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Producer Wine Vintage Rating Stock Price p/b
Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2010 RP 87-89 - S/O

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Rouge

The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage revealed lots of minerality, excellent concentration of red and black currants as well as cedar, licorice and black olive characteristics, and medium to full body. It should turn out to be a crisp, elegant Crozes with a Burgundian sensibility.

Producer:  Alain Graillot

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Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2011 - 33 R 255.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Rouge

Producer:  Alain Graillot

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Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Rouge La Guiraude 2011 - - S/O

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Rouge La Guiraude

Producer:  Alain Graillot

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Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Fontaines 2010 RP 100 6 R 2,950.00

Wine:  Cornas Vieilles Fontaines

One of the superstars of Cornas is Domaine Alain Voge. In the top vintages, three cuvees are made, but in most years only two are produced, Vieilles Vignes and Les Chailles, from Voge’s 15 plus acres of Syrah planted on the decomposed granite slopes of Cornas. He also produces small quantities of St.-Joseph and as many as four cuvees of white wine from St.-Peray, including a sparkling white. The family has 10 acres of vines in this appellation, planted with 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne. Voge is also a leader in producing serious white wines from the up-and-coming micro-appellation of St.-Peray. I did not taste the sparkling white Voge and his brilliant assistant, Albert Mazoyer produce, but readers seeking a top white wine need look no further than Voge’s Fleur de Crussol. The real glories at Voge are his extraordinary offerings from Cornas. The three 2010 Cornas represent the pinnacle of Voge’s winemaking. They are the finest wines I have yet tasted from this estate (and I’ve been tasting their wines since the late seventies).

Producer:  Alain Voge

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Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes 2010 RP 99 1 R 1,950.00

Wine:  Cornas Vieilles Vignes

The 2010 Cornas Vieilles Vignes has off-the-charts richness as well as an extraordinarily precise nose of blackberry and blueberry jam intermixed with cassis, charcoal, lead pencil shavings, pen ink and acacia flowers. A wine of exceptional intensity with a multidimensional mouthfeel and a 55-second finish, this quintessential Cornas should drink well for 20-30 years.

Producer:  Alain Voge

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Andre Perret Condrieu 2010 RP 91 1 R 395.00

Wine:  Condrieu

Not surprisingly (given this high quality vintage in Condrieu), the three 2010 Condrieus are all spectacular. The 2010 Condrieu exhibits lovely lychee nut, honeysuckle, apricot and orange rind notes, medium to full body, good minerality, terrific acidity and a luscious finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret Condrieu 2011 RP 93 5 R 495.00

Wine:  Condrieu

The 2011 Condrieu offers beautiful aromas of honeysuckle and Mandarin oranges, a medium to full-bodied style, good acidity, super intensity and lovely minerality and elegance. Drink this gorgeous 2011 over the next 3-4 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret Condrieu Coteau de Chery 2011 RP 96 6 R 625.00

Wine:  Condrieu Coteau de Chery

As usual, a prodigious effort, the 2011 Condrieu Coteaux du Chery comes from one of the appellation’s great terroirs. It offers an intense, expansive perfume of honeysuckle, tangerine, lychee nut, white peach and spring flower notes, followed by an elegant, full-bodied white. In each vintage, this cuvee is consistently one of the top three or four wines made in Condrieu. Enjoy the 2011 over the next 3-5 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret St Joseph 2011 RP 90 5 R 295.00

Wine:  St Joseph

A brilliant, seductive, gorgeous offering is the 2011 St.-Joseph. Its deep ruby color is accompanied by plenty of strawberry, crushed rock and spring flower notes intermixed with a mineral component. A luscious texture as well as a forward, evolved style suggest consumption over the next 4-5 years is warranted.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Andre Perret St Joseph Grisieres 2011 RP 90 1 R 375.00

Wine:  St Joseph Grisieres

The top cuvee, the outstanding 2011 St.-Joseph Les Grisieres exhibits gorgeously pure notes of black currants, black cherries, raspberries, spice box and spring flowers. This spicy, medium ruby-colored effort is reminiscent of a grand cru Burgundy. Seductive, luscious, supple and front end-loaded, it should drink well for 5-6 years.

Producer:  Andre Perret

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Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 2011 WA 93 8 R 750.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

Slightly deeper in color, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is a superb success in the vintage. Offering surprising richness and depth, with a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated feel on the palate, it offers copious black cherry, leather, ground pepper and minerality on the nose. As with the other cuvees, it is a forward, fleshy vintage for the cuvee, yet it possesses fine tannin, terrific mid-palate depth and an all-around balanced, harmonious feel that should allow it to age gracefully. Enjoy it over the coming decade. Drink now-2023.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Bernadine 2010 RP 89-91 - S/O

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Bernadine

A very strong effort in a low yielding year, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine exhibits classic notes of black cherries, raspberries, damp earth, underbrush and forest floor in its full-bodied, elegant personality. It has slightly more acidity than normal as well as wonderful freshness and depth. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Bernadine 2011 WA 89 95 R 450.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Bernadine

Leading off and a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine is a solid, workhorse-styled effort that offers up notions of sweet red cherries, licorice, garrigue and earthy notes on the nose. Medium-bodied, lively and fresh, with an overall elegant, supple profile, it won’t make old bones, yet is a joy to drink and will dish out plenty of pleasure over the coming 5-6 years. Drink now-2019.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois 2011 WA 92 20 R 595.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois

With more richness and depth, and showing the classic fruit-forward and up-front profile of the terroir, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois is 100% Grenache that comes from the southeastern part of the appellation. Loaded with notions of strawberries, kirsch, underbrush and garrigue, it has medium to full-bodied richness with a supple, fleshy and hedonistically styled feel on the palate. As with the La Bernardine, I don’t see this making old bones, yet it should provide ample pleasure for upward of a decade. Drink now-2021.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2008 JR 17+ 1 R 850.00

Wine:  Cote Rotie La Mordoree

Sweet and rich and very scented. Perfumed and polished. Could perhaps do with very slightly brighter fruit. Just a little bit tepid somehow. 'We were last to pick in Côte Rôtie' (and it tastes like it). Michel Chapoutier is reminded a lot of 1991.

Drinking period: 2013 - 2019

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2010 RP 93+ 2 R 1,150.00

Wine:  Cote Rotie La Mordoree

There are 440 cases of the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mordoree. While it is a very strong effort, I would rank it a point or two below the 2009, which I believe is the finest La Mordoree since the awesome 1991. It offers an impressive dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of bacon fat, black olives, black currants, raspberries, earth and forest floor. Ripe and medium-bodied with light to moderate tannin, it is somewhat closed at present, and will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring. It should keep for 20-25 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree 2011 WA 94 3 R 1,050.00

Wine:  Cote Rotie La Mordoree

The 2011 Cote Rotie La Mordoree is an undeniable success in the vintage. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with solid mid-palate concentration, this forward, plump and straight up delicious Cote Rotie offers plenty of floral, bacon, dried herbs and raspberry-styled aromas and flavors. Enjoy it over the coming decade.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Alleno Rouge 2011 RP 88-90 46 R 145.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Alleno Rouge

A sleeper of the vintage is the old vine Syrah cuvee, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone. It possesses plenty of blackberry, meaty, peppery, smoky notes that provide immediate appeal as well as gratification. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2011 RP 88 - S/O

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc

Another Grenache Blanc offering with slightly more weight than La Ciboise is the medium-bodied 2011 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc. It exhibits notes of quince and honeyed grapefruit in a fresh, lively, unoaked style.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2012 WA 87-88 - S/O

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc

Along the same lines, yet with a touch more richness, the 2012 Belleruche Cotes du Rhone Blanc (Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier) possesses, clean, vibrant notes of assorted golden fruits as well as excellent overall freshness and purity. It too is well worth checking out and is a rock-solid intro into the whites of the Southern Rhone. Drink now.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc 2013 - 240 R 150.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Blanc

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Rouge 2012 WA 88 305 R 150.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhône Belleruche Rouge

Showing more richness and depth, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rouge possesses classic Southern Rhone notes of black cherries, spice and background earthiness to go with a medium-bodied, fruit-loaded profile on the palate. It too should be consumed over the coming couple of years and offers high quality for not much buck. Drink now-2015.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers 2011 WA 95 10 R 395.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers

The 2011 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres (which is a significant step up over the 2012) got a big “Wow” in my notes and is a brilliant Crozes-Hermitage. Cote Rotie-like with its perfumed floral, bacon fat, spice and olive-driven bouquet, this full-bodied, supple and downright sexy Syrah makes the most of the vintage. Enjoy it over the coming decade or so.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers 2009 WA 90 2 R 210.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers

The dense purple-colored 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonnieres is much more concentrated than normal with loads of melted licorice, black olive, red and black currant and camphor notes. This impressively fruity, medium to full-bodied red can be enjoyed over the next 7-10 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers 2011 WA 87 155 R 240.00

Wine:  Crozes Hermitage Meysonniers

The 2011 Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonnieres is slightly more focused and delineated, with light strawberry, raspberry and underbrush to go with an elegant, streamlined feel in the mouth. It too is a relatively early-drinking proposition.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Greffieux Rouge 2011 WA 93 - S/O

Wine:  Ermitage Le Greffieux Rouge

The accessible, layered and fruit-forward 2011 Ermitage Les Greffieux will reward immediate gratification. Exhibiting plenty of blueberry, violets and exotic flowers, it is a full-bodied, mouth-filling and delicious effort to drink over the coming 8-10 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2011 RP 99 12 R 1,295.00

Wine:  Ermitage Le Meal Blanc

The more flamboyant, California-styled 2011 Ermitage Le Meal Blanc is from a warmer site with a more southerly exposure. It offers up notes of wet rocks, tangerines, peaches and a striking scent reminiscent of the famous New Orleans dish, bananas Foster. I know that sounds weird, but that’s what it smelled like when I first put my nose in the glass. This exuberant, exotic, ostentatious white Hermitage may be controversial, but for me, it was over-the-top perfection.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Oree Blanc 2011 RP 100 - S/O

Wine:  Ermitage Le Oree Blanc

The 2011 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree comes from a lieu-dit known as Les Murets planted with 80- to 90-year-old Marsanne vines. The bouquet offers up scents of Asian spices, lychee nuts, white currant liqueur and peach and apricot marmalade. This stunning, honeyed, flamboyant white is perfection in a glass. Drink it over the next half century.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge 2011 WA 100 2 R 2,150.00

Wine:  Ermitage Le Pavillon Rouge

Even better and a prodigious effort that hits all my sweet spots, the 2011 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from one of the top terroirs on Hermitage hill, the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit. Spectacularly perfumed, with raspberry, blackberry, licorice, toasted spices and assorted floral nuances, this full-bodied effort has massive depth and richness, no hard edges and masses of finely polished tannin that emerge on and frame the finish. It will be approachable at an earlier age than either the 2009 or 2010, yet should nevertheless have 2-3 decades of ultimate longevity.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc 2011 WA 100 5 R 3,500.00

Wine:  Ermitage L'Ermite Blanc

Always more dense, backward and focused, the 2011 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc has everything I could want out of a white. Flower oil, apricot, honeysuckle, brioche, powdered rock and assorted tropical notes are just some of the nuances here, and this incredible wine is full-bodied and massive, yet elegant, fresh and delineated. Count yourself lucky if you’re able to latch onto a couple of these!

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge 2011 WA 98+ 14 R 2,500.00

Wine:  Ermitage L'Ermite Rouge

As expected, the 2011 Ermitage l’Ermite, which comes from the lieu-dit of the same name, is more backward and focused, with a slightly closed, tight profile. Slowly giving up ample cassis and black raspberry fruit, graphite, licorice and edgy minerality, it is full-bodied, deeply concentrated and tannic, yet still never puts a foot wrong and is perfectly balanced and seamless. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following two decades or more.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Gigondas 2011 WA 87 120 R 315.00

Wine:  Gigondas

Less successful, with a savory character to its aromas and flavors, the 2011 Gigondas possesses plenty of dark fruit, pepper and earth with medium-bodied richness and depth. Slightly austere, it should be consumed, with food, over the coming 3-5 years. Drink now-2018.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette 2012 WA 94 41 R 695.00

Wine:  Hermitage Chante Alouette

A worthy follow-up to the stunning 2011, the 2012 Ermitage Chante Alouette is a knockout effort that boasts tons of mineral-laced stone fruits, tangerine and honeysuckle to go with a medium to full-bodied, textured, yet laser-focused feel on the palate. A classic Hermitage Blanc, it should not be missed.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge 2009 RP 90 18 R 695.00

Wine:  Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge

For starters, there are 1,627 cases of the 2009 Ermitage Monier de la Sizeranne. Lots of peppery, meaty notes are found in this dense purple-colored 2009 along with sweet tannin, a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel and outstanding purity. Three to five years of cellaring will be beneficial, and the wine should keep for two decades.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge 2010 RP 91 36 R 895.00

Wine:  Hermitage Sizeranne Rouge

The selections parcellaire 2010 red wines include the outstanding 2010 Ermitage Monier de la Sizeranne. Notes of beef blood, creme de cassis, licorice and graphite emerge from this full-bodied, inky, rich, thick red that should drink well in 3-4 years and last for at least two decades.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Granilites Rouge 2010 RP 90 41 R 295.00

Wine:  St Joseph Granilites Rouge

The 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granilites exhibits lots of pepper, raspberry, cherry and wet rock notes along with a perfumed, luscious mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and seductive, it is best drunk over the next 4-5 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Granilites Rouge 2011 WA 90 57 R 355.00

Wine:  St Joseph Granilites Rouge

An outstanding wine, the 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granites exhibits solid minerality to go with classic, violet-tinged Syrah fruit, medium-bodied richness and beautifully integrated acidity that shines on the finish. Nicely balanced and a complete wine, it should evolve gracefully for upwards of a decade.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Les Clos 2011 WA 96 2 R 795.00

Wine:  St Joseph Les Clos

The 2011 St.-Joseph Le Clos is hard to fault. Also with low acidity and a precocious, forward, sexy style, it gives up ample raspberry, rose petal, pepper, underbrush and distinct minerality to go with a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated feel on the palate. Slightly more dense and serious than the Les Granits, it should nevertheless have a similar evolution.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2011 WA 95 10 R 475.00

Wine:  St Joseph Les Granits Blanc

A gorgeous white that savvy consumers should snatch up, the 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc is a smoking Marsanne that, as Northern Rhone whites go, represents an incredible value. Loaded with tropical fruits, melon, buttered citrus and bitter orange rind, this full-bodied beauty has knockout texture and richness, great acidity and blockbuster length.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Joseph Les Granits Rouge 2011 WA 95 13 R 425.00

Wine:  St Joseph Les Granits Rouge

Another stunner is the 2011 St.-Joseph Les Granits. It’s made in a forward, accessible style and offers up gorgeous blackberry, crushed flowers, toasted bread, licorice and background meatiness to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Already approachable, with knockout complexity and loads of fruit, it should drink nicely over the coming 10-12 years.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier St Peray Blanc 2010 RP 90 16 R 160.00

Wine:  St Peray Blanc

The 2010 St.-Peray is crisp, with notes of chalk, crushed rocks, white flowers, orange rind and quince in a fresh, medium-bodied, almost Chablis-like, steely nakedness. With very good acidity and loads of character, it should drink well for another 3-4 years, perhaps even longer

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rose 2008 - 3 R 110.00

Wine:  Tavel Beaurevoir Rose

Grenache. SOIL - The soil is made up of chalky gravels and red clays. The vinification is performed in the traditional way. The maceration lasts between 24 and 36 hours and is followed by bleeding (this is the separation between the free-run juice and the solid parts).

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rose 2011 RP 89 33 R 160.00

Wine:  Tavel Beaurevoir Rose

Even fuller, richer and meatier is the 2011 Tavel Beaurevoir. Chapoutier does a fabulous job with this cuvee and the 2011 is one of his finest. Both of these roses are best consumed in their first several years of life.

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rose 2013 - 120 R 190.00

Wine:  Tavel Beaurevoir Rose

Producer:  Chapoutier

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Chateau Pesquie Le Paradou Grenache 2012 WA 90 277 R 95.00

Wine:  Le Paradou Grenache

The 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Le Paradou is an awesome value! Made from 100% Grenache (75-year-old vines) and aged 7 months in concrete tank, it offers up a naked expression of Grenache with meaty black cherry, pepper, dried Provencal herbs and earth all soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, brilliantly pure and fresh, it has enough tannin to allow it to evolve gracefully for 3-4 years. It’s a knockout value and this crowd-pleaser should not be missed!

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Chateau Pesquie Quintessence Rouge 2011 WA 92 10 R 225.00

Wine:  Quintessence Rouge

Also superb, the 2011 Cotes du Ventoux La Quintessence comes from terraced hillside vineyards located in the northern part of the appellation. Made from 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache, and aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak, it sports a perfumed, spice-driven profile with raspberry ganache, red licorice, wild herbs and pepper-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Balanced, fresh and elegant, with medium to full-bodied richness, knockout texture and chewy tannin, it should shine for 5-7 years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2012 WA 92 474 R 130.00

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux

In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. Buy this thrill ride of a Cotes du Ventoux by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux Blanc 2012 WA 89 98 R 130.00

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux Blanc

The 2012 VDF Cuvee des Terrasses Blanc (which is bottled as a Vin de France) is comprised of 70% Viognier, 15% Roussanne and 15% Clairette that comes all from limestone soils. Aged all in cement tank and stainless steel, this juicy, medium-bodied and straight up delicious effort has notions of lavender, apricot, honey blossom and poached pear all emerging from the glass. Enjoy it over the coming couple of years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux Magnum 2012 WA 92 21 R 275.00

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux Magnum

In the same mold and an awesome value year in and year out, the 2012 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses is a blend of 70% Grenache (60-year-old vines) and 30% Syrah (30+-year-old vines) that was aged two-thirds in concrete (and some in stainless steel) and one-third in older oak. Made from a blend of different terroirs on the estate (and basically declassified Quintessence) and coming from hillside vineyards lying between 840-930 feet in elevation, it offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. Elegant, forward and delicious, it gains in stature in the glass, is ridiculously textured from such an inexpensive wine, and has sweet tannin emerging on the finish. Buy this thrill ride of a Cotes du Ventoux by the case and enjoy bottles over the coming 3-5 years.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux Rose 2013 WA 90 76 R 130.00

Wine:  Terrasses Ventoux Rose

Elegant, supple, and pure, with notions of white peach, rose and strawberry, the 2013 Ventoux Terrasses Rose is medium-bodied, lightly textured, pure and deliciously quaffable on the palate. Made from a direct press of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, it’s a perfect hot summer day effort to enjoy over the coming 4-5 months.

Producer:  Chateau Pesquie

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Domaine Clape Cornas 2011 RP 94-97 10 R 900.00

Wine:  Cornas

The flagship wine, the 2011 Cornas exhibits classic notes of blackberries, cassis, camphor, incense, violets and hints of forest floor as well as steak tartare, a sensational texture, a full-bodied opulence, and terrific richness. This remarkable Cornas can be drunk early or cellared for 15-20 years.

Producer:  Domaine Clape

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Domaine Clape Cornas Renainssance 2011 RP 92-94 2 R 600.00

Wine:  Cornas Renainssance

The 2011 Cornas Renaissance displays extraordinary purity and opulence along with notes of grilled meats, bouquet garni, blueberries, blackberries, cassis and spring flowers. The tannins are sweet and the wine is fleshy. No new oak is ever used at Clape, and the wines are aged in old, various sized barrels as well as larger foudres.

Producer:  Domaine Clape

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources 2010 RP 96 47 R 730.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources

The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Trois Sources comes from the estate’s vineyards planted in sandy soils. About 10,000 bottles have been produced. One of the great wines of the vintage, this unbelievable Chateauneuf is still extremely young and primary. Its opaque purple color is followed by scents of ink, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and blackberries. While full-bodied, extremely concentrated and massive, the wine is totally harmonious with beautifully integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol. Give this 2010 five more years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20-25 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve 2010 RP 99 4 R 3,250.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve

There are 500 cases of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. At 16.4% natural alcohol, the pleasure police will no doubt suggest this wine is hot and out of balance. However, nothing could be further from the truth as there is not a trace of heat in this modern day legend in traditional Chateauneuf du Pape. Yields were under 20 hectoliters per hectare, and the vines utilized for the Reserve were planted in 1904. Virtually all Grenache with the balance probably including Syrah and Mourvedre, this is a field blend. An inky/purple color is accompanied by notes of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. There is a sappy precision to its formidably endowed, massive mouthfeel. Sadly, this profound Chateauneuf du Pape is nearly impossible to find. It should evolve easily for 20-25 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin 2010 RP 90 15 R 250.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin

There is also a 2010 Clavin B, Dauman’s white Cotes du Rhone, which goes through full malolactic fermentation, and is bottled unfiltered. It is made mostly from Clairette, with a touch of Grenache blanc. This wine is better than 75% of the white Chateauneuf du Papes, but unfortunately there are only 300 or so cases. A serious wine with a light gold color might raise a few eyebrows, but the wonderfully fresh, honeyed marmalade and orange rind notes intermixed with some quince and rose petals are followed by delicious fruit, medium to full body, and surprising complexity and intensity. Drink it over the next several years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin 2012 WA 89 29 R 250.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhone Blanc Clavin

Looking at the 2012s, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Clavin Blanc is a blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Clairette and the rest Marsanne and Viognier. Going completely through malolactic fermentation, it offers rich, textured notes of honeysuckle, buttered citrus and white flowers to go with a rich, yet beautifully fresh feel on the palate. Rock solid and versatile, it should be purchased by the case and enjoyed over the coming couple of years. Drink 2014-2016.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Domaine Vieille Julienne Cotes du Rhone Rouge Clavin 2011 RP 88-90 183 R 250.00

Wine:  Cotes du Rhone Rouge Clavin

Under the estate name Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone Clavin, from a lieu-dit of the same name, is composed of 80% Grenache and the rest a field blend of other authorized varieties. Rich, full-bodied and dense, this Cotes du Rhone transcends its humble pedigree year in and year out. The 2011 should drink well for 5-6 years.

Producer:  Domaine Vieille Julienne

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Gourt de Mautens Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages 2008 - 21 R 495.00

Wine:  Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages

This is one of the sensational estates in Rasteau, with proprietor Jerome Bressy farming just over 20 acres of vines. Organic farming and the naturally low yields of his old vines (8-15 hectoliters per hectare) result in wines of extraordinary concentration and intensity. The general blend on his Rasteau is 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan.

Producer:  Gourt de Mautens

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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011 - 9 R 350.00

Wine:  Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

a blend of 50% Clairette, 30% Roussanne and 20% Grenache blanc aged in stainless steel

Producer:  Grand Veneur

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Guigal Côte-Rôtie la Landonne 2002 WS 94 3 R 2,750.00

Wine:  Côte-Rôtie la Landonne

Producer:  Guigal

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