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2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Cote de Brouilly
Review Date: 05-18-2017
A classically-styled Cote de Brouilly the 2015 Domaine jean Claude Lapalu is a pretty red wine. Loaded with spice and black cherry flavors this mineral-driven red is the perfect foil for chicken and spicy cuisines.
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RP 93

2015 Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu "Tentation" Beaujolais-Villages
Review Date: 05-18-2017
This should immediately become your go to summer red. Perfect for a picnic, bbq or entertaining friends on the deck the 2015 Domaine Jean Claude Lapalu "Tenation" Beaujolais is a wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Gorgeous red fruit permeates throughout the first sniff to the final sip in this seductive red wine. Just think to yourself candied cherry fruit and fresh aromas of macerated cherries.
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RP 91

2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre "Cuvée Lapierre MMXV" Morgon
Review Date: 05-18-2017
Power is the name of the game with the Cuvee MMXV. The tete de cuvee from Marcel Lapierre this is a connoisseur's Beaujolais meant to showcase the greatness of the vintage years from now. A firm core of tightly-wound fruit nicely buffered by acidity and tannin make this wine a legend in the making. Tuck a few of the beauties away and in a few years you'll be handsomely rewarded with greatness in the bottle.
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Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
VN 94

2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre "Cuvée Camille" Morgon
Review Date: 05-18-2017
When you are tasting one of the greatest producers from a region it is sometimes hard to express how amazing their wines are. Lapierre's wines are a deft mix of fruit, terroir and vintage characteristics that lift Morgon to heights rarely seen. 2015 is an incredible vintage in Beaujolais and the 2015 Marcel Lapierre "Cuvee Camille" Morgon is the highest expression of both the vintage and appellation. Sourced from 75 year-old vines this packed with cherry and pomegranate wine has perfect balance, fine tannins and bright acidity. If there is a better wine from Beaujolais in 2015 I don't think I have tasted it.
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2015 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent
Review Date: 05-18-2017
Spicy dark red fruits are the hallmark of this delicious Moulin-a-Vent. Black cherry, licorice and cola notes mingle on the palate while cool acidity helps to give the finish lift. This wine demonstrates great texture and balance a hallmark of the stunning 2015 vintage in Beaujolais.
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JG 92 JS 92

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-a-Vent Les Thorins"
Review Date: 05-18-2017
Stunningly good. Rose petal and hibiscus notes deftly blend with cherry aromas on the savory nose. There's an amazing concentration of cherry fruit as well pomegranate and cranberry fruit. The wine is incredibly sleek and suave with great energy and lift. The finish is long with great freshness and vivacity. From start-to-finish this is a top-notch offering.
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Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 JS 91

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Fleurie
Review Date: 05-18-2017
This is an incredibly energetic red wine. Aromas of bing cherry and fresh herbs dominate throughout. Zesty and alive the crunchy red fruit with zippy acidity makes this an elegant Fleurie that is drinking beautifully right now.
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JG 92 VN 92

2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Fleurie "Grille Midi"
Review Date: 05-18-2017
Red fruit aromas dominate throughout this gorgeous red wine. There's perfect balance between fruit, acid and tannins here, with red cherry fruit, raspberry and strawberry flavors galore. If you were to blind taste this beauty you could easily mistake it for a Vosne Romanee because it has that harmonious feel of pretty fruit and seductive aromas. This is easily one of the best Beaujolais' I have tasted this year!!
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2014 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Saint-Amour
Review Date: 05-18-2017
Beautiful floral aromas combine with fresh macerated berry scents that seamlessly give way to dried cranberry and red cherry flavors. Classic structure and great lift make this an ultra-appealing offering.
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Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
VN 93 RP 91

2013 Viña Herminia Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 05-11-2017
The 2013 Vina Herminia Crianza Rioja immediately transports me back to Barcelona, where my wife and I spent one glorious week eating and drinking to our heart’s content. Barcelona is one of the top culinary destinations in Europe and the 2013 Vina Herminia Crianza Rioja is the type of wine you order by the glass for a few euros in a restaurant and then marvel at the quality of the wine for the price. A dry red wine with subtle spice notes as well as dried herb and red fruit notes this old-world wine has a pretty palate of red cherry, marzipan, crushed stone and a touch of oak. On the finish there is a savory note as well as bright acidity which make it the perfect foil for most protein dishes. A delicious wine that can easily become your go-to house red.
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
DC 95

2014 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-10-2017
The 2014 Eisele Vineyards "Altagracia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, seductive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Fantastic aromas of chocolate covered cherries, cigar box and clove rise from the glass while the palate is a silky blend of baker’s chocolate, dark berry fruit, spice, mocha and subtle oak hints. Fine tannins and perfect balance help to round out this great Cabernet Sauvignon.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $119.99 Add To Cart
JS 96 RP 90

2014 HdV "Hyde de Villaine" Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-09-2017
If there was ever going to be a dynamic duo that combines the best of California with the best of Burgundy it would be Larry Hyde of Hyde Vineyards and Aubert de Villaine of Domaine Romanee Conti. The 2014 HDV “Hyde Vineyard” Chardonnay is a stunning bottling, from the very best fruit from the Hyde vineyard comes this breathtaking offering. Beautiful aromas of Asian pear, hazelnut and lemon oil lead to a palate of baked apples, cinnamon and lemon crème; there’s great vibrancy here with zippy acidity, good minerality and excellent energy. A wonderful synthesis of what California does best with a French sensibility the 2014 HDV “Hyde Vineyard” Chardonnay is easily one of the ten best wines I have tasted this year.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
JS 98

2015 Maison Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 05-08-2017
Wow! This is a fantastic Bourgogne Blanc. I have always loved the wines by Henri Boillot but I was not expecting the 2015 Bourgogne Blanc to be as good as it is. At only $24.99 this may be the best value we currently have in the Burgundy section. Loaded with stone and citrus fruits, zesty minerality and good acidity this mouth-watering white is delicious. Boillot specializes in Puligny Montrachet and Meursault and you can see the pedigree in this Bourgogne Blanc that drinks more like a wine from Meursault than an entry-level white.
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2011 Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Port
Review Date: 05-05-2017
There are certain wines I love-but don’t drink enough of them on a regular basis. Port is the #1 wine on that list. One of my favorite ways to end a meal is to enjoy a glass of either ruby or tawny port with dessert or a cheese plate. The 2011 Fonseca “Late Bottle Vintage” Port is the perfect after dinner wine; aromas of fig, blackberry, cassis and marzipan cede way to a palate full of cassis, blackberry preserves, spice and vanilla notes. This seamless red is so smooth and seductive you’ll be hard pressed to stop at only one glass and with an unbelievable price of under $18 you won’t feel any guilt over going back for a second glass.
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2015 Domaine Lafage "Arqueta" Collioure
Review Date: 05-05-2017
Beautiful red fruit aromas, subtle hints of clove and spice notes along with a whiff of fresh cut flowers all seamlessly rise from the glass. The palate is a pretty blend of fresh red berry fruit as well as mineral notes and a touch of oak. Perfectly balanced with fine tannins and bright acidity this is a fantastic red wine and a fabulous bargain to boot!
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RP 93 - 95

2014 Jacques Bavard St-Romain Blanc "Sous le Château"
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Lemon crème, green apple and white flower aromas dominate this fantastic white. On the palate citrus fruits and apple flavors mingle with bright acidity and mineral notes. The wine has a laser-beam like focus and the finish just goes-on-and-on.
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Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2014 Jacques Bavard St-Romain Blanc
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Hints of lemon crème and crushed sea shells are noticeable on the nose while the palate displays copious lemon notes as well as granny smith apple flavors. A bright and zesty white this would be an ideal match with seafood and salad courses.
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Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2014 Jacques Bavard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Embrazées"
Review Date: 04-26-2017
An irresistible white, the 2014 Jacques Bavard Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Embrazees" has a sexy nose of hazelnut and lemon chiffon. Notes of iodine, wet stone and lemon preserves present themselves on the suave, lush palate. Layered and complex this wine delivers a wonderful experience for the Burgundian Enthusiast.
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Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

2014 Jacques Bavard Santenay Blanc "Sous la Roche"
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Pretty floral notes with a round and creamy mouth feel dominate this surprisingly seductive white. Lemon oil, hazelnut and pear notes help to accent this richly-textured wine. While we don't see a ton of Santenay Banc around this wine makes a convincing argument for more of them.
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2014 Jacques Bavard Santenay Rouge
Review Date: 04-26-2017
Crackling red fruits, subtle spice notes and a hint of racy minerality all combine in this seamless red. A fresh, lively offering this Santenay deftly combines sexy red fruit flavors with energetic acidity as well as mineral and oak notes. Full-bodied enough to match heartier red meats but with enough lively acidity to lend versatility this is truly an everyman's Red Burgundy.
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2014 Jacques Bavard Auxey-Duresses Rouge
Review Date: 04-26-2017
While Jacques Bavard has made a name for himself fashioning some amazing white wine bargains the 2014 Jacques Bavard Auxey Duresses Rouge proves he can masterfully craft red wines as well as whites. A beautiful nose of fresh red fruits, spice and subtle earth aromas mix with a supple palate featuring red cherry, cranberry and pomegranate fruit. Bright and zesty this is an ideal red for drinking tonight with roast chicken or lighter faire.
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2014 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc
Review Date: 04-26-2017
It is often in life you're given a 2nd chance, but with this last shipment of the 2014 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc you are indeed given a 2nd chance at buying this outrageously good wine. From the stellar 2014 white Burgundy vintage comes this great drinking Bourgogne Blanc. Loaded with white flower, jasmine and citrus aromas this energetic white is full-bodied with citrus and creamy notes as well as a supple palate feel. A flat-out delicious offering this is a white wine not to be missed.
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2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Crianza
Review Date: 03-29-2017
A stunning wine, the 2013 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera Del Duero knocks your socks off from the very first sniff from the glass. Loaded with seductive aromas of raspberry, rose petals and spice notes this elegant, delineated wine displays remarkable finesse and complexity. Red fruits, spice notes and cola subtly weave around a core of fine tannins and bright acidity. This wine is delightful and is the perfect match for pork, veal or lamb dishes with its bright red fruit and great balance.
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2011 Bodegas Muga "Selección Especial" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 03-17-2017
Muga is one of the quintessential Rioja producers and this 2011 dishes up classic Tempranillo flavor in a style that should appeal to just about anyone. The balance of fruit, earth, fine tannins, and cocoa remind me of all the flavors I love in Cabernet as well, making the Muga a potential crossover Spanish option for California or Bordeaux lovers who want to try something new. You'll be impressed.

2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "1935" Morgon
Review Date: 01-06-2017
From vines planted in 1935 this beautiful Beaujolais from Cru vineyards in Morgon is terrific. Aromas of white raspberry, earth and bitter chocolate flow to a palate of dark fruits and subtle spice notes. Good length and fine balance make this a wonderful drinking Morgon.
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2014 Borsao "Tres Picos" Garnacha Campo de Borja
Review Date: 12-06-2016
One of my perennial Spanish go to wines is the Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha Campo de Borja. I've easily tasted ten vintages of this wine and I am always amazed at the incredible value this wine represents. In a lot of ways this is the quintessential Spanish Garnacha(Grenache) with its brambly raspberry fruit, molten rock, mocha notes and dried herb flavors that literally spring from the glass. A loaded wine, with layer upon layer of flavors this large-scale offering is perfect for the Spanish wine enthusiast.
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2014 Domaine Lafage "Narassa Lieu Dit" Côtes-du-Roussillon
Review Date: 12-06-2016
Another amazing value from Lafage!! I don't know how they do it but boy am I glad they do. The 2014 Lafage Narassa Lieu Dit Cotes du Roussillon starts off with a beautiful nose of macerated cherries, spice and fresh cut flowers. The palate shows lovely texture and length with red berry fruit that lingers from the front of the palate and follows all the way to the long, soft finish. Harmonious notes of black licorice and underbrush nicely accent the berry flavors throughout. This may be my favorite Lafage wine to date!
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Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2012 Michel Gassier "Lou Coucardié" Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Review Date: 11-30-2016
A seductive wine, the 2012 Lou Coucardie Rouge starts off with a gorgeous nose of cherry kirsch and marzipan followed up nicely with a touch of dried cranberries. The palate has great energy and lift with bright berry fruit, spice and licorice notes. Balanced and seamless with good acidity this is the perfect red wine for entertaining or your every day dinning at home.
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Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 VN 92

2012 Château Haut-Monplaisir "Prestige" Cahors
Review Date: 11-02-2016
I think about drinking Cahors on a cold winter evening when it’s warm inside and I can cook a big juicy steak for dinner. The wine has that rustic character from the concrete tanks used for fermentation and that dark, inky color that always looks so beautiful in the glass. This is a great bottle for the holiday months ahead, full of rich meals and cooler weather.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 93

2015 Jean-Michel Dupre "Terre Noire" Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 10-07-2016
This is the best value in all of K&L Wines. There I said it! Grab this outstanding Beaujolais that is drinking fantastically right now. Beautiful strawberry and cherry fruit with subtle spice notes, minerality and just the right hint of acidity to add lift and balance make this the perfect little red wine for only $10.99.
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2015 Pascal Berthier "Esprit de Séduction" Saint-Amour
Review Date: 10-07-2016
Wow!! Stop the search-this is your Thanksgiving wine. The 2015 Pascal Berthier "Esprit de Seduction" Saint Amour is a terrific wine. Dark cherry, smokey meats and subtle mocha notes nicely mingle against strawberry jam, silky tannins and bright acidity. Long, with a full finish this is the perfect match for turkey, stuffing and gravy.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
JS 90 VN 90

2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly
Review Date: 10-07-2016
For those of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2015 Beaujolais you will not be disappointed. Everything you have heard is true and the proof is in the 2015 Domaine Les Freres Perroud Vieilles Vignes Brouilly. Rich and ripe this wine is packed with delicious ripe strawberries and mocha notes along with silky tannins. A seamless wine, it will easily turn the Pinot Noir lover to the Gamay grape.
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Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
VN 90

2013 Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône
Review Date: 09-14-2016
A killer value the 2013 Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone truly eclipses my expectation level considering the price of this wine. I was skeptical when I saw the 95 point score attached to this wine but from the very first sniff from my glass I knew this wine was going to be great. Beautiful aromas of wild raspberries, game, iron and crushed geraniums spring from the glass while the palate is full-bodied with flavors of cherry, raspberry kirsch, vanilla and mocha notes. Rich and full this drinks more like a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape than a Cotes-du-Rhone-but thankfully you’re only paying Cotes-du-Rhone pricing.
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
DC 95

2013 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-13-2016
*** to ***½ For me this is always one of the toughest wines to taste En Primeur since it typically shows very monolithically. Dark and brooding, its initial aromas of burnt earth slowly fall away to reveal black cherry cola and blackberry with notes of milk chocolate. It displayed good fruit, length and nice tannin structure, ending fresh and bright. This is one of the more accessible Lafites I have tasted En Primeur.

2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien
Review Date: 07-07-2016
Great structure and balance! A wine with great length and complexity with firm tannins and good acidity the 2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose. This wine has dark berry fruit, underbrush and bitter chocolate notes unfold on the palate as this youthful 2nd wine begins to spread its wings.
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Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2014 Billaud-Simon Chablis
Review Date: 06-20-2016
Delightful from the start, with aromas of lime blossom, flint and yellow flowers that lead to an energetic palate of citrus, iodine and mineral flavors, all of which are framed by zippy acidity.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Along with Chateau Margaux this is a candidate for wine of the vintage. Chateau Palmer has excelled in 2015 with a wine that is so pure and elegant that it feels lighter on the palate than it actually is. The depth, layers and complexity of this wine are mind-blowing and it may eclipse the famed 1983 Palmer that is recognized as one of the estate's greatest wines ever. While not cheap, this promises to be one of the greatest Palmer's ever made.
Drink from 2025 to 2025

2015 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Along with Larcis Ducasse the 2015 Pavie Macquin is one of the more elegant St. Emilion's out there. With incredible purity of fruit nicely mingled against a hint of oak and zippy minerality this is a beautiful wine that has a Burgundian feel while still having a Bordelaise sensibility.
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2015 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 06-08-2016
Dark berry fruit, hints of dried herbs and tobacco. Pretty berry fruit, pencil lead and volcanic stone lead into a balanced and layered wine. Best Lynch since 2010.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2014 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 05-25-2016
Having just returned from Burgundy the 2014 Calera central Coast Chardonnay is very reminiscent of a nice village-to-1er Cru level Chablis. A great floral nose is followed by a crisp palate of green apples, citrus and wets stone notes. Fabulous vibrancy mixes deftly with good acidity and beautiful fruit notes. This is easily the best Calera Central Coast Chardonnay I have tasted and is a top value!
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2012 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 05-11-2016
A perennial best value year-in-and-year-out the 2012 Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge has outdone itself this year! An intoxicating nose of red fruits, spice, mocha and dried herbs seamlessly gives way to a palate loaded with cherry kirsch, red licorice, sage and subtle oak notes. Great acidity helps to balance out this fantastic little red wine. For a daily drinker this is hard to top!
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Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
VN 91 RP 90

2015 Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2016
If you do not want to pay the hefty tariff for Chateau Palmer then a pretty fantastic compromise is to buy the 2015 Alter Ego de Palmer at a fraction of the price of Chateau Palmer. Alter Ego has got to be one of the great values in all of Bordeaux! Normally I am not a huge fan of second wines but since the 2012 vintage I have been enamored with this wine. It is spectacular, loaded with pure red berry fruit, beautiful delineation, hints of spice, mineral and a touch of lively green herbs this racy, taut wine is a joy to taste. With impeccable balance and fluidity it is hard to resist it as a barrel sample so I am in a quandary to imagine how wonderful it will be from the bottle.
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2015 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 05-10-2016
Malescot St. Exupery is a top five producer in Margaux on an annual basis and the 2015 Malescot St. Exupery is no exception. At $49.99 this is the best value of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in my opinion. To get a wine of this quality for under $50 is the exact reason to buy Bordeaux En Primeur. A beautiful wine packed with ripe red fruits, hints of chocolate and mint this is a silky smooth wine that is irresistible. Always a favorite they have once again knocked it out of the park!
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2015 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-09-2016
One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pape Clement is a stunning wine. At a fraction of the cost of La Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion this wine should be snatched up! Loaded with deep berry fruit(both blue and purple) as well as spice notes, liquified rock and earth notes the purity here is breathtaking. A classic in the making this is a flat-out fabulous wine.
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2015 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-05-2016
Every year one of the wines I look most forward to tasting is Cantemerle. Always affordable and a perennial overachiever given its price this is a wine I always anxiously await to taste. The 2015 Cantemerle does not disappoint, this is a stunning value and loaded with pretty berry fruit and spice with hints of earth and mineral notes. Silky tannins and a long finish make this a worthy rival of both the 2009 & 2010 vintages.
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2015 Clos Haut Peyraguey, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Tasted at Chateau Pape Clement, this property was purchased by Bernard Magrez and the purchase is already seen dividends. Easily the best young Clos Haut Peyraguey I have ever tasted. Floral, mineral, citrus notes, passion fruit all are present and nicely buffered by good acidity. the finish here is long and powerful. Very Impressive.
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2015 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
Always fantastic the 2015 Guiraud once again is a shinning star. An intoxicating nose leads directly to a palate filled with candied ginger and orange notes nicely nestled against rich caramel flavors.
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2015 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-04-2016
This is a perpetual overachiever, drinks like one of the more well-known producers which cost 2-3 times as much. Notes of dried pineapple, ginger and hints of tropical fruit cascade down the palate on this beauty.
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2015 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-28-2016
Loaded with dark blackberry notes this wine is rich and full-bodied with tobacco and earth notes. A classic old-world Pomerol in the making.
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2015 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-28-2016
An impressive Bourgneuf, loaded with deep berry fruit, pepper and spice. Good length and energy, this is easily the best Bourgneuf I have ever tasted from barrel.
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