Great wine is meant to age, while sometimes we don't have patience we consume immediately, these wines will only improve with age. Explore the world of Vin de Garde! (Wines to keep)

J Lassalle Blanc De Blancs France 94PTS Wine Advocate

Description: This powerhouse is shy on the bouquet but explodes on the palate. Still young, evoking ripe apple, fig, baking bread and citrus, all on a medium-bodied, electric framework. Plenty of life ahead.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Flavors: Fig, Baked Bread, Citrus
Ideal Temperature: 40F
Food Pairing: Hors d'oeuvres, Caviar, On its own

Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes France 97PTS Wine Enthusiast

Description: A very concentrated Sauternes with a cornucopia of dried papaya, pineapple and mango, plus candied orange and tropical flowers that bowl you over. Although it stays in the background, there's great acidity in this wine that keeps it very straight and clean, in spite of the luscious extravagance. Bright, citrusy finish.
Grape Variety: 80% Semillon 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Flavors: Papaya, Pineapple, Mango Candied Orange
Ideal Temperature: 50F
Food Pairing: Blue Cheese, Fruit Tarte, Fois Gras

Philippe Colin Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Vergers France 93PTS Robert Parker

Description: This is the first wine to display any appreciable amount of wood and even here it's quite subtle as it easily allows the aromas of lychee nut, matchstick and petrol to shine. The slightly sleeker though still markedly rich medium-bodied flavors possess a highly attractive mouth feel and particularly so on the lingering finish. This is an interesting combination of refinement with focused power that should also drink well young if that's your preference.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Flavors: Lychee, Petrol, Powerful
Ideal Temperature: 45F
Food Pairing: Crab, Halibut, Trout

Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets 94PTS Tim Atkin

Description: The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru les Fremiets, reduced to seven barrels this year (40% one- or two-year-old oak), offers attractive, pure, raspberry and crushed strawberry scents on the nose, floral scents (rose petals) sneaking out from under the coves with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, lithe tannin. I adore the harmony and precision of this Fremiets, not a powerful or flamboyant Volnay, but just Pinot Noir shimmering on the tongue. This comes highly recommended for those that appreciate classic Volnay.
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry, Floral
Ideal Temperature: 55F
Food Pairing: Duck, Pork Loin, Lamb

Chateau Giscours Margaux France 96PTS James Suckling

Description: This has attractive, glossy, ripe red-plum and licorice aromas with cedar, flowers and red berries, as well as a stony edge. A very fragrant, cabernet-driven nose. The palate has elegance and grace with sleek and charming, balanced style and a discreet tannin structure that holds the finish long and fresh.
Grape Variety: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Merlot
Flavors: Cedar, Florar, Fragrant
Ideal Temperature: 60F
Food Pairing: Grilled Meats, Stew

Clos St. Jean La Combe Des Fous Chateauneuf Du Pape France 97PTS Jeb Dunnuck

Description: The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape La Combe Des Fous checks in as a normal blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the rest Vaccarèse and Cinsault, raised in tank and demi-muids. Kirsch liqueur, white flowers, graphite, ground pepper, and obvious minerality all emerge from this ethereal yet powerful, concentrated 2017. It's very much in the more Provençal, elegant style of this vintage, yet has classic Clos Saint Jean purity, style, and power. It's a gorgeous wine.
Grape Variety: 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Vaccarese, 5% Cinsault
Flavors: Kirsch, White Flowers, Graphite, Ground Pepper
Ideal Temperature: 60F
Food Pairing: Game, Wild Boar, Slightly Spicier Meats

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