote Roties out there is Delas's 2010 Cote Rotie la Landonne. Revealing an inky purple color as well as an incredible perfume of spring flowers, violets, black raspberries, graphite and Asian spice, it has drop-dead...
$184.00
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Domaine de Marcoux Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
90-92  WA The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape has terrific richness and medium to full-bodied weight, with ample notes of strawberries, kirsch, garrigue and dried flowers. Luxuriously textured, with sweet tannin, this beauty will have two...
$49.00
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Pierre Usseglio et Fils Réserve des Deux Frères 2015
95-97 WA - The deeper, richer 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve des Deux Freres is 100% Grenache that’s aging in 60% new and once-used barrels. Inky colored, full-bodied, massively concentrated and layered, it has a modern slant,...
$119.00
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Clos Des Papes 2012
Clos Des Papes 2012
96 WA- Leading off the reds in the retrospective, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape hit a whopping 15.7% natural alcohol, yet doesn't show a trace of heat in its gorgeous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, Asian spice, cured meats and garrigue...
$92.99
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Font du Loup Puy Roland Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
A solid step up, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Puy Rolland (100% Grenache all from sandy soils) is a medium-bodied, charming, forward, beautifully pure effort that has tons of strawberry, wild herbs, sandy/loamy soil and even a hint of cured meats...
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Domaine Courbis Saint-Joseph 2013
91 WA - The inky colored 2013 St Joseph is another incredibly high quality wine from this estate, who seems to deliver the goods in just about every vintage. Black cherries, currants, bay leaf, pepper and ample minerality emerge from this medium-bodied,...
$24.90
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Domaine Courbis Champelrose 2010
Domaine Courbis Champelrose 2010
94+ WA - The 2010 Cornas Champelrose exhibits a black/purple color along with a floral note, and a terrific, full-bodied texture with gorgeous ripeness, purity and expansiveness. This savory, full-throttle, compelling Cornas will benefit from 2-3 years...
$50.00
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La Ferme du Mont Cotes Capelan 2007
The dense ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cotes Capelan is an outrageously rich, complex wine exhibiting beautiful creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice, forest floor, and spring flower-like aromas. It is fresh, voluptuous, and...
$59.00
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Guigal Vignes de L'Hospice 2005
96WA Reminiscent of the 2010, yet more detailed and focused, the 2005 Saint Joseph Vignes des Hospice boasts fabulous creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice, burning ember and smoke to go with a full-bodied, serious, backward, concentrated and...
$105.00
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Guigal La Mouline 2010
100WA As to three single parcel releases, I reviewed the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline earlier this year, but was more than happy to taste it again (lucky me) for this report. Incorporating a full 11% of Viognier and coming from the steep, terraced...
$520.00
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Guigal La Landonne 2010
100WA A wine that's certainly not for those seeking instant gratification, the 2010 Cote Rotie la Landonne is a powerhouse Cote Rotie that offers up deep, masculine notes of crushed rocks, smoked meats, game, espresso and assorted dark cassis and...
$520.00
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Guigal La Landonne 1998
100WA The 1998 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a perfect wine ... at least for my palate. Its saturated black/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of smoke, incense, tapenade, creosote, blackberry, and currant aromas. It is densely packed...
$570.00
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Guigal La Turque 2010
100WA Both the 2010 and the 2009 continue to blow me away every time I taste them, and to me, these represent the pinnacle of Cote Rotie—albeit in very different styles. The 2010 Cote Rotie la Turque is a much more masculine and edgy wine...
$520.00
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Château des Tours 2009
93+ WA The sensational 2009 Vacqueyras should age as well as its 2004 counterpart, but it is a headier cuvee with relatively high alcohol (probably 15+%). It exhibits abundant notes of kirsch liqueur, licorice and raspberry in addition to a...
$45.00
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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Réservé 2000
100WA The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is certainly one of the greatest Chateauneuf du Papes I’ve tasted and represents the essence of this fabulous terroir. From a cool and windy growing season, this work of art offers incredible creme de...
$275.00
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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Réservé 2001
100WA The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is certainly one of the greatest Chateauneuf du Papes I’ve tasted and represents the essence of this fabulous terroir. From a cool and windy growing season, this work of art offers incredible creme de...
$380.00
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Guigal La Doriane 2015
99WA Easily one of the greatest Condrieu I’ve ever tasted is the 2015 Condrieu La Doriane. A wine that needs to be tasted to be believed, it possesses a huge nose of toasted brioche, liquid rocks, apricot, flower oil and salty minerality...
$89.00
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Domaine de la Solitude "Reserve Secrete" 2009
96pts WA- A blend of roughly 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that was brought up in 60% new barrels, the sensational 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a big, concentrated bruiser whose inky purple color is followed by tons of jammy...
$140.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2007
99 WA-An utterly heavenly beauty is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete, which in 2007 is a blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache. Despite the high percentage of Syrah, you wouldn’t know it from tasting this beauty, and it offers a...
$155.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2004
94 WA. The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete (65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre) is about as good as it gets in 2004. Ripe, sexy, full-bodied, meaty, and yet always light on its feet and graceful, it offers lots of incense, fig,...
$110.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2006
94 WA- Made from 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a full-bodied, concentrated, tannic and almost austere wine that has lots of graphite, asphalt, licorice and chocolate aromas and...
$160.00
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Domaine Le Couroulou "Vieilles Vignes" 2013
91pts Vinous- Vivid ruby. Complex aromas of ripe red berries, incense and smoky minerals, and a suave floral nuance in the background. In a supple, fruit-driven style, offering intense raspberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and a spicecake...
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Domaine de la Charbonniere "Vieilles Vignes" 2010 Magnum
95 pts WA:Another sensational wine is the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes. Coming all from the famed la Crau lieu-dit, its notes of cassis, licorice, mint and crushed rock lead to a full-bodied, structured, tannic, yet concentrated 2010...
$99.00
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Pierre Usseglio Réserve des Deux Frères 2005
98 WA-Lastly, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is a more blockbuster-styled effort that has overflowing notes of black fruits, licorice, roasted meats, truffle and peppery herbs. Made from 100% Grenache that saw time in 1-, 2-,...
$129.00
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Domaine de la Solitude Réserve Secrète 2005
94 WA- Made from 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, the classic 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a full-bodied, concentrated, tannic and almost austere wine that has lots of graphite, asphalt, licorice and chocolate aromas and...
$130.00
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Clos Saint Jean 2010
93+pts WA- the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape has rocking mid-palate depth and length on the palate. Giving up ample dark fruit, kirsch, pepper, leather and big minerality, this beauty will see its 15th birthday in fine form. 
$40.00
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Domaine La Barroche "Pure" 2014
94pts WA- A wine that checks in near the top of the vintage is the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Pure. Julien commented that they took a risk in 2014 by dropping tons of crop and leaf thinning, all with the goal of getting as much ripeness as early...
$100.00
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Domaine St Damien  les Souteyrades 2007
Domaine St Damien les Souteyrades 2007
98pts WA-Deeper and richer, with just slightly more purity than the La Louisiane, the blockbuster 2007 Gigondas les Souteyrades (80/20 Grenache and Mourvèdre) is full-bodied and decadent, with huge notes of meaty black currants, smoked meats,...
$69.00
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M. Chapoutier "Hermitage Les Greffieux" 2005
95pts WS-"Ripe and very fresh, with bright floral, licorice snap and cassis bush notes leading the way for plum sauce, blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors. The long, taut finish shows the fine structure of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2025. 139...
$150.00
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Mouriesse Vinum "Tour d’Ambre" 2012
The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Tour D’Ambre is another outstanding wine from this producer. Made from 100% Grenache and loaded with strawberry, raspberry, sweet spice and red licorice, it has full-bodied richness, and plenty of sweet tannin...
$48.99
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Mouriesse Vinum "Pierre d’Ambre" 2012
93 WA - The Grenache-dominated (incorporates 10% Syrah) 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Pierre d’Ambre is also superb. Inky-colored, seriously polished and elegant, with fabulous, fine, silky tannin in its full-bodied profile, it offers blockbuster...
$38.99
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Guigal "Ex Voto" 2005
98+pts WA Made in the style of the 2010, the massive 2005 Hermitage Ex Voto offers searing minerality and crushed-rock nuances as well as tons of black raspberries, licorice, toasted spice and charcoal. Full-bodied, incredibly concentrated, with a wall...
$244.99
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Clos Des Papes Magnum 2010
99pts+ WA-“Mind blowing stuff, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is most likely the greatest wine ever from this estate. Still inky colored, it has a powerful, slightly backward feel in its crushed rocks, cassis, kirsch, toasted spice, licorice and...
$325.00
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Clos Des Papes 2007
100pts WA- One of the great vintages from this estate, surpassing even the 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, and maybe the 2010 (time will tell with this one), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Vincent Avril delivers everything you could want from a wine...
$169.00
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Domaine Santa Duc "Grand Grenache 66" 2009
94-96+ WA - The newest cuvee, the 2009 Grand Grenache 66 (16.2% alcohol) is a tiny cuvee bursting with kirsch liqueur, lavender, licorice and spice box. This is a stunning example of Grenache at its best, with wonderful freshness, and for Grenache...
$59.99
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Vincent Paris "Granit 60" 2012
95pts WA-There’s 5,000 bottles of the sensational 2012 Cornas Granit 60 Vielles Vignes. Completely destemmed and aged 18 months in 2- to 8-year-old barrels, its purple/black color is followed by an incredible nose of black raspberry, kirsch,...
$49.99
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Domaine de la Vieille Julienne "Les Hauts Lieux" 2010
93pts WA-There are only 6,000 bottles of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hauts Lieux, which comes from pure limestone soils. It boasts an impressive purple color in addition to lots of mineral-laced, crushed rock, blueberry, boysenberry and raspberry...
$78.99
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Clos Saint Jean 2009
94pts WA- A spectacular showing, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape was firing on all cylinders at this tasting. As sexy and seamless as they come, with blackberry liqueur, kirsch, creamy licorice, orange peel and dried flower-like aromas and flavors, it...
$35.00
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Roger Sabon "Secret de Sabon" 2010
99+prs WA-On another level, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret du Sabon is insanely good and possibly up there with some of the greatest Chateauneufs ever made. Loaded with notions of black fruits, black licorice, roasted herbs and olive tapenade,...
$215.00
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Domaine de la Mordoree "La Reine du Bois" 2009
96pts WA.  TA blockbuster-styled effort, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois doesn’t pull any punches and gives up rocking aromas and flavors of black raspberry, cassis, graphite, spice-box, lavender and herbs. Possessing...
$79.99
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M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" 2005
100pts WA “My favorite of the 2005s from Chapoutier, the 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon is a heavenly wine that comes from one of the greatest sites for Syrah in the world, the steep, granite-dominated hillside of les Bessards. Getting a bevy of...
$235.00
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Clos Saint Jean "La Combe des Fous" 2011
97 pts WA: “Starting with the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Combe des Fous, it’s easily one of the wines of the vintage and offers killer creme de cassis, kirsch, spice box, creamy licorice and toasted bread to go with a full-bodied, seamless,...
$115.00
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