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Château Bois-Malot is located in Saint 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.
92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Great black currant flavors, with lovely fresh acidity, a lot of spice from new wood. There is lovely acidity here as well, a stylish wine." (6/2011)93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of currant and blueberries with minerals and flowers as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely integrated tannin structure. It shows depth and beauty. Better in 2016." (2/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and well-packed, but silky and racy too, with linzer torte, cassis and blackberry notes pumping along, flecked with singed anise and violet, showing a long graphite spine on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2 ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 100,000 bottles of this beautiful sleeper of the vintage, which offers terrific value. The proprietor is the son of Bernard Magrez, who has crafted a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. Fruity and Bordeaux-like, with notes of tobacco leaf, blueberries, black raspberries and incense, this explosively fruity, delicious, complex wine is relatively easy to consume yet should continue to drink well for 7-8 years, if not longer. (RP)" (2/2013) Wine Spectator: "A forward, flattering style, offering quite lush raspberry and plum sauce ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "Very pretty with currants, chocolate and hints of cappuccino. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long delicious finish. This the best wine in years from here." (2/2013)91 points Wine Spectator: "A solid core of cassis and blackberry fruit is liberally framed by dark cocoa and espresso notes and carried through the caressing, blueberry-, spice- and licorice-filled finish. A modern style that will have fans for sure. Best from 2014 through 2025." (3/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "Jacky Lorenzetti, who purchased this underperforming estate in 2008, recently purchased half of the shares of Château d’Issan, pa ...Read More »
94 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of crushed blueberries and minerals with flowers follow through to a full body, with solid fruit and tannin structure and a long, long finish. Very intense. Better than 2009. Try in 2017." (2/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "This delivers the profile of the vintage, with spice-infused raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit coursing along nicely, followed by delineated anise and spice notes, all carried by a racy graphite spine. Rock-solid and nicely balanced, this should age elegantly. Best from 2014 through 2024. (Web-2013)" Jancis Robinson: "Rather sweet and sumptuous on the nos ...Read More »
91 points James Suckling: "A young red with a solid core of fruit with blueberry and light chocolate character. Full body, with slightly chewy tannin structure and well-framed palate. Very well done for this estate. This shows nicely now but will be better in two or three years." (3/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A relatively soft, round, generously endowed wine with oodles of sweet kirsch fruit, a hint of black currants, herbs and loamy soil notes, this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc was cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare. Just over 1000 cases were made, and it tips the scales at 14.5% alcoh ...Read More »
94 points James Suckling: "A wine with blueberry and mineral aromas follows through to a full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Best for years from here. Needs at least three years of bottle age to soften. Could be better than 2009 in the long run." (2/2013)94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry an ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Soft red fruit and fresh coffee. Some chocolate and spice. Beautifully textured fruit on the palate with a bright acidity and velvety tannins. Very long and smooth finish. So enjoyable already. Best ever from here? Better in 2015." (2/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "This has a really nice graphite frame that drives the core of fig, plum and boysenberry fruit authoritatively, with dense ganache, espresso and tar on the finish. The grip is keeping things tight now, but this should meld in the cellar, as the underlying feel is energetic. Best from 2015 through 2025" (3/2013)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Rich while also structured, this is beginning to be delicious. Acidity comes from the black currant fruits while the structure shows dense tannins and wood-aging flavors. The wine is still young and prepared for a long haul, so don’t drink before 2018." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Chateau des Annereaux, a benchmark for the entire Lalande de Pomerol appellation, has been owned for six centuries (more than twenty generations) by the same family. The Annereaux family appears in the history of the region in 1450.
Haut Charmes is a very special Sauternes bottling, made from the younger vines of 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 2010 has wonderful pineapple and coconut aromas that carry through onto the lush palate. A stunning wine just like its big broth... Read More »
Pro tip: When looking for a great value wine, try the appellation next door to the heavy hitters. You often get similar growing conditions and fruit for a fraction of the price. Puisseguin-St-Émilion is a small appellation on the right bank of the Dordogne, just northeast of St-Émilion. Also dominated by Merlot, these wines are superb everyday drinkers, just screaming to be uncorked next to a juicy burger.
Jancis Robinson: "Pleasant floral bouquet, mingled with red cherries, red currants, and sweet spices. Firm but ripe tannins giving illusion of sweetness. Beautifully balanced. Not short of finesse at all." (9/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a mint- and licorice-flavored wine, with its wood aging prominent at this stage. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, it shows strong signs of extraction that give it a bitter finish. Age this tannic wine for 2-3 years or more." (3/2013) Wine Spectator: "Primal and direct, with blueberry and loganberry notes backed by a charcoal edge which lingers through the finish. Shows l ...Read More »
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)"90 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a property owned by Patrick Bernard of négociant Millésima, this shows the results of considerable investment during the recent years. The wood dominates at this early stage, but it also shows complex fruit to balance the spice and toast ...Read More »
98 points James Suckling: "A wine with great beauty and finesse. Such elegance and ethereal quality for this estate. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a juicy delicious finish. Long and beautiful. This is the best Lynch in a long, long time. I love the precision here. Try in 2018." (11/2013)96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Lynch Bages is an absolutely brilliant wine, and somewhat reminiscent at this stage in its development of the profound 1989. Jean-Charles Cazes, who took over for his father a number of years ago, has produced a magnificent wine with the classic creme de cassis note intermixed with ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "Raspberry and flowers with hints of citrus rind. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Clean and well-crafted. Drink or hold." (3/2013)89 points Wine Spectator: "This has a plump, lively feel, with a briary push to the plum, currant and black cherry fruit. Flashes of anise and apple wood show on the finish. Accessible now but nicely balanced for modest cellaring. Drink now through 2020." (3/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Attractive floral notes intermixed with some blueberry, raspberry and loamy soil notes are followed by an elegant medium-bodied wine with sweet fruit, attractive texture and up ...Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the best second wines, and possibly the best since the 1990 is the 2010 La Dame de Montrose. This represents 36% of the production and is a blend of two grapes – 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. A superb second wine, opulent and substantively textured, it shares more in common with a flamboyant, exuberant year such as 2009 than most 2010s. Dense purple, its oodles of fruit, luxurious mouthfeel and terrific finish make it a sleeper of the vintage. It’s a wine to buy in abundant quantities and drink over the next 10-15+ years. (RP)" (2/2013)93 points James Suckling: "Won ...Read More »
95 points James Suckling: "Impressive nose with leather, dark polished fruit and flowers. Wonderful mouthfeel with soft silky tannins and beautiful texture. Really well put together. Powerful and rich with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Very ripe. Try in 2016." (11/2013)94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lead pencil shavings, soy and barbecue smoke as well as red and black currants characterize this brilliant effort, which has an expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel yet a sublime elegance and lightness of being. Dense ruby/purple, gorgeous purity and a long, long finish of close to 50 seconds characterize another bril ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Probably La Tour Carnet's best since their 2001, the 2010 La Tour Carnet exhibits wonderful ripeness, a dense ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, camphor and some toast as well as lots of black currant and blueberry fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with attractive sweetness of tannin, good acidity, excellent delineation to its component parts, and a full-bodied, impressively long finish. This wine may close down somewhat, given the moderate tannins, but it seems relatively accessible despite being a 2010. (RP)" (2/2013)92 points James Suckling: "Impressive concentration for th ...Read More »
91-94 points Wine Spectator: "Barrel sample. Deliciously juicy and engaging, with aromas and flavors of currant, cherry and blackberry preserves, filled in with hints of spice and fig bread. A lightly tarry edge frames the finish. Jean-Christophe Mau is doing really good work here." (4/2011)92 points James Suckling: "Fruit-forward aromas turn to spices and warm stones. Full body, with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Really delicious young wine. Hard not to drink now, but better in 2016." (2/2013)92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Château Brown continues its impressive push to quality with this fine 2010. It brings demonstrates the structure of ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Coated with suave toast and packed with ripe linzer torte, boysenberry and blackberry fruit, this displays great drive and energy, with mouthwatering anise and graphite driving the long finish. A lovely expression of the modern style. Drink now through 2020." (3/2013) Jancis Robinson: "23% Merlot, 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot. A hint of oak and a whole load of pleasure on the nose. High notes and something mineral. Lots of chew on the end - almost like a wine grown on schist! Very fine. Complex. Drink 2015-2024. (17/20 points)" (9/2012) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another sleeper of the vint ...Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "Still a bit compact, with blueberry coulis, fig and blackberry paste notes tightly wound, backed by tangy black licorice, singed apple wood and tar on the finish, which features a very sleek structure and a buried iron note. This has good vivacity and should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030. (Web-2013)" 91-92 points James Suckling: "This is very concentrated, with a treacle tart and chocolate character. Almost raisiny. Full and velvety. Intense." (5/2011)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Loads of blueberry, black cherry and dusty, loamy soil notes as well as hints of herbs, licorice and incense j ...Read More »
90-93 points Wine Spectator: "This has the rich, dark blueberry and blackberry fruit of the vintage, with ample graphite and spice and a solid, tannic backbone. Toasty, but with flesh. (Web-2011)"92 points James Suckling: "Fascinating wine with dark fruit and citrus undertones. Full and refined. Lovely finish." (4/2011) 88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Tertre Daugays I have tasted (although the 2009 is also attractive), this sleeper of the vintage exhibits a dense purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet kirsch, black fruits, licorice and graphite. Medium to full-bodied with a corpulent, layered mouthfeel, light to mode ...Read More »
90-91 points James Suckling: "Pretty build up on the palate, with spicy currants and berries on the nose and palate. Full and silky. Very well done." (4/2011) 87-90 points Wine Spectator: "*Barrel Tasting* Round and inviting, with plump red cherry, plum and blackberry fruit backed by red licorice and spice. Grip takes over on the licorice-filled finish. (Web Only—2011)"
100 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terroir." (11/2013)100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An absolutely amazing wine...It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Te ...Read More »
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)
91 points James Suckling: "A solid structure of blueberry, plum and spices. Full and chewy. Structured and dense. Needs another four or five years of bottle age." (3/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively, with a taut plum skin frame that eventually melds nicely into the core of raspberry, warm cherry compote and red currant fruit. Charcoal and chalk lend definition and length to the finish, which is well-packed, but racy overall. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only—2013)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Arnauton, a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc that came in it at 14.75% natural alcohol, displays a deep ruby color and load ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "Nose starts with fresh brewed coffee, cedar and chocolate toffee. With a bit of air it shows ripe plum, sweet licorice and fresh leather. Wonderful dark round fruit on the palate with velvety caressing tannins. Full with a long finish with lots of dark fruit. Succulent wine." (2/2013)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lush, concentrated black currant and kirsch-like fruit, a hint of licorice and some floral notes and subtle background oak jump from the glass of this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is another relatively large-scaled St.-Emilion at 15% natural alcohol, but the ...Read More »
91-92 points James Suckling: "Very structured for here with chewy tannins and a blackberry and dark chocolate character. Full and velvety." (4/2011) 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Good lift to the aromas of cassis, licorice and spices. Nicely delineated dark berry and fresh herb flavors show more richness and weight than usual for this property. A bit drying on the back but maintains its freshness." (7/2013)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "As Belgrave improves each year, it reveals a character that is close to the elegance and style of Saint-Julien, right next door. This 2010, while dense, is balanced, and its rich blackberry flavor ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "A dense and rich wine with round and chewy tannins. Big and juicy. Full and impressive. Better in 2015." (7/2014)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This shows something of Margaux’s--the neighboring appellation--delicacy, allied with firm, dry tannins. It has the dense structure and ripeness characteristic of the vintage, with a rich black-fruit flavor and acidity. It’s a wine for long-term aging." (2/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buy* Dense but fresh, with a saturated core of blackberry pâte de fruit, anise and plum sauce that races along with vibrant spice and graphite notes. The long finish shows cut and ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "A wine with balance and finesse with blueberry and raspberry character. Citrus undertone and a fruity finish. Lovely texture to this. Delicate." (3/2013)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A terrific sleeper from the firm of Dourthe that owns this property, the 2010 Le Boscq is composed of 51 % Merlot, 46 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Monsieur Olan is the consulting oenologist at this estate and seems to have hit pay dirt with the 2010, a major sleeper of the vintage. Opaque ruby/purple with oodles of creme de cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this wine also shows some intrig ...Read More »
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.
Decanter: "Five stars. Delicious. Plenty of finesse and a pretty, red fruit nose of wild strawberries with a dark fruit edge and cedar notes. Bright, juicy fruit and fresh minerality on a smooth, rich palate with a lovely classy texture." Wine Enthusiast: "Château Boyd-Cantenac’s second wine is fruity, soft and fragrant. Like any proper second wine, it is ready to drink with its attractive tannins, juicy acidity and perfumed character. Drink now and until 2022." K&L Notes: This is the the second wine from Château Boyd-Cantenac, who Robert Parker calls an "under the radar" estate, a classified grow... Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016." (2/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016." (3/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An impressively opulent wine for its price point, the 2010 exhibits notes of vanillin intermixed with spice box, licorice, Provencal ...Read More »
98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7. (98+)" (2/2013)96 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection* ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
100 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Ranked #21, Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2013* A hugely powerful wine, full of dark, brooding tannins. It's a wine for seriously long-term aging, a sculptural vision of classic Bordeaux structure with with classy, ripe blackberry fruits. It has fresh acidity and an immense full-bodied character, cut through with mineral acidity. A great wine, with great potential." (3/2013)99 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this wine have a beautiful purity of raspberries, blueberries, currants, and flowers that follow to a a full body, with super integrated tannins that are like the finest ...Read More »
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90 points Wine Spectator: "Polished and alluring, with black tea, dense plum and blackberry fruit, followed by a long, licorice- and tar-filled finish that glides along with surprisingly polished structure. An echo of smoky tobacco lingers as well, and this offers good range and depth. Best from 2014 through 2021. 8,500 cases made. –JM" (1/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Dark purple. Very intense nose and colour. Sweet, perfumed start with a little oak influence. Lots of flesh and less freshness than some. Marked structure." (5/2011) James Suckling: "Aromas of ripe fruit with prunes, spice and berries. Full body with velvety t ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Beautiful note with lots of fruit like blackberries, crushed raspberries and some dark plum. Full and wonderfully velvety on the palate with ripe tannins and a sweet pure dark fruit. Already drinks very well, but a few years patience will be rewarded. Best ever?" (2/2013)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A powerful selection, this is dominated by tannins. Under the firm structure, there is a fruity aspect that will develop. It has the potential to evolve into a full-bodied, intense wine that maintains a sense of elegance." (3/2013)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Consistently better than its humble appe ...Read More »
96 points Wine Spectator: "*Ranked #2 on Top 100 Wines of 2013* This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035." (3/2013)95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine shows wonderfully exotic tapenade, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, blackberry and sweet cherry notes in its strikingly provocative aromatics. O ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "Ripe fruity nose with plums, blueberries, tobacco and aniseed. Some vanilla, chocolate and leather. Pure fruit on the palate with medium-full body and good intensity. Velvety texture and outstanding length. Lots of new woods that need to integrate. Tannins still quite firm. Better after 2016." (2/2013) 89-92 points Wine Spectator: "*Barrel Tasting* Juicy, with a core of kirsch, plum and anise. The solid, toasty finish has a nice fleshy edge. (Web Only—2011)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A delicious wine from proprietors Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Bourotte, this frequent sleeper of the vintage is a blend of 95% Merlot ...Read More »
91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh, citrus and spicy pear flavors, a wine laced with acidity, a crisp texture and elegant bright aftertaste." (6/2011) 89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale straw. Clean floral nose offers hints of beeswax, white peach and gooseberry, complicated by passion fruit and melon. Bright and energetic on entry, with a strong lemony nuance to the gooseberry and peach flavors. Finishes long and clean, but with mounting, oak-derived tannins." (4/2011) 90-91 points James Suckling: "An interesting mix of citrus fruit and vanilla follow through to a full bodied white this is fresh and round." (4/2011)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Smoky citrus, hazelnuts, grape ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "The wine is sweet, very rich and smooth. Firm tannins are cushioned by the ripe berry and red plum fruits to give a spicy wine with touches of wood, finishing with pepper from the alcohol. Drink from 2017." (10/2014) K&L Notes: A lovely wine from the Cotes de Blaye. Plenty of sweet blackberry fruit. Elegant and delicious now. Will cellar well for five plus years. Along the same lines as the 2009, but with more strength on the palate. Superb value.
Bordeaux's trade blog identifies this red as a terrific value, noting that it's "a robust, fresh red that pairs well with pork."
We loved this wine on our April 2012 Bordeaux trip. A 2010 with lots of sweetness and forward fruit. Blackberries abound here. Great value. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Co-Owner and Bordeaux Buyer) It comes from the miniscule St-Georges St-Emilion Appellation, which is located within the boundaries of Montagne-St-Emilion. The vineyards of Château Divon have a specially privileged terroir. They face straight south. Always a plus in this uncertain maritime climate!
Inventory: Main Warehouse
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Raymond-Lafon 2010 has a complex bouquet with lemon peel, almond and quince aromas, and is well-defined with an impressive sense of energy. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous opening, and well-judged acidity. It builds toward a rounded, pineapple and marmalade- tinged finish. This has good weight and presence with plenty of strikingly fresh acidity to keep everything balanced. This wine deserves a round of applause. (NM)" (4/2014)93 points Wine Spectator: "This is rather dense, with a core of almond cream, coconut, mango, creamed peach and dried apricot notes that shoul ...Read More »
100 points James Suckling: "A perfect wine with perfect purity of fruit. It shows gorgeous aromas of blackberries, currants and cedar with hints of chocolate. Full body, with a lovely sweetness of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes to chocolate, hazelnut and spices. Nutmeg too. Sexy and incredible. It has so much depth of fruit and density. Better in 2020." (2/2013)99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Vieux Chateau Certan, a blend of 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. Production was lower than in 2009 and the alcohol slightly higher, but the pH is 3.7, which ...Read More »
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92-93 points James Suckling: "I love the mid-palate to this young and attractive red, with silky tannins and alluring mineral, berry and stone character. Enchanting." (4/2011)93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is an austere, structured wine. Its tannic framework currently dominates, giving the impression of a firm wine. It feels like classic Bordeaux, upright and dense. This makes for a wine that will need several years' aging." (5/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "Dense, but supple along the edges, offering a packed core of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruit. The lovely licorice, dark tobacco and violet notes glide to the finish, which ...Read More »
90-91 points James Suckling: "I really like the polished tannins with mineral, berry and violet character. Full and round. Beautiful. This is next to Sociando Mallet." (4/2011) Wine Spectator: "Has the ripeness of the vintage, with a dark core of plum and cassis guided by solid, well-integrated tannins that let black licorice and Black Forest cake notes play out on the finish. (Web-2013)"
97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Administrator Christian Seeley thinks the 2010 is the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron he has ever made, equaling some of the estate’s colossal wines from vintages such as 1989 and 1990. It was certainly showing well when I stopped by the chateau in January. Opaque purple, with loads of charcoal, licorice, incense and some exotic Asian spices along with abundant cassis liqueur, blackberry and hints of roasted coffee and spring flowers, it is full-bodied and opulent, with relatively high tannins, but they have sweetened up considerably and seem less aggr ...Read More »