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2013 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-13-2014
Lead pencil, graphite, and mineral-laden in the nose, with red cherry and currant fruit flavors accented with spice. Dense and balanced, this has a lot of grip and power for the vintage. Some of the best fruit we have tasted so far. 91-93 points.

2013 Figeac, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-12-2014
A spicy, lively wine, Figeac is never overdone or over-extracted. I do not find any hollowness I have seen in recent vintages. There is a slight herbal component but I find there is enough fruit and tannic structure to hold this wine together. 87-89 points.

2013 Labégorce, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-12-2014
A solid effort for the vintage! Plenty of upfront fruit, spice and hints of toasty oak, this wine has plenty of structure and tannin that is still integrated into the wine. The 2013 is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot. 87-89 points.

2013 Clinet, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-9-2014
Loaded with flavors of crushed berries, sweet bright high toned fruit and ripe, juicy tannins. Shows well! 88-90 points.

2013 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
Big wine, lots of power and depth of fruit, spice. Silky midpalate but then grabs you on the finish. 88-90 points.

2012 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
The 2012 Haut-Bailly will provide pure pleasure five to seven years after release. It shows flavors of black currant and black cherries that are surrounded by hints of cedar, mineral and licorice. The tannins are present but should round out nicely by the time this wine is bottled. A solid effort in a difficult vintage!

2013 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-8-2014
Big and chewy, dark, meaty fruit, smoke, big tannins, masculine wine; 88-90 points.

2013 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
A blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the VCC was showing excellent on the day we visited the property. It was delicious even at this young stage and I imagine it will be a wine that will show well early in its life. Lots of lush, mouthwatering fruit that lingers onto the finish. Tannins are integrated and ripe. 92-94 points.

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
When we tasted this wine I thought it was a bit shut down on the nose, but the palate was showing everything it had. Very rich and intense, the fruit showed a bit of a meaty quality along with flavors of black cherry, smoke and cassis. It is a darker, juicier style wine that does show some bigger tannins on the finish. Still balanced, this wine should be a good early- to mid-term drinker.

2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
When we tasted this wine I thought it was a bit shut down on the nose, but the palate was showing everything it had. Very rich and intense, the fruit showed a bit of a meaty quality along with flavors of black cherry, smoke and cassis. It is a darker, juicier style wine that does show some bigger tannins on the finish. Still balanced, this wine should be a good early- to mid-term drinker.

2011 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Fruit, espresso bean and cocoa powder flavors. Rich, slightly lean in the middle, but good fruit and firm, slightly dry tannins.
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2011 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 5-5-2014
A very crisp, focused, bright, lively, chalky, mineral-driven wine. Long and fresh. 90-92 points.

2011 Magdelaine, St-Emilion Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
A rustic style, leaner and more restrained. The tannins are a bit too dry for me, but it's done in an old-school style with some charm.

2011 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Nice nose, with hints of mocha and spice, sweet and fleshy in the mouth, with lots of mineral and graphite and very firm tannins on the finish. Successful for the vintage. 90-92 points.

2011 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Smoky flavors of graphite, slate and minerals, with a sweet core of black berries and red currants. Still firm on the finish. A very good Latour. 93-95 points.

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