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Regular price: $57.00
See product page: Torres Milmanda 2015
Conca de Barbera DO
Chardonnay
White wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787869

“A sophisticated Chardonnay with great balance. Intense candied-citrus and dried-pear aromas and hints of coconut and melon. Concentrated and elegant with beautifully integrated oak running like a thread right through to the long and lively finish.”
www.jamessuckling.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2023

 

JS 93


(360 bt)

2
Regular price: $123.25
See product page: Las Lamas Corullon Bierzo 2016
Bierzo DO
Palomino, Garnacha tintorera, Mencía
Red wine
Spain, Vallée du Duero
750 ml
SAQ code: 13500434
3
Regular price: $56.00
See product page: Castell d'Encus Quest 2014
Costers del Segre DO
Cabernet franc, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot
Red wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
750 ml
SAQ code: 13713464

“The 2014 Quest Bordeaux blend ferments exclusively in 12th century stone lagares— small pools carved into stone troughs—before undergoing its malolactic fermentation in new French barrels, where it matures for some 18 months. It's a silky and spicy red that mixes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot grapes from estate vineyards planted in 2003. This wine was already bottled when I visited the property but the labels were not yet ready. The nose is very peppery with a herbal twist and classical aromas of cassis and blackberries with a touch of mint; very elegant and subtle. The palate is extremely tasty, with ultra-fine tannins and a very good, fresh finish driven by dark spices.”
www.robertparker.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2024

 

(36 bt)
  

4
Regular price: $99.25
See product page: Álvaro Palacios Finca Dofí 2016
Priorat DOCA
Carignan, Grenache
Red wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
750 ml
SAQ code: 13500389
  • Drink now or keep 13 years following the vintage.

“I also previewed the 2016 Finca Dofí, which has vibrant acidity and more freshness than the 2015. It's a wine that really stands out among the 2016s—explosive and long, with concentration and elegance. This could very well become the finest Dofí to date.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026

 

WA 95-97


(324 bt)

5
Regular price: $481.25
See product page: Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi Priorat 2016
Priorat DOCA
Carignan, Grenache
Red wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
3 L
SAQ code: 13492745
  • Drink now or keep 13 years following the vintage.

“I also previewed the 2016 Finca Dofí, which has vibrant acidity and more freshness than the 2015. It's a wine that really stands out among the 2016s—explosive and long, with concentration and elegance. This could very well become the finest Dofí to date.”
www.robertparker.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030

 

WA 95-97


(5 bt)

6
Regular price: $94.00
See product page: Combier-Fischer-Gerin L’Infernal Aguilera 2010
Priorat DOCA
Carignan
Red wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787834

“Top of its range, the 2010 Aguilera is a wine that used to be known as 2/3. It is a single-vineyard Cariñena from a centenary vineyard of head-pruned vines on slate soils. It fermented in plastic bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in used French oak barrels for 18 months and then spent six years in bottle. It has notes of beef blood and iron, with a lot of freshness, some development and nuance. It has balance, freshness, concentration, power and a certain elegance. It's aging slowly.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028

 

WA 94


(90 bt)

7
Regular price: $107.50
See product page: Ferrer Bobet Priorat Reserva 2015
Priorat DOCA
Cabernet sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, Syrah
Reserva
Red wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
1.5 L
SAQ code: 13787800

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026

 

(60 bt) 

8
Regular price: $116.75
See product page: Ferrer Bober Seleccio Especial Vinyes Velles Priorat Reserva 2014
Priorat DOCA
Carignan
Reserva
Red wine
Spain, Côte Méditerranéenne
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787957

“The 2014 Vinyes Velles, which means ‘old vines’ in the Catalan language, is a blend of 70% Cariñena and 30% Garnacha from vines planted on slopes (costers) and terraces, mostly facing northeast. It fermented in stainless steel and oak vats and aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. It is harmonious, ripe without excess, nuanced and balanced, with power and elegance and nicely integrated oak. It's textured and shows intense flavours, with good depth and a backbone of fresh acidity that lifts it up.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026

 

WA 94, WS 94, JS 95


(60 bt)

9
Regular price: $123.25
See product page: Vega Sicilia Alion Ribera del Duero 2014
Ribera del Duero DO
Tempranillo
Red wine
Spain, Vallée du Duero
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733781
  • Drink now or keep 12 years following the vintage.

“2014 is a better vintage in Ribera del Duero than in Rioja, and the 2014 Alión shows it. Sourced from 130 hectares of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Ribera del Duero and possibly the most modern of the Vega Sicilia Group wines, it's silky, voluptuous, jammy, ripe and generous without being too much. The grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats, and the wine matured in new and second use French barrels for 12 to 14 months. It's quite ripe and powerful, yet balanced and with great freshness. The palate is medium to full-bodied with lots of fruit, juicy and showy, modern without excess.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2029

 

WA 94, WS 91


(138 bt)

10
Regular price: $597.00
See product page: Bodegas Vega Sicilia unico 2006
Ribera del Duero DO
Cabernet sauvignon, Tempranillo
Red wine
Spain, Vallée du Duero
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733810

“I tasted the 2006 Único again, and it's clearly the best Único produced in the last few years, to which I don't find much logic, as on paper 2004 and 2005 were better years in Ribera del Duero. Regardless, the 2006 is a fantastic modern Vega Sicilia in the making, powerful and clean, still very young and marked by the élevage with a whiff of American oak and a creamy texture on the palate. It should age very well for a very long time. I'd wait to pull the cork, even if it's drinkable and quite showy already.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030


WA 98, WS 94, JS 100


(54 bt)

11
Regular price: $219.75
See product page: Bodegas Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5° 2013
Ribera del Duero DO
Merlot, Tempranillo
Red wine
Spain, Vallée du Duero
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733801

“Cropped from an unusually cold and rainy vintage from which Único will not be bottled, the 2013 Valbuena is always released in its fifth year. It's mostly Tempranillo with 5% Merlot that was put through a three- to four-day cold soak in oak vats, where it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was pumped over. It matured in new and used 225-litre French and American oak barrels and also in 20,000-litre oak vats, where the larger vessels respect the fruit, especially in a more fragile vintage like 2013. It's a very elegant and fresh Valbuena with a developed nose, quite classical with a fine texture, elegant tannins and a supple, long finish where the oak is still quite obvious. I liked it very much and consider it a triumph over the challenges of the year.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 94, WS 92, JS 96


(120 bt)

12
Regular price: $64.50
See product page: Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild Vega Sicilia Macan Clasico Rioja 2014
Rioja Alavesa DOCA
Tempranillo
Red wine
Spain, Vallée de l'Ebre
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733756

“The 2014 Macán Clásico, pure Tempranillo from their 92 hectares of vineyards in Ábalos, Labastida, El Villar and San Vicente de la Sonsierra, fermented after a cold soak, followed by malolactic partly in barrels and an élevage of 12 to 14 months in new and second-use French oak barrels. It's still quite young and undeveloped, with good consistency, juicy, integrated and balanced. The Macán wines seem to be coming of age.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2024


WA 92+


(60 bt)

13
Regular price: $88.75
See product page: La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2009
Rioja Alta DOCA
Graciano, Tempranillo
Gran reserva
Red wine
Spain, Vallée de l'Ebre
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787818

“Time flies, and the 904 for sale is already the 2009 Gran Reserva, as they didn't bottle it in 2008. They only bottle their top wines in very good and excellent vintages, so there will be a 2010 and 2011 but no 2012, 2013 or 2014. This super classical cuvée showcases the wines from Haro, silky and elegant after extended aging in oak and a good future in bottle. 2009 was a powerful vintage, ripe but with good balance. The blend is approximately 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, fermented in stainless steel with a 78-day natural malolactic. The aging was in four-year-old American oak barrels crafted by their own coopers; the wines aged from April 2010 to April 2014. During that time, the wine was racked every six months, to be finally bottled in November 2014. This is usually my favourite wine from the portfolio, where the balance between aging and youth reaches its highest point. It's developed but retains some fruit character, plenty of spices and balsamic aromas. The palate is polished but has some clout, with clean, focused flavours and a long, spicy and tasty finish. This represents good value for the quality it delivers.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030


WA 95+, WS 92, JS 97


(402 bt)

14
Regular price: $80.25
See product page: Bodegas Y Viñedos Pintia Pintia 2013
Toro DO
Tinta de Toro
Red wine
Spain, Vallée du Duero
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733764

“The challenge in Toro is to achieve the elegance usually associated with the name Vega Sicilia, and with the 2013 Pintia it's achieved by fine-tuning the harvest date to maintain the freshness of aromas and acidity of the wine. The grapes were picked between September 26th and October 10th and fermented after a cold soak. Malolactic occurred in 70% French barrels, 25% American oak and the remaining 5% in Hungarian barrels. It's a more elegant year for Pintia, as cooler vintages usually help counterbalance the natural power of Toro. It's also a lighter year with good freshness, and this showed a fine thread on the palate and was nicely textured, elegant within the rusticity of the zone.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025


WA 93, WS 90


(228 bt)

15
Regular price: $88.25
See product page: Cantos Del Diablo 2015
Vinos de Madrid DO
Grenache
Red wine
Spain, Le Plateau (Meseta)
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787720

“Very fresh, ripe strawberries and raspberries on offer here with intensity and aromatic depth. Really fragrant and sappy. The texture of this wine is exceptional, delivering a lithe and juicy core of sweet strawberries and raspberries and lacy, punchy tannins. Delicious.”
www.jamessuckling.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2023


JS 96


(43 bt)

16
Regular price: $88.25
See product page: Las Iruelas 2015
Vinos de Madrid DO
Grenache
Red wine
Spain, Le Plateau (Meseta)
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787771

“Extremely perfumed aromas of orange peel, orange blossom, cherries and hints of strawberries, following through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with silky tannins and a crisp and clean finish. Complex and individualistic!”
www.jamessuckling.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2022


JS 97


(66 bt)

17
Regular price: $256.25
See product page: Domaine Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune 2012
Alsace AOC/AOP
Riesling
White wine
France, Alsace
750 ml
SAQ code: 13851701

“Cool, aristocratic and iron-rich on the nose where some flinty notes are displayed, the 2012 Riesling Clos Ste Hune starts very pure and demanding on the nose. On the palate you can find as much energy and tension as in an electric power station. The wine is very clear, fresh and pure, shows lots of salt on the very elegant and seductive palate. The finish is very long and complex and indicates a terrific aging potential.”
www.robertparker.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2035


WA 95, WS 95, JS 97


(108 bt)

18
Regular price: $168.00
See product page: Domaine André et Mireille Tissot Le Clos de La Tour du Curon 2015
Arbois AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Jura
750 ml
SAQ code: 13870671
Organic product

“A wine that needs air, that is very mineral and has a great balance between power and freshness is the 2015 Arbois Chardonnay Clos de la Tour de Curon from limestone soils. They get very low yields from this vineyard; they get four barriques from 0.27 hectares of walled vines, like the ones from the past, and the finesse of the Bajocian limestone (the same as in Corton-Charlemagne). It has good ripeness without any excess, but above all, it has great minerality. This is a tour de force of the Chardonnays from Jura. Bravo!”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030


WA 95


(60 bt)

19
Regular price: $52.25
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis 2015
Chablis AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709449

“A more elegant and fresher array of cool, ripe and relatively airy aromas reflects notes of pear, apple and a hint of lemon peel. There is good richness and concentration to the caressing medium-bodied flavours that possess solid mid-palate fat, and it culminates in a notably powerful finale. Interestingly, this isn't as dense but it's better balanced.”
www.burghound.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


B 88

 

(18 bt)

20
Regular price: $118.75
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2015
Chablis Grand Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709457

“The fresh and expressive nose offers up notes of strong mineral reduction, green fruit, lemon-lime, tidal pool and oyster shell hints. The full-bodied, rich and muscular big-bodied flavours are succulent and wonderfully textured while delivering outstanding length on the stony, focused and explosive finish. As Raveneau's Valmur almost always is, this is a powerful and serious wine that will require at least 4 to 5 years of cellaring and will reward at least a decade's worth.”
www.burghoud.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2032

 

B 93

 

(12 bt)

21
Regular price: $118.75
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2015
Chablis Grand Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709465

“Mild, if not invisible, wood influence frames the restrained, fresh and admirably pure white flower, wet stone and whisper of sea breeze-inflected aromas. There is fine richness to the refined and beautifully detailed medium-bodied flavours that possess excellent intensity and length on the citrus-suffused finish where a touch of lemon rind appears. The acid spine is clearly firmer here than with any of the preceding 1ers and this should reward at least a decade of aging and perhaps even a bit more, yet be approachable after only 4 to 5 if that's your preference.”
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Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2032


B 93

 

(12 bt)

22
Regular price: $118.75
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2015
Chablis Grand Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709490

“As is often the case, this is the most elegant, if also the most restrained, wine in its range, with its cool, pure and reserved nose of citrus, white flower, iodine and sea breeze-scented aromas that also exhibit mineral reduction whiffs. The refinement continues on the rich and full-bodied flavours that manage to retain both good delineation and plenty of minerality on the palate coating, clean, focused and hugely long finale. This is on the drier side in the context of the vintage and should amply reward at least a decade, and perhaps even a bit more, of bottle age.”
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Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2024-2034


B 94

 

(6 bt)

23
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 2015
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709431

“There is a bit more Chablis typicality to the floral, citrus and sea breeze-scented nose trimmed in a touch of mineral reduction. The vibrant and nicely concentrated flavours possess more evident refinement, if perhaps not quite the same power, while delivering fine length on the balanced finish.”
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Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2024-2034


B 90

 

(12 bt)

24
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Butteaux 2015
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709473

“An elegant and pure nose is notably ripe but evidences ample classic Chablis aromas that include pear, white flower and tidal pool hints that are also trimmed in enough wood and menthol characters to warrant noting them. The rich and vibrant flavours possess good volume and muscularity before concluding in a clean, dry and mildly austere, if slightly warmer, finish. Like the Montée de Tonnerre, this is an excellent 2015 1er and worth considering - plus it should age well.”
www.burghound.com

 

Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2032

 

B 91

 

(12 bt)

25
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Forêt 2015
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
1er cru
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709502

“A discreet touch of wood sets off the cool and notably floral and citrus-suffused aromas that are composed mainly of ripe white and yellow fruit and petrol nuances. There is once again good volume and mid-palate fat to the rich, round and seductive flavours that are at once sleek but generous, all wrapped in a more complex and persistent finale that also evidences a subtle trace of warmth.”
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Agin Potential : Drink now or keep until 2027


B 89
 

(24 bt)

26
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709588

“This is even more elegant and refined with its strikingly layered nose that once again is cool, pure and airy with its floral-suffused nose that possesses a plethora of classic Chablis scents along with discreet wood nuances. There is an absolutely gorgeous mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavours that exude a fine bead of minerality on the explosively long, saline and impeccably well-balanced finale. 2014 is potentially a genuinely great vintage for the Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre, which as fans of this wine will immediately understand, is really saying something.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025

 

B 94

 

(18 bt)

27
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2015
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709481

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026

 

B 92 


(30 bt)

28
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Chapelot 2014
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709596

“This is even more elegant and refined with its strikingly layered nose that once again is cool, pure and airy with its floral-suffused nose that possesses a plethora of classic Chablis scents along with discreet wood nuances. There is an absolutely gorgeous mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavours that exude a fine bead of minerality on the explosively long, saline and impeccably well-balanced finale. 2014 is potentially a genuinely great vintage for the Raveneau Montée de Tonnerre, which as fans of this wine will immediately understand, is really saying something.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025

 

B 91-94

 

(12 bt)

29
Regular price: $79.00
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Chablis Premier Cru Forêt 2014
Chablis Premier Cru AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
1er cru
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13709609

“This is turning out to be even better than I originally envisioned, with its classic nose offering plenty of Chablis character on the cool, pure and airy aromas that are comprised mostly of smoky white orchard fruit and various citrus scents. The racy, intense and overtly mineral-driven medium-weight flavours possess a lovely mouth feel before culminating in a textured, balanced and saline finish that is both bone dry and tightly wound. As one would reasonably expect given how young this is, the 2014 Forêt is still very much on the way up and while I opened a bottle out of curiosity, I would strongly advise allowing this beauty to at least reach its 10th birthday first.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025

 

B 93

 

(24 bt)

30
Regular price: $105.50
See product page: Domaine François Raveneau Petit Chablis 2015
Petit Chablis AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Bourgogne, Chablis et Grand Auxerrois
1.5 L
SAQ code: 13709545

“A wonderfully fresh and expressive nose offers up essence of pear and ample Chablis typicality. There is reasonably good density to the delicious and vibrant flavours that culminate in a markedly saline-inflected finale.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2024

 

B 93

 

(36 bt)

31
Regular price: $226.75
See product page: Jacques Selosse Initial Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut
Champagne AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
Champagne
France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs et Côte de Sézanne
750 ml
SAQ code: 12157064

“Anselme Selosse's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Initial is a pure Chardonnay sourced in the lower, more clayey slopes of the villages of Avize, Cramant and Oger. This release of the cuvée represents the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages, and it opens with an intense, perfectly ripe, tropical-scented bouquet with chalky notes. Ripe, round and very elegant on the palate, this is an expressive, chalky and persistent Blanc de Blancs that was disgorged in December 2017 (dosage: less than 6 grams per litre).”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


WA 93, WS 95, V 94


(30 bt)

32
Regular price: $260.00
See product page: Jacques Selosse Version Originale Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
Champagne AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
Champagne
France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs et Côte de Sézanne
750 ml
SAQ code: 12157072

“Sourced in the steeper and more chalky parts of the north, south and east-facing slopes in Avize, Cramant and Oger, Selosse's NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru V. O. (Version Originale) is excitingly pure in its chalky/iodine-scented bouquet that also has some ripe and rich Chardonnay aromas in the background. This is a pure, fresh, chalky, complex and persistent cuvée with a powerful structure and a long, multilayered finish. A great wine! Disgorged in October 2017 with a dosage of 0.66 grams per litre.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


WA 94, V 95


(6 bt)

33
Regular price: $460.25
See product page: Jacques Selosse Substance Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut
Champagne AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
Champagne
France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs et Côte de Sézanne
750 ml
SAQ code: 12157101

“The NV Substance is a total stunner. Radiant and yet remarkably fresh, with tremendous tension, the Substance is wonderfully expressive from the very first taste. Whereas Substance can be oxidative and also a bit heavy, this release is explosive, vibrant and simply stunning in its beauty. This version is based on the 2009, with a Solera that goes back to 1986. Anselme and Guillaume Selosse ascribe the less-oxidative recent style of Substance to the diminishing influence in the Solera of a number of vintages that were aged without SO2, specifically 1996 through 1999 and 2002. Disgorged May 4, 2017. Dosage is 1.3 grams per litre.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


V 97


(6 bt)

34
Regular price: $108.50
See product page: Roses de Jeanne Côte de Béchalin 2011
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744893
  • Drink now.

“The 2011 Blanc de Noirs Côte de Bechalin is a very beautiful wine, especially within the context of this challenging vintage. Yellow orchard fruit, chamomile, wild flowers and lightly honeyed notes all grace this pretty, expressive Champagne. The 2011 is already beginning to show tropical overtones and other notes that indicate it is close to peaking. For that reason, I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2018.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2022


V 92


(36 bt)

35
Regular price: $86.25
See product page: Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Brut Blanc de Noirs 2016
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744691
  • Drink now.

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2023


(162 bt)

36
Regular price: $167.75
See product page: Roses de Jeanne La Bolorée Brut 2014
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot blanc
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744800

“As it often is, the Blanc de Blancs La Bolorée (Pinot Blanc) is the most complete of these Champagnes, and that is saying a lot this year. Quite simply, the 2014 Bolorée is an utterly mesmerizing Champagne. A kaleidoscope of aromas, flavours and textures takes over the senses. Extravagant in its beauty, the Bolorée will thrill readers lucky enough to find it. In tasting, the Bolorée offers a level of richness that recalls Pinot, but with the brightness and focus of Pinot Blanc. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2018.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


V 98


(24 bt)

37
Regular price: $134.50
See product page: Roses de Jeanne La Haute Lemblé 2014
Champagne AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744771

“Majestic and soaring in the glass, with remarkable purity, the 2014 Blanc de Blancs La Haute Lemblé captures all of the beauty that makes Cédric Bouchard's Champagnes so alluring. The 2014 is bright, pure and focused, with mid-weight, sculpted personality that reminds me of the 2004. This is such a tremendous expression of Chardonnay. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2018.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


V 97


(18 bt)

38
Regular price: $115.75
See product page: Roses de Jeanne Les Ursules 2014
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744851

“The 2014 Blanc de Noirs Ursules will leave readers searching for superlatives. It is every bit that good. Cut, precision and focus are the signatures. Creamy and resonant on the palate, the Ursules offers a dazzling expression of Pinot Noir. Next to the Presle, the Ursules carries a bit more weight and overall structure. In this tasting, it is a total knock-out. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2018.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


V 96


(24 bt)

39
Regular price: $371.75
See product page: Roses de Jeanne  Les Ursules Brut 2014
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
1.5 L
SAQ code: 13744826

“The 2014 Blanc de Noirs Ursules will leave readers searching for superlatives. It is every bit that good. Cut, precision and focus are the signatures. Creamy and resonant on the palate, the Ursules offers a dazzling expression of Pinot Noir. Next to the Presle, the Ursules carries a bit more weight and overall structure. In this tasting, it is a total knock-out. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2018.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 96


(5 bt)

40
Regular price: $156.75
See product page: Roses de Jeanne Presle 2014
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744877

“The 2014 Blanc de Noirs Presle presents an especially focused expression of Pinot. White orchard fruit, mint, and crushed and white flowers open up first, followed by a rush of small red berries and hints of smoke, crushed flowers and earthiness. This mid-weight, chiselled Pinot needs at least a few years to soften, but it is very pretty. Non-dosé. Disgorged: April 2018.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


V 95


(18 bt)

41
Regular price: $177.50
See product page: Guillaume Selosse Largillier
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Champagne
France, Champagne, Côte des Bar
750 ml
SAQ code: 13861491

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2024


(12 bt)

42
Regular price: $275.75
See product page: Jacques Selosse Brut
Champagne AOC/AOP
Chardonnay, Pinot noir
Rosé champagne
France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs et Côte de Sézanne
750 ml
SAQ code: 12157081

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2022


(6 bt)

43
Regular price: $219.75
See product page: Roses de Jeanne Le Creux d'Enfer 2014
Champagne AOC/AOP
Pinot noir
Rosé champagne
France, Champagne, Vallée de l'Aube
750 ml
SAQ code: 13744746

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2022


(6 bt)

44
Regular price: $42.25
See product page: Domaine Macle Côtes du Jura 2014
Côtes du Jura AOC/AOP
Chardonnay
White wine
France, Jura
750 ml
SAQ code: 13851453

“The 2014 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Sur Voile is a spicy and yeasty white with the Jura twang that comes with being aged in barrels under a veil of yeasts for two years. This process limits the contact with said yeasts, for a wine whose character is not too present. It has marked aromas and an electric palate with vibrant flavours and pungent acidity, which makes it very long. It has the volume and power of a Chardonnay, with more volume than a Savagnin, powerful and round, with a salty finish.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 93


(96 bt)

45
Regular price: $41.75
See product page: Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2017
Crozes-Hermitage AOC/AOP
Marsanne, Roussanne
White wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13934620

“Bright plantain, pineapple and yellow apple gelée notes give this a fun and bouncy feel, with a flash of heather knitting the elements together on the finish.”
www.winespectator.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2023


WS 90


(216 bt)

46
Regular price: $266.00
See product page: Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015
Hermitage AOC/AOP
Marsanne, Roussanne
White wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13659728

“Ripe and mouth filling, with a warm hint of butter weaving around creamed pear, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon flavours. Toasted brioche and macadamia nut notes let the finish sail through, showing a very alluring feel. Hefty, but pulls it off due to a fine, buried bitter almond thread. A stunning wine. Marsanne and Roussanne.”
www.winespectator.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2032


WS 97


(66 bt)

47
Regular price: $541.00
See product page: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015
Hermitage AOC/AOP
Marsanne, Roussanne
White wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
1.5 L
SAQ code: 13665351

“Ripe and mouth filling, with a warm hint of butter weaving around creamed pear, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon flavours. Toasted brioche and macadamia nut notes let the finish sail through, showing a very alluring feel. Hefty, but pulls it off due to a fine, buried bitter almond thread. A stunning wine. Marsanne and Roussanne.”
www.winespectator.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2034


WS 97


(12 bt)

48
Regular price: $63.75
See product page: Pascal Cotat Grande Côte 2017
Sancerre AOC/AOP
Sauvignon blanc
White wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, Centre Loire
750 ml
SAQ code: 13944300

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025


(432 bt)

49
Regular price: $63.75
See product page: Domaine Pascal Cotat Monts Damnés 2017
Sancerre AOC/AOP
Sauvignon blanc
White wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, Centre Loire
750 ml
SAQ code: 13944318
  • Drink now or keep 8 years following the vintage.

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2027


(432 bt)

50
Regular price: $135.50
See product page: Clos Rougeard Brézé 2013
Saumur AOC/AOP
Chenin blanc
White wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13987297

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


(18 bt)

51
Regular price: $88.75
See product page: Domaine du Collier Saumur La Charpentrie 2014
Saumur AOC/AOP
Chenin blanc
White wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13924712

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2025


(60 bt)

52
Regular price: $57.50
See product page: Domaine du Collier Saumur 2014
Saumur AOC/AOP
Chenin blanc
White wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13924739

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2023


(120 bt)

53
Regular price: $101.75
See product page: Domaine Auguste Clape Renaissance 2015
Cornas AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13199397

“Bright purple. Heady, mineral-accented aromas of boysenberry, cherry cola, violet and olive paste; a smoky nuance expands in the glass. Palate-staining black and blue fruit flavours pick up notes of star anise and candied flowers as the wine stretches out. Powerful but surprisingly energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and sneaky tannins that emerge slowly.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 92, WS 94, V 94


(72 bt)

54
Regular price: $111.25
See product page: Domaine Auguste Clape Renaissance 2016
Cornas AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13944342

“Shown as four single-vineyard components: #1) Patou: high-pitched black raspberry, cherry and violet scents, backed by a smoky nuance. Juicy and lithe in the mouth, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavours and a sweetening hint of cola. Tightens up on the finish, which is framed by supple, even tannins. #2) Tezier: suave, expressive aromas of ripe blue fruits, potpourri and smoky Indian spices. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering sweet blueberry, liquorice and candied violet flavours and a touch of spice cake. #3) Young vines in Reynard: Gorgeous, sharply focused floral and dark berry scents that pick up a mineral aspect with aeration. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated cassis and boysenberry flavours that tighten up on the back half. Very long and focused; smooth tannins make a cameo appearance. #4) Petite Côte: deep-pitched dark fruit preserve, liquorice, cracked pepper and espresso scents, joined by a slowly emerging hint of olive. Stains the palate with bitter cherry and cassis flavours that take a sweeter turn on the back half. Surprisingly lively for its heft, showing strong closing grip and resonating spiciness.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 91-94, V 93-95


(108 bt)

55
Regular price: $142.00
See product page: Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 2015
Cornas AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13199400

“Clape’s flagship 2015 Cornas is enormously complex and compelling. Almond skin, cherries, blood and herbal notes all combine on the nose, while on the palate this medium to full-bodied wine is firmly tannic but ripe and balanced, with a rich, velvety and nearly endless finish.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2032


WA 97, WS 98, V 96


(120 bt)

56
Regular price: $154.25
See product page: Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 2016
Cornas AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13944334

“For the 2016 Cornas, a couple of the foudres from which I tasted were truly amazing, like the Sabarotte, which is imbued with the bloody-meaty essence of Cornas, velvety tannins and the Reynards Vieilles Vignes, replanted after phylloxera, which showed incredible perfumes and complexity.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2032


WA 93-97, V 94-96


(108 bt)

57
Regular price: $167.50
See product page: Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot 2015
Cornas AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13899852

“Deep lurid ruby. Heady, smoke- and spice-accented boysenberry, cherry liqueur and violet aromas show excellent clarity and pick up a hint of olive with aeration. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering deeply concentrated yet energetic dark berry preserve, cola and floral pastille flavours, plus a suggestion of spice cake. The extremely long, velvety finish features an echo of juicy, sweet blue fruit and harmonious tannins that come in late.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 96


(120 bt)

58
Regular price: $185.25
See product page: Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard 2015
Cornas AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13899959

“Brilliant violet. An expansive bouquet evokes dark berry liqueur, Indian spices, violet candy and incense, brightened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds in the glass. Sappy, sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering pliant black raspberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavours complemented by exotic five-spice powder and white pepper accents. Spicy, sweet and seamless on the remarkably persistent finish, which displays velvety, harmonious tannins and resonating floral and blue fruit notes.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030


V 98


(120 bt)

59
Regular price: $493.00
See product page: Domaine E. Guigal La Landonne 2014
Côte Rôtie AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733836

“While the 2014 Cote Rotie La Landonne looked like the pick of the litter from barrel, now that it's in bottle, it's closed down a bit and is showing more of its stemmy, whole-bunch character. Medium to full-bodied, it's the most potent and concentrated of the La Las but considerably less charming at this point in time, with brooding, dark fruit, hints of espresso and black olive on the palate and a chewy, tannic finish.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2032


WA 95+, WS 97, JS 96


(84 bt)

60
Regular price: $493.00
See product page: Domaine E. Guigal La Mouline 2014
Côte Rôtie AOC/AOP
Syrah, Viognier
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733844

“Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance and complexity than power, with those floral, herbal notes leaving a long, silky impression on the finish.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2030


WA 97, WS 96, V 95


(156 bt)

61
Regular price: $493.00
See product page: Domaine E. Guigal La Turque 2014
Côte Rôtie AOC/AOP
Syrah, Viognier
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13733852

“Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Cote Rotie La Turque has exceeded all of my earlier expectations. It's got those classic Côte Rôtie elements on the nose of smoked bacon, olives and violets, seamlessly entwined with supple tannins and raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and fine, showing tremendous length and complexity on the finish. On this occasion, La Turque came to the head of the class as the most approachable, exciting and elegant of the three La Las.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 98, WS 97, JS 97


(168 bt)

62
Regular price: $132.50
See product page: Vignoble Jean-Luc Jamet Côte Rôtie Terrasses 2015
Côte Rôtie AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13917918

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


(468 bt)

63
Regular price: $133.75
See product page: Château de Saint Cosme Hominis Fides Gigondas 2016
Gigondas AOC/AOP
Grenache
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône méridional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13934662

“Barruol's 2016 Gigondas Hominis Fides is tremendously concentrated and intense, boasting nearly overwhelming waves of black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, creamy and rich, it's approachable now for it's lush, velvety fruit, but if you want more nuance and spice, try to hold it for 5-10 years.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2028


WA 96, WS 97, V 95-96


(72 bt)

64
Regular price: $133.75
See product page: Château de Saint Cosme Le Claux 2016
Gigondas AOC/AOP
Grenache
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône méridional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13934697

“All Grenache, the 2016 Gigondas le Claux comes from a parcel of vines planted around 1880. It's got an incredibly floral and tea-like nose, followed by expressive red berries, even fraises des bois. Full-bodied, silky and long, it manages to be an epic wine, not for its power but for its elegance, finesse and complexity.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 95


(96 bt)

65
Regular price: $133.75
See product page: Château de Saint Cosme Le Poste 2016
Gigondas AOC/AOP
Grenache
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône méridional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13934689

“The 2016 Gigondas le Poste has admirably fulfilled the potential I saw last year from barrel. It's full-bodied, creamy and lush, while being hugely concentrated and rich. Cherries, baking spices, hints of dark chocolate—this wine has it all, wrapped up in a nearly endless, velvety finish. This 100% old-vine Grenache is one of the finest Gigondas I've ever tasted.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2030


WA 97


(36 bt)

66
Regular price: $266.00
See product page: Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015
Hermitage AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13659402

“The 2015 Hermitage is in bottle and it's a profound, long-lived wine, although the 2017 may perhaps surpass it in terms of pure pleasure. The 2015 is a bit meaty and cedary up front, backed by a mix of berry fruit and spice variations. But what stands out is the wine's immaculate structure and balance. It's firm and tannic without being hard or unyielding, finishing with fold after fold of velvety richness. While the impatient can certainly derive some pleasure from it even now, I'd opt for cellaring it a decade or more.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2026-2036


WA 97, WS 98, V 97


(150 bt)

67
Regular price: $541.00
See product page: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2015
Hermitage AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
1.5 L
SAQ code: 13665319

“The 2015 Hermitage is in bottle and it's a profound, long-lived wine, although the 2017 may perhaps surpass it in terms of pure pleasure. The 2015 is a bit meaty and cedary up front, backed by a mix of berry fruit and spice variations. But what stands out is the wine's immaculate structure and balance. It's firm and tannic without being hard or unyielding, finishing with fold after fold of velvety richness. While the impatient can certainly derive some pleasure from it even now, I'd opt for cellaring it a decade or more.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2028-2038

 
WA 97, WS 98, V 97


(18 bt)

68
Regular price: $46.75
See product page: Domaine Alain Graillot Saint-Joseph 2016
Saint-Joseph AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13934611

“Whole-cluster as always, the 2016 Saint Joseph (tasted from barrel) is strongly reminiscent of crushed stone, but it's also stemmy and floral, with notes of cherry and almond paste. It's medium-bodied, crisp, crunchy and pure, with a long, tart finish.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2028


WA 91-93


(216 bt)

69
Regular price: $99.25
See product page: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Saint-Joseph Clos Florentin 2015
Saint-Joseph AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13665423

“Bottled just one month ago, I suspect my score for the 2015 Saint Joseph Le Clos Florentin may seem conservative after some additional time in bottle. Hints of graham crackers frame ripe cassis fruit in this rich, full-bodied wine that retains a strong sense of balance and elegance despite its powerful nature.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2028


WA 94, V 94


(30 bt)

70
Regular price: $82.75
See product page: Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St-Joseph 2015
Saint-Joseph AOC/AOP
Syrah
Red wine
France, Vallée du Rhône, Rhône septentrional
750 ml
SAQ code: 13659429

“Inky ruby. Pungent, deeply pitched aromas of cassis, black raspberry, candied liquorice and violet are complicated by suggestions of olive and smoky minerals. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavours and a sexy spice cake flourish. Becomes sweeter and livelier with air, with slow-building tannins adding grip to the extremely long, sappy and floral-accented finish.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2028


WA 93, V 94


(132 bt)

71
Regular price: $64.50
See product page: Domaine du Collier Saumur La Ripaille 2014
Saumur AOC/AOP
Cabernet franc
Red wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13924721

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026

 

(78 bt)

72
Regular price: $172.75
See product page: Clos Rougeard Le Bourg 2013
Saumur-Champigny AOC/AOP
Cabernet franc
Red wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13987271

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2029


(12 bt)

73
Regular price: $117.00
See product page: Clos Rougeard Le Clos 2013
Saumur-Champigny AOC/AOP
Cabernet franc
Red wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13987289

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026

 

(30 bt)

74
Regular price: $74.75
See product page: Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Mémoires 2017
Saumur-Champigny AOC/AOP
Cabernet franc
Red wine
France, Vallée de la Loire, L'Anjou et le Saumurois
750 ml
SAQ code: 13821191
Organic product

“The Cuvée Mémoires is strikingly silky.”
www.bettanedesseauve.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


B&D 18


(204 bt)

75
Regular price: $46.75
See product page: Anselmo Mendes Curtimenta Alvarinho 2016
Vinho verde DOC
Alvarinho
Mention d'âge
White wine
Portugal, Vinho Verde
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787797
76
Regular price: $46.75
See product page: Anselmo Mendes Expressoes Alvarinho 2016
Vinho verde DOC
Alvarinho
White wine
Portugal, Vinho Verde
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787789
77
Regular price: $55.00
See product page: Anselmo Mendes Parcela Única 2016
Vinho verde DOC
Alvarinho
White wine
Portugal, Vinho Verde
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787754
78
Regular price: $50.50
See product page: Niepoort Poeirinho 2015
Bairrada DOC
Baga
Red wine
Portugal, Bairrada
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787842

“The 2015 Poeirinho is another terrific Baga from Niepoort this issue. His Baga wines have become my favourites in his red line-up across many regions. It was aged for 20 months in used 2,000-liter foudres and comes in at just 11.4% alcohol. This (well, with the Alagoa, although that at least seemed more open when first poured, before it shut down) is the most backward of the red Bairrada group, rather tight, a bit rustic and a little mute, needing some time to open up. That said, the fruit flavour is there in the background and it has the precision and focus of the others, with a serious backbone. This requires some patience—five years might not be nearly enough; ten would be better—and it should age exceptionally well, if well stored and sourced, of course. Eventually, this might be the best of the Niepoort reds this issue, although the Vinha da Alagoa will have some say there, but it doesn't show that way now. It still looks like a big star.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2022-2032


WA 95


(450 bt)

79
Regular price: $55.75
See product page: Quinta da Falorca Lagar Reserva 2014
Dâo DOC
Alfrocheiro, Tinta roriz, Touriga nacional
Red wine
Portugal, Dâo E Lafôes
750 ml
SAQ code: 13761491

Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2026


(600 bt)

80
Regular price: $370.75
See product page: Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha 2008
Douro DOC
Tinto(a) Cão, Tinta roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga nacional
Red wine
Portugal, Porto/Douro
750 ml
SAQ code: 13734708
  • Drink now.

“The 2008 Barca Velha, the latest vintage of this late-released wine, is a blend of 50% Touriga Franca, 30% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz and 10% Tinto Cão. This is a classic 2008, crisp and elegant, radically different this year than the richer 2007 Reserva Especial (basically the same wine but for designation—that could've been designated as Barca Velha, too). After being opened about 18 hours prior, this showed rather well, but you may not find it quite as approachable if you don't give it some air. When you do approach it, be prepared to take more than a taste. It is easy to underestimate. Graceful in the mid-palate, with lifted fruit on the finish, its most notable feature is its finesse. It is a classic 2008 in that regard—dripping with grace, showing fine structure and impeccable balance. It seems simply effortless. Not particularly expressive or fruity in its youth, this tightens a bit as it airs out. The structure will allow it to age, although the mid-palate concentration is not nearly as impressive. As a typical 2008, that is to be expected to a considerable extent—this vintage never made its bones by mid-palate fleshiness or richness. Call it a Burgundy lover's vintage in Douro. On its own terms, this is pretty fine. Still a touch closed, this understated Barca Velha has considerable potential for improvement in the cellar. I'm still not sure if it will have quite the aging curve that these wines ordinarily do, but they all hold rather well.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2032


WA 95, WS 94


(24 bt)

81
Regular price: $57.00
See product page: Conceito Douro 2015
Douro DOC
Tinta barroca, Tinta roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga nacional
Red wine
Portugal, Porto/Douro
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787746

“The 2015 Estate Tinto is a field blend from old vines (90 years or so) at 450 metres in altitude. It was aged for 22 months in French oak (50% new, 50% second use). This was seen before but only as a tank sample. This is the first look in the U.S. and in bottle. It opens with powerful aromatics and seems simply sumptuous, thanks to its purity of fruit. Wonderfully elegant, this precise Tinto is not the biggest red ever, but it holds its own in persistence on the finish and delivers that fine fruit flavour. It has that "old school" feeling of refinement, sophistication and subtlety. It maintains flavour and structure while seeming ethereal and fresh in the mouth. It integrates its wood far better than the Único just now, but both are a little closed. From what I saw in Porto over the summer, they will both do better with a few years in the cellar to allow them to pull in the wood better. This was notably better when tasted the next day. It will be more interesting around 2020–2023. At this point, if you open it now, give it some air—there's a real backbone here, too—but this is probably a bit closer to ready than the Único. They should both age very well, perhaps better than indicated.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


WA 95


(300 bt)

82
Regular price: $97.00
See product page: Domingos Alves de Sousa Abandonado 2013
Douro DOC
Sousao, Tinta amarela, Touriga nacional
Red wine
Portugal, Porto/Douro
750 ml
SAQ code: 13761597

“The 2013 Abandonado is a field blend aged for 18 months in a mixture of new French and Portuguese oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Sourced from a plot over 80 years old, this seems like a fine performance in a tricky vintage. Admittedly, its fruit does not show the personality that some other years have had. It is just not as expressive—Abandonado is often rather distinctive. It is still laced with strawberry-tinged herbs on the finish and it is rather tasty. More importantly, it adds a fresh, open feel, avoiding jamminess and overripe fruit. The tannins are moderate. This should still improve with some cellaring, pulling in a bit of oak and moderating the tannins even more while acquiring complexity. Of the winery's three red offerings this issue, this will have its share of picks for #1, given its crisp feel and less obvious oak than the Gaivosa (although I do think the gorgeous Gaivosa is better). They both have a refined style overall. This is a beauty with room to improve, but it is just a bit compact in this difficult year. It still showed fine grip the next day when tasted again, though. It is no slacker. It will be interesting to see how it ages. This may yet become more intriguing. It is an understated Abandonado, but it shows well and you will find yourself wanting another glass.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2030


WA 93


(120 bt)

83
Regular price: $92.50
See product page: Niepoort Batuta 2015
Douro DOC
Rufete (Tinta Pinheira), Tinta roriz, Touriga Franca, Malvasia Petra
Red wine
Portugal, Porto/Douro
750 ml
SAQ code: 13787877

“The 2015 Batuta is a field blend from old vines, with lots of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Rufete and others, aged in 20% new French barrels for 20 months. It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. This may be my favourite Batuta in a long time. Now, this is always an elegantly crafted wine, always understated (often to a fault). This year, though, it has a particularly nice combination of freshness, grip and ripe tannins that make it very appealing. Then, it adds that gorgeous intensity of fruit flavour that this vintage produced, perfectly supported and defined by the acidity that slams the fruit into the palate. There is also very respectable weight (relative to this usually understated bottling and the elegant vintage). It then finishes tight and grabs the palate. Overall, this deserves some props and plenty of them. It should age beautifully. It is also a vintage that is approachable young, but it will certainly be better in 2020 or so, assuming you can keep your hands off of it. It is very tasty now, if a bit tight. We'll see what the future brings, but I have to lean up on this beauty right now. This was not bottled when seen, but it was a tank sample, out of barrel and the final blend.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2032


WA 94-96


(270 bt)

84
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: Sadie Family Skerpioen 2017
Swartland WO
Chenin blanc, Palomino
White wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826590

“The 2017 Skerpioen is an equal blend of Chenin Blanc and Palomino from 80-year-old unirrigated vines on pure limestone soils. It has a crisp, marine-influenced, cockle-shell-scented bouquet, veering toward Chablis in style. The palate is beautifully balanced, with a fine line of acidity, and very saline in the mouth. Walnut and a dab of ginger emerge toward the finish. Excellent.”
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Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2027


V 93


(90 bt)

85
Regular price: $117.00
See product page: Sadie Family Palladius 2016
Swartland WO
Chenin blanc, Grenache, Marsanne, Palomino
White wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826565

“The 2016 Palladius comes from 17 different vineyards and was fermented in clay amphora and concrete eggs and aged for one year, then racked and aged for an additional year in old foudres prior to bottling. It has a well-defined bouquet, quite neutral in style but blossoming with aeration to reveal hints of lanolin and melted candle wax. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, touches of curry leaf and spice and orange peel. A long tail on the finish of white pepper and sage completes this wonderful Palladius.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2030


V 93


(120 bt)

86
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: Sadie Family Skurfberg 2017
Olifants River WO
Chenin blanc
White wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Olifants River
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826581

“The 2017 Skurfberg is 100% Chenin Blanc from a 1.5-hectare parcel planted between 1940 and 1955 and was fermented and aged in old foudres. It has a very sophisticated bouquet of Japanese yuzu, mirabelle, a little honeysuckle and a light turpentine scent. The palate is beautifully balanced with perfect acidity, veins of stem ginger and a touch of curry leaf fanning out wonderfully on the finish, along with hints of white peach and melon. This is one of the standouts from Eben this year.”

www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2032

 

V 96


(60 bt)

87
Regular price: $46.00
See product page: Mullineux Syrah 2015
Riebeekberg WO
Syrah
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826400

“The 2015 Syrah includes two additional vineyards on granite soils after the 2014 whilst the whole bunch component is back up to 60%. It has a clean and precise bouquet with floral-tinged red berry fruit (red cherry and wild strawberry), nicely focused and developing more intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, fine structure, much more detail than the 2014 and I think that is down to the higher whole bunch proportion, the sense of energy flowing through on the long finish. Compared to the 2014 Syrah, I much prefer this: more freshness and complexity.”
www.robertparker.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2027


WA 93, WS 91, V 90


(250 bt)

88
Regular price: $59.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Pofadder 2017
Swartland WO
Cinsault
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826602

“The 2017 Pofadder is pure Cinsault fermented in concrete tanks and conical foudres for 12 months. It has a clean, precise bouquet of tart red cherries, black currant leaf and a touch of chai tea. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, crisp acidity, gentle grip and a slightly brittle-textured but very penetrating, beautifully defined finish. I agree with Eben that this is one of the most elegant Pofadder I have tasted.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 95


(60 bt)

89
Regular price: $139.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Columella 2016
Swartland WO
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Tinta barroca
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region
750 ml
SAQ code: 13830901

“The 2016 Columella was matured for 12 months in 10% new oak and then 12 months in old foudres. There is something warm and comforting about the nose: blueberry, crushed violet, a touch of burning embers, almost a damp clay scent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, the Syrah not as pronounced as previous vintages (a policy pursued by Eben as he increased Grenache), and delivering gentle grip toward the slightly peppered finish and long, black-pepper-tinged aftertaste. Very impressive.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2030


V 93


(60 bt)

90
Regular price: $70.25
See product page: The Sadie Family Soldaat 2017
Piekenierskloof WO
Grenache
Red wine
South Africa, Western Cape, Olifants River
750 ml
SAQ code: 13826629

“The 2017 Soldaat is pure Grenache from high-altitude sandstone soils at 708 metres, one of the highest elevations for reds in the Cape. It is fermented in concrete, whole-bunch except for 10% to 15% to get the fermentation going. It has a very pure bouquet of voluminous red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit, plus a touch of patisserie in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins, cranberry and light earthy notes that are expressed on the finish. Very fine, though there is some reduction, so don’t hesitate to give this a decant.”
www.vinous.com


Aging Potential : Drink now or keep until 2028


V 92+


(66 bt)

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