Recent Ratings and Reviews

  • Bright light yellow. Deeper and riper on the nose than the "classic" Clos, dominated by yellow stone fruits (these vines are situated at the base of the hill, where there's more clay in the soil). Then fatter and sweeter on the palate too, showing more apricot than citrus fruits, as well as an oak element.…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points

    Bright light yellow. Deeper and riper on the nose than the "classic" Clos, dominated by yellow stone fruits (these vines are situated at the base of the hill, where there's more clay in the soil). Then fatter and sweeter on the palate too, showing more apricot than citrus fruits, as well as an oak element.…

  • Light-medium yellow. Pineapple, wet stone and a suggestion of flinty silex on the nose. Dry, classic and backward but comes across as riper than the Valmur even though these grapes were picked very early, on September 3 and 4. The tightly coiled citrus fruit, wild herb and crushed stone flavors will…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points

    Light-medium yellow. Pineapple, wet stone and a suggestion of flinty silex on the nose. Dry, classic and backward but comes across as riper than the Valmur even though these grapes were picked very early, on September 3 and 4. The tightly coiled citrus fruit, wild herb and crushed stone flavors will…

  • (60% of this wine started in oak barrels, one of them new and the rest younger on average than those used for the Vaudsir): Pale medium yellow. Very ripe aromas of yellow peach, orange oil and spicy oak. Then thick but a bit edgy and austere in the mouth and a touch dry on the finish; disorganized today…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 points

    (60% of this wine started in oak barrels, one of them new and the rest younger on average than those used for the Vaudsir): Pale medium yellow. Very ripe aromas of yellow peach, orange oil and spicy oak. Then thick but a bit edgy and austere in the mouth and a touch dry on the finish; disorganized today…

  • Bright light-medium yellow. Aromas of lemon drop, white pepper, wild herbs and sweet oak. Quite concentrated and focused, with lovely citrusy acidity giving the palate a high pitch. Less exotic than most 2015s and not at all a powerhouse; in fact, this is a rather classic Vaudsir of finesse, and is…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 91+ points

    Bright light-medium yellow. Aromas of lemon drop, white pepper, wild herbs and sweet oak. Quite concentrated and focused, with lovely citrusy acidity giving the palate a high pitch. Less exotic than most 2015s and not at all a powerhouse; in fact, this is a rather classic Vaudsir of finesse, and is…

  • Bright light-medium yellow. Reticent nose hints at lemon peel and yeasty bread. Then much more expressive on the palate, showing surprising acid lift to its stone fruit and crystallized lemon peel flavors. Finishes firm-edged but not dry. There were just 1-1/2 barrels of this juice due to hail losses…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Bright light-medium yellow. Reticent nose hints at lemon peel and yeasty bread. Then much more expressive on the palate, showing surprising acid lift to its stone fruit and crystallized lemon peel flavors. Finishes firm-edged but not dry. There were just 1-1/2 barrels of this juice due to hail losses…

  • (production was 52 hectoliters per hectare): Bright yellow. Deeply pitched ripe yellow fruits on the nose. A step up in intensity and depth from the first Vaillons, conveying excellent concentration and an impression of power to its yellow peach and spice flavors. This will need a bit longer than the…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points

    (production was 52 hectoliters per hectare): Bright yellow. Deeply pitched ripe yellow fruits on the nose. A step up in intensity and depth from the first Vaillons, conveying excellent concentration and an impression of power to its yellow peach and spice flavors. This will need a bit longer than the…

  • (from a full crop of 58 hectoliters per hectare; "the grapes doubled in size with the heavy rainfall on the night of August 31", noted Fabien Moreau): Bright yellow. Aromas of lemon, baked bread and truffle. Smooth in texture but conveys a captivating impression of ripe acidity and balance, with the…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points

    (from a full crop of 58 hectoliters per hectare; "the grapes doubled in size with the heavy rainfall on the night of August 31", noted Fabien Moreau): Bright yellow. Aromas of lemon, baked bread and truffle. Smooth in texture but conveys a captivating impression of ripe acidity and balance, with the…

  • Bright medium yellow. Very spicy (a few barriques were used here) pineapple and smoke aromas. Plush, spicy and slightly sweet, showing an almost glyceral texture but lacking the typical delicate floral quality of this grand cru. A touch of citrus zest firms the finish but will this wine ever make an…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Bright medium yellow. Very spicy (a few barriques were used here) pineapple and smoke aromas. Plush, spicy and slightly sweet, showing an almost glyceral texture but lacking the typical delicate floral quality of this grand cru. A touch of citrus zest firms the finish but will this wine ever make an…

  • (made in two barrels and the rest stainless steel): Bright light-medium yellow. Peach and spice aromas are complicated by saline sea spray and iodine. Thick but not at all heavy; a step up from the other 2015s here in urgent fruit and savory minerality. This seamless wine boasts real energy and bulletproof…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points

    (made in two barrels and the rest stainless steel): Bright light-medium yellow. Peach and spice aromas are complicated by saline sea spray and iodine. Thick but not at all heavy; a step up from the other 2015s here in urgent fruit and savory minerality. This seamless wine boasts real energy and bulletproof…

  • (100% made in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Ripe stone fruit aromas are a bit reduced today (this wine showed a more exuberant Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc character a year ago from tank). A sweet, plush fruit bomb in the mouth, with concentrated soft citrus and yellow orchard fruit flavors. This silky wine…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points

    (100% made in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Ripe stone fruit aromas are a bit reduced today (this wine showed a more exuberant Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc character a year ago from tank). A sweet, plush fruit bomb in the mouth, with concentrated soft citrus and yellow orchard fruit flavors. This silky wine…

  • Light-medium yellow. Aromas of very ripe apricot and peach show a saline quality but also a hint of dried fruits. Fat, deep and sweet, but with a salty element leavening the fruit ripeness. Much less aggressive today than the Preuses, finishing opulent, broad and long. Still, this wine does not have…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points

    Light-medium yellow. Aromas of very ripe apricot and peach show a saline quality but also a hint of dried fruits. Fat, deep and sweet, but with a salty element leavening the fruit ripeness. Much less aggressive today than the Preuses, finishing opulent, broad and long. Still, this wine does not have…

  • Bright lemon-yellow. Much less classic and minerally on the nose than the 2016 version, with deep yellow fruit aromas showing the hot-year character. Spicier than usual in the middle palate but in need of more mineral verve and definition. I find this slightly bitter-edged and dry on the back, and not…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Bright lemon-yellow. Much less classic and minerally on the nose than the 2016 version, with deep yellow fruit aromas showing the hot-year character. Spicier than usual in the middle palate but in need of more mineral verve and definition. I find this slightly bitter-edged and dry on the back, and not…

  • Bright light yellow. Slightly musky scents of fresh apricot, ginger and iodiney sea spray. Juicy, nicely intense, fresh wine with surprising energy but still tight. (Winemaker Bailly says this was picked a day after the Fourchaume but I would have guessed the opposite.) A substantial, silky wine with…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Bright light yellow. Slightly musky scents of fresh apricot, ginger and iodiney sea spray. Juicy, nicely intense, fresh wine with surprising energy but still tight. (Winemaker Bailly says this was picked a day after the Fourchaume but I would have guessed the opposite.) A substantial, silky wine with…

  • Bright light yellow. Very ripe, deep yellow fruits dominate the nose. Fruit-driven and rather opulent--in fact, almost honeyed--but without quite the suavity and balance of the Vaillons. Not heavy but not showing much today. Finishes a bit more phenolic, with a slight dryness.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Bright light yellow. Very ripe, deep yellow fruits dominate the nose. Fruit-driven and rather opulent--in fact, almost honeyed--but without quite the suavity and balance of the Vaillons. Not heavy but not showing much today. Finishes a bit more phenolic, with a slight dryness.

  • Bright light-medium yellow. Fresh yellow fruits, ginger and a whiff of oyster shell on the nose. Not as opulent in the mouth as the nose suggests but still possesses the thickness of the vintage. Some spicy lift energizes the mid-palate. The rising, lingering finish shows a hint of youthful bitterness,…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Bright light-medium yellow. Fresh yellow fruits, ginger and a whiff of oyster shell on the nose. Not as opulent in the mouth as the nose suggests but still possesses the thickness of the vintage. Some spicy lift energizes the mid-palate. The rising, lingering finish shows a hint of youthful bitterness,…

  • Bright light yellow. Smoky yellow fruits and sexy soil tones on the nose; not too different from the 2016. An attractive fruit-driven wine with a suave texture and a restrained sweetness. Finishes smooth, with a note of hazelnut.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Bright light yellow. Smoky yellow fruits and sexy soil tones on the nose; not too different from the 2016. An attractive fruit-driven wine with a suave texture and a restrained sweetness. Finishes smooth, with a note of hazelnut.

  • Palish bright yellow. Very ripe, almost candied apricot aroma. Fat and sweet on the palate, conveying less energy than the 2016s that preceded it in my tasting. A bit exotic and blowsy, not to mention dominated by its oak element today. This is a full 12.8% natural alcohol but with low acidity of 3.45…

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Vinous / 87 Points

    Palish bright yellow. Very ripe, almost candied apricot aroma. Fat and sweet on the palate, conveying less energy than the 2016s that preceded it in my tasting. A bit exotic and blowsy, not to mention dominated by its oak element today. This is a full 12.8% natural alcohol but with low acidity of 3.45…

  • This is opulent, with a smoky, toasty cast to the peach, lemon and stone flavors. Tightens up midpalate, where the vibrant structure takes over. Builds to a lingering aftertaste of lemon, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2025.

    Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    This is opulent, with a smoky, toasty cast to the peach, lemon and stone flavors. Tightens up midpalate, where the vibrant structure takes over. Builds to a lingering aftertaste of lemon, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2025.

  • A ripe, opulent style, well-structured courtesy of the vibrant acidity. Peach, apple and baking spice flavors are up front, with a stony element chiming in on the finish. Shows fine balance and expression. Best from 2018 through 2024.

    Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    A ripe, opulent style, well-structured courtesy of the vibrant acidity. Peach, apple and baking spice flavors are up front, with a stony element chiming in on the finish. Shows fine balance and expression. Best from 2018 through 2024.

  • A racy style, with bracing acidity setting the pace for apple, lemon and baking spice flavors. Persistent, leaving a tactile sensation on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2024.

    Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    A racy style, with bracing acidity setting the pace for apple, lemon and baking spice flavors. Persistent, leaving a tactile sensation on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2024.

  • This is intense, with a creamy texture enveloping butterscotch, peach and apple pie flavors. Gains freshness and tension as the lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste unfolds. Best from 2018 through 2024. 100 cases imported.

    Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    This is intense, with a creamy texture enveloping butterscotch, peach and apple pie flavors. Gains freshness and tension as the lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste unfolds. Best from 2018 through 2024. 100 cases imported.

  • Lush and well-structured, this white offers peach, toast, baking spice and licorice flavors, backed by a moderately firm structure. Shows fine length and freshness. Drink now through 2023.

    J. J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse Cuvée Marie Antoinette Vincent 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    Lush and well-structured, this white offers peach, toast, baking spice and licorice flavors, backed by a moderately firm structure. Shows fine length and freshness. Drink now through 2023.

  • Boasting peach, yellow plum, floral and mineral flavors, this rich, open style is powerful, with a lingering essence of stone. Fine balance and length, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2023.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    Boasting peach, yellow plum, floral and mineral flavors, this rich, open style is powerful, with a lingering essence of stone. Fine balance and length, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2023.

  • A ripe style, this evokes apricot, melon, jasmine and fennel flavors backed by lively acidity. Fine length, tailing off slightly at the end. Drink now through 2023.

    Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    A ripe style, this evokes apricot, melon, jasmine and fennel flavors backed by lively acidity. Fine length, tailing off slightly at the end. Drink now through 2023.

  • Ripe, open and harmonious, this white shows peach, apple, lemon and subtle butterscotch flavors. Mouthwatering and tangy on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2021.

    Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    Ripe, open and harmonious, this white shows peach, apple, lemon and subtle butterscotch flavors. Mouthwatering and tangy on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2021.

  • A lean, tart version, this delivers apple, orange, lemon and vanilla flavors, with a hint of lemon candy as this winds down on the racy, tight finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.

    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    A lean, tart version, this delivers apple, orange, lemon and vanilla flavors, with a hint of lemon candy as this winds down on the racy, tight finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.

  • Vibrant and toasty, with smoke, vanilla and clove notes augmented by peach, apple and lemon flavors, backed by a lively structure that leaves a clean, tangy aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2028.

    Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    Vibrant and toasty, with smoke, vanilla and clove notes augmented by peach, apple and lemon flavors, backed by a lively structure that leaves a clean, tangy aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2028.

  • Citrus rules the day in this opulent, lemony white, with accents of orange peel and kumquat at the core. Sharp and tight, leaving a clove- and vanilla-infused finish. Best from 2019 through 2029.

    Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    Citrus rules the day in this opulent, lemony white, with accents of orange peel and kumquat at the core. Sharp and tight, leaving a clove- and vanilla-infused finish. Best from 2019 through 2029.

  • Ripe peach, apple and toasted spice aromas draw you in. Harmonious, with butterscotch and peach flavors swirling through the creamy texture. Excellent length on the finish. Still needs to resolve some oak, yet this shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2028.

    Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points

    Ripe peach, apple and toasted spice aromas draw you in. Harmonious, with butterscotch and peach flavors swirling through the creamy texture. Excellent length on the finish. Still needs to resolve some oak, yet this shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2028.

  • This is sleek and well-delineated, despite the concentration. Lemon, orange, vanilla and clove notes add depth as this remains fresh and creamy through the citrus-laden aftertaste. Very vibrant and long. Best from 2019 through 2032.

    Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points

    This is sleek and well-delineated, despite the concentration. Lemon, orange, vanilla and clove notes add depth as this remains fresh and creamy through the citrus-laden aftertaste. Very vibrant and long. Best from 2019 through 2032.

  • Though round in profile, this is undercut by vivid acidity, remaining well-delineated. Apple, lemon and subtle stone flavors play out from the start to the long finish. Drink now through 2024.

    Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points

    Though round in profile, this is undercut by vivid acidity, remaining well-delineated. Apple, lemon and subtle stone flavors play out from the start to the long finish. Drink now through 2024.

  • Sarmassa is a well-regarded cru located in the village of Barolo itself, an area where the wines are allegedly more delicate, relatively speaking (this is Barolo, after all) compared to those from Serralunga dAlba or Montforte dAlba. Marchesi di Barolos fine Sarmassa has a bit of Montforte-like structure…

    Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Review Online / 93 Points

    Sarmassa is a well-regarded cru located in the village of Barolo itself, an area where the wines are allegedly more delicate, relatively speaking (this is Barolo, after all) compared to those from Serralunga dAlba or Montforte dAlba. Marchesi di Barolos fine Sarmassa has a bit of Montforte-like structure…

  • An extra year in the bottle has given this wine pillowy shoulders and a mouth-filling roundness that make it ideal for bigger fish like salmon or tuna, chicken and even pork.

    Conti Formentini Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2015 / Forbes

    An extra year in the bottle has given this wine pillowy shoulders and a mouth-filling roundness that make it ideal for bigger fish like salmon or tuna, chicken and even pork.

  • Terrific value for money. The front palate's all white pears and crisp green apples shot through with hints of minerality, the lively combination followed by just enough citrus bite on the finish. Perfect for clams or shrimp on the beach.

    Ca Donini Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT 2016 / Forbes

    Terrific value for money. The front palate's all white pears and crisp green apples shot through with hints of minerality, the lively combination followed by just enough citrus bite on the finish. Perfect for clams or shrimp on the beach.

  • Brilliant yellow-gold. Powerful scents of nectarine, pear nectar and Meyer lemon pick up vanilla, honey and smoky mineral nuances with air. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering powerful, mineral-laced orchard and pit fruit flavors and refreshingly bitter suggestions of quinine and citrus pith. Minerally…

    Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Blanc 2012 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Brilliant yellow-gold. Powerful scents of nectarine, pear nectar and Meyer lemon pick up vanilla, honey and smoky mineral nuances with air. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering powerful, mineral-laced orchard and pit fruit flavors and refreshingly bitter suggestions of quinine and citrus pith. Minerally…

  • (raised for 10 months in 80 percent stainless steel tanks and 20 percent small oak barrels) Light green-tinged yellow. Lively citrus pith, pear, honeysuckle and mineral scents are complemented by deeper notes of smoky lees and beeswax. Densely packed Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors are sharpened…

    Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    (raised for 10 months in 80 percent stainless steel tanks and 20 percent small oak barrels) Light green-tinged yellow. Lively citrus pith, pear, honeysuckle and mineral scents are complemented by deeper notes of smoky lees and beeswax. Densely packed Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors are sharpened…

  • Deep ruby. Dark fruit preserves, olive, woodsmoke and a hint of incense on the powerfully scented nose. Intense, appealingly sweet black and blue fruit flavors are accompanied by suggestions of black tea, licorice and candied flowers and supported by a core of juicy acidity. Dusty tannins come in slowly…

    Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Rouge 2011 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Deep ruby. Dark fruit preserves, olive, woodsmoke and a hint of incense on the powerfully scented nose. Intense, appealingly sweet black and blue fruit flavors are accompanied by suggestions of black tea, licorice and candied flowers and supported by a core of juicy acidity. Dusty tannins come in slowly…

  • Bright ruby. Pungent dark berry, olive and musky floral aromas, along with a suggestion of cracked pepper. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering blackberry, cherry pit and bitter chocolate flavors that show good depth as well as liveliness. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to a long, sweet, smoke-accented…

    Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Cornas 2010 / Vinous / 91 Points

    Bright ruby. Pungent dark berry, olive and musky floral aromas, along with a suggestion of cracked pepper. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering blackberry, cherry pit and bitter chocolate flavors that show good depth as well as liveliness. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to a long, sweet, smoke-accented…

  • (aged in new and used small oak barrels for two years) Dark ruby. Ripe dark berries, mocha, peppery spices and olive on the fragrant nose. Juicy and focused in the mouth, showing real energy and thrust to the bitter cherry, blackberry liqueur and cracked pepper flavors. Supple tannins gently shape the…

    Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Nouvelère 2010 / Vinous / 92 Points

    (aged in new and used small oak barrels for two years) Dark ruby. Ripe dark berries, mocha, peppery spices and olive on the fragrant nose. Juicy and focused in the mouth, showing real energy and thrust to the bitter cherry, blackberry liqueur and cracked pepper flavors. Supple tannins gently shape the…

  • Deep ruby. High-pitched, mineral-accented blackberry and cherry aromas, along with olive, cracked pepper and licorice flourishes. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet blue fruit and violet pastille flavors energized by a smoky mineral note. Finishes spicy, focused and long; harmonious…

    Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Deep ruby. High-pitched, mineral-accented blackberry and cherry aromas, along with olive, cracked pepper and licorice flourishes. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet blue fruit and violet pastille flavors energized by a smoky mineral note. Finishes spicy, focused and long; harmonious…

  • (fermented and aged in new oak demi-muids for 9 months) Light bright yellow. Orange zest, nectarine, violet and smoky mineral aromas show very good clarity and pick up a hint of vanilla with air. Sappy and lively on the palate, offering nicely delineated orchard and pit fruit flavors, complemented by…

    Domaine de Bonserine Condrieu 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points

    (fermented and aged in new oak demi-muids for 9 months) Light bright yellow. Orange zest, nectarine, violet and smoky mineral aromas show very good clarity and pick up a hint of vanilla with air. Sappy and lively on the palate, offering nicely delineated orchard and pit fruit flavors, complemented by…

  • (raised in large new oak casks for three years) Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of ripe dark fruits, smoky minerals, incense and licorice, along with deeper suggestions of olive and dark chocolate. Supple and sweet on the palate, offering intense blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that are sharpened…

    Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Garde 2012 / Vinous / 92 Points

    (raised in large new oak casks for three years) Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of ripe dark fruits, smoky minerals, incense and licorice, along with deeper suggestions of olive and dark chocolate. Supple and sweet on the palate, offering intense blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that are sharpened…

  • Opaque ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit, licorice and violet pastille aromas, plus peppery spice and mineral notes that build with aeration. Sappy, sharply focused blueberry and cassis flavors put on weight on the back half while maintaining vivacity. A mineral quality comes back strong on the very…

    Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Viallière 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Opaque ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit, licorice and violet pastille aromas, plus peppery spice and mineral notes that build with aeration. Sappy, sharply focused blueberry and cassis flavors put on weight on the back half while maintaining vivacity. A mineral quality comes back strong on the very…

  • (aged for two years in 600-liter oak barrels, 60 percent of them new) Opaque ruby. Fresh black and blue fruits and olive on the highly perfumed nose, joined by quickly emerging floral and peppery spice notes. Sappy, focused and pure, showing very good depth and focus to the boysenberry, cherry compote…

    Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Sarrasine 2013 / Vinous / 91 Points

    (aged for two years in 600-liter oak barrels, 60 percent of them new) Opaque ruby. Fresh black and blue fruits and olive on the highly perfumed nose, joined by quickly emerging floral and peppery spice notes. Sappy, focused and pure, showing very good depth and focus to the boysenberry, cherry compote…

  • Brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, roasted coffee, Indian spices and potpourri. Intense, subtly sweet red and blue fruit, cola and violet pastille flavors are energized by a jolt of juicy acidity and peppery spices. Closes impressively long and juicy, displaying a…

    Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne 2010 / Vinous / 93 Points

    Brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, roasted coffee, Indian spices and potpourri. Intense, subtly sweet red and blue fruit, cola and violet pastille flavors are energized by a jolt of juicy acidity and peppery spices. Closes impressively long and juicy, displaying a…

  • Brilliant violet. Pungent black and blue fruits on the mineral-accented nose, along with suggestions of cured olive and succulent flowers. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that slowly become sweeter as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet lithe, delivering…

    Vidal-Fleury Hermitage 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Brilliant violet. Pungent black and blue fruits on the mineral-accented nose, along with suggestions of cured olive and succulent flowers. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that slowly become sweeter as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet lithe, delivering…

  • Deep ruby. A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, accompanied by a hint of smokiness in the background. Sweet, focused and energetic in style, offering intense black raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate.…

    Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal Fleury 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points

    Deep ruby. A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, accompanied by a hint of smokiness in the background. Sweet, focused and energetic in style, offering intense black raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate.…

  • Saturated ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, violet and licorice, plus a peppery nuance that gains volume as the wine opens up. Silky and lively on entry, then denser in the midpalate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Shows very good clarity and lift…

    Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Saturated ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, violet and licorice, plus a peppery nuance that gains volume as the wine opens up. Silky and lively on entry, then denser in the midpalate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Shows very good clarity and lift…

  • Bright violet. Aromas of dark berries, licorice, olive and cracked pepper, and a subtle game nuance that builds with air. Concentrated but energetic, offering bitter cherry, blackberry and smoked meat flavors lifted by a jolt of juicy acidity. Closes with repeating smokiness, good length and smooth…

    Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Bright violet. Aromas of dark berries, licorice, olive and cracked pepper, and a subtle game nuance that builds with air. Concentrated but energetic, offering bitter cherry, blackberry and smoked meat flavors lifted by a jolt of juicy acidity. Closes with repeating smokiness, good length and smooth…

  • Opaque ruby. Evokes dark fruit liqueur, smoky minerals and fresh flowers on the nose; a touch of smoked meat adds complexity. Juicy cassis and bitter cherry flavors are given lift by a spine of zesty acidity and a jolt of cracked pepper. Clings with good tenacity on the finish, which is gently firmed…

    Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Opaque ruby. Evokes dark fruit liqueur, smoky minerals and fresh flowers on the nose; a touch of smoked meat adds complexity. Juicy cassis and bitter cherry flavors are given lift by a spine of zesty acidity and a jolt of cracked pepper. Clings with good tenacity on the finish, which is gently firmed…

  • Green-tinged yellow. Ripe pear, nectarine, melon and pungent white flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a spicy touch of candied ginger. Closes supple and broad, displaying strong cling and pit-fruit-driven persistence.

    Vidal-Fleury Condrieu 2014 / Vinous / 91 Points

    Green-tinged yellow. Ripe pear, nectarine, melon and pungent white flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a spicy touch of candied ginger. Closes supple and broad, displaying strong cling and pit-fruit-driven persistence.

  • Light bright yellow. Dried pear, lemon pith and a hint of waxiness on the pungent nose and in the mouth. In a dry, focused style, showing no excess fat and featuring a suave floral quality that builds on the very long, penetrating finish.

    Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Light bright yellow. Dried pear, lemon pith and a hint of waxiness on the pungent nose and in the mouth. In a dry, focused style, showing no excess fat and featuring a suave floral quality that builds on the very long, penetrating finish.

  • Heres a terrific, carefree sparkling dessert wine. The 2016 Moscato dAsti Zagara is loaded with varietal character and sheer energy. The wines appearance is luminous and crystalline. It shows a pale straw gold color. Expressive floral notes of orange blossom, star jasmine and honeysuckle burst forth…

    Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points

    Heres a terrific, carefree sparkling dessert wine. The 2016 Moscato dAsti Zagara is loaded with varietal character and sheer energy. The wines appearance is luminous and crystalline. It shows a pale straw gold color. Expressive floral notes of orange blossom, star jasmine and honeysuckle burst forth…

  • The 2007 Sarmassa 10 anniv is dark and thickly layered. It shows firm sense of structure that has not yielded despite ten extra years of cellar aging. This is another special anniversary wine release one decade after the harvest by the folks at Marchesi di Barolo. The bouquet reveals prune, dried fruit,…

    Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2007 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points

    The 2007 Sarmassa 10 anniv is dark and thickly layered. It shows firm sense of structure that has not yielded despite ten extra years of cellar aging. This is another special anniversary wine release one decade after the harvest by the folks at Marchesi di Barolo. The bouquet reveals prune, dried fruit,…

  • The production output of the 2007 Cannubi 10 Anniv is only 6,000 bottles. These units were put aside to age for an extra decade to be released as a special anniversary edition. Releasing old vintages in small batches like this is becoming an increasingly viable and popular sales approach among Barolo…

    Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2007 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points

    The production output of the 2007 Cannubi 10 Anniv is only 6,000 bottles. These units were put aside to age for an extra decade to be released as a special anniversary edition. Releasing old vintages in small batches like this is becoming an increasingly viable and popular sales approach among Barolo…

  • The 2012 Barolo Tradizione is a dark and succulent expression of Nebbiolo from a warm vintage. Plum fruit, tart cherry, balsam herb and black licorice rise from the bouquet with marked intensity. The wine is structured and firm with broad flavors that spread far over the palate. This wine is recommended…

    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points

    The 2012 Barolo Tradizione is a dark and succulent expression of Nebbiolo from a warm vintage. Plum fruit, tart cherry, balsam herb and black licorice rise from the bouquet with marked intensity. The wine is structured and firm with broad flavors that spread far over the palate. This wine is recommended…

  • The 2016 Roero Arneis is a reasonably structured and textured wine with good firmness that comes directly from the grape. The bouquet offers stone fruit and crushed mineral. In the mouth, it shows evident glycerine or extract and this produces a soft, creamy effect. The finish is luscious and thick.…

    Marchesi di Barolo Arneis Roero DOCG 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points

    The 2016 Roero Arneis is a reasonably structured and textured wine with good firmness that comes directly from the grape. The bouquet offers stone fruit and crushed mineral. In the mouth, it shows evident glycerine or extract and this produces a soft, creamy effect. The finish is luscious and thick.…

  • The 2015 Ruvei benefits from a vintage that was well-suited to the Barbera grape. This variety needs a little extra summer heat to iron out its high acidity. Those conditions were beautifully met in 2015. The wine is partially aged in oak, so there are little wood influences. Instead, the bouquet is…

    Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba DOC 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points

    The 2015 Ruvei benefits from a vintage that was well-suited to the Barbera grape. This variety needs a little extra summer heat to iron out its high acidity. Those conditions were beautifully met in 2015. The wine is partially aged in oak, so there are little wood influences. Instead, the bouquet is…

  • Bright ruby-red. Slightly roasted aromas of blackberry and dark plum complicated by hints of bitter chocolate and tar. Shows an almost candied dark fruit character but in a distinctly dry and classic package, with no excess weight or ripeness. A touch sweeter and fruitier than the Cabernet but not quite…

    Bodega El Esteco Malbec 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points

    Bright ruby-red. Slightly roasted aromas of blackberry and dark plum complicated by hints of bitter chocolate and tar. Shows an almost candied dark fruit character but in a distinctly dry and classic package, with no excess weight or ripeness. A touch sweeter and fruitier than the Cabernet but not quite…

  • Pale, bright yellow. Lemon, pear, herbs and yellow flowers on the nose. Supple and fairly substantial but bright and dry, with the citrus fruit and floral character carrying through on the palate. This has a textural richness that was difficult for Torronts producers from outside the Salta region to…

    Bodega El Esteco Torrontes Don David Reserve 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Pale, bright yellow. Lemon, pear, herbs and yellow flowers on the nose. Supple and fairly substantial but bright and dry, with the citrus fruit and floral character carrying through on the palate. This has a textural richness that was difficult for Torronts producers from outside the Salta region to…

  • Golden-tinged straw. Fresh, precise aromas and flavors of apple and pear boast noteworthy clarity and cut. Finishes bright, floral and long. Sneaky concentration and above average complexity for this wine in 2015. Probably the best young Soave I have ever tasted from Santi.

    Santi Soave Classico DOC Vigneti di Monteforte 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Golden-tinged straw. Fresh, precise aromas and flavors of apple and pear boast noteworthy clarity and cut. Finishes bright, floral and long. Sneaky concentration and above average complexity for this wine in 2015. Probably the best young Soave I have ever tasted from Santi.

  • Bright orange-pink. Pungent red currant, cherry and orange pith scents are accompanied by suggestions of fennel and lavender. Chewy and precise on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends power and finesse, and finishes long and…

    Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rosé 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points

    Bright orange-pink. Pungent red currant, cherry and orange pith scents are accompanied by suggestions of fennel and lavender. Chewy and precise on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends power and finesse, and finishes long and…

  • Offers a slightly rugged mix of red and black currant fruit, with bramble, tobacco and iron notes. Ends with some edgy energy. Shows more character than refinement. Drink now through 2022.

    Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    Offers a slightly rugged mix of red and black currant fruit, with bramble, tobacco and iron notes. Ends with some edgy energy. Shows more character than refinement. Drink now through 2022.

  • A fresh, unadorned style, with a bright feel to the mix of verbena, melon and white peach, backed by a light honeysuckle hint on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

    Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    A fresh, unadorned style, with a bright feel to the mix of verbena, melon and white peach, backed by a light honeysuckle hint on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

  • An extroverted style, with bold apricot and peach notes backed by a flash of mirabelle plum that gives enough energy to drive through the almond- and brioche-accented finish. A nice display of maximum fruit. Drink now through 2018.

    Vidal-Fleury Condrieu 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points

    An extroverted style, with bold apricot and peach notes backed by a flash of mirabelle plum that gives enough energy to drive through the almond- and brioche-accented finish. A nice display of maximum fruit. Drink now through 2018.

  • This has rich and fleshy, yet mellow, core of plum sauce and blackberry compote notes, infused with ganache, singed alder and tobacco leaf details. Picks up an iron twinge through the finish, giving this needed energy and cut to match the heft. Best from 2019 through 2025.

    Vidal-Fleury Hermitage 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    This has rich and fleshy, yet mellow, core of plum sauce and blackberry compote notes, infused with ganache, singed alder and tobacco leaf details. Picks up an iron twinge through the finish, giving this needed energy and cut to match the heft. Best from 2019 through 2025.

  • A solid, gutsy style, with a bramble and licorice root frame around the flavors of dark currant and cherry preserves, ending with a tarry edge on the finish. Drink now through 2021.

    Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points

    A solid, gutsy style, with a bramble and licorice root frame around the flavors of dark currant and cherry preserves, ending with a tarry edge on the finish. Drink now through 2021.

  • Old plummy and sweet black fruit aromas. Mellow and rich spicy palate with lovely definition, velvety tannins and great freshness.

    Vidal-Fleury Ventoux 2015 / Decanter / 92 Points / Silver Medal

    Old plummy and sweet black fruit aromas. Mellow and rich spicy palate with lovely definition, velvety tannins and great freshness.

  • A good dose of smoky new oak offsets the vibrant structure and stony apple notes in this intense white. Remains tightly wound and long, with the flavors persisting on the finish. Well-balanced from start to finish. Best from 2019 through 2029.

    Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points

    A good dose of smoky new oak offsets the vibrant structure and stony apple notes in this intense white. Remains tightly wound and long, with the flavors persisting on the finish. Well-balanced from start to finish. Best from 2019 through 2029.

  • This is toasty yet vibrant, boasting peach, apple and lemon flavors accented by vanilla, clove and nutmeg. All the components are here, with beautiful balance and a long, expansive aftertaste of butterscotch, smoke and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2029.

    Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points

    This is toasty yet vibrant, boasting peach, apple and lemon flavors accented by vanilla, clove and nutmeg. All the components are here, with beautiful balance and a long, expansive aftertaste of butterscotch, smoke and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2029.

  • Offers an enticing combination of floral, peach, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, with vibrant acidity pulling all the elements together. Toast, pastry and mineral accents grace the refreshing and long aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2030.

    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points

    Offers an enticing combination of floral, peach, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, with vibrant acidity pulling all the elements together. Toast, pastry and mineral accents grace the refreshing and long aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2030.

  • This has energy and concentration to the peach, apple and smoke flavors, with a vibrant structure for support. Tangy on the finish, so give this a few months to settle down. Best from 2018 through 2026.

    Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points

    This has energy and concentration to the peach, apple and smoke flavors, with a vibrant structure for support. Tangy on the finish, so give this a few months to settle down. Best from 2018 through 2026.

  • From vines inside the Les Clos Grand Cru purchased in 1904 from the Hospices de Chablis, this is a richly structured wine. It's dense with layers of flavor and great aging potential. Wood and smoky flavors are still calming down to give a wine that will be impressive and long-lived. Drink from 2023.

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection

    From vines inside the Les Clos Grand Cru purchased in 1904 from the Hospices de Chablis, this is a richly structured wine. It's dense with layers of flavor and great aging potential. Wood and smoky flavors are still calming down to give a wine that will be impressive and long-lived. Drink from 2023.

  • Widely regarded as the most majestic of the Chablis Grand Crus, Les Clos has produced a properly impressive and richly dense wine. It has the crispness of the vintage, tight minerality and ripe fruit flavors that contrast apricot and citrus. This is a serious, structured wine ready for aging. Drink…

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection

    Widely regarded as the most majestic of the Chablis Grand Crus, Les Clos has produced a properly impressive and richly dense wine. It has the crispness of the vintage, tight minerality and ripe fruit flavors that contrast apricot and citrus. This is a serious, structured wine ready for aging. Drink…

  • Fifty-year-old vines on the two opposing slopes of this Grand Cru vineyard come together in this balanced wine. It has a cool mineral character that contrasts with its ripe yellow and pear fruit. Acidity and a tight texture hold the wine together beautifully. Drink from 2020.

    Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points

    Fifty-year-old vines on the two opposing slopes of this Grand Cru vineyard come together in this balanced wine. It has a cool mineral character that contrasts with its ripe yellow and pear fruit. Acidity and a tight texture hold the wine together beautifully. Drink from 2020.

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Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points Bright light yellow. Deeper and riper on the nose than the "classic" Clos, dominated by yellow stone fruits (these vines are situated at the base of the hill, where there's more clay in the soil). Then fatter and sweeter on the palate too, showing more apricot than citrus fruits, as well as an oak element.… 2017.08.11

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points Light-medium yellow. Pineapple, wet stone and a suggestion of flinty silex on the nose. Dry, classic and backward but comes across as riper than the Valmur even though these grapes were picked very early, on September 3 and 4. The tightly coiled citrus fruit, wild herb and crushed stone flavors will… 2017.08.11

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 points (60% of this wine started in oak barrels, one of them new and the rest younger on average than those used for the Vaudsir): Pale medium yellow. Very ripe aromas of yellow peach, orange oil and spicy oak. Then thick but a bit edgy and austere in the mouth and a touch dry on the finish; disorganized today… 2017.08.11

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 91+ points Bright light-medium yellow. Aromas of lemon drop, white pepper, wild herbs and sweet oak. Quite concentrated and focused, with lovely citrusy acidity giving the palate a high pitch. Less exotic than most 2015s and not at all a powerhouse; in fact, this is a rather classic Vaudsir of finesse, and is… 2017.08.11

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points Bright light-medium yellow. Reticent nose hints at lemon peel and yeasty bread. Then much more expressive on the palate, showing surprising acid lift to its stone fruit and crystallized lemon peel flavors. Finishes firm-edged but not dry. There were just 1-1/2 barrels of this juice due to hail losses… 2017.08.11

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points (production was 52 hectoliters per hectare): Bright yellow. Deeply pitched ripe yellow fruits on the nose. A step up in intensity and depth from the first Vaillons, conveying excellent concentration and an impression of power to its yellow peach and spice flavors. This will need a bit longer than the… 2017.08.11

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points (from a full crop of 58 hectoliters per hectare; "the grapes doubled in size with the heavy rainfall on the night of August 31", noted Fabien Moreau): Bright yellow. Aromas of lemon, baked bread and truffle. Smooth in texture but conveys a captivating impression of ripe acidity and balance, with the… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Bright medium yellow. Very spicy (a few barriques were used here) pineapple and smoke aromas. Plush, spicy and slightly sweet, showing an almost glyceral texture but lacking the typical delicate floral quality of this grand cru. A touch of citrus zest firms the finish but will this wine ever make an… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 93 Points (made in two barrels and the rest stainless steel): Bright light-medium yellow. Peach and spice aromas are complicated by saline sea spray and iodine. Thick but not at all heavy; a step up from the other 2015s here in urgent fruit and savory minerality. This seamless wine boasts real energy and bulletproof… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points (100% made in cuve): Light-medium yellow. Ripe stone fruit aromas are a bit reduced today (this wine showed a more exuberant Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc character a year ago from tank). A sweet, plush fruit bomb in the mouth, with concentrated soft citrus and yellow orchard fruit flavors. This silky wine… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points Light-medium yellow. Aromas of very ripe apricot and peach show a saline quality but also a hint of dried fruits. Fat, deep and sweet, but with a salty element leavening the fruit ripeness. Much less aggressive today than the Preuses, finishing opulent, broad and long. Still, this wine does not have… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points Bright lemon-yellow. Much less classic and minerally on the nose than the 2016 version, with deep yellow fruit aromas showing the hot-year character. Spicier than usual in the middle palate but in need of more mineral verve and definition. I find this slightly bitter-edged and dry on the back, and not… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Bright light yellow. Slightly musky scents of fresh apricot, ginger and iodiney sea spray. Juicy, nicely intense, fresh wine with surprising energy but still tight. (Winemaker Bailly says this was picked a day after the Fourchaume but I would have guessed the opposite.) A substantial, silky wine with… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points Bright light yellow. Very ripe, deep yellow fruits dominate the nose. Fruit-driven and rather opulent--in fact, almost honeyed--but without quite the suavity and balance of the Vaillons. Not heavy but not showing much today. Finishes a bit more phenolic, with a slight dryness. 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Bright light-medium yellow. Fresh yellow fruits, ginger and a whiff of oyster shell on the nose. Not as opulent in the mouth as the nose suggests but still possesses the thickness of the vintage. Some spicy lift energizes the mid-palate. The rising, lingering finish shows a hint of youthful bitterness,… 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points Bright light yellow. Smoky yellow fruits and sexy soil tones on the nose; not too different from the 2016. An attractive fruit-driven wine with a suave texture and a restrained sweetness. Finishes smooth, with a note of hazelnut. 2017.08.11

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Vinous / 87 Points Palish bright yellow. Very ripe, almost candied apricot aroma. Fat and sweet on the palate, conveying less energy than the 2016s that preceded it in my tasting. A bit exotic and blowsy, not to mention dominated by its oak element today. This is a full 12.8% natural alcohol but with low acidity of 3.45… 2017.08.11

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is opulent, with a smoky, toasty cast to the peach, lemon and stone flavors. Tightens up midpalate, where the vibrant structure takes over. Builds to a lingering aftertaste of lemon, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2025. 2017.08.04

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A ripe, opulent style, well-structured courtesy of the vibrant acidity. Peach, apple and baking spice flavors are up front, with a stony element chiming in on the finish. Shows fine balance and expression. Best from 2018 through 2024. 2017.08.04

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A racy style, with bracing acidity setting the pace for apple, lemon and baking spice flavors. Persistent, leaving a tactile sensation on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 2017.08.04

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This is intense, with a creamy texture enveloping butterscotch, peach and apple pie flavors. Gains freshness and tension as the lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste unfolds. Best from 2018 through 2024. 100 cases imported. 2017.08.04

J. J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse Cuvée Marie Antoinette Vincent 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Lush and well-structured, this white offers peach, toast, baking spice and licorice flavors, backed by a moderately firm structure. Shows fine length and freshness. Drink now through 2023. 2017.08.04

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Boasting peach, yellow plum, floral and mineral flavors, this rich, open style is powerful, with a lingering essence of stone. Fine balance and length, leaving a mouthwatering impression. Drink now through 2023. 2017.08.04

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A ripe style, this evokes apricot, melon, jasmine and fennel flavors backed by lively acidity. Fine length, tailing off slightly at the end. Drink now through 2023. 2017.08.04

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Ripe, open and harmonious, this white shows peach, apple, lemon and subtle butterscotch flavors. Mouthwatering and tangy on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.08.04

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A lean, tart version, this delivers apple, orange, lemon and vanilla flavors, with a hint of lemon candy as this winds down on the racy, tight finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.08.04

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Vibrant and toasty, with smoke, vanilla and clove notes augmented by peach, apple and lemon flavors, backed by a lively structure that leaves a clean, tangy aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2017.08.04

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Citrus rules the day in this opulent, lemony white, with accents of orange peel and kumquat at the core. Sharp and tight, leaving a clove- and vanilla-infused finish. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.08.04

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Ripe peach, apple and toasted spice aromas draw you in. Harmonious, with butterscotch and peach flavors swirling through the creamy texture. Excellent length on the finish. Still needs to resolve some oak, yet this shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2028. 2017.08.04

Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points This is sleek and well-delineated, despite the concentration. Lemon, orange, vanilla and clove notes add depth as this remains fresh and creamy through the citrus-laden aftertaste. Very vibrant and long. Best from 2019 through 2032. 2017.08.04

Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Though round in profile, this is undercut by vivid acidity, remaining well-delineated. Apple, lemon and subtle stone flavors play out from the start to the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 2017.08.04

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Review Online / 93 Points Sarmassa is a well-regarded cru located in the village of Barolo itself, an area where the wines are allegedly more delicate, relatively speaking (this is Barolo, after all) compared to those from Serralunga dAlba or Montforte dAlba. Marchesi di Barolos fine Sarmassa has a bit of Montforte-like structure… 2017.08.04

Conti Formentini Pinot Grigio Collio DOC 2015 / Forbes An extra year in the bottle has given this wine pillowy shoulders and a mouth-filling roundness that make it ideal for bigger fish like salmon or tuna, chicken and even pork. 2017.08.04

Ca Donini Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT 2016 / Forbes Terrific value for money. The front palate's all white pears and crisp green apples shot through with hints of minerality, the lively combination followed by just enough citrus bite on the finish. Perfect for clams or shrimp on the beach. 2017.08.04

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Blanc 2012 / Vinous / 92 Points Brilliant yellow-gold. Powerful scents of nectarine, pear nectar and Meyer lemon pick up vanilla, honey and smoky mineral nuances with air. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering powerful, mineral-laced orchard and pit fruit flavors and refreshingly bitter suggestions of quinine and citrus pith. Minerally… 2017.07.25

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points (raised for 10 months in 80 percent stainless steel tanks and 20 percent small oak barrels) Light green-tinged yellow. Lively citrus pith, pear, honeysuckle and mineral scents are complemented by deeper notes of smoky lees and beeswax. Densely packed Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors are sharpened… 2017.07.25

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Ermitage Rouge 2011 / Vinous / 92 Points Deep ruby. Dark fruit preserves, olive, woodsmoke and a hint of incense on the powerfully scented nose. Intense, appealingly sweet black and blue fruit flavors are accompanied by suggestions of black tea, licorice and candied flowers and supported by a core of juicy acidity. Dusty tannins come in slowly… 2017.07.25

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Cornas 2010 / Vinous / 91 Points Bright ruby. Pungent dark berry, olive and musky floral aromas, along with a suggestion of cracked pepper. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering blackberry, cherry pit and bitter chocolate flavors that show good depth as well as liveliness. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to a long, sweet, smoke-accented… 2017.07.25

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Nouvelère 2010 / Vinous / 92 Points (aged in new and used small oak barrels for two years) Dark ruby. Ripe dark berries, mocha, peppery spices and olive on the fragrant nose. Juicy and focused in the mouth, showing real energy and thrust to the bitter cherry, blackberry liqueur and cracked pepper flavors. Supple tannins gently shape the… 2017.07.25

Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Vinous / 90 Points Deep ruby. High-pitched, mineral-accented blackberry and cherry aromas, along with olive, cracked pepper and licorice flourishes. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet blue fruit and violet pastille flavors energized by a smoky mineral note. Finishes spicy, focused and long; harmonious… 2017.07.25

Domaine de Bonserine Condrieu 2015 / Vinous / 91 Points (fermented and aged in new oak demi-muids for 9 months) Light bright yellow. Orange zest, nectarine, violet and smoky mineral aromas show very good clarity and pick up a hint of vanilla with air. Sappy and lively on the palate, offering nicely delineated orchard and pit fruit flavors, complemented by… 2017.07.25

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Garde 2012 / Vinous / 92 Points (raised in large new oak casks for three years) Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of ripe dark fruits, smoky minerals, incense and licorice, along with deeper suggestions of olive and dark chocolate. Supple and sweet on the palate, offering intense blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that are sharpened… 2017.07.25

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Viallière 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points Opaque ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit, licorice and violet pastille aromas, plus peppery spice and mineral notes that build with aeration. Sappy, sharply focused blueberry and cassis flavors put on weight on the back half while maintaining vivacity. A mineral quality comes back strong on the very… 2017.07.25

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Sarrasine 2013 / Vinous / 91 Points (aged for two years in 600-liter oak barrels, 60 percent of them new) Opaque ruby. Fresh black and blue fruits and olive on the highly perfumed nose, joined by quickly emerging floral and peppery spice notes. Sappy, focused and pure, showing very good depth and focus to the boysenberry, cherry compote… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne 2010 / Vinous / 93 Points Brilliant ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, roasted coffee, Indian spices and potpourri. Intense, subtly sweet red and blue fruit, cola and violet pastille flavors are energized by a jolt of juicy acidity and peppery spices. Closes impressively long and juicy, displaying a… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Hermitage 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points Brilliant violet. Pungent black and blue fruits on the mineral-accented nose, along with suggestions of cured olive and succulent flowers. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that slowly become sweeter as the wine opens up. Densely packed yet lithe, delivering… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal Fleury 2013 / Vinous / 92 Points Deep ruby. A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, accompanied by a hint of smokiness in the background. Sweet, focused and energetic in style, offering intense black raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate.… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Vinous / 90 Points Saturated ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, violet and licorice, plus a peppery nuance that gains volume as the wine opens up. Silky and lively on entry, then denser in the midpalate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Shows very good clarity and lift… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points Bright violet. Aromas of dark berries, licorice, olive and cracked pepper, and a subtle game nuance that builds with air. Concentrated but energetic, offering bitter cherry, blackberry and smoked meat flavors lifted by a jolt of juicy acidity. Closes with repeating smokiness, good length and smooth… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points Opaque ruby. Evokes dark fruit liqueur, smoky minerals and fresh flowers on the nose; a touch of smoked meat adds complexity. Juicy cassis and bitter cherry flavors are given lift by a spine of zesty acidity and a jolt of cracked pepper. Clings with good tenacity on the finish, which is gently firmed… 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Condrieu 2014 / Vinous / 91 Points Green-tinged yellow. Ripe pear, nectarine, melon and pungent white flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a spicy touch of candied ginger. Closes supple and broad, displaying strong cling and pit-fruit-driven persistence. 2017.07.25

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Light bright yellow. Dried pear, lemon pith and a hint of waxiness on the pungent nose and in the mouth. In a dry, focused style, showing no excess fat and featuring a suave floral quality that builds on the very long, penetrating finish. 2017.07.25

Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points Heres a terrific, carefree sparkling dessert wine. The 2016 Moscato dAsti Zagara is loaded with varietal character and sheer energy. The wines appearance is luminous and crystalline. It shows a pale straw gold color. Expressive floral notes of orange blossom, star jasmine and honeysuckle burst forth… 2017.07.21

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2007 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2007 Sarmassa 10 anniv is dark and thickly layered. It shows firm sense of structure that has not yielded despite ten extra years of cellar aging. This is another special anniversary wine release one decade after the harvest by the folks at Marchesi di Barolo. The bouquet reveals prune, dried fruit,… 2017.07.21

Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi Barolo DOCG 2007 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points The production output of the 2007 Cannubi 10 Anniv is only 6,000 bottles. These units were put aside to age for an extra decade to be released as a special anniversary edition. Releasing old vintages in small batches like this is becoming an increasingly viable and popular sales approach among Barolo… 2017.07.21

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2012 Barolo Tradizione is a dark and succulent expression of Nebbiolo from a warm vintage. Plum fruit, tart cherry, balsam herb and black licorice rise from the bouquet with marked intensity. The wine is structured and firm with broad flavors that spread far over the palate. This wine is recommended… 2017.07.21

Marchesi di Barolo Arneis Roero DOCG 2016 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2016 Roero Arneis is a reasonably structured and textured wine with good firmness that comes directly from the grape. The bouquet offers stone fruit and crushed mineral. In the mouth, it shows evident glycerine or extract and this produces a soft, creamy effect. The finish is luscious and thick.… 2017.07.21

Marchesi di Barolo Ruvei Barbera d'Alba DOC 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2015 Ruvei benefits from a vintage that was well-suited to the Barbera grape. This variety needs a little extra summer heat to iron out its high acidity. Those conditions were beautifully met in 2015. The wine is partially aged in oak, so there are little wood influences. Instead, the bouquet is… 2017.07.18

Bodega El Esteco Malbec 2014 / Vinous / 89 Points Bright ruby-red. Slightly roasted aromas of blackberry and dark plum complicated by hints of bitter chocolate and tar. Shows an almost candied dark fruit character but in a distinctly dry and classic package, with no excess weight or ripeness. A touch sweeter and fruitier than the Cabernet but not quite… 2017.07.07

Bodega El Esteco Torrontes Don David Reserve 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points Pale, bright yellow. Lemon, pear, herbs and yellow flowers on the nose. Supple and fairly substantial but bright and dry, with the citrus fruit and floral character carrying through on the palate. This has a textural richness that was difficult for Torronts producers from outside the Salta region to… 2017.07.07

Santi Soave Classico DOC Vigneti di Monteforte 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Golden-tinged straw. Fresh, precise aromas and flavors of apple and pear boast noteworthy clarity and cut. Finishes bright, floral and long. Sneaky concentration and above average complexity for this wine in 2015. Probably the best young Soave I have ever tasted from Santi. 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rosé 2015 / Vinous / 90 Points Bright orange-pink. Pungent red currant, cherry and orange pith scents are accompanied by suggestions of fennel and lavender. Chewy and precise on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends power and finesse, and finishes long and… 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Saint-Joseph 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Offers a slightly rugged mix of red and black currant fruit, with bramble, tobacco and iron notes. Ends with some edgy energy. Shows more character than refinement. Drink now through 2022. 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A fresh, unadorned style, with a bright feel to the mix of verbena, melon and white peach, backed by a light honeysuckle hint on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Condrieu 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points An extroverted style, with bold apricot and peach notes backed by a flash of mirabelle plum that gives enough energy to drive through the almond- and brioche-accented finish. A nice display of maximum fruit. Drink now through 2018. 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Hermitage 2013 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This has rich and fleshy, yet mellow, core of plum sauce and blackberry compote notes, infused with ganache, singed alder and tobacco leaf details. Picks up an iron twinge through the finish, giving this needed energy and cut to match the heft. Best from 2019 through 2025. 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2013 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A solid, gutsy style, with a bramble and licorice root frame around the flavors of dark currant and cherry preserves, ending with a tarry edge on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.07.07

Vidal-Fleury Ventoux 2015 / Decanter / 92 Points / Silver Medal Old plummy and sweet black fruit aromas. Mellow and rich spicy palate with lovely definition, velvety tannins and great freshness. 2017.07.06

Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A good dose of smoky new oak offsets the vibrant structure and stony apple notes in this intense white. Remains tightly wound and long, with the flavors persisting on the finish. Well-balanced from start to finish. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points This is toasty yet vibrant, boasting peach, apple and lemon flavors accented by vanilla, clove and nutmeg. All the components are here, with beautiful balance and a long, expansive aftertaste of butterscotch, smoke and mineral. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Offers an enticing combination of floral, peach, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, with vibrant acidity pulling all the elements together. Toast, pastry and mineral accents grace the refreshing and long aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2030. 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This has energy and concentration to the peach, apple and smoke flavors, with a vibrant structure for support. Tangy on the finish, so give this a few months to settle down. Best from 2018 through 2026. 2017.06.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection From vines inside the Les Clos Grand Cru purchased in 1904 from the Hospices de Chablis, this is a richly structured wine. It's dense with layers of flavor and great aging potential. Wood and smoky flavors are still calming down to give a wine that will be impressive and long-lived. Drink from 2023. 2017.06.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Cellar Selection Widely regarded as the most majestic of the Chablis Grand Crus, Les Clos has produced a properly impressive and richly dense wine. It has the crispness of the vintage, tight minerality and ripe fruit flavors that contrast apricot and citrus. This is a serious, structured wine ready for aging. Drink… 2017.06.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points Fifty-year-old vines on the two opposing slopes of this Grand Cru vineyard come together in this balanced wine. It has a cool mineral character that contrasts with its ripe yellow and pear fruit. Acidity and a tight texture hold the wine together beautifully. Drink from 2020. 2017.06.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Young vines give this wine a bright, fruity character, while wood aging brings out complexity and ripe yellow and citrus fruits. It's juicy and lively, with just the right minerality and tight texture to allow it to age. Drink from 2021. 2017.06.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points Ripe, full and showing the richness of the vintage, this comes from one of the premier crus vineyards on the south bank of the Serein river. It's crisp with strong minerality, while also having plenty of ripe citrus and apple fruit. Drink from 2019. 2017.06.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 From vineyards on the cooler south bank of the Serein, this wine is crisp and tightly coiled despite the warmth of the 2015 vintage. It's built on a backbone of sturdy minerality, fleshed out with crisp, citrus fruit, and will be ready to drink from late 2017. 2017.06.30

Bodega El Esteco Torrontes Don David Reserve 2016 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points A fresh and clean wine with lemon and apple character. Hints of stone. Medium body, flavorful finish. Drink now 2017.06.30

La Linda Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points Subtle aromas of blackberries, plums and almonds follow through to a medium to full body, silky tannins and a clean finish. Tight and pretty. Drink now or hold. 2017.06.30

Luigi Bosca Malbec 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points Tight and slightly chewy with citrus and dark-fruit character. Medium to light body and fresh acidity. Very fine. Drink now. 2017.06.30

Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine & Spirits / 90 Points This nebbiolo shows lovely balance in its flavors of crunchy red berries accented by notes of smoke and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms. Its vibrant acidity and alpine freshness offer immediate pleasure with seared duck breast. 2017.06.30

Domaine Faiveley Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points (from a .62 ha parcel in Le Rognet, which is in Ladoix). Notes of green apple, citrus zest, mineral reduction and soft floral nuances introduce powerful and punchy broad-shouldered flavors that possess a textured mouth feel before culminating in an almost painfully intense finish that goes on and on.… 2017.06.30

Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points (from Puligny fruit). This too is sufficiently reduced to render an evaluation of the nose impossible. There is more volume still to the concentrated, thick and opulent flavors that are borderline massive, all wrapped in a sappy and overtly powerful finish. As the description suggests this is a big… 2017.06.30

Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Reduction presently dominates the underlying fruit though it appears to be ripe. There is both more volume and more power to the medium weight plus flavors that retain good precision on the relatively powerful and solidly persistent finish. This is not exactly classic in style but its less 2015 in character… 2017.06.30

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points A slightly fresher nose is composed by notes of matchstick and lemongrass. There is a notably more refined mouthfeel to the lightly mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that also possess slightly better vibrancy on the delicious, complex and nicely persistent finish. This too should be approachable… 2017.06.30

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A discreet application of wood sets off the distinctly ripe notes of lemon peel, pear and white peach. Here too there is good punch to the more delineated and more mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that are slightly more compact on the clean and dry finish. This too should drink well young. 2017.06.30

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2015 / Burghound / 86-89 Points A pretty if pungent nose displays an assortment combining notes of straw, petrol, citrus and a hint of pear. There is both good energy and richness to the very generously proportioned middle weight flavors that possess a hint of salinity on the very forward finish. To drink young. 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-95 Points (from the Puligny side). A beautifully layered array is composed by notes of mineral reduction, pear, apple, lemon zest and a lovely floral top note. The big, rich and impressively scaled flavors are at once powerful yet caressing while delivering outstanding persistence on the youthfully austere finale.… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points (from all 3 communes, with the majority of the blend coming from Aloxe). Once again firm reduction and sulfur obliterate the fruit. Neither though is present on the powerful and almost painfully intense flavors that ooze dry extract that cushions the quite firm acid spine shaping the driving, youthfully… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Firm reduction. This is sleeker if not quite as concentrated as the Champ Canet but it is more mineral-driven with a lovely sense of vibrancy and inner mouth perfume while delivering excellent length on the bone dry finish. This is a really fine effort that is less marked by the style of the vintage… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points Strong reduction presently flattens the fruit though there is a lovely sense of vibrancy to the succulent but sleek middle weight flavors that offer really fine depth and length on the clean and dry finish. This isnt super dense but its exceptionally pretty and very Puligny in style plus it should age… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Charmes 2015 / Burghound / 91 Points An attractively fresh and bright nose reflects notes of various white orchard fruit, petrol, citrus peel and a whiff of oak. There is a more refined mouth feel to the round, forward and beguilingly delicious medium weight flavors that culminate in a citrusy, dry and well-balanced finale. This well-made… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots 2015 / Burghound / 91 Points Grux indicated that this had just been bottled and not surprisingly very strong residual sulfur notes dominate the nose. On the plus side there is outstanding volume and richness to the imposingly-scaled full-bodied flavors that possess a succulent, even opulent, mouth feel that contrasts nicely with… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2015 / Burghound / 89 Points (from 9 different lieux-dits). There is enough post-bottling sulfur to render the aromatic profile tough to read today. Otherwise there is exceptionally good richness to the very generously proportioned medium weight flavors that possess a highly seductive mouth feel while the saliva-inducing, clean… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux 2015 / Burghound / 89 Points Pungent aromas of matchstick, petrol, citrus zest and a whiff of sulfur introduce utterly delicious medium weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of vibrancy thanks to the citrus-tinged acidity shaping the complex, balanced and persistent finish. This is quite good and should also drink well young… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Burghound / 92-95 Points A beautifully layered nose offers up notes of mineral reduction, white flowers, citrus peel, essence of pear and a hint of wood. The mouth feel of the equally imposingly scaled flavors is finer than that of the Btard if not quite as powerful, all wrapped in a focused and almost painfully intense finish… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Burghound / 92-95 Points (entirely from the Puligny side). Here the nose is quite firmly reduced and about all that can be said is that it appears to be quite ripe. There is a bit more size, weight and volume to the big-bodied flavors compared to those of the Bienvenues-Btard-Montrachet that display fine power and drive on… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points (from Peux Bois). A slightly riper assortment consists of a variety of floral elements that add a touch of elegance to the dense pear and apple aromas that exhibit a hint of the exotic. There is outstanding volume and mid-palate density to the punchy and more mineral-driven flavors that coat the palate… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points A notably more elegant mix reflects notes of smoky honeysuckle, pear, apple and acacia blossom scents. The rich, stylish and utterly delicious medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of energy that continues onto the detailed, complex and impressively persistent finish. This is very classy juice. 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points This is aromatically quite similar to the Abbaye de Morgeot with perhaps just a bit more exotic character. There is excellent richness to the very round and suave medium-bodied flavors that possess very fine intensity on the highly persistent finale. This is neither especially elegant nor stylish but… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points A pungent nose is composed by notes of petrol, smoke, pear and a hint of the exotic. There is even more volume, richness and mid-palate concentrated to the full-bodied flavors that brim with both fine intensity and dry extract that imparts a sappy texture to the highly persistent finish. This powerful… 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This possesses perhaps the freshest nose in the range with its green apple, citrus, floral and wet stone scents. The dense, succulent and extract-rich big-bodied flavors possess evident power and minerality, both of which surfaces on the explosively long finish. This isnt as refined as the Montrachet… 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points (from two parcels measuring .59 ha on the Chassagne side, one of which is in the section known as Dents de Chien; Interestingly one of the parcels is planted to an equivalent density of 14,000 vines per ha, notably higher than the usual 10,000). A beautifully layered nose flashes a broad assortment… 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points A very ripe nose is also markedly floral and consists of pear liqueur, spice and soft wood notes. There is excellent concentration to the lavishly rich broad-shouldered flavors that possess buckets of dry extract that coats the mouth on the lingering and mineral-inflected if slightly flat finish. This… 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points A slightly fresher and more elegant nose exhibits more citrus elements on the acacia blossom, pear and apple scents. There is both good minerality and plenty of punch to the nicely delineated and intense middle weight flavors that also culminate in a bitter lemon-inflected finish where a refreshing… 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points A pungent nose combines firm reduction and wood toast. Otherwise the medium weight flavors possess both better volume as well as a bit more vibrancy that carries over to the fleshy, sappy and lightly mineral-inflected finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault AC Clos de Mazeray 2015 / Burghound / 87-89 Points Firm reduction renders an assessment of the nose impossible today. By contrast there is good freshness to the notably rich and generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors that possess an attractive mouth feel if only average depth on the otherwise nicely persistent finish. 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Fèguine Blanc 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A cooler and slightly more restrained array offers up essence of pear, apple and a pretty floral hint. The sleek and slightly finer medium weight flavors also exude a subtle minerality on the rich yet detailed finish that is both slightly drier and a bit more complex as well. 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champ-Pimont Blanc 2015 / Burghound / 88-91 Points Enough wood to remark upon surrounds the agreeably fresh aromas of various white orchard fruit and lemon rind along with a hint of wet stone that can also be found on the caressing and naturally sweet flavors that deliver the best complexity and persistence, if only just, of these three Beaune 1ers. 2017.06.30

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc 2015 / Burghound / 87-89 Points A whisper of petrol character can be found on the smoky aromas that are primarily composed of various white orchard fruit and a hint of citrus zest. There is good vibrancy and reasonable definition to the lightly stony middle weight flavors that culminate in a clean and moderately dry if not especially… 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC 2014 / The Tasting Panel / 95 Points The Leflaive family has resided in the village of puligny MOntrachet for centuries. This expressive white is lush, dense and ripe with firm mineral notes and a long, spicy finish. 2017.06.30

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points The wine comes from the Leflaive home village and the blend (from more than 20 parcels) demonstrates the intimate knowledge the family has with its terroir. It has a fine balance between the ripe yellow and white stone fruits and acidity. These are given structure by the wood aging and strong mineral… 2017.06.30

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2006 / Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 / 92 Points / Silver Medal A big Barolo of power and complexity, with evolved aromas and flavours of mature oak-spice, prune and raisin. 2017.06.09

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016 / Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 / 92 Points / Silver Medal Ripe raspberry, red apple notes; good intensity and weight, fresh acidity, nice complexity with lovely fleshy pears and mineral notes. 2017.06.09

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 / 94 Points / Silver Medal Salted pineapple and ripe Sicilian lemon fruit nose. The palate is crisp and multi-layered with evident oak, tension and long length. 2017.06.09

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 / 94 Points / Silver Medal Salted pineapple and ripe Sicilian lemon fruit nose. The palate is crisp and multi-layered with evident oak, tension and long length. 2017.06.09

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rosé 2016 / Vinous / 89 Points Vivid orange-pink. Sharply focused red berry and floral scents are complemented by hints of succulent herbs and white pepper. Shows good energy and lift on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red currant flavors and a touch of orange pith. Closes dry and taut, displaying good cling and a hint of… 2017.06.09

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016 / Vinous / 89 Points Pale orange. Bright and energetic on the nose, featuring mineral-inflected red fruit, floral and herb scents. Concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red currant flavors and a touch of bitter quinine that firms the back half. Closes taut, dry and chewy, displaying good persistence… 2017.06.09

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points This is a stylish wine. It has fine acidity and light poised fruity character. With plenty of orange zest and a herbal touch, this blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah is a generous wine, ready to drink now. 2017.06.09

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rosé 2016 / Vinous / 88 Points Lurid pink. Ripe red berries and blood orange on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. In an ample, fleshy style, displaying the texture of a light red wine. Finishes broad and chewy, offering good length and warm, lingering raspberry character. 2017.06.09

Vidal-Fleury Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points Brilliant straw. Pungent, mineral-tinged orchard and tropical fruit aromas show good clarity, and a floral element emerges slowly. Sappy, palate-coating pear nectar and pineapple flavors are complicated by hints of honey and candied ginger, and a mineral element adds vibrant lift. Becomes more energetic… 2017.06.09

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2015 / Vinous / 92 Points Pale, green-hued gold. Penetrating, sharply focused aromas of fresh citrus and orchard fruits are joined by hints of chalky minerals, iodine and jasmine. Juicy and deeply concentrated in the mouth, offering mineral-laced pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that show superb clarity and drive. The floral… 2017.06.09

El Coto de Rioja Rosé Rioja DOCa 2016 / Vinous / 89 Points Orange-pink. Ripe red berries, cherry pit and a suggestion of dried rose on the fragrant nose. Chewy and focused in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and orange zest flavors that open up on the back half. Hefty yet energetic as well, finishing with solid red fruit punch and bright, spicy cut. 2017.06.09

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2016 / Vinous / 90 Points Light orange-pink. Lively, mineral-accented red berry and orange zest scents and a sexy touch of honeysuckle on the nose. Juicy, nicely concentrated and sharply focused, offering vibrant cherry and blood orange flavors underscored by a vein of dusty minerality. Shows very good focus and suave florality… 2017.06.09

Attitude by Pascal Jolivet Rosé 2016 / Vinous / 89 Points Limpid pink. Fresh red berries, orange pith and candied rose scents show good clarity and lift. Clean and racy on the palate, offering juicy strawberry, bitter cherry and blood orange flavors that open up slowly on the back half. Finishes with good focus and length, leaving a spicy white pepper note… 2017.06.09

Castello Monaci Kreos Rosé Salento IGT 2016 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points / Best Buy! Here's a vibrant savory rosato made entirely with the native grape Negroamaro that boasts aromas and flavors of juicy sour cherry, crushed raspberry, Mediterranean herb and a saline note. A blast of orange zest and aromatic herb close the crisp refreshing finish. 2017.06.09

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 95 Points / Editors Choice Racy and deeply mineral, yet buoyantly fruity, this wine embodies the best from the Mosel's fantastic 2015 vintage. It's lavishly forward in ripe yellow peach, apricot and honeydew flavors, yet bracingly high in acidity. Satisfyingly rich in extract yet feather light, it finishes long with shards of… 2017.06.09

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva DOCa 2010 / The Daily Meal This impressive red from one of the most prolific producers in Spain offers exactly what youd expect of a gran reserva Rioja: a complex, layered nose and a palate brimming with dark red fruit, with fragrant notes of herbs, a bit of tobacco, and a hint of vanilla on the finish. It is beautifully structured,… 2017.06.09

Hecht & Bannier Bandol 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 92 Points The blend of old-vine Cinsault with Mourvdre has produced a dense wonderfully perfumed wine. Rich in tannins, it also shows great black fruits and equally great concentration. This is a powerful wine that will be ready from 2018. 2017.06.02

Hecht & Bannier Bandol 2012 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Dark and inviting, with a tightly coiled core of warm mulled anise, plum and blackberry notes and a frame of singed alder and mesquite accents. The broad, solid finish reveals a pleasant leathery echo. Best from 2017 through 2022. 2017.06.02

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine & Spirits / 92 Points From 50-year-old vines in Salns, this wine aged for six months on its lees, developing an unusual combination of juicy pineapple flavor and stoniness. It's nervous in acidity, tightening around the leesiness to create an intense, savage albario. Far from the simple and creamy whites that populate Ras… 2017.06.02

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine & Spirits / 91 Points / Best Buy The fruit of vines between 20 and 50 years old, this spends six months on the lees to enhance the creaminess and depth of its aromas. The texture is shaped by taut acidity, full of mineral flavors and notes of citrus that leave a fresh sensation of lime and white stones. 2017.06.02

Champagne Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 / Sommelier Journal / Wines Drunk to Make Life Better Quite superb, powerful yet elegant, great future. 2017.06.02

El Coto de Rioja Rosé Rioja DOCa 2016 / Forbes Bone dry, and an unpretentious bargain. Darker and punchier than the ubiquitous Provence versions thanks to the Tempranillo, so a perfect version for guys who think ros too girly to drink with barbecue. 2017.06.02

Domaine de Bonserine Condrieu 2015 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points A gorgeous display of Cavaillon melon, green plum, mirabelle plum and yellow apple fruit melds seamlessly, backed by a bright anise hint and ending with a subtle echo of pear. Showing terrific range, this delivers an intellectual and hedonistic experience. Drink now through 2021 2017.05.31

Vidal-Fleury Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Delivering steeped red currant and raspberry fruit liberally laced with singed chestnut, smoldering savory and roasted cedar accents, this alluring red has solid old-school grip, but with a fresh sanguine streak to enliven the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvdre. Drink now through 2022. 2017.05.30

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A crystal-clear Chablis, boasting white peach, apple, seashore, spice and lime blossom aromas and flavors. Though young, this is complex and harmonious, with a firm, intense aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2025 2017.05.26

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is singing today, offering peach, apple, stone and honey aromas and flavors. The brilliant structure keeps the elements delineated. The finish echoes mineral and lemon notes. Best from 2018 through 2025 2017.05.26

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is opulent, offset by bracing acidity, setting the stage for apple, lemon tart and spice flavors. A vein of mineral peeks out on the lingering aftertaste. Stays focused and builds nicely from start to finish. Drink now through 2024. 2017.05.26

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A touch of oak lends roundness to this fleshy white, along with vanilla and pastry accents. Balanced, staying lively as the peach, lanolin and spice notes play out. Drink now through 2024. 2017.05.26

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Vanilla and lanolin notes frame peach, lemon cake and apple flavors, bolstered by fresh acidity. Long, leaving a lemony impression on the finish. Drink now through 2023 2017.05.26

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Peach, lanolin, vanilla and sweet baking spice notes herald this elegant white, converging on the pinpoint, lemony finish. Excellent length. Drink now through 2024 2017.05.26

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2016 / Vogue If it's the pale salmon color or the dryness of a Provencal ros that you like, Sancerre ross are a nice alternative. This wine offers both of those elements: It's light and dry, with layers of berry and a nice clean, mineral finish. It's great for a summer backyard barbecue with fish tacos or roasted… 2017.05.26

J. Hofstatter Lagrein Alto Adige DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points This bright and tangy red offers a zesty mix of blackberry, wild herb, licorice and smoke notes. Snappy finish. Drink now through 2019. 2017.05.26

Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016 / Decanter / 92 Points Review not available at this time. 2017.05.23

Hewitson Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc 2016 / Wall Street Journal A cool region in South Australia, east of the city of Adelaide. Home to a zingy, fairly light-bodied style of Sauvignon Blanc. This lime-zesty wine from a single vineyard in a cool site salutes winemaker Dean Hewitson's wife, Lulu. 2017.05.23

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Garde 2012 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Alluring black tea and bergamot aromas lead the way, followed by an assertive, polished and fleshy core of plum, cassis and cherry preserve flavors. A long bolt of iron underneath remains well-embedded, while a lingering mesquite details adds extra range and length. Best from 2019 through 2034. From… 2017.05.18

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Viallière 2013 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Offers a beautiful display of steeped raspberry, crushed plum and blackberry reduction flavors, layered and long, while black tea, anise, warm ganache and Black Forest cake notes fill in the background. Dense and grippy, but keeps a sense of polish, allowing the fruit to sail through the remarkably… 2017.05.18

Domaine de Bonserine Côte Rotie La Sarrasine 2013 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Solidly built, with a core of red currant, bitter plum and raspberry coulis flavors that stretches out over slightly taut singed alder and juniper notes. Flashes of bay leaf and chestnut kick in on the finish, where a lingering iron accent has a mouthwatering feel. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.05.18

Le Ragose Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C. 2007 / Vinous / 93 Points Opaque dark ruby. Aromas of red plum, black cherry, sweet spices and milk chocolate. A rich, round, and very well balanced Amarone offering a boatload of red cherry, dark plum, brown spices and milk chocolate flavors that are precise and pure. Finishes very long and creamy. Lovely Amarone. 2017.05.18

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Egon Muller's 2015 Scharzhof Riesling is crystalline clear and fresh on the nose with citrus flavors. This wine is light, lush and piquant, highly filigreed and salty, with good length and perfect harmony. A stunning, classic Scharzhof that is as pure as it is intense and crystalline clear. The grapes… 2017.05.18

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 97 Points The 2015 Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese is beautifully clear, intense and piquant on the complex and elegant nose, which displays a great mix of tropical fruit, honey and Scharzhofberg slate with fine botrytis flavors. Round, lush and salty, this is a gorgeously rich, yet pure and piquant Auslese.… 2017.05.18

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 96 Points The 2015 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese opens with a clear, intense and very elegant bouquet that intertwines flint/slate-like aromas with perfectly ripe and piquant Scharzhofberg flavors. Terribly pure, piquant and fresh, this Spatlese with tropical fruit flavors and a great mineral tension. The… 2017.05.18

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2015 Riesling Scharzhofberger Kabinett is very clear, deep, intense and complex on the nose, with smoky slate, iron and citrus flavors that come along highly delicate and with a subversive complexity. Mouth-filling, round and lush, but super clear, fresh and salty, this is a gorgeous Kabinett that… 2017.05.18

Hewitson Falkenberg Shiraz 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A floral grace note of rose petal lends aromatic lift and an elegant profile to the firm, focused core of cherry and plum flavors. A savory mineral accent lingers on the fine and focused finish. Drink now through 2030. 2017.05.18

Vidal-Fleury Vacqueyras 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Bright, with a racy iron streak driving the core of red cherry and red currant preserve flavors. A light bramble echo at the very end adds contrast. Drink now through 2018. 2017.05.18

Vidal-Fleury Gigondas 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Friendly cherry and red currant notes stream along, flecked with light tobacco and iron accents. Silky, open finish. Drink now. 2017.05.18

Vidal-Fleury Ventoux 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A textbook Ventoux red, with a light, breezy feel to the mix of violet, plum and white pepper notes, backed by a hint of incense on the finish. Drink now. 2017.05.18

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This still has some guts despite the slightly late release, with cherry and plum paste notes inlaid with a solid dose of roasted alder. A bit woodsy in feel, but the graphite edge adds cut on the finish. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvdre and Carignan. Drink now through 2018.. 2017.05.18

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Though lean and tightly wound, there are cherry, leather, underbrush and tea flavors buried in this red. On the muscular side and dense, with a long, resonant finish driven by acidity and tannins. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.05.18

Hecht & Bannier Minervois 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points Giving up plenty of roasted plum, fig, chocolate and licorice aromas and flavors, the 2014 Minervois is medium-bodied, rounded, and nicely textured on the palate. It has plenty of fruit and is a charming, enjoyable Minervois to drink over the coming 3-4 years. 2017.05.18

Hecht & Bannier Faugères 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points Sporting a deep ruby/purple color, the roughly 300-case 2013 Faugeres has a sensational bouquet of cassis, crushed violets and liquid rocks. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and impeccably balanced, it has a seamless texture, no hard edges and a clean finish. Made from 50% Syrah, 20% Mourvdre, 20% Grenache… 2017.05.18

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 87 Points A solid value based on Picpoul, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, the 2015 Languedoc Blanc offers notes of ripe apple and buttered citrus in a medium-bodied, clean, classy style. 2017.05.18

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The value-priced 2015 Languedoc delivers on all counts. Made from 55% Syrah, 25% Carignan and 20% Grenache, aged all in concrete tanks, its deep ruby color is followed by classic notes of peppery herbs and juicy berry fruits. These carry over to the palate where the wine is medium-bodied, moderately… 2017.05.18

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Smoke, dark plum, chopped herb, baking spice and pressed violet aromas escape the glass. The full-bodied rounded palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, licorice and dried herb framed in fine-grained tannins. 2017.05.18

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2016 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Tangy, with a mix of thyme and lime pith leading the way, backed by gooseberry and flint notes through the finish. Drink now. 2017.05.18

Attitude by Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc 2016 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Fresh, with a light, zippy mix of peach, lemon and verbena notes. Showing textbook typicity, this is a terrific value. 2017.05.18

Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This is lean and elegant, with cherry, strawberry, underbrush, iron and sanguine flavors etched into the concrete structure. The juicy profile ends with a compact finish that stretches out with air. Drink now through 2023. 2017.05.18

Churchill's Estates Touriga Nacional 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Raspberry and red plum notes are lined with herb and mocha elements in this supple, medium-bodied red. Details of licorice, underbrush and spice meld into the creamy finish. Moderate tannins. Decant. Drink now.. 2017.05.18

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Dried cherry, wild herb and leather aromas and flavors are the highlights of this linear red. Firm and chewy, showing fine balance and length. Drink now through 2020. 2017.05.18

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A sleek, focused style, this offers cherry, currant, earth and mineral aromas and flavors. Vibrant and keeps building on the palate, ending with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and spice. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.05.18

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2016 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Finds a balance between elegance and power, with a light and lively body. Offers intense notes of peach blossom, lime zest and honeysuckle. Vibrant and juicy on the finish, where a hint of fresh ginger chimes in. Drink now through 2025. 2017.05.18

Grooner Grooner 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A juicy white, with flavors of apricot, peach, thyme and white pepper. Vibrant and balanced in an easygoing way. Drink now. 2017.05.18

Lungarotti Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 2010 / Wine Enthusiast / 89 Points This full-bodied red opens with aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, cassis and a whiff of cedar. The robust palate offers mature black plum, ground pepper and clove alongside austere, rather astringent tannins that grip the finish. Drink 20182025. 2017.05.18

Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points / Editors Choice The cuttings for this vineyard were taken from the Old Garden Vineyard, so despite its relatively young age, it has pedigree. Sage, smoke and black olive notes mingle easily on the nose, backed by flavors of vanilla, black cherry and mocha. Its medium to full in body and creamy in texture with a smooth,… 2017.05.18

Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points The vineyard was planted in 1853, so these are some seriously old vines, yielding seriously concentrated fruit. The briary, blackberry fruit is lavished with toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, which melds nicely into a full-bodied, slightly creamy-textured wine that avoids any sensation of warmth or… 2017.05.18

Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast In a region defined by Mistral winds and a Mediterranean climate, this Syrah-driven blend includes Cinsault and Grenache. It combines freshness, fruit and tones of garrigue, the savory herbal brush that's a calling card of the region. 2017.05.18

Santi Infinito Rosé 2016 / Wine Enthusiast This wine from the Veneto rivals those from Provence, with its pale hue and tartness like young strawberries. 2017.05.18

Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A rich, broad red, sporting cherry, earth and tobacco flavors. Powerful and long, with earth and leather accents on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.05.08

Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2016 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Finds a balance between elegance and power, with a light and lively body. Offers intense notes of peach blossom, lime zest and honeysuckle. Vibrant and juicy on the finish, where a hint of fresh ginger chimes in. Drink now through 2025. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 95 Points So perfumed and floral on the nose with dark fruit underneath it all. Clay, too. Full-bodied and very dense yet so agile and bright at the same time. I really like the contrast to this wine. Drink in 2022 but fascinating to drink now. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 96-97 Points Fabulous aromas of crushed lemons, stones, yogurt, flan and cooked apples follow through to a full body, round and rich fruit and a flavorful finish. Dense and so long. Fantastic potential. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 95 Points The aromas are of very subtle gun metal, dark berries and flowers. Full-bodied, dense and silky with a minerally undertone and hints of salt. Long and beautiful. Crunch acidity. Drink in 2021. Clos de Vougeot from Faiveley excells in hot and dry years like this. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 95-96 Points Fantastic aromas of crushed berries and blueberries plus hints of rose petals and mushrooms. Floral, too. Full-bodied and so and velvety with tannins that show polish and finesse. Superb potential here. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points Extremely rich and opulent aromas with blueberries, orange peel and peach seeds. Flowers, too. Full and round, offering up rich tannins and a flavorful finish. Very persistent. Drink in 2021 but already a joy to drink. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 94 Points This is very stretched and compressed in texture with polished tannins that pull the pretty fruit character through the wine with blueberry, cedar and light tobacco undertones. Long and pretty. Drink in 2020. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 94-95 Points A dense and rich grand cru that shows plenty of fruit and spice character not to mention delicious minerality. Full and lively with ripe tannins and a fresh finish. Dense and agile. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points Wonderful aromas of plums, orange peel and stones. Full-bodied, round and soft with a juicy finish. A deep and rich pinot. Fantastic wine. Made from six hectares. Best ever? Drink now. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny AC 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points Aromas of blueberries, stones and flowers follow through to a full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Bright and beautiful. Love the steely undertone. Drink or hold. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 93-94 Points Blueberry and stone aromas with hints of dried flowers follow through to a full body, an agile and bright center palate and a salty finish. Mineral undertones. Very pretty and long. Drink in 2021. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 93 Points Powerful aromas of dried tropical fruit with stones and salt. Full-bodied and a bit more open and rich than usual. Blagny did especially well. Ripe and lively. Drink now or hold. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge La Framboisiere 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points This is a long-time favorite and bright and vivid on the nose, displaying strawberry and stone character. Medium-bodied, silky and long with a lovely finish. Salty undertones. A linear and focused Mercurey. Drink now. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points Wonderful blackberry and blueberry aromas with stones and wet earth. Medium-bodied, tight and linear with fresh tannins and a beautiful finish. Very savory. Delicate finish. Needs time to come together. Drink in 2020. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points Very pretty and lively with stones and minerals. Dried apples and lemon zest. Medium to full body, beautiful density and intense flavors. Hints of lime on the finish. Some salt to boot. A monopole white from Cte de Chalonnaise. Drink now. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Rouge 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points Bright and fruity with strawberry and orange-peel aromas that follow through to a medium body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Crisp and clean. Excellent Bourgogne red. 2017.05.02

Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc 2015 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points Aromas of cooked apples, lemons and minerals follow through to a medium to full body, bright acidity and a clean and minerally aftertaste. A go-to Bourgogne blanc. Drink now. 2017.05.02

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2011 / Vinous / 91+ Points Deep ruby. Balsamic nuances complement ripe black cherry, floral and mineral aromas. Enters big and dense, but suave tannins and lively acids provide backbone to the rich ripe fruit flavors. Finishes spicy and long, displaying strong vanilla tones. Lovely wine. This is the first DOCG Aglianico del Vulture… 2017.04.28

Re Manfredi Vigneto “Serpara” Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 / Vinous / 90 Points Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry, camphor, tobacco, ink and vanilla, along with a smoky overtone. Juicy and dense on entry, then tighter in the midpalate, offering chewy, flinty dark fruit, tar and ink flavors. The vanilla note repeats on the finish, which features slightly tough, chewy… 2017.04.28

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2011 / Vinous / 91 Points Deep ruby. Very spicy aromas of red cherry, underbrush, licorice and tobacco. Enters big, broad and juicy, delivering ripe black cherry and vanilla flavors that are nicely framed by polished tannins. Finishes long and ripe but with vibrant acidity and a strong note of licorice. Powerful and dense, but… 2017.04.28

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / Vinous / 90 Points Deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and flowers are strongly marked by camphor and coffee. Thick, dense and youthfully chewy, offering fresh plum, chlorophyll and violet flavors on the long, tactile finish. Aged in French oak barriques, this is made with grapes grown in a vineyard of 52 hectares (32… 2017.04.28

Re Manfredi Bianco Basilicata IGT 2015 / Vinous / 89 Points A rich, broad red, sporting cherry, earth and tobacco flavors. Powerful and long, with earth and leather accents on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-95 Points (from a .77 ha parcel in the climat Combe dOrveau, which is also a monopole of the domaine; 20% whole clusters). An ultra-spicy and pure nose offers up notes of black raspberry, sandalwood and in the same fashion as the Ech, Asian-style exotic tea scents. There is a highly polished mouth feel to the… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points (from a .36 ha parcel located in the climate of Champs Traversin). Decidedly ripe yet much fresher aromas combine to present notes of cassis, plum and spiced Asian-style tea. The suave, velvety and plump yet muscular flavors possess better punch along with plenty of sappy dry extract that does a fine… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points (from 5 separate parcels in both Chambertin and Clos de Bze, which measure .84 ha; note that this figure includes the declassified vines). Here the nose is similar to that of the Gevrey 1er save for being just a touch fresher. There is also a bit better energy to the bigger-bodied and richer flavors… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points (from a 1.19 ha parcel of vines at the bottom of the slope; 50% whole clusters). A ripe yet restrained nose somewhat grudgingly offers up its aromas of dark currant, plum, spice and freshly turned earth. There is outstanding size, weight and concentration to the very suave, round and quite generously… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points (from a .63 ha parcel; 50% whole clusters). An elegant, pure and ripe nose retains good freshness to the impressively broad assortment of red berry fruit aromas that are interwoven with plum, floral and earth nuances. There is a taut muscularity to the punchy and delicious medium weight plus-sized flavors… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points (from younger vines in Clos des Santenots; vinified with 50% whole clusters). Discreet notes of violet and lilac can be found on the attractively spicy black pinot fruit aromas that precede the velvety and relatively tender medium weight flavors that possess solid concentration and particularly so for… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points (from a mix of older vines up to 80 years of age; 100% whole clusters). Subtle but not invisible oak easily allows the liqueur-like black cherry, spice, lavender and a whisper of dried mandarin orange peel to be appreciated. There is excellent density to the sleekly muscular and mineral-driven flavors… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champs-Pimont Rouge 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points This is also quite ripe as there are similar liqueur-like aromas of red and dark cherry, plum and subtle spice nuances. Here too there is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the nicely energetic and more obviously mineral-inflected flavors that possess fine persistence if not quite the… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points (from a 1.17 ha parcel). A slightly fresher nose is composed of liqueur-like aromas of black raspberry, lilac, violet and whisper of warm earth. There is a better sense of verve to the detailed and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that possess fine mid palate concentration while delivering… 2017.04.28

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2015 / Burghound / 87-90 Points (a 1.59 ha climat of Coucherias and a monopole of the domaine). A well-layered mix of both red and dark currant is trimmed in ripe nuances of plum and violets. The exceptionally rich, suave and seductively textured flavors possess an opulent mouth feel while delivering reasonably good length on the… 2017.04.28

Pig's Nose Pig's Nose Scotch Whisky NV / Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 / 93 Points Soft and sweet on the nose with notes of custard, cinnamon, smoke, and peach pure. Beautifully textured with caramelized nuts, cherry, bacon fat, and the slightest suggestion of peat, this is a smooth, and sippable whisky. 2017.04.13

Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Points Smoke, dark plum, chopped herb, baking spice and pressed violet aromas escape the glass. The full-bodied rounded palate offers dried black cherry, blackberry extract, licorice and dried herb framed in fine-grained tannins. 2017.04.13

Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvedre 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 91 Points The cuttings for this vineyard were taken from the Old Garden Vineyard, so despite its relatively young age, it has pedigree. Sage, smoke and black olive notes mingle easily on the nose, backed by flavors of vanilla, black cherry and mocha. Its medium to full in body and creamy in texture with a smooth,… 2017.04.13

Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre 2013 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points The vineyard was planted in 1853, so these are some seriously old vines, yielding seriously concentrated fruit. The briary, blackberry fruit is lavished with toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, which melds nicely into a full-bodied, slightly creamy-textured wine that avoids any sensation of warmth or… 2017.04.13

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Bloomberg.com / The 15 Best Chardonnays Under $50 For good-value chardonnays from Burgundy, look no further than village Chablis like this bottling. Made by a great father-and-son team, it has the regions trademark lightness, elegance, and minerality, but also the round richness of a warm vintage. 2017.04.13

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo DOCG 2011 / 1WineDude.com / A Brawny, balsamic, big, bold, beautifully balanced; bring your intellectual side or stay home. 2017.04.13

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points This ripe version is round and full of apple and peach flavors, yet with Chablis' telltale stony seashore hint, ending with a moderately long finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.04.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This steely white offers lime, apple and mineral flavors, with touches of white flowers and spice. Ends with a juicy feel. Drink now through 2021. 2017.04.07

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Les Caillottes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Mouthwatering from the start, with crunchy acidity driving the notes of white asparagus, white peach, flint and lemon pith. Offers a rapier finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.04.07

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Clos du Roy 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This has a taut, bony feel, with a light chalky frame melding with thyme, white peach, jicama and flint notes. Shows lovely range and a long, piercing finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.04.07

Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Racy and intense, this white offers lemon, apple, vanilla and butterscotch aromas and flavors. Though lean, this is well-balanced, lingering with mineral, spice and citrus elements. Best from 2018 through 2026. 2017.04.07

Olivier Leflaive Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is lush, with elements of toast accenting the peach, floral and citrus flavors. Lively acidity lends this definition. Balanced, but needs time to integrate fully. Best from 2018 through 2027. 2017.04.07

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge La Framboisiere 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Pretty cherry and raspberry fruit is matched to an open texture in this elegant red. Firm, adding earth and light vegetal notes. Finishes long. Drink now through 2022. 2017.04.07

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points A burst of raspberry and blueberry highlights this lean, sinewy version. Intense, with spice and mineral elements emerging as this plays out on the long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.04.07

Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Full of pure cherry, currant and floral aromas and flavors, this red is also silky, showing no shortage of structure. Builds to a long conclusion, with additional grip and a lasting impression of fruit. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.04.07

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points This is pure, featuring cherry, berry, floral and spice aromas and flavors married to a vivid structure. Firms up nicely as the fruit and supporting matrix build to a long finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2017.04.07

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points An alluring mix of cherry, raspberry, spice and earth flavors combine in this supple red. Rich and juicy, with a lingering aftertaste of ripe fruit and tangy acidity. Drink now through 2023. 2017.04.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Bloomberg.com / The 15 Best Chardonnays Under $50! For good-value chardonnays from Burgundy, look no further than village Chablis like this bottling. Made by a great father-and-son team, it has the regions trademark lightness, elegance, and minerality, but also the round richness of a warm vintage. 2017.04.07

El Coto de Rioja Coto Real Rioja DOCa. 2010 / Forbes This is El Cotos new effort, or new to the American market, and it marks a distinct departure from the consistent style of the three wines above.It comes from a single vineyard of 80 year old vines yielding just 20 hectoliters per hectare. Its a beautiful, luxury wine, but more international… 2017.04.07

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Gran Reserva DOCa 2008 / Forbes The seductively delicate nose charms and intoxicates and Im not talking about alcohol here. Subtle hints of sage, mint and rosemary, monte bajo what the French call garrigue, that mlange of Mediterranean herbs that infuses these characterful old red wine -- waft out of the glass enveloping my senses.Made… 2017.04.07

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2012 / Forbes The pattern was similar with the Reserva, just with more interesting rewards: after an hour it had expanded demonstrating an openhanded generosity with intriguing layers of complexity, each sip taking me deeper into the dusty cool of a 500 year old Spanish church on a hot summer's day. 2017.04.07

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2013 / Forbes Rich and flavorful as the Iberico ham we drank it with. Packed with red summer berries, it was a bit tart and angular at first, but will improve for 3-5 years, thought I. But we didnt have to wait that long as time passed and the meal progressed, it opened delightfully, the angular acidity mellowing… 2017.04.07

Bodega El Esteco Ciclos Malbec-Merlot 2012 / Decanter / 90 Points Lifted notes of tangerine and black fruits. Ripe, juicy and generous and also shows a tight-knit structure and a mineral edge that will allow it to become more complex with time. 2017.04.06

Bodega El Esteco Ciclos Malbec-Merlot 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 91 Points Produced as a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Merlot, the 2012 Ciclos Icono matured in French and American oak barrels for 15 months. There are some charred aromas and notes of ripe fruit and Mediterranean herbs (esparto grass). The palate is medium-bodied but it fills the mouth quite well with fine tannins… 2017.04.06

Famille Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014 / Vinous / 89+ Points Bright yellow. Classic aromas of grapefruit, smoked beef and sweet spices. Vivid, precise and fruity, preserving noteworthy freshness in light of what can best be described as enamel-shattering acidity. Very well balanced on the dry, long finish. A major success for Gewrz in 2014. 2017.03.24

Famille Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points Bright straw. Lovely nose of apple, pear and caramel; not unlike a fresh summer-fruit cocktail. Then more austere on the palate, but with fresh, lively apple and pear flavors. Finishes medium-long and clean. Given the difficult year, its not surprising that I found this a little less complex and showy… 2017.03.24

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2014 / Vinous / 88 Points Pale straw-green. Crisp, fresh aromas of beeswax, stone fruit and botanical herbs. Fresh and juicy, featuring honeyed orchard fruit flavors, but turns a little cloying toward the medium-long back end. 2017.03.24

Famille Hugel Gentil 2015 / Vinous / 88 Points Bright straw. Fresh citrus and floral aromas and flavors are simple and bright. Offers surprising texture for an entry-level wine, finishing bright and clean, with average length. A little larger in the mouth than the 2014, in keeping with the warmer year. A very complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling… 2017.03.24

Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del Cristo Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC 2014 / Robb Report / 5 Lambruscos Worth a Second Sip The Cristo locality of Sorbara is one of the worlds most prestigious growing sites for Lambrusco, and it is where the Cavicchioli family has been producing its prized wines for more than a century. This limited-production, 100-percent Sorbarathe 2014 vintage of Umberto Cavicchioli e Figli Vigna del… 2017.03.24

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points A velvety and opulent red, boasting flavors of black cherry, raspberry, currant and spice. This is elegant, showing finesse and beautiful harmony, backed by a deftly integrated structure and discreet oak. Exhibits fine length, with lingering fruit and spice details. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.24

Domaine Faiveley Vosne Romanee AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A pure, elegant version, showing rose, cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, accented by spice and mineral hints. Delicate and lacy, with a firm backbone. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.24

Fattoria dei Barbi Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Concentrated and intense, with macerated cherry and raspberry fruit, augmented by tobacco, iron and leather notes. Builds to a complex aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035 2017.03.24

El Coto de Rioja Crianza Rioja DOCa 2013 / The Tasting Panel / 90 Points Sour cherry and raspberries countered with cinnamon-dominated baking spice in a medium, soft-bodied 100% Tempranillo. Just a touch of savory dill lingers on the palate. El Coto consists of a group of winemakers who own the largest vineyard holdings in Rioja. This enables them to pass the savings along… 2017.03.24

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points Simonetta Valiani's Le Chiuse shows very nice results in this vintage. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens relatively quickly after being poured into the glass. It opens to soft aromas of ripe cherry and dark fruit with leather, tobacco and spice at the back. The wine is shapely, supple and shows… 2017.03.24

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 94 Points Fattoria dei Barbi's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva shows thick lines and excellent composure. The warm 2011 vintage tends to offer more jammy fruit aromas and you get a fleeting sense of that here. There is extra suppleness and softness that comes from a hot summer growing season. The wine's basic… 2017.03.24

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / The Wine Advocate / 93 Points The 2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino offers a clear and bright quality of fruit. This wine really hits the high notes better than most others in its class. Stefano Cineli Colombini and his team have done a fine job with this Brunello annata. Beyond the dark cherry and cassis are elegant… 2017.03.24

Luigi Bosca Icono Luigi Bosca 2010 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The boldly named 2010 Icono is a big blend of 55% Malbec with 45% Sauvignon from their vineyards in Las Compuertas in Lujn de Cuyo. They commented that the 2010 harvest was well balanced, with excellent grain maturity and firm tannins. The wine spends 18 months in new French barrels (down from 30 in… 2017.03.21

Luigi Bosca Malbec D.O.C. 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2014 Malbec D O C, one of the few Controlled Appellation wines (D.O.C.) from Lujan de Cuyo, is pure Malbec aged for 14 month in new French oak barrels. But, the nose is not about the barrel but about the place and its different soils, with ripe fruit without excess and a pinch of spices. The palate… 2017.03.21

Grooner Grooner 2015 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points / Best Value! A juicy white, with flavors of apricot, peach, thyme and white pepper. Vibrant and balanced in an easygoing way. Drink now. 2017.03.20

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2013 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points Lean, intense and tightly wound, offering a core of lemon cake, apple and mineral wrapped in a veil of toasty oak. Vivid acidity cuts through, marshaling the long finish, where spice and mineral elements linger. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.03.16

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Vinous / 91 Points Good bright red with pale rim. Racy aromas of spicy red berries, sour red cherries and rhubarb on the nose. Crisp, bright and juicy, with an enticing easy-going sweetness characterizing the fresh and tasty red berry and mineral flavors. This medium-bodied wine is quite tangy and penetrating today with… 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Fresh and succulent, with a texture enfolding the strawberry, cherry, spice and tobacco flavors. This is silky and refined despite the firm tannins girding the finish. Shows fine balance and a long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Forthcoming aromas of cherry, raspberry, spice and graphite are the main themes, with smoke and tar accents lurking underneath. Everything is in the right place, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Black cherry and floral aromas and flavors permeate the lacy texture of this enticing red. Spice, tea and mineral notes add depth, with an iron accent on the lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points There's plenty of fruit here, along with a dense and tight structure. Sour cherry, currant, spice and earthy, leafy elements play out on the long, grippy finish. Best from 2020 through 2033. 2017.03.15

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume Les Griottes 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Ripe, with a core of gooseberry and mirabelle plum notes, carried by a flinty spine through a focused, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. 2017.03.15

Domaine Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Le Chene Marchand 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Fresh, with good cut to the mix of gooseberry and white peach notes. A pithy jicama edge on the finish imparts tension. Drink now through 218. 2017.03.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Marked by sweet oak, this displays black cherry, earth and mineral flavors in a linear profile. Long and balanced, with bright acidity driving the earth- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Champans 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Rich and dense, wrapped in a layer of spicy new oak, this red offers black cherry and blackberry flavors. Dusty tannins quickly take over. The finish is vibrant and long. Best from 2020 through 2032. 2017.03.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Dominated by oak initially, this offers black cherry and black currant fruit that comes forward with air, framed by toast and spice details. Shows some power, with a firm, dusty finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.03.15

Nino Negri Inferno Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This elegant, light- to medium-bodied red weaves together a subtle mesh of smoke, grilled herb, dried fig and cherry fruit. Fresh, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.15

Nino Negri 'Quadrio' Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A juicy red, light-bodied and balanced, offering flavors of dried raspberry, singed citrus peel and fresh, loamy earth. Silky on the finish. Nebbiolo and Merlot. Drink now through 2019. 2017.03.15

Nino Negri Sfursat della Valtellina DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points Creamy tannins frame this finely knit red, layered with a rich profile of plumped black cherry, raspberry, licorice snap and singed orange peel. Offers a long, lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. 2017.03.15

El Coto de Rioja Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva Rioja DOCa 2012 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points This generous red offers ripe flavors of dried cherry and roasted plum, in a thick texture, with accents of cocoa and loamy earth. Balsamic acidity maintains balance. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.15

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Crisp and energetic, this lively white wraps bright peach and blanched almond details in tangy tangerine and quince flavors, finishing with a light briny note on the finish. Drink now. 2017.03.15

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points Healthy pale yellow. Slightly high-toned, very ripe aromas of yellow peach and pineapple. In a low-SO2 phase, this comes across as plush, sweet and rich, with inviting stone fruit and lime flavors carrying nicely on the finish. But more Chardonnay than grand cru Chablis. 2017.03.15

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Enticing flavors of smoky black cherry, blackberry and violet are the hallmarks of this suave red. Picks up spice accents as the firm structure asserts itself. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.03.14

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points Black currant, cherry and raspberry flavors are framed by tobacco and spicy oak in this elegant red. Firms up, yet has the potential to come together quickly. Best from 2019 through 2030 2017.03.14

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is vibrant, featuring cherry and wild berry flavors that take on spice and leafy, vegetal accents. Solid, with a line of tannins demarcating the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 2017.03.14

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignerondes 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Violet and black currant notes mark this intense, brooding red. The vivid acidity creates tension, while the dense tannins provide a matrix of support. Best from 2020 through 2035 2017.03.14

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin NV / The Whisky Advocate From the same stable as Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose whiskies, Edinburgh Gin offers a selection of innovative gins, including this version with its foraged seaside botanicals like scurvy grass. Taste: Aromatic spices meet mineral and salty notes. 2017.03.03

Chateau Saint-Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Fresh lemon and mirabelle plum notes stream through, laced with verbena and chamomile threads. Rounded, friendly feel on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Smillon. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Superiore DOC 2012 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A savory red, with hints of underbrush and smoke up front, but bright acidity carries a creamy mix of crushed raspberry, orange zest and ground ginger notes. Drink now through 2019. 2017.03.03

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points This is tight, with a heady mix of black cherry, black currant, violet and spice flavors. There is a dusty feel to the tannins, leaving an astringent finish. Shows power and fine length. Best from 2022 through 2035. 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This is bright and focused, channeling lemon, grapefruit and stone flavors into a linear, racy conclusion. Intense, lacking the harmony found in the best of this vintage. Best from 2018 through 2025. 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Marc (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A plump, fleshy white, backed by lively acidity, with flavors that evoke apple, lemon, butterscotch and smoky oak. Needs several months to settle in, but shows fine potential. Best from 2018 through 2025. 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points A stony, chalk-infused white, with notes of peach, apple, lemon, butterscotch and pastry. Vibrant and racy, with a slightly hard edge on the lingering finish. Best from 2019 through 2028. 2017.03.03

Nino Negri 'Le Tense' Sassella Valtellina Superiore DOCG 2013 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A bright and juicy red, light- to medium-bodied, with tar and spice accents to the plumped cherry fruit. Chewy finish. Drink now through 2021. 2017.03.03

Nino Negri Ca’Brione Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio I.G.T. 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Creamy and well-knit, this medium-bodied white shows a broad palate of baked pear, lemon curd and lightly toasted almond notes. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Incrocio Manzoni and Chiavennasca. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Kanta Riesling 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Vibrant and crisp, with whiffs of honey and lanolin to the core of lime and pear flavors. Light-bodied yet intense. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Scharzhof Riesling QbA 2015 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points This has a minerally aroma and red peach, melon, red currant and nectarine flavors that are finely textured. Lively in the midpalate, offering a crunchy finish that lingers with lightly smoke notes. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2015 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points Rich and refined, with well-sculpted flavors of white currant, flint, apple and green pear. Dried apricot notes fill in the midpalate, with a long, minerally finish that features savory herbal accents. Very fresh. Best from 2034 through . 2017.03.03

Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2015 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points This offers mouthfilling rich, fruity flavors of peach, ripe apple and melon that are plushly spiced, with lemon curd notes on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2022. 2017.03.03

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A mix of lemon, peach and chamomile notes gives this wine immediate appeal. Crisp and lingering nicely, with a grassy accent. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.03

Marchesi di Barolo Coste di Rose Barolo DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A dense matrix supports flavors of cherry, eucalyptus, licorice, and rose hip tea. Tensile and lively, with a lingering aftertaste of leather and tobacco. Best from 2019 through 2033. 2017.03.03

Attitude by Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Has the plump edge of the vintage, with wet straw, lemon curd and gooseberry gele notes. Light flint echo on the finish. Drink now. 2017.03.03

J. J. Vincent Cremant de Bourgogne NV / Wine Spectator / 88 Points Bright and juicy, this balanced bubbly offers a lively bead and flavors of poached apricot, pastry and honey. Delivers a tangy, saline-tinged finish. Drink now. 2017.03.03

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A taut, linear version, with apple, lemon, spice and stone notes wound around the backbone of acidity, this is a bit austere in flavor yet remains long and focused. Drink now through 2024. 2017.03.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2014 / Wine Spectator / 90 Granny Smith apple, green plum, lime and gunflint flavors are the hallmarks of this sleek, vivid Chablis. The tension-filled finish evokes citrus and stone. Drink now through 2024. 2017.03.03

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A floral style, this is racy and long, with lemon, green apple and stone notes. Austere, yet intense and mouthwatering, this leaves a chalky impression on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2030. 2017.03.03

Domaine Faiveley Montagny Blanc 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points A brisk, elegant style, offering lemon curd, apple and light spice flavors, this tails off slightly, but lingers with subtle elements of citrus and spice. Drink now through 2020. 2017.03.03

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 89 Points Sweet berry and cherry flavors are front and center, while spice and light vegetal accents flit around the edges of this taut red. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2026. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points This tangy white offers juicy flavors of tangerine, quince and kiwifruit, with lively acidity and a light, clean texture. Refreshing. Drink now. 2017.03.03

La Scolca White Label Gavi DOCG 2015 / Forbes / 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight You expect the sort of intense, precisely focused minerality from low-yielding, 20 to 30-year-old mountainside vines that this wine shows in abundance, but very rarely at this bargain basement price. No oak but extended lees aging give it more presence than most generic Gavis. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Forbes / 10 Great White Wines Under $20 To Drink Tonight Has Albarino's dry, green-apple crispness but lifted out of the all-too-ordinary banality of the varietal by loads of fabulous fruit. Not a wine for meaty fish, but I'm going to try it with Dover Sole. 2017.03.03

Tenuta Rapitala Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T. 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Rich notes of black currant, bay leaf and anise are set in an elegant, medium- to full-bodied frame that is well-knit, with supple tannins. Creamy, showing hints of smoke and spicy mineral on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola. Drink now through 2023. 2017.03.03

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 96 Points / Cellar Selection Darkskinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes float out of the glass. On the elegantly structured palate, taut, polished tannins and vibrant acidity frame ripe red cherry, exotic spice and aromatic herb flavors. A lingering star anise note announces the close. Impeccably… 2017.03.03

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Charming and open, this red exudes cherry, strawberry and rose aromas and flavors. Remains elegant overall despite the firm, ripe tannins underneath. Approachable now, yet this should develop well over the next decade. Best from 2019 through 2032 2017.03.03

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red. Wild herb, underbrush, cherry and smoke notes weave throughout this supple red. Firms up on the finish while remaining fresh and resonant. Best from 2020 through 2035 2017.03.03

Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet AC 2014 / Wine Spectator / 91 Points A smoky note overlays apple and lemon notes in this sleek, vibrant white, which is expressive, with a creamy texture and vivid acidity driving the lingering pastry and citrus flavors. Drink now through 2023. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 87 Points Melon and a green note of pole beans and lettuce set up a high-acid citric palate. Grassy notes of clover and lettuce infiltrate core citrus flavors, while this shows lemony punch and an herbal note on a juicy tangy finish. 2017.03.03

Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino Sobre Lias Rias Baixas DO 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Tropical fruit, melon and fresh carrot aromas lead to a shearing palate with sharp acidity. Quick-hitting, sharp-angled lemony flavors finish tangy, minerally and lasting, with zesty citric acidity creating length. This is lean and pointed at only 12.3% abv. 2017.03.03

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 / Wine Enthusiast / 93 Points Earthy aromas of truffle, leather, dried herb and dark berry slowly take shape in this full bodied red. Smooth and concentrated, the palate doles out fleshy wild cherry, raspberry compote, and savory orange zest and star anise notes, framed by fine-grained tannins. Drink 2019-2025. 2017.03.03

Famille Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2014 / Wine Enthusiast / 90 Crisp notes of freshly peeled pear mingle with a creamier aspect on the nose. The palate is a similarly appetizing and attractive mix of crisp freshness and creamy roundness. The body is very light but clean. The finish shines with fresh lemon. 2017.03.03

Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt Whisky NV / The Whisky Advocate / 93 Points / Top 10 Highest Rated New Releases (#9) There has been an excellent streak of Islay blended malts recently, and here is another worthy contender from the Spencerfield Spirit Company. This one offers the sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, spice, generous malty notes, and… 2017.02.24

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2015 / Vinous / 95-97 Points (entirely destemmed, as these thick-skinned grapes were extremely high in tannins and total polyphenols): Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2015 / Vinous / 94-97 Points (made from same plot of 60+-year-old vines on the Chambertin side of this grand cru as in the past; 100% destemmed): Bright dark red. Raspberry and a touch of reduction on the nose. Then dense, sappy and high-pitched in the mouth, with terrific intensity and saline complexity to the intense red berry… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (just a single new 150-liter barrel of this wine, vinified with 50% whole clusters): Bright, dark red. Captivating aromas of raspberry, coffee, mocha and pistachio. Plush, dense and deep, conveying more saline minerality and deep soil tones than primary dark fruits in the early going. But this wine… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (entirely destemmed): Bright dark red. Restrained but very pure aromas of raspberry, smoky minerals and game. Viscous, round and generous in the mouth but with terrific fruit intensity and balancing energy; this rather full-bodied wine is ultimately more primary than the Latricires. A wonderfully concentrated… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (13.8% natural alcohol; entirely destemmed; 45% new oak): Healthy dark red-ruby. Captivating exotic spices currently dominate the nose. Plush, saline, soil-driven wine, offering a rare balance of sheer layered ripeness and pronounced minerality. This big boy is more savory than sweet, and its substantial… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (25% vendange entier): Bright, dark red. Knockout aromas of raspberry, flowers and smoky minerality. Super concentrated and salty but tighter-grained and less showy today than the Mazis-Chambertin, with its sexy smoke and soil notes energized by terrific mineral verve. Here the tannins stand out and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points (25% vendange entier; 50% new oak): Bright ruby-red. A step up in complexity and depth on the nose from the foregoing Nuits-Saint-Georges samples, offering sexy soil tones to the aromas of raspberry, minerals, smoke and dried flowers. Rich, pliant, soil-inflected wine with terrific breadth, depth and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points Bright red-ruby. Ripe, wonderfully complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dark cherry, animal fur, minerals and sexy oak, plus suggestions of darker berries. Round, silky and sweet, with its full ripeness leavened by saline, soil-driven minerality. A crunchy raspberry element is nicely shaped on the finish… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points (all destemmed; 55% new oak; Faiveley will add "en Orveaux" to the front label of this wine with the 2015 release; these vines next to La Combe d'Orveau and Petit Musigny face south but are situated on very poor soil in a cold combe): Dark red. Highly complex, cooler aromas of strawberry rhubarb pie,… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 / Vinous / 92-95 Points (from very old vines on deeper, more clay-rich soil than the Combe d'Orveau; Faiveley began replanting these old vines in 2011): Bright red-ruby. Knockout soil-inflected perfume of raspberry, underbrush and smoky minerality. Plush, seamless and deep, perfectly combining a rich, fleshy, dense mouthfeel… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-94 Points (Faiveley has one parcel in the middle of the Clos and two at the bottom): Bright red with ruby tones. Pungent aromas of black cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and flowers complicated by a hint of menthol minerality. A dense fruit bomb on the palate, with its strawberry and cherry flavors given… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (50% new oak; 25% vendange entier; from very thin stony soil): Healthy dark red. Very ripe but reduced aromas of raspberry, black cherry and smoky, flinty minerality, plus a light meaty nuance; almost liqueur-like in the context of this collection. Plush, silky and dense but youthfully reduced, showing… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points Pale greenish-yellow color. Precise aromas of yellow fruits, spearmint and white flowers, with nicely integrated oak tones. Broader and more powerful in the mouth than the Bienvenues, showing better integration of oak. The yellow fruit flavors carry through to a more phenolic, distinctly tongue-dusting… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (25% vendange entier; 40% new oak; from limestone-rich soil): Bright red with ruby tones. Sexy scents of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petal and exotic spices (Flous says the wine's floral character is due to its whole-cluster component). Fresh and energetic, with suave, lightly saline red berry and spice… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points Dark red-ruby. Very precise aromas of dark berries and smoky minerality convey a stronger impression of energy than the Amoureuses. In a distinctly savory, dark style, showing more smoky minerality than easygoing fruit today. This rather clenched, solidly structured wine finishes with big but fine-grained… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (25% vendange entier; 45% new oak): Bright, dark red-ruby. Captivating aromas of dark raspberry, smoky soil tones and salty minerality, plus a suggestion of graphite. Wonderfully deep, plush wine with complex flavors of raspberry and saline minerality accented by peppery herbs. This energetic, finely… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points (technical director Flous cut the percentage of new oak here from 50% to 20% due to his fear of making an overly tannic wine): Bright ruby-red. Captivating floral lift to the aromas of raspberry and brown spices. A step up in mid-palate texture and suppleness from the Volnays, but today the serious,… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Bright, pale yellow. Yellow peach, lemon oil and high-pitched floral nuances on the nose. Concentrated, even opulent, but fine-grained and light on its feet, as these higher-altitude vines are situated just below Meursault Clos des Perrires. Finishes with enticing sweetness and noteworthy lift. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Bienvenue Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Bright light yellow. Aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, white peach and ethereal brown spices. The spicy quality carries through on the brisk, nicely delineated palate, where solid dry extract energizes the wine without bringing any heaviness. This is carrying a relatively high 4.6 grams per liter of… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Bright ruby-red. Perfumed scents of blueberry, blackberry and bitter chocolate show little of the peppery quality of the Frmiets. Suppler, sweeter and more pliant in the mouth, communicating a plush quality to its enticing raspberry fruit. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and noteworthy length. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (aged in 30% new oak, as with all of these 2015 premier crus): Bright, pale yellow. Yellow fruits and spices on the nose and palate, complicated by menthol and white pepper notes. Concentrated and brisk, showing a distinctly peppery herbal lift. Not quite as expressive today as the Meursault Charmes… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (15% vendange entier; 50% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, licorice and an oaky note on the somewhat compressed nose. Densely packed, spicy and seamless, with the enveloping texture, dark-fruit intensity and saline minerality to buffer its serious structure. The very long finish features repeating… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Bright, dark red. Less noble on the nose than the Fues, offering slightly smoky scents of redcurrant, raspberry, coffee and meaty reduction. At once silky and juicy but without quite the dimension or early sex appeal of the Fues. Backward and classic but I wanted a bit more sucrosit for Amoureuses.… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points Brilliant ruby-red. Slightly minty aspect to the pungent red berry and pepper flavors. Nicely intense, sweet and chewy but not a fleshy style of Volnay. This sharply delineated but youthfully tight wine, aged in 20% new oak, finishes with a serious tannic underpinning. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (25% vendange entier; 35% new oak; from very dry soil that suffered from the drought in 2015): Bright red-ruby. Tight, medicinal scents of black cherry, spices and licorice. Offers subtle sweetness in the middle but a peppery quality to the dark fruit flavors suggests that this fruit did not have the… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (13.2% alcohol): Pale, green-tinged color. Lively musky aromas of lime, apple, crushed rock and white flowers. Nicely rich and opulent but also juicy, brisk and vibrant, showing good minerality and acid retention (4.4 g/l today) for 2015, along with a sexy touch of oak. This wine needs considerably… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (Faiveley farms this plot under a 25-year lease; the lowest in alcohol in 2015 at 12.9%): High-pitched aromas of lime and white flowers, with a distinctly herbal quality. Supple, fresh and easygoing; less concentrated and deep than most of these 2015s owing to a higher yield here but this will be very… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Bright, dark red. Spicy, high-pitched aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and orange zest. Juicy and intense, showing moderate fleshiness and a light touch. The clay and limestone soil here includes an iron component. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Aromas of apple, lime, spearmint and menthol. Juicy, suave and cool, with a hint of greenness contributing to the wine's light touch. A wine of moderate phenolic maturity but there's solid dry extract here and good finishing lift. Flous told me that the musts smelled a bit green even when Faiveley began… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2015 / Burghound / 94-97 Points Here the wood and menthol influences are a good deal less subtle and while they don't dominate the even spicier and slightly riper liqueur-like cassis, plum and herbal tea aromas, they're certainly in the way. Otherwise the succulent and opulent massively-scaled flavors possess seemingly endless reserves… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos de Cortons Faiveley 2015 / Burghound / 94-96 Points This too is extremely ripe yet manages to avoid any sense of surmaturit on the once again liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, anise and lilac scents. This is a massive wine, with simply huge mid-palate concentration, power and muscle that terminates just like the Rodin in a borderline painfully… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-96 Points Discreet but not invisible wood serves as a backdrop for the airy, ripe and very pure red and dark cherry, earth and wonderfully broad-ranging spice notes. There is terrific punch to the big, robust, tautly structured and well-muscled flavors that ooze with minerality and buckets of mid-palate sap that… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-96 Points A ripe yet airy and cool nose offers up aromas of essence of red and dark raspberry with plenty of floral influence along with subtle spice, earth and herbal tea nuances. There is terrific concentration to the rich and remarkably concentrated medium weight plus flavors that brim with both minerality… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-95 Points A more deeply pitched nose is composed by notes of dark berry fruit, spice, earth and a hint of animale. There is obvious minerality to the rich, full and naturally sweet broad-scaled yet relatively elegant flavors that are solidly structured, muscular and wonderfully intense while delivering superb… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 93-96 Points Generous wood frames an elegant, pure, airy and sophisticated nose that consists of essence of black cherry, spice and floral aromas. There is an almost pungent minerality on the detailed, sappy and powerful big-bodied flavors that possess a wonderfully appealing texture on the wonderfully long and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 92-95 Points Earthy red berry fruit aromas trimmed in a discreet touch of wood spice are laced with earth, forest floor and violet hints. The full-bodied and tautly muscled broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent power and detail on the stunningly long, mildly rustic and youthfully austere finish. This is quite… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points Background wisps of wood easily allow the spiced and quite floral-scented plum, red currant and dark cherry aromas to shine. There is good minerality to the seductively textured, velvety and even opulent medium weight flavors that display good power and punch on the relatively refined, balanced and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 / Burghound / 92-95 Points Deeply pitched aromas of newly turned earth and animal notes characterize the brooding but notably ripe spiced plum and red berry fruit nose. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors exhibit buckets of sappy dry extract that all but disguises the firm tannic spine on the immensely long and explosive… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2015 / Burghound / 92-94 Points This is more aromatically elegant with its spicy aromas of plum, rose petal, herbal tea, red cherry and earth. The tautly muscular, dense and mineral-driven flavors possess excellent size, weight and power while delivering strikingly good length on the beautifully balanced if very firm finish. Again,… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This too is sufficiently reduced to push the underlying fruit to the background. By contrast there is an equally refined mouth feel to the highly seductive and tension-filled medium weight flavors that ooze a fine bead of minerality on the velvety finish that just goes on and on. This is first-rate… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points A discreet application of wood sets off the wonderfully spicy, floral, plum and black cherry aromas that are quite ripe yet manage to retain a beguiling freshness. There is fine volume to the equally mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that despite being exceptionally rich display fine delineation… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points A discreet application of wood sets off the wonderfully spicy, floral, plum and black cherry aromas that are quite ripe yet manage to retain a beguiling freshness. There is fine volume to the equally mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that despite being exceptionally rich display fine delineation… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points This is the first wine to display overtly generous wood and it fights somewhat with the fresh and cool aromas of red and dark currants, violet, earth and ample sauvage character. The dense, serious and well-muscled big-bodied flavors possess good minerality as well as plenty of sappy dry extract before… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points A markedly floral nose offers up notes of herbal tea, earth, spice and both red and dark cherry nuances. There is both excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the refined and lightly mineral-inflected flavors that possess focused power on the elegant and lingering finale. This is picture perfect… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points This is completely different with its brooding and reserved nose of ripe extract of black cherry along with plenty of earth, floral and sauvage hints. The powerful and concentrated middle weight plus flavors possess a lush and velvety mouth feel while displaying ample muscle on the structured, serious… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Here the slightly toasty nose is sufficiently reduced that the nose is impossible to assess. Otherwise though there is a lovely sense of verve to the more obviously mineral-driven and more muscular flavors that firm up quickly on the dusty, sappy and youthfully austere finale. This is textbook Rugiens… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points A beautifully complex nose exhibits spicy and soft earth red and blue pinot fruit aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is excellent mid-palate density to the tautly muscular medium weight flavors that also brim with dry extract and minerality before terminating in a gorgeously… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points A wonderfully spicy, warm and mildly exotic nose of black fruit, sandalwood and violet aromas complements the round, complex and supple flavors that merge into the dusty, sweet and impressively long finish. There is plenty of nervosit and I quite like the silky texture but the mid-palate density isn't… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points An impressively layered and overtly floral nose is comprised by notes of dark pinot fruit, forest floor and earth. There is a lovely sense of energy to the rich, round and naturally sweet medium weight flavors that possess excellent intensity while retaining very good precision despite the solid richness… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos de Issarts 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points An impressively layered and overtly floral nose is comprised by notes of dark pinot fruit, forest floor and earth. There is a lovely sense of energy to the rich, round and naturally sweet medium weight flavors that possess excellent intensity while retaining very good precision despite the solid richness… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Porets St-Georges 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points A pretty if restrained nose speaks of various wild red berries, earth and once again sauvage nuances. The supple yet concentrated medium weight flavors possess both fine volume and detail on the punchy and lightly mineral-inflected finale that is less rustic than usual. What is entirely typical though… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points There is just enough reduction present to suppress the underlying fruit but there is excellent freshness and punch to the pure, detailed and elegant middle weight flavors that brim with both minerality and sappy dry extract on the firm, balanced and beautifully persistent finale. This succulent and… 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Beaune 1er Cru Clos de l'Ecu 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points Enough wood to remark upon frames ripe liqueur-like aromas of dark raspberry, plum and earth. The wood can also be found on the succulent, serious and dense middle weight flavors that coat the palate on the firmly structured finale. This rustic effort is rather old school in style and will require patience. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru Clos des Myglands 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A ripe and attractively fresh nose features notes of violet, plum, earth and dark currant. There is both good detail and energy to the sleekly textured middle weight flavors that deliver solid length on the balanced finish that displays only a touch of rusticity. 2017.02.21

Domaine Faiveley Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 94 Points Offers spicy cherry, smoke, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Shows terrific intensity and balance, but needs time for all the elements to come together. Best from 2021 through 2040. 2017.02.17

Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru La Combe aux Moines 2014 / Wine Spectator / 93 Points A pure, cherry- and raspberry-flavored red, accented by smoke, spice and mineral notes. Shows a black pepper side as the flavors play out on the aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2017.02.17

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 93 Elegant and attractively perfumed aromas speak of red cherry, rose petal, spice and sandalwood nuances. The detailed and highly energetic medium-bodied flavors possess a sleek, even silky mouth feel before culminating in a lingering and ever-so-mildly austere finale. This well-balanced and understated… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 93-96 Points There is enough wood to notice framing the exuberantly spice red and dark currant aromas that also display sauvage and earth nuances. The cool and pure medium weight plus flavors are remarkably refined for a young Chambertin yet there is clearly plenty of power lurking beneath the refined veneer. This… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 93-96 Points In 2014 it's as though the Clos de Bze and Chambertin have switched places in the sense that this is less expressive, super powerful and appears to be the more structured of the two as well. A discreetly spicy nose consists of sandalwood, essence of black cherry liqueur, violets and a hint of the sauvage.… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2014 / Burghound / 93-95 Points A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off an intensely floral nose that in particular displays notes of violet and lavender along with plum, black cherry, spice and gentle earth scents. There is once again excellent volume to the sleek but powerful and concentrated flavors that exude a fine… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / Burghound / 92-94 Points This is also moderately reduced and impossible to properly assess. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the equally muscular big-bodied flavors that are richer but don't quite have the same sense of underlying tension before terminating in a palate coating and quite firmly structured finish that delivers… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / Burghound / 92-95 Points Strong reduction. The superbly intense, powerful, focused and wonderfully chiseled mineral-driven flavors deliver a palate staining, austere and brooding but once again with a seamlessly well-balanced finish where a hint of wood treatment appears. This is at once refined and restrained though it's quite… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 95-97 Points (100% new oak): Saturated red with ruby tones. Knockout nose combines raspberry, smoked meat, rose petal and mellow oak tones. Pure silk in the mouth but with intense mineral and floral high notes giving powerful dynamism to the flavors of raspberry, spices and crushed stone. Really exhilarating sugar/acid… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 94-97 Points Deep, saturated red. Tighter and more reticent on the nose than the Clos de Bze but with outstanding purity to its aromas of raspberry, coffee, dried flowers and earth. Juicy and intensely spicy but extremely closed; more soil-driven than the Clos de Bze but without that wine's exotic fruit character… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2014 / Vinous / 93-95 Points (aged in 80% new oak; for the past few years, Rousseau has vinified the upper and lower sections of his holding separately, then combined the two, although he still had a barrel of each held aside at the time of my visit): The blend:Vibrant dark red color. Aromas of raspberry and red licorice complicated… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (20% new oak):Bright, dark red. Wilder and darker in fruit character on the nose than the Clos de la Roche, showing some smoky oak and a touch of reduction. Wonderfully silky in the mouth but with strong saline minerality giving definition and a light touch to the middle palate. More about soil than… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (10% new oak): Bright medium red. Captivating nose offers aromas of cherry, brown spices, mocha, menthol and underbrush lifted by high notes of blood orange and flowers. Liqueur-like raspberry and spice flavors show outstanding precision and perfume thanks to a firm mineral spine. Finishes spicy, refined… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 90-93 Points (aged in 10% new oak, but most of the rest of the wine was racked into very young barrels in June): Healthy medium red. Sexy oak notes of coffee, mocha and spices complement dark cherry, berries, red licorice and wild herbs on the nose. Juicy and perfumed in the mouth, conveying an enticing hint of… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2014 / Vinous / 90-92 Pionts Deep red. Dark raspberry, licorice, mint and underbrush on the nose; more soil-driven and less floral than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques. Conveys serious density and sharp definition but comes across as a bit youthfully imploded today. Intense, juicy black raspberry fruit is complicated by a saline quality.… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (60% Mazoyres and 40% Charmes, combined when the wine goes into barrel): Bright medium red. Brambly aromas of redcurrant, minerals and dried flowers. Tighter in the mouth than the premier crus here, showing less charm and early sweetness but noteworthy intensity and a firm shape. More minerals, dried… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 93-95 Points 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… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 95-97 Points The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques will be aged in 80% new oak, although my sample came from a new barrel. It has a very perfumed, voluminous bouquet with billowing red berry fruit, rose petals and subtle flinty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine saline entry. You can… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 94-96 Points The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a fragrant bouquet, coquettish at first, then opening with wet limestone, Morello and cassis scents; it is very defined and focused though not powerful. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, beautifully poised with pure red cherries infused with orange sorbet… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2014 Mazy Chambertin Grand Cru saw 10% new oak and a touch of reduction appeared to accentuate that. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. I like the weight here. There is more body and density than the Charmes-Chambertin, though with the same finesse on the lightly spiced finish. Once the… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 95-97 Points The 2014 Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru has a seductive bouquet with pure raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, woodland scents and a touch of something sweet deep down underneath...white chocolate maybe? The palate is medium-bodied with very refined, supple tannin. The acidity cuts through the red… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 96-98 Points The 2014 Chambertin Grand Cru has such a vivacious bouquet, as intense and generous as the Clos de Beze with waves of pure red berries mixed with granite and limestone scents. There is just something aristocratic about this Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, filigree tannin. There is… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques unfurls on the nose with red cherry and raspberry scents, a touch of bergamot in the background. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry. You are immediately struck by the fineness of the tannin here. Real energy and tension from the word go,… 2017.02.15

Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes 2014 / The Wine Advocate / 94-96 Points The 2014 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru takes time to unfurl in the glass, eventually opening out with dark berry fruit, a touch of briary and blueberry, and a suggestion of sea spray. It is paradoxically intense but subtle. The palate is medium-bodied and here, it just shows the wood a little more… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Cloudy pale yellow. Ripe stone fruit and spice aromas are complicated by an iodiney oyster shell note. A rich, ripe fruit bomb on the palate, with just enough mineral spine to maintain its shape. This big boy finishes long, with strong saline minerality for the year and for the cru. Offers excellent… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Pale yellow. High-pitched aromas of lemon zest, white peach and crushed stone. Flavors of white peach and minerals are complicated by oak notes of spices and vanilla and firmed by pungent minerality. Youthfully tight and a bit aggressive, with a strong citrus spine running through to the finish. This… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively yellow fruits, orange zest, spices, rose petal and lichee on the nose; a bit exotic for young Chevalier-Montrachet. Densely packed and spicy, with pineapple and lichee flavors accented by spices. There's plenty of underlying minerality here but the wine's very… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively aromas of fresh pineapple and crushed herbs. Concentrated, savory wine with lemon, lime and yellow peach flavors enlivened by wild herbs and a suggestion of iodiney minerality. Plenty fruity for young Montrachet but also precise and juicy. Finishes sappy, saline… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 92-94 Points Pale yellow-green. Alluring white peach and nectarine aromas are lifted by a floral topnote. Then quite taut in the mouth, conveying a distinctly chalky character to its sharply delineated flavors of citrus fruits and white flowers. Very penetrating for a 2015, and the highest of these wines in acidity… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault AC Clos de Mazeray Rouge 2015 / Vinous / 87-89 Points Healthy dark red. Still a trace of malic acidity blocking the nose but clearly very ripe. Broad, sweet and silky on the palate, with a raspberry flavor accented by a touch of herbs (the stems contribute elegance, notes Gublin). Offers lovely fruit and suave tannins, with nothing hard about it. Made… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2015 / Vinous / 87-90 Points (50% new oak; totally destemmed): Bright dark red. Blackberry, licorice and violet complicated by a hint of dark chocolate on the slightly medicinal nose. At once smooth and juicy, showing moderate depth to the black cherry and mint flavors. This rather crunchy wine finishes with a touch of minerality… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Santenots 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Bright dark red. Good spicy lift to the aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, pepper and wild herbs. Juicy, supple black fruit and spice flavors saturate the palate, with a pungent mineral quality providing lift. Tactile for young vines but ultimately a wine of only moderate depth. Finishes with initially… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points Bright dark red. Aromas of dark fruits and licorice are lifted by pungent minerals. The juicy, very dark flavors of black cherry, black plum, spices and bitter chocolate reminded me a bit of Saint-Emilion. Still a touch reduced and not yet showing the texture or breadth one would expect from the high… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Bright dark red. Very dark aromas of blueberry, black cherry, chocolate mint and licorice. Densely packed, ripe and chocolatey, but with lovely freshness and inner-mouth tension; reminded me of a Bordeaux from the Right Bank. The gunflint and gravel notes come from the small rocks in the vineyard. Saturates… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champs-Pimont Rouge 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points (destemmed; these vines on soil rich in red clay are mostly 40 years old; the yield here was just 17 hectoliters per hectare due to hail the previous two years, according to owner Edouard Labruyre): Bright red-ruby. Penetrating scents of black cherry and licorice complicated by leather and smoke nuances.… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Dark, bright red. Much more floral on the nose than the young-vines Santenots, offering scents and flavors of red cherry, violet and red licorice. Lovely palate-caressing thickness of texture combined with real lift and verve. This suave, bright, seamless wine is much deeper than the basic Santenots,… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points (vinified with 50% whole clusters and aging in 70% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of black raspberry and licorice lifted by flinty minerality. Sappy dark raspberry, cherry and spice flavors show excellent mineral definition. A distinctly rocky, airy style if a bit taut and youthfully disjointed today… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 91-94 Points (40% vendange entier): Deep ruby-red. Very pure but reticent aromas of black cherry, herbs and licorice. Offers attractive sweetness to its medicinal black cherry and licorice flavors but comes across as extremely primary today, like a brand-new barrel sample. This youthfully tight, firmly structured… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 93-96 Points (70% new oak; entirely destemmed): Dark red with ruby tones. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry and violet suggest a profound but energetic wine. Silky on entry, offering a surprisingly light tough, then compellingly floral in the middle palate, further energized by penetrating minerality. This remarkably… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 94-96 Points (Gublin vinified this cuvee with 15% whole clusters for the first time, as "the grapes were so magnificent"): Bright red-ruby. High-pitched, soil-driven perfume of raspberry, iron and wild herbs. Tightly wound but already seamless and brilliantly juicy, conveying great urgency to its flavors of crushed… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / Vinous / 94-96 Points (70% new oak; destemmed; this fruit was harvested last, on September 11): Dark, bright red-ruby. Captivating subtle perfume of red berries, peony and spices, plus a whiff of tobacco. Thirst-quenching, saline wine (the pH is a moderate 3.4) with outstanding intensity but a magically light touch to its… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Feguine Rouge 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88-90 Points The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Fguine, which was totally de-stemmed, offers attractive blackberry, raspberry coulis and gravel scents on the nose. The palate is well balanced with sappy, juicy red cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry, the new oak (20%) lending a pleasant sheen and smoothness… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru includes 30% whole bunch fruit. It has a succinct bouquet, quite understated compared to others that I have tasted, but well defined with black cherries, bergamot and pomegranate aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, tensile tannin. There is a keen thread of… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Le Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Montrachet Grand Cru has a light, slight smoky bouquet with an intriguing and very subtle licorice note that loiters in the background like a naughty kid. The palate is well balanced and shows more cohesion and terroir expression than the Chevalier-Montrachet: quite powerful with an attractive… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos de Santenots 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90-92 Points The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Santenots comes from the oldest vines in the parcel, more than 55 years old. It clearly has more precision and focus than the younger vines in the Santenots, with notes of blackcurrant, cassis and cold stone. The palate is medium-bodied with well-integrated new oak (50%)… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru includes around one-third whole bunch fruit this year. Again, the stems are disguised on the nose that is well defined, offering more black fruit than red, an underlying cold stone/mineral edge becoming more apparent as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Chambertin Grand Cru does not include any whole bunch this year, but does include vines in Clos-de-Bze. It matured in 70% new oak. It has a velvety smooth bouquet that is very seductive: black cherries, creme de cassis and iodine aromas that unfurl from the glass. The palate is well balanced… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 94-96 Points The 2015 Musigny Grand Cru perhaps somewhat predictably has the most sophisticated bouquet amongst Prieur's red wines, with mulberry and blackberry notes infused with cold stone and subtle sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin that feel quite "bony" at the moment, although… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88-90 Points The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Greves Blanc has a light resinous, honeysuckle-scented bouquet that just needs to muster a little more intensity. The palate is juicy and ripe on the entry with grapefruit and Conference pear notes, quite saline in the mouth, and perhaps just missing the length that a cooler… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Greves 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grves was totally de-stemmed and raised in 20% new oak. It is quite feisty at first, although it calms down in the glass, here a melange of red and black fruit whilst the oak needs a couple more months to be fully assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin,… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Echzeaux Grand Cru has a very opulent bouquet, quite rich compared to others that I tasted, a touch of fresh dates and fig giving away the warmth of the growing season. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry with fleshy ripe black fruit, salted licorice developing on the second half that… 2017.02.15

Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrires finally demonstrated some mineral attack on the nose, something deprived by the warmth of the growing season on the Cte d'Or. The palate is well balanced with a spicy entry. There is decent weight in the mouth, demonstrating well-integrated oak and a light walnut,… 2017.02.15

Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points Dried cherry and berry flavors are supported by fresh acidity in this taut red. The savory finish carries notes of forest floor. Drink now. 2017.02.15

Luigi Bosca Gala 1 2014 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A plush red, featuring flavors of hot stone, dried raspberry and red plum, with graphite notes. The supple finish has sandalwood and cedary accents. Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat. Drink now through 2018. 2017.02.15

Tenuta Rapitala Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T. 2013 / The Wine Advocate / 92 Points The top shelf wine released by Tenuta Rapital is the 2013 Hugonis. The wine represents a bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola from the southwest corner of Sicily. This wine is teaming with rich fruit flavors and backing spice. Cola, balsam herb and licorice add to the overall complexity.… 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2015 / Wine Enthusiast / 88 Points Chopped herb, white spring flower and yellow stone fruit aromas jump out of the glass. The rich, frothy palate offers candied nectarine zest, apricot and lemon drop set against a soft, foaming perlage. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Serragrilli Barbaresco DOCG 2012 / JamesSuckling.com / 91 Points A soft and silky red with dried cherry, berry and light chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Peiragal Barbera d'Alba DOC 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 90 Points Clean and silky with a very fine mouthfeel and delicious fruit. Citrusy undertones. Delicately vivid. Drink now. 2017.02.14

Marchesi di Barolo Madonna del Dono Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2015 / Wine Spectator / 88 Points A trim, athletic red, with an upright structure channeling the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors. The compact finish keeps the theme intact. Drink now through 2020. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A mix of lemon, peach and chamomile notes gives this wine immediate appeal. Crisp and lingering nicely, with a grassy accent. Drink now. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Gavi DOCG 2014 / JamesSuckling.com / 88 Points A very lemony Gavi with mineral and green apple aromas and flavors. Medium body. Crisp finish. Drink now. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2011 / JamesSuckling.com / 92 Points Aromas of licorice, blueberries and flowers with hints of citrus follow through to a full to medium body, with a solid core of fruit and a fine finish. Tight and racy. Better in 2017. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2011 / Wine Spectator / 92 Points This cuts a broad swath, offering cherry, leather, menthol and tobacco flavors. Shows vibrant acidity underneath, with burly, mouthcoating tannins. Fine length. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2017.02.13

Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Tradizione DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points With fruit from various historic vineyards in the Barolo township, the 2011 Barolo opens to plump notes of dark berry, crme de cassis, dark plum and spice. The wine has the summer sun within and you can taste it thanks to the softness and subtle sweetness of the fruit. Ultimately the wine offers more… 2017.02.13

Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2013 / Wine Spectator / 90 Points Pure fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry highlight this elegant, supple red, which is harmonious and adds accents of flower and spice on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 2017.02.13

Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points Here's a tight and streamlined Brunello that is ready to drink out of the gate. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is redolent with sweet fruit aromas of red cherry and dried raspberry that are characteristic of this vintage. That bright core is surrounded by light tones of spice, cola and tobacco. The… 2017.02.13

La Linda Malbec 2015 / Wine Spectator / 87 Points A zesty style, redolent of cherry and licorice flavors, with notes of pepper in the mix. The juicy finish has some paprika details. Drink now. 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Tete de Cru 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A difficult nose displays post-malo lactic and wood toast aromas. Otherwise there is a relatively sleek mouth feel to the delicious and notably rich middle weight flavors that are refreshing and persistent if not especially complex. 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Les Combettes 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points There is a subtle hint of exotic fruit to the peach and apricot, floral and wood-scented nose. The mouth feel of the rich medium-bodied flavors is finer still with slightly better delineation present on the vibrant, balanced and delicious finale. Again the complexity isn't at its usual level but more… 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brules 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points A very generously wooded nose includes plenty of toast and vanilla characters and it frankly fights somewhat with the ripe essence of pear and floral scents. The wood extends to the opulent, even lush and viscous flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before concluding in an impressively complex… 2017.02.13

Chateau Fuissé Pouilly Fuissé Le Clos 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points A difficult nose displays plenty of lactic character along with menthol and wood toast nuances. As is usually the case this is the biggest and most powerful wine in the range with its rich and full-bodied flavors that exhibit a lovely minerality on the succulent yet chiseled finish. This manages to… 2017.02.13

Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rosé 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Tavel is a deeply colored effort (which isn't unusual for a Tavel) and has rich, forward notes of ripe raspberries, cherries and spice in its medium-bodied, nicely textured and balanced style. It's a high-quality Ros that will shine on the dinner table. 2017.02.10

Vidal-Fleury Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points Another winner is the deep purple-colored 2015 Vacqueyras. Revealing loads of kirsch, black raspberry fruits and Asian spices, this beauty is medium-bodied, rich and textured, with no hard edges and notable purity. Drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years. 2017.02.10

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 88 Points The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a tank-aged blend of Viognier, Clairette and Roussanne. It sports a light gold color as well as classic notes of pears, flowers and spice. Medium-bodied, silky and layered, it's another high-quality white from this terrific vintage. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Petit Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 87 Points A ripe, fresh and pretty nose features mainly notes of apple and citrus along with nicely rich and round flavors that terminate in a lemon-inflected, clean and refreshing finale. This straightforward effort should be appealing young. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Burghound / 88-90 Points A discreet but not invisible touch of wood frames the slightly riper aromas of white orchard fruit, lemon and sea breeze. There is a bit more volume and richness to the generously proportioned yet intense flavors that possess better depth and length. I wouldn't describe this as entirely classic but… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 88 Points Here there is better Chablis character and even a hint of mineral reduction to the green apple, citrus and tidal pool-scented nose. There is impressive richness to the solidly intense medium-bodied flavors that offer good salinity on the equally clean and dry finale. This isn't an elegant wine but it's… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points This is very Mont de Milieu with its mildly exotic and vaguely Viognier-like aromas that introduce big, rich and impressively scaled flavors that exhibit fine mid-palate concentration before culminating in a softly mineral-inflected and saline finish that delivers both very solid depth and length. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points This is very different from the Fourchaume with its spicy and intensely floral nose that is more elegant if not quite as complex. There is slightly less volume but more precision to the round and supple middle weight flavors that tighten up on the delicious and lingering finish. Like most of these 2015s,… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / Burghound / 89-91 Points This is also notably ripe but not really exotic with its array of pear, citrus, mineral reduction and wisps of sea shell and ocean scents. The slightly bigger and richer flavors possess a caressing mouth feel before delivering a vibrant and citrusy finale that offers good if not truly special depth. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points This is at once more classic and more elegant with its ripe yet airy combination of pear, apple, mineral reduction and floral nuances. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the refined medium weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the lingering, balanced and delicious finish… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points This is noticeably more reserved with its pure nose of green fruit, mineral reduction and sea shore scents. The palate impression of the slightly more voluminous flavors manages to combine richness with refinement that continues onto the mouth coating, sappy and well-balanced finish. This notably pretty… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Burghound / 91-94 Points An attractively fresh nose features notes of mineral reduction, green fruit, tidal pool and iodine nuances. There is both good vibrancy and intensity to the admirably well-concentrated flavors that possess focused power and detail on the beautifully long finish. This is finer than it usually is as it's… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2015 / Burghound / 91-93 Points Notes of freshly sliced citrus and mineral reduction combine with those of white flower and discreet spice nuances. There is a restrained energy to the caressing, intense and lilting middle weight flavors that possess good richness but also a lovely sense of refinement on the bitter lemon-infused finale. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2015 / Vinous / 87 Points Pale, green-tinged yellow. Very ripe aromas of pear, yellow peach, spices and dusty herbs, plus a hint of banana. Nicely concentrated and distinctly dry, finishing with a note of licorice and some alcoholic warmth. (I enjoyed the candied lemon and lime peel and high-toned ginger aromas of the just-bottled… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015 / Vinous / 87-90 Points (a stainless steel wine): Pale yellow. Licorice and white pepper dominate fruit on the nose. At once juicy and a bit exotic, showing a hint of banana and some alcoholic warmth. Bailly says this is going through an exotic grapefruity stage but I was more worried about the wine's heat. 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Tete d'Or 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points (blended the day before my visit, for bottling in September; 20% oak): Bright, pale yellow. Apple, yellow peach and spices on the zesty nose. A step up in concentration and personality from the basic village Chablis: tactile and brisk, with lemon and lime flavors accented by dusty minerality. Finishes… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 88-90 Points (just three barrels of this juice, two of oak and one of stainless steel): Penetrating aromas of menthol, spearmint and white pepper suggest a slightly volatile element. Supple on entry, then lemony and dry in the middle palate, showing modest real flavor intensity. Turns distinctly tart-edged on the… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (sample tasted from stainless steel tank): Bright pale yellow. An aroma of lemon zest is lifted by a floral topnote. Concentrated and sappy, with lemon and white peach flavors braced by ginger and quinine notes, not to mention a lot of CO2. Winemaker Olivier Bailly may add some oak lots to this wine… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Milieu 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (this cuve consists of two 600-liter casks plus one 50-hectoliter tank): Lemon-limey lift to the aromas of stone and licorice. A fairly rich, pliant wine, not quite exotic but showing inviting spicy high notes. Dry, essentially classic Chablis with a rather tight-grained texture and good length. One… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (all done in stainless steel; made from three parcels of vines averaging 54 years of age): Vibrant aromas of lemon and lime smell like another vintage. Then surprisingly rich and pliant in the mouth, conveying a strong impression of fruit but less stony minerality and tautness than normal for this wine.… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (all in stainless steel): Exotic aromas of pineapple, banana and orange blossom. Quite plush and rich, with pineapple and menthol flavors--and 13.6% alcohol--showing the exotic side of the vintage. Large-scaled for Preuses and not especially floral, finishing with a slightly edgy quality. But not hailed… 2017.02.10

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (two barrels produced, one oak and one stainless steel): High-pitched, high-toned aromas of white peach, lime, licorice, fresh herbs and pepper. Plush and supple in the mouth, conveying enticing sweetness along with a saline complexity to its ripe peach flavor. Not at all obviously oaky but still a… 2017.02.10

Olivier Leflaive Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 / Wine Spectator / 98 Points This is saturated with flavors and aromas of nut oil, sweet corn, lemon verbena, citronella and toasted baking spices, married to a texture that verges on oily. Backed by racy acidity, this leaves a long, mineral- and spice-infused aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2017.02.08

Olivier Leflaive Batard Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 95 Points Elegant, offering lemon, apple, floral and mineral flavors, with accents of baking spices. Balanced, building to a sleek, citrus-, stone- and spice-filled aftertaste. Shows tremendous focus. Best from 2019 through 2029 2017.02.08

Olivier Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru (Recolte du Domaine) 2014 / Wine Spectator / 96 Points This white is monolithic and chunky, offering a vein of stone underneath the peach, lemon and spice flavors. The racy structure takes over, but the long, detailed aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral shows potential. Best from 2020 through 2033 2017.02.08

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Burghound / 87-90 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Burghound / 87 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Burghound / 88-91 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Burghound / 89-92 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Burghound / 90-92 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Burghound / 90-93 Points This 12.5 ha domaine is directed by Christian Moreau and his son Fabien, who describe the 2015 vintage as "one that is marked by the super-hot and dry summer. June, July and August were all very warm and while there was a bit of rain in August, June and July had almost none. Then the evening of the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 2015 / Vinous / 88 Points (bottled two weeks prior to my early-June visit): Metallic lemon-lime nose. Juicy, spicy and brisk, with classic lemon and white pepper flavors; nothing exotic about this 2015. Nicely penetrating village wine with sneaky length. Start drinking this wine at the end of the year, suggests Christian Moreau. 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (tasted from cuve, where it had been blended; the remaining 20% of this wine was aging in barrel): White peach and lemon on the nose. Energetic and taut for the year, showing lovely cut to its citrus, crushed stone and licorice flavors. Finishes tactile and long, with firm acidity providing definition… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / Vinous / 89-91 Points (this site was harvested on September 10 at 12.9% potential alcohol; the wine started in barrels and was racked into tank at the beginning of May): Ripe peach and spices on the nose. Fat, ripe and fruity, showing a thicker texture and more power than the Blanchots but not quite the clarity of that wine.… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015 / Vinous / 89-92 Points (this wine had not yet been blended but Fabien Moreau created a representative sample from barrel and tank; picked four days early owing to the hailstorm--"before the grapes turned," according to Moreau): Aromas of lemon zest and chlorophyll. Offers good texture to the flavors of lemon zest and licorice.… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Distinctly riper on the nose than the classic Vaillons, offering scents of lemon oil and orange blossom. More tactile in the mouth as well, conveying an impression of dusty extract to the ripe citrus, ginger and quinine flavors. These 83-year-old vines are the estate's oldest. Powerful, penetrating… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / Vinous / 90-92 Points Ripe aroma of fresh apricot with a complicating oaky element. Dense, sappy and vibrant, displaying terrific energy and floral lift to the stone fruit and crushed rock flavors. This site was the most affected by hail in 2015, with production just 1-1/2 barrels vs. a normal 2-1/2, but the rain after the… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / Vinous / 90-93 Points Slightly exotic aroma of ripe pineapple. Dense and rich but holding a good bit of CO2 and difficult to judge today. Shows more texture and salinity than the classic Clos, and finishes classically dry and long, with a touch of youthful dryness. Easier to taste today than the regular Clos but this will… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / Vinous / 91-93 Points A complex nose featuring peach and mineral aromas leads to a dense, tightly wound palate conveying more acidity and punch than the Vaudsir. A menthol element contributes to the backward impression. Finishes dry, classic and long. 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 'Clos des Hospice' 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos des Hospices has a clean and precise bouquet, focused with touches of lychee and pink grapefruit, perhaps not quite as mineral-driven as the 2014. The palate is well balanced with mango and dried pineapple on the entry, the oak neatly assimilated with a harmonious… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir is completely matured in barrel. For me, this has a more convincing bouquet than the Blanchots with some gorgeous yellow flower, orange blossom and almost sweet marzipan like aromas. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, detailed and precise, the mineralit… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 92-94 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir is completely matured in barrel. For me, this has a more convincing bouquet than the Blanchots with some gorgeous yellow flower, orange blossom and almost sweet marzipan like aromas. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, detailed and precise, the mineralit… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur has another winning bouquet of white flowers, hints of white chocolate and roasted almond all very well defined, perhaps the mineralit not quite as present as the Vaudsir. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, tightly wound and focused with green apple,… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 89-91 Points The 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots has an attractive bouquet: yellow flowers, a touch of lemon curd with the mineralit taking a back seat for the moment. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, perhaps missing a little complexity on the entry, though it delivers a fine saline finish that lingers… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon Cuvee Guy Moreau 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 91-93 Points The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Cuvee Guy Moreau has a fresh lime flower and citrus peel bouquet with just a faint hint of tropical fruit emanating from the warmth of the growing season. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and chalky with dried pineapple and a hint of brioche… 2017.02.07

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2015 / The Wine Advocate / 90 Points The 2015 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons has a crisp Granny Smith apple and fresh pear scent, very harmonious and with commendable purity. The palate is very cohesive with a slight oyster shell note on the entry. The acidity is well judged with lemon peel and a touch of white peach on the finish. This is a… 2017.02.07

Churchills Port 30 Year Tawny NV / Wine Enthusiast / 94 Points The liquorous old gold color of this wine indicates the long barrel aging. It is rich with spice, dried fruits and old wood flavors all finely interwoven. The wine, which originated in a field blend of old vines, has a final shot of acidity to bring it to life.