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Jules Desjourneys "L'Interdit" Vin de France MMVIII 2008

93 Our Score
93 Wine Advocate
(8/2011) "The wine that will be known as 2008 Desjourneys is none other than Duperray's 2008 Fleurie - combining Chapelle des Bois and Les Moriers - that was refused appellation and so is officially, merely, "vin de France." Believe me, this is "vin de France" in the same sense that Debussy signed many of his late masterpieces "musicien francais." The high-toned floral, herbal, and fruit distillate esters that memorably marked the Chapelle des Bois from cask as well as the black tea-tinged and more bittersweetly herbal and concentrated dark berries of the original Les Moriers, have been preserved in this marriage - in fact, after recovering from my chagrin at this wine's having been denied its rightful appellation, I am now entirely reconciled to the two sites having been blended, inasmuch as the whole seems, remarkably, even greater than the sum of its already profoundly delicious parts! This finishes with mouthwatering salinity and a tenacious, almost Gewurztraminer-like meld of brown spices concentrated floral and herbal essences. I would anticipate it being worth following for half a dozen years, but on no account should it be missed earlier-on."
$
4399
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750 ML
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Chateau Thivin "Cuvee Zaccharie" Cote de Brouilly 2015

95 James Suckling
(2/2017) "Ripe and rich aromas of blackberries and blueberries. Tar undertones. Full-bodied, very structured and flavorful with lots of round tannins and a fruity finish. This is aged about 10 months in barrel of which about 5% is new. Needs a year or two more of bottle age before drinking but already very impressive."
$
3799
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750 ML
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Guy Breton Regnie 2014

91 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(8/2016) "Brilliant ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of black raspberry, cherry and lavender pastille, along with a hint of white pepper in the background. Lithe and appealingly sweet, offering dark berry and spicecake flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Shows very good clarity and minerally cut on the finish, which is framed by sneaky, harmonious tannins."
$
3199
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750 ML
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Domaine Lapalu "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly 2014

92 Wine Advocate
(6/2015) "The 2014 Brouilly Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, which undergoes exactly the same vinification as the Beaujolais Villages, has a wonderful nose of blackberry, briary wild hedgerow and hints of dried violet petals. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit mixed with licorice on the entry. There are fine tannins underpinning this Brouily, and though it feels a little clammed up on the finish so close to bottling, it is very elegant and composed. Drink: 2015 - 2025"
$
2899
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750 ML
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C.G. Paris "Vieilles Vignes" Chiroubles 2014

93 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(8/2016) "Ruby-red. An explosively perfumed, complex bouquet evokes mineral-accented red berries, potpourri and Asian spices. Concentrated yet lithe, showing excellent clarity and lift to the raspberry liqueur and bitter cherry flavors, which are given spine by juicy acidity. Shows impressive power and vivacity on the strikingly long, seamless finish, which is framed by fine-grained, harmonious tannins. Drink: 2018 - 2023."
$
2699
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750 ML
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~11 bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine Robert Denogent "Cuvee Jules Chauvet" Beaujolais Villages 2013

93 Our Score
89 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(2/2015) "(made with whole clusters, no sulfur, no fining and no filtration): Light, bright red. Earth- and pepper-accented redcurrant and strawberry aromas, with hints of rhubarb and musky herbs and faint volatility. Tangy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and slightly tart red fruits that gain sweetness with air. Finishes taut and spicy, with good cut and no obvious tannins. Distinctly old school and on the raw side, but not without its charms, especially if you're a fan of funky wines. The fruit for this wine is sourced from a vineyard that's leased from the family of the legendary Jules Chauvet, an enology professor and writer whose work was the inspiration for Marcel Lapierre, Jean Thévenet, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton and a host of other vignerons in Beaujolais and, now, across the globe. His influence is practically immeasurable, in fact, as he is a demigod of the natural wine movement."
$
2599
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750 ML
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Jean-Paul Thevenet "Vieilles Vignes" Morgon 2013

93 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(12/2014) "Vivid ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of fresh raspberry and candied rose, with white pepper, allspice and blood orange notes adding complexity. Silky, seamless and fine-grained, offering lively, appealingly sweet red fruit flavors and a touch of spicecake. Shows excellent energy and focus on the mineral-driven finish, which displays a repeating raspberry note and even tannins. This wine is made from fruit grown in two different parcels, one planted in the late 1960s and the other over 110 years ago."
$
2499
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750 ML
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C.G. Paris "Champagne" Fleurie 2014

92 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
(8/2016) "Brilliant ruby. Mineral-accented red and dark berry scents are complemented by floral pastille and spicecake nuances. Sappy, expansive and appealingly sweet, offering intense raspberry liqueur and candied rose flavors given lift and spine by juicy acidity. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and a lingering florality."
$
2499
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750 ML
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Guy Breton Regnie 2013

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92 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
90 Wine Advocate
(6/2014) "The 2013 Regnie comes from 35- and 100-year-old vines on granite and sand soils. It has a sedate bouquet that lets you come to it, rather than it leaping out of the glass at you. The palate is fleshy and ripe on the entry with succulent wild strawberry and cranberry fruit, well-judged acidity and surprising density on the finish for a Regnie. There is an engaging focus here, although it will repay a couple of years in the cellar. Drink 2016-2022."
$
2399
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750 ML
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Chateau Thivin "Reverdon" Brouilly 2015

91 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
92 Wine Advocate
(8/2016) "The 2015 Brouilly Reverdon, which had been bottled about one month prior to my visit, has a powerful but primal bouquet, clearly laden with plenty of fruit. The definition is here though. The palate is fleshy and supple on the entry but then those tannins cloak the mouth, without overwhelming, finishing in quite a sensual style. This has much more to give but it should be given 3-4 years to allow the terroir to really be expressed. What are you waiting for? This is a knockout Brouilly."
$
1999
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750 ML
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~62 bottlesCheck all Stores
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