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AGAPE EXPRESSION PINOT BLANC 2012

Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Expression Collection

Third generation winemaker, Vincent Sipp. This creamy, medium-bodied wine is dry and underscored by characteristically high acidity. Notes of apple and melon mingle pleasantly with the minerality so renowned from Alsatian terroir.

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AGAPE EXPRESSION PINOT GRIS 2012

Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Expression Collection

This rich and honeyed, barely off-dry Pinot Gris is draws the very best out of this grape. Apricot notes and orange peel combine with earth and spices. Viscous and rich, this is what Pinot Gris should be.

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AGAPE EXPRESSION RIESLING 2013

Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Expression Collection

Third generation winemaker, Vincent Sipp.  Floral and spicy on the nose, this Riesling is medium bodied, with notes of peach and spice on the palate. Almost a “baby Gewurtzraminer,” it is viscous and shows a delightful golden hue.

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AGAPE HELIOS PINOT NOIR 2012

Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Helios Collection

A light ruby color with violet hints, this is an elegant and light Pinot Noir. The nose is restrained with delicate notes of raspberries, red cherries and hints of blackcurrants. The palate is dry with flavors of red fruits with savory notes of herbs, earth and undertones of coffee. Present, but well integrated tannins compliment the body of the wine and a long length with fresh acidity makes this wine feel sophisticated and refined.

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AGAPE OSTERBERG RIESLING 2011

Ribeauville, Alsace, France

Grand Cru Osterberg

Floral and spicy on the nose, this Riesling is medium bodied, with notes of peach and spice on the palate. Almost a “baby Gewurtzraminer,” it is viscous and shows a delightful golden hue.

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ALTER EGO DE PALMER – 2012

Margaux Bordeaux, France

Second wine from Chateau Palmer

Floral, earth and boysenberry aromas, with a forward, lush, open personality, ending with sweet, soft, dark, fresh red berries.

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BIROT BLANC – 2013

Cadillac, Bordeaux, France

Grand vin from Chateau De Birot – Sauvignon Blanc / Sémillon

Crisp, lightly herbal wine with a delicious creamy apple and pear character. This is finely balanced with a lively, crisp aftertaste. Vibrant lemon and lime aromas intertwined with hints of granny Smith apple and gooseberry, perhaps a touch of lemongrass. Good flinty minerals and acidity, which highlights the vintage

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BRANE-CANTENAC 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Second Grand Cru Classe 1855

Great nose, packed with fresh flowers, cherries, earth, spice and jam. Focused, refined, elegant and concentrated with layers of sweet, ripe, lush, fruits.

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CALECHES DE LANESSAN – 2011

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

2nd label from Chateau Lanessan – US exclusive

Medium-deep ruby-red color. This has a softly presented nose with layers of aromas, of earthy red fruits. Full bodied, this has sweet and lush red berry fruits, quite bright with discreet acidity behind the flavors. This has a good core, with some tannin backbone, but the palate is open. The wine is intended to be enjoyed now, while also having the ability to age in the cellar for up to ten years.

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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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CANON 2012

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

The nose shows huge aromatic precision and predominant black fruits with a slightly roasted coffee touch to the oak. The palate is delightfully classic in style with velvety tannins and nicely-restrained concentration. A very successful Canon in this vintage.

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CANON LA GAFFELIèRE 2006

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru Classe 1855

A nice surprise. With a licorice, espresso, black cherry jam and earthy perfume, the wine is plush, polished and round, ending in a sweet, spicy, black and red fruit filled finish. It’s clearly improved over the past few years. Let it rest for a few more years before drinking.

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CARMES DE RIEUSSEC – 2011

Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Chateau Rieussec (Lafite Group)

The wine is selected according to the same standards as the first wine. Its character consistently reveals a beautiful aromatic range dominated by citrus flavours. Carmes de Rieussec’s name is a reference to the Carmelite monks in Langon, who owned the Rieussec estate in the 18th century.

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CHASSE-SPLEEN – 2009

Moulis-en-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Cru Bourgeois

RP 90. This polished, precise red exhibits delicious mulled black cherry, sleek cassis and dark plum fruit all inlaid with hints of toasted spice and mesquite. A nice flash of chalk helps give the finish cut. Drink now.

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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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CLOS DU MARQUIS – 2005

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

2nd Label from Ch. Leoville-las-Cases

WS 93. Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry, mineral and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate. This is chewy yet silky, with a long, long finish. Balanced and powerful.

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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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D’ARMAILHAC 2012

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855 (previously Mouton-Baron-Philippe)

An attractively intense, deep and dark red. The intense nose offers a subtle combination of red fruit and attractive oak, giving way to denser aromas of roast coffee and some slightly spicy notes. The palate is well-structured, on expressive, velvety tannins mingled with a host of ripe fruit and toasted flavors. A long and silky finish reveals excellent balance and fine expression of the terroir.

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D’ARMAILHAC 2009

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855 (previously Mouton-Baron-Philippe)

A dark and intense red, Château d’Armailhac 2009 reveals a rich, beautifully fresh nose that combines ripe red fruit aromas with delicate roasted and vanilla notes. On the palate, the attack is powerful and clean, bringing mature, well-rounded tannins that allow the body to develop with great finesse. Full-bodied, the wine is distinguished by touches of slightly toasted oak and reveals an elegant, lingering finish.

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DAME DE MONTROSE – 2006

Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Ch. Montrose (2nd Growth)

RP 90. Powerful, tannic. This classic Medoc displays fresh, crisp cassis, tobacco, earth and spice. Masculine in style, the dusty textured finish is long.

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DE FIEUZAL – 2000

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

WS 88 – Oaky nose but classic hints of scorched earth, weedy tobacco, flint, smoke, earth and a hint of black cherry. Massively constituted in the mouth with explosive fruit and tannin. More on the black fruit side with a candied element to it. Tannins are big and chunky. This needs time. Great persistence on the finish although the oak is prominent. Has great potential.

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DE FIEUZAL – 2004

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

WS 87 -The wine is a dense red color, with glints of orange. On the nose, the sensation is fresh, with distinct notes of blackcurrant and a fleeting overtone of smokiness. In the mouth the wine is compact and direct, with a clean fresh approach. The tannic structure is clearly present and needs a few more years to deepen and mature. This is a wine of great character, somewhat difficult to tame, with a touch of rustic structure that will disappear with time.

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DE FIEUZAL – Blanc 2009

Pecan-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

WE 94 – This exceptional white is characterized by bright notes in a pure ivory color. It is dominated by slightly roasted aromas, while essences of nut an tobacco combine perfectly with those of lemon and grapefruit. In the mouth the wine is well balanced and lively.

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DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER – 2008

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

WE 94. Dense, powerful wine that impresses both with its rich fruit and its balanced tannins. The whole wine is finely integrated, black berry flavors shot through with acidity and touches of wood. Certainly a wine for aging.

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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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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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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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GRAND PUY LACOSTE 2006

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

This Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2006, with a deep, dark red color, reveals some flavors of blackcurrant liqueur, and in mouth expresses an elegant and beautiful concentration. The unit, with a velvet and long finale, conceals very round tannins. This wine could be already enjoy, but it preserves a beautiful ageing potential.

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GRIFFE DE CAP D’OR 2000

Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

RP87 – This attractive, supple-textured, dark ruby/purple 2000 offers pure raspberry and cherry fruit, medium body, and low acidity.

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HAUT BERGEY 2012

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

The espresso bean, truffle and cherry tones in the nose are followed by a medium bodied, soft, forward wine with a kiss of smoke, oak and black cherries in the finish that can be enjoyed in its youth.

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HAUT- BERGEY 2008

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

The earthy, smoky notes intermixed with notions of black fruits and road tar found in this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot are classic Graves traits. Sweet, dense fruit, with tremendous opulence, a layered mouthfeel, and excellent purity, freshness, and ripe tannins are displayed in abundance in this beautifully made wine. It should age effortlessly for 20 years.

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HAUT-BERGEY 2004

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

A top-notch effort from proprietress Helene Garcin, Haut-Bergey’s 2004 exhibits an evolved, cedary, smoky, tobacco, and sweet cherry-scented bouquet offered in a medium-bodied, supple-textured style.

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HAUT-BERGEY 2006

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Consistently one of the top, under-the-radar wines of Pessac-Leognan, Haut-Bergey’s beautiful 2006 boasts a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a classic bouquet of hot rocks intermixed with graphite, cassis, incense, and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied with noticeable but sweet tannin, impressive purity, and an alluring texture, it is relatively evolved for a 2006, so consumption over the next 15 years is recommended.

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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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HENRI BONNAUD STEFF ROSE – 2014

Provence, France

From Chateau Henri Bonnaud

Coral pink and flecked with silver, the nose is soft, but provides both fresh fruit and gunflint notes. The attack on the palate is full and round, providing peppery notes mellowed by the generous fruit, and highlighted by a refreshing acidity form the Vermentino. Slightly herbal and earthy, the explosion of fresh fruit.

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L’ EVANGILE – 2008

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Right Bank excellence from Lafite-Rothschild stable.

94 RP.   88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Deep dense purple-colored, with floral nose of sweet mulberries, black currants, and black cherries, a full-bodied, lush texture, silky tannins, and an exceptionally fine finish.

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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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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 CHENADE – 2011

Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Denis Durantou.

WS 89. Balanced, with unadorned bing cherry, herb and high-toned vanilla notes. Supple finish shows good purity, though a bit shy on range.

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LA CONSEILLANTE – 2012

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

RP 94. Dark ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful, up-front, projected fragrance that includes mulberry and raspberry jam, licorice, lavender and underbrush. Rich and medium-bodied, this attractive effort possesses the estate’s hallmark elegance, finesse and sweet, velvety tannins.

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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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LE CROCK – 2009

Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Cru Borgeois Supérieur

This rich and powerful wine, with its great aromatic complexity, is made by the capable feminine hands of
Château Léoville Poyferré’s in-house oenologist. The wine presents powerful tannins, a delicately oaky, rich bouquet underlined by a fleshy, full structure that will gain in finesse as the years go by, giving a complex and elegant wine.

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