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Producer Wine Vintage Rating Stock Price p/b
Branaire Ducru St Julien 1983 RP 84 18 R 850.00

Wine:  St Julien

Somewhat soft for Branaire, with a medium-weight texture and relatively lush fruit, the 1983 is a moderately tannic, compact wine that is similar to the 1981 Branaire only less elegant and charming. Anticipated maturity: Now.

Producer:  Branaire Ducru

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Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 2005 RP 90 11 R 750.00

Wine:  Haut-Medoc

Cantemerle’s new proprietors believe in producing delicate, beautifully wrought, finesse-styled wines that require some introspection. The deep ruby-hued 2005 displays aromas of licorice, roasted herbs, sweet cherries, and flowers. In the mouth, the wine seems almost light in comparison to its peers, but it possesses an ethereal seriousness, purity, and overall harmony that are striking for its delicacy and finesse. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+.

Producer:  Cantemerle

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Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan Blanc 2009 RP 90-92 8 R 595.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Blanc

Producer:  Carbonnieux

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Carruades de Lafite Pauillac 2002 WS 87 10 R 3,000.00

Wine:  Pauillac

A wine with good plum and raspberry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a short finish. Good but not special. Best after 2008.

Producer:  Carruades de Lafite

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Chasse Spleen Moulis 2005 RP 88 11 R 750.00

Wine:  Moulis

Deep plum/ruby-colored to the rim, the medium-bodied 2005 Chasse Spleen offers up aromas of smoke, damp earth, charcoal, black cherries, and currants. The tannins dominate at present, so purchasers should cellar it for 5-6 years, and consume it over the following two decades.

Producer:  Chasse Spleen

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Chauvin St Emilion 2005 RP 90-92 9 R 750.00

Wine:  St Emilion

Chauvin’s successful 2005 ranks alongside their 2000 and 1998. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by lovely aromas of black currants, cherries, smoke, meats, and minerals. Superb purity, full body, good acidity, and moderate tannin suggest this fleshy, substantial St.-Emilion will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and last for 15 or more.

Producer:  Chauvin

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Cos d'Estournel St Estephe 2008 RP 92+ 4 R 1,850.00

Wine:  St Estephe

Closed but promising, this is a classic Cos revealing lots of tannin along with damp earth, black currant, sweet black cherry, graphite, licorice and truffle characteristics. This medium to full-bodied, structured, firm, broodingly backward, impenetrable effort demands 5-6 years of bottle age; it should drink well for 20-25 years.

Producer:  Cos d'Estournel

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Criox Figeac St Emilion Magnum 2010 WA 89 6 R 850.00

Wine:  St Emilion Magnum

The 2010 is a solid effort from this estate, which has a terroir with very promising potential. Opaque ruby/plum/purple, with notes of black cherries, crushed rocks and spring flowers, this medium to full-bodied wine exhibits excellence ripeness, texture and purity. Drink it over the next decade.

Producer:  Criox Figeac

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Dame de Montrose St Estephe 2005 RP 88 12 R 825.00

Wine:  St Estephe

Somewhat monolithic compared to the top second wines of the northern Medoc classified growths, the soft, richly fruity, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 La Dame de Montrose offers elegant, but restrained aromas of ripe fruit, loamy soil, and a touch of spice. Drink this pure, medium-bodied, excellent offering over the next decade.

Producer:  Dame de Montrose

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Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Blanc 2008 RP 92 6 R 1,200.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Blanc

Composed of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon and exhibiting crisp crushed rock, fig, melon and honeysuckle notes, this beautiful but backward white is capable of lasting another 2-3 decades.

Producer:  Domaine de Chevalier

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Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Blanc 2009 RP 95+ 11 R 1,350.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Blanc

This wine has closed down since I saw it prior to bottling. A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon from one of the great estates in Pessac-Leognan, the wine has notes of white currants, melon, and flint/crushed rock with a delicate hit of orange and lemon zest. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades.

Producer:  Domaine de Chevalier

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Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Rouge 2008 RP 93 6 R 795.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Rouge

One of the fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados to consider buying, the 2008 is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. Surprisingly backward for a 2008, it is medium to full-bodied with moderate tannins, lots of purity and abundant charcoal, black currant and floral notes. The sweetness of the fruit, depth of flavor and textured, lush mouthfeel in this medium to full-bodied, ageworthy 2008 are impressive. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. I would not be surprised if it turns out to be as impressive as the 2010.

Producer:  Domaine de Chevalier

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Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien 2005 RP 97 1 R 2,650.00

Wine:  St Julien

The 2005 Ducru Beaucaillou is a 10,000-case blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot (they used to produce 18,000-20,000 cases). It is an exceptionally powerful wine with a dense purple color, superb intensity, and a beautiful, sweet nose of spring flowers, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied with fabulous concentration, exceptionally high tannin, good acidity, and massive layers of richness that build incrementally on the palate, this monumental effort is more structured than their outstanding 2003. It may be the finest wine produced at this estate since the 1982 and 1961 Ducrus. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.

Producer:  Ducru Beaucaillou

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Eglise-Clinet Pomerol 2004 WA 95 6 R 2,250.00

Wine:  Pomerol

Tasted single blind at FINE magazine’s vertical in Dusseldorf. This has a very ripe bouquet with macerated dark cherries, blackcurrant jam, boysenberry and a touch of graphite. Much more masculine and perhaps slightly broody compared to the first, but it opens nicely in the glass. The palate is full-bodied with very intense dark cherry, cassis and blueberry fruit interlaced with citrus lemon. Very well balanced, very fine mineralite showing through on the finish but so backward at the moment. I love the tension here though. Tasted February 2011.

Producer:  Eglise-Clinet

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Gazin Pomerol 2004 RP 90 6 R 1,150.00

Wine:  Pomerol

A big time sleeper of the vintage, the 2004 Gazin exhibits aromas of cedar wood, plum pudding, sweet cherries, figs, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and elegant with substantial depth as well as terrific aging potential, it should be at its peak between 2009-2022.

Producer:  Gazin

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Gloria St Julien 2010 RP 93 1 R 675.00

Wine:  St Julien

The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for.

Producer:  Gloria

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Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 2008 NM 92 4 R 795.00

Wine:  Pauillac

Tasted from a bottle opened at the chateau, since the one in Southwold was not showing so well, the 2008 has a lovely, lifted bouquet of blackberry, blood orange, crushed stone, cedar and tar. It is much more vigorous than the previous bottle. The palate is medium-bodied is very supple on the entry with crisp acidity. Smooth and harmonious, the oak needing time to subsume into the fabric of the wine. The finish is fresh, vibrant, nicely poised with good grip and a fine, supple raspberry and briary.

Producer:  Grand Puy Lacoste

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Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 2010 RP 95 2 R 1,600.00

Wine:  Pauillac

An absolutely magnificent wine from this very popular estate, which sits well off the Route du Vin, just to the southwest of the town of Pauillac, its classic creme de cassis and floral notes are well-displayed. The wine possesses supple tannin, a full body, voluptuous character and a layered, impressively textured mouthfeel. This is a brilliant effort from Grand Puy Lacoste that can be drunk in 4-5 years or cellared for three decades or more.

Producer:  Grand Puy Lacoste

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Haut Bages Liberal Pauillac 2004 RP 90 4 R 575.00

Wine:  Pauillac

Another sleeper of the vintage, this under-priced, beautifully made Pauillac exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, licorice, tapenade, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannin and low acidity, it is a pure, expressive wine to drink over the next 12-15 years. Another sleeper of the vintage, this under-priced, beautifully made Pauillac exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of creme de cassis, licorice, tapenade, and spice box. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannin and low acidity, it is a pure, expressive wine to drink over the next 12-15 years.

Producer:  Haut Bages Liberal

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Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2006 RP 96 1 R 5,600.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan

The 2006 Haut-Brion performed even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Sixty-four percent of the production went into this wine, and while it displays the vintage’s powerful tannins and structure, it possesses superb concentration, and the minerality/scorched earth notes of a great Haut-Brion. Medium to full-bodied, with perhaps not quite the fleshiness of the 2005 or 2000, it is built more along the lines of the 1998 and 1996. It is a brilliant effort displaying sensational purity, texture, and length that should be exceptionally long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035 .

Producer:  Haut Brion

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La Fleur du Bouard Lalande de Pomerol 2010 RP 92 3 R 550.00

Wine:  Lalande de Pomerol

Producer:  La Fleur du Bouard

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Lafon Rochet St Estephe Magnum 2009 WA 90 2 R 1,600.00

Wine:  St Estephe Magnum

This wine seems to be one of the few that has not yet recovered from bottling. In a somewhat monolithic, latched-down style, it has plenty of stuffing, lots of structure and an impressive dark ruby/purple color, but it is very hard to coax from the glass. It is a rather classic St.-Estephe made by the Tesseron family, with its distinctive blood orange label, but this wine seems to beg for another 5-7 years of bottle age. The final blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc has some impressive fruit, but the wine just seems slightly more clipped and narrow than I remember it from barrel. Hopefully, time will mellow out this impression. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.

Producer:  Lafon Rochet

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Laforge St Emilion 2010 RP 94 47 R 695.00

Wine:  St Emilion

Producer:  Laforge

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Latour Pauillac 1998 RP 90 1 R 6,250.00

Wine:  Pauillac

Not a blockbuster, the 1998 possesses a dark garnet/purple color in addition to a complex bouquet of underbrush, cedar, walnuts, and licorice-tinged black currants. Although medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic, it lacks the expansiveness in the mid-palate necessary to be truly great. Moreover, the tannin is slightly aggressive, although that is hardly unusual in such a young Latour. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.

Producer:  Latour

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Latour a Pomerol Pomerol 2000 RP 91 3 R 1,750.00

Wine:  Pomerol

An outstanding, medium to full-bodied effort, the 2000 Latour a Pomerol exhibits a plum/purple color, admirable texture, medium to full body, and notes of caramels, truffles, sweet earth, and cola interwoven with black cherry liqueur and plums. Pure, deep, and classic, with moderately high tannin in the finish, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.

Producer:  Latour a Pomerol

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La Tour a Pomerol Pomerol 2005 RP 90 11 R 1,650.00

Wine:  Pomerol

Made in the elegant style typical of the Moueix offerings, this dark plum/ruby-tinged effort displays an attractive bouquet of kirsch, sandalwood, mocha, and caramelized fruit. It is medium to full-bodied with upfront, soft, plush fruit, and ripe tannin. Give it 2-4 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 15 or more. As I said last year, it reminds me of a more modern version of their 1970, albeit somewhat less concentrated.

Producer:  La Tour a Pomerol

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Le Crock St Estephe Magnum 2009 WA 90 11 R 900.00

Wine:  St Estephe Magnum

A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 7% petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. Dense ruby/purple, with notes of blueberry pie interwoven with charcoal, licorice, some chalky crushed rocks and a distinctive floral note, the wine is succulent, unctuously textured, and fleshy, with low acidity and layers of fruit. A sensational effort from this cru bourgeois, it should drink well for 15-20 more years.

Producer:  Le Crock

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Le Dome St Emilion 2010 RP 100 3 R 3,500.00

Wine:  St Emilion

A full-bodied wine, but ethereal in its elegance and finesse, the wine has a strikingly provocative bouquet of camphor, blueberry jam, violets, new saddle leather, white chocolate and spice. Extremely full-bodied, but again, not showing any weighty fatigue or any type of aggressiveness, this wine has extraordinary purity and richness as well as a blockbuster finish of close to a minute, yet is so flawless, seamless and compelling, it’s hard to believe the wine is this concentrated and rich. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but it certainly can be drunk in 3-4 years and, I’m sure, cellared for as long as 25-35 years from now.

Producer:  Le Dome

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Leoville Barton St Julien Magnum 2008 RP 92+ 3 R 1,750.00

Wine:  St Julien Magnum

Typically extracted and powerful (which is atypical in a vintage such as 2008), this offering may lack charm, but it is “locked and loaded” with plenty of background oak, huge black cherry and black currant fruit, medium to full body and a boatload of tannin. Forget it for 8-10 years and drink it over the following three decades.

Producer:  Leoville Barton

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Leoville Las Cases St Julien 1995 RP 95 2 R 3,000.00

Wine:  St Julien

If it were not for the prodigious 1996, everyone would be concentrating on getting their hands on a few bottles of the fabulous 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases, which is one of the vintage's great success stories. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color, and exceptionally pure, beautifully knit aromas of black fruits, minerals, vanillin, and spice. On the attack, it is staggeringly rich, yet displays more noticeable tannin than its younger sibling. Exceptionally ripe cassis fruit, the judicious use of toasty new oak, and a thrilling mineral character intertwined with the high quality of fruit routinely obtained by Las Cases, make this a compelling effort. There is probably nearly as much tannin as in the 1996, but it is not as perfectly sweet as in the 1996. The finish is incredibly long in this classic. Only 35% of the harvest was of sufficient quality for the 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.

Producer:  Leoville Las Cases

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Leoville Las Cases St Julien 2001 RP 93 1 R 2,650.00

Wine:  St Julien

Jean-Hubert Delon thinks the 2001 Leoville Las Cases could turn out to be as good as his 2000. I’m not sure I agree, but it may come close. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2001 (which represents only 40% of the production) reveals notes of sweet vanillin intermixed with pure cassis, black cherries, and lead pencil shavings. Elegant and medium-bodied, it possesses a saturated purple color, high tannin, and a structured, backward feel in the mouth. This quintessentially elegant Las Cases needs another 5-7 years to hit its plateau of maturity. It will be one of the Medoc’s longest lived wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2030.

Producer:  Leoville Las Cases

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Leoville Las Cases St Julien 2006 RP 95 2 R 2,950.00

Wine:  St Julien

Not surprisingly, Leoville Las Cases has produced another classic, potentially long-lived wine in 2006. Among the St.-Juliens, it, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Barton possess the potential for the greatest longevity. Interestingly, when I visited this chateau in January, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon offered me two samples, one where the cork had been pulled immediately prior to tasting, and another that had been decanted four hours earlier. Both were superb, but the wine that had had extended aeration was clearly the finer offering. The opaque purple-hued 2006- only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend- exhibits a personality that mimics the superb 1996. Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, it will require significant cellaring before consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035+.

Producer:  Leoville Las Cases

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Le Petit Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 2009 JS 93 - S/O

Wine:  Pessac Leognan

Second wine of the Smith Haut Lafitte that received 100/100 from Robert Parker. Younger vines, but made in the same style. Exceptional value. “Gorgeous nose of sous bois, spices, chocolate, and meat follows through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long caressing finish. Elegant with beautiful length. Try in 2017.” 93pts, James Suckling

Producer:  Le Petit Haut Lafitte

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Les Asteries St Emilion 2010 RP 96 8 R 1,250.00

Wine:  St Emilion

Producer:  Les Asteries

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L'Esprit de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Blanc 2010 WS 90 84 R 340.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Blanc

Plump and lively, with dried pineapple, tangerine, white peach and yellow apple fruit flavors mixed together, lined with melon rind and jicama on the honest finish. Drink now through 2014

Producer:  L'Esprit de Chevalier

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L'Esprit de Chevalier Pessac Leognan Rouge 2009 WS 90 68 R 340.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Rouge

Fresh red currant, raspberry and cherry notes are laced with violet and blood orange. Brighter and higher-toned than most of its 2009 Pessac peers. Drink now through 2018. –JM

Producer:  L'Esprit de Chevalier

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Malartic Legraviere Pessac Leognan Rouge 2010 RP 94 4 R 850.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Rouge

Lead pencil shavings, soy and barbecue smoke as well as red and black currants characterize this brilliant effort, which has an expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel yet a sublime elegance and lightness of being. Dense ruby/purple, gorgeous purity and a long, long finish of close to 50 seconds characterize another brilliant effort from this classified growth in Pessac-Leognan. It should drink nicely for 25-30 years yet is surprisingly accessible even today. A fabulous blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this large (nearly 120-acre) estate near Haut-Bailly and Branon has tuned out another fabulous effort in 2010.

Producer:  Malartic Legraviere

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Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1992 RP 88 1 R 3,000.00

Wine:  Pauillac

The 1992 Mouton has fashioned a flattering, soft, opulently-styled wine with medium body, a healthy dark ruby/purple color, and a big, fragrant nose of jammy cassis, smoky oak, and roasted herbs and nuts. The wine offers a sweet, expansive mid-palate and a lush, velvety-textured finish. It is an ostentatious, flashy Mouton for drinking over the next 10-12 years.

Producer:  Mouton Rothschild

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Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1993 RP 90 1 R 3,750.00

Wine:  Pauillac

Naked Lady Label,. After less than persuasive performances in two potentially great years, 1989 and 1990, Mouton-Rothschild appears to have settled down, producing fine efforts in recent vintages, culminating with the enormously promising, unquestionably profound 1995. The 1993 is a beautifully made wine which could be considered a sleeper of the vintage. The wine boasts a dark purple color, followed by a sweet, pain grillee, roasted nut, and cassis-scented bouquet that is just beginning to open. In the mouth, the wine may not possess the body and volume of a vintage such as 1990 or 1989, but there is more richness of fruit, a sweet, ripe, pureness to the wine, as well as medium body and outstanding balance. This moderately tannic, well-focused, surprisingly rich 1993 is capable of 15-20 years of evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015.

Producer:  Mouton Rothschild

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Mouton Rothschild Pauillac (Mid Shoulder ullage) 1968 - 1 R 3,250.00

Wine:  Pauillac (Mid Shoulder ullage)

Good storage history but with stained label. Mediocre vintage at full maturity with ullage to mid-shoulder

Producer:  Mouton Rothschild

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Petit Bocq St Estephe Magnum 2009 RP 89 6 R 745.00

Wine:  St Estephe Magnum

Another sleeper of the vintage in this magical year, this sexy, fat, luscious St.-Estephe is a blend of 50% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and succulent, with loads of black fruit intermixed with licorice and incense, this wine is very low in acidity and has very ripe tannins. It should drink nicely for up to a decade.

Producer:  Petit Bocq

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Pezat Bordeaux Superieur 2011 WA 87-88 312 R 195.00

Wine:  Bordeaux Superieur

From Jonathan Maltus, this is what Bordeaux is doing more and more of. It is wines such as this that will ultimately save the lesser properties from extinction. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from a humble appellation with a great price tag, this inky/purple-colored 2011 reveals copious amounts of black fruits. Straightforward and powerful, this sleeper of the vintage will offer a serious mouthful of wine over the next 3-4 years.

Producer:  Pezat

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Phelan Segur St Estephe 2009 RP 90 11 R 650.00

Wine:  St Estephe

The best Phelan-Segur since the 1990, this is a rather dense, full-bodied, massive wine for a cru bourgeois. Sweet blackberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with crushed rock and a hint of subtle oak jump from the glass of this full-bodied, intense, yet attractive and alluring wine. There is significant depth and substance to this Phelan-Segur, which is a sleeper of the vintage that should last up to 15 or more years.

Producer:  Phelan Segur

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Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 2002 WS 93 2 R 1,350.00

Wine:  Pauillac

Dense aromas of licorice, tobacco, cedar and currants. Subtle yet complex. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a rich, long finish. Very pretty. One of the best from Pauillac this year, and clearly better than 2001. One of the surprises of the vintage. Best after 2008. 20,000 cases made.

Producer:  Pichon Longueville Baron

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Ronan by Clinet Bordeaux 2010 JS 91 71 R 160.00

Wine:  Bordeaux

Attractive nose with milk chocolate, caramel and blackberries. Some floral notes and vanilla. Full and nicely focused on the palate with dark fruit and fine tannins. Elegant medium-long finish with a touch of licorice. Drink from 2016. - James Suckling Chateau Clinet's youngest sibling by estate's owner, Ronan Laborde. As the vineyards producing the Ronan are located just outside Pomerol, the wine is “only” AC Bordeaux, but undoubtedly delivers the quality we have come to associate with this great appellation, without the price tag. "Ronan By Clinet" is made in the same way, in the same style, at the same place, by the same people as the Grand Vin which scores (95-98) from Parker in this great vintage. 2010 really suited this younger brother, with the deep, rich fruit concentration and terrific freshness making one hell of a glugger! Drink now or hold for 5-8 years. "…magnificent 100% merlot... Awesome value… this is a must-buy wine, on account of its staggering value…" – Matthew Jukes

Producer:  Ronan by Clinet

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Ronan by Clinet Bordeaux Double Magnum 2010 JS 91 13 R 895.00

Wine:  Bordeaux Double Magnum

Attractive nose with milk chocolate, caramel and blackberries. Some floral notes and vanilla. Full and nicely focused on the palate with dark fruit and fine tannins. Elegant medium-long finish with a touch of licorice. Drink from 2016. - James Suckling Chateau Clinet's youngest sibling by estate's owner, Ronan Laborde. As the vineyards producing the Ronan are located just outside Pomerol, the wine is “only” AC Bordeaux, but undoubtedly delivers the quality we have come to associate with this great appellation, without the price tag. "Ronan By Clinet" is made in the same way, in the same style, at the same place, by the same people as the Grand Vin which scores (95-98) from Parker in this great vintage. 2010 really suited this younger brother, with the deep, rich fruit concentration and terrific freshness making one hell of a glugger! Drink now or hold for 5-8 years. "…magnificent 100% merlot... Awesome value… this is a must-buy wine, on account of its staggering value…" – Matthew Jukes

Producer:  Ronan by Clinet

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Ronan by Clinet Bordeaux Imperial 2010 JS 91 12 R 1,750.00

Wine:  Bordeaux Imperial

Attractive nose with milk chocolate, caramel and blackberries. Some floral notes and vanilla. Full and nicely focused on the palate with dark fruit and fine tannins. Elegant medium-long finish with a touch of licorice. Drink from 2016. - James Suckling Chateau Clinet's youngest sibling by estate's owner, Ronan Laborde. As the vineyards producing the Ronan are located just outside Pomerol, the wine is “only” AC Bordeaux, but undoubtedly delivers the quality we have come to associate with this great appellation, without the price tag. "Ronan By Clinet" is made in the same way, in the same style, at the same place, by the same people as the Grand Vin which scores (95-98) from Parker in this great vintage. 2010 really suited this younger brother, with the deep, rich fruit concentration and terrific freshness making one hell of a glugger! Drink now or hold for 5-8 years. "…magnificent 100% merlot... Awesome value… this is a must-buy wine, on account of its staggering value…" – Matthew Jukes

Producer:  Ronan by Clinet

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Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan Blanc 2009 RP 98 5 R 1,500.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Blanc

Smith-Haut-Lafitte hit a home run with their red Pessac-Leognan and came very close to perfection with their dry white Graves. Possibly the best dry white the estate has produced since the proprietors, the Cathiards, acquired the property in 1990, this wine exhibits a sensational fragrance of buttered citrus, honeyed melons and a touch of grapefruit, lemon zest and orange rind. It also displays grapefruit on the attack and mid-palate as well as real opulence, terrific acidity and length. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. Astonishing!

Producer:  Smith Haut Lafitte

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Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan Rouge 2010 RP 98+ 3 R 1,795.00

Wine:  Pessac Leognan Rouge

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.

Producer:  Smith Haut Lafitte

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Teyssier St Emilion 2010 RP 92 On Request R 365.00

Wine:  St Emilion

An over-achieving estate for a number of years now, this dense purple wine exhibits oodles of creme de cassis and licorice, hints of subtle barbecue smoke and toast, terrific texture and a long, succulent, fleshy finish. It is not all that dissimilar from the 2009 in terms of its flamboyance and drinkability, although I suspect that analytically the pH is slightly lower and the tannins a bit higher than those of its older sibling. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Producer:  Teyssier

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Vieux Chateau Mazerat St Emilion 2010 RP 95+ 4 R 1,150.00

Wine:  St Emilion

This is one of the tightest, most backward wines in the Jonathan Malthus portfolio. The grapes come from an old-vine parcel near Angelus and Beausejour-Duffau, and the final product is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. Again displaying plenty of minerality, which seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the 2010s from Malthus, the 2010 Vieux Chateau Mazerat is full-bodied, with an abundance of floral notes as well as black currant and blackberry fruit. Impressively endowed and built like a skyscraper, this full-bodied wine needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring and should keep for 25-30 years. Interestingly, the vines were planted in 1947.

Producer:  Vieux Chateau Mazerat

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Yquem Ygrec Sec 2008 - 23 R 1,800.00

Wine:  Ygrec Sec

Producer:  Yquem

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Yquem Ygrec Sec 2011 WA 94 2 R 1,850.00

Wine:  Ygrec Sec

Creamy and caressing overall, with brioche and macadamia nut flavors framing the core of white peach, yellow apple and green almond notes. The long, salted butter finish also features pleasant echoes of quinine and tangerine. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2023.

Producer:  Yquem

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