First-class offerings from Champagne, Provence, the Rhône, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
This truly splendid case is the ultimate mood enhancer for waving goodbye to 2020. All six wines from tip-top appellations are drinking well now, yet need not be hurried. We can't think of a more satisfying way to part company with a 'monkey'.
This mixed case contains two bottles each of:
Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Premier Cru Brut Vintage 2009
Château Simone Blanc 2017
Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2016
"More approachable young than the 2015 version, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 2% Mourvèdre, all grown in the la Crau lieu-dit. Aged in a combination of foudre (20%) and concrete (80%), it shows plenty of ripe Grenache character, including hints of peanut skin and stone fruit. It's full-bodied and creamy textured, with a hint of leather on the finish. Already drinking well, it should continue to do so for another decade. 93/100, drink 2018-2028."
Joe Czerwinski - robertparker.com
Côte Rôtie: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Blonde du Seigneur' 2016
"Red enticing blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are melded together with singed savory, dark olive and fresh bay accents in this lovely red, which has a sleek feel through the finish, with just a light gilding of toast to add range. Drink now through 2030, 93/100."
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator.
Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2013
"Good to see a wine with this much bottle age. Light ruby colour. Very light nose. Not sure it delivers quite enough fruit and character for the money but it's probably a very fair market price. Does go halfway to charm the drinker. Drink 2018 – 2026, 16/20."
Jancis Robinson OBE, MW. - jancisrobinson.com
Haut-Médoc: Château Cantemerle 2012
"Bright red ruby with purple tinges. Sexy, floral aromas of raspberry, pepper, licorice and spices are vibrant and precise. Juicy, intense and very smooth, with wonderful energy and precision to the flavors of blackberry, licorice and spices. Very nicely balanced, persistent wine with fine tannins and very good grip - and no green or harsh edges. This excellent wine gets my nod for Haut-Medoc of the vintage in 2012. In fact, I was so smitten that I went out of my way to taste it three different times, just to be sure. 87-90 points."
Ian D'Agata - vinous.com