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Imported Red Wines

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    2016 Borgogno Barolo Liste
    Piedmont, ITALY
    $180. 00 Bottle
    $2160.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Borgogno are known for their classic and unforced style, producing complex wines that age extremely well. The Borgogno team harvest from 31 hectares of vineyards, 60% planted to Nebbiolo, with the balance Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa, along with a tiny amount of Riesling and Timorasso. Vineyard management has been organic and eco-friendly for many years, while they will be certified from the 2019 harvest.

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    Dried fruit with orange peel and spice on the nose. Full-to medium-bodied with rather firm, austere tannins and a chewy finish. Slightly dry at the end. Needs time to soften. Try after 2024.
    93 points
    James Suckling

    Fleshy textured with earthiness, sour cherry, dried meats, amaro too. Orange juice, blood orange, dried herbs and fennel notes, mint and dark cherry. Such a great expression here. Tannins slightly gummy but wrap beautifully around the palate. Charming wine of rustic nature but great beauty.
    96+ points
    Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

    Red fruit, earthy and biscuity, spicy strawberry, minty perfume. Fine boned, some orange juice character alongside a clip of orange peel bitterness, brick dusty tannin, slight warmth and tang, some development to colour here too, though that’s not so much of an issue with Barolo. Spicy and a little meaty on the finish. Classic feel. Approachable now too, I feel. Drink 2023 - 2033+.
    94 points
    Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

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    2016 Borgogno Barolo
    Piedmont, ITALY
    $110. 00 Bottle
    $1320.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Borgogno are known for their classic and unforced style, producing complex wines that age extremely well. The Borgogno team harvest from 31 hectares of vineyards, 60% planted to Nebbiolo, with the balance Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa, along with a tiny amount of Riesling and Timorasso. Vineyard management has been organic and eco-friendly for many years, while they will be certified from the 2019 harvest.

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    Aromas of ripe strawberries with bark, cedar and hazelnuts. Some meaty undertones, too. Full-bodied with a tight palate, but opulent fruit oozes through at the end. Shows lots of promise for the straight-up Barolo. Try after 2023.
    94 points
    James Suckling

    I know I say it a lot, but the style of Barolo Borgogno make, is exactly my thing. All Barolo here, from five crus – Cannubi, Cannubi San Lorenzo, Fossati, Liste, San Pietro delle Viole – just like Nonno used to make.
    Red fruits, star anise, roses, aromatic herbs. It’s medium-bodied, kind of pretty, but appropriately firm. Lovely tussle between quiet succulence of fruit and tannin, ideal freshness, and a long finish with just a little blood orange coming through. So classic. Love this. Drink 2023 - 2039+
    95 points
    Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

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    2020 Brancaia Chianti Classico
    Tuscany, ITALY
    $54. 99 Bottle
    $659.88 Dozen
    Minimum 12 bottles
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2022-2027)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Diam Cork

    A 100% Sangiovese aged for 12 months in steel and cement. Dark red in colour with black tinged edges and a red hue. Delicately spiced red currant and red cherry aromas emerge from the glass followed by fresh herb, earth and faint tobacco notes. Bright and savoury the elegant palate is decorated with red currant and red cherry fruits which meld into earthy tobacco and spicy herb elements. Dusty tannins and fresh acidity add further appeal to the back half. Finishes dry and slightly rustic but well endowed with fresh red fruits.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 14%

    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.

    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

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    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

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    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.
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    Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

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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%

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    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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    2019 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir
    Central Otago, NEW ZEALAND
    $89. 99 Bottle
    $1079.88 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

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    The 2019 Pinot Noir Burn Cottage Vineyard is like a taste of Christmas with its decadent baking spices combining with plum fruit and pure black cherry. There's lovely clarity of fruit and an intense core of youthful fruit flavors within its mid-weight frame. The remaining angles are those of an awkward teenager rather than a shape that will last into adulthood. The abundant, chewy tannins are resolved and will continue to mellow with bottle age (or if served with roast duck), and in combination with fine acidity, they provide the packaging for this unadulterated wine. The finish lingers long, offering baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, along black cherry and mocha. Drink 2022 - 2032.
    95 Points
    Rebecca Gibb MW - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (January 2022)

    Cherries, flowers and sweet spices on the nose. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity. Round and creamy with a caressing texture and a fruity edge. Long finish. Fresh and very fine. Elegant is the word. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
    94 Points
    JamesSuckling.com (February 2022)

    Burnt cottage is what happened to many English people, who held property in North Wales, back in the day. I remember that well, and also the day I missed an IRA bomb going off in Warrington town centre by about 5 minutes, back in the 90s. No joke. Exciting times!
    Invariably one of the nuttiest, and nattiest feeling wines from Central Otago, and no change here. Cherry pie, almond paste, spice and aniseed, with a fresh thyme, rosemary and rose perfume. It’s fleshy, silty and nutty, a scorched hazelnut and chocolate flavour, soft acidity and fine silty tannin. The finish is all wheaty, spicy and plump with dried raspberry and cherry. Delightful. So at ease with itself. Drink 2022 - 2027+
    94 Points
    Gary Walsh - The Wine Front (March 2022)

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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.

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    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
    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.

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    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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    2020 Cantina Santadi Tre Torri Carignano del Sulcis Rosato
    Sardinia, ITALY
    $27. 99 Bottle
    $335.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now (2022)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Made from Carignano, a native Sardinian grape. Pale salmon pink in colour with a watery hue. Attractive peach and blood orange scents mix with citrus and slatey mineral notes. Beautifully rounded texturally, the palate features fresh peach and blood orange fruits. Finishes with a citrus tang over a stony mineral back drop. Lively acidity with a dry zesty aftertaste.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 13%

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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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    2018 Cardinale
    Napa Valley, California, UNITED STATES
    $630. 00 Bottle
    $7560.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

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    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

    Sourced from a variety of vineyards across the Napa Valley. 90% Cabernet and 10% Merlot.
    So much perfume, symphonic and layered with so much complexity, black pepper and exotic spice laid on thick, deep purple tasting wine with cherry chocolate, rolling fleshy melting tannin that spreads through the mouth, and that seductive scent again, carrying on the finish, with sumptuous tannin and so much length. Outstanding. Drink 2024 - 2038+.
    98 points
    Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

    2020 Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Les Champs Gains Rouge Premier Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 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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    Medium depth of youthful purple. The nose is really interesting with raspberry and strawberry but with a complex interaction, continuing on the palate with slightly firm tannins which will clearly meld in better with only a little more elevage. Very long finish, firm character here.
    91-94 points
    Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy

    2020 Caroline Morey Beaune Les Greves Rouge Premier Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 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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    A slightly lighter purple, very slightly more sombre, not quite enough stuffing of fruit for the firm and even slightly bitter tannins. An attractive wine that does not quiet achieve definitive Grèves class.
    89-91 points
    Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy

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    2020 Cascina Galarin Le Querce Barbera d’Asti
    Piedmont, ITALY
    $32. 99 Bottle
    $395.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2022-2027)
    ABV: 15%
    Closure: Synthetic Cork

    Dense midnight black core with a deep bright dark red hue. Delightful black cherry and liquorice scents sail from the glass followed by earth, hints of vanilla, dried herbs and spice, Bright, juicy black cherry and liquorice fruits are underpinned by crunchy like acidity. Elements of earth, dried herbs and spicy vanilla ensue. Slightly chalky tannins with a bright savoury aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 15%

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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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    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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    2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
    Tuscany, ITALY
    $110. 00 Bottle
    $1320.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    The Castello Romitorio 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a classic expression of the vintage, showing lots of ripe fruit, crushed mineral, herbal nuances and varietal-driven purity. This wine nails that sweet spot between elegance and power that is not easily achieved. It offers an expanded array of Sangiovese flavors with wild cherry, forest floor, crushed clove and medicinal herb, but it also shows plump density and a velvety texture. Filippo Chia and his team have created a sold wine for medium or long-term drinking. Production is exactly 58,874 bottles. Drink 2024 - 2043.
    95 points
    Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

    Dark, brooding and geared for the cellar, the 2016 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino takes its time opening up in the glass, yet patience is rewarded, as a mix of blackberry and cherry further blossoms, adding crushed stone minerality with hints of sage, lavender and violets. It’s silky and textural upon entry, yet it firms up quickly through a mix of vibrant acids and saturating fine tannin. However, there’s plenty of density to its primary fruits, feeling almost weighty in this youthful state yet perfectly balanced all the same. Savory herbs and spice linger along with tart red berries on the long, structured and dramatic finish. The 2016 is full of potential yet needs time in the cellar to show its best. Drink 2024 - 2036.
    95 points
    Eric Guido - Vinous

    A well structured red with lots of dried mushrooms, oysters and crushed stones. Dried blueberries and herbs, too. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. A little dusty on the finish. Let it soften. Drink after 2024.
    94 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    A core of pure black cherry marks this compressed red, which is fresh and balanced in its rigid way, with wild thyme, rosemary, iron and tobacco flavors. The aftertaste lingers with the fruit and balsamic elements. Best from 2025 through 2048.
    94 points
    Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

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    2019 Catena High Mountain Vines Malbec
    Mendoza, ARGENTINA
    $34. 99 Bottle
    $419.88 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 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae
    Mendoza, ARGENTINA
    $399. 00 Bottle
    $4788.00 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

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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

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Bourgogne
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $64. 99 Bottle
    $779.88 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    Always a wine that over delivers on the appellation, Charles' 2019 Bourgogne Rouge is a particularly impressive example with deep and generous fruit supported by fine structure.

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Morey Saint Denis
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $199. 00 Bottle
    $2388.00 Dozen
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Fontenys Premier Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $370. 00 Bottle
    $4440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    Les Fontenys is one of the more interesting of the Gevrey Premier Cru vineyards, allowing for wines with powerful fruit that still retains an air of elegance.

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Chambolle-Musigny Aux Echanges Premier Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $370. 00 Bottle
    $4440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    Located between the Premier Cru vineyards of Aux Combottes and Aux Beaux Bruns, roughly one third of this vineyard is classified as Premier Cru and has been owned by Domaine Leymarie-Ceci since 1976. That domaine does not bottle much itself, and this plot is more widely seen in negociant bottlings such as this from Charles Van Canneyt.

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $940. 00 Bottle
    $11280.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    At their best, Charmes-Chambertin wines display concentrated plump red fruit, and all the power and persistence expected of Grand Cru status, while perhaps a step down in complexity of the finest vineyards of this commune.

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Chambertin Grand Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $1549. 00 Bottle
    $18588.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    Together Chambertin and Chambertin Clos des Beze form the heart of the Gevrey Chambertin village. While differences between the two can vary more with producer input than purely from vineyard geography, generally Chambertin is considered as producing more robust wines that require longer to show its hand, while Clos des Beze is often more giving and pretty in its youth.

    2019 Charles Van Canneyt Chambertin Clos des Beze Grand Cru
    Burgundy, FRANCE
    $1549. 00 Bottle
    $18588.00 Dozen
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Cork

    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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.

    Together Chambertin and Chambertin Clos des Beze form the heart of the Gevrey Chambertin village. While differences between the two can vary more with producer input than purely from vineyard geography, generally Chambertin is considered as producing more robust wines that require longer to show its hand, while Clos des Beze is often more giving and pretty in its youth.

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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 Vougeot, 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, and makes the wines at a separate facility in Beaune. 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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    2021 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....
    A brilliant wine that signposts this estate's evolution under Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, the 2021 Angélus is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, with fully half of the old-vine Cabernet Franc maturing in foudres rather than 225-liter barriques. The result is a wine of unprecedented purity and finesse, unwinding in the glass with compelling aromas of plums, raspberries, rose petals, vine smoke, blood orange and warm spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, deep and layered palate with a rich and fleshy core that entirely conceals its structuring chassis of ultra-refined tannins. Bright and sapid, it's striking for its integration and elegance at this early stage, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it upstage a number of more touted vintages once it's in bottle.
    94-96+ points
    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)

    For the first time ever, Angélus is 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot in 2021. There's terrific density and power, especially within the context of the year. Black cherry, chocolate, spice, menthol and lavender all build nicely in the glass. The 2021 has quite a bit of richness, and its 14% alcohol, a bit lower than the recent norm, works quite well in this vintage. All it needs is a bit of time to help soften some of the raw contours that are present today. Drink 2031-2061.
    94-96 points
    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    The 2021 Angélus contains 60% Cabernet Franc, the highest percentage ever, and also reflects an increasing use of wooden foudres (half the Cabernet Franc or 30% of the whole blend). It has a more understated bouquet compared to the bravura vintages of the last three years, demanding gentle coaxing to reveal scents of brambly black fruit, potpourri, hints of orange pith and a little sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, and quite sapid, the Cabernet Franc lending a slightly more chalky texture and a linear, focused finish. Displaying fine tension throughout, though not astoundingly long, this Angelus deserves 4–5 years in bottle to show its true potential. Drink 2026-2055.
    93-95 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    The nose takes a few swirls to find all the tobacco leaf, flowers, espresso, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and red pit fruits. The wine is soft, silky and elegant. There is a freshness and refinement as well as a purity to the fruits on the medium-bodied palate that you also find in the finish, leaving you with black raspberries, strawberries, a hint of orange rind and red plums on the backend. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc with 40% Merlot, representing the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend in the history of the estate. In the years to come, I hope they continue increasing the Cabernet Franc in the blend. 13.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. The yields were low at 26 hectoliters per hectare. Harvesting took place, September 14-October 2. Drink from 2025-2055.
    94-96 points
    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

    Blackcurrant purée on the nose, so seductive and heady, concentrated and intense but lively too with some wild flower scents. Succulent on the first sip, you get the mouthwatering red cherry and raspberry fruit but this then turns serious and direct. Linear, focused, driving with layers of flavour giving this both a density but also an aerial element to it. In some ways, there’s a shyness here, a discretion, such sleek silky tannins that softly frame the flavours which are to the fore right now. Red cherry, plum and damson sit alongside clove, cedar, black chocolate and liquorice coming from the Cabernet Franc giving a spicy tang sustaining the wine - the highest amount of Cabernet Franc ever used in the grand vin at 60%. Each element is so well positioned and in high definition, you feel the muscles and backbone but this has exceptional finesse with all the tiny details on show. An excellent effort in 2021. 100% new oak. The first full vintage with technical director Benjamin Laforet. Drinking Window 2026 - 2049.
    95 points
    Georgina Hindle - Decanter

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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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    2016 Chateau Angelus
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $999. 00 Bottle
    $11988.00 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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    2021 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Pre-Arrival Offer
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $128. 00 Bottle
    $1536.00 Dozen
    Closure: Cork

    Other Reviews....
    Aromas of deep berry fruit, dark chocolate, subtle spices and dried flowers introduce the 2021 Beau-Séjour Bécot, a medium to full-bodied, velvety and seamless wine that's lively and layered, with a deep core of fruit, ripe tannins and a long, saline finish. Cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare, and based on Merlot with some 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon in a supporting role, its quality reflects a growing season of relentless efforts and the impact of extra sorting equipment rented on the eve of harvest.
    93-95+ points
    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2022)

    The 2021 Beau-Séjour-Bécot is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted here. Pliant and deep, with striking depth, the 2021 is outrageously beautiful. All the elements come together so effortlessly. Dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and incense all build in the glass. The creamy tannins are impossibly refined for the year, while the finish is eternal. The 2021 is a real stunner. Readers won't want to miss it! Drink 2031-2061.
    95-97 points
    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

    The 2021 Beau-Séjour-Bécot was picked September 21 to October 15, almost a whole month, with crews working half-days to pick at optimal maturity in each parcel. Yields were 33hL/ha, and the wine matured in 55% new oak, 25% amphora and 20% used barrels for a planned 16 months. Tasted twice; the first sample was a bit bashful, but the bottle poured at the château was much better. It has a mixture of red and black fruit, dried rose petal, bergamot and a touch of chalk. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, a fine level of acidity (pH 3.5) and mineral-laden red fruit. It shows fine transparency and appreciable energy and tension. 13.2% alcohol. Drink 2027-2050.
    91-93 points
    Neal Martin - Vinous

    Lots of blue fruit with violets and a hint of boysenberry. Medium body, integrated and fine tannins and a cool, linear finish. Solid length and brightness.
    93-94 points
    James Suckling

    I loved the 2021 Beau-Séjour Bécot. This is just straight-up class with its ripe red plum and bright cherry fruit as well as mineral-laced aromatics of tobacco leaf and flowers. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has the freshness and purity of the vintage, terrific balance, ripe yet certainly present tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautiful wine in the making.
    92-94 points
    Jeb Dunnuck

    Flowers, cherries, licorice, leafy herbs, spice, tobacco leaf and dark chocolate create the perfume. On the palate the wine is lush, soft, fresh, clean and most importantly, the wine expresses a gorgeous sense of purity in the red fruits that you sense in the mid-palate, which carries all the way through to the elegant, fresh, vibrant, long, energetic, sensual finish. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% ABV. The harvest took place September 21 - October 12. Drink from 2025-2050.
    94-96 points
    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

    Rose-edged raspberries on the nose with blackcurrant leaf, soft herbal and earthy tones too. Gently floral and perfumed – so welcoming. Direct and streamlined on the palate with gently chalky/creamy tannins that are so integrated they just glide across the tongue settling around the mouth giving a salty tang to the juicy red and black fruit. Such a lovely freshness; this is delicate in terms of texture and overall frame but well positioned and expressive, benefitting from racy acidity and fruit density. It’s harmonious and balanced with such detail on the palate giving transparency of the vintage, the terroir and the grapes. Confident and finessed: a distinguished 2021 that will give a lot of drinking pleasure. 3.5pH. 32hl/ha Drinking Window 2026 - 2045.
    95 points
    Georgina Hindle - Decanter

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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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    2019 Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Pre-Arrival Offer
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
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    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


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    2019 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....
    Marvelously complex, deeply fruited and massively concentrated yet wonderfully drinkable, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin challenges the number of superlatives that can be thrown at it. Scents of violets, tree bark, truffle, purple raspberries and blackberries all appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich, dense and velvety, and the finish shows enormous richness and length. Breathtaking stuff. Drink 2025 - 2045.
    100 points
    Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate (May 2022)

    Glass-staining ruby. A deeply perfumed bouquet features black raspberry, cherry liqueur, boysenberry, exotic spice and floral scents that show outstanding definition and smoky mineral lift. Sweet and penetrating in the mouth, offering wonderfully concentrated black and blue fruit preserve, violet pastille, spicecake and savory herb flavors that possess unlikely vivacity for their depth. The strikingly long, floral- and spice-driven finish is shaped by steadily building tannins that play nicely with the wine's intense fruit. Drink 2028 - 2041.
    98 points
    Josh Raynolds - Vinous

    The tiny production 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is the customary blend of roughly 60% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Cinsault that’s brought up in foudre. One sexy, powerful, full-bodied Southern Rhône, it sports a dense purple hue as well as a kaleidoscope-like array of blueberry, scorched earth, candied violets, pepper, and some almost northern Rhône-like meaty, smoky nuances. Full-bodied and incredibly pure, with a stacked mid-palate and ripe, supple tannins, it’s another vintage of this cuvée that will undoubtedly offer pleasure in it youth yet won’t hit prime time for a solid 7-8 years, and it should see its 30th birthday in fine form. Drink 2028 - 2049.
    99 points
    Jeb Dunnuck

    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

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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

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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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