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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 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.

2011 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Very fresh crushed fruit aromas, sweet core of fruit, spicy, toasty cola flavors. Long, balanced and very nice.

2011 Hosanna, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Dark fruit and smoky, almost meaty aromas. On the palate, the fruit is there, but underneath a mass of tannin and structure. This wine will need some time to come around.

2011 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Sweet mocha upfront and fleshy fruit, seamless in the middle with a long finish. Lush, sweet and rich. From a very small crop. This is very approachable young. The tannins are silky, but the wine is quite serious. May be my favorite of the vintage. 94-96 points.

2011 Palmer, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Their smallest harvest since 1961. Dense and concentrated, with juicy blue fruits. This is big and firm, quite tannic, with a bit of a hard edge but still a solid effort. 91-93 points.

2011 Beychevelle, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Perfumy nose, good spice, surprisingly sweet, with a soft, smooth finish. Fleshy mid-palate. A bit light but good.

2011 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Big, rich, lush and sweet, very decadent and fat in mouth but has the acid to back it up. Excellent wine. 92-94 points.

2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 5-4-2014
Good fruit, very fresh, lively. A bit light, but clean and not green. Elegant. Good Value! We tasted this three times, and it was very good all three times.

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