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2016 Errazuriz "Max - Reserva" Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa
Review Date: 07-02-2020
Errazuriz Chardonnay first came to my attention when their high-end Pizarras bottling started notching Grand Cru caliber reviews. Trying it, our team was floored by how good the wine was for the price. This "Max" bottling echoes that experience — it is also a must-try Chardonnay that over-delivers in a massive way, but does so at an everyday price. Clean, fresh, and detailed, there's great notes of citrus and stone fruit with a texture and weight reminiscent of Chablis. It doesn't show a hint of its age and develops particularly well with a bit of air. It has quickly become my new house white and I doubt we'll see much more at this kind of pricing.

2009 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-05-2020
Tasted at the Chateau. My expectations were high here, and I knew it was going to be competing against a line of Grand Vins from Lafite ('89 and '04), but it was firing on all cylinders. With a classic Pauillac nose of graphite and currant, Duhart '09 fans out on the palate with brilliant texture, balanced acid, and copious pure red fruit. The tannins are remarkably fine and the wine is deftly layered. At ten years on it is just barely entering an early drinking window, and shows the Lafite pedigree through and through. This is one of the best sweet spot collectible buys of the vintage and will drink beautifully for years to come.

2016 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 03-04-2020
Is there a property that offers more for less in Left Bank Bordeaux than Labégorce these days? It's a tough call, but they're definitely on a short list. On the 2016, layered aromas hint at blackberry confit, crushed violets, and asphalt. While the nose hints at a brooding wine, the palate shows terrific refinement with waves of pure deep red fruit, a terrific texture, extremely fine tannin, and lingering acidity that gives it lift. This will need a bit of time, but it shows a lot of the character of the vintage and the appellation already. 2016 Labégorce is a terrific effort and a fantastic value among its peers.

2016 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo
Review Date: 02-19-2020
Vietti Castiglione is usually the standard bearer for affordable, high-pedigree Barolo in any great vintage, and 2016 is no different. Aromatically it is engaging and classic with roses, red fruit, and a touch of sandalwood. Textured, mouthwatering, and bursting with fruit and fine tannins, the palate is deftly balanced. Notes of blood orange, bright cherry, and licorice lead to a lasting finish. Incredibly dynamic right now, it is a ton of wine for an "entry level" bottling, and a hint of how special the vintage can be. This is one of our first 2016s and it demonstrates why so many collectors are excited for what is widely considered to be a special vintage for Barolo.

2018 Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-13-2020
Martin Ray is on an incredible run with their Sonoma Coast bottling, and this 2018 is their best yet. It shows a level of refinement and elegance that makes it a bit of an anomaly at this price point, and then delivers complexity that would make wines at double this price still look like a great value. Enticing aromas of cranberry and bright cherry lead to a textured but light bodied palate full of fresh red fruits,a bit of spice, and an engaging, mouthwatering finish. There's almost something Burgundian here. This will be my go-to Pinot as long as we can keep it in stock, and it although it has the stuffing to age for years to come, it is nearly impossible to resist even at this early stage.
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2016 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 01-27-2020
The first impression is that this is so focused, pure, and polished. Lovely aromas of blueberry compote and cassis lead to a palate that is full of juicy black and blue fruits, a remarkable textural refinement, and seamless, lightweight tannins. It is clean and fresh from start to finish. It will be fascinating to see how this ages. We've been a fan of this property for a long time at K&L, and even though we've adored some of the past vintages on release (and with some age), it is even more exciting to see how the style has evolved to a more detailed and nuanced take on these recent vintages.

2016 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 01-15-2020
Is this in the league of their famed 2009 and 2010? Without a doubt. But even if it is easy to use those as a comparison for the pedigree, stylistically it shows a bit more precision and purity than that pair. The nose is deep and dark with black cherry, graphite, plum, and tar. The palate, however, is fresh, focused, and lively, with blackberry, cassis, hints of baking chocolate, a fine texture and impressive length that just carries on and on. This is a blockbuster, but there's great poise and balance. This is one of my favorite Pontet-Canet releases in a long time and still represents one of the most over-delivering collectibles you're bound to find on today's market.

2015 Terroir al Limit "Torroja" Priorat
Review Date: 11-26-2019
Terroir al Limit has been one of my favorite producers over the last few years. The no-compromise approach turns a lot of Priorat stereotypes on their head. This is a beautifully expressive wine with floral, spice, and red fruit notes that are echoed in a lively, fresh, and complex palate. Medium bodied, there is a purity and spine of acidity that makes me think of elegant, traditional Châteauneuf that exudes depth over weight. Still, it shows a unique character all its own, which makes it a great wine for those looking to explore the best of terroir-driven Priorat.

2017 Carlisle "Papera Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 11-21-2019
This is probably the most dynamic and compelling Zin I've had all year. There's tons of depth and nuance with layers of black fruit, cured meats, tar, and a thread of acidity to keep it all fresh and balanced. A masterclass in structure, it has the depth of Northern California, but the fruit is in check. This is the kind of wine that immediately had me thinking of a menu to pair with it - about as high of a compliment as a wine can get at this kind of price. Terrific.

2016 Kapcsándy "Estate Cuvée - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 07-08-2019
For those looking for detailed and elegant Napa Cab from one of the region's great producers and vintages, look no further. This is a no-compromise wine from Kapcsandy that ranks up there with my two previous favorites - the 2012 and 2013. Less compact than the '13, but a bit brighter and more refined than the '12, it hits all the right notes and seems to borrow the best from both. Complex aromas of cassis and forest floor lead to a palate full of pure red-to-black fruits and a bright acidity that carries a long, resounding finish. Reminiscent of a great Super Second from Bordeaux, it is that sweet-spot collectible that I wish Napa had more of.

2016 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-24-2019
Is there any better high-end value in Napa? Coming from the same vines as the First-Growth-quality Dominus Estate vineyards, Napanook is crafted under the stewardship of the same remarkable team. Deep aromas of blackberry, forest floor, and red florals lead the way to a gorgeous texture and waves of fruit that are balanced beautifully by the mouthwatering acidity. Echoes of blackberry turn more red towards the finish that lasts for a considerable amount of time. This is my favorite Napanook since the epic 2013, and it has all the pieces to age beautifully. It is a serious wine, but it is utterly delicious now all the same. Brilliant.

2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion
Review Date: 05-08-2019
This is one of my clear wines of the vintage - tasted three times, once at that chateau, all with consistent results. About half of La Gaffeliere's holdings are neighboring Ausone on the hillside right next to the town of Saint Emilion. In the past few vintages, they've dedicated more of their Grand Vin to this plot, and it shows. Good pure red fruit with a delicate floral aroma leads to an extraordinary and elegant palate that echoes the red fruit profile and ends with bright acidity and balanced tannin. There is 60% new oak here, but it is invisible. This is a take-notice vintage for La Gaffeliere

2009 Guiraud, Sauternes
Review Date: 05-08-2019
We were in Bordeaux this past April, enjoying yet another lovely dinner with a vast amount of wines, winding down from a long day. I almost overlooked the 2009 Guiraud sitting on the table until Trey caught my attention and mentioned that I should try it. On the first sip it was a stop-me-in-my-tracks quality wine that shook me out of my reverie. It carries the perfect balance of botrytis, tropical fruit, honey, orange blossom, and most importantly, plentiful mouthwatering acidity and abundant freshness. Brilliant.

2018 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 05-06-2019
I'll have to admit, Malartic-Lagraviere grew on me as the week wend on. If our tasting at the property was any indication, this is a brilliant vintage for them, and one of the better buys in all of Pessac for 2018. As with many 2018s, there is a lot of deep black fruits in this wine, but a mouthwatering acidity and thread of minerality keeps it fresh. A compact core hints at a potential for great things over the years, but it might require patience to get there. But at the price point, it's hard to ask for much more.

2018 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-16-2019
I've always admired Branaire Ducru, but I've never been captured by a vintage of their wine in the same way as their splendid 2018. A core of bright red fruit and hint of cherry cola carries to a resounding finish. It is intense, full, but always refined. Tasted on four occasions, it never ceased to be one of the best wines in the room and is one of the great highlights of a superlative St-Julien vintage.

2018 Rouget, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-16-2019
I'll be the first to admit that Rouget isn't a name that I've historically spent time seeking out. That stops now. 2018 Rouget floored me on both occasions that I had the opportunity to try it, displaying a caliber that rivals the elite of this renowned appellation. Sweet red fruits on the nose lead to a clean, pure and layered palate that echoes the red fruit profile. Bright acidity carries a massively long finish with impressive extract and fine tannin. 2018 Rouget is complete and irresistible, and may turn out to be a stunning value in time.

2018 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Clearly the white wine of the vintage for me, with only a handful coming close. Honeydew, stonefruit, and a light touch of vanilla on the nose, the palate is textured and carries itself with a brightness that many others seemed to lack. Tasted multiple times throughout the week, it never failed to impress for its purity, density, and lift.

2018 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Barde-Haut has shown an extra sense of refinement and focus in the past few vintages, and it is on display again with the 2018. The aromatics are stunning as they hold portents of a big rich wine that never come through. Instead the palate is extremely poised and balanced, polished with fine tannin, good acid, and solid persistence. The Merlot brings a lot of darker fruit profiles, but the Cab Franc (27%) keeps it fresh. Without a doubt, another winner for Barde-Haut that will find many fans early on, and as it ages over the years.

2018 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Brane-Cantenac is a showstopper in 2018, confirmed on multiple tastings where is was often among the best in the room. There is a level of purity and refinement that has shown itself in the past few years but is center-stage in this vintage. Intermingling black and red fruits are surrounded by fine tannin, good intensity, and balanced acidity. There's a ton going on here and it should thrill collectors for a long time to come.

2018 Labégorce, Margaux
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Crafted by the free-spirited, and incredibly talented Marjolaine Maurice-de-Coninck, Labegorce has quickly evolved into a take-notice property in Bordeaux. Deeply fruited in 2018, it a lush and rich Margaux that is buoyed by a seamless texture and long finish. It is remarkably structured and will be fascinating to follow over the years.

2018 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Jean-Luc Zuger is one of the most practical and humble producers you'll ever meet. Combine that with the fact that his wines are among the best of Margaux in any given vintage and extremely well-priced, and you have a wine that you can safely go long on in a vintage as solid as 2018. This vintage trends towards a deeper, lusher side of Margaux, but still retains a signature floral aromatic and spicy palate. Bright acidity keeps everything fresh on this powerful, but beautiful red.

2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Most years, there's a buzz about a certain wine from those on the ground at Bordeaux En Primeur - a name that seems to come up in discussions more than most. Ducru-Beaucaillou was that wine in 2018, and after tasting it, it was clear to see why. The aromas are deep and layered, making it tough to put our glass down. The palate shows great purity and hits that balance where it is rich but never in the least bit heavy. Constantly building through a mouthwatering finish that drips with pure black fruits, it also has the structure to handle the decadence. Considering what Bruno Borie has accomplished in the past decade, it is amazing that they can produce a wine that keeps raising the standard at Ducru-Beaucaillou.

2018 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-16-2019
It seems like every vintage has a champion of the First Growths...perhaps even moreso since Latour left En Primeur. In this vintage, it seemed clear that Lafite-Rothschild took that crown emphatically, with a simply transcendent Grand Vin. It tastes like Cabernet distilled to its most essential elements, with a truly classic and regal profile. Hitting all the right notes of pure red fruit, tobacco, cassis, and more, it carries an extremely long finish that makes it nearly impossible to forget. They seemed very proud of their 2018 at Lafite, and for good reason. This is one for the ages but might not take as long to come around as other more demanding vintages. It seems to have it all.

2018 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-16-2019
As remarkable as Lafite is in 2018, they made another winner with their other Pauillac property in Duhart-Milon. Super finessed and seamless, it is almost accessibly at this incredibly early stage. Refined, with a silky texture and purple to black fruits, it unfurls on a deep, but never heavy palate. It has tons of room to grow through elevage and will most likely have a ton of upside for the years after release. Tasted three times, and impressive every time.

2018 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 04-16-2019
A textbook LLC built on structure and depth, the 2018 is a brooding wine that might challenge many folks' patience, but reward them generously at the end of the day. Dark black and purple fruits surround a textured palate that adds a savory note through a persistent finish lined with fine-grained tannins. There is depth and density to spare.

2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Pichon-Lalande is among the best of 2018. It hit those beautiful red fruit notes that many properties missed, while retaining a super-classic profile that they seem to have perfected over the past few vintages. It is layered, intense, with deep cherry and plum, an fine textured palate, their signature herbal hint, and a long, cascading finish. Another masterclass in structure and style, 2018 Pichon-Lalande was the the highlight of the room most of the five times we were lucky enough to try it.

2018 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Their steadfast dedication to Biodynamic practices left Pontet-Canet's with a 2018 that was down over 70%, an incredible number for a property this size. The wine they did craft was very exotic and will thrill many wine drinkers from the new and old world alike. Juicy blue and black fruit frame a palate that has good acidity and a long finish tinged with vanilla and spice. It feels modern, but the alcohol is nearly a point lower than some of their neighbors to the north (if that's your measure). It is hedonistic, and undeniably delicious in 2018.

2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 04-16-2019
2018 Cos d'Estournel is a wine of sophistication and grace. It is extremely compact with a deep core of pure red fruit, while hinting at the enormous potential it has to age glacially over the coming decades. This is a wine that is all about potential and follows a string of vintages that mark a dramatic stylistic change from the wild, modern wines of a decade ago. Extremely polished, this is a Cos for the long run.

2018 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 04-16-2019
This was one of my early wines of the vintage, starting with brilliant aromas that are all too easy to get lost in. On the palate there is waves of cassis and blackberry, with a layered and seamless texture, resounding acidity, and fine, grippy tannins. The depth in 2018 Montrose is stunning and it is extremely long. It is rare for a wine to offer this much at such an early stage. It is hard to go wrong with any of the elite St-Estephes in 2018, but for the complexity of the wine, I'm putting my vote in for Montrose. Another great addition to an amazing portfolio.

2018 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-16-2019
Although a bit reticent at this young stage, Mouton has all the parts in the right place for a resplendent vintage in 2018. Hints of graphite, tobacco , and fine black fruit lead to a layered palate that moves more towards black cherry and red plum. The refinement here is impressive as is the texture and presence of the wine. Very fine tannins carry an impressive finish. While many were hesitant to highlight their Merlot in 2018, Mouton was especially proud of the quality of the fruit in the vintage. It is easy to see why.

2018 Canon, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-15-2019
2018 Canon is another winner for a property whose profile is rising to the elite of the Right Bank in recent years. There's great depth and wonderfully integrated acidity that frames deep red fruits and very fine texture. The purity is impressive as it finishes long. It is compact with a lot of stuffing - there is no doubt that it will age beautifully but only time will tell if it can rival the heights of their brilliant 2015 or 2016. But the fact that it is in that mold is a good sign.

2018 Hosanna, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-15-2019
Extremely engaging and enticing aromatics of pure black fruit have you going back to the glass. It is rich and round on the palate with a melange of blue and black fruit. Still, with all of the depth, there is a telltale elegance as flavors expand through on an impressively long finish. It will be interesting to follow as it ages as there's a lot going on in Hosanna's 2018.

2018 Cheval Blanc, St-Émilion
Review Date: 04-11-2019
Very compact and nuanced, Cheval Blanc's 2018 is luxurious on the palate and pulls through with a resounding, long finish. It is built around a mid-palate full of pure red fruit and a seamless texture. It is a wine full of class and has lots of stuffing that hold tremendous potential for patient collectors.

2018 Figeac, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-11-2019
After the 2016 and 2017 played in wine-of-the-vintage territory, the 2018 had big shoes to fill. It did so effortlessly. Expressive aromas of cassis and tobacco lead to a textured, luxurious palate with extremely fine tannin and great purity. It is an intellectual wine that exudes depth and will be thrilling to follow over the years. Another winner from a must-try property that is on the upswing.

2018 La Conseillante, Pomerol
Review Date: 04-11-2019
Conseillante has produced some deep, dense wines in recent vintages; perhaps a counterpoint to their "Burgundy of Pomerol" archetype, but not worse for it. One of the most intriguing wines aromatically, it floats between blue and black fruits to a textured finish that marries oak tannin and minerality. There is lots of extract in this deep and wonderful Pomerol that might need a decade to unfurl.

2018 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-11-2019
Aromas of licorice and blackberry lead to a deeply fruited palate that is layered with good sweetness and acidity. It is a bit of a paradox - there is a richness to it, but it never seems overdone and at times shows great elegance. A good combination of the ripe merlot of the year and a healthy portion of very pure Cabernet (35% Franc, 15% Sauvignon) that interplay wonderfully.

2015 Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-06-2018
Nobody makes a wine like Eisele in Napa - it is a truly intellectual, graceful, and masterful wine that speaks to a singular place and an elegant style. It couldn't have a better steward than the folks at Latour. Intoxicating aromas of bright red currant, sage, and cut flower hint at the complexity to come. The palate brings deeper red fruit and incredible polish - it is silky, focused, and seamless. A long finish carries a cascade of lively cherry. I was shocked to hear that this was brought up with 90% new oak - it is invisible in the wine. This was one of those wines that left me hopeful that I'll have a chance to see how it ages - to either experience this pedigree again or to see how a wine built like this will evolve. I'm guessing it'll be brilliant in five years from now and age effortlessly for two decades afterwards.

2010 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 07-24-2018
For a lesson in deeply structured and complex Bordeaux, look no further than 2010 Montrose. A towering wine that will require patience, it will also deeply reward those who see it through. Although the 2009 is more renowned, the difference between it and the 2010 will a matter of personal preference in time. Deeply pitched with graphite, dark red and black fruits, it has plentiful but well integrated fine tannins and a resounding finish. Plan a day around decanting this gem, or wait another five years before opening. When this opens up, it will provide a few decades of enjoyment.

2009 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 07-24-2018
Tasted with Jean-Michel Cazes at a vertical tasting in San Francisco in June 2018. Served alongside the more classic-leaning 2005, there was no doubting the caliber of this tremendous vintage for Lynch Bages. At first there was a conversation about 2005 vs. 2009, but with a bit of air and a meal to consider the wines over, the 2009 came out a strong winner of not only the flight, but perhaps an evening that also saw the '96, '00, '14, and '15. 2009 Lynch Bages borrows the best of the estate and vintage and will be one to follow closely for the years to come. Every Bordeaux cellar should have a strong compliment of Lynch Bages, and the 2009 is not to be missed.

2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 6-Pack in OWC
Review Date: 06-21-2018
Pessac 2017s that had a good chunk of Cab Franc tended to shine in early tastings where others struggled - such was the case for Carmes Haut Brion (41% this vintage). The aroma is pure cassis where the palate is clean, elegant, and packed with red fruit (strawberry, cherry), tobacco, and very fine tannins. One of those under-the-radar properties that took a big turn for the better in 2014, the 2017 caps off a string of four very fine vintages for Carmes. Drink 2021 to 2032.

2017 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 06-07-2018
Another superb vintage from the treasured terroir of Clos Fourtet. It is a property that has wavered on the modern side of the spectrum in the past decade but is finding a terrific sweet spot these days with a more balanced, vineyard-first approach. Terrific aromatics lead to a refined, red-and-black fruited palate with hints of dark chocolate and baking spices. The purity here is impressive and given time it will be a wine of terrific pedigree.

2017 Montrose, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 05-30-2018
A slightly reticent nose gives way to a palate chalk full of dark chocolate, vanilla, and blackberry. The wine is remarkably textured, and continues to show nuance throughout with pine, french oak, and pure red fruit. Mouthwatering acid keeps it lifted and adds length. It is a structured Montrose and a strong showing for the vintage. Montrose continues on a qualitative roll that is the envy of many in Bordeaux and beyond. Drink 2025 to 2035.

2017 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 05-30-2018
This was a consensus success for our team at En Primeur and we were fortunate enough to be able to taste it multiple times. For a vintage that saw a lot of easygoing and accessible wines, Leoville Barton showed its usual grip and structure. Complex aromas of black cherry and vanilla lead to a signature bright red fruit core and fine grain tannins. Great for the vintage and a wine that will need time. A high percentage of Cabernet (93%) this vintage. Drink 2025 through 2035.

2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 05-29-2018
Another solid Lynch Bages from an estate that seems to go from one strength to another. Graphite, pine, and blackberry lead very fine aromas that precede flavors of bright black fruit, integrated tannin, and a general easy-going profile. Very accessible for such a young Lynch Bages, well made for the vintage, and one to enjoy while waiting for the 2016 (or even 2010) to come around. Drink 2021 to 2031.

2014 Kapcsandy "Roberta’s Reserve - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 05-11-2018
Tasted at the estate with Lou. One of the greatest wines of a trip that included some serious Napa elite. Soft but intense, fleshy, and extremely expressive, there is amazing juicy acidity that brings forward purple and black fruits supported by incredible texture and waves of flavor. Deep, complex, and nearly the perfect amounts of everything, it was stunning for me and everyone sitting around the table. Lou said he meant it to rival the Petrus/Pin/Massetos of the world, and the 2014 does that easily. I'll remember this one for a long time to come. Literally impossible to resist now, a few years in the cellar will help all the same and it will be compelling for twenty years or more.

2017 Palmer, Margaux
Review Date: 04-23-2018
Palmer is very intriguing in 2017. It is one of those properties that tends to thrive in challenging vintages and Margaux had its fair share of challenges. There was a buzz around the wine from folks who tasted it though. Perfumed and smoky aromatics leads to a bright, clean palate with good depth, juicy red/blue fruit, slightly grainy tannins, and an easygoing finish. There was an approachable nature to it that seems to indicate it will be an accessible vintage. It will be compelling to follow on release to see if it adds some depth and layers. Drink 2023-2034.

2017 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-20-2018
An all-star like always, Pontet-Canet is a breath of fresh air in 2017 Bordeaux from an estate that can seemingly do no wrong these days. Pure aromas of black and blue fruit lead to an extremely polished palate full of vanilla, cassis, black cherry, barrel char, and vanilla. There's tons of depth and complexity here but enough acid to carry everything through. Chewy, mouthfilling, and modern - those who have enjoyed Pontet-Canet in their modern years will find a lot to like here. Drink 2022 through 2038.

2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-20-2018
There is no shortage of fans of Pichon Lalande at K&L, and it is wines like the terrific 2017 that show why. There are no qualms calling this one of the wines of the vintage. The aromas are complex with wood, pine, and wild cherry. There is tons of red plum and spice on a dense, compact, dense, and linear palate. It is layered in way that shows immense potential and pedigree, and both samples tasted showed the same upside. Superb. Drink 2025 to 2040+.

2017 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-20-2018
One of the great wines of 2017 Bordeaux without a doubt - something that was shared by our team when tasting it on two different occasions. Cool, pure red fruit comes in waves as it continues to build on the palate. There is a mineral/limestone note that keeps a sense of place and resonates with the classic Bordeaux lovers in the room. Great layers and detail is seen through persistent fine grain tannins. This is not a push-it-to-the-limits style, but instead a well-judged, balanced wine. Terrific focus and depth. Drink 2023 to 2038.

2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 04-20-2018
Malescot is great again in 2017 - one of the true gems in Margaux and spectacular in a vintage where their neighbors struggled. Production is down a third from the previous vintage. Warm, inciting aromatics of licorice and dark red/black fruit lead a palate that is full of blackberry, vanilla, and cassis. Terrific concentration, plenty of new oak, bright acidity, and structure to tie it all together. The soft-spoken Jean Luc Zuger knew he had a winner here and the wine spoke for itself. Well done. Drink 2023 to 2038.

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