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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

33 VINTAGES

MÂCONNAIS

WHITE WINE

DANIEL BARRAUD LA VERCHÈRE

POUILLY-FUISSÉ 2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: Full medium yellow.

Highly complex scents and flavors of

vineyard peach, preserved lemon and

grapefruit, plus a riper suggestion of

mirabelle. Compellingly rich, fine-grained

and deep, conveying a strong impression

of terroir in spite of its full alcohol.

Finishes dusty and long, with great

finesse, sexy minerality and a touch of

citrus lift. A very elegant, strong

Pouilly-Fuissé. Score:

90-92

(Stephen

Tanzer,

vinous.com

, Oct. 2016)

529248 (XD) 750 mL $47.00

FRANCE

– RHÔNE

NORTHERN RHÔNE

RED WINE

PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ

LA CHAPELLE HERMITAGE 2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: A wine that might

surpass the 2009 and 2010 is the 2015

Hermitage La Chapelle, which has more

than a passing resemblance to the 1990.

This inky black/blue-colored Hermitage

offers an off-the-charts array of

blackberries, blueberries, crushed rocks,

wood smoke and charred meats. Thick,

unctuous, full-bodied and incredibly

layered, with sweet tannin, it’s a tour de

force that’s going to have three to four

decades of longevity. Score:

97-100

(Jeb

Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30,

2016)

305987 (XD) 750 mL $347.00

726430 (XD) 1500 mL $730.00

717439 (XD) 3000 mL $1,522.00

E. GUIGAL EX VOTO ERMITAGE 2013

AC

TASTING NOTE: This is intense, as

dense ganache, espresso, roasted juniper

and alder notes form an impressive

frame around an equally ornate core of

steeped fig, blackberry and black

currant fruit flavors, all while maintaining

terrific cut and drive despite the heft.

A mouthwatering iron accent at the very

end seals the deal. Best from 2020

through 2040. Score:

97

(James

Molesworth,

winespectator.com

)

393363 (XD) 750 mL $510.00

PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ

DOMAINE DE THALABERT

CROZES-HERMITAGE 2012

AC

TASTING NOTE: Inky ruby. Displays

lively, spice-tinged black raspberry and

cherry aromas, with notes of fresh

flowers and minerals adding lift. Seamless

and precise on the palate, offering nervy

red and dark berry flavors plus hints of

licorice and cola. In a lively, elegant style,

finishing with strong cut, supple tannins

and a lingering note of candied flowers.

Drinking window: 2016-2042. Score:

92

(Josh Raynolds,

vinous.com

, Feb. 2015)

720466 (D)

750 mL $46.00

WHITE WINE

CAVE DE TAIN L’HERMITAGE TERRE

D’IVOIRE SAINT JOSEPH BLANC

2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: Ripe but focused,

with a light quinine note along the

edge that keeps the core of nectarine,

yellow apple and mirabelle plum flavors

moving along. An alluring verbena

hint gilds the finish. Drink now through

2019. 610 cases made. Score:

92

(James Molesworth,

winespectator.com

,

Feb. 28, 2017)

528638 (XD) 750 mL $47.00