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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

25 VINTAGES

DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE

LES HAUTES BRUSQUIÈRES CUVÉE

SPÉCIALE CHÂTEAUNEUFSDUSPAPE

2009

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

The biggest, richest

2009 of the three is undoubtedly the

2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Hautes

Brusquières Cuvee Spéciale. The first

words I wrote in my notes were “Rock Star,”

and this awesome 2009 is overflowing

with notions of black currants, licorice,

roasted herbs and garrigue. Thick, rich,

chewy and unctuous, it’s similar to the

Vieilles Vignes, yet has another level of

fat and texture. Drink Date: 2013-2029.

Score:

95

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 28, 2016)

579581 (D) 750 mL $74.00

FRANCE

– aLSaCE

WHITE WINE

RENÉ MURÉ CLOS

SAINT LANDELIN RIESLING 2014

Grand Cru, AC Alsace

TaSTING NOTE:

The purity of juicy, tart,

red apples runs like a fault line through a

very taut, linear, whistle-clean Riesling.

This has purity and precision, linearity and

drive. Still tightly wound, this needs time

to unfold but promises to be a wine of

great longevity and expression. Resolutely

dry, the purity and concentration of flavors

will always remain. Drink 2018-2030.

Score:

95

(anne Krebiehl, MW,

Wine

Enthusiast

, april 1, 2016)

75929 (XD) 750 mL $56.00

TRIMBACH CLOS SAINTE HUNE

RIESLING 2011

AC Alsace

TaSTING NOTE:

The chalky, pithy

expression of extract richness in

Trimbach’s 2011 Riesling Clos Ste-Hune

is much more typical of its type not to

mention more backward than the impres-

sion conveyed by this vintage’s Frederic

Emile. But I wouldn’t have expected quite

such a carved-in-stone character from

this vintage, one in which Frederic Emile

too, in its distinctive way – not to mention

the majority of Trimbach wines – excels.

Piquancy of legume sprouts and fruit pits

mingles with smoky, chalky and alkaline

notes on a firm, polished palate, leading to

an impressively sustained though slightly

severe finish. It will suffice, I suspect, to

taste this the next time after it is released

in several years, and I would expect it

to impress through at least 2028. Drink

Date: 2014-2028. Score:

93

(David

Schildknecht,

robertparker.com

, aug. 27,

2014)

965079 (XD) 750 mL $238.00