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Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 2016 (Northern Rhone, France) - [RP 97] [VM 94-96]
Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 2017 (Northern Rhone, France) - [JD 97+] [RP 95-97] [AG 93-95]
Retail Price: $155.00
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97+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"I loved the 2017 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, a magical expression of the Grand Cru terroir. Deep purple-hued with killer notes of black raspberries, bacon fat, ground herbs, and obvious minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, has ultra-fine tannins, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and a finish that won’t quit. Do your best to hold bottles for 4-5 years." - Jeb Dunnuck (12/12/2019)
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Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint-Julien Grand Cru 1989 (Bordeaux, France) - [D 98] [WS 96]
Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint-Julien Grand Cru 1989 (Bordeaux, France) - [D 98] [WS 96]
Retail Price: $800.00
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About This Wine:

The fruit is harvested by hand. The fermentation vessels include a fascinating mix of wooden, cement and stainless steel vats. When finished the wine is pumped to the barrel cellar. Here it is transferred into oak barrique, between 50% and 100% new for the grand vin, Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases, depending on the vintage.


Ratings & Reviews:

98 points Decanter
"1989 was an early year, with flowering three weeks ahead of usual. Now at 30 years old, a floral aspect curls out of the glass, with touches of roses and peonies, followed on the palate by bilberries and blackberries, with a cigar smoke and eucalyptus finish. It's still vigorous in its tannic structure, but it's soft and supple enough to enjoy today. This bottle was recorked by hand at the winery last year, with five people checking every single one of the 5,000 bottles remaining at the chateau. The wines were topped up from magnums of the 1989. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend - a variety not used in the grand vin since 1996." (JA) (11/2018)
96 Points - Wine Spectator
"Very ripe, with raisin and dried fruits on the nose. You can smell the sun-dried grapes. Full-bodied, delivering firm tannins and a very fresh palate. Long and flavorful, offering currant, berries and all sorts of dark fruits, but turns lightly earthy and floral. This is a thoroughly complex wine. Just starting to really open into the mature 20-year-old wine it is, but such a great life ahead of it. Muscular." (JS, Web-2010)

Jancis Robinson - 17.5 / 20 Points:
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Brick red. Lots of mushroom and leaf mulch on the nose and palate and still a lovely fruit sweetness even if the primary fruit has gone. Extremely fine grip to the tannins, still has perfect balance and lots of youthful energy even with the mature flavours." (JH) (2/2019)
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Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac "Reserve de la Comtesse" 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [WS 92] [AG 92] [RP 90]
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac "Reserve de la Comtesse" 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [WS 92] [AG 92] [RP 90]
Retail Price: $69.00
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92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A touch old-school, featuring savory, tobacco and rosemary accents amid a core of concentrated black cherry, red currant and plum paste flavors. Slightly austere, with chalky minerality harnessing the finish. A savory edge peeks in at the last second. For fans of the style. Best from 2022 through 2035." - JM (Issue Web Only - 2019)

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Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 1994 (Portugal) - [RP 90]
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 1994 (Portugal) - [RP 90]
Retail Price: $160.00
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90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"An under-rated producer, Smith-Woodhouse has turned out a port with an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color. This powerful port is moderately sweet, forward, rich, and full-bodied, with nicely integrated alcohol and tannin. While it is not one of the vintage's blockbusters, it should be ready to drink in 3-5 years and keep for 15-20. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2018." (30th Oct 1996)
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Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne 2012 (Champagne, France) - [JS 98]
Louis Roederer "Cristal" Brut Champagne 2012 (Champagne, France) - [JS 98]
Retail Price: $300.00
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98 Points - James Suckling:
"Such attractive, fresh, floral aromas here with fine bread, hints of white almonds and a lemon edge. White cherries and strong, chalky minerals, too. The palate has a very composed feel. Seamless and quite silky texture with effortless length and flow. Very fluid and composed. Very late, warming almond flavors. This is very long and smooth with a velvety finish. Super long pinot weight. Resolved and drinkable, but will age so well." - (12 Jul, 2019)

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2016 (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 99] [RP 97] [ VM 96] [WS 95 & #8]
Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2016 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 99] [RP 97] [WS 96, #8 Top 100 of 2019] [ VM 96]
Retail Price: $405.00
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99 Points - James Suckling:
"The concentration and largesse of the 2016 Pichon Baron is apparent from the get-go with incredibly alluring, ripe and expansive fruit aromas in the blackberry, dark-cherry, mulberry and plum zone. Espresso and cedar, as well as a slate-like, stony mineral edge add complexity. The palate has incredible depth, drive and detail. Fine and plush tannins stretch the palate in every direction. So fresh and vivacious, this is the greatest Pichon Baron since 1989 and has a long future. Try from 2024." (Jan 2019)

96 Points & #8 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This gushes with dark fig and black currant compote flavors backed by lively sweet tobacco and singed alder edges. Very fleshy in feel, though there's ample grip to keep this red grounded, echoing with tar and humus accents through the finish. A thumper. Best from 2025 through 2040. 13,500 cases made." —JM
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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2016 [3.0L DOUBLE MAGNUM] (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 99] [RP 97] [WS 96, #8 Top 100 of 2019] [ VM 96]
Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2016 [3.0L DOUBLE MAGNUM] (Bordeaux, France) - [JS 99] [RP 97] [WS 96, #8 Top 100 of 2019] [ VM 96]
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99 Points - James Suckling:
"The concentration and largesse of the 2016 Pichon Baron is apparent from the get-go with incredibly alluring, ripe and expansive fruit aromas in the blackberry, dark-cherry, mulberry and plum zone. Espresso and cedar, as well as a slate-like, stony mineral edge add complexity. The palate has incredible depth, drive and detail. Fine and plush tannins stretch the palate in every direction. So fresh and vivacious, this is the greatest Pichon Baron since 1989 and has a long future. Try from 2024." (Jan 2019)

96 Points & #8 Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator:
"This gushes with dark fig and black currant compote flavors backed by lively sweet tobacco and singed alder edges. Very fleshy in feel, though there's ample grip to keep this red grounded, echoing with tar and humus accents through the finish. A thumper. Best from 2025 through 2040. 13,500 cases made." —JM
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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien 2003 (Bordeaux, Saint Julien, France) - [JS 97] [RP 94] [WS 94] [AG 92] [WE 91]
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St. Julien 2003 (Bordeaux, Saint Julien, France) - [JS 97] [RP 94] [WS 94] [AG 92] [WE 91]
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97 Points - James Suckling:
"An incredible nose, with insane richness and notes of spices, leather, and sultanas. Full-bodied, with an amazing concentration of fruit and velvety tannins. A real blockbuster, lots of material here. Don’t touch it for five years, pull the cork after 2015." - (21 Jul, 2011

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Piper-Heidsieck Rare "Le Secret" Goldsmith Edition 1997 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Champagne, France)
Piper-Heidsieck Rare "Le Secret" Goldsmith Edition 1997 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Champagne, France)
Retail Price: $2,000.00
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About the Wine:
Aged for more than 20 years in his private cellar and revealed now in 2018, Rare Le Secret is the most unique creation of Régis Camus, Rare Champagne’s Cellar Master.

Unlike other vintages of Rare Champagne, Rare Le Secret has no dosage, leaving it with a distinctive identity, enhanced by a second fermentation of over twenty years.

Tasting Notes:
Challenging and expressive.
Emblematic of the Rare Champagne style, Régis Camus blended Rare Le Secret with an added touch of boldness!

THE EYE: STUNNING
Elegant bubbles rise in a dazzling dance of delicate effervescence.

THE NOSE: MEMORABLE AND DELICATE
Rare Le Secret is defined by exceptional depth and complexity: scents of liquorice, candied tropical fruits and bergamot mingle with a fragrance of dried fruit and powdered flowers.
Something extraordinary for Rare Champagne then emerges: a nuance of fresh cream heightened by spices, sandalwood, and lime blossom tea. Finally, a bouquet of lychee and violets is released, guiding Rare Le Secret towards redolent scents of rum, smoked tea and incense.

THE PALATE: LIVELY AND EXOTIC
Following a crisp attack of lemon and citrus fruit, hints of fresh apricot, and verbena exude a soothing minerality. Touches of acacia honey and incense develop a smoky, exotic vinosity with an infinite, structured and forceful finale that is almost ethereal. Due to the absence of sugar and its recent disgorging, Rare Le Secret is expressive, precise, and yet complex. Unforgettable.

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Rudd Oakville Estate Red 2015 (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 99] [RP 98+] [AG 94]
Rudd Oakville Estate Red 2015 (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 99] [RP 98+] [AG 94]
Retail Price: $310.00
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99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is more exuberant and sexy, with awesome notes of blueberries, blackberries, incense, violets and unsmoked tobacco. This huge, unctuous, beauty has killer purity of fruit, gorgeous mid-palate depth, sweet, sweet tannin and the succulent, sexy style of the vintage front and center. Gaining depth and richness with time in the glass, this incredible Cabernet Sauvignon will be better with 3-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. " (Dec 2017)
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