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Viticulture in France dates to Roman times, and evidence of this heritage can be found all across the country. Until 2015, it was the world's top wine producing country in terms of volume, and while Italy has since claimed that spot, France remains the world's most important wine producing country in terms of quality and reptutation. Nowhere else can you find a greater concentration of astounding wines in such a wide variety of styles. Quality is driven by the official AOC geographic designation system, which outlines strict rules defining the production and quality of each region's wines, a system that has been imitated and employed throughout most of the world's other winegrowing countries. France is indeed original in this regard, with individual vineyard names, production rules, and property records dating back ten centuries or more in some cases.

The country's stylistic diversity and quality are also due to France's various micro-climates and geographic characteristics. Its coolest, most northerly region, Champagne, is the source of the finest examples of sparkling wine anywhere, and the long and winding Loire Valley is renowned for its steely, mineral-driven Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Just south and east of there, the gentle slopes and continental climate of Burgundy produce not only the world's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but arguably the world's best wines, period. The southwestern, maritime region of Bordeaux is one of the world's largest, geographically speaking, and its reputation for epic wines is second to none. The region's top Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot-based wines are among the most ageworthy and expensive bottlings on the market. Along the southern coast, the hot, Mediterranean climates of Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône, and Provence produce big, opulent Grenache and Syrah-based wines, as well as the world's most famous rosés. Truly, France stands unmatched in the world of wine.

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91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from vines between 45 and 75 years of age): Light-medium yellow. Very precise nose dominated by iodiney minerality. Very concentrated, fine-grained and firm, conveying a youthful austerity to its savory peach and mineral flavors. Really spreads out to saturate… ...
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Bonhomme/Andre Vire-Clesse Cuvee Speciale 2016  (#702065)

Chardonnay from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

[ 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from vines between 45 and 75 years of age): Light-medium yellow. Very precise nose dominated by iodiney minerality. Very concentrated, fine-grained and firm, conveying a youthful austerity to its savory peach and mineral flavors. Really spreads out to saturate the palate and pique the salivary glands... I'd give this at least two or three years in bottle before pulling the cork; it should last for another decade after that. (Nov 2017) ] 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from vines between 45 and 75 years of age): Light-medium yellow. Very precise nose dominated by iodiney minerality. Very concentrated, fine-grained and firm, conveying a youthful austerity to its savory peach…

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91 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Lurid ruby. Ripe cherries and red berry liqueur on the deeply perfumed, spice-tinged nose. Shows impressive power and breadth on the palate, offering rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by hints of lavender and peppery spices. The smooth,… ...
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JS 91
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Chave/J.L. Selection Cotes-du-Rhone Mon Coeur 2016  (#332523)

Rhone Blends - Red from Côtes du Rhône, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 91 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Lurid ruby. Ripe cherries and red berry liqueur on the deeply perfumed, spice-tinged nose. Shows impressive power and breadth on the palate, offering rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by hints of lavender and peppery spices. The smooth, gently tannic finish delivers solid punch and repeating red berry and floral notes. Drink: 2020-2026. (Apr 2018) ] 91 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Lurid ruby. Ripe cherries and red berry liqueur on the deeply perfumed, spice-tinged nose. Shows impressive power and breadth on the palate, offering rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by…

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94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): This wine is almost too good to be true... 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache... reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well… ...
WA 94
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Lafage Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes Bastide Miraflors V.V. 2015  (#331556)

Syrah/Shiraz from Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

[ 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): This wine is almost too good to be true... 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache... reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile... 2017-2021. (Apr 2017) ] 94 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): This wine is almost too good to be true... 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache... reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady…

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93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from a .52 ha parcel of 50+ year old vines). A cool, pure and highly restrained nose requires aggressive swirling to liberate the aromas of spice, red and dark cherry and a whiff of truffle. The appealingly textured medium weight flavors brim with both an… ...
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ST 92
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Esmonin/Frederic Ruchottes-Chambertin 2016  (#332397)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from a .52 ha parcel of 50+ year old vines). A cool, pure and highly restrained nose requires aggressive swirling to liberate the aromas of spice, red and dark cherry and a whiff of truffle. The appealingly textured medium weight flavors brim with both an attractive tension and plenty of minerality though the strikingly persistent finish is overtly austere and backward. This is a classic example of the appellation and really very impressive. Drink: 2028+. (Jan 2018) ] 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from a .52 ha parcel of 50+ year old vines). A cool, pure and highly restrained nose requires aggressive swirling to liberate the aromas of spice, red and dark cherry and a whiff of truffle. The appealingly…

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100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions and the quality of the fruit is admirable. He thinks… ...
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Ogier Cote-Rotie La Belle Helene Cote Rozier 2010  (#324201)

Syrah/Shiraz from Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions and the quality of the fruit is admirable. He thinks this may be the greatest bottle of wine he has ever made, and it s hard to disagree. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of pen ink, graphite, forest floor, licorice and abundant black and blue fruits. There is little evidence of new oak because of the extravagant richness and wealth of ripe fruit. The tannins, acidity, alcohol and wood are perfectly integrated into this exceptional wine. It will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring and keep for 25-30+ years. (Dec 2012) ] 100 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is perfection. In this vintage, Ogier cut back the barrel aging time from 32 months in largely new oak casks to 18 months. Ogier s remarkable flexibility depending on vintage conditions…

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93 points Decanter: Very similar to the 2015 blend, the 2014 however reflects a more successful vintage for the norther Médoc, with a more intense colour revealing both ripe fruit and liquorice spice. The tannins may be a bit strict at this early stage, but what focus! Mid palate density, already… ...
DE 93
AG 92
JS 92
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Meyney Saint-Estephe 2014  (#331162)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from St-Estèphe, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

[ 93 points Decanter: Very similar to the 2015 blend, the 2014 however reflects a more successful vintage for the norther Médoc, with a more intense colour revealing both ripe fruit and liquorice spice. The tannins may be a bit strict at this early stage, but what focus! Mid palate density, already suggested by the aromatics, promises a fine wine to be cellared for at least 10 years. 14% alcohol. (May 2018) ] 93 points Decanter: Very similar to the 2015 blend, the 2014 however reflects a more successful vintage for the norther Médoc, with a more intense colour revealing both ripe fruit and liquorice spice. The tannins may be a bit strict at this early…

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91 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, what you might call transparent bouquet with impressive mineralité for a Village Cru. The palate is well balanced and intense, just the right amount of bitterness that lends tension, dovetailing into a vibrant, malic, energetic… ...
WA 91
AM 88-91
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Seguinot-Bordet Chablis 2017  (#333056)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 91 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, what you might call transparent bouquet with impressive mineralité for a Village Cru. The palate is well balanced and intense, just the right amount of bitterness that lends tension, dovetailing into a vibrant, malic, energetic finish that is very impressive and delicious. Excellent. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. Drink: 2018-2025. (Aug 2018) ] 91 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, what you might call transparent bouquet with impressive mineralité for a Village Cru. The palate is well balanced and intense, just the right amount of bitterness that lends tension…

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92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints of the apple, gooseberry, salts and iodine that… ...
V 92-93
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Domaine de la Louvetrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le Fief du Breil 2014  (#332411)

Melon de Bourgogne from Muscadet, Loire, France

[ 92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints of the apple, gooseberry, salts and iodine that then dominate on a brightly juicy, tangy, firm-feeling, palpably extract-rich palate. The sizzle and crunch of fresh radish contribute to an explosively intense, reverberative finish. Drink: 2017-2026. (May 2017) ] 92-93 points David Schildknecht (Vinous): ...this leads with fascinating peat-like smokiness as well as a quarry-like aura of crushed stone, elements that Landron takes to be typical expressions of the site in question. There are also aromatic hints…

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94 points James Suckling: Some very stony and flinty aromas with graphite. Red and dark plums, too. Smells fresh and very complex already. The palate has great density and a fine, compressed tannin texture, as well as a very focused finish. Spiced black cherries and blackberries, cassis and dark… ...
JS 94
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Lapierre/Marcel Morgon 2017  (#331761)

Gamay from Beaujolais, France

[ 94 points James Suckling: Some very stony and flinty aromas with graphite. Red and dark plums, too. Smells fresh and very complex already. The palate has great density and a fine, compressed tannin texture, as well as a very focused finish. Spiced black cherries and blackberries, cassis and dark chocolate to close. Short carbonic maceration and juice is racked off during the carbonic process. A captivatingly powerful but focused Morgon. No Côte du Puy due to the hail in 2017. Best from 2020. (2/22/18) ] 94 points James Suckling: Some very stony and flinty aromas with graphite. Red and dark plums, too. Smells fresh and very complex already. The palate has great density and a fine, compressed tannin texture, as well as a very focused finish. Spiced…

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95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (2010 base; 40% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir, 30% meunier; full ML fermentation; 9g/L dosage)... As precise and pretty as ever... gorgeously restrained rose petal, red cherry and strawberry hull fruit... lees age contributes great texture and mouthfeel,… ...
TCG 95
JS 94
WS 93
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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne NV  (#12584)

Non-Vintage Rosé Sparkling Wine from Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France

[ 95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (2010 base; 40% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir, 30% meunier; full ML fermentation; 9g/L dosage)... As precise and pretty as ever... gorgeously restrained rose petal, red cherry and strawberry hull fruit... lees age contributes great texture and mouthfeel, without diminishing purity or freshness... it carries with grace and poise amidst fine chalk mineral texture, taut acid focus, impeccably pure persistence and a fine, creamy bead. Enjoy it in its ravishing youth. (2018/2019) ] 95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (2010 base; 40% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir, 30% meunier; full ML fermentation; 9g/L dosage)... As precise and pretty as ever... gorgeously restrained rose petal, red cherry and strawberry hull fruit...…

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95 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A ripe but cool nose is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is an ultra-refined mouth feel and excellent volume to the saliva-inducing and intense medium weight plus flavors that possess stunningly good… ...
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Boillot/Henri Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet 2014  (#329023)

Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 95 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A ripe but cool nose is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is an ultra-refined mouth feel and excellent volume to the saliva-inducing and intense medium weight plus flavors that possess stunningly good complexity on the hugely long and beautifully well-balanced finale. This is a textbook BBM of class and grace that should also age effortlessly for year. Drink: 2026+. (Jun 2016) ] 95 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A ripe but cool nose is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is an ultra-refined mouth feel and excellent volume to the saliva-inducing and intense…

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90+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors energized by saline minerality. A distinctly more… ...
ST 90
WS 90
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Bonhomme/Andre Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#332669)

Chardonnay from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

[ 90+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors energized by saline minerality. A distinctly more robust style of wine than the entry-level bottling, and ultimately less about fruit. Finishes firm and long, with lovely cut and lemony precision... Bonhomme told me that his minimum for 'vieilles vignes' is 60 years. 2019-2024. ] 90+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors…

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