“RÉSERVE - DRY” MUSCAT

2015 France Alsace
92 Points

Very pure aromas of rose water and grapefruit on the enticing nose. Bright, dense and rather rich for this wine, but racy acidity gives the fresh citrus and spice flavors remarkable clarity and cut. Strikes me as an airy yet tactile Muscat boasting truly terrific verve and class, not to mention a long finish. This is really lovely ...As is often the case in hot, dry years such as 2015, the Muscat Ottonel had coulure (berry shatter) problems and didn’t flower well, so there is a little more Muscat d’Alsace than usual in this wine. - I.D.

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Vinous MARCH 2017
“RÉSERVE - DRY” MUSCAT

“RÉSERVE - DRY” MUSCAT

2016 France Alsace
90 Points

Bright aromas of grapefruit, orange blossom, mint and spicy herbs. Juicy and fresh, offering crisp green and white stone fruit flavors lifted by hints of orange peel and lavender. Finishes long and with a slight sweetness (at about 4 g/L residual sugar). Plenty of structure this year (thanks to the Muscat d’Alsace) and perhaps less perfumed than usual, but I quite liked this lovely, juicy Muscat. - I.D.

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Vinous APRIL 2018
“RÉSERVE - DRY” MUSCAT

CHÂTEAU L’EVANGILE

2015 France Bordeaux
99 Points

Score 100; Stunning aromas of blackberries, black olives, brown sugar and dried flowers. Tar. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Superfine tannins, yet this is muscular and long. An amazing wine reminiscent of the great L’Evangiles of the 1950s. Straight track. Goes on and on. Truly great wine. Try in 2024. Just a baby. - J.S.

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JamesSuckling.com DECEMBER 2018
CHÂTEAU L’EVANGILE

"LINDAFLOR LA VIOLETA"

2015 Argentina Mendoza
97 Points

#28 TOP 100 WINES OF THE ANDES; The aromas show such subtle complexity with blackberries, lavender and blueberries. Lots of violets, too. Full body, very fine tannins and a polished, long finish. All about finesse and focus. A new character to this wine, which emphasizes balance and harmony instead of power and new wood. Fantastic. Try to get some. Drink now but has the purity to age for a long time. - J.S.

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JamesSuckling.com DECEMBER 2018
"LINDAFLOR LA VIOLETA"

Santa Cecilia Nero d'Avola Noto DOC

2013 Italy Sicily
95 Points

#29 TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS 2018; Wild red berry, Mediterranean brush and exotic spice are just some of the intense aromas you’ll find in this fragrant, compelling red. Elegant and well structured, the palate delivers cassis, pomegranate, sage, licorice and a hint of espresso framed in taut, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2019–2028. – K.O. (Aug18)

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Wine Enthusiast DECEMBER 2018
Santa Cecilia Nero d'Avola Noto DOC

Eruzione 1614 Narello Mascalese

2016 Italy Sicily
92 Points

BEST OF YEAR; Made predominantly from Nerello Mascalese and a small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio, this wine offers alluring aromas of red berry, blue flower, crushed stone and wild herb. It's elegantly structured and focused, evoking crushed raspberry, Marasca cherry, savory black pepper and graphite alongside taut, refined tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2026. - KO

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Wine Enthusiast DECEMBER 2018
Eruzione 1614 Narello Mascalese

"Premier Cru Experience" Blanc De Blancs Brut Nature NV

NV/MV France Champagne
95 Points

#1 Rated Champagne - December  2018 Tasting Panel; For four generations, the Jacquart family were just growers – selling all their grapes – until 1958 when André Jacquart began to bottle his own Champagne. Now headed by his granddaughter Marie Doyard, the business is based in the village of Vertus, in the Côte des Blancs; three-quarters of the family's 24ha of vineyard is here, while the remainder in the Vallée de la Marne and L’Aube provide their Pinots Noir and Meunier. With such a high proportion of Chardonnay, the family has long specialised in blanc de blancs and are unusual in their use of oak for fermenting the base wines. The family’s current annual production is 90,000 bottles of classically styled Champagne. Simon Field MW: Oaky style, with hints of linseed oil and mango. Rich and with a fairly high dosage, this is animated and shows impressive length. Andy Howard MW: Oak ageing is evident on the nose, with a character hinting at slightly browning apples. Warm, full and fleshy on the palate – there is admirable freshness here, as well as a satisfying degree of complexity, with zesty lemon sherbet and some brioche characters. An interesting, alternative style. David Vareille: Exotic fruit and lemon-peel aromas welcome passion fruit and lemon tart nuances on the palate, mobilised by persistent bubbles and zesty acidity, while a fine layer of wood adds richness without compromising the freshness. Drinking Window 2018 - 2022  - S.F.(July 2018)

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Decanter DECEMBER 2018
"Premier Cru Experience" Blanc De Blancs Brut Nature NV