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2009 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc $19.99
2010 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc $19.99
From the outstanding 2009 vintage comes an absolute killer Bordeaux value. The blend contains about a quarter Cabernet Sauvignon, lending dark fruit and structure to the base of juicy Merlot fruit, with a dollop of Cabernet Franc for aromatic lift. Aged for 18 months in approximately 20% new barrique.
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "Dark glowing crimson. Grunty, very concentrated. Arguably the miracle here is to find a wine from Jean-Hubert Delon under £20. And one you could actually think of drinking too. This should certainly appeal to classicists—especially those knowledgeable enough to know it’s related to the most expensive super second of all, Léoville Las Cases." (9/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A soft, cedary, herbaceous, but pleasant, round, elegant style of wine, with berry and red currant fruit, and a smooth finish... (R)=P)" (4/2000) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Smoky aromas of plum and leather. Lush, smooth and ...Read More »
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lanessan's 2001 is a consistent overachiever in Haut-Medoc. This wine nearly rivals the outstanding 2000. It is a seriously-extracted, dark ruby/purple-colored offering with ripe cassis fruit, notes of leather and earth, and a hint of truffles. It is medium-bodied, pure, and savory, with copious tannin. It will age well for 10-15 years." (4/2002) K&L Notes: Over 10,000 bottles sold over the years. A perfect drinking wine right now. So delicious and mineral driven. Sweet core of fruit. Buy cases. (Clyde Beffa (K&L Bordeaux Buyer and Co-Owner)
Château Bois-Malot is located in Saint Loubes and situated on the shoreline of the Dordogne River. The soils are clay and light limestone with a subsoil of red pebbles and clay. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is aged for eighteen months in large vats and then an additional six months in oak.
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 »
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 »
90-93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and direct, with a textbook beam of cassis and bitter cherry notes, laced with lilac and iron hints. The racy, unencumbered finish lets the mineral edge shine. Lots of improvement here recently. This may be the best value play in the vintage." (4/2015) 90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "A delicious, mouth filling St. Estèphe, the 2014 Capbern captures the personality of the year in the northern Médoc in spades. Hints of smoke, tobacco, licorice, mocha and earthiness wrap around a core of dark fruit in an exuberant wine loaded with pure textural richness. The 2014 finishes with notable ...Read More »
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Jancis Robinson: "Pleasant floral bouquet, mingled with red cherries, red currants, and sweet spices. Firm but ripe tannins giving illusion of sweetness. Beautifully balanced. Not short of finesse at all." (9/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "This is a mint- and licorice-flavored wine, with its wood aging prominent at this stage. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, it shows strong signs of extraction that give it a bitter finish. Age this tannic wine for 2-3 years or more." (3/2013) Wine Spectator: "Primal and direct, with blueberry and loganberry notes backed by a charcoal edge which lingers through the finish. Shows l ...Read More »
91 points 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 »
91-94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Labégorce is round, supple and nicely layered. Smoke, plums, black cherries and French oak meld together in a ripe, racy Margaux built on textured fruit. Sweet floral notes add lift on the layered, sensual finish. This voluptuous Margaux should drink well pretty much upon release. There is a lot to like, that much is clear. The blend is 58% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Michel Rolland is the Consultant for Labégorce, which is owned by the Perrodo family. Here, the winemaking style appears to be better suited to the intrinsi ...Read More »
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92 points James Suckling: "A solid red with ripe plum, cherry and vanilla character. Full and savory with round and ripe tannins and a long, intense finish. Approachable, but better in 2015." (7/2012) 89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. Solidly packed tannins, very firm and structured, a feeling of considerable extract as well as a high toast content." (8/2010)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A major sleeper of the vintage, this blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is another 'best ever' performance. Notes of tobacco leaf, hot rocks, sweet kirsch and black currants are impressively displayed in this medium to full-bodied, ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "Blueberry and fresh mushrooms, with hints of earth. Medium-to-full body, with medium chewy tannins and a medium finish. A little austere. Second wine of Cantermerle, which made a super 2009. Best in 2015." (2/2012) K&L Notes: This second wine of Château Cantemerle is primarily comprised of younger vine parcels from the esteemed estate. The wine has a similar profile to the Grand Vin, but is ready to drink within several years of harvest. That's now! A quick decant reveals generous fruit and and good terroir that is always welcome for under $20. It is comprised of 61%... Read More »
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 »
Jancis Robinson: "62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. Cork. RS <2 g/l Very dark and with some development evident at the rim and on the nose. Rather simple Cabernet flavours but very correct and without a blemish. Not bad value. (16/20 points)" (12/2009) Whisky Advocate: "This blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a saturated ruby/purple color as well as an excellent sweet nose of black cherries, black currants, leather, and a hint of vanilla. It is one of the finest Medoc cru bourgeois. It possesses good ripeness, texture, and fruit in addition to a well-delineated, modera ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "Earthy and juicy with sweet tobacco and spice. Full-to-medium body, fine tannins. Drink now." (5/2013) 89-90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lots of spiced wood, with sweet blackberry fruits. The wine is initially soft, but the tannins do kick in. The fruit finally has vivid freshness." (8/2010) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Wood spice, roasted herbs and black currants are present in this solidly made, supple blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. (A member of the Association of Crus Bourgeois du Medoc.)" (2/2012) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Captivating aromas of strawberry, vio ...Read More »
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. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)" (8/2014) K&L Notes: When K&L's Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. tasted the 2003 in early April 2010 he immediately recognized it for the great value it is. He wrote: "Spicy nose and flavors. Very ripe and fine tannins. Lively and sweet. Ready early. The combination of rustic prop... Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Light nose. Racy and transparent and early maturing but clean and focused. Very Cabernet. Not fleshy. (Good Value)" (9/2011) James Suckling: "Soft and drinkable now with plums and berries. Full body, velvety tannins and a delicious finish." (7/2014) Wine Spectator: "A smoldering tobacco leaf edge runs from start to finish, lending a nice foil to the core of mulled plum and blackberry fruit. Shows a flash of pepper on the finish." (5/2012) K&L Notes: A property very close to Pauillac that is one to watch in the future. Well-made, valu... Read More »
From the winery: "Since 2004, Château Haut-Bailly has produced a ‘rosé de saignée’ when the conditions allow. A few hours after the start of the maceration process, part of the wine is extracted from the vat in order to increase the natural concentration of the red wine. The fermentation takes place in barrels and in vats, at low temperature to bring out the fruit aromas. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rosé, lively and seductive, is sold under the name ‘Rose de Haut-Bailly.’"
Second wine of Chateau Carignan.
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)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A spectacular wine made by the owners of nearby and better-known Chateau Chasse-Spleen, this is a seriously endowed, dense, full-bodied wine made from an equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Oodles of black fruits, licorice, truffle and new saddle leather are present as well as some toasty oak. Full-bodied, deep, pure and exceptionally long in the mouth, this is a major overachiever that should drink nicely for 10-15+ years. (RP)" (2/2013) Wine & Spirits: "This vineyard, on a gravel rise over clay and limestone, is the original part of the 18th-century Gressi ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a lovely Cru Bourgeois: very pure and feminine on the nose with crisp red berries, redcurrant and candied orange peel. The palate is fleshy but not cloying with layers of ripe sweet red fruit, leading to a very lithe sensual finish where the oak is supremely well integrated. Bravo! (NM)" (1/2012) K&L Notes: Château Le Bourdieu is situated close to the mouth of the Gironde and is planted to half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Merlot. The river helps balance temperature and humidity and contributes to a gentle ripening process. The wine is fermented in steel and... Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Bright ruby. Minty, refreshing nose. Juicy and with just a hint of wet fur but basically good for a wine with this amount of bottle age. Dry finish. Good energy here. (16.5/20 points)" (10/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Elegant, spicy, tobacco, cranberry, and red cherry characteristics emerge from this finesse-styled, sweet, flavorful, medium-bodied wine. Already delicious as well as complex, it is best consumed over the next decade. (RP)" (4/2001) Wine Spectator: "Plenty of cherry, tobacco and mineral aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2004. 3,330 case ...Read More »
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: "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 »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Rock solid, with a gutsy frame of roasted apple wood and a full-bodied core of plum, boysenberry and black currant fruit. Dense and chewy, displaying spice-studded grip on the finish that courses along vivaciously. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. (Web only - 2013)"90 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a property owned by Patrick Bernard of négociant Millésima, this shows the results of considerable investment during the recent years. The wood dominates at this early stage, but it also shows complex fruit to balance the spice and toast ...Read More »
90-93 points Wine Spectator: "Blueberry and clove on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft and velvety tannins and a core of impressive fruit. Superfruity. 49 percent Merlot, 48 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 percent Cabernet Franc. (Web Only-2010)" Jancis Robinson: "Very dark crimson. Very sweet and succulent. Just enough acidity. Not too drying on the finish. Nicely judged - better than some of the grands crus. Drink 2016-2023." (4/2010) Wine Enthusiast: "Big, fat and juicy, this wine has soft tannins and a full-bodied structure. It is full of the superripe Merlot that characterizes 2009, making the wine develop relatively ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cherries and a slight mocha note. Dense and savoury on the palate. Firm grip but fully ripe tannins. Needs a good bit of time. Drink 2015-2025. (JH)" (9/2011) James Suckling: "wine with a leafy and creamy character with hints of dried fruits. Full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Better in 2015." (7/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, this well-made Medoc reveals lots of cedar, tobacco leaf and black currant characteristics, silky tannin, medium to full body and attractive succulence and flesh. Year in and year out, d’Escurac is a majo ...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 »
93-94 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning barrel sample with oyster shells, blackberries, chalk, blueberries. Full body, great density of fruit and power. Best yet?" (3/2015) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Château Tour Saint Christophe 2014 has a very pure bouquet. There is some new oak to be subsumed, but there is plenty of fruit to support it. The palate is ripe and sensual on the entry with supple tannin, plush black cherry and blackberry fruit with a generous, modern-style opening with commendable length. This could turn out to be one of Saint Emilion's classier offerings in 2014. (NM)" (4/2015) 88-91 points Antonio Galloni: "The 201 ...Read More »
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Decanter: "Fine deep colour, rather earthy, vegetal fruit, definite Cabernet dominance, quite good length, just shows an edge of leanness, but quite good Médoc style. Drink 2006-12 (SS)" (4/2003) K&L Notes: From gravel-rich vineyards of the Médoc, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend is soften by the addition of Merlot and Petit Verdot, and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. Solid and structured, young but ready to drink now, this wine is an excellent value as an "everyday Bordeaux." One of the few delicious 2002s in Clyde's view.
89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty blueberry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Lots going on. Big wine for the appellation. Best in a long time from here. (Web-2010)" Decanter: "Purposeful aromas of plum, berry and oak. Pure with a lovely depth, freshness and drive. Quite lean, linear and attractive fruit. Hugely impressive - fresh, direct and comfortable in its skin." (5/2012) Jancis Robinson: "50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Deeply coloured. Invitingly rich and dark on the nose. Pure fruited, a little dusty in a good way, and already silky even tho ...Read More »
Decanter: "Lean but pure blackcurrant nose with attractive touch of mint. Ripe tannins, discreet, fine acidity, balanced and graceful. Drink 2008-14." (10/2007) Wine Spectator: "Shows currant and hints of dried flowers on the nose. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow midpalate, but clean. Best after 2008." (3/2007) K&L Notes: This wine is flat-out delicious. Enjoy right now with a juicy hamburger. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L)
Second label of Chateau Poujeaux. As noted by Stephen Tanzer, "This large chateau, among the finest properties in Moulis, was purchased in 2008 by Philippe Cuvelier, who also owns Clos Fourtet. The same team of manager Nicolas Thienpont and enologist Stephane Derenoncourt was responsible for superb 2009s at both estates." Clyde's notes-Toasting, oaky aromas. After decanting the wine opens up to a red fruit forward beauty.
From the Jean-Louis Trocard family of wineries, Château Croix de Rambeau is supple and easygoing blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Located several miles from Saint-Émilion, Lussac-Saint-Émilion is among those satellite appellations that deliver good, Bordeaux quality for a great value.
93 points James Suckling: "A dense and rich wine with round and chewy tannins. Big and juicy. Full and impressive. Better in 2015." (7/2014)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* This shows something of Margaux’s--the neighboring appellation--delicacy, allied with firm, dry tannins. It has the dense structure and ripeness characteristic of the vintage, with a rich black-fruit flavor and acidity. It’s a wine for long-term aging." (2/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buy* Dense but fresh, with a saturated core of blackberry pâte de fruit, anise and plum sauce that races along with vibrant spice and graphite notes. The long finish sh ...Read More »
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 »
90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. This is a smooth wine with ripe blackberry fruits that are cut with great acidity and supported by solid, complex tannins." (3/2015) Jancis Robinson: "Pure, deep crimson. Very fresh fruit on the nose. Classic energetic mid Médoc red. Quite racy and medium bodied. Not massive weight or subtlety but in a line-up of Cru Bourgeois this would be one of the best." (3/2015)
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* The wine has serious tannins and firm fruit that give an austere character at this stage. But it will develop and round out into a rich wine with ripe black fruits, always with a solid tannic structure. Owner Juliette Bécot manages the technical side here with consultant Jean-Philippe Fort from the Michel Rolland lab, and manages marketing at classed-growth Château Beauséjour-Bécot in nearby Saint-Émilion." (12/2014)90 points James Suckling: "Fresh and silky red with blueberry, mineral and floral character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Extremely well don ...Read More »
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 »
Wine Enthusiast: "Rich and dense, the wine has the fruitiness of the vintage along with a core of firmer tannins. Its black currant and berry flavors are right up front adding perfume to the acidity. Drink from 2016." (12/2013) Wine Spectator: "Light, with modest grip framing the dark cherry, tomato and tobacco notes." (12/2013)
90 points Wine Spectator: "***Smart Buys*** Offers a dark, plush feel, with roasted fig and warm currant preserves notes flowing over dark tobacco and bittersweet cocoa flavors, followed by a solid, tarry-edged finish. Drink now through 2019." (3/2012) Jancis Robinson: "60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Intense and savoury-edged cassis with a very light leafiness adding freshness. Tight, tense and grippy at the moment but with the fruit to fill the core." (9/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 is made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. Attractive loamy soil not ...Read More »
Chateau des Annereaux, a benchmark for the entire Lalande de Pomerol appellation, has been owned for six centuries (more than twenty generations) by the same family. The Annereaux family appears in the history of the region in 1450.
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 »
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 »
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: "A little austere but shows chocolate, blueberry and hints of spices. Full body. Chewy. Needs about two or three years of bottle age." (7/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another of my favorite estates from the southern part of the Medoc, Macau, this Haut-Medoc cru bourgeois is a blend of 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. The alcohol was 14% and the wine bottled unfined and unfiltered by its consulting oenologist, the brilliant Claude Gros. Wonderfully dark ruby/purple in color, with loads of sweet berry fruit as well as hints of licorice and charcoal, the wine ...Read More »