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2005 Chateau Bellevue - St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36208 | 11 Available
94 WA

The first bottle of 2005 Bellevue that I tasted had a maderized, oxidized nose that was off-putting. This note is from a second bottle. This second bottle showed absolutely no trace of oxidation, but did offer plenty of crushed, chalky minerality, notes o...


2009 Chateau Branon - Pessac

750ml | SKU 46489 | Available
98 WA

This hugely concentrated, intense, dense, full-bodied powerhouse possesses silky tannins, plenty of glycerin, an over the top, extravagantly rich mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. A potential legend in the making, this wine should drin...


2009 Chateau Chapelle La Mission Haut Brion Pessac

750ml | SKU 46571 | 12 Available
91 WA

The second wine, the 2009 La Chapelle de la Mission, is essentially an equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with slightly more Cabernet Franc that came in at 14.2% natural alcohol. It reveals an extraordinary meaty nose displaying hints of vo...


2009 Chateau Clinet Pomerol

750ml | SKU 46488 | Available
100 WA

Clinet has been on a hot streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greatest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean-Michel Arcaute's monumental 1989. A blend of 85% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvig...


2005 Chateau Clos de Sarpe St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36095 | 11 Available
97 WA

Deep garnet-brick in color, the 2005 Clos de Sarpe has an absolute blockbuster nose of liquid licorice, violets, Chinese five spice and chocolate box with nuances of smoked meats, cigar box, cast iron pan and Marmite toast—really incredible intensity! The...


2005 Chateau Clos L'Oratoire - St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36144 | Available
94 WA

From the Comte von Neipperg, his wines from this over-achieving estate always deliver an aromatic fireworks display of cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake, roasted herbs, black olive, cassis and sweet kirsch. The 2005 has all that as well as ripe, well-integr...


2005 Chateau Clos St Martin St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36276 | 12 Available
97+ WA

With a gorgeous nose of super-concentrated black cherry/kirsch liqueur, this wine offers notes of licorice, crushed rock and flowers followed by a full-bodied, powerful, rich finish with a boatload of tannin. This is a long-distance runner and a sensation...


2005 Chateau Croix Labrie St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36101 | 10 Available
94 WA

As most vintages of this small garagiste estate tend to be, the 2005 Croix de Labrie is truly sumptuous stuff. Made from 100% Merlot (only 300 cases produced), it possesses an inky/purple color to the rim as well as a nose that smells like blueberry and b...


2009 Chateau D'Issan - Margaux

750ml | SKU 46491 | Available
93 WA

A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d’Issan’s 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a c...


2009 Chateau Domaine de Chevalier - Pessac

750ml | SKU 46501 | Available
95 WA

In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet pr...


2010 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou - St. Julien

750ml | SKU 52305 | Available
100 JD

In comparison to the more showy, sexy 2009, the 2010 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou cuts a very different profile, with a more focused, pure, regal style that will stop any wine lover in their tracks. Pure crème de cassis, graphite, fresh tobacco, and lead pen...


2015 Chateau Feytit Clinet - Pomerol

750ml | SKU 68580 | Available
94 WA

The 2015 Feytit Clinet is composed of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc and aged for 15 months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has a lovely nose of crème de cassis, preserved plums and wild blueberries wi...


2005 Chateau Fleur Cardinale St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36279 | Available
94 WA

This beautiful wine from Fleur Cardinale performed great in its youth, both from barrel as well as post-bottling. A gorgeous blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon made by the Decoster family, the 2005 provides more evidence th...


2009 Chateau Gazin Pomerol

750ml | SKU 46197 | Available
96 WA

A big, powerful, masculine Pomerol with a style not dissimilar from Le Gay, the dense purple-colored 2009 Gazin exhibits black currant, black cherry liqueur, coffee, roasted herb, an exotic Asian spice component, vanillin, creme caramel and toasty oak in ...


2010 Chateau Giscours - Margaux

750ml | SKU 52127 | Available
93 VM

Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical, the 2010 Château Giscours is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot picked between September 27 and October 14. I contrasted this directly against the superb 2009, but I still maintain that this has the u...


2005 Chateau Gracia St. Emilion

750ml | SKU 36232 | Available
98+ WA

This estate is a tiny micro-treasure in St.-Emilion. Owned by Michel Gracia and consisting of less than five acres of vines, it turned out a final blend in 2005 of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, but only 5,000 bottles were produ...


2010 Chateau Haut Bailly - Pessac

750ml | SKU 52215 | Available
100 JD

Every bit as good yet in a dramatically different style, the 2010 Château Haut-Bailly has a more chiseled, focused, inward style to go with the essence of Haut-Bailly-like aromatics of sweet red and black fruit, smoked tobacco, graphite, and crushed stone...


2005 Chateau Kirwan Margaux

750ml | SKU 36202 | 10 Available
92+ WA

I remember tasting a number of Kirwans from the 19th century that had held up surprisingly well for over 100 years. While the 2005 will probably not last that long, it may be one of the finest wines this estate has made in the last fifty years. This brill...

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