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CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE – 2006

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe Graves in 1959.

RP 93.  Dense ruby/purple-colored, offers aromas of smoky, juicy black currants, graphite, earth, truffles, and forest floor. Full-bodied with superb purity, noticeable but sweet tannins, this round, generous, long wine.

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CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION – 2009

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855, Second label from Ch. Haut-Brion

RP 92. Almost as large a cuvee as the grand vin. A blend of 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Scorched earth,  kirsch and cassis. The wine is full-bodied with the minerality offered by this terroir as well as plenty of sweet tannins.

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CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION – 2010

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855, Second label from Ch. Haut-Brion

RP 93. Gorgeous fruit, texture, purity and elegance. The blend of this wine is 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with just a touch of Petit Verdot. I would expect it to last at least 20 years, which is remarkable.

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CLARTE DE HAUT BRION – Blanc 2010

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855. Second label from Haut-Brion.

RP 92. Blend of 83% Semillon and the rest Sauvignon Blanc from the owners of La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion, this beauty exhibits oodles of marmalade, honeysuckle, caramelized melons and candle wax in a medium-bodied, authoritative style.

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CLINET – 2008

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

94-97 RP.  “This is the greatest Clinet since the incredible duo made by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute in 1989 and 1990. The dense purple-colored 2008 offers up beautiful floral, blackberry, and pen ink-like notes, exceptional intensity, silky but elevated tannins, good freshness, precision, and nuance, a substantial size, and an extremely long finish with not a hard edge to be found.”

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CLINET 2012

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Fabulous nose of orange peel, blueberries and blackberries. Full body, firm tannins and a cocoa, cedar and berry finish. Little austere now but so fine. Truly outstanding for the vintage. Better after 2016. (JS)

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DUCRU BEAUCAILLLOU – 2009

St.Julien, Bordeaux, France
2nd Growth in 1855
100 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
”The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after twenty years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducru’s inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent!”
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DUHART MILON ROTHSCHILD – 2008

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

4th Growth in 1855 ( from the Lafite Group)

RP 95. Displays lots of currant and berries on the nose, with hints of sweet tobacco. Medium- to full-bodied, with tar and berry character, soft, round tannins and a medium finish.

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GRAND PUY DUCASSE – 2009

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

5th Growth in 1855

RP 92. Aromas of blackberries, unsmoked cigar tobacco and cedar/sagebrush jump from the glass of this dense purple-hued Pauillac. Full-bodied with more depth and richness than usual as well as moderate tannins, this potential sleeper of the vintage offers 15-20 years of aging potential.

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L’EGLISE CLINET – 2011

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Denis Durantou – Winemaker

RP 95.  Deep Purple color is followed by a pure nose of mulberries, cherry liqueur and spring flowers, but no hint of oak, this full-bodied, opulent, rich beauty exhibits impressive purity, texture, richness and length.

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LA TOUR CARNET – 2011

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru Classe (4th Growth) in 1855. 

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc et 3% Petit Verdot.  Blackcurrant and plum appear in turn, followed by secondary aromas of spices, like cinnamon, and roasted notes of charred wood. Taste: Forthright flavor revealing the incredible finesse of well-rounded, perfectly balanced tannins. Roasted notes and ripe fruit on the palate. Balanced, full-bodied finish.

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LAFON-ROCHET 2010

St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

4th Growth in 1855.

RP 90 / WS 91. Beautifully perfumed wine, the tannins relatively gentle. It has packed weight, as well as ripe berry fruits. Features a dark currant and blackberry coulis core, surrounded by charcoal, singed savory and light coffee notes. The solid, firm, taut finish should let this linger in the cellar for a decade.

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LEOVILLE LAS CASES – 2004

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93.  Rich and concentrated with dark tannins that lie over the ripe, jammy fruit and black, rich chocolate flavors. Hints of acidity and oak. Ready to drink but still with superior aging potential.

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LEOVILLE POYFERRE – 2010

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 98.Very intense and aromatic nose with crushed currants and blueberries with hints of nuts and dried flowers. Full body, with very refined tannins and a lovely undercurrent of fruit. Balanced and juicy.

 

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LEOVILLE POYFERRE – 2011

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94. A very ripe, fleshy, gutsy style, with mouthfilling tar, espresso, braised fig and dark plum notes still waiting to meld fully. The broad, muscular finish has a nice briary edge. Impressive. “WS”

 

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MOUTON ROTHSCHILD – 2005

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855.

RP 96. Dark purple black in color. Complex aromas of mineral, licorice, lead pencil and blackberry follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a caressing, pretty finish. Has a lovely texture. Shows elegance and refinement.

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PAVIE DECESSE – 2006

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe.

RP 95.  An impressive inky/purple-hued, offering up notes of crushed rocks, black raspberry jam, cold steel, flowers, and spice, and a terrific, full-bodied mouthfeel with no heaviness. Having already absorbed much of its new oak, it is rich and pure with excellent precision. Ready to drink now.

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MALESCOT ST. EXUPERY – 2005

Margaux, Bordeaux, France
3rd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.
RP 97. Bright ruby-red. Superripe berry and chocolate aromas, with a whiff of surmaturite Fat, sweet and large-scaled, offering extraordinary volume and an almost syrupy thickness leavened by surprisingly sound acidity
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LEOVILLE POYFERRE – 2008

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94.  Coffee, chocoalte, licorice, plum and blackberry jam aromatics are easy to find. Full bodied and concentrated with layers of dense, fruit, the wine ends with a jammy, dark berry and espresso bean filled finish.

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LEOVILLE POYFERRE – 2006

St. Julien , Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 91. Solid, concentrated, structured, tannic wine is not close to being ready. Licorice, coffee bean, cassis, blackberry and smoky notes lead to a full bodied.

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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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