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2016 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Barrel Sample* Mint aromas and flavors signal the new wood in which this wine is aging. It has impressive fruit, opulent and dense, balanced by fine acidity, crisp edges and solid tannins. A serious wine that will last for a long time. (RV)" (4/2017) 96-97 points James Suckling: "A dense and tight DC with mineral, crushed stone, and cement and black currant. Full, tight and racy. Gorgeous. Leafs and tobacco undertones. Very tannic. Tight. So strucured. Complex." (4/2017) 96 points Decanter: "Rich, round and beautiful, there really is distance between red and white this year. This has all the signature welco ...Read More » 


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2016 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2016 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

92-93 points James Suckling: "A structured young red with currant and berry character. Medium body, velvety tannins and a savory finish." (4/2017) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Lanessan has a perfumed, quite floral bouquet with graphite tinged black fruit—fine delineation with impressive focus, even if it is not the most complex Haut-Medoc that I encountered in this vintage out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, well-judged acidity, plenty of black fruit with a harmonous, engaging and slightly tarry finish. This is a great Lanessan that should give 20 years of pleasure. This comes h ...Read More » 


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2016 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

97-100 points Vinous: "A deeply emotional, moving wine, the 2016 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is simply extraordinary. The tannins are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit, while the 100% new oak is remarkably well integrated at this stage. Dark, powerful and brooding, the 2016 possesses remarkable polish for such a big wine. The purity of the flavors is simply captivating. Scents of graphite, smoke, leather, tobacco and menthol soar from the glass, enhancing a core of deep, plush, dark fruit. All the elements fuse together in a wine of nearly unparallel ...Read More » 


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2016 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Decanter: "Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 75% of the main blend, with 14% of 80 year old Merlot and 11% of Cabernet Franc, and aged in 90% new oak. It is hard to think of a vintage when this is not a great wine, but in 2016 it is exceptional, comparable to the majestic 1996. It has all the intensity, richness and depth, but it lets the light in. The yield is fairly high at 40hl/ha, with 3.66pH balancing a tannin index of 82IPT. This is the highest ever at this property and yet the wine is elegant, gorgeous and juicy, with an endless array of black fruits and graphite. ...Read More » 


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2016 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

95-98 points Wine Spectator: "The deep well of gorgeous cassis, blueberry paste and blackberry puree flavors will carry this for the long haul. Shows a terrific graphite underpinning and a flash of cold charcoal. This is a big one. (JM)" (4/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Didier Cuvelier told me that color leeched out naturally and he conducted an 8 day pre-fermentation maceration. Matured in 80% new oak with some malolactic in barrel, it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neat ...Read More » 


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2016 Lagrange, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

95-96 points James Suckling: "Powerful red with a rich and tannic center palate. Full body, lots of depth and a long and chewy finish. Indeed, this shows potential. Much better than the 2015." (4/2017) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I ha ...Read More » 


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2016 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a powerful wine, with superb tannins and blackberry fruits. It has a dense texture allied to stylish fruitiness and acidity. The result is a wine with the potential to age over a long period of time, while probably showing well starting in 2028. (RV)" (4/2017) 96-99 points Wine Spectator: "This packs some serious punch and drive, with a terrific core of blueberry, açai and plum reduction notes, backed by waves of graphite and roasted apple wood. Has the pleasantly chewy feel typical of St.-Julien, along with an extra-racy graphite edge. (JM)" (4/2017) 96 points Decanter: "Restrained bu ...Read More » 


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2016 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

98-99 points James Suckling: "I have been waiting for this for a long time. It’s a remake of the legendary 1990 Pichon Baron. Full body, ultra-polished yet powerful tannins and a glorious finish. The will evolve beautifully. The core of fruit and tannins are great. A truly great Pichon Baron." (4/2017) 96-99 points Wine Spectator: "Has the pure, fresh, racy feel of the vintage, which is even more admirable considering the depth of the red currant, plum and cherry preserve flavors at the core and the power of the structure on the back end, pulling in accents of graphite and loam. A thumper of a Pauillac. (JM) ...Read More » 


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2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

96-97 points James Suckling: "This is all about the finish with a sweet-tobacco, berry and light milk-chocolate character. Full body, very fine tannins and a juicy finish. Love the intensity and finesse at the end. Lots of energy. Could better the exquisite 2014." (4/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot that matured in 75% new oak. It has 13.3% alcohol this year. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically. The palate is medium-bodi ...Read More » 


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2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

98-99 points James Suckling: "Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now!" (4/2017) 96-99 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pontet-Canet has been absolutely brilliant on the three occasions I’ve tasted it so far. Exotically ripe, powerful and voluptuous, it brings together the richness of the 2009 with the structure of the 2010. There aren't too many other 2016s where that is the case, but it is undoubtedly true here. The 2016 is a ...Read More » 


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2016 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is phenomenal with a density and finesse that are hard to remember for this wine. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Seamless texture and salty undertones. Goes on for minutes. Truly great. What a barrel sample." (4/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pape Clement is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, picked from 30 September until 19 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare. The first bottle that I tasted with Bernard Magrez and his team felt a little overdone, but I had a strong suspicion that it was not a representative bottle. A second bottle was m ...Read More » 


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2016 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

98-99 points James Suckling: "This young wine shows such pinpoint precision with a full body, dense fruit and gorgeous intensity. Muscular yet toned and beautiful. It really builds on the finish. Very fine-grained. So long and beautiful. Sophisticated power. Oyster shell and iodine undertones. Traditional style yet with a modern interpretation. Savory." (4/2017) 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Haut Bailly is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc picked between 26 September until 18 October. Coming in with 13.6% alcohol and an IPT of 81, which is quite close to 2 ...Read More » 


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2016 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Barrel Sample* This wine is ripe, perfumed and firmly textured. It has balance, concentrated tannins and already just the right sense of wood and structure. It will obviously last; try it in 12–15 years. (RV)" (4/2017) 96-97 points James Suckling: "A solid red with currant and blackberry character. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows richness and excitement. Juicy and sexy undertone to this." (4/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot picked between 20 September and 15 October at 45 hectoliters per ...Read More » 


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2016 Senejac, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

92-93 points James Suckling: "Dense and layered with blueberry and chocolate character. Medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Racy and refined already." (4/2017) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet with floral-tinged red and black fruit—strawberry pastilles and just a touch of bay leaf, nicely defined and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with assiduous use of new oak. This is a very stylish Haut-Médoc, one of the best that I have tasted in many years. This comes highly recommended ...Read More » 


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2016 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This dense wine is full of generous fruits and a fine structure. Already balanced, notes of blackberry are hit with touches of spice and dark chocolate. Made by the team at Lynch-Bages, this has similar elegance. (RV)" (4/2017) 93-94 points James Suckling: "Powerful and structured with lots of blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, tight and tannic yet polished and beautiful. Fantastic. Juicy." (4/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 28 September until 12 October. It has an i ...Read More » 


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2016 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine is massive, dense and solid. At the same time, it has style and elegance. The result is that it is ripe, yet perfumed, with ample black fruit and mouthwatering acidity. Cellar at least 12 years. (RV)" (4/2017) 96-97 points James Suckling: "This is extremely long and linear with a powerful and refined texture of superfine tannins. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished. The finish is very, very impressive. Snaps at the end. Better than the 2015?" (4/2017) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Giscours is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, the highest percentage of Cabernet in r ...Read More » 


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2016 Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Tight and chewy yet polished and beautiful. Medium to full body, a pretty core of fruit within the center palate and a flavorful finish. Better than 2015 and on the same level as the excellent 2014." (4/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has a refulgent purple/black color. It has a very intense and rich, you might say "ambitious" bouquet with layers of small black cherries, blueberry and a touch of sloes, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin that almost disguise the firm structure u ...Read More » 


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2016 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. The wine has a fine, elegant character while at the same time density and power. It is ripe, full of acidity and pure black-currant fruitiness. The wine has dusty tannins, never tough, with fine fruit. For long-term aging. (RV)" (4/2017) 91-94 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a core of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, lined with slightly tarry grip. Keeps a fresh, driven feel through the incense-fueled finish. (JM)" (4/2017) 92-93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This is very linear and refined with tight-grained tannins and blackberry and blackcurrant character. Shows such finesse and beauty. ...Read More » 


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2016 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerfully dense, impressive wine from a top-performing estate with a solid, foursquare structure. The crisp acidity so much in evidence in this vintage shines through all this richness. Keep the wine for at least 12 years. (RV)" (4/2017) 95-96 points James Suckling: "This is so linear and refined with compacted fruit and superb tannin texture. The length and beauty to this grab you immediately and make you pay attention. Wait and see." (4/2017) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Malartic-Lagraviere is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot picked between 13-20 Octo ...Read More » 


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2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

98-99 points James Suckling: "This is really crazy. The layers of fruit to this and the sheer intensity are really superb. Full-bodied and very sweet yet energetic and focused. Dense and tight. Tasted it and said OMG right away!" (4/2017) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a perfumed, minerally bouquet that is taut and focused, beautifully defined and very precise. The palate is very well balanced with peach, nectarine and honey on the entry. This is a complex Sauternes, armed with superb acidity and bite, leading to a persistent finish that offers a dab of peaches and cream on th ...Read More » 


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2016 La Conseillante, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

99-100 points James Suckling: "This is the greatest Conseillante in modern times. Full body and incredible tannins that are polished and velvety. The texture lasts for minutes. I am speechless. What a young and awe-inspiring wine!" (4/2017) 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Conseillante is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked from 22 September to 13 October and 12-17 October at 39.5 hectoliters per hectare. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux told me that there is 13.8% alcohol, nearly one degree less than in 2015, with a pH of 3.65 and it is matured in 70% new oak. This has a succinct bouquet that is s ...Read More » 


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2016 Gloria, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a flash of mint before giving way to a torrent of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, pushed by energetic acidity and juicy, brambly grip. Plum cake and anise line the finish, along with a flash of tobacco. Lots going on here. (JM)" (4/2017) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 29 September until 17 October. It is matured in slightly less oak than the Saint-Pierre, at 40%. This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its ...Read More » 


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2016 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

94-95 points James Suckling: "This is very tight and focused with blackberries, blackcurrants and licorice. Lots of crushed stones, too. Full-bodied, tightly wound and pretty. Exciting second wine from Ducru." (4/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot that is matured in 60% new oak for 12 months and the remainder in one-year-old barrels. It has quite a rich and opulent bouquet, quite glossy with scents of kirsch, crushed strawberry, crème de cassis and a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sumptuo ...Read More » 


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2016 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a dense wine with dusty, ripe tannins balancing the concentrated blackberry fruit. It is powerful and solidly constructed, with bright acidity and touches of dark chocolate. Impressive and worth serious aging. (RV)" (4/2017) 93-94 points James Suckling: "Dense and chewy young wine with stone, blackberry and blueberry character. Full and chewy. Shows potential. Another 2015?" (4/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Latour-Martillac has an understated nose at first, but it unfurls and becomes quite a seductive Pessac-Léognan with ample blackberry and raspberry fruit, and a subtle hint of ...Read More » 


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2016 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chasse-Spleen has a very elegant bouquet with neatly integrated oak, the terroir really showing through here, hints of cedar and smoke emerging with time. The palate is fresh as a button on the entry. It is cut through with a superb line of acidity that engenders superb tension, the tannins firm but fine with a subtle marine influence towards the persistent finish. This is a fabulous Chasse-Spleen, the best I have ever tasted from the estate. It could end up at the top of by banded score. (NM)" (4/2017) 92-93 points James Suckling: "A solid and linear young wine with blackcurr ...Read More » 


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2016 Coutet, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Barrel Sample* This wine is dense, mingling spicy nutmeg along with superb ripe honey and marmalade flavors. With its balanced acidity and opulence, it is going to be a great wine." (4/2017) 94-95 points James Suckling: "Oily and dense with lots of sliced-cooked-pineapple, honey and light spice character. Full body and a long and spicy finish. Lasts a long time on the palate." (4/2017)  


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2016 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Firm and silky with a lovely depth of fruit and polished tannins. Some cedar and berry. Full and dense. Excellent length. Energetic acidity at end. Yes. Better than the super 2014. Best ever." (4/2017) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Lilian Ladouys is a blend of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 62% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot picked between 3-17 October and matured in 30% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and graphite, plenty of fruit here with excellent delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with ebullient red berry fruit laced with white pepper and ...Read More » 


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2016 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

92-93 points James Suckling: "Chewy and dense red with licorice, blackberry and dark-chocolate character. Full body and a tight and firm texture. Shows lovely length, too." (4/2017) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Fleur de Bouard has a generous bouquet with ample black cherry and cassis scents, with a touch of oyster shell and cold flint in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth and supple tannin. The tannins grip the mouth though it does not become too overpowering, while there is an attractive tobacco note that complements the dusky black fruit on the finish. A more classically styled L ...Read More » 


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2016 Potensac, Médoc (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Potensac, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "What a racy and focused Potensac with wonderful density and finesse as well as a firm and polished tannins that hold the whole thing together. A beautiful, reasoned young red. One of best Potensacs in a long time." (4/2017) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Potensac is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, cropped at 55 hectoliters per hectare between 5 and 19 October (11 days of picking), then matured in 30% new oak. Jean-Hubert Delon told me that his team was selective in the winery and so the Grand Vin only comprises 55% of the t ...Read More » 


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2016 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Decanter: "A balanced, measured, incredibly tight delivery of the triumvirate of tannins, fruit and acidity. The architecture hits the level of the 2010, fairly unusual in a year where the tannins have such a deft brush stroke in the main. This is a great Gruaud that is going to run and run. Aged for 18 months in 80% new oak. As of 2017, half of the vineyard (approximately 40ha) is being worked biodynamically. (JA)" (4/2017) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September until 15 Oc ...Read More » 


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2016 de Chantegrive Rouge, Graves (Pre-Arrival)

92-93 points James Suckling: "A dense and rich white with stone and cement character. Full and flavorful. Long finish." (4/2017) Vinous: "Dark fruit, torrefaction, smoke and chocolate give the 2016 de Chantegrive its distinctive personality. This is an especially bold, sumptuous wine built on forward fruit and lushness. Tasted two times. (AG)" (4/2017)  


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2016 d'Armailhac, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

95-96 points James Suckling: "This is really tannic and muscular for d’Armailhac. Perhaps the most powerful ever. Full and chewy yet balanced and polished. Very, very impressive. Greatest ever?" (4/2017) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Inviting, with notes of currant preserves and cherry sauce giving way to taut charcoal and singed alder accents. The chalky finish is a bit tight, but the stuffing is there. This has really good energy. (JM)" (4/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 D'Armailhac is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked between 27 September and 14 October. The bouque ...Read More » 


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2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style. (JM)" (4/2017) 97-99 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Barrel Sample* This wine is so stylish, with a great future that is all balance and elegance. There are structured tannins as well as ample acidity that will allow the wine to age gracefully. A great Ducru with restrained power for long-term aging. (RV) ...Read More » 


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2016 Poujeaux, Moulis (Pre-Arrival)

93 points Decanter: "One of the great value (everything's relative of course) wines of the Médoc, with brilliant work being done by Christophe Labenne and Matheiu Cuvelier of Clos Fourtet. Great Médoc character, full of mint and charcoal and a clear build up of power through the palate. This is rich and spicy with lovely rippling tannins and great depth to the autumnal berry fruit . A classic Poujeaux that will age well but there is no need to wait beyond six to eight years to start drinking this. A real success. Planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and an equal 5% ...Read More » 


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2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

96-97 points James Suckling: "Extremely long and erudite with crushed stones, blackberries and blueberries. Hints of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, tight and polished. The balance and beauty are amazing. Salty and minerally. More polished than the 2015. Wait and see. From biodynamic grapes." (4/2017) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion is a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot, with 13.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.55, the lowest acidity for many years. It was vinified in their Philippe Starck-designed "submarine" (this is what their aesthetically arresting winery looks ...Read More » 


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2016 La Tour de Mons, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Dense and chewy with very firm and silky tannins. Full-bodied and powerful. Better than the 2015." (4/2017) 91 points Decanter: "Here we are stepping up a gear for this estate, with careful but not shy fruit extraction, some real intensity to the silky raspberry and bilberry flavours, and tannins that cradle without overpowering the fruit. Brilliant value for money in a wine where you get a hint of the floral silkiness of Margaux. Owned by CA Grands Crus, the same group that owns Grand Puy Ducasse, Tour de Mons is benefitting from recent investments together with the sure touc ...Read More » 


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2016 Kirwan, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a dense wine, firm with tannins and packed with fruit. It is dark, concentrated and boasts an impressive balance of tannins and blackberry fruit. (RV)" (4/2017) 93 points Decanter: "This is an effortlessly elegant and classy Margaux. Real structure where the tannins hold without being intrusive, close to the 2015 in quality. They have new cellars here, so lots to look forward to over the next decade as they really begin to benefit from the extra precision. Extremely classic Margaux, a great signature of the appellation. (JA)" (4/2017) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and open in fee ...Read More » 


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2016 Siran, Margaux 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Siran, Margaux 12-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is another chateau that's on the rise. This vintage has produced a powerful wine, solid with tannins and concentration. It also has all the fruit that this year has produced. It will age well, being ready to drink in 10 years. (RV)" (4/2017) 94-95 points James Suckling: "This is a great follow-up to the 2015! Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. Solid core of ripe fruit and intense tannins. A triumph... again." (4/2017) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Siran is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc picked from 26 September until 20 October. The alcohol level is 13 ...Read More » 


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2016 Pavie, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

99-100 points James Suckling: "This is more compressed and tighter than the 2015. It’s full-bodied, but very tight and focused. So linear and long. Love the gorgeous finesse. Goes on for minutes. All about finesse...new profile." (4/2017) 98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare between 10 and 20 October. The alcohol this year is 14.55%, and it is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old wood. As Gérard Perse explained, this is a Pavie that has taken stock and shifted in direction in recent years, ref ...Read More » 


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2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. 'We had to be patient and wait for each plot,' Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. 'It took longer than usual.' As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredibl ...Read More » 


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2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. 'We had to be patient and wait for each plot,' Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. 'It took longer than usual.' As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredibl ...Read More » 


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2016 Palmer, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

99-100 points James Suckling: "I wrote that the 2015 was incredible, and this 2016 is again. It’s equally structured and powerful as the 2015, yet there’s an underlying intellectual serenity to this wine. You taste it, and you want to know and experience it even more. Full and tannic yet ever so polished and beautiful. Mesmerizing. Made from biodynamically grown grapes." (4/2017) 98-100 points Wine Enthusiast: "Potentially an 100-point wine, this is beautifully ripe and rich, with sweet tannins as well as opulent black fruit tones. A higher than usual proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives the wine its de ...Read More » 


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2016 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dense tannins and dark fruits are just a part of this wine's complex character. It is ripe, full of blackberries, yet solid, with a structure that balances the fruit. It should age extremely well; be ready be prepared to hold this for 15 years or more. (RV)" (4/2017) 93-94 points James Suckling: "A dense and powerful second wine from PL with layers of fruit and ripe, silky tannins. Shows tension and verve as well as polish. Excellent." (4/2017) 90-93 points Vinous: "The 2016 Réserve de la Comtesse is a serious second wine. Dark, ample and voluptuous, the Comtesse will give readers a very good idea of the styl ...Read More » 


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2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (6-pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (6-pack in OWC) (Pre-Arrival)

98-99 points James Suckling: "Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now!" (4/2017) 96-99 points Vinous: "The 2016 Pontet-Canet has been absolutely brilliant on the three occasions I’ve tasted it so far. Exotically ripe, powerful and voluptuous, it brings together the richness of the 2009 with the structure of the 2010. There aren't too many other 2016s where that is the case, but it is undoubtedly true here. The 2016 is a ...Read More » 


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2016 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

98-99 points James Suckling: "This is a superb wine. I didn’t think it could be better than the 2015 but indeed it is. Full, layered and sexy. It goes on for minutes with dense fruit, yet it’s also vivid and showcases sublime tannins and acidity balance. Great finish." (4/2017) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Malescot-St-Exupery has an opulent, lavish and pure bouquet with billowing black cherry and blueberry fruit, a touch of mint and graphite emerging with time. I love the delineation to this Margaux. The palate is very well balanced, sensual and voluptuous in style, but that does not detract from the fine ...Read More » 


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2016 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

94-95 points James Suckling: "A dense and layered red with blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of stones and minerals. Full body and chewy tannins. Serious potential." (4/2017) 92-95 points Vinous: "The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is utterly magnificent. Rich and sumptuous on the palate, it brings together luxurious, super-ripe fruit and striking aromatic freshness to balance things out. This is a stunning vintage for Fleur Cardinale in which all the elements come together to yield a complete, deeply satisfying and delicious Saint-Émilion. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consultant. (AG)" (4/2017) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Well-endowed, with ...Read More » 


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2016 La Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2016 La Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. While the wine has opulence and richness, it also has a more severe side that is classic for Montrose. It maintains the packed fruit of the vintage in both tannins and juicy blackberry fruit. This is a wine for drinking after 10–12 years. (RV)" (4/2017) 92 points Decanter: "A little subdued right now but the fresh, floral edging of the grand vin is also clear here, balanced by juicy black fruit flavours and a similar sense of restraint. The blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc represents 42% of the estate's producti ...Read More » 


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2016 Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "The second wine of Lynch is linear and tight with beautiful blackberry and currant character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and an energetic finish. Super concentrated on the center palate." (4/2017) 90-93 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a slightly dusty edge, but the core of fruit bursts with friendly cassis and cherry compote flavors. Cedar and singed vanilla accents score the finish. (JM)" (4/2017) 91 points Decanter: "Echo de Lynch-Bages this year accounts for 25% of overall production, and even here we are at a tannin index of 85IPT. But the freshness is undeniable, with a pH of 3.55 giving beautiful ...Read More » 


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