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Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos 2008
Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos 2008
(search item no. 107487)
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Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $62.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#59 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils owns a total of 7.5 acres of this most famous of the Grand Crus of Chablis, more than any other producer in the region. Their primary parcel sits on the high portion of the hillside with a direct southeast exposure. With the steep grade, drainage of the kimmeridgien soils is quick leading to low yields of the densely planted vines.

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About Christian Moreau:

Christian Moreau, one of the leading figures in Chablis, is producing the wines he loves under his own name. Free of any personal involvement with the negociant company that his family founded and sold, with his son Fabien they founded Domaine Christian Moreau Pére et Fils in 2001 and set up their winemaking operation in the very heart of the Chablis country, at the foot of its famous Grands Cru vineyards.

The Domaine holdings are located in the best oriented parcels, and bottlings include Grand Crus Les Clos, Valmur, Vaudésir, Blanchot, and Les Clos des Hospices (a Monopole from the Moreau family), Premier Cru Vaillon, as well as Chablis AC, and some Petit Chablis. Every parcel is harvested by hand to bring out the very best from each vineyard. The Moreau's winemaking philosophy is non-interventionist at its core, entailing biodynamic practices aimed toward creating low-yield, high-quality harvests. Additionally, grapes for every wine from the Chablis AC to the Les Clos Grand Cru are hand-picked.

Fabien Moreau became the winemaker with the 2002 vintage, and is already producing remarkable results. With previous experience in New Zealand, Fabien is a visionary young winemaker who is a sincere adherent to the tenants of terroir. As such, the wines of Christian Moreau Pere et Fils are remarkable for their authenticity, distinctiveness, and exquisite quality.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Victoria    Australia   
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Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2005
Stonier Reserve Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 107343)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale gold with bright green tinges. Aromas of lemons, white peach and hazelnut are supported by hints of wheatmeal and French oak. A powerful expression of ripe Chardonnay – citrus and figs – balanced with creamy midpalate complexity, and typically fine acid structure.
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About Stonier:

In 1978, Brian Stonier and his wife Noel established the Stonier vineyard in the coastal town of Merricks, one hour southeast of Melbourne and ten minutes from the challenging surf beaches of Bass Straight. Over 28 years later, the name Stonier is widely recognized as a producer of exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

At the heart of Stonier lies a meticulous approach to viticulture and winemaking. A desire to reflect the imprint of each site, through subtle variations in flavor and texture, has earned Stonier a place amongst the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in Australia. Early vintages were made off-site until the winery in Merricks, designed by Daryl Jackson, was completed in 1991.

Today, Stonier sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from over 150 acres across 5 selected sub-regions: Merricks North, Balnarring, Tuerong, Red Hill and at the estate vineyards in Merricks which span over 50 acres. Grapes from each of the vineyards are vinified separately to allow ultimate flexibility when finally blending the wine to form the two distinct styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Stonier Label and Stonier Reserve wines. An unswerving focus on style and structure ensures that the wines reflect the diverse flavors and texture of fruit sourced from across these five sub-regions without any one aroma or flavor dominating the final wine.



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Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2007
Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2007
(search item no. 104542)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bertrand selects from the estate's best parcels to work in "his way," and those form the basis for his Les Pensées. The vines for Pensées have an average age of over 30 years old. 100% Cabernet Franc
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About Domaine de Pallus:

While achieving stardom at Spain’s Dominio de Atauta, Bertrand Sourdais remained passionate for his native Chinon, and for its emblematic variety, Cabernet Franc. In 2003, with his father’s retirement nearing,Bertrand took up the challenge of creating something great at the family estate, Domaine de Pallus. Bertrand has brought to the project an insider's sense of tradition combined with an outsider's eye for change. He aspires to test the limits of possibility for the vineyards that 5 generations of his family have worked.


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007
(search item no. 102700)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It appears a deep, purple-edged ruby red, of impressive brilliance. Solid fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. That spiciness segues onto the palate, and then into a finish that ends with a flourish of balsam, black pepper, and cocoa powder. The mid-palate shows alcoholic warmth and roundedness, while the tannins and acidity are noticeable, adding to the wine's overall harmony.
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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



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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 11/21/2014: $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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Laurent-Perrier Brut
Laurent-Perrier Brut
(search item no. 6138)
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is the standard-bearer for the house style of Laurent-Perrier. Crisp, fresh and elegant, Brut L-P reflects the fundamental essence of our Champagnes.

The color is a pale golden hue, with fine and persistent bubbles. The nose is fresh and delicate, showing good complexity with hints of citrus and white fruit. Brut L-P's light style has led the way to making Champagne the ideal aperitif drink. Its perfect balance, crispness of flavors and finesse also make it the ideal companion for fish, poultry and white meat.

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About Laurent Perrier:

Laurent-Perrier has been located at Tours-sur-Marne since its creation in 1812, placing it at the epicenter of three famous Champagne vineyards: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. Since 1949, the House has climbed from 100th place worldwide to 4th place. The impulse behind this growth has come from Bernard de Nonancourt, a man with an ardent and courageous entrepreneurial spirit and the will to build a team around the ambition to create a unique brand.

Laurent-Perrier creates wines that give pleasure and are based on a solid savoir-faire. It was the first champagne House to introduce a large proportion of Chardonnay – a minority grape in the region – into the blend of its Brut L-P. Laurent-Perrier has also created other products, such as Cuvée Rosé Brut, a wine with a unique rosé color with the characteristic aromas of red berries. The House has also created Ultra-Brut, a natural brut (unsweetened) wine that requires the skill of subtle assemblage of high-quality grapes, since this wine can only be made from very mature grapes with low acid content.

Laurent-Perrier is a member of the prestigious Comité Colbert, which gathers together French luxury creators in all lines.



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Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
(search item no. 87804)
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PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes are hand picked. The whole cluster grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press with a long and soft pressing, hence the coral/ light pink salmon color. Cremant Rosé is made by the Champagne Methode. The second fermentation takes place in the bottle. Afterwards it stays on its lees for 9 months follow by the remuage and disgorging.

100% Pinot Noir

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About Lucien Albrecht:

The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who was established in the town of Thann.

The fifteenth century was golden era for the Alsace wines and it was during this period that the winegrowers guild of Alsace was founded. Each year, the most deserving vinegrower was elected by the guild of the winegrowers as Bangard, a highly respected positions. It was held by 8 generations of Albrecht's, between 1520 and 1698.

Domaine Albrecht experienced a major development under the guidance of Lucien Albrecht, the father of Jean, to become one of the most important in Alsace with holdings in 9 villages surounding Orschwihr. Lucien Albrecht, extended the winery with new cellars and expanded the sales of his wines in bottles. In 1972, Lucien Albrecht was also a pioneer of Cremand d'Alsace. Today the Cremant is one of their specialities and a major part of the business.

150 years were needed to make up the Domaine Albrecht located in the very best Alsace terroirs. Jean Albrecht is now the ninth generation settled in Orschwihr, leading the Domaine.



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Louis Latour Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche 2007
Louis Latour Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche 2007
(search item no. 105843)

PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyards included in the appellation Montagny are spread throughout a number of villages in the Côte Chalonnaise, namely Montagny, Buxy, St.-Vallerin and Jully-les-Buxy. The high quality of the vines being a direct consequence of their limestone bedrock and admirably oriented slopes. The vineyard of "La Grande Roche" is quite high up on the hillsides, catching plenty of sunshine which aids the great concentration of flavours in the grapes.

The Montagny 1er Cru "La Grande Roche" has a clean light yellow colour. On the nose it will seduce you with its intense aromas of acacia and honey. In the mouth this wine is honest, fresh and powerful. With a nice length and with subtle notes of apricot, this excellent wine is tasting delicious now either as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to a fish dish with sauce.

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About Louis Latour:

Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly-respected négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. Maison Louis Latour is the producer of some of the finest Burgundian wines but has also pioneered the production of fine wines from outside of the confines of Burgundy. These wines from the Ardèche and the Côteaux de Verdon are slowly gaining esteem for their unmatchable quality outside of Burgundy.

All of the grapes from the vineyards owned by the Latour family are vinified and aged in the attractive cuverie of Château Corton Grancey in Aloxe-Corton. The winery was the first purpose-built cuverie in France and remains the oldest still-functioning. A unique railway system with elevators allows the entire wine-making process to be achieved by the use of gravity. This eliminates the threat of oxidation from unnecessary pumping of the must. Since 1985, Louis Latour has been selling the wines of its own vineyards under the name Domaine Louis Latour.

Louis Latour has been a leader in the environmentally responsible winemaking for over 15 years. Louis Latour has had ISO 14001 accreditation for Environmental Management Systems since 2003 and has been a member of the European association FARRE since 1998- a group of like-minded companies who seek to develop and promote sustainable methods of agriculture.



Red Wines    Tempranillo    Rioja    Spain   
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Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Tinto Reserva 2004
Marques de Murrieta Dalmau Tinto Reserva 2004
(search item no. 104725)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $55.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Vineyard: Canajas single vineyard. A more than 50 year-old single vineyard located at over 480 m above sea level within our 300 ha Ygay Estate (Rioja Alta).

Recommended foods: All red meats, roasts and game. Excellent also with cheeses.

Decanting: It is recommended to decant forty minutes before serving.

Grapes: 86% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Graciano.

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About Marques de Murrieta:

Marques de Murrieta is named after Luciano de Murrieta, one of the founding fathers of modern Rioja winemaking, who established the estate in 1852 in the world-renowned Rioja region of Spain. Today V. Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga, Count of Creixell, leads the family-owned company. With a vision of innovation and respect for tradition, Marques de Murrieta is rooted in strong, historical fundamentals that shape the vision and philosophy of this iconic Spanish brand. The winery is near the southern tip of the Rioja Alta in the middle of the beautiful Ygay Estate, a unique 300-hectare vineyard that guarantees complete control over the grape source and is the key to the quality and style of Marques de Murrieta wines.


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Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2006
Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2006
(search item no. 101990)
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older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/21/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#5 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The Castello di Brolio expresses the refined elegance that is only specific to the terroir of Brolio. It is a "seamless wine" achieved by selecting the best grapes of Brolio, matured in barriques, with a long fining in the bottle that enhances its noble elegance. Sangiovese with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

With this harvest, it was finally possible for the Sangiovese to express its maximum potential. Intense ruby color with garnet tinges, it has a beautiful aromatic complex bouquet. Chocolate/coffee and spices palate, it possesses elegant tannin content and a lingering finish.

Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, Colonnata lard, cold cuts and finocchiona di cinta senese. Chianti Classico also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco. The wine should be served at a temperature of 60-65°F.

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About Ricasoli:

The House of Ricasoli has had an indelible impact on the history and quality of Chianti. According to Burton Anderson, "it is the world's oldest winery," having produced wines since 1141. Not only did an early Baron help create the appellation system, but in 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (The "Iron Baron") developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official blend for Chianti.

After a few years of foreign ownership in the 60s and 70s, the Ricasoli winery is back in Italian hands -in fact, Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Baron of the original family, gained control in 1993. He has replanted several vineyards with improved clones, has improved the vinification technology, and has invested in new cooperage.

Barone Ricasoli is a commercial group that owns several estates throughout Tuscany. At its winery, it vinifies its own and other estates' wines, including those of Castello di Brolio. The Ricasoli family continues to show its commitment to quality and innovation. It was a leader of the Super Tuscan movement, with the production of its award-winning Casalferro. It produces a full range of Tuscan wines, ranging from Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG to the newest addition to the line, Formulae, a 100% Sangiovese aged in American oak casks.