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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

SEPTEMBER 2017

4 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– BORDEaux

RED WINE

CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 2009

AC Haut-Médoc

TaSTING NOTE:

It is not unusual that

the 2009 La Lagune is a spectacular

effort given the fact that this estate has

been making terrific wines over the last

decade or more. It boasts a dense purple

color as well as a beautiful perfume

of blueberries, mulberries, cassis, white

chocolate and subtle toasty oak. Notes

of Chinese black tea, cedarwood and

forest floor also make an appearance in

the singular aromatic and flavor profiles.

This sumptuous, full-bodied La Lagune

possesses low acidity, abundant but ripe,

sweet tannin and a long, 45-second

finish. Give this beauty 5-7 years of bottle

age and drink it over the following three

decades. Score:

95

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 22, 2011)

494971 (XD) 1500 mL $350.00

CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 2009

3

e

cru, AC Saint-Julien

TaSTING NOTE:

Tasted at the union

de Grand Cru in London. The Lagrange

2009 has an earthy, slightly introverted

nose at the moment although it opens

ajar with aeration with hints of lavender

and crushed flower. The palate is

medium-bodied with a fresh, citrus

entry, great delineation and a wonderful

build of flavours on the mouth, a subtle

crescendo as it were. This is so very

refined and classy. Score:

95

(Neal Martin,

robertparker.com

, Jan. 30, 2012)

515999 (XD) 750 mL $136.00

CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2009

2

e

cru, AC Saint-Julien

TaSTING NOTE:

One of the more

flamboyant and sumptuous wines of

the vintage, this inky/purple-colored

St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of

opulence, richness and aromatic

pleasures. a soaring bouquet of creme

de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring

flowers is followed by a super-concen-

trated wine with silky tannins, stunning

amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous,

multilayered mouthfeel and nearly

14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous

definition for such a big, plump, massive,

concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin

levels are high even though they are

largely concealed by lavish amounts of

fruit, glycerin and extract. anticipated

maturity: 2018-2040. Score:

100

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 22, 2011)

202754 (XD) 750 mL $579.00

CHÂTEAU JOANIN BÉCOT 2006

AC Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon

TaSTING NOTE:

One of the stars of the

vintage for this appellation, this property,

owned by Juliette Becot, produces a blend

of 75%Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

Bottled unfined and unfiltered, and looked

after by Michel Rolland’s right-hand

man in Bordeaux, Jean-Philippe Forte, this

stunning 2006 exhibits sweet blackberry,

black currant, smoky, toasty oak, espresso

roast, and chocolate aromas and flavors.

Full-bodied with precise minerality, and

good focus, purity, texture, and depth,

this superb sleeper of the vintage should be

consumed over the next decade. Good

value. Drink Date: 2009-2019. Score:

90

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 24, 2009)

499582 (XD) 750 mL $48.00

CHÂTEAU COUFRAN 2005

AC Haut-Médoc

TaSTING NOTE:

a beautifully earthy

and mature Médoc, with dried mint,

dried red and black fruit, liquorice and old

spice flavours. Tannins are elegant and

fine-grained, almost perfectly integrated

at this stage, and the finish lingers impres-

sively. This is classy Bordeaux drinking

really well at the moment, though there’s

no rush, either. Keep this another half-

dozen years or more without concern.

Score:

92

(John Szabo, MS,

winealign.com

,

March 8, 2016)

446666 (XD) 750 mL $56.00

CHÂTEAU HAUTSBRION 2005

1

er

cru, AC Pessac-Léognan

TaSTING NOTE:

The mineral-laced

2005 Haut Brion (56% Cabernet

Sauvignon, 39%Merlot and 5% Cabernet

Franc) is exquisite. With its elegance and

finesse, it is not as powerful as La Mission,

but the nobility and complexity of the

aromatics, incredible fragrance (subtle

smoke and blue, red, and black fruits)

that persists in the glass, full-bodied

mouthfeel (though very light and delicate

on its feet), and incredible length

characterize this great Haut-Brion. It is

just starting to drink well, and should

continue to do so for at least another three

decades. It is a tour de force in winemaking,

but only 9,000 cases were produced.

Drink Date: 2015-2045. Score:

100

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

June 28, 2015)

513101 (XD) 750 mL $2,000.00