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2014 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine has spice and fresh fruit aromas, which translate on the palate into intense blackberry and wood tastes. It is firmly structured, with a dry core and medium-plus concentration. It promises a long life ahead." (3/2015) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Mouthfilling from the start, with lovely plum sauce, steeped fig and blackberry coulis flavors, lined with warm ganache notes and carried by ample but polished tannins. Features a tarry edge at the end, but maintains a rather polished feel overall. A lovely wine, once again. (Web-2015)" 91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "A fabulous wine from this venerab ...Read More » 


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2014 Montrose, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Montrose 2014 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that represents 47% of the total production. It was picked from mid-September via five or six tries through the vineyard. The aromatics represent a clear step in quality from the second wine, attired with far more precision and focus, much more purity with scents of blackberry, boysenberry and blue fruit, now with touches of violet and vanilla. It is beautifully defined and actually, at least at this juncture, closely aligned with Cos d’Estou ...Read More » 


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2014 Ormes de Pez, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Ripe and structured, this has a fine combination of smoky tannins and rich black-fruit notes that mingle harmoniously. It is a balanced wine that will age well, but also be approachable at a younger age." (4/2015) 90-93 points Antonio Galloni: "A dark, sumptuous beauty, the 2014 Ormes de Pez offers up a compelling mélange of purplish and black fruit, smoke, grilled herbs and graphite, with quite a bit of density. Rich and voluptuous, the 2014 is a gorgeous Ormes de Pez that will drink well relatively early. Best of all, the 2014 may very well turn out to be one of the sle ...Read More » 


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2014 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. A great wine, this Lafite has great power and richness as well as a wonderfully elegant touch. It is dark and brooding on the one hand and fresh in black currant fruit on the other. Woody tones support the superb fruits and complement the texture." (4/2015) 97-98 points James Suckling: "I love the sexy, perfumed and feminine style to this young Lafite with rose petals, rose stems and currants. Full body, super fine tannins and a wonderful finish. Lasts for a very, very long time." (3/2015) 94-97 points Wine Spectator: "Very backward, with loads of cedar, espresso and juniper out front, while the core o ...Read More » 


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2014 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2014 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a sophisticated wine, already one of the stars of the vintage. It has a concentrated color and serious tannins that are presented in a stylish package of smooth, polished fruitiness and ample acidity. It is certainly for long-term aging." (4/2015) 96-97 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this wine are enchanting with blackberries, dried flowers, blueberries, citrus and stones. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and bright acidity. Citrus skin undertones. Very, very long. Structured. This is 13.8 alcohol meaning the Cabernet was incredibly ripe for the vintage. Yet ...Read More » 


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2014 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Smith Haut Lafitte is quite supple and textured in the glass, with lovely understated richness and impeccable overall balance. The least expressive of the 2014s I tasted at the estate, the Grand Vin is all finesse. Silky tannins and distinctly red-hued fruit are two of the signatures in an exceptionally polished wine endowed with fabulous overall balance. Sweet floral and mint notes add striking aromatic lift. Quite simply, although the 2014 is magnificent, it is also far from obvious in style. This is about as refined a 2014 as I came across du ...Read More » 


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2014 Gloria, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine promises a great future ahead. It has all the elements in balance—rich tannins, intense black fruits and fragrant acidity—to suggest successful long-term aging." (4/2015) 91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Gloria is ample, rich and beautifully resonant, with more than enough fruit to fill out its broad-shouldered frame. Red currant, blood orange, smoke, white pepper and iron build to the deeply satisfying finish. The combination of extroverted fruit, tannin and saline-inflected minerality dazzles from the very first taste. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG) ...Read More » 


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2014 Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is powerful in dark tannins that surround the ripe plum and damson plum notes. It is rich and concentrated, yet juicy in acidity. The structured tannins and acidity promise successful long-term aging." (4/2015) 90-93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou is a dark, voluptuous beauty. Juicy black cherries, smoke, violets, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the many notes that wrap around the palate, leading to a deep, inky finish laced with purplish-hued fruits. Juicy and extroverted to the core, the 2014 is likely to reward consumers with considerable ...Read More » 


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2014 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Powerful tannins and ripe fruit notes set this wine up for a rich future. It has a dark, brooding quality, with smooth wood flavors and a creamy black-cherry aftertaste." (3/2015) 91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "A wine of total finesse, the 2014 Prieuré-Lichine boasts striking purity in its fruit. The flavors are bright and floral throughout, with plenty of red currant, cherry and raspberry. There is virtually no sensation of tannin. Although perhaps not super-complex, the 2014 is impeccably balanced and harmonious from the very first taste. I imagine the 2014 will drink w ...Read More » 


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2014 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "Exuberant and explosive, the 2014 Canon La Gaffelière is quite forward in style, yet all the elements seem to come together. An open, exotic bouquet melds into sweet red cherries, plums, spices and dried rose petals. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc gives the wine considerable aromatic lift and tons of personality. Floral and savory Franc notes abound on the super, long finish. The 2014 is 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (4/2015) 93-96 points Wine Spectator: "A strong ganache element flows along with the dark currant and blackberry flavors. A charco ...Read More » 


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2014 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Powerful tannins are the hallmark of this concentrated wine. With a big structure, it is pushing the envelope, yet the Saint-Julien elegance manifests itself in the balanced fruit and deliciously fresh acidity." (4/2015) 91-94 points Wine Spectator: "Sappy kirsch and blackberry coulis notes form the core, with ample tar, ganache and bramble flavors filling in the finish. Displays lots of chewy grip but has the flesh to match. Rock-solid." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "A beautiful young wine with raspberries and plums. Full, round and juicy. So much berry character. Round tannins and bright aci ...Read More » 


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2014 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Rauzan-Ségla is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine. Super-polished and silky throughout, the 2014 is all about nuance. Red cherry, red currant and mint open up in a translucent, beautifully delineated wine. Ferrous and savory notes follow as the wine blossoms in the glass, revealing its depth and resonance. All the elements fall into place in a gracious wine that is at once classically austere, yet also supple and highly expressive, with virtually no sensation of tannin and terrific overall balance. (AG)" (4/2015) 94-95 points James Suckling: "A powerful and dense Rauzan ...Read More » 


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2014 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) Back In Stock!
2014 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Pavie Macquin is superb. Black cherries, smoke, new leather, cloves and cedar blossom in the glass as this textured, voluptuous St.-Emilion shows its dark, enticing personality. The flavors are distinctly sepia-toned in a muscular, powerful Pavie Macquin that will drink well for several decades. Savory herbs, crushed flowers, mint and smoke blossom on the dense, explosive finish. The blend is 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (4/2015) 93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Well-packed, with ample boysenberry, blackberry and raspberry flavors that course al ...Read More » 


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2014 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Domaine de Chevalier is stunningly beautiful. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, spice and leather are all supported by veins of underlying acidity and minerality. Sweet floral and spice notes continue to open up over time, but it is the wine's imposing structure that stands out most. Readers will need to be especially patient here, as the domaine's wines are typically very slow to mature. That is especially like to be the case with the 2014, as the tannins are quite imposing at this stage. The 2014 is going to need a considerable amount of time. The ...Read More » 


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2014 Rieussec, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This has a phenomenal finish. It’s dense yet agile with dried tropical fruits and spices. Honey, too. Yet so intense and powerful. It really lasts for minutes. Medium sweet yet so fruity and energetic. This shows how you can have ripeness with fruit and then lots of botrytis. Exciting wine." (3/2015) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Rieussec 2014 is a blend of 93% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, picked from 15 to 29 October through seven tries, the yield half the normal crop at 13 hectoliters per hectare. Charles Chevalier, how lest we forget started here and n ...Read More » 


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2014 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a bold, spicy profile, with nectarine, ginger, hazelnut and pineapple notes. Shows lots of energy, brimming with spice and focused acidity through the finish. A great showing." (4/2015) 95-96 points James Suckling: "A solid wine with dried fruits, spices, dried mushrooms and medium sweetness. Full-bodied, sweet and intense." (4/2015) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Doisy-Védrines 2014 is a blend of 85% Sémillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, a modest 134 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.55 (a figure that might be a little lower than recent vintages.) It has a fragrant bouquet that is actually q ...Read More » 


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2014 du Tertre, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a rich, smoky wine, with medium weight and concentration. It offers spicy notes, solid tannins and swathes of fresh fruit. This is going to be a seriously good wine." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "A fantastic Tertre. One of the best in years with so much dark fruit, earth and light meat character. Decadent yet classy. Full body, polished tannins long finish." (4/2015) 89-92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 du Tertre is intense and powerful from the very first taste. Game, smoke, tobacco, leather and cedar all open up in the glass, adding considerable nuance to a core of dark red stone ...Read More » 


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2014 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

96-99 points Wine Spectator: "Reserved aromatically for now, but this has a lot at its clutch, with remarkably silky plum, currant and raspberry fruit inlaid seamlessly with alder, rooibos tea and bergamot notes. There's a fine minerality that stretches out the finish, with remarkable cut, delineation and finesse. This is gorgeous. Tasted non-blind.—" (4/2015) 96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine has great tension, with an almost mineral character. The ripe black fruits are complemented by ample acidity, with a stylish structure and enormous aging potential." (4/2015) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Cheval Blanc 2014 i ...Read More » 


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2014 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Doisy-Daëne 2014 is bestowed with 144 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.7. It is much more introspective compared to the Coutet at the moment, perhaps because of less residual, but it is fragrant and ethereal with wild honey, yellow flower and orange blossom scents developing with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension and fruit intensity on the entry. It is more linear than recent vintages, minerally with a lovely twist of sour lemon imparting tension and vivacity on the crystalline finish. This is a fabulo ...Read More » 


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2014 Cantenac Brown, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Cantenac Brown is very pretty. A model of total understatement, the 2014 stands out for its terrific overall balance. All the elements are in the right place. Sweet red stone fruit, iron, tobacco and cedar are woven into the silky, exquisitely layered finish. Tasted twice." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "A silky red with fine tannins and a beautiful core of ripe fruit. Medium to full body, fine tannins. Polished already." (4/2015) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Cantenac Brown 2014 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has a feisty nose compared to its mild-mannered Margau ...Read More » 


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2014 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Bright and juicy, with a core of plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit, backed by hints of anise and fruitcake. The apple wood edge on the finish gives this spine. Very solid. (Web-2015)" 91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Malescot Saint Exupéry is deep, fleshy and very nicely textured in the glass. Smoke, tobacco, incense and new leather lead to a host of dark red/black-fleshed fruits in a supple, deeply expressive Margaux. Layers of fruit continue to build through to the creamy, inviting finish. Young and bursting at the seams with a real sense of unbridled power, the 2014 is l ...Read More » 


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2014 Rieussec, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This has a phenomenal finish. It’s dense yet agile with dried tropical fruits and spices. Honey, too. Yet so intense and powerful. It really lasts for minutes. Medium sweet yet so fruity and energetic. This shows how you can have ripeness with fruit and then lots of botrytis. Exciting wine." (3/2015) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Rieussec 2014 is a blend of 93% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, picked from 15 to 29 October through seven tries, the yield half the normal crop at 13 hectoliters per hectare. Charles Chevalier, how lest we forget started here and n ...Read More » 


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2014 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Clos Fourtet is one of the highlights of the vintage. Super-finessed and gracious to the core, the 2014 presents a super-intriguing array of lavender, mint, violet, herb and blue stone fruits. Veins of cool, saline-infused minerals give the wine its energy and length. At its essence, the 2014 is a deceptively mid-weight, refined St.-Emilion built on weightless energy, tension and class. Hints of lavender, cloves, white pepper and savory herbs reappear on the finish, adding lift and precision. In 2014, Clos Fourtet is a true stand out, as well as ...Read More » 


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2014 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. From a separate vineyard on the Léoville Las Cases estate, this is a solidly structured, concentrated wine of power and depth. It just avoids the bitterness of extraction because of the superrich berry and plum fruits. The tough background yields to vibrant acidity on the finish." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "The purity of fruit to this young wine is impressive with currants, raspberries and black cherries. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Very serious. Structured. Fine." (3/2015) 90-93 points Wine Spectator: "This has a subtle sauvage side, with a hint of dark olive ...Read More » 


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2014 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a rich, rounded wine that has dusty tannins floating in the ripe wood and berry fruits. It has enough structure to age well, but is also generous and full-fruited on the palate. It ends with just the right amount of fresh acidity." (3/2015) 91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "Exotic and powerful to the core, the 2014 Malartic-Lagravière boasts considerable power allied to a real sense of tension. Scents of lavender, mint, herbs, crushed flowers and rose petal lead to a core of super-ripe plums and hard candy as this ample, bold wine shows its compelling personality. Br ...Read More » 


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2014 d'Armailhac, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Very minerally, silky and refined with a full body, firm tannins and currants, stones and citrus. Racy and fine. This has a little more Merlot in the blend but is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon as always. One of the best Armailhacs in a long time." (3/2015) 90-93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 d'Armailhac is absolutely delicious. Dark red cherry, plum, pomegranate, spice and floral notes are bold and exuberant in the glass. This is an especially extroverted, silky d'Armailhac long on class, finesse and resonance. All the elements are in the right place. Ripe, silky tannins add to an overa ...Read More » 


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2014 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

95-96 points James Suckling: "A fabulous young wine with superb depth of fruit and density that shows blueberries, blackberries, oyster shells and stones. Full-bodied, chewy yet with a laser-guided backbone of tannins. Goes on for minutes. Concentrated yet so fine and beautiful. The tannin content analysis is the same as 2009 and 2010 apparently from the winemakers, but the tannin quality is better. Amazing. This could be a remake of the 2010 but fresher." (3/2015) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine has the finest, dusty tannins that float through the structure. Don't be deceived, though—this ri ...Read More » 


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2014 Meyney, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

90-93 points Antonio Galloni: "A deep, powerful wine, the 2014 Meyney shows the more virile, imposing side of the vintage. Black cherries, plums, game, smoke, tobacco and menthol are all supported by a spine of firm tannin that gives the wine its imposing structure. This fruit did not come in until October 30, very late, even by the standards of the year. The style is decidedly virile, with more than enough pure depth and underlying structure to develop beautifully in bottle for many years. Consulting Winemaker Hubert de Boüard is doing terrific work at Meyney." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "Full body, dens ...Read More » 


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2013 Suduiraut, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Suduiraut is magnificent. A bold, direct Sauternes, the 2013 hits the palate with an exotic mélange of apricot jam, lychee, spices, mint and honey. One of the bigger, deeper wines of the vintage, the Suduiraut is firing on all cylinders today. This is a great showing." (4/2014) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Full and rich, this is a powerful wine. It’s packed with botrytis-driven flavors of wild honey and peach, balanced by tight acidity. For long-term aging." (3/2014) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Suduiraut has one of the more flamboyant bouquets of the vintage, one that is actually r ...Read More » 


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2011 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and complex, it shows both ripe fruit and weighty tannins, and is still very closed and tight. This is a powerful expression of the vintage—a wine that should age well." (4/2012) 90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This sexy, delicious effort is atypically fat, fleshy and opulent for a 2011. While the acidity is present, it is lower than in many Medocs. The wine displays lots of blue, red and black fruits intertwined with a floral note that provides additional complexity. Front end-loaded with a mid-palate and finish that fill out nicely, this beautifully made wine is a true sleeper of ...Read More » 


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2014 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Haut Bailly is exceptionally polished, creamy and textured from the very first taste. Black cherries, plums, smoke, tobacco and incense meld together in an ample, voluptuous wine built on pure texture. The high percentage of Merlot gives the 2014 relatively soft contours to balance the pure intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a remarkably balanced, polished, young Haut-Bailly. The blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot. (AG)" (4/2015) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a very successful wine, with wood and fruit notes that combine seamlessly ...Read More » 


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2014 Siran, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Siran 2014 has perhaps the most sophisticated bouquet that I have encountered at this stage from this upcoming estate. There is real definition and focus here, more precision than recent vintages have shown. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin. There is good acidity, energetic and animated in the mouth with a vivacious finish that has class. This is very promising for the future and it may warrant a higher score in bottle. Hopefully proprietor Edouard Miailhe now has the grand Margaux estate on the right tracks after years of inco ...Read More » 


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2014 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2014 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Here is a ripe and smoky wine, with a firm, tannic structure and a sense of the deep gravel terroir. The high proportion of Merlot in the blend has given richness to the wine, with a big, fat texture on the finish." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "This is very solid and muscular with dark berries and blueberries. More merlot than normal but shows a serious structure that underlines the excellence of the cabernet. Small production of cabernet here with 45% merlot in the blend." (3/2015) 90-93 points Wine Spectator: "This has yet to soak up its oak and remains a bit raw, but the juniper and alder ...Read More » 


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2014 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

91-92 points James Suckling: "This is a very serious and structured wine from here. Best ever? Full, chewy and structured. Plenty of fruit. Chewy." (3/2015) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Lilian-Ladouys 2014 is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot cropped at 44hl/ha. Aged in 30% new oak from several cooperages, it veers towards fleshy red berry fruit on the nose with hints of dried herbs and sous-bois lending personality, something to talk about. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco infused black fruit, masculine in style with good backbone and impressi ...Read More » 


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2014 l'Evangile, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Tightly coiled for now, offering raspberry, bitter plum and dark currant fruit that should unwind slowly. Features charcoal and smoldering tobacco notes, with a hint of loam underscoring the finish. Always among the more muscular Pomerols, with a substantial percentage of Cabernet Franc, and 2014 is no different. Tasted non-blind." (4/2015) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château L’Evangile 2014 is a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc, the latter from re-planted vines that have come into the grand vin. It has a very refined bouquet, the Cabernet Franc lending a slight savory ...Read More » 


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2014 Figeac, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The Cabernet Sauvignon in this wine always gives it a distinctive, smoky profile. It also offers juicy acidity and black currant flavors that lie over a fine, dusty layer of tannins. The wine is so elegant and poised, with both structure and freshness." (4/2015) 93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and tight, with layers of well-focused boysenberry, cherry and cassis fruit, backed by a long, iron-edged finish. There's a whiff of tobacco in the background, too. Seriously grounded in terroir, this may take some time to unwind fully. (Web Only - 2015)" 92-95 points Antonio Galloni: "A big, ample wine, the 2014 Figeac is b ...Read More » 


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2014 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Pronounced toast aromas follow through to the palate, yielding an assertive smoky toast character throughout. However, this impressive wine’s real potential is the undertow of ripe fruit. It needs cellaring for many years to fully harmonize." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "Very pretty cabernet sauvignon character. Full body, fine tannins and a bright finish. Ultra-fine tannins. Tight and caressing. Refined. This is a little more cabernet in the blend that gives detail and direction." (3/2015) 90-93 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh, with pretty cherry and plum fruit, lined with a light red licorice ...Read More » 


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2014 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Léoville Poyferré is impressive. A big, broad-shouldered St. Julien, the 2014 blossoms in the glass with superb depth and richness. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol, crushed flowers, herbs and leather are some of the notes that burst onto the palate in an energetic, tightly wound Poyferré. The 2014 finishes with notable depth and huge, explosive intensity, all of which suggest it will require considerable cellaring. This is without question one of the stars of the vintage. (AG)" (4/2015) 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. While the wine does have an austere side ...Read More » 


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2014 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. The wine shows intensity and concentration, offering ripe yellow fruits and honeyed sweetness tempered by boytritis. Initially, it seems to be all sweetness, then that essential acidity creeps in with the wonderful freshness of squeezed lemon." (3/2015) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château La Tour Blanche 2014 is a blend of 82% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle that has 130 grams per liter residual sugar, a level that might be lower than what I was expecting, though still around average for the vintage. The Sémillon is matured in wooden barrel, the oth ...Read More » 


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2014 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Doisy-Daëne 2014 is bestowed with 144 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.7. It is much more introspective compared to the Coutet at the moment, perhaps because of less residual, but it is fragrant and ethereal with wild honey, yellow flower and orange blossom scents developing with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension and fruit intensity on the entry. It is more linear than recent vintages, minerally with a lovely twist of sour lemon imparting tension and vivacity on the crystalline finish. This is a fabulo ...Read More » 


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2014 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine is dry, with some bitterness and a hard edge of dense tannins. The acidity pierces through the wine, so fresh as to be shocking in its intensity. It will certainly need plenty of time to integrate and mellow." (3/2015) 90-93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Brane-Cantenac is a striking, wonderfully complex wine with a lot going on. Powerful at the outset yet also quite floral almost to the point of being exotic, the 2014 is certainly not lacking in nuance or personality. Hints of orange peel, mint, white flowers and berries open up gradually in a wine of unders ...Read More » 


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2014 Guiraud, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Wine Spectator: "A juicy, engaging core of apricot, nectarine and green fig is backed by ginger and spiced apple accents. Orange zest notes enliven the finish even more. Shows solid length, power and precision." (4/2015) 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Guiraud 2014 has a perfumed bouquet with clear honey, beeswax and honeysuckle aromas that are well defined. The palate is fresh and taut on the entry: good tension and focus here, very harmonious with a gently build in the mouth towards a satisfying marmalade and quince-driven finish. This is a finely crafted Guiraud that will be a class act. ( ...Read More » 


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2014 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Barde-Haut boasts superb richness and overall intensity. Dark spices, crème de cassis, new leather, mint and licorice meld together in a dark, sumptuous St.-Emilion built on pure depth and resonance. Suave, polished tannins convey an overall impression of creaminess. This clay-rich terroir delivers considerable breath. This is a terrific showing from proprietor Hélène Garcin and consulting winemaker Alain Raynaud. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "This is very dense and intense with lots of extracted fruit that gives a lico ...Read More » 


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2014 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château La Lagune 2014 was picked between 22 September is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot with the young plots of Merlot and finishing with the Petit Verdot on 7 October. Proprietor Caroline Fray explained that there is a higher percentage of Cabernet because the Merlot suffered a lot of coulure. They have also replanted some Cabernet on the top of the hill, and these are now ready to go into the Grand Vin (there will probably be a higher level of Cabernet Sauvignon from now on.) It has well-defined bouquet, a littl ...Read More » 


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2014 Talbot, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Antonio Galloni: "Ample and broad on the palate, the 2014 Talbot captures the essence of the vintage with an enticing mélange of fresh blue and purplish-hued fruits. Graphite, lavender, mint and sweet spices waft from the glass as the 2014 gradually opens up. At times, Talbot is muscular and powerful, while at other moments it comes across as much more feminine. It is precisely those contrasts that make the 2014 so intriguing. Polished, silky tannins wrap around the super-inviting finish. The 2014 was vinified in cement and steel, with pump overs only. The blend is 62% Ca ...Read More » 


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2010 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

94-95 points James Suckling: "Wow. This shows a wonderful core of intense, ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Loads of berry, chocolate and toasted oak. A joy to taste young. Hard to decide if it's better than 2009 at this stage." (4/2011)93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The former home of Alexis Lichine is now owned by a Pacific-based French mining company. The low yields of the 2010 (the vineyard was hit by hail) have produced a smooth and rich style of wine, which is weighty while also showing fine acidity on the finish. This has definite aging potential." (2/2013)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dense purple, with loads of blueberry and blackberry f ...Read More » 


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2014 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Smooth and ripe, this is a full wine that is already in balance, with fine acidity and fruitiness in harmony with elegant tannins. It will age well, but relatively quickly." (4/2015) 91-92 points James Suckling: "This is really beautiful with so much class and finesse already. Full body, bright acidity and lovely fruit." (3/2015) 89-91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Lafon-Rochet is all about immediacy and energy. Dark red stone fruit, cedar, flowers, leather and mint all open up nicely. The high percentage of Merlot in the blend gives the 2014 lovely suppleness and mid-palate pliancy. The 2014 is not ...Read More » 


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2014 d'Issan, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a serious wine, with dense tannins and concentrated structure. It has strong wood and smoky bacon notes that need to harmonize with the dark plum flavor and ample acidity." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "A dense and tight wine with cedar, berry, light chocolate and nut character. Full body, compacted center palate with muscular tannins." (3/2015) 89-91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 d'Issan is an open, forward wine that should drink well pretty much upon release as it already shows quite a bit of immediacy. Black cherry, plum, spice, new leather and licorice are some of the notes that ...Read More » 


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2014 d'Aiguilhe, Côtes de Castillon (Pre-Arrival)

90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "Stephan von Neipperg's 2014 d'Aiguilhe is plump, juicy and impeccably balanced. The flavors are dark and sumptuous, with plenty of red cherry, plum, spice and cedar. Polished and beautifully textured throughout, the 2014 is real stand out. Sweet floral notes add breadth to the expressive finish. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. (AG)" (4/2015) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château d'Aiguilhe 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 3 and 13 October, vatted for 30 days and aged in 30% new oak barrels. It has an immediately pleasurable nose th ...Read More » 


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