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LEOVILLE LAS CASES – 2008

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

 2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. Layer upon layer of crushed blackberry, fig paste and mulled black currant offset by smoldering tobacco, charcoal and anise notes.

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LEOVILLE LAS CASES – 2010

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

 2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 96. WE 100. A hugely powerful wine, full of dark, brooding tannins. It’s a wine for seriously long-term aging, a sculptural vision of classic Bordeaux structure with with classy, ripe blackberry fruits. It has fresh acidity and an immense full-bodied character, cut through with mineral acidity. A great wine, with great potential. ”WE”

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LEOVILLE LAS CASES – 2006

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 

 2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP95.  Pure nose of crushed raspberry and violet, with aniseed. Full-bodied, with beautiful, well-integrated tannins and a long, polished texture to the finish. Very beautiful. Harmonious and structured

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LEOVILLE BARTON – 2003

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95.   WS 98. Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobacco too. Roses and other flowers, such as lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive.

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LEOVILLE BARTON- 2005

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94.   Power and elegance merge effortlessly in this superb wine. Its pure black currant fruit is tightly coiled, supported by just the right amount of firm tannins. Great aging potential. A triumph.

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DURCU BEAUCAILLOU – 2010

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94.  Deep ruby in color, the wine is filled with earth, tobacco, blackberry, mocha and anise. Polished and sweet, delivering, pure blackberry, black cherry with just a hint of truffle in the finish. With the ripe fruits and soft, tannins.

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MONTROSE – 2008

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth in 1855.

RP 95. Deep ruby color. Oak, black and red fruit made complex by tobacco notes are easy to find on the nose. The wine is concentrated. On the palate, sensations of ripe, dark black fruits fill your mouth. The tannins are polished with good sensations of freshness in the finish.

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MONTROSE – 2007

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth in 1855.

RP 91. One of the stars of the vintage, it boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed rocks, and spring flowers. Dense and opulent with silky tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a long finish, and no hard edges, this beauty should drink well for 15+ years

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MONTROSE – 2006

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth in 1855.

Currant, spice, chocolate and berry character on the nose. Deep, complex and full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A solid wine.

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MONTROSE – 2005

St.Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth in 1855.

RP 95. Black licorice and blackberry aromas, with hints of mineral, lead to a full-bodied palate. Very chewy, with loads of tannins, yet this follows through with beautifully ripe fruit, mineral and mint.

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MONTROSE – 1996

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth in 1855.

RP 91. Crushed stone, tobacco, cassis, spice, cigar box, earth and barnyard aromas are found with only a little swirling. The nose is the best part of this Bordeaux wine. Full bodied & powerful.  76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

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COS D’ESTOURNEL – 2008

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grande Cru in 1855.

RP 92.  This deeply colored wine with purple tints is almost opaque. On the nose are oak, boysenberry, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur with cassis scents. Here is a big wine, filled with dense, ripe fruit. The tannins are elegant and polished. The wine displays great purity of fruit. The finish is intense, clean, pure, and balanced.

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COS D’ESTOURNEL – 2006

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855. 

RP 94. Blackberry, black licorice and violet aromas follow through to a full body, with soft, silky tannins and a pretty, balanced finish. Refined and flavorful.

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CHATEAU VALANDRAUD – 2008

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

RP 94.  Licorice, jammy black fruits, coffee, truffle and roasted black cherries. This flamboyant, opulent, hedonistic wine. This wine is already offering layers of liquid pleasure. The first vintage produced completely by Murielle Andraud is a great success.

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CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT – 2009

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

RP 99.  Deeply colored, enticing scents of licorice, fresh roasted espresso bean, plum, boysenberry, earth, spice and chocolate. Blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a lush, thick, rich and sexy.

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CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT – 2010

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

RP 99.  Ripe and dense, but very vibrant and energetic, as a torrent of cassis, blackberry coulis and fig paste rushes through, framed by enticing black licorice and evenly roasted alder and juniper notes. The long finish has lots of grip and acidity, but they work together and are deeply embedded. Captures the fruit and structure of the vintage superbly. ”WS”

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LE PETIT CHEVAL – 2009

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

2nd Label form Chateau Cheval Blanc

RP 91.  Deep ruby. Vinous nose offers precise and surprisingly deep aromas of blackcurrant and strawberry. Enters light and smooth, with nicely concentrated flavors similar to the aromas. The extremely silky tannins. 65% cabernet franc and 35% merlot

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CHEVAL BLANC – 2005

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

 Premium Grand Cru classe A.

RP 96. WS 97. This is really gorgeous on the nose, with blackberry, mineral, light vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is racy and very beautiful. The tannins coat the palate, but leave a provoking impression.

 

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CHEVAL BLANC – 1998

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru classe A 

RP 96.  WS 98. Aromas of blueberry, sweet tobacco, leather and pipe tobacco turning to raisins and Christmas cake. What a wine. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a very well-integrated palate. Dark color. A big and powerful wine still. Blockbuster. Massive.

 

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BELLEVUE MONDOTTE – 2004

St.Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Boutique Grand Cru. 

RP 95.  A spectacular garagiste effort from a five-acre, 45-year-old vineyard (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon). The result is an opaque purple-colored wine of provocative richness and intensity with an extraordinarily thick, juicy style, and unbridled amounts of creme de cassis, black cherry liqueur, a structured minerality, and sexy, toasty new oak. This full-bodied, powerful, extravagant, fascinating St.-Emilion is nearly over the top. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN – 2004

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Grand vin.

RP 93. This plum, chocoalte, truffle, black raspberry, herb and flowery wine is round, soft and refined, with a lush, sweet, cocoa and black cherry filled finish.

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L’EVANGILE – 2006

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Right Bank excellence from Lafite-Rothschild stable.

RP 94. Sexy, dark ruby/purple-tinged as high as any of the great vintages at this estate. Abundant amounts of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with sweet plums and hints of figs as well as spring flowers jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, supple-textured, silky wine.

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L’EGLISE CLINET – 2007

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Denis Durantou

RP 94. An astonishing display of rich, licorice and caramel-infused kirsch, black raspberry, and cassis fruit. Rich, full-bodied, and pure, with low acidity and ripe tannin, it is already offering delicious drinking, and should continue to do so for 15-20 years.

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L’EGLISE CLINET – 2008

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Denis Durantou

RP 95. Inky/ruby/purple color as well as an exceptionally pure bouquet of creme de cassis, black raspberry liqueur, charcoal, and a hint of black truffles. Dense and pure with massive concentration yet undeniable elegance and precision. “”RP”

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CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITE – 2008

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe Graves in 1959.

RP 92. A smooth, polished wine, with acidity, sweet fruit and a range of dusty tannins, with acidity. This is an accomplished, delicious wine that is developing fast, and seems only for medium-term aging.

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CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT – 2006

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe Graves in 1855.

RP 95.  A ripely smooth, polished wine, the new wood a major constituent of its character. It has a severe structure, dark and concentrated, but the texture of the very ripe fruit is rounded, jammy, giving a more generous potential.

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CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT – 2008

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe Graves in 1855.

RP 95.  Deep inky red. Profound but reticent nose suggests at ripe blackcurrant, plum and black pepper, as well as a hint of sawdust. Very full and rich but nicely balanced thanks to harmonious acids, with persistent blackberry and plum flavors and a strong spine of tannins that will take years to resolve. ”WS”

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CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT – 1996

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe des Graves in 1959.

RP 90. Gorgeous nose of barbecue spices intermixed with black currant, plum, coffee, and a hint of white chocolate. The wine is exceptionally rich, fill-bodied.

 

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LA MISSION HAUT BRION – 2010

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

RP 98. Perfectly balanced. Smoke, oak, hot earth scents open to a packed and stacked wine, filled with ripe tannin, fresh, long, pure, sweet black raspberries.

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LA MISSION HAUT BRION – 2008

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

RP 95.  Deeply colored with purple accents. Ripe black and blue fruits are easy to note in the perfume. The wine has a good concentration of suave, opulent fruit. The refined tannins, structure, and acidity give the wine body and a long, round, rich, fruit filled finish.

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HAUT BRION – 2006

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

 1st Growth in 1855.

RP 96.  The tannins are tight and firm and they dominate. Underneath is ripe fruit, the balance with tannins giving a foursquare, solid character. The wine is complex, spice playing with the fruit, some medicinal flavors and a definite stalky, tight structure. It obviously needs long-term aging.

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HAUT BRION – 2010

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

 1st Growth in 1855.

RP 100.  Complex, expressive, very showy aromas and flavors of cassis, menthol, smoke and tobacco complemented by violet, milk chocolate and sweet spices. Fat, sweet and concentrated in the mouth, with an almost liqueur-like ripeness to its highly concentrated, palate-saturating flavors. Finishes ripe and savory, with huge but plush tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and minerals.

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CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION HAUT BRION – 2009

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

2nd label from Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.

RP 91.  From a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is packed with anise, truffle, smoke and black cherry jam aromas. On the palate, the wine is plush, soft, round, sweet, ripe and ends with a cassis and black cherry filled finish.

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CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION HAUT BRION – 2010

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

2nd label from Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.

RP 93.  Fleshy, succulent and opulent along the lines of the 2009 (which did surprise me ), it is a big wine, with boatloads of glycerin and a classic Graves character of scorched earth, burning embers, charcoal, and plenty of black cherry and black currant fruit. ”RP”

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CHATEAU PONTET CANET – 2003

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95.  Deep purple to the rim with expressive nose of scorched earth, black jammy currant, smoke, licorice and meatiness, it is full-bodied, incredibly powerful, dense, with low acidity but high tannin structure.

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CHATEAU PONTET CANET – 2006

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95.  Blackberry, currant and plum tart aromas lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit, sweet fruit and silky tannins. Generous and round, with lovely richness for the vintage. ”WS”

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CHATEAU PONTET CANET – 2008

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 96.  Smooth, with dense tannins hidden behind the ripe, pure fruit, this important wine shows class and an impeccable balance of fruit and tannin. Rich as well as structured, this is a beautiful wine.

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CHATEAU PONTET CANET – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 100.  This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish. Very long, with a great tug of scorched earth at the end. A terrific combination of power and precision. ”WS”

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CHATEAU PONTET CANET – 2011

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95.  The fruit is very pure with a great depth of flavor. This wine has weight, and intense flavors of dark plum and sweet fruit. Impressive.”WE”

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CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-LALANDE – 2009

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

 2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95. The packed aromatics are filled with cedar wood, incense, cassis, earth, espresso bean and cigar tobacco. Blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, this supple, rich, round Bordeaux ends with fresh cassis, blackberries and black cherries. Very stylish.

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PICHON LALANDE 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

 2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95. Initial impression is sweet oaky spice and chocolate. Same chocolate effect on the palate but has the fruit and freshness to come through beyond the oak. Pure fresh fruit emerges on the fresh aftertaste. ”JR”

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CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON – 2008

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95. Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, leather and strong graphite minerality on the nose. Silky, sweet and suave, with dark fruit flavors lifted by a violet element and given grip and definition by a strong mineral spine. Wonderfully deep, ripe Pauillac with strong early sexy appeal. Finishes very bright and long, with serious but sweet tannins.

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CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 97. Solidly built, with a roasted edge to the steeped fig, blackberry and black currant flavors, quickly followed by brambly tannins and notes of bay leaf and espresso. Stays dark and tarry through the finish, with superb drive and verve. ”WS”

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CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON – 1996

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 91.  Good full ruby-red. Roasted plum, leather and smoked nuts on the nose. Silky and layered in the mouth. Sweet and suave, with a complicating mineral quality. Suggests solid extract but ultimately a wine of very good rather than outstanding intensity. Finishes with fine tannins and persistent, slow-building flavor.

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CHATEAU PETIT MOUTON – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

2nd label from Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

RP 91.  Solid, with forward black currant, plum skin and crushed blackberry fruit lined with charcoal, showing a dusting of loam on the finish.

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MOUTON ROTHSCHILD – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855.

RP 98.  This is pure Cabernet Sauvignon magic with incredible aromas of currants, blackberries and light spices. Tiny hints of hazelnut. Wet earth. Full body, with super velvety tannins. The purity of fruit is breathtaking. It goes on for minutes. This is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot.

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MOUTON ROTHSCHILD – 2006

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855.

RP 98. The aromatics explode from the glass. The complex perfume is filled with primary scents of smoke, caramel, tar, espresso, coffee, chocolate, spicy black cherry and cassis. This dense wine is extremely rich and offers multiple layers of fruit and freshness. The fruit displays an intense purity that is hard to find. Considered a  legendary vintage of Mouton Rothschild.

 

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LYNCH BAGES – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 96. Roasted cedar, tobacco and bay leaf notes start off this structured but lively bottling, with intense currant, blackberry and black cherry flavors at the core. The iron-laced grip and pleasantly austere plum pit and licorice snap accents fill in on the tar-tinged finish.

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LYNCH BAGES – 2011

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. Excellent weight and intensity, brimming with plum, blackberry and cassis that’s offset by loads of spice. Very smooth through the long finish.

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LYNCH BAGES – 2009

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 98. Intense aromas of blackberries, currants and blueberries, follow through to a full body, with wonderful fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Fabulous Lynch. One of the top buys of the vintage.

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