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  1. CHATEAU BEAUCASTEL 2018 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_352234
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Jeb Dunnuck: 95
    JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS - "The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc takes it up a notch, offering rocking notes of white peach, quince, crushed rocks, and honeysuckle. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a beautiful core of sweet fruit, a layered texture, and a great finish. It’s unquestionably another beautiful wine, and while 2018 was challenging for the whites, you wouldn’t know it by tasting this."

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "A terrific example of Beaucastel's white, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc boasts lavish aromas of honeydew and tangerine. It's full-bodied and round, lush and concentrated, with terrific length and presence on the palate."
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  2. CHATEAU SAINT COSME 2017 CONDRIEU

    Item #: i_352381
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 95
    Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points
    Jeb Dunnuck: 93 Points
    WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - " A bold style, with quince, lemon curd, creamed pear, apricot and white peach flavors lending range and weight. Verbena and warm brioche details infuse the lush finish. Very showy and pulls it off. Drink now through 2021."

    JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93
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  3. CHAVE 2018 ST JOSEPH BLANC CIRCA

    Item #: i_352117
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Powerful peach nectar, orange, honey and chamomile aromas show sharp definition and lift thanks to a smoky mineral flourish.
  4. CHENE BLEU 2015 ALIOT VAUCLUSE WHITE BLEND

    Item #: i_353426
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BIODYNAMIC, ORGANIC

    A blend of roussanne, white grenache and marsanne with a touch of viognier – from the southern Rhône Valley. Deliciously rich, concentrated wine with mandarin, orange zest, toasted almond, apricot and subtle spice flavours. A complex, powerful wine that’s textural and mouthfilling.” – Bob Campbell MW Tasting Note: A blend of Rousanne, White Grenache and Marsanne, with a touch of Viognier. Barrel-aged for 8 months. The nose is powerful and expressive with citrus aromas and hints of toasted almonds and anise. In the mouth it has flavours of lime with good acidity and mineralogy, and a very long finish. Ideally coupled with foods such as salmon, game, poultry, rabbit, pâté and hard cheeses. Serve lightly chilled at 14ºC. Enjoy now or for five to six years.
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  5. CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE 2016 CHATEUANEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_351752
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 93
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS - "While this dry wine's crisp apple, white grapefruit and pear notes are understated on the nose and palate, its opulent, creamy mouthfeel is the showcase. Full bodied and honeyed yet not heavy, it shows hints of cashew, earth and saline complexities in development. Although drinking elegantly now, it should be even better from 2026."
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  6. CLOS LA ROQUETE 2018 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_352242
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    La Roquète sits on prime real estate at the foot of the Piélong plateau, north of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and adjacent to the western end of the famous Le Rayas vineyard. Galets roulés scatter the vineyard floor, but the primarily sandy soils impart great finesse to the wine. The Bruniers recommend drinking the white young for its freshness and elegance, but it can also evolve for several years if so desired.
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  7. CLOS SAINT JEAN 2018 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_352778
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is produced from equal parts Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette. The wine is aged in a combination of new, French oak barrels and vats. The production is quite small with than less than 350 cases made per year.

    JEB DUNNUCK 93 POINTS - " Review: "The whites here continue to improve. The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc offers a rocking bouquet of key lime pie, tangerine, and ripe peach that gives way to a powerful, opulent, medium to full-bodied white that has tons of flesh and texture, beautiful balance, and a great finish. This is a white for the dinner table."
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  8. DOMAINE DE TERREBRUNE 2019 BANDOL BLANC

    Item #: i_353143
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 2019 Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Blanc opens with subtle aromas of white flowers and exotic fruits. Fresh and tender palate. Minerality coated with a beautiful material. Long and persistent finish. This wine marries well with fish in various preparations and cheeses such as Beaufort, Comté, and Goat.
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  9. DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE 2017 CHATEAUNEUF BLANC

    Item #: i_351257
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93-95`
    ROBERT PARKER 93-95 POINTS: "VT's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 45% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne and 10% Bourboulenc, fermented in a mix of foudres, demi-muids and barriques. It's medium to full-bodied but tight, with crisp lime, lemon and pear notes carried on a silky-textured palate. You could drink this on release and enjoy it for its focus and delineation, or you could give the inner richness the time it needs (2-3 years) to emerge and soften the subtle citrus zest notes on the finish."
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  10. DOMAINE FAURY 2018 CONDRIEU

    Item #: i_350613
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 94
    VINOUS 94 POINTS: "Pale yellow. Displays ripe citrus and pit fruit scents that are accompanied by subtle honey and floral nuances. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering juicy tangerine, white peach and pear nectar flavors that are supported by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. The long, floral-driven finish shows fine definition and leaves behind twinges of tarragon and lemon balm."
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  11. DOMAINE GIRAUD 2018 CHATEAUNEUF BLANC GALLIMAR

    Item #: i_353657
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Of the 8 hectares of old vines that Marie and François Giraud farm in Galimardes, a rocky and red clay soil on the road between the villages Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Sorgues, 1 hectare are white varieties - roughly equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc. Each variety is harvested exactly when it is ripe and is gently pressed into tank except the Roussanne which is fermented in French oak demi-muids. After 6 months of aging Marie assembles the final blend. Due to the age of the vines the exact blend changes from vintage to vintage as does the quantity of wine bottled." -Importer Note
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  12. DOMAINE JAMET 2017 CONDRIEU VERNILLON

    Item #: i_351496
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  13. DOMAINE SOLITUDE 2018 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_344272
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Complex nose of tropical fruit and brioche. Mouth combining vivacity and smoothness with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and flowers with a very mineral finish. Pair with truffle brouillade, grilled fish with sauce, fish tagine, oysters au gratin, lobster, capon with cream and vin jaune, carpaccio of marinated fish.
    Blend: 40% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne
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  14. FONT DU VENT 2018 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC

    Item #: i_353126
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Freshly picked white flowers, citrus, pear, tropical fruits, hints of acacia honey and apricot. This wine is perfect for an aperitif with freshly sucked oysters, pan seared scallops, fresh fish dishes, rabbit or chicken casseroles.
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  15. FRANCOIS VILLARD 2017 CONDRIEU DE PONCINS

    Item #: i_351920
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 95
    WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS: "A plump and creamy style, with alluring yellow apple, Cavaillon melon, pear and peach flavors all gliding through, backed by hints of warm brioche and almond cream. Quite alluring in the end. Drink now through 2021. 1,200 cases made, 75 cases imported."
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  16. FRANCOIS VILLARD 2017 VIOGNIER LES CONTOURS DE DEPONCINS

    Item #: i_334207
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Chef-turned-Winemaker Francois Villard's "Les Contours de Deponcins" VdP is an exceptional value from grapes grown just outside of the appellation on his 12 hectare estate. A true classic, this 100% Viognier pairs perfectly with soft shell crab. Viognier's purest expression arguably comes from the Northern Rhone's Condrieu AOP. This village is one of the smallest in France producing miniscule quantities of seductive, aromatic white wine at high prices. Chef-turned-Winemaker Francois Villard's "Les Contours de Deponcins" VdP is an exceptional value from grapes grown just outside of the appellation on his 12 hectare estate. A true classic, this 100% Viognier pairs perfectly and effortlessly with soft shells, pad thai and roasted white meats.
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  17. GEORGE VERNAY 2017 CONDRIEU TERRASSES DE L'EMPIRE

    Item #: i_351594
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Alluring, with almond cream, white peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon flavors gliding through. The caressing finish has a light piecrust echo. Drink now through 2023."
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  18. GUIGAL 2018 COTES DU RHONE BLANC

    Item #: i_353281
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Jeb Dunnuck: 90
    Guigal is a reference point estate for the Northern Rhone Valley whose name is synonymous with quality. This quality extends from their entry level wines all the way up to the single vineyard Cote Rotie's.

    The value priced Cotes du Rhone Rouge and Blanc are amongst our best selling wines as they consistently over-deliver.

    Guigal is also renowned for their white wines from Condrieu, Hermitage and Chateauneuf du Pape, yet probably the most eye-opening bottling is their 'basic' Cotes du Rhone Blanc. The secret is its aromatic intensity which derives from its high percentage of Viognier, another signature grape of the Northern Rhone. This is made with more than 50% Viognier along with Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc.

    Noted Rhone critic, Jeb Dunnuck gave Guigal's Cotes du Rhone Blanc a 90 Point Score saying it was "Tasting like a mini Condrieu." This is high praise as the sought after, small production wines from the tiny appellation of Condrieu generally sell for $50 and up!

    At the sale price of $12.99 each, it is a good time to stock up on this delicious daily drinker.

    JEB DUNNUCK 90 POINTS - "The quality of this cuvee has soared over the past decade, and the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is another terrific vintage. Tasting like a mini Condrieu with its floral, orange blossom, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors, it's medium-bodied, fresh, and lively on the palate, with an attractive mix of richness and freshness. Drink it over the coming year or two."
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  19. JEAN BAPTISTE SOUILLARD 2017 ROUSSANNE

    Item #: i_352239
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    J-B. Souillard can be considered a micro-négociant, sourcing grapes from carefully selected tiny, single plots. In the winery the approach is quite hands-off with only the minimum amount of SO2 added at bottling. This Roussanne has lovely golden hints, on the nose is intense, ripe and creamy.
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  20. JEAN MICHEL GERIN 2017 CONDRIEU LES EGUETS

    Item #: i_351919
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    100 % VIOGNIER
    Beautiful, very epxressive Viognier displaying aromas of roses, apricots and oranges. Very exotic but also a good amount of minerality on the palate. Fresh and crisp on the finish.
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  21. JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE 2015 HERMITAGE BLANCHE BLANC

    Item #: i_352119
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Ripe and enticing in feel, with a waxy-edged core of creamed yellow apple, nectarine and mirabelle plum notes, infused liberally with warm brioche and toasted macadamia nut accents, all while maintaining cut and focus through the finish. Drink now through 2030."
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  22. LA FREYNELLE 2019 BORDEAUX BLANC

    Item #: i_311180
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Brilliant straw color. Lovely fruity nose of white peaches, citrus fruits, and beeswax. Elegant, charming palate with good fruit flavors and a smooth buttery finish.
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  23. MUSCAT BEAUMES DE VENISE 2017 DOMAINE DURBAN 375ml

    Item #: i_300174
    Bottle Size: 375ML
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    The Muscat expresses itself with finesse. Delicate flavours tingle the tongue with notes of pear and apricot.Traditional. In stainless steel tank at 15°C, bringing a volume of 7 to 10% neutral alcohol, to limit fermentation to a density of approximately 1050 so that at least 110 grams of sugar remain per litre.
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  24. PIERRE BENETIERE 2013 CONDRIEU

    Item #: i_350620
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Pierre Bénétière is a self-made man and staunch Northern Rhone traditionalist cut from the mold of the great icons of the region, Gentaz-Dervieux, Verset, Juge, Allemand, etc. While Pierre grew up in a wine family, his parents did not actually produce wine, but were merchants in Condrieu selling local table wines to the bars and restaurants in the area. He eventually studied Enology and started his winery in the late `80s by acquiring a small parcel of land in the southern end of Cote Rotie (in the lieu-dit of Cordeloux near Condrieu) and clearing and planting the vineyards himself. He later added two small vineyards in Condrieu itself as well as a small parcel of old vines in the heart of the Cote Rotie appellation, on the Cote Brune and right in the middle of Guigal’s famed “La Turque”!

    The Condrieu is nicely phenolic in texture, and avoids the cloying quality that one often finds in this appellation. The richness of the wine is nicely balanced with an underlying acidity (he is clearly picking on the early side).

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  25. PIERRE BENETIERE 2015 RIOLLEMENT (VDF-CONDRIEU)

    Item #: i_350619
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Tiny, cultish, producer in Cote Rotie making around 800 cases per year, including a couple barrels of Condrieu.
    Organically farmed vineyards located on the southern end of the appellation in the lieu-dit of "Cordeloux" on steep, primarily granitic soils.
    The Condrieu is nicely phenolic in texture, and avoids the cloying quality that one often finds in this appellation. The richness of the wine is nicely balanced with an underlying acidity (he is clearly picking on the early side).
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