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  1. JABOULET 2018 HERMITAGE LA MAISON BLEUE

    Item #: i_351949
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93-95
    Vinous Media: 94
    James Suckling: 94
    Jeb Dunnuck: 96


    JEB DUNNUCK 94-96 POINTS - "The 2,000-case 2018 Hermitage Maison Bleue comes from the eastern side of the appellation and is a much more fleshy, opulent wine compared to the more mineral-laced La Chapelle. Jammy blackberry and cassis fruit, notes of ground herbs, graphite, and violets, full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration, and a great finish all make for a compelling Hermitage. It’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age."



    WINE ADVOCATE 93-95 POINTS - "The 2018 Hermitage La Maison Bleue offers up aromas of mocha, raspberries and a hint of black olive. It's full-bodied, velvety and plush, with a finish that's marked by hints of maple syrup and a slightly open-knit quality. It should drink well for at least a decade after release."

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  2. JEAN LOUIS CHAVE 2017 HERMITAGE

    Item #: i_353319
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 98 - 100 POINTS - "Jean-Louis Chave had done some preblending of the 2017 Hermitage at the time of my visit, meaning several parcels had already been combined with others, so there were fewer components to taste. A sample that included some L'Ermite, Les Beaumes and Péléat was fragrant, loaded with peppery spice and came across as slightly open-knit (93 - 95). A second component, mostly Le Méal, was richer and riper-tasting, with lush fruit and hints of roasted meat (97 - 99). Finally, a sample Jean-Louis described as "more the core of the blend" (mainly Les Bessards) was simultaneously firm and generous, with notes of crushed stone, cassis and licorice."
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  3. LIONEL FAURY 2018 COTE ROTIE

    Item #: i_354018
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  4. MICKAEL BOURG 2018 CORNAS

    Item #: i_345342
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    100% Syrah. A delWell this is an insanely delicious young wine, wow! Gunpowder and smoke mixing with spiced blackberries, tapenade and freshly cracked black pepper. This is quite a nose, really! The palate is less forgiving, young, tight, mineral, very wound up.
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  5. MONIER PERREOL 2018 ST JOSEPH

    Item #: i_352340
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Rhone legends Jean-Pierre Monier and Phillipe Perreol combined forces nearly a decade ago to meet market demand for their sought-after Northern Rhone cuvées. The duo vinifies pure and soil-driven wines, crafted from biodynamically farmed fruit. Their Saint-Joseph is fermented with 20% whole clusters and aged in cask, leading to a dark fruited wine marked by notes of olives, red currants, black pepper, and wet rocks.
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  6. PATRICK JASMIN 2016 COTE ROTIE LA GIROFLARIE

    Item #: i_353826
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 93
    VINOUS 93 POINTS - " Glistening violet. Smoke- and mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry scents are complemented by suggestions of violet and cracked pepper. Silky in texture and lively on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors firmed by a spine of juicy acidity. The spicy note returns on an impressively long, penetrating finish that shows very good clarity and subtle, fine-grained tannins."
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  7. PAUL JABOULET 2011 HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE

    Item #: i_353709
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    James Suckling: 97
    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "A gorgeous intensity of plum, spice and grilled meat on the nose. Cloves and hints of dried spices. This is a big, structured La Chappelle. Full and powerful with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. A bit austere and muscular but gorgeous. Tar, spice, dried meat and asphalt. Needs to be aged for at least another five or six years. This is another 1991 in the making."

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2011 Hermitage la Chapelle continues to shine (I wrote 'love it' in the notes) and shows the sunnier, perfumed style of the vintage. Black raspberry, crushed rocks, olive and licorice all emerge from this full-bodied, open, sweetly fruited Hermitage. It has plenty of sweet tannin and will last for 20+ years."
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    $149.95
  8. PAUL JABOULET 2015 HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE

    Item #: i_350726
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 98
    WINE ADVOCATE 100 POINTS - "A wine that might surpass the 2009 and 2010 is the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle, which has more than a passing resemblance to the 1990. This inky black/blue-colored Hermitage offers an off-the-charts array of blackberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, wood smoke and charred meats. Thick, unctuous, full-bodied and incredibly layered, with sweet tannin, it's a tour de force that’s going to have three to four decades of longevity."

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  9. PAUL JABOULET 2017 HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE

    Item #: i_353262
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 99
    JEB DUNNUCK 99 POINTS - "Reminding me of the 2009 La Chapelle (which is a personal favorite), the brilliant 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle knocks it out of the park with its massive, opulent personality. Notes of smoked black fruits, scorched earth, burning embers, and graphite as well as subtle background meatiness flow to a monster of a Hermitage that has full-bodied richness, incredible depth of fruit, and an overwhelming, sexy style that’s already impossible to resist. Do your best to hide bottles for 4-5 years, but it’s going to evolve for 40 years or more. There are roughly 2,000 cases of this elixir, and every Syrah lover out there should have a bottle (or more) in their cellar."

    WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "The 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle comes from the firm's vineyards on the western half of the Hermitage slope, primarily Le Méal, but with substantial contributions from Les Rocoules and Les Bessards. Classic notes of cassis, black olives, mocha and roasted meat are joined by hints of baking spices in a wine that's full-bodied, deep, dense and rich, with a velvety texture and a lingering finish. It's lower in alcohol than the 2018, less voluptuous and maybe just a step behind that monumental wine, but it's still a serious collectible with three decades of evolution ahead of it."
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    $179.95
  10. PAUL JABOULET 2018 HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE

    Item #: i_353847
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 98-100
    Vinous Media: 96
    James Suckling: 96
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99 Points
    WINE ADVOCATE 98-100 POINTS - "Jaboulet's 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle features scents of crushed stone, violets and cassis. It's a classic trio, backed by a wine that's full-bodied, rich and powerful yet also airy, somehow carrying intense plum and black olive flavors without any sense of heaviness or excess weight. Then the wine finishes long and softly dusty, with tannins that accentuate its savory character, picking up delicious hints of licorice at the very end. The proportion of new oak has been trimmed back to a very reasonable 20% and is hardly noticeable in the wine."

    JEB DUNNUCK 97-99 POINTS - "A deep, powerful, primordial wine (which is exactly what you’d expect for a great vintage of this cuvée), the inky hued 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle offers tons of crème de cassis as well as a liquid rock-like minerality, peppery herbs, burning embers, and graphite aromas and flavors. The palate mirrors the intensity of the bouquet and is full-bodied, concentrated, and tight, yet still packs a huge amount of baby fat. The 2018 is a beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed La Chapelle that will need a decade of cellaring and keep for 3-4 decades with no problems."
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    $189.99
  11. PAUL JABOULET 2018 HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1.5

    Item #: i_353849
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    Wine Advocate: 98-100
    Vinous Media: 96
    James Suckling: 96
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99
    WINE ADVOCATE 98-100 POINTS - "Jaboulet's 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle features scents of crushed stone, violets and cassis. It's a classic trio, backed by a wine that's full-bodied, rich and powerful yet also airy, somehow carrying intense plum and black olive flavors without any sense of heaviness or excess weight. Then the wine finishes long and softly dusty, with tannins that accentuate its savory character, picking up delicious hints of licorice at the very end. The proportion of new oak has been trimmed back to a very reasonable 20% and is hardly noticeable in the wine."

    JEB DUNNUCK 97-99 POINTS - "A deep, powerful, primordial wine (which is exactly what you’d expect for a great vintage of this cuvée), the inky hued 2018 Hermitage La Chapelle offers tons of crème de cassis as well as a liquid rock-like minerality, peppery herbs, burning embers, and graphite aromas and flavors. The palate mirrors the intensity of the bouquet and is full-bodied, concentrated, and tight, yet still packs a huge amount of baby fat. The 2018 is a beautifully pure, balanced, massively endowed La Chapelle that will need a decade of cellaring and keep for 3-4 decades with no problems."
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    $399.99
  12. PRADELLE 2015 CROZES HERMITAGE "LES HIRONDELLES"

    Item #: i_321299
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Domaine Pradelle is a family estate since 1854 managed by the Pradelle brothers, Jacques and Jean-Louis, and Antoine Pradelle, the son of Jacques.The vineyard is 35 hectares and located all around Tain l’Hermitage on the both sides of the Rhone river. On the left-bank of the Rhône the grapes are used to make Crozes-Hermitage. Courbis is the name of the single vineyard.

    11 months in 30hl barrels-15% new oak. Clay with gravel Now until 2017
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  13. RENE ROSTAING 2016 COTE ROTIE AMPODIUM

    Item #: i_352156
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Wine Spectator: 94
    Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "This is very solidly built, nearly bristling with briary energy along the edges while the core of steeped plum, cherry and currant fruit cruises through. Mouthwatering savory, tobacco and olive notes score the finish, all set against a lovely floral accent in the background."

    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "There are 20,000 bottles of Rostaing's 2016 Cote Rotie Ampodium, so it is the cuvée most consumers are likely to encounter. It's a fine example of the appellation, offering briary notes of ripe red fruit with spice and herb shadings. It's medium-bodied, silky and fine, with attractive notes of licorice and tea on the finish that give this entry-level wine more complexity than most."
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  14. RENE ROSTAING 2016 COTE ROTIE COTE BLONDE

    Item #: i_352157
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 98
    WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "The 2016 Côte Rôtie La Côte Blonde (from the lieu-dit of the same name—not a blend of sites) is a terrific effort. It blends the structure of la Viallière with the elegance of la Landonne, making it a truly complete and compelling bottle. Some mocha, black olive and meaty notes lend it a savory cast, while the palate is creamy and concentrated, firm but silky. It's medium to full-bodied, with a fine, licorice-tinged finish that lingers a good long time. It should drink well for 20+ years. When I arrived at the domaine, I went in an opened door and came upon René Rostaing, who was putting labels on bottles for shipment to the United States. I told him I had an appointment and he said, "Let me get the boss." We went across the street to the winery building, where he handed me off to his son Pierre, who is fully in charge of the winemaking now. He cranked the ventilation fan up to high so we could taste in the cellars, despite ongoing fermentations above. Following up on his exciting 2015s, both the 2016s and 2017s look similarly outstanding. He's releasing two additional single-vineyard wines (Côte Brune and La Viallière) from the 2016 vintage as an homage to his ancestors, with label designs from the past (Gentaz-Dervieux and Dervieux-Thaize). Of course, quantities are tiny, but not only are the labels retro-cool but the wines are damn good also.

    DECANTER 98 POINTS - " No destemming here, aged in mostly old demi-muids with no more than 10% new oak. A captivatingly pretty floral fragrance can be coaxed out along with aniseed and blackberry notes, but it's tightly wound for now. The rounded palate is dense, with good concentration of red fruit and delightfully perfumed juniper. Soft tannins coat the mouth, and oak is present but well judged. There's good balancing acidity and a lovely, gently mineral seam leads onto a long, saline, savoury, piercing finish. Real detail and precision."

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  15. RENE ROSTAING 2016 COTE ROTIE LA LANDONNE

    Item #: i_352152
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 97
    Wine Spectator: 95
    Decanter: Score above 95 points
    DECANTER 97 POINTS - "Aged in demi-muids - a maximum of 10% new oak - with no destemming. It has that austere mineral character on the nose so typical of La Landonne. It is rounded, with good concentration and ripeness, matched with ample, piercing acidity and bristling with fine, fresh tannins. Its intensity comes primarily from its structure and mineral content rather than the fruit, and it is incredibly energetic and lively on the palate. Powerful and very well balanced in a structural, chiselled style, this is in an altogether different league from his Ampodium, with a good balance of fruit, flowers and mineral scents."

    WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "Subtle notes of baking spices frame hints of tea, olives and raspberries on the nose of the 2016 Côte Rôtie la Landonne. A paragon of elegance, it's medium to full-bodied, but silky from start to lingering finish. It's a wine that's pretty much guaranteed to make even the steeliest curmudgeon smile, as it's so bright, ephemeral and luscious. It's not the rich, ripe wine the 2015 is, but it's suave, complex and lonG."
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    $199.99
  16. RENE ROSTAING 2018 COTE ROTIE COTE BLONDE

    Item #: i_354273
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 97-99
    Vinous Media: 96-97
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99
    JEB DUNNUCK 97-99 POINTS -"A wine that’s going to push the upper limits of my scale, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde has a wonderful sense of opulence and elegance paired with huge minerality and power. Giving up primordial notes of perfectly ripe currants, new saddle leather, spice, and wildflowers, it has a magical texture, huge richness and depth, loads of tannins, and a huge finish. It made my pulse jump."

    WINE ADVOCATE 97-99 POINTS -"The most tannic of the "big three" bottlings this year, the 2018 Cote Rotie la Cote Blonde features elegant hints of mixed herbs entwined around bold boysenberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with plentiful fine-grained tannins that firm up on the long finish. Embryonic, but oh so promising, it should blossom in another five years or so."
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    $199.99
  17. RENE ROSTAING 2018 COTE ROTIE LA LANDONNE

    Item #: i_351746
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 99+
    Wine Spectator: 96
    Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points
    WINE ADVOCATE 96-98 POINTS - "For the 2018 Cote Rotie la Landonne, Pierre Rostaing put together a blend from two barrels. Wow. Toast and mocha notes frame raspberries and blueberries in this medium to full-bodied offering. It's simultaneously rich, silky and concentrated. Packed with flavor and depth, it looks as if it will be approachable within a couple of years yet be capable of evolving for a couple of decades."

    JEB DUNNUCK 96-98 POINTS - "The 2018 Côte Rôtie La Landonne offers the classic meaty, mineral, and masculine style that’s the hallmark of this terroir. It’s powerful and full-bodied, with massive minerality as well as notes of bloody meat, ground pepper, and graphite. It’s another serious, concentrated, powerful 2018 that’s going to demand bottle age."
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    $199.99
  18. RENE ROSTAING 2018 SYRAH LES LEZARDES

    Item #: i_354166
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  19. ROUSSET 2017 CROZES HERMITAGE LES PICAUDIERES

    Item #: i_354257
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92-94
    WINE ADVOCATE 92-94 POINTS - "From older vines cropped to lower levels than his domaine bottling, Rousset's 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Picaudieres mostly ages in barrels (only 5% new), while 40% matures in tank. It's similarly styled, with ripe, lush plums and licorice notes, a full-bodied, concentrated palate and a long finish tinged with baking spices."
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  20. TARDIEU LAURENT 2016 COTE ROTIE

    Item #: i_353289
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS: "Tightly wound, with a solid core of dark currant, raspberry and blackberry reduction notes, laced with sweet tobacco, singed mesquite and sanguine details. Shows piercing focus on the finish, with serious length as the mineral edge lingers. Best from 2021 through 2035. 625 cases made, 10 cases imported."
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  21. TARDIEU LAURENT 2016 HERMITAGE ROUGE

    Item #: i_353288
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JEB DUNNUCK 96 POINTS: "Like the 2016, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hesperides is an even split of Grenache and Mourvèdre, from the les Bedines lieu-dit (100% sandy soils), that was completely destemmed and brought up mostly in stainless steel, with 20% in demi-muids. It’s a brilliant wine that offers lots of meaty, spice, licorice nuances, tons of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish. It’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and will keep for two decades."

    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS: "
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    $109.99

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