Wine Collectors Corner

Since our Cumming Remodel and the opening of our Buford Superstore, we at JAX have been taking the opportunity to stock some of the very finest wines available in Georgia. Our selection is growing and expanding constantly. The list below consists of some of the stars in our collection but are not the only ones. The list is always changing as new wines become available. If you would like to acquire any of the wines listed or there is something you are looking for and don't see just call 404-437-5752 or email drchampagne@gmail.com

 2015 Kongsgaard Chardonnay $117.99- 96-98 Points Robert Parker A barrel sample to be bottled around July 2018, the 2015 Chardonnay gives up peach blossoms, apricot preserves, honeycomb and croissant with touches of cashews and jasmine. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and seductive, it has a gorgeous creamy texture and very long, very spicy finish.

 2013 Bond Pluribus- $549.99- 100 Points Robert Parker- The 2013 Pluribus is the finest wine I’ve tasted from this vineyard to date, capturing the vintage’s extraordinary purity and richness, with a multidimensional mouthfeel and incredible notes of blue and black fruits, charcoal, graphite and white flowers. This profound effort should hit its prime in another 5-10 years and evolve for 30-40 or more.

 2015 Tor Black Magic $326.99- 98-100 Points Robert Parker- The third potentially perfect wine from Tor Kenward is his 2015 Black Magic Proprietary Red, which is his selection of the best barrels, so why shouldn’t it be every bit as good as his top single-vineyard wines?

Tor Kenward is using his vast experience in the wine industry and impressive palate to find exceptional terroirs and produce fascinating wines that merit serious attention. His winemaking guru is Jeff Ames, who makes his own wines under the Radius label. I re-reviewed the 2014 Chardonnays and most of them fell within one to two points after bottling last year. His 2015 Chardonnays are also bottled. The 2015 Chardonnays, which are concentrated and generally made from smaller yields are slightly even more impressive than his 2014 Chardonnays. Kenward has an impressive array of 2014 reds, all of them showing as well as, or better, than I had predicted in my range of scores last year.

 2010 Chateau Saint Pierre Saint Julien $146.99- 97 Points Robert Parker- The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. It should also last for 30-40 years.

97 Points Jeb Dunnuck- The 2010 from Chateau Saint-Pierre is a straight up tour de force that’s an incredible value in today’s market. Inky colored, deep, rich and sensationally concentrated, yet also fresh and lively, it gives up tons of minerality in its graphite, chocolate covered black cherries, currants, scorched earth, and licorice aromas and flavors. It’s still a baby, yet the tannins are sweet, it has a fabulous purity of fruit, and huge finish. Give bottles another 2-4 years and enjoy over the following 3-4 decades.

2015 Domaine Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne $129.97- 97 Points James Suckling- So perfumed with exotic, tropical-fruit aromas that draw you into the glass. Full-bodied, layered and textured with soft creamy tannins and light stone and walnut undertones. Gunflint. Always a fantastic white. So constant.

 1995 Chateau Calon Segur Saint Estephe- $175.99- 97 Points James Suckling-  I always loved this wine from the first time I tasted it in 1998. It has such purity and power yet it's reserved and beautiful. It's one of the best Calons ever. I drank a bottle with some friends in Manhattan last week and it was the wine of the evening. It was full-bodied with silky tannins and a focused and intense finish. Lots of currant and berry character and hints of dried spices. It's finally opening up and giving real pleasure now like so many 1995 Bordeaux at the moment. (2016)

 2013 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia $199.97- 98 Points James Suckling- Fabulous structure for a Sassicaia with powerful, polished, chewy tannins and ripe, subtle fruit. Aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, rosemary and lavender. Full body, bright acidity and a savory finish. Juicy and lively. Better to drink this beginning in 2020 but so impressive now.

 2012 OrnellaiaTenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore $199.97- 97 Points James Suckling- A tight and silky red with compacted fruit and tannin texture featuring blackcurrant, mushroom and bark undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a minerally finish. Excellent structure and mouthfeel. A cooler style of Ornellaia, bringing it back to the classicism of this celebrated region. Bordeaux blend. Better in 2018.

 2013 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2013- $104.99- 98 Points James Suckling, 97 Parker- A vivid and bright red with intense blueberries and raspberries. Floral undertones and tons of citrus, too! Full-bodied, dense and layered. Polished tannins and fantastic fruit. The muscularity of the structure is what gives this wine focus and intensity. So serious for the vintage. Give it time to show its greatness. Drink in 2022.

 2015 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape $79.99- 97 Points James Suckling, 97 Wine Spectator- All 13 grapes. This has a dark fruited, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide swinging tannins. Some white peppery elements, violets, brooding dark spices, blue fruits and dark plums. Builds from the ground up. Dark stones. Impressive, powerful wine. Drink from 2025. *Top 100 of 2017* 

 2016 Bouchard Pere et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru $124.99- 96 James Suckling- The chalky and stony notes are intermingled with pastry and red to dark cherries, all leading to a palate that shows good acidity, impressive depth and weight of tannins. A cool vintage expression with more intensity at the finish. This will age very well. Try from 2024.

 2014 Opus One $309.97- 97 Points James Suckling, 96 Points Robert Parker- Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020.

 2014 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon- 96+ Vinous- Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020.