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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

24 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– RHôNE

NORTHERN RHÔNE

RED WINE

DOMAINE COURBIS LES ROYES

SAINTSJOSEPH 2015

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

The inky black/blue-

colored 2015 Saint Joseph les Royes

from the Courbis team was brought up in

one-third each of new, once and twice-

used barrels. It offers sensational notes

of crème de cassis toasted bread, licorice

and pen ink in a massive, rich, concen-

trated, layered style that is shocking in

its depth and richness. It’s a crazy good

St Joseph. Score:

93-95+

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

973719 (XD) 750 mL $48.00

E. GUIGAL LIEUSDIT

SAINTSJOSEPH 2014

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

Scheduled to be bottled

just after my visit, the 2014 St Joseph

Lieu Dit St Joseph is a solid step up over

the classic St Joseph cuvée and possesses

a more rounded and sexy style, as well as

terrific notes of black raspberries, mulled

black currants, cured meats and toasted

spices. This medium to full-bodied effort

has good mid-palate density and sweet

tannin, all pointing to it evolving gracefully

for a decade. Score:

90-92

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

524264 (XD) 750 mL $63.00

WHITE WINE

CHÂTEAU GRILLET 2014

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

The grand vin is the

2014 Chateau Grillet, and there are

just over 150 cases of this elixir made.

Possessing more depth and richness,

with gorgeous minerality intermixed with

notes of tangerines, white flowers,

crushed rocks and white peach, this

seamless, medium to full-bodied beauty

shows the cooler, more elegant style

of the vintage beautifully while still packing

plenty of depth and richness. Drink it

anytime over the coming decade. Drink

Date: 2016-2026. Score:

95

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

360693 (XD) 750 mL $469.00

SOUTHERN RHÔNE

RED WINE

DOMAINE LES PAILLIÈRES LES

RACINES GIGONDAS 2014

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2014 Gigondas

les Racines is truly gorgeous, and a

serious wine in a difficult vintage for the

appellation. From yields of 25 hectoliters

per hectare, it has beautiful notes of black

cherries, blackberries, hints of pepper

and bouquet garni in a medium-bodied,

ultra-fine, ultra-pure style. It’s a hidden

little gem that will keep for a decade. Drink

Date: 2016-2026. Score:

92

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

473991 (XD) 750 mL $50.00

M. CHAPOUTIER CROIX DE BOIS

CHÂTEAUNEUFSDUSPAPE 2012

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

This is dreamy, with

stunning raspberry pâte de fruit and

boysenberry confiture notes that glide

effortlessly, while very silky tannins ride

underneath. Shiso leaf, pastis, lavender

and warm stone accents fill in on the finish,

with a deeply buried graphite hint. This

should really stretch out with time, as the

acidity is racy and mouthwatering. Best

from 2018 through 2030. Score:

95

(James Molesworth,

winespectator.com

,

april 30, 2015)

293621 (XD) 750 mL $142.00

DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE

RÉSERVE SECRÈTE

CHÂTEAUNEUFSDUSPAPE 2010

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

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. Drink Date: 2018-2038.

Score:

96

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 28, 2016)

499871 (XD) 750 mL $125.00