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Our Newest Classics Collection

Every month, the buyers at VINTAGES introduce a limited assortment of fine wines and premium spirits that meet our rigorous standards of excellence from the most prestigious, sought-after producers and regions in the world, including older vintages and rare selections.


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September Product Updates

The following products were previously unavailable, but will be available to purchase starting September 7, 2017.

LCBO # PRODUCT NAME VINTAGE
360933 SPRING MOUNTAIN ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

September 2017 Classics Collection

Style Region Product LCBO # Size (mL) Score Price Opening
Inventory
(btls.)
Cognac/Armagnac France DELORD 25-YEAR-OLD BAS ARMAGNAC  280974 750   $114.00 78
Cognac/Armagnac France – Cognac RÉMY MARTIN LOUIS XIII GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC  650085 1500 WE 92 $7,000.00 5
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 2009 494971 1500 RP 95 $350.00 30
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 2009 515999 750 RP 95 $136.00 106
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2009 202754 750 RP 100 $579.00 30
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU JOANIN BÉCOT 2006 499582 750 RP 90 $48.00 118
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU COUFRAN 2005 446666 750 WAL 92 $56.00 580
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 2005 513101 750 RP 100 $2,000.00 60
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LATOUR 2005 515924 750 RP 98 $2,035.00 30
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU ROL VALENTIN 2004 663575 750 WS 92 $85.00 348
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 2000 72330 750 WS 90 $200.00 178
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHÂTEAU LATOUR 2000 943001 750 RP 98 $2,239.00 36
Red Wine France – Bordeaux CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION 1995 513119 750 RP 95+ $656.00 58
Red Wine France – Burgundy BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS ANCIENNE CUVÉE CARNOT VOLNAY CAILLERETS 1ER CRU 2015 77016 750 BH 92-95 $105.00 55
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE MARCHAND-GRILLOT GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 2015 507350 750   $69.00 232
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE MARCHAND-GRILLOT MOREY-SAINT-DENIS 2015 210906 750   $62.00 226
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU CHARMES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2014 675710 750 RP 93-95 $230.00 63
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE LATOUR-GIRAUD VOLNAY CLOS DES CHÊNES 1ER CRU 2014 265538 750 BH 92 $100.00 118
Red Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS JADOT CHAPELLE-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2014 444943 750 RP 94-96 $315.00 42
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE CHANSON BEAUNE TEURONS 1ER CRU 2013 84426 750 WE 93 $70.00 442
Red Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE HENRI REBOURSEAU GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 2001 497115 750 WE 92 $144.00 178
White Wine France – Burgundy REMOISSENET PÈRE & FILS BEAUREPAIRE SANTENAY 1ER CRU 2015 516062 750   $57.00 358
White Wine France – Burgundy BILLAUD-SIMON LES PREUSES CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2014 360834 750 BH 94 $110.00 58
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE BONNEAU DU MARTRAY CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU 2014 118646 750 VIN 95 $237.00 112
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2014 88708 750 BH 93 $345.00 36
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE JEAN-MARC BROCARD BOUGROS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2014 259846 750 WE 94 $83.00 106
White Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS JADOT ABBAYE D'MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2014 497800 750 BH 90-92 $105.00 358
White Wine France – Burgundy LOUIS JADOT CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 2014 494955 750 W&S 91 $77.00 319
White Wine France – Burgundy DOMAINE JEAN DAUVISSAT SECHETS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2011 499665 750 RP 92 $46.00 366
Red Wine France – Rhône DOMAINE SAINT PREFERT CHARLES GIRAUD CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2014 499632 750 WS 94 $130.00 178
White Wine France – Alsace GUSTAVE LORENTZ VIEILLES VIGNES ALTENBERG DE BERGHEIM GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2010 499673 750 RP 92 $57.00 114
Champagne France – Champagne TAITTINGER COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE 2006 55277 750 VIN 97+ $215.00 27
Champagne France – Champagne VEUVE CLICQUOT LA GRANDE DAME BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2006 38802 750 WS 94 $277.00 120
Champagne France – Champagne DOM PÉRIGNON P2 CHAMPAGNE 1998 429373 750 WS 96 $563.00 22
Champagne France – Champagne BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVÉE CHAMPAGNE  490482 1500 WS 93 $186.00 164
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE  38703 750 WS 95 $463.00 54
Champagne France – Champagne KRUG GRANDE CUVÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE  38588 375 WS 95 $152.00 214
Champagne France – Champagne LOUIS ROEDERER PREMIER BRUT CHAMPAGNE  747386 3000 WS 92 $485.00 10
White Wine Hungary ROYAL TOKAJI 6 PUTTONYOS MÉZES MÁLY TOKAJI AZSÚ 2009 103044 500 W&S 93 $180.00 30
Red Wine Italy – Basilicata PATERNOSTER DON ANSELMO AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE 2012 437848 750 RP 93 $68.00 148
Red Wine Italy – Campania SALVATORE MOLETTIERI VIGNA CINQUE QUERCE TAURASI 2010 406223 750 VIN 94+ $60.00 355
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont MICHELE CHIARLO CANNUBI BAROLO 2012 497131 750 JS 95 $95.00 238
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont ROBERTO VOERZIO SARMASSA BAROLO 2012 499681 1500 JS 99 $749.00 5
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont CAVALLOTTO BRICCO BOSCHIS VIGNA SAN GIUSEPPE RISERVA BAROLO 2010 317909 750 WS 97 $180.00 93
Red Wine Italy – Piedmont CAGLIERO RAVERA BAROLO 2009 508127 750 WE 94 $67.00 232
Red Wine Italy – Sicily TERRAZZE DELL ETNA CARUSU 2013 514315 750 DWWA 95 $25.00 472
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany MAZZEI SIEPI 2015 391243 750 JS 96-97 $140.00 208
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany NIPOZZANO VECCHIE VITI RISERVA RÚFINA CHIANTI 2013 403469 1500 RP 92 $64.00 118
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany TENUTA SETTE PONTI VIGNA DELL'IMPERO 1935 VALDARNO DI SOPRA 2013 515296 750 JS 97 $119.00 148
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany ARGIANO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 154609 750 RP 94+ $55.00 474
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany BANFI POGGIO ALLE MURA RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2011 466631 750 RP 92 $115.00 290
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASTELLO DI QUERCETO CIGNALE 2011 110726 750 RP 92 $85.00 178
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany VITANZA RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2010 236232 750 JS 95 $84.00 298
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASTELLO DI AMA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2004 515304 750 JR 17 (out of 20) $60.00 148
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASTELLO DI AMA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2004 515320 1500 JR 17 (out of 20) $124.00 120
Red Wine Italy – Tuscany CASTELLO DI AMA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2004 515338 3000 JR 17 (out of 20) $265.00 48
Red Wine Italy – Veneto CAVE DI PRUN RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2007 499889 750 WE 93 $65.00 358
Red Wine Portugal QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA TINTO 2012 218750 750 WE 93 $40.00 238
Red Wine Portugal JULIAN REYNOLDS GRANDE RESERVA 2007 512228 750 RP 92 $45.00 358
Red Wine Portugal LUIS PATO VINHA BARRIO 2001 499897 750 RP 95? $56.00 130
Red Wine Spain RIOJA SIERRA DE LA DEMANDA 2013 517110 750 JS 95 $48.00 358
Red Wine Spain VIÑA PEDROSA GRAN RESERVA 2010 516039 750 RP 94 $100.00 178
Red Wine Spain HERMANOS PECIÑA SEÑORÍO DE P. PECIÑA GRAN RESERVA 2009 82164 750 RP 94 $52.00 454
Red Wine Canada – Ontario PEARL MORISSETTE PINOT NOIR 2014 373159 750   $40.00 128
Red Wine Canada – Ontario KACABA RESERVE SYRAH 2012 518910 750 4+ Stars (out of 5) $44.95 58
Red Wine Australia VOYAGER ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MERLOT 2012 725721 750 AWC 95 $66.00 190
Red Wine Australia GATT SHIRAZ 2009 513051 750 AWC 93 $59.00 232
White Wine South Africa KEN FORRESTER THE FMC CHENIN BLANC 2015 37291 750   $65.00 48
Red Wine Argentina ZUCCARDI ALUVIONAL LA CONSULTA MALBEC 2012 510933 750 RP 93 $80.00 106
White Wine Argentina CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA WHITE STONES CHARDONNAY 2013 355669 750 JS 95 $100.00 28
Red Wine Chile MONTES FOLLY SYRAH 2012 62356 750 JS 97 $83.00 58
Red Wine USA – California FLORA SPRINGS TRILOGY 2014 13649 750 RP 93 $114.00 334
Red Wine USA – California OCEAN'S GHOST PINOT NOIR 2014 514240 750 RP 94 $82.00 358
Red Wine USA – California WALT CLOS PEPE PINOT NOIR 2014 514216 750 RP 94 $130.00 166
Red Wine USA – California AMUSE BOUCHE RED 2013 362863 750 RP 94 $497.00 48
Red Wine USA – California J. LOHR CUVÉE SERIES ST. E 2013 518324 750 WE 94 $80.00 178
Red Wine USA – California JEFF COHN IRON HILL ZINFANDEL 2013 518266 750 RP 93 $77.00 178
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2013 478800 750 RP 96 $273.00 140
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2013 478818 1500 RP 96 $562.00 14
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2013 518332 3000 RP 96 $1,360.00 1
Red Wine USA – California ULYSSES 2013 518340 6000 RP 96 $3,237.00 1
White Wine USA – California ARAÚJO ESTATE EISELE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 210385 750   $143.00 70
White Wine USA – California STONESTREET UPPER BARN CHARDONNAY 2014 253542 750 RP 96 $127.00 148
Red Wine USA – Oregon ELK COVE MOUNT RICHMOND PINOT NOIR 2014 395665 750 WS 93 $67.00 148
Fortified Wines Portugal QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA VINTAGE PORT 2008 248807 750 WS 92 $69.00 358
Eau-de-Vie France – Alsace G. E. MASSENEZ POIRE WILLIAMS  318493 700 WE 98 $74.00 230
Eau-de-Vie France – Calvados CHRISTIAN DROUIN VSOP CALVADOS PAYS D'AUGE  507723 700 WE 90 $82.00 171
Whisky/Whiskey United Kingdom – Scotland THE MACALLAN 1824 SERIES NO. 6 HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT  414284 750   $5,100.00 20
Whisky/Whiskey United Kingdom – Scotland THE MACALLAN M HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT  354639 750   $6,500.00 9

DELORD 25-YEAR-OLD BAS ARMAGNAC
AC

280974 750mL $114.00

Family-owned and -run, Delord was founded in 1893 by the aptly named Prosper Delord. Prosper was a travelling distiller, carting his portable pot-still from farm to farm and producing Armagnac on-site. Today, Delord produces Armagnac from small, antique sier alembic stills that produce roughly 30 L of Bas Armagnac each hour. The Delord 25-year-old incorporates suggestions of leather, toffee, caramel, vanilla and nuts during its time in barrel. This will be an elegant and complex expression of this classic style.

RÉMY MARTIN LOUIS XIII GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC
In Gift Box, AC

650085 1500mL $7,000.00

The Rémy Martin Louis XIII is as close to magic in a bottle as one could hope for. Though the Wine Enthusiast review below is from 2007, it does reflect the enchanting assortment of floral, spice and fruit notes that will be found here. Long live the King, indeed.

TASTING NOTE: The aroma features fig, prune, pastry dough, honey and maple scents. On palate, Louis XIII offers long and intensely woody flavors; additional layers of flavor, including figs, dates, prunes, dried apricot and vanilla, are featured at midpalate. Finishes elegantly, warm, smooth and more oaky than fruity succulent. Only minor rancio. Score: 92 (Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 1, 2007)

CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 2009
AC Haut-Médoc

494971 (XD) 1500mL $350.00

TASTING NOTE: It is not unusual that the 2009 La Lagune is a spectacular effort given the fact that this estate has been making terrific wines over the last decade or more. It boasts a dense purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of blueberries, mulberries, cassis, white chocolate and subtle toasty oak. Notes of Chinese black tea, cedarwood and forest floor also make an appearance in the singular aromatic and flavor profiles. This sumptuous, full-bodied La Lagune possesses low acidity, abundant but ripe, sweet tannin and a long, 45-second finish. Give this beauty 5-7 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades. Score: 95 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 22, 2011)

CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 2009
3e cru, AC Saint-Julien

515999 (XD) 750mL $136.00

TASTING NOTE: Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Lagrange 2009 has an earthy, slightly introverted nose at the moment although it opens ajar with aeration with hints of lavender and crushed flower. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, citrus entry, great delineation and a wonderful build of flavours on the mouth, a subtle crescendo as it were. This is so very refined and classy. Score: 95 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Jan. 30, 2012)

CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2009
2e cru, AC Saint-Julien

202754 (XD) 750mL $579.00

TASTING NOTE: One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. Score: 100 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 22, 2011)

CHÂTEAU JOANIN BÉCOT 2006
AC Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon

499582 (XD) 750mL $48.00

TASTING NOTE: One of the stars of the vintage for this appellation, this property, owned by Juliette Becot, produces a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, and looked after by Michel Rolland's right-hand man in Bordeaux, Jean-Philippe Forte, this stunning 2006 exhibits sweet blackberry, black currant, smoky, toasty oak, espresso roast, and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with precise minerality, and good focus, purity, texture, and depth, this superb sleeper of the vintage should be consumed over the next decade. Good value. Drink Date: 2009-2019. Score: 90 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Feb. 24, 2009)

CHÂTEAU COUFRAN 2005
AC Haut-Médoc

446666 (XD) 750mL $56.00

TASTING NOTE: A beautifully earthy and mature Médoc, with dried mint, dried red and black fruit, liquorice and old spice flavours. Tannins are elegant and fine-grained, almost perfectly integrated at this stage, and the finish lingers impressively. This is classy Bordeaux drinking really well at the moment, though there's no rush, either. Keep this another half-dozen years or more without concern. Score: 92 (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, March 8, 2016)

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 2005
1er cru, AC Pessac-Léognan

513101 (XD) 750mL $2,000.00

TASTING NOTE: The mineral-laced 2005 Haut Brion (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) is exquisite. With its elegance and finesse, it is not as powerful as La Mission, but the nobility and complexity of the aromatics, incredible fragrance (subtle smoke and blue, red, and black fruits) that persists in the glass, full-bodied mouthfeel (though very light and delicate on its feet), and incredible length characterize this great Haut-Brion. It is just starting to drink well, and should continue to do so for at least another three decades. It is a tour de force in winemaking, but only 9,000 cases were produced. Drink Date: 2015-2045. Score: 100 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, June 28, 2015)

CHÂTEAU LATOUR 2005
1er cru, AC Pauillac

515924 (XD) 750mL $2,035.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2005 Latour (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular effort from Château Latour. It has an inky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes with some forest floor in the background. It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and for my taste, probably one of the two or three most intense, rich, and complex wines of the entire Médoc. The wine has great texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or 45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, June 28, 2015)

CHÂTEAU ROL VALENTIN 2004
AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

663575 (XD) 750mL $85.00

TASTING NOTE: Fresh and aromatic, with blackberry, chocolate and raspberry. A gorgeous nose. Full-bodied, yet balanced and refined, with caressing tannins and a long finish. Wonderful for the vintage. Harmonious. Consistently outstanding. Best after 2010. Score: 92 (James Suckling, winespectator.com, March 31, 2007)

CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 2000
3e cru, AC Margaux

72330 (XD) 750mL $200.00

TASTING NOTE: Rather modern in feel, with lush black Mission fig and blackberry cobbler flavors that have mellowed nicely, allowing the supple structure to stay balanced as light tobacco, ganache and tar threads emerge steadily on the finish. Still rather rich and youthfully polished in feel, though also seems like this is the peak. 2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2020. Score: 90 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, 2016)

CHÂTEAU LATOUR 2000
1 er Cru, AC Pauillac

943001 (XD) 750mL $2,239.00

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating of 100 points calling it"...Mind-blowing on the palate..." and "... an emotional and soulful red." (jamessuckling.com, April 27, 2014).

TASTING NOTE: The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is "packed and stacked." The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009. Drink 2010-2060. Score: 98 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, June 28, 2010)

CHATEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION 1995
AC Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves

513119 (XD) 750mL $656.00

TASTING NOTE: This vintage is aging at a glacial pace and the tannins are currently more significant than their counterbalancing components of fruit and glycerin. While the word "potential" seems to be the most positive descriptor for this vintage, there are some nagging doubts about whether all the tannins will melt away and the fruit will hold. As in most 1995s, the color remains a healthy dark plum/purple. One of the bigger wines of the vintage, the ripe, powerful Merlot component has buttressed the Cabernet elements, giving the wine plenty of body, tannin and La Mission's classic asphalt, cassis, blackberry, smoky barbecue, meaty notes intermixed with a hint of hot rocks. The 1995 is still a young wine and I am beginning to wonder if this vintage overall will resemble 1975 rather than something with more charm? Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035?. Score: 95+ (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2012)

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS ANCIENNE CUVÉE CARNOT VOLNAY CAILLERETS 1ER CRU 2015
AC

77016 (D) 750mL $105.00

TASTING NOTE: Here the generous wood treatment presently fights somewhat with the menthol, cassis, spice and essence of black cherry liqueur-suffused nose. There is a beguiling texture to the vibrant, detailed and intensely mineral-driven medium weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while delivering marvelous persistence on the very firmly structured finish. This is very definitely built-to-age and it's going to need it. I would add that this is unlikely to make an especially good candidate for early consumption so patience absolutely required. Don't Miss. Outstanding. Drink 2030+. Score: 92-95 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2017)

DOMAINE MARCHAND-GRILLOT GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 2015
AC

507350 (XD) 750mL $69.00

An interesting opportunity to compare this with the Morey-Saint-Denis from the same producer (210906) and vintage. The wines of Gevrey-Chambertin are typically firmer and more full-bodied, and you can expect this one to suggest finely articulated red fruit atop the appellation's noted structure.

DOMAINE MARCHAND-GRILLOT MOREY-SAINT-DENIS 2015
AC

210906 (XD) 750mL $62.00

With no geographical pun intended, the wines of Morey-Saint-Denis can offer a stylistic bridge between the heft found in the wines of Gevrey-Chambertin to the north and the aromatic delicacy encountered in Chambolle-Musigny to the south. The Domaine Marchand-Grillot is typically quite a sensual wine with lifted floral aromas, impressive depth and focus, and finely interlaced dark cherry and oak on the palate. It is characteristically earthy and structured with a silky texture.

DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU CHARMES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2014
AC

675710 (XD) 750mL $230.00

Allen Meadows awarded this wine a rating of 93 points describing it as "Elegant and attractively perfumed...[with] detailed and highly energetic medium-bodied flavors...[and a] sleek, even silky mouth..." He also called it a "...well-balanced and understated effort...really quite lovely and should drink reasonably well after only 7 to 8 years of bottle age yet repay a dozen plus." (burghound.com, Jan. 15, 2017)

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has an elegant red berry bouquet that could disarm you at a hundred paces. This has so much finesse and detail. The palate is taut and crisp, bright, almost lucid red cherry fruit laced with orange zest, leading to a very refined and sustained finish. This is a lovely wine -- sensual yet understated. Drink Date: 2018-2038. Score: 93-95 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

DOMAINE LATOUR-GIRAUD VOLNAY CLOS DES CHÊNES 1ER CRU 2014
AC

265538 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: Here the beautifully layered nose of both red and dark berry fruit, spice, earth and floral scents is not quite as ripe but it's a good deal more complex and elegant. There is more evident minerality present on the powerful yet refined medium weight flavors that possess lovely delineation before culminating in a focused, serious and strikingly persistent finish. This too is going to require at least a few years of bottle age to develop better depth and should reward up to a decade. Recommended provided that you have the patience to cellar it. Sweet Spot. Outstanding. Drink: 2022+. Score: 92 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, April 15, 2016)

LOUIS JADOT CHAPELLE-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2014
AC

444943 (XD) 750mL $315.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru is maybe the surprise package this year. It comes from very old vines planted in 1921. It has a really quite beautiful bouquet with very pure, mineral-rich wild strawberry and raspberry fruit -- precise and wonderfully focused. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry, fresh and tensile but with intense tart red cherry and strawberry fruit fanning out on the finish. Très grand cru! This comes highly recommended. Drink Date: 2018-2040. Score: 94-96 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

DOMAINE CHANSON BEAUNE TEURONS 1ER CRU 2013
AC

84426 (XD) 750mL $70.00

TASTING NOTE: Rich in character, this is a dense wine, with smoky tannins and juicy red fruits that are deliciously ripe. The tannins and the fruit concentration result in a weighty yet brightly acidic wine. It will develop quickly, and then remain at a peak for many years. Drink from 2018. Cellar Selection. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 1, 2016)

DOMAINE HENRI REBOURSEAU GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 2001
AC

497115 (XD) 750mL $144.00

TASTING NOTE: While it still has firm tannins, the wine is now also showing maturity. The color is changing, the hints of berry fruits fading behind the sweet and sour flavors and the dark, dry core. The wine has considerable acidity, leaving an aftertaste that is still fresh. Score: 92 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2011)

REMOISSENET PÈRE & FILS BEAUREPAIRE SANTENAY 1ER CRU 2015
AC

516062 (XD) 750mL $57.00

The Beaurepaire premier cru vineyard is found on the steep slopes at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, bordering on the Côte Chalonnaise. Unlike most of the vineyards of the Côte d'Or, whose vines face south-east, the grapes planted in Beaurepaire enjoy a virtually direct-south-facing aspect, guaranteeing superb sun exposure providing them with excellent prospects for ripening. The result is that these wines tend to offer a more robust character. The vineyard produces both Pinot and Chardonnay, and the relatively large size of the vineyard allows for a wide range of style and interpretations. Look for a wine with a round and balanced feel that suggests peach and nuts with a hint of spice.

BILLAUD-SIMON LES PREUSES CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2014
AC

360834 (XD) 750mL $110.00

TASTING NOTE: A pungently expressive and highly complex nose is composed of petrol, citrus, white flower, pear and sea shore elements. The subtly mineral and highly complex flavors possess a highly beguiling texture before culminating in a strikingly long finish that is Zen-like in its harmony. This borderline painfully intense offering is a notably special effort that is worth the trouble to find. Drink: 2024+. Score: 94 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Oct. 8, 2016)

DOMAINE BONNEAU DU MARTRAY CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU 2014
AC

118646 (XD) 750mL $237.00

Allen Meadows awarded this wine a rating of 93-95, stating, "I very much like this understated effort as it is an exercise in harmony and refinement and while there is the usual taut muscularity of a classic corton-charlemagne, it certainly doesn't lack for elegance either." and recommending a drinking date of 2026+. (burghound.com, June 15, 2016)

TASTING NOTE: Very sexy aromas of apple, wild herbs, spices and soil. Boasts outstanding breadth and sweetness, with lovely savory complexity to the flavors of medicinal herbs, citrus fruits and powdered stone. Really superb tension in the mouth here. The echoing, building finish conveys an impression of outstanding density and a strong saline character. Showing spectacularly today but it's hard to believe that this wine won't shut down in bottle at some point. Drinking window: 2021-2032. Score: 95 (Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, Sept. 2016)

DOMAINE BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS CHEVALIER-MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2014
AC

88708 (XD) 750mL $345.00

TASTING NOTE: Discreet notes of wood and petrol add breadth to the cool and pure aromas of citrus, acacia blossom, wet stone and green apple. There is excellent volume and cut to the tension-filled large-scaled flavors that brim with minerality before concluding in a palate staining, powerful and beautifully persistent finish. This is actually quite rich for a young Chevalier and while it should certainly reward up to a decade of cellaring I suspect that in much the same fashion as the Corton-Charlemagne that it should drink well after only a few years. Drink: 2022+. Score: 93 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, June 15, 2016)

DOMAINE JEAN-MARC BROCARD BOUGROS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2014
AC

259846 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: Bougros is one of the richest, opulent of the Grand Cru Chablis. In this fruit-driven year, the wine is wonderfully spicy, rich and full of fine fruit. Yellow fruits dominate the balancing citrus and wood flavors. It is so forward that it could be drunk now, but this fine wine will be much better from 2019. Score: 94 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2016)

LOUIS JADOT ABBAYE D'MORGEOT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU 2014
AC

497800 (XD) 750mL $105.00

TASTING NOTE: A firmly reduced nose does not extend to the super rich, concentrated and opulent medium weight flavors that possess very solid depth and length. The overt opulence will allow this to be approached young but it should have no trouble rewarding 6 to 8 years of bottle age too. Drink 2021+. Score: 90-92 (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, June 15, 2016)

LOUIS JADOT CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET 2014
AC

494955 (XD) 750mL $77.00

TASTING NOTE: Winemaker Frédéric Barnier hit with this vintage of Chassagne, creating a voluptuous cream puff of a wine with a firm, mineral underpinning. Almost flinty in its reduction, the wine pops with freshness, with scents of tangerine, salty briskness and some darker root-vegetable notes adding depth. It feels ornate with mineral riches, a wine to enjoy as it evolves over the next several years, and to start by decanting a bottle now. Score: 91 (wineandspiritsmagazine.com, April 2017)

DOMAINE JEAN DAUVISSAT SECHETS CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2011
AC

499665 (XD) 750mL $46.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Sechets surpassed all my expectations. It has an unbridled bouquet with wonderful scents of limestone, freshly squeezed lime and Granny Smith apples. The palate is crisp and fresh with subtle apricot and tangerine notes, a crisp citric thread of acidity and a composed finish with a dab of ginger on the aftertaste. Drink now-2020+. Score: 92 (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Aug. 27, 2014)

DOMAINE SAINT PREFERT CHARLES GIRAUD CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2014
AC

499632 (XD) 750mL $130.00

TASTING NOTE: Dense for the vintage, with a core of fig and blackberry fruit that has melded with ample pepper, tobacco and lavender notes. This has plenty in reserve, though the long, juicy finish lets everything play out, leaving a light sanguine echo at the very end. Should age well. Best from 2017 through 2029. Score: 94 (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2016)

GUSTAVE LORENTZ VIEILLES VIGNES ALTENBERG DE BERGHEIM GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2010
AC Alsace Grand Cru

499673 (M) 750mL $57.00

TASTING NOTE: Opening to beautifully clear and mineral-scented Gewurz aromas with darker toned, bitter orange flavors, freshly crushed flintstone and some honey aromas, the 2010 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim Vieilles Vignes indicates a very precise and elegant intensity on the nose. On the tongue this is a full-bodied, round, intense and elegant Gewurztraminer with a mineral structure and refreshingly vibrant acidity. The lingering salinity in the elegant finish reveals nice bitter orange flavors (candied lemon and orange zests) and a great intensity in the aftertaste. Technically medium-dry - 14% alcohol plus 31 grams per liter of residual sugar - this is a delicate food wine with an impressive purity and piquancy in the finish. Try with intensely flavored dishes of the Indian or Asian cuisine. Drink Date: 2015-2025. Score: 92 (Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, Sept. 29, 2015)

TAITTINGER COMTES DE CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE 2006
AC

55277 (XD) 750mL $215.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. Drinking window: 2016-2046. Score: 97+ (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2015)

VEUVE CLICQUOT LA GRANDE DAME BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2006
AC

38802 (XD) 750mL $277.00

TASTING NOTE: Bright and graceful, this seamlessly knits a subtle streak of smoke-tinged minerality with flavors of almond financier, poached pear, candied kumquat and crème de cassis, focused by vibrant acidity and a refined, creamy mousse. Disgorged January 2014. Drink now through 2030. Score: 94 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2015)

DOM PÉRIGNON P2 CHAMPAGNE 1998
AC

429373 (XD) 750mL $563.00

TASTING NOTE: This vibrant Champagne is tightly knit up front, with a dense core of smoky minerality and ripe dried apricot and white cherry flavors. Expands on the satiny palate, revealing accents of pastry cream, toast, singed orange peel and toasted coconut that echo on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2028. Collectibles. Score: 96 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2016)

BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVÉE CHAMPAGNE
AC

490482 (XD) 1500mL $186.00

TASTING NOTE: Aromatic, with accents of bread dough, smoked almond and crème de cassis, this creamy Champagne is lightly chalky in texture and framed by firm acidity, with flavors of glazed apricot, orange blossom and rich hints of clover honey and coffee liqueur. Drink now through 2022. Score: 93 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2015)

KRUG BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE
AC

38703 (XD) 750mL $463.00

TASTING NOTE: Fine and harmonious, this expressive rosé offers grilled nut and coffee accents, layered with exotic spice, dried peach, raspberry, biscuit, pastry cream and bergamot notes. Long and focused, with the flavor range carried on the silky, detailed mousse and driven by vibrant acidity. Disgorged summer 2013. Drink now through 2025. Score: 95 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2015)

KRUG GRANDE CUVÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE
AC

38588 (XD) 375mL $152.00

TASTING NOTE: Beautifully aromatic and inviting, with grilled nut, incense and graphite notes, this vibrant Champagne is finely knit and harmonious, expanding on the palate and delivering flavors of toast, lemon meringue, orange blossom and clover honey. The long finish features lots of exotic spice details. Disgorged winter 2013. Drink now through 2025. Score: 95 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2015)

LOUIS ROEDERER PREMIER BRUT CHAMPAGNE
AC

747386 (XD) 3000mL $485.00

TASTING NOTE: This vibrant version is finely knit and elegant, with floral, toast and smoke aromas on the nose and flavors of crème de cassis and lemon curd riding the lacy mousse. Drink now through 2019. Score: 92 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2016)

ROYAL TOKAJI 6 PUTTONYOS MÉZES MÁLY TOKAJI AZSÚ 2009
Tokaj-Hegyalja

103044 (S) 500mL $180.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2009 vintage was a tricky one in Tokaji, with drought and heat speeding ripeness through the summer, then October rain falling on the superripe berries. Even forced to pick early, the Royal Tokaji team managed to pull in a luscious Aszú from Mezes Maly, its First Growth vineyard in Tarcal. It smells of pure honey and feels as round as a peach, the 220 grams of sugar it packs is fully saturated with profound fruit flavor. Those flavors remain fresh for days after opening, the acidity drawing an elegant line through the wine that keeps it energetic. Gorgeous now, it should also age well for decades. Score: 93 (Wine & Spirits, Aug. 2016)

PATERNOSTER DON ANSELMO AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE 2012
DOC

437848 (D) 750mL $68.00

TASTING NOTE: Paternoster releases another spectacular edition of their flagship wine despite the more challenging conditions of this hot vintage. The 2012 Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo is a fine specimen of Aglianico that offers a seductively dark and velvety appearance. The bouquet reveals dark fruit, spice, chocolate, grilled herb and black mineral. This is a full bodied red with well-managed tannins. This edition is not as long-lasting or deep as the excellent 2010, but it deserves positive praise nonetheless. Drink: 2016-2028. Score: 93 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

SALVATORE MOLETTIERI VIGNA CINQUE QUERCE TAURASI 2010
DOCG

406223 (XD) 750mL $60.00

TASTING NOTE: Fully saturated ruby. Deep, spicy aromas of red cherry, raspberry, black pepper, nutmeg and licorice on the captivating nose. Then dense, powerful and complex, offering pure flavors of floral red fruit and spicy herbs and noteworthy tannin/fruit/alcohol balance. Seamless and very bright, featuring a whiplash of refreshing acidity and floral red berries on the very long finish. This is a knockout Taurasi that will age splendidly, though it's already approachable now. The vines are roughly 18-20 years old and are located at 550-600 meters above sea level on clay-calcareous soils. Ages 36 months in barriques and large oak barrels. Drinking window: 2016-2026. Score: 94+ (Ian D'Agata, vinous.com, Nov. 2016)

MICHELE CHIARLO CANNUBI BAROLO 2012
DOCG

497131 (XD) 750mL $95.00

TASTING NOTE: A very opulent and decadent Cannubi. Full body, lots of plum and meat character. Soft tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 10, 2016)

ROBERTO VOERZIO SARMASSA BAROLO 2012
DOCG

499681 (XD) 1500mL $749.00

TASTING NOTE: Terrific aromas of pure strawberries and orange peel. Spanish-cedar undertones. Full body and a perfect balance of ripe fruit, hints of lemon and orange peel. Undertones of milk chocolate. Vibrant finish. This will be fabulous in three or four years, but difficult not to drink it now. Score: 99 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 9, 2016)

CAVALLOTTO BRICCO BOSCHIS VIGNA SAN GIUSEPPE RISERVA BAROLO 2010
DOCG

317909 (XD) 750mL $180.00

TASTING NOTE: An old-school style, this complex red features an array of cherry, berry, leather, tobacco and underbrush flavors, backed by a dense, beefy structure. Long and powerful, with a savory, saline aftertaste. Shows ample fruit up front, but should be better in two to three years. Best from 2019 through 2036. Score: 97 (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2017)

CAGLIERO RAVERA BAROLO 2009
DOCG

508127 (XD) 750mL $67.00

TASTING NOTE: This classically crafted Barolo has a balsamic fragrance of eucalyptus, thyme and bay leaf, with hints of rose and leather. The palate delivers wild cherry and mint flavors that show layers of depth. With its firm, ripe tannins and fresh acidity, this is already enjoyable, but will age well for a decade or more. Score: 94 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 1, 2013)

TERRAZZE DELL ETNA CARUSU 2013
DOC Etna

514315 (XD) 750mL $25.00

TASTING NOTE: 80% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Intense garnet. Some rubber scents with bright floral fruit. Still young with good concentration of ash, dried herbs, liquorice, spice and garlic. Warm and long with tight tea tannins, good body and ageing potential. Score: 95 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016)

MAZZEI SIEPI 2015
IGT Toscana

391243 (XD) 750mL $140.00

TASTING NOTE: Great depth to this with a fabulous center-palate of ripe fruit such as plums, blackberries and blueberries, not to mention raspberries. Full-bodied and showing an ultra-fine and intense texture. Superb finish. Great potential. Score: 96-97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 7, 2016)

NIPOZZANO VECCHIE VITI RISERVA RÚFINA CHIANTI 2013
DOCG

403469 (D) 1500mL $64.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano Vecchie Viti is elegant and sophisticated with mild and somewhat tame intensity all the while. This wine hits all the right sweet spots as a food-friendly Tuscan red that would taste great next to pasta with wild boar ragù. I enjoyed the linearity, honesty and the straightforward nature of this wine. Score: 92 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

TENUTA SETTE PONTI VIGNA DELL'IMPERO 1935 VALDARNO DI SOPRA 2013
DOC

515296 (XD) 750mL $119.00

TASTING NOTE: Very aromatic with subtle tea-leaf, underbrush, dried-cherry and flower character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely acidity to this. Long and thoughtful wine. All about length and beauty. Pure old-vine sangiovese. Better in 2019. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 9, 2016)

ARGIANO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012
DOCG

154609 (D) 750mL $55.00

TASTING NOTE: The Argiano 2012 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of interpreting the vintage and of showcasing its special microclimate on the southern flank of the Montalcino appellation. Both these elements point to warm-climate Sangiovese. and Argiano accepts that challenge with creativity and expertise. This is a proud expression of the grape with thick texture, determination and a succulent approach. Aromas of dark cherry, moist earth, tobacco and grilled herb lift from the bouquet. Bright acidity marks the close. The wine still carries its baby fat and needs a few more years of cellar aging in order to fully express itself. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score: 94+ (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Feb. 28, 2017)

BANFI POGGIO ALLE MURA RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2011
DOCG

466631 (XD) 750mL $115.00

TASTING NOTE: This wine is on an impressive upward swing in recent years. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura is a dense, full and generous Brunello. It presents classic aromas of blackberry, dried cherry, pressed rose, cola, tobacco and grilled herb. In fact, it really doesn't leave anything out. The vintage heat has been well-managed thanks to careful fruit selection and custom farming studied for this special vineyard plot. Castello Banfi rarely gets anything wrong. If you are looking for a popular Brunello that delivers the goods in this vintage, this wine makes a great choice. It doesn't offer the off-beat idiosyncrasies and eclectic eccentricities of Montalcino's smaller boutique estates, but it does offer rock solid consistency. Drink Date: 2017-2030. Score: 92 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, March 3, 2016)

CASTELLO DI QUERCETO CIGNALE 2011
IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale

110726 (XD) 750mL $85.00

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating of 95 points, describing it as "Very floral and beautiful with hints of dark fruit, blackcurrants and dried flowers such as violets..." and calling it "...A standard-bearer for Super Tuscans...(jamessuckling.com, Aug. 5, 5015).

TASTING NOTE: As always, the 2011 Cignale is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot (aged for 24 months in oak). The wine represents a joint venture between vintner Alessandro François and importer Neil Empson, and it has brought lots of attention to Castello di Querceto over the years. This edition shows dark cherry and dark fruit layers with generous spice, cinnamon and grilled herb. There's a sudden point of sour cherry followed by sharp tannic firmness. This wine needs to flesh out further. Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score: 92 (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Oct. 29, 2015)

VITANZA RISERVA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2010
DOCG

236232 (D) 750mL $84.00

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of dried cherry, plum and sandalwood. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a gorgeous finish. Extremely impressive. Drink or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 28, 2016)

CASTELLO DI AMA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2004
DOCG

515304 (XD) 750mL $60.00

TASTING NOTE: Picked 10-22 October and aged in barriques, 25% new, before being bottled in May 2006. Colour looks quite evolved. Very neat and well balanced, even tidy, on the palate. All the elements are in the right place - not the drama and excess of the 2003, but pure pleasure. Particularly ripe Sangiovese with an edge of dustiness. Super freshness and great energy. Long and neat. Perfect for drinking now? When to drink: [till] 2020. Score: 17 (out of 20) (Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Oct. 5, 2016)

CASTELLO DI AMA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2004
DOCG

515320 (XD) 1500mL $124.00

TASTING NOTE: Picked 10-22 October and aged in barriques, 25% new, before being bottled in May 2006. Colour looks quite evolved. Very neat and well balanced, even tidy, on the palate. All the elements are in the right place - not the drama and excess of the 2003, but pure pleasure. Particularly ripe Sangiovese with an edge of dustiness. Super freshness and great energy. Long and neat. Perfect for drinking now? When to drink: [till] 2020. Score: 17 (out of 20) (Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Oct. 5, 2016)

CASTELLO DI AMA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2004
DOCG

515338 (XD) 3000mL $265.00

TASTING NOTE: Picked 10-22 October and aged in barriques, 25% new, before being bottled in May 2006. Colour looks quite evolved. Very neat and well balanced, even tidy, on the palate. All the elements are in the right place - not the drama and excess of the 2003, but pure pleasure. Particularly ripe Sangiovese with an edge of dustiness. Super freshness and great energy. Long and neat. Perfect for drinking now? When to drink: [till] 2020. Score: 17 (out of 20) (Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Oct. 5, 2016)

CAVE DI PRUN RISERVA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2007
DOCG

499889 (XD) 750mL $65.00

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of mature black-skinned berry, leather, pressed violet, baking spice and a balsamic note slowly emerge on this full-bodied red. The firmly structured palate offers dried black cherry, fig, mocha, tobacco and licorice alongside a backbone of fine-grained tannins. A coffee note closes the finish. Drink through 2022. Score: 93 (Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2016)

QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA TINTO 2012
DOC Douro

218750 (D) 750mL $40.00

TASTING NOTE: The estate wine of Romaneira is aged for 14 months in wood. This doesn't mask the fruit although it certainly gives it extra richness. Dark and structured, the black fruit is laced with licorice, spice and firm tannins. The wine will benefit from time, so drink from 2018. Score: 93 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2016)

JULIAN REYNOLDS GRANDE RESERVA 2007
DO Alentejo

512228 (XD) 750mL $45.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2007 Grande Reserva Julian Reynolds is an equal blend of Alicante Bouschet and Syrah, aged for 1 year in a mixture of new and second-use French oak. It is a beauty, with big, sumptuous fruit, but also finesse and grace. A bit too oak-tinged on opening, it overcomes that easily. Showing caressing texture, it becomes rather sensual as well as flavorful, while maintaining its elegance all the while. It got better and better with aeration. This is very pretty. Why trade up to the 2007 Gloria Reynolds, the pricier specialty bottling (reviewed last year)? The styles and blends are different. This is more approachable, while the Gloria Reynolds is more ageworthy and rather more powerful. The Gloria Reynolds will age better and it adds just a bit more depth. It is nowhere near as appealing today, though. Both perform very well. This Grande Reserva isn't the best wine of the producer's submissions this issue, but it isn't all that far off. At about half the price of the Gloria, at the least, this is the much better bargain, especially if you're not planning on extended cellaring. Drink Date: 2015-2024. Score: 92 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, June 28, 2015)

LUIS PATO VINHA BARRIO 2001
Vinho Regional Beiras

499897 (XD) 750mL $56.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2001 Vinha Barrio is a single vineyard Baga from chalky-clay soil, aged in used French oak for 12 months. This is a vintage, Pato told me, that he compares to the 2011--years with fine acidity that support aging very well. This sure proves that and it seems remarkable. Silky in texture and certainly showing a lot of mature, tertiary nuances, this is nonetheless vibrant and very concentrated. For all of the acidity and power, it is also quite balanced, its fine mid-palate soaking up both. It never seems austere or an effort to drink--at least not now, with some 15 years on it. What also comes with age, of course, is complexity. As this grips the mouth and takes over the palate, it also throws off that medley of aged-wine flavors, some forest floor, a touch of weeds. It is fascinating as well as mouth-coating. It isn't dead or dying, though. It improves with air and keeps getting better, eventually seeming a bit younger. (Older wines do need some waking up sometimes.) It is very impressive. I would add a caveat: this had a cork that crumbled at the top. As a library wine, there wasn't another to taste. But considering how brilliant it is even now, there doesn't seem to be much of a problem. If it is--maybe!--a little further along than some other bottles (noting that the Moinho 2001, also reviewed, seemed even a bit fresher), there's nothing much wrong here. So the note is published, but that's the reason for the question mark after the score, hinting at the theoretical possibility that other bottles might be even better. As time goes on, that old saying comes to mind: it's often more about the particular bottle than the wine. Drink Date:2015-2031. Score: 95? (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

RIOJA SIERRA DE LA DEMANDA 2013
DOCa Rioja

517110 (XD) 750mL $48.00

TASTING NOTE: A very enticing nose showing freshness and intensity. Fresh strawberries, dried flowers and aromatic herbs along with mint and white-pepper undertones. A fresh, medium body, ripe and juicy tannins and a long, sweet and floral finish. Delicious. 75% garnacha. Drink now or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 1, 2016)

VIÑA PEDROSA GRAN RESERVA 2010
DO Ribera del Duero

516039 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2010 Viña Pedrosa Gran Reserva contains 10% Cabernet Sauvignon which aged in barrels for two years, with a very classical profile of spices, toast, ripe fruit (red and black), some earthy hints of minerality and a nice, austere profile. This is a serious wine; the Pedrosas are never voluptuous but show restraint, balance and harmony, and the palate is always silky with very fine tannins, good acidity and never showing any overripeness. This is a textbook Gran Reserva to age for years. Drink Date: 2015-2025. Score: 94 (Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, Oct. 29, 2015)

HERMANOS PECIÑA SEÑORÍO DE P. PECIÑA GRAN RESERVA 2009
DOCa Rioja

82164 (XD) 750mL $52.00

TASTING NOTE: There is one more exceptional red with an extended aging in barrel that was only produced in 1998, 2001 and 2003, and now in this 2009 Señorío de P. Peciña Gran Reserva. It is the usual Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, but in this case from 50-year-old vines from their Finca Iscorta vineyard in the Sonsierra zone. The wine is aged in well-seasoned American oak barrels for four years with manual and gravity racking twice per year. If the nose could somehow remind you of the 2009 Reserva, this is more open and aromatic, more nuanced, and the palate also shows a level of complexity and refinement that makes it much more enjoyable, with polished tannins and great length. While it's not a wimp, it doesn't overload your senses. A great and classical Gran Reserva. Drink Date: 2016-2024. Score: 94 (Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

PEARL MORISSETTE PINOT NOIR 2014
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula

373159 (XD) 750mL $40.00

"... François Morissette is an island onto himself. A lone wolf with some crazy ideas that manifest themselves in the wines that he makes. You either dig them, or you don't. And a lot don't. Some things you should know about Morissette: In his early 20s, Morissette spent a year working in Saint-Romain, Burgundy at Domaine Alain Gras. Discovering the traditional vigneron trade was a turning point for him. In Canada, he moved forward as a sommelier and developed some of Quebec and Ontario's most progressive wine programs. In 2000, his passion for wine and the desire to cultivate led him back to France. He spent seven vintages of full-time grape growing in the Côte D'Or, Burgundy. From Frédéric Mugnier in Chambolle Musigny, Christian Gouges of Domaine Henri Gouges in Nuits-Saint-Georges and Domaine Roulot in Meursault, he learned traditional approaches in viticulture and winemaking on exceptional Grand Cru terroirs. Since 2007, Morissette has been committed to honouring the Niagara environment. Faithful to the traditional methods at Pearl Morissette, he crafts his wines from vine to bottle, according to his website. Morissette and partner Pearl have two new wine projects on the go; one on the Sonoma Coast in California and the other on Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley ... He is always experimenting and pushing himself to make better wines through natural processes ... Here's what I liked from the tasting recently, most of which will be released in the coming months ... The 2014 [Pinot Noir] shows heavy scented lavender, cherry, cassis and light toasted spice. It's built in a more masculine style with meaty cherry and blueberry fruit with an earthy finish ... [not scored as it was unfinished but was tasted with Morissette for perspective]" (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, Sept. 14, 2015).

KACABA RESERVE SYRAH 2012
VQA Niagara Escarpment

518910 (XD) 750mL $44.95

TASTING NOTE: Approachable right off the hop ... lots of full flavoured fruit: cherry, raspberry, with nice balance of tannins and acidity; should develop further in both the fruit department and more Syrah characteristics are due. Drinks well now and should be good for the next 7+ years with ease ... this will be an exciting wine to have in the cellar cause it's an exciting wine right now. Score: 4+ Stars (out of 5) (Michael Pinkus, michaelpinkuswinereview.com, June 21, 2014)

VOYAGER ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MERLOT 2012
Margaret River

725721 (XD) 750mL $66.00

TASTING NOTE: 91% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot, 3% petit verdot, hand-picked and destemmed to retain whole berries, primary fermentation for 16 days, with some batches held on skins for 21 days, the parcels kept separate during 20 months maturation in French oak (50% new). A powerful, dense wine full of rich, plushy fruit, seemingly riper than Girt by Sea, when the opposite is the case - or perhaps it's just the greater intensity and drive. This will certainly improve with further time (5+ years) in bottle. Drink By: 2037. Score: 95 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Oct. 06, 2016)

GATT SHIRAZ 2009
High Eden

513051 (XD) 750mL $59.00

TASTING NOTE: Purple-red; the bouquet and palate bring together blackberry, black cherry, licorice/anise and spice aromas and flavours; 18 months in French and American has left its impact on the wine, but that oak is well-integrated; the long finish is admirable, unimpeded by tannins. Drink By: 2024. Score: 93 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 17, 2012)

KEN FORRESTER THE FMC CHENIN BLANC 2015
WO Stellenbosch

37291 (D) 750mL $65.00

The acronym emblazoned on the winery's flagship bottling, FMC, stands for Forrester Meinert Chenin - a nod to winemakers Ken Forrester and Martin Meinert, and to their assertion that this wine is not only their pinnacle expression of Chenin Blanc, but also a statement of challenge to the world. The fruit is sourced from low-yielding old bush vines and hand-selected over multiple 'tries successives' passes through the vineyard during the harvest season (the result being increased ripeness, richness and some botrytis complexity), before natural wild yeast begins the fermentation in new French oak barrels.

ZUCCARDI ALUVIONAL LA CONSULTA MALBEC 2012
Uco Valley

510933 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2012 Aluvional La Consulta, from the south of the Uco Valley in the San Carlos department at 1,000 meters altitude, shows aromas of ripe black fruit and a slight austerity in the texture, with a mineral sensation. The wood is very integrated into the wine and with time it develops a ripe peach and violet petal aroma. It is drinkable now, but it should improve with time in bottle. Drink: 2015-2020. Score: 93 (Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, April 29, 2014)

CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA WHITE STONES CHARDONNAY 2013
Uco Valley

355669 (XD) 750mL $100.00

TASTING NOTE: The aromas to this are very impressive with a dried fruits, stone and tangy lemon rind character. Hints of caramel too. Full body, layered and long. Made from grapes grown in Gualtallary in Uco. Drink or hold. Score: 95 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 20, 2016)

MONTES FOLLY SYRAH 2012
Colchagua Valley

62356 (XD) 750mL $83.00

TASTING NOTE: Incredible wine with blackberry, dried meat, granite, spice, and blueberry character. Full body, super velvety texture, yet incredibly fine and long. Such finesse and balance. Clearly the benchmark for syrah in South America. So gorgeous to drink now but will age beautifully. Score: 97 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 12, 2016)

FLORA SPRINGS TRILOGY 2014
Napa Valley

13649 (XD) 750mL $114.00

TASTING NOTE: Their 2014 Trilogy is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot. It is a wine of suppleness, complexity and loads of licorice, tobacco leaf, blackcurrants, spice and some background oak and espresso. Medium to full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit, texture and length, this is a beauty to drink over the next 10-15 or so years, although it is already displaying its undeniable charm and lusciousness. Drink: 2016-2031. Score: 93 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2016)

OCEAN'S GHOST PINOT NOIR 2014
Santa Rita Hills

514240 (XD) 750mL $82.00

TASTING NOTE: The star of the lineup is the 2014 Pinot Noir Ocean's Ghost, and this beauty comes from two adjacent parcels located off Highway 246 in the Sta. Rita Hills. It was completely destemmed and aged in 40% new French oak. Notes of red plums, wild strawberries, spice and lots of floral characteristics all emerge from this richly textured, mouthfilling and lengthy Pinot Noir that will put a smile on anyone's face over the coming 7-8 years. My notes finished with "I like it!" Drink Date: 2016-2024. Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

WALT CLOS PEPE PINOT NOIR 2014
Santa Rita Hills

514216 (XD) 750mL $130.00

TASTING NOTE: Wow, the inky opaque colored 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard is a sensational Pinot Noir. Giving up tons of black raspberry, cassis, toasty oak, crushed violets and campfire aromas and flavors, this youthful, even backwards effort has fabulous richness and depth, a layered texture and ripe tannin that emerges on the finish. This is a big, rich Pinot Noir that should benefit from short term cellaring and have a decade or more of longevity. Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score: 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

AMUSE BOUCHE RED 2013
Napa Valley

362863 (XD) 750mL $497.00

TASTING NOTE: Lastly, the flagship wine of Amuse Bouche, the 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Amuse Bouche (Merlot), 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, has always been one of the best Merlot-based wines in Northern California. It shows loads of espresso bean, white chocolate, mocha, black cherry and blackberry fruit. The wine is soft, but structured, vibrant, juicy and full-bodied. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. Drink Date: 2016-2036. Score: 94 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

J. LOHR CUVÉE SERIES ST. E 2013
Paso Robles

518324 (XD) 750mL $80.00

TASTING NOTE: The most easily accessible of J. Lohr's Bordeaux series, this Cabernet Franc-led ode to Saint-Émilion opens with caramel, vanilla and crème de cassis on the lavish nose. There is ample structure on the palate, with medium tannins, but it's soft enough to enjoy now, with rich fudge, clove and chai flavors laid across tasty black fruits. Score: 94 (Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2017)

JEFF COHN IRON HILL ZINFANDEL 2013
Sonoma Valley

518266 (XD) 750mL $77.00

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Zinfandel Iron Hill Vineyard is slightly less powerful at 15.2% alcohol. Coming from hard volcanic soils, this wine was aged 16 months in about 30% new French oak and produced another relatively small cuvée of 206 cases from the steep hillsides of the Iron Hill Vineyard. Cohn compares this wine to a French Côte-Rôtie, and I can see the legitimacy in his analysis. The wine has a fragrance in the nose that almost gives the sense that there are some white grapes contributing to the floral notes in the bouquet. There aren't any, as this is 100% Zinfandel, but the color is not as dense as its predecessor. Still, the complexity and richness are endearing. This fleshy, medium to full-bodied wine displays loads of black raspberry, licorice and a touch of tapenade. This is a beauty and quite a complex offering for Zinfandel. Drink it over the next 5 years. Drink Date: 2016-2021. Score: 93 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)

ULYSSES 2013
Napa Valley

478800 (XD) 750mL $273.00

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating of 98 points describing it as having "..a firm yet gentle tannin backbone and complex mouthfeel that seduces you." (jamessuckling.com, Jan 15, 2016)

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record. Drink 2020-2050. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

ULYSSES 2013
Napa Valley

478818 (XD) 1500mL $562.00

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating of 98 points describing it as having "..a firm yet gentle tannin backbone and complex mouthfeel that seduces you." (jamessuckling.com, Jan 15, 2016)

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record. Drink 2020-2050. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

ULYSSES 2013
Napa Valley

518332 (XD) 3000mL $1,360.00

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating of 98 points describing it as having "..a firm yet gentle tannin backbone and complex mouthfeel that seduces you." (jamessuckling.com, Jan 15, 2016)

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record. Drink 2020-2050. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

ULYSSES 2013
Napa Valley

518340 (XD) 6000mL $3,237.00

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating of 98 points describing it as having "..a firm yet gentle tannin backbone and complex mouthfeel that seduces you." (jamessuckling.com, Jan 15, 2016)

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Ulysses is absolutely mind-boggling, as so many wines from this vintage are. Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with the telltale cassis and floral notes, jump from the glass. Again, this is Pauillac-like, with some cedar wood and subtle barrique smells. Again produced nearly all from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich and long, with slightly sweeter tannins than the 2012. Production in 2013 was 960 cases, and Moueix told me that the entire growing season averaged about two and half weeks ahead of schedule from bloom break to harvest. This is a prodigious effort and will certainly stand as the great Ulysses of the first trio to be released. I suspect it will be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30 or more, given the Moueix track record. Drink 2020-2050. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Dec. 30, 2015)

ARAÚJO ESTATE EISELE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
Napa Valley

210385 (XD) 750mL $143.00

The 2015 Araújo Estate Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is composed of 76% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué and 24% Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was picked between August 13 and August 22 - the earliest harvesting date ever for Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. This early harvest was brought on by warm nights during the summer that promoted consistent ripening in the grapes. The wines were aged on the lees for 12 months in a combination of stainless steel, concrete eggs and used and new oak before blending. You will find this to be a round and concentrated wine that will offer floral and orange citrus tones with vanilla and mineral undertones.

STONESTREET UPPER BARN CHARDONNAY 2014
Alexander Valley

253542 (XD) 750mL $127.00

TASTING NOTE: From a site made famous by Helen Turley when she was buying its fruit, the 2014 Chardonnay Upper Barn is at an 1,800-foot elevation and spent 11 months in 52% new French oak. A killer Chardonnay (as it always has been), the wine offers up notes of wet gravel, citrus oil, apple blossom, orange marmalade, honeysuckle, and a hint of almond paste. Fabulous fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish characterizes this dry, gorgeous, compelling Chardonnay that should age effortlessly for a decade or more. Drink Date: 2016-2026. Score: 96 (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016)

ELK COVE MOUNT RICHMOND PINOT NOIR 2014
Yamhill-Carlton

395665 (XD) 750mL $67.00

TASTING NOTE: Firm and focused, with powdery tannins surrounding a sleek core of guava-accented cherry, rose petal and spice flavors that glide into a long, vivid and mineral-marked finish. Has presence and elegance. Best from 2017 through 2024. Score: 93 (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, Aug. 31, 2016)

QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA VINTAGE PORT 2008
DOP

248807 (S) 750mL $69.00

TASTING NOTE: Deeply colored, with a dark plum aroma leading to cassis, raspberry and dark chocolate flavors. Very harmonious, with rich notes of mineral and spice, followed by a polished finish. Best after 2017. Score: 92 (Kim Marcus, winespectator.com, Dec. 31, 2010)

G. E. MASSENEZ POIRE WILLIAMS
Pear in bottle, Alsace, France

318493 700mL $74.00

TASTING NOTE: Juicy and mouthwatering, with lots of bold fruit on the palate plus a subtle flick of vanilla, this Williams pear brandy would make a lovely dessert accompaniment or after-dinner sip. Gift-worthy presentation includes a pear-shaped bottle with a whole pear imprisoned inside. Score: 98 (Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 2015)

CHRISTIAN DROUIN VSOP CALVADOS PAYS D'AUGE
AC

507723 700mL $82.00

TASTING NOTE: Lush notes of salted butterscotch, maple and pear play against a drying core of oak; more fruit comes through on the finish. Relatively full-bodied, with a buttery, palate-coating feel. Score: 90 (Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2016)

THE MACALLAN 1824 SERIES NO. 6 HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT

414284 750mL $5,100.00

The Macallan 1824 Series was created with an eye to highlighting the range of colours, all naturally created, of Macallan whiskies. The collection moves from lighter expressions to darker, perfectly matching the type of casks and ageing regimens applied. The No. 6 was aged in handcrafted, first-fill Spanish sherry-seasoned oak casks created in the Jerez de la Frontera cooperage. These casks play a huge part in creating the rich spice, dried fruit and citrus tones of this silky smooth, sumptuous and soft Macallan.

THE MACALLAN M HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT
In Lalique Crystal Decanter

354639 750mL $6,500.00

TASTING NOTE: The rich amber-brown of the Macallan M single-malt whisky - a special iteration of the Macallan contained in a hand-blown 750 mL Lalique crystal decanter - is noticeably deeper and darker than even the Scotch maker's iconic 25-year-old whisky. Yet there is no age statement on this bottle, for the spirit is composed of whisky from seven casks selected by the Macallan's master whisky maker, Bob Dalgarno, after more than two years of searching through the Macallan's vast cellars of over 195,000 barrels. The oldest whisky in it was distilled in 1940, and all of them were matured in first-fill oloroso-sherry casks. In the M, Dalgarno has produced something unlike anything the Macallan has ever offered. The Macallan's classic resiny, raisiny richness is abundant in the M, as are plump cherry and fruit-filled sherried overtones, but then comes notes of lemons, leather, cedar, apples, violets, and a long, tobacco-laden finish. Bottled in 2013 at 89 proof, the Macallan M is intended to be an ongoing (albeit rare) addition to the brand's 1824 series of top-tier whiskies. (Richard Carleton Hacker, robbreport.com, Jan. 17, 2014)

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