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Jacques Moreira
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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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2009 Ducluzeau, Listrac
Review Date: 7-22-2014
Dark garnet with hints of purple. Ducluzeau is definitely a gentle style of Listrac, and that's what they aim for. It is a proud 98% Merlot without any hint of flabbiness at all. Dark berries and a pretty note of vanilla on the nose. Followed by enticing sweet fruit on the palate, such as juicy plum, and cassis, along with coffee notes. Medium tannins and a medium to high acidity, gives it a nice frame of structure to its softness and elegance. All of that makes the 2009 Ducluzeau a quite appealing wine, that shows off the perfect ripeness of the vintage.
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2011 Mauvesin-Barton, Moulis
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Medium Garnet color. Nice soft entry. Juicy plum and roasted coffee, cocoa and a touch of cassis. Soft medium tannins at first but quite sneaky on the finish. The cépage is 46% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The soil of this beautiful property owned by the Barton family is mostly clay and limestone, which explain the higher amount of Merlot in the blend. Very well done wine and extremely drinkable right now.

2010 Gressier Grand-Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 7-21-2014
Dark garnet color. Nice aromatic nose full of blackberries, cocoa and cassis. The palate follows the nose with sweet dark fruit, coffee, and a touch of pepper. Medium tannins and a very soft finish. Accessible now, but it will age beautifully. I did not decant it, and it was delicious from the get go.
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2010 Chateau Paret Cotes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 7-7-2014
That's a great example of what we often call a "petit château" meaning a good wine from either a not very well know appellation or producer. This one hails from Castillon which sits east of Saint-Émilion, not quite its official satellite, but also bases its wines mostly on Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Château Paret is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Dark garnet color, with loads of plums and blackberry fruit. Although it is quite fruit forward, it possess nice spicy notes, along with a good amount of minerality. It is a lush, supple and full-bodied wine, with a soft glycerin texture and very velvety tannins. It will pair beautifully with roasted vegetables, lamb, steaks and stews. I would drink this now or save for 5 years or so. Definitely worth taking a look.
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1999 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Intense and lavish aromatics of cassis, cocoa, smokey mesquite BBQ, meat and bacon as well. It is rich, it is lush, the fruit quite sweet, yet it has structure and balance. Really quite delicious.

2003 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Medium Garnet color, showing its development. The lifted fruit of its youth has evolved. Plums, cocoa, and tobacco. Very silky tannins and a medium-acidity, make it an immense pleasure to drink this wine now. It is a 2003, but not at all over extracted, but rather poised and balanced. One of the best wines I tasted this year.

1999 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Medium garnet color, Beautiful aromatics, showing development. Floral, honey, red berries, along with some tertiary notes of leather saddle and a touch of mushroom. Still fresh though, with the fruit clearly still showing. Medium body and I'd say medium tannins too. I did not decant it before pouring, but the wine kept opening up with time, which tells me it could use decanting. Very good indeed.

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Dark Garnet color. Very alluring nose of plums, cocoa, forest floor, cassis. Seamless palate with the tannins and acidity very well knitted. I did decant it before serving, and the cassis came out beautifully. Outstanding.

2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Deep-inky purple color. Very aromatic with an almost candied plum note, crème de cassis, espresso coffee beans, concentrated palate and yet not heavy. Super velvety tannins and all very integrated, very balanced. It is ripe, but not hot. Awe-inspiring.

2007 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Definitely a product of a cooler vintage, and more of my liking as well... Garnet color, some classic pepper notes that aren't too intrusive. Touch of cocoa, cassis with say, medium tannins. I did not decant it before drinking it. Very classic and good to drink now. Quite good indeed.
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2006 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Served it at our Saturday tasting. Color showing some slight brickish development. Dark fruit, with a touch of cocoa and a delicious note of graphite and herbs. It needs decanting to be enjoyed now.
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2011 Clarke (Baronne Nadine de Rothschild), Listrac
Review Date: 6-24-2014
When I first opened this wine I thought it a bit shut down, but after it passed through the decanter... Voilà! Garnet color, cocoa, cassis, and perhaps some dusty tannins and an intriguing savory finish. Definitely worth a try!
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2011 Malmaison, Moulis
Review Date: 6-24-2014
Dark violet color. Bright high toned fruit, along with vanilla bean and... olives! Medium tannins, and juicy high acidity, makes this wine a great choice to drink right now, although it will age beautifully for some years to come. I did not decant it before drinking it, nor do I think it needs it.
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2007 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 6-23-2014
A blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in 1/3 new barriques. Cassis and coffee notes, medium body, with structured tannins. The wine is ready to drink in my opinion.
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2009 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-23-2014
Very much a 2009. And that’s a very good thing in Bordeaux. Deeply colored, and rich with loads of cassis and blackberry fruit, along with coffee, cocoa and earthy notes. It definitely has structure, and the tannins are well present, which makes this wine ideal for aging. It also can be drunk now due to its fullness of fruit, but I would decant it. Excellent wine.
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