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Vintages Essentials 2017 Selections

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Vintages Essentials 2017 Selections

The Vintages division of the L C B O also operates two other departments – Classics and Essentials.

The Classics catalogue offers six times a year, rare and outstanding wines and spirits that are only available to those who call in, or fax their orders, pay in advance, specify the store for which they want the order delivered, and pick it up in a week or two.

The Essentials department products are available in stores (all band stores carry all, smaller stores only a selection) through the year, but the vintage year of wines on offer ma change mid-year.

Essential ( in total 135 wines) wines are carefully selected and are reliable.

Once a year, wine writers taste the vast majority of Essentials products.

Below is my selection of the 2017 tasting.

Champagnes

Ace of Spades Brut Gold Champagne, Armand de Brignac
89/100
$ 305.95

Brut Vintage 2010 Champagne, Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin
91/100
$ 102.95

Cristal Brut 2009 Champagne, Louis Roederer
89+/100
$ 304.95

Dom Perignon, 2004, Moet et Chandon
91+/100
$ 231.95

Rose Champagne, Laurent-Perrier
89+/100
$ 99.95

White wines

Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Cloudy Bay, New Zealand
88/100
$ 35.95

Niagara Chardonnay, 2014, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
89/100
$ 24.95

Organic Chardonnay, 2015, Bonterra, California
89/100
$ 19.95

Riesling, 2015, Thirty Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontaro
88+/100
$ 20.85

Red wines

Estate Pinot Noir, 2014, Hidden Bench, (unfiltered) Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88/100
$ 30.30

Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore, 2013, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
88/100
$ 26.95

Ripasso Valpolicella Classico, 2014, Tommasi, Veneto, Italy
89/100
$ 19.95

Peppoli Chianti Classico, 2013, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
$ 19.95

Modus, 2013, Ruffino, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
$ 29.95

Tignanello, 2014, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 105.95

La Tradizione Barolo, 2012, Marchesi di Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
89+/100
$ 39.95

Trius, 2015, Hillebrand, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88/100
$ 24.95

Cabernet Franc, 2014, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88+/100
$ 19.95

Cotes du Rhone Reserve, 2014, Famille Perrin, Rhone Valley, France
88/100
$ 19.95

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Les Sinardes, 2014, Famille Perrin, Rhone Valley, France
89/100
$ 36.95

Gran Feudo Reserva, 2011, Chivite, Navarra, |Spain
88/100
$ 17.95

Monasterio de Las Vinas Gran Reserva, 20017, San Jose de Aguaron, Central Spain
88+/100
No price provided

Gran Coronas Reserva, 2012, Torres, Penedes, Spain
90/100
No price

Rioja Reserva, 2012, Beronia, Rioja, Spain
88+/100
$ 20.90

Rioja Reserva, 2013, Muga, Rioja, Spain
90/100
No price provided

Esporao Reserva, 2014, Alentejo Portugal
88/100
$ 25.95

Malbec, 2015, Kaiken, Argentina
88/100
$ 15.95

Malbec, 2015, Catena Zapata, Argentina
89/100
$ 19.95

Los Osos Merlot, 2014, J.Lohr, Paso Robles, California
88/100
$ 22.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, First Press, Napa Valley, California
89/100
$ 25.95

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