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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2004 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 11-19-2014
After almost 10 years in the bottle, this classic Bordeaux is starting to show some color development. Beautiful notes of cedar wood, currants and a touch of vanilla. The acidity is high (always a blessing in my book) and the tannins are still quite apparent. This wine is not about the fruit, rather about the intense peppery spices, and how good a pairing it would be with a nice cut of meat! Very good indeed.
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2010 Lestruelle, Médoc
Review Date: 11-16-2014
Full bodied and concentrated, this Bordeaux displays an intense nose of dark chocolate, licorice, dark cherries and some beautiful notes of violets. On the palate the high acidity is noticed and very welcomed for the over all balance of this wine, along with a good amount of oak spices. The fairly high tannins need some resolving with a few years in the cellar, or a good decanting will do. The sustainable agriculture method used by this property make it even more enticing. As for pairing, I would suggest heavy dishes, like stews, or a fatty cut of meat.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Domaine Cabirau "Malgre les Fonctionnaires" Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-11-2014
This is one of these wines that completely surprised me. Crimson color and a very meaty, irony nose. Loved that, and expected a somehow savory herby palate. Than the surprise commenced... Cocoa powder, raspberry coulis, and plums, fruity for sure, but delicately so, and with lots of minerality. Very well balanced with silky-soft tannins. Think of it as a dry and lighter Banyuls-like wine. An absolutely delicious Roussillon (Catalan) wine.

2012 Domaine Cabirau Côtes du Roussillon
Review Date: 11-11-2014
Incredibly pleasing and easy-going wine in the best sense of the way. A light violet color, with a very brambly/Blackberry nose. On the palate the cocoa powder, and the brown sugar surface. Delicate spices follow with soft tannins. I can think of nothing better to drink with a plate of Charcuterie, light cheeses and yeah... I'll go there: buffalo wings! Seal of approval!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2009 Puy-Marceau Bordeaux
Review Date: 10-19-2014
A super 2009 value Bordeaux. Nose of blueberries, earth and dried herbs. A charming rusticity on the palate due to its tannins, which makes it all more interesting. Great pairing with charcuterie, sausages and chili beans.
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2013 Eric Cottat Sancerre
Review Date: 9-10-2014
Classic Sancerre aromatics of what I call "pierre à fusil" or flint -- but not aggressively so, along with bright citrus notes. Zippy and zingy on the palate for sure, but also with a honeyed red grapefruit core which I found absolutely delicious and incredibly food friendly. Paradise will be found if you pair this with fresh goat cheese and green apples, oysters, shrimp salad with red grapefruit, scallops, and I'm just getting started...
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2012 Domaine les Grands Bois "Cuvée Maximilien" Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne
Review Date: 9-3-2014
Deep dark youthful purple color. Very enticing nose of juicy blueberries, violets, blood orange and sweet vanilla. The palate reveals delicious Asian spices, freshly roasted coffee beans, chocolate and brown sugar. It is full-bodied and ripe, well balanced however by its acidity that holds it all in check. With autumn fast approaching, this beautiful wine will be a perfect paring with game birds and wild mushroom sauce!

2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-12-2014
Dark crimson with hints of violet color. Wow... Tobacco, mushroom, cocoa, along with dark cherries and berries and sure enough...earth! On the palate, all of that, with black olives and cocoa more pronounced. The tannins and acidity are very much present without any sign of harshness. On the contrary, this wine is refined and elegant, surely showing the pedigree of a very classy 2nd wine from a classified cru.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2011 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 8-5-2014
Very dark garnet color. Nose of cassis, plum, vanilla, light coffee and chocolate. On the palate all come together framed by medium+ tannins and medium+ acidity, and a delicious savory note. It is easy drinking with a charming rusticity that I found very attractive and extremely food-friendly. 16 months oak aging, 30% new. They also have been prioritizing eco-friendly methods since the late 80s. How can one go wrong?

2009 Villegeorge, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-4-2014
Château Villegeorge, as La Tour Bessan in Margaux, and Duplessis in Moulis-en-Médoc, is owned and run by Marie-Laure Lurton (of the Lurton family) since 1992. Certified since 2003 by "Terra Vitis" as eco-friendly, practicing sustainable viticulture. This solid wine has a garnet color, and aromatics of cassis, blackberry, tobacco, delicate bell pepper that evolves to crushed stones after a while in the glass. Coffee, toasty vanilla oak, dark chocolate on the palate, with the coffee notes getting more apparent as it opens up. Medium-plus tannins and medium acidity. Although it is fleshy and definitely approachable, it has a firm grip. I enjoyed it immensely. The assemblage is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon with 42% Merlot. They are also a member of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Médoc.
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2010 Larrivaux, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 8-4-2014
This property is situated to the west of Saint-Joseph, and contrary to the common assumption, instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the Merlot that dominates the blend. Garnet/Ruby color. Cassis, plum, a touch of cedar, along with wet rocks and an intriguing meatiness greets you on the nose. On the palate: Coffee, cassis again, and a delicious note of oak toast. Medium tannins and medium+ acidity, makes it a very supple wine, that is a pleasure to drink now or to be put away for a little while. The assemblage according to their website is: 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Great value.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 7-28-2014
Garnet color showing some development. Enticing aromatics of ripe plums, coffee, cocoa, pepper and graphite. On the palate it possess all those attributes as well, along with medium tannins and medium acidity. Soft textured wine, but the coffee, toasty notes bring it to a level that no Merlot outside Bordeaux can achieve... Drinking now, and it will be delicious with a steak or filet mignon!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 7-27-2014
Light straw yellow color. Intense aromatics full of lemon oil, gooseberries, grapefruit. On the palate it carries all these fruit flavors, and a touch of yellow flowers too, but none of the tropical notes that some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc have. Instead, this has a focused minerality, and bright, juicy acidity. Perfect wine to pair with a garlicky seafood or a ceviche, salads, Thai food and let's not forget...Sushi!
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2009 Ducluzeau, Listrac
Review Date: 7-22-2014
Dark garnet with hints of purple. Ducluzeau is definitely a gentle style of Listrac, and that's what they aim for. It is a proud 98% Merlot without any hint of flabbiness at all. Dark berries and a pretty note of vanilla on the nose. Followed by enticing sweet fruit on the palate, such as juicy plum, and cassis, along with coffee notes. Medium tannins and a medium to high acidity, gives it a nice frame of structure to its softness and elegance. All of that makes the 2009 Ducluzeau a quite appealing wine, that shows off the perfect ripeness of the vintage.
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2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Medium Garnet color. Nice soft entry. Juicy plum and roasted coffee, cocoa and a touch of cassis. Soft medium tannins at first but quite sneaky on the finish. The cépage is 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The soil of this beautiful property owned by the Barton family is mostly clay and limestone, which explain the higher amount of Merlot in the blend. Very well done wine and extremely drinkable right now.

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