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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

4 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– BORDEAUX

RED WINE

DOMAINE DES SABINES 2014

AC Lalande de Pomerol

(Jean-Luc Thunévin)

TASTING NOTE: The Domaine de Sabines

2014, from the hand of Jean-Luc

Thunévin, has a captivating nose: very

well defined and tensile with animated

black cherries and raspberry fruit that

is beautifully interwoven with the new

oak. The palate is medium-bodied

with succulent ripe tannin, a keen line

of acidity and a concentrated but very

balanced, pure bouquet that is silky

smooth and persistent. This might not

be one of Jean-Luc’s most famous

crus but it is well worth your attention,

a modern Right Bank wine that is deftly

executed. Drink Date: 2018-2032.

Score:

91-93

(Neal Martin,

robertparker.com

,

April 29, 2015)

523308 (XD) 750 mL $56.00

CHÂTEAU CANTEMERLE 2010

5

e

cru, AC Haut-Médoc

TASTING NOTE: The wine needs a

good 7-10 years of cellaring and should

keep for 30 more years, but this is the

finest Cantemerle I have encountered

in my professional career of tasting

young vintages (dating back 34 years

now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple,

with a beautiful nose of spring flowers

intermixed with perfumed raspberry

and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort

of cool-climate character. Broad, rich

and intense on the palate, the wine

has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet

and well-integrated. Everything is

delicately entwined into this beautiful,

medium to full-bodied, dense purple

wine, which shows stunning character

and a prodigious potential for

development. This is definitely a major

sleeper of the vintage and even better

than I thought from barrel. Drink Date:

2020-2050. Score:

94+

(Robert Parker

Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 27, 2013)

920561 (XD) 750 mL $100.00

CHÂTEAU CLARKE 2010

AC Listrac-Médoc

(Baron Edmond de Rothschild, prop.)

TASTING NOTE: Extreme nose of

crushed raspberries and minerals.

Full body, with very integrated tannins

and a fresh clean finish. Lasts for

minutes. Very well done. Better in

2016. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Feb. 16, 2013)

510529 (XD) 1500 mL $115.00

CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 2010

3

e

cru, AC Haut-Médoc

TASTING NOTE: 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! Score:

94

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 27, 2013)

200667 (XD) 750 mL $130.00

CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU 2009

4

e

cru, AC Saint-Julien

TASTING NOTE: Haut couture becomes

a wine! This dense purple wine has

the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil

shavings, and its broad aromatics

are intense and totally captivating.

Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic

than the 2005 and more opulent, this

is a dazzling Branaire to drink between

2017-2035. Score:

96

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 22, 2011)

516658 (XD) 750 mL $188.00