Newsletter 6/21/23

 In This Newsletter:

Bergstrom, Peter William, and more!
Newly Reviewed
Clos Cibonne Tibouren
Staff Pick
Francois Villard St Joseph
Winery Feature
Maison Pierre Bouree
Close Out Sales
Aldo Conterno
3 Day Sale
The Wines of Simon Beze
June Sale- Spanish Wines
Priorat: All About The Garnacha
Special Collector’s Arrival

Les Forts De Latour
Special Arrival

Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2021 750ml $39.50 special, 36 bottles
Wine Advocate 95 Points “Medium ruby-purple, the 2021 Pinot Noir Cumberland Reserve offers generous aromas of cranberry sauce, floral potpourri, blood orange and wafts of dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate is youthfully gregarious and focused on generous allspice flavors, although its chalky, tensile frame and long, latent finish suggest this has more to give with additional time in bottle.”
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Arriving June 23rd

“Peter William Vineyard: Looking South in Oregon Wine Country”
Since 2013, husband and wife team Peter Adesman and Robin Miller have been making their estate wines in Medford, Oregon. Focusing on varietals better adapted to the heat of Southern Oregon than the climate of the Willamette, their Rhone and Spanish varietals are finally beginning to see national recognition.

Peter William Grenache 2019 750ml $24 special, 24 bottles available
Gold Medal Winner! Oregon Wine Experience 2022 Competition
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points Editor’s Choice. This is an exquisite example of the variety. The aromas pop, with pure notes of raspberry, orange twist and white pepper. Plump, pillowy fruit flavors follow. The purity is captivating. It’s an outrageous value.”
Peter William GSM 2018 750ml $24 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 91 Points “There are principally estate-grown grapes in this blend, which is driven by the G and the S with just a hint of the M. It’s chewy and toasty, with ample tannins setting it up against mulberry and plum fruit. The wine comes into focus in the back of the palate, extending the flavors through a full-bodied and clean finish.”
Peter William Malbec 2019 750ml $30.90 special, 24 bottles available
Winery Note “Our only Bordeaux Varietal, most often seen on its own from Argentina. This is a big, bold mouth-filling wine of great depth.”

Peter William Extravagance PWV Reserve Red 2018 750ml $39 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points “This is a 50-50 blend of Tempranillo and Syrah from the estate vineyard. Showcasing what are arguably the top two red grapes from the Rogue, this does not shy away from new oak (50% for 22 months) but has the muscle and fruit to stand up to it. Toasty, dark and tannic, it’s loaded with black cherry, mocha and smoky cedar flavors. It’s a big, bold red that’s ready for anything you put on the smoker.”
Peter William Rose Grenache 2022 750ml $24 special, 24 bottles available
Winery Note: “The wine shows bright, pretty strawberry & light cherry fruit on the nose and palate. Ample acid brightens the fruit flavors and will allow this wine to hold up in the bottle.”
Peter William Syrah Lot B-42 2018 750ml $24 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points “Briary black fruits are backed by a toasted cashew note in this rich red. The overall balance is spot-on, with ample acidity and tannins but nothing dominating. Drink this supple and tasty wine through 2026.”
Peter William Tempranillo “Lot W” 2017 750ml $24 special, 24 bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 91 Points “Editor’s Choice.”

“Bereche Et Fils”
Bereche Ambonnay Grand Cru 2017 750ml $179 special, 6 bottles available
Bereche Brut Reserve NV 3L $399 special, just 1 bottle available
Bereche Brut Reserve NV 1.5L $149 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92 Points “Disgorged in July 2020 with seven grams per liter dosage, the NV Brut Réserve (2018 base) is the latest rendition of this wine. Bursting with aromas of orange oil, crisp orchard fruit and fresh bread, it’s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and gourmand, with tangy acids and an enveloping, pillowy profile.”
Bereche Le Cran Champagne 2015 750ml $135 special, 6 bottles available
Bereche Le Cran Premier Cru Brut 2015 1.5L $299 special, just 1 bottle available
Winery Note “Le Cran is equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the best sites in Ludes. Planted with old vines in two lieux-dits at the village’s chalky mid-slope “sweet spot.” Magically intense and rich, yet not heavy, is Le Cran’s expression of Ludes that it is made every year as “a true picture of the terroir” in that particular growing season.”

Bereche Mailly-Champagne Grand Cru 2017 750ml $199 special, 6 bottles available
Vinopolnote: “One hundred percent Pinot Noir from Bereche’s first Grand Cru vineyard in a small grand cru Village named Mailly.”
“Must Have 2022 Rosés”
Aphillanthes Cotes Du Rhone Rose Nymphea 2022 750ml $14 special, 24 bottles available

Berangeraie Tu Bois Coa Malbec Rose 2022 750ml $14 special, 24 bottles available
Importer Note: “Rosé wine. Cahors, France. Organic. 100% Malbec. Lurid pink. Ripe cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors are sharpened by a suggestion of white pepper. Broad and fleshy in style, but lively as well, thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Finishes smooth and broad, featuring repeating red berry character and good cling. 10g/l residual sugar so it’s a touch sweet!”
Domaine Charvin Cotes Du Rhone Rose 2022 750ml $19.50 special, 24 bottles available
St Damien Gigondas Rose 2022 750ml $26 special, 36 bottles available

Recently Reviewed

“Clos Cibonne: Cru Rosé”
Clos Cibonne Tibouren Provence Rose Tradition 2021 $39 special, 7 bottles available
Wine Spectator 91 Points “Rich and full, this intensely savory rosé is texturally very pure and integrated, with a beguiling mix of sea salt–coated pink grapefruit, rose petal and tangerine flavors. Notes of chamomile tea and a green herbal thread add complexity through the succulent, penetrating finish. Tibouren and Grenache”

Staff Pick

Northern Rhone
Francois Villard St Joseph Mairlant Rouge 2018 750ml $41.90 special, 12 bottles available
Do you want to barbeque outside? Do you want a red wine? Drink this 100% Syrah from Francois Villard. Emphasizing optimum ripeness, this wine will hold up to most things you throw at it from the grill. Balancing ripe fruit and savory spice with lots of whole cluster.

Maison Pierre Bouree et Fils

“Introducing our least known best Burgundies…”
In the latter years of the nineteenth century, Pierre Bourée took over a wine business in Gevrey-Chambertin and gave it his name. In 1922, his son, Bernard, succeeded him and renamed the house as Pierre Bourée Fils. In 1945, Bernard Bourée began to train his nephew, Louis Vallet, who eventually became director of the house, assisted by his brother, François. Today, Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet run the house alongside their sons, Pierre and Louis Henry. This winery represents everything that we are proud to be associated with: attention to detail, careful selection of the best grapes, and above all a passion for making superb wines. All Pierre Bourée wines are vinified in their cuverie in Chambolle-Musigny, and are then matured in their cellars at Gevrey-Chambertin. Pierre Bourée et Fils is keen to work in an as environmentally friendly method as possible, using techniques such as regular maintenance of the soil by ploughing, applying the minimum of phytosanitary treatments and the controlling of vine vigor and yields through careful pruning. The Vallets tend their vines very traditionally and advancements in the vineyards have been limited: for example, only manure has been used as fertilizer for the last half a century which has encouraged wild asparagus to grow amongst the vines. Harvesting is manual, as the family is opposed to the use of mechanical techniques.
Vintage Wine Points Price and Availability
2015 Pierre Bouree Pernand Ile Des Vergelesses 750ml   $89 special, 3 bottles available 
2014 Pierre Bouree Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux 750ml   $99 special, 4 bottles available
2015 Pierre Bouree Gevrey 1er Cru Champeaux 750ml   $119 special, 3 bottles available
2014 Pierre Bouree Gevrey Clos De La Justice 750ml   $99 special, 3 bottles available
2015 Pierre Bouree Gevrey Clos De La Justice 750ml   $119 special, just 1 bottle available
2010 Pierre Bouree Charmes-Chambertin 750ml   $199 special, just 1 bottle available
2012 Pierre Bouree Charmes-Chambertin 750ml   $199 special, 3 bottles available
2013 Pierre Bouree Charmes-Chambertin 750ml   $199 special, just 1 bottle available
2014 Pierre Bouree Charmes-Chambertin 750ml    $189 special, 4 bottles available
2015 Pierre Bouree Chambertin Clos De Beze 750ml   $279 special, 2 bottles available
Close Out Sales
Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2017 750ml WAS $89 NOW $79 special, 9 bottles available
Wine Advocate 92 Points “The Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Barolo Bussia shows a dark but busy quality of fruit that speaks more to the power of this hot vintage than it does the nuanced side of Nebbiolo. In this respect, the wine is quite typical of the 2017 growing season. It takes a while before the wine finds focus in the glass, but it does slowly come together to reveal broad layers of dark cherry, cassis and plum. There is some tannic tightness that leads to sour berry. A bit awkward at this young stage, it needs a few more years of cellar age to flesh out and reach balance.”
Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2017 750ml WAS $179 NOW $149, 10 bottles available
Wine Spectator 95 Points “A solid, powerful style, this expressive red is well-marked by new oak, with plum, cherry, cigar box, menthol and sun-kissed hay flavors. Balanced and lively, with refined tannins and a long, spice-infused finish. Best from 2025 through 2042.”
Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2017 750ml WAS $179 NOW $149, 11 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94+ Points “The Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Barolo Bussia Colonnello shows good focus, structure and a sharper character that is often the distinguishing factor in this wine. The bouquet is redolent of dark fruit and plum, but it also shows a solid framing of iron ore and dark stony mineral. These give the wine greater lift and contoured edges. This is not the first time that Colonnello is my favorite wine in this lineup, and I suspect it won’t be the last.”
Wine Spectator 94 Points “Offering plum, cherry, iron, eucalyptus and black pepper aromas and flavors, this broad red has absorbed the oak treatment pretty well already, with a dense matrix of tannins and lively acidity. Balanced and long, ending with elements of mineral and spice. Best from 2025 through 2043.”
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The Wines of Simon Bize
Beginning with Simon Beze in 1880, this domaine has been producing diverse and refined Burgundy in the Beaune for generations. Passed from father to son for three generations, the Domaine is now managed by the late Patrick Beze’s Wife Chesa and sister Marielle. A top quality wine that’s increasingly focused on organic and sustainable viticulture to ensure many generations to come.  

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New Arrivals
Vintage Wine Points Price and Availability
2020 Simon Bize Bourgogne Rouge Les Perrieres 2020 750ml
Lowest Price in USA
  $55 special, 4 bottles  
2020 Simon Bize Savigny-Les-Beaune Rouge
Lowest Price in USA
  $59 special, 5 bottles 
2020 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Aux Grands Liards 750ml   $79 special, 4 bottles 
2019 Simon Bize Savigny-Les-Beaune Rouge 2019 750ml Wine Advocate 89-91 Points $69 special, 4 bottles 
2019 Simon Bize Latricieres Chambertin 750ml   $319 special,
3 bottles 
Past Arrivals
Vintage Wine Points Price and Availability
2018 Simon Bize Savigny Les Fournaux 1er Cru 750ml John Gilman 92 $89 special, 3 bottles
2019 Simon Bize Savigny Les Fournaux 1er Cru 750ml Wine Advocate 90-93 $85 special, 7 bottles
2020 Simon Bize Savigny Les Beaune Aux Grands Liards 750ml   $79 special, 4 bottles
2019 Simon Bize Savigny Les Marconnets 1er Cru 750ml Wine Advocate 91-93 $89 special, 3 bottles
2018 Simon Bize Savigny Les Talmettes 1er Cru 750ml Vinous 90-92
$89 special, 8 bottles
2019 Simon Bize Savigny Aux Vergelesses Blanc 750ml Wine Advocate 91-93 $109 special, 3 bottles
2017 Simon Bize Savigny Aux Vergelesses 1er Cru 750ml   $99 special, 4 bottles 
2018 Simon Bize Savigny Aux Vergelesses 1er Cru 750ml John Gilman 93+ Points $99 special, 4 bottles 
June Sale- All Spanish Wines
Priorat: All About The Garnacha
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Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses VV 2019 750ml $34.50 special, 19 bottles available
Wine Advocate 94 Points “The regional 2019 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes was produced with a blend of grapes from 80 plots in eight villages from Priorat, 82% Garnacha with 17% Cariñena and 1% white grapes, a year unusually high in Garnacha and unusually low in Cariñena that suffered a lot from the heat… I think there might be a change toward more Garnacha and elegance in the wines from Álvaro Palacios in Priorat, as this is brighter and less rustic than this wine used to be, more polished, perfumed and fine. The year of heat and drought. 101,600 bottles produced.”
Clos Erasmus Priorat 2019 750ml $228 special, 15 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98+ Points “The serious and powerful 2019 Clos Erasmus feels quite classical Priorat, with notes of graphite, black fruit and licorice; it’s a solid Priorat with weight, concentration and clout. There are still some smoke, toast and spice notes from the élevage—100% in barrel, some 40% of them new, for around 18 months—and the wine always needs a little bit of time in bottle. Despite the 15.5% alcohol, the wine comes through as balanced and with freshness, there is no heat or sensation of alcohol; you need the tannins and acidity to counterbalance the alcohol, and they are doing that here. This is more balsamic, aromatic and exuberant. It’s showy, hedonistic and rich, a solid Erasmus. The tannins are still quite present and need some more time to be resolved. 3,300 bottles were filled in May 2020.”
Clos Erasmus Priorat 2020 750ml $289 special, 9 bottles available
Clos Erasmus Priorat 2020 1.5L $599 special, 1 bottle available
Wine Advocate 100 Points “The still young and primary 2020 Clos Erasmus feels very floral and ethereal (within Priorat and Clos Erasmus); it’s a fresher and lighter expression but without being weak. It’s still a baby that needs to burn the baby fat (there are still some lactic notes from the malolactic in barrel) … This is really beautiful. It’s a very special vintage of Erasmus that unfurls incredible complexity and tantalizing aromas with time in the glass—blood orange (talk about freshness!), curry and cassis. It has great purity, complexity, elegance and finesse… A very different Clos Erasmus. Bravo! There are some 3,600 bottles. It was bottled in May 2022.”
Clos Erasmus Laurel 2018 750ml $59 special, 36 bottles available
Clos Erasmus Laurel Priorat 2018 1.5L $149 special, 3 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96 Points “The second wine here and one that is easier to drink, the 2018 Laurel was produced with fruit from the younger vines, a couple of barrels that are declassified from Clos Erasmus and the Cabernet Sauvignon, more or less 70% Garnacha and 15% each Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon … It’s a bright translucent ruby color and has a perfumed and delicate nose with notes of orange peel and flowers; this is the most elegant and ethereal vintage of Laurel as far as I can remember, with red rather than black fruit and a kind of cranberry quality. The palate is medium-bodied, textured and fluid, with subtleness, balance and very fine tannins. The oak is perfectly integrated, and the wine is easy to drink, approachable and very pleasurable right now. It’s a fresh vintage with energy and finesse, quite different from previous vintages. I love it. 22,825 bottles and 515 magnums produced. It was bottled in May 2020.”
Clos Erasmus Laurel Priorat 2020 750ml $51.90 special, 18 bottles available
Wine Advocate 96 Points “2020 was a challenging year that gave them a lot of work in the vineyard, but it it paid off. The 2020 Laurel feels very elegant, balanced and fresh, a little lighter perhaps, with perfectly ripe tannins, a little in line with 2016 or 2013. It might be a little unusual for the house style or perhaps a slight change, as they are gradually going for softer vinifications; you don’t really need to extract in Priorat, because the wines are powerful enough on their own … This has to be one of the finest vintages of Laurel so far. After some time in the glass, the aromatics of the Syrah (which was perhaps a little more this year, some 12% versus 8% in 2019) made an appearance—violets, smoked bacon. Daphne Glorian told me that everything was easy, that the wine was expressive and open from day one and that the fermentations were smooth. There are some 19,000 bottles of this.”
Ferrer Bobet Priorat 2016 750ml $49 special, 3 bottles available
James Suckling 97 Points “Such purity of ripe blackberries and dark cherries, as well as redder, cherry notes, really makes a striking impression on the nose. The fresh florals and leafy nuances are followed by such pure berries and red plums. The tannins are stunning, so polished and perfectly formed, holding super long and fresh. Wow. Drink or hold.”
Mas Alta Vilella Alta Black Slate Priorat 2019 750ml $24 special, 16 bottles available
Importer Note “Eric Solomon, Bixente Oçafrain, and Philippe Cambie collaborate to create Black Slate La Vilella Alta by selecting Garnacha and Carinyena grown on both licorella and clay-limestone soils. A blend of old and young-vine fruit and small additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, La Vilella Alta is a dense and intensively flavored wine fermented in tank and aged in French oak barrels, of which 30% are new.”
Nin-Ortiz Planetes Classic 2017 750ml $49 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 Points “The 2017 Planetes de Nin comes from the four hectares of 20-year-old Garnacha and 11-year-old Cariñena in the Planetes vineyard in Porrera at 450 meters in altitude. It’s 60% Garnacha (some of it Peluda) and the rest Cariñena, harvested early. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 3,200-liter oak vats and one 1,000-liter amphora for 17 months. It has depth and harmony, and the vines are getting older and seem to be better and better balanced. This is not that different from the 2016; it feels quite stable and has its style and character, especially since the 2015 vintage. 9,704 bottles were filled in April 2019.”
Nit De Nin La Coma D’en Romeu Priorat 2017 750ml $149 special, 2 bottles available
Wine Advocate 98+ Points “The 2017 Nit de Nin La Coma d’en Romeu is from an extremely dry and early harvest that delivered just five hectoliters per hectare! That means they only produced 1,330 bottles from the 1.5 hectares of Garnacha on those slate terraces at 350 meters in altitude. It was bottled in April 2019. It has a beautiful and subtle nose that’s very spicy (cloves and cumin, curry and pink pepper) and floral, with a palate that feels light but has great depth and inner power, with pungent flavors and subtle minerality.”
Nit De Nin Mas D’en Cacador Priorat 2017 750ml $99 special, 36+ bottles available
Wine Advocate 97+ Points  “The 2017 Nit de Nin Mas d’en Caçador is a vintage they talk about like this: “We will remember this vintage as one of the most extreme of the decade, along with that of 2012. It is in years like these that the work we do in the field is rewarded. In spite of the climatic exceptionality, we have acidity and pH that seem like a miracle to us. Our vines did not suffer the severe frosts of this 2017.” The wine has lower alcohol than the 2016 but the same pH of 3.3; insultingly young and tender, it doesn’t feel like the wine had a long élevage in oak. It has kept very good freshness and great balance. It’s tasty, pungent and long, with power and elegance and all the components to develop nicely in bottle. 1,440 bottles were filled in April 2019.”

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Special Collector’s Arrival: Château Latour
“A Glorious Find Indeed!”
“It has a glorious bouquet with stupendous delineation: blackberry, cedar, mint and a touch of pot pourri. The palate has a tannic entry, the Cabernet Sauvignon is very pronounced with cedar, tobacco, and pencil lead. Very classic and very pure, symmetrical towards the finish. Great focus and length. Superb.” – Neal Martin, Wine Journal
Les Forts De Latour Paulliac 2010 750ml $379 special, 6 bottles available— Arriving Friday
Robert Parker 97 points “Bizarre as it may sound, the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is also the finest I have ever tasted from this selection, which comes from specific vineyards, not really so much a second wine as just another wine from estate holdings. A blend of 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27.5% Merlot that represents 40% of the production, this astonishing wine hit 14.3% natural alcohol. Extremely ripe and rich, it reminds me of the 1982 on steroids (and that wine is still drinking great 30 years after the vintage). Sensational notes of graphite, crushed rocks, black fruits, camphor and damp forest notes are present in this expansive, savory, full-throttle wine, which is better than many vintages of the great Latour itself from the past. (That may be a heretical statement, but it’s the truth as I see it.) This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for three decades at minimum, given the fact that the 1982 is in terrific form and wasn’t this concentrated or prodigious.”
James Suckling 96 points “Aromas of currants, blueberries and blackberries with a dark chocolate undertone. Perfumes and beautiful. Full body, with velvety tannins that are fine-tuned and tentative. It lasts for minutes. Gorgeous fruit and richness. Perhaps the greatest Les Fort ever? Try in 2018. “
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Angelus Saint Emilion 2016 1.5L $899 special, 12+ magnum bottles available
Wine Enthusiast 100 Points “Top 100 cellar selection in 2019. This is a rich, perfumed wine, with dense tannins and intense layers of black plum and spice. The palate is firmly built yet broadened out by plump dark-fruit tones and honed by a solid, dry core. Drink from 2025.”
Wine Advocate 98+ Points “Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2016 Angélus erupts from the glass with powerful notes of blackberry pie, ripe black cherries and juicy black plums with an undercurrent of star anise, rose petals, chocolate mint, pencil shavings and woodsmoke plus a waft of allspice. The palate is pure decadence. Medium to full-bodied, rich and generously fruited, this wine is by no means heavy—it positively glimmers with freshness and vivacity, lending an ethereal nature to all that richness and power, beautifully framed by velvety tannins and finishing with epic length. The generosity, layers and plushness make for an absolutely DELICIOUS drink right now, but I’d suggest waiting 3-5 more years for the fireworks to really begin.”
Chateau Canon St. Emilion 2015 750ml $349 special, 12+ bottles available
James Suckling #1 Wine of the Year
Vinous 100 Points “From the very beginning, the 2015 Canon has made an eloquent case for itself as one of the wines of the vintage. Multiple tastings from bottle only confirm what several early tastings hinted at: the 2015 Canon is simply extraordinary in every way. Sumptuous and exotic, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, the 2015 grabs hold of all the senses and never lets up. A rush of red fruit intermingled with floral notes, spice and smoke notes effortlessly runs up the wine’s vertical structure as the 2015 thrills with every twist and turn. The 2015 Canon is a rare wine that is both hedonistic and intellectual – well, maybe it is a bit more hedonistic-leaning. It doesn’t matter. Don’t miss it. This 2015 is masterpiece from General Manager Nicolas Auderbert and his team at Canon.”
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2010 750ml $1199 special, 1 bottle available
Decanter 100 Points “Smoked grilled tar on the nose, it feels both very 2010 and supremely Mouton – accomplished and confident. A more glamorous, enticing edge than the other Pauillac Firsts at this 10 year window. There are plentiful tannins but they are lined with air, and the overall feel is of plush, plumped fruits, like being rolled-up in luxurious sheets. It is very different in character to the other two Pauillac Firsts, but no less enjoyable. It feels higher in alcohol, more Cos than Lafite in terms of personality, in the way that Pichon Baron is more Latour than Comtesse, but it is nuanced and clever and surprising. Drinking Window 2025 – 2050.”
Wine Spectator 99 Points “This remains the stunner, a battleship of a wine, brimming with cassis, blackberry and fig fruit that has melded together now, with the backdrop of alder, bay leaf and menthol starting to emerge a bit more. The long finish is loaded with grip, pulling the fruit and other components together. And then there’s that flash of iron at the very end. Awesome wine. Best from 2025 through 2060.”
Chapelle D’ausone St Emilion 2009 750ml $249 special, 1 bottle available
James Suckling 96 Points “This is always made with the young vines. Full-bodied, with super velvety tannins and gorgeous mineral, dark berry and spice character. Lovely velvet texture. Amazing quality for a second wine.”

Clinet Pomerol 2010 750ml $189 special, 12+ bottles available
Decanter 97 Points “The definition of poised and confident, this has pretty much consistently delivered since the very first taste during En Primeur. Deeply layered, textured, confident and powerful, both very Pomerol and very 2010. Coffee beans and bitter chocolate are the dominant flavours alongside cassis and blackberry autumnal berry fruits. Both gourmet and restrained. Just about ready to go but will hugely benefit from three to four hours in carafe first, and will further improve over the next few years, and indeed over the decades to come”
Cos D’estournel Saint Estephe 2016 750ml $299 special, 5 bottle available
Wine Advocate 100 Points “The 2016 Cos d’Estournel is blended of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 65% new and 35% two-year-old French oak for 15 months. Bottled in July 2018, it is deep garnet-purple colored and starts off a little closed and reticent, opening out slowly and seductively to reveal beautiful lilacs, rose hip tea, crushed stones and camphor nuances over a core of crème de cassis, kirsch, wild blueberries and mocha plus wafts of incense and wood smoke. The palate is simply electric, charged with an energy and depth of flavors that seem to defy the elegance and ethereal nature of its medium-bodied weight, featuring super ripe, densely pixelated tannins that firmly frame the myriad of fruit and floral sparks, finishing with epic length. Just. Magic.”
Vinous 100 Points “The 2016 Cos d’Estournel was a bona fide showstopper out of barrel, the best that I had encountered in over 20 years of visiting the estate during en primeur, so my expectations were piled high when I returned to find out how it performs in bottle. Deep, almost opaque in color, it sports a very intense but broody bouquet with fathomless deep black fruit tinged with blueberry and violet. The aromas almost seem to envelop the senses. The palate is medium-bodied with ultra-fine tannin that I have never witnessed in any other vintage of Cos d’Estournel. There is a beguiling symmetry to this Saint-Estèphe, as well as unerring mineralité. The persistent, tobacco-tinged finish can be felt 60 second after the wine has departed. This is a monumental, benchmark Cos d’Estournel that will give not years but decades of pleasure, though I suspect it will close down for a period in its youth, hence my drinking window. 13.07% alcohol.”
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