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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

36 VINTAGES

DESSERT WINE

CHÂTEAU DE MALLE 1997

AC Sauternes, France

TaSTING NOTE:

absolutely wonderful,

with honey, vanilla and apple aromas

that follow through to a full-bodied palate.

Very good acidity and a long, flavorful

finish. Best after 2001. Score:

91

(James

Suckling,

winespectator.com

, Jan. 31,

2000)

523050 (XD) 500 mL $82.00

FORTIFIED

SHERRy

ALVEAR SOLERA 1927 PEDRO

XIMÉNEZ

DO Montilla-Moriles, Spain

TaSTING NOTE:

The NV Pedro ximenez

Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does

have some 1927 material in it. This is

totally dark brown/amber with notes of

figs, toffee, caramel syrup, molasses and

coffee. It is dense, super sweet, intense,

rich and an amazingly, unctuously textured,

thick beverage to consume slowly and

introspectively after a meal. Drink now

through 2050, or even longer. Drink Date:

2016-2050. Score:

98

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Nov. 29, 2015)

463034 (S) 375 mL $20.00

PORT

TAYLOR FLADGATE VARGELLAS

VINHA VELHA VINTAGE PORT 1997

DOC

TaSTING NOTE:

This is rather exotic,

with warm toffee, toasted hazelnut and

walnut husk notes imparting an almost

tawny edge, but the terrific core of

steeped fig, warm fruitcake and licorice

root pulls this squarely back into the

Vintage Port camp. Offers a terrific

brambly underpinning, with a gorgeous

toffee echo. Is there a better combination

than finesse and power? 1997 Vintage

Port retrospective (January 2017). Best

from 2020 through 2040. Score:

97

(James Molesworth,

winespectator.com

,

2017)

515577 (S) 750 mL $434.00

SPIRITS

aRMaGNaC

JANNEAU GRAND ARMAGNAC

AC, France

This spirit is distilled from grapes sourced

from the finest aC vineyards of Bas

armagnac and Tenarèze. It is matured in

French oak casks, from the neighbouring

forests of Monlezun and Limousin, in

which it slowly develops the characteristic

golden colour and unique mellow flavours

for which Janneau is famous.

513606 750 mL $200.00