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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 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-12-2014
Dark crimson with hints of violet color. Wow... Tobacco, mushroom, cocoa, along with dark cherries and berries and sure enough...earth! On the palate, all of that, with black olives and cocoa more pronounced. The tannins and acidity are very much present without any sign of harshness. On the contrary, this wine is refined and elegant, surely showing the pedigree of a very classy 2nd wine from a classified cru.
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2009 Capbern Gasqueton, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 8-9-2014
Dark crimson color. The nose has beautiful notes of coffee, violets, plums, blackberries and chocolate, along with classic crushed stones. All that transitions on the palate to a very marked chocolate covered cherry, vanilla, balanced by the medium+ acidity and a marked amount of tannins. This is a warm and inviting wine, with a perfect balance between the ripeness of fruit, tannins and the oak notes. Very well put together. It will age beautifully.
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2011 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 8-5-2014
Very dark garnet color. Nose of cassis, plum, vanilla, light coffee and chocolate. On the palate all come together framed by medium+ tannins and medium+ acidity, and a delicious savory note. It is easy drinking with a charming rusticity that I found very attractive and extremely food-friendly. 16 months oak aging, 30% new. They also have been prioritizing eco-friendly methods since the late 80s. How can one go wrong?

2009 Villegeorge, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 8-4-2014
Château Villegeorge, as La Tour Bessan in Margaux, and Duplessis in Moulis-en-Médoc, is owned and run by Marie-Laure Lurton (of the Lurton family) since 1992. Certified since 2003 by "Terra Vitis" as eco-friendly, practicing sustainable viticulture. This solid wine has a garnet color, and aromatics of cassis, blackberry, tobacco, delicate bell pepper that evolves to crushed stones after a while in the glass. Coffee, toasty vanilla oak, dark chocolate on the palate, with the coffee notes getting more apparent as it opens up. Medium-plus tannins and medium acidity. Although it is fleshy and definitely approachable, it has a firm grip. I enjoyed it immensely. The assemblage is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon with 42% Merlot. They are also a member of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Médoc.
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2010 Larrivaux, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 8-4-2014
This property is situated to the west of Saint-Joseph, and contrary to the common assumption, instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the Merlot that dominates the blend. Garnet/Ruby color. Cassis, plum, a touch of cedar, along with wet rocks and an intriguing meatiness greets you on the nose. On the palate: Coffee, cassis again, and a delicious note of oak toast. Medium tannins and medium+ acidity, makes it a very supple wine, that is a pleasure to drink now or to be put away for a little while. The assemblage according to their website is: 60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Great value.
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2009 Plaisance "Cuvée Alix" Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 7-28-2014
Garnet color showing some development. Enticing aromatics of ripe plums, coffee, cocoa, pepper and graphite. On the palate it possess all those attributes as well, along with medium tannins and medium acidity. Soft textured wine, but the coffee, toasty notes bring it to a level that no Merlot outside Bordeaux can achieve... Drinking now, and it will be delicious with a steak or filet mignon!
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2013 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 7-27-2014
Light straw yellow color. Intense aromatics full of lemon oil, gooseberries, grapefruit. On the palate it carries all these fruit flavors, and a touch of yellow flowers too, but none of the tropical notes that some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc have. Instead, this has a focused minerality, and bright, juicy acidity. Perfect wine to pair with a garlicky seafood or a ceviche, salads, Thai food and let's not forget...Sushi!
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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 Château Paret, Côtes 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.

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