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Library Wine Department - Back-Vintage Bordeaux - 04/05/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1959 Angélus, St-Emilion 3 $999.99 View
1985 Angélus, St-Emilion 89 4 $399.99 View
1982 Camensac, Haut-Médoc 9 $149.99 View
1989 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Emilion 90 11 Price: Hidden View
1982 Carbonnieux Rouge, Graves 7 Price: Hidden View
2000 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion 99 4 $849.99 View
1989 Clinet, Pomerol 100 2 $649.99 View
1962 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6 $299.99 View
1996 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 90 >36 $99.99 View
1990 Domaine La Gaffeliere, St-Emilion 93 12 $149.99 View
1964 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 4 $249.99 View
1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien 95 21 $199.99 View
1988 d'Yquem, Sauternes 96 6 $449.99 View
1994 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 19 $129.99 View
2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) 100 4 $399.99 View
1990 Gilette "Crème de Tête" Sauternes 98 12 Price: Hidden View
1945 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (pristine fills- bin soiled labels) 1 $1,099.99 View
2000 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien 94 8 $179.99 View
1989 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 94 12 $149.99 View
1989 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 100 1 $1,549.99 View
2000 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 94 10 $109.99 View
1966 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac 96 1 $649.99 View
2000 l'Arrosee, St-Emilion 92 >36 $64.99 View
1955 Latour à Pomerol, Pomerol 1 $879.99 View
1990 Latour, Pauillac 100 4 $799.99 View
1996 Latour, Pauillac 96 2 $899.99 View
1999 Latour, Pauillac 94 2 $499.99 View
2000 Latour, Pauillac 100 6 $1,099.00 View
1955 Latour, Pauillac (mid shoulder, lightly soiled label) 94 1 $999.99 View
1990 Latour, Pauillac (very high shoulder fills) 100 2 $799.99 View
1989 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 92 5 $209.99 View
1990 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien 93 14 $229.99 View
1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien 96 6 $299.99 View
1962 Léoville-Poyferré, St. Julien 7 $399.99 View
1985 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 95 6 $249.99 View
1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 96 >36 $399.99 View
1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 92 25 $189.99 View
1990 Magdelaine, St-Emilion 95 23 $179.99 View
1985 Margaux, Margaux 95 2 $499.99 View
1990 Margaux, Margaux 100 27 $874.99 View
1996 Margaux, Margaux 100 2 $749.99 View
1990 Montrose, St-Estèphe 100 14 $499.99 View
2001 Montrose, St-Estèphe 94 19 $179.99 View
1982 Montrose, St-Estèphe (blemished labels) 96 2 $299.99 View
1990 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac 94 2 $429.99 View
1966 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (high shoulder fill, bin soiled label) 90 1 $449.99 View
1998 Palmer, Margaux 91 5 $189.99 View
1986 Pape-Clément, Graves 92 3 $179.99 View
1989 Pavie, St-Emilion 90 7 $329.99 View
1998 Pavie, St-Emilion 95 4 $199.99 View
1966 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac (high shoulder fills) 3 $289.99 View
1989 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 95 3 $249.99 View
2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 97 5 $279.99 View
1981 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 92 6 Price: Hidden View
1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 95 28 $299.99 View
1995 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) 96 4 $599.99 View
1982 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label, very high shoulder fill) 98 3 $599.99 View
2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 94 >36 $149.99 View
2000 Rauzan-Segla, Margaux 94 >36 $149.99 View
1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 91 >36 $119.99 View
1989 Talbot, St-Julien 11 $119.99 View
1996 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol 93 5 $149.99 View
1995 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol 93 8 $199.99 View
1999 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol 94 14 $159.99 View
2000 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol 97 4 $249.99 View

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1959 Angélus, St-Emilion - 3 available ($999.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Angelus has always been a St. Emilion with great popular appeal. With a large production, much of it exported, a lovely label, and a charming, supple style of wine, Angelus has been able to build a strong following among enthusiast of the wine of St. Emilion."

K&L Notes: With an untraditional cépage, and a reputation that - in recent years - has placed it at a quality level above its already enviable Premier Grand Cru Classé status, L'Angelus is now on fire.

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1985 Angélus, St-Emilion - 4 available ($399.99)

89 points Wine Spectator: "Very concentrated, with plum and cassis character and a hint of nuts. It's full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and loads of coffee and fruit on the finish. Better after 1996." (10/1994)

Jancis Robinson: "De Boüards first vintage, and already aged on the lees. Sweet and rather gorgeous and with some freshness. Kerpow! There is a bit of decay but also liquorice." (11/2011)

1982 Camensac, Haut-Médoc - 9 available ($149.99)

Over 50 years ago, Camensac was purchased by the Forner brothers, who also happened to own Marques de Caceres in Rioja. They set about to replant the majority of the existing vineyards, with a greater share being Cabernet Sauvignon over Merlot. They also renovated the winemaking and storage facilities and called upon famed professor, Emile Peynaud, to consult and lift the chateau to a new level.

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1989 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Emilion - 11 available Price: Hidden

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fully mature, with considerable amber to its dark garnet color, this exotic, somewhat over-the-top style of wine shows lavishly wooded notes intermixed with tapenade, Asian spice, and sweet currant and plum-like fruit. (RP)" (01/2003)

Wine Spectator: "Silky and elegant. Perfumes of blackberry and cassis follow to a medium-bodied palate with fine tannins and a sweet fruit finish. Very fine indeed. (JS)" (03/1999)

1982 Carbonnieux Rouge, Graves - 7 available Price: Hidden

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have only had this wine once in the last ten years. Tasted at the Chateau, it revealed surprisingly delicious, ripe cherry fruit, a textbook Graves nose (tobacco, minerals, herbs), fine sweetness, and a lush, medium-bodied, seductive style. Although the wine has been drinkable most of its life, it exhibits no signs of decline. The color is just beginning to lighten at the edge. (RP)" (12/1995)

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2000 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion - 4 available ($849.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics. Drink it over the next 25-30 years. (RP)" (06/2010)

98 points Vinous: "The 2000 Cheval Blanc was pure seduction. Espresso, plums and graphite were some of the many notes that emerged from this warm, expressive Cheval Blanc. Immensely harmonious and balanced, the 2000 was firing on all cylinders. Although I am quite sure the 2000 will continue to evolve positively, I also can't blame those who want to enjoy it today. Everything was simply in the right place. (AG)" (02/2012)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "In 2000, it seems the Cabernet Franc made Cheval Blanc. It has given a mysterious, wonderful perfume to the intense richness of the Merlot. It has less of the explosive power of Ausone, it is more subtle and elegant, reserving its explosion of richness for the end, when a welter of black fruits seems to go on for ever. (RV)" (06/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A light menthol hint gives way to bay and tobacco leaf notes, which hold steady throughout, while the core of dark currant and fig fruit flavors takes on a warm, macerated, almost hedonistic feel. The finish has a tarry hint but is very polished and refined overall, with finely beaded acidity and a light iron accent. This is so caressing and languid, you almost lose sight of how long it is. Lovely.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2030. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Penetrating blackcurrant, menthol, herbal, cocoa and tobacco aromas. Rich, ripe and dense, with a chocolatey, voluptuous mouth feel but also plenty of acidity to provide lift to the blackcurrant, plum and licorice flavors. Dominated by its merlot component, this wine finishes long and suave, with lingering notes of blackberry and black truffle. (ID)" (10/2011)

94 points James Suckling: "A very nice nose of blackberries, dark chocolate, and flowers. Full bodied and smokey, with a meaty, mushroom, tobacco, and berry character. Wonderfully long, long finish to this muscular wine with fine tannins. This is still evolving but needs another five or six years. Find the wine" (03/2011)

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1989 Clinet, Pomerol - 2 available ($649.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This wine has such balance and harmony. I remember when it was young and how the new wood and intense fruit came out, but they have finally come together in such a beautiful way. It shows subtle and complex character of plums, cedar, dried flowers, and earth. The texture or mouthfeel is beautiful as you taste it." (06/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the great modern-day Bordeaux, the 1989 Clinet still has a saturated purple color and a sweet nose of creme de cassis intermixed with incense, licorice, smoke, and mineral. As the wine sits in the glass, more blueberry and blackberry notes emerge, intermixed with some toasty oak, earth, and spice. This spectacularly concentrated, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine is the stuff of dreams. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. (RP)" (01/2003)

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1962 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe - 6 available ($299.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a typical St.-Estephe in the sense that wines from this commune are generally described as being hard and unyielding. Nevertheless, all the components are there, the dark ruby color, the very good concentration and weight, and the moderate tannin. (RP)" (12/1997)

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1996 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan ($99.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier certainly surpassed my expectations even though I would caution that I think Olivier Bernard has made better vintages since then. Deep in color, the nose is quite captivating with black fruit, brine and crushed stone. I like the strictness here -- very 1996 in style. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a svelte texture. The bead of acidity lends this tension although I found that finish surprisingly backward and just lacked that peacock's tail that would have warranted a higher score. Of course, there is a chance that this could come with time because it is undeniably very well balanced and pure. It just needs a bit more ... ambition. Tasted July 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

Jancis Robinson: "Subtle maturation on the nose. Very lively and dancing with good core of fruit. Good for now but supported by exceptionally fine tannins. Delicate, dancing. 18/20 points." (09/2006)

1990 Domaine La Gaffeliere, St-Emilion - 12 available ($149.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A very fine wine. Medium ruby-garnet color. Raspberry, mineral, berry and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a silky texture. Long finish. Best ever from this estate?--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. (JS)" (08/2000)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The deep ruby-colored 1990 offers up abundant aromas of sweet new oak, ripe berry fruit, and floral scents. In the mouth, this stylish, medium-weight, beautifully proportioned wine has excellent concentration, decent acidity, moderate tannins, and a considerable sense of elegance and richness. It is the finest La Gaffeliere since the 1970 and 1947. (RP)" (02/1993)

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1964 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien - 4 available ($249.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "All things considered, this was a success for a 1964 northern Medoc." (01/1998)

K&L Notes: Château Ducru-Beaucaillou is a property in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Médoc, rated a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It is often described as the quintessential Saint-Julien – deeply colored and powerfully ripe, yet balanced and harmonious. The grand vin usually needs 10 years of aging and can last for decades. A second wine, Croix de Beaucaillou, is also produced from the Ducru vineyard.

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1986 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien ($199.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A monster in its infancy. Almost black in color, with intense cassis, herb and mint aromas and superrich, dense cassis and licorice flavors. May last forever. (TM)" (10/1992)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1986 Ducru Beaucaillou was served by Bruno Borie both decanted and directly from bottle, poured blind. From the bottle, it has an attractive bouquet with plush blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, indeed, showing more fruité than I was expecting. There is a roundness to these aromatics, perhaps a little more like 1985 in some ways. The palate is medium-bodied and here the seriousness and structure of the 1986 vintages shows through. There is impressive body and though it felt firm and masculine on the finish, there is clearly sufficient fruit that counterbalances the backbone. The decanted version showed a little more volatility on the nose, but here I discerned more complexity on the palate. The 1986 Ducru poured directly from bottle felt a little more savory and strangely, more cohesive, with more of the terroir coming through on the slightly loamy, brown sugar-tinged finish. Tasted July 2016. (NM)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 29, 2015

A huge wine dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Tons of red fruit flavors and cassis aromas. Quite tannic, but decant two hours and enjoy with a steak dinner.

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1988 d'Yquem, Sauternes - 6 available ($449.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1988 Chateau d'Yquem has long been an insider's favorite over the 1989 and 1990, although at the end of the day, all three form a brilliant triumvirate at the end of the decade. Tasted from a half bottle, it shone with a slightly burnished amber hue. The bouquet is just as I have encountered with previous bottles with scents of marmalade, mandarin, burnt honey and citrus fruit, perhaps a little waxier and resinous than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive weight, viscous as you would expect, though not as flamboyant as the 1989 or as unctuous as the 1990. It is beautifully balanced with notes of apricot, white chocolate and orange peel towards the harmonious and tensile finish. You can see this cruising along for two or three decades and maybe it will turn more Barsac-like in style? Time will tell - a glorious Yquem however you look at it. (NM)" (06/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and soft, with creamed apricot, mango, date, honey, caramel and marzipan notes, all framed by toasted brioche and musk accents. The flattering finish lets orange curd and flan details glide through. A touch shy on tension, but shows lovely range. (JM, Web Only-2014)"

Jancis Robinson: "Dark tawny. The most intriguing nose. Glossy and lively and more intellectual than the other two, Extremely long - a hint of ginger and real zest. Certainly seemed the best of these three without a doubt. Very racy and flirtatious -- maybe racier than the 1989. Powerful and very very long. 19.5/20 points. Drink 2000-2040. (JR)" (02/2008)

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1994 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) ($129.99)

Wine Spectator: " A very good but not outstanding Yquem. Yellow-gold color. Intense aromas of petrol, spice and honey, with dried apricot. Full-bodied, very sweet, with a green apple and honey character; petrol character comes through on the finish. Better with age. Best after 2005. (JS)" (05/2000)

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2001 d'Yquem, Sauternes (375ml) - 4 available ($399.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is so layered and intense on the palate with lemons and dried pineapple, mango and honey. Full body, very sweet, but it remains tangy and vibrant. Shows such amazing balance and intensity. Crazy finish. Hints of vanilla and apple purée. One of the greatest Yquems ever. All about purity here." (09/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

100 points Wine Spectator: "The greatest young Yquem I have ever tasted from bottle. Yellow, with a golden hue and an almost green tint. Intense aromas of botrytis, spices and blanched almonds follow through to honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and pineapple. Full-bodied, sweet, thick and powerful, with layers of fruit and a bright, lively finish. Coats the palate yet remains exciting. So balanced and refined, showing the pedigree that only this Sauternes estate can deliver. *Ranked #10 on Top 100 of 2005, Collectibles* (JS)" (11/2005)

Jancis Robinson: "Magnum. A marvellous wine with a fabulous future but already redolent of crème brulée and marzipan. Great intensity, balance and lift. Fresh, medium sweetness (which looks an awfully prosaic description of this miracle of botrytis) and fresh and crisp on the finish. 19.5/20 points. Drink to 2050 (JR)" (02/2014)

K&L Notes: 100 points Robert Parker: "There are 10,000 cases of this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. The 2001 Yquem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2100+." (04/2005)

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1990 Gilette "Crème de Tête" Sauternes - 12 available Price: Hidden

98 points Wine Spectator: "A jaw-dropper, with quince, persimmon, mango, fig and blood orange marmalade notes providing a kaleidoscopic experience as this moves along, slowly pulling in more ginger, marzipan, greenfig and date notes. The finish is so seamless it feels like glistening porcelain. Drink now through 2040." (12/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Chateau Gilette Creme de Tete is the latest release from the Medeville family. It has a curious bouquet that is minty and full of dried white flowers, but it feels contained at the moment, the aromas demanding more time in bottle to coalesce. The palate is fresh on the entry with subtle hints of nougat, quince, walnut, almond and white fennel toward the finish. Having subsequently tasted much older vintages, I can see how this is still a nascent Gilette that will benefit from another ten years in bottle. 92+ (NM)" (06/2015)

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1945 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (pristine fills- bin soiled labels) - 1 available ($1,099.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Lots of bark-like sediment but SO sweet, deep and gorgeous!!!! What a treat. Who needs first growths...? A complete fully ripe wine in all sense and no sense of decay. Wonderfully deep flavoured and intense in the throat on the finish. Tasted blind, it seemed much younger though was obviously from a great vintage. We thought possibly 1959. 19.5/20 points." (05/2009)

Wine Spectator: "A winner. Rich, ripe and generous, still packing plenty of focused currant and black cherry flavor and layers of smoke, spice and cigar box. Somewhat sharp on aftertaste, but a fine dinner companion." (11/1995)

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2000 Gruaud Larose, St-Julien - 8 available ($179.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A very strong effort for Gruaud Larose, possibly eclipsed by what they have done in 2009, this is a pure, full-bodied Gruaud Larose with plenty of new saddle leather, cedar wood, black currants, cherries, licorice, and Provencal herbs. Spicy, earthy, full-bodied, and rich, it has hit its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for another 20 or more years. (RP)" (06/2010)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "(No note given)" (12/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator: "There's nice richness here, with velvety-textured blackberry, fig and boysenberry confiture flavors rolling through, edged by a graphite note that slowly takes over on the finish. This has serious spine, with tar and ganache echoes hanging in the background, boding well for continued development. (JM, Web-2016)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of roasted black raspberry, leather and grilled nuts. Lush, sweet and thick, with an almost unctuous texture and terrific volume. A wine of compelling sweetness and chewiness, not to mention sheer mouthfilling size. Finishes with huge, broad, sweet tannins and lingering notes of blackcurrant, coffee and leather. Classic, thoroughly ripe Gruaud-Larose. (ST)" (06/2003)

K&L Notes: 93 points Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "Tasted at The Ledbury Gruaud Larose lunch, this bottle is consistent with previous encounters. The nose has very good lift, opening up a little more with age with blackberry, tobacco and showing a touch of crushed stone this time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins but bold and there is much more cohesion than the 1999. There is a hint of Hoi Sin towards the finish that is still dominated by blackberry, cedar and graphite. It needs another five or six years to really come round, but great potential. Tasted June 2011."

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 26, 2015

This bottle was a generous contribution from Sean Fernandez in our old and rare department at our 2000 Bordeaux wine dinner, and was a contender for wine of the night. It is composed of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Verdot. The Gruaud was the earthiest, most savory bottle of the whole tasting, and had a little bit of bret that in no way detracted from my appreciation of the wine. It had dark fruit and leather flavors and one of the best supple, medium bodied textures of the whole evening. It was seamless and beautiful wine that drank great now with balance for the ages.

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1989 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien - 12 available ($149.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the same time. (JS, Web-2010)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at The Ledbury Gruaud Larose lunch, the 1989 was one of the standout wines of the tasting. It displays wonderful definition on the nose, more clarity than the 1990 alongside, with hints of sandalwood, Provencal herbs, white fennel and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, demonstrating a tad more composure than the 1990 with good weight on the linear finish. I like the control here, the sense of finesse. Drinking perfectly now. (NM)" (01/2012)

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1989 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 1 available ($1,549.99)

100 points John Gilman: "It had been more than a decade since I last tasted a bottle of the 1989 Haut-Brion (having absolutely zero interest in opening any bottles out of my cellar before this wine has fully apogee), so I was very happy to see it on display at the Hart-Davis-Hart tasting. This is a brilliant wine that has not lost an iota of its luster as it has aged, soaring from the glass in a brilliantly pure and bottomless bouquet of cassis, dark berries, cigar smoke, a very complex base of dark soil tones, Cuban cigars, fresh herbs and a refined base of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and stunningly plush on the attack, with a sappy core of pure fruit, stunning soil signature, ripe, firm tannins and simply brilliant length and grip on the still very young, seamless and boundless finish. This wine has often been compared to the 1959 Haut-Brion, but I have to believe that the 1989 will be even better when it reaches its peak of maturity! This is still a very young wine (far less evolved than the superb 1990) and I would not touch a bottle for at least another dozen years or more. It should last close to a century. (Drink between 2025-2100)" (08/2012)

100 points James Suckling: "This continues to be a perfect wine with a beautiful, dense character of tobacco and sweet fruits. Chocolate, toasted walnuts and flowers here too. It's full-bodied with velvety tannins. Lasts for minutes on the palate." (06/2016)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This continues to be one of the immortal wines and one of the greatest young Bordeaux wines of the last half-century. Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic, and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics. The wine still has a very thick, viscous-looking ruby/purple color, a spectacular, young but awesome smorgasbord of aromas ranging from scorched earth, liquid minerals, graphite, blackberry and black currant jam to toast, licorice, and spice box. The levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin in this viscous, full-bodied, low-acid wine are awe-inspiring. The brilliant symmetry of the wine, extraordinary purity, and seamlessness are the hallmarks of a modern-day legend. It is still in its pre-adolescent stage of development, and I would not expect it to hit its full plateau of maturity for another 3-5 years, but this should be an Haut-Brion that rivals the greatest ever made at this estate. Life is too short not to drink this wine as many times as possible! A modern day clone of the 1959? Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030. (RP)" (01/2003)

100 points Wine Spectator: "What a gorgeous, seductive and beautiful wine, as always. I can't get over the perfumed aromas of subtle milk chocolate, cedar and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, yet so refined and silky, lasting for minutes on the palate. Everything is in just the right proportion. This is a wine that will go on forever. I love it. One of my great loves in the wine world. (JS)" (01/2010)

98 points Vinous: "A modern-day version of the epic 1959, the 1989 Haut-Brion is all about harmony. Fine, silky tannins and expressive aromatics are two of the signatures. Tobacco, cedar and anise add layers of nuance to the dark, mineral-inflected fruit. The 1989 has long been one of my favorite Haut-Brions. It is once again magnificent in this tasting. The linkage with 1959 is quite evident. Readers who are fortunate enough to own the 1989 will be thrilled to follow its evolution over the next few decades. (AG)" (12/2014)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Highly nuanced, roasted aroma dominated by tobacco, grilled nuts, smoke and vanillin oak. Densely packed, but also juicy and penetrating, with great thrust and superb vinosity. A very powerful wine with a robust tannic structure. Finishes very long and strong. This and La Mission really transcend the vintage. Drink 2005 through 2030." (07/2002)

K&L Notes: Chateau Haut Brion is one of the five First Growth wines of Bordeaux, and the only one from Graves. Located on two hillocks of gravel over clay and sand in Pessac, classic Graves terroir, it consists of 51 hectares of mostly red varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot). Haut-Brion is the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux; it was served to Charles II of England in the 1600s! The estate is now owned and lovingly managed by the Dillon family, the royal family of Luxembourg. 100 points Neal Martin: "...Suffice to say that it was one of the vinous peaks of the 20th century and everyone should try and taste it just once in their life. Tasted November 2011." (Wine Journal, 1/2012)

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2000 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion - 10 available ($109.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Opulence and richness, with all the generosity of Merlot, are the hallmarks of this superb wine. It is huge and powerful and has enormous potential. What is so exceptional about this wine is that all its power is still to be revealed. In 10 years time, it will prove to be one of the stars of the vintage in Saint-Emilion. (RV)" (06/2003)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This elegant, fully mature 2000 St.-Emilion reveals notes of roasted herbs, sandy, loamy soil, black currants, cassis, and a hint of incense. Medium-bodied and pure with outstanding harmony and freshness, it should last for another decade or more. (RP)" (06/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Has a lightly leathery, old-school edge, with a mild loamy note weaving through as well, while the core of steeped plum and black currant fruit notes is showing a fair amount of maturity already. Nice twinges of espresso and bay through the finish.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2020. 6,667 cases made. (JM, Web-2016)"

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 27, 2015

The Gaffeliere is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This dark wine had a giant, oaky, vanillin nose, thick texture and strong tannins. It wasn't pruney or hard however, and many at the dinner found it their favorite of the right bank flight. I would call this an extracted style, but it doesn't go so far as to be over extracted. I would love to check in on this a few years from now. We tasted this at our 2000 Bordeaux dinner.

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 27, 2015

I drink a lot of Bordeaux, but, I am ashamed to say, not nearly enough Right Bank wines. So, last Friday for our weekly "steak & claret" night I opted for the 2000 Chateau La Gaffeliere, St-Emilion. I have a few cases of Bordeaux from the 2000 vintage in my cellar, mostly wines from the Medoc that are too young to drink, but this Right Bank beauty was raring to go at 15 years of age. A classic 2000. Rich, ripe, and round with good acidity, admirable weight, and fine tannins framing the finish. The wine was beginning to show some age - the color has shifted towards a lovely garnet and the nose showed hints of truffle emerging - but while it's drinking beautifully now it easily has another decade or more ahead of it. A perfect St-Emilion and a superb value for the money.

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1966 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1 available ($649.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "My God, this is a wonderful mature Lafite. Served blind chez Rosemary George MW it has a definable Pauillac nose with subtle notes of cedar, sous-bois and a touch of dried blood. It has incredible harmony and purity a bouquet that has you instantly captivated. The palate does not disappoint: a beguiling sense of natural harmony and delineation, not the weight of Latour nor the femininity of Margaux, but a Lafite aiming for understated sophistication. Delicate cedar and cigar box towards the finish that just goes on and on. This bottle vindicates my first encounter in Bordeaux, when it similarly bewitched its audience. Absolutely sublime. A point. Tasted April 2008. (NM)" (07/2008)

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2000 l'Arrosee, St-Emilion ($64.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Powerful and decadent young red. Lots of smoky, berry and cherry character. Full-bodied and very chewy, with loads of fruit. This always impresses me, with its rich and decadent character. Best after 2009. (JS)" (01/2003)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The resurgence of lArrosee that weve seen over the last four or five years is not apparent in the 2000. It has matured quickly, revealing an orange/rust color at its rim. Notes of earth, herbes de Provence, black cherries, red currants, and dusty, loamy soil undertones are present in this elegant, fully mature, medium-bodied 2000. (RP)" (06/2010)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

Alas, this château no longer exists, as the Haut-Brion people bought it and the wine now goes into the Quintus brandfor much more money. We tasted it in April 2016 and bought all we could find. It is so good and a great value, to boot.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2016

From the spectacular 2000 vintage, the l'Arrosée is now at a phase which I lightheartedly call "aged to perfection" - A still dark but tawny color, and very attractive aromatics of smoked meats, charcuterie, and even a touch of paprika spices, along with notes of coffee and the tell-tale note of development in red wines - of honey. If you want a wine that is perfectly mature to enjoy tonight with a special dinner, this is it.

1955 Latour à Pomerol, Pomerol ($879.99)

According to the Wine Spectator: "...supple and still showing some plum and spice flavors in modest proportions. Drinkable now.--Latour à Pomerol vertical." (05/94)

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1990 Latour, Pauillac - 4 available ($799.99)

100 points Wine Spectator: "This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes. It's hard not to drink it now. (JS)" (02/2005)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep red. Great vibrant nose of redcurrant, licorice, minerals and tobacco, along with a minty austerity. Thick and large-scaled, like an essence of Pauillac. Really explodes in the middle palate. Incredible unfolding peacock tail of a finish. A monumental, powerfully structured wine with great long-term aging potential." (08/2002)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the more perplexing Latours to evaluate. It has plenty of sweetness as well as a gorgeous, rich fruitiness, but it lacks the firmness one finds in more recent great vintages such as 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant glycerin, and full body, but Im still waiting for that extra nuance of complexity to emerge. Its all there, but the wine still seems to be more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in its youth, but then again, I dont have any reason to doubt that more complexity will emerge. (RP)" (04/2009)

K&L Notes: From an opulent, well-structured, classic Bordeaux vintage.

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1996 Latour, Pauillac - 2 available ($899.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone. (JS, Web-2007)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1996 Latour is a wine that continues to perplex. I just think that given the vintage, the team would have made a far superior wine nowadays. That said, it is still a very fine Pauillac. Here, it conveyed a sense of "airiness" on the bouquet, more backward and surly than other bottles tasted with attractive damp earth and leather aromas. It feels strict and uncompromising when compared to others. The palate is medium-bodied with light and supple tannin, tart red berry fruit, black pepper and plenty of tobacco indicating its Pauillac origins. This is a well balanced, correct and elegant Latour, not the powerhouse of the 2000 or 2005, yet continuing to give drinking pleasure unabated after two decades. Tasted December 2016. (NM)" (02/2017)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Dark berries, violet, licorice and a note of torrefaction. Explosive, pure flavors are almost too big for the mouth. Finishes with big, sweet tannins and expanding, exhilarating flavors of pruneaux and crystallized dark berries. Perfectly integrated oak. A great Latour. 95+ (ST)" (06/1999)

K&L Notes: A previous Wine Advocate review by Robert Parker upon release: "99 points. A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050." (06/2000)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2015

A classic Latour from a classic Cabernet vintage. So sweet and yet so powerful. For that special event, I recommend this one.

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1999 Latour, Pauillac - 2 available ($499.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers looking for a modern day version of Latour's magnificent 1962 or 1971 should check out the sensational 1999 Latour. It is a big, concentrated offering, exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color, and a classic nose of minerals, black currants, leather, and vanilla. The wine is long, ripe, and medium-bodied, with high levels of sweet tannin. This surprisingly full, concentrated 1999 should be drinkable in 5-6 years; it will last for three decades. (RP)" (04/2002)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. High-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, minerals and leather. Wonderfully harmonious in the mouth, with compelling sweetness of fruit but also superb grip. A lush, rich wine that already displays impressive inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with broad, essentially gentle tannins. Doesn't quite possess the grip or thrust of the '01, but this is wine-of-the-vintage material. (ST)" (06/2002)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and fresh, with milk chocolate and berry aromas. Subtle and refined on the nose. Full-bodied and very elegant, featuring a solid core of ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. So much finesse here. Still tight, needing time in the bottle to open. No longer big, this is in just the right proportions for the vintage. '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2012. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

Jancis Robinson: "Medicinal and sinewy on the nose. Exciting and vibrant. Deep-flavoured. Long but the tannins are still very evident (though in this case there seems to be enough fruit to stand up to them). Ambitious - needs quite a bit of time yet. 18/20 points (JR)" (09/2009)

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2000 Latour, Pauillac - 6 available ($1,099.00)

100 points James Suckling: "Latour has made truly great wines in the past two decadesand this is one of the best. It has fabulous aromas of black truffles, currants, raspberry and dried flowers. Mind-blowing on the palate, its an emotional and soulful red." (04/2014)

99 points Wine Spectator: "The fruit here is still very much in the primary phase, with a decidedly racy feel to the raspberry coulis, cassis and blackberry reduction notes that are streaked with violet, iron and graphite flavors. The superlong finish alternates between a tug of sweet earth and a velvety feel, as the fruit and grip are still melding together, but there's so much vivacity here, there's no concern with waiting it out. The wait may be a while though. Rather stunning that this can separate itself so clearly from the rest of 2000's high-class field. (JM, Web-2016)"

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is such an expressive wine, with elegance a major factor in its character. It is certainly huge, rich and dense. But there is much more to it. You can peel layers of fruit and tannins away, and still never get to the end of the wines complexity. At every stage of its life, it will reveal a new character, but for now it is dominated by powerful tannins and huge, black, fruit. (RV)" (06/2003)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Latour (a relatively abundant 14,000 cases compared to what they produced in 2009, 2008, or 2005) is 'packed and stacked.' The extremely rich, black/purple color to the rim is followed by a wine with some subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as well as roasted meat and a slight scorched earth character. Broad, savory, and rich, the wine seems to be about 5 years away from full maturity and should drink well for at least 40-50 more years. A great effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003 and 2009. (RP)" (06/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Wonderfully sweet, rich aromas of cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A huge wine with almost painful intensity; solid as a rock and at the same time utterly sensual and creamy, with great inner-mouth complexity and depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. 'Almost too easy today,' says Engerer. Sweet notes of roasted nuts and chocolate add to the wine's early appeal. A powerful, hugely rich Latour with a great building finish and perfectly suave tannins. (ST)" (06/2003)

Decanter: "Big concentrated red, still very young, fine Cabernet concentration with great finesse and vineyard definition, robust yet elegant with superb length. 19/20 points" (03/2010)

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1955 Latour, Pauillac (mid shoulder, lightly soiled label) - 1 available ($999.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A spectacular Latour, from a vintage that has provided many superb surprises (especially in the Medoc and Graves), the deep garnet-colored 1955 reveals some amber at the edge. It remains tannic, but its extraordinary perfume of smoked meats, dried herbs, cedar, black fruits, underbrush, and leather is seductive. It is full-bodied, with a sweet, intense mid-palate, plenty of power, and decades of life remaining. This is an under-rated, stunning Latour that may even improve. Anticipated maturity: now-2020." (06/2000)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty, racy and fine. Shows rich aromas of cherries, minerals and currants. Full-bodied, with lovely ripe fruit, silky tannins and a long finish. A beauty.--Latour vertical." (08/2000)

K&L Notes: Five stars from critic Michael Broadbent in the most recent tasting recorded in his book Vintage Wine, with the following note: "Will go on, an on."

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1990 Latour, Pauillac (very high shoulder fills) - 2 available ($799.99)

100 points Wine Spectator: "This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes. It's hard not to drink it now. (JS)" (02/2005)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep red. Great vibrant nose of redcurrant, licorice, minerals and tobacco, along with a minty austerity. Thick and large-scaled, like an essence of Pauillac. Really explodes in the middle palate. Incredible unfolding peacock tail of a finish. A monumental, powerfully structured wine with great long-term aging potential. Drink 2008 through 2040. (ST)" (07/2002)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the more perplexing Latours to evaluate. It has plenty of sweetness as well as a gorgeous, rich fruitiness, but it lacks the firmness one finds in more recent great vintages such as 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant glycerin, and full body, but Im still waiting for that extra nuance of complexity to emerge. Its all there, but the wine still seems to be more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in its youth, but then again, I dont have any reason to doubt that more complexity will emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. 96+ (RP)" (06/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Sweet start and a dry end. Long and reverberant with real meatiness in the middle. Transparent and fresh - lighter than many vintages of Ch Latour. Slightly inky finish. 18/20 points" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: ...A few years later, Wine Advocate's Bordeaux reviewer, Neal Martin, found the '90 still a bit "backward," but developing nicely, and scored it 98 points: "Tasted blind at The Arches. Poured from magnum, the 1990 Latour is a tour de force. It displays immense purity and precision on the nose with graphite and tobacco scents, a hint of dried rose petal and mahogany bureau developing with time. The palate is surprisingly backwards considering that it is already over two decades old. It is underpinned with very well judged acidity that lends it poise and grace. But the headline is simple the unadulterated, astounding exhibition of Cabernet Sauvignon that drives the 1990 forward to its intense crushed stone finish where you can almost taste those Pauillac pebbles. Although I have encountered a couple of mis-firing bottles, this is the real deal. Tasted February 2012." (NM-Wine Journal)

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1989 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien - 5 available ($209.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A delicious, well-structured Bordeaux, with plenty of ripe fruit, beautiful berry, green tobacco and cherry character. Full-bodied, adding velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. (JS)" (05/1999)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It has been a little while since I tasted the Château Léoville-Barton 1989. Now at 25 years of age, it has an open bouquet with vestiges of brambly red fruit, scorched earth and chestnut, touches of fireside hearth developing with time. There is something almost comforting about Anthony Barton's wine, its familiarity putting you at ease. The palate is medium-bodied with tannins that have softened in recent years and it gently builds to a saline, rather austere finish. Gentle, but classy Saint Julien, you can enjoy this for another 15 years without worry. Tasted June 2014. (NM)" (07/2016)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 11, 2015

Perfect wine in 2015-i just drank 2 bottles-nboth perfect.

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1990 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien ($229.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Believe it or not, the 1990 Leoville Barton can actually be drunk - something that cannot be said about the broodingly backward, still excruciatingly tannic 1982. The exceptionally concentrated 1990 reveals more polished, sweeter tannins along with a big, sweet kiss of black currant, forest floor, cedar, and spice box notes. While it still has some tannins to shed, this full-bodied, powerful, long wine is approachable. It should continue to evolve for another two decades. (RP) 93+" (06/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby color with a red edge. Subtle aromas of black cherry and plum, with hints of mineral and smoke. Full-bodied, with a compacted fruit structure, firm tannins and a long finish. As outstanding as it should be. (JS)" (08/2000)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep healthy color. Lively, subtle black cherry and cassis aromas, with a floral topnote. Impeccably balanced and very rich, this wine already displays lovely intensity of flavor and loads of personality. Fresh acids give it a juicy quality. Delicious, ripe finish, with discreet tannins. Excellent value. (ST)" (11/1993)

K&L Notes: 3-4 stars Michael Broadbent: "...deep but mature looking; sweet, classic nose evolving richly; equally sweet on the palate, complete, its richness masking the tannins. Drink 2008-2020." (10/2001) 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This is a glorious Leoville-Barton, even if I have experienced some bottle variation in the past. This one has a deep garnet core with russet rim. The bouquet is firmly entrenched within its secondary aromas, evolving a Pomerol-like personality with black truffle, scorched earth, damson and roasted chestnuts. The palate is medium-bodied, as if it has lost a little weight over the last couple of years, but very well balanced with good delineation. Wild mushrooms, a touch of cracked black pepper, sous-bois, hints of Provencal herbs and cedar towards the finish. Just a lovely Leoville-Barton to cherish. Drink now-2020. Tasted May 2009."

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1989 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien - 6 available ($299.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, with raisin and dried fruits on the nose. You can smell the sun-dried grapes. Full-bodied, delivering firm tannins and a very fresh palate. Long and flavorful, offering currant, berries and all sorts of dark fruits, but turns lightly earthy and floral. This is a thoroughly complex wine. Just starting to really open into the mature 20-year-old wine it is, but such a great life ahead of it. Muscular. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2013

Delicious, ready to drink wine from a great vintage. Packed with sweet fruit. No edges.

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1962 Léoville-Poyferré, St. Julien - 7 available ($399.99)

This wine likely represented the last remnants of the older vines, as the vineyard was largely replanted in 1962. In Grands Vins: The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines, Clive Coates writes of the 1962 vintage: "Medium-full colour. Mature. More interest than the 1964 here. Round, ripe, stylish. Fresh. Medium-full. This is mellow, rich and even fat and concentrated. Still has vigour and life. Better than 1964 and 1966. Good grip. Long. Stylish. Mellow. Very good indeed." (1995) Second Growth. Deuxieme Grand Cru Classe in 1855. Indicative blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 60-70% and Merlot 20-30% with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

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1985 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 6 available ($249.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted single blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Château Lynch Bages was pitted against two other wines, both First Growths, and it more than held its own. In many ways it is a forerunner for the brilliant 1989 and 1990 that Jean-Michel crafted, though the 1985 has always been more elegant and comely in style. The nose is impressive after three decades with melted tar, a touch of peppermint and delineated black fruit that seem to gain intensity with each passing moment in the glass. Strangely those secondary notes of bay leaf and dried herbs make way for more primal fruit-derived scents with aeration! The palate does not disappoint. Medium rather than full-bodied, beautifully defined tannins and supremely well-judged acidity, this Lynch-Bages is just so well balanced. Hints of black truffle and sandalwood unfold towards the finish that has disarming purity and great persistence. If you want to know why the 1855 Classification screwed up placing Lynch Bages as a Fifth Growth - taste the wonderful 1985 and then the 1989 and 1990 (though the latter pair have greater longevity). Tasted July 2015. (NM)" (07/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "The 1985 was the magazine's Wine of the Year in 1988. Today it shows loads of fruit, with blackberry, licorice and fresh herb character. Full, round and velvety. Long and delicious. (JS, Web Only-2007)"

Jancis Robinson: "We had a case of this once but finished it ages ago, it was so delicious. Three bottles, all bought recently from Berry Bros, were opened. The first was stunning, absolutely all the subtlety, balance and ripe fruit you expect from a top claret. The second was just like it but at 85% intensity. The third was slightly tainted by TCA. The cork of the first was damp, dark and soiled. The cork on the second was very clean and pale. The cork from the third was pale but smelt a bit suspect. (Though of course there are many instances of gorgeous wines having stinky corks.) The score relates to the first bottle. 18/20 points." (02/2013)

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1989 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac ($399.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Delivers so much blackberry, leather and dried fruits on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and a silky mouthfeel. The palate turns to leaves, cedar and dried berries on the finish, which goes on and on. This is still reserved for the vintage, suggesting a long life ahead. Just coming around now, but will improve many years ahead. I have always loved this Lynch. (JS, Web-2010)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I have tasted the Château Lynch Bages 1989 several times since my last penned note in 2010. It is such a consistent wine, a Pauillac that never lets you down. Here it continues to sport a relatively backward blackberry and cedar scented nose, the graphite (pencil box) element a little more accentuated. The aromatic purr like a Bentley, unraveling with each swirl of the glass. The palate is very well defined with a rigid structure, well-judged acidity and hints of chestnut and cooked meat offering secondary notes on the dense finish that suggest a long drinking plateau. What a stupendous wine from Jean-Michel Cazes! (NM)" (07/2016)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Still youthfully closed but highly complex nose hints at cassis, minerals, gunflint and Oriental spices. Quite clean and juicy, boasting lovely precision and size to its flavors of small dark berries, smoky plum, coffee and minerals. This pure, long wine finishes with enticingly soft flavors of red cherry and marzipan. Though rich and opulent, this graceful, seamless wine can still age effortlessly. Maybe the best Lynch-Bages of the last 30 years. (ID)" (01/2012)

94 points John Gilman: "The 1989 Lynch Bages is one of the finest recent vintages of this wine that I have ever had the pleasure to taste, with a beautiful depth of fruit that only the greatest vintages of this fine estate have been able to boast in the past. The deep and superb nose soars from the glass in a vibrant mélange of black cherries, cassis, incipient notes of petroleum jelly (which are so prevalent in the 1961 and 1959 versions of this wine today), complex gravel soil tones, cigar ash and toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance, with ripe, moderate tannins and absolutely stunning length and grip. The 1989 Lynch is a beautiful wine and one of the reference point vintages for this superb estate in the last fifty years. Surprisingly, it is one of the few 1989s that is at the same stage of evolution as its 1990 counterpart and is only a few years away from primetime drinking. Given its superior mid-palate depth, I would expect it to outlive the very good 1990. Impressive juice. (Drink between 2016-2060)" (07/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "I have always been a big fan of this rich wine, with its currant and tropical fruit character on the nose and palate, and just a hint of toasted oak. Its full-bodied, with wild fruit and tobacco character, and a roasted coffee bean aftertaste. This is a fabulous wine." (03/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "A really lovely Lynch this. As it has been for some time. Dark ruby. Very rich and sweet. Just very slightly rusty on the end. Lovely and vital on the mid palate and just slightly falls off at the end. But it sure delivers both peasure and richness so that initially I wondered whether it wasn't right bank. Voluptuous. 18/20 points" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: In 2011, Robert Parker rated this bottling 99+, saying: "The 1989 has taken forever to shed its formidable tannins, but what a great vintage of Lynch Bages! I would rank it at the top of the pyramid although the 1990, 2000, and down the road, some of the more recent vintages such as 2005, 2009 and 2010 should come close to matching the 1989's extraordinary concentration and undeniable aging potential. Its dense purple color reveals a slight lightening at the edge and the stunning bouquet offers classic notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, oak and graphite. Powerful and rich with some tannins still to shed at age 22, it is still a young adolescent in terms of its evolution and will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring. It should prove to be a 50 year wine." (8/2011)

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1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac ($189.99)

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 Only-2007)"

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Lynch Bages has a delightful fresh, minty bouquet that does not quite deliver the complexity of recent vintages, nicely perfumed with hints of wilted rose petal developing with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, fresh from the start with blackcurrant pastilles, a touch of tobacco with a tightly coiled, minerally, slightly sharp finish that perhaps just needs a little more depth. I appreciate that lingering pencil lead note on the aftertaste, completing a solid if unspectacular Lynch Bages. It's the kind of Pauillac I would grab from a restaurant list at the right price. A point. (NM)" (10/2016)

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)

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1990 Magdelaine, St-Emilion ($179.99)

95 points John Gilman: "The 1990 Magdelaine is a flat out brilliant bottle of wine that delivers much the same aromatic and flavor fireworks of the 1990 Figeac, albeit in a potentially more transparent and ethereal package than the Figeac. The celestial bouquet soars from the glass in a mélange of cherries, toasted nuts, menthol, tobacco leaf, beautiful herb tones, chalky soil nuances and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, elegant and refined, with great intensity of flavor, laser-like focus, ripe and supple tannins, and endless length on the long, complex and suave finish. While the 90 Magdelaine is already a great glass of wine, I would still try and give it at least another eight to ten years of cellaring to really let it blossom fully. Believe me, I will not be touching any of mine until a decade has passed. It is a great bottle in the making and drinking well enough right now that it is no crime to be opening it, if one has sufficient quantity in the cellar. I should note that the bottle at our March vertical was not quite up to the quality of previous incarnations, but I put this down to a less than perfect example. (Drink between 2015-2060)" (03/2015)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby with a hint of amber at the edge. Initially slightly reduced nose of coffee grounds and underbrush opens slowly with air to reveal red cherry jam, cassis, and tobacco. Then lush, round and rich in the mouth, displaying plum, blackberry and tobacco flavors of noteworthy freshness and finishes with rather soft tannins. Opulent for Magdelaine yet beautifully balanced--and much better than I remembered it. The suave finish features sneaky concentration and a persistent note of tobacco. A superb Magdelaine that is already drinking well and probably won't gain much by further cellaring, though it should remain at this plateau for another ten years. (ID)" (03/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted in Burgundy from a magnum acquired on release, the 1990 Château Magdelaine is what you describe as 'classic' Saint Emilionthe kind produced in smaller and smaller quantities (and in this particular case, not at all). It has a clear, dark garnet color. The nose is forward with black fruit, cedar, wet woodland and tobacco aromas that actually give it a Left Bank allure. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins. For a 1990 Right Bank, it shows surprising structure and reserve, to the point where you would justifiably argue that it actually needs more time. Don't be afraid to open bottles of this lovely Saint Emilion now, but don't feel afraid to store larger formats for many more years. Tasted August 2015. (NM)" (07/2016)

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1985 Margaux, Margaux - 2 available ($499.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Approaching full maturity, this beautifully sweet Chateau Margaux has a dense plum/purple color and a huge, sweet nose of black currants intermixed with licorice, toast, underbrush, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannin and a fleshy, juicy, very succulent and multi-layered mid-palate, this expansive, velvety wine has entered its plateau of maturity, where it should remain (assuming good storage) for at least another 10-15 years. A very delicious, seductive, and opulent Chateau Margaux...(RP)" (01/2003)

93 points Wine Spectator: " Shows mint and savory notes out front, with a very elegant structure weaving gently around the core of dried cherry, red currant and pomegranate fruit. The long sandalwood and singed cedar finish is very stylish. A bit outpaced by '88 and '86 in this flight, but as a standalone wine this is very confident in its old age. (JM, Web-2014)"

K&L Notes: 96 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "Tasted at the Claret Club -85 Dinner at -The Square-. Chateau Margaux remains one of the most compelling, indeed most delicious First Growths. Deeper in colour than its peers, there bouquet is vibrant and vivacious with succulent red fruits, date, a touch of iodine and violets and as before, further aeration reveals those classic pencil lead aromas. The palate is exquisitely balanced, focused and powerful and yet brilliant defined with a sublime talcum finish, a hint of exotic fruit on the finish. Divine. Drink now-2025+ Tasted December 2009." (Wine Journal, 5/2010)

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1990 Margaux, Margaux ($874.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Chateau Margaux has turned into a sensational wine that eclipses both the 1988 and 1989...and then some. It has a gorgeous, ethereal bouquet with sumptuous red berry fruit, leather, camphor and licoriceit is the kind of nose in which you just immerse yourself. Is there a hint of brettanomyces here? If there is, I don't really care. The palate is soft and sensual with incredible depth. Fleshy and corpulent for Chateau Margaux, and yet surfeit with breeding and finesse, there are layers or red fruit, kirsch, sage and fig, later tobacco and cloves. I feel that this 1990 Château Margaux is at its peak and yet the harmony, the sheer swagger of this wine just wins you over. Magnificent. Tasted May 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Wonderfully perfumed nose combines redcurrant, plum, mocha, minerals and rose petal. Plush, fat and rich, with great sweetness and class. This has utterly compelling mouthfilling richness. Finishes smooth and endless, with great breadth. This wine showed fabulous potential from barrel, but this is the first truly outstanding bottle I've had. Drink 2005 through 2035. (ST)" (08/2002)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A stunner, with a glorious aromatic display of mulled plum, blackberry and cherry notes seamlessly melded with rooibos tea, singed balsa wood and ground vanilla bean accents. The structure is so fine-grained that it's almost hard to find, but the marathonesque length shows it's there. As gorgeous as it is, this remains a hair behind the modern greats in terms of concentration. Still, it should hold at this peak for some time. Awfully close to the '89, but sometimes we have to split hairs. (JM, Web Only-2014)"

Jancis Robinson: "Very deep flavoured and concentrated with a hint of yeast extract (Marmite). Bold, dark and savoury with some sweetness although the sweet aspects of this wine were not emphasised by the fact that it was served immediately after a Rousseau Clos St-Jacques 1999. Not a wine to turn down. 18/20 points" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: Also 100 points Robert Parker himself, in Advocate's June 2009 issue.

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1996 Margaux, Margaux - 2 available ($749.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth, just a touch of spice towards the finish that shows supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth...something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Tasted July 2016. (NM)" (10/2016)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full ruby. Pure, perfumed aromas of cassis and violet. Dense and tactile in the mouth; a huge, chewy wine with major extract but also considerable refinement. Almost painfully backward today, and a bit less perfumed than it was in the year or so after the bottling, but the huge tannins show no hardness. Another great expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the '96 vintage. 96+ (ST)" (08/2002)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Fully formed now, with a rush of steeped currant and black tea notes that are melded with a backdrop of anise, sandalwood, bergamot and charcoal. The long, suave finish lets the perfume linger, with a weighty feel. This seems to mark the start of the refinement of tannins; despite the power, this is all grace and elegance.Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2031. (Web Only2014)"

K&L Notes: 98 points Neal Martin: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. A consistent note to the bottle poured at El Bulli. That crystalline nose, the purity, the mineralite – it is all there. The palate is razor-sharp, brilliant focused with those silky tannins that caress the mouth, lascivious blackberry, black plum and blueberry towards the finish. Stunning. Drink 2010-2035+." (7/2009)

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1990 Montrose, St-Estèphe ($499.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " I was served blind a magnum of the 1990 Montrose in Cape Town, which had been purchased on release and stored in perfect conditions. Now, here was the real deal, unfettered by any infection, a regal Saint Estèphe. It shows approximately the same evolution as the 1989 in bottle, but unsurprisingly showed less bricking in magnum format. The bouquet is cut from a different cloth to the 1989 and attests to that warm vintage: hickory, clove, undergrowth and wild fennel, later garrigue-like scents and terracotta, the latter two more pronounced on the bottle format compared to the youthful magnum. The palate is full-bodied and powerful, yet the balance is perfect, a ballerina-like poise with the structure of the Forth Bridge. It is a multi-layered Montrose that offers enormous length, fresh and vibrant with the magnum demonstrating tangible mineralite and tension as it fans out on the crescendo of a finisha fanfare for Saint Estèphe in all its glory. Improving all the time in the glass, this example of 1990 Montrose is a privilege to behold. One can speculate whether larger formats are a "safer bet" in terms of experiencing this behemoth without any brettanomyces. Perhaps. However, if you do come across the 1990 Montrose like this, you are in the presence of a king. (NM)" (03/2017)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Wild, exotic aromas of crystallized redcurrant, leather, tobacco and minerals; distinctly exotic, even overripe. Then lush, sweet and opulent, with an atypically velvety texture for Montrose. But extremely young and structured, finishing with powerful tannins and great grip and length. Almost California-like in style; in Bordeaux, they'd refer to the fruit expression of this wine as "original," which is not necessarily high praise. Drink 2008 through 2030. (ST)" (07/2002)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark in color with decadent aromas of ripe fruit, earth and amazing mint and spearmint undertones, yet there's also an underlying meaty funkiness. Full-bodied, with layers of very ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Massive and caressing. A big, powerful wine. Like velvet. (JS, Web-2006)"

K&L Notes: Rated 100 Points from Robert Parker Jr. on six different occasions for the Wine Advocate (and a few other tastings for Hedonist's Gazette), the current online average for 1990 Montrose is $592 (as of Jan 2017). Current stock comes from a single collector, delivered to us in original cases. Latest Robert Parker review (besides Neal Martin's Wine Advocate review above, also 100 points) is from August 2014: "The final blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc was harvested between September 14 and October 3. The spring was cold, yet summer was extremely hot and dry – one of the hottest vintages since 1949. The fact that virtually no rain fell in September served as a catalyst to get all the grapes ripe and in cellars....This wine has an incredibly complex nose of spring flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, scorched earth and barbecue spice. It is full-bodied, majestic and opulent, with low acidity and fabulous fruit. It is close to full maturity. The wine should continue to drink well for at least another 30 or more years, but it is showing secondary nuances in the perfume. The wine is absolutely magnificent, broad, savory and mouth-filling. This is one of the all-time modern legends from Bordeaux as well as Chateau Montrose."

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Tasted at a recent Bordeaux dinner, this was a standout among a slew of venerable properties from great vintages. Blind I might have guessed this to be from the 2000 or 2003 vintage due to the volume of youthful plump fruit, freshness and underlying power. At 26 years of age this is amazingly plush and seamless with a silky texture to the dense middle and effortless length to the finish. This is a very special bottle deserving of a place in every serious collector's cellar.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 01, 2017

The 1990 Montrose isn't just a 100 point wine, it's a 100 point wine from an era when Bordeaux was still in its old school phase. There was less pressure back then to make a modern and consumable product, one with ripe fruit and silky tannins that that masses could easily embrace. When you drink the 1990 Montrose, you get a level of secondary depth and complexity that I rarely taste in modern era Bordeaux. There are delicate herbal nuances, hints of violets, and an essence of cassis so pure and fragile that it almost dances across the palate. We had a bottle at dinner after the UGC tasting this past January, and even having tasted a number of great Bordeaux that afternoon, the 1990 Montrose still stood head and shoulders above the rest. It's a supreme wine from a supreme vintage, and it's a wine that truly merits both the price and the reputation. More importantly, it's a wine with a long, long future ahead of it. That's what any 100 point wine should offer.

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Fantastic wine just entering the drinking window, ripe fruit with hints of cheese rind on the nose that tells you its a great one. Good acidity and searing mineral qualities with a hint of iron keep the wine fresh at 25 plus years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2017

100 points Robert Parker-back when 100 points meant a lot. This wine does not disappoint. I tasted 2 bottles on 2 separate days in january 2017. Both bottles were perfect. Quite rich and full-bodied with a mouth coating flavor of cassis and some toasty oak. This is an intense wine and really does deserve 100 points--i was quite skeptical before tasting these two bottles. A fifty year wine for sure.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2017

One of the most singular wines for Bordeaux and the appellation of St. Estephe, the 1990 Montrose was a joy to taste. Perfectly open but still with room to grow, this Grand Vin is stunning now at 26 years past the vintage. The aroma alone is enough to get lost in, but the wine is extraordinarily poised, elegant, and composed. This bottle came directly from our in-stock parcel (as of Jan 2017) that we received in the original cases and shows that properly stored stocks of this bottling live up to the billing.

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2001 Montrose, St-Estèphe ($179.99)

92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet and ripe fruit, with spice and tarragon. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Refined. Almost like 1996. (JS, Web-2002)"

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 2001 Montrose is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 24 September and 9 October. It has quite a tightly wound bouquet that either needs a hefty decant or preferably, another 5-6 years in bottle. The scents that can be coaxed are attractive: blackberry, a touch of tar and pencil box, later Indian ink and cedar wood. The palate is medium-bodied with gently gripping tannin, a fine line of acidity and impressive harmony. This gains complexity towards the finish. Tensile, minerally and edgy, this is becoming a highly pleasurable Montrose that will surprise a few people. Sure, it does lack some persistence, however, keep an eye on this. Tasted September 2016. (NM) 93+" (03/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Aromas of roasted plum and nutty oak. Fat, sweet, broad and suave, with gentle flavors of redcurrant, plum and game. Aromatic and gentle in the mouth. Long, ripe finish features substantial but sweet tannins. Lovely claret." (05/2004)

K&L Notes: Chateau Montrose is a Second Growth St-Estêphe comprising 95 hectares in exposed gravel along the Gironde. The vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot (though the actual percentages in the final blend will vary from year to year).

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1982 Montrose, St-Estèphe (blemished labels) - 2 available ($299.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of kirsch, currant and spice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with round, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is complex, changing on the nose and palate. Layered and structured. Will improve for many years to come. - Non-blind Château Montrose vertical. (JS, Web-2006)"

Jancis Robinson: "Focused, minerally. Gorgeous, round and velvety textured yet with very convincing freshness. This was a stunning bottle. True. Great combination of St-Estèphe rigour and 1982's richness. Not heavy. Tasting it was like a brush on the cheek with a feather. Lovely! 19/20 points." (03/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Montrose vertical in Stamford, the 1982 Montrose remains a delightful Saint Estèphe, albeit not one of the stars of the vintage. And it never has been. It was picked between 14 and 29 September after weeks of hot weather. The bouquet is attractive as it leans towards red berry fruit, freshly rolled tobacco and leather, perhaps conservative in the 1982 scheme of things. The palate is medium-bodied with a little graininess to the texture. It is not overly complex, though it is nicely balanced. What is missing is the substance, that insistent grip in the mouth and that peacock's tail of a finish that reveals a hint of iodine on the aftertaste. It is a Montrose that continues to give pleasure, one that does not seem to have changed much in recent years, but by now you know that it will never catch up with say the 1982 Cos d'Estournel or the first-tier growths. Enjoy this with modest expectations. Tasted May 2016. (NM)" (03/2017)

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1990 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac - 2 available ($429.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red with a pale rim. Knockout nose of aromatic herbs, strawberry, sweet spices and acacia flower; yet another wine strongly marked by its Cabernet Franc presence. Fresh and vibrant, this absolutely dances on the palate with strawberry, sour red cherry and raspberry flavors complicated by gunflint and herbs. High acidity provides great clarity and cut to the long, floral, smoothly tannic finish. This has improved considerably with bottle age. Harvested from September 18 through October 3, this Mouton offers amazing balance and fragrance. In 1990 Mouton was still using a heavy toast for its barriques, which resulted in a smoky quality in the wines that was considered by many to be just as typical of Mouton as its opulence. (ID)" (08/2011)

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1966 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (high shoulder fill, bin soiled label) - 1 available ($449.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This review may be generous, but I have always liked this wine, even though it borders on being slightly too dry, austere, and restrained. Nevertheless, the dark garnet color and classic sweet, spicy, tobacco, coffee, and black currant aromas are enticing. The wine still has powerful tannin in the finish, which contributes to the dry, austere character this example has always exhibited. One of the more intellectually-styled Moutons, the 1966 is a classic example of the vintage, as well as of the chateau's Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated style. (RP)" (01/1998)

Wine Spectator: "A lovely, mature claret, with sweet fruit, tobacco, cedar and blackberry flavors and earthy tones. The finish is thinning, but elegant. (PM)" (05/1991)

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1998 Palmer, Margaux - 5 available ($189.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classic Margaux, the 1998 Palmer has put on weight and fleshed out during its elevage in barrel. It displays a dense purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of black fruits, licorice, melted asphalt, pain grille, and a touch of acacia flowers. Full-bodied, with brilliant definition, this blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a dollop of Petit Verdot, will age well for 20-30 years. It is one of the Medoc's, as well as the Margaux appellation's finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2028. (RP)" (04/2001)

90-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Dark berries, roasted nuts, mocha, espresso and bitter chocolate on the nose. Very concentrated and bright, with the flavors framed by firm tannic spine. Showing a bit more grip today than the '99, but the '99 may have more sweetness and density and possesses the stuffing to benefit from the elevage." (05/2000)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Mushroom, spice, earth and berry character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and meaty, berry and cèpe flavors. Tannins are still a little angular. Give it a little time.'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2010."

Jancis Robinson: "Dark crimson. Polished. Animal scent with lovely round richness. Dry finish but super energetic. Lovely balance but you need background knowledge to appreciate it at this price! Clean but it finishes a little suddenly." (12/2014)

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1986 Pape-Clément, Graves - 3 available ($179.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Big, broad, lush, supple and tannic, this is a rich, complex, dramatic wine with layers of cedar, plum, and currant flavors that are sharply focused, elegant and subtle." (06/1989)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the property, the 1986 Pape-Clement has a really quite gorgeous bouquet with bundles of black plum and cranberry aromas, plush and perfumed, wilted violets and rose petals seeming to spring up everywhere. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly medicinal opening. This is supple in texture, perhaps not quite delivering the complexity of the aromatics, with tar and hickory tincturing the black fruit, good depth if not nuance on the generous, medicinal finish. Sure, it's old school Pessac-Leognan, but you would happily finish off a bottle and it has the guts and substance to give another 10-20 years of pleasure. (NM)" (12/2016)

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1989 Pavie, St-Emilion - 7 available ($329.99)

90 points Wine Spectator: "All elegance and fine texture. Beautiful aromas of milk chocolate and ripe berries. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a sweet fruit, chocolate aftertaste. (JS)" (05/1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dark plum/garnet with an aroma comprised of underbrush, compost, mushroom, fruitcake, sweet, exotic cherries, and Asian spice, this medium-bodied, relatively hard and angular-styled Pavie is a lot younger than the 1990 and a candidate for two decades of cellaring. (RP)" (12/2002)

K&L Notes: Praise from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The aromatics are more curmudgeonly than the Pavie 1990 when juxtaposed, although it still has fine delineation and it expands nicely in the glass, gaining both vigour and delineation. There is airy quality to this nose, fragrant and floral. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, rounded entry; very well balanced with good acidity that leads to a cohesive cedar and liquorice-tinged finish that displays fine freshness." (09/2011)

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1998 Pavie, St-Emilion - 4 available ($199.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine still possesses a dense, youthful, plum/garnet color to the rim, with very little lightening. The first vintage for Pavie under Chantal and Gérard Perse, the 1998 is full-bodied, showing lots of cedar wood, forest floor, roasted herbs, black cherry and blackcurrant and new saddle leather. It is quite full-bodied, opulent and seems to be just entering its plateau of full maturity, where it should last another 15-20 years. (RP)" (08/2015)

93 points John Gilman: "1998 was the first vintage of Pavie under its new ownership and it is the finest example of this estate I have ever had the pleasure to taste. It is too bad that the style departed from this 1998 in the years to come, as this had potential. The bouquet is deep, ripe, but not over the top stylistically, as it offers up scents of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, a nice base of soil tones, a touch of weediness and a well-managed base of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a fair bit of youthful, well-integrated tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. A bit more modern in style than most of the top St. Émilions that I gravitate towards, but a very well-made wine. (Drink between 2018-2035)" (05/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely, and in a great spot now. The mulled currant, fig and boysenberry fruit is fully into its secondary phase, while the backdrop of singed cedar and alder notes plays a supporting role. Keeps a fresh tobacco accent through the finish, with a lingering graphite echo. (JM, Web-2017)"

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, raspberry coulis, roast coffee and exotic wood spices. Wonderfully sweet and mouthfilling, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and clarity to the flavors. Finishes quite long, with fine tannins. Not at all overextracted; in fact, here the tannins seem a bit sweeter than those of the '99. Still unfolding; this may ultimately surpass the '99. (ST) 92+" (06/2001)

K&L Notes: 95 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "I have always found much to enjoy in this, Gerard Perse’s sophomore vintage. Now at 15 years of age it is maturing in pleasing fashion with slightly pinched blackberry fruit infused with black olive and iodine. There is real backbone on the palate: sensual dark cherry and kirsch fruit, touches of cassis coming through with great poise and refinement on the finish. Pretty irresistible now, though it should last another 15 years without too much problem. Tasted December 2012." (Wine Journal, 7/2013)

1966 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac (high shoulder fills) - 3 available ($289.99)

Four Stars Michael Broadbent (11/86) According to Robert Parker: "Now ready to drink, this moderately dark ruby-colored wine has a rich, toasty, peppery, somewhat minty bouquet, and firm, fleshy, tannic flavors. Medium bodied, with good concentration, as well as the austerity that marks the vintage, the 1966 Pichon Lalande should be drunk over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000. Last tasted, 3/88." (Bordeaux Book, 1998)

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1989 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 3 available ($249.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "What a nose here, from crushed mulberry to tanned leather to tar. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins that are soft and caressing, like cashmere. This is so tight and powerful still; it seems to be holding back. Be patient, because it will open with another five or six years of bottle age. Hard to wait. So why do it? (JS, Web Only-2010)"

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Robersons 1989 Bordeaux horizontal. The Pichon-Baron 89 has a lucid garnet core. The nose is very pure and well defined with small black cherries, blueberry, a touch of iodine, mint and a pastille quality coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a saline tang on the entry that I has not been as pronounced on previous bottles, very good acidity with a firm structure and youthful zeal that is irresistible. Wonderful harmony here. The 89 is jousting with the 90 for supremacy and on this performance, it may well be overtaking it. Superb. Drink now-2025. (NM)" (11/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Impressive saturated ruby color. Pure, classic Pauillac aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, menthol and flowers. Very intensely flavored, precise and penetrating, with an extremely primary flavor of cassis. Almost magically light on its feet owing to its rather strong acidity. A very young, extremely long wine with great tensile strength. (ST) 94+" (07/2002)

Jancis Robinson: "Stunning wine, one of the very best 1989s. Rich blackish crimson with a rich nose that is still very sweet and fragrant. But the wine is lovely and refreshing too. Almost minty and aromatic. This stands up well to comparison with the first growths. Bravo! 18.5/20 Points (JR)" (05/2013)

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2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac - 5 available ($279.99)

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. (NM)" (07/2016)

95 points James Suckling: " A rich and spicy wine with lots of walnuts, dried berry and plum. Full and very savory. So much tobacco and sous bois. Roasted fruit too. Classic 2000. Drink now." (10/2016)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, mocha, minerals, tobacco and burnished oak. A bit tight on entry, then expands and explodes toward the back, showing dense, insinuating flavors of black fruits and licorice. Chewy, sharply delineated Pichon-Baron with excellent underlying backbone and broad, palate-coating tannins. An outstanding vintage for this estate. (ST)" (05/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rock-solid, with a block of currant, fig and blackberry paste notes forming the core, while youthful brambly-edged grip still holds sway throughout. Lots of enticing licorice root and sweet tobacco flavors wait in reserve, and there's nice lift from a light savory hint at the very end. Still has a ways to go.2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2028. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

Jancis Robinson: "Dark blackish ruby, more orange than the Pichon Lalande colour. Warm, integrated nose. Dense and beautifully balanced. Pure Pauillac without recourse to pastiche. Much riper than Pichon Lalande but not overripe. Already broachable but with potential too. Good stuff! 18/20 points (JR)" (03/2010)

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1981 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac - 6 available Price: Hidden

92 points John Gilman: "For drinking at the present time, it is hard not to love the more middleweight vintage of 1981 at Pichon-Lalande. The wine is at its absolute apogee of peak drinkability at the present time, wafting from the glass in a beautiful and quite classic aromatic blend of sweet cassis, cigar wrapper, gravelly soil tones, a touch of chipotle pepper, cigar ash and a whisper of merlot-derived sweet herb in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and utterly suave on the attack, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip, melting tannins and impeccable balance on the long and complex finish. A lovely vintage of Pichon. (Drink between 2016-2035)" (07/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Fine Wine Experiences Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. Showing a lot of maturity with its wide tawny rim, the nose is fully mature with singed leather, wild mushroom, green leaves, perhaps a little lean BUT give it 30 minutes in the glass and wow, what a wonderful espresso-scented nose! The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity, perhaps a little pinched and lean and if I recall showing better 3-4 years ago. Hints of blackberry, leather and a little thyme. But there is elegance and a sense of harmony towards the finish. This is still a decent Pauillac for the 1981 vintage and no doubt given it value, worth every penny. (NM)" (09/2009)

Wine Spectator: "Harmonious and delicious. Entices with aromas of spice and fruit. Medium in body, with medium, velvety tannins and a tobacco, berry aftertaste. (JS)" (11/1997)

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1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac ($299.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Now at 30 years of age, there is a gulf between the two Pichons in this vintage that no longer exists. The 1986 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has long been one of the best wines from the estate alongside the 1982 (even if the first bottle was a little oxidized). The second bottle was representative. It has a classic pencil-lead, cedar-infused nose that rockets from the glass, a subtle floral note developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit, a pinch of white pepper and cedar, structured compared to coeval vintages and perhaps further along its drinking plateau than previous examples. Certainly à point, I would be reaching for bottles of this now if you cannot locate those 1982s, or alternatively seek out the superlative 1996. This still remains a fine, rather regal Pichon-Lalande. (NM)" (12/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Juicy, fleshy and showy, with warm plum sauce, melted black licorice, espresso, cocoa powder and black currant confiture notes all melded together, yet clearly defined. The smoldering, tobacco-fueled finish expands steadily with air. A wine of power and range that is just hitting its stride. (JM, Web-2014)"

Decanter: "Very youthful crimson in colour. A very intense, lead-pencil nose leading to sheer loganberries. Incredible, strong and meaty on the palate. A huge, four-square wine. 19.5/20 points" (03/1996)

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1995 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L) - 4 available ($599.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "What sumptuous pleasures await those who purchase either the 1996 or 1995 Pichon Lalande. It is hard to choose a favorite, although the 1995 is a smoother, more immediately sexy and accessible wine. It is an exquisite example of Pichon-Lalande with the Merlot component giving the wine a coffee/chocolatey/cherry component to go along with the Cabernet Sauvignon's and Cabernet Franc's complex blackberry/cassis fruit. The wine possesses an opaque black/ruby/purple color, and sexy, flamboyant aromatics of pain grille, black fruits, and cedar. Exquisite on the palate, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional wine should prove to be one of the vintage's most extraordinary success stories. (RP)" (02/1998)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a juicy, lively core of plum, cassis and blackberry, studded with anise, violet and singed vanilla notes. Everything pulls together seamlessly on the finish, with a well-embedded graphite spine. Sneakily long. (JM, Web-2014)"

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby color. Currant, loam, tobacco and smoky oak on the nose. Silky, sweet and tender in the middle palate; leather, game and chocolate notes add complexity to the wine strong currant component. Showing slightly less harmoniously than the '96, perhaps due to the bottling, but this thoroughly seductive wine has all the components for future greatness. (ST)" (05/1998)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid bright crimson. Low key but very classy nose. Nothing out of place. Very sweet with luscious tannins -- much less fierce than in most other 1995s. A very attractive gamey wine with perhaps quite a high proportion of Merlot. Polished finish -- sweet but not tarty. Very persistent. 18/20 points (JR)" (02/2011)

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1982 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (soiled label, very high shoulder fill) - 3 available ($599.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Whilst I enjoyed several bona fide perfect examples of the 1982 Château Pichon Lalande in the late nineties, my most recent encounters imply that these years were its peak. Nevertheless, it remains a brilliant, benchmark wine that continues to give a great deal of pleasure. This bottle, of perfect provenance, was captivating on the nose - still youthful and jam-packed with very pure and intense black and red fruit, mixed with cedar and graphite notes that ebb away as the Merlot component takes over and delivers strawberry and undergrowth scents. The palate retains its exquisite balance thanks to its fine tannin and layers of black, graphite-infused fruit that ease you into its sumptuous finish. It is a long-term wine, so do not be surprised if it continues along its plateau for another 20 years. Why is it not 100 points in my book? Well, compared to the 1982 Latour, it does not possess that same level of precision or length. Yet the bottom line is that both wines represent fabulous, era-defining contributions to this legendary vintage, and both continue to offer profound expression of Pauillac at its peak. (NM)" (07/2016)

98 points Wine Spectator: "This unfurls with amazing grace, as refined tannins let the warmed cassis, macerated plum, pain d'épices, melted licorice, roasted alder and smoldering tobacco notes drape together and hang endlessly on the finish. A stunner that has been stuck at at this sublime point for a while, with no signs of moving any time soon. Thoroughly sublime and still the modern-era high-water mark for these wines. (JM, Web-2014)"

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby color. Liqueur-like aromas of currant, cedar, lead pencil, truffle and smoked meat. Magically sweet and silky in the mouth, with superb depth of flavor and a complete absence of rough edges. A huge wine with utterly compelling sweetness and great terroir character. Powerful if somewhat unrestrained. Finishes ripely tannic, long and sweet. Many tasters still rank this among their two or three favorites of the vintage. (ST)" (08/2002)

Jancis Robinson: "A famous wine that has long been one of the stars of the 1982 firmament. This bottle was not in quite such fine fettle as the bottle enjoyed at the chateau in July 2015 but it's still a superb wine, even if this one seemed to have lost some of its puppy fat and opulence. A real classic with superb balance of ripeness and freshness. Tannins all receded. 18/20 points" (07/2016)

K&L Notes: Robert Parker has scored this bottling 99-100 points a total of seven times.

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2000 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($149.99)

94 points James Suckling: "I drank this fabulous 2000 Pontet-Canet in Hong Kong last summer at home with family. It was a wonderfully complex wine that was really starting to show its best. On the nose it displayed tar and currants with hints of dried fruits and berries. It was full-bodied yet so refined and delicious at the same time." (06/2016)

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. (ST)" (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. (JM, Web Only-2016)"

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (NM)" (07/2016)

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 15, 2015

Although this has the depth, structure and balance to age many more years I really can't imagine it getting any better than it is right now. This is fabulously complex with smoky, woodsy blackberry fruit, steeped tea, leather and cigar box aromas and a creamy texture that seems to accent the sweetness of the fruit. The fine and subtle tannins on the graphite laced finish add tremendous length to this delicious wine.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 25, 2015

Pontet Canet makes great wines-ever since 1994. 2000 was a magical year and this wine is selling for half the price of the 2009.

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2000 Rauzan-Segla, Margaux ($149.99)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (12/2003)

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)

K&L Notes: 95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. This seems quite fleshy on the nose, just a touch of reduction at first although it blows away. Cranberry, strawberry, a touch of fig, then more secondary aromas coming through: saddle leather and Provencal herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, quite opulent and generous, silky smooth tannins but there is also real backbone to this wine. As always, this wine is masculine and broody at birth but now is coming into its own and lightening up. Red-berried fruits, a touch of pepper, orange zest, tightly coiled and pointed towards the finish. Great weight and grip on the finish. Superb. Drink 2013-2040." (09/2010)

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1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux ($119.99)

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 Only-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. (NM)" (10/2016)

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1989 Talbot, St-Julien - 11 available ($119.99)

Jancis Robinson: "Bright bricky garnet. More evidently leafy than the Langoa, and that makes it smell younger, still of blackcurrant leaves and capsicum, even lavender, though there is a light meatiness. Not as long as the Langoa but richer than I expected from the nose. There's still a slight grip in the tannins and I wonder if there always will be. The tannnis may well outlast the fruit. After an hour, more liquorice on the nose and perhaps just a little dry on the palate but not dried out. 17/20 Points (JH)" (07/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dark ruby with moderately endowed notes of sweet black currants intermixed with licorice, compost, and some weedy tobacco, this medium-bodied wine has low acidity, attractively ripe fruit, but a somewhat short finish. (RP)" (01/2003)

Wine Spectator: "A round and velvety-textured '89 just starting to reach its peak. Slightly rustic. Dark-ruby color. Blackberry and dried red berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a chocolate, plum aftertaste. (JS)" (03/1999)

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1996 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol - 5 available ($149.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Decadent and rich, with wild mushrooms, plum and hints of citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Complex, with toasted oak, coffee and ripe fruit. It goes on and on. Wonderful. Big surprise. Get it. One of the best Right Bank wines in 1996. (Web-2007)"

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-dark red. Vinous aromas of redcurrant, tobacco and smoky, nutty oak. Silky but penetrating in the mouth; an elegantly styled wine with good extract and a light gamey nuance. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and very good persistence. This and the '95 will make a fascinating pair of vintages to follow: the '95 is denser and more Merlot-dominated, while this is downright suave. (ST)" (05/1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "... The wine exhibits a dark plum color, and a complex nose of roasted herbs, Asian spices, earth, and sweet black cherry fruit. A refined claret, with excellent concentration, a sweet mid-palate, and moderate tannin in the finish, it is a finesse-styled Pomerol. (RP)" (04/1999)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 31, 2016

VCC as some people call Vieux Château Certan is a surprising wine for those not accustomed to its charms. Firstly it has an unusual proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon for a Pomerol, but somehow, the Cab here lends a very soft structured elegance, and not heavy tannins at all. How do they do it? Hopefully I will have the opportunity to ask them myself one day. One would find coffee beans, plums, cassis, exotic herbs and spices, and a delicate note of honey which for me is a sure sign of some development in the best red wines. This is not an over the top, chocolaty Pomerol, but a wine filled with elegance.

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1995 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol - 8 available ($199.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This bottle is not quite in the same league as ones tasted two or three years ago, but the 95 remains one of Alexandres standout wines of that decade. Here, it has a haunting bouquet whereby the Cabernet Franc component is more conspicuous than before, essentially with more Pomerol character developing. There are touches of blackberry, mint and cassis with a meaty element developing in the glass. The palate has plenty of sweet red cherry and boysenberry on the entry, the oak now completely absorbed and with a slightly unruly, almost Rioja-like finish! Hedonistic VCC! Drink 2017-2035. (NM)" (09/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Very subtle aromas of dark chocolate, light plum and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh fruit finish. Refined and caressing. (JS, Web-2007)"

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Sweet aromas of redcurrant, plum and smoky oak. Lush and sweet in the mouth, with a softer texture than the '96. Round and fairly full. Expressive red fruit and sweet oak flavors. The crop was bigger in '95 than in '96 but I find this wine equally concentrated. Finishes with thoroughly suave tannins and sneaky length. 91+ Points" (06/1998)

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1999 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol ($159.99)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (04/2002)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This 1999 is deep ruby/purple-colored, with a striking perfume of black cherries, truffles, cedar, and vanilla. This layered, opulently-textured wine displays extraordinary purity, elegance, and finesse. It is a classic Bordeaux with superb palate presence that builds incrementally on the palate. The finish is long, with plenty of sweet tannin. Very impressive! Three thousand cases of the 1999 were made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Last year it seemed to reveal an element of dilution, but as always, the truth is in the bottle, and presently there is no evidence of lightness or liquidity. (RP)" (04/2002)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Spice and cedar notes currently dominate aromas of red fruits, truffle, pepper and burnished oak. Fruity and vinous in the mouth, with moderate flesh but very good verve and juicy intensity. Consistent from start to finish. Finishes fresh and persistent, with slightly dusty tannins. (ST)" (05/2002)

Jancis Robinson: "Solid, introvert nose. Lively and playful on the palate. There is real energy and life here. Not a blockbuster but very well balanced with enough fruit to counterbalance the tannins, which must have been very well managed. Unlike some right bank 1999s, the acidity is not too noticeable." (06/2009)

Wine Spectator: "Features aromas of currant and berries, as well as violet and other flowers. Medium-bodied, offering very delicate, reserved tannins, with a pretty fruit structure and a delicately fruity finish. (Web Only2010)"

K&L Notes: 91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford’s annual lunch at Waterside Inn. The ‘99 Pomerol wines are in a good place at the moment. The VCC has a generous bouquet with ripe red fruit, hints of incense, rosemary and mint that lend it lift and freshness. The palate is medium-bodied and very harmonious, almost mellow. It is very focused with silky smooth tannins and hints of orange peel towards the elegant finish. What a lovely, natural Pomerol wine..." (07/2013)

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2000 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol - 4 available ($249.99)

97 points Wine Spectator: "This shows some noticeable maturity at first, with black tea and mulling spice notes out front, but there's a lovely spine of briary tannins and finely beaded acidity that pulls this back to a fresher side as the core of raspberry pâte de fruit slowly wakes up, throwing off additional cherry, currant and plum nuances. By the time this all knits through the finish, you realize it's just a bit too soon to open this beauty. Best from 2020 through 2035. (JM, Web-2016)"

95 points James Suckling: "I am really loving the nose here, sweet ripe fruit, raspberries and strawberries, and flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and great freshness on the long finish. This is starting to open up now, this is pure and precise with just a hint of fresh herb showing the Cabernet Franc character. This still needs five years." (05/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure with low acidity as well as formidable tannins in the long finish, the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009. (RP)" (06/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated ruby-red. More merlot-dominated aromas of raspberry, plum, espresso, mocha and game. Silky, lush and thick, with compelling flavors of boysenberry, bitter cherry and dark chocolate. Complex, smoky, lively wine, finishing with strong torrefaction notes and lovely subtle persistence. The merlot component here goes through its malolactic fermentation in barriques. (ST)" (05/2003)

K&L Notes: A pure, perfectly balanced Pomerol. Streamlined, focused and extremely fruity. Nothing overly extracted about this beauty. Lovely wine. 95+ points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Bipin Desai’s VCC vertical in Los Angeles. A deep garnet/ruby core. The nose is closed upon first acquaintance, remaining stoic throughout. You can tell there is great fruit concentration here, but it is real sulky adolescent. The palate is full-bodied with firm, solid tannins, very fine balance, almost unyielding with the Cabernet Franc driving it along. But backwards and surly. Do not approach now and cellar for 10-15 years at least before approaching because the potential is immense. Drink 2020-2040." (07/2013)