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2013 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-12-2014
One of my favorites, this wine always delivers and 2013 is no exception. Lots of red fruit here with silky tannins and a clean and elegant feel here. The red fruit shines throughout the wine from start to finish.

2013 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
*** to ***½ Wow, this wine is absolutely packed, tons of ripe red fruit, great length and hints of spice. This wine is plush, reminiscent of the 2009 in some ways-not sure how they pulled this off.

2013 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
If not for the two wines from Palmer this might be the wine of the appellation. Duty berry notes, subtle spice, berry fruit, great delineation and elegance and impressive length.

2013 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-7-2014
***½ If the first three wines fall into the more traditional Bordeaux white mold then the Pape Clement breaks it. Fragrant and exotic this wine has a sexy feel with kumquat, lychee and tropical fruit notes. Stone fruit, wet stone and notes of iodine are prevalent here.

2013 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-7-2014
This is one of the greatest aging Bordeaux whites made and the 2013 looks to be a legend in the making. For those of us who can’t afford the two big guns we can take solace in the fact that the Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a tad more affordable. Loads of iodine, white flowers and butter nuts, you can feel the electricity here with notes of wet stone. A fabulous wine. ***½ to ****

2013 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
If it weren’t for the price this may have been my wine of the vintage, also the miniscule production of VCC in 2013 also makes it hard to overly endorse since we will get very few cases if any of this wine to sell. Fresh picked berries, lots of floral elements, hints of lavender then a blast of milk chocolate & cherries. So pretty, so elegant yet full-bodied. Yum!

2011 Fonplégade, St-Emilion (1.5L)
Review Date: 5-5-2014
This is an up-and-coming property. They have a new rich American owner and a great young director in Jean-Christophe Meyrou, and with the help of famed oenologist Michel Rolland some great things are happening here. Desides being an incredible value, it is also one of the best wines we tasted on our entire trip. Black raspberry, plum, spice and red berry fruit, all perfectly integrated. Noticeable tannins, but layered and integrated well. Very tasty and racy; this wine is so sleek and seductive it feels like a super model.

2011 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Loaded with dark, dark red berry fruit-raspberries, cream and cranberry. Really deep and powerful, layered and sexy, with great energy.

2011 Palmer, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Gorgeous nose, beautiful floral notes intermixed with black cherry and lots of purple fruit. Layered, complex, elegant yet powerful. There's lots going on here. Very pretty, with great length.

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Okay, so you're upset that you can no longer afford the First Growths. Settle for this Fifth Growth that is producing wines capable of challenging the Firsts, but at a fair price--usually between $100 and $175. Floral and bright, this wine has amazing energy. Vibrant blackberry flavors, layered and lush. This wine is so seamless and so full, with vibrant fruit and energy, dusty tannins and flavors of bright berries, menthol and tobacco. There's precision and density here.

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (6L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Okay, so you're upset that you can no longer afford the First Growths. Settle for this Fifth Growth that is producing wines capable of challenging the Firsts, but at a fair price--usually between $100 and $175. Floral and bright, this wine has amazing energy. Vibrant blackberry flavors, layered and lush. This wine is so seamless and so full, with vibrant fruit and energy, dusty tannins and flavors of bright berries, menthol and tobacco. There's precision and density here.

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Okay, so you're upset that you can no longer afford the First Growths. Settle for this Fifth Growth that is producing wines capable of challenging the Firsts, but at a fair price--usually between $100 and $175. Floral and bright, this wine has amazing energy. Vibrant blackberry flavors, layered and lush. This wine is so seamless and so full, with vibrant fruit and energy, dusty tannins and flavors of bright berries, menthol and tobacco. There's precision and density here.

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Okay, so you're upset that you can no longer afford the First Growths. Settle for this Fifth Growth that is producing wines capable of challenging the Firsts, but at a fair price--usually between $100 and $175. Floral and bright, this wine has amazing energy. Vibrant blackberry flavors, layered and lush. This wine is so seamless and so full, with vibrant fruit and energy, dusty tannins and flavors of bright berries, menthol and tobacco. There's precision and density here.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Along with La Lagune, this property stands out for being a perennial value and a top producer from its commune.

2011 Bourgneuf, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
The best they have made.

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