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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Ch. des Jacques 2009
Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Ch. des Jacques 2009
(search item no. 107170)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#94 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

The Louis Jadot Moulin à Vent is a full, robust Beaujolais, with a fleshy, almost fat texture and greater longevity than any other Cru of the Beaujolais. The exceptional quality of its structure preserves a fruitiness which becomes mellow with bottle age.

It may be enjoyed after cellaring for 10 years or more (in good conditions of temperature and humidity). Then it will be perfect with red meat or game.

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About Maison Louis Jadot:

The House of Louis Jadot has been producing exceptional Burgundy wines since its founding in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. For the past 150 years Louis Jadot has continued as one of the great names of Burgundy and has gained international reputation for its superb red and white Burgundy wines. Louis Jadot is not only one of the largest producers of estate Burgundies of the Cote d'Or, it is one of the most celebrated exporters of premium Burgundies, owning close to 140 acres of vineyards from 24 of the most prestigious sites in Burgundy.


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Chateau Clarke Listrac Medoc 2003
Chateau Clarke Listrac Medoc 2003
(search item no. 88350)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $25.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot Aged in new oak barrels (for 50 to 60%) for 12 to 18 months.

Château Clarke should be stored at a constant temperature of about 55 degrees. It should be taken from the cellar a few hours before tasting and decanted about one hour before serving. It is a robust wine and therefore the perfect accompaniment for red meats and certain cheeses such as a Brie fermier.

"From cask, this powerful 2003 is the finest Clarke I have yet tasted. A deep, dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and camphor. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent, with high levels of glycerin, fruit, and body, this stunning wine should drink well in 2-3 years, and last for 15+. Impressive!" -Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 89-91 points

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About Chateau Clarke:

Château Clarke was so named by the Irish family who bought the property in the 17th century. In 1973, it was bought by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who completely renovated the property. The vineyard, which is in full production, is situated in the Listrac appellation with its very special type of “terroir” of undulating hills and soils of clay-limestone and pebbles.

The buildings on the property have been restored to their original aspect, with the exception of the Château itself, demolished in the 1950s and never rebuilt. Some new buildings have been constructed for the purposes of vinification, bottling and packaging, allowing bottles to be stored in the best conditions of temperature and security.

Although the equipment here is modern, the wine is vinified in keeping with the traditions of great Médoc wines and is aged in oak barrels. The wine is aged over a period of 12 to 16 months in new oak barrels, and the careful attention it receives is aimed at helping it mature and preparing it for bottling.

Château Clarke has a great aging potential. After a few years of cellar ageing it will reveal all the typical characteristics of its “terroir” and a most delicate aromatic harmony.



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Terredora Rosaenovae Rosato 2009
Terredora Rosaenovae Rosato 2009
(search item no. 105005)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $17.29

Winemaker's Notes:

With a characteristic salmon-pink color it has an elegant bouquet with aromatic notes including cherry, red fruits and apricot. It is well balanced on the palate; it is dry and persistent with undertones of peach and an after taste of strawberry.
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About Terredora:

"From a rich and ancient tradition, the passion that animates the present" Terredora Di Paolo is a continuation of the ancient story of Campania, its people and their passion for their land and their winemaking. For us the land is central to our family. It represents our soul and the driving force behind the winery, which is why, year after year, we consider the harvest our greatest treasure. TERREDORA DI PAOLO has been on the forefront of the wine renaissance in Campania since 1978. This is a region that was famous for producing the best wines of the Roman Empire and Terredora Di Paolo is committed to re-establishing it to its former glory. They have been instrumental in reintroducing ancient grape varieties, promoting modern innovation and training the men and women who will be responsible for carrying their vision into the future. Today, with more than 120 hectares of vineyard land, Terredora Di Paolo is Campania’s largest wine producer and vineyard owner, with a worldwide reputation for the quality of its wines. Their commitment to excellence was proven in 1994 when they decided to vinify their own grapes. This decision was prompted by their belief that great wine comes from the balance of natural resources: terrain, varieties used, climate and man’s ability to work with nature.


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Trimbach Riesling 2008
Trimbach Riesling 2008
(search item no. 106578)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful color with green edges, it needs a few more months to reveal its full potential and will age gracefully another few years. The nose is developed and shows a hint of mineral flavour associated with good ripeness and acidity. This 2008 Riesling has a lingering clean and dry finish. Ripe fruits in the palate, white peache, quince, grapefruit and lemon with good ripe acidity in the finish ensuring some good ageing potential.
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About Trimbach:

Maison Trimbach began in 1626 when Jean Trimbach settled in Riquewihr and established the family wine trade.

Jean-Frédéric Trimbach, born in 1811, was appointed Gourmet of Hunawihr, a position designed to protect the quality of wine exports. He transferred the Maison Trimbach business to Hunawihr, where he served as mayor for many years.

Jean-Frédéric and his son, Frédéric-Emile continued the family tradition, and Frédéric-Emile traveled extensively to promote the wines. In 1898 he received the Certificate of Highest Quality at the Brussels International Show. With Frédéric-Emile at the helm, Maison Trimbach began bottling its wines in Alsace rather than selling in bulk, providing a new guarantee of quality and authenticity. The contribution of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach was recognized when the family adopted his initials in the firm's official name: Maison F.E. Trimbach.

Today, the tradition of quality continues with the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family. Hubert and his older brother Bernard, along with Bernard's sons, Pierre and Jean, have continued operations and currently produce approximately 80,000 cases of wines annually. Over one-third of their production is exported to the United States. While one of the smallest of the many producers in Alsace, they are nonetheless the largest, most widely recognized Alsace brand in the United States.