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NV Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Champagne
One of the for sure best buys in the Champagne world-Mineral-tinged peach, melon and pear aromas display excellent clarity, picking up a subtle floral quality with aeration.  Supple and seamless on the palate, offering vivid honeydew and pit fruit...
$49.00
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2007 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Delamotte’s 2007 Blanc de Blancs is deep, fleshy and seductive, with lovely textural depth and nuance throughout. the 2007 Blanc de Blancs offers a clear and chalky flavored bouquet of lemons and limes on chalk. Full-bodied, very fresh and...
$79.00
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Thomas Morey - Bourgogne Blanc 2015
This featured white is seductive, very aromatic, with notes of white flowers and ripe white fruits. The mouth is both rounded with a viviv mineralityThomas Morey belongs to the tenth generation of this Chassagne family. Elegant, lively, mineral, rich,...
$25.00
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Domaine Barat - Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons 2015
This wine was a no brainer based on the vineyard (Vaillons) and the vintage (2015) in Chablis.  While Domaine Barat was new to us, the brilliance of Vaillons and striking minerality was not.  At $25 a bottle you might just find that this may...
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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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Billaud-Simon Chablis Preuses 2009
94pts- The 2009 Chablis Les Preuses comes across as bombastic next to the Vaudesir. Here the fruit is decidedly riper, richer and sweeter, which is felt not just in the flavor profile, but also in the wine's glycerin and weight. The Preuses is a...
$85.00
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Ayala Rosé Majeur NV
Ayala Rosé Majeur NV
90 WS - Light-weight and delicate, yet with a dry profile framing strawberry, cherry and red currant flavors. There's grip, but also a harmony that continues into the lingering finish. Drink now through 2011. 8,330 cases made.  –BS
$58.00
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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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Domaine du Gros 'Noré Bandol Rosé 2016
For years they sold their prized fruit from Bandol to Domaine Ott and Château de Pibarnon. Though he and his father would bottle their own wine for family consumption, they never labeled it under their own domaine name. Pale pink salmon in color...
$28.50
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Hecht Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016
Focused on the cooler parts of the vineyard from the limestone foothills of Montagne Sainte Victoire, whose wines are almost marked by a vivacious and persistent minerality, to the vineyards of upper Provence. Well balanced wine with great acidity...
$19.50
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Bollinger "La Grande Année" 2004 Champagne
AG95 - Bollinger's 2004 Brut La Grand Année is a beautiful wine with a lot of vintage character, but the style is a bit less oxidative than Bollinger fans are likely to expect. Pears, hazelnuts, spices and crushed rocks all flow through to...
$94.00
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Henri Boillot "Meursault Les Genevrières" 2012
94pts Vinous- Healthy bright yellow. Stone fruits, spices, white flowers and a leesy, Champagne-like suggestion of baked bread. Very ripe, layered and rich, but with enticing spicy lift keeping the wine from coming off as heavy. An impression of...
$99.00
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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...
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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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Château Montrose 2012
93 WA - Tasted at the château, the 2012 Montrose is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 24 September and 20 October. It underwent a particularly long maceration period between 26...
$85.00
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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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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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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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Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2008
95WA Great elegance and finesse already on the perfectly brilliant and aromatic nose shows Pol Roger's 2008 Blanc de Blancs Brut, displaying white and stewed apples with fine citrus flavors and discreet chalky aromas. The palate is dense and citric,...
$85.00
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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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Hugel "Gentil" 2015
It has a magnificent pure and sophisticated aroma which generously releases a sense of freshness, openness and perfumed, expressive, fruity and floral spontaneity with delicate hints of muscat, white peach, lemon balm, rose, hawthorn, jasmine, freesia,...
$12.00
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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...
$30.00
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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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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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Les Darons 2015
91-93pts WA-“What looks like another great vintage here, the 2015 AOP Languedoc les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan; grapes were completely destemmed, and fermented and aged all in concrete tanks. It sees absolutely no...
$11.99
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Château Le Bon Pasteur 2010
A fleshy, full-throttle wine with lots of mocha, kirsch, mulberry, and plum, their 2010 displays a smorgasbord of aromas, a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and even a hint of lead pencil shavings and subtle toasty oak. If you want to...
$79.00
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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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Grossot "Chablis" 2014
“Pure aromas of citrus peel, white pepper and menthol. Savory and gripping, offering lovely intensity to its lemon drop and crushed stone flavors. Nicely chiseled”.  (Vinous.com, Oct. 2015, R. Parker)
$21.99
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Chateau Meyney 2010
90pts WA-It is good to see this well-situated estate in St.-Estephe get back on track. The 2010 has loads of beef blood, charcuterie and smoked game along with black currant fruit. Some underlying graphite notes are also present in this full-bodied,...
$44.99
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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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Christian Moreau "Valmur" 2012
95pts WA-This wine was tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur is a knockout wine that under tough blind conditions trumped its peers and surpassed my own expectations. It has a delightful and engaging...
$69.99
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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,...
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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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Chateau Prieure-Lichine 2010
Dense purple, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as hints of smoke and subtle charred wood, this wine is expansive, round, generous, lush and multi-dimensional. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. A beautiful...
$65.00
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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...
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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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