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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 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 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.

2014 Domaine Begude Pinot Noir Rosé IGP Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 05-18-2015
The Begude rosé has always been of our best selling rosé every year, and there is a reason for it. I'd like to tell people that this is the other style of French rosés. Not Provençal at all. It is more racy, more delicate, and bone dry. More reminiscent of a Sancerre rosé, not just because of the cépage, Pinot Noir, but the style. Dried rose petals, raspberry lots of minerality and even a touch of salinity which is quite beguiling. I can think of no other type of wine to drink on a hot California day!
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2014 Domaine Begude Sauvignon Blanc IGP Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 05-17-2015
This wine shows off the beautiful cool climate terroir of Begude, with its pronounced aromatics of gooseberries, flint and pomelo which follow on the palate along with a note of peppery lemon. Full minerality and a very refreshing acidity. Definitely one of the best Sauvignon Blancs produced by Begude. A must try.
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2014 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Showing more deeper dark fruit, blackberry, dark plums and blood orange. the palate is all about integration of the fruit and its structure. Medium body, fine medium tannins and high acid. It will develop into a beauty for sure

2014 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
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.

2014 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
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.

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2014 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Although not surprisingly a little closed up on the nose, one can still notice the elegant style of Lynch Bages, with its pencil lead, and black currants in the background. Very refined tannins and the high acidity on the palate make this wine a classic for this vintage, not opulent, but quite alluring!

2014 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-12-2015
A dusty "crushed stoned" minerality on the nose, with the fruit still a bit restrained. On the palate it shows the firm presence of the tannins along some dark berry fruit. It needs time

2014 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Lifted fruit notes on the nose with blackberries, kirsch, oak notes, and spicy cinnamon. On the palate the fruit is very much still firmly under he tannin structure, no surprise here being such a young wine. The wine will blossom in the next couple of years in barrel. And it will be a very good one!

2014 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-12-2015
Lifted fruit notes on the nose with blackberries, kirsch, oak notes, and spicy cinnamon. On the palate the fruit is very much still firmly under he tannin structure, no surprise here being such a young wine. The wine will blossom in the next couple of years in barrel. And it will be a very good one!

2014 Labégorce, Margaux (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-12-2015
A nice lifted fruity aromatics followed by an inviting palate full of blackberry, a touch of coffee and cocoa. Very fine tannins, giving it an appealing all round texture. Just beautiful!

2014 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A nice lifted fruity aromatics followed by an inviting palate full of blackberry, a touch of coffee and cocoa. Very fine tannins, giving it an appealing all round texture. Just beautiful!

2014 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Quite lifted aromatics of blackberries and blueberry kirsch. The palate one can taste the nice sweet fruit through the very firm structure of tannins. It is a beautiful wine that without a doubt will improve immensely after its passage in the barrels.

2014 d'Armailhac, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Classic Pauillac, with cassis, violets, coffee and vanilla on both nose and palate. Medium bodied, and medium tannins; sweet and easy, a pleasure to drink! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
An alluring flowery nose, full of violets, cedar, graphite and cassis. All of that follows on the palate along with beautiful blue and dark berries, as well as coffee. Quite structured by the tannins and acidity. It showed beautifully at the tasting in Bordeaux. I expect it to gather very good reviews. Excellent wine for the long term.

2014 Pibran, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Made with a higher amount of Merlot than usual, the Pibran has an enticing lifted nose of plums and blue fruit. On the palate, roasted coffee, medium tannins and plums. Although it does have a nicely framed structure, it is an easy wine to please.

2014 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A beautiful nose of dark fruits, like cassis, blackberry, plums and an elegant note of pencil lead. The palate not only follows the nose but also offers plums, tobacco and cedar. My exact notes about the palate was: "beautiful fruit behind a fine veil of tannins and earthy minerality". I think that describes the elegance of this sumptuous wine.

2014 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A beautiful note of crushed stones on the nose, gives away to lifted raspberry, cassis, and violets. the palate follows the nose, along with coffee notes and violets. It has a delicacy that surprised me. It is a beautiful Saint-Julien.

2014 Petit-Village, Pomerol
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Classic Pomerol with plums, cocoa, cherry and tobacco aromatics. Quite brambly on the palate, along with lighter notes of cherries, medium body, and firmly structured by the tannins and its juicy acidity.

2012 Domaine Humbert Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Poissenot"
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Pronounced aromatics of brown sugar, licorice, blackberries and an intriguing savory note as well. On the palate it is full of sweet fruit with cinnamon, cherries and lots of minerality. Excellent wine!
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AG 92 BH 91

2012 Domaine Humbert Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Pronounced coffee/oak notes on the palate that are far from intrusive, indeed quite pleasant, along with plums and cherries. Sweet fruit on the palate that is all round with a juicy acidity. Very good
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AG 90

2013 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis Vieilles Vignes
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Nice fruity aromatics, "pierre à fusil". Lemony and floral on the palate with lots of minerality. Really nice!
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2014 d'Armailhac, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Classic Pauillac, with cassis, violets, coffee and vanilla on both nose and palate. Medium bodied, and medium tannins; sweet and easy, a pleasure to drink! 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

2014 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A very enticing nose of blood oranges, tobacco, forest floor and a touch of vanilla. Very fine tannins on the palate making it all round and balanced. Very nice wine. I expect it to receive high scores for sure. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot.

2014 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A very elegant nose of black currant, plums, brown sugar, coffee and graphite, which follows on the palate. It is all a bit restrained now, not surprising being such a young wine, but it is all there. The body is medium to full, and the acidity gives it a nice freshness throughout It will blossom into an incredible wine. I liked very much. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

2014 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
The first line I wrote upon tasting this wine in Bordeaux was - Just beautiful! - Indeed the very lifted and floral aromatics absolutely seduced me. Perhaps due to the higher than usual proportion of Cabernet Franc. Dark berry fruit intermingled with graphite give it a touch of elegance. Medium tannins and high acidity tell us this one will age beautifully and increase its complexity.

2014 Lynch Bages Blanc, Bordeaux
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Although they always had some white grapes on their vineyards at the heart of the sacred red wine country that is Pauillac (used for family consumption only), it wasn’t until 1990 that Lynch Bages started producing their white commercially. And what a white wine that is! Enticingly exotic fruit aromatics, along with a touch of citrus, white flowers and vanilla. The palate offers that delicious creaminess that so often one find in the best Bordeaux whites. It is quite fresh and lively, yet complex and elegant. One of the best Sauvignon Blanc based wines I have tasted in a long time. Not to be missed.

2014 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
This wine has a definitely Burgundian quality to it. It is the rich minerality that reveals on the forefront. Having said that, it does possess beautiful aromatics of white peach blossoms, lemon and vanilla notes. The creamy palate has a a touch of pomelo and tons of minerality. It is crisp and absolutely delicious.
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Another bright star! Despite the high amount of Sauvignon Blanc (80%), this wine has no grassiness at all. Perhaps due to the old age of their vines, the north exposure that ensures a late maturity of its grapes and what they call their “secret weapon” Sauvignon Gris (5%), which brings its own aromatics and spices, and of course Semillon (5%) with its texture, and bee wax notes. The nose has a delicate citrus note with some cream and a touch of wood spices in the background. The palate is a gorgeous amalgamation of all of the above, along with a juicy acidity that holds everything in place and brings a perfect balance to this wine. Did I mention that they are practicing organic farming techniques? A beauty!

2014 Pape Clément Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-11-2015
One of the best white wines of Bordeaux, the Pape Clément blanc 2014 glows with elegance. Delicately fruity on the nose, with honeysuckle, citrus, vanilla and a subtle note of cloves, a tell-tale of the passage in new oak barrels. On the palate it remains fresh besides the nice creamy texture and the fullness of its body. An excellent wine

2014 Mouton Rothschild "Aile d'Argent" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 05-11-2015
A very limited production from Mouton, from white grapes planted on sandy, gravelly soils. This beautiful wine is composed of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Sémillon - A very complex wine, and a great example of a great Bordeaux white. The Sauvignon shows well on the nose with its very pretty citrus along with acacia flower and vanilla. On the palate the creaminess of the texture shows through the perfect balance of acidity and ripeness of fruit. Peaches, apricots, minerality and a very long elegant finish.

2009 Brio de Cantenac Brown, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2015
Pronounced notes of violets and dusty minerality on the nose. Black currant, cocoa and lots dark cherries on the palate, with the floral notes following along with chocolate. Excellent wine!
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

2009 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 05-04-2015
A very complex wine from a great vintage! Enticing nose of leather, dried meat, dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla. Carrying on the palate the leather, olives, currants and cocoa. Medium+ tannins, and acidity. I would recommend decanting this beauty for about 1 hour before drinking.

2009 Lalande Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-04-2015
An incredibly elegant wine. Dusty crushed stone on the nose, along with a nice touch of herbaceousness, graphite and currant. Classic! The tannins although very much framing the black currant fruit leave a soft impression on the palate. it is round and easy, but not without poise and complexity. It will age beautifully, but a good decanting and you can enjoy it now.

2009 Barthez, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 05-04-2015
Nice aromatics, plums, currant and sweet fruit on the palate. Quite easy on the palate with chocolate and cherry notes. Very balanced and a very good value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion
Review Date: 05-04-2015
A pleasure to drink already. Lots of dark cherries, kirsch, vanilla, dark chocolate and a touch of meat. Needs decanting.

2012 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2015
This is a very elegant wine, with coffee on the nose and palate, along with a savory touch, almost a dry meat note, quite delicious. Red currants and a touch of vanilla framed by a juicy acidity and firm tannins. Decanting for an hour or so will bring all its beauty out.

2012 Bois-Martin, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-04-2015
A very classic Pessac, with dusty minerality, sweet cola, currants, a complex palate with exotic spices. A very good value!
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List

1996 du Tertre, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2015
Showing development on the color and on the nose as well, which is very welcoming. Lots of minerality, black olives, leather, earth and plum, framed by an elegant touch of herbaceousness. Tannins already settled and this beautiful wine is ready to go. Very good indeed.
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 88 - 90

2009 Durfort-Vivens, Margaux
Review Date: 05-04-2015
A beautifully classic Margaux! Figs, violets, roasted coffee along with savory notes on palate. Quite delicious and with a long finish. Not a power house, as I said it is a classic!

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