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2013 Montrose, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The 2013 Montrose is tight, tannic and closed right now. Rustic. The fruit was hard to find. We tasted this wine twice and I have similar notes. English tasters seemed to think the wines was excellent, however. Maybe not for the American palate?

2013 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. Lots of cola, licorice, red currants, smoke and cedar. Good fruit, ripe tannins, medium bodied, balanced and fresh. Fine tannins. Good value! Early drinker. Long, fresh and lingering finish. Sleeper. 91-93 points. Ralph: I'm absolutely wild about this wine! So much more sweet fruit to enjoy, hints of passion fruit and perfectly ripe grapes. Round and lush, this wine may not live as long as the first wine but it is flat out delicious and will be the first wine I buy. **

2013 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-14-2014
The 2013 Cos is a solid effort. On the nose, the wine reveals toasty and exotic aromas with hints of coco powder and graphite. The fruit is spicy, full and balanced on the palate with firm but ripe tannins which hold the wine together. I would expect this will to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. 91-93 points.

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 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-13-2014
For the first time ever, Pichon-Lalande is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is very lush and rich in the mouth, showing classic sweet herb, coffee flavors and hints of mocha. Tannins are ripe and sweet with a lingering finish. Should be an early drinker! 91-93 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.

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