2006 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $35)
90 points Robert Parker: "A brilliant sleeper of the vintage from proprietor Stefan [sic] von Neipperg (the owner of La Mondotte, Canon La Gaffeliere, and Clos l’Oratoire), this gorgeous wine possesses all the character one expects from this area. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it exhibits sweet, burning ember, black currant, kirsch, roasted herb, and hot rock-like aromas, a medium-bodied texture, soft, round flavors, and a luscious finish. Consume it over the next 7-8 years." (02/09) According to the Wine Spectator: "Coffee bean, tobacco and berry aromas follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a medium finish... Best from 2010 through 2014." According to Tanzer: "Good red-ruby. Sexy, expressive aromas of raspberry, roasted meat, woodsmoke and tobacco; reminded me of a wild pheasant terrine. Lush, pliant and sweet, with excellent depth to its musky flavors of raspberry, smoked meat, hot stones, mocha and espresso. A mellow and delicious wine whose sweet tannins won't get in the way of enjoying it right now."