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Château Malescasse is an historic property ideally situated on gravel soils close to the Gironde River just north of Margaux. While it is true that 2007 will never have the power or authority of the finest vintages of the decade, the best wines display a remarkable ripeness and an admirable richness of texture. These are medium to full-bodied reds with soft tannins that will make great near to medium-term drinking. They are priced appropriately and many, like this 2007 Malescasse, offer exceptional value.
Winner Best Of Class, Gold Medal, in the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition, 2013. Château Bois-Malot is located in St-Loubes and situated on the shoreline of the Dordogne River. The soils are clay and light limestone with a subsoil of red pebbles and clay. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is aged for eighteen months in large vats and then an additional six months in oak.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Peyrabon is owned by a branch of the Bernard family that also owns Domaine de Chevalier. This powerful, complex wine shows its pedigree. Dark tannins and ripe black fruits are all evidence of its aging potential. Drink from 2018." (5/2015) 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)"
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* A selection from the best grapes and parcels, this is a dense, firm wine with both great tannins and dark fruits. Acidity gives a lift to the dry core of the wine and brings out the black currant fruits. Wood aging is still showing, so the wine needs time. (RV)" (11/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the old-time favorites and value picks in The Wine Advocate, this wine, from a gorgeous château in the Castillon, sports a completely new label. Black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, and some underbrush and earth are present in this supple-textured, medium-bodied, ...Read More »
Organic in fact bio-dynamic wine with all the bells and whistles. Our first red in from the great 2015 vintage. Soft and elegant and quite forward-in fact drink it in the next few years.
James Suckling: "Lots of ripe strawberries, with juicy orange and chalky mineral notes. Sweet red fruit on the palate with a juicy acidity and fine ripe tannins. Medium-full body and a pleasant medium-long finish with nice red fruit. Elegant, but a bit linear. Second wine of Prieur de Meyney. Drink now-2017." (10/2011) Wine Spectator: "Offers a solid core of plum, currant paste and steeped cherry notes wrapped tightly with charcoal thread and dark briar patch and tobacco leaf notes. A bit rugged overall, but shows solid range and character. Drink now through 2020. (JM, Web-2013)" K&L Notes: This is the... Read More »
This is a property to watch in the future. Very well-priced wines that have great balance and fruit. This one has toasty aromas and a very fruity palate impression. Super value. Very elegant wine from one of my favorite ready-to-drink vintages. Enjoy with a rack of lamb. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants)
The vineyards of Chateau Priban cover less than 1 hectare in the Haut-Medoc. A classic Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. The property is very close to Chateau Cantemerle.
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Château Reynon Blanc has a crisp Granny Smith apple and limestone-scented bouquet that is linear and focused, yet bounding full of energy. The palate is medium-bodied with a lively, citrus-driven entry backed by hints of pineapple and guava. Harmonious from start to finish and with impressive substance, this is a great Reynon Blanc from Denis Dubourdieu. (NM)" (4/2016) 89-91 points Vinous: "Denis Dubourdieu's 2015 Reynon is absolutely delicious. Rich, creamy and inviting, the 2015 captures striking richness and plenty of nuance. Peach, apricot, jasmine and candied lemo ...Read More »
A delicious value red from the right bank. The 10s are usually tannic and a bit hard, but this wine drinks great right now. Lots of sweet blackberry flavors and a smooth, lingering finish. Have it now with a nice rack of lamb. Can be cellared five Plus years. Tastes like a 2009 vintage-maybe they mislabelled it?
Wine Enthusiast: "This is rich with black fruits and layers of wood. It is structured and dense while also having the attractive fruitiness of the vintage. (RV)" (3/2016)
90-91 points James Suckling: "This shows a lovely core of fruits with chocolate and berry. Full body, with a tender tannin structure. First red vintage from here for new owners who also own Smith-Haut-Lafitte. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon." (4/2013) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby/plum/purple 2012 exhibits notes of graphite, cedar wood, roasted herbs and sweet red and black currants. This medium-bodied, elegant yet rich wine should drink well for a decade or more. This 22-acre property was recently acquired by the owners of Smith Haut Lafitte, Daniel and Florence Cathiard. Sandwiched between the ...Read More »
Vinous: "The 2012 Les Terrasses is the second wine of Tour Saint-Christophe. Drink this soft, supple Saint-Emilion over the next few years, while the fruit retains its juiciness. (AG)" (1/2016)
Take home this third wine (of sorts) from St-Julien's grand Château Beychevelle for a song! Who said you couldn't drink great Bordeaux every day? This wine is elegant and consists of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged partially in new oak barrels, the wine is rich and round, medium to full-bodied and has luscious ripe red fruit flavors, spice and a touch of new oak. Superb value.
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)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A tasty effort from the Reiffers family, this 2007 (70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits dusty, earthy notes, a lush, medium-bodied style, and abundant black cherry fruit, herb, and spice characteristics. It is deep, medium-bodied, and best drunk over the next 7-8 years. (RP)" (4/2010) Wine Spectator: "Berry and black olive on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium-to-light finish. (JS, Web-2008)"
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a dense wine, solid with black plum and berry flavors that show great warmth and richness. At this stage the wood aging does give some bitter dark chocolate, although this will integrate. It needs aging; drink from 2019. (RV)" (5/2015) 91 points James Suckling: "This is tight and integrated with firm and racy tannins, bright fruit and hints of wet earth. Full to medium body and complex flavors. Give it more time to soften and develop in bottle." (2/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A juicy, sexy style of Margaux, with a dark ruby/plum/purple color, some nice blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, sweet tan ...Read More »
Another of the fine wines of Dominique Robin, Le Blanc de la Graside is sourced from a vineyard three miles south of Libourne that is planted with 60-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and aged in casks to round out the wine's generous profile, while it retains a mineral-driven finish. Superb buy.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This special selection, tight-cropped from 30 acres of 100% Merlot, is ripe and rich. This is a smoky and fruity wine, in barrel for 14 months. It has ripe black fruits and rich, dense structure. Spice and toast balance the fruit, giving an impressive sense of generosity. Drink from 2017. (RV)" (12/2014) 90 points James Suckling: "A wine displaying raspberries, violets, cacao and creamy notes. This is a full-bodied red with round tannins, crisp acidity and a long, fresh finish." (2/2015) Jancis Robinson: "(Made by the wife of Matthieu Chardonnier and presented personally to me by the ...Read More »
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Château d'Arce is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and it was picked earlier than usual, at the end of September, in order to preserve the Merlot aromas. No SO2 was used apart from two grams just after the malolactic, using CO2 to preserve the wine. It has a plush cranberry, black cherry and licorice scented bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, caressing in the mouth, hints of cedar and bay leaf, gentle and elegant with a sustained, light grip on the finish. This is very fine and elegant. Tasted twice with consisten ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "Elegant, bright and fruity with light raspberry, lemon rind and stone character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Better in 2016." (2/2015) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made up of several different parcels scattered across the Margaux appellation, the château now has 24 acres. This 2012 is structured while also full of ripe fruit. The tannins lie behind the juicy red fruitiness and the immediately attractive ripe flavors. (RV)" (5/2015)
90 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas and flavors of juicy plums and fresh raspberries follow through to a full body with a good tannic structure, lovely acidty and a long, cedar-like finish. Very well done. Drink this." (2/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "For more than 30 years, this has been one of my favorite Lalande de Pomerols, and the 2012 leaves no reason to lose confidence in this beautifully made wine. Deep ruby/purple color, it has beautiful mulberry and sweet black cherry fruit, silky tannins, and a ripe medium to full-bodied opulence and terrific purity and depth. Proprietor J.C. Beton has b ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Mature ruby with some brick. Deliciously mature nose of undergrowth and sweet spice and leather. Silk slub tannins – ie fine but with some texture. Fresh, lightish but elegant in that lightness. (JH)" (10/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Elegant, spicy, tobacco, cranberry, and red cherry characteristics emerge from this finesse-styled, sweet, flavorful, medium-bodied wine. (RP)" (4/2001) Wine Spectator: "Plenty of cherry, tobacco and mineral aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. (JS)" (1/2001) K&L Notes: Noting what an excellent value this wine is, K&L's own Clyde Beffa attributes ... Read More »
91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "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. (RV)" (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 of 53% Cabe ...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 »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine comes from vineyards owned by Saint-Julien Château Beychevelle that lie just outside the appellation. It’s a sophisticated wine that has great balance between the ripe black fruits and fresh acidity. Keenly structured, it has a dark texture and layers of attractive fruit and acidity. (RV)" (5/2015)
Wine Spectator: "Pepper and tar notes lead the way, with briar-framed plum and black currant fruit forming the core. A tarry accent echoes through the finish. (JM, Web-2014)"
Haut Charmes is a very special Sauternes bottling, made from the younger vines of one the region's most legendary château. While we aren't allowed to actually reveal the source, it's safe to say its location in the Ciron Valley exposes the Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon fruit to conditions perfect for the development of botrytis. Charming, elegant and an exceptional value for what's in the bottle. A rich wine with fine acidity, the wine has wonderful pineapple and coconut aromas that carry through onto the lush palate. A stunning wine just like its big bro... Read More »
The second label of Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons. 60% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris. A K&L staff favorite for value in Bordeaux Blanc.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A seductive soft, fleshy effort with medium dark ruby color, plump, fat ripeness, and a nicely textured finish ... (RP)" (4/2003) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Lively aromas of black cherry and violet. Sweet, supple cherry/berry flavors enlivened by firm acids. Nicely rich and persistent on the finish, which features even tannins. (ST)" (5/2001) Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of ripe fruit and perfumes. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a medium finish. Very silky wine. (JL)" (3/2003)
James Suckling: "A little lean with blueberry, mineral and walnut character. Medium body." (3/2015) K&L Notes: Château Haut-Vigneau is owned by Eric Perrin, the son of the late Anthony Perrin of Château Carbonnieux fame. This property is one of the best value reds in all of Bordeaux. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Co-Owner and Bordeaux Buyer)
91 points Vinous: "The 2012 Joanin Bécot is dark, open and quite seductive. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather all meld together in a very pretty, gracious wine with soft contours to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2012 is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consulting winemaker. This is a gorgeous wine that delivers superb quality as well as value. (AG)" (1/2016) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "***Best Buy*** The wine has serious tannins and firm fruit that give an austere character at this stage. But it will develop and round out into a rich wine with ripe b ...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)
91-94 points Wine Spectator: "*Barrel Tasting* Very tangy and fresh, with lots of thyme and gooseberry notes followed by lemon pith and quinine accents. A rapier finish glistens with fleur de sel details. Shows ample cut and purity. Pitch-perfect Sauvignon Blanc. (JM)" 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clos Floridene Blanc from Denis and Florience Dubourdieu has a subtle but complex bouquet with scents of white peach, citrus fruit and a touch of patisserie. The palate is very well balanced and quite phenolic in the mouth, some lovely extract here imparting a slightly waxy texture. The acidity is keen and there ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Very refreshing nose. Lots of energy...Minerals, refreshment and nice balance here...Good stuff." (1/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Crus Bourgeois 2010 tasting in London. This has a very seductive bouquet with blackberry, violet and vanilla – there is some new oak to be absorbed here, but it has a beguiling femininity. The palate is medium-bodied with coca-tinged black fruit. (NM)" (8/2012) Wine Spectator: "Shows a gutsy feel, with lightly mulled plum and steeped cassis fruit melded with singed apple wood and smoldering charcoal. The long, fleshy finish lets the roasted wood edge play ...Read More »
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This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon is a stellar value from Bordeaux. Grapes are hand-harvested and the juice undergoes a cold soak before 75% of it is barrel fermented and the other 25% is fermented in stainless steel. Crisp and mineral with vanilla tones on the nose, the palate is nicely rounded and full with citrus and tropical fruit. It is delicious with lighter foods and also quite refreshing on its own.
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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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dark in color, this is a concentrated wine that’s very firm in structure, with dense tannins. It’s powered by ripe, mature black fruits as well as acids that cut through the dry texture. This needs several years of aging. (RV)" (2/2013) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Focused, with a singed apple wood frame propelling the core of plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. The solid finish lets hints of charcoal and anise flitter in, displaying fine cut. (JM)" (3/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Dense bright red. Round and fresh. More forward than most but vigorous. Eerily forward. But a nice package. Minerally." (2/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An ...Read More »
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Beaumont has a more floral bouquet compared to other Haut-Médoc barrel samples: well-defined with subtle cold granite scents percolating through the red berry fruit. The palate is fresh and crisp with fine tannin, plus there is satisfying depth of fruit. It is your classic Bordeaux here, the kind of bottle you happily find on your dinner table and is finished down to the last drop. This is a well-made, straight down the line Claret that is probably overlooked these days. I would buy a couple of cases and just enjoy them with Claret-lovers over t ...Read More »
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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 »
90-91 points James Suckling: "One of the best Bordeaux Supériers I tasted. A 2013 with a solid center palate, a spicy palate and juicy fruit. Round and juicy." (4/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine, dominated by Merlot (about 95%) and the rest Cabernet Franc, shows lovely, round, elegant fruit flavors that resemble mulberry, black cherry and blackcurrant. It doesn-t have a lot of complexity, but the wine is supple, mouth-filling and quite a successful effort from its humble origins.(RP)" (8/2014) Vinous: "The 2013 Croix-Mouton is dark, juicy and absolutely impeccable. Dark red cherry, plum, spices and new leather f ...Read More »
96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromatic with the a note of wildflower honey, the palate brings white fruit flavors and rich botrytis power. The midpalate is densely concentrated with fruit tones, yet lightened by a vein of acidity. (RV)" (4/2015) 95-98 points Wine Spectator: "Plump at first, with a praline note around the heather, pineapple and nectarine flavors. Stretches out, with a juicy feel, while orange blossom and white peach accents fill in, imparting lift and cut. This packs a bit of power, but there’s lots of buried freshness as well. The finish is seriously long already. (JM, Web-2015)" 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Coutet 2 ...Read More »
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91 points Wine Spectator: "This has a large core of dark currant, plum and fig fruit rolled together and inlaid with baker's chocolate, dark tobacco and loam notes. The long, solid, muscular finish lets the fruit and loam play out nicely. Best from 2014 through 2020. 2,500 cases made. (JM)" (3/2013)
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.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The team at neighboring Château Chasse-Spleen makes the wine here, giving the wine a sheen as well as enhancing its firm structure. Big tannins parallel black fruits in a promising mélange of flavors. It will age; drink from 2018. (RV)" (5/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the owners of Château Chasse Spleen, this deep ruby/purple cru bourgeois offers sweet blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, moderate body, and an earthy, spicy finish that is slightly angular. Drink it over the next 10+ years. (RP)" (4/2015) Wine Spectator: "Pretty, with soft plu ...Read More »
A secondary offering from Château Liot.
90 points James Suckling: "A refined and polished red with oyster shells, light berries and stones. Full-bodied, tight and reserved. A beauty." (2/2015) Vinous: "The 2012 Chateau Le Pape is the first wine made from start to finish by the team of Haut-Bailly, and it shows in the wine's textural richness and depth. Dark red cherries, smoke, cloves and mint flesh out in a racy, voluptuous wine to drink now and over the next decade-plus. (AG)" (1/2016) Wine Enthusiast: "0 Firmly smoky, strong wood-aged texture gives a solid structure. However, the wine has some juicy acidity that allows a fresher side to show throu ...Read More »
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 »