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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

5 VINTAGES

DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 2008

AC Pessac-Léognan

(Robert Mondavi & Baron Philippe

de Rothschild)

Robert Parker Jr. awarded this wine a

rating of

93

points (

robertparker.com

,

May 1, 2011), calling it “One of the

fabulous sleepers of the vintage and a

wine for serious Bordeaux afficionados

to consider...” and suggesting a drinking

window extending to at least 2034.

TASTING NOTE: Dense, powerful wine

that impresses both with its rich fruit

and its balanced tannins. The whole wine

is finely integrated, black berry flavors

shot through with acidity and touches of

wood. Certainly a wine for aging. Cellar

Selection. Score:

94

(Roger Voss,

Wine

Enthusiast

, April 1, 2011)

135061 (XD) 750 mL $143.00

CLOS DU MARQUIS 2003

AC Saint-Julien

TASTING NOTE: This is a mouthful, with

loads of fruit and truffle character. Exotic

and wild, but starting to close. Give this

five years. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, April 9, 2012)

658278 (XD) 750 mL $160.00

CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 2001

1

er

cru, AC Margaux

Neal Martin awarded this wine a rating

of

94

points, saying, “The 2001 Chateau

Margaux continues to evolve in impressive

fashion ... with disarming purity ... it fans

out with such confidence and ... the finish

assures that this has a prosperous future.”

Martin suggested a drinking window of

2018-2045. (

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28,

2016)

TASTING NOTE: “For me, this vintage

is what makes Margaux special,” says

Margaux winemaker Paul Pontallier. He

is right: With its denseness, spice, flavors

of black currants layered with dryness

and fresh acidity, this is a huge and

impressive wine that never forgets that it

is Margaux. It is still young, and the

dry tannic aftertaste, which lasts for many

minutes, shows this. Score:

97

(Roger

Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, June 1, 2005)

379479 (XD) 750 mL $1,230.00

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR

DU PIN FIGEAC 2000

AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

The 2000 vintage was a stellar way for

Bordeaux to kick off the new millennium.

The vintage produced impressive wines

from both banks, and was defined by

ripeness, concentration, balance and

a round, almost silky texture. Most

significantly, this quality was reflected

throughout the region and across all

price points, and the best wines had

more than enough structure to continue

to evolve for decades. This example is

from the family-owned La Tour du Pin

Figeac, and the grapes were harvested

from vines of more than 40 years of

age. A great opportunity to taste mature

Bordeaux from a landmark vintage.

524637 (XD) 750 mL $77.00

WHITE WINE

CHÂTEAU LES JUSTICES 2014

AC Sauternes

TASTING NOTE: The Château Les

Justices 2014 has the same level of

residual sugar as the Château Latrezotte

’14 (112 grams per liter) but I feel this

is a superior wine, perhaps the best

that I have tasted at this early stage.

It is a blend of 90% Sémillon with 8%

Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle

and is bestowed with a clean and pure

bouquet, quite refined and elegant with

honey and dried pineapple scents. The

palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry,

a slightly waxiness to the texture here

but nicely controlled and then vivacious

towards the finish. There is a nascent

energy to this Sauternes, a great wine

from Julie Gonet and her team. Drink

Date: 2018-2035. Score:

91-93

(Neal

Martin,

robertparker.com

, April 29, 2015)

524470 (S)

375 mL $30.00