VOLNAY

2016 France Burgundy
92 Points

Laurent Pillot blends this from five parcels in Volnay, ranging in age from 18 to 57 years old, including two 1er Cru parcels. Their fruit comes together in a heady, mineral-inflected wine, its buxom complexities modulating between satin softness and firmer, potent tannic structure. Those elements integrate with air, lasting through a gracious finish.  – J.G.

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VOLNAY

Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice

2017 France Burgundy
91 Points

This wine’s sour-cherry flavors carry a floral perfume, hinting at lilies and buttercups, with a delicate bitterness that adds tension to a savory finish. It grows at the domaine’s 6.4 acres within La Justice, the fruit destemmed, the wine gaining richness with air as it darkens to blueberry and pine. – J.G.

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Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice

LA PERRIÈRE BLANC FUMÉ DE POUILLY

2018 France Loire
92 Points

YEAR'S BEST LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANCS; While the Saget family has expanded throughout the Loire, with six estates and a total of 890 acres of vines, they make this wine at their original home base in Pouilly-sur-Loire, where they farm 25 acres of sauvignon for this classical white. Fermented in stainless steel without added yeasts, then aged on the lees for six months, this wine shares toasty richness over floral lime and grapefruit flavors. It’s tensely mineral before expanding in the finish, adding fleshiness to the fruit and notes of marzipan. Enjoy it with a creamy oyster pan roast.  – J.G.

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LA PERRIÈRE BLANC FUMÉ DE POUILLY

Brouilly

2017 France Alsace
91 Points

On a steep hill directly behind the château, this parcel sustains vines that range from 50 to 115 years old. The fruit ferments spontaneously in a traditional Burgundy style, then the wine ages in foudres. It presents a dark and fragrant Brouilly with substantial tannins... Above those tannins, the wine is bright and juicy, with lively freshness that will last. – J.G.

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Brouilly

CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA DOCG

2015 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

YEAR'S BEST CHIANTI CLASSICO; Verrazzano owns 105 vineyard acres in the Greve commune, where the limestone-rich soils yielded a concentrated Riserva in 2015. The wine rested in new French oak barrels for two years, developing dark spice notes that deepen its cherry flavors, and firm tannins that call for braised pork or grilled game. - S.J.

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CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA DOCG