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Library Wine Department - Stars of Bordeaux's Right Bank - 04/13/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Our Old and Rare Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are some the most sought-after gems from Bordeaux’s Right Bank. with Bordeaux, icons like the 2000 Cheval Blanc, 1998 Pavie, and 1955 Latour à Pomerol. Also available are temptingly priced treasures from La Violette, Barde-Haut, Clos de Jacobins, and more. These collectibles are perfect for filling gaps in your cellar or for near-term drinking. All in-stock...for now.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1990 Angélus, St-Emilion (soiled label) 99 1 $429.99 View
2000 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion 92 4 $69.99 View
2008 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion 92 3 $34.99 View
2007 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion 92 8 $29.99 View
1996 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (1.5L) 3 $119.99 View
1990 Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse), St-Emilion (bin soiled label) 100 1 $699.99 View
2008 Belair-Monange, St-Emilion 93 1 $119.99 View
2009 Bonalgue, Pomerol 92 1 $49.99 View
1966 Canon, St-Emilion (high shoulder) 1 $179.99 View
1979 Certan de May, Pomerol (high mid-shoulder fill) 1 $139.99 View
1979 Certan de May, Pomerol (high shoulder fill) 1 $139.99 View
2000 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion 99 4 $849.99 View
1999 Cheval Blanc, St-Émilion 93 1 $399.99 View
1989 Clinet, Pomerol 100 1 $649.99 View
2005 Clinet, Pomerol 96 12 $139.99 View
2005 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion 92 13 $89.99 View
2000 Clos des Jacobins, St-Emilion 1 $44.99 View
2000 Clos des Jacobins, St-Emilion(1.5L) 1 $89.99 View
2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion 100 3 $289.99 View
2007 Clos La Madeleine, St-Emilion 92 8 $29.99 View
2005 Corbin, St-Émilion 92 1 $49.99 View
1982 de Sales, Pomerol 1 $59.99 View
2010 Gracia, St-Emilion 99 1 $189.99 View
2003 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion 92 3 $49.99 View
2008 l'Arrosée, St-Emilion 93 12 $49.99 View
1990 La Conseillante, Pomerol 97 2 $369.99 View
1989 La Conseillante, Pomerol(nicked, soiled labels) 96 2 $279.99 View
2000 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 94 10 $109.99 View
2005 La Grave à Pomerol, Pomerol 94 4 $59.99 View
1999 La Mondotte, St-Emilion 94 2 Price: Hidden View
2008 La Violette, Pomerol 95 2 $279.99 View
2010 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol 92 1 $49.99 View
2007 Lafleur, Pomerol 93 1 $359.99 View
1955 Latour à Pomerol, Pomerol 1 $879.99 View
2010 Le Carré, St-Emilion 95 11 $74.99 View
2006 Le Dôme, St-Emilion 94 1 $119.99 View
2010 Le Petit Cheval, St-Emilion 95 4 $229.99 View
1995 Monbousquet, St-Emilion 92 1 $84.99 View
2003 Monbousquet, St-Emilion 93 1 $69.99 View
1998 Monbousquet, St-Emilion (1.5L) 94 2 $209.99 View
2005 Nenin, Pomerol 96 2 $69.99 View
2006 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion 93 6 $74.99 View
2000 Pavie, St-Emilion 100 4 $474.99 View
2004 Pavie, St-Emilion 96 20 $299.99 View
1998 Pavie, St-Emilion 95 4 $199.99 View
2009 Providence, Pomerol 95 5 $99.99 View
1998 Quinault L'Enclos, St-Emilion (1.5L) 94 6 $149.99 View
2007 Rouget, Pomerol 10 $39.99 View
2005 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion 98 1 $299.99 View
1961 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion 1 $299.99 View
1955 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion (high shoulder fill) 1 $199.99 View
1995 Troplong-Mondot, St-Émilion 92 12 $109.99 View
2010 Trotanoy, Pomerol 98 1 $329.99 View
2010 Vieux Château Mazerat, St-Emilion 95 5 $79.99 View
2000 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol 97 3 $249.99 View


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1990 Angélus, St-Emilion (soiled label) - 1 available ($429.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, this is clearly the greatest Angelus until the 2000, 2003 and then the perfect 2005. Beautiful, sweet plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit soar from the glass of this opaque, purple wine that still hasnt lost much in color. Deep, opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied and multidimensional, this is a stunner and just now approaching its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for at least another 20 years. (RP)" (08/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic beauty. Dark ruby-red color. Enticing aromas of cinnamon, raspberry, plum, and cherry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully polished tannins and a long, fruity finish. (JS)" (08/2000)

Jancis Robinson: "Very deep and with a rich, orange rim but great concentration. Still youthful and a return to Angélus. Silky fresh with lovely sweetness and absolutely lovely now. Pure pleasure. Spice and sweetness and fragrance. Great balance and vibration. What a contrast with 1991! Long and reverberant and great balance. Rich tea-leaf aromas. Very sweet. Long. (JR)" (11/2011)

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2000 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion - 4 available ($69.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A great sleeper of the vintage, this fully mature wine, made by Helene Garcin, has loads of deep raspberry and black cherry fruit with hints of licorice, toasty oak, and spice box. It is plush, succulent, and hedonistic, yet at the same time complex. I loved their 1998, and this wine seems to have turned out just as well. It has reached full maturity, where it should stay for at least a 10 to 15-year period. (RP)" (06/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium ruby-red. Explosive nose combines cherry liqueur, woodsmoke, flowers and smoke. Sweet, fat and pliant but juicy and perfumed. Has the inner-mouth aromatic complexity and complete flavor development one would expect from a cool site that benefitted from a very warm growing season and harvest. Very sexy wine, finishing with big, palate-dusting tannins and excellent length. (ST)" (06/2003)

Wine Spectator: "Lots of crushed berry, flower and vanilla aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a balanced finish. Best after 2006. (JS)" (03/2003)

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2008 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion - 3 available ($34.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is a step up. Ripe and polished, with lots of blackberry, plum sauce and melted black licorice notes that are carried by dense but velvety tannins. Extra anise, violet and incense notes push through the vivid finish, where there's plenty of buried grip. A strong showing. (JM)" (04/2011)

90 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe blackberry and cherry aromas follow through to a full body, with good fruit and a silky finish. Very polished and pretty." (12/2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fruity, soft and fully mature, the 2008 Barde-Haut offers up notes of licorice, roasted herbs, cedar and spice. Medium-bodied with an evolved, endearing character, it should be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years. (RP)" (05/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Blackberry, licorice, charcoal, menthol and nutty oak on the nose. Fat, sweet and pliant; soft and ready to drink. Doesn't show the typical minerality and energy of this wine but offers plenty of early appeal. Finishes with rather soft, sweet tannins. Don't lose this in the cellar. (ST)" (07/2011)

Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe, rich and generous, this has tannins that show the basic structure of the wine, with chocolate and licorice flavors highlighting the wood infuence. At the same time, it has a delicious fruitiness. (RV)" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: 91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Chateau Barde-Haut has an attractive though tightly wound bouquet, with notes of black olive, black plum and a touch of truffle. It has fine delineation and should unfold nicely. The palate has again, crisp delineation with strict linear tannins. The oak is well integrated, the fresh acidity lending this Saint Emilion great vivacity right until its delightful fresh finish." (05/2012)

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2007 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion - 8 available ($29.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker. 89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Sappy aromas of black cherry, minerals, violet and mint. Suave on entry, then fresh and alive in the middle palate, with noteworthy intensity to the black cherry and licorice flavors. From fruit picked between October 10 and 17-including the Merlot-according to Helene Garcin. Finishes subtle, ripe and long, with supple tannins and lively notes of black fruit and minerals. This is very promising. " (May/June '08) According to Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a light finish." (Web 08) Please note - 2007 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2010 and Dec 2010. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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1996 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (1.5L) - 3 available ($119.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The lavishly-oaked, hedonistically-styled 1996 exhibits a dark plum/purple color. The nose offers up sweet jammy fruit (primarily black currants and cherries) intermixed with toasty new oak. Medium-bodied, with excellent, nearly outstanding richness, a nicely-layered mid-palate, and sweet tannin in the long finish, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15+ years." (04/1999)

Wine Spectator: "An extremely well-done '96. Lovely combination of crushed berries and exotic spices. Medium-bodied, with a pretty balance of fruit and tannins." (01/1999)

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1990 Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse), St-Emilion (bin soiled label) - 1 available ($699.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most singular Bordeaux I have ever tasted, it verges on being port-like, but it pulls back because of the extraordinary minerality and laser-like focus. The wine is massively concentrated, still black/purple-hued to the rim, and offers a nose of incense, blackberries, blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers, and forest floor. It reveals low acidity and high tannins, which are largely concealed by the sheer concentration and lavish glycerin the wine possesses. Aging at a glacial pace, it is approachable, but it will not hit its peak until 2020; it should last for twenty years thereafter. (RP)" (06/2009)

98 points Wine Spectator: "Liquid cashmere. Stupendous St.-Emilion. Dark ruby color. Wonderful aromas of blackberries, preserved cherries, Indian spices and violets. Full-bodied, with fabulously polished tannins and a long, long finish. (JS)" (08/2000)

96 points James Suckling: "Parker made this wine a legend when he gave it 100 points on release. And I have had perfect bottles in my life of it. BTW, the 1989 is almost as good. This bottle that I had this week in Hong Kong was very, very closed and not giving the opulent character that I have encountered in this wine. It had been decanted three hours in advance and I still triple decanted it after tasting it because it was so shy on the palate. The 1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse seems to be going through a dumb period right now but it shows some fascinating dried fruit, mushroom and earth character. It's full and chewy. I would leave it for a year or so and come back." (06/2016)

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2008 Belair-Monange, St-Emilion ($119.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " The first substantial and reassuringly great Belair-Monange in many decades, the 2008 represents the epitome of elegance and minerality. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet red and black fruits intermixed with notes of spring flowers and crushed rocks, a layered mouthfeel, superb nobility and remarkable intensity offered in a finesse-filled format. Kudos to Edmond and Christian Moueix for their resurrection of this iconic 6.2 acre vineyard." (05/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Fresh, mineral-driven aromas of bitter cherry, redcurrant, flowers and rose petal. Quite soil-driven and suave, with a light touch and good spicy lift to the intense mineral and red berry flavors. Sweet, pliant and rich, but at the same time youthful and suave, with a late hint of orange peel on the long, refined aftertaste. As of 2008, the old Belair property, planted on limestone next to Ausone, is solely owned by J.P. Moueix (essentially Christian Moueix and his son Edouard), and this is the first vintage bottled under the new name." (07/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Best Buy** Big and structured wine, with ripe jammy fruit. Rich spice, soft tannins and dense texture all come together to give a rounded feel. Acidity at the end makes a final, tight contrast." (04/2011)

90 points James Suckling: "What a gorgeous nose of plums and berries that follow through to a medium to full body, with round and velvety tannins and a delicate finish. Lovely softness here. Best after 2012." (12/2010)

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2009 Bonalgue, Pomerol - 1 available ($49.99)

89-92 points Wine Spectator: "Blueberry and licorice aromas, with hints of violet. Full-bodied, with a pretty core of fruit and milk chocolate and a finely textured finish. (Web-2010)"

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel sample. A solid chunky sweet wine, with lots of ripe bright fruits, and vivid blackcurrants. With this structure it will age." (08/2010)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another sleeper of the vintage from this very consistent estate that always seems to over-achieve no matter what the vintage conditions, big, ripe black cherry and mocha notes intermixed with some forest floor and underbrush jump from the glass of this seductive, dense, full-bodied, fleshy fruit bomb from Pomerol. It is rich, pure, and just irresistible. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." (02/2012)

1966 Canon, St-Emilion (high shoulder) - 1 available ($179.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of Canon's top efforts, this rich, intense, deeply concentrated wine is still in top-notch shape, with a big, full-intensity bouquet of ripe fruit and melted toffee. On the palate, the wine is in complete harmony, soft, rich, velvety, full bodied, and fleshy." (01/1998)

1979 Certan de May, Pomerol (high mid-shoulder fill) - 1 available ($139.99)

93 points Robert Parker: "One of the two finest wines of Pomerol in 1979, Certan de May's effort has continued to provide exciting drinking. Still a thick garnet color with some amber at the edge, this wine offers a flamboyant nose of roasted herbs, sweet, jammy fruit, earth, minerals, smoke, and meat. In the mouth, this surprisingly full-bodied, intense, rich, and concentrated wine has shed most of its tannin, yet retains remarkable freshness and palate presence. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010." (Bordeaux Book, 1998) 90 points Wine Spectator (10/89)

1979 Certan de May, Pomerol (high shoulder fill) - 1 available ($139.99)

93 points Robert Parker: "One of the two finest wines of Pomerol in 1979, Certan de May's effort has continued to provide exciting drinking. Still a thick garnet color with some amber at the edge, this wine offers a flamboyant nose of roasted herbs, sweet, jammy fruit, earth, minerals, smoke, and meat. In the mouth, this surprisingly full-bodied, intense, rich, and concentrated wine has shed most of its tannin, yet retains remarkable freshness and palate presence. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010." (Bordeaux Book, 1998) 90 points Wine Spectator (10/89)

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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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1999 Cheval Blanc, St-Émilion - 1 available ($399.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc. It is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally is reserved early in life, but puts on weight and richness in the bottle. Stylistically, this wine is probably cut from the same mold as vintages such as 1985, 1966, and 1962. The color is a dense ruby with purple nuances. Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavors with no hard edges. This is a seamless beauty of finesse, charm, and concentration. The 1999 is an exciting Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022. (RP)" (04/2002)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Crystallized blackcurrant, licorice, cedar and menthol on the nose, complicated by cocoa and smoky minerals. Round and ripe but not thick or heavy on the palate, featuring tangy flavors of black cherry, licorice, graphite and spices. At once creamy and juicy, with good breadth and fine tannins. (ID)" (10/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Love the chocolate mousse and berry aromas here. This is opulent, yet reserved, and beautiful. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Offering so much finesse and beauty, this is a polished and gorgeous Cheval. (JS, Web2010)"

Jancis Robinson: "Spicy, vegy nose with great, top-quality density and balance. Pretty smart without being too concentrated or sweet. Very fresh and vibrant. Good wine! (18/20 points)" (09/2009)

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1989 Clinet, Pomerol - 1 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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2005 Clinet, Pomerol - 12 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque ruby/purple 2005 Clinet offers incredibly fragrant aromatics, an opaque ruby/purple color, and a wonderfully sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, licorice, truffle and caramel. Full-bodied, powerful and rich, it is not as nuanced or complex as the top four or five Pomerols, but close. This is a broad, meaty, masculine, super-rich and concentrated wine, with lavish plum, blackcurrants and blackberries. Drink it five years from now, and over the following 30 or more years. (RP)" (06/2015)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "We admit to being quite taken with the current crop of Pomerols, and the ripeness and sweet fruit displayed this bottling are very much why. Plush and polished in a way that we recognize from our home-grown Merlots, it sports plenty of minerally complexity and rich oak and is far more than a simple exhibition of fruit. Like the best of its Pomerol partners, it is an ageworthy wine in spite of its immediate appeals, and it promises to reach its best stride only after five to ten years have passed." (03/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Exhibits subtle, complex aromas of black olive, mushroom and crushed berry. Full-bodied, with a velvety tannin structure and a decadent, ripe fruit aftertaste. Slightly earthy, but with loads of delicious fruit. Best after 2013. (JS)" (03/2008)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A ripe, rich, soft wine, oozing black jelly fruits and layered acidity. Almost ready to drink, it is a mouthful of delicious, dense fruits. This is a classic wine from Clinet, a property that always produces an opulent style of wine. (RV)" (06/2008)

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2005 Clos de Sarpe, St-Emilion ($89.99)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, bright ruby. Brooding aromas of kirsch, black licorice and minerals. Sharply delineated and very tightly wound, but with superb intensity of black fruit, chocolate, earth and mineral flavors and excellent inner-palate energy. This mounts very slowly on the back, finishing with a youthfully sappy quality, firm tannins and impressive length. This wine from a chalky hillside on the Cotes east of the town of St. Emilion is typically high in acidity (the pH of the 2005 is 3.55), austere and downright unsexy in its youth, but this especially juicy 2005 boasts richer fruit than any recent vintage. Still, it will require at least 10 to 15 years of bottle aging. (ST)" (06/2006)

2000 Clos des Jacobins, St-Emilion - 1 available ($44.99)

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2000 Clos des Jacobins, St-Emilion(1.5L) - 1 available ($89.99)

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2009 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion - 3 available ($289.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "After tasting it three times from bottle, I am convinced this prodigious wine is one of the greatest young Bordeaux I have ever tasted. Inky blue/purple with notes of camphor, forest floor, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherries, licorice, the wine has stunning aromatics, unctuous texture and an almost inky concentration, but without any hard edges. With considerable tannin and just enough acidity to provide definition, this wine transcends even its premier grand cru classe terroir. It is certainly the finest Clos Fourtet ever produced. Give it 5-7 years of cellaring to allow some of its baby fat to fall away. There is certainly enough structure underneath to keep for 30-50 years. Bravo! From my barrel score of 95-98, I suppose I should have seen this perfect score coming, particularly considering what proprietor Philippe Cuvelier and estate manager Tony Ballu have accomplished over the last decade. This is one of the great terroirs of St.-Emilion, nearly 50 acres high on the clay beds and deep limestone plateau of the region, just a stones throw from the luxury hotel and restaurant Hostellerie de Plaisance. Yields were moderate at 34 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend is 88% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon (somewhat unusual) and the rest Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in 80% new oak. (RP)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Elegant as well as rich, this is a beautiful wine. It has great depth of flavor, the sweetest fruit, deliciously ripe. At the same time, the tannins are an underlying sustenance to the impressive ageworthiness. *Cellar Selection*" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep ruby. Slightly porty yet fresh on the hugely ripe nose, offering scents of medicinal cherry, minerals, licorice and roasted meat. Plush, seamless and wonderfully deep, with sexy sweetness leavening by strong minerality. One of the fullest and most mouthfilling wines of this fleshy vintage. Not hugely complex--in fact a bit youthfully monolithic today--but wonderfully dense wine with fully ripe, sweet tannins and superb persistence. (ST)" (07/2012)

94 points James Suckling: "Lots of wet earth and minerals on the nose with hints of sliced meat. Dark fruits galore. Full bodied, with a beautiful velvety texture and a juicy and delicious finish. Try after 2017. 94+" (11/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rather ripe, but nicely framed by singed apple wood, which keeps the core of damson plum, black currant and black cherry flavors at bay for now. Licorice root and black tea notes undercut the finish, which is on the grippy side. This opens steadily in the glass, too. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2027. (JL)" (03/2012)

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** Super-balanced wine. Wonderful! At UGC: Fine rich texture, silky, with layers of fruit. Elegant!

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 11, 2013

Loved it every time we tasted it. Sweet, silky dark purple fruit.

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2007 Clos La Madeleine, St-Emilion - 8 available ($29.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker. K&L's notes: *+ Tasted at UGC, this tiny property produced a great wine in 2007. Sweet and ripe and lush on the palate. Great body. Some chocolate flavors. Lovely. This is K&L Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa's pick for value of the vintage: "A sleeper."

2005 Corbin, St-Émilion ($49.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark purple in color, showing very powerful aromas of crushed blackberry and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with silky, extracted tannins and lots of extraction overall, but there's still so much going on. This is big and juicy." (03/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sexy style of wine from the Pomerol-St.-Emilion border, Corbins 2005 exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color, lots of raspberry and blueberry fruit, soft tannin, and a velvety, opulent mouthfeel. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (06/2015)

1982 de Sales, Pomerol ($59.99)

Pomerol produces some of the sexiest wines in all of Bordeaux. Chateau de Sales is the largest vineyard in Pomerol, the wines described by Robert Parker as "... prized for their sheer, supple, glossy, round, generous, ripe fruitiness and lush, silky personalities. De Sales has always made good wine, but the recent vintages have been particularly strong." Writing about the 1982 de Sales in December 1995, Robert Parker said: "This wine has lasted far longer than I would have guessed. It has always been a tasty, mocha, root beer, and cherry-scented and flavored wine with medium body, a silky texture, and good fruit and flesh. It has taken on considerable amber at the edge and is just beginning to turn the corner and dry out. Drink it up. Tasted 13 times since bottling with consistent notes."

2010 Gracia, St-Emilion - 1 available ($189.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From very small yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, this wine flirted with perfection on each occasion I tasted it. It is a sensational effort - if you can find it. The wine is dense purple and stunningly rich, with lots of crushed rock and chalky notes from the limestone soils as well as blueberry and black berry liqueur intermixed with some smoky barbecue and an aroma that reminded me of tea-smoked duck. Thick, rich and full, its glycerine and concentration hide some rather lofty tannins This is another prodigious effort from proprietor Michel Gracia - its just a shame he doesnt make more wine. This miniature jewel of a property (all approximately five acres of it) has produced a world-class wine that is one of the superstars of the 2010 vintage although the impossibility of acquiring any of it is frustrating." (02/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry, mocha, minerals, licorice and smoked duck. Superconcentrated and powerful, with huge density and chewiness to the penetrating flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, bitter chocolate and smoky oak. This wine's chewy minerality gives it real eclat. Most impressive today on the very long, building finish, which saturates the mouth with big but sweet tannins and dark fruits. A classic vintage for Michel Gracia's tiny boutique wine." (07/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A modern, toasty style, but sleek, with the vanilla bean and espresso notes melding nicely into the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. The long finish lets the espresso note weave on, with flashes of tobacco, cocoa and licorice snap as well. Best from 2014 through 2024." (03/2013)

91 points James Suckling: "Very fruit forward, with loads of wood now, but it's bright and fruity." (04/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Blackish crimson. Overripe notes on the nose. Very glossy and seductive on the palate with some saltiness. It almost tastes Argentinean! A bit tough and bitter on the finish. This is almost very good and certainly has a lovely long finish. Very modern, slightly exaggerated style with drying tannins on the finish." (02/2014)

K&L Notes: 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2003 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion - 3 available ($49.99)

92 points James Suckling: "A round, rich and beautiful wine now with chocolate, coffee, berry and dried fruits. Some fig character. Its full-bodied, soft textured and intense on the finish. Drink and enjoy." (10/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of raspberry jam and light smoke. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long vanilla, chocolate and berry aftertaste. Lots of fruit in this one. Best after 2009. (JS)" (03/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by sweet/smoky herb aromas intermixed with notes of incense, black cherries, and earth. Medium to full-bodied and ripe with moderately astringent tannin, this 2003 requires 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well over the following 10-12. (RP)" (04/2006)

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2008 l'Arrosée, St-Emilion - 12 available ($49.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A racy, noble offering from this terrific vineyard, the 2008 lArrosee exhibits admirable purity and elegance as well as sweet raspberry and kirsch-like fruit, and underlying floral and crushed rock notes. Medium to full-bodied with ripe tannin, this is a long, intense, rich, but delicate, light on its feet St.-Emilion to consume over the next 15-20 years." (04/2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Exotic aromas and flavors of raspberry, sandalwood, incense, smoky oak and white pepper. Smooth, sweet and nicely delineated, with insidious acidity giving shape and lift to the middle palate. Wonderfully perfumed in the mouth, showing sexy oak tones and a note of clove oil. Finishes with firm but suave tannins, sound structure and a lingering note of black cardamom. Very seductive wine." (08/2011)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is ripe, smoothly textured, with bright fruits. The tannins are structured but let the fruit speak." (04/2009)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A broad, smoky style, exhibiting tobacco and sweet earth notes that lead the way for mulled fig and blackberry fruit flavors. The silky finish lets cedar and sanguine hints check in. This really shows its length as it airs in the glass, with nicely buried minerality. Drink now through 2015." (12/2010)

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1990 La Conseillante, Pomerol - 2 available ($369.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This deep ruby/garnet-hued 1990 reveals considerable amber at the edge as well as a knock-out bouquet of cedar, kirsch, licorice, roasted herbs, and spice box. An exuberant, atypically flamboyant effort, it possesses supple texture, medium to full body, sweet fruit, plenty of glycerin, and attractive melted tannin. This wine has been delicious since birth, but additional nuances continue to develop in the bottle. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)" (06/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A bit funky but delicious now. Medium-red color with an amber edge. Aromas of ripe berries, earth and saddle leather. Medium-bodied, with spicy flavors, soft tannins and a ripe fruit finish. (JS)" (04/2000)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin: "The only problem that the 1990 Château La Conseillante has faced is that it had to follow up the brilliant 1989. Here, tasted directly against the previous vintage, it seems more youthful in color than the 1989. The nose races out of the blocks, more precocious than I remember and yet never losing focus, offering kirsch, crushed violets and still that subtle marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin. It offers wonderful black truffle, morels and mulberry fruit, as powerful as the 1989, albeit not quite with the same precision on the finish. It is the purity of the La Conseillante that wins you over time and time again, and I would not hesitate in enjoying this Pomerol over the next decade. It will never quite match the 1989, but hey, don't hold that against this beauty. Tasted January 2016." (7/2016, Interim End of July Wine Advocate)

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1989 La Conseillante, Pomerol(nicked, soiled labels) - 2 available ($279.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Somewhat similar to the 1990, but slightly more structured, with more noticeable tannin and a meatier style, this is still a very perfumed, exotic, expansive, sensationally concentrated wine that should age effortlessly for another 10-15 years. In that sense, it might actually outlast the 1990, but what a pair these two wines make. The wine has a dark garnet/ruby color and fabulous aromatics of black raspberries, kirsch, licorice, and copious amounts of toasted new oak. Relatively full-bodied for a La Conseillante, with great purity, sweet tannin, but noticeable structure and muscle, this is a relatively large-scaled La Conseillante that has always been one of the top wines of the vintage. (RP)" (01/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers sweet, dried fruits on the nose, with plum jam and Turkish delight candies. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and loads of fruit. Chewy and Porty. Has turned so decadent and yummy over the years. (Web-2010)"

Jancis Robinson: "A bit tart like the 1990. This was more popular with the other tasters but I found its superripeness just a tiny bit lacking in refreshment. Strong black-cherry flavours. 17.5/20 points." (12/2010)

K&L Notes: The fifth generation of the Nicholas family, owners since 1871, is now managing La Conseillante. The 29+ acres of vineyards are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with clay soils dominating the Merlot vineyards and gravelly soils dominating the Cabernet Franc. Neighboring the great estates of L'Evangile, Figeac and Cheval Blanc, La Conseillante could hardly hope for a better piece of land on which to farm. Though not classified, Robert Parker equates this estate to a second-growth in the Médoc in his book "Bordeaux."

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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.

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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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2005 La Grave à Pomerol, Pomerol - 4 available ($59.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "There's pure crushed fruit on the nose, with raspberry, dark chocolate and berry. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful balance and richness. The best young red ever from this producer. Best after 2012." (03/2008)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Sweet aromas of raspberry, spices and smoky oak. Supple, sweet and pliant, but with lively acidity giving lift to the black fruit, spice and earth flavors. A graceful wine with good stuffing and sex appeal. Finishes with soft tannins and subtle persistence. A very successful vintage for this Pomerol." (06/2006)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Relatively light, this is fresh, with juicy red plum flavors topped by acidity. The tannins float over the fruit, leaving softness with only light tannins but a good fresh aftertaste." (06/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Stylish and elegant, this 2005 has as much in common with a Cote de Beaune premier cru as it does with a Pomerol. Kirsch, raspberry, seaweed, and loamy soil aromas lead to a medium-bodied, finesse-styled claret possessing sweet tannin, pure fruit, and a sensual personality. It begs to be consumed over the next decade." (04/2008)

1999 La Mondotte, St-Emilion - 2 available Price: Hidden

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Along with the 1997, the 1999 is the most forward and accessible La Mondotte yet produced. Its opaque purple color is followed by a glorious nose of candied black fruits, graphite, licorice, and underbrush. It is full-bodied and sumptuous, possessing amazing extract and richness for the vintage. Its high tannin is hidden by a wealth of glycerin, fruit, and extract. Moreover, the finish lasts for 35-45 seconds. This is an amazing achievement in 1999. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. (RP)" (04/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely chocolate aromas, as well as ripe berry and plum, follow through to a full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a long finish. Delicious and juicy now. Round and very yummy.'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). (JS, Web-2010)"

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, wild blackberry, truffle, smoked meat and earth; a bit Syrah-like. At once powerful and aromatic in the mouth, with somewhat extractive flavors of medicinal black cherry, minerals and truffle. (ST)" (05/2002)

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2008 La Violette, Pomerol - 2 available ($279.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fashioned from yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare with 13.5% natural alcohol, the opaque ruby-hued 2008 exhibits tell-tale floral notes intertwined with raspberries, sweet black cherries, licorice and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and strikingly pure as well as multilayered, the 2008, despite its precociousness, will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 20-25 years. It is one of the top successes of the vintage. (RP)" (05/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry and licorice. Fat, lush and sweet, with excellent depth of texture. Wonderfully layered, large-scaled, utterly seamless wine, yet I found myself wishing for some more floral high notes. Will give great early pleasure. (ST)" (07/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This is ripe and filled in, with plum sauce, warm currant paste and cherry preserve flavors all wrapped together and carried by the plush, velvety finish. There's a modern kiss of toast on the back end. Nicely done. (JM)" (04/2011)

2010 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol - 1 available ($49.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a fleshy, corpulent feel, with mouthfilling plum, melted licorice, fruitcake and linzer torte flavors layered and pumping through the broad, well-toasted finish. A not-shy style, showing a bit of punch on the finish alongside plenty of length and depth. Best from 2014 through 2024." (03/2013)

90-91 points James Suckling: "Pretty fruit, with chocolate and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, with fine tannins and fruity finish." (04/2011)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Always a somewhat rustic style of Pomerol, the 2010 merits one of the highest ratings I have ever given this vineyard. With considerable opulence, a chocolate, mocha, black cherry and berry spectrum of aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied and a macho, masculine feel to it, this wine has more finesse than normal, but never loses its relatively powerful, chunky style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years." (02/2013)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red-ruby. Superripe aromas of raspberry, mocha and smoky oak. Smooth and fairly deep; rather refined for this Pomerol but the wine's very good vinosity and medicinal reserve leave it a bit unyielding today. Not especially fleshy or deep but nicely balanced and fresh, finishing with a moderate load of tannins. This needs a few years of cellaring." (08/2013)

Wine Enthusiast: "Smoky flavors give the fruit a firm feel, with the black currant juiciness somewhere in the background.The wine is dark and tannic, dense and austere." (03/2013)

Jancis Robinson: "Lively dark crimson. Meaty nose. Lots of plush ripeness initially and then still a bit inky. This is serious Pomerol as opposed to hedonistic sort. Very dark and inky on the finish, with some slightly green astringency." (04/2011)

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2007 Lafleur, Pomerol - 1 available ($359.99)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Complex nose melds black plum, musky chocolate, licorice, menthol and fresh herbs. Sweet, dense, ripe and silky, with lovely life and palate coverage. Pure and harmonious from the outset, with a firm architecture for the year. Finishes a bit strict but not hard, with a smoky nuance and lovely length. Pomerol does not get much better than this in 2007. The alcohol here will be in the low 13s. (ST)" (06/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Perfumed, fruity and aromatic, with licorice and berry on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and a spicy, almost raisiny character on the palate. Long and very soft and silky, with a lovely core. A little austere, but with wonderful concentration for the vintage. Racy and sweet. (JS)" (03/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Delicious aromas and flavors of kirsch and licorice emerge from the dark ruby-hued 2007 Lafleur (a blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc). It is a medium-bodied, round, luscious cuvee revealing more density than most of its peers. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid but not especially deep crimson. Low-key nose on the nose not a great difference between Pensées and Lafleur although Lafleur opened up in the glass, which promises well for what it might do in bottle. Very firm and more serious than Pensées on the palate. 43% Cabernet Franc! and very marked by it. Very fresh and brisk. Very crunchy exploded in the mouth. Very clean and energetic. 17.5+/20 points" (04/2008)

K&L Notes: 92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted from an ex-chateau bottle at the Lafleur vertical dinner at Attersee in Austria. This 2007 is a real turn up for the books. It has a dusty, slightly foursquare bouquet with cedar and graphite infusing the carapace of blackberry and raspberry fruit. It is well defined but certainly very conservative. The palate is medium-bodied with a dense, introverted entry. Just when you think it is not going to perform up to the estate’s usual standards, it dovetails into this gorgeous, corpulent, Merlot-driven finish this is pure and primal. Amazing how last year this 2007 was so closed and unyielding. Perhaps this will not be so much of a long-term Lafleur, but it is very delicious." (09/2013)

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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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2010 Le Carré, St-Emilion - 11 available ($74.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep, chalky notes intermixed with black fruits, camphor, and an almost ethereal floral note make for a full-bodied wine that has slightly more austerity than Laforge or Teyssier (two other wines from the same team), but considerable style and nobility. In addition, it is substantial, powerful and capable of 20 years of longevity (RP)." (02/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a hugely rich wine with great black-plum fruit flavors. It's powerfully concentrated, densely tannic, solid and chunky. (RV)" (05/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Dense and loamy, with lots of roasted cocoa bean, ganache and smoldering tobacco fronting for thickly layered plum, steeped fig and black currant preserves notes. Long and broad through the finish, with the loamy edge easily holding sway. There's loads of grip, but it's fully embedded, and this should age rather slowly. Best from 2015 through 2030 (JM)." (03/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red-ruby. Ripe aromas of black raspberry and mocha, plus vanilla and chocolate oak notes. Rich and fine-grained, with excellent chalky energy giving lift to the flavors of spicy red fruits, minerals and sexy oak. Has the depth of fruit to support its big, oak-driven tannins 91+ (ST)." (07/2013)

91 points James Suckling: "Blueberries and mulberries with crushed chalk. Opens up with fresh strawberries and creme anglaise. Intense and full on the palate with a wonderfully textured fruit and good length. Tannins are fine." (03/2016)

K&L Notes: 90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Chateau Le Teyssier, this is another of Jonathan Maltus’s “babies”. The Le Carre has a perfumed floral bouquet with cassis and blueberry jam. It is nicely defined, exuberant and hedonistic. The palate is medium-bodied, a little tinny on the entry. It needs a little flesh towards the finish although it should develop a little more 'fatness' in bottle." (03/2013)

2006 Le Dôme, St-Emilion - 1 available ($119.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The brilliant 2006 Le Dome (94) offers plenty of cassis and camphor as well as a terrific texture and that almost surreal lightness that comes from the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and what is obviously a top-flight vineyard. This elegant offering is not as dense as the 2008, but it is capable of lasting 15 or more years.This is the winery that made everyone recognize what Jonathan Maltus was doing in St.-Emilion. The expatriate from England produces this cuvee, which may possess the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc in the St.-Emilion appellation." (04/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, plum, licorice, violet, coffee and mocha; very cabernet franc. Lush, rich and fine-grained, with lovely inner-mouth spicy and floral lift. The most serious and concentrated of Jonathan Maltus's group of 2006s, this should really be held for at least a few years. The sweet finishing flavors dust the palate." (06/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A very attractive wine, with berry, chocolate and light toasty oak on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium, caressing finish. Very pretty, if young. Best after 2013. (Web-2009)"

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2010 Le Petit Cheval, St-Emilion - 4 available ($229.99)

95 points James Suckling: "The second wine of Cheval shows such glorious yet subtle fruit with chocolate, dark berries such as blackberries, and a light spice character. A walnut undertone. It's soft and silky with wonderful balance and beauty. It goes on for minutes." (11/2013)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Barrel Sample* Great dusty tannins, almost too powerful, very solid in character. The wine is chunky, allowing juicy fruits to show. It is a dry wine, certainly not hard. (RV)" (06/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is rather backward, with a thick coating of bittersweet ganache over a massive core of roasted fig, blackberry confiture and kirsch, backed by a long, charcoal- and tar-coated structure. The finish is broad, deep and very dark, with plenty of power in reserve. An impressive second wine. (JM)" (03/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The best second wine I have ever tasted from Cheval Blanc is the 2010 Le Petit Cheval. This wine is essentially three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Rivaling the brilliant 2009, thirty percent of the production from this monstrously sized estate made it into this wine, which offers up plenty of white chocolate, cassis and mulberry as well as a hint of roasted herbs. With fleshy, round flavors, full-bodied texture and an amazing finish, this is no second wine, and considerably better than some of the Cheval Blancs of the 1960s and 1970s! Drink it over the next 15 or so years. (RP)" (02/2013)

Decanter: "Medium to full-bodied, round with supple texture and fine tannins. Acidity provides freshness and length. A very polished wine."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc): Good deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cassis, violet and chocolate enlivened by fresh herbs. Wonderfully full for a second wine, with lovely mineral lift to the flavors of black fruits, menthol and chocolate. (ST)" (07/2013)

K&L Notes: 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The superb Le Petit Cheval boasts layers of toasty black fruit on the nose with dark plum, macerated dark cherries and a faint touch of the sea. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins. This is very cohesive with well-integrated oak, classic in style on the finish that is long and sophisticated. Tasted January 2014." (03/2014)

1995 Monbousquet, St-Emilion - 1 available ($84.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Although similar to the 1996, the 1995's fruit is more accessible, and while the tannin is elevated, it is buffered by lower acidity, as well as more glycerin and fat. The 1995 offers an opaque purple color, and a glorious nose of new oak, spice, and abundant black fruits. This full-bodied, super-extracted, multi-layered wine must be tasted to be believed - especially for readers who remember Monbousquet as the soft, innocuous, commercially-styled St.-Emilion it was for many decades. (RP)" (02/1998)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Immediate gratification in a bottle. Dark in color, with loads of coffee, tobacco, grilled meat and fruit aromas. Full-bodied and very velvety, with a long, smoky berry aftertaste. (JS)" (01/1998)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated red-ruby. Superripe aromas of red- and blackcurrants, game and smoke, plus a strong note of toasty new oak. Silky and lush in the mouth, and already quite accessible. But not quite as sweet or suave as the '97. Finishes with very good length, substantial dusty tannins and a note of caramel." (05/1998)

2003 Monbousquet, St-Emilion - 1 available ($69.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This was an amazing performance for Monbousquet. The 2003 exhibits plenty of fat and succulence along with a full-bodied, sexy mouthfeel, and lots of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with licorice, baking spices and roasted herbs. Fully mature yet in no danger of falling apart or in decline, the color remains a healthy plum/garnet to the rim. This full throttle 2003 was one of the great buys of the vintage when it was first released, and continues to prove that great winemaking and viticultural management from less heralded terroirs can result in wines well-above their pedigree. (RP)" (08/2014)

90 points Vinous: "Full red-ruby. Expressive, vinous aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, leather and smoke. Sweet, supple and fat with fruit; dark and red berries are complemented but not overshadowed by hints of leather and smoked meat. This plump and satisfying wine has just enough acidity to maintain its shape. Finishes with sweet, surprisingly supple tannins and noteworthy persistence. Very easy to drink already but has the stuffing to give pleasure for another decade or so. (ST)" (05/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Essence of blackberry here on the nose with a hint of cream. Full-bodied yet silky and refined, with lovely texture and length. Delicious and long. Gorgeous. (JS)" (03/2006)

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1998 Monbousquet, St-Emilion (1.5L) - 2 available ($209.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Yields of 28-30 hectoliters per hectare are among the lowest in St.-Emilion, which no doubt accounts for the wine's explosive richness. The final blend, 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc, was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 18 months in 100% new oak, with aging on the lees. It boasts a saturated plum/purple color in addition to an exotic bouquet of Asian spices, plum liqueur, prunes, and blackberries. Extremely full-bodied, unctuously-textured, structured, and well-defined, this spectacular achievement will drink well young, yet last for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020. (RP)" (04/2001)

90-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Lively aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet and spice. Rich and creamy in the mouth, with spicy dark berry flavors. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and excellent length. Plenty of extraction here but gracefully done." (05/2000)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A full-throttle, jammy red, with lots of coffee, raisin and spice character on both nose and palate. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Not much in elegance here, but opulent and impressive. Still needs time.'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2012. (JS, Web-2009)"

2005 Nenin, Pomerol - 2 available ($69.99)

96 points James Suckling: "A complete and sexy wine with very polished and refined tannins yet theres an energy and posture that gives the wine such intrigue. Buy it." (10/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very grapey on the nose, with mineral, tarragon and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a light vanilla, berry and milk chocolate aftertaste. Subtle and balanced. The best Nenin in years. (JS)" (03/2008)

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2006 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion - 6 available ($74.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Château Pavie Macquin has a ripe, sensual bouquet with copious kirsch and blueberry scents, fine tension and poise, a faint whiff of boot polish in the background. The palate is very elegant on the entry, pure and supple in the mouth, succulent with vivid black cherry and dark plum notes. It is that keen line of acidity cutting through the fruit that takes this Saint Emilion to a higher level and it comes highly recommended. Tasted February 2016. (NM)" (05/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red. An initial note of reduction blows off to reveal delicate aromas of floral red fruits, cinnamon and minerals. Bright and juicy on entry, then a little lean in the middle, with high acidity nicely framing clean red fruit and mineral flavors; very calcaire-influenced in its energy and tension. Finishes clean and long, with silky tannins, but I found myself wishing for a little more generosity and flesh. About 15% to 20% of the harvest was eliminated due to rot; that hard work really paid off, as this wine's aroma and flavor profile is beautifully pure. (ID)" (03/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A lovely, fresh, juicy wine that has a delightful lilt to its fruit. Red and black berries intermingle easily with a core of firm tannins. New wood is a major part of the firm texture, but never too dominant. This is a finely structured wine, already well developed. (RV)" (03/2009)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This has fleshed out nicely, with layers of plum and boysenberry fruit that are pure, velvety and very alluring, lined with lightly taut juniper and red licorice hints. The finish turns toward a more floral edge, with a violet note and a subtle mineral edge. This is pretty delicious now.Non-blind Pavie Macquin vertical (December 2014). Drink now through 2020. (JL, Web-2015)"

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2000 Pavie, St-Emilion - 4 available ($474.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just beginning to come around and strut its enormous potential, this wine at age 15 has been evolving like a glacier. The wine has an inky, opaque, plum/purple color and a stunningly rich nose of mulberries, bramble berries, blackberries, licorice and incense as well as touches of toast and graphite. Fabulously concentrated and full-bodied, with a multidimensional mouthfeel, this profound Pavie is in mid-adolescence. It should evolve and continue to drink well for at least another 30-40 years. This is clearly the first compelling effort made by the Perse family. (RP)" (08/2015)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful and on point now, with a cascade of gently steeped blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that are showing some secondary notes, all followed by singed alder, dried anise, tobacco and black tea accents. Features a mineral lining on the finish, along with a long sanguine echo. Presents a mature edge, but this is racy and fresh, with hints of menthol and bay leaf.Non-blind Pavie vertical in March 2017. Drink now through 2035. (JM, Web Only-2017)"

95 points Vinous: "(bottled in March of 2003) Good full medium ruby. Knockout nose of blackberry, espresso, licorice, minerals and burnished oak; offers terrific verve and clarity for a wine so ripe and rich. Then extremely youthful on the palate, with tightly wound flavors and great inner-mouth energy. Brilliant black fruit and mineral flavors offer compelling perfume. This is still remarkably primary despite its long elevage (the wine was bottled just three weeks prior to my tasting). Finishes with great tactile, chewy persistence. An outstanding vintage for this property. (ST)" (05/2003)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red with a pale rim. Candied violet, cherry cola, almond paste and savory herbs on the expressive nose. Smooth and suave on entry, then lively and bright in the middle, delivering opulent red cherry, mineral and floral flavors of uncommon purity and poise. Outstanding length and balance on the perfumed, seamless finish. Another standout wine by Thienpont and Derenoncourt. Surprisingly drinkable already but has the stuffing to age and improve for at least another 15 years. Apparently, no Cabernet Sauvignon was included in this blend. (ID)" (03/2014)

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2004 Pavie, St-Emilion ($299.99)

96 points Wine & Spirits: "A conspicuously modern wine, Pavie with its hyper-ripe fruit and substantial new oak treatment stands out as an offense to some, a glorious pleasure to others. In the case of the 2004, it carries the oak beautifully, untamed by it. The wine is wild, in fact, and quite hard to resist. The cool complexity of the tannins grows out of three terroirs: the limestone plateau, a sector of gravel and limestone and a third sector of clay. The fruit opens with thick-skinned black plum power, reverberating with feral scents and violets. Staunch and formidable, the wine is packed with life." (10/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This is a beauty, with the singed apple wood and juniper notes fully melded with the core of lush raspberry and blackberry confiture flavors. The edges are rounded off but the spine still drives through. Ends with graphite and ganache accents and a mouthwatering hint. (JM, Web-2017)"

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A real sleeper effort from the Perse family, the 2004 Pavie has a dense, bluish purple color and a wonderful, sweet kiss of blackberry, licorice, spice box and roasted herbs. The wine is rich, deep, full-bodied and absolutely remarkable for the vintage. This is certainly a candidate for one of the wines of the year and seems still relatively youthful and promising. Drink it over the next 20 years. (RP)" (08/2015)

91 points Vinous: "(14% alcohol; pH 3.47): Deep red. Refined aromas of ripe red cherry and strawberry jam complicated by notes of rosemary, marjoram and cocoa. Suave, rich and dense, with savory red cherry, licorice and herb flavors showing lovely balance and surprising flesh for the vintage. Finishes long and rich, with mouthcoating, polished tannins. A major success in 2004; perhaps just a touch lean at the back. The estate opted for full maturity of the grapes and risked picking in between the fall rains. For example, the cabernets were picked extremely late, between October 18 and 28. Very well done. (ID)" (03/2014)

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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)

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2009 Providence, Pomerol - 5 available ($99.99)

95 points James Suckling: "A wine with a deep nose of blueberries, blackberries, dark chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a beautiful depth of fruit. Very attractive texture to this wine." (02/2012)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Densely fruity wine, all sweetness and richness without too much weight. It does have power, a dark core, but it is the sweet balance that is so attractive. There is a layer of acidity as well, giving freshness to the final character of the wine." (02/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Captivating, with Lapsang souchong tea and incense flavors up front, followed by creamy-textured plum and fig sauce, blackberry preserve and ganache notes, which sail through the long, smoky and creamy finish. Best from 2013 through 2030." (03/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ths 100% Merlot cuvée from Christian Moueix is an atypically masculine, full-bodied, muscular wine for Moueix. This opaque blue/purple wine displays notes of black cherries, truffles, damp earth and licorice. Full-bodied, very deep and powerful, it will need of 6-8 years of cellaring but should keep for 25-30 years. It has the potential to be the best Providence to date. (RP)" (02/2012)

1998 Quinault L'Enclos, St-Emilion (1.5L) - 6 available ($149.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An elegant as well as powerful effort, this dense ruby/purple-colored 1998 reveals notes of plums, black raspberries, vanillin, minerals, licorice, and spice. Exceptionally rich with an outstanding texture, this medium to full-bodied wine possesses a distinctive, individualistic style, largely because of its floral, blueberry fruit flavors. Although accessible, it will age for two decades. (RP)" (04/2001)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good ruby-red. Youthful but complex aromas of black cherry, iron, tar, game, espresso and chicory. Lush, deep and oaky, with good finesse and sound structure. Finishes with noteworthy length and substantial but ripe tannins. (ST)" (05/2000)

Wine Spectator: "Very perfumed and floral, slightly earthy, but rich and fruity. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Slightly funky, but juicy. Fading a little. -88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. (JS, Web-2009)"

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2007 Rouget, Pomerol - 10 available ($39.99)

Decanter: "Proper Pomerol richness and attack with black fruit. Fresh and forceful ripe fruit and perfume. Acidity adds balance; very fresh as well. " (11/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Sweet and mellifluous and lively with some freshness. Well done! Good balance. Long." (04/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This property appears to be making better and better wines with each vintage. The soft, silky, tasty 2007 boasts copious black cherry and ripe strawberry fruit interwoven with notions of sandy soil. Enjoy this medium-bodied, plush Pomerol over the next 7-10 years." (04/2010)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby-red. Musky, rather wild aromas of black raspberry, espresso, chocolate, leather and meat. Sweet, soft and stuffed with raspberry, plum and leather flavors. A pliant midweight that finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and lingering notes of leather and pepper." (08/2010)

Wine Spectator: "Some good berry and dark chocolate aromas and flavors, with a round texture and a clean finish. Good quality for the vintage. (Web-2008)"

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2005 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational effort, Tertre Roteboeufs 2005, along with the 2000, is one of the most profound wines made by Francois Mitjavile. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a stunning perfume of sweet black currants, jammy cherries, licorice, and spice. Full-bodied and opulent with high, but remarkably sweet, velvety tannins as well as a stunning texture and a finish that lasts nearly a minute, this prodigious St.-Emilion should be drinkable in 3-4 years, and last for two decades or more. Kudos to the proprietor. (RP)" (04/2008)

92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful fruit with a Burgundian style. Pure and aromatic. Full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit and a long, long finish. Seductive. This is a fascinating and cerebral wine that wows you with its beauty. This could easily move up to a classic rating. (JS)" (06/2006)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep medium ruby. Wonderfully perfumed, fresh aromas of blackberry, raspberry, licorice, spices and violet pastille. Brilliantly pure and energetic, with outstanding flavor intensity and inner-mouth perfume. Still an infant today, with primary black fruits dominating. But this has the spicy, floral perfume of the greatest vintages of this wine. The ripely tannic, palate-saturating finish is wonderfully long and vibrant. 'Our most beautiful vintage since 1990,' notes Mitjavile. (ST)" (05/2008)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Healthy glowing dark crimson. Heady, very Merlot nose. Sweet start and then gives way to acidity and fine tannins. This could already give pleasure if served with food. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2016-2034. (JR)" (03/2017)

1961 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion - 1 available ($299.99)

Wine Spectator: "It's plenty mature, and very ripe in style: full-bodied, buttery...solid, fruity and chocolaty in flavor. Very good for its age.--1961 Bordeaux horizontal." (04/1996)

1955 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion (high shoulder fill) - 1 available ($199.99)

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1995 Troplong-Mondot, St-Émilion - 12 available ($109.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Totally shut down and enclosed, with an impressively saturated purple/black color and a promising but tightly strung nose of mineral, vanilla, espresso, black cherry and currant, this wine has beautiful purity, medium to full body, relatively high but sweet tannin, and a long 30-35 second finish. The wine is very firm but impressive as well as promising. Patience please! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. (RP)" (01/2003)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good saturated ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry, chocolate and licorice; more crystallized than cooked fruit-as the heat in '95 was not quite like that of 1990, according to Valette. Velvety and chocolatey in the mouth, with very sweet, port-like flavors verging on raisiny. Has the chewy extract to buffer its 13.9% alcohol. Quite perfumed in the mouth, though still a bit tired by the bottling. A huge wine that finishes with substantial but harmonious tannins. (ST)" (05/1998)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of violet, berries and cedar follow through to a full-bodied palate, with firm tannins and a medium finish. The fruit is still tied up in knots. Give it time. (Web Only2007)"

Jancis Robinson: "Earthy and rich, but with a certain degree of restraint too. Classic and complex, with a lovely stage of maturity on display, although the tannins are still quite keen. (17/20 points)" (10/2014)

K&L Notes: 91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Very deep purple, garnet core. The nose is a sulky, little sod: utterly closed and yielding nothing at the moment despite vigorous swirling. A slight bretty aroma develops with time (eventually.) The full-bodied palate is tannic with broody, black fruits and rather low acidity but with aeration turns more decadent, though harmonious with just a little astringency on the finish. Needs time but it has great potential. Tasted November 2006. Drink 2010-2020." (12/2007)

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2010 Trotanoy, Pomerol - 1 available ($329.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Stunning nose with wild strawberries, vanilla and raspberries. Opens up with a little time in the glass to sweet licorice, blueberries and some graphite. Round and full on the palate with an amazing fruit and refined tannins. Truly superb. Hard not to drink now. Try from 2016. " (02/2013)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Think of this wine as the 1998 on steroids! Showing better out of bottle than it did from barrel, this wine has put on considerable weight. It is full-bodied, masculine (as most vintages of Trotanoy tend to be), with loads of earthy, foresty notes intermixed with black and red fruits, a meaty, almost charcuterie note to it, an inky/purple color, some sweetness on the attack, but then the tannins kick in, making the wine seem at least a decade away from accessibility to most consumers. The texture is layered, the purity impressive, and the overall symmetry, balance and integration of all of the wine's building blocks are flawless. Forget it for 10 years and drink it over the following 35 years. Bravo! (RP)" (02/2013)

98 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* Dense and slightly chewy, this features girders of charcoal-coated grip running from start to finish, along with bay leaf, smoldering tobacco and warm tar. But dont be fooled-there's also loads of fruit, offering dark plum, blackberry and black currant notes, laced with hints of mulling spice and alder. Terrific old-school grip powers the finish, and should easily pull this through two decades in the cellar. The brick-house Pomerol of the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2013)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Great depth and complexity to the aromas of raspberry, strawberry, baked bread, tobacco and black olive. Plush, sweet and remarkably mouthfilling, conveying a compelling creaminess of texture but also a magically light touch and outstanding finesse. The thick flavors of red fruits, cocoa powder, meat and forest floor are perfectly supported by very smooth but serious tannins. Finishes with great persistence. A real essence of Pomerol: one of the sexiest wines of my tastings this spring but it's hard to believe that this wine won't go through a sullen stage in the bottle. (ST)" (08/2013)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A complex wine, exhibiting smoky tannins, rich fruit, a dark texture and concentration. Produced by the Moueix winemaking team, it feels complete with its sense of style and elegance as well as weight. Give this powerful wine many years in the cellar. (RV)" (03/2013)

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2010 Vieux Château Mazerat, St-Emilion - 5 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of the tightest, most backward wines in the Jonathan Malthus portfolio. The grapes come from an old-vine parcel near Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau, and the final product is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Again displaying plenty of minerality, which seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the 2010s from Malthus, the 2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is full-bodied, with an abundance of floral notes as well as black currant and blackberry fruit. Impressively endowed and built like a skyscraper, this full-bodied wine needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should keep for 25-30 years. Interestingly, the vines were planted in 1947. 95+ (RP)" (02/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A very racy style, with bright raspberry, kirsch and mulled strawberry notes lined with lots of intense, chalky structure. Floral, bergamot and cherry pit notes enter on the finish, with the fruit slowly filling in at the end. When this pulls itself together, it will be a very minerally, stylish expression of St.-Emilion. Best from 2015 through 2030. 450 cases made." (03/2013)

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2000 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol - 3 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)