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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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2012 Domaine Aphillanthes "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes" Côtes du Rhone-Villages
Review Date: 08-24-2015
This old vine cuvée from Aphillantes with its great complexity along with a very polished palate, delivers an incredible experience. Very much a Provençal wine with its classic notes of garrigue, lavender, strawberries, and a touch of tobacco. That's the kind of wine that would be a great choice to put in the cellars for about 5 years or so. We all know how difficult it is to find an aged Rhône wine around on retail...
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92 - 94

2012 Domaine Aphillanthes "1921" Rasteau
Review Date: 08-24-2015
A step up in every sense of the already great "Vieille Vignes," the "1921 Rasteau" is a powerful wine and yet retains a great deal of elegance. It is rich, with grand notes of licorice, kirsch, cocoa and blueberry liqueur, and yet it also seduces with its more delicate notes of lavender, raspberry and exotic spices. I don't say that often in my reviews, but this sure is a not-to-be-missed wine.
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92 - 95

2012 Fourcas Hosten, Listrac
Review Date: 08-24-2015
I always found that Fourcas Hostein wines retain a nice balance between the old school style and the ripeness of the fruit. The 2012 is no exception. A bit of technical information: 50% of the vineyards is planted on gravelly soil in the area called "Le Fourcas", the other 50% is located on a clayey-chalky soil opposite the Château. As for the élevage, it spent 12 months in barriques (1/3 new)- 56% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux
Review Date: 08-24-2015
Recently tasted on a staff training, and was immensely pleased! This is a classic Margaux wine in every sense. Cassis, plums, exotic spices, coffee and cocoa, and a most beautiful note of violets. What else but a Margaux could it be? Present but soft as silk tannins and a very prolonged finish tells me it is here for the long haul in a very lucky cellar indeed!

2014 La Graside Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-24-2015
Very nice and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from 60-year-old vines. Those grapes were harvested fully ripened - the results of that magic September/October in 2014. On the palate it possess a brightness along the intensity of the fruit, melon, a delicate touch of pineapple and citrus, framed by a perfect acid structure. Great summer wine.
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2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay
Review Date: 08-24-2015
Very gracious wine, with the bright and delicate tropical fruit notes framed by the intense minerality. Complex and yet quite easy to drink.
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2009 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 08-24-2015
A completely no-brainer. A wine that can be enjoyed now or be placed in the cellar. Very classic 2009 with its ripeness and lusciousness, and yet framed by more acidity and a perhaps softer tannins than, say... the 2010.
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1989 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Beautifully aged, and ready now. Leather, olives, plums and a touch of pepper. It is so soft on the palate, that I must use the word silk to describe the experience. An outstanding wine.
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 92

2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Absolutely delicious. Cassis, cocoa and woodsy. It is ripe but perfectly balanced with the tannis and acidity in the right place. It is soft and elegant.

2009 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Always a classic, and very balanced. Cassis and plums followed by coffee beans and a great structure. A very elegant wine.
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RP 91 WS 91

2012 Gloria, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-15-2015
Very elegant and classic, the 2012 Gloria delivers an intense nose of dark chocolate, coffee, followed on the palate by cassis, blackberry along with a nice woodsy character. All it is in balance.
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WE 92 - 94

2012 Trébiac, Graves
Review Date: 08-15-2015
With a very attractive brambly nose of brown sugar, plums and tobacco, this wine offers plenty of immediate drinking enjoyment. It's opened, and with notes of ripe fruit alongside the tannins and acidity framing it all. Very good buy indeed.
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2009 Gemeillan, Médoc
Review Date: 08-10-2015
This property located in Queyrac (north of Saint-Estèphe) has the same proprietor as Château St. Hilaire. The wine consists of mostly Merlot with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 12 months in a combination of new, 1-year and 2-year-barriques. The Merlot, despite its juiciness, and perceived sweetness, is far from flaccid, indeed it possess a firm structure that makes this wine very balanced and classically done. A gem!
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2010 D'Archambeau, Graves
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Quite enjoyed this one! Notes of blood orange, forest floor, leather and olives. In other words... Classic. Their vineyards are situated on a hill facing south and southwest, which creates great drainage (prime location!). It consists of 50% Merlot, 45 Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 12 months in 2-year-old barriques.
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2012 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 08-10-2015
This is one of the many examples of how the 2012 vintage fooled us all. This nice and age-worthy wine has the tight fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon just waiting to reveal itself. As I said, it needs time, but the nice vanilla, cassis and grenadine are all there. One could enjoy the excellent 2002 (which I will review next) while letting the 2012 rest.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion
Review Date: 08-10-2015
I really feel that's a property to keep an eye on. This 2012 is full bodied, rich, with plenty of cocoa, dark plum, blackberry and sweet vanilla from the oak aging (12 months in 100% new barriques). Not a shy wine, but still carrying plenty of finesse around the abundant flesh.
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JS 93 RP 90

2002 La Tour de By, Médoc
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Perfectly aged and in its prime. Forest floor, olives and some pepper as well. Very elegant and ready to drink. A surprise from 2002!
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2013 AltO de Cantenac Brown Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-10-2015
This Sauvignon Blanc-dominated wine (with 10% Sémillon) offers a classic Bordeaux white, with notes of citrus, gooseberries, and some lanolin. It also possesses a quite round richness, no doubt due to its careful fermentation and aging (100% for 12 months in 1-year-old barriques)
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 89 - 92

2014 Reynon Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Fresh and crispy, this is my favorite vintage for the Reynon. Citrus and gooseberries, floral, with lots of minerality, and believe it or not a delicious note of honey! Quite dry, of course, and absolutely delicious!
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AG 88 - 90

2003 Sarget de Gruaud Larose, St-Julien
Review Date: 08-10-2015
Perfectly aged, with that sweet core of fruit from the 2003 vintage, but not pruny at all. Cassis, a touch of sweet coffee and cocoa, framed by an elegant woodsy note. Very nice indeed.
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2014 Les Roches Sauvignon Touraine
Review Date: 08-03-2015
Nice and zippy, with aromatics that remind me of a softer New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of elegance. Perfect for appetizers, salads, outdoor events and parties.
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 07-20-2015
A dusty "crushed stone" minerality on the nose, with the fruit still a bit restrained. On the palate it reveals more exuberance of fruit, also it shows the firm presence of its gripping tannins. It needs some time, as all best wines do. A great choice to try a second wine.

2012 Château du Cèdre "Héritage" Cahors
Review Date: 07-20-2015
This Cahors will turn heads of those Malbec lovers not familiar with its home in France. Woodsy and earthy yet possessing a intensity of fruit that it is sure to please anyone. Pomegranate, dark berries and a touch floral as well. Very nice indeed!
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WE 94

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Les Dimanches" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-20-2015
I was very impressed by the finesse of the wines of l'Anhel, they all possess a finesse that is not common in the Languedoc. The cuvée "les Dimanches" shows a very aromatic nose of black pepper, black currant and beautiful notes of violets. The palate follows the profile of the nose, and is fully integrated with its tannins and acidity. It will definitely age, but it is a pleasure to drink such beautiful wine right now.
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Verde Regional Minho
Review Date: 07-13-2015
I must confess I have a soft spot for Vinho Verde (pron. VEEN yo VAIR deh or in Bra-PT: VEEN yo Ver.dji, just for fun!) It has definitely been part of my growing up. Back then those wines were very thin and almost watery, but we loved them anyways. Today, with much better wine making techniques and knowledge, Vinho Verde, the good ones, are indeed light, refreshing, zingy and even a bit pétillant, lemony and perfect in hot weather. And that's the accurate description of the Aveleda. A must try with cod fritters by the beach!
Price: $8.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Château Viranel "Tradition" Saint-Chinian Rosé
Review Date: 07-13-2015
One of my favorite rosés of this season for sure. I find it full of flavor, some richness, dry but not austere and just a pleasure to drink really. For the pairings, besides those suggested above I would add a salt cod with garlic and roasted potatoes, sweet and sour chicken, seafood pizza, and a grilled polenta with garlic shrimp and rosemary. All of which I had the pleasure to enjoy with this very same wine.
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 90

2012 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 07-13-2015
This is one of my favorite Côtes du Rhônes year after year. I anticipate its arrival because it always has the most pleasing red and black fruit flavors and garrigue aromatics, pepper and violet notes on the palate. It also exhibits an elegance that is quite unique and reveals its high pedigree.
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
ST 90 WS 90

2010 Haut Charmes, Sauternes (375 ml)
Review Date: 07-01-2015
The lifting acidity balancing the beautiful amalgamation of fruits and honey, makes this Sauternes a perfect choice to accompany a Pâté/foie appetizer - at the beginning of the meal instead of at the end! Although, of course it will work wonders with dessert or as "the dessert" with nuts and cheese. A great choice of wine for those with an adventurous sense of the culinary.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Very exciting aromatics of vanilla, chocolate and dark berries, which follow on the palate as well. It is a rich wine without being heavy. Good for the dinner table as well for the dinner party!
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JS 90

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-11-2015
A profound nose of dark fruit, blackberry, kirsch and graphite. Very aromatic. It is however more restrained on the palate, although the fruit display a richness and suppleness that will come out of its shell. Very good wine.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 06-08-2015
Owned by the Bécot brothers from Beau-Sejour- Bécot in Saint-Émilion, this property is located in a rather privileged terroir in Castillon. It has loads of dark cherries in its aromatics along with cocoa powder and kirsch, very Right Bank indeed. The palate shows a bit more restraint, but still the chocolate, spicy oak and plums abound along with its firm tannins. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc (3L)
Review Date: 06-08-2015
It is showing very elegant aromatics, of cassis, cigar box, crushed stones and leather. On the palate, its sweet dark fruit reveals itself with its dark cherries, cassis, a touch of wood smoke and leather. The tannins are quite rounded and in perfect tune with the acidity. It is a delicious wine and one of my favorites for its quality/price. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon - 36% Merlot - 6% Petit Verdot - 2% Cabernet Franc.

2012 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac
Review Date: 06-08-2015
This Cru Bourgeois, owned by the Rothschilds, has always had an early appeal. Rich aromatics of vanilla, licorice and plenty of oak spices. The palate offers spicy cinnamon and exotic incenses, very dark fruit with plenty of cassis and leather, medium tannins and a full-on concentration. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 La Dauphine, Fronsac
Review Date: 06-08-2015
This one is not holding anything back; it is a full, rich wine with the aromatics showing off its cherry and cocoa notes. The palate reveals its fullness with chocolate, kirsch and underbrush notes. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A steal at this price!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90 RP 90

2012 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A staple at K&L – Showing elegant notes of crushed stones, wood spices and cassis. On the palate, it is medium body, with cassis fruit, dark cherries. The touch of spices and earthiness lend its elegance. An absolute no-brainer.
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A staple at K&L – Showing elegant notes of crushed stones, wood spices and cassis. On the palate, it is medium body, with cassis fruit, dark cherries. The touch of spices and earthiness lend its elegance. An absolutely no-brainer.
Price: $35.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Haut Rian Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 06-08-2015
A very nice and refreshing white wine for the summer. Delicate muskmelon and pomelo aromatics, with the palate showing an almost ethereal crispiness, an almost sweet pétillant sensation on the tongue that is absolutely charming and refreshing. It has a nice balance between the sharpness of the Sauvignon Blanc and the suppleness of the Sémillon. All of this for 10 dollars!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-02-2015
A very polished nose of berries, currants and graphite although a bit subdued at its very young age. The palate is quite profound with cocoa, blackberries, cherries, blackcurrants and pencil lead. Very fine tannins and perfect acidity. All of this making it an exquisite wine.
Price: $179.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93 - 96 RP 93 - 95 WS 92 - 95
JS 93 - 94
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2014 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Very pure, bright and focused. Pineapple, limes bring a touch of crispness that I found very exciting. It is not heavy at all in spite of its concentration and power. A great Sauternes and a great value!

2014 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Very pure, bright and focused. Pineapple, limes bring a touch of crispness that I found very exciting. It is not heavy at all in spite of its concentration and power. A great Sauternes and a great value!

2014 Guiraud, Sauternes (375ml)
Review Date: 05-19-2015
As always Guiraud shows why it's one of my favorites Sauternes. The exquisite aromatics, of honey, apricots, marmalade, beeswax and the sensation of ripe peaches just melting in the mouth is an experience hard to forget. Perfect balance between the acidity and the sweetness. Fantastic!

2014 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-19-2015
As always Guiraud shows why it's one of my favorites Sauternes. The exquisite aromatics, of honey, apricots, marmalade, beeswax and the sensation of ripe peaches just melting in the mouth is an experience hard to forget. Perfect balance between the acidity and the sweetness. Fantastic!

2014 Clinet, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-19-2015
Lighter bodied than say... 2010, but possessing a very enticing aromatics of raw meat, and crushed stones. The palate reveals its still rigid structure, with the tannins quite prominent. The fruit is still, as I like to say... Sleeping. It needs time to round it all up, and time it will have in the barrels. I enjoyed the aromatics and believe this will become a very good wine indeed.

2014 Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
Displaying plums, dark berries and kirsch at first, with a touch of earthiness that adds complexity. On the palate it reveals some smoke and its ripe tannins. That's a fine Gazin.

2014 Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
Showing a lot of wood at this young age, still the nice notes of plums, cherries and exotic spices carry on the palate. It needs to loosen up its tannins which in the next 28 months in barrels will certainly do.

2014 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-18-2015
A charming lifted aromatics of fresh cherries followed by a touch of raw meat, earth and exotic spices. Very attractive indeed. The palate is rich and round, with ripe tannins and juicy acidity. It will age beautifully.

2014 Puy-Blanquet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-18-2015
It was pure pleasure to taste this wine. Full of dark cherries and chocolate. Medium tannins, and a good acidity to balance the fruit. It is easy to drink and a no brainer for a couple of cases or more!
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 89 - 90

2014 Le Petit Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-18-2015
A very classic Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine. Cedary notes along with capsicum, pencil lead and roasted coffee. The tannins are quite grippy, and the acidity is high. This is an elegant wine which shows very much its lineage. It will require time and it will last for a long time.

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