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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

20 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– BORDEaux

RED WINE

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR CARNET 2010

AC Haut-Médoc

TaSTING NOTE:

Probably La Tour

Carnet’s best since their 2001, the

2010 La Tour Carnet exhibits wonderful

ripeness, a dense ruby/purple color, notes

of licorice, camphor and some toast as

well as lots of black currant and blueberry

fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with

attractive sweetness of tannin, good acidity,

excellent delineation to its component

parts, and a full-bodied, impressively long

finish. This wine may close down somewhat,

given the moderate tannins, but it seems

relatively accessible despite being a 2010.

anticipated maturity: 2018-2035. Drink

Date: 2018-2035. Score:

93

(Robert

Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 27,

2013)

220178 (XD) 750 mL $87.00

LES PAGODES DE COS 2010

AC Saint-Estèphe

TaSTING NOTE:

Probably the best

second wine ever made at Cos (although

the 2009 should not be discounted),

the 2010 Les Pagodes de Cos is a blend

of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38%

Merlot finishing at 14% natural alcohol.

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, most

people who have tasted it would probably

agree that it is actually better than many

vintages of Cos d-Estournel from the

1960s and 1970s. Drink it over the next

10-15 years. Drink Date: 2013-2028.

Score:

93

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robert

parker.com

, Feb. 27, 2013)

412106 (XD) 750 mL $130.00

CHÂTEAU BRANESCANTENAC 2009

Grand cru classé en 1855, AC Margaux

(Henri Lurton)

TaSTING NOTE:

Tasted at the Brane-

Cantenac vertical at the château, the

2009 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 40%

Merlot, 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and

7% Cabernet Franc, has an extremely

pure and sensual bouquet with ripe red

cherries, blackberry, minerals and incense

that is totally irresistible. The palate is

silky smooth with very fine tannin, a great

core of tensile red berry fruit with com-

pelling mineralité towards the structured,

Pauillac-like finish. This is a top-quality

Brane-Cantenac, one of the best under

Henri Lurton. One of the most prosaically

“delicious” Brane-Cantenac releases in

recent years. Tasted april 2015. Drink

Date: 2017-2045. Score:

94

(Neal

Martin,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

516666 (XD) 750 mL $210.00

CHÂTEAU LA CROIX DU CASSE 2009

AC Pomerol

TaSTING NOTE:

This is a powerful, dry

wine, with firm tannins that are balanced

by a ripe plum note and freshened by the

fruity acidity. It feels dark and dense, and

it is likely to age well over 8-10 years.

Cellar Selection. Score:

93

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, Feb. 1, 2013)

436097 (D) 750 mL $83.00

CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉSLICHINE 2009

Grand cru classé, AC Margaux

TaSTING NOTE:

The soft, sexy 2009

exhibits a dense plum/purple color along

with a big, sweet bouquet of raspberries,

black cherries, black currants, smoke and

forest floor. Opulent and round with an

attractive viscosity as well as outstanding

purity, depth and length, it should drink

well for two decades. While not one of the

longest lived wines of the vintage, it is

among the most precocious, flattering

and charming at present. Drink Date:

2012-2032. Score:

93

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 22, 2011)

2261 (XD) 750 mL $148.00

CHATEAU PIPEAU 2008

AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

TaSTING NOTE:

This sexy, seductive

2008 offers abundant notes of asian plum

sauce, blueberries and black currants, a

seductive, plush texture, impressive purity

and a long, elegant finish. Dark ruby/

purple and medium to full-bodied, this

wine should be drunk now and over the

next 8-10 years. Drink Date: 2011-2021.

Score:

90

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robert

parker.com

, May 1, 2011)

522391 (XD) 3000 mL $267.00