Rhone Valley Legends: 90-95pt Gems

1. Tunnel Cornas 2017

Wine Advocate 91-94 “rich, velvety texture,” “crushed stone, Christmas spices, violets and cassis”
Vinous 92 “ Juicy and broad in the mouth, showing very good depth,” “supple tannins build on the finish”
Ansonia Retail: $59

2. Tunnel Cornas 2016
Wine Advocate 92 “Can a Cornas be too easy to drink?” “plump and silky on the palate”
Vinous 92 “ sharply focused black and blue fruit flavors show very good delineation”
Ansonia Retail: $59


3. Dumien-Serrette Cornas 2017

Wine Advocate 91-93 “full-bodied and intense, with an attractive dusty texture of chalk dust, charcoal and crushed stone”
Ansonia Retail: $52


4. Bonnefond Côte Rôtie “Côte Rôzier” 2016

Vinous 95 “Broad and fleshy but lively as well, offering palate-staining boysenberry, cassis, candied violet, chewing tobacco and exotic spice,” “Blends richness and energy with a sure hand and finishes with superb persistence”
Ansonia Retail: $75

5. Bonnefond Côte Rôtie 2016
Vinous 92 “showing very good clarity and a touch of smokiness to the sweet boysenberry, cassis and candied violet flavors. Lingers with strong intensity, leaving sweet blue fruit and spicecake notes behind”
Ansonia Retail: $58

6. Bonnefond Côte Rôtie “Côte Rôzier” 2015
Vinous 94 “deeply concentrated, palate-staining black and blue fruit liqueur flavors show excellent depth and clarity, and hints of star anise and olive build in the glass. Sweet, spicy and seamless on the extremely long, incisive finish”
Ansonia Retail: $72

7. Bonnefond Côte Rôtie “Rochains” 2015
Vinous 94 “outstanding clarity and a sexy floral nuance,” “Smoothly blends depth and energy and finishes extremely long and sappy”
Ansonia Retail: $72

8. Bonnefond Côte Rôtie 2015
Vinous 92 “impressive energy and lift on the palate, offering juicy boysenberry and cherry compote flavors,” “sweet and seamless in texture, finishing with very good energy”
Ansonia Retail: $58

9. Bonnefond Côte Rôtie 2014
Vinous 90 “ spicy and sharply focused, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that show very good depth,” “Finishes gently sweet and quite long”
Ansonia Retail: $48.60


10. Mestre Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 (1.5L)

Vinous 90 “sweet and seamless on the palate, offering pliant raspberry and cherry compote,” “lively, persistent finish, which is framed by gentle tannins that fold nicely into the juicy fruit”
Ansonia Retail: $69


11. Malmont Séguret 2016

Wine Advocate 90 “Full-bodied and lush, it delivers notes of cola, leather and allspice wrapped in a creamy texture and hints of mocha on the finish”
Ansonia Retail: $29


12. Joncuas Gigondas 2016

Wine Advocate 93 “it’s full-bodied, plush in texture,” “big and balanced,” “velvety and long on the finish, it should drink well for 6-7 years”
Ansonia Retail: $34


13. Goubert Gigondas 2015

Wine Advocate 91-93 “full-bodied yet supple wine that should be excellent when it goes to bottle. It shows some peppery spice and tart pomegranate flavors that slide into a long, silky finish”
Ansonia Retail: $28