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ACCOLADE RESULTS

90 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, March 2016

“The best vintage of this cuvee to date, Brunel's single vineyard 2014 Cotes du Rhone la Becassonne is a beautiful blend of 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette. Its medium-gold color is followed by outstanding notes of ripe peach, melon, pineapple and a touch of honey. Medium-bodied, rich, textured and still lively and fresh, it sells for about 15 bucks but tastes like it cost two to three times that. Buy it by the case and drink it over the coming couple of years (although, I would not be surprised to see it evolve nicely for longer).”

89 Points

2015 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône La Bécassonne Blanc

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, December 2016

“Fresh, with a juicy edge to the mix of plantain, green almond and yellow apple flavors. Light chamomile and verbena notes help stretch out the finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases imported.”

88 Points

2015 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône La Bécassonne Blanc

Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

“This is an easydrinking, harmonious blend of 50% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette. Pineapplle, anise and marshmallow aromas lead into wellrounded flavors of pineapple and melon. Drink now. Folio Fine Wine Partners. —J.C.”

88 Points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, October 2015

“A fresh style, with a blanched almond frame around the apple, fennel and white peach flavors. Sleek finish. Drink now. 800 cases imported.”

88 Points

2013 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cuvée Sabrine Rouge

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015

“Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and red berry aromas, along with suggestions of licorice and dried flowers. Bitter cherry, plum and dark chocolate on the palate; a hint of cracked pepper adds spiciness. Chewy tannins build steadily on the finish, which shows good persistence and repeating spiciness.”

88 Points

2012 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cuvée Sabrine Rouge

Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015

“Full ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit and a hint of smoked meat on the pungent nose. Bitter cherry and cassis flavors show a slight leatheriness and a hint of candied lavender. Closes with building sweetness and an echo of game; silky tannins lend shape. My score would be higher if it weren't for that sauvagecharacter, and I'm sure that fans of old-school Rhône wines will find my assessment stingy.”

87 Points

2013 André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cuvée Sabrine Rouge

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, June 2016

“Shows a mix of bramble, pepper and tobacco notes, with lightly mulled cherry and blackberry fruit. The finish picks up light cedar and savory hints, lending this a slightly rustic feel in the end. Drink now. 1,036 cases imported.”

91 Points

2012 André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Tara Thomas, Wine & Spirits, February 2017

“Year's Best: Although Brunel uses younger-vine fruit for this bottling (his older vines provide the fruit for Les Cailloux), it has plenty of complexity, from the spicy, herbal fruit to the notes of shiitakes and seaweed that give it a saline, umami depth. It’s mature and savory. Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, CA”

91 Points

2012 André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Wine Enthusiast, August 2015

“An excellent value, this comes from vines that average 40 years of age. It’s unusually complex for the price, offering hints of cracked pepper, clove, leather, plum and mint, all delivered with ample weight and a rich, supple texture. Drink now–2020.”

90 Points

2013 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

“Brunel’s 2013 is traditionally styled. The aromas are peppery and ferrous, leaning toward sour plum, while the palate is medium-bodied, taut and silky, ending on notes of black olive and espresso. Drink it over the next 5–8 years.”

94 points

Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve

Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, April 2016

“Charles Champagne Charlie Heidsieck popularized Champagne in the U.S. in the mid-19 century. Pale pink; smooth and lush, juicy and elegant with raspberry and cherry; long and refined”

91 points

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Rich hints of toasted brioche and coffee liqueur are layered with black cherry and mandarin orange peel flavors in this creamy Champagne. Fine and satiny on the palate, with lemony acidity refreshing the lingering finish. Disgorged 2018. Drink now through 2021. 4,500 cases imported.”

93 points

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

“Rich and creamy, this harmonious Champagne is expressive, with brioche, crystallized honey, black currant and toasted marshmallow flavors, accented by hints of verbena, baked peach and chopped nut. Vibrant and focused through to the lasting, saline tinged finish. Drink now through 2022.”

91 points

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2018

“Hints of toast and hazelnut form a rich thread running through the poached pear, plum, preserved lemon and grated ginger flavors of this mouthwatering Champagne, with a satiny bead. Disgorged 2017. Drink now through 2021. 90 cases imported”

94 points

2006 Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

“Charles Heidsieck's 2006 Brut Rosé (with 10% Pinot Noir red wine) has been launched before the 2005. Disgorged at the end of 2014, the wine offers a delicate and intense wild strawberry flavor with some lovely spicy aromas on the nose. Ample, full and round, this is a lovely matured Rosé with a super intense and aromatic Pinot character (sweet cherries, red berries). The finish underlines the great complexity, purity and finesse of this vinous Rosé. There are cherry aromas again in the long aftertaste. An impressive Rosé.”

94 points

2006 Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

“This focused rosé Champagne offers a mousse with the texture of raw silk, which swathes the firm frame in layers of roasted hazelnut, baked peach, toasted brioche and crème de cassis flavors, with a rich and smoky underpinning and accents of candied kumquat, espresso, ground ginger and cumin that expand on the finish. Drink now through 2030.”

94 points

2006 Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé

Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

“A pale hue in the glass, this has a savory nose that delivers a very nicely struck toasty edge with chalky pastry and faint red fruits. The palate's sophisticated fine texture is mesmerizing. This really dances, leaving a trail of red berry fruits in its wake, through to a long, pure and fresh, spicy finish. Drink now.”

93+ points

2005 Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Brut

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

“The 2005 Vintage Brut – a classic mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – is a very ripe and concentrated Champagne with a bit of bitterness in the finish. 2005 was austere as a young wine, but since 2015, it shows very well and promises a very good aging potential, finds chef de cave Régis Camus. The wine opens deep, pure and fresh on the nose, with very clear white fruit aromas, spiced bread and a very clear definition. Light, fresh and finesse-full on the silky-textured palate, but also round and intense, this is a very elegant and refined vintage Champagne. It has a pure and fresh finish, and a long and intense aftertaste.”

95 points

2004 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

“A seamless Champagne, showing a texture of raw silk, this weaves vibrant acidity with an expressive range of glazed apple and poached white cherry fruit flavors, with pickled ginger and saffron spice details and rich notes of pastry cream, toast and coffee liqueur. More about finesse than power, this is long and creamy on the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2028”

95+ points

1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

“Deep, pure and fresh on the fruit-intense and complex nose, the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is still young and incredibly fresh on the palate. This is refreshingly pure, concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish. Keep it for ten or 20 years.”