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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

29 VINTAGES

CHÂTEAU CAILLOU 2009

AC Sauternes

TASTING NOTE: Lemon peel, spices and

honey on the nose. Full-bodied, with a

dense yet elegant structure. Medium

sweet, with a spicy finish. Stylish. Very

well done. Score:

92-95

(James Suckling,

winespectator.com

, April 7, 2010)

524454 (S)

750 mL $70.00

FRANCE

– BURGUNDY

CÔTE DE NUITS

RED WINE

MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE CLOS

DE LA ROCHE GRAND CRU 1998

AC

TASTING NOTE: Clos de La Roche 1998

may be 19 years old but you have to

swirl the britches out of this Grand Cru

because reduction persists in its

make-up. Once you work your way over

the wall a field of wildflowers and a roses

bouquet lays out as far as the nose can

mind’s eye. This is pure candy in its most

arid, blessed and gout de terroir way.

It is as charming as Burgundy can be

and yet so fine of tannin, tight and

duplicitously-grained in clone upon itself.

One of those wines so difficult to put to

words because it teaches and you can

do nothing but listen. I’d still want to wait

two more years, maybe more, before

knowing I’ve waited long enough. Close

de la Roche speaks to me but to answer

with any real credibility and respect I will

need to think some more. Drink 2019-

2035. Tasted February 2017. Score:

97

(Michael Godel,

winealign.com

, June 07,

2017)

206961 (XD) 750 mL $338.00

CÔTE DE BEAUNE

RED WINE

ALBERT MOROT BEAUNE

BRESSANDES 1

ER

CRU 2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: (still a significant

percentage of malic acidity remaining):

Bright ruby-red. Reticent aromas of black

fruits and mint. Boasts a dense texture

and almost chocolatey sweetness but

an impression of calcaire energy gives

the very concentrated middle palate

considerable finesse for a Beaune wine.

Slightly high-toned in a seductive way.

Still quite young and unevolved – and

tricky to assess with confidence prior to

the end of its malolactic fermentation –

but this looks to be a superb vintage for

this premier cru. The finish displays fine-

grained tannins and terrific subtle length

and lingering perfume. Score:

91-93

(Stephen Tanzer,

vinous.com

, Jan. 2017)

610584 (XD) 750 mL $72.00

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS VIGNE

DE L’ENFANT JÉSUS GRÈVES

1

ER

CRU 2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: A discreet though not

invisible application of wood sets off

highly complex aromas of plum liqueur

and a wide range of floral elements that

are trimmed in soft spice and earth notes.

There is outstanding richness to the full-

bodied and concentrated medium-bodied

flavors that possess a seductive, even

caressing mouth feel before concluding

in a decidedly firm, well-balanced and

slightly austere finish. This is very clearly

built-to-age and should mature slowly

over the next 12 to 15 years. Very

impressive. Score:

92-94

(Allen Meadows,

burghound.com

, April 15, 2017)

415000 (XD) 750 mL $143.00

DOMAINE JESSIAUME LES CENT

VIGNES BEAUNE 1

ER

CRU 2014

AC

TASTING NOTE: This rich wine has spice

and red fruits backed by a dry texture. The

smoky wood is still right up front, giving

the wine a firm character. Wait for the fruit

to develop further and drink from 2020.

Score:

92

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

,

Oct. 1, 2016)

468884 (XD) 750 mL $62.00

ANTONIN GUYON CORTON

CLOS DU ROY GRAND CRU 2013

AC

TASTING NOTE: There is a subtle but

not invisible application of wood to

the less elegant but even more complex

nose of game, forest floor, plum and earth

that also lacks a touch of freshness. The

powerful and broad-shouldered flavors

possess excellent mid-palate density

while displaying plenty of minerality on

the youthfully austere and backward

finish that is well-balanced and

impressively long. In the same fashion

as the Bressandes my range awards

the benefit of the doubt that the lack of

freshness presently displayed by the

nose will eventually return to form. Drink:

2025+. Score:

91-94

(Allen Meadows,

burghound.com

, April 15, 2015)

715342 (XD) 750 mL $130.00