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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

27 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– LOIRE

WHITE WINE

ALPHONSE MELLOT BLANC LES

HERSES SANCERRE 2014

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2014 Sancerre

Les Herses is very clear, pure and mineral

on the nose, displayingwhite fruit aromas,

but in a very discreet way and combined

with herbal aromas. On the palate, this

13% alcohol wine is very clear, straight,

extremely pure and very salty on the

palate; it is a grippy Sancerre with a very

stimulating expression of pure terroir.

Endlessly salty, but also floral in the

aftertaste. Great with fish and seafood as

well as cheese. The wine is sourced in

a 1.6-hectare, southeast-facing plot with

averaging 45-year-old vines on flinty clay

soils. Drink Date: 2016-2024. Score:

93

(Stephan Reinhardt,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 28, 2016)

518290 (XD) 750 mL $59.00

FRANCE

– SOuTHWEST

RED WINE

BRUMONT CHÂTEAU MONTUS

CUVÉE PRESTIGE MADIRAN 2009

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

There is great balance

in this wine. It is poised between fresh

black fruits and mature tannins, allying

black-plum and damson fruitiness to the

rich structure and dark texture. Still

developing, as befits a 100%Tannat wine,

it will really be ready to drink from 2018.

Cellar Selection. Score:

94

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, Nov. 2016)

953646 (XD) 750 mL $75.00

FRANCE

SOuTH OF FRaNCE

RED WINE

CIGALUS 2014

IGP Aude Hauterive

(Gérard Bertrand, prop.)

TaSTING NOTE:

Brooding and muscular,

this full-bodied red has dense layers of

blackberry compote, spiced red plum and

crushed raspberry meshed with licorice,

cigar box and mineral details. Firm acidity

provides a strong backbone, with supple

tannins lining the finish. Drink now through

2025. Score:

92

(Gillian Sciaretta,

winespectator.com

, Nov. 15, 2016)

997809 (XD) 750 mL $40.00

GERMANY

– MOSEL

WHITE WINE

HEYMANNSLÖWENSTEIN UHLEN

LAUBACH GROSSES GEWÄCHS

RIESLING 2015

TaSTING NOTE:

The H-L the uhlen

“Rothlay” is the official star in the H-L

range, but won’t be released until 2017,

but this is already a mind-blowing wine.

The great depth of super-ripe yellow fruit

aromas and stunning textural richness

that make this is an arresting wine. In spite

of the scale and depth, this has great

finesse at the very long finish. Score:

96

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

Sept. 9, 2016)

523118 (D) 750 mL $72.00

ITALY

– CaMPaNIa

RED WINE

TERREDORA PAGO DEI FUSI

TAURASI 2006

DOCG

TaSTING NOTE:

Terredora’s 2006

Taurasi Pago dei Fusi is striking. It boasts

gorgeous inner perfume, layers of black

fruit and tons of pure structure. Licorice,

tobacco, incense, scorched earth and a

host of dark aromas and flavors add quite

a bit of complexity and nuance in this bold,

full-throttle wine. Despite its full-bodied

personality, there is an understated power

to the Pago dei Fusi that is remarkable.

Once again, one of the most distinctive

wines being made in Campania today, the

2006 remains totally fascinating and

compelling as it sits in the glass, with striking

perfume and fabulous overall balance.

Drinking window: 2013-2022. Score:

94

(antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, Feb. 2013)

235374 (XD) 750 mL $96.00