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Collectible Bordeaux in OWC - New Acquisitions Now Available - Including Magnums - 03/25/2017 - Red Bordeaux

OWC program continues to thrill collectors with each installment delivering rarities of impeccable provenance and pristine condition. Recently we’ve secured some truly remarkable wines that represent the very best from Bordeaux. The first set, which is available directly from Bordeaux, includes magnum cases of some of the most sought-after classified growth Bordeaux in the market. Leading the pack is a pair from Mouton-Rothschild that includes the transcendent ‘06 and legendary ‘05. This large-format opportunity also extends to a pair of 2000s - Conseillante and Pichon Baron - as well as the RP97 Saint Pierre that’s a towering wine for it’s modest price.

We are also delighted to offer a bevy of in-stock options - also of perfect provenance and conditions. In this group you will find some amazing 2009s from Leoville-Barton, Cantemerle, and Pape-Clement. You won’t want to miss the perfectly-aged classics from the 1980s including 1985 Pichon-Lalande and 1989 Lilian Ladouys. The millennial vintage is also well represented with offerings from Pontet-Canet, Clos de l'Oratoire, and Rauzan-Segla. With such a diverse range of styles there’s something here for just about every palate. As always, you can buy with confidence from K&L knowing that the utmost care is taken from sourcing to fulfillment and every step in between.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2010 Saint-Pierre, St-Julien (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 97 3 $1,099.00 View
2000 La Conseillante, Pomerol (1.5L) 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 96 1 $1,499.00 View
2000 Pichon Baron, Pauillac (1.5L) 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 97 1 $1,499.00 View
2006 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 97 2 $7,199.00 View
2005 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 98 1 $8,499.00 View
2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC 98 2 $1,499.00 View
1996 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC 91 2 $899.00 View
2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan 12-pack in OWC 100 1 $2,079.00 View
2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 95 2 $1,750.00 View
2009 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC 95 2 $499.99 View
2005 Meyney, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC 90 2 $499.00 View
1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 12-pack in OWC 91 1 $1,380.00 View
2009 Ormes De Pez, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC 92 1 $520.00 View
2005 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 12-pack in OWC 97 1 $1,900.00 View
2000 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion 12-pack in OWC 92 1 $949.00 View
1989 Lilian Ladouys, St. Estephe 12-pack in OWC 1 $550.00 View
1996 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC 90 1 $799.00 View
2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 12-pack in OWC 92 1 $799.00 View
1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 93 1 $2,799.00 View
2000 Rauzan-Segla, Margaux 12-pack in OWC 95 1 $1,749.00 View
2001 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 12-pack in OWC 92 1 $1,059.00 View
1990 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (6L) 1-pack in OWC 93 1 $2,599.00 View
1985 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (6L) 1-pack in OWC 92 1 $2,799.00 View
2001 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC 94 1 $1,799.00 View


2010 Saint-Pierre, St-Julien (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 3 available ($1,099.00)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. It should also last for 30-40 years." (02/2013)

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep purple-ruby. Reticent but nuanced nose hints at cassis, brown spices and smoky herbs. Lush and seamless in the mouth, with lovely precision if not palate-busting concentration to the red cherry, blackcurrant, cocoa and underbrush flavors. Really spreads out on the palate and vibrates on the long, aromatic aftertaste. A wine of sneaky concentration and depth, it's a bit more youthfully closed today than usual for Saint-Pierre at this stage, but it still has the ttypical drink-me-soon appeal of this chateau. I'd forget about it in the cellar for another six or eight years and drink it from 2018 through 2035. Should be an excellent value." (06/2011)

92-93 points James Suckling: "A blackberry and black currants with minerals and full body. Loads going. Juicy red." (04/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A toasty, modern style, with mocha and blueberry coulis notes leading the way for plush-textured blackberry and black currant confiture flavors. Espresso and mocha accents extend the finish. This has stuffing, but the polish makes the wine approachable now. Best from 2014 through 2025." (03/2013)

Wine Enthusiast: "A new-wood-dominated wine, this is very toasty and extracted, and it is losing some of its fruit in the process. It has a fine structure that will fill out when the black currant flavor gets a chance to shine. Keep for 45 years." (02/2013)

K&L Notes: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2000 La Conseillante, Pomerol (1.5L) 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($1,499.00)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "La Conseillante made an excellent wine in 2001, another great one in 2005, and the estate hit home runs in both 2008 and, above all, in 2009. In fact, the latter vintage may well end up being the modern-day reference point for La Conseillante. Nevertheless, theres a lot to be said for this 2000. An elegant, gentle style that is never a blockbuster, the 2000 La Conseillante has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and an unbelievably expressive nose of sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, incense, toast, and licorice. Full-bodied yet ethereal in the sense that it seems to combine power along with eloquence and delicacy, this is a beautifully pure wine that has just hit its plateau of full maturity, although ideally I think it would benefit strongly from another 4-5 years of bottle age and drink well for two to three decades. (RP)" (06/2010)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep ruby. Captivating, perfumed nose combines blackberry, licorice and violet; exotic and sweet. Thick and intensely flavored, with the strong violet and exotic spice character carrying through on the palate. Offers a very firm structure, no doubt largely due to the wine substantial cabernet franc component. Ripe tannins spread out to cover the entire palate. Offers outstanding potential." (05/2001)

92 points James Suckling: "An incredibly subtle and sexy nose of perfume, flowers, red fruits, and sliced plums. Full-bodied, yet refined and silky. This is delicious and pretty, and just starting to open up with flavors of tobacco, cedar, and cigar box. No need to wait." (10/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Vivid aromas of berries, flowers and minerals follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with silky tannins and fresh, clean finish. Not the biggest Conseillante I have tasted, but refined and harmonious. (JS)" (03/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Looks quite evolved. Very attractive freshness on the nose. Great finesse even if not that much richness. Very correct but just a little austere. Should last very well. Long. Lovely silky texture. Quite marked acidity but it's well integrated. 17.5/20 points." (12/2010)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2000 Pichon Baron, Pauillac (1.5L) 3-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($1,499.00)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Château Pichon Baron is just getting better and better and better. Perhaps the magnum format played its part, but nevertheless...just...wow. This is a millennial Left Bank with the keys to the top drawer. It has an incredibly precise, mineral-driven bouquet with intense black fruit infused with cedar and graphite scents. It just reeks of Pauillac in an almost uncompromising, yet compelling manner. The palate is structured, stylish and effortless, extraordinarily pure and unerringly youthful. This is a Pichon Baron saying, "You ain't seen nothing yet." You could broach this now if you wanted, but the clever people will wisely bunker this for another decade and gloat from 2025 onward. Tasted January 2016." (07/2016)

K&L Notes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. It has a nose of tobacco and toast with clove spice. Sweet fruit on the palate, smooth & silky texture with a beautiful sweet, dark cherry finish. This wine is super ripe on the palate, but has the tannic structure underneath for long-aging. One of the best Pichon Barons we have had in awhile. This wine could be ready to drink in five years. 94-96 points from Parker! ‘The finest effort from this estate since their terrific back to back vintages of 1989 and 1990, the perfumed, opaque purple-colored 2000 exhibits classy, complex aromas of incense, black fruits, vanillin, and spice box with a touch of charcoal in the background. On the attack, this full-bodied, impeccably balanced wine is powerful and sweet, with high levels of glycerin, superb concentration, beautifully integrated acidity and tannin, and a spectacularly long, layered finish. It is a profound effort from this second-growth Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030 (April-2001)’ 92-94 points from the Wine Spectator… ‘Wonderful aromas of crushed berries and toasted oak, with plum and currant undertones. Full-bodied and very velvety, with a long fruity aftertaste. Best Pichon-Baron in I have tasted since 1990. (March-2001)’ PLEASE NOTE: This product is 3 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 3-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles

2006 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 2 available ($7,199.00)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2009, Cellar Selection* At the time it was shown as a barrel sample in early 2007, this was the best wine of 2006. That accolade remains. It has all the power of the Cabernet Sauvignon in Pauillac, which was the greatest success of the vintage. That power comes from the dense tannins as well as the black plum and spice flavors and minerality. The texture becomes velvet, giving a final richness, but never losing its long aging potential. In a year that is good, but not at the top, Mouton has made a great wine." (03/2009)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild was really the wine that put winemaker Philippe Dhalluin on the map, in the sense that unlike the 2005 born in a great vintage, this 2006 had to transcend it. It remains one of the standouts of the growing season and actually replicates previous showings just the week earlier and in January. As expected, the nose has quite brilliant delineation with blackberry, graphite, here an almost cold slate-like scent. The palate is harmonious with the carefully judged acidity, fine-grain tannin and immense detail on the finish. Recent bottles suggest that it may close up for several years, in which case, either enjoy this in the next few months or cellar this for a few years and receive vinous dividends down the line. (NM)" (01/2017)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, blueberry, cedar and graphite. Wonderfully pure and silky in the mouth, with great subtle, slow-building intensity and superb energy and thrust. A real essence of cabernet sauvignon and Mouton terroir This one really rattled my brain-in the gentlest way. As silky as it is, it possesses bottomless depths. Finishes with big but noble tannins and outstanding length. I loved this wine the spring after the harvest, and it's even more impressive today. This should go on for decades, but today it's hard to imagine this wine going through an extended sullen stage. 96+ (ST)" (05/2009)

95 points James Suckling: "This is an eye-opener with a tight core of complex fruit character as well as subtle chocolate and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a classy finish. Holding back. Much better than expected. A vintage forgotten. Better in 2018." (11/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2005 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 1 available ($8,499.00)

98 points James Suckling: "This accelerates on the palate with incredibly ripe tannins and finesse. Full body, roasted fruit, leather and grilled meat. Dried flowers, too. It shows superb tannin backbone and polish. Tight and youthful. Just starting to open. Currant and berry undertones with lead pencil are impressive. Better in 2018 but so delicious now." (10/2015)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Château Mouton-Rothschild is a deeply impressive First Growth. It has been blessed with a sensational nose that comes racing out of the blocks with audacious scents of black fruit, cedar, smoke and pencil box (Philippe Dhalluin mentioned that the signature smokiness/fireside hearth was tangible in around 80% of the vats during élevage). There is a sense of bravura here, of aristocracy. The palate is medium-bodied with sumptuous black fruit, perhaps beginning to soften in texture, one or two years off its plateau. There are layers and layers of black fruit intermingling with graphite and black pepper, and it wisely reins everything in on the finish that is more classic in style and in keeping with the vintage. If you are fortunate enough to have this wine in your cellar, even though those tannins are starting to be abraded by time, afford it another five or six years. Tasted August 2016." (01/2017)

98 points Vinous: "One of the highlights in this vertical, the 2005 Mouton Rothschild is exceptional. Dark, powerful and explosive on the palate, the 2005 is endowed with magnificent depth and richness. Just at the early part of its drinking window, the 2005 is sure to drink well for many years from here, especially if it is given a little bit of air. The 2005 is a stunning Mouton, but it needs time to fully blossom. Harvest took place between September 21 and October 6. The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and just 1% Cabernet Franc. 98+ (AG)" (05/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Dark purple black in color. Complex aromas of mineral, licorice, lead pencil and blackberry follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a caressing, pretty finish. Has a lovely texture. Shows elegance and refinement. (JS)" (03/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Explosive, superripe aromas of black raspberry, currant, graphite and tobacco leaf. Outsized, opulent and generous; this big boy saturates the entire mouth. There's an almost exotic character to the plum and cedar flavors. Spreads out impressively on the back end, coating the palate with ripe tannins. The 2006 is at once finer and more powerful, with more noble tannins, but this is more opulent. (ST)" (06/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Today, if you decant it four hours before, you really can enjoy this vintage -- my favourite in recent years to drink. Dark lustrous ruby. Great energy. Sweet and bloody and maybe a little more transparent than the average Mouton but lots of appeal. Mineral notes. He deliberately made a less extracted wine. Masses of tannin and masses of fruit here. 18.5+/20 points. (JR)" (09/2015)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2009 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($1,499.00)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Ranked #3 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors. It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins. Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging. (RV)" (02/2012)

96 points James Suckling: "Very floral, with fresh mushrooms and currants on the nose. Full body, with powerful tannins, yet polished and refined. Lovely length. Vibrant acidity. Well structured. Try after 2018." (02/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "*Ranked #6 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012* This is powerful Cabernet, with gutsy weight, but polished feel to the fresh plum, warm blackberry sauce, bittersweet ganache and roasted apple wood notes. Long and tarry through the finish, but still invigorating despite its heft. Will need some time to round fully into form. (JM)" (03/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Bartons 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years. (RP)" (02/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Red- and blackcurrant, licorice, chocolate mint and sexy oak tones on the nose. Dense, solidly built and youthfully backward, with strong acidity and a medicinal quality leavening the sweetness of this plush, seamless wine. Most impressive today on the very long finish, which features a firm spine of dusty tannins, hints of cedary oak and dark chocolate, and lovely lift. Should evolve positively over the next two decades. (ST)" (07/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Perfumed. Seductive. Dense and powerful. Very intense and ambitious indeed. Well-managed tannins. Glossy. Very dry at the moment. 18/20 points." (01/2013)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1996 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($899.00)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon (lower than recent vintages), 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot (that usually goes into Leoville-Las Cases). Much like the 1996 Potensac that I tasted alongside at the château, the nose is youthful and backward with blackberry, freshly tilled soil, cedar and tobacco scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth entry, plenty of crisp and pure black fruit laced with cedar, harmonious and long. This is a great Saint Julien at 20 years of age, firing on all cylinders and, to be honest, surpassing some of the Grand Vins in this vintage. Probably still available at a decent price, this comes thoroughly recommended. (NM)" (10/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of currant, lightly toasted oak and perfume. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a tight finish. Still holding back. (JS, Web2007)"

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2009 Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($2,079.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(NOTE - Parker scored this 100 points in 01/2016) One expects the Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion and Pape Clément to hit the highest points in a vintage like this - and they did (Hedonist's Gazette)" Previously he had scored it 95 points in Feb 2012: "A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with a modest 13.5% alcohol, the 2009 reveals considerable structure and tannin along with tell-tale notes of burning embers, scorched earth, graphite, blueberries, blackberries and toasty vanillin, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This rich, full offering is surprisingly backward. This cuvee should drink well in 5-6 years as one rarely has to wait a decade or more to enjoy Pape Clement. It should age for three decades or more. This 13th century vineyard situated in the suburbs of Pessac is owned by one of Bordeauxs most interesting visionaries, Bernard Magrez. He has done a remarkable job in turning around this once moribund property that made a bevy of undrinkable wines into one of the superstars of Bordeaux. (RP)" (01/2016)

98 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of plums and blueberries and flowers. Full-bodied with plums, stones, hazelnuts and milk chocolate, and a long, long finish. Marvelous. Best ever. Try in 2017." (08/2012)

93-96 points Vinous: "Ruby-purple. Vibrant blackcurrant, blackberry and smoke aromas show noteworthy depth and purity. Big and ripe on the palate, but with lovely balance to its black fruit and smoke flavors. The very long, pure finish features a lingering mineral streak and very fine tannins. This exceptional vintage of Pape Clement packs an amazing amount of concentration on a seemingly weightless frame. More important still, although it pushes the ripeness envelope as most of the wines of Bernard Magrez do, it manages to come across as refined and graceful, even though it's almost brutally powerful. (ID)" (05/2010)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection *** This is a richly structured wine with beautiful perfumes emanating from the bouquet. The rich, stalky texture is balanced by the flavors of dark chocolate and black currant jelly. Its big, ripe and full of potential, a fine balance between opulence and ageworthiness. (RV)" (09/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "*** Highliy Recommended ***Rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spice, braised fig and warm raspberry confiture notes that are supported by a broad baseline of dark cocoa, tar and freshly brewed espresso. Not shy about its modernity, but everything is in place. Just needs to settle in with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2030. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JM)" (03/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($1,750.00)

95 points Decanter: "Intense, focused, cedary nose. Super-ripe and sumptuous, highly concentrated, but has spice and vigour to counter the fruit. Massive, pungent; full of life and nuance. Long, vibrant finish. Drink from 2012. (19 points)" (11/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Upgraded in score over my original rating, which was several points lower, Alfred Tesseron has done a remarkable job since 1994 with Pontet-Canet, which has been hitting first-growth levels since 2003. But the 2000 also shows exceptionally well. In need of another decade of cellaring, this dense purple wine has a classic nose of incense, charcoal, creme de cassis, and subtle new oak. Full-bodied, powerful, still very tannic, and shockingly backward, this is a big, rich wine that has put on weight and seems to need more time than I originally predicted. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+. (94+)" (06/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Explosive nose combines raspberry, roasted currant, grilled nuts and exotic spices. Rich, sexy, silky and full in the mouth, with expressive flavors of black raspberry, game, smoke and truffle. Finishes with strong but suave tannins and excellent length." (06/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A lovely lead-in of singed cedar and vanilla notes gives way to slightly taut, racy red and black currant fruit flavors that drive nicely through an iron-edged finish. Rather sleek and tightly focused, relying more on minerality than power.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. (JM, Web-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Still very young. Very deep purple. Notably fragrant. Stil slightly tough on the end although there is already some aromatic evolution. Still a bit raw. Wait. 17.5/20 points." (08/2010)

K&L Notes: 92 Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical, the 2000 Château Pontet-Canet is perhaps where things start getting interesting, as Alfred Tesseron's top-to-toe reconfiguration of the vineyard and vinification began to impact and ameliorate the wine. It has a lovely bouquet of blackberry and briary fruit, hints of black truffle developing, later damp earth. There is an intensity here, if not the complexity of the best millennial Pauillacs. The palate is medium-bodied with a mixture of red and black fruit, cedar and sous-bois percolating up through and rendering it a 'serious' Pontet-Canet in keeping with the vintage. There is a subtle and yet insistent grip on the finish. It has always been a tannic wine, but these are now softening, albeit at a slower pace than some might like. Therefore, I might be inclined to hold on to bottles for another 3-4 years. Tasted February 2016." (7/2016) PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2009 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($499.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Gorgeous ripe fruit character, with loads of blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity, fresh, grapefruit aftertaste. Really beautiful. Best ever from here. Best after 2018." (02/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Very structured wine, with black currant fruit and dense acidity. The tannins are dark, firm, solid. This is a fine wine from Cantemerle, reveling in the richness of the vintage. (RV)" (02/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This broad, fleshy style delivers toasty spice and tobacco notes up front, followed by dark cocoa, crushed plum and mulled blackberry fruit flavors. This really stretches out nicely in the glass, with alluring dark fruit and a velvety feel. Drink now through 2017. (JM)" (03/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for the more ethereal, elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle, one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque), this wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, raspberries and black cherries. The wine is ethereal, medium-bodied, and by no means a blockbuster, but long and intellectual. However, the tannins are present, and the wine is certainly capable of putting on weight with time in the bottle. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25+ years. 91+ (RP)" (02/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby-red. High-pitched, inky aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice. Juicy, lively and penetrating, with a restrained sweetness and a distinctly cool quality to its black fruit and graphite flavors. Nicely dense but not a fleshy style of 2009. Finishes with firm tannins and sneaky length, and a light touch. I'd lay this down for five or six years; it should last for a good two decades. (ST)" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2005 Meyney, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC - 2 available ($499.00)

90 points James Suckling: "This starts off a little bretty with barnyard undertones, but it blows off to flowers and rich fruit. Round and juicy, with yummy flavors. A long finish on this. Very spicy and earthy. St. Estephe character. Enjoy or age." (02/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of currant and fresh flowers follow through to a medium-to-full body, with chewy tannins and a slightly woody finish, but the fruit comes through. Turns long and pretty. Best after 2010. (JS, Web-2008)"

K&L Notes: From barrel: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 29% Petit Verdot. Sweet and lush-delicious. Elegant style. We love this wine. Ready sooner than most. Mouth-coating wine. Elegance personified. New school Meyney-buy it. Tasted three times with consistent notes. Ralph says: Best I've ever tasted and showed superb at every tasting. Deep raspberry fruit on nose and palate, silky middle. *1/2+ (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer) PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($1,380.00)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. Explosive aromas of boysenberry juice, espresso and smoky oak. Thick and lush, with terrific volume in the mouth; harmonious acidity gives the flavors clarity and brightness. Very long, sweet finish. (ST)" (06/1999)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberry, chocolate and currant follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long decadent aftertaste. (JS, Web-2007)"

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Rauzan-Segla now at 20 years of age has an 'airy,' perfumed bouquet with wilted rose petals, undergrowth and dried orange peel scents. What it lacks is a sense of presence. Perhaps it is enduring a dumb phase? The palate is much better than the aromatics, showing fine balance and crisp tannins. The acidity is well judged and lends this Margaux plenty of freshness and it unfurls on the finish with white pepper, cedar and sea salt notes that linger long in the mouth. What starts as a modest wine ends really rather lovely and it should continue to give a decade or two of more drinking pleasure. Tasted July 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: Rauzan-Ségla rivals Palmer as the second-best property in Margaux. The château has improved dramatically due to huge investments made by the current owners, the famous Chanel firm. PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

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2009 Ormes De Pez, St-Estèphe 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($520.00)

92 points James Suckling: "A big and chewy wine with plum and currant character. Full body, lots of tannins and a big backbone. Needs at least three to four years of age." (07/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A delicious wine, so fruity. It does have the proper tannins but it is a wine that is already approachable with its sweet fruits-a pleasure to taste. However, for the future, watch those tannins. (RV)" (02/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is tight and precise, with lots of cut from start to finish, as chiseled graphite and iron notes support the dark currant, mulled fig and crushed blackberry fruit. Long and toasty, but well-integrated on the lilac-tinged finish. Best from 2013 through 2022. (JM)" (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Neat and well balanced and so much riper than most vintages of this château! Correct St-Estèphe minerality. Reverberant. Well done!" (10/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice and mint are lifted by a floral note. Supple, dry and vinous, showing a classic Saint-Estephe coolness and finesse. Not at all sweet but offers good penetration to its suave dark fruit flavors. The building tannins coat the front teeth. Nicely done." (07/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A big, fruity, hedonistic style of wine, the 2009 Les Ormes de Pez has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of incense and barbecue smoke and oodles of black berry and cassis fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins and low acidity. This attractive, very hedonistic style of wine should drink well for at least a decade. (RP)" (02/2012)

K&L Notes: *1/2V At UGC: Chunky, but with very sweet black fruit aromas and flavors. Fine balance and long on the palate. Their best? At property: Intense spicy blackberry aromas. Round, rather soft tannins hidden by fruit.

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2005 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($1,900.00)

97 points James Suckling: "This is a fabulous wine. A very giving wine with an amazing nose of currants, strawberries and flowers. This is a gorgeous wine. Full and powerful, with chewy and ripe tannins and a long, long finish. A serious, structured wine that still needs some time in the bottle. Dont touch this for another five or six years. Pull the cork after 2016." (05/2012)

97 points Wine Spectator: " *Ranked #2, Top 100 Wines of 2008* Very beautiful aromas of crushed berry, flowers, currant and Indian spices follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Extremely polished and beautiful, with a seamless texture. (JS)" (03/2008)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A wine with a beautiful mouthfeel and shape. This is rich, gleaming in the ripe black fruits, the touch of spice and mint, as well as the sweet blackberry flavors. The acidity is balanced, showing off the fruit. There is weight and density as well. (RV)" (06/2008)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "One distinguishing factor of this vintage is that it managed to create a wine such as this: a finely tailored, seamless Margaux that has the textural caress of silk while its tannins explode in a long, slow roundhouse punch so that you don't notice them until they are all that you see. And yet it doesn't feel crass or aggressive. The spiciness of the wine brings anise to mind; the flavor depth carries dark fruit into mineral territory. Completely of a piece, Rauzan is significantly more expressive than it was en primeur. This has an unaffected stamina that will keep it going for 25 years or more." (10/2008)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Estate manager John Kolasa nailed the 2005 Château Rausan Segla. It's rapidly blossoming into one of the best wines from the estate in recent memory. Time has nurtured a gorgeous bouquet that leans slightly more to red berry fruit, intermingling with iris and rose petals, veins of cedar and fresh mint. It is bursting at the seams with fruité while all the time retaining wonderful delineation and control. The palate follows in a similar vein. It feels plush in the mouth, adorned with a satin texture, yet this is complemented by finesse and refinement. It gradually builds in the mouth to a sensual finish that epitomizes this great Margaux estate. You might well be able to broach this 2005 now. It has more approachability than some of its peers, though there is the substance to guarantee two decades and more of drinking pleasure. (NM)" (07/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Inviting, expressive aromas of plum, redcurrant, mocha, coffee, game, flowers and nutty oak. Sweet, fat and stuffed with fruit; quite silky in texture but a bit less refined than the 2006 in spite of its greater richness. Fairly full wine, finishing with lovely lingering perfume as well as slightly edgy tannins that will require a decade of cellaring. (ST)" (06/2008)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2000 Clos de l'Oratoire, St-Emilion 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($949.00)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ripe, well-made, and slightly over-rated in my report written seven years ago, this 2000 exhibits lots of black currants, cherries, smoked herbs, and spice in a full-bodied, round, generous, fully mature style." (06/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle, yet rich. Refined, yet powerful. Full-bodied, with super silky tannins, yet it's elegant and caressing. Joy to taste. Fantastic l'Oratoire. From the same people who bring you La Mondotte and Canon-La Gaffelière. Best after 2010." (03/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Roasted red and black fruits and a meaty nuance on the nose. Sweet, fat and very ripe; seems more Pomerol in style than St. Emilion. Finishes with full, ripe tannins. 'A bon-bon, not an intellectual wine,' says proprietor Stephan von Neipperg." (06/2003)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1989 Lilian Ladouys, St. Estephe 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($550.00)

PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1996 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($799.00)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classic Sociando-Mallet, this wine boasts a saturated purple color, as well as an intense nose of cassis liqueur, chocolate, and minerals. Dense and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity, and high tannin, this beautifully made wine is better than many classified growths. (RP)" (04/1999)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple-ruby. Roasted nose combines blackberry, espresso and licorice. Large-scaled, mouthfilling and impressively deep; boasts terrific intensity and sweetness. Very long, ripely tannic finish. The estate has high hopes for its '98, but it hard to believe it will surpass this wine. (ST)" (05/1999)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark-colored, with vanilla, spice and smoky fruit flavor. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a silky texture. A stylish wine, showing spicy character. Sociando did the business this year. (JS)" (01/1999)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($799.00)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The brilliant St.-Emilion-based consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, is working his magic at this great vineyard in Leognan. The 2006, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, is a revelation of sweet, lush, black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with subtle notes of scorched earth and barbecue spices. Round, luscious, sexy, and exceptionally complex, the wine is dominated by that smoky minerality that comes from this area. It is the quintessentially elegant yet substantial Pessac-Leognan with class, complexity, and potential. Despite wanting to drink most of the bottle when I was tasting it, I know it will be even better with 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades." (02/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "While it doesnt have huge power, this wine does have many great attributes. It is smoothly ripe, its open structure a fine reflection of the elegant style, edged with minerality. The acidity is pure, not too dominant, but lifting the generous fruit and final dry character." (11/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "There's attractive blackberry and light vanilla, with a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, with a caressing texture, very pretty fruit and notes of chocolate and licorice." (03/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Black fruits, licorice, tobacco and cedary oak on the nose. Dense and fine-grained, with a distinctly cool quality to the black fruit and floral flavors. Pliant in the middle palate but with cedar, floral and herbal notes providing very good lift. This rich, chewy wine boasts lovely depth of flavor and finishes with sweet tannins and noteworthy energy." (06/2009)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($2,799.00)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is much more open than the 1995. Offers aromas and flavors of currant, mint and spices. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a fruit finish. Starting to drink well now. (JS, Web-2007)"

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark ruby-red with a hint of garnet. Cabernet Sauvignon-typical aromas of blackcurrant, violet, tobacco, dried herbs and minerals, complicated by a touch of smoky oak. In a distinctly firm, structured style, but with juicy acidity intensifying the dark berry and mineral flavors. Building flesh and sweetness on the back half counterbalances the wine's firm spine, spreading out nicely on the lingering finish. Though currently a little clenched and austere, this wine offers excellent precision and wonderful balance. 91+ (ID)" (01/2012)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2000 Rauzan-Segla, Margaux 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($1,749.00)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and muscular, with a solid core of fruit and racy tannins. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, yet silky and refined. This is very, very toned and serious. A wine for long-term aging. Best after 2010. (JS)" (01/2003)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "At first taste, this wine seems more new world than Bordeaux. But then the subtle, perfumed aromas and structured fruit show through, along with the clean acidity and black tannic fruits. Give this wine at least 12 years before opening. (RV)" (06/2003)

93 points James Suckling: "This is just starting to open up on the nose with tobacco, plums and currants throughout. Full-bodied, with lots of tobacco and chocolate that turns to notes of coffee and fruit on the finish. The palate is just starting to come around. Why should you wait on this? The winemaker says that it will be better after 2012. Rich and slightly austere still at the finish." (05/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Perfumed, classy aromas of dark berries, spices, licorice and bitter chocolate; a real essence of Margaux. Rich but sappy, with cassis, blackberry, boysenberry and dark chocolate flavors nicely firmed by ripe acidity. Finishes long and firmly tannic, with excellent spine and grip. By far the highest of these three vintages in tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While the bottled 2000 still reveals a certain sternness in addition to tough tannin, it is sweeter and more expansive and flavorful. The dark ruby/purple color is saturated and impressive. With coaxing, notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, earth, cedar, and spice box emerge from a relatively closed, firm, medium to full-bodied wine or, as the French would say, a classic vin de garde (for long-term cellaring). Although austere, it is a classic, authoritatively flavored effort that requires patience. I would like to see sweeter tannin and more flesh built into the mid-palate, but there is no denying the classicism and purity of this 2000. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. (RP)" (04/2003)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid ruby with quite a bit of development. Warm and scented. But still reserved and without obvious distinguishing marks. Contained and far from super sweet or luscious. Refined with a dry finish. Easy to overlook as it's on the timid side. Good balance veering towards dryness on the finish. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2012 - 2025. (JR)" (03/2010)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2001 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($1,059.00)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Indexs 10-Year On horizontal. This has a very Pauillac-style, mineral rich bouquet with touches of brine, cedar and pine. Great definition. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, gentle but insistent grip with a very cohesive finish with a pointed citric thread that lends it such tension and freshness. This is a superb wine. (NM)" (03/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A great, rich wine from what owner Henri Lurton calls a classic year. There are huge, sweet tannins, solid black fruit flavors and ripeness, without losing sight of balance between richness, dryness and acidity. This is a wine that will age over many years. (RV)" (06/2005)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of blackberry and tobacco on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Serious concentration for the vintage, yet outstanding finesse. I like this as much as the 2000. Best after 2008. (JS)" (03/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Quite intense, concentrated nose. Sweet start and very polished. A little chewy on the end but certainly very Margaux. More polished than the Poujeaux." (03/2011)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

1990 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (6L) 1-pack in OWC - 1 available ($2,599.00)

93 points John Gilman: "The 1990 Pichon-Lalande is a very fine example of the vintage. The deep, complex and vibrant nose delivers a classy mélange of dark berries, coffee, fresh herb tones, cigar smoke, a fine base of dark soil tones and plenty of smoky, toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very long, with admirable complexity, fine focus and balance, melting tannins and impressive grip on the very long and refined finish. This is a classic example of Pichon-Lalande from its glory days, as the wines the estate was turning out in the decade of the 1980s were a significant step up in quality from what had been produced here in the previous few decades. (Drink between 2012-2040)" (07/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is not as exciting as I remember. But its outstanding. Seductive wine with blackberry, licorice and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, yet racy and silky with lovely fruit and a long, long finish. Showing well now but will improve with age. (Blogs-James Suckling Uncorked)" (10/2006)

Jancis Robinson: "Very dark blackish crimson. Notably aromatic, even a hint of herbaceousness on this bottle. Lovely balance and spread of mellow aromas. Tannins fully molten. Quite delicate for a 1990. Quite fresh enough on the finish. Subtle with a hint of tarmacadam. Lots of pleasure. Neat. 18/20 points" (09/2010)

K&L Notes: Elegant, feminine, quite delicate for the vintage, a lovely Bordeaux, showing beautifully.

1985 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (6L) 1-pack in OWC - 1 available ($2,799.00)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Quite ripe, with flavors of plum cake, warm pain d'épices, mint, Christmas pudding and fruitcake embedded in mulled currant and fig fruit. Offers a long, coffee-tinged finish, alluring ripeness and an easy structure. Non-blind Pichon Lalande vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2025. (JM, Web-2014)"

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the property, the 1985 Pichon Lalande is fully matured on the feral, tertiary nose, and like the bottle I tasted a couple of years ago, this has recently become much more diffuse than exemplary showing during the 1990s and 2000s. The palate is fleshy and smooth like many wines of this vintage, but in recent years, the tannins have become and little edgier, the fruit degraded and turning quite mushroom-like and earthy on the finish. I would broach bottles of this over the next five years, because I feel that it is drying out. Tasted March 2016. (NM)" (07/2016)

Vinous: "What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateaus cellar. The 1985 Pichon Lalande opens with mature, tertiary aromatics. Still huge and concentrated on the palate, the 1985 still has remarkable depth, but the elements are out of balance, because the aromatics are maturing at a faster pace than the wines structural elements. When wines are out of balance, time is an enemy, not a friend. While then 1985 clearly has enough power and overall intensity to keep for many years, I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, as the imbalances that are present today will only become more disconcerting as the years go by. (AG)" (02/2016)

2001 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC - 1 available ($1,799.00)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Indexs 10-Year On horizontal. This has a relatively light but feminine bouquet, earthy notes at first, later tightly coiled blackberry and cedar, briary and pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry that marries beautifully with the fine tannins and depth of flavour. This is more primal than its peers, but wonderful delineation and purity with a caressing, silky smooth finish. Utterly seductive: this Pichon Baron is finally coming into its own. Tasted March 2011. (NM)" (05/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Complex nose melds currant, cedar, minerals and tobacco. Suave entry, then sweet, dense and supple, with harmonious acids giving lift to the wine's flavors. At once full and juicy. Finishes with very fine tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (06/2004)

92 points James Suckling: "This is complex and beautiful now with liquorice and currant, with delicate sweet tobacco character on the nose and palate. Medium-to-full body with subtle, entrancing flavors and textures. So right now. Almost a soya undertone to the subtle fruit." (07/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark-colored, with floral and lanolin aromas with hints of fruit. Full-bodied, with chunky tannins and a long finish. A bit short and austere. Needs bottle age to show its full potential. (JS)" (03/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright crimson. Sweet, toasty and a bit obvious on the nose. But it delivers pleasure in spades, even if not an enormous amount of subtlety. Just very slightly drying on the finish." (03/2011)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 12 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 12-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in styrofoam to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.