Sparkling | Champagne | France | Champagne | 750ml
A robust and exotic Champagne uniquely blended from one vintage and a solera blend from a mix of vintages dating a few years further. "The NV Grand Cru Cuvee 1911 emerges from the glass with the most haunting of perfumes. Sweet rose petal and jasmine are some of the nuances that emerge over time. Despite recent disgorgement, the purity of the fruit and the extraordinary elegance of the mousse are hard to miss. This is an exceptional, elegant version of the 1911 that should drink beautifully for years to come. The bottle I tasted needed quite a bit of air to open up, so readers should be patient with the wine at this stage." Wine Advocate 93+ Points
Red | Red Blend | Italy | Tuscany | 750ml
The 2007 Valadorna has a beautiful espresso note and cherry cola nose, accented by tobacco leaf, rose petal and mocha. Asian spices and black tea flavors combine upon a driven core of minerality and freshness. The texture is a supple and elegant, an old world wine in the best sense. All components are in balance and come together to produce a stunning example of Merlot, reflecting the best of its complex Tuscan terroir. Blend: 64% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sparkling | Bordeaux | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
100% Chardonnay"Greenish yellow. High-pitched aromas of lime, lemongrass, jasmine and chalk. Nervy and precise on the palate, displaying juicy, ginger-accented citrus fruit flavors and deeper notes of fresh fig and buttered toast. Finishes with very good spicy cut and strong mineral-driven persistence." Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar 92 Points
Sparkling | Brut | France | Champagne | 750ml
"Well-knit, integrating a firm backbone of acidity and a fine, lightly creamy texture with flavors of patisserie apple, pastry, blanched almond and meringue. A smoky hint of minerality gains momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 500 cases imported. Wine Spectator 92 Points60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier Light, bright gold, with a hint of green. Ripe pear and orange on the nose, with notes of nougat and yellow plum adding complexity. Smooth and fleshy in the mouth, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors sharpened by a spicy nuance. The spicy finish features solid punch and good focus. Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar 90 Points
"85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir Pale orange color. An intensely perfumed nose displays spicy redcurrant and strawberry, along with an exotic blood orange quality. Zesty red fruit flavors are sharply focused and pure, with chalky minerality adding lift. Maintains energy through the long, spicy finish, which leaves a trace of bitter orange pith behind. This newly established house is co-owned by all three winemaking branches of Bordeaux' Rothschild family, whose holdings include Chateaux Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite-Rothchild and Clarke, among others. The wines are made at the highly regarded Vertus co-op from grapes grown mostly in the Cotes de Blancs. The Rothschilds have signed long-term leases with a handful of growers and intend to expand their Champagne presence slowly and methodically, with vineyard purchases on the horizon." Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar 91 Points
Sparkling | Rose | France | Champagne | 750ml
A perfectly balanced Rose, with a light crisp taste, fresh and fruity, with the color of delicate rose petals. Just a hint of sweetness really accents the fine fruit flavor. A fresh and fruity wine, brimming with watermelon, strawberry and citrus notes. The vibrant structure and delicate mousse keep this focused and lively, with a long, crisp finish. The bubbly is made from 50 % Pinot Noir and 50 % Chardonnay
"The 2000 Brut Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart impresses for its sheer purity and focus. Nothing is out of place in this beautifully delineated, precise wine. Cool, minty notes add lift, yet the 2000 is rather reticent at this stage and appears to need further bottle age. Still, its textural finesse is impossible to miss." Wine Advocate (94 Points)
"A rich version, with a sense of finesse, featuring a frame of well-cut acidity and flavors of poached pear, pastry cream, black currant, candied ginger and salted butter. Offers a creamy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020." Wine Spectator 92 Points
Red | Champagne | France | Champagne | 750ml
Such an elegant, ethereal wine, this orange-pink wine is dry and crisp with fruity raspberry flavor at the fore. This particular bottling could improve for a year, but makes a great food Champagne now. Wine Enthusiast 94 Points (roughly 50% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 15% pinot meunier; L344234): Light orange. Vibrant strawberry and orange zest aromas are complicated by notes of tea rose, smoky lees and chalky minerals. Bright, incisive red fruit flavors pick up a toasty nuance with air. Fresh, incisive and refreshingly tangy, with impressive finishing clarity and stony persistence. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 92 PointsThe ripe black cherry, strawberry and damson plum fruit flavors offer an enticing profile in this seamlessly integrated rosé. Mouthwatering acidity and a mineral undertow mesh with hints of fruit cake, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2020. Wine Spectator 92 Points
A dry Champagne showing purity and brightness having no sugar added to the dosage. A blend of 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. Complex and seductive aromas of dried fruits and brioche combined with floral notes. This is further enhanced by the subtle charm of lemon verbena. Charming biscuity flavour and white fruits with a full and harmonious minerality resulting in a sensational balanced finish.
Red | Tempranillo | Spain | Ribera Del Duero | 750ml
Red | Pinot Noir | France | Burgundy | 750ml
Intense bouquet of black fruits meet delicately spicy and woody notes. Fleshy and full on the palate, it offers a structure of elegant tannins. Very good aging potential.
Red | Cabernet Sauvignon | United States | California | 750ml
This wine is to be low in tartness yet abundant in tannins, providing impressions of friendly chock richness. The palate enters rich with sweet, ripe tannins, expanding to a greater breadth of refined textures. The flavor profile includes dark chocolate, sweet tobacco, mocha, leather, brown spice, cedar, vanilla and sweet licorice. The primary goodness of this wine is the presence of balance, with a supple texture, approachable grip and a fruit of the earth essence.
Red | Bordeaux | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux, president of Unions des Grands Crus Classes, is pulling out all the stops to make Branaire as alluring as several of the Leovilles and Ducru Beaucaillou. 2003 and 2004 may be the finest back-to-back vintages ever produced at Branaire. Even better than the 1982, the profound 2003 Branaire Ducru boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as an extraordinarily complex nose of black currants, blackberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, minerals, and truffles. It displays amazing freshness and definition for such a complex, complete, and full-bodied wine. A brilliant effort in the vintage, it will undoubtedly close down in several years and need more time, but perhaps its low acidity and huge, extravagant fruit-forwardness will keep it drinking well over the next two decades. A brilliant wine!Robert Parker 95 Points
"This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years." Wine Advocate (94 Points)
Red | Bordeaux | France | 750ml
A spectacular effort from this estate rivaling their 2005, but more flashy/flamboyant, this dark ruby/purple wine has a strikingly intense nose of licorice, flowers, plums and dark berries. Medium to full-bodied, very approachable and silky, this suave, very sexy wine can be drunk early on as well as aged for 20+ years.Robert Parker 95 Points
With a gorgeously evolved, extremely complex bouquet of forest floor, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings and red and black currants, this full-bodied, dense, ruby/plum/purple-colored wine hits the palate with an opulent, fleshy, full-bodied richness, silky tannins, and a very layered, profoundly concentrated style that is, at the same time, both powerful and sublime. This gorgeous wine from proprietor Andre Lurton will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and evolve for 25-30 years.
"I can’t remember tasting a young Clerc as exciting as this since the 1980s. Fascinating aromas of blackberries and currant jam. Very deep. Tar too. Full and very dense. It just tickles the tip of your tongue. So much there. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Carménère." James Suckling (95-96 Points)
With it's perfumed aromas, this is a wine that has richness and sweetness, with soft velvet power. It has an intense wood element that needs to blend into the rest of the wine, but the sweet black currant and freshness provide a good balance. This is a seductive wine, with a fine solid character. " Wine Enthusiast 95 Points "Fresh mushroom on the nose, with dark fruits and berries. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a rich, fruity finish. Balanced and pretty, with lovely length. Best after 2012. 22,000 cases made." Wine Spectator 90 Points "A beautiful wine with 13.4% natural alcohol, this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of cassis, incense, charcoal, and subtle oak, round, generously endowed flavors, medium to full body, silky tannin, and surprising depth and length. It can be drunk now and over the next 12-15 years." The Wine Advocate 90 Points
White | Barsac | France | Bordeaux | 750ml
"A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D’Issan’s 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The deep, gravelly soils mixed with clay have provided extraordinary aromatics. The yields were ridiculously low (22 hectoliters per hectare) and the wine tips the scaled at 13.7% natural alcohol. Production was small after the selection for the grand vin, and the result is a dense, purple-colored wine with beautiful aromatics of spring flowers, blueberries and black raspberries as well as hints of cassis, tar and charcoal. The wine is gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30." - Wine Advocate 95 Points
White | Rhone White Blend | France | Rhone Valley | 750ml
From the renowned Cotes du Rhone region of France comes this rich and smooth Chateauneuf. Of a pale yellow color, it shows delicate notes of acacia and honey.
The white wines of Château de Beaucastel are amongst the finest expressions of Roussanne grapes grown in a warm climate. This blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blancis made from vines ranging from 10 and 40 years old, and a small quantity of the “Vieilles Vignes” cuvee, produced entirely from Roussanne vines of at least 65 years of age.
A big, powerful, masculine Pomerol with a style not dissimilar from Le Gay, the dense purple-colored 2009 Gazin exhibits black currant, black cherry liqueur, coffee, roasted herb, an exotic Asian spice component, vanillin, creme caramel and toasty oak in its aromatics and flavors. From a vineyard near Petrus, Le Gay and La Fleur Petrus, it is full-bodied with licorice, earth, truffle and creme de cassis in the mouth. Give this powerful, backward 2009 an additional 6-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.Robert Parker 96 Points
Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030.