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2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Inky dark color, roasted black coffee aromas, very ripe, slightly alcoholic nose. Spicy, with a very fleshy texture--the tannins are silky and ripe. This will be an earlier drinker. It seems quite elegant and fleshy, and it tastes good now. 92-94 points.

2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Inky dark color, roasted black coffee aromas, very ripe, slightly alcoholic nose. Spicy, with a very fleshy texture--the tannins are silky and ripe. This will be an earlier drinker. It seems quite elegant and fleshy, and it tastes good now. 92-94 points.

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

2011 Bourgneuf, Pomerol Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-2-2014
Always a rustic style. This wine shows quite a bit of fruit. Clean, not pushed, nice purity.

2012 Poujeaux, Moulis Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
Another solid effort in 2012, Poujeaux shows a very dark color and flavor profile. Hints of tobacco and licorice dance around the deep and intense core of black currant fruit. Tannins here are big but still integrated and in balance. This wine will be at its best several years after bottling and develop well seven to 10 years after.

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.

2013 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) 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.

2013 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
A solid wine. Shows quite a bit of power. The fruit is laced with flavors of graphite, tar, tobacco leaf and minerals. It has lots of grip, but also balance and the structure to hold up. This may be one of the longer-lived '13s. 91-93 points.

2013 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
May be a candidate for wine of the vintage! A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Mouton is a sexy, elegant wine that really shows finesse and excellent middle sweetness. Tannins are on the lighter side. This should be delicious in its early years. 93-95 points.

2013 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
May be a candidate for wine of the vintage! A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Mouton is a sexy, elegant wine that really shows finesse and excellent middle sweetness. Tannins are on the lighter side. This should be delicious in its early years. 93-95 points.

2013 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
Fruity and perfumed in the nose, with notes of coco powder and cigar box. There's a cola-like quality in the middle fruit, and is round and lush in the mouth, with ripe tannins. An early drinker and a good wine. 91-93 points.

2013 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot make up the 2013 Lafite blend. Though somewhat closed, the barrel sample showed upfront cedar, minerals and lead pencil flavors. The wine was balanced, with a dry finish. This is not a huge Lafite, but should be a good cellar candidate for the short to mid term. 91-93 points.

2013 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 5-1-2014
98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot make up the 2013 Lafite blend. Though somewhat closed, the barrel sample showed upfront cedar, minerals and lead pencil flavors. The wine was balanced, with a dry finish. This is not a huge Lafite, but should be a good cellar candidate for the short to mid term. 91-93 points.

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