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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

JANUARY 2018

7 VINTAGES

SOUTHERN RHÔNE

WHITE WINE

DOMAINE RAYMOND USSEGLIO

PURE ROUSSANNE

CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

BLANC 2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: I was blown away by the

100% Roussanne 2015 Châteauneuf

du Pape Pure Roussanne Blanc, and

unfortunately, there’s only 600 cases

made. Vibrant, taut and mineral-driven,

with the same mouthwatering salinity

found in the base white cuvée, this beauty

is medium to full-bodied, impeccably

balanced and layered, with vibrant, yet

perfectly integrated acidity. It needs

6-12 months in bottle and will drink

nicely for 2-4 years, and can keep for

decades if you’re so inclined. Score:

95

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 28, 2016)

532739 (XD)

750 mL $60.00

FRANCE

– ALSACE

WHITE WINE

CAVE DE TURCKHEIM HENGST

RIESLING 2012

AC Alsace Grand Cru

TASTING NOTE: Lifted hints of chamomile

and apple peel rise straight from the glass.

The palate has the same streamlined

citrus focus and just homes in on that

sleek dry apple freshness that seem[s] to

be a dynamic force at the center of this

wine. The flavors are concentrated and

totally dominated by utter lemon freshness,

tart and vivid to the last. Lovely now but

with further potential. Drink now through

2030. Score:

93

(Anne Krebiehl, MW,

Wine Enthusiast

, April 1, 2017)

540021 (XD)

750 mL $38.00

FRANCE

– CHAMPAGNE

HURÉ FRÈRES L’INATTENDUE

BLANC DE BLANCS

EXTRA BRUT 2011

AC

TASTING NOTE: Produced from two

parcels on the Montagne de Reims, this

dry yet soft wine is ripe and richly fruity.

Still young, its minerality and bright

fruitiness are firmly intact. It will be a

delicious Champagne as it matures.

Drink from 2019. Score:

93

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, June 1, 2017)

532887 (XD)

750 mL $66.00

FRANCE

– LOIRE

WHITE WINE

COULY-DUTHEIL LES CHANTEAUX

CHINON 2015

AC

TASTING NOTE: Enticing aromas of ripe

pear, chalk and minerals. The flavours

show the same confidence with a touch

of ginger spice and honey in a supple,

energetic, style with stony depth. An

engaging wine full of charm and seductive

balance. Drink: 2017-2020. Score:

93

(

decanter.com

, Jan. 18, 2017)

532705 (XD)

750 mL $26.00

HUCHET MONNIÈRES-

SAINT-FIACRE MUSCADET

SÈVRE ET MAINE 2013

AC

TASTING NOTE: From old vines on

gneiss, the pale yellow colored 2013

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières-

Saint-Fiacre offers a very clear and

reductive nose with spicy-mineral, herbal

and white fruit flavors. Full-bodied, rich

and concentrated, this is an elegant,

mineral and persistent wine with a tight

structure, clear fruit flavors and a long

and refreshing finish with grip. Still young

but very promising. Drink date: 2018-

2024. Score:

91

(Stephan Reinhardt,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

532747 (XD)

750 mL $26.00