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La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml)
WA 90, JS 90

The 2014 La Fleur de Bouard has a detailed and quite intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and cedar aromas, an attractive floral scent that emerges with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, lively and crisp in the mouth, although the finish shuts everything down a little early. Therefore, give this Lalande de Pomerol three or four years in bottle to allow those tannins to mellow and just gain the charm of the aromatics.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)
WE 92, WS 90

Bright and racy, with red currant and plum fruit lined with a lively tang of iron that streaks through the finish. A touch taut, but should unwind nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2024.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
JS 92, V 91

The 2014 Larrivet Haut-Brion is superb. Ripe red cherry, plum, spice, rose petal and savory herbs are neatly fused together. Succulent, fleshy and inviting, the 2014 is showing exceptionally well today. This supple, racy Pessac-Leognan should drink well right out of the gate.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande-de-Pomerol 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Gaudin, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml) Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2014 (750 ml)
WE 93, WA 92

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard opens with gorgeous crushed black plums, cassis and blackberry pie with touches of baking spices and lavender plus menthol hints. The full-bodied mouth is rich and concentrated with some cedar notes, very spicy, plush and voluptuous with a long finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)
WE 91

From one of those rare properties in Pauillac that are not classified growths, this wine is ripe, dark, still smoky and very structured. It has some of the weight of the vintage although in a restrained way, giving juicy black currant fruits behind the tannic structure. Drink from 2017.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
JS 92, WA 90+

The 2014 La Pointe has a composed, truffle and smoke tinged bouquet that opens nicely in the glass, touches of incense emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, fine tannin and well-judged acidity. This is refined and poised, displaying commendable energy and harmony towards the finish that begs you back for another sip. This is a well-made La Pointe from Eric Monnoret, a Pomerol that seems to be improving now that it is in bottle

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)
Clos de l'Oratoire, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Prieure Lichine, Margaux 2014 (750 ml)
JS 93, WS 92, WA 91

Shows lovely fruit, with waves of blueberry, plum and boysenberry compote rolling over each other. The polished structure is well-embedded, while the finish lets a graphite note peek out. Emphasizes purity rather than extraction. Best from 2018 through 2028.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WE 91, WA 91

Performing much better from bottle than barrel, this is a super effort from Prieuré Lichine. This inky purple-colored wine displays beautiful floral-infused blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as cassis. It is medium to full-bodied, stunningly pure, gorgeously textured, and quite long and impressive. This is a top success in the vintage, capable of lasting 20 or more years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
WE 93, JS 93

This is a concentrated wine, packed with tannins and black plum fruits. It has some of the fruity crispness of the vintage although with its dark structure and concentration it is obviously a wine that needs to soften over time. Rich and juicy at the end, it will be ready to drink from 2024.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
Chateau Gloria, Saint-Julien 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes 2015 (750 ml) Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2015 (750 ml)
WS 91

A grippy style, with a pleasantly rugged edge to the copious brambly tannins that push the core of plum and blackberry reduction along. Lots of licorice snap and tobacco notes show on the finish, which offers persistent grip. Delivers more guts than polish, but will age solidly.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WS 94, WE 4, WA 93-95

Richer in style than the typical Barsac, with notes of almond cream and orange curd along with honeysuckle, white peach and toasted pineapple flavors. The long, unctuous finish lets the almond hint linger longest. Best from 2020 through 2040.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)
WA 91-93, WS 91

The 2015 La Pointe is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, picked between 27 September for the younger vines for the second wines, and 1 October for the heart of the Merlot, the Cabernet picked 8 and 12 October. Eric Monnoret told me that the 2015 was matured in 50% new oak. It has a comparatively flamboyant bouquet compared to recent vintages of La Pointe, with opulent red berry fruit, kirsch, cassis and patina of tar. The palate is medium-bodied, firm in the mouth at the moment, quite structured, the oak nicely integrated with a slightly savory finish. This is a robust La Pointe, quite spicy in the mouth with a long aftertaste. It will gain more harmony during its élevage.

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April, 2016)
Chateau La Tour Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014 (750 ml) Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2012 (750 ml)
WE 94, WS 92

This estate, run on biodynamic principles, has made a rich wine with density and intense, pure black-currant fruits. It has a firm backbone of tannins along with perfumed minerality from the Cabernet Franc in the blend. Drink this wine from 2024.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2018)
WS 93

Not shy, with hefty fig paste and blackberry pâte de fruit notes backed by a rumble of bramble, ganache and licorice snap. Underneath roils a base layer of tobacco and graphite that should slowly surface with time. May have pushed the extraction envelope ever so slightly, but this keeps it together in the end. Best from 2022 through 2032.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WS 90

An enticing red, with lots of black tea, dried star anise and singed mesquite notes leading the way, while supple plum and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors form the core. A ganache edge adds texture and length on the finish, which shows some good latent grip. Best from 2017 through 2025.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2015)
Chateau La Pointe, Pomerol 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc 2009 (750 ml) Chateau Batailley Grand Cru, Pauillac 2012 (750 ml)
WE 93, WS 93

This has power in reserve, but stays remarkably restrained for now, with a torrent of boysenberry, fig and raspberry fruit held in check by charcoal-studded grip and well-embedded acidity. The long, dense smoked apple wood finish should let this cruise nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)
JS 92, WA 90

Ferocious tannins are not unusual for Sociando Mallet, but I was surprised that in a vintage that produced exceptionally tannic, but ripe wines, the Sociando Mallet tannins were atypically austere. Nevertheless, the wine boasts huge concentration along with an inky/purple color, a full-bodied, powerful palate, and a long finish. Excellent purity, density, and minerality are present in this cuvee, and it is capable of lasting 30-40 years. This estate is situated on some of the finest terroir of the Haut-Medoc, near Calon-Segur in St.-Estephe. (Tasted two times.)

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)
WA 92

From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with loads of crème de cassis, blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar, this is a strong effort from Batailley and may well usher in a new era for this fifth-growth chateau that is capable of producing great wine. The tannins are sweet and the wine has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012. Drink it over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Cos d'Estournel 'Les Pagodes de Cos', Saint-Estephe 2015 (750 ml)
WE 95, WA 92

This is a complete wine, full of both tannins and great swathes of ripe fruit. It has a serious side as well in its solid structure and concentration. The juicy blackberry fruits are beginning to calm down and meld into a fine dense wine that will age very well. Drink from 2025.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WA 93-95, WS 93-96

The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2016)
WE 94, JS 93, V 90-93

A big, enveloping wine, the 2015 Pagodes de Cos wraps around the palate with serious depth and intensity. The flavors are rich, voluptuous in this bold Saint-Estèphe. Mocha, black cherry, plum, licorice and menthol meld into the voluptuous, creamy finish. This is a highly appealing second wine from Cos. The blend is 46% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

- Vinous
Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Phelan Segur, Saint-Estephe 2010 (750 ml)
WE 94, WA 92, WS 91

The impressive Victorian baronial chateau of Cantenac Brown is one of the landmarks of Margaux. The wine is getting better each vintage. This is ripe and generous, full of freshly minted tannins and layers of wood over the ripe berry fruit.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
JS 91, WA 90

This property has been making excellent wines under the administration of Caroline Frey, and 2012 continues their recent success. With a deep ruby/purple color, notes of new saddle leather, graphite, blackcurrants and black cherries, a supple texture, medium to full body and beautiful purity, this is an outstanding 2012 to drink over the next 20 years. In general, the blend tends to be approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance 25% Merlot followed by 15% Petit Verdot.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
JS 93, WS 92, WE 92

The best wine from Phélan Ségur for several years, this shows less of the often-intrusive new wood and more of the fruit that had been missing in past vintages. It shows a subtle level of toast and a black currant flavor, plus great acidity and freshness on the finish.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2013)
Chateau Nenin, Pomerol 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Durfort-Vivens, Margaux 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Grand Mayne, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (750 ml)
JS 96

Amazing complexity and beauty with plums, tangerines and walnuts. Full body and extremely silky textured tannins with gorgeous balanced and beauty. Goes on for minutes. Superb wine. Best Nenin since the 1950s.

- James Suckling
WE 97

Initially firm and dry, this wine blossoms quickly with its delicious fruit and penetrating acidity. Fine tannins sustain this black-currant and berry fruit along with the complex texture and structure. Produced from biodynamic grapes, the wine has great potential.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)
WE 93-95, WS 92

A dark, lush, enveloping style, with flavors of fig paste, blackberry preserves and hoisin sauce forming an impressive core, while smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes entwine themselves around it. The finish is long and fleshy. Best from 2015 through 2027.

- James Molelsworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)
Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml) Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2014 (750 ml)
WS 93, WA 92, WE 92

Alluring, with Lapsang souchong notes that weave around the core of gently steeped red and black currant and plum fruit flavors. A strong graphite edge marks the finish, giving this excellent cut and drive. Very suave. Best from 2020 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
WS 92

Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)
WE 97

This is a structured wine with its tight acidity and concentrated white and citrus fruits. Produced from a small parcel on the Chevalier estate, it is complex with its mineral texture, its touch of pepper and its fine herbal acidity. It is a wine for long-term aging.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Clos du Marquis', Saint-Julien 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Prieure-Lichine, Margaux 2010 (750 ml)
WS 93, WA 92

There's a nice charcoal note driving this from the start, while the dark plum, blackberry and black currant fruit waits in reserve. Ganache, licorice snap and tobacco fill in the finish and give this added range, while a singed alder wood note runs underneath for added texture and length. Impressive. Best from 2015 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2013)
WE 94, WA 93, WS 92

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Clos du Marquis gives up expressive notes of warm mulberries, kirsch and blackberry pie with touches of sandalwood, potpourri, anise and charcuterie. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a great core of rich, spicy fruit framed by plush tannins and finishing with an invigorating lift.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (April, 2018)
JS 94, WE 93, WA 92

Dense purple, with loads of blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as hints of smoke and subtle charred wood, this wine is expansive, round, generous, lush and multi-dimensional. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

A beautiful example of wine from this estate, which is using well-known consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, finished 2010 at 14.5% natural alcohol, and seems to be one of the sexier, more developed and evolved styles of the vintage.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
Chateau La Lagune, Haut-Medoc 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Giscours, Margaux 2014 (750 ml) Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94, IWC 92

Another great success from proprietress Caroline Frey, the 2010 La Lagune provides an essential drinking experience, with notes of Asian plum sauce, mulberries, kirsch liqueur and black currants. The wine also exhibits a savory, rich smokiness and subtle lead pencil shaving notes. Full-bodied and pure, combining both elegance and power, this is a brilliant, very approachable effort that should hit its stride in 5-7 years and last for at least two decades. Think of it as a hypothetical blend of the 2005 and 2009. Kudos!

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WE 95, JS 95, WA 92

The 2014 Giscours has come on leaps and bounds since I tasted it twice in barrel. It is clearly more sophisticated and complex than the du Tertre on the nose. For a start, there is more fruit concentration with red cherries, raspberry and blackcurrant laced with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, pure red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit with a precise finish that the property never used to be able to offer. This is a lovely Margaux that should drink well for 20 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (March, 2017)
WE 96, WS 93

Rich, fruity and with great potential, this ripe wine is also dense with firm tannins. Its juicy fruits are a part of a package with the concentrated tannins and smoky wood flavors that allow for long aging. This is an impressive wine from one of the Margaux properties owned by the Lurton family. Drink from 2025.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2018)
Chateau Palmer Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Saint-Julien 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Suduiraut, Sauternes 2011 (750 ml)
WA 93, WE 92

Another brilliant example from administrator Thomas Duroux and his team, the intense second wine, Palmer’s 2012 Alter Ego (51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot), offers up plenty of blackberry and crème de cassis notes along with some spring flowers, licorice and subtle background oak. Opulently textured, full-bodied and stunning, this is an outrageously successful second wine to drink over the next 12-15 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2015)
WE 95, JS 94, WA 94, IWC 94, WS 94

This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years.

Producer Patrick Maroteaux continues to fine-tune and turn out a succession of brilliant wines from this chateau, which sits across the famous Medoc Route du Vin from Beychevelle.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WS 96, V 95

A big, broad, powerful style, with piecrust, roasted almond and hazelnut cream notes framing the core of apricot, creamed peach and dried mango. Picks up extra fig and pear details through the toasty finish. Needs a bit of time to finish sorting itself out. Best from 2017 through 2030.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2014)
Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2015 (750 ml) Chateau Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol 2009 (750 ml) Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml)
JS 97, WA 95, WE 95

The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It went through malolactic and aging on its lees during three months in 35% new, 35% one-year-old and 30% two-year-old barrels, with a total aging of 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it has lovely spiciness on the nose—Chinese five spice and black pepper—with a core of red and black cherries and smoked meats. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and refreshing, it's quite minerally in the mouth and persistent on the finish.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)
JS 95, WA 94

A brilliant effort from well-known oenologists Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2009 Bon Pasteur is dominated by Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc included in the blend. It reveals textbook notes of mocha, tobacco leaf, blackberries, black cherries, roasted coffee and wood smoke. Full-bodied and luscious with a succulent, beautifully textured, multidimensional mouthfeel, low acidity and sweet but noticeable tannin, it is reminiscent of the 1982 Bon Pasteur, which continued to put on weight for a decade or more. If the 2009 does the same, it will come close to equaling that legendary vintage. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)
WA 94, JS 94, WS 94, WE 94

One the finest Clerc Milons I have ever tasted, and showing better from bottle than from barrel, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest a tiny bit of Carmenere and Petit Verdot has a complex nose of cedar wood, red and black fruits, white chocolate and creme de cassis. A very powerful wine at 14.5% natural alcohol (quite high for a Medoc), this wine has impressive purity and texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, relatively sweet tannin, but an already endearing complexity, length and richness that are hard to ignore. This is a superb effort and one of the wines that is usually reasonably priced among the classified growths.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 2009 (750 ml) Chateau Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2012 (750 ml) Chateau Calon-Segur, Saint-Estephe 2009 (750 ml)
WA 95, WE 95, WS 93

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 produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)
WE 93, WA 93, WS 93

A beguiling tobacco leaf note weaves up and away from the core of steeped plum and mulled currant fruit, while a sleek iron accent forms the spine and a loamy element creates the backdrop. Shows some pleasant latent grip while the currant detail echoes. Best from 2018 through 2027.

- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (March, 2015)
WA 94, WS 93-96

Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London, the 2009 Calon Segur is cut from such a different cloth to the 2008, you might presume they are totally different châteaux! What they share in common is that they are both long-term propositions. This is an atypical 2009 in the sense that it remains one of the few that require patience. Sure, it has an opulent and intense bouquet with plenty more glycerine and warmth than the 2008, maintaining fine delineation, but you know there is more to come. The palate is full-bodied, powerful and almost viscous on the entry, bold but structured, especially towards the substantial finish

- Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
Chateau Canon, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Cheval Blanc 'Le Petit Cheval', Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac Leognan 2009 (750 ml)
WE 95, WA 95, WS 93

Powerful, complex and ripe, this is a magnificent and concentrated wine. Juicy blackberry fruits, tight acidity and finely integrated tannins give a smooth, rich texture. This beautiful wine has long-term aging potential.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2013)
WA 93, WS 93

The best second wine I have ever tasted from Cheval Blanc is the 2010 Le Petit Cheval. This wine is essentially three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Rivaling the brilliant 2009, thirty percent of the production from this monstrously sized estate made it into this wine, which offers up plenty of white chocolate, cassis and mulberry as well as a hint of roasted herbs. With fleshy, round flavors, full-bodied texture and an amazing finish, this is no second wine, and considerably better than some of the Cheval Blancs of the 1960s and 1970s! Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WA 100, JS 100

What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2012)
Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac Leognan 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac 2010 (750 ml) Chateau Margaux 2009 (750 ml)
Chateau Margaux 2009 (750 ml)
Our Price: $1,094.99
WA 100, WS 99, IWC 98, WE 98

As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2013)
WE 100, WA 98, WS 97

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.

- Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2013)
JS 100, WA 99, WE 99, WS 97

A brilliant offering from the Mentzelopoulos family, once again their gifted manager, Paul Pontallier, has produced an uncommonly concentrated, powerful 2009 Chateau Margaux made from 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As with most Medocs, the alcohol here is actually lower (a modest 13.3%) than most of its siblings-. Abundant blueberry, cassis and acacia flower as well as hints of charcoal and forest floor aromas that are almost Burgundian in their complexity are followed by a wine displaying sweet, well-integrated tannins as well as a certain ethereal lightness despite the wine's overall size. Rich, round, generous and unusually approachable for such a young Margaux, this 2009 should drink well for 30-35+ years.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)
Chateau Latour Pauillac 2009 (750 ml)
WA 100, JS 100, WS 99, WE 99

A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot with just under 14% natural alcohol, the 2009 Latour is basically a clone of the super 2003, only more structured and potentially more massive and long lived. An elixir of momentous proportions, it boasts a dense purple color as well as an extraordinarily flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak and a notion of wet steel. It hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality. Full-bodied, but very fresh with a finish that lasts over a minute, this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted. Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure. Proprietor Francois Pinault and his director, Frederic Engerer, have pulled out all the stops to produce one of the most monumental Latour’s ever made.

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)