BIONDI-SANTI – Rosso di Montalcino 2010

Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Awarded wines since 1867

RP 91. Stunning deep ruby ​​red  intense fruits and hints of vanilla, elegant eucalyptus, plum and forest ferns are balanced and structured. A long and persistent finish.

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CANON 2010

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

Cedar, violets, tobacco, blackcurrant. This is a thick wine that lacks definition of fruit on the palate. The extraction on this wine was too excessive resulting in a wine that finishes bitter and dry.

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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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CLOS DU MARQUIS – 2010

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Ch. Leoville Las Cases (2nd Growth)

RP 90. Displays typical Saint-Julien characteristics: structure, complexity, balance, distinction and great ageing potential.  With aromas of blueberries, with hints of earth and grilled meat, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a tangy, fresh finish.

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ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES – 2010

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Ch. Lynch Bages

WS 91. A juicy wine with strawberry and blueberry character. It’s full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Lots of ripe fruit and solid core of cassis, raspberry and blackberry coulis notes, with a violet note chiming in on the finish.

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GUALDO DEL RE – Frederico Primo-2010

Suvereto, Tuscany, Italy

D.O.C. Val di Cornia

Deep and thick ruby red color, elegant small black berries balanced with spicy toasted cocoa. Full bodied, smooth and elegant finish. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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HENRI BONNAUD PALETTE ROUGE 2010

Le Tholonet, Aix-en-Provence, France

Organic farming from boutique family Estate.

WS 85 – The robe is of a deep cherry color with raspberry glints. The nose is subtle, fresh, marked by fresh fruits aromas (raspberry). The mouth is rich, full-bodied and allies volume and fineness. The delicate final is characterized by ever young tannins yet silky, with a pleasant persistence of spiced and morello cherrie notes.

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L’ EVANGILE – 2010

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Right Bank excellence from Lafite-Rothschild stable.

RP 98. Huge with dark charcoal notes, fig, blackberry paste and blueberry reduction waiting in reserve. Very solid through the finish, displaying a thick ganache coating and extra loam, black licorice and dark fig notes.

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L’ARROSEE – 2010

Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru. Acquired in 2013 by Chateau Quintus.

RP 91. ‘Stylish and medium to full-bodied, with seductive notes of black cherries, cranberries and mulberries. Some oak is present, but this is a mid-weight, savory, broad and disarming wine to drink over the next 10-15 years.

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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 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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LES PAGODES DE COS – 2010

Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Cos d’Estournel (2nd Growth)

RP 93. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. This wine exhibits beautiful, silky tannins as well as sweet, rich mulberry and black currant fruit with hints of spring flowers, licorice and subtle toast. A full-bodied, opulent and -ideal- second wine.

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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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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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LAFITE ROTHSCHILD – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855.

RP 98. WE 100. Almost black in color, this stunning wine is gorgeous, rich and dense. It’s grand and powerful, with a strong sense of its own importance. The beautiful tannins and the fragrant black currant fruits are palpable. It’s a great wine, with huge potential

 

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MARGAUX – 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

 1st Growth in 1855.

RP 99.  A mouthwatering tobacco leaf note leads the way, quickly followed by steeped black currant and fig fruit, with dark tar and ganache on the back end. Roasted alder and juniper hints hang in the background. Extremely backward, with a firm, tannic structure, this is girded for the long haul. Judging from the finely beaded acidity and lilting echo of lilac that peeks in now, this should acquire sensational aromatics and incredible grace with age.

 

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MALARTIC LAGRAVEIERE – Blanc 2010

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

RP 93.  Pale yellow in color, honeydew, citrus and spicy notes open the wine. Medium bodied with sweet fruits, soft textures and citrus.

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LANGOA BARTON – 2010

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

3rd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. Intense crimson. Profound, pure nose of red fruit pulp. Robust, well-structured palate with quite pronounced tannins against a warm backdrop, capped off with a sensation of firmness.

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GRUAUD LAROSE – 2010

St.Julien, Bordeaux, France

2nd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93.  Tannic, structured, long, concentrated with cassis, black raspberry, stone, tobacco and spice, this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

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BRANAIRE-DUCRU – 2010

St.Julien, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94. The deep ruby 2010 Branaire-Ducru has lifted aromas of cedar, plums and blackberries, followed by layers of floral notes and mixed berry fruits that are reserved and focused. This is made in a traditional rather than a ripe, voluptuous, modern style, and the overall impression is of a beautifully restrained classic St Julien of great balance and elegance.

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BEYCHEVELLE – 2010

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855. 

RP 94. Beautiful aromas of blackberries, currants and flowers. Very aromatic. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and gorgeous fruit. It’s polished and very refined.

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LARCIS DUCASSE – 2010

St.Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

RP 98. Rich, tongue-coating style, with loamy structure and dense plum sauce, roasted fig and warm dark currant confiture notes, all inlaid with espresso and graphite.

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LE BON PASTEUR – 2010

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

From the World famous Rolland Collection.

RP 95. A fleshy, full-throttle wine with lots of mocha, kirsch, mulberry, and plum, their 2010 displays a smorgasbord of aromas, a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific purity, density and even a hint of lead pencil shavings and subtle toasty oak.

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MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE – 2010

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

RP 94. Impressive nose with leather, dark polished fruit and flowers. Wonderful mouthfeel with soft silky tannins and beautiful texture. Really well put together. Powerful and rich with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Very ripe.

 

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CLERC MILON – 2010

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855. (Clerc-Milon-Rothschild).

RP 94. One the finest Clerc Milons I have ever tasted, and showing better from bottle than from barrel, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest a tiny bit of Carmenere and Petit Verdot has a complex nose of cedar wood, red and black fruits, white chocolate and creme de cassis. ”RP-WA”

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MARQUIS DE TERME – 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Fourth Growth in 1855.

WS/RP 93+. Rich, deep garnet colour with hints of black and crimson. Nose is elegant and complex with notes of small black fruit, cherries, underpinned by spicy and roasted aromas. Generous and full-bodied on the palate, lots of freshness and silky, dense tannins. Notes of pepper, tobacco and spices. Fine, well-balanced and powerful.

 

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MALESCOT ST. EXUPERY – 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

 3rd Growth Gand Cru in 1855.

RP 95. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate

 

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D’ISSAN – 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

3rd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95.  Deep-purple. Classic perfumed aromas of blackcurrant, violet, crushed stone. Concentrated with densely packed black fruit and mineral flavors displaying a precise, penetrating quality. Finishes long and smooth.

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ALTER EGO DE PALMER – 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Chateau Palmer

RP 91. Well-defined, quite exuberant bouquet of dark cherries, boysenberry and cassis that blossom in the glass. Medium-bodied palate with an edgy, liquorice-tinged entry. It has a grainy texture, good depth. Drink from 2014.

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HENRI BONNAUD – Rouge – 2010

Palette, Provence, France

Organic farming from boutique family Estate.

A wine rich in silky and elegant tannins with a deep purple color. It has a good length on the palate highlighted by a spicy finish with morello cherry notes.

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LAROSE PERGANSON – 2010

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

 Cru Bourgeois.

WS 90. Clear, intense, brilliant color and a bouquet of black berries with spicier notes. On the palate the fullness of the wine is perfectly structured: great freshness, impressing voluptuousness, polished tannins, in an overall very elegant wine. A very long lasting finish with great finesse.

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