“The 2016 Cara Nord Red…is a great value, a characterful red.”- WA


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Cara Nord, Conca de Barbera Red 2016
91 points – Wine Advocate
“The 2016 Cara Nord Red is a blend of 42% Garnacha and 38% Syrah complemented by some 20% obscure Garrut grapes, an ancestral variety that is being recovered now. The vines were planted in 2000 at 700 to 800 meters altitude in the village of Vimbodí-Poblet within the Conca de Barberà appellation. The Garrut and Syrah are on slate soils, and the Garnacha is on clay and limestone ones. It fermented in stainless steel with natural yeasts and matured in oak barrels for six months followed by a further five months in underground concrete vats. 2016 was a cool, slow-ripening vintage. This seems to have changed the wine’s aromatic profile (maybe a different blend and also a cooler year), with strong aromas of black peppercorns and dried flowers, very flowery and ash, in a volcanic-ish style. The palate …

We Stand With You And Are Here to Serve


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To our friends, family, and colleagues,
In response to the growing concerns with the Cornavirus, COVID-19, we at Cynthia Hurley French Wines, wanted to take a moment to say how thankful we are to all of you for doing your best during these uncertain times. Please be assured that we are here to support you and are working diligently to meet every order. Furthermore, we are in communication with our producers in France and Spain to make certain that their wines remain in stock.
Please let us know if there is anything in particular that you need. Our thoughts go out to you, your families, and your staff during these truly remarkable circumstances.
Thank you for your loyalty,
from all of us at Cynthia Hurley French Wines

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“a zesty edge of ripe lemon” completes the 2018 Ninot Gresigny


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Domaine Ninot, Rully 1er Cru Gresigny 2018 – White Burgundy from the Côte Chalonnaise
90 points – Wine Enthusiast
“Notes of hay and ripe stonefruit on the nose of this wine come with a zesty edge of ripe lemon. The palate at first continues that citric freshness edged with wood smoke, then fleshes out the body with ripe Mirabelle. The finish is dry and a little warm, but lasting and fresh.”- Wine Enthusiast

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La Font de Notre Dame “Seductive and Mouthwatering” Lirac


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La Font de Notre Dame, Lirac 2017 –
90 points – Wine Advocate
“The soft, supple 2017 Lirac boasts super ripe aromas of cherries, raspberries and apricots. A blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre fermented and matured in concrete, it’s medium to full-bodied, seductive and mouthwatering. Drink 2019-2025.”- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

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“Well-detailed and solidly voluminous flavors ” – Burghound – Domaine Testut Chablis 2018


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Domaine Testut, Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2018
“There is a whiff of exotic fruit character to the apple, pear, melon and quinine-inflected nose. The well-detailed and solidly voluminous flavors possess good verve before concluding in a nicely dry, focused and sneaky long finish. This will drink well early as well as reward 3 to 6 years of keeping. Drink 2022+.”- Allen Meadows, Burghound

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Gaillard’s “2018 Saint Joseph Blanc has that “it” factor’” – WA


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Pierre Gaillard St. Joseph Blanc 2018 – 

93 points – Wine Advocate
“The orange-scented, truffled, honey-laden 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc has that “it” factor. Full-bodied, rich and silky, it’s harmonious and exotic, with ample concentration and length. It should provide delicious drinking over the next few years, perhaps longer. Drink 2019 – 2023.”- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

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“Fleshy feel in this rich Godello”- WE


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Pago de los Abuelos, Bierzo, Spain, Vinas Centenarias Godello 2018

90 points – Wine Enthusiast
“Aromas of melon and apple lead to a plump, fleshy feel in this rich Godello. Creamy pear chimes in on the palate alongside schist and honey. “- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast

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“Really Very Good” – Burghound – Domaine Testut GC Grenouille 2016


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Domaine Testut, Chablis Grand Cru Grenouille 2016 –
93 pts. – Burghound
“(from a .32 ha parcel; note that Testut uses a different spelling for the vineyard as they do not use the more typical “Grenouilles”; bottled November 2017). A distinctly cool and restrained nose somewhat grudgingly offers up notes of dried orchard fruit, oyster shell, citrus and a suggestion of iodine. The more tightly wound and mineral-driven flavors possess a bit more size and weight along with much better power on the sappy, concentrated and impressively intense and persistent finish. This too is really very good and worth considering. Drink 2023+.”- Allen Meadows, Burghound

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“Rich and fruity wine (Chenin Blanc)”- WE on Les Chanteaux


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Couly-Dutheil, Les Chanteaux 2017 
“A chalk soil vineyard offers the opportunity to make this rich and fruity wine. Pineapple and melon mingle easily with citrus flavors to give a wine that is superripe although tempered with acidity and a fresh aftertaste. Drink from late 2019.”- Wine Enthusiast

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“Outstanding” – 2017 Testut Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre


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Domaine Testut, Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2017 –

92 pts. “Outstanding” – Burghound
“(from Côte de Bréchain) An attractively fresh, airy and cool nose offers up notes of mineral reduction, lemon zest, acacia blossom and soft hints of tidal pool and exotic fruit character. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess fine mid-palate concentration and a lovely mouth feel while the stony, sappy and bone dry finish also flashes sneaky good length. This too is quite tightly wound and thus is going to require at least a few years of patience. Drink 2025+.”- Allen Meadows, Burghound

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#10 Jane Anson’s “Top Fine Wines 2019”- Vigneau-Chevreau Cuvee Silex 2018


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Vigneau-Chevreau, Vouvray, Cuvée Silex 2018 – “A wonderful Chenin Blanc from Vigneau-Chevreau in the Loire”- Jane Anson
#10 Jane Anson’s “Top Fine Wines 2019”
95 points – Decanter
“A brilliant value Chenin that delivers the moreish combination of steely acidity with sweet peaches and pear creaminess. There is a touch of residual sugar in this – no more than 9g/l – but it is only discernible through the weight of fruit, never through sweetness. The vines are all aged between 30 and 40 years old, from a certified organic vineyard (farmed biodynamically). Drunk over a family lunch with heaped plates of langoustines and prawns, topped of with baguette and salty butter. Heaven, from an estate that I don’t know well but was made hugely happy by. Drinking Window 2019 – 2023.”- Jane Anson, Decanter

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Ch Pontet-Cantet 2016 Makes JD “Top 100 Red Wines of 2019”


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Château Pontet-Canet Paullac 2016 – #90 in JD “Top 100 Red Wines of 2019”
98+ points – Jeb Dunnuck.com
“Reminding me of the 2010 and, I suspect, a wine that will merit a triple-digit rating in a decade or so (I tasted this on multiple occasions and thought it was perfect on one of them), the 2016 Château Pontet-Canet comes from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Petit Verdot that spent 16 months in 50% new French oak, 35% in concrete amphora, and the rest in second fill oak. Thrilling notes of pure crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, crushed mint, graphite, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this deep, powerful, yet elegant Pauillac. The style of this wine has become more and more finesse-driven and pure, yet it hasn’t lost a beat on concentration or length. This singular, beautiful Pontet-Canet needs 7-8 years …

“Jane Anson tastes seven vintages of Château Fleur Cardinale.”- Decanter


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Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – New Jane Anson’s Decanter Reviews
95 points
Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016
“Plump, well-ripened but mellow fruit from the first nose. Touches of violet florality also as the Cabernet Franc takes the lead, and again the minerality is emphasised with a slate texture on the finish which does a brilliant job of counterbalancing the generous ripeness of the fruit. Crushed mint, liquorice, bitter chocolate on the finish also, this is gourmet and easy to love. Still has an austerity at this point – it needs another few years to really soften. These are lovely wines full of confidence and pleasure with their own distinct personality. 100% new oak. Drinking Window 2023 – 2044.”- Jane Anson, Decanter
92 points
Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2012
“This is a little more mellow and balanced than the 2011, and for me much better for it. Full …

Philippe Leclerc Delivers “A Classic Gevrey”- Burghound


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Philippe Leclerc, Gevrey Chambertin, en Champs 2016
“Outstanding” (89-91) points – Burghound
“Here there is no reductive funk and instead a nose that reflects notes of plum, earth, the sauvage and a hint of wood. There is both better minerality and a finer mouthfeel to the sleek and beautifully well-detailed flavors that deliver excellent length on the balanced bitter cherry pit-inflected finish. A classic Gevrey.”- Allen Meadows, Burghound

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Gaillard’s Crozes-Hermitage is “Round and fleshy but lively as well.”- Vinous


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Pierre Gaillard Crozes-Hermitage 2017 –

90 points – Vinous
“Opaque bright-rimmed ruby. Smoke-tinged blueberry and cherry on the nose, along with hints of cracked pepper and olive. Round and fleshy but lively as well, offering gently sweet blue fruit and floral pastille flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. The smoky note recurs on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with very good tenacity. Drink 2021-2026.”- Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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WE “Créme de la Crémant”- J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux


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J.Laurens, La Rose No.7, Sparkling Rosé NV – Top “Créme de la Crémant”- Crémant de Limoux
91 “Editor’s Choice” – Wine Enthusiast
“Lovely scents of red cherry and plum skin are coupled with an earthy hint of pressed violet on the nose of this fresh and inviting sparkling rosé. A bright and vibrant red color, it’s medium in weight and offers a fine mousse to support the rich red-fruit flavors, while a spicy flourish graces the finish.”- Wine Enthusiast

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Sauternes with “spice, generous apricot and wildflower-honey flavors”- WE


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Château Simon Sauternes 2015 – legendary sweet wine of Bordeaux
91 pts. – Wine Enthusiast
“Already developing well, this rich wine is balanced by acidity. It offers spice, generous apricot and wildflower-honey flavors and a core of botrytis. This wine from Anne-Laure Dufour is still young and will develop further. Drink from 2021.”- Wine Enthusiast

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#2 – WE Top 100 Cellar Selections 2019


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Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 2016
Named #2 – 100 points
Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections 2019
100 points – Wine Enthusiast
” A voluptuous wine, this is rich and fruity yet properly balanced by a magnificent structure. Pure, crisp and packed with a black currant flavor, this will be a remarkable wine as it develops. Still young, it needs many years to develop. Don’t think about drinking before 2025.”- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

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