- Item #: i_378941Bottle Size: 750mlJacques Beaufort has long been one of our Champagne hero's. Back in the early 1970's Jacques was virtually alone leading the charge against the use of chemicals and herbicides and he has now been farming biodynamically for decades. Beaufort's approach to winemaking is equally stripped-down and non-interventionist. Such a strict, natural approach has its obvious risks, and over the years his Champagnes have been a bit "hit or miss" but his hits like this 2010 are often home runs. This is a bright, exuberant (dare we say hedionistic) Champagne that belies it Brut Zero configuration. The 2010 Andre Beaufort presents a delicate mousse and persistent bubbles, greeting your nose with pear, herbs de Provence and toasted hazelnuts. Expressive in character and bold on the palate, it culminates with a fine, zippy finish.
- Item #: i_352258Bottle Size: 750mlMade only in exceptional vintages, “L’Amiral” (“The Admiral”) is truly commanding. An homage to the utterly uncompromising, rugged, old-school Chinon of ages past, it is produced exclusively from the press juice of Cabernet Franc, and aged in used 225-liter barrels (third-passage oak purchased from Bordeaux) for a minimum of two years before bottling—although the imposing architecture of the 2010 vintage prompted Michel to give this particular wine a full four years. The “L’Amiral” (a Touraine in name but a Chinon in spirit) snarls and growls, a grainy transmission from another era. The deep, sanguine nose invites inward rather than explodes outward—a whirling mass of pipe tobacco, leathery spice, savory herbs, and iron. The classic Cabernet Franc varietal character so evident in the two wines above is muted but still present, a whisper of tangy red fruit and pretty violets beneath the visceral roar. While still bare-knuckled in its tannic thrust, this wine manages to avoid heaviness on the palate, which echoes the intensity and spice-driven blast of the aromatic profile. It is a testament to the estate’s commitment to classicism that they produce such a bold, full-throttle wine as this—one which fits beautifully within our portfolio alongside other such beloved outliers as Chateau Pradeaux in Bandol, Domaine Levet in Cote-Rotie, and Paolo Bea in Montefalco.
- Item #: i_300074Bottle Size: 750MLJames Suckling: 92JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS: "Bright nose with blueberry, violets and vanilla. Crushed blackberries and some sweet licorice. Wonderful layered texture on the palate with velvety tannins and pure dark fruit. Hints of chocolate and new oak comes through on the finish. Give it at least until 2016 to open."
- Item #: i_350666Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 99Wine Spectator: 97James Suckling: 97Decanter: 98 PointsWINE ADVOCATE 99 POINTS - "Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 15 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a tightly wound, arresting nose of blackberry, bilberry, crushed violets and graphite all with quite brilliant delineation. The palate is medium rather than full-bodied, laden with plenty of fruit, grippy like many 2010s with a structured, masculine and tannic finish that wards you away for another 10-15 years. However, it is still possible to admire the purity and delineation of this long-term Montrose, a wine that comes with a compulsory cellaring. Patience will be handsomely rewarded. How long can you wait?"
- Item #: i_345481Bottle Size: 750MLSmoldering charcoal and bay leaf notes start this off, followed by a core of melted black licorice, steeped black currant, pastis and baked plum flavors, all carried by a well-integrated roasted alder note. Shows terrific range and character, marrying old-school elements to a polished feel.
95% Mourvedre 5% Grenache 35 year old vines on clay/limestone soil Hand harvested Fermented in epoxy-lined cement tanks Elevage in foudre and barrique for 20-24 months Dense black purple color Aromas of black fruits, cassis, pepper and spice Layers of juicy black fruit and fine tannins on the palate truffles, spice, great length ages exceptionally well and will develop sweet, spicy tobacco and old leather character
- Item #: i_345405Bottle Size: 750mlIt's hard to believe you can attain this quality at such a reasonable price. Gaining access to the vineyards and expert winemaking of the team that oversees the great first growth Haut-Brion is a special treat. This wine is delicious, expressive and everything one could want in affordable wine from Bordeaux.
- Item #: i_352165Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 95BURGHOUND 95 POINTS: "An exceptionally fresh combination of high-toned, pure and quite elegant red cherry and raspberry aromas is liberally laced with warm earth and iron nuances. Similarly, there is really lovely purity to the gorgeously well-detailed, intense and muscular medium weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract and a caressing mouth feel before terminating in a mouth coating and explosively long finish. This is relentlessly persistent with outstanding depth on the palate staining finish. A knockout vintage for this wine but it's not one to buy if you intend on drinking it anytime soon. *Outstanding!*"
ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS: "The 2010 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux could be Leroux’s finest so far. It has a convincing, elegant bouquet that at this early juncture bears semblances to the 2008, but ramps up the intensity without compensating on delineation, with subtle notes of spice and balsam coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, candied entry. This is very pure, soft and caressing in the mouth but around the sides you can feel the tannins gently exerting their grip. There is not a hair out of place on this glorious, shimmering Clos des Epeneaux. Magnifique!"
- Item #: i_351084Bottle Size: 750mlALLEN MEADOWS - BURGHOUND 95 POINTS - "This is also notably floral in character with a panoply of spice elements that add both depth and breadth to the cool cherry, raspberry and red currant aromas. As was the case with the Beaux Monts there is a spicy inner mouth perfume to the delicious and classy middle weight flavors that are shaped by sophisticated and very fine tannins, all wrapped in a mouth coating, focused and seriously persistent finish. A classic RSV."
- Item #: i_345662Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 92Wine Spectator: 93James Suckling: 93WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Dense, juicy and inviting, with bouncy briar, blackberry, steeped black currant and melted black licorice notes framed by roasted apple wood and graphite notes. The finish courses along with good definition. Energetic and tempting, but the gripping, iron-laden finish will benefit from cellaring."
JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS - "Polished and very fine with pretty fruit and berry structure. Full and silky with a delicious finish. It's so good now to drink but has depth and structure. Drink or hold."
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Tasted at the château, the 2010 D'Armailhac has a fabulous, opulent bouquet, with black cherries, boysenberry, almond and hints of cooked meat as it dabbles with secondary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, with bold tannin, grippy in the mouth and immense weight. This is a very structured d'Armailhac, although it probably does not possess the finesse of the 2016, which I tasted alongside. There is great density here—tensile and bold, with a grippy finish. It is a long-term prospect."
- Item #: i_351784Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 99Jeb Dunnuck: 98 PointsROBERT PARKER 99 POINTS: "A wine that might rival the 2001 when all is said and done, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de La Reine des Bois is an incredible effort that does everything right. Possessing a voluptuous, decadent and super-rich profile, it stays graceful and perfectly balanced, with beautiful freshness, a stacked mid-palate and a blockbuster finish. Opening up in the glass, with copious blackberry, cassis, graphite, violets and spring flower-like nuances, it needs another 2-3 years of bottle age, and will have upward of three decades of overall longevity."
- Item #: i_350729Bottle Size: 750mlBurghound: 93BURGHOUND 93 POINTS - "A very deeply pitched nose grudgingly offers up notes of liqueur of plum, kirsch, earth and a hint of the sauvage. The concentrated and deeply powerful big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that both buffers the very firm tannic spine as well as imbues the mouth feel with a velvety texture. There is fine balance and excellent length though not quite the sheer depth of the Bonnes Mares."
STEPHEN TANZER 93 POINTS - " Medium red. Sauvage aromas of redcurrant, rust, mocha, brown spices and earth. At once silky and bright, with excellent energy and a distinct wildness to its highly concentrated red berry flavors. Finishes brisk, penetrating and long, with a building element of five-spice powder. Proprietor Patrick Landanger, who admits he's not a fan of old Burgundies, noted that this wine can be enjoyed today with two hours of decanting."
- Item #: i_351812Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 96WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "A blend of roughly 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that was brought up in 60% new barrels, the sensational 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete is a big, concentrated bruiser whose inky purple color is followed by tons of jammy blackberries, hints of cassis, spice and violets aromas and flavors. Its oak elevage has been completely absorbed by its wealth of fruit, and this full-bodied Chateauneuf du Pape has a stacked mid-palate, building tannin and a great finish. It's just now starting to be drinkable, yet it still needs short term cellaring and will drink well for two decades or more."
- Item #: i_322756Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 95WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the finest traditional cuvees I have tasted as well as a sleeper of the vintage. Made from 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from 55-year-old vines, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a stunning perfume of creme de cassis, kirsch, incense, licorice and a vague notion of beef blood and roasted Provencal herbs. All of the fruit comes from vines planted in the northern end of the appellation. This exquisite, full-throttle Chateauneuf du Pape should drink well for 15 or more years. It is a major star of the vintage, and probably is reasonably priced as well. A microscopic estate owned by Coralie Goumarre, Domaine Galevan was established, remarkably, in 1780, but the first estate-bottled wine did not emerge until 1968. I was blown away by these four red wine cuvees, and both of the 2010s have jumped dramatically in score since I tasted them from barrel last year."
- Item #: i_378520Bottle Size: 750ml"Toulette" is a single vineyard, mono cepage cuvee produced from Chardonnay vines that are more than fifty years of age and are cropped at a miserly thirty hectoliters per hectare. The vins clairs are barrel fermented in older Burgundy casks, with no malo and the wine is finished off with a minimal dosage of two grams per liter.
- Item #: i_338860Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 93Since 1995, Larmandier has made a Blanc de Blancs called Terre de Vertus, released as a brut nature, without any dosage. The Terres de Vertus is technically not a single-vineyard wine, but it comes from a single terroir, grown in three adjacent parcels totaling 2.5 hectares, located on the chalky side of the village along the road to Le Mesnil: Les Barillées, Les Faucherets and La Vieille Voie. It has always come from a single vintage, but in the past, it was released slightly too early to qualify for a vintage champagne, so it didn't carry a date on the label. Beginning with the 2007 release, it's been labeled as a vintage-dated Champagne.
- Item #: i_378562Bottle Size: 750mlDavid Léclapart is a fourth-generation Champagne house located in the premier cru village of Trépail in the Montagne de Reims. When his father passed away in 1996 and his mother asked him to take over the estate, he agreed to do so only on the condition that he would be able to farm biodynamically. Since the 2000 vintage the estate has been certified biodynamic by both Ecocert and Demeter. David himself biodynamically farms his three hectares of land divided among 20 parcels, guided by the principles of purity, energy, pleasure and ecology. He believes the creative forces behind biodynamics (water, earth, wind, and fire) work in perfect accordance with his four principles to show how nature expresses itself through Champagne. These practices are continued in the cellar, where there is minimal intervention. Dedicated to transmitting the individual characteristics of each vintage and vineyard into his wines, David does not use any reserve wines, and all of his wines are no dosage.
- Item #: i_333180Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 96+ROBERT PARKER 96+ POINTS: "The 2010 is a quintessentially elegant, classic wine of Bordeaux – firm, rigid, perhaps slightly lighter than most of the other St.-Juliens, but stylish, potentially complex, and reminiscent of the style of the 1986, but more concentrated and powerful. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc with a normal pH of 3.56. It was raised in 75% new oak and the alcohol came to 13.7%. This wine displays loads of black currants, cedar wood and vanillin, but needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring, if not much longer. It should last for 30+ years."
- Item #: i_333128Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93Wine Spectator: 90ROBERT PARKER 93 POINTS: "This full-bodied blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon hit 14.5% natural alcohol. It is deep and rich, with loads of caramelized grapefruit, tropical fruit, subtle oak, wet stones and plenty of melons. Drink now-2035."
WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS: "Ripe and lush, with lots of creamed yellow apple, melon and white peach flavors carried by an alluring, lightly toasted brioche note. This has the vintage's punch in the end, kept honest by a lively citrus accent. Drink now through 2014."