4447 products

Imported Red Wines

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      2019 Brancaia Chianti Classico DOCG
      Tuscany, ITALY
      $49. 99 Bottle
      $599.88 Dozen
      Minimum 12 bottles
      Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
      ABV: 13.5%
      Closure: Diam Cork

      Dark red in colour with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Delicate red currant and red cherry aromas mix with dried herbs, earth and hints of spicy leather. Light to mid weight savoury red currant and red cherry fruits are married to leather, earth and spicy tobacco characters. Dryish finish with fine grained tannins and an elegant aftertaste.
      Drink over the next 4-5 years.
      Alc. 13.5%

        2018 Bricco Ernesto Vino Rosso Magnum (1500ml)
        Piedmont, ITALY
        $280. 00 Bottle
        $3360.00 Dozen
        ABV: 15%
        Closure: Cork

        Bricco Ernesto company was born in the small village of Priocca in Roero, Piedmont, and is run by one of the most talented and driven vignerons in the region; Renato Vezza. Along with his partner, they juggle multiple-part time jobs in their quest to maximize the potential of this land which has been farmed sustainably since the 1990's. The cellar is as stripped down as they come, with just a few cement tanks and a small collection of barrels. That's pretty much it.

        The Vino Rosso is 100% Nebbiolo from a collection of tiny parcels in the hills above Priocca, and spends three weeks on the skins followed by a year in barrel and a year in bottle. This is really a game changer for the Roero region, a wine more akin to fine Barbaresco than those you would normally find from here. Average production is a miniscule 1100-1500 bottles a year, and with only tiny quantities making it to Australia, this is very limited.

          2018 Bricco Ernesto Vino Rosso
          Piedmont, ITALY
          $120. 00 Bottle
          $1440.00 Dozen
          ABV: 15%
          Closure: Cork

          Bricco Ernesto company was born in the small village of Priocca in Roero, Piedmont, and is run by one of the most talented and driven vignerons in the region; Renato Vezza. Along with his partner, they juggle multiple-part time jobs in their quest to maximize the potential of this land which has been farmed sustainably since the 1990's. The cellar is as stripped down as they come, with just a few cement tanks and a small collection of barrels. That's pretty much it.

          The Vino Rosso is 100% Nebbiolo from a collection of tiny parcels in the hills above Priocca, and spends three weeks on the skins followed by a year in barrel and a year in bottle. This is really a game changer for the Roero region, a wine more akin to fine Barbaresco than those you would normally find from here. Average production is a miniscule 1100-1500 bottles a year, and with only tiny quantities making it to Australia, this is very limited.

            2019 Bruno Duchene La Luna Vin de Pays de la Cote Vermeille Rouge
            Cotes de Roussillon, FRANCE
            $59. 99 Bottle
            $719.88 Dozen
            ABV: 13.5%
            Closure: Cork

            Bruno Duchêne is originally from the Loire Valley where his family had a thriving business selling farm machinery. He then became a distributor of wild mushrooms in the Loire and Burgundy and discovered wine, particularly meticulous made, non-interventionist wines. He then worked for nine months with Frederic Cossard of Domaine Chassorney in Saint Romain where biodynamic farming is practised, and it was here that he learnt how to make wine. Today, he lives on the Côte Vermeille in the town of Banyuls sur Mer, where he produces stunning wine from his very steep hillside vines. This is the rocky stretch of land where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean; this is Catalonia. The dramatic and wild countryside, stunning colours and luminosity were captured artistically and made famous by Fauvist painters such as Matisse.

            Bruno owns just 4 hectares spread over 4 areas, all on decomposed schistose soils at an altitude of around 300m - each parcel differing slightly in exposition. The vineyards in Collioure are extremely low yielding and, as they are planted on terraced hillsides, very difficult to work mechanically, which like in Germany's Mosel region, has contributed to a growing abandonment of these legendary sites. This is a great shame as the real character of any regions wines is defined by it's original terroir.

            His vines are farmed organically, and because of the region's relatively warm, dry climate, Bruno only has to use a few sulfur treatments each year and because odium is not an issue here, copper is never used. In the winery; after a manual harvest and a rigorous selection there is 10-15 day cool maceration with a natural yeast, whole bunch ferment in 26hl Grenier wooden vats. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered and only a small amount of sulfur is added at the bottling in most years.

            La Luna Rouge is produced almost entirely from Grenache but also includes a little Carignan.

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              2015 Bruno Giacosa AA Falletto Barbaresco Rabaja
              Piedmont, ITALY
              $499. 00 Bottle
              $5988.00 Dozen
              ABV: 14.5%
              Closure: Cork

              Other Reviews....
              The purity of fruit to this is incredible with cherries, plums and white truffle. Hints of ash and stone. Roses, too. Full body, superb texture of super fine tannins and incredible length. The harmony is so mesmerizing. Elegance and length. Bright energy. Try in 2022 when it comes together. Tiny production.
              99 Points
              jamessuckling.com

              This beautiful wine was released in January and is on the market now. The 2015 Barbaresco Rabajà benefits from one more year in the bottle (compared to its peers) to show expressive and exuberant intensity. The bouquet delivers a special floral note that resembles lady's perfume of fragrant rose potpourri, but these ethereal tones only last for the first minute or two. After that, you get a solid core of dark fruit with blackberry and dried cherry. The wine is nicely contoured by firm tannins and lasting acidity. The Rabajà vineyard site measures only half a hectare, and 3,600 bottles are made each year as a result. Drink 2022 - 2045.
              95+ points
              Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2019)

              A savory style, this red offers balsamic aromas of eucalyptus, wild rosemary and fennel, leading to a core of cherry, licorice, tar and tobacco flavors. The tannins are still a bit gruff, but a sense of elegance persists. Best from 2022 through 2042.
              93 points
              Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

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                2015 Bruno Giacosa AA Falletto Barolo Falletto
                Piedmont, ITALY
                $499. 00 Bottle
                $5988.00 Dozen
                ABV: 14.5%
                Closure: Cork

                Other Reviews....
                Superb aromas of ripe fruit, such as plums and berries with peaches and tar. Very intense. Full body, great depth and density. Incredible richness and power with superb length and persistence. One of the most dense and vertical Falletos I have tasted. Try in 2025.
                98 Points
                Jamessuckling.com

                Dense and firmly structured, this red features a distinctive saltiness underlying the floral, cherry, mineral and tobacco flavors. A bit standoffish now, but all the components are in the right proportions. Best from 2023 through 2048.
                94 points
                Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

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                  2015 Bruno Giacosa AA Falletto Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
                  Piedmont, ITALY
                  $550. 00 Bottle
                  $6600.00 Dozen
                  ABV: 14.5%
                  Closure: Cork

                  Other Reviews....
                  I am lost for words with this wine. Perfumed and so elegant with the most exquisite aromas of roses, plums and earth. Yet always subtle and complex. Full body and ultra fine, firm tannins. Fantastic finish that lasts for minutes. Try in 2026.
                  100 Points
                  Jamessuckling.com

                  Bottled in July of last year, the 2015 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche is a daring and absolutely profound expression of Nebbiolo with the depth, thickness and volume you can expect from a warm vintage such as this. This wine is a veritable bomb of aromatic intensity with thick layers of dark fruit, spice and crushed stone that all vie for your attention in equal measure. The mouthfeel is characterized by thick fiber and lasting succulence, all capped with fresh acidity and a firm tannic backbone. This Barolo is classic Giacosa. Drink 2022 - 2045.
                  94 points
                  Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2019)

                  It takes a few seconds to access the core of fruit in this taut, sinewy red, but there is a beam of pure cherry, accented by rose, wild juniper, thyme and licorice flavors. This turns elegant and supple in the end, with terrific complexity, harmony and minerally length. Best from 2023 through 2046.
                  96 points
                  Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

                  Le Rocche is a selection from the highest parcels in Falletto in Serralunga, which helps to explain its great finesse. The raspberry and redcurrant nose shows great purity of fruit, poise and stylishness. The palate is equally elegant, with a lean attack, polished tannins and a silky, intense texture. There's ample tannic grip but it's not aggressive and there are none of the rough edges often apparent in Serralunga. Balanced and very long. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040.
                  94 points
                  Stephen Brook - Decanter

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                    2020 Bruno Rocca Trifole Dolcetto d’Alba
                    Piedmont, ITALY
                    $32. 99 Bottle
                    $395.88 Dozen
                    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                    ABV: 13.5%
                    Closure: Cork

                    Fruit was sourced from Bruno Rocca’s estate vineyards that have an average age of 40 years old, located in the village of Barbaresco where the Trifole’ vineyard borders Rabajà. Maturation taking place in stainless steel.
                    Deep bright dark red black colour with a vibrant purple red hue. Freshly crushed raspberry and cherry aromas have a perfumed like violet overlay with notions of incense and inky earth also evident. Delicious ripe cherry and raspberry fruits carry a fresh youthful feel with infusions of incense, earth and fresh herbs ensuing. Lively acidity with slightly inky tannins, the long juicy red fruited aftertaste full of energy.
                    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                    Alc. 13.5%

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                      2013 Bruno Rocca Rabaja Barbaresco
                      Piedmont, ITALY
                      $170. 00 Bottle
                      $2040.00 Dozen
                      ABV: 14.5%

                      Other Reviews....
                      Here is an impressive achievement from Bruno Rocca. The 2013 Barbaresco Rabajà is fragrant and intense, but it never goes overboard. This wine expertly walks a fine line between understated elegance and varietal exuberance. The fruit is compact and sharp with aromas of cassis, white truffle and pressed violets. The wine leaves a clean and silky impression in the mouth. Drink 2018 - 2030.
                      94 points
                      Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Sept 2017)

                      A wine of raw, almost animal power, Rocca's 2013 Barbaresco Rabajà is incredibly expressive today. The 2013 is bold, intense and powerful, yet it also has gorgeous sweetness and creaminess through the middle. Although very much an infant, the 2013 Rabajà has the balance and pedigree to develop beautifully for a number of years. The 2013 spent a year in French oak barrels, followed by a year in French oak casks. Drink 2021 - 2033.
                      93 points
                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                      Dried roses, tobacco, licorice, walnuts, hints of herbs and tar frame an extremely complex nose. Full body, a dense and dusty yet also refined center-palate, driving acidity and a long finish. Seriously delicious. Hard to resist now but better by 2019.
                      94 points
                      JamesSuckling.com

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                      • Nick's Import
                      2018 Caliterra Tributo Carmenere
                      Colchagua, CHILE
                      $17. 99 Bottle
                      $215.88 Dozen
                      Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                      ABV: 13.5%
                      Closure: Diam Cork

                      Impenetrable black dark red core with a deep dark red hue. Elevated scents of blackberry, cassis and spicy tobacco stream out of the glass with earthy black olive and dried herb notes also evident. Medium bodied with a smooth entry and mid palate feel, rich blackcurrant fruits meld into cedary tobacco characters, earth and spicy dried herbs. Well integrated finely meshed tannins with some bell pepper characters making an appearance on the savoury aftertaste.
                      Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                      Alc. 13.5%

                      Other Reviews….
                      Nicely crafted, young and complex style here with light oak spice, laid across bright red fruit and some leafy nuances. The palate has succulent raspberry flavors with easygoing, juicy allure. Drink now.
                      91 points
                      JamesSuckling.com

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                        2016 Caliterra Tributo Carmenere - Last Stocks
                        Colchagua Valley, CHILE
                        $16. 99 Bottle
                        $203.88 Dozen
                        Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2024-2025)
                        ABV: 13.5%
                        Closure: Cork
                        Totally opaque midnight black heart with a dark red black tinged hue. Aromas of tobacco leaf overlay dark currant, dried herbs, black olive and hints of capsicum. Medium bodied and elegant and refined feel, flavours of blackcurrant and black olive mix with cedary tobacco characters, dried herbs and spice. Slightly dryish finish with fine grained tannins and a medium length aftertaste.
                        Cellar 4-5 years.
                        Alc. 13.5%

                        Other Reviews….
                        In spite of the ripeness, the rich black fruit and the baking spices character, this is fresh and transparent. Fine tannins build gently on the clean finish. Drink or hold.
                        92 points
                        JamesSuckling.com
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                          2015 Campos de Risca Organic Monastrell Syrah
                          Jumilla, SPAIN
                          $23. 99 Bottle
                          $287.88 Dozen
                          Minimum 12 bottles
                          Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2019-2021)
                          ABV: 14.5%
                          Closure: Stelvin
                          A blend of 90% Monastrell and 10% Syrah. Deep slightly cloudy dark red colour with a tawny brick red hue. Ripe Morello and dried cherry aromas intermingle with earthy leather, a hint of prune and spice. Soft palate entry with Morello cherry, dried fruits and liquorice flavours overlaying earthy prune and spicy leather elements. Firms up on the finish with dry grippy tannins and a short conclusion.
                          Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                          Alc. 14.5%
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                            2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
                            Tuscany, ITALY
                            $350. 00 Bottle
                            $4200.00 Dozen
                            ABV: 15%
                            Closure: Cork

                            Canalicchio di Sopra was founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, and is now run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. Their 19 hectares of vineyards are planted in Canalicchio and Montosoli on northern side of Montalcino, and each of these locations lend an elegance and grace to these exquisite Sangiovese wines. All wines are aged in medium sized Slavonian oak botti.

                            Other Reviews....
                            The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Drink 2025 - 2050.
                            98 points
                            Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                            The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it. Drink 2024 - 2036.
                            95+ points
                            Eric Guido - Vinous

                            An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
                            98 points
                            James Suckling

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                              2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia
                              Tuscany, ITALY
                              $350. 00 Bottle
                              $4200.00 Dozen
                              ABV: 14.5%
                              Closure: Cork

                              Canalicchio di Sopra was founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, and is now run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. Their 19 hectares of vineyards are planted in Canalicchio and Montosoli on northern side of Montalcino, and each of these locations lend an elegance and grace to these exquisite Sangiovese wines. All wines are aged in medium sized Slavonian oak botti.

                              Other Reviews....
                              This is a newish single-vineyard wine (it's the second vintage) created by Francesco Ripaccioli and the team at Canalicchio di Sopra at the conclusion of an ambitious estate-wide mapping project. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia draws its fruit from a two-hectare site planted in 1990 with clay soils and rich in mineral components. A precious 4,133 bottles were made. What I like most is the tightness of the fruit, which you chip away at slowly as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings you forest fruit, sour cherry, almond, lilac and candied orange peel. On a second swirl, you might get black olive, bay leaf and scorched earth. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is that uniquely compact and extremely polished quality of fruit. Drink 2024 - 2045.
                              96 points
                              Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                              Lifting up with gorgeous floral perfumes and hints of white smoke, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia from Canalicchio di Sopra keeps you at the edge of your glass. It opens up with a dark and dramatic display of balsamic-tinged black cherry, sage and Indian spice, contrasted by savory notes of tobacco, rich earth tones and flowery undergrowth. There’s an amazing density of fruit here, offset by salty minerals, zesty acids and a hint of sour citrus. The textures are velvety-smooth, yet the expression remains feminine and lifted. In fact, you can hardly notice its underlying tannic heft until it’s too late, as the 2016 La Casaccia seems to youthfully fold in on itself, halting the expression but promising over a decade of further development. Drink 2026 - 2040.
                              98 points
                              Eric Guido - Vinous

                              A red with cherry, walnut, bark and hints of dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a tight finish. Really reserved now. Needs three or four years to open. Best after 2024.
                              96 points
                              James Suckling

                              Initially closed, this eventually reveals aromas of grilled porcini, rose, camphor and citrus zest. Linear and elegantly structured, the palate is still youthfully austere, recalling morello cherry, blood orange, licorice and a hint of salt while firm, close-grained tannins provide the backbone. It closes on a coffee-bean note. Drink 2026–2041.
                              95 points
                              Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast

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                                2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
                                Tuscany, ITALY
                                $160. 00 Bottle
                                $1920.00 Dozen
                                ABV: 14%
                                Closure: Cork

                                Canalicchio di Sopra was founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, and is now run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. Their 19 hectares of vineyards are planted in Canalicchio and Montosoli on northern side of Montalcino, and each of these locations lend an elegance and grace to these exquisite Sangiovese wines. All wines are aged in medium sized Slavonian oak botti.

                                Other Reviews....
                                The Canalicchio di Sopra 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows balance and symmetry with that difficult twofold delivery of power and elegance. This terrific new release shows dark fruit and tart cherry, but then unwinds slowly to reveal light spice, toasted nut, blue flower and crushed limestone. The wine affords a genuine sense of place with roots in the northern half of the appellation where the light is whiter and the nights are cooler. That brilliant luminosity appears in the pure quality of fruit and the sharp focus of the mouthfeel, driven by balanced tannins and acidity. The sensation it gives is compact and long, without too much extra volume or padding. This wine is like a contoured, chiseled and carefully polished marble statue that you would see in a Renaissance church. Drink 2024 - 2044.
                                95 points
                                Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                                The 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out stunning, remarkably vibrant and an almost-ethereal expression. There’s an exotic citrusy tinge to its ripe black cherries, taking on hints of sage, cedar and allspice, all grounded by moist earth tones. It’s focused and remarkably pure with a noticeable inner sweetness to the red and hints of blackberry fruit, all cast across a silky, feminine frame. The structure builds like a crescendo, as minerals fade to youthful tannins. Juicy acids maintain perfect balance from start to finish, making for a surprisingly fresh expression yet with amazing length. There’s simply so much going on here, and there are promises of more good things to come. Drink 2024 - 2038.
                                95 points
                                Eric Guido - Vinous

                                A dusty, tannic red with plum, red berry and cedar, chocolate and walnut undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with ultra fine tannins and a vivid finish. A pretty, polished red. Drink after 2022.
                                94 points
                                James Suckling

                                Intense aromas of underbrush, wild berry, new leather and pipe tobacco lead the way on this fragrant Brunello. Full bodied and elegantly structured, the savory palate features ripe morello cherry, licorice and truffle before a black-tea finish. Firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity keep balanced and give it an ageworthy structure. Drink 2024–2036.
                                97 points
                                Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast

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                                  2018 Cantina Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Grotta Rosso
                                  Sardinia, ITALY
                                  $29. 99 Bottle
                                  $359.88 Dozen
                                  Minimum 12 bottles
                                  Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                  ABV: 14%
                                  Closure: Stelvin
                                  Dark red core with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Nosing offers up a mix of morello cherry, rhubarb and dried cherry scents followed by dusty earth, vanillin spice and dried herbs. Ripe morello and dried cherry flavours cast a fleshy feel across the mid weighted palate with dried herb, earth and spicy tobacco elements lying on the other side. Slightly chewy tannins with a dried herb infused finish.
                                  Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                  Alc. 14%
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                                    2020 Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Sangiovese
                                    Terre di Chieti, ITALY
                                    $11. 99 Bottle
                                    $143.88 Dozen
                                    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                    ABV: 13%
                                    Closure: Stelvin

                                    Deep dark red core with black tinged edges and a vibrant dark red hue. Aromas of dark cherries and ripe red currants intermix with earth and spicy dried herb notes. Medium bodied, juicy dark cherry fruits sit over spicy vanilla and earthy dried herb characters. Polished feel with slightly dryish tannins and a medium length conclusion.
                                    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                    Alc. 13%

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                                      2020 Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
                                      Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, ITALY
                                      $11. 99 Bottle
                                      $143.88 Dozen
                                      Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2021-2023)
                                      ABV: 13%
                                      Closure: Stelvin

                                      Deep dark red black colour with a bright dark red hue. Aromas of dark cherries mix with inky earth, incense and spicy herb notes. The juicy mid weighted palate features ripe dark cherry fruit over a back drop of inky earth like characters, infusions of herbs and spice. Nicely fleshed with slightly grainy tannins, good freshness and a savoury conclusion.
                                      Drink over the next 2 years.
                                      Alc. 13%

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                                        2019 Cantina Vini Tipici Dell'Aretino de'Vasari Chianti
                                        Tuscany, ITALY
                                        $21. 99 Bottle
                                        $263.88 Dozen
                                        Minimum 12 bottles
                                        Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                        ABV: 13%
                                        Closure: Synthetic Cork
                                        Certified organic. Deep dark red black tinged colour with a dark red hue. Spicy red currant and rhubarb scents intermix with hints of vanilla, dusty earth and dried herbs. Medium bodied, cherry and rhubarb flavours meld into a mix of dried herbs, earth and spice. Fine grained tannins with a slightly rustic finish.
                                        Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                        Alc. 13%
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                                          2015 Cantina Vini Tipici dell'Aretino de Vasari Chianti Riserva
                                          Tuscany, ITALY
                                          $26. 99 Bottle
                                          $323.88 Dozen
                                          Minimum 12 bottles
                                          Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                          ABV: 13.5%
                                          Closure: Synthetic Cork
                                          Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Spicy red to black currant aromas intermingle with earth, tobacco and dried herb notes. Medium bodied the palate combines a rustic old world charm with generous red to black currant and red cherry fruits. Adding interest are elements of earth, dried herbs and spicy tobacco. Dryish finish with slightly chalky tannins and bright acidity. Concludes with a robust aftertaste that sees traces of leather creeping in.
                                          Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                          Alc. 13.5%
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                                          • Nick's Import
                                          2018 Cardinale Pre-Arrival Offer
                                          Napa Valley, California, UNITED STATES
                                          $560. 00 Bottle
                                          $6720.00 Dozen
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Other Reviews....
                                          Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, the 2018 Cardinale was aged in French oak barrels for 22 months, 81% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with gregarious notions of warm cassis, black cherries and wild blueberries, followed by emerging earth scents with a tobacco and garrigue undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, gracefully styled and refreshing, the vibrant black and blue-fruited palate offers a wonderfully fine-grained texture and bags of energy, finishing long with a skip in its step. 5,107 cases were made. Drink 2022 - 2050.
                                          98 points
                                          Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)

                                          The 2018 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and sumptuous right out of the gate. Soaring aromatics and silky tannins add finesse to the dark mountain fruit. It's hard to remember a vintage with this much sheer appeal in the early going. As always, Cardinale is a blend of choice hillside blocks. In 2018, the core is built around Stags Leap, Atlas Peak and St. Helena. Winemaker Chris Carpenter has backed off some of the overtness of the past years, and that is a huge benefit in allowing the wine to be more natural, more relaxed. The 2018 spent 21 months in 80-90% new oak, and clearly has the stuffing to handle the oak. It is one of the most refined Cardinales I can remember tasting. Drink 2026 - 2043.
                                          97+ points
                                          Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                          Aromas of blackberries, plums and spice with some pine needles and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied with very fine, round tannins and a juicy sophistication and flavorful profile. Dark and thought-provoking. So approachable. 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Drink or hold.
                                          97 points
                                          James Suckling

                                          The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is based on a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot that spent 22 months in 81% new French oak. It’s a wonderfully complete, borderline perfect wine that shows the class of this estate as well as the vintage, revealing a seamless, full-bodied style that carries lots of blackcurrant, graphite, lead pencil, and tobacco aromatics, a deep, layered mid-palate, ultra-fine tannins, and flawless balance. As with most of Chris’s 2018s, it’s a wine that builds slowly with time in the glass, offering a layered, singular character. It’s a gorgeous 2018 that can be drunk today with ample pleasure, but it will ideally be given 4-6 years of bottle age, at which point it should evolve gracefully for 30-40 years. Drink 2025 - 2066.
                                          98+ points
                                          Jeb Dunnuck

                                          Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                          1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                          2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                          3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                          4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in April 2022.
                                          5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
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                                            2019 Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Les Champs Gains Rouge Premier Cru
                                            Burgundy, FRANCE
                                            $185. 00 Bottle
                                            $2220.00 Dozen
                                            ABV: 13.5%
                                            Closure: Cork

                                            Caroline Morey comes from a long line of vignerons based in the Cotes de Beaune and is also married to Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In 2014 Caroline took her share of some family vineyards from her father Jean-Marc and created her own domaine based in Chassagne-Montrachet, working out of brand new cellars built for Caroline and her husband.

                                            For her first vintage in 2014 she had small holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet for both red and white together with small holdings in Santenay and Hautes Cotes de Beaune totaling just 2.4 hectares. With more vineyards added both from family and acquisitions in the last few years, the total is now 7 hectares in total for Caroline with roughly half for red and half for whites.

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                                              2018 Cascina Galarin Barbera d'Asti Superiore Tinella
                                              Piedmont, ITALY
                                              $56. 99 Bottle
                                              $683.88 Dozen
                                              Minimum 12 bottles
                                              Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                              ABV: 15%
                                              Closure: Cork
                                              A blend of 95% Barbera and 5% Freisa matured for 20 months in small moderately toasted French oak barrels. Deep dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Nosing offers up blackberry and liquorice aromatics which intermingle with dark plum, dusty vanillin cedar, earth and spice. Medium to full bodied, rich blackberry, liquorice and dark chocolate flavours are backed by bright acidity and a slightly chalky tannin structure. Earth and spicy vanillin cedar elements ensue. Finishes dry with good tension and a tightly wound yet generously fruited aftertaste.
                                              Cellar 4-5 years.
                                              Alc. 15%
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                                                2019 Cascina Galarin Le Querce Barbera d'Asti
                                                Piedmont, ITALY
                                                $34. 99 Bottle
                                                $419.88 Dozen
                                                Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                ABV: 14%
                                                Closure: Cork
                                                A blend of 95% Barbera and 5% Freisa aged for 12 months steel tanks then given a further 3 months in bottle before being released. Dark red black colour with a bright purple red hue. Freshly crushed ripe blackberry, dark cherry and liquorice aromas are followed by subtle earth, light tobacco and spice notes. Generous mid weighted blackberry and dark cherry flavours along with a touch of liquorice are underpinned by bright acidity with traces of earth and vanillin spice chiming in on the back half. Finishes dry with slightly dusty tannins and a fresh savoury aftertaste.
                                                Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                Alc. 14%
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                                                  2016 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                  Tuscany, ITALY
                                                  $250. 00 Bottle
                                                  $3000.00 Dozen
                                                  ABV: 14.5%
                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                  Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                  Alceo di Napoli dreamt of planting high-density vineyards with Bordeaux varieties, something that was unheard of in Chianti Classico at the time. In 1988, di Napoli started clearing the land, which at the time was planted with olive trees and housed the property’s stables. Importantly, this land had never been farmed for grapes before, so it was virgin land. The first terraces were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990. Petit Verdot followed in 1991 and 1992. Sadly, Alceo di Napoli passed away in 1991, but his children Luca and Maurizia stepped-in to run the family estate. In 1994, Rampolla converted to biodynamic farming, the d’Alceo plots have essentially been farmed biodynamically since the beginning, as they had no real previous history to speak of, nor conventional farming regime from which to adjust. Today, d’Alceo is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The first vintages spent about 18 months in French oak barrels. Since 2007, d’Alceo spends 10-12 months in barrel, with only 10-15% new barrels, a decision Rampolla took to preserve more freshness and reduce the flavor impact of oak.

                                                  Other Reviews....
                                                  The Castello dei Rampolla 2016 d'Alceo is an extra dark and brooding expression of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot in a supporting role. The wine sits firmly on the palate, imparting weight, staying power and extra heat. In fact, some sort of bistecca alla Fiorentina or otherwise succulent grilled meat pairing is what comes immediately to mind. The immense power of the wine rumbles and trembles in the glass, figuratively speaking, revealing dried blackberry, prune and black cherry confit. This 2016 vintage shows impressive clarity and focus both on the nose and in the mouth. Drink 2022 - 2040.
                                                  96 points
                                                  Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Sep 2020)

                                                  The 2016 D'Alceo combines unctuous intensity with pure, raw power. It won't be ready to drink until age ten, at least, but there is plenty to look forward to. With a few hours of air, the fruit and breadth both start to emerge. Inky blueberry, lavender, cloves, leather and licorice are some of the many nuances that build over time. Drink
                                                  97 points
                                                  Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                  Lots of richness here, but there’s always balance and focus with blackberry and chocolate character and hazelnut undertones. Bark, too. It’s full-bodied, but tight and focused at the end. Always a great wine. From organically grown grapes. Drink after 2024.
                                                  97 points
                                                  James Suckling

                                                  This elegant red features cherry and black currant flavors interwoven with its silky texture. Tobacco and spice accents add complexity as this unfurls to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory elements. Firmly built and still young. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035.
                                                  97 points
                                                  Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

                                                  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this compelling wine opens with enticing aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, new leather, pipe tobacco and menthol. Chewy and delicious, the palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and baking spice framed in firm, refined tannins. It's full bodied, with a weightless elegance and a crushed mint finish. Drink 2022–2028.
                                                  96 points
                                                  Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast

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                                                    2015 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                    Tuscany, ITALY
                                                    $250. 00 Bottle
                                                    $3000.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 14.5%
                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                    Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                    Alceo di Napoli dreamt of planting high-density vineyards with Bordeaux varieties, something that was unheard of in Chianti Classico at the time. In 1988, di Napoli started clearing the land, which at the time was planted with olive trees and housed the property’s stables. Importantly, this land had never been farmed for grapes before, so it was virgin land. The first terraces were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990. Petit Verdot followed in 1991 and 1992. Sadly, Alceo di Napoli passed away in 1991, but his children Luca and Maurizia stepped-in to run the family estate. In 1994, Rampolla converted to biodynamic farming, the d’Alceo plots have essentially been farmed biodynamically since the beginning, as they had no real previous history to speak of, nor conventional farming regime from which to adjust. Today, d’Alceo is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The first vintages spent about 18 months in French oak barrels. Since 2007, d’Alceo spends 10-12 months in barrel, with only 10-15% new barrels, a decision Rampolla took to preserve more freshness and reduce the flavor impact of oak.

                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                    Dark, powerful and explosive, D'Alceo is one of the epic wines of 2015. Crème de cassis, plum, graphite, sage, lavender, and menthol rush out of the glass in a deep, beautifully resonant wine loaded with class. A wine with striking inner sweetness, depth and structure, the 2015 will thrill readers lucky enough to own it for a number of years to come. The 2015 was fermented in cement and then spent 14 months in oak. It is rich, sumptuous and simply irresistible.
                                                    97 points
                                                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous (Aug 2019)

                                                    This is a big and self-assured red with lots of charcoal, vanilla, dried blackberries, barbecued meat and resin. Full-bodied and very chewy indeed with a ton of dark fruit and raw power. A delicate line of acidity pulls the brakes on.
                                                    95 points
                                                    JamesSuckling.com (July 2019)

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                                                      2010 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                      Tuscany, ITALY
                                                      $425. 00 Bottle
                                                      $5100.00 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 14.5%
                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                      Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                      In 1980, Rampolla produced their first vintage of Sammarco, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It was the early days of Italy’s infatuation with international grapes that would in turn bring a handful of wines a level of recognition and accompanying prestige that was unthinkable back then. Antinori’s first vintage of Tignanello was 1971. Solaia followed in 1978. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia did not exist yet and Sassicaia was still under the radar. It was the very beginning of an entire movement. The first Sammarcos were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Sangiovese. Merlot was added in 2003, gradually replacing Sangiovese and giving the wine softer, more modern contours as well as greater early approachability. The Cabernet has always been aged in French oak barrels, with an increasing move towards larger 500-liter formats, while the Sangiovese sees only cask.

                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                      The 2010 Sammarco tastes like biting into a combination of graphite, crushed rocks, smoke, violets, kirsch, lavender and sweet spices. The flavors are intense and concentrated, yet also incredibly nuanced. Firm tannins give the wine an extra kick of energy on the sculpted finish. I don't expect the 2010 will be ready to drink anytime soon, but it is a real pleasure to revisit today, as it is just as stunning as it has always been. In a word: magnificent! Drink 2020-2040
                                                      100 points
                                                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                      The 2010 Sammarco Vino da Tavola is based on Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Sangiovese and Merlot. The 2010 vintage is still very closed and will require ten years or more to blossom. What you get at this young stage in the wine’s life are tightly wound tones of bramble, wild berry, light spice, bacon fat and loads of vibrant medicinal herb. The mouthfeel shows a great degree of finesse and silkiness that will surely evolve in time to embrace an even finer texture. Give it time.
                                                      96 points
                                                      Monica Larner - Wine Advocate #215 (Oct 2014)

                                                      Wow. The nose to this wine is truly wonderful with currant, berry, orange peel and minerals. Full body, firm, chewy tannins and an intense, beautiful finish. It goes on for minutes. So complex. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese. Better in 2017.
                                                      97 points
                                                      James Suckling

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                                                        2004 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                        Tuscany, ITALY
                                                        $399. 00 Bottle
                                                        $4788.00 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 13.5%
                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                        Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                        In 1980, Rampolla produced their first vintage of Sammarco, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It was the early days of Italy’s infatuation with international grapes that would in turn bring a handful of wines a level of recognition and accompanying prestige that was unthinkable back then. Antinori’s first vintage of Tignanello was 1971. Solaia followed in 1978. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia did not exist yet and Sassicaia was still under the radar. It was the very beginning of an entire movement. The first Sammarcos were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Sangiovese. Merlot was added in 2003, gradually replacing Sangiovese and giving the wine softer, more modern contours as well as greater early approachability. The Cabernet has always been aged in French oak barrels, with an increasing move towards larger 500-liter formats, while the Sangiovese sees only cask.

                                                        Other Reviews....
                                                        The 2004 Sammarco shows why this is such a magnificent vintage for Tuscany. Silky, layered and impeccably refined, the 2004 possesses notable breadth and richness, yet remains light on its feet. The flavors are bright, with a level of crystalline purity that is impossible to miss. Best of all, the 2004 continues to age gracefully. I imagine the 2004 will offer a wide drinking window of pure pleasure. The 2004 isn't one of the biggest or most imposing Sammarcos, but it is among the most finessed. Drink 2015-2029
                                                        97 points
                                                        Antonio Galloni - Vinous

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                                                          2019 Catena High Mountain Vines Malbec
                                                          Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                          $27. 99 Bottle
                                                          $335.88 Dozen
                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                          ABV: 13.5%
                                                          Closure: Diam Cork

                                                          Nicolas Catena has been instrumental in Argentina’s progress over the last three decades, bringing the country's wine industry into line with world class standards. What you can now get for your money in the present day climate are seriously good expressions of the nation's signature varietal, Malbec, that rival many Australian reds for punch and price. Made by fourth generation vintner Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, this wine is sourced from three high altitude vineyards. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. Eighty year old vines in the Lunlunta (Maipù) vineyard lend soft, sweet texture whilst he intense sunshine in the Gualtallary (Tupungato) vineyard provides explosive floral aromatics and a concentrated structure. The last component is from El Cipillo in Eugenio Bustos, which has loamy sands and thick calcareous layers sit over rounded rock.  Maturation takes place in a mix of new, second and third use French oak barrels for 12 months.

                                                          A gorgeous Malbec loaded with rich blue to dark fruits that are supple and fleshy.

                                                          Superb colour, black as night heart with a deep bright dark red black tinged hue. A pretty aromatic profile of dark cherries, violets, red liquorice and blueberries are followed by fresh herb and spicy cedar notes. Medium bodied the palate is loaded with rich juicy blackcurrant, ripe blueberry and liquorice fruits which are seamlessly intertwined with vanillin cedar, dried herbs and faint spicy tobacco. Supple and fleshy mid palate it finishes with a nicely balanced freshness and polished yet well-constructed tannins. Long delicious blue to dark fruited aftertaste.
                                                          Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                          Alc. 13.5%

                                                          Other Reviews…..
                                                          This is a solid, focused malbec with tight, creamy tannins and plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied. The tannins spread so nicely across the palate that they scarcely leave any trace. Drink and enjoy.
                                                          92 points
                                                          JamesSuckling.com

                                                          The excellent and floral 2019 Catena Malbec shows the typicity of the grape, violets and red berries, and the freshness of the year. It has the textbook aromas and a soft and velvety mouthfeel, with very fine grainy tannins. Drink 2021-2024.
                                                          92 points
                                                          Luis Gutierrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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                                                          2018 Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                          Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                          $140. 00 Bottle
                                                          $1680.00 Dozen
                                                          Closure: Cork

                                                          The Catena Zapata family's mission is to make profound and unforgettable wines that reflect the special character of each vine within the family's historic vineyards. Constantly pushing the viticultural envelope, Nicolás and Laura Catena have identified Mendoza's best microclimates, selected the highest quality Malbec vines and pioneered viticulture in undiscovered regions. The inaugural 1997 vintage of Nicolas Catena Zapata, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set a new standard of quality for wines from South America. 20 years later, it stands at the pinnacle of great wines of the Andes.

                                                          Other Reviews....
                                                          The 2018 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (Adrianna vineyard, with the Cabernet Sauvignon interplanted with some Cabernet Franc) and 35% Malbec from Altamira (Nicasia vineyard). They no longer use grapes from Agrelo, and this is also a lot higher in Malbec than in other recent vintages. So, it has a very different profile, a change that started in 2017, with more contained ripeness and more freshness, and the wine is intense, keeping some of the Cabernet character (tobacco, blackberries) and the floral notes from Malbec. It comes through as balanced and harmonious, with very fine tannins and a long finish and perfect ripeness. This aims to revive the style of Bordeaux before phylloxera, from massal selection of ungrafted vines... 62,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019. Drink 2021 - 2028.
                                                          96 points
                                                          Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                                          A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec (35%) made from 210 micro-productions whose end result is approved by Nicolás Catena. A kind of summation of a long history, the grapes come from specific parcels of vineyards that Catena planted in the Uco Valley and Luján. The results are breathtaking. Purple in the glass with garnet flecks, this wine delivers layers of aroma, beginning with black currant and moving on to intense, precise notes of lavender and mint along with hints of black tea, sage and cigar box. In the mouth, austerity vies for supremacy with sheer power, a balance overseen by polished, grippy tannins placed into relief by a well-judged freshness that keeps the whole package light on its feet. This is a wine of tension foregrounded by the blend: the Malbec smooths out the Cabernet Sauvignon, which in turn brings energy to a red with an extremely long finish. Drink 2020 - 2032.
                                                          96 points
                                                          Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous

                                                          Aromas of blackberries, grilled meat, blackcurrants and wet earth. Full-bodied, tight and compact with dense dark berries and currants. Linear and long with a tight, focused palate. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Drink after 2022.
                                                          96 points
                                                          James Suckling

                                                          Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                          1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                          2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                          3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                          4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in April 2022.
                                                          5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                          6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                          7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                          2018 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                          Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                          $370. 00 Bottle
                                                          $4440.00 Dozen
                                                          Closure: Cork

                                                          Other Reviews....
                                                          The 2018 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae started with a marked creamy and lactic note, reflecting a very young and tender wine that started with a lot of malic acid. It has lower alcohol and higher acidity than the other two Adrianna bottlings; it's vibrant and lively, nicely textured and surprisingly fresh. The creamy and lactic note disappeared after some time in the glass, giving way to fresher notes, almost citrus. They have also done a selection of individual plants, discarding some plants in lower parts, and the wine has gained in precision and freshness. They used a high percentage of full clusters and fermented it in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured it in used oak barrels for 18 months. In 2018, the three Adrianna bottlings have more defined character; the differences are more marked than in a year like 2017. This has to be among the finest vintages for the Mundus Bacillus Terrae. 4,800 bottles were filled in November 2019. Drink 2021 - 2028.
                                                          98 points
                                                          Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                                          Mundus Bacillus Terrae is a parcel of Malbec whose name pays homage to the rhizobacteria that live in symbiosis with the vines at 1,450 meters in the Adrianna vineyard. Three-quarters of the wine is fermented in concrete and the rest in foudres, followed by 18 months in French oak. The nose features violets and lavender with subdued notes of red fruit, but the wine only properly comes out in the mouth. It is pure texture with nervous tension and ripe but gentle, very Malbec-ish tannins that don’t impede the flow. The magic of this wine lies in its uniqueness, both in terms of style and as an approach to the variety. It is the questions it raises that make it truly compelling. Drink 2020 - 2032.
                                                          97 points
                                                          Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous

                                                          This is a really deep, decadent red, showing incredibly rich black soil, black olives and violets. Full body and rich tannins that exude power and intensity. Lots of white pepper and black fruit in the aftertaste. Extremely persistent. This is a bottle for the cellar. Try after 2024.
                                                          98 points
                                                          James Suckling

                                                          Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                          1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                          2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                          3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                          4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in April 2022.
                                                          5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                          6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                          7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                            2020 Caves d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose
                                                            Provence, FRANCE
                                                            $39. 99 Bottle
                                                            $479.88 Dozen
                                                            Cellar: Drink now (2021)
                                                            ABV: 13%
                                                            Closure: Cork

                                                            Made from a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren, Whispering Angel is one of Provence’s leading producers of Rose. Translucent pale salmon pink in colour. Delightful white peach, strawberry, raspberry and musk scents stream out of the glass with notions of pomegranate also shining through. Light and supple across the palate delicious peach and spicy strawberry fruits intermix with infusions of musk over a stony back drop. Finishes dry with crisp acidity and a long elegant aftertaste.
                                                            Drink now.
                                                            Alc. 13%

                                                            Other Reviews….
                                                            Very pale apricot-pink color. Delicate aromas of sliced apple, pink grapefruit, peach, cream and stones follow through to a medium body and crisp acidity. Deliciously creamy and smooth. Drink and enjoy.
                                                            92 points
                                                            JamesSuckling.com

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                                                              2018 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru
                                                              Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                              $380. 00 Bottle
                                                              $4560.00 Dozen
                                                              ABV: 13.5%
                                                              Closure: Cork

                                                              Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Chambolle-Musigny, but he also produces wine under his own label. Using his extensive contacts with the finest growers in Burgundy, Charles sources grapes from some of the top plots in the area. Charles is aiming for a similar purity and terroir focus as those wines of Hudelot-Noellat, and as such has minimal use of new oak each year.

                                                              Other Reviews....
                                                              The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru has an intense, powerful bouquet of red and black fruit and undergrowth; touches of menthol develop with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, good structure and matière, and saline on the midpalate, leading to a grippy, quite assertive finish. Good aging potential.
                                                              92-94 points
                                                              Neal Martin - Vinous

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                                                                2018 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Cherbaudes Premier Cru
                                                                Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                                $330. 00 Bottle
                                                                $3960.00 Dozen
                                                                ABV: 13%
                                                                Closure: Cork

                                                                Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Chambolle-Musigny, but he also produces wine under his own label. Using his extensive contacts with the finest growers in Burgundy, Charles sources grapes from some of the top plots in the area. Charles is aiming for a similar purity and terroir focus as those wines of Hudelot-Noellat, and as such has minimal use of new oak each year.

                                                                Other Reviews....
                                                                The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cherbaudes 1er Cru has an attractive bouquet of red cherries, wild strawberry and orange zest aromas, the mineralité surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet candied opening, fleshy and ripe, but it needs a little more structure toward the finish. Great nose, but the palate needs to foment a little more class.
                                                                88-90 points
                                                                Neal Martin - Vinous

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                                                                  2018 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Fontenys Premier Cru
                                                                  Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                                  $330. 00 Bottle
                                                                  $3960.00 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 14%
                                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                                  Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Chambolle-Musigny, but he also produces wine under his own label. Using his extensive contacts with the finest growers in Burgundy, Charles sources grapes from some of the top plots in the area. Charles is aiming for a similar purity and terroir focus as those wines of Hudelot-Noellat, and as such has minimal use of new oak each year.

                                                                  Other Reviews....
                                                                  The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Fontenys 1er Cru has a superb bouquet: beautifully defined and very pure, featuring a gorgeous rose petal note. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannins, fine acidity and a sorbet-fresh, persistent finish. Alongside the Cazetiers, this would be my pick from Charles Van Canneyt. Recommended.
                                                                  92-94 points
                                                                  Neal Martin - Vinous

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                                                                    2013 Charosa Vineyards Selections Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                    Nashik, INDIA
                                                                    $23. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $287.88 Dozen
                                                                    Minimum 12 bottles
                                                                    Cellar: Drink now (2018)
                                                                    ABV: 13%
                                                                    Closure: Stelvin
                                                                    Totally opaque dark red black colour with a dark brick red hue. Herbaceous green top notes overlay blackcurrant, black olive, cedary tobacco characters and spice. Showing more richness and much less of the green characters exhibited on the nose, the medium weight palate has flavours of blackcurrant, earthy tobacco characters, spicy cedar, a touch of leather, black olive and spicy tea leaf. Dryish finish with sturdy fine grained tannins and an aftertaste of blackcurrant, earthy tobacco, leather, black olive, spicy cedar and dried herbs.
                                                                    Drink now.
                                                                    Alc. 13%
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                                                                    2020 Chateau Angelus Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                    $750. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $9000.00 Dozen
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    As with a lot of properties in Saint-Emilion, Chateau Angelus has had its share of struggles in the mid-late 1900s, but after taking over from his father in 1988 Hubert de Bouard quickly turned around the property, to the point where it was upgraded to Premier Cru Classe A in 2012. The 27 hectare vineyard used for Chateau Angelus is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Maturation takes place in 100% new French oak for 18-24 months.

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    The 2020 Angélus has an opaque purple-black color, pulling you in with a captivating perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, ripe plums, violets and molten licorice, followed by wafts of underbrush, raspberry leaves and graphite, plus a hint of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already offers beautiful balance and expression at this nascent stage, featuring bright, crunchy red and black fruits with remarkable energy and tension. Its amazingly plush, silken texture carries all these shimmering flavors to a very long and fragrant finish. This jaw-dropping expression of 2020 is simply stunning.
                                                                    The blend this year is 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, due to be aged 18-22 months in French oak barriques, 100% new, and two new foudres. The wine has pH of 3.65 pH and an alcohol of 14.5%.
                                                                    98-100 points
                                                                    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                                                                    The 2020 Angélus is shaping up to be tremendous. Bright and punchy, with terrific energy, the 2020 is more linear and focused than any recent vintages I can remember tasting. Crushed red berry fruit, iron, smoke, mint, chalk and dried herbs all build in the glass. In 2020, Angélus is less flashy than it can be. That is a very good thing, for those who can wait. Harvest took place between September 18 to 30. One of the major evolutions here in recent years has been the use of foudres to age the Cabernet Franc. Half of the Franc is now raised in large format oak, and that seems to bringing added freshness to the Grand Vin.
                                                                    96-98 points
                                                                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                    This is wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth. Full-bodied and so polished and pure. Subtle at first, then it takes off and keeps coming. Sophisticated. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc.
                                                                    98-99 points
                                                                    James Suckling

                                                                    I loved the 2020 Château Angélus, which has the fresh, pure, incredible style favored by the estate today yet still has beautiful concentration and depth. Lots of ripe black cherries, mulberries, and cassis as well as violets, white flowers, tobacco, and dark chocolate define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a seamless, incredibly elegant mouthfeel, flawless tannins, and a great finish. While I don't think it's going to match the magical 2018, it's not far off and is unquestionably a gorgeous wine.
                                                                    95-97+ points
                                                                    Jeb Dunnuck

                                                                    Dark in color, the wine explodes with blackberry liqueur, plums, smoke, licorice, Asian spice, cherry blossoms, violets and truffles. The wine is full-bodied, rich, dense and intense, with layers of opulent, cashmere textured fruits. As good as that is, it's the mid-palate and finish, with its non-stop waves of silky, sensuous fruits that build, expands and intensifies, leaving you with a beautiful purity of fruit-infused with spicy chocolate. The endnotes linger for close to 60 seconds. Give this a decade or so of age and it should be a mind-blowing tasting experience. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc,14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak, however, 40% of the Cabernet Franc is aged in foudres, allowing the oak to almost finish integrating into the wine on release. Harvesting took place, September 12-September 30.
                                                                    98-100 points
                                                                    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                                                    Supple damson fruits, I love the aromatics on this and the striking fruits. Silky in texture, balanced and elegant, there are big tannins that slowly but surely creep up on you through the palate. This is a sleek, poised, and confidently-constructed Angélus, with depth to the olive, chocolate, cassis body and a crushed mint leaf kiss on the finish. As often with this vintage it is not an exuberant hug, it is more about discreet power and gorgeous stealing-up of flavours and textures giving depth and subtle power. 3.62pH, aged in large sized oak cass and oak barrels. A yield of 37hl/ha.
                                                                    97 points
                                                                    Jane Anson - Decanter

                                                                    60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
                                                                    Deep purple-black colour. As in 2019 the power inherent but an extra edge of refinement. Ripe but aromatically engaging with floral, dark-fruit and chocolate notes. Beautiful texture with depth of fruit and the tannins velvety and fresh providing solid structure and drive on the finish. Classic Angélus with a little more precision and polish.
                                                                    18/20 points
                                                                    James Lawther MW - jancisrobinson.com

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                                                                    5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
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                                                                    2016 Chateau Angelus
                                                                    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                    $899. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $10788.00 Dozen
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    As with a lot of properties in Saint-Emilion, Chateau Angelus has had its share of struggles in the mid-late 1900s, but after taking over from his father in 1988 Hubert de Bouard quickly turned around the property, to the point where it was upgraded to Premier Cru Classe A in 2012. The 27 hectare vineyard used for Chateau Angelus is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Maturation takes place in 100% new French oak for 18-24 months.

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    The 2016 Angélus is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 to 22 months in new barrels and foudres. Deep garnet-purple colored, it drifts effortlessly out of the glass with sensuous notes of lavender, candied violets, garrigue, Ceylon tea and iron ore with a core of warm black cherries, mulberries, ripe plums and aniseed plus wafts of cedar chest and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the perfumed fruit whispers of great intensity and depth, with the vivacious fruit well knit into the plush, seductive frame of velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Still very tightly wound with amazing tension at this stage, it truly needs a good 6-8 more years in bottle to deliver the fully expressed layers that this soft-spoken, profound beauty promises.
                                                                    98+ points
                                                                    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

                                                                    The 2016 Angélus has a very well defined bouquet featuring blackberry, melted tar, pencil box and floral notes, though they are less pronounced than they were from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This is well balanced with plenty of freshness and fine grip, and quite dense in the mouth compared to its peers. Notes of blackberry laced with sea salt and a touch of licorice govern the finish to this substantial Angélus, which will benefit from several years in bottle. Patience will be undoubtedly rewarded.
                                                                    96 points
                                                                    Neal Martin - Vinous

                                                                    The 2016 Angélus is a total stunner. Despite its late bottling in September 2018, the 2016 is simply magnificent. Soaring aromatics and layers of bright, vibrant fruit are two of the main signatures in the 2016. The tannins, so often hard in young Angélus, are almost impossibly refined. Pomegranate, blood orange, raspberry jam, wild flowers and mocha are some of the many notes that race through the 2016. All the elements fall into place in a memorable, exquisite Saint-Émilion that is clearly one of the wines of the year. Don't miss it!
                                                                    98 points
                                                                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                    Subtle and profound aromas of blackberries, wet earth and sweet tobacco. Hints of spice, too. Full-bodied and so deep. It’s incredibly vertical and long. Just like looking down a well. Firm and powerful tannins, yet polished and balanced. Goes on for minutes. One of the greatest ever. Try after 2025.
                                                                    99 points
                                                                    James Suckling

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                                                                    2018 Chateau Barde-Haut
                                                                    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                    $89. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $1079.88 Dozen
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    The 2018 Barde-Haut is a final blend composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sashays sensuously out of the glass with effortless baked blackberries, preserved plums and blueberry pie notes plus hints of incense, powdered cinnamon, cigar box and star anise. Full-bodied and packed with spicy black and blue fruits, it is beautifully textured with firm, velvety tannins and just enough background freshness, finishing very long and seductive.
                                                                    92-94 points
                                                                    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

                                                                    Very juicy, with lots of blackberry and black currant compote flavors. The ample toast has yet to be fully soaked up, with notes of licorice root and singed apple wood jutting out. A bit chewy on the finish. Slightly unbridled today, but if this rounds into form it will be a real winner.
                                                                    91-94 points
                                                                    James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

                                                                    Gorgeous purity of fruit in this wine with depth and beauty. Full-bodied. It really grows on the palate with a hyper fine tannin texture.
                                                                    95-96 points
                                                                    James Suckling

                                                                    The 2018 Barde-Haut is a rich, heady wine. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, chocolate, leather and spice race out of the glass in this flamboyant, exotically ripe Saint-Émilion. There is no shortage of stuffing, but the wine needs time to come together. Specifically, the new oak needs to integrate more fully, but this is a barrel sample, and it is not uncommon to see wines at this stage showing this way. The more exotic side of the vintage is very much on display. The harvest ranged from September 29 to October 12, which is relatively drawn out by the estate's standards.
                                                                    92-95 points
                                                                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                    Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Barde-Haut gives up a powerful, yet elegant profile that carries beautiful black cherry, chocolate, liquid violets, and hints of minerality. It's medium to full-bodied, has beautiful mid-palate depth, integrated acidity, and thrilling tannin quality, which isn’t a given in the vintage. Opening up with time in the glass, it shows more and more minerality and freshness, and is flawlessly balanced. In short, it’s beautiful Saint-Émilion readers will love to have in their cellar.
                                                                    94-96+ points
                                                                    Jeb Dunnuck

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                                                                    2020 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                    $130. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $1560.00 Dozen
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    Displaying a deep purple-black color, the 2020 Beau-Sejour Becot prances out of the glass with showy scents of preserved plums, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and raspberry preserves, plus suggestions of rose oil, ground cloves and licorice. The elegantly crafted, medium-bodied palate shimmers with energy, offering a fantastic intensity of crunchy red and black fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Simply stunning.
                                                                    95-97+ points
                                                                    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                                                                    The 2020 Beau-Séjour Bécot was picked 8 September until 30 September, but mostly between 8-12 September, around 70% of the production. It is one of the highest percentages of Merlot in recent years partly due to restructuring of the vineyard and also higher yields (47-48hl/ha) compared to the Cabernets. With no SO2 used during fermentation and matured in 55% new oak (20hl Stockinger and Taransaud foudres and regular barriques) it is tightly wound on the nose, so I afforded the sample an hour to really open. It offers predominantly red berry fruit, wild mint and traces of dried honey, more floral scents emerging, violet and iris flower blossoming with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, very well judged acidity, a very graceful and unpretentious Saint-Émilion, harmonious with a touch of white pepper enhancing the precise finish. This is a classically styled Beau-Séjour Bécot that conveys a brooding intensity, so I would give it several years in the cellar.
                                                                    92-94 points
                                                                    Neal Martin - Vinous

                                                                    This has a fantastic finish with crushed blackberries and raspberries and salt undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet really racy and polished with such fine, intense tannins. Love the length to this. Very distinguished and toned. Excellent energy. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet franc and 2% cabernet sauvignon.
                                                                    96-97 points
                                                                    James Suckling

                                                                    The vivid purple-hued 2020 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is another ethereal, incredibly perfumed, mineral-laced Saint-Emilion, which is common from wines from the upper, limestone plateau. Gorgeous cassis and black cherry fruits as well as floral notes, violets, and chalky minerality all define the nose, and it’s medium-bodied, has wonderful purity, and reveals a liqueur of rocks-like minerality on the finish. It’s another thrillingly complete wine from this team that shines for its purity, elegance, and complexity.
                                                                    94-96 points
                                                                    Jeb Dunnuck

                                                                    With striking floral notes on the nose, you also find licorice, Asian spice, spearmint, cigar wrapper and an array of red and black plums. The wine is lifted, elegant, refined and focused on its purity and silky tannins. The energetic palate leaves you with layers of velvet-textured, sensuous, spicy fruits that lingers and expands for over 50 seconds in the finish. This is a new level of quality at Beau-Sejour Becot and also a change in style with less volume, but more intensity, purity and precision. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.3% ABV.
                                                                    96-98 points
                                                                    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                                                    Velvety rich deep blue fruits, this is powerful and measured, fruit-forward and yet subtle, layered blueberry and raspberry with smoked almonds and mocha on the finish. Sleek and finessed fruit flavours, a sense of forward motion from beginning to end and a burst of freshly-grated minerality on the finish. Extremely good quality. This is the second to last vintage in the new cellar, before building a new cellar for 2023 vintage. They have done a lot of work in the vineyards studying the terroir to understand how smaller sectors and zones within each plot reacts, and this work of studying the plots will help to inform the new cellar. Harvest September 8th to September 29th. 3.5ph. A yield of 42hl/ha. 16 months ageing in 65% new oak barrel, 35% in vats, amphoras and 20hl oak tanks. Thomas Duclos consultant.
                                                                    95 points
                                                                    Jane Anson - Decanter

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                                                                    1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                    2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                    3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                    4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.
                                                                    5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                    6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                    7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
                                                                    • Nick's Import
                                                                    2019 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                    $120. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $1440.00 Dozen
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    Rich plum colour. This takes its time to open, is pretty subtle at first, but then explodes in juicy fruit. Clear salinity where you can feel the slate scrape of the limestone terroir, alongside well expressed aromatics with touches of peony flowers. Elegant and succulent. Second vintage with Jean de Cournuaud as technical director. A yield of 46hl/ha. 65% new oak, with a mix of barrels and 20hl casks. 3.77pH. Harvest 18-21 September, with all the Merlots in 3.5 days instead of the usual 11 days (and in fact stretched over one month in 2018), with just 20 minutes from picking to vat. Thomas Duclos consultant.
                                                                    96 points
                                                                    Jane Anson - Decanter


                                                                    Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                    1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                    2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                    3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                    4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.
                                                                    5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                    6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                    7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.


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                                                                      2018 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
                                                                      Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                                                      $240. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $2880.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      At the moment, Beaucastel's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape bucks the vintage trend toward open, expressive wines, seeming a bit closed on the nose and tight on the palate. It also shows a bit more depth and tannin than many of its peers. A blend of 30% each Grenache and Mourvèdre, with 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise and smaller amounts of other permitted varieties (including some white grapes), it delivers hints of mixed red berries and garrigue, a medium to full-bodied feel in the mouth, some dusty tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. Give it another couple of years to soften and reopen, then drink it over the next decade and a half. Drink 2022 - 2037.
                                                                      95+ points
                                                                      Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                                                                      Deep ruby. Cherry, blueberry, smoky mineral and pungent floral qualities on the perfumed nose, along with spice and garrigue flourishes. Sappy and well-concentrated red and dark fruit preserve flavors show surprising and welcome energy for their depth and pick up candied lavender and spice nuances as the wine opens out. Closes very long and lively, with chewy tannins framing floral pastille and dark berry notes. Drink 2025 - 2035.
                                                                      94 points
                                                                      Josh Raynolds - Vinous

                                                                      Very rich aromas of blackberries, chocolate and crushed stones. Some cloves and black pepper, too. Medium-bodied with round, juicy tannins that are soft, polished and nicely integrated into the wine. Delicious finish. Very drinkable now, but will improve with age.
                                                                      94 points
                                                                      JamesSuckling.com

                                                                      Moving to the reds, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape showed nicely with a deep ruby/purple color as well as classic Beaucastel aromas and flavors of darker currents, blueberries, smoked meats, black licorice and roasted herbs. With medium to full-bodied richness, a pure, clean, elegant texture, sweet tannins, and a great finish, this seamless, elegant Beaucastel will be approachable in its youth, yet still have 20+ years of prime drinking. Drink 2020 - 2038.
                                                                      94 points
                                                                      Jeb Dunnuck

                                                                      Really pure in profile and alluring in feel, with cassis and cherry puree flavors seamlessly layered with melted red licorice and fruitcake notes. A dash of roasted apple wood underscores the finish, letting the fruit be the primary player. Subtle mesquite and incense accents are tucked in the background for now. Approachable, but no rush. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Terret, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Picardan and Roussanne. Drink now through 2038.
                                                                      95 points
                                                                      James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

                                                                      A tight and compelling tannic structure, muscular and knitted down at this stage, rich and concentrated with blackberries and olive paste. Needs a few years, but already you can discern the floral aromatics that overlay the core, and this is going to evolve into a beautiful Beaucastel. Organic. Blend completed by 10% Counoise, 10% blend of Vaccarese, Terret Noir, Muscardin Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan Bouroulence, plus 10% Roussanne and 5% Cinsault. Drinking Window 2022 - 2044.
                                                                      95 points
                                                                      Jane Anson - Decanter

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                                                                      2019 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                      Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                                                      $710. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $8520.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      Such beautiful black cherries, fresh earth, sage, basil and flowers on the nose, following through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and an attractive, lightly chewy finish. This is very long and fresh with balance and purity. Give it five or six years to come around and show itself.
                                                                      96 points
                                                                      JamesSucking.com

                                                                      Violet edging, and from the start it resonates with flavour, energy and impact. Mouthwatering levels of black-berry and blueberry fruits, juicy and complex, plenty of tannins that close in on the finish while maintaining a juicy frame to the fruits. This is a legendary wine with reason. From a dedicated 4ha of the brilliant Beaucastel estate, and as with all the wines it is truly a family affair - director Charles Perrin, oenologist César Perrin
                                                                      96 points
                                                                      Jane Anson

                                                                      Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                      1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                      2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                      3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                      4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in April 2022.
                                                                      5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                      6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                      7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                                      2018 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin
                                                                      Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                                                      $799. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $9588.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      Red-fruited and garrigue-laden, the nose of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin is glorious, showing remarkable complexity in its notes of cherries, raspberries and strawberries, all accented by hints of bay leaf, lavender and thyme, plus deeper bass notes of black olives, roasted meat, espresso, star anise and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and intense, it seems to have added structure since last year, with a firm matrix of tannins holding it all together and lingering on the lengthy finish. Put this Mourvèdre-based blend (approximately 60%) away for five or more years; it should drink well for a couple of decades beyond that.
                                                                      99 points
                                                                      Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                                                                      Opaque ruby. Powerful dark berry, cherry cola, incense, potpourri, musky earth and spicecake aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up a smoky mineral nuance with aeration. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated but energetic black raspberry, cherry preserve, five-spice powder and lavender pastille flavors given lift and spine by a core of juicy acidity. Blends richness and finesse with a deft hand and finishes incredibly long and precise, with youthfully firm tannins adding shape and final grip.
                                                                      95-98 points
                                                                      Josh Raynolds - Vinous

                                                                      One of the more supple, sexy vintages I can remember for this cuvée, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin nevertheless has power to spare, offering a beautiful bouquet of blueberries, ground pepper, smoked meat, truffle, and liquid violets. Full-bodied, opulent, and mouthfilling, it starts out relatively tame yet builds on the palate, showing good acidity, plenty of tannins, and a finish that makes you salivate. It’s a brilliant wine that was compared to the 2001 by Marc Perrin.
                                                                      96-98 points
                                                                      Jeb Dunnuck


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                                                                      2020 Chateau Beauregard Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                      Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                      $140. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $1680.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      The 2020 Beauregard was picked from September 8 at 37hl/ha (winemaker Vincent Priou told me that having been organic for almost a decade, the vineyard is very stable in terms of yield). Matured in 45% new oak, it has a very pure and refined bouquet, one of the best that I have found on a Beauregard at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, a slightly grainy texture and a spicy undercurrent. Very cohesive and silky-smooth on the finish. This just might be the best Beauregard made to date. Bravo!
                                                                      92-94 points
                                                                      Neal Martin - Vinous

                                                                      Very impressive purity of fruit with blackberry, black-olive, and earth character. Some black truffle, too. It’s full-bodied and very compact with firm, racy tannins. Goes on for a very long time. Could be better than the super 2016. From organically grown grapes. 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc.
                                                                      95-96 points
                                                                      James Suckling

                                                                      From another estate that’s been on the uptick lately, the 2020 Château Beauregard offers a beautiful perfume of jammy black and blue fruits as well as classic Pomerol floral and earthy mineral aromas and flavors. Fleshy, soft, up-front, yet concentrated, with a solid spine of tannins, this is another one of those Pomerols that delivers wonderful purity of fruit along with a rare mix of richness and elegance. It will drink well for 20-25 years.
                                                                      93-95 points
                                                                      Jeb Dunnuck

                                                                      Deep garnet in color, the wine quickly shows off its floral aromatics along with spice, licorice and black plums. Soft and silky, polished, fresh and elegant, the chocolate centric finish with all its ripe, dark red pit fruits tastes as good as it feels. Beauregard has really been upping their game the last couple of years.
                                                                      92-94 points
                                                                      Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                                                      Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                      1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                      2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                      3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                      4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.
                                                                      5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                      6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                      7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                                      2020 Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                      Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                      $270. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $3240.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) wafts out of the glass with a glamorous perfume of red roses, kirsch, garrigue and black raspberries, giving way to a core of ripe blackberries and juicy black plums, plus earthy hints of truffles and tar. The medium to full-bodied palate is densely laden with loads of very finely packed and fragrant red and black fruit layers, framed by multilayered grainy and satiny tannin textures and amazing freshness, finishing fantastically long and mineral laced.
                                                                      95-97 points
                                                                      Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                                                                      The 2020 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is one of the most harmonious young wines I have tasted here in some time, maybe ever. All the elements are so well put together. The tannins that can usually be so fierce when the wine is young are totally covered by layers of inky dark fruit. Graphite, wild herbs, lavender, chocolate and gravel add layers of aromatic nuance. In the glass, the 2020 towers with its imposing, vertical structure and pure pedigree.
                                                                      95-98 points
                                                                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                      This is a very cool and refined young Bordeaux with crushed-berry, walnut, mushroom, chocolate and salt character. Some wet earth, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with very integrated tannins that are polished and poised. Energetic, long and precise at the finish. 81.5% merlot and 18.5% cabernet franc.
                                                                      97-98 points
                                                                      James Suckling

                                                                      A blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) should end up being up with the top wines in the appellation. Showing the more straight, focused style of the vintage, it has a monster of a mid-palate, full-bodied richness, building tannins on the palate, and incredible minerality on the finish. Loaded with cassis fruit as well as lead pencil and graphite notes, this dense, powerful beauty almost requires a fork. It’s brilliant all the way and will have 30-40 years of longevity.
                                                                      95-97+ points
                                                                      Jeb Dunnuck

                                                                      Inky in color with purple accents, the wine pops from the glass with notes of crushed rocks, flowers, licorice, espresso, plums, cherries, black raspberries and oceanic nuances. Fresh, full-bodied, concentrated and intense, the layers of plush, pure fruits are made even better by its salty tannins and seamless finish that doesn't know when to quit. There is an incredible sense of purity in the fruits that comes through loud and clear in the more than 50-second finish. The wine is a blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc.
                                                                      97-99 points
                                                                      Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                                                      Takes time to fully show itself - perhaps more than ever this year, as there is so much noise surrounding an estate that was overseen during the growing season and vinification by the team under Nicolas Thienpont, but given its final blend by new owner Josephine Duffau-Lagarosse, who will also take care of ageing from this point. Things kick off with a raspberry and damson softness that is quickly overtaken by iris, peony, white rose aromatics, giving a push-and-pull between flowers and fruit on the attack. As the palate opens out, blueberry and raspberry fruits dominate, as do fennel and almond notes, giving a spicy kick before a saline-drenched mouthwatering finish. As ever with Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, the wine combines delicacy with laser-like focus, and a build up of tannins that you barely notice until they kick back against the fruit. Takes a good few minutes before the softness that I found on the opening returns as the mid palate widens out, and the richly textured Merlot becomes dominant after a clear Cabernet Franc hit on the attack. It's going to be fascinating watching what happens over the next decade at this estate, but the quality and potential of this terroir is unmistakable.
                                                                      97 points
                                                                      Jane Anson - Decanter

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                                                                      1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                      2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                      3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                      4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.
                                                                      5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
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                                                                      2018 Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse
                                                                      Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                      $299. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $3588.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Beausejour Heritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is just a little reduced at this nascent juncture, opening to reveal decadent black plum preserves, blueberry compote and spice cake scents with hints of mincemeat pie, dried roses, star anise and cardamom plus a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich and densely laden with layers of black fruit and savory nuances, it has a rock-solid structure of firm, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with mineral sparks.
                                                                      95-97+ points
                                                                      Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

                                                                      Showy, with boysenberry and plum flavors liberally laced with red licorice notes. The fruit is flamboyant, but this reveals honest grip and solid energy through the finish.
                                                                      95-98 points
                                                                      James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

                                                                      A muscular and powerful young wine with incredible depth and power. Full-bodied, layered and dense. Flexes its muscle with every sip, yet there’s agility and precision to it at the same time. Blueberries, salt, white pepper and stone. Purple fruit. Amazing depth.
                                                                      99-100 points
                                                                      James Suckling

                                                                      The 2018 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is a fascinating wine, as it is quite a departure from recent vintages. In 2018, the Beauséjour is distinctly perfumed and floral, with a dense core of red fruit and a brighter profile than the darker personality that is usually such a signature of this cru. Although quite dense on the palate, the 2018 also has so much richness in its fruit that the typically austere tannins are pretty much buried. Rose petal, mint, blood orange and spice add nuance in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that is dazzling. It is an especially refined Beauséjour. This is a tremendous showing from estate manger Nicolas Thienpont, consulting winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt and their team. Tasted three times.
                                                                      94-97 points
                                                                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                      A brilliant follow up to the thrilling 2016, the 2018 Château Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) is a mix of 80/20 of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. As seamless and sexy as they come, with brilliant cassis, blueberry, violets, and background spicy oak, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth, ultra-fine tannins, and a finish that won't quite. It's another magical wine from this estate that will be enjoyable with just 3-5 years of bottle age and cruise for three decades or more.
                                                                      97-99 points
                                                                      Jeb Dunnuck

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                                                                      2019 Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                      Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                      $245. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $2940.00 Dozen
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      Composed of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) was harvested from the 24th of September to the 7th of October. Yields were 45 hectoliters per hectare this year with about 60% of production going into the grand vin. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is deceptively forward to begin, giving a wonderful intensity of Morello cherries, wild blueberries and boysenberries scents, soon unfurling to reveal more and more layers: pencil lead, cast-iron pan, wilted roses, oolong tea and charcoal with a hint of garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate is charged with energetic, crunchy black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long and minerally. If this delivers on its promise, it should be very long-lived indeed! About 2,000 cases are anticipated to be made.
                                                                      96-98 points
                                                                      Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

                                                                      The 2019 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is shaping up to be magnificent. A wine of tremendous breadth and power, the 2019 has so much to offer. An infusion of scorched earth, gravel, spice, menthol and blackberry makes a strong first impression. Virile and potent, the 2019 offers remarkable persistence and yet retains quite a bit of finesse, especially given its size. The tannins are there, but they are matched by the intensity of the fruit. This is one of the most impressive wines of the year in the early going. Tasted two times.
                                                                      95-97 points
                                                                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                      The 2019 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is endowed with precocious black cherries, kirsch and blueberry on the nose. Just a hint of menthol emerges with several minutes' aeration. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine precision, detailed and tensile with real quality stacked up towards the mineral-driven, lightly spiced and sophisticated finish. This year, it might just be pipped by Pavie Macquin, another Saint-Émilion managed by Nicolas Thienpont, nevertheless this has great potential and it should cellar for 30-40 years.
                                                                      94-96 points
                                                                      Neal Martin - Vinous

                                                                      A smooth red, showing richness and strength. Blackberries, blueberries, hazelnuts and morel mushrooms. Full body and fine tannins. Solid length.
                                                                      95-96 points
                                                                      James Suckling

                                                                      Another stunning vintage from this brilliant estate that is just delivering hit after hit. Concentration and intensity right from the initial aromatics, damson, cassis and blackberry fruits that you could almost drink now until the tannins build up across the palate and remind you that this is built to last. Velvety texture, black chocolate and crushed stone minerality on the finish. One of the wines of the vintage. Tasted twice, one week apart. 60% 1st wine. A yield of 45hl/ha.
                                                                      98 points
                                                                      Jane Anson - Decanter

                                                                      Deep in color, this is beautiful from start to finish. Elegant, full-bodied, sensual, sexy, fresh and sweet, there is ample concentration and length here. The fruit is ripe and clean with a fabulous sense of purity in its essence. The finish holds your attention, making you want to take another swirl, sniff and sip to see what else you can find here. The wine is made from blending 86% Merlot with 14% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place September 24-October 7. The production is well above last year with close to 2,000 cases produced. This is one of the stars of the vintage.
                                                                      97-99 points
                                                                      Jeff Leve - Wine Cellar Insider


                                                                      Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                      1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                      2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                      3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                      4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.
                                                                      5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                      6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                      7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.


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