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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always one of the better values and ageworthy wines from the Haut-Medoc, Lanessan’s 2003 possesses lots of cedarwood, creme de cassis and forest floor notes, outstanding ripeness, low acidity, and a round, generous mouthfeel with no desiccation or flaws. (RP)" (8/2014) Spirit Journal: "Dense crimson. Delicate scent. Complete if not exactly subtle. A bit brutal with lots of acidity. And those dry tannins, and some rasping greenness on the end. (15/20 points)" (10/2010) Wine Spectator: "Aromas of plum, spices and cherry follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with stewed fruit and a light fi ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "A soft and charming style, with a perfumy edge around the lightly steeped plum and cherry fruit. Lingering sandalwood and tea notes line the finish, which shows good persistence. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2014)"
Another safe bet Bordeaux. 12 months in oak barrels. It has a texture that covers the mouth and a fruity finish. Château Arnaud focuses on consistent quality and tries each year to show the best wine possible. This 2010 vintage is particularly successful. We suggest you along with beef dishes. You can now enjoy in its youth or wait a bit without problems.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fashioned from 100% Merlot, this mainstream, deliciously fruity, succulent, soft, dark ruby/purple-tinged, juicy 2009 is everything a bargain hunter is seeking." (4/2010) K&L Notes: Chateau Larteau is a carefully modernized 18th Century property with 12 hectares planted in the gravelly soils beside the Dordogne. Vinification of this 100% Merlot takes place in temperature-controlled concrete vats before the wine is aged for 18 months in 30% new Allier oak barrels. The wine is fruity and generous and enjoyable in its youth, but with an aging potential of 5-10 years in ... Read More »
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.
The 2012 Bordeaux vintage produced elegant, soft, early maturing wines-perfect for consuming while you wait for your 2009 and 2010 vintages to soften. Ralph and Alex and I think 2012s, with their relatively low prices, will be a vintage to consider when the wines arrive at our stores. There is a sweetness on the palate that 2011 and 2013 do not have. We fell in love with this wine on our April Bordeaux trip this year. We have carried previous vintages (starting with the 2005 vintage), and this 2012 carries on as a great Bordeaux value. Made from the... Read More »
88-91 points Wine Spectator: "A minerally and fruity wine, but subdued and balanced. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. (Web-2010)"89 points Wine Enthusiast: "A balanced wine that brings together flavors of wood, smoke and ripe black currant, it’s elegant, forward and structured. Drink soon, or age for several years." (2/2013)
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 exhibits a deep ruby/blue/purple color along with attractive notes of toast, minerals and dark berry fruit. Medium-bodied, soft, round and velvety-textured, it is another example of a wine that performs well above its humble pedigree. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. A consistent winner from the committed, energetic proprietor, Jean-Philippe Janoueix, the 2012 Croix Mouton is his lowest level wine. A blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc that achieved 13.7% natural alcohol, it is a very good effort from a vineyard situated near Fronsac. (RP ...Read More »
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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 »
What a delicious wine. Soft and supple with tons of spicy fruit on the nose and palate. Semi-new wave, but fine structure and balance. Excellent value. Another find on our 2012 Bordeaux buy trip. Organically cultivated. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Co-Owner and Bordeaux Buyer)
91 points James Suckling: "A red with plum and berry character, plus lots of hazelnut. Chalky. Full body with chewy tannins and a fresh finish. This is always excellent. Drink in 2015." (2/2014) Wine Spectator: "Bouncy blueberry and cherry fruit flavors are backed by toasted spice. Open knit and fresh." (4/2012) K&L Notes: One of our favorites from the value regions on the right bank. Cotes de Blaye region now referred to as Cotes de Bordeaux. This wine is 90% Merlot and has a lot of blackberry fruit flavors. Decant one hour and serve with a pot roast.
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 »
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 »
90 points James Suckling: "Aromas of plums and bitter chocolate follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a medium toasted oak aftertaste. Lots of wood now but shows excellent structure." (3/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Inviting nose offers black raspberry, mocha and a whiff of chocolatey oak. Sweet, supple and nicely concentrated, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the dark berry flavors. With its rather suave tannins and good length and lift, this elegantly styled wine already gives pleasure." (8/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "While this shows its youthful tannins, it also bears blackberry fru ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This reminded me of a really well-made, top-notch Cotes du Rhone. Why? Lots of kirsch, lavender, roasted herbs and earthy notes as well as hints of pepper and spice jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Seductive, round and extremely attractive, it is everything a Cotes de Bordeaux should be, at a realistic price. For the statisticians, it is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. (RP)" (2/2012) K&L Notes: This Bernard Magrez wine is a great value. Plenty of structure and grip o... Read More »
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 »
This is the second wine of Château Malleret, generally only available in Hong Kong and Europe. A great value from this age-worthy but early drinking vintage. Dominated by Merlot, this comes from the youngest vines on the property, aged for a year. Winemaker notes: "Beneath its purple roble and fruity nose, the Château Barthez 2009 reveals soft, supple tannins which ensure a long finish with subtle wood notes. A real pleasure with a good steak or a roast dinner."
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!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Revealing abundant minerality as well as a leaner, tighter style than the 2010's with less mass, extraction and power, this elegant, medium-bodied 2008 exhibits raspberry and black currant fruit, cedar, loamy soil and a hint of spice box. It should be consumed over the next 3-4 years. (RP)" (5/2011) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark red. Redcurrant, tobacco and menthol on the nose. Broad, sweet and fairly full in the mouth, with a fine grain to the flavors of currant, tobacco, herbs and earth. Not especially complex or structured but nicely made. The finish features broad, ri ...Read More »
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90 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, with a direct, open-knit core of apricot, toasted almond, piecrust and white peach flavors that meld through the creamy, ginger-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: The second wine of Château Guiraud and made by Xavier Planty, Château Guiraud's oenologist since 1982. It is a modern style with a high proportion of Sauvignon Blanc (approximately one third), made from a blend of lots fermented in stainless steel (for minerality and freshness), and new French oak barrels, which promote the development of richness, body, and intensity of fl... Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "Round and warm with a Creole-like spice, this is a red-fruited wine with a green peppercorn and mint snap. The wine’s dry tannins need braised lamb to bring them into line." (10/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "Packed with dark tannins, this complex wine shows a powerful structure allied with very fresh acidity and red berry fruits. It is still feeling its way, heavy on the texture and still waiting for the fruit. Drink from 2014." (12/2013) Wine Spectator: "A tarry frame surrounds a core of red currant, plum skin and grilled savory notes. A pebbly feel on the finish adds some interest. Drink now thro ...Read More »
L'Avocat is in the small commune of Cerons, which is located just north of Barsac and Sauternes in the southern Graves appellation. At 300 feet above the Garrone River, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Côtes de Bordeaux. The vineyard's soil is loaded with different color gravel that imparts textbook minerality to both their whites and reds. L'Avocat's white is fresh and citrusy from the Sauvignon Blanc, and the addition of barrel-fermented Semillon rounds out the palate. This is a great all-around white for cocktailing or with salads, fis... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Offers direct bitter plum and black cherry fruit, with light chalk and toasted vanilla notes guiding the finish. A touch shy on depth for the vintage, but remains charming enough. (Web Only--2013)" K&L Notes: This property is situated north of commune of Lussac. We tasted this delightful wine with Dominque Robin and his daughter Pauline on our 2008 buying trip. : The 2010 is a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine which is very well balanced with no excess tannins. Nice toasty oak aromas and flavors with blackberries showing t... Read More »
89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational effort from proprietor Denis Dubourdieu, this easygoing, richly fruity, honeyed white Bordeaux exhibits lots of fig, grapefruit and melon notes, medium body, surprising depth and terrific purity as well as complexity. Drink it over the next 1-3 years. (RP)" (8/2014) 88-91 points Wine Spectator: "Tangy and mouthwatering, with kiwi core, lemon pulp, fennel and sel gris notes. Lots of cut through the finish. Piercing. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: Located in Beguey in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, Château Reynon was purchased by the Dubourdieu family in 1958. Denis Dubourdieu too... Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium dark ruby. Aromatic nose offers fresh blackcurrant and lead pencil scents. Pure but austere on the palate, with black fruit and cedar flavors leading to a persistent finish featuring slightly gritty tannins." (5/2012) K&L Notes: From the winery: "Made up of 45 hectares (111 acres) of vines that form part of a larger 80 hectares (198 acres) estate on one single plot, the Lanessan vineyard is located in the commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, close to Saint-Julien, in the Haut-Médoc appellation area and runs east to west along a fine ridge of deep Garonne gravel. T... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Aromas of licorice, tar and some blackberry lead to a medium body, with light tannins and a fruity, delicate finish." K&L Notes: Château La Prade, just four and a half hectares, was purchased by the Thienpont family in 2000. Despite the tiny size, part of the vineyards are on the limestone plateau and the rest are on a south-facing slope rich in iron. This somewhat unique terroir results in a rich Merlot-dominated blend with great structure. We tasted this wine on our April 2014 Bordeaux trip and bought it on the spot. Delicious, fruit-forward wine to enjoy for th... Read More »
Le Blanc de la Graside is sourced from a vineyard 3 miles south of Libourne which is planted with 60 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and aged in casks to round out a generous profile. Citrus and stone fruit retain a grassy cut with a mineral-driven finish.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Cuvee La Gargone (14% alcohol) exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, abundant notes of sweet blueberries and black raspberries and significant density and richness. A major sleeper of the vintage, this blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 3-5 years." (4/2014) James Suckling: "This shows lots of excellent fruit, with spices, chikies and chocolate. Full and dense. Fruity finish. Drink in 2016." (2/2014)
Ch. L’Avocat’s vineyard location, just a few hundred yards from the Garonne River are in a perfect spot for their grapes to catch the morning mist that will infect the grapes and allow “boytrytis” to flourish, creating a lush wine of great sweetness. The bouquet is of citrus, apricot and pineapple fruit; on the palate it has the hallmark quality of lively acidity with fruit flavors of marmalade, pineapple and lemons. Good complexity and concentration with a fresh finish. An impressive value in sweet wine! (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux Expert)
90 points Wine Spectator: "This has a dense, chewy feel, with licorice root, coffee and tar notes leading the way, backed by dense plum and black currant paste flavors. There's a nice saturated feel through the finish, with tarry grip hanging on for added length. Best from 2014 through 2022. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: The vineyards were purchased by the Allisons in 2002; the fruit was previously sold to Mouton-Rothschild. At 300 feet above the Garrone River, the vineyards have stunning views of the lovely Côtes de Bordeaux. The vineyard's elevation is a key factor in its great drainage, and the so... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another sleeper of the vintage, this elegant 2010 offers up notes of cedar, loamy soil, black currants and black cherries. Medium-bodied and complex already with supple tannins as well as a nicely layered mouthfeel and finish, it should be consumed over the next decade." (5/2011) Wine Spectator: "This delivers a good, direct beam of cassis and blackberry fruit, with licorice and warm stone notes framing the finish. Rather direct but nicely put together. Drink now through 2016." (3/2013) K&L Notes: One of the best tasting under $20 Bodeaux 2010s in the store. Quite lush for such a conce... Read More »
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "All fresh blackberry juice with sweetness and power. The wine has richness, along with considerable charming freshness." (3/2011) Jancis Robinson: "36% of production. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot. Very rich and sweet on the nose. Easy and sweet and quite delicate. Very dry on the finsh but utterly charming and flattering until you get to that slightly drying finish." (4/2010) Wine Spectator: "Chocolate and berry character on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a soft tannin structure and light finish. (Web-2010)" K&L Notes: This wine is stunning. The little brother of Tronquoy lalande and owne... Read More »
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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 Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. While the texture is rich, the flavors are muted at this stage. It does have an opulent character that will develop to give ripe yellow fruit tones. Rich in nature, a vein of acidity runs under all this concentration. It will need time t ...Read More »
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* A very fruity and tasty style. Another great value from what Robert Parker calls a "consistent property that turns out wines that are often very close to classified-growth quality."
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95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Plump at first, with a praline note around the heather, pineapple and nectarine flavors. Stretches out, with a juicy feel, while orange blossom and white peach accents fill in, imparting lift and cut. This packs a bit of power, but there’s lots of buried freshness as well. The finish is seriously long already.—" (4/2015) 96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Aromatic with the a note of wildflower honey, the palate brings white fruit flavors and rich botrytis power. The midpalate is densely concentrated with fruit tones, yet lightened by a vein of acidity." (4/2015) 92-93 points James Suckling: "This shows a li ...Read More »
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89-90 points James Suckling: "Very pretty fruit with dark berries and plums. Medium-to-full body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish." (4/2013) 87-90 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers pure cassis and damson plum aromas, with a sleek feel and a good mix of toast and violet notes on the finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (Web-2013)" (4/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Black core, purple rim. Aromatic dark fruit. Vigorous, dense but fresh. Just the right amount of chew at this stage. Youthful harmony and length with a fine mineral thread through the fruit. Don't know the price but imagine this will be (good value). Drink 2017-2025. ...Read More »
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This Haut-Medoc sleeper of the vintage from Bordeaux visionary Bernard Magrez possesses copious quantities of black currant and cherry fruit as well as supple tannins presented in a medium-bodied, opulent style that is ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years. (RP)" (6/2007) Wine Enthusiast: "Now mature, this is a powerful wine for the vintage. It has a spice note, plus tannins that are still present and likely to develop further. The flavors of truffle, gamy beef and beet are are testaments to the age of this wine." (2/2013) K&L Notes: La Temperance is planted in with 75% Merlot and ... Read More »
90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Attractive and fruity, a wine that has soft texture with light touches of botrytis. It's warm and rich, with a fine final texture of dryness and acidity." (4/2013) 89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Quite lively, with a floral edge to the white peach, pineapple and heather notes. Good freshness and definition." (4/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Pure fruited: citrus and a touch of pineapple and ripe apple. Delicately honeyed. Sour/fresh on the palate. Lively and bright if not yet complex." (4/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Doisy-Vedrines has a typically forthright, honeyed, nectarine-scented bouquet that does not quite p ...Read More »
93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This wine is rich and full while still having a tight structure. It shows a fine streak of acidity that shoots through the honey and gingered marmalade flavors. A fine wine with potential." (3/2014) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, unctuous, rounded style, with lots of orange cream, almond, heather and ginger notes backed by hazelnut and tangerine. Long, powerful finish should really stretch out. (Web-2014)" 91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "An exotic, beguiling wine, the 2013 Doisy-Védrines lifts from the glass with expressive floral notes, white stone fruits, peach and apricots. The 2013 is soft, gent ...Read More »
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Situated between the great Château Fieuzal and Château Malartic-Lagravière just outside the village of Léognan, this estate, owned by the esteemed Perrin family, makes first class wines from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, aged in barrique (25% new). Black cherries, dark currants, and a touch of spice with plenty of backbone and good acidity.
91 points James Suckling: "This is a balanced and refined wine with blueberry and chocolate and walnuts. Full-to-medium body, with firm tannins and a lovely finish. Firm and pretty. So there, but will age." (5/2013) Jancis Robinson: "Extremely dark purple. Very rich and lively and with lots of winemaking effort to judge from the nose and life. Well done!" (4/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The basic cuvee, the 2009 Arnauton, is 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits loads of crushed chalky minerality, some jammy berry fruit, good glycerin, medium body, and a clean, fresh, lively finish. It is a little less complex than I ...Read More »