Accolades

Ratings & Reviews

LINDAFLOR LA VIOLETA 2010

95

points

Extremely decadent and rich with lots of dried meat, spice and dark fruit character. Full body, velvety and flavorful. Drink now.

Caro 2013

94

points

BEST CABERNET BLEND

This is one of the best vintages of Caro, the joint venture between the Catena family of Mendoza and Lafite from Bordeaux. Half of the wine is cabernet sauvignon from Altamira, in the heights of Uco Valley, providing a firm structure, the other half is malbec from old vines in Las Campuertas, adding all the notes of violets and sour cherries that one can find in the best Luján de Cuyo malbec. The red fruit and floral notes outline the contours of a wine that seems athletic and tight rather than fat. Cellar this for five years or more; it will continue to gain in complexity. -P.T. June 2016

LA PETITE PERRIÈRE PINOT NOIR 2015

88

points

TOP VALUE OF 2016
Pretty cherry and blood orange fruit flavors are lined with subtle cinnamon, briar and incense notes, ending with an elegant, silky feel. Drink now through 2017. -JM November 30, 2016

RÉSERVE RIESLING 2015

90

points

Apple on the nose and palate also becomes apparent on the texture, balanced palate of this wine that aligns citric freshness with more mellow and sonorous tones of ripeness. The finish is dry and whistle-clean. - A.K. November 2016

MÉDOC 2015

87

points

Damson plum and blood orange notes form the core, with light savory and cedar details providing the frame. Shows good flesh for the vintage and a fresh, tangy edge to the finish. - J.M. October 15, 2016

DOMAINE DE LA PERRIÈRE SANCERRE 2015

92

points

This is showing a real harmony between smoky notes and a white peach character. It could have greater complexity, but there is an invigorating citrus and plum fruit vein. -J.B,A.H,C.K. September 2016

CUVÉE BALTHAZAR PINOT BLANC 2015

89

points

Hints of woodruff and green pear play on the nose and lead to a fresh, crisp, slender palate. This is an easy-drinking, soft but fresh summer wine. -A.K. August 1, 2016

Caro 2013

96

points

Extremely beautiful aromas of dried flower, currant, fresh leather and some tar. Full body with silky tannins that give a beautiful texture that leads to ripe currant, orange peel and incense. Complex and complete. 50% malbec from Argrelo and 50% cabernet sauvignon from Valle de Uco. So beautiful now but will age gracefully. -J.S May 2016

ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2013

90

points

This is a complex and introverted vineyard-designate. Sour cherry, pomegranate and rhubarb surround a wildness of anise and medium-weighted tannin. Earthy and varietal, it should pair well with pork-driven fare. -V.B April 1, 2016

Rosé

91

points

Firm and minerally, with chalk and smoke notes underscoring white raspberry, candied lemon zest, smoked walnut and honey flavors riding the delicate, lacy texture. Drink now through 2018. -A.N. October 2015

WEINVIERTEL DAC ZEISENECK GRÜNER VELTLINER 2016

90

points

Passion fruit touches accent the yeasty top notes of this wine, lending a richer, riper aspect. The palate has a distinct yeasty tone, leavened by ample citrus freshness, lots of flavorsome texture and refreshing length.-A.K.

Vistorta Merlot 2009

90

points

An elegant red, showing good balance, with fine-grained tannins and well-knit acidity providing structure. A smoky underpinning is layered with flavors of ripe, candied black cherry and damson plum, while fragrant grilled herb and black licorice notes echo on the finish. Merlot. –AN

TAVEL 2015

92

points

While this is lighter in hue than many Tavel wines,
it’s also more refined, with lemony acidity tracing
an elegant line through the ripe strawberry flavors.
Those flavors feel grounded, an earthy richness
giving them breadth and length. - T.T. August 2016

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

90

points

A bright and vivid white with sliced lemon, lime and peach skin aromas and flavors. Meduim body, lovely core of fruit and a crisp finish. A sauvignon blanc for everyone. Screw cap. Drink now. - J.S. November 2015

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

95

points

The lifted and intense gooseberry characters here are very appealing. Certainly very concentrated and perfumed on the finish. This is a very serious classic example wonderful balance and finesse. All told, a generous punchy style, textbook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with superb acidity and length. Bravo! - B.C. DWWA 2016

ROUGE 2012

91

points

Juicy and lively, with good energy coursing through the core of plum, anise, blackberry and fruitcake flavors, while sweet spice and juniper hints fill the finish. Offers a chewy feel withoug being heavy. - J.M. September 2015

Riesling Reserve 2014

90+

points

Pale yellow. Aromas of apple, tangerine and minerals, plus nuances of lemon verbena and gin. Juicy and penetrating, with strong acidity framing the intense lemon, mineral and minty herb flavors. Finishes crisp and persistent. This is much more concentrated and closed than the 2014 entry-level Riesling. Pierre and Jean Trimbach told me that the 2014 Réserve is not likely to be sold before the beginning of 2017, as they are still selling the 2012 vintage.- I.D.

Riesling Reserve 2014

90

points

A firm, bone-dry version, with a subtle mix of crunchy white peach, acacia blossom, Meyer lemon zest and petrol. This is tightly knit now, but the balance and focus suggest it should open with short-term cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2024. 300 cases imported.
–AN

Riesling Reserve 2014

94

points

This is dense with a fantastic tightness and length to the wine. Full body. This is only from Ribeauville vineyards. All limestone. 40 to 50-year-old vines and all from Trimbach. It will be released in 2016.-J.S.

Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile 2009

96

points

A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It's impressive now, but will be even better from 2016.-R.V.

Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile 2009

97

points

This is so open and sexy with blood orange, minerals, flint and stone. Full-bodied and tangy, plus sliced lemon, lime and white peach. Salty with limestone too. Amazing.-J.S.

Riesling Clos Ste. Hune 2009

94

points

Fresh and aromatic, this complex and layered white offers a creamy palate of yellow plum, almond skin, lemon preserves, beeswax and pine forest, underscored by a minerally streak of salinity and smoke. The lovely, lacy finish resonates on the palate. –A.N.

Riesling Clos Ste. Hune 2009

95

points

Aromas of lemon and lime with hints of lemon grass, rose flower and licorice, plus aniseed. Pine needles too. Full-bodied and layered with dried fruit, chalk and gun metal. Tight and chewy. Drink now or hold.--J.S.

Riesling 2014

92

points

A lifted, ethereal note of bitter almond suggests the beginnings of evolution. The palate, on the other hand, still seems closed but displays a streamlined concentrated core of flawless dryness and precise bundled freshness. This is taut, precise and sure to develop. The finish is lasting, refreshing and clean.- A.K.

POUILLY-FUMÉ 2014

92

points

Still young, this has fine potential. As it matures, the ripe gooseberry and apple fruit notes will open up to yield a rich, complex and mineral wine. It will always have a tight texture along with vibrant acidity to finish. -R.V. June 2015

Pinot Noir Reserve 2013

90

points

A bright and fruity red with dried strawberry and hints of cherry. Medium body. Crisp and very pretty.-J.S.

Pinot Gris Vendages Tardives 2000

91

points

Big, broad and caramel-tinged, this is soft, but not heavy. Dried apricot and pear pick up a citrus peel note on the finish. Lacks a little liveliness, but will work well with fruit tarts and cheeses. -B.S.

Pinot Gris Vendages Tardives 2000

92

points

Toast and botrytis aromas come through on this beautifully crafted wine. There is acidity balancing the ripeness. This sophisticated, elegant wine has as much sweetness as fruit. The finish is fresh and crisp. - R.V.

Pinot Gris Vendages Tardives 2000

92

points

Pale medium-gold color. Fruit-driven aromas of marmalade and honey. Dense, fat and sweet, with intense apricot and spice flavors perked up by some unabsorbed CO2 Finishes clean and long, with lovely lingering sweetness of fruit.-S.T.

Pinot Gris Vendages Tardives 2000

92

points

The 2000 Pinot Gris Selection de Grains Nobles Hors Choix explodes from the glass with apricots, white peaches, and boisterous notes of botrytis. Medium to full-bodied, intense, and broad, this is a lush and layered wine. Copious quantities of yellow fruits are intermingled with smoke, spices, and botrytis in this huge, yet highly focused and persistent wine. -P.R.

PINOT GRIS SELECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES 2005

95

points

Picked out ultra-selectively from all of their Pinot Gris vineyards, the Trimbach 2005 Pinot Gris Selection de Grains Nobles displays high-toned, botrytis-engendered aromas of honey, brown spices, peach preserves, and white truffle. Remarkably creamy and honeyed, with spice and truffle-infused peach preserves and tangerine liqueur, yet preserving (as have all of these best 2005s) a luscious core of fresh fruit, rich and viscous, let light on its feet and crystal clear. Butterscotch and toasted hazelnut, join the richly diverse choir here for a long, serene finish. Pierre Trimbach says the quality of material and course of fermentation here were so picture-perfect that he added only a very small dosage of sulfur to finish the wine. While there would be no need to defer the pleasure of this wine’s company – provided the winery agreed to release it! – it will no doubt improve for at least two decades.-D.S.

PINOT GRIS SELECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES 2005

97

points

This focused SGN is tightly knit, blending threads of flavor and structure into a wine that's elegant overall. Weaves streamlined, racy acidity with layers of dried papaya, macerated peach, briny mineral and fresh alpine forest, with hints of lemon curd and wood smoke. Though rich and lightly honeyed, this leaves a fresh, mouthwatering impression, with lots of zesty spice and mineral character on the very long finish.- A.N.

Pinot Gris Reserve 2014

90

points

Well-knit flavors of apricot, yellow plum, lemon curd and paraffin are structured by a firm backbone of acidity in this finely balanced, medium-bodied white. Offers a savory, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,500 cases imported.–A.N.

Pinot Blanc 2015

90

points

Clean and fresh yet dense and rich but less heavy than the Auxerrois wines of many producers, offering honeyed and spicy flavors of white and yellow stone fruit (this is about 80 percent Auxerrois). The warm, dry 2015 vintage shows through, and in fact Jean Trimbach told me that “this reminds me of the 2009, another warm year, but this has more density.”- I.D.

PETITE FLEUR TORRONTÈS 2014

88

points

The Pere Verge family, more than just being owners of Monteviejo, Château Le Gay and Château La Violette, are a family devoted to making exceptional wines of terroir, power and elegance. Following the hemispheric seasons, winemaker Marcelo Pelleritti and his team are producing world class wines both in Mendoza and Bordeaux.
The land comprises 130 hectares at between 1000 and 1200 meters above sea-level in Vista Flores, Tunuyan, 120km south of Mendoza city. The land’s slopes face the North and East giving them better sun exposure in the Southern Hemisphere. Ideal for high altitude grape growing.
Monteviejo counts on a gravitational system with a double selection table for bunches and grapes. The objective is to transport the raw material without using pumps, taking care not to damage it in any part of the process.
From the harvest to the bottling—passing down through barrels for ageing—the wine moves along the natural gradient. It is only the weight of the grapes that is used to move them from above to below.

PETITE FLEUR MALBEC 2012

90

points

Like most Monteviejo Malbecs, this is full and extracted, with an opaque purple tint. Ripe aromas of blackberry, prune and spice cake are generous. The palate is surprisingly alive in acidity and grabby in feel. Dark toasty black-fruit flavors are plenty oaky, while coffee, mocha and chocolate flavors share space on the tannic finish. - M.S.

PETITE FLEUR MALBEC 2012

91

points

A very fine and polished red with lovely tannins and subtle berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Pretty length. Tiny amount of whole berry fermentation gives it a fascinating undertone. -J.S.

Petite Fleur Blend 2012

90

points

A refined and polished wine with beautiful tannins and balance. Medium to full body, fresh finish. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah.

Petite Fleur Blend 2012

90

points

It is a remarkable, restrained wine, with subtle and elegant aromas of tobacco, cedar wood and blackberry, with some fresh red fruit notes. The polished palate is sleek and elegant; the wood is perfectly integrated in the wine, which has both balance and power, and a refined acidity that lifts it up. It has more complexity than the straight Malbec and some edgy tannins. A wine that speaks Spanish with a French accent. - L.G.

Octavius 2010

94

points

A rich, powerful Amarone, with a seamless knit and fine balance imparting grace. Flavors of baked currant and cherry glide over the dense tannins and tarry minerality, riding the silky palate alongside dried mint and eucalyptus, spice box and fig cake notes. Drink now through 2034. -A.N. January 2016

Médoc Prestige 2009

90

points

A big-time sleeper of the vintage, this inky purple wine has a beautiful nose of creme de cassis, incense and acacia flowers. Some subtle barbecue smoke is also present in this full-bodied wine, which is the best of all the Jean Guyon estates in 2009. For the statisticians out there, it is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. Drink it over the next decade.- R.P.

Médoc Prestige 2009

93

points

Offers a solid core of mineral, berry and light vanilla aromas and flavors. Full and racy, with a long finish. Well done.-J.S.

Médoc Prestige 2009

93

points

Another offering from proprietor Jean Guyon, the 2009 Haut-Condissas possesses terrific concentration, perfect balance, and lots of black currant and blueberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, incense, and cedarwood. Viscous, rich, full-bodied flavors with abundant glycerin as well as fine elegance and purity reflect a top-notch effort. This impressive sleeper of the vintage can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. (Tasted once.) - R.P.

Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2011

90

points

A tangy, red-fruited merlot (70 percent of the blend), this shows its cabernet elements in herbal tannins, lending the wine a tight Bordelais structure even as the red plum flavors feel gentle and willowy within it. Just ripe enough to still feel restrained, it’s ready for a salad of duck confit.

Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2011

90

points

Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. The Greysac 2011 has a very pleasant bouquet with scents of boysenberry jam, raspberry, cedar and tobacco that is cohesive and more intense than its Medoc counterparts. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, well-integrated oak and a focused, linear, very precise finish. This is one of the best Cru Bourgeois you can buy. - N.M

Lindaflor Malbec 2010

94

points

The dark fruits jump out of the glass. Lots of blueberry and blackberry character. Iodine and stones too. Full body, silky tannins and a long and bright finish. Needs time to come together. So much potential.- J.S.

Lindaflor Chardonnay 2013

90

points

A pretty chardonnay with apple and cream character plus hints of yogurt. Full body, plenty of clean fruit and hints of apple pie. What you expect in an outstanding chardonnay. -J.S.

Lindaflor Blend 2009

94

points

This Malbec-led blend contains 20% Syrah, but it's the Malbec that drives it. Crisp, toasty aromas of graphite, lemony oak and blackberry are tight and not at all lazy. A massive palate is choppy, with rugged tannins. Baked black-fruit flavors of cassis, mocha, tobacco and chocolate end long and loamy, with unbroken concentration. Drink through 2025.-M.S.

LES GRANIÈRES DE LA NERTHE 2013

91

points

Shows great energy, with brambly tannins and warm tar notes driving the core of steeped plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit along. Thefi nish is lined with details of ganache and dark licorice. Approachable now, but features ample stuffing. - J.M. November 2015

LE DIX DE LOS VASCOS 2013

93

points

This is the top wine of Los Vascos with currant, wet earth, and dried mushroom. Medium to full body, very fine and silky tannins and a pretty, chewy finish. It shows austerity with finesse and seriousness. Beautiful now...A blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% syrah and 5% cabernet franc. Decant now to drink. - J.S. May 2016

La Côte Blanche Chardonnay 2014

89

points

Fruity, offering peach, white flowers and lemon curd notes. Fresh and elegant, with a lingering citrus finish and a hint of stone.

Gruner Vetliner Vom Haus 2016

90

points

A lovely, yeasty savor clings to more characteristic pear notes on the nose of this wine. The palate repeats this interplay, with flashes of watercress-like green herb and fresh pear skin flavors. It's refreshing, savory and dry, with a light and spritzy body.-A.K.

Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive 2014

90

points

A wine with dried apple, mango and spice character. Hints of dust and concrete too. Full-bodied and off dry with plenty flavor at the finish.- J.S.

Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive 2014

92+

points

Bright medium yellow. Knockout pure aromas of grapefruit, lemon oil, orange blossom, cinnamon and lichee are complicated by enticing notes of lemony, smoky botrytis. Wonderfully dense and vibrant in the mouth, offering strong flavors of ripe grapefruit, canned peach, marzipan and white flowers. Highly complex, chewy wine with a very pure, long finish featuring orange marmalade and lemon oil nuances. Made from a single parcel of roughly 50-year-old vines on the Mulforst, a site characterized by fairly rich, heavy Keuper marl soil.- I.D.

Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive 2014

95

points

The intensely citrus-colored 2014 Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives opens with an intense, clear and concentrated nose of rose petals, spices and lemon confit. Concentrated, very piquant and stimulating, this is a sweet, dense and concentrated, but piquant, Gewurz with a gorgeous tannin grip. Picked at 18.6% potential alcohol and bottled with roughly 13% alcohol, plus 72 grams of residual sugar, the 2015 is only in 375 ml bottles.-S.R.

GEWURZTRAMINER SELECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES HORS CHOIX 2007

96

points

The 2007 Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles Hors Choix represents a cuvee designation that the Trimbachs also utilized in 1989 and 2000 for wine of near Esszencia-like richness. Essence of rose petal along with mirabelle preserves, mint candy, and brown spices on the nose are joined on a thickly-rich palate by honey, chocolate, and white raisin. Yet for all of its richness and gaudy, candied set of flavors, this preserves a juicy sense of leavening and refreshment in a finish of extraordinary persistence, its sweetness not in the least cloying. This should be a 50 year wine.-D.S.

GEWURZTRAMINER CUVÉE DES SEIGNEURS DE RIBEAUPIERRE 2011

93

points

Bright gold. Deep, perfumed aromas of tropical fruits and cinnamon. Dense, suave and deep, with obvious sweetness to the floral and tropical fruit flavors but lovely overall balance. Finishes smooth and long, with lingering floral nuances. Unlike Trimbach's rieslings and pinot gris, where there wasn't a radical difference between the various levels of wine in the 2011 line-up, this gewurztraminer is noticeably better and more interesting than this producer's other two versions.

GEWURZTRAMINER CUVÉE DES SEIGNEURS DE RIBEAUPIERRE 2011

94

points

The 2011 Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs Ribeaupierre is deep and smoky on the nose, rich, concentrated, ripe and exciting, with lots of citrus flavors. Full-bodied, rich, intense and tension-filled on the palate, this is a complex and mineral Gewurz that is a fresh, precise, salty, fresh and lovely tannic wine with a long and complex finish. A great Gewurz, indeed.-S.R.

Gewurztraminer 2014

92

points

This is extremely rich and beautiful yet balanced and bright with spice, aniseed and dried orange. Full-bodied and flavorful. Delicious. All in balance. All the production of Trimbach's gewurz went into this. -J.S.

Gewurztraminer 2014

93

points

The aromas are rather shy on the nose—there is just a mere floral whiff. The palate is dry and lets us see subtle varietal aromas: golden peach, a touch of honeysuckle spice, a hint of jasmine, aromatic orange zest. This is a restrained, streamlined and elegant varietal expression. -A.K.

Festivo Torrontès 2016

88

points

The 2016 Festivo Torrontés is produced with grapes from parral vineyards in the Valle de Famatina in the province of La Rioja, and fermented there, because otherwise you cannot mention the origin on the label. It fermented in stainless steel tanks and was bottled unoaked. It has a perfumed nose with notes of white flowers with a spicy twist à la Gewurztraminer. The palate is light with pungent flavors and a soft texture, with moderate acidity, even though it didn't go through malolactic fermentation. 52,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2016.-L.G.

FESTIVO MALBEC 2016

89

points

The unoaked 2016 Festivo Malbec is produced with grapes from Vista Flores in the Valle de Uco, fermented in stainless steel. It has a fruit-driven nose, very clean, perfumed with some spicy notes and good, perfectly ripe fruit. The palate is very approachable, balanced and fresh. It feels like a more expensive wine, meaning the price is superb. 186,500 bottles produced.-L.G.

FESTIVO MALBEC 2016

90

points

Violets and hot stones with blueberries. Medium body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish.-J.S.

CUVÉE DES CADETTES 2012

93

points

Rather ripe, with alluring warmed raspberry coulis, plum sauce and blackberry paste avors, threaded with a licorice snap note and backed by warm ganache and Turkish coffee accents. Not shy in style, but has the freshness to stay balanced. - J.M. July 2015

CRÉMANT D’ALSACE BRUT ROSÉ

90

points

Tart red currant, rhubarb and strawberry come together in a very refreshing, rounded and appetizing fashion. The frothy, foaming mousse is exuberant and highlights these strawberry shortcake flavors brilliantly, while a totally dry palate makes sure that this stays classy. This is very satisfying, fun and fruit-driven, with a serious core and a bright, lemony finish. - A.K. December 2015

CRÉMANT D’ALSACE BRUT

92

points

Clean, light but aromatic nose - lemon, grapefruit, with a slight yeasty character. Vigorous ripe fruit flavors mingle within a gently creamy texture, balanced by crisp acidity and fine bubbles on the long, citrusy finish. -T.M. DWWA 2016

CLOS DE BEAUVENIR 2012

95

points

The top white of the estate, and coming from the Clos de Beauvenir lieu-dit, which lies just to the south of the estate, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de Beauvenir is the best vintage of this cuvee I’ve tasted. Comprised of 58% Roussanne, 32% Clairette, 8% Grenache Blanc and a splash of Bourboulenc, fermented and aged almost all in barrel (one-third new), it sports drop-dead gorgeous aromas of melon, buttered citrus, white owers, almond paste and hints of honey to go with a full-bodied, incredibly fresh and focused profile on the palate. While this cuvee always delivers uncommon richness, it’s the purity and focus here that sets it above other vintages. Again, it will age (although typically, I think of the traditional cuvee as being more age-worthy), yet I’d still pair it up with a classy meal over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now-2018. - J.D. October 2013

CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC 2011

97

points

This shows incredible freshness and power, with dried pineapples, mangoes and papayas. Full body, medium-sweet with electrifying acidity. Vibrates your palate. - J.S. 2/14

CHÂTEAU LAFLEUR 2006

95

points

The 2006 Lafleur, which I had not tasted from bottle prior to this visit, merits 95 points. One of the vintate’s most brilliant wines, this blend of 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Franc is neither as dense nor complete as the 2008, but it is structured, closed, and austere (as are many 2006s at present). It reveals a plum/purple color along with a beautifully sweet nose of black and red fruits intermixed with incense as well as a steely/iron-like smell. More open on the palate than the 2008, with more obvious spice and earthy undertones, this powerful Lafleur should be drinkable in 5-7 years, and will last for three decades. -R.P. April 2015

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 2012

96

points

The wine shoes the power typical of a Lafite but within the context of the fruity 2011 vintage.  The immensely dense tannic structure gives the wine a solid feel that is lifted by so much ripe black currant and berry fruits.  At the back, the wine has a more brooding, dark character that suggests great aging potential.  Drink this wine from 2019.   -R.V. May 2014

Château L’Evangile 2011

93

points

Lots of mineral, black chocolate and crushed raspberry character. Full-bodied, yet tight and reserved with pretty mineral, chalk, and light salty character that turns to spices and blackberries. Better in 2019 but already gorgeous. Always like this. -J.S. February 2015

Château Duhart-Milon 2011

92

points

Duhart-Milon continues to get better and more sophisticated. This 2011 vintage shows that trend well with its elegant spice, black currant fruits and firm tannins. The fruitiness is well focused, with typical Cabernet acidity bringing out the fresher side of the wine. Drink from 2017.
-R.V. May, 2014

CHÂTEAU D’AUSSIÈRES 2014

93

points

Young barrel sample with fantastic freshness and richness. Flower petals, lavender, blackberry, black pepper, tar and rosemary. Full body with firm tannins, and a long, beautiful finish. 60% syrah, 15% carignan, 15% grenache, 10% mourvèdre.
-J.S.

CHARDONNAY 2016

92

points

A layered and pretty white with cooked apple, hints of cream and toasted oak. Yogurt too. Full body. Flavorful finish.

CARRUADES DE LAFITE 2012

93

points

Firm and closed this is a dark and tannic wine,although black currant flavors are also very present.  It feels austere with a mineral texture and concentrated final acidity.  Drink Lafite’s second wine from 2017.   -R.V. May 2014

CARMENÈRE GRANDE RÉSERVE 2015

90

points

Dark fruit and fresh herb aromas and flavors. Full body, tight and fruity. Fresh herb undertones. Attractive energy and focus.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

92

points

An attractive and delicate cabernet sauvignon with very fine tannins and bright fruit. Medium body. Black currant, walnut and wet earth. Delicious Chilean cabernet. Fantastic value. One of best ever from here. Drink now. J.S. May 2016

Brut Prosecco DOC

85

points

Best Buy & Year's Best Summer Sparklers

Lightly fizzy, with flavors of yellow pear edged in salinity, this wine leaves a soft impression that needs a good chill. Pair it with a summer salad. - S.J. August 2016

BRUT EXPÉRIENCE 1ER CRU BLANC DE BLANCS

95

points

Bright yellow-gold. Fine Chardonnay maturing well. Excellent harmony & vinosity.
Persuasive mousse and very attractive aromatics of summer flowers, honeydew melon and Mirabelle plum. The palate has definition, concentration and amazing, intense fruit character. It somehow draws from the red fruit end of the spectrum despite its white grape provenance. Impressive, if a little oaky. A touch ashy with old lemon peel on the nose. But the palate of vellum and assertive citric fruit has a lovely light weight and subtlety to it. It speaks on its feet, imploring attention, and grows on me.

Brut

92

points

Rich and smoky, this creamy Champagne features firm acidity framing the flavors of almond financier, strawberry puree, coffee and crystalized honey. Offers a focused finish, with spice and citrus peel accents. Drink now through 2018. -A.N. October 2015

BROUILLY VIEILLES VIGNES 2013

90

points

This light-bodied red is mouthcoating, offering plenty of ripe strawberry, raspberry compote and licorice flavors, structured by solid acidity and easy tannins. Floral and herb notes emerge on the finish. - G.S.

BROUILLY VIEILLES VIGNES 2013

90

points

Selected from vines that are more than 50 years old, this wine ages in Burgundy barrels, where it has picked up some oak tannins to fill out its structure. Powerful and compressed into a dark, peppery mouthful of umami flavor, with the meatiness of beef, it’s built to cellar. Then serve with a steak smothered in mushrooms-W.S.

BROUILLY VIEILLES VIGNES 2013

91

points

Bright violet. Intense, mineral-laced red berry liqueur and cherry scents are complicated by hints of peppery spices, licorice and violet. Vibrant and focused on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and depth on the back half. Shows very good focus and lift on a long, sappy finish that features subtle tannins and resonating spiciness.-J.R.

BROUILLY 2014

90

points

Vivid red. Spicy and energetic on the nose, displaying aromas of fresh red berries and peppery spices. Juicy and sharply focused, offering refreshingly bitter red currant and pomegranate flavors and a sweeter raspberry nuance on the back half. Clean, racy and precise, with firm closing cut and dusty tannins adding grip to the persistent finish. This wine is a textbook example of this vintage. – J.R.

BORDEAUX ROUGE 2016

90

points

Dark plum in color, this offers a very sweetly fruited, inviting nose, some toasted oak, caramel and woodsmoke. The palate has both sweet and slightly savory, violet-perfumed fruit, flirtatious and lively with a lovely ripe tannic finish. - J.L. DWWA 2016

Blason de L’Evangile 2011

90

points

This is a delightful perfumed wine, the second wine of Château L’Evangile. Smooth with ripe Merlot flavors, it’s full and dense, conveying the sense that it will mature quickly. Drink from 2016. -R.V. May, 2014

BLANC DE BLANCS RESERVA BRUT

88

points

Cidery aromas vie with bready notes to give the bouquet complexity.  This feels zesty, juicy and citric, with a lean,racy body.  Apple cider, green herb, lime and scallionflavors finish with lasting taste of lime.            - M.S. August 2015

Blanc de Blancs 2008

91

points

Rich pastry and cream notes are layered with tangy salinity and flavors of marzipan, yellow plum, roasted hazelnut and anise in this firm blanc de blancs, exhibiting a lively bead. Drink now through 2018. -A.N. October 2015

BLANC 2014

93

points

If you could squeeze juice from one of the galets that pave the 225 acres of vines surrounding La Nerthe, it might taste like this: dense and salty, with hints of the grasses and wild owers that pop up here and there. It’s not about fruit, though the sunny characters of the acidity brings lemon to mind; it is, however, pretty and firm, a wine that could age, or take on monkfish in brown butter right now. - T.T. February 2016

BEAUJOLAIS ROSÉ 2015

90

points

Bright pink. Spice-accented red berries, orange pith and candied rose on the fragrant nose; a mineral nuance adds vivacity and lift. Sharply focused and appealingly sweet, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Fleshes out with air and finishes smooth and broad, with the mineral and floral notes repeating strongly. This ample pink wine is better suited to service at the table than as an aperitif.” – J.R.

Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC 2011

93

points

Resin, fragrant blue flower, baked plum and cake spice are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this densely concentrated wine. The syrupy palate offers blackberry jam, mature raspberry, pipe tobacco, mint and cinnamon while velvety tannins provide the enveloping framework. It closes on a chocolate note. -K.O. Best of Year 12/31/16