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94Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE$159.99 Bottle
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
One of my favorite vintages for this cuvee, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc never fails to impress. Revealing a medium-gold color, it has gorgeous richness and depth in its honeyed stone fruits, peach, buttered-citrus and salty minerality. Voluptuous, full-bodied and decadently textured, it has both freshness and focus, both of which come through on the finish. I'd drink bottles over the coming 2-3 years, or hold off for a decade.
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate - Special Report (Sep 2015)
ReducedKentucky, UNITED STATES
Reduced from $150.00
- ABV 62.7%
Note: This is typically around 60%, however the ABV may vary from batch to batch.
In 1988, Booker Noe, Grandson of Jim Beam introduced his own signature bourbon - 'Booker's'- hand-selected and bottled straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered. He first created 'Booker's' as a holiday gift for his special friends, but the whiskey was so well received that he decided to make it available to bourbon lovers worldwide. This remains Beam's flagship brand and is packaged to show it.
Other reviews... Rich copper color. Toffee and earthy, oily roasted peanut aromas. A rich entry leads to a vibrant off-dry full-bodied palate with toasted coconut, toffee, dried fruit, brown spice, white pepper, and wood polish flavors. Finishes with a chewy tannic fade of rich spice and dried fruits. A big brawny style with fire and remarkable balance. Opens and smooth out great with water. Try with cigars. 89 points
Made from a traditional maceration of Brazillian passionfruit with no preservatives added. Try it with still or sparkling water or in tropical cocktails. Excellent for desserts and sauces, or drizzled over meringue. 16% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... 4 Stars - diffordsguide.com
- ABV 16%
Master Blender, Drew Mayville has crafted the new release at the company’s legendary distillery in Buffalo Trace, Kentucky, using a proprietary blend of whiskey sourced from Sazerac’s North American reserves. “As one of the first markets to launch Black, we are incredibly excited about our plans to strengthen Southern Comfort’s position as an iconic whiskey brand with this new addition”, said Southern Comfort Senior Brand Manager James Johnstone. “The bourbon category has changed, Australians are looking for brands with provenance, authenticity and premium blend options – Southern Comfort BLACK answers these requirements and puts whiskey right back at the heart of the brand”. The liqueur is enhanced with Southern Comfort's sweet and spicy essence. Expect blood orange, caramel and milk chocolate flavours. Black lands at a higher ABV than standard Southern Comfort. It's more robust flavour is expected to have broad appeal. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
Deep yellow-straw in colour with intense hazelnut and vanilla aromas and flavours, this luscious medium-bodied and beautifully balanced nut liqueur has become a bar standard. According to the legend, Frangelico lived three centuries ago in a hilly area bound by the river “Po” in Italy. He lived as a hermit (hence the bottle shape) and through his love of nature and knowledge of its secrets created unique recipes for liqueurs. The most popular one of all was a liqueur made from wild hazelnuts with infusions of berries and flowers to enrich the flavour. The tradition of “Frangelico” was born. 24% alc/vol.
- ABV 24%
Other reviews.... Pale golden amber with an a orangish hue. Robust, roasted nut, and mocha aromas. A round, satiny entry leads to a lightly sweet light-to medium-bodied palate with sugar-coated hazelnut, mocha nut fudge, delicate brown spices, and subtle fruitiness. Finishes with a very smooth, delicate fade fade of nuts and frosting. Brilliantly refined with delicate natural roasted nut and spice flavors. A benchmark liqueur.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
93 points (Exceptional)- tastings.com
Direct ImportCognac, FRANCE$220.00 Bottle
Described as "A Petite Champagne Stunner" by cognacexpert.com, this is another in a series of single cask cognacs bottled by the tiny family owned house of Jean Luc Pasquet. Distilled in 1988 from 100% Petite Champagne fruit and bottled uncut, of eleven casks sampled, this was the standout. 303 bottles are available worldwide. Comes with a very strong recommendation from Serge Valentin at whiskyfun.com below. Other reviews... Obviously some vintage 1988 (don’t quote me here) so around 30 years old. This cognac was sourced at family Meslier in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente by the charming little house J-L Pasquet. I fondly remember their ‘Très Vieille Réserve’ from two or three years ago (WF 91). Colour: deep gold. Nose: pretty much the opposite of the two first ones, which means that we’re experiencing an avalanche of both fresh and preserved fruits, with some heather and manuka honeys to make it all a little rounder. Mirabelles, peaches, guavas, even pink bananas, apricots, touch of liquorice, drop of old Tokaji, figs, a funny feeling of botrytis (I’m sure that wouldn’t go through the stills anyway), and last but not least, rose petals. With water: it’s more difficult to reduce cognac than whisky, as I think I’ve noticed quite a few times already. So, please proceed drop by drop, until you meet stunning honeys, jams, and just all kinds of raisins there ever was. And more figs in this very case. Mouth (neat): not the first time I’m noticing that some cognac at +/-55% feels rather stronger than malt whisky at the same strength. As if the richer flavours and oils would just add up to the alcohol. Prickly pears and peaches, heavy triple-sec, mead, touches of pinewood, heavy liquorice… Well it’s a fighter when neat. With water: peach peel, peach flesh, melon, honey, a little cracked pepper, more liquorice, and a little chocolate. Excellent but keep it above roughly 45%. Finish: long, spicier. Cinnamon, liquorice, pepper. Preserved peaches are back in the aftertaste, while there’s still a lot of cracked pepper. Comments: clearly cognac for malt drinkers. That’s us my friend.
- ABV 54.1%
54.1% Alc./Vol. 90 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com ...A Petite Champagne Stunner in Homage to Christian Meslier... Jean Luc Pasquet is back with their latest addition to the ‘L’Esprit de Famille’ range that honors influential individuals in the Cognac world. The Pasquet L’Esprit de Famille Christian Cognac is an Hors d'Age bottle that honors Christian Meslier, a figure at the forefront of the craft. By selecting the finest 300-liter cask of Cognac produced in his Chateauneuf-sur-Charente vineyards in the Petite Champagne cru, Pasquet has achieved a worthy homage to a respected individual.... Pasquet L’Esprit de Famille Christian Cognac presents rich aromas of brown sugar, nutmeg and praline alongside spicy qualities, encompassing an overall aroma that encourages dreams of dessert. It is smooth and powerful on the palate, with flavors of pepper and tobacco leading to a long finish and a generous, perceptible afterglow. Labeled ‘Christian’s Cognac’ and decorated with the signature JLP stamp and hallmark of quality, this elegant, slim bottle is perfected with a luxurious wax seal, reminiscent of the oak casks in which the cognac’s maturation was achieved. The wonderfully deep amber color of the Cognac reflects beautifully in the bottle, accented with the hand-written labels that offer an insight into the product and house’s rich history... as impactful as the individual who inspired it. - cognacexpert.com
Direct ImportCognac, FRANCE$250.00 Bottle
One in a series labelled 'L'esprit de Famille', this single cask cognac is a blend of 1969 and 1977 Grande Champagne eau de vies from Jean Biais, a fellow vintner, distiller and neighbour of Jean Luc. Based in the town of Eraville in Charente, Jean passed away in 2005 at the age of 84 but his legacy remains. Pasquet describes this as a cognac of character, "like the man who crafted it from grapes to eau de vie". Intensely spicy yet round, bursting with aromas of citrus, oak and ginger and finishing with a warm black pepper fade. Bottled uncut at 49.6% Alc./Vol. 488 bottles produced. Other reviews... As with every Cognac in this series of tributes to revered members of the Cognac community, this offering is close to Pasquet’s heart. A friend and neighbor, Jean Blais took Jean-Luc Pasquet under his wing to share with him the ancestral secrets of Cognac production, meaning this bottle brings the two families together just as they were previously. And that’s not all– both families also come from outside of Eraville, so their family history, both within Cognac and outside of it, is rich and shared. This Cognac, made from a blend of two vintages, is full of character. Pasquet "L´Esprit de Famille" Jean Cognac is introduced in a slim, classic bottle with a ruby red seal that cleverly complements the copper and amber hues of the beverage. The baby blue labeling denotes the artisanal craft of the house behind it, and it was created in tandem with the Pasquet Bernadette Cognac– another tribute to a close family friend. On the nose, it's slow to arrive; once it does, expect sweet, festive notes of ginger cookie, fig bread, anise, praline and vanilla. Then on the palate comes full-bodied flavors of spice and a dry fruitiness. Dried fruits bring a tanginess while sweetness sticks around with the taste of biscuit, a hint of white pepper sitting alongside. The end notes are made up of walnut and black pepper, with a long, warming finish. A beautiful blend with a vintage feel... - cognac-expert.com
- ABV 49.6%
Direct ImportCognac, FRANCE$180.00 Bottle
Other reviews... The wee house Pasquet is located in Eraville near Segonzac, the capital city of Grande Champagne. It is, of course, own-estate Cognac, here a mid-life vatting of several vintages ranging from 1991 to 2000, all matured separately until the year 2008, then blended together, then bottled nine years later. Colour: gold. Nose: we’re much more on flowers this time, dandelions, orange blossom, honeysuckle, buttercups… There are wee notes of orange juice as well, a touch of chocolate fudge, and hints of roasted cashews. Whiffs of sandalwood as well. Very elegant, especially after the rather boisterous - yet excellent - François Voyer. Mouth: it’s tenser, tarter, more citrusy than the others. Lovely notes of blood oranges, pink grapefruits, tangerines, even bergamot (really reminds me of those marvellous Bergamottes de Nancy – those are sweets that you should try). A very faint salty touch in the background, as well as a little miso or even umami. That’s pure fun! Finish: longer than the others, a tad more restrained and grassy, perhaps a little less ‘commercial’, whatever that means. Excellent. Comments: a serious style, extremely good. I think we’ll try an older one in a few seconds… 45.6% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 45.6%
87 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com ... The Pasquet Nostalgie is both a limited-edition Cognac and a delightful trip down memory lane, transporting each connaisseur back to the last decade of the 20th century. Jean’s father, Jean-Luc Pasquet, was feeling nostalgic in his 21st century reality, so decided to blend the best Cognacs from each year during the 1991-2000 period. Pasquet Nostalgie Limited Edition Cognac is also the last of the blends created by Jean Luc. These vintages were left to mature before finally being assembled in 2008 to become a unique blend in the Extra Cognac age category.... This limited run of only 500 bottles has produced a beautifully aromatic Cognac, with a top note of cocoa hovering above powerful, heavier scents of dried apricots, dried figs, prunes, creme-caramel and new leather– an ultimately sensuous, complex experience on the nose. On the palate, a supple entry slowly unfolds to reveal concentrated flavors of ripe stone fruits, dried figs and almond cake followed by tastes of spicy vanilla and cocoa. It feels exceptionally pure on the palate, with a very gentle, warming spirit and impeccable balance. The aftertaste lingers with terrific persistence, drying with flavors of dried banana, creme caramel and cedary oak. The Pasquet Nostalgie is packaged in a traditional slim bottle, with a simple and chic label balancing nicely with the brandy’s gold, iridescent color. This beautiful blend is best savored neat, and we recommend letting it breathe in the glass for between 10-20 minutes for maximum pleasure. With lots of poise and powerful nostalgia a-plenty, Pasquet Nostalgie Limited Edition Cognac is the perfect Cognac to share among a tight-knit group of friends as you reminisce about years’ past. - cognac-expert.com
- Cellar Drink Now (2020)
- ABV 13.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
Chateau Riotor is located in the prime Massif des Maures region where wonderfully fresh rose wines are produced. Owned for four generations by the Abeille family (of the famed Chateau Mont-Redon in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), the vineyard is planted with the classic varieties for the region of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah together with a little Rolle (Vermentino) which is blended into the rose.
Translucent salmon pink in colour. Elevated peach, strawberry and subtle blood orange aromas rise from the glass with some wet stone notes in the background. Delicious peach, raspberry and blood orange fruits have a supple feel across the palate underscored by light musk and stony characters. Dry, brisk finish with a long spicy well rounded aftertaste.
Pale brilliant pink. Lively, mineral-accented orange zest, strawberry and floral scents show very good clarity and pick up a spicy nuance with aeration. Nicely concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering incisive red berry, blood orange and floral pastille flavors underscored by a dusty mineral quality. Shows sharp delineation and cut on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity. Drink 2019-2022.
Josh Raynolds – Vinous
- Cellar Drink Now - 8 years (2020-2028)
- ABV 11%
- Closure: Stelvin
Consistently one of The Hunter’s best value Semillons. Brilliant water like coloured core with a light greenish tinge around the outskirts. Distinct lime juice top notes mix with green apple, subtle fresh herb infusions and flinty mineral notes. Racy lime and granny smith apple flavours are backed by crunchy acidity with zesty lemon and flinty mineral characters appearing on the back half. Finishes snappy, dry and long.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.