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 PRADE – 2008

Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France

The smallest of the Bordeaux appellations,on the highest slopes of the Gironde, halfway between the valleys of the Isle and the Dordogne, to the east of Saint Emilion.

RP 87. Ripe blueberry and milk chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, with round, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Delicious and ready to drink.

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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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LE GAY – 2007

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

RP 91. Full, charming, and respendent with the aromas of oak, red fruit, raspberry, cedar, and just a hint of truffle, the fact that Château Le Gay 2007 is one of Pomerol’s rising stars is highly evident. A bright strawberry hue, this wine is crisp, light, and shows hint of citrus.

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LE GAY – 2009

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

RP 96. Blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc have produced an enormously concentrated, black/purple-colored wine exhibiting notes of roasted meats, smoked game, blackberries, coffee, incense and forest floor. This distinctive, large-scaled, viscous, thick Pomerol may be as concentrated as some of this estate’s all-time classics.

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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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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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MANZONE ESTATE – Barolo Bricat 2007

Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy

Family owned since 1925. 

RP 94. “Sweet dark cherries, menthol, licorice and spices are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The vineyard’s high altitude seems to have helped preserve a measure of freshness and vibrancy.” Unfiltered.

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MONTE SANTOCCIO – Amarone – 2010

Veneto, Italy

Fumane – Valpolicella classica.

A blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. Brilliant ruby in color. Its bouquet is nuanced with scents of wild berries. Its flavor is rich, majestic and velvety.

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MONTE SANTOCCIO – Valpolicella Ripasso – 2012

Veneto, Italy

Fumane – Valpolicella classica. (Classico Superiore)

Clean, intense and complex aroma of plum and cherries. Smooth tannins and long finish. Deep ruby red colour. Blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara.

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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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NITIDA – Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Durbanville, South Africa

True artisan, handmade wines from a unique micro-climate and winemaker.

A full body wine. Velvet inky soul, deep red raspberry & blackberry with musk and a nutty heart. A most rewarding wine.

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NITIDA – Calligraphy 2012

Durbanville, South Africa

True artisan, handmade wines from a unique micro-climate and winemaker.

Flagship wine. Voluptuous mouth-feel and extravagant berry caramel with cherries on the pallet, leather and cigar-box on the lingering finish.

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PALMER 2011

Margaux Bordeaux, France

3rd Growth Grand Cru in 1855

The opaque blue/purple-colored 2011 Palmer reveals a stunning bouquet of licorice, truffles, camphor, spring flowers, black raspberries and black currants. One of the superstars of the vintage, this brilliant 2011 possesses superb concentration and purity, medium to full body, and remarkable length of close to a minute. A tour de force in winemaking, the Palmer team merits accolades for achieving this level of quality in a more challenging vintage than either 2009 or 2010. The “wine of the vintage” in Margaux, tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, a final blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a severe selection (only 55% of the production made it into Palmer) are the reasons for this success. (Robert Parker)

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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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PAVIE DECESSE – 2008

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru classe.

RP 94. Exotic and ambitious, with tiers of anise, violet, roasted fig, melted licorice and racy graphite offset by lush spice and blackberry confiture notes. The powerful finish lets everything play out with excellent definition.

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PAVIE-MACQUIN 2012

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru Classé

There is a purity and directness to this wine with blueberry, sliced-mushroom and floral character. Full body, firm tannins and a long and intense finish. Racy. (James Suckling)

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PETITE EGLISE 2011

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Second Label from Chateau L’Eglise Clinet

JS – 88; TS – 89. Complex aromas of flowers, chocolate, plum and truffle build in the perfume. On the palate, the wine is silk and velvet. This is a powerful, lush, rich, tannic, full-bodied and structured vintage of L’Eglise Clinet. It will require time to age, soften and develop.

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QUINAULT L’ENCLOS – 2009

Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru

RP 90. A soft and fruity wine, with orange peel and berries and plums. Full body, with super fine tannins and a fruity finish. Refined and very pretty. Structured in the end. Fresh. Succulent.

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RESERVE DE LA COMTESSE – 2005

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Second wine of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (2nd Growth 1855)

WS 89. Floral, blackberry and mineral on the nose. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a pretty finish of mineral and fruit. Very reserved and refined for a second wine.

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SAINTAYME 2012

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Grand Cru. Small batch, hand crafted by Denis Durantou.

The wine is focused on cherries, black raspberry, stone and spice, ending with sweet, dark red berries and black cherry notes.

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SOCIANDO-MALLET 2006

Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Classic styled Bordeaux.

RP 91. Tannic, tough and tight, this powerful, classically styled, cassis and herb dominated, tannic, austere, Bordeaux will require a long time to develop and become civilized.

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SOURCES DE LIVRAN – 2009

Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Second label from Chateau De Livran

This wine with a beautiful deep black brilliance makes one discover mild flavors of strawberry jam and cherries. The fresh and delicate taste of a fine structure is emphasized by a pleasant balance which adds a charming sweet profile to this wine. Fine and mild tannins are typical for the final stage of tasting as they make it sufficiently stable.

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TROPLONG MONDOT – 2007

St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Premier Grand Cru.

RP 93. A brilliant 2007 from proprietor Christine Valette. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of acacia flowers, blueberries, blackberry liqueur, graphite, and smoke. As the wine sits in the glass, it blossoms beautifully to display a raspberry-infused, rich personality with tremendous opulence, a layered mouthfeel, elegance, superb purity, sweet tannins, and low acidity. Drink this beauty now and over the next 10-15 years.

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VINTAGER – Pinot Noir 2011

Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Small-batch, limited release wines from renowned vineyards.

Ripe and jammy red berries mix with the herbal notes of cracked pepper and clove. Fruit forward with ideally balanced tannins and acidity, this Pinot offers a long, lingering finish, reminiscent of the summer fog rolling off the Carneros hillsides. 100% Organic.

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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 – 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 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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