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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

28 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– BORDEAUX

RED WINE

ANNONCE DE BELAIR MONANGE

2014

AC Saint-Émilion

Born from the fusion of the vineyards

of châteaux Bélair and Magdelaine,

both historic First Classified Growths

of Saint-Émilion, this limited-production

wine is grown in a vineyard which can

trace its viticultural origins to Roman

times and is situated at the highest

point of Saint-Émilion’s famed limestone

plateau. Vinification takes place in

concrete and stainless-steel vats, where

maceration and extraction are gentle

and measured in order to allow the fruit

its highest expression, before the wine

is aged in French oak barrels.

516807 (XD) 750 mL $82.00

CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU

LA CROIX CUVÉE COLBERT 2014

AC Saint-Julien

The origins of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

lie in the 18th century, and it was among

the classified growths enshrined in 1855.

This sibling wine to the grand vin offers

a taste of this historic estate.

523803 (XD) 750 mL $122.00

ESPÉRANCE DE TROTANOY 2014

AC Pomerol

(Moueix)

Purchased by Jean-Pierre Moueix in

1953, Château Trotanoy is home to

dense gravel-on-clay and clay-on-iron

soils that are difficult, yet rewarding, to

cultivate. A selection of gravel-based

parcels on the northeastern part of the

estate has been dedicated to Espérance

de Trotanoy, a wine that is fruit-forward

and approachable after just a few years

of cellaring. Produced in limited quantities

and only in certain years, it is vinified in

small concrete vats and aged in French

oak barrels.

516799 (XD) 750 mL $111.00

CHÂTEAU FRANC-MAYNE 2009

AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

TASTING NOTE: This gushes up front

with dark fig, blueberry cobbler and

steeped black currant fruit, showing just

enough racy graphite cut on the back

end for balance. Espresso and fig bread

notes hang in the background. Best

from 2013 through 2022. 1,915 cases

made. Score:

91

(James Molesworth,

winespectator.com

, March 31, 2012)

524702 (XD) 750 mL $69.00

CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 2006

1

er

cru, AC Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Château

Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious

bouquet than the comparatively reserved

La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary,

kirsch and red plum scents, hints of

leather and sage tucked just underneath.

This is a bouquet determined to make an

impression! The palate is medium-bodied

with supple tannin, well-judged acidity,

a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy,

truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in

the mouth. This seems to have the upper-

hand over the La Mission and probably

has a longer future. A thoroughbred

from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.

Tasted January 2016. Drink Date:

2018-2045. Score:

96

(Neal Martin,

robertparker.com

, May 29, 2016)

516831 (XD) 750 mL $1,043.00

WHITE WINE

DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER CLOS

DES LUNES LUNE D’ARGENT BLANC

2014

AC Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTE: This delivers a pure blast

of just-baked shortbread, along with racy

yellow apple, fennel, mirabelle plum and

white peach flavors. The long finish lets

everything play out wonderfully. Sémillon

and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through

2022. 8,335 cases made. Score:

93

(James Molesworth,

winespectator.com

,

March 31, 2017)

530642 (XD) 750 mL $34.00