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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 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 5-5-2014
A very crisp, focused, bright, lively, chalky, mineral-driven wine. Long and fresh. 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.

2011 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 5-5-2014
Comes around with some airing.

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.

2011 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Great balance, sweet fruit--almost jammy plum and red fruits--minerals, lots of spice. Polished.

2012 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
A seductive nose with floral aromas leads to a fine, elegant and polished wine. The 2012 Margaux shows some power but this wine is defined by its elegance and purity. Tannins are integrated and supple. This wine should show well upon release but still manage to develop in a cellar for up to 20 years.

2012 Margaux, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
A seductive nose with floral aromas leads to a fine, elegant and polished wine. The 2012 Margaux shows some power but this wine is defined by its elegance and purity. Tannins are integrated and supple. This wine should show well upon release but still manage to develop in a cellar for up to 20 years.

2013 Margaux, Margaux Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
The 2013 Margaux is not as opulent as usual and a bit closed now. Nevertheless, it has a juicy texture and fine tannins, displaying ripe plum flavors accented by cola notes. It's not not super concentrated and I was hoping for more, but this is an early drinking vintage. 90-92 points.

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