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As a long-standing leader in the wine retail business, we've developed an industry leading pre-arrival program featuring many of the wine world's greatest names, as well as uncounted new discoveries, many appearing in the United States for the first time through our channels. We secure these wines directly through select agents in Europe with whom we’ve had long-term relationships. Our orders are confirmed and the wines are paid for. We are generally able to land the wines within four to six months after securing them, at which time we will contact you to arrange for pick-up or delivery. The advantage to buying on pre-arrival is to secure a wine whose availability is scarce and/or to lock in a generally lower pre-arrival price. By going directly to the source, we are able to obtain larger quantities of highly allocated wines than would otherwise be possible. For more detailed information and complete terms and conditions of our pre-arrivals program, please click [HERE].

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93+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...a rich, radiant wine. Sumptuous and expansive on the palate, the 2015 possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous depth. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive in this decidedly potent, somber Beaune 1er Cru from Jadot...The combination of 19 climats… ...
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Jadot Beaune 1er cru Anniversary (Celebration) 2015  (#331585)

Pinot Noir from Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 93+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...a rich, radiant wine. Sumptuous and expansive on the palate, the 2015 possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous depth. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive in this decidedly potent, somber Beaune 1er Cru from Jadot...The combination of 19 climats results in a Beaune of unusual complexity and pedigree, but readers will have to be patient. The 2015 was only bottled in December 2017. Drink: 2030-2055. (Mar 2018) ] 93+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...a rich, radiant wine. Sumptuous and expansive on the palate, the 2015 possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous depth. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive in this decidedly potent, somber Beaune 1er Cru…

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97 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (70% PN; 30% CH; 7g/L)... a succulent and enticing LGA that contrasts the tension of 2007 with the reverberating depth of Ay pinot noir and all a magnificent core of pronounced black cherry fruit, before exploding into a universe of Bollinger complexity… ...
TCG 97
RJ 94-95
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Bollinger Brut Champagne La Grande Annee 2007  (#331069)

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France

[ 97 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (70% PN; 30% CH; 7g/L)... a succulent and enticing LGA that contrasts the tension of 2007 with the reverberating depth of Ay pinot noir and all a magnificent core of pronounced black cherry fruit, before exploding into a universe of Bollinger complexity of mixed spice, ginger and roast nuts... The creamy and silky effect of barrel fermentation caresses fine chalk minerality, flowing seamlessly into a very long, full and captivating finish of dark chocolate. (2018/2019) ] 97 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (70% PN; 30% CH; 7g/L)... a succulent and enticing LGA that contrasts the tension of 2007 with the reverberating depth of Ay pinot noir and all a magnificent core of pronounced black cherry fruit, before…

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TCG 97
RJ 94-95
WS 94
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$99.95
$155.00
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99 points Jeb Dunnuck: One of the gems in the vintage is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, and it’s about as beautiful an example of old vine Grenache as I could imagine. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a huge perfume of blackberries, black raspberries, garrigue, crushed flowers,… ...
JD 99
WA 95
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Cristia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#333147)

Grenache/Garnacha from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 99 points Jeb Dunnuck: One of the gems in the vintage is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, and it’s about as beautiful an example of old vine Grenache as I could imagine. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a huge perfume of blackberries, black raspberries, garrigue, crushed flowers, and exotic spices, it hits the palate with a wealth of fruit, a stacked mid-palate, awesome purity of fruit, and a finish that won’t quit. Made from 100% old vine Grenache from the sandy soils of the Cristia lieu-dit, aged in one-third new barrels, it has a certain accessibility even today but will be at its best in 2-4 years and keep for 15+. It’s the finest wine ever made by Baptiste and readers need to find bottles of this elixir! Drink: 2020-2040. (8/28/18) ] 99 points Jeb Dunnuck: One of the gems in the vintage is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes, and it’s about as beautiful an example of old vine Grenache as I could imagine. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a huge perfume of…

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99 points James Suckling: I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic -- so polished. Focused and beautiful. Mineral undertone with ash and hot… ...
JS 99
AG 97
WA 96
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Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2015  (#332450)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

[ 99 points James Suckling: I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic -- so polished. Focused and beautiful. Mineral undertone with ash and hot stone highlighting the dark fruits. It goes on for minutes. Needs three or four years to come together. But a serious red all the way. (8/28/17) ] 99 points James Suckling: I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic -- so polished. Focused…

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JS 99
AG 97
WA 96
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93 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (2011 base vintage... 8-9g/L dosage)... confidently chardonnay-led in its grapefruit and lemon character, capturing a salty mineral mouthfeel more pronounced than others on the northern slopes of the Montagne. Vibrant, enduring malic-acid drive promises… ...
TCG 93
WS 93
JS 93
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Vilmart Brut Champagne 1er cru Grand Cellier NV  (#303972)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France

[ 93 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (2011 base vintage... 8-9g/L dosage)... confidently chardonnay-led in its grapefruit and lemon character, capturing a salty mineral mouthfeel more pronounced than others on the northern slopes of the Montagne. Vibrant, enduring malic-acid drive promises to sustain it long in the cellar, yet even at this young age it is not hard or austere, massaged graciously by barrel fermentation and bottle age, which add their own nuances of coffee bean and hazelnut. (2016-2017) ] 93 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): (2011 base vintage... 8-9g/L dosage)... confidently chardonnay-led in its grapefruit and lemon character, capturing a salty mineral mouthfeel more pronounced than others on the northern slopes of the…

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TCG 93
WS 93
JS 93
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$89.00
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95-97 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): A tremendous effort, might Beaucastel's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape outshine even the 2016? I tasted a preliminary blend that Marc Perrin said represented 80% of the wine, and it showed ridiculous floral and fresh aromas of licorice, lavender and spice, all… ...
WA 95-97
JD 95-97
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Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017  (#333431)

Rhone Blends - Red from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 95-97 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): A tremendous effort, might Beaucastel's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape outshine even the 2016? I tasted a preliminary blend that Marc Perrin said represented 80% of the wine, and it showed ridiculous floral and fresh aromas of licorice, lavender and spice, all backed by tremendous fruit that went beyond black and red and into hints of exotic stone fruit. The final blend will likely contain more than 10% Counoise, the highest proportion ever utilized at the estate. It's rich and concentrated yet silky and lithe, with a fantastically long, elegant finish. Drink: 2020-2035. (Aug 2018) ] 95-97 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): A tremendous effort, might Beaucastel's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape outshine even the 2016? I tasted a preliminary blend that Marc Perrin said represented 80% of the wine, and it showed ridiculous floral and…

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WA 95-97
JD 95-97
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92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The current release of Madame Ledru’s non-vintage Extra Brut bottling is the same one I tasted in December in France and reported on in February. As I noted then, it is comprised of eighty-five percent pinot noir and fifteen percent chardonnay, and I… ...
JG 92
IWC 92
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Ledru/Marie-Noelle Extra Brut Champagne Grand Cru NV  (#333277)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Montagne de Reims, Champagne, France

[ 92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The current release of Madame Ledru’s non-vintage Extra Brut bottling is the same one I tasted in December in France and reported on in February. As I noted then, it is comprised of eighty-five percent pinot noir and fifteen percent chardonnay, and I was able to confirm that it is from the base year of 2010. Also, it saw no dosage, though it is labeled as an Extra Brut. Other than these couple of new details, the wine showed exactly as it did four months previously, wafting from the glass in a bright and youthfully classy bouquet of apple, a bit of lemon peel, warm bread, beautifully complex soil tones, plenty of Ambonnay smokiness and a discreet topnote of orange zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and vibrant, with a rock solid core, excellent buffered acidity, outstanding focus and grip, elegant mousse and a very long, complex and still quite youthful finish. This is probably already very tasty to lovers of non-dosé bubbly, but having now revisited the wine, I would opt for tucking it away for three or four more years and really allowing it to blossom fully. High class juice from one of Champagne’s finest traditionalists. 2018-2040. (May/Jun 2015) ] 92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The current release of Madame Ledru’s non-vintage Extra Brut bottling is the same one I tasted in December in France and reported on in February. As I noted then, it is comprised of eighty-five percent…

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94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): Raised in 35% new oak with 55% whole bunch fruit, the 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru les Millandes has an engaging bouquet with black fruit, wet limestone and sea spray scents. It is beautifully defined and very focused.… ...
TA 94
WA 92-94
AM 91-93
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Heresztyn-Mazzini Morey-St.-Denis 1er cru Les Millandes 2016  (#333605)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): Raised in 35% new oak with 55% whole bunch fruit, the 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru les Millandes has an engaging bouquet with black fruit, wet limestone and sea spray scents. It is beautifully defined and very focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly grainy tannin. There is plenty of smoke-tinged, almost flinty black and red fruit with a very harmonious, quite structured finish that feels persistence and satisfying. This is one of the strongest contributions from Heresztyn-Mazzini. Drink: 2021-2035. (Dec 2017) ] 94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): Raised in 35% new oak with 55% whole bunch fruit, the 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru les Millandes has an engaging bouquet with black fruit, wet limestone and sea spray…

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WA 92-94
AM 91-93
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94-96 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Deep ruby. Deeply perfumed aromas of ripe red and dark berries, candied flowers and garrigue slowly pick up a spicy element as the wine stretches out. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering alluringly sweet black raspberry, spicecake and lavender pastille… ...
V 94-96
JD 95
WS 95
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Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu 2016  (#332901)

Rhone Blends - Red from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 94-96 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Deep ruby. Deeply perfumed aromas of ripe red and dark berries, candied flowers and garrigue slowly pick up a spicy element as the wine stretches out. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering alluringly sweet black raspberry, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors and a late hint of cola. The floral and spice notes repeat strongly on the impressively long, penetrating finish, which is given shape and gentle grip by smooth, slow-building tannins. (Jul 2018) ] 94-96 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Deep ruby. Deeply perfumed aromas of ripe red and dark berries, candied flowers and garrigue slowly pick up a spicy element as the wine stretches out. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering alluringly sweet…

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JD 95
WS 95
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94 points Wine Spectator: Gorgeous, with a lush core of raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry puree flavors gliding through, flecked with anise, violet and incense notes. Carried by fresh, well-embedded acidity, this is lush and beguiling through the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 500… ...
WS 94
WA 93
V 91-93
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Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016  (#332896)

Rhone Blends - Red from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 94 points Wine Spectator: Gorgeous, with a lush core of raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry puree flavors gliding through, flecked with anise, violet and incense notes. Carried by fresh, well-embedded acidity, this is lush and beguiling through the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 500 cases imported. (8/29/18) ] 94 points Wine Spectator: Gorgeous, with a lush core of raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry puree flavors gliding through, flecked with anise, violet and incense notes. Carried by fresh, well-embedded acidity, this is lush and beguiling through the…

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WS 94
WA 93
V 91-93
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95 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Full-bodied and velvety, Sabon's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is a step up from the les Olivets bottling and probably represents the best value in the 2016 lineup. Tasted blind, it showcases ripe dark plum and cola but also super ripe Grenache notes of… ...
WA 95
JD 95
WS 94
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Sabon/Roger Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2016  (#333135)

Rhone Blends - Red from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 95 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Full-bodied and velvety, Sabon's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is a step up from the les Olivets bottling and probably represents the best value in the 2016 lineup. Tasted blind, it showcases ripe dark plum and cola but also super ripe Grenache notes of apricot and delicate hints of garrigue, then it turns rich and chewy on the long finish. It's 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, matured in a mix of foudres and oak vats. Drink: 2020-2035. (Aug 2018) ] 95 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Full-bodied and velvety, Sabon's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is a step up from the les Olivets bottling and probably represents the best value in the 2016 lineup. Tasted blind, it showcases ripe dark…

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WA 95
JD 95
WS 94
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95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak… ...
WA 95
JS 94
IWR 94
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2006  (#333252)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

[ 95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in 2006. It always matures in used American oak barriques for some six years. The oldest of all the reds I tasted, it was also the one with more freshness, which speaks to the quality of the vineyard. Drink: 2018-2028. (Feb 2018) ] 95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The red flagship 2006 Viña Tondonia Reserva was inspired by the vineyards of the Médoc but produced with local grapes, 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, which achieved 13% alcohol in…

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WA 95
JS 94
IWR 94
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