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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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2014 Domaine Cabirau "Serge & Nicolas" Maury Sec
Review Date: 08-29-2016
An absolutely pleasing wine, vibrant and floral, fruity and elegant. Classic Grenache notes of plums and raspberries, along with herbs and plenty of minerality. It's medium body, and its grippy tannins add a welcoming spicy element to it. A perfect companion to roast chicken and grilled vegetables. A deal!

2014 Clos de la Bonnette "Roches d'Arbuel" Condrieu
Review Date: 08-29-2016
Condrieu for me it's one of the most fascinating wines of France, if not always a bargain. That's why I was not only surprised, but actually impressed by our Buyer, Mr. Mabry, to have found in this minuscule appellation a producer for our direct import program. The exotic Viognier grape display its array of flavors in this wine. Jasmine flower, apples, quince, honey, and orange flower, but fear not, it is dry, and definitely never heavy or cloying. If you like Indian curry, do yourself a favor and pair it with this wine, for an elegant dinner party.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

2009 Domaine de la Jaufrette Gigondas
Review Date: 08-29-2016
One of my favorites producers from the Rhône, always making balanced wines. The Gigondas it's for me the top choice due to its complexity. Dark berries, cocoa, some roasted notes and exotic spices. Very elegant too. Quite a pairing with something like a Sunday Roast or a Coq-au-Vin.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2010 Domaine de la Jaufrette Côtes-du-Rhone
Review Date: 08-29-2016
The Domaine de la Jaufrette always makes those very classic wines that reminds me of how a good Côtes du Rhône used to taste some 15 years ago, i.e. not over the top sweet and ripe. It is balanced with fruit and earthy notes. Nice spices add to the mix. Try pairing this beautiful wine with some spicy meat tacos, or a chile con carne.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-29-2016
For some reason this wine reminded more of a Margaux than a Pessac. Perhaps because of its beautiful floral aromatics of violets. The palate follows with coffee, blackberry, graphite and spices. It needed decanting to open up all its potential on our tasting, but it did, and it showed beautifully.

2012 Le Thil, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-29-2016
A very friendly wine, with enticing aromatics of cassis, cherries, cocoa, graphite. It is medium body with present but agreeable tannins. Ready to go!

2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 08-29-2016
A perfect example of the 2012 vintage. Approachable yet complex. Sweet ripe fruit, and yet with stunning minerality. Blueberries, graphite, leather and cocoa, soft tannins and just about one of the most elegant wines of 2012.

1981 d'Issan, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-29-2016
I was very surprised about this wine. I shouldn't be. The pristine condition of the bottles and the often forgotten quality of the best wines of 1981, (which was mostly upstaged by the famous 1982 vintage) should have given me a clue on how not just alive but indeed offering an incredible experience of a perfectly aged Bordeaux. This is an opportunity like no other for the Bordeaux lover. I had it from a regular 750ml bottle, a magnum should offer a even better experience.
Price: $219.99 Add To Cart

1981 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 08-29-2016
I was very surprised about this wine. I shouldn't be. The pristine condition of the bottles and the often forgotten quality of the best wines of 1981, (which was mostly upstaged by the famous 1982 vintage) should have given me a clue on how not just alive but indeed offering an incredible experience of a perfectly aged Bordeaux. This is an opportunity like no other for the Bordeaux lover.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart

2012 Les Griffons de Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Review Date: 08-29-2016
A second wine like no other and somehow involved in mystery. Much closer in style to the Grand vin than the other wine, Les Tourelles de Longueville, and coming from the same vineyards, made with the exactly same care as the Baron itself. It has the elegance of the finest Cabernet from Pauillac, which makes the majority of the assemblage, along with an also high quality Merlot. It is hard to say why this is a second wine and not just added to the grand vin... Excellent!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
VN 92 WE 91

2012 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol (1.5L)
Review Date: 08-29-2016
A very balanced wine. It has a lush fruit profile full of dark berries, plums, and attractive floral aromatics, along with a gentle herbal note that I found extremely enticing. Its velvety tannins adds even more appeal to this lush but definitely not over the top Lalande-de-Pomerol.

2012 Le Plus de La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 08-29-2016
Now here's a wine that is not holding back and yet maintains its classy pedigree. Ink purple color it's the first thing that greets you, followed by a nose that has intense blueberries, black berries and very dark cherries, and chocolate. On the palate in addition to all of that also shows an almost roasted meat and herb component. It is rich and definitely full body, but not heavy, and it is drinking beautifully now.

2012 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 08-29-2016
A very balanced wine. It has a lush fruit profile full of dark berries, plums, and attractive floral aromatics, along with a gentle herbal note that I found extremely enticing. Its velvety tannins adds even more appeal to this lush but definitely not over the top Lalande-de-Pomerol.

2012 Domaine Le Couroulu "Vieilles Vignes" Vacqueyras
Review Date: 08-10-2016
This wine is a picture perfect Vacqueyras, full of spice notes, blueberry, and earth on the nose. The spices followed handily on the palate along with notes of graphite and roasted meat. It is not a heavy wine, and the acidity gives it a very nice lift along with its quite present tannins. It would pair perfectly with spicy sausages, Andouillete, Chilis or any spicy meat dishes. An easy choice for those wanting to discover the wines of southern France.

2010 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 08-08-2016
A generous vinous nose of cassis, vanilla and graphite followed by a very pleasing palate of sweet fruit, cocoa, with notes of woodsy earth on the mix. Medium + body and very round/ripe tannins. The acidity is higher than the 2009 and that lends a delightful freshness to this wine. The Sainte-Anne is pure pleasure to drink now and an incredible value.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 St. Robert Poncet Deville Blanc, Graves
Review Date: 08-08-2016
This is a delicious white Bordeaux, named after its former owner. No oak was used at all, and the wine was aged on its lees for 9 to 10 months, which resulted in a fresh crispy white, full of mouthwatering freshness, with citrus, white fruit and a lively pleasant palate. A perfect wine with all sorts of seafood and salads... About 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2014 Terra Valentine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-03-2016
A very generous wine with beautiful aromatics of vanilla, wet earth, cocoa, exotic spices and incenses. All of that follows on the palate along cassis and cherries. Very polished tannins and a very balanced acidity. A real pleasure to drink right now.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2012 Gundlach Bundschu "Mountain Cuvée" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 07-25-2016
With a very unusual blend of grapes, this wine delivers nonetheless in its simplicity and easiness of character. Not to mention it really matches with almost everything really.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2012 Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg
Review Date: 07-25-2016
A sweet nose of cherries, chocolate and vanilla followed by a palate rich in cocoa, cherries, and incense. Still has its minerality and earthiness in check. A beautiful wine, with lots of complexity
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2012 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 07-25-2016
This is the vintage for those that want to drink their wines now. The 2012 Peyrabon delivers a lot of lifted notes of violets, cassis and wet rock. The lightness on the palate along with its medium tannins make it a perfect candidate to have with lighter dishes this summer.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
WE 90 - 92

2013 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 07-25-2016
A very classic Bordeaux Blanc in the sense of having a a more complex roundness along with the juicy acidity. Perhaps it is the Semillon (25%) on the blend that imparts these notes. Citrous and peaches. A very pleasing white wine for the table as well as for the porch!

2013 Mas Karolina Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Review Date: 07-18-2016
A dark crimson color greets you, followed by an attractive floral notes of violets along with cassis and plums, mingled with earthy and leather spices. The dance between the lushness of the ripe fruit and the juicy acidity makes it quite a pleasure to drink this wine now. Very versatile in terms of pairing with food. From steaks to chilies, sausages to roast chicken. It will also complement nicely a more bold cuisine, such as Basque, Portuguese, Spanish and of course southern French.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2015 Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rosé
Review Date: 07-17-2016
Is it Provence? Mais Non… It is from the “other” Rosé region in France… The Loire Valley! With a touch more spices due to the Cabernet Franc grapes, and beautiful floral notes, this rosé will sure please any rosé lovers out there. Sure Provence is very well known for its rosés, but the beautiful Loire Valley is, let’s just say… Second to none!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

2012 L'Arrosée, St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-16-2016
Roasted coffee beans greet you unabashed on the nose, followed by dark plums, cherries andcocoa. The medium body it is a welcoming surprise to those expecting a heavy and cumbersome palate. It is not at all. I had to say I completely understood what Mr. Parker said about its Burgundian-complexity. A winner!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 JS 90

2012 Les Brulières de Beychevelle, Haut-Medoc
Review Date: 07-16-2016
This is very elegant and really a good deal for this price. Wet stone and dark chocolate along with some very welcoming notes of capsicum, cassis. It is very friendly, with a perfect balance of acidity and tannins.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
WE 90

2004 Moulin-Haut-Laroque, Fronsac
Review Date: 07-16-2016
Very attractive notes of dark cherries along with cherry noyaux, milk chocolate and plums. Although soft and easy on the palate it has its tannins still very much present holding the soft fruit. Very pleasant and very food friendly.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

2001 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Great value for an aged, ready-to-drink Bordeaux. With the classic developed notes of honey, earth, meat, and touch of capsicum, this wine is also elegantly poised. The palate is earthy, but full of dark chocolate and dark berries, with the tannins still quite present, assuring its frame.
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2005 Coutet, Sauternes
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Very concentrated and complex, it is an invitation to slowly sip and enjoy one of the marvels of the wine world. Truly. Its balance between richness and acidity is mind-blowing.

2005 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Beautiful wine with intense aromatics, color, depth and concentration. Dark berries, cassis, coffee, leather, smoked meat, along with exotic spices, and I could go on… This wine needs time and will last for a long time in the cellar.

2005 Fontenil, Fronsac (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Fontenil has Michel Rolland as its owner and winemaker, and delivers a very high quality Fronsac. Offering a charming nose of cocoa-covered cherries along with earthy notes, it’s a medium to full-bodied wine, with dark chocolate and cherries on its tannic palate. It needs a bit of decanting to showcase all of its appeal. It is showing a nice development now, which suggests it is a good candidate for the near term.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 WS 91

2005 Fontenil, Fronsac
Review Date: 06-21-2016
Fontenil has Michel Rolland as its owner and winemaker, and delivers a very high quality Fronsac. Offering a charming nose of cocoa-covered cherries along with earthy notes, it’s a medium to full-bodied wine, with dark chocolate and cherries on its tannic palate. It needs a bit of decanting to showcase all of its appeal. It is showing a nice development now, which suggests it is a good candidate for the near term.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 WS 91

2015 Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 04-26-2016
Very classic Provençal Rosé. with beautiful aromatics, Framboise, citrus and a bit of peach even, but completely dry of course. Just delightful!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2015 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Review Date: 04-26-2016
Quite simply the perfect wine for a springtime afternoon cocktail! Also just about perfect with light aperitifs.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 W&S 90

2014 Lamouroux Blanc, Graves
Review Date: 03-02-2016
I tend to lean towards the Bordeaux whites that contain a good dollop of Sémillon, and this one has a whopping 60%. It gives a roundness to the crispiness of the Sauvignon Blanc, and also adds that delicious notes of peaches along with citrus, and a lanolin texture that I find just irresistible. A very pleasant wine that will be a perfect accompaniment to any seafood.
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2009 Haut-Carles, Fronsac
Review Date: 03-02-2016
An impressive wine from Fronsac. Very dark fruit aromatics on the nose, cassis comes to mind. On the palate the plums, cassis and chocolate just shine through. It does have its tannins, which is just as well, to hold it all in balance. Very nice wine.

2010 Léognan, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 03-02-2016
Very nice depth of fruit on the nose and on the palate. Quite soft and elegant palate that almost conceal its firm structure. Lots of minerality and a pretty woodsy, forest floor undertones. Classic.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2012 Les Pagodes de Cos, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 03-02-2016
Showing incredibly well already. Les Pagodes offers a soft, bright and seamless experience. Very reflective of the 2012 vintage.

2012 Amici Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 10-31-2015
Full throttle with plenty of cocoa, coffee, creme de cassis and vanilla. A wine that keeps its balance and elegance and shows quite nicely right now.
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
WE 91 WS 90

2012 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 10-14-2015
Very well polished with the classic notes of cola and cassis. The palate is structured for sure, but all its elements are in such harmony that one forgets it is only a 3 year old wine. Dark fruit, coffee, cola and violets. Quite a stunner.

2012 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 10-14-2015
Dark fruit followed by pencil lead and ceder wood, graphite, plums, cassis, and quite spicy. It is still showing some tightness, but it clearly shows that will develop beautifully.

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.
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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!

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.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

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: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

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.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

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: $19.99 Add To Cart

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.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
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!
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

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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