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2012 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc $14.99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, Lanessan's 1996 boasts an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color, and knock-out aromatics of melted chocolate, asphalt, and cassis. Deep, rich, and medium-bodied, with excellent concentration and purity, this impressively-endowed, flavorful, well-structured wine should be at its finest between 2004-2016. (RP)" (4/1999) Wine Spectator: "A pretty nose of currants and blackberries. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and plenty of fruit, but a slightly short finish. A very good wine from Lanessan." (1/1999) K&L Notes: Lanessan has produced some of our favorit... Read More »
You need look no further than Graves for a screamingly good example of ready-to-drink, Merlot-based red. Tobacco, oak and black currant aromas exude from this value-driven Bordeaux, which drinks like a bottle three times the price.
Decanter: "Fine deep colour, rather earthy, vegetal fruit, definite Cabernet dominance, quite good length, just shows an edge of leanness, but quite good Médoc style. Drink 2006-12 (SS)" (4/2003) K&L Notes: From gravel-rich vineyards of the Médoc, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend is soften by the addition of Merlot and Petit Verdot, and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. Solid and structured, young but ready to drink now, this wine is an excellent value as an "everyday Bordeaux." One of the few delicious 2002s in Clyde's view.
Jancis Robinson: "*Good Value* Light nose. Racy and transparent and early maturing but clean and focused. Very Cabernet. Not fleshy." (9/2011) James Suckling: "Soft and drinkable now with plums and berries. Full body, velvety tannins and a delicious finish." (7/2014) Wine Spectator: "A smoldering tobacco leaf edge runs from start to finish, lending a nice foil to the core of mulled plum and blackberry fruit. Shows a flash of pepper on the finish. (JM)" (5/2012) K&L Notes: A property very close to Pauillac that is one to watch in the future. Well-made, value-driven wines with good depth and length.
90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is made from property owned by the Bernard family of Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan. It's a finely-made wine with great acidity and swathes of blackberry fruits. Well balanced and likely to age. (RV)" (4/2013) Wine Spectator: "Light loam and charcoal shadings line a core of plum skin and macerated blackberry fruit. A loamy edge lends a slightly chewy twinge to the finish. This has put on a bit of weight since the barrel tasting. (JM, Web-2015)"
92 points James Suckling: "Blackberry and blueberry character. Currants too. Full body, lots of velvety tannins and a long and intense finish. Solid here. Better in 2016." (7/2014) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Rock solid, with a gutsy frame of roasted apple wood and a full-bodied core of plum, boysenberry and black currant fruit. Dense and chewy, displaying spice-studded grip on the finish that courses along vivaciously. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only - 2013) (JM)" 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a property owned by Patrick Bernard of négociant Millésima, this shows the result ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Still young, this wine is showing intense herbaceous characteristics that need to soften. Plenty of fruit between the texture needs to fill out. Hints of apples, pears and quince are all there. Drink from 2016. (RV)" (9/2015) K&L Notes: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon
When young, the wines of Château Lanessan are typically a deep, intense ruby color, with an elegant nose and fruity, floral aromas. On the palate, the structure is complex and dense, melting away harmoniously to a good, long finish. When they are older, the wines take on a terracotta tint and the nose becomes increasingly complex, with the appearance of plummy, then undergrowth aromas. The flavors are smooth, warm and perfectly harmonious, ending with silky tannins. This fifteen-year-old bottle is drinking perfectly now! According to Robert Parker: "This... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "A solid red with ripe plum, cherry and vanilla character. Full and savory with round and ripe tannins and a long, intense finish. Approachable, but better in 2015." (7/2012) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Bright herbaceous fruit, lots of freshness, lively citrus character. The wine is light, vivid, finally deliciously crisp. (RV)" (8/2010) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A major sleeper of the vintage, this blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is another 'best ever' performance. Notes of tobacco leaf, hot rocks, sweet kirsch and black currants are impressively displayed in this medium to ful ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This Haut-Medoc sleeper of the vintage from Bordeaux visionary Bernard Magrez possesses copious quantities of black currant and cherry fruit as well as supple tannins presented in a medium-bodied, opulent style... (RP)" (6/2007) Wine Enthusiast: "Now mature, this is a powerful wine for the vintage. It has a spice note, plus tannins that are still present and likely to develop further. The flavors of truffle, gamy beef and beet are are testaments to the age of this wine." (2/2013)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A consistently good effort from proprietor Clement Fayat, this creamy-textured, fruity, spicy, cedary 1997 possesses low acidity and jammy fruit. (RP)" (4/2000)
Wine Spectator: "This has a good sappy feel, with kirsch and cherry preserves flavors laced with a pepper note and a lively tobacco streak. Shows a stony edge on the finish. Drink now through 2015. (JM)" (5/2012) K&L Notes: Not to be confused with the Napoleonic museum (Château de Malmaison) located just west of Paris, the 24 hectare Château Malmaison in Moulis, Gironde, was purchased by the Rothschilds in 1973 and lies adjacent to Château Clarke. The abandoned vineyard was renovated between 1974 and 1978, its soils now yielding distinctive and harmonious wines that are mellow, fruit... Read More »
88-90 points Vinous: "The 2014 Reynon Blanc, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, shows lovely varietal character with more of an emphasis on texture rather than grassy/green flavors. Citrus and floral notes come forward in an attractive, aromatic white to drink young. There is a lot to like in this expressive Sauvignon Blanc from proprietors Denis et Florence Dubourdieu. Best of all, the Blanc should be a fabulous value. (AG)" (4/2015)
94-95 points James Suckling: "A wonderful red with beautiful precision and depth. Full body, texture of fine silk. Blackberry and violet character. Hints of walnuts. So persistent. A much more refined style for Haut-Brission. First year without Reserve bottling. Best ever. From organically grown grapes." (4/2016) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Until the 2015 vintage, all the fruit from Château Haut Brisson came from down towards Château Teyssier; however, in 2013 Peter Kwok bought a parcel located on the limestone plateau in Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse, which obviously will impact and hopefully improve the quality. The 2 ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Warm, spicy and sweetly oaky. Ripe damsons on the mid palate. Very nice harmony of fruit and structure, and just fresh enough." (10/2011) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Complex nose features delicate, almost Margaux-like aromas of cassis, fresh tomato, clove, damp earth and dried underbrush. Then smooth and sweet on the palate and weightier than the nose suggests, with a velvety texture to the cassis and blackberry flavors. Very fine tannins and a saline nuance add interest on the moderately long finish. A very good wine that owing to its ripe fruit flavors is easier to ident ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A top-notch effort from proprietress Helene Garcin, Haut-Bergey’s 2004 exhibits an evolved, cedary, smoky, tobacco, and sweet cherry-scented bouquet offered in a medium-bodied, supple-textured style." (6/2007) Decanter: "Very ripe, modern style. Pronounced colour. Creamy, cassis cordiale and spice fragrance. Rich, chunky fruit with a firm tannic structure." (4/2005) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Sexy, rather wild aromas of roasted raspberry and game. Supple but firm-edged, with good grip to the raspberry and mineral flavors. There's good fruit here but limited fat and a restrained sweetne ...Read More »
93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a rich wine, with notes of pineapple and peach that are balanced by a tight texture and attractive minerality. The wood aging just shows through, lending a spicy accent to the vibrant finish. (RV)" 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château de France Blanc has a fresh lime and dewy green apple nose that is nicely defined. The palate is fresh and crisp, almost Burgundy-like on the mid-palate with fine tension all the way through to the finish. You know, this might very well be the best Château de France Blanc that I have tasted. Excellent. (NM)" (4/2015) 90-91 points James Suckling: "Good sliced ...Read More »
From the makers of Château La Lagune, the Moulin La Lagune adheres to the same care and standards as the grand vin, but is made in a fresh, easy-to-drink style that includes more Merlot than the La Lagune, as well as Cab and Petit Verdot. Aged for a year in 30-40% new wood, the Moulin La Lagune is a bargain in this vintage, vibrant and bright and enjoyable now. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L co-owner and Bordeaux buyer)
91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Barrel sample. This is a densely tannic wine with juiciness showing quite tardily through the tannins. The wine has a very dry, firm character with acidity that finishes on a bright, fresh note." (4/2013) 90 points James Suckling: "Some berry and currant character with hints of sandalwood follows through to a medium body, integrated tannins and a clean finish. This is well crafted for the vintage. Drink or hold." (2/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Ripe dark-fruit aroma with just a slight leafy lift. Lovely freshness and gentle harmony. No shouting but everything in place. Juicy fresh finish." (10/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend o ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark in color, with lots of blackberry, mineral, licorice and a hint of toasty oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and generous, with lots of fruit underneath. Best after 2011. (JS)" (3/2008) Decanter: "Lifted cassis and hedgerow fruits. Harmonious balance between ripe, dark fruit, integrated oak, and chewy tannins. Attractive. Drink 2013-18." (6/2008) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A consistently well-made cru bourgeois, this wine exhibits a deep ruby color and a nice, earthy nose with hints of burning embers intermixed with black fruits, herbs, and spice. ...Read More »
Ch. L’Avocat is from the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. I met Nicola Allison at a small conference of Women from Bordeaux and Napa Valley in Napa earlier. She followed my advice by sending her wines to our hotel in April to be tasted and Clyde and I liked them. I followed up by visiting the estate almost 8 weeks later and was shown the gravely, plateau vineyards by her husband Sean who manages the vines. The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was pr... Read More »
2014 Dry white Bordeaux wines are fantastic and with the strong dollar this wine is a no-brainer. We tasted it on our last night in Bordeaux in April 2015. From Bill Blatch's old company Vintex, this wine has good richness and flavor with that great 2014 acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A solidly made effort displaying a meaty, plump, corpulent style, the 2012 Viaud offers plenty of black cherry and strawberry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, iron and underbrush. (RP)" (4/2013) Vinous: "The de Viaud is dark, supple and inviting. Succulent dark-fleshed fruit, mocha, spices and licorice flesh out in a ripe, racy wine with considerable near term appeal. Drink this flashy Lalande de Pomerol over the next few years. Michel Rolland is the winemaker. (AG)" (1/2016)
92-93 points James Suckling: "Refined and very pretty with blue fruit and dried berry. Full and tight. Cool fruit." (4/2016) Vinous: "The 2015 Cap de Faugères, Silvio Denz's entry-level offering, is juicy and powerful from start to finish. Blue and purplish hued fruits, smoke, licorice, sweet spices and new oak give this plump, forward Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux its distinctive personality. The 2015...sure is delicious, especially in its peer group. Tasted three times. (AG)" (4/2016)
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93 points James Suckling: "Extreme nose of crushed raspberries and minerals. Full body, with very integrated tannins and a fresh clean finish. Lasts for minutes. Very well done. Better in 2016." (2/2013) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Great swathes of sweet tannins and ripe berry fruits, the wine is delicious, ripe, concentrated and intense without losing charm." (6/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Chateau Clarke 2010 has a well-defined bouquet with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit, touches of eau-de-vie and liquorice emerging to render the aromatics quite medicinal, in stark contrast to its showing a year ago. The palate is medium-b ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Fully ripe dark fruit. Lightly perfumed. Good harmony on the mid palate, lightish but refined and fresh. Maybe the tannins are just slightly drying on the finish." (10/2014)
Jancis Robinson: "62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. Cork. RS <2 g/l Very dark and with some development evident at the rim and on the nose. Rather simple Cabernet flavours but very correct and without a blemish. Not bad value. (16/20 points)" (12/2009) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a saturated ruby/purple color as well as an excellent sweet nose of black cherries, black currants, leather, and a hint of vanilla. It is one of the finest Medoc cru bourgeois. It possesses good ripeness, texture, and fruit in addition to a well-delineated, modera ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe and juicy, this offers bright acidity and ripe, soft tannins. It's a generous wine, full of black currant fruits and conveying a sweet character. It's to drink soon. (RV)" (2/2015) Wine Spectator: "The red currant and pomegranate notes mix with a modestly juicy edge on the savory-tinged finish. (JM, Web-2013)"
88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Barrel tasting: Very pure, with chiseled lime, mâche and lemon curd notes, showing a flash of white asparagus on the finish. Still tight, but the solid length bodes well. (Web-2015)" 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Clos Floridene Blanc 2014 has a very composed nose in the making. This is keeping everything back, but there is appreciable delineation with citrus peel, white peach and apple peel aromas. The palate is crisp and fresh with good acidity, just a little rasping on the finish but there is commendable length and a sense of energy here. This will probably represent great value. ...Read More »
92-93 points James Suckling: "Blackberry and black licorice aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Impressive concentration for the vintage. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 4% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc." (3/2016) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Lanessan has quite a punchy, fruit-driven bouquet with well-integrated oak, a Lanessan with more sense of purpose than I have found in recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tannin, leading to a smooth and harmonious finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. You know, this is ...Read More »
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90 points James Suckling: "A wine with berry and wet earth character. Medium body, soft and velvety tannins, plus a spicy, dried fruit finish. Lots of dark chocolate too. Drink or hold." (9/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Loads of berry fruit intermixed with some roasted herbs, spice box and licorice can be found in this excellent Haut-Medoc, which has medium body, lots of fragrance and very pure flavors. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)" (2/2012) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red. Enticing nose hints at sweet blackberry, cedar and flinty minerals. Balanced and fine-grained, with flavors of ripe plum and raspberry syrup and ...Read More »
91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Clos Haut-Peyraguey, now within the stable of Bernard Magrez, is slightly deeper in color than its peers. It has a gentle, slightly nutty and smoky bouquet that unfolds nicely in the glass. The palate is viscous on the entry with mellifluous honeyed fruit. There is plenty of botrytis here, good acidity with a concentrated, almost Climens-like finish. This is very fine and could merit a higher score after bottling. (NM)" (4/2014) 90-93 points Vinous: "Orange marmalade, apricot jam, pineapple, wild flowers, coconut and honey meld together in the 2013 Haut-Peyraguey. One of th ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries and minerals follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a caressing finish. Very finely crafted. Gorgeous wine from here. Better in 2015." (2/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(an 80/20 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon): Bright, dark red. Cassis and mint on the classy, youthfully medicinal nose. Juicy and on the lean side but intensely flavored and sharply focused, with bright acidity framing the red berry and licorice flavors. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry, with a strong spine of acidity. This very solidly built merlot-dominated wine should ...Read More »
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clarke has an attractive blackberry and briary scented nose with just a hint of dark chocolate emanating from the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, the acidity nicely judged with fine tension on the cedar and tobacco-tinged finish. I appreciate the freshness and refinement demonstrated by this Château Clarke, a classic Listrac that should give 10-12 years of pleasure. (NM)" (4/2016) Decanter: "Well-expressed Listrac fruit with Moulis ripeness and good grip for the future. (SS)" (4/2016)
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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A big time sleeper of the vintage from Fronsac, this beauty from proprietor Jean-Noel Herve has hit the bull’s eye. A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of black currants, sweet cherries, crushed rocks, and a distinctive minerality. It is a medium to full-bodied, structured effort with sweet tannin, decent acidity, and oodles of fruit as well as richness. (RP)" (6/2007) Wine Spectator: "Aromas of black cherries, flowers and fresh herbs follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a solid fruit and mineral finish. Needs a little time. Best aft ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "Fine and silky with pretty aromas and flavors of currants and stones. Medium body, dense fruit and fine tannins. Racy finish. Better in 2016." (2/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Features a smoldering charcoal edge, with focused plum, cassis and bitter cherry fruit forming the core. Sleek, with iron and loam notes underscoring the finish. Shows solid length and drive, and should age nicely. Best from 2017 through 2025. 8,333 cases made. (JM)" (3/2015)
94-95 points James Suckling: "Vivid and clear with so much bright fruit and mineral character. Full body, racy and fine. Wonderful energy at the end. This is it from here." (4/2016) 87-90 points Wine Spectator: "This solid red offers a core of plum and boysenberry compote flavors, with well-integrated toast and a good bolt of licorice on the finish. (JM, Web-2016)"
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92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Côte de Baleau has a refined and intense bouquet with precise black and red fruit, seamlessly integrated oak and a sense of terroir coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity and plenty of finesse and poise towards the finish. This is such a pretty Saint Emilion that you almost overlook its length and persistence. It is one of the best wines that I have tasted from the estate. (NM)" (4/2016) 90-93 points Vinous: "The Cuvelier family's 2015 Côte du Baleau is a very pretty wine. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, herbs, smoke and earthy not ...Read More »
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another of the small gems from proprietor Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the wine is soft, juicy with a dark ruby/purple color, ripe cherries on the palate, a medium body, low acidity and soft tannin, this is an attractive, fleshy medium-bodied wine ... A sleeper of the vintage. (RP)" (4/2015)
89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, bold, tannic wine, the dry core of tannins leavened by the black currant juice acidity. There is some extraction and a strong wood element, although the wine does profit from its freshness." (6/2011) 90 points James Suckling: "Lovely aromas of flowers and berries follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. So drinkable now but better in 2016." (3/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slightly deeper than its sibling namesake, Fourcas Dupre, the 2010 Fourcas Hostens exhibits some notes of cigar smoke, red currants, roasted herbs in a straightforward, slightly deeper style. Drink it over ...Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine balances acidity and full fruitiness. These show in the lively, fresh character as well as the rich apple and pear flavors. The end shows more youthful texture, offering the chance to hold this wine until 2015." (10/2014)
93-94 points James Suckling: "This is a fantastic example of this wine with wonderful richness and depth. Full body, chewy and rich. Goes on for minutes." (3/2016) 89-92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Malescasse is terrific. A wine of energy and real class, the Malescasse is super-impressive today. Crème de cassis, violets, mint, licorice and plums are all beautifully delineated in this gracious, mid-weight Cru. Frédéric Massie Hannah Fiegenschuh are the consulting winemakers. (AG)" (4/2016) Decanter: "Very good expression of fruit with some florality and ripe tannins. Impressive for Malescasse. (SS)" (4/2016) Jancis Robinson: "A Stéphane Dereno ...Read More »
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91-94 points Wine Spectator: "Barrel Tasting. Features lush fruit, with creamy-edged plum, raspberry and blackberry flavors that glide along. There's depth here, but this is rounded and fresh in feel, with lovely purity. (Web Only-2016) (JM)" 91-92 points James Suckling: "A solid core of fruit to this wine with chocolate, berry and spice. Full body, round and velvety texture." (3/2016) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chateau d'Aiguilhe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked between September 23 and October 8 at 30 hectoliters per hectare, and matured in 30% new oak barrels. It has a very ripe and opulent, quite showing b ...Read More »
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The second wine of Château Guiraud and made by Xavier Planty, Château Guiraud's oenologist since 1982. It is a modern style with a high proportion of Sauvignon Blanc (approximately one third), made from a blend of lots fermented in stainless steel (for minerality and freshness), and new French oak barrels, which promote the development of richness, body, and intensity of flavor on the palate. Guiraud has employed organic farming methods since 1996, and obtained organic certification in 2011.
92-93 points James Suckling: "Another solid Margaux with richness and depth. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. All there." (3/2016) 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a fruity, juicy wine, generous in texture and balanced in acidity. (RV)" Vinous: "The 2015 La Tour de Mons wraps around the palate with lovely fleshiness. This is an especially round, fleshy Margaux. Silky tannins add to an impression of texture, juiciness and near-term appeal. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and new leather add the closing shades of nuance. (AG)" (4/2016) Wine Spectator: "Red and black currant fruit zips along nicely, picking up alder an ...Read More »
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This is the second wine of Château Pedescalux, a Pauillac property that offers a lot of bang for your buck. The Fleur de Pedesclaux is softer and more approachable, but in the same modern style, with plenty of fruit but softer tannins. A blend of 50% Cab, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc. This property is on a roll. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Staff Member)