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  1. A&P DE VILLAINE 2017 BOUZERON ALIGOTE Organically farmed

    Item #: i_311377
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Winemaker's Notes - "Our Bouzeron comes from vines situated on the best slopes of the appellations. We have planted the golden Aligoté doré grape, which gives lowers yield and more aromatic wines than its cousin, the Aligoté vert. True to its varietal nature, our Bouzeron is a liveley, fruity wine, but it also has a finesse and roundness that spring from the essential nature of the terroir. These qualities lend it great versatility. To best appreciate the freshness and fruit, it would be drunk young, within two or three years. To allow the wine to fully develop fullness and "fatness", age it for up to ten years. It should be served chilled, at about 54°F, as an apéritif, with seafood, or with a number of cheeses (goat cheese, Cantal, Beaufort, Parmesan, Roquefort, etc."
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  2. AILE D'ARGENT BLANC 2017 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD

    Item #: i_353206
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 95 Points
    Decanter: 95 Points
    DECANTER 95 POINTS "The only part of the Mouton vines that had some frost in 2017, yet maintaining its signature rich round flavours of creamy citrus and powerful white peach and pear notes. A bitter saffron point gives focus and lift on the finish. This is a brilliant Aile d'Argent, wonderfully balanced with real complexity, offering volume and structure through the palate and a saline-streaked juicy finish."
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    $109.99
  3. ALBERT BOXLER 2017 RIESLING

    Item #: i_333928
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The small family domaine in France that works traditionally using techniques and savoir faire passed down across multiple generations is under serious threat today. Consolidation, technology, regulation, foreign investment, globalization, and many other factors (all in the name of progress), threaten the great agricultural tradition of winegrowing in France, arguably the world’s greatest winegrowing culture. Few domaines in France embody this way of life more ably and proudly than Domaine Albert Boxler in Niedermorschwihr. Jean Boxler, many generations removed from his ancestor of the same name that moved here from Switzerland in 1673, currently rules the roost at this humble yet incredibly exciting domaine. Intense and serious about his land, his craft, and his wine, Jean is the genius behind what are certainly some of the finest white wines in Alsace (and the world).
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  4. AMIRAULT 2017 ANJOU BLANC LES QUARTERONS

    Item #: i_352960
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "
  5. ANNE BOISSON 2017 MEURSAULT SOUS LA VELLE

    Item #: i_353019
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  6. ARNAUD ENTE 2017 VOLNAY LES SANTENOTS DU MILIEU 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_352991
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - "Aromas of smoky plums, raw cocoa, strawberries, herbs and a subtle framing of new oak introduce the 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots-du-Milieu, which is medium to full-bodied, ample and open-knit, with light back-end tannin and a profile that's strongly marked by whole-cluster vinification."
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    $199.99
  7. ARNOUX LACHAUX 2017 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY

    Item #: i_352925
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    VINOUS 92 POINTS - "The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Village comes from north-facing vineyards toward the upper slopes – the last vines to ripen, as they can lie in the shade. Containing 80% whole bunch fruit, it has a well-defined, slightly tertiary bouquet with touches of black pepper and pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate presents fresh red fruit, lightly spiced with white pepper, sage and a touch of tobacco, perhaps a little Morey-like in structure, but with a very long finish. Excellent."

    BURGHOUND 91 POINTS - "A more deeply pitched nose features notes of plum, violet and red cherry along with soft spice wisps. The rich and refined middle weight flavors possess a caressing mouthfeel while delivering a moderately firm, dusty and borderline robust finish that offers fine complexity and persistence. A fine but firm Chambolle villages."
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  8. ARNOUX LACHAUX 2017 VOSNE ROMANEE

    Item #: i_352924
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  9. AUBERT LEFAS 2017 POMMARD LES TRES FOLLOTS

    Item #: i_353315
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  10. AUGUSTE CLAPE 2017 CORNAS

    Item #: i_350625
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 97 Points
    James Suckling: 98-99
    Decanter: 97 Points
    JAMES SUCKLING 98-99 POINTS - "Plenty of sexy graphite and dark stony aromas cast across showy dark fruits seen here, all presented in a vibrant and seductive form. Plenty of spices and fragrant lift, too. The palate is astonishingly rich, layered and seamlessly complete. The tannins are dense, compressed and commanding, whereas the tension is entrancing. Flavors run from red to darker fruits. The finish is already long and majestic. Exceptional wine"

    DECANTER 97 POINTS - "Low yields of just 27hl/ha this year due to coulure, instead of a more normal 37hl/ha - so there might be no 2017 Renaissance produced. A tasting of the main constituent parts from barrel suggests a potent, ripe, tannic style. The young Reynards is rich in fruit with good acidity, if high in alcohol; Sabarotte is resolutely Cornas: impenetrable, resinous, firm and saline; Petit Côte and La Côte are fleshy and rich; the older Reynards admirably complete, with a massive, ripe tannic load. Pierre compares it to the 2009, albeit more structured. You'll need to keep this for a while, but it will be rewarding when finally ready."
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    $159.99
  11. BALLOT MILLOT 17 MEURSAULT LES CRIOTS

    Item #: i_353217
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2017 Meursault Criots is lovely, exhibiting scents of citrus oil, white flowers, and linden mingled with hints of pastry cream and crushed rocks. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and nicely concentrated, with a layered, tensile core and a long, chalky finish. Given its location next to Les Santenots, it’s impressive that Ballot managed to produce such a racy wine."
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  12. BANDOL 2017 TEMPIER ROUGE 375ML

    Item #: i_333986
    Bottle Size: 375ML
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
    75% Mourvèdre, 14% Grenache, 9% Cinsault, 2% Carignan
    Bandol, South of France, France- Boasting a dark berry, spicy character with cedary, olive, peppery, smoky flavors in a robust format. Ripe and lush textured, there are nuances of chocolate on the mineral laden finish. Mostly Mourvedre, with some Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan.
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  13. BEAUSEJOUR DUFFAU 2017 ST EMILION

    Item #: i_333857
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 97
    Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points
    WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) prances out of the glass with energetic notes of crushed black and red plums, black cherries and black raspberries plus wafts of potpourri, oolong tea and lavender. The medium-bodied palate is oh-so-pretty with bags of fragrant fruit and a firm, plush frame, finishing long and perfumed."

    JEB DUNNUCK 96+ POINTS: "The star of the show from Nicolas Thienpont, the 2017 Chateau Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) checks in as a mix of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc that spent 16-18 months in 60% new French oak. It offers a wonderful bouquet of creme de cassis and black raspberry fruits intermixed with plenty of minerality, spice, chocolate, and leafy herb nuances. With medium to full body, a ripe, concentrated, yet elegant mouthfeel, and a stacked mid-palate, it needs 4-5 years to develop additional complexity but is a brilliant, brilliant 2017 that will have 25-30 years of longevity."

    VINOUS 96 POINTS: "The 2017 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is powerful and backward, with huge tannins wrapped around a core of black cherry, smoke, charcoal, licorice, blackberry jam and graphite. Exotic and rich in the glass, the 2017 needs time to soften, but it is immensely promising, not to mention utterly captivating."
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    $109.99
  14. BELLEVUE MONDOTTE 2017 ST EMILION

    Item #: i_353498
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 97
    Wine Spectator: 96
    Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points
    WINE ADVOCATE 97+ POINTS - "There was no frost in the vineyard in 2017, due to its elevation. Deep garnet purple in color, the 2017 Bellevue Mondotte is composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a little closed to begin, opening out to reveal vibrant notes of crushed blackberries, warm plums, black raspberries and wild blueberries plus wafts of star anise, garrigue and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tension and intense blue and black fruit layers, framed by super firm, super ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and earthy."

    VINOUS 97 POINTS - "Powerful, dark and explosive, the 2017 Bellevue Mondotte bristles with the energy and tension that is such a signature of this tiny 1.5 hectare Saint-Émilion cru. Graphite, smoke, crème de cassis and menthol race out of the glass. As always, Bellevue Mondotte is a tannic, searing Saint-Émilion with bracing acids and tons of structure. It is also one of the most fascinating wines in Gérard Perse's lineup."

    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Beautifully rendered, with a long beam of pure cassis and crushed plum fruit, flanked by subtle chalky minerality and backed by violet, anise and smoldering black tea notes. The sleek, lengthy finish pulls everything together with metronomic precision. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2038. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

    JEB DUNNUCK 96 POINTS - "Based on 60% Merlot and 15% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, brought up in new barrels, the 2017 Bellevue Mondotte sports a deep, inky color as well as a seamless, seductive, opulent style that's rarely found in the vintage. Creme de cassis, cold iron, macerated cherries, and toasted spice as well as touch of chocolate give way to a massive, full-bodied, rounded 2017 that already offers tons of pleasure.
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    $149.99
  15. BENJAMIN LEROUX 2017 BATARD MONTRACHET 1.5

    Item #: i_352600
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    $1,450.00
  16. BENJAMIN LEROUX 2017 MEURSAULT 1ER CRU LE PORUSOT

    Item #: i_352594
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $119.99
  17. BENJAMIN LEROUX 2017 MEURSAULT GENEVRIERES 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_352596
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Benjamin Leroux started his negociant business in 2007 after he left Domaine Comte Armand, his sizeable estate is located just outside of the Beaune ‘ring’ D470 (or as I like to call it, the Beaune ‘M25’). Even though this Maison is a fairly big operation in terms of total production size, he usually only produces a couple of barrels of each cuvee. Benjamin sources his grapes through 3 methods, 1) manages the vineyards (mostly organic/ biodynamic) / works closely with growers and picks the grapes, 2) buys the grapes from growers and, 3) his own vineyards (i.e. Meursualt Genevrieves, etc). Benjamin Leroux never buys juice/ wine as the quality tends to be unreliable and there is no guarantee the wines are what they say they are.
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    $149.99
  18. BERNARD BONIN 2017 MEURSAULT CHARMES DESSUS

    Item #: i_353332
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $169.95
  19. BERNARD BONIN 2017 MEURSAULT VIEILLES VIGNES

    Item #: i_351151
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A Promising Star in Meursault that You Should Not Miss - Bernard-Bonin

    We have worked hard in search for the next big names in Meursault after Coche Dury, Arnaud Ente and Comtes Lafon. After discussing with a few Burgundians, we were pointed towards a domaine managed by a lovely couple Nicolas Benard and Veronique Bonin since 1998 - Domaine Bernard-Bonin. Nicolas and Veronique together own a 7-hectare domaine in which they have carefully crafted their wines to very high standard thus getting them on the radar of the Burgundians. Bernard-Bonin is known to produce fresh, rich, mineral and vibrant styles of Meursault. Grapes are picked earlier than usual to retain the acidity and balance out the fat of Meursault which follows with 15-18 months of ageing the wine in oak barrels. We believe it would be wise to taste their wines now and start collecting before their prices begin soaring as more and more people get familiar with this domaine. Here we have selected a few for your selection
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  20. BERNARD BONIN 2017 PULIGNY MONTRACHET LA GARENNE 1ER CRU

    Item #: i_353336
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Passes of first smoky notes, evoking toasted sesame and flint, it is indeed the spring freshness that illuminates this elegant and intense Folatières. Lemon zest, honeysuckle, apple blossom, a mineral touch evoking the wet pebble, an iodized nuance of oyster shell, fresh hazelnut, wild mint and coriander: the bouquet, versatile as desired, shows a great distinction. A few brioche touches and a delicate nuance of acacia honey provide just the right amount of gluttony, while the fruit expresses itself in all its truth, with frank flavors of pear, Reinette apple and nectarine. If still very young, this Puligny 1 er Cru Folatières has a dense material but perfectly sheathed by a stimulating acidity, with lemony flavors. Let there be no mistake: there is a huge underlying structure, with fat and lamb's lettuce, which requires only a few years in the cellar to unfold fully and nest perfectly with this ubiquitous mineral tension.
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    $169.95
  21. BERNARD FAURIE 2017 HERMITAGE BLANC

    Item #: i_351782
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Marsanne from 100 year old vines

    Bernard Faurie is the wise old man of the hill (the hill of Hermitage that is), the last of the Mohicans I’d say. Let’s start with the vines. Bernard is the fifth generation in a storied lineage working the same vines on the hill (yes, the very same, they are over 100 years old). His two principal cuvées are red Hermitages in two different blends: Gréffieux/Bessards and Bessards/Méal. Occasionally, despite his predilection, he’ll bottle a barrel of pure Méal. He also produces a miniscule quantity of Hermitage Blanc, an absolutely mesmerizing example from the lower slopes of Bessards that is wiry, stony, and coiled for many years of unfurling. Bernard’s wine has renewed a deep sense of understanding for us about what Hermitage really is, and what makes it special.
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    $164.98
  22. BERNARD LEVET 2017 COTE ROTIE LES JOURNARIES

    Item #: i_304757
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Since the 2004 vintage, we have expanded our work with the Levet family to include a second bottling of Cote Rotie known as “Les Journaries”, a cuvée drawn from grapes harvested from old vines in the “La Landonne” lieu-dit. This wine is more subtle, more elegant and “quieter” if you will than the “Chavaroche”. At the same time, it is very much a Levet wine with a bouquet of violets, wild berries, a touch of animal and resinous-like tannins that speak of the inclusion of stems (a hallmark of the Levet tradition). The “Journaries” is approachable at an earlier stage than its companion “La Chavaroche” but, that being said, it is a wine that not only ages gracefully but almost requires a touch of patience. Bernard Levet’s wines are well-structured wines that are built for aging and experience significant improvement with time in bottle. In our opinion, these wines at maturity reflect most effectively the true nature of the terroir of Cote Rotie. MADROSE
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  23. BERNARD LEVET 2017 COTE ROTIE LES JOURNARIES 1.5

    Item #: i_353207
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    WINERY NOTES - Since the 2004 vintage, we have expanded our work with the Levet family to include a second bottling of Cote Rotie known as “Les Journaries”, a cuvée drawn from grapes harvested from old vines in the “La Landonne” lieu-dit. This wine is more subtle, more elegant and “quieter” if you will than the “Chavaroche”. At the same time, it is very much a Levet wine with a bouquet of violets, wild berries, a touch of animal and resinous-like tannins that speak of the inclusion of stems (a hallmark of the Levet tradition). The “Journaries” is approachable at an earlier stage than its companion “La Chavaroche” but, that being said, it is a wine that not only ages gracefully but almost requires a touch of patience. We now import approximately 1500 bottles plus magnums of this cuvée each vintage.
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    $159.99

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