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 – 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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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 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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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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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 – 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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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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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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LYNCH BAGES – 2006

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 94. Blackberry, licorice and mint aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and lots of blackberry and mineral fruit character. Shows outstanding concentration and balance.

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LYNCH BAGES – 2008

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. A sensational effort for the vintage, this textured, opulent, superb Lynch Bages is already strutting its stuff and should easily last for 20 years. Medium to full-bodied with an opaque dense purple color, notes of flowers and cassis, a layered texture that builds incrementally in the mouth and tremendous purity and depth, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more. Bravo! ”RP”

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LYNCH BAGES – 2005

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 95. Bright ruby-red. Expressive, classic aromas of currant, mocha, smoke and camphor. Rich, broad and ripe but impressively young, offering flavors of dark berries, chocolate, spices and smoke enlivened by firm acidity.

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LAFITA ROTHSCHILD – 2008

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. ”WE”

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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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CARRUADES DE LAFITE – 2006

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

 2nd label from Chateau Lafite Rothschild.

RP 90. Raspberry and black licorice on the nose, with a hint of tar. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish.

 

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CHATEAU PALMER – 2010

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

3rd Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 98. A purity of fruit here with plum and dark chocolate undertones. Spices and treacle tart as well. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine indeed. Fit, fruity and reserved. Superb.

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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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MARGAUX – 2005

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855.

RP 98. WS 100. Black in color, delivering extraordinary aromas of blackberry, raisin, spices and fresh mushroom. Full-bodied, with an amazing core of ripe fruit, yet ultrabalanced and finely textured. Touches every taste bud. This incredible young red spent two years in new wood, but you can’t tell. It’s all glorious fruit. A legendary wine.

 

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MARGAUX – 2003

Margaux, Bordeaux, France

1st Growth in 1855.

RP 99.  Truffle, coffee bean, licorice, spice, roasted blackberries and cherry blossoms. Pure , sensuality, with fruit drenched in velvet and silky tannins, with a long, fresh, sweet black cherry finish. This is still young and while the wine is delicious to drink today, this is going to get better and better with time.

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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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HAUTS DE SMITH – Blanc – 2011

Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe de Graves in 1959.

RP 93. Blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. Packed with vanilla bean, smoke, citrus, apple, stone and spicy tones. Rich, soft, fresh and refreshing, the wine finished with lemon peel in the crisp finish.

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LYNCH BAGES, DE BLANC – 2013

Pauilac, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru in 1855.

JS 93.  This is super-fresh and mineral with oyster shell and salt. Full body with dried lemons and hints of mango. Long and fresh. Crazy grapefruit. Tangy and energetic.

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CHATEAU SAINT PIERRE – 2009

St.Julien, Bordeaux, France

4th Growth Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 98. Intense colour with a lovely sheen. Deep, delicate nose of very pure black fruit, with a hint of mocha. Ample, full with velvety tannins, displaying remarkable balance.

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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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BRANAIRE-DUCRU – 2011

St.Julien, Bordeaux, France

 Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 93. Elegant style, with a violet hue to the supple red currant, blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors that mingle with intense spice on the finish. Offers fine-grained structure.

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BRANAIRE-DUCRU – 2009

St. Julien, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru in 1855.

RP 96. Good full deep ruby. Intense aromas of black raspberry liqueur, mocha, bitter chocolate and licorice. Super concentrated, chewy and deep, with a three-dimensional texture and a big structure. Offers terrific sweetness but also an almost medicinal reserve that promises a long evolution in bottle.
The black cherry, bitter chocolate, mineral, floral and mint flavors stain the palate and bury the wine’s ripe tannins.

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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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