Rhone Valley

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2004 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
Wine Spectator: 97 Points  Very rich, but cuts like a knife, with dried apricot, marzipan and wet stone notes leading the way for richer flavors of candle wax, heather, honey and white peach on the back end. The long, extremely taut finish...
2004 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque
Vinous:  95 Points Saturated red. Deep, concentrated aromas of kirsch, cola and blackcurrant, with mounting smokiness and Indian spice qualities. Livelier on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors, velvety texture and a strong...
Pierre Usseglio
2005 Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aieul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3L
Wine Spectator: 96 Points  Shows the great embedded structure of the vintage, with a strong graphite undertow pushing the layers of blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit, while additional sweet spice, mocha and bittersweet cocoa notes fill in...
Château Rayas
2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 94 Points  Medium red. Vibrant strawberry, raspberry, anise and floral aromas could fill a room. Juicy and sharply delineated, offering sweet red berry and cherry preserve flavors with compelling...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2007 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 95 Points  The exuberant 2007 Hermitage Blanc reveals notes of petroleum, crushed rocks, earth, white currants and peaches, an unctuous texture, high glycerin and good acidity. This big, thick white Hermitage will...
Château Rayas
2008 Chateau Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Reserve
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate A much lighter style of wine, but showing far better now that it has had some time in bottle, is Emmanuel Reynaud’s 2008 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape. Medium ruby, with a classic nose of kirsch liqueur...
Clos des Papes
2009 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 3L
  Wine Spectator: 96 Points  Sinewy and reserved, with a light dusting of cocoa powder over the tangy damson plum, red licorice and cassis notes. The long, supple finish, with a lovely wafting note of Lapsang souchong tea, is packed with...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2010 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
Wine Spectator: 99 Points  Ripe and unctuous, showing terrific cut, with heather, white peach, green almond, Anjou pear, persimmon and macadamia nut notes all framed by a toasted brioche hint. Exquisitely detailed through the finish, this shows...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
Wine Spectator: 97 Points  Still a bit reserved aromatically, with hints of orange blossom and crème anglaise peeking out, this features a captivating display of racy quinine, honeysuckle and white peach flavors inlaid into a rich core...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 96-98 Points  The 2011 Hermitage (also still in barrel), in comparison, is more focused and straight, with a slightly more serious feel to its tannin profile and overall structure. All of the samples (again,...
Bernard Levet
2012 Bernard Levet Cote Rotie La Chavaroche
Vinous: 94 Points Dark purple. A heady, exotically perfumed boquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, incense, smoked meat and floral pastille, with a minerally nuance lending vivacity. Broad and sappy on the palate, offering intense...
2012 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde
James Suckling: 94 Points Bottled as a single blend in 2012, this has a fine, peppery edge to the nose with elegant dark-chocolate aromas ahead of brambly dark plums and black-cherry fruits. There's a wealth of richness and power here, and it's...
Domaine Durban
2013 Domaine Durban Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 375ml (half bottle)
Importer's Note: At the Domaine de Durban, the grapes are harvested as in the past: picking is done by hand so as not to damage the grapes; sorting is done straight from the vine, in order to eliminate the grapes damaged or not fully ripened. The grape...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2013 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 94-97 Points  Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing...
Guillaume Gilles
2013 Guillaume Gilles Cornas
Winemaker's Note:This is the grand wine of this tiny domaine. The vines are situation on the higher slopes of the Chaillot vineyard. The “terroir” is more complex here with a mixture of soil types and expositions. There are terraces of pure...
2014 Domaine Courbis Cornas Champelrose
The origins of the Courbis family estate date back to the 16th century. More recently, the brothers Dominique and Laurent Courbis succeeded their father, Maurice, in the early 1990s. They have since firmly established themselves as leaders of the modern...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2014 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc
Wine Spectator: 98 Points Honeysuckle, verbena and chamomile aromas stream out first, followed by a remarkably creamy core of yellow apple, white peach, heather honey and warm mirabelle plum notes. Hazelnut oil and brioche line the finish,...
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
2014 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge
Vinous: 95-97 Points Tasted in components: #1, from Peleat: Vibrant red and dark berry character, along with intense floral and mineral nuances and silky texture. #2, from Beaume: Heady, smoke- and spice- accented dark berry and floral pastille...