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“2016 produced great wines from every region. Though not a blockbuster vintage, it yielded highly collectible wines at every price range. There is something here for every Bordeaux fan. I recommend you take a second look.”

—Paul Farrell, Category Manager, European Wines, Vintages

 

“Let's cut to the chase: 2016 is unequivocally a great vintage in Bordeaux.”

—Neal Martin, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017

BORDEAUX 2016 – PRODUCT UPDATES

The following products were previously sold out. Ordering starts Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

PRODUCT NAME RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO # SIZE (ML) PRICE PER BOTTLE
LEFT BANK
PAUILLAC - RED WINE
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18 98 98-99 97 96-99 533380 750 $259
PESSAC-LÉOGNAN/GRAVES - RED WINE
CARBONNIEUX 92-94 90-93 94 94-95 90-93 532093 750 $65
SAINT-ESTÈPHE - RED WINE
SÉRILHAN 91-93 16.5 92-93 85-87 529297 750 $35
HAUT-MÉDOC - RED WINE
SÉNÉJAC 91-93 16.5+ 92-93 91 88-91 523480 750 $27
LISTRAC-MÉDOC - RED WINE
FONRÉAUD 91-93 92 91-92 532523 750 $29
RIGHT BANK
SAINT-ÉMILION - RED WINE
FIGEAC 98-100 19 95-98 98 96-97 94-97+ 533752 750 $349
FONROQUE 93-95 16 90-93 91 89-90 87-89 530204 750 $57
GRAND CORBIN MANUEL 91-93 91-92 532507 750 $37
FRONSAC - RED WINE
CLOS DU ROY 91-93 92-93 89-91 532473 750 $23

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Product Name RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO #
Size
(mL)
Price
per bottle
LEFT BANK
Margaux - Red Wine
LABÉGORCE 94-96 16.5 91-94 95 94-95 93 89-91 531988 750 $57
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - Red Wine
HAUT-BAILLY 96-98     97 98-99 97 94-97+ 531350 750 $215
HAUT-BRION 97-99     97 96-97   95-98 528745 750 $1,025
Saint-Estèphe - Red Wine
CALON-SÉGUR 95-97 18.5 94-97 96 98-99   94-97 534016 750 $165
COS D'ESTOURNEL 98-100     97 97-98   92-95 526434 750 $285
PHÉLAN SÉGUR 92-94 17- 91-94 93 94-95   91-94 530592 750 $79
RIGHT BANK
Saint-Émilion - Red Wine
PAVIE DECESSE 92-94 16 93-96 94 98-99 94 94-97 534115 750 $235
Product Name RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO #
Size
(mL)
Price
per bottle
LEFT BANK
Sauternes/Barsac - White Wine
FILHOT 88-90   91-94   88-89   90-93 526475 375 $21
RIGHT BANK
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Castillon - Red Wine
ALCÉE 90-92 16 88-91   92-93   89-92 529404 750 $29
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Francs - White Wine
PUYGUERAUD BLANC 86-88       90-91   90-91 525972 750 $22
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Francs - Red Wine
LA PRADE 87-89 16.5 89-92   91-92   88-91 525659 750 $24
Fronsac - Red Wine
LA VIEILLE CURE 90-92 16 91-94   92-93 93 89-92 529214 750 $39
Product Name RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO #
Size
(mL)
Price
per bottle
LEFT BANK
Margaux - Red Wine
ALTER EGO 89-91       95-96 93 90-93 525790 750 $125
ANGLUDET 89-91     92   91   523910 750 $55
BRANE-CANTENAC 96-98   90-93 95 95-96   90-93 532945 750 $129
CANTENAC-BROWN 92-94   91-94 95 93-94   89-92 530063 750 $99
D'ARSAC 89-91     93       526202 750 $37
D'ISSAN 93-95   88-91 95 96-97 95 89-92 533034 750 $117
DU TERTRE 90-92   90-93 95 94-95 92 89-92 529115 750 $75
GISCOURS 93-95   92-95 97 96-97   91-94 530832 750 $109
KIRWAN 89-91 17- 89-92 96 88-89     526574 750 $79
LA GURGUE 87-89 16.5 86-89   93-94 87 87-90 524900 750 $42
LABÉGORCE 94-96 16.5 91-94 95 94-95 93 89-91 531988 750 $57
MALESCOT ST-EXUPÉRY 94-96 15.5 92-95 93 98-99 93 92-95 532101 750 $105
MARGAUX 97-99 17.5   98 98-99 97 97-100 534057 750 $1,025
MARQUIS D'ALESME-BECKER 92-94 17 91-94       91-94 531939 750 $73
PALMER 95-97 17.5+   99 99-100 98 95-98 526608 750 $569
PAVILLON ROUGE 91-93 16.5++   95 94-95 92 90-93 533570 750 $289
PRIEURÉ-LICHINE 90-92 16.5 91-94 94 93-94 95 93-96 524835 750 $75
RAUZAN-SÉGLA 95-97 17 92-95 97 96-97 95 94-97 529990 750 $149
SÉGLA 89-91       92-93     529834 750 $51
SIRAN 92-94 17- 89-92 95 94-95 93 86-89 531616 750 $52
Pauillac - Red Wine
CLERC MILON 92-94   93-96 94 94-95   90-93 531210 750 $129
D'ARMAILHAC 92-94   92-95 93 95-96 93 89-91 534065 750 $85
DUHART-MILON 92-94 17+   96 94-95 95 89-91 529321 750 $129
ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES 89-91   90-93   93-94 91 89-92 531145 750 $75
GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE 95-97   94-97 93 96-97   93-96 530790 750 $145
HAUT-BAGES LIBÉRAL 90-92   91-94 94 94-95 91 89-92 530733 750 $82
LA FLEUR PEYRABON 90-92 16.5   93   90 86-88 532432 750 $49
LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 96-98     99 100-100   95-98 531376 750 $1,200
LE PETIT MOUTON 92-94 17   92 95-96 93 91-94 530170 750 $329
LYNCH BAGES 97-99 17.5   97 98-99 95 92-95 528679 750 $229
MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98-100 18.5+   99 100-100 98 95-98+ 529909 750 $1,025
PEDESCLAUX 93-95 16.5 90-93       90-93 529958 750 $82
PICHON LONGUEVILLE COMTESSE DE LALANDE 96-98 17- 95-98 97     97-100 533950 750 $299
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533661 375 $139
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533828 750 $275
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533463 1500 $549
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533257 3000 $1,200
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18   98 98-99 97 96-99 533695 375 $135
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18   98 98-99 97 96-99 533380 750 $259
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18   98 98-99 97 96-99 533638 1500 $519
RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE 90-92   90-93   93-94   90-93 528778 750 $75
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - White Wine
BROWN BLANC 86-88   90-93 92   90   528950 750 $49
CARBONNIEUX BLANC 88-90   89-92 94 90-91   89-92 531129 750 $57
DE CHANTEGRIVE CUVÉE CAROLINE BLANC         93-94     528547 750 $33
DE FIEUZAL BLANC 90-92   89-92   93-94   89-91 533125 750 $85
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC 90-92   90-93 96 96-97   89-92 530857 750 $169
HAUT-BRION BLANC 92-94     96 96-97 95 93-96 531970 750 $1,500
LA MISSION HAUT-BRION BLANC 91-93       98-99 94 90-93 531038 750 $1,100
LATOUR-MARTILLAC BLANC 88-90   90-93   93-94   88-91 532010 750 $59
LES HAUTS DE SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC     89-92 93   94 90-93 530212 750 $46
MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE BLANC 89-91   88-91   93-94 94 90-93 529982 750 $99
PAPE CLÉMENT BLANC 92-94   91-94   94-95   92-95 531020 750 $249
SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC 93-95   92-95   96-97 94 92-95 532192 750 $175
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - Red Wine
BROWN ? 17 92-95 94 90-91 92   528794 750 $49
CARBONNIEUX 92-94   90-93 94 94-95   90-93 532093 750 $65
CLOS MARSALETTE 90-92 16.5 92-95   92-93 91 88-91 530907 750 $44
DE FIEUZAL 90-92   91-94 94 92-93   90-93 531079 750 $79
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 94-96   93-96 97 96-97 96 93-96 530840 750 $129
HAUT-BAILLY 96-98     97 98-99 97 94-97+ 531350 750 $215
HAUT-BERGEY     90-93   92-93   88-91 522722 750 $39
HAUT-BRION 97-99     97 96-97   95-98 528745 750 $1,025
HAUT-BRION 97-99     97 96-97   95-98 533422 1500 $2,050
LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION HAUT BRION 91-93 17   94 92-93   90-93 530873 750 $159
LA MISSION HAUT-BRION 98-100 18.5++   97 96-97   94-97 528810 750 $799
LA PARDE DE HAUT-BAILLY 90-92 16.5   93 92-93 91   533604 750 $53
LATOUR-MARTILLAC 92-94 16 90-93 95 93-94   89-92+ 531509 750 $61
LE CLARENCE DE HAUT-BRION 89-91 17   94 94-95 94 91-94 532390 750 $249
LES CARMES HAUT-BRION 95-97 17 93-96   96-97 95 94-97 533778 750 $145
MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE 94-96 16.5+ 92-95 97 95-96 94 92-95 530071 750 $99
PAPE CLÉMENT 95-97 16.5 94-97 96 97-98 94 93-96 531004 750 $165
SMITH HAUT LAFITTE 96-98 17.5 95-98 97 97-98   94-97 532200 750 $189
Saint-Estèphe - Red Wine
CALON-SÉGUR 95-97 18.5 94-97 96 98-99   94-97 534016 750 $165
CLAUZET 90-92         90 87-90 526178 750 $35
COS D'ESTOURNEL 98-100     97 97-98   92-95 526434 750 $285
LA CROIX DE PEZ         92-93     532564 750 $32
LA DAME DE MONTROSE 90-92 17   94 91-92   89-92 529206 750 $69
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533448 375 $45
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533000 750 $85
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533414 1500 $175
LE MARQUIS DE CALON SÉGUR 89-91 17+   94     90-93 530030 750 $49
LILIAN LADOUYS 91-93 16 90-93   93-94 91 88-91 526004 750 $39
MEYNEY 90-92 16.5 89-92   95-96 92 90-93 526160 750 $55
MONTROSE 97-99 18   97 97-98 96 93-96 528885 750 $265
ORMES DE PEZ 92-94 16.5 90-93 94 93-94 93 89-91 528604 750 $57
PHÉLAN SÉGUR 92-94 17- 91-94 93 94-95   91-94 530592 750 $79
SÉRILHAN 91-93 16.5     92-93   85-87 529297 750 $35
Saint-Julien - Red Wine
BEYCHEVELLE 96-98   93-96   94-95   91-94 531095 750 $145
BRANAIRE DUCRU 92-94   94-97 96 95-96   92-95 528588 750 $99
CLOS DU MARQUIS 93-95   93-96 94 94-95   91-94 526582 750 $99
DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 96-98   97-100 98 97-98   94-97 533760 750 $339
GLORIA 93-95   93-96 91 93-94 94 92-95 532663 750 $75
GRUAUD-LAROSE 93-95   91-94 93 95-96     528851 750 $129
LA CROIX DE DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 92-94         92   531053 750 $85
LAGRANGE 94-96 16.5 92-95 94 95-96 95 90-93 530782 750 $89
LALANDE BORIE 90-92 17.5 91-94 93 92-93 90 90-92 531343 750 $52
LANGOA BARTON 91-93 17.5 93-96 95 94-95 94 90-93 528703 750 $93
LÉOVILLE BARTON 93-95 18 96-99 98 95-96 96 93-96 533513 750 $159
LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 95-97 18 95-98   95-96   94-97 532606 750 $165
LÉOVILLE-LAS CASES 98-100 19 97-100 98 98-99 99 95-98+ 529545 750 $429
SAINT-PIERRE 94-96     93 93-94   91-94 531368 750 $115
SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE 88-90   91-94   90-91     528711 750 $45
TALBOT 90-92 17 93-96 94 93-94 94   529370 750 $109
Haut-Médoc - Red Wine
BEAUMONT       92 91-92     526335 750 $26
BELLE VUE 89-91   89-92 92     87-89 531962 750 $29
CANTEMERLE 90-92     95 94-95   89-92 528455 750 $57
CARONNE STE-GEMME 89-91     91 91-92     524710 750 $26
CLÉMENT-PICHON       92 91-92     524975 750 $33
D'AGASSAC       91 92-93 89   526285 750 $31
DU RETOUT     88-91   89-90   88-90 526400 750 $23
LA LAGUNE 93-95 17-       93 84-87 526509 750 $87
LA TOUR CARNET 91-93 17- 87-90 94 92-93 92 89-92 526020 750 $55
PALOUMEY 88-90 15.5 88-91 93 89-90 88 87-90 531293 750 $27
REYSSON 88-90 17   92 91-92     522623 750 $25
SÉNÉJAC 91-93 16.5+     92-93 91 88-91 523480 750 $27
SOCIANDO-MALLET 92-94 16.5     93-94   88-91 531525 750 $67
Médoc - Red Wine
LES GRANDS CHÊNES 87-89 15.5   91 92-93 90 87-90 526152 750 $29
Listrac-Médoc - Red Wine
FONRÉAUD 91-93     92 91-92     532523 750 $29
FOURCAS DUPRÉ 91-93 16     87-88 91   532069 750 $27
Moulis - Red Wine
CHASSE-SPLEEN 92-94     92 92-93   86-89 529495 750 $57
Sauternes/Barsac - White Wine
CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 85-87       89-90     532655 750 $39
CLIMENS 95-97         94 93-96 524140 375 $62
CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 92-94   92-95 94 94-95     526186 375 $31
COUTET 91-93   92-95 96 94-95   89-92 522631 375 $35
DOISY-DAËNE 95-97   92-95 95 94-95   91-94 531277 375 $33
DOISY-VÉDRINES 91-93   92-95 94 91-92 93 90-93 523498 375 $31
FILHOT 88-90   91-94   88-89   90-93 526475 375 $21
GUIRAUD 93-95   92-95 95 94-95   89-92 524280 375 $39
GUIRAUD 93-95   92-95 95 94-95   89-92 524272 750 $75
HAUT-BERGERON 90-92 16+     92-93   90-93 532416 375 $23
LA TOUR BLANCHE 86-88 17 92-95 95 93-94 89 88-91 524801 375 $35
LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY 94-96   91-94 94 98-99   92-95 525709 375 $44
MYRAT 92-94 16.5+ 91-94   93-94 90 91-94 531285 375 $25
RIEUSSEC 92-94 16.5+   96 98-99 95 93-96 528505 375 $52
SUDUIRAUT 94-96 18+ 93-96 96 95-96     525956 375 $57
RIGHT BANK
Pomerol - Red Wine
CLINET 96-98   94-97   94-95 97 92-95 532135 750 $179
CLOS DU CLOCHER 93-95       94-95 92 90-93 529859 750 $89
CLOS L'ÉGLISE 93-95   92-95   94-95   92-95 529552 750 $175
FERRAND 87-89             524884 750 $39
GAZIN 94-96 16.5 91-94     94 89-92 528828 750 $149
HAUT-MAILLET         92-93     531442 750 $45
HOSANNA 92-94 18 93-96 95 96-97   94-97 533851 750 $219
L’ÉGLISE-CLINET 97-99   94-97     98 96-99 533398 750 $549
LA FLEUR PÉTRUS 92-94 17- 95-98 96 98-99 98 95-98 529149 750 $359
LAFLEUR-GAZIN 87-89 17 92-95 93 92-93 92   533943 750 $65
LATOUR À POMEROL 90-92 17 93-96   93-94 94 92-95 533935 750 $139
LE GAY 92-94 16 92-95   98-99 91 93-96 529800 750 $209
LE PIN 96-98 19     99-100 98 97-100 530881 750 $2,900
NENIN 92-94 17.5 91-94 94 95-96 93 90-93 533323 750 $122
PÉTRUS 96-98 19   99 99-100 98   532242 750 $2,500
TROTANOY 96-98 18 96-99 96 97-98 99 95-98 529198 750 $375
VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN 95-97 19   98 98-99   97-100 531178 750 $479
Saint-Émilion - Red Wine
ANGÉLUS 96-98 17++   98 99-100   94-97+ 530980 750 $699
AUSONE 98-100 18+   99 97-98   96-99 533216 750 $1,450
BADETTE 92-94       92-93   90-93 531202 750 $43
BARDE HAUT 92-94   91-94   93-94 91 92-95 529230 750 $69
BEAU-SÉJOUR BÉCOT 93-95   92-95 96 93-94   90-93 532218 750 $125
BÉLAIR-MONANGE 94-96   95-98 97 95-96   92-95 529610 750 $239
BELLEVUE 90-92       97-98   93-96 534131 750 $82
BERLIQUET 91-93 16.5+ 92-95 92 95-96 91 88-90 529339 750 $69
CANON 97-99 18.5 95-98 97 96-97 98 91-94 530220 750 $179
CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE 93-95   95-98 96 95-96   93-96 533521 750 $159
CHEVAL BLANC 97-99 18.5+   98 98-99 98 96-99 532408 750 $1,250
CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE 91-93   92-95   94-95   91-94 530808 750 $75
CLOS FOURTET 95-97   96-99 96 95-96 96 93-96 533620 750 $199
CROIX CANON 90-92       92-93   88-90 529966 750 $51
FIGEAC 98-100 19 95-98 98 96-97   94-97+ 533752 750 $349
FLEUR CARDINALE 92-94   92-95   94-95 92 92-95 531384 750 $75
FOMBRAUGE 91-93   87-90 94 97-98   91-94 525949 750 $51
FONPLÉGADE 91-93 16.5+ 92-95 91 94-95 93 91-94 529412 750 $65
FONROQUE 93-95 16 90-93 91 89-90   87-89 530204 750 $57
GRAND CORBIN MANUEL 91-93       91-92     532507 750 $37
GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE 89-91   89-92 94 91-92   90-93 529289 750 $57
GRAND MAYNE 94-96   89-92 92 91-92   89-92 532598 750 $79
LA CLOTTE 94-96 16.5+   94 94-93   91-94 534180 750 $119
LA CONFESSION 88-90 16     92-93   87-90 531111 750 $61
LA DOMINIQUE 91-93? 17 90-93 93 93-94 94 90-93 530022 750 $99
LA GAFFELIÈRE 92-94 16.5 92-95 96 95-96 93 92-95 529453 750 $115
LA MONDOTTE 93-95   97-100   96-97   94-97 533588 750 $489
LARCIS DUCASSE 93-95 17 94-97 95 95-96   94-97 529917 750 $135
LARMANDE 91-93 15.5   93 92-93 90 87-90 529529 750 $52
MONBOUSQUET 90-92 17 93-96 94 94-95 89 88-90 526566 750 $95
PAVIE 98-100 17 97-100 97 99-100 97 97-100 528877 750 $699
PAVIE DECESSE 92-94 16 93-96 94 98-99 94 94-97 534115 750 $235
PAVIE-MACQUIN 94-96 16.5+ 94-97 96 97-98 94 96-99 533430 750 $145
PETIT GRAVET AÎNÉ 92-94       91-92   93-96 534099 750 $65
PUY BLANQUET 88-90 16.5 88-91   90-91   90-93 534073 750 $31
SANSONNET 91-93   91-94   94-95   93-96 529479 750 $59
TAUZINAT L'HERMITAGE   15         88-91 528521 750 $24
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 533497 375 $26
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 526350 750 $49
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 533703 1500 $99
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 533596 3000 $250
Côtes de Bordeaux - Red Wine
LE DOYENNÉ 90-92       89-90   85-87 526111 750 $19
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Castillon - Red Wine
ALCÉE 90-92 16 88-91   92-93   89-92 529404 750 $29
AMPÉLIA   16+   90 87-88 89 86-89 528596 750 $23
D'AIGUILHE 90-92   91-94   91-92 91 90-92 526590 750 $44
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Francs - White Wine
LES CHARMES GODARD BLANC 89-91   87-90       90-91 525980 750 $23
PUYGUERAUD BLANC 86-88       90-91   90-91 525972 750 $22
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Francs - Red Wine
DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS         93-94   88-90 524215 750 $25
LA PRADE 87-89 16.5 89-92   91-92   88-91 525659 750 $24
Fronsac - Red Wine
CLOS DU ROY 91-93       92-93   89-91 532473 750 $23
FONTENIL 90-92   90-93   92-93   90-92 532085 750 $39
LA VIEILLE CURE 90-92 16 91-94   92-93 93 89-92 529214 750 $39
Canon Fronsac - Red Wine
CHÂTEAU CANON PÉCRESSE         93-94   87-89 524074 750 $33
Lalande-de-Pomerol - Red Wine
LA FLEUR DE BOUARD 91-93 16.5     92-93 90 90-93 524025 750 $52
OTHER
Bordeaux Supérieur - Red Wine
LE CONSEILLER             88-90 528620 750 $23
Bordeaux - White Wine
AILE D'ARGENT 89-91     91 93-94 94 89-91 530824 750 $129
BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES 88 16.5     95 94   533372 750 $77
MAGREZ FOMBRAUGE BLANC 91-93       94-95   89-92 524850 750 $49
PAVILLON BLANC 92-94 17   95 97-98 96 94-97 533455 750 $299
Bordeaux - Red Wine
BORDEAUX COLLECTION               530949 9 x 750 $14,000

ALTER EGO
2nd Wine of Ch. Palmer

525790  (XD) 750mL

$125 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Palmer lost 20% of its crop in the spring, and the Merlot was affected more than the Cabernet so there is only around half as much Alter Ego as normal. The yield here is 29hl/ha, so a lot less than most of Margaux, mainly due to vineyard rebalancing after moving to biodynamics and the spring crop loss. The harvest start date of 3rd October was the latest on record, following on from a very long, slow ripening leading to lots of tannins (71 IPT) which although soft and integrated are at a higher level than 2015, while the 3.65pH remains the same. Late harvests encourage elongated tannins, and Thomas says he has never seen such sophistication in the construction of the wines here, so different from the 2015. As with Palmer, Alter Ego has a highly aromatic nose, majoring here on damson and blackberry. Tasted on an overcast Friday morning and yet it sings, with the most beautifully soft expression of black fruits. It's a different style to others, the 13% ABV being extremely low for this amount of Merlot. Beautiful. Drinking Window: 2023-2040.  Score: 93 (DEC)

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ANGLUDET

523910  (XD) 750mL

$55 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The ever-popular Angludet is success again this year. Maybe not better than the excellent 2015, but who's complaining when there is this depth of fruit and presence. As it opens in the glass, you really start to see and enjoy the sheer quality on display. Cassis, coffee bean, beautiful richness to the fruit, and well held together by freshness and tannin. Drinking Window: 2024-2038.  Score: 91 (DEC)

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BRANE-CANTENAC
2e Cru

532945  (XD) 750mL

$129 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere picked from 22 September until 17 October (the tiny parcel of Carmenere picked three days later). The yields came in at 51 hectoliters per hectare and it is matured in 75% new oak and 25% one-year-old barrels, the final alcohol level 13.3%. It has a beautifully defined, very detailed bouquet with mineral-rich black fruit laced with cedar and graphite notes, living up to its nom de plume as the "Pauillac of Margaux." The palate is simply the best that I have ever tasted at the estate, without question. This has presence, but also weightlessness, filigree tannin and perfectly pitched acidity, with real intensity and drive. The tension here is outstanding and the persistence is incredibly long. It is not the showiest of all the 2016s by a long stretch, and yet it is everything you could possibly want from a Margaux. Like Beychevelle this year, the 2016 Brane-Cantenac puts recent vintages in the shade, thanks not only to the growing season, but also a new punching down system in their gravity-fed winery that was completed in 2015. The 2016 is a benchmark against which future vintages will be compared. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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CANTENAC-BROWN
3e Cru

530063  (XD) 750mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. Yes, this is firmly tannic and densely structured, but it's also a ripe wine, packed with fruit. The acidity is classic for this vintage, giving the wine excellent aging potential.  Score: 95 (WE)

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D'ARSAC

526202  (XD) 750mL

$37 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  92–94. Barrel Sample. This estate vineyard is full of modern sculptures that are collected by the owner. The wine shows fine, smooth tannins and a dark texture that gives it great long-term potential. It is a beautifully made wine: firm where it needs to be and with fine fruitiness. It will be ready in 2027.  Score: 93 (WE)

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D'ISSAN
3e Cru

533034  (XD) 750mL

$117 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 D'Issan is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot cropped between 29 September and 19 October, and matured in 50% new barrels. The alcohol is 13.3% and with a pH of 3.71. It has a very classic, slightly introverted bouquet with a light marine influence coming through, but remaining very reserved, a little aloof. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin and fine delineation; it is very crisp and focused, a classic Margaux through and through with outstanding salinity and persistence towards the precise finish. This is a beautiful D'Issan for long-term ageing, on par with the 2015. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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DU TERTRE
5e Cru

529115  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. Made by the same team as Giscours, this is a fine wine. Its rich structure combines with acidity and dense, plummy fruit to give a wine that charms now but is sure to age well.  Score: 95 (WE)

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GISCOURS
3e Cru

530832  (XD) 750mL

$109 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  96–98. Barrel Sample. This wine is massive, dense and solid. At the same time, it has style and elegance. The result is that it is ripe, yet perfumed, with ample black fruit and mouthwatering acidity. Cellar at least 12 years.  Score: 97 (WE)

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KIRWAN
3e Cru

526574  (XD) 750mL

$79 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  95–97. Barrel Sample. This is a dense wine, firm with tannins and packed with fruit. It is dark, concentrated and boasts an impressive balance of tannins and blackberry fruit.  Score: 96 (WE)

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LA GURGUE

524900  (XD) 750mL

$42 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Tight and chewy with currant and blueberry character. Medium body, a lovely center palate and a subtle finish. Pretty continuation to the 2015.  Score: 93-94 (JS)

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LABÉGORCE Buyers' Choice

531988  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Labegorce is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot picked between 4-21 October and matured in 45% new oak. What I like about the bouquet is that it is quintessential Margaux--it could not come from anywhere else. Crushed violets infuse black cherries, blueberry and iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, an elegant and very charming Margaux with pencil lead and a touch of spice on the long finish. What a brilliant wine from a Margaux estate that has really upped its game. Drink Date: 2026-2055.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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MALESCOT ST-EXUPÉRY
3e Cru

532101  (XD) 750mL

$105 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Malescot-St-Exupery has an opulent, lavish and pure bouquet with billowing black cherry and blueberry fruit, a touch of mint and graphite emerging with time. I love the delineation to this Margaux. The palate is very well balanced, sensual and voluptuous in style, but that does not detract from the fine structure here and the precision towards the finish. Everything seems to be in its right place here; it is one of the best Malescot-St-Exupery that I have tasted and it is wonderful. Drink Date: 2022-2050.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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MARGAUX
1er Cru

534057  (XD) 750mL

$1,025 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, plus 1% of Petit Verdot, representing 28% of the total production. This is the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon apart from 2013, which was due to the poor Merlot. It was cropped around 50 hectoliters per hectare depending on the grape variety, for example it could be up to 65 hectoliters per hectare in some sectors. Lucid in color, it has a detailed and precise bouquet with mineral-rich blackberry, raspberry coulis and limestone scents. It feels very perfumed, though not powerful like many Grand Vins in 2016. The palate is a different creature to the aromatics. Here is the intensity of the vintage with shimmering black fruit laced with spice, a killer line of acidity and an irresistible crescendo on the finish. Then, graphite lingering on the aftertaste, a nod to Pauillac perhaps. The aftertaste is so long you could probably write a letter to your friend enthusing about this wine before the aftertaste fades. Doubtless it is destined to be compared to the magnificent 2015 Château Margaux and to be truthful, there's a hair's breadth between them. In a word: crystalline. Drink Date: 2026-2070.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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MARQUIS D'ALESME-BECKER

531939  (XD) 750mL

$73 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Fresh, with a pure beam of cassis, flecked with singed alder, dried anise and lilac notes. Shows good latent grip through the finish, maintaining a racy edge.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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PALMER
3e Cru

526608  (XD) 750mL

$569 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  98–100. Barrel Sample. Potentially an 100-point wine, this is beautifully ripe and rich, with sweet tannins as well as opulent black fruit tones. A higher than usual proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives the wine its density, sophistication and great sense of presence.  Score: 99 (WE)

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PAVILLON ROUGE
2nd Wine of Ch. Margaux

533570  (XD) 750mL

$289 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. While this wine has high acidity, it also has intense tannins and concentrated black-cherry fruits. It is poised between a firm, concentrated structure and sophisticated fruitiness, suggesting the wine will age well over many years.  Score: 95 (WE)

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PRIEURÉ-LICHINE
4e Cru

524835  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93–95. Barrel Sample.This wine's fruit is already delicious, full of black-currant and plum flavors. It's a structured, dense wine, yet full of fruit.  Score: 94 (WE)

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RAUZAN-SÉGLA
2e Cru

529990  (XD) 750mL

$149 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot picked between 20 September and 15 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is being aged in 60% new oak for 18 months. It has 13.2% alcohol. It has a very powerful and intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, kirsch, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of fruit concentration: layers of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, segueing into what feels like a very spicy and peppery second half that seems to calm down and attain more nuance with aeration in the glass. It is a wonderful follow-up to the 2015 last year, although not quite with the same audacity and bravado. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink Date: 2022-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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SÉGLA

529834  (XD) 750mL

$51 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A vivid and bright wine with firm, silky and fine tannins. Bright acidity freshens a medium body, which leads into a fresh finish. Straight-shooting Margaux red here.  Score: 92-93 (JS)

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SIRAN

531616  (XD) 750mL

$52 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. This is another chateau that's on the rise. This vintage has produced a powerful wine, solid with tannins and concentration. It also has all the fruit that this year has produced. It will age well, being ready to drink in 10 years.  Score: 95 (WE)

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CLERC MILON
5e Cru

531210  (XD) 750mL

$129 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clerc Milon is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere (the latter vinification intégrale, so that it includes 50% of the stems, and Philippe Dhalluin said he was pleased with the results). It has a very pure bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, a touch of cedar and ash in the background. It takes time to really unfold in the glass. The palate is adorable: svelte tannin, beautifully pitched acidity, great depth with a silky smooth finish that just caresses the mouth. There is a little tightness here compared to the more expressive 2016 d'Armailhac, but I have no doubt that it will turn into a top-flight Clerc-Milon. Drink Date: 2023-2050.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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D'ARMAILHAC
5e Cru

534065  (XD) 750mL

$85 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 D'Armailhac is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked between 27 September and 14 October. The bouquet is very impressive, typical d'Armaihlac in terms of the opulence and flamboyance with lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a subtle floral note developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp and tensile entry; there is immense purity here with some lovely blue fruit appearing on the finish. This is a d'Armailhac that is emboldened by unprecedented tannic structure that gives it real backbone and a sense of authority. Quite simply, this is one of the best wines of Château D'Armailhac that I have tasted, somehow not a million miles away from Grand Puy Lacoste in style. Drink Date: 2021-2045  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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DUHART-MILON
4e Cru

529321  (XD) 750mL

$129 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  95–97. Barrel Sample. This ripe wine is full of great fruit aromas and flavors. Rich, juicy blackberry is combined with intense tannins and ample acidity on the palate. It is a fine summation of the vintage, with opulent fruit that mellows serious tannins. It might seem accessible with all this fruit, but don't be fooled, the wine will need many years.  Score: 96 (WE)

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ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES
2nd Wine of Ch. Lynch-Bages

531145  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Shows a slightly dusty edge, but the core of fruit bursts with friendly cassis and cherry compote flavors. Cedar and singed vanilla accents score the finish.  Score: 90-93 (WS)

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GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE
5e Cru

530790  (XD) 750mL

$145 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot that matured in 75% new oak. It has 13.3% alcohol this year. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. Gone are the days when this Pauillac was as hard as nails for the first decade. The tannins are nowadays much finer and the acidity lends this tension and plenty of freshness. There is an effortless quality to this Pauillac with wonderful length and such finesse on the finish that you immediately want to go back and re-taste it. Like so many others, this improved with aeration, gaining ever more harmony and precision. What a brilliant wine. It is classic Pauillac to its core. Drink Date: 2024-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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HAUT-BAGES LIBÉRAL
5e Cru

530733  (XD) 750mL

$82 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93–95. Barrel Sample. Known for making firm wines, this year the estate has produced a wine that is also packed with juicy black fruits. Structured and full of fruitiness, it has excellent long-term potential.  Score: 94 (WE)

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LA FLEUR PEYRABON

532432  (XD) 750mL

$49 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Fleur Peyrabon has a perfumed, floral bouquet not a million miles away from Margaux. I appreciate the definition and freshness here. The palate is medium-bodied, not a powerful Pauillac but very elegant. The tannins here seem very fine and there is wonderful tension towards the finish. Maybe not a long-term proposition—it may need more body—but it is a beautiful wine that should give a lot of pleasure over the next 10-15 years. Drink Date: 2020-2033.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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LAFITE ROTHSCHILD
1er Cru

531376  (XD) 750mL

$1,200 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Even stronger and more toned than the excellent 2015, this Lafite shows incredible power yet also finesse. Full-bodied, superfine and chewy wine. Muscular yet agile. Goes on for minutes. Stunning. Perhaps the greatest Lafite since the legendary 1959?  Score: 100-100 (JS)

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LE PETIT MOUTON
2nd Wine of Ch. Mouton Rothschild

530170  (XD) 750mL

$329 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is a very powerful Petit Mouton with so much rich fruit and power. Full-bodied, tannic yet polished and long. Muscular for the second wine of Mouton.  Score: 95-96 (JS)

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LYNCH BAGES
5e Cru

528679  (XD) 750mL

$229 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Lynch Bages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot with 13.7% alcohol and an IPT of 95, the highest ever for this property and probably one of the highest on the Left Bank this vintage. It was picked between from 27-30 September for the young vines, then the picking team stopped, restarting on 3 October with the Merlot and the Cabernets finished on 12 October. This vintage is matured in 75% new oak. It has a very concentrated, almost opaque bouquet that required some coaxing from the glass, developing floral and crushed limestone scents with time: disarmingly fresh and with stunning vivacity. The palate is concentrated and tannic, although they are not obtrusive and appear neatly embroidered into the multi-layered black fruit. This is a classic Lynch Bages with ambition and recalls vintages like 1990, a Lynch Bages built for long-term ageing. That arching backbone is counterbalanced by the keen line of acidity and a freshness that knows no bounds. There is ethereal delineation and tension on the finish, but I would give this at least ten years in bottle to enjoy this audacious Lynch Bages at its peak. Maybe the biggest surprise of the vintage, this has all the makings of a sensational wine. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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MOUTON ROTHSCHILD
1er Cru

529909  (XD) 750mL

$1,025 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the latter two co-fermented, picked from 26 September and finished on 14 October. As usual, it is being matured in 100% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, cold limestone and crushed violet aromas that if anything, appear to gain vigor with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, juicy tannin. There is a lot of fruit packed into this Mouton-Rothschild and therefore one can feel the weight in the mouth, yet the acidity keeps everything on tip-toes. The finish has superb precision and opulence, completing a Mouton-Rothschild that will rivet you to the spot. Tasted on two occasions, the second confirming that this is simply a magnificent wine. Whichever artist eventually designs the label is going to be drinking well. Drink Date: 2026-2065.  Score: 98-100 (RP)

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PEDESCLAUX
5e Cru

529958  (XD) 750mL

$82 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pedesclaux is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, picked between 29 September and 18 October, matured in 60% new oak. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of iodine and graphite. I like the subtle nature of this Pedesclaux, the brooding intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp and fresh, a gorgeous salinity and a long and persistent, lightly spiced finish. This leaves the 2015 Pedesclaux far behind. Drink Date: 2022-2050.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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PICHON LONGUEVILLE COMTESSE DE LALANDE
2e Cru

533950  (XD) 750mL

$299 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Light savory and tobacco notes peek out from the core, but a ball of cassis and blackberry fruit is still coiled up with the strong iron spine. This is to be expected. Very pure, with a long finish. Risk-free cellaring.  Score: 95-98 (WS)

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PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON
2e Cru

533661  (XD) 375mL

$139 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON
2e Cru

533828  (XD) 750mL

$275 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON
2e Cru

533463  (XD) 1500mL

$549 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON
2e Cru

533257  (XD) 3000mL

$1,200 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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PONTET-CANET
5e Cru

533695  (XD) 375mL

$135 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years. Drink Date: 2026-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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PONTET-CANET
5e Cru

533380  (XD) 750mL

$259 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years. Drink Date: 2026-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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PONTET-CANET
5e Cru

533638  (XD) 1500mL

$519 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years. Drink Date: 2026-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE
2nd Wine of Ch. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

528778  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A dense and powerful second wine from PL with layers of fruit and ripe, silky tannins. Shows tension and verve as well as polish. Excellent.  Score: 93-94 (JS)

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BROWN BLANC

528950  (XD) 750mL

$49 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Lemon peel and salted butter notes give this some zip, while the core of yellow apple, fennel and melon rind flavors has good weight. Well done.  Score: 90-93 (WS)

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CARBONNIEUX BLANC
Cru Classé

531129  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93-95. Barrel Sample. Tightly crisp, this coiled, nervy wine is likely to age well. It has a refreshing, crisp undertone that gives it freshness while just hinting at the warmth of the vintage.  Score: 94 (WE)

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DE CHANTEGRIVE CUVÉE CAROLINE BLANC

528547  (XD) 750mL

$33 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is dense and layered with beautiful intensity of crushed-stone and lemon character. Full body and a long finish.  Score: 93-94 (JS)

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DE FIEUZAL BLANC

533125  (XD) 750mL

$85 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The De Fieuzal 2016 Blanc has a rich, tropical tinged bouquet with scents of guava, pineapple and mango, nicely defined and probably one of the most commercially minded dry white bordeaux. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, with subtle notes of orange rind and nectarine dovetailing into a lightly spiced, stem ginger finish. Certainly this is one of the better examples of its kind this year. Drink Date: 2019-2029.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC
Cru Classé

530857  (XD) 750mL

$169 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  95–97. Barrel Sample. Rich and smooth, this is an impressively structured and concentrated wine. It has pleasant freshness and a crisp lemon flavor, but that is just a small part of this intensely ripe wine. It should last for many years.  Score: 96 (WE)

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HAUT-BRION BLANC
1er Cru

531970  (XD) 750mL

$1,500 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This opens very beautifully in the glass with a high level of aromatics, but just needs a few minutes to reveal these tight citrus peel and pink grapefruit flavours. Haut-Brion have navigated a tough year for whites far better then most, as you would expect. This has volume through the mid-palate and a well constructed, dancing minerality on the finish. 30% grand vin for the white, from a blend of 70.5% Sauvignon Blanc and 29.5% Sémillon aged in 35% new oak. Drinking Window: 2019-2035.  Score: 95 (DEC)

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LA MISSION HAUT-BRION BLANC

531038  (XD) 750mL

$1,100 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is dense like a Montrachet yet so minerally with crushed-stone undertones. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. A great glass of white wine. First time they used a majority of sauvignon blanc.  Score: 98-99 (JS)

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LATOUR-MARTILLAC BLANC
Cru Classé

532010  (XD) 750mL

$59 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Good crackling feel here, with quinine and fleur de sel notes rippling underneath the mix of yellow apple, fennel and white peach flavors. Has range and energy.  Score: 90-93 (WS)

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LES HAUTS DE SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC

530212  (XD) 750mL

$46 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This grips you from the first moment, a significant and striking jump up in quality when you get to this grand vin, representing 55% of white production. Rich and controlled, this fills out on the-mid palate with lime and lemon zest, then floods it with gentle saffron spicing and grilled almonds, full of the SHL signature richness and control. Stephane Derenoncourt and Michel Rolland both consult. 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. Drinking Window: 2020-2040.  Score: 94 (DEC)

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MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE BLANC
Cru Classé

529982  (XD) 750mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is great, with clear cinnamon and black pepper spicing and lovely upfront impact with coffee and tar edging, black fruits and a very appealing sense of balance. It softens through the mid-palate then lengthens out again on the finish, providing the full architectural experience. The tannins are well placed and careful but need time to soften; this is a wine built with ageing in mind. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, aged in 80% new oak. Michel Rolland consults. Drinking Window: 2027-2045.  Score: 94 (DEC)

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PAPE CLÉMENT BLANC
Cru Classé

531020  (XD) 750mL

$249 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Creamy-edged, with alluring brioche, white peach and wet straw flavors, this has a broad feel but keeps good cut thanks to a light verbena thread. The brioche note takes over on the finish.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC
Cru Classé

532192  (XD) 750mL

$175 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A dense and powerful white with wonderful depth and phenolic tension. Shows very pretty sliced-apple, lemon and pear character. Excellent finish. 90% sauvignon blanc with the rest semillon and sauvignon gris. Excellent follow-up to the 2015.  Score: 96-97 (JS)

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BROWN

528794  (XD) 750mL

$49 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This delivers some lovely dark plum and blackberry fruit, backed by black tea hints and an alluring singed alder note buried deep on the finish. Long and caressing in feel.  Score: 92-95 (WS)

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CARBONNIEUX
Cru Classé

532093  (XD) 750mL

$65 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Carbonnieux has a gorgeous, beautifully defined bouquet with pure black fruit, hints of sous-bois and pressed flowers, the new oak seamlessly integrated. What a nuanced and sensual bouquet! The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of ripe, black, graphite-tinged fruit, supremely well-judged acidity and a level of harmony that frankly, I have never encountered on a Carbonnieux. This is a brilliant wine from this Pessac-Léognan estate that has threatened to make a wine this good in the past. Drink Date: 2021-2050.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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CLOS MARSALETTE

530907  (XD) 750mL

$44 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clos Marsalette, the Pessac-Léognan property of Comte Stephan von Neipperg, is a blend of 45% Merlot, 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 4-18 October and matured in 35% new oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with blackberry and bilberry scents, a fine undercurrent of minerals. I like the elegance on display here. The palate is medium-bodied with mulberry and blackberry on the entry, a touch of black olive and quite a saline second half that is both fresh and detailed. This should drink well over the next decade. It's just a delicious wine--no more, no less. Drink Date: 2020-2030.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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DE FIEUZAL
Cru Classé

531079  (XD) 750mL

$79 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Quite ripe, with warm plum and fig notes melding with singed alder and bay accents. Shows a mineral edge. There's lots of flesh here, but has cut on the finish.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER
Cru Classé

530840  (XD) 750mL

$129 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot picked between 4-21 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare, and matured in 35% new oak. Oh yes! This is a perfumed bouquet that unfolds beautifully in the glass with blackberry, cedar, smoke and a light marine influence, not unlike Japanese nori. The palate is medium-bodied with such fine tannins that it bought to mind Burgundy rather than Bordeaux. There is a grainy texture here, quite saline in the mouth with an entrancing sense of symmetry, very classic but not austere on the finish, with a long and saline aftertaste. This is an outstanding Domaine de Chevalier from the busiest man in Bordeaux, Oliver Bernard. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink Date: 2025-2060.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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HAUT-BAILLY Buyers' Choice
Cru Classé

531350  (XD) 750mL

$215 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Haut Bailly is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc picked between 26 September until 18 October. Coming in with 13.6% alcohol and an IPT of 81, which is quite close to 2010, this was quite closed at first and so I allowed my sample 15-20 minutes to open while discussing the vintage with Véronique Sanders and technical manager, Gabriel Vialard. It has a classic bouquet that is certainly less opulent and extravagant than recent vintages. This is more controlled and focused, beautifully delineated with blackberry, cedar and Earl Grey aromas that gently waft from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine-grain tannin, sappy with superb delineation and real weight and presence in the mouth. There is just the right amount of spice and salinity, the latter beckoning you back for another sip and there is a haunting pencil lead note that forms the closing credits on the aftertaste. What a brilliant Haut-Bailly, perhaps the best that I have tasted in almost 20 years of tasting at this estate. Drink Date: 2024-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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HAUT-BERGEY

522722  (XD) 750mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Offers a grippy, slightly extracted feel, with a layer of plum skin around the core of steeped blackberry and black currant fruit. Delivers ample tarry grip through the finish.  Score: 90-93 (WS)

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HAUT-BRION Buyers' Choice
1er Cru

528745  (XD) 750mL

$1,025 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Haut Brion is a blend of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 19 September and 13 October. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that this represents a touch more Merlot than last year's vintage. It clearly has a more powerful and intense bouquet compared to the La Mission Haut-Brion, although maybe not the same killer level of detail and delineation. The palate is beautifully balanced with arching tannins that insistently grip the mouth. There are layers of black fruit, minerals, sea salt and a touch of crushed violets. Unlike the 2015 Haut-Brion, this is more linear, stricter and you could argue more nimble on its toes. Yet maybe it does not quite have the same depth and labyrinthine complexity that made the 2015 such an astonishing wine. Nevertheless, this 2016 is not far behind and it will be fascinating to compare in the future. Drink Date: 2026-2070.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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HAUT-BRION
1er Cru

533422  (XD) 1500mL

$2,050 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Haut Brion is a blend of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 19 September and 13 October. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that this represents a touch more Merlot than last year's vintage. It clearly has a more powerful and intense bouquet compared to the La Mission Haut-Brion, although maybe not the same killer level of detail and delineation. The palate is beautifully balanced with arching tannins that insistently grip the mouth. There are layers of black fruit, minerals, sea salt and a touch of crushed violets. Unlike the 2015 Haut-Brion, this is more linear, stricter and you could argue more nimble on its toes. Yet maybe it does not quite have the same depth and labyrinthine complexity that made the 2015 such an astonishing wine. Nevertheless, this 2016 is not far behind and it will be fascinating to compare in the future. Drink Date: 2026-2070.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION HAUT BRION
2nd Wine of Ch. La Mission Haut-Brion

530873  (XD) 750mL

$159 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 36.5% Merlot, 21.5% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon picked from 19 September to 14 October. Matured in 23% new oak, it has a very succinct bouquet with tensile black cherry and pressed flower aromas, subtle at first but soon gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very precise and focused with razor-sharp definition. This is one of the most sophisticated La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion releases that I have tasted from barrel and it bodes well for the future. I expect this will nudge past the 2015 once in bottle. Let's see! Drink Date: 2022-2040.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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LA MISSION HAUT-BRION
Cru Classé

528810  (XD) 750mL

$799 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. "We had to be patient and wait for each plot," Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. "It took longer than usual." As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a "je ne sais quoi" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives. Drink Date: 2026-2070.  Score: 98-100 (RP)

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LA PARDE DE HAUT-BAILLY
2nd Wine of Ch. Haut-Bailly

533604  (XD) 750mL

$53 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  92–94. Barrel Sample. This second wine of Haut-Bailly is about 30% of the harvest. It is packed with blackberry and black plum fruits. The richness is contrasted by the firm structure at the back of the wine. Dark tannins and ripe acidity support the fruitiness.  Score: 93 (WE)

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LATOUR-MARTILLAC
Cru Classé

531509  (XD) 750mL

$61 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. This is a dense wine with dusty, ripe tannins balancing the concentrated blackberry fruit. It is powerful and solidly constructed, with bright acidity and touches of dark chocolate. Impressive and worth serious aging.  Score: 95 (WE)

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LE CLARENCE DE HAUT-BRION
2nd Wine of Ch. Haut-Brion

532390  (XD) 750mL

$249 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  As with La Mission Haut-Brion and La Chapelle, there is a beautiful signature here running from grand vin to second wine, a clear indication of quality. This is a little more intense than La Chapelle, which was pretty and floral, showing a firmer side with cassis and blackberry. A gorgeous, confident wine. It's very hard to think of a vintage where things are so well constructed and yet so soft. Clarence de Haut-Brion represents 31% of production, from a blend of 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot aged in 33% new oak. Drinking Window 2023-2040.  Score: 94 (DEC)

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LES CARMES HAUT-BRION

533778  (XD) 750mL

$145 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion is a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot, with 13.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.55, the lowest acidity for many years. It was vinified in their Philippe Starck-designed "submarine" (this is what their aesthetically arresting winery looks like as it surfaces in the Bordeaux city suburbs!) with 48% whole berry fruit. Winemaker Guillaume Pouthier (ex-Chapoutier) showed me a large inflatable ring used to submerge the cap to create more of an "infusion" rather than a maceration. The 2016 is matured in 65% new oak, 30% one year old and 5% in amphora. It has a very pure, very attractive bouquet with ample blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry and fresh fig aromas, a little more extravagant than some other Pessac-Léognan 2016s, yet it maintains impressive control and focus. It develops more pressed flower aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with tannins that gently grip the mouth, tertiary notes on the entry, fine acidity vis-à-vis the fruit, then a slight tarriness towards the broody black fruit on the saline, marine-influenced finish. It is an intriguing take on the vintage, classic in style like many others, detailed with impressive complexity. You know, it is not a million miles away from Lafleur in Pomerol, but in the same sense, it will require a decade in bottle to show what it can do. It is a new benchmark for this estate with big ambitions. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink Date: 2026-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE
Cru Classé

530071  (XD) 750mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  96–98. Barrel Sample. A powerfully dense, impressive wine from a top-performing estate with a solid, foursquare structure. The crisp acidity so much in evidence in this vintage shines through all this richness. Keep the wine for at least 12 years.  Score: 97 (WE)

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PAPE CLÉMENT
Cru Classé

531004  (XD) 750mL

$165 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Pape Clement is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, picked from 30 September until 19 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare. The first bottle that I tasted with Bernard Magrez and his team felt a little overdone, but I had a strong suspicion that it was not a representative bottle. A second bottle was more restrained on the nose with blackberries, red plum, a touch of cloves and a light iodine influence. I love the delineation and detail here. The palate is medium-bodied with a graphite-infused entry, plenty of black fruit, saline in the mouth with great depth and cohesion on the long and tender finish. It continues Pape-Clement/Bernard Magrez' move towards a more classic style compared to the previous decade. Tasted four times, once as I mentioned, unnecessarily richer in style, but the other three consistent. Drink Date: 2024-2050.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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SMITH HAUT LAFITTE
Cru Classé

532200  (XD) 750mL

$189 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was picked between 29 September and 19 October at 35 hectoliters per hectare. It is being matured in 60% new oak for a total of 18 months. "We have never been so proud of our Cabernet Sauvignon," winemaker Fabien Tietgen told me. Now, this has a much subtler bouquet than recent vintages, you could argue, more intellectual than the 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte. First there are aromas of blackberry, briary and just a hint of iodine, then underneath that, marine-like aromas such as freshly shucked oyster shells, pressed flowers and a touch of brown spice. There is wonderful delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of tightly-wound black fruit, intermingling with smoke, black pepper, spice box and a touch of bay leaf. This is an extremely precise Smith-Haut-Lafitte, certainly a cerebral 2016 that might well be approachable young, yet will certainly age in consummate style. The château's own tasting note reads "What more could one possibly want from a wine?" The answer to that is: "Another bottle." Drink Date: 2023-2050.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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CALON-SÉGUR Buyers' Choice
3e Cru

534016  (XD) 750mL

$165 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Calon Segur is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare between 29 September and 15 October (finishing with the Cabernets and the Petit Verdot). Notice that Cabernet Franc, which excelled not just here but around Saint Estèphe in this vintage, given that there was not a drop in the 2015. It has a very elegant bouquet, very pure with small macerated black cherries, blueberry, a hint of licorices and juniper berries, all effortlessly detailed and exuding what I term "controlled opulence." The palate is medium-bodied with a sense of symmetry on the entry, the acidity very well judged and the tannins far less rustic than the Calon-Ségurs of old. What I like about this Calon-Ségur is that it could not come from anywhere apart from Saint Estèphe: that structure, that obduracy counterbalanced by the opulence bestowed by the growing season. There is freshness locked in here from start to finish, with a subtle tang of seaweed and black pepper on the long aftertaste. For me this is a serious step up from the 2015, and the structure augurs a Calon-Ségur destined to last as long as those legendary wines from the 1920s and 1940s. Chapeau to winemaker Vincent Millet and estate director Laurent Dufau. This is easily the best Calon-Ségur that I have tasted from barrel. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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CLAUZET

526178  (XD) 750mL

$35 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clauzet offers rich and opulent dark cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, more floral than earthy compared to its peers, but with commendable delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry and I appreciate how those slightly rigid Saint Estèphe tannins provide the backbone here. It will need three of four years to mellow in the glass, but this has great potential. Drink Date: 2020-2035.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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COS D'ESTOURNEL Buyers' Choice
2e Cru

526434  (XD) 750mL

$285 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  ...A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc … this fabulous Saint Estèphe will be matured in 60% new oak … a more classically styled Cos d'Estournel that is completely different than say, the 2009… bears more stylistic similarities to its neighbor Montrose. It is extremely detailed with blackberry and a touch of boysenberry, the fruit almost "creeping up" on you by stealth and then underneath, an undertow of minerals, wet limestone and even flint … exquisite balance, perhaps the most precise and detailed Cos d'Estournel that I have encountered … It segues into a Pauillac-like second-half with veins of graphite strafing the black fruit … palpable energy and tension allied with an effortless nature. The persistence, the reverberation in the mouth is quite magnificent … It really is a brilliant Cos d'Estournel that oozes class and sophistication, moreover, a wine that is going to give serious amounts of drinking pleasure over a very long period of time. Boom—and Cos drops the mic … Drink Date: 2026-2065.  Score: 98-100 (RP)

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LA CROIX DE PEZ

532564  (XD) 750mL

$32 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is very powerful and rich with gorgeous depth and intensity. Full and excellent. Another new name to watch.  Score: 92-93 (JS)

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LA DAME DE MONTROSE
2nd Wine of Ch. Montrose

529206  (XD) 750mL

$69 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93–95. Barrel Sample. While the wine has opulence and richness, it also has a more severe side that is classic for Montrose. It maintains the packed fruit of the vintage in both tannins and juicy blackberry fruit. This is a wine for drinking after 10–12 years.  Score: 94 (WE)

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LAFON-ROCHET
4e Cru

533448  (XD) 375mL

$45 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  All the success of St-Estèphe in 2016 can be seen in Lafon-Rochet this year, where the 30mm of rain on 13th September and 13mm on 8th October, with nothing in between, allowed the clay, limestone and gravel soils to fully ripen the grapes. Owner Basile Tesseron says he had never seen such maturity in his Cabernet Sauvignons, and certainly we have hugely intense aromatics from the first nose. The palate features finessed and fleshed out mouthwatering black fruits making it hard not to love this. Tasted three times in total, and every time it stood out. Blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 30% new oak. 3.68pH. Drinking Window 2027-2045.  Score: 95 (DEC)

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LAFON-ROCHET
4e Cru

533000  (XD) 750mL

$85 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  All the success of St-Estèphe in 2016 can be seen in Lafon-Rochet this year, where the 30mm of rain on 13th September and 13mm on 8th October, with nothing in between, allowed the clay, limestone and gravel soils to fully ripen the grapes. Owner Basile Tesseron says he had never seen such maturity in his Cabernet Sauvignons, and certainly we have hugely intense aromatics from the first nose. The palate features finessed and fleshed out mouthwatering black fruits making it hard not to love this. Tasted three times in total, and every time it stood out. Blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 30% new oak. 3.68pH. Drinking Window 2027-2045.  Score: 95 (DEC)

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LAFON-ROCHET
4e Cru

533414  (XD) 1500mL

$175 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  All the success of St-Estèphe in 2016 can be seen in Lafon-Rochet this year, where the 30mm of rain on 13th September and 13mm on 8th October, with nothing in between, allowed the clay, limestone and gravel soils to fully ripen the grapes. Owner Basile Tesseron says he had never seen such maturity in his Cabernet Sauvignons, and certainly we have hugely intense aromatics from the first nose. The palate features finessed and fleshed out mouthwatering black fruits making it hard not to love this. Tasted three times in total, and every time it stood out. Blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 30% new oak. 3.68pH. Drinking Window 2027-2045.  Score: 95 (DEC)

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LE MARQUIS DE CALON SÉGUR

530030  (XD) 750mL

$49 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93–95. Barrel Sample. This is a beautiful wine. Stylish and elegant, it has structure while at the same time impressive fruitiness. The velvety tannins go with the crisp black-currant fruits. It will certainly age well and should be drinkable from 2026.  Score: 94 (WE)

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LILIAN LADOUYS

526004  (XD) 750mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Lilian Ladouys is a blend of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 62% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot picked between 3-17 October and matured in 30% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and graphite, plenty of fruit here with excellent delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with ebullient red berry fruit laced with white pepper and bay leaf, a touch of brown spice towards the generous finish. Very fine...this is a step up from the 2015. Drink Date: 2021-2040.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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MEYNEY

526160  (XD) 750mL

$55 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Solid and incredible depth reminds me of the Meyneys of the 1960s that were so structured and incredible. Full-bodied yet polished and refined. Super structure.  Score: 95-96 (JS)

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MONTROSE
2e Cru

528885  (XD) 750mL

$265 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Montrose is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc (no Petit Verdot this year) picked between 23 September to 14 October and matured in 60% new oak. It has a very sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, briary, a touch of blue fruit and violets. Sometimes this Saint Estèphe can be a little broody at en primeur, but this certainly is more expressive, maintaining very fine delineation and precision, unfolding with each swirl of the glass and revealing a hidden graphite/marine influence. The palate is very fresh on the entry. The first facet of this wine that strikes you is the freshness that lasts from start to finish. This is an animated, vivacious Montrose that starts in almost understated fashion yet builds in the mouth towards what is almost a sensual finish, not a descriptor often applied to Montrose. It is a disarmingly and hauntingly beautiful 2016, extremely long and the aftertaste lasting two or three minutes. NB This is one example where I felt my second visit, over a fortnight after the first, revealed a wine with much greater potential, and I therefore raised my banded score accordingly. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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ORMES DE PEZ

528604  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This sports a juicy core of damson plum and red currant fruit, backed by a strong mineral edge that lends ample cut and drive to the finish. Shows pleasant austerity, with the structure to age.  Score: 90-93 (WS)

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PHÉLAN SÉGUR Buyers' Choice

530592  (XD) 750mL

$79 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This has a pronounced savory streak amid the mix of plum and cassis notes, giving way to a tobacco edge on the slightly muscular finish. Shows plenty of breadth and depth, and should round into form.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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SÉRILHAN

529297  (XD) 750mL

$35 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Serilhan is a treat. It has a gorgeous, beautifully defined bouquet with blackberry, cigar box and smoky aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent black and red fruit, very fine tannin, a veneer of quality new oak but with more than sufficient fruit underneath and a long sensual finish. Utterly seductive, this is a temptress from Saint Estèphe! Drink Date: 2021-2040.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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BEYCHEVELLE
4e Cru

531095  (XD) 750mL

$145 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first vintage to be matured in the new chichi winery whose glass exterior overlooks the passing traffic on the D2. It has a very pure, fragrant bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and wet limestone, extremely precise to the point where you might think it was from the Right Bank (logical given the proportion of Merlot in the blend). The palate is sensational: understated at first and bridled with ultra-fine tannin, it is a Beychevelle armed with a disarming sense of symmetry. It builds in the mouth towards a fabulously tensile finish that is so fresh and full of energy that the senses are almost overwhelmed. Frankly, it leaves all the other Beychevelles in recent years standing. This is an electrifying 2016 from winemaker Philippe Blanc and his right-hand man, technical director, Romain Ducolomb. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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BRANAIRE DUCRU
4e Cru

528588  (XD) 750mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. A fresh bay leaf note leads off, followed quickly by pure, enticing layers of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruit that emerge steadily through the long finish. Offers lovely mouthfeel and purity. A very pretty expression of St.-Julien.  Score: 94-97 (WS)

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CLOS DU MARQUIS
2nd Wine of Ch. Léoville-Las Cases

526582  (XD) 750mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clos du Marquis was picked from 30 September to 19 October and consists of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 55% new oak. Yields came in at 40 hectoliters per hectare and the alcohol at 13.55%. The bouquet is very intense at the moment with small black cherries, incense, iris and a touch of shucked oyster shells. The palate is beautiful, perhaps one of the most powerful that I came across in Saint Julien, certainly no shy retiring flower, yet it effortlessly manages to retain the precision and tension one expects from this cru. There is a firm back bone here, but the tannins are so precise that you barely notice, while the aftertaste has superb salinity. This is a majestic Clos du Marquis, but it will require several years in the cellar. Drink Date: 2025-2055.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU
2e Cru

533760  (XD) 750mL

$339 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style.  Score: 97-100 (WS)

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GLORIA

532663  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Shows a flash of mint before giving way to a torrent of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, pushed by energetic acidity and juicy, brambly grip. Plum cake and anise line the finish, along with a flash of tobacco. Lots going on here.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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GRUAUD-LAROSE
2e Cru

528851  (XD) 750mL

$129 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September until 15 October (with the Petit Verdot) and matured in 80% new oak, the remainder one or two years old. The alcohol is a modest 13.02%. It has a generous bouquet with scents of blackberry, briary, a touch of sandalwood and tobacco, gaining more precision as it aerates in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, certainly one of the most finessed Gruaud Larose in recent years, with perfectly judged acidity. I love the focus here, a little understated at first but you cannot deny the intensity and precision on the finish. Moreover, this seems to be a slightly more detailed Gruaud, nuanced and long in the mouth. Excellent—and I suspect it might be a little more approachable than some of its peers. Drink Date: 2023-2060.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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LA CROIX DE DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU
2nd Wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou

531053  (XD) 750mL

$85 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot that is matured in 60% new oak for 12 months and the remainder in one-year-old barrels. It has quite a rich and opulent bouquet, quite glossy with scents of kirsch, crushed strawberry, crème de cassis and a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sumptuous tannin counterbalance but a keen thread of acidity (the pH is 3.65). There is great tension here, immense purity with quite a structured, almost flinty finish that is classic in style. Though it is a Deuxième Vin, it deserves several years in bottle. Drink Date: 2022-2045.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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LAGRANGE
3e Cru

530782  (XD) 750mL

$89 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost "zings" around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced. Drink Date: 2025-2060.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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LALANDE BORIE

531343  (XD) 750mL

$52 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Rock-solid, with a core of blueberry, blackberry and cassis flavors, lined with slightly tarry grip. Keeps a fresh, driven feel through the incense-fueled finish.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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LANGOA BARTON
3e Cru

528703  (XD) 750mL

$93 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. The fresh blueberry, cherry and black currant flavors give this a wide range, while racy graphite and a mouthwatering anise streak drive the finish. The fruit is so enticing that you lose track of how solidly built this is through the finish.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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LÉOVILLE BARTON
2e Cru

533513  (XD) 750mL

$159 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This packs some serious punch and drive, with a terrific core of blueberry, açai and plum reduction notes, backed by waves of graphite and roasted apple wood. Has the pleasantly chewy feel typical of St.-Julien, along with an extra-racy graphite edge.  Score: 96-99 (WS)

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LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ
2e Cru

532606  (XD) 750mL

$165 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. The deep well of gorgeous cassis, blueberry paste and blackberry puree flavors will carry this for the long haul. Shows a terrific graphite underpinning and a flash of cold charcoal. This is a big one.  Score: 95-98 (WS)

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LÉOVILLE-LAS CASES
2e Cru

529545  (XD) 750mL

$429 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Leoville-Las Cases comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 19 October, during which the harvesters were out in the vines for 16 days. It is matured in 90% new oak and delivers 13.60% alcohol and an IPT of 82. It is initially tightly coiled on the nose and needed coaxing from the glass. There are scents of small black cherries, boysenberry, crushed violets and a slight flintiness that emerges with time. The definition is very impressive—you can almost pick the aromas out one by one. The palate is awe-inspiring. The tannins are so filigree, in fact not dissimilar to their neighbor across the border at Château Latour. That seam of graphite lends this Léoville Las-Cases a Pauillac-like personality, but ignoring stylistic similarities, it is the intensity, depth and arching structure that astounds, with detail on the finish that rivets your feet to the spot. Then the finish is ultra-precise, one of the most mineral-driven that I have encountered in almost 20 years visiting the estate, plus it is endowed with one the longest aftertastes you will find in 2016. Yeah, it's good. Drink Date: 2030-2070.  Score: 98-100 (RP)

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SAINT-PIERRE
4e Cru

531368  (XD) 750mL

$115 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Chateau Saint-Pierre is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked between 29 September and 3 October for the Merlot and 5-17 October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is matured is 50% new oak. The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose as you would expect: quite intense black fruit, graphite and just a touch of dried herbs. There is lovely definition and focus on display. The palate is well balanced with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, classic in style in keeping with the style of the vintage with very fine mineralité and tension towards the sprightly finish. It is one of the most Pauillac-like Château Saint-Pierres that I have tasted, a very well crafted, almost understated but sophisticated wine that will age for 20 to 30 years. This is a fantastic Saint Julien that may well rest at the top of my banded score. Drink Date: 2022-2050  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE

528711  (XD) 750mL

$45 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This delivers a pure beam of cassis and cherry preserves, underscored by a layer of warm dark earth. Stays polished in feel, with lovely freshness on the relatively open-knit finish.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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TALBOT
4e Cru

529370  (XD) 750mL

$109 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Pure, with a core of cassis and blueberry fruit streaming through, carried by ample yet embedded graphite-edged grip. Keeps a fresh feel through the finish. Lovely.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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BEAUMONT

526335  (XD) 750mL

$26 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  91-93. Barrel Sample. This wine comes from an estate that is showing great improvement, the wine showing power and concentration. Brimming with delicious black fruits, it will age well and is likely to be ready after 2025.  Score: 92 (WE)

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BELLE VUE

531962  (XD) 750mL

$29 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  91–93. Barrel Sample. This wine has a rich, generous character that gives it a full, dense texture. It has spice, ripe tannins and opulent blackberry tones.  Score: 92 (WE)

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CANTEMERLE
5e Cru

528455  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. This is another successful vintage from this estate. It is so finely structured that you notice the blackberry fruit more than the tannins, with a seam of crisp acidity throughout.  Score: 95 (WE)

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CARONNE STE-GEMME

524710  (XD) 750mL

$26 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  90–92. Barrel Sample. Already a perfumed wine, this is generous and likely to be rich while also balanced. Blackberry fruit and fine acidity balance the structure. There is good aging potential here.  Score: 91 (WE)

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CLÉMENT-PICHON

524975  (XD) 750mL

$33 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  91–93. Barrel Sample. Under the same ownership as Château la Dominique in Saint-Emilion, this estate has produced here a smooth wine, with great tannins and a dense structure. It has weight along with acidity and a crisp aftertaste.  Score: 92 (WE)

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D'AGASSAC

526285  (XD) 750mL

$31 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  90–92. Barrel Sample. This wine has both great fruit and fine structure. It shows style, elegance and concentration, as well as crisp black-currant fruit. It should age well, ready after 2023.  Score: 91 (WE)

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DU RETOUT

526400  (XD) 750mL

$23 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. A core of warm plum and cherry compote notes is framed by singed cedar and alder hints, with the fruit winning out on the accessible finish.  Score: 88-91 (WS)

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LA LAGUNE
3e Cru

526509  (XD) 750mL

$87 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  At least for this writer, the 2016 La Lagune is a return to form after their 2015 did not light my fire last en primeur. Lucid purple/black in color, it has a very intense bouquet with blackberries and sloes, whilst maintaining delineation and focus, almost pastille-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, perhaps just a little brittle on the entry, though it is commensurate with others 2016s that I tasted in barrel. I appreciate the focus and the "correctness" of this La Lagune, notwithstanding the freshness and tension that defines the persistent finish. This is a long-term wine, so do not be afraid to give this four or five years in the cellar. This is an excellent La Lagune, one of the best in recent years. Drink Date: 2023-2045.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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LA TOUR CARNET

526020  (XD) 750mL

$55 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93–95. Barrel Sample. This is a rich wine, packed with tannins that contrast the fresh acidity and black currant fruit. It's a solid wine that's constructed to age.  Score: 94 (WE)

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PALOUMEY

531293  (XD) 750mL

$27 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  92–94. Barrel Sample. Dense and packed with fruit, this is a rich wine. It does have structured tannins but it is the juicy fruit that really dominates. It is concentrated and will develop quickly, but then should hold well.  Score: 93 (WE)

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REYSSON

522623  (XD) 750mL

$25 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A tight and linear wine with blueberry and blackcurrant character as well as fresh acidity. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows tension.  Score: 91-92 (JS)

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SÉNÉJAC

523480  (XD) 750mL

$27 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet with floral-tinged red and black fruit—strawberry pastilles and just a touch of bay leaf, nicely defined and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with assiduous use of new oak. This is a very stylish Haut-Médoc, one of the best that I have tasted in many years. This comes highly recommended. Drink Date: 2022-2042.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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SOCIANDO-MALLET

531525  (XD) 750mL

$67 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Sociando-Mallet has a refulgent purple/black color. It has a very intense and rich, you might say "ambitious" bouquet with layers of small black cherries, blueberry and a touch of sloes, less tertiary than previous vintages and certainly more opulent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin that almost disguise the firm structure underneath. I admire the completeness of this Sociando-Mallet, the neatly embroidered new oak and the freshness on the finish. The 2015 Sociando-Mallet did not fire on all cylinders last year, but this 2016 is totally convincing. It comes highly recommended as one of the best wines produced at this estate in the northern Médoc. This is an outstanding wine from Mon. Gartreau. Drink Date: 2022-2045.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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LES GRANDS CHÊNES

526152  (XD) 750mL

$29 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is very solid with a beautiful core of blackberry, wet-earth and walnut character. Full body and a long and flavorful finish. One of the best in a long time. Better than 2014?  Score: 92-93 (JS)

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FONRÉAUD

532523  (XD) 750mL

$29 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Fonreaud is certainly a Listrac that is worth checking out. The bouquet is very well defined with supremely well-integrated oak that allows the terroir to show through. There is a subtle Margaux-like floral scent coming through. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins and a very good backbone. This Fonreaud is one of the most precise that I have tasted and there is tangible tension all the way through to the refined finish. This Listrac has produced some very fine wines recently and this 2016 could be the best yet. Drink Date: 2021-2040.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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FOURCAS DUPRÉ

532069  (XD) 750mL

$27 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Fourcas-Dupres has a very elegant bouquet without shortchanging on fruit. The aromatics here are packed with blackberry, raspberry and light cassis aromas, the oak nicely integrated and with a subtle estuarine note emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, grainy tannin. There is plenty of fresh, energetic black fruit here laced with black olive and a pinch of brine, fanning out towards the satisfying, long finish. Here is a great Listrac hot on the heels of their great 2015 last year. Drink Date: 2022-2040.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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CHASSE-SPLEEN

529495  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Chasse-Spleen has a very elegant bouquet with neatly integrated oak, the terroir really showing through here, hints of cedar and smoke emerging with time. The palate is fresh as a button on the entry. It is cut through with a superb line of acidity that engenders superb tension, the tannins firm but fine with a subtle marine influence towards the persistent finish. This is a fabulous Chasse-Spleen, the best I have ever tasted from the estate. It could end up at the top of by banded score. Drink Date: 2021-2045.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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CARMES DE RIEUSSEC

532655  (S) 750mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A fresh and clean Sauternes with dried apples and peaches. Medium body. Off-dry. Pretty.  Score: 89-90 (JS)

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CLIMENS
1er Cru

524140  (S) 375mL

$62 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Climens was tasted from the 12 different lots that will go into the Grand Vin, with some selected from the Deuxième Vin, Cyprès de Climens. As usual, I had to assemble them in my mind and relate commonalities, though at a négoçiant a week later I re-tasted four preprepared micro-blends. I found much elegance this year. It is not a powerful Climens in the making and even with the higher alcohol lots that reached 14.9%, you could not feel any warmth and the wines maintained the tension. Some lots displayed saline finishes, perhaps a little more than usual. Perhaps the most important factor was just how "Barsac" they all tasted. Sometimes some lots can taste more Sauternes-like in style, but not this year. Drink Date: 2021-2055.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY
1er Cru

526186  (S) 375mL

$31 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is ripe, with enticing mango, papaya and peach notes carried by a creamy texture through a hazelnut cream—accented finish. Showy.  Score: 92-95 (WS)

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COUTET
1er Cru

522631  (S) 375mL

$35 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  95–97. Barrel Sample. This wine is dense, mingling spicy nutmeg along with superb ripe honey and marmalade flavors. With its balanced acidity and opulence, it is going to be a great wine.  Score: 96 (WE)

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DOISY-DAËNE
2e Cru

531277  (S) 375mL

$33 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Doisy Daene has a generous bouquet with lovely scents of yellow flower and peach infusing the honeyed aromas. The palate is fresh on the entry with tangy orange peel and peachy notes, very harmonious and viscous in texture, leading to a detailed and persistent finish that is one of the most delicious I can remember from this Barsac estate. This wine will always be tinged with sadness, since it coincides with the passing of Denis Dubourdieu. But his legacy will live on in his wines, including this one, which is magnificent. Drink Date: 2021-2060.  Score: 95-97 (RP)

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DOISY-VÉDRINES
2e Cru

523498  (S) 375mL

$31 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This has good energy for the vintage, with a range of tangerine, clementine, peach and pineapple flavors showing nice definition through the finish.  Score: 92-95 (WS)

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FILHOT Cellar Starter
2er Cru

526475  (S) 375mL

$21 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Ripe, offering apricot, peach and ginger notes, this is focused and streamlined in feel, ending with a piecrust edge.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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GUIRAUD
1er Cru

524280  (S) 375mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Château Guiraud, which had been already released onto the market by proprietor Xavier Planty when I visited, has a very refined bouquet this year: nicely poised with pure botrytised fruit, quite minerally and developing subtle white flower scents with time. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, orange rind and tangerine coming forth with a tang of stem ginger towards the long finish. It will require three or four years in bottle just to meld together, but there is great potential here. Drink Date: 2021-2050.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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GUIRAUD
1er Cru

524272  (S) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Château Guiraud, which had been already released onto the market by proprietor Xavier Planty when I visited, has a very refined bouquet this year: nicely poised with pure botrytised fruit, quite minerally and developing subtle white flower scents with time. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, orange rind and tangerine coming forth with a tang of stem ginger towards the long finish. It will require three or four years in bottle just to meld together, but there is great potential here. Drink Date: 2021-2050.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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HAUT-BERGERON

532416  (S) 375mL

$23 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Château Haut Bergeron has an attractive bouquet with honey and yellow flower scents on the detailed nose. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, fine delineation and plenty of energy that cuts through the poised honey fruits. I love the harmony and length here, foundations for a fine Haut Bergeron. Drink Date: 2021-2040.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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LA TOUR BLANCHE
1er Cru

524801  (S) 375mL

$35 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  94–96. Barrel Sample. Structured and concentrated, this is a rich wine that is also fruity and packed with botrytis and acidity. Its texture and tangy edge are impressive and will certainly allow it to age.  Score: 95 (WE)

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LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY
1er Cru

525709  (S) 375mL

$44 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is really crazy. The layers of fruit to this and the sheer intensity are really superb. Full-bodied and very sweet yet energetic and focused. Dense and tight. Tasted it and said OMG right away!  Score: 98-99 (JS)

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MYRAT
2e Cru

531285  (S) 375mL

$25 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Alluring ginger cream, glazed peach and honey notes glide through, with nice weight and length on the piecrust-infused finish.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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RIEUSSEC
1er Cru

528505  (S) 375mL

$52 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Lots of botrytis here in addition to dried mushrooms and dried fruit such as pineapple and peaches. Medium to full body. Medium sweet. Very long and intense. A triumph.  Score: 98-99 (JS)

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SUDUIRAUT
1er Cru

525956  (S) 375mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This has a juicy mix of glazed peach, mango and papaya flavors, with flashes of green tea and ginger enlivening the finish. Good energy for this generally forward vintage.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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CLINET

532135  (XD) 750mL

$179 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked from 22 September for the young vines, the older vines picked 1 and 2 October, finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon the following day. It was cropped at 49 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 70% new oak and the remainder in second-fill barrels. It has 14.15% alcohol and a record-breaking 94 IPT. It has a very linear bouquet, quite strict and intense with a light iodine and marine scent merging with the black fruit. This is a more "aristocratic" nose for Clinet, sophisticated and one of the most nuanced I have encountered. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin that forms the foundation of a more masculine Clinet, complex and focused with a subtle spiciness coming through on the finish, which fans out with confidence and leaves a disarming, saline tang in the mouth. Yes, this is a magnificent Clinet, cool and mineral-soaked, both cerebral and lip-smackingly delicious. Drink Date: 2024-2055.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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CLOS DU CLOCHER

529859  (XD) 750mL

$89 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clos du Clocher is a blend of 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc, picked 10-17 October at 44 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 65% new oak. This includes some vinification intégrale. It has a very clean and precise bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry and cold stone aromas, the oak beautifully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, with an edginess from start to finish, and saline vein that becomes more evident towards the finish. I love the focus, the intent of this Clos du Clocher, never compromising one iota of finesse from start to finish. Being located smack bang on the plateau has really yielded dividends for this Pomerol and it should age with style over 20, maybe 30 years. Drink Date: 2022-2050.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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CLOS L'ÉGLISE

529552  (XD) 750mL

$175 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clos l'Eglise is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and was the first to be picked by the Garçin-Léveque family (before Barde-Haut, d'Arce and Poesia). It has a high pH of 3.65 and it was matured in 100% new French oak. It has a very intense bouquet with macerated small black cherries, raspberry coulis, oyster shells and crushed violets, well defined and quite penetrating in style. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, layers of black fruit laced with black pepper and a touch of black pepper. There is a little chewiness to the texture towards the harmonious finish, which is one of the most primal that I have encountered in recent years. The barrel maturation will lend a little more sheen to this Pomerol--a long-term prospect that will deserve several years in bottle. Drink Date: 2022-2045.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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FERRAND

524884  (XD) 750mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Chateau Ferrand has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis and a touch of truffle; not powerful but it has decent focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp opening, well judged acidity and plenty of "cool" black fruit. The oak just impinges a little towards the finish, but if that can be addressed during the élevage, then it could turn into an attractive Pomerol for drinking over the next 8-10 years. Drink Date: 2020-2028.  Score: 87-89 (RP)

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GAZIN

528828  (XD) 750mL

$149 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Gazin is a blend of 87% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc this year, picked from 22 September with respect to the Merlot and from around 7 or 8 October for the Cabernet Franc. Now this has quite a powerful bouquet for Gazin, more heightened fruit compared to recent vintages with blackberry, briary and pressed flower aromas that are well defined (although my sample demanded two or three minutes to really find its voice). The palate is medium-bodied with a gently grip on the entry. I adore the tannic structure to this Gazin, equidistant between masculine and feminine, a backbone that will ensure this will age over many years. There is abundant, lightly spiced black fruit with a touch of cracked black pepper and clove towards the finish. The 50% new oak will add a little muscle onto the finish, thereupon you will have a really marvelous Gazin that will give three years of drinking pleasure, possibly more. Drink Date: 2023-2055.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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HAUT-MAILLET

531442  (XD) 750mL

$45 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A powerful red with dense and tight tannins, pretty fruit structure and a long and flavorful finish. Very characterful.  Score: 92-93 (JS)

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HOSANNA

533851  (XD) 750mL

$219 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Delightfully ripe and pure, with cassis, cherry puree and creamed raspberry notes gliding through, carried by a polished structure and ending with a floral hint. Remarkably integrated already.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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L’ÉGLISE-CLINET

533398  (XD) 750mL

$549 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 L'Eglise-Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 21 September and 4 October for the former and on 6 October for the latter. It was cropped at 43 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 80% new oak, with around 14.2% alcohol. Lucid in color, it has a quintessential L'Eglise-Clinet bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis, liquid minerals and hints of iris and incense. The palate is very precise and crisp, some of the finest tannins that you will encounter in Pomerol, tensile right from the beginning, taut and linear with immense precision towards the extended mineral-soaked finish. This is nothing less than a brilliant wine from Denis Durantou, undoubtedly one of the stars of the vintage. Drink Date: 2024-2050.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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LA FLEUR PÉTRUS

529149  (XD) 750mL

$359 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This has seamless layers of cassis, plum sauce and raspberry reduction notes carried by remarkably velvety structure through a long, graphite-fueled finish. The minerality is there, buried for now. The fruit is gorgeous.  Score: 95-98 (WS)

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LAFLEUR-GAZIN

533943  (XD) 750mL

$65 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Fresh and pure, with delightful cassis and cherry preserve notes that stream through, picking up hints of tea and mineral. This has some sneaky grip on the finish too.  Score: 92-95 (WS)

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LATOUR À POMEROL

533935  (XD) 750mL

$139 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrle Tasting. Rich, polished and suave, this lets its plum and cassis fruit flow liberally, while keeping a graphite edge in reserve on the finish. Gorgeous feel, with fruit to burn. And it will burn for a while, because the acidity is well-embedded and the ample tannins are supple and long.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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LE GAY

529800  (XD) 750mL

$209 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  One of the best Le Gays in years. Full-bodied and polished with superfine tannins. Layered. Goes on for minutes.  Score: 98-99 (JS)

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LE PIN

530881  (XD) 750mL

$2,900 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  There is something decadent and wild about this Le Pin. Medium to full body, yet somehow wild and crazy— exotic. What a finish! This is real Le Pin. The dry weather reduced the production. 18 hectoliters. Reminds me of the unique 1986. Yeah...!  Score: 99-100 (JS)

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NENIN

533323  (XD) 750mL

$122 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is enticing, with a raspberry ganache edge around the core of bright plum and blackberry fruit. Light anise hint through the finish, which is silky in feel but keeps good energy.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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PÉTRUS

532242  (XD) 750mL

$2,500 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  98–100. Barrel Sample. A wine with the potential for 100 points, this is velvety, with blackberry fruit and a rich texture. It is intense, seductive and a real charmer, while at the same time, there are hugely dense tannins that support the fruit. It is a superb wine both for its generous character and for its immense structure. Keep for decades.  Score: 99 (WE)

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TROTANOY

529198  (XD) 750mL

$375 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is loaded for the long haul, with lots of loam- and graphite-edged grip, and it's a bit backward still. But the core of fruit is prodigious, with layers of warm fig, blackberry confiture and plum sauce flavors still sorting themselves out. The finish ripples with muscle and energy.  Score: 96-99 (WS)

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VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN

531178  (XD) 750mL

$479 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Vieux Château Certan is a wine of extraordinary beauty. Rich, seamless and voluptuous in the glass, it exudes sensuality in all of its dimensions. Tasted as a hypothetical blend, the 2016 is less expressive than the separate lots were when I tasted them a few months ago. A rush of dark cherry, inky blue/purplish fruit, crushed rocks, lavender and rose petal infuses the creamy, voluptuous finish. The 2016 manages to be dense and rich, but with no excess weight. It is quite simply a remarkable wine.  Score: 97-100 (VIN)

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ANGÉLUS
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

530980  (XD) 750mL

$699 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Angelus is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot with much of the production zoning in on the more clayey soils that are ideal in a dry growing season like this. Picked from 4 to 21 October and matured entirely in new oak, it has a very intense bouquet with multilayered blackcurrant, blueberry and floral notes, very refined and precise, not unlike the 2010 in some ways, but I would argue this is more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, symmetrical in terms of focus with just the right amount of sappiness on the saline finish. It is a superb Angelus from the de Boüard family, destined to give pleasure over many, many years. Once in bottle, I expect it to land towards the top of my banded scale. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 96-98 (RP)

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AUSONE
1er Grand Cru Classé (A)

533216  (XD) 750mL

$1,450 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Ausone is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc picked 10-14 October and 14-19 October, respectively, at 40 hectoliters per hectare. It is matured in 80% new oak with a light toasting, a move that Alain and Pauline Vauthier have made in recent years just to lessen the impact of the oak. There is a palpable...stateliness about the Ausone this year. It is extraordinarily pure and articulates its terroir as well as any vintage that I can remember over the last 20-odd years. It is not as flamboyant as other Saint Emilions, more correct and precise. The palate is very elegant and precise. I adore the exquisite balance of this Ausone, the precision and fineness of the tannin, the effortlessness that it conveys. This is classy and sophisticated, satin-like in texture with a long and sensual finish. Not an Ausone that is going to blaze across the sky, this is a cerebral, intellectual Ausone that will entrance for many years to come. Drink Date: 2022-2070.  Score: 98-100 (RP)

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BADETTE

531202  (XD) 750mL

$43 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Badette is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the first time that the latter has been used. This has a lovely bouquet with superb delineation, so vivid and lively with ebullient red cherries mixed with strawberry and subtle cassis notes, the 50% new oak neatly integrated. The palate is well balanced with fine, slightly grainy tannin, crisp acidity and a dash of black pepper on the finish. I liked the 2014, I liked the 2015 and guess what? I like the 2016. Drink Date: 2021-2045.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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BARDE HAUT
Grand Cru

529230  (XD) 750mL

$69 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Barde-Haut is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, vinified without SO2, matured around 80% in new 300-liter barrels from three cooperages and the remainder in one-year-old barrels. Hélène Garçin-Léveque told me that they are focusing on the elegance of their Saint Emilion estate and are picking a little earlier and practicing slightly less extraction. It has a really quite gorgeous bouquet with layers of ripe black plum and wild strawberry notes tinged with sloes. This has very fine delineation and focus. The palate is very well balanced with super-fine tannin, very well judged acidity and tension that lasts from start to finish. This is certainly one of the most feminine Barde-Haut wines that I have tasted from barrel, expressing more precision and finesse. It is an excellent follow-up to the 2015 Barde-Haut and may well surpass it in the long-term. Drink Date: 2021-2040.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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BEAU-SÉJOUR BÉCOT
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

532218  (XD) 750mL

$125 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  95–97. Barrel Sample. Minty aromas signal the effect new wood is already having on this wine. The fruit is opulent and ripe, with generous blackberry and plum flavors filling the glass. It will take many years to develop, so drink after 2029.  Score: 96 (WE)

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BÉLAIR-MONANGE
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

529610  (XD) 750mL

$239 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  95–97. Barrel Sample. This wine is ripe and beautifully perfumed. Juicy, concentrated blackberry flavors are backed by structured tannins. It is wine for the long haul.  Score: 97 (WE)

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BELLEVUE
Grand Cru Classé

534131  (XD) 750mL

$82 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is very exciting this year with a profound depth and power of fruit in addition to mineral undertones. Full and intense. Great finish. Better than the 2015?  Score: 97-98 (JS)

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BERLIQUET

529339  (XD) 750mL

$69 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Berliquet, 25% Cabernet Franc and 75% Merlot, is the third vintage that has seen more emphasis on Cabernet Franc. It has an attractive bouquet with black cherries, a touch of crème de cassis and incense aromas, quite generous and pretty. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin that exert a gentle but insistent grip in the mouth. There is a lovely saline seam in the mouth with a little chalkiness coming through on the aftertaste. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015 Berliquet, and the substance suggests that it will age well in bottle. Drink Date: 2022-2040.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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CANON
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

530220  (XD) 750mL

$179 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Canon makes it a double slam-dunk for head winemaker Nicolas Audebert and his team, as it is the second of two ethereal wines that will put the estate right at the top of the Saint Emilion tree. This year is a blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc picked from 22 September until 10 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare. It delivers 14.02% alcohol and an IPT of 65. Matured in 65% new oak, it has a compelling bouquet with intense black cherry and blueberry fruit, a tincture of oyster shell, all with exquisite definition. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, and again, there is stunning, almost ineffable precision. It is attired in a seamless texture with real density yet weightlessness on the finish. The persistence on the aftertaste is extraordinary. I composed this entire tasting note after spitting out the wine, but I can still feel my mouth tingling now. The 2015 was magnificent, but could this 2016 surpass that? "The 2016 is more Canon in style, more classic," commented Nicolas, and he could be right, although intuition tells me that the 2015 might be a hair's breadth better. I would not refuse either if they were opened before me. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE
Grand Cru Classé

533521  (XD) 750mL

$159 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (vines organically certified) picked from 26 September to 15 October and matured in 60% new oak. The yield is 42 hectoliters per hectare. This offers one of the most cerebral aromatics that I have encountered from this Saint Emilion estate: mineral-rich red and black fruit, quite edgy, almost flinty in style. I adore the focus of these aromas that are wired directly into the olfactory senses. The palate is very well balanced and governed by the Cabernet component. The black fruit is lifted by some lovely graphite notes that lend it a very Left Bank-like personality. It is fresh, taut and linear with a very persistent finish. Unlike other vintages of Canon la Gaffelière, I feel that this will require four to five years in bottle. As good as the 2015 last year, it might even surpass it. Drink Date: 2023-2050.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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CHEVAL BLANC
1er Grand Cru Classé (A)

532408  (XD) 750mL

$1,250 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and (the return of) 3% Cabernet Sauvignon from the gravel soils since in this vintage the vines showed absolutely no stress. It delivers 14.25% alcohol with an IPT of 75 and a pH 3.67, which Pierre Lurton told me is a little lower than normal. As usual, it is matured in 100% new oak. It has a very pure, correct and quite penetrating bouquet with black cherries, blackcurrant, graphite and a touch of wild mint. It is bashful at first but opens with confidence with aeration (incidentally, I allowed my sample 40 minutes to open). The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin and a killer line of acidity that imparts so much freshness from the starting gun. That soupçon on Cabernet Sauvignon does make a difference, lending a subtle vein of graphite that runs throughout the wine. It remains linear, with laser-like focus towards the extraordinarily persistent finish, pencil lead on the "HB" aftertaste. This is a classic and intellectual Cheval Blanc, not as charming perhaps as the 2015 Cheval Blanc, but it will unquestionably age gracefully over decades not years. Drink Date: 2024-2060.  Score: 97-99 (RP)

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CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE
Grand Cru Classé

530808  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Pure and unadorned, with a lovely beam of cassis and cherry compote stretching out, flecked by subtle anise, singed alder and mineral accents. Refined finish.  Score: 92-95 (WS)

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CLOS FOURTET
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

533620  (XD) 750mL

$199 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Gorgeous from the get-go, with plum sauce, cassis and violet notes streaming through, showing ample richness yet relying more on cut, while anise, black tea and chalky mineral flavors persist on the finish. A beauty in the making.  Score: 96-99 (WS)

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CROIX CANON

529966  (XD) 750mL

$51 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Croix Canon is a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc this year and matured in 25% new oak. It has a very precise bouquet with blackcurrant, touches of blueberry and subtle mineral aromas, gaining intensity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very tensile in the mouth with touches of graphite and tobacco, seguing into a supple and refined finish. It seems very approachable at this stage, but even as a Deuxième Vin, I can see this aging nicely over a decade, possibly more. Drink Date: 2020-2032.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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FIGEAC
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

533752  (XD) 750mL

$349 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Figeac is a blend of 36% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked from 23 September until 20 October at 49 hectoliters per hectare with 13.9% alcohol. The acidity is 3.67 pH, and it matured in 100% new oak (focused on five cooperages). This is a property that opened a new chapter in 2013, when Michel Rolland's services as a master blender have been called upon and engendered far greater harmony between the three grape varieties, now all singing from the same hymn sheet. It has a crisp blackberry nose, a little closed at first, opening nicely in the glass and offering raspberry coulis, pencil box and subtle mint aromas—classic Figeac in many ways. The palate is extraordinarily well balanced with a fine lattice of tannin sculpted to perfection. There is a slight edginess to this Figeac that I adore, the Cabernets very expressive, more so than the 2015, with graphite infusing every pore of the black fruit. This Figeac has an outstanding structure and a saline finish that beckons you back for another sip. The 2015 Figeac was stunning and the 2016 no less. Tasted on four separate occasions, and in the end, only one (banded) score became inevitable. Drink Date: 2026-2060.  Score: 98-100 (RP)

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FLEUR CARDINALE
Grand Cru Classé

531384  (XD) 750mL

$75 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak. Now this is a more restrained take for Fleur Cardinale, very pure and refined with red cherries, wild strawberry and light cassis notes, the oak neatly integrated (better than the 2015). The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, a fine bead of acidity, crisp and structured with a tightly wound finish that suggests that it will need four or five years in bottle. I suspect this will surpass the 2015 Fleur Cardinale - this is very fine. Drink Date: 2022-2042.  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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FOMBRAUGE
Grand Cru

525949  (XD) 750mL

$51 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A rich and chewy red with lots of fruit and tannins. Full-bodied, big and rich. Yet this remains polished and balanced. Exciting fruit character throughout. About one third is made in terracotta jars.  Score: 97-98 (JS)

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FONPLÉGADE

529412  (XD) 750mL

$65 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Château Fonplégade is beginning the conversion to biodynamics as of 2017 across the entire estate, after being certified organic in 2013. This is a lovely wine that sacrifices zero power but just shoots those silky, rich Merlot fruits through with a whoosh of life. I think it could go further in upping the minerality on the finish, but that should come naturally over the next few years and this is extremely successful. Stephane Derenoncourt consultant as of 2015. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2025-2040.  Score: 93 (DEC)

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FONROQUE

530204  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Fonroque, part of the portfolio of Alain Moueix, put in a killer performance this year. It has a lighter bouquet compared to its peers with dusky black fruit, quite tertiary and introverted at first, although it does gain more expression and vigor with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin on the entry, very refined and poised without compensating in terms of fruit. I adore the finish here, really sleek and stylish with very fine mineralité and classicism. Bravo Alain Moueix! Drink Date: 2021-2045.  Score: 93-95 (RP)

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GRAND CORBIN MANUEL

532507  (XD) 750mL

$37 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Grand Corbin Manuel has a gorgeous bouquet of vibrant red cherry and blackcurrant notes with just a hint of vanilla from the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, harmonious and focused with well judged acidity and a finish that just seems to "flow". There is a touch of dustiness on the finish but that should disappear by the time of bottling. Very fine, though it should be afforded three or four years in bottle. Drink Date: 2021-2036.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE
Grand Cru Classé

529289  (XD) 750mL

$57 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  93–95. Barrel Sample. Powerful tannins and ripe fruits are the main characters here. With a solid, foursquare character, it is generous and opulent. Tannins and concentration are all there, resulting in a wine with serious aging potential.  Score: 94 (WE)

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GRAND MAYNE
Grand Cru Classé

532598  (XD) 750mL

$79 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Grand-Mayne is a very different wine from those of old when sometimes it could be pushed too much in the winery. Certainly, the addition of Louis Mitjavile, François's son, has had a positive impact upon Grand-Mayne in the last two or three years. This is very elegant and refined, displaying more terroir characteristics with a gorgeous herbal lift, almost as if owner Jean-Antoine Nony had used some stems! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, almost Pomerol-like in style with more mineralité and refinement on the finish. This is a new style of Grand-Mayne, and frankly, it is one of the best I have tasted from this Saint Emilion estate. Drink Date: 2022-2045.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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LA CLOTTE

534180  (XD) 750mL

$119 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Clotte is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc this year, picked on 12 October for the Merlot and 17 October for both Cabernets. Matured in 85% new oak, it has a fragrant bouquet with plenty of redcurrant, wild strawberry and rose petal notes, real gusto here but also elegance. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a beautiful line of acidity, great substance and fine mineralité on the finish. La Clotte was in a poor state in terms of old and missing vines when the Vauthiers took over the property in 2014, but it is rapidly becoming one of their standout wines alongside Ausone. Superb. Drink Date: 2022-2045.  Score: 94-96 (RP)

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LA CONFESSION
Grand Cru

531111  (XD) 750mL

$61 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A dense and rich red with blackberry, blueberry and fresh mushroom character. Medium to full body, a wonderful balance of ripe tannins and fresh acidity. Harmonious, young wine.  Score: 92-93 (JS)

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LA DOMINIQUE
Grand Cru Classé

530022  (XD) 750mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Restrained and elegant on the attack, this has plenty of dense, dark black fruit to back it up. The palate opens to show complexity and intensity of fruit, and totally delivers on its opulent and silky billing, with lovely touches of spice to pick up the finish. Well constructed. It is planted to 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 70% new oak with Michel Rolland as consultant. 49hl/ha yield, 3.75pH. Drinking Window: 2027-2050.  Score: 94 (DEC)

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LA GAFFELIÈRE
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

529453  (XD) 750mL

$115 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Lively, with light savory and spearmint hints flecked throughout, while the core of currant and fig fruit sits atop some medium-weight brambly grip. A good juicy edge through the finish pulls it together. Very solid.  Score: 92-95 (WS)

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LA MONDOTTE

533588  (XD) 750mL

$489 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is a towering display of purity, with unadulterated cassis and raspberry fruit coursing along live-wire acidity while light chalk, anise and black tea notes fill in. Has serious grip, but it's buried in that jaw-dropping core of fruit. And this has minerality to burn. A stunner.  Score: 97-100 (WS)

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LARCIS DUCASSE
Grand Cru Classé

529917  (XD) 750mL

$135 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is really flattering, offering crushed raspberry, boysenberry and plum fruit stitched with dried anise, bramble and chalky threads. Long, elegant, spice-infused finish.  Score: 94-97 (WS)

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LARMANDE

529529  (XD) 750mL

$52 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Larmande has a clean and pure bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, more detailed and focused than some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, harmonious and focused with a long, persistent and very pure finish. This is a lovely Larmande that is going to give a lot of pleasure. Drink Date: 2021-2035.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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MONBOUSQUET
Grand Cru Classé

526566  (XD) 750mL

$95 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is packed with fig, boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that keep cascading over one another while enticing anise and plum cake notes fill in throughout. Gorgeous mouthfeel, with a creamy, rounded edge, yet never giving up a generally racy and focused feel.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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PAVIE
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

528877  (XD) 750mL

$699 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. This is a head-turner, with intense raspberry, cassis and boysenberry reduction notes pumping along, inlaid with a graphite edge and backed by waves of roasted apple wood, anise and fruitcake. Yet as large-scale as this is, it's still harnessed by a fine, chalky minerality through the finish. "Wow" wine.  Score: 97-100 (WS)

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PAVIE DECESSE Buyers' Choice
Grand Cru Classé

534115  (XD) 750mL

$235 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Vibrant raspberry, boysenberry and plum notes stream along, flecked with anise and floral notes and carried by a wonderfully racy and well-embedded chalky spine. Fruit-driven, but grounded in terroir.  Score: 93-96 (WS)

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PAVIE-MACQUIN
1er Grand Cru Classé (B)

533430  (XD) 750mL

$145 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is a really fantastic PM! The licorice, fresh mushroom, sous bois and stone character is so exciting. It’s full and very layered with exceptional depth and length. Compressed and focused. Pure silk.  Score: 97-98 (JS)

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PETIT GRAVET AÎNÉ

534099  (XD) 750mL

$65 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Petit-Gravet-Aine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 100% new French oak. The new oak here is neatly integrated into the abundant black fruit with red cherries and a touch of orange rind. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant savory and bell pepper note from the Cabernet Franc, spicy with fine structure and a persistent finish. Plenty of personality here; this is an excellent Saint Emilion to follow up the impressive 2015. Drink Date: 2025-2045  Score: 92-94 (RP)

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PUY BLANQUET
Grand Cru

534073  (XD) 750mL

$31 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A firm and structured young wine with blackberry, berry and dark-chocolate character. Medium body and fine tannins. Lovely energy and clarity.  Score: 90-91 (JS)

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SANSONNET

529479  (XD) 750mL

$59 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. On the gutsier side, with dark plum and currant fruit as well as a mouthfilling brambly note, but it's all integrated and energetic, with definition to match the heft. For fans of the more powerful style.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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TAUZINAT L'HERMITAGE
Grand Cru

528521  (XD) 750mL

$24 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Tauzinat L'Hermitage is soft, forward and quite expressive. Sweet tobacco, espresso, chocolate spice and floral notes add an attractive upper register to the pliant red fruit. Medium in body and open-knit, the 2016 looks like it will drink nicely with minimal cellaring. Tasted two times.  Score: 88-91 (VIN)

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TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE

533497  (XD) 375mL

$26 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015.  Score: 96-97 (JS)

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TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE

526350  (XD) 750mL

$49 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015.  Score: 96-97 (JS)

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TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE

533703  (XD) 1500mL

$99 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015.  Score: 96-97 (JS)

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TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE

533596  (XD) 3000mL

$250 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is superb: a triumph for the vintage considering how complicated it was in St.-Emilion. Elegance with power. Full-bodied, intense and forthright. Wonderful length and depth. Better than the 2015.  Score: 96-97 (JS)

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LE DOYENNÉ

526111  (XD) 750mL

$19 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Doyenne, a Première Côtes de Bordeaux, has an understated but pure bouquet with red cherries, boysenberry jam and violet aromas that unfurl nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, fine structure, subtle but slightly tarry fruit and a gently but insistent grip on the finish. This is a fantastic wine that I look forward to re-tasting in bottle. Drink Date: 2019-2029.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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ALCÉE Cellar Starter

529404  (XD) 750mL

$29 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Château Alcée is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc that is matured in 50% new oak. The nose offers upfront red berry fruit with mulberry and black truffle aromas, quite powerful although missing the delineation of the 2015 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry and fine tannin; midway through this Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, the class and sophistication shows through, especially with that dash of white pepper that lingers on the aftertaste. It will require three or four years in bottle to fully meld together, but this is a fine contribution to the vintage. Drink Date: 2021-2035.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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AMPÉLIA

528596  (XD) 750mL

$23 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  89–91. Barrel Sample. While there are lots of spicy wood tones in this full, ripe wine, the fruit lends grounding balance. Black currant flavors and firm tannins give it good potential for the future.  Score: 90 (WE)

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D'AIGUILHE

526590  (XD) 750mL

$44 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Barrel Tasting. Well-formed and integrated already, with a fleshy edge and good energy throughout. Features plum, anise and blackberry fruit, accented by a streak of bramble. A tasty wine in the making.  Score: 91-94 (WS)

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LES CHARMES GODARD BLANC

525980  (XD) 750mL

$23 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Les Charmes-Godard is lush, textured and inviting. Ripe orchard fruit, chamomile, dried flowers, almonds and a kiss of French oak all flesh out in a textured, inviting white loaded with class and personality. In 2016, the blend is 50% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon Gris and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in 500 liter barrels, with about 10% new oak and 2 barrels of acacia that Nicolas Thienpont and his team are experimenting with. In some vintages, Les Charmes-Godard needs time in bottle to be at its best, but the 2016 looks like it will drink well from the outset. I tasted the 2016 from tank just prior to bottling.  Score: 90-91 (VIN)

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PUYGUERAUD BLANC Cellar Starter

525972  (XD) 750mL

$22 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  A rich and juicy white with sliced-mango and cooked-apple character. Medium to full body and a delicious finish.  Score: 90-91 (JS)

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DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS

524215  (XD) 750mL

$25 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Really excellent with a beautiful depth of fruit and a wonderful center palate. Full-bodied, fruit-driven red yet one that’s in check and balanced. Well done. Better than the 2015?  Score: 93-94 (JS)

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LA PRADE Cellar Starter

525659  (XD) 750mL

$24 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Very fine and polished for the appellation with dark berries, minerals and spices. Medium body and a fresh finish.  Score: 91-92 (JS)

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CLOS DU ROY

532473  (XD) 750mL

$23 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Clos du Roy has a tightly wound bouquet with abundant black fruit waiting to unfold once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded but firm tannin, engaging blackberry and bilberry fruit mixed with mineral and a very refined and persistent finish that is the best I have encountered from this Fronsac estate. Bon vin! Très bon vin! Drink Date: 2021-2038.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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FONTENIL

532085  (XD) 750mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Fontenil has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry and subtle undergrowth aromas that change towards more marine-like, estuarine scents. There is certainly good complexity here. The palate is nicely poised with plenty of dusky black fruit. There is actually a very slight green edge...not under-ripe, perhaps more a leafiness that actually complements this Fronsac and lends freshness. I think this will turn out very fine once in bottle. Drink Date: 2021-2036.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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LA VIEILLE CURE Cellar Starter

529214  (XD) 750mL

$39 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Vieille Cure has a backward but detailed bouquet that will surely find its voice once in barrel. You can tell that there is attractive pure black fruit here. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, plenty of toasty black fruit, but it manages to retain fine delineation and I appreciate the spicy, peppery finish that lingers. This is a sterling follow-up to the 2015 Vieille Cure. Drink Date: 2021-2038.  Score: 90-92 (RP)

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CHÂTEAU CANON PÉCRESSE

524074  (XD) 750mL

$33 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Deep and rich with a stone and tar character. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Better than the 2015.  Score: 93-94 (JS)

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LA FLEUR DE BOUARD

524025  (XD) 750mL

$52 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 La Fleur de Bouard has a generous bouquet with ample black cherry and cassis scents, with a touch of oyster shell and cold flint in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth and supple tannin. The tannins grip the mouth though it does not become too overpowering, while there is an attractive tobacco note that complements the dusky black fruit on the finish. A more classically styled Lalande-de-Pomerol from the de Boüards, it has more personality than previously vintages, and it will give 15-20 years of drinking pleasure. Drink Date: 2022-2038.  Score: 91-93 (RP)

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LE CONSEILLER

528620  (XD) 750mL

$23 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  The 2016 Le Conseiller, 100% Merlot, could turn out to be one of the better values of the vintage. Inky blue and black fruit, chocolate, spice, new leather and sweet oak notes are pushed forward. While not especially subtle, Le Conseiller is fat, juicy and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  Score: 88-90 (VIN)

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AILE D'ARGENT

530824  (XD) 750mL

$129 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  Another success for the white wines of the Médoc, this is lovely with true freshness expertly pulled together under tension, contrasting with the roundness through the mid-palate. Clear, fleshy white peach and soft citrus is pulled in on the finish by a lick of wet stone. 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. 27% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to ensure a creamy character to the body. Drinking Window 2018-2032.  Score: 94 (DEC)

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BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES

533372  (XD) 750mL

$77 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This offers more proof that the whites in the Médoc have resisted the heat of August. The pH here is 3.01, and certainly the impression in the glass is of beautiful freshness with a creamy mid-palate of white peaches, honeysuckle and gentle citrus sorbet. Fermented at a low temperature in a combination of stainless steel, one year old barrels and 45% new oak with a very light toast, this is very delicate and extremely pretty. A blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 18% Muscadelle. Drinking Window: 2019-2032  Score: 94 (DEC)

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MAGREZ FOMBRAUGE BLANC

524850  (XD) 750mL

$49 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is very intense and minerally with crushed stones. Full body and an intense finish. So lively and characterful. This will go into bottle in June.  Score: 94-95 (JS)

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PAVILLON BLANC

533455  (XD) 750mL

$299 per btl.

TASTING NOTE:  This is really exciting with a vivid and energetic acidity and brightness. Lemon rind, pear and mineral character. Full-bodied, tight and long. A winner. Great finish.  Score: 97-98 (JS)

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BORDEAUX COLLECTION

530949  9 x 750mL

$14,000

The 2016 vintage Bordeaux Collection includes nine wines: Ausone (RP 98-100), Cheval Blanc (RP 97-99), Haut-Brion (RP 97-99), Lafite Rothschild (JS 100), Margaux (RP 97-99), La Mission Haut-Brion (RP 98-100), Mouton Rothschild (RP 98-100), Pétrus (WE 99), d'Yquem (JS 98-99)

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Product Name RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO #
Size
(mL)
Price
per bottle
LEFT BANK
Margaux - Red Wine
ALTER EGO 89-91       95-96 93 90-93 525790 750 $125
ANGLUDET 89-91     92   91   523910 750 $55
BRANE-CANTENAC 96-98   90-93 95 95-96   90-93 532945 750 $129
CANTENAC-BROWN 92-94   91-94 95 93-94   89-92 530063 750 $99
D'ARSAC 89-91     93       526202 750 $37
D'ISSAN 93-95   88-91 95 96-97 95 89-92 533034 750 $117
DU TERTRE 90-92   90-93 95 94-95 92 89-92 529115 750 $75
GISCOURS 93-95   92-95 97 96-97   91-94 530832 750 $109
KIRWAN 89-91 17- 89-92 96 88-89     526574 750 $79
LA GURGUE 87-89 16.5 86-89   93-94 87 87-90 524900 750 $42
LABÉGORCE 94-96 16.5 91-94 95 94-95 93 89-91 531988 750 $57
MALESCOT ST-EXUPÉRY 94-96 15.5 92-95 93 98-99 93 92-95 532101 750 $105
MARGAUX 97-99 17.5   98 98-99 97 97-100 534057 750 $1,025
MARQUIS D'ALESME-BECKER 92-94 17 91-94       91-94 531939 750 $73
PALMER 95-97 17.5+   99 99-100 98 95-98 526608 750 $569
PAVILLON ROUGE 91-93 16.5++   95 94-95 92 90-93 533570 750 $289
PRIEURÉ-LICHINE 90-92 16.5 91-94 94 93-94 95 93-96 524835 750 $75
RAUZAN-SÉGLA 95-97 17 92-95 97 96-97 95 94-97 529990 750 $149
SÉGLA 89-91       92-93     529834 750 $51
SIRAN 92-94 17- 89-92 95 94-95 93 86-89 531616 750 $52
Pauillac - Red Wine
CLERC MILON 92-94   93-96 94 94-95   90-93 531210 750 $129
D'ARMAILHAC 92-94   92-95 93 95-96 93 89-91 534065 750 $85
DUHART-MILON 92-94 17+   96 94-95 95 89-91 529321 750 $129
ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES 89-91   90-93   93-94 91 89-92 531145 750 $75
GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE 95-97   94-97 93 96-97   93-96 530790 750 $145
HAUT-BAGES LIBÉRAL 90-92   91-94 94 94-95 91 89-92 530733 750 $82
LA FLEUR PEYRABON 90-92 16.5   93   90 86-88 532432 750 $49
LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 96-98     99 100-100   95-98 531376 750 $1,200
LE PETIT MOUTON 92-94 17   92 95-96 93 91-94 530170 750 $329
LYNCH BAGES 97-99 17.5   97 98-99 95 92-95 528679 750 $229
MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 98-100 18.5+   99 100-100 98 95-98+ 529909 750 $1,025
PEDESCLAUX 93-95 16.5 90-93       90-93 529958 750 $82
PICHON LONGUEVILLE COMTESSE DE LALANDE 96-98 17- 95-98 97     97-100 533950 750 $299
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533661 375 $139
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533828 750 $275
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533463 1500 $549
PICHON-LONGUEVILLE-BARON 96-98       98-99 96   533257 3000 $1,200
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18   98 98-99 97 96-99 533695 375 $135
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18   98 98-99 97 96-99 533380 750 $259
PONTET-CANET 95-97 18   98 98-99 97 96-99 533638 1500 $519
RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE 90-92   90-93   93-94   90-93 528778 750 $75
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - Red Wine
BROWN ? 17 92-95 94 90-91 92   528794 750 $49
CARBONNIEUX 92-94   90-93 94 94-95   90-93 532093 750 $65
CLOS MARSALETTE 90-92 16.5 92-95   92-93 91 88-91 530907 750 $44
DE FIEUZAL 90-92   91-94 94 92-93   90-93 531079 750 $79
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 94-96   93-96 97 96-97 96 93-96 530840 750 $129
HAUT-BAILLY 96-98     97 98-99 97 94-97+ 531350 750 $215
HAUT-BERGEY     90-93   92-93   88-91 522722 750 $39
HAUT-BRION 97-99     97 96-97   95-98 528745 750 $1,025
HAUT-BRION 97-99     97 96-97   95-98 533422 1500 $2,050
LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION HAUT BRION 91-93 17   94 92-93   90-93 530873 750 $159
LA MISSION HAUT-BRION 98-100 18.5++   97 96-97   94-97 528810 750 $799
LA PARDE DE HAUT-BAILLY 90-92 16.5   93 92-93 91   533604 750 $53
LATOUR-MARTILLAC 92-94 16 90-93 95 93-94   89-92+ 531509 750 $61
LE CLARENCE DE HAUT-BRION 89-91 17   94 94-95 94 91-94 532390 750 $249
LES CARMES HAUT-BRION 95-97 17 93-96   96-97 95 94-97 533778 750 $145
MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE 94-96 16.5+ 92-95 97 95-96 94 92-95 530071 750 $99
PAPE CLÉMENT 95-97 16.5 94-97 96 97-98 94 93-96 531004 750 $165
SMITH HAUT LAFITTE 96-98 17.5 95-98 97 97-98   94-97 532200 750 $189
Saint-Estèphe - Red Wine
CALON-SÉGUR 95-97 18.5 94-97 96 98-99   94-97 534016 750 $165
CLAUZET 90-92         90 87-90 526178 750 $35
COS D'ESTOURNEL 98-100     97 97-98   92-95 526434 750 $285
LA CROIX DE PEZ         92-93     532564 750 $32
LA DAME DE MONTROSE 90-92 17   94 91-92   89-92 529206 750 $69
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533448 375 $45
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533000 750 $85
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533414 1500 $175
LE MARQUIS DE CALON SÉGUR 89-91 17+   94     90-93 530030 750 $49
LILIAN LADOUYS 91-93 16 90-93   93-94 91 88-91 526004 750 $39
MEYNEY 90-92 16.5 89-92   95-96 92 90-93 526160 750 $55
MONTROSE 97-99 18   97 97-98 96 93-96 528885 750 $265
ORMES DE PEZ 92-94 16.5 90-93 94 93-94 93 89-91 528604 750 $57
PHÉLAN SÉGUR 92-94 17- 91-94 93 94-95   91-94 530592 750 $79
SÉRILHAN 91-93 16.5     92-93   85-87 529297 750 $35
Saint-Julien - Red Wine
BEYCHEVELLE 96-98   93-96   94-95   91-94 531095 750 $145
BRANAIRE DUCRU 92-94   94-97 96 95-96   92-95 528588 750 $99
CLOS DU MARQUIS 93-95   93-96 94 94-95   91-94 526582 750 $99
DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 96-98   97-100 98 97-98   94-97 533760 750 $339
GLORIA 93-95   93-96 91 93-94 94 92-95 532663 750 $75
GRUAUD-LAROSE 93-95   91-94 93 95-96     528851 750 $129
LA CROIX DE DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 92-94         92   531053 750 $85
LAGRANGE 94-96 16.5 92-95 94 95-96 95 90-93 530782 750 $89
LALANDE BORIE 90-92 17.5 91-94 93 92-93 90 90-92 531343 750 $52
LANGOA BARTON 91-93 17.5 93-96 95 94-95 94 90-93 528703 750 $93
LÉOVILLE BARTON 93-95 18 96-99 98 95-96 96 93-96 533513 750 $159
LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 95-97 18 95-98   95-96   94-97 532606 750 $165
LÉOVILLE-LAS CASES 98-100 19 97-100 98 98-99 99 95-98+ 529545 750 $429
SAINT-PIERRE 94-96     93 93-94   91-94 531368 750 $115
SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE 88-90   91-94   90-91     528711 750 $45
TALBOT 90-92 17 93-96 94 93-94 94   529370 750 $109
Haut-Médoc - Red Wine
BEAUMONT       92 91-92     526335 750 $26
BELLE VUE 89-91   89-92 92     87-89 531962 750 $29
CANTEMERLE 90-92     95 94-95   89-92 528455 750 $57
CARONNE STE-GEMME 89-91     91 91-92     524710 750 $26
CLÉMENT-PICHON       92 91-92     524975 750 $33
D'AGASSAC       91 92-93 89   526285 750 $31
DU RETOUT     88-91   89-90   88-90 526400 750 $23
LA LAGUNE 93-95 17-       93 84-87 526509 750 $87
LA TOUR CARNET 91-93 17- 87-90 94 92-93 92 89-92 526020 750 $55
PALOUMEY 88-90 15.5 88-91 93 89-90 88 87-90 531293 750 $27
REYSSON 88-90 17   92 91-92     522623 750 $25
SÉNÉJAC 91-93 16.5+     92-93 91 88-91 523480 750 $27
SOCIANDO-MALLET 92-94 16.5     93-94   88-91 531525 750 $67
Médoc - Red Wine
LES GRANDS CHÊNES 87-89 15.5   91 92-93 90 87-90 526152 750 $29
Listrac-Médoc - Red Wine
FONRÉAUD 91-93     92 91-92     532523 750 $29
FOURCAS DUPRÉ 91-93 16     87-88 91   532069 750 $27
Moulis - Red Wine
CHASSE-SPLEEN 92-94     92 92-93   86-89 529495 750 $57
RIGHT BANK
Pomerol - Red Wine
CLINET 96-98   94-97   94-95 97 92-95 532135 750 $179
CLOS DU CLOCHER 93-95       94-95 92 90-93 529859 750 $89
CLOS L'ÉGLISE 93-95   92-95   94-95   92-95 529552 750 $175
FERRAND 87-89             524884 750 $39
GAZIN 94-96 16.5 91-94     94 89-92 528828 750 $149
HAUT-MAILLET         92-93     531442 750 $45
HOSANNA 92-94 18 93-96 95 96-97   94-97 533851 750 $219
L’ÉGLISE-CLINET 97-99   94-97     98 96-99 533398 750 $549
LA FLEUR PÉTRUS 92-94 17- 95-98 96 98-99 98 95-98 529149 750 $359
LAFLEUR-GAZIN 87-89 17 92-95 93 92-93 92   533943 750 $65
LATOUR À POMEROL 90-92 17 93-96   93-94 94 92-95 533935 750 $139
LE GAY 92-94 16 92-95   98-99 91 93-96 529800 750 $209
LE PIN 96-98 19     99-100 98 97-100 530881 750 $2,900
NENIN 92-94 17.5 91-94 94 95-96 93 90-93 533323 750 $122
PÉTRUS 96-98 19   99 99-100 98   532242 750 $2,500
TROTANOY 96-98 18 96-99 96 97-98 99 95-98 529198 750 $375
VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN 95-97 19   98 98-99   97-100 531178 750 $479
Saint-Émilion - Red Wine
ANGÉLUS 96-98 17++   98 99-100   94-97+ 530980 750 $699
AUSONE 98-100 18+   99 97-98   96-99 533216 750 $1,450
BADETTE 92-94       92-93   90-93 531202 750 $43
BARDE HAUT 92-94   91-94   93-94 91 92-95 529230 750 $69
BEAU-SÉJOUR BÉCOT 93-95   92-95 96 93-94   90-93 532218 750 $125
BÉLAIR-MONANGE 94-96   95-98 97 95-96   92-95 529610 750 $239
BELLEVUE 90-92       97-98   93-96 534131 750 $82
BERLIQUET 91-93 16.5+ 92-95 92 95-96 91 88-90 529339 750 $69
CANON 97-99 18.5 95-98 97 96-97 98 91-94 530220 750 $179
CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE 93-95   95-98 96 95-96   93-96 533521 750 $159
CHEVAL BLANC 97-99 18.5+   98 98-99 98 96-99 532408 750 $1,250
CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE 91-93   92-95   94-95   91-94 530808 750 $75
CLOS FOURTET 95-97   96-99 96 95-96 96 93-96 533620 750 $199
CROIX CANON 90-92       92-93   88-90 529966 750 $51
FIGEAC 98-100 19 95-98 98 96-97   94-97+ 533752 750 $349
FLEUR CARDINALE 92-94   92-95   94-95 92 92-95 531384 750 $75
FOMBRAUGE 91-93   87-90 94 97-98   91-94 525949 750 $51
FONPLÉGADE 91-93 16.5+ 92-95 91 94-95 93 91-94 529412 750 $65
FONROQUE 93-95 16 90-93 91 89-90   87-89 530204 750 $57
GRAND CORBIN MANUEL 91-93       91-92     532507 750 $37
GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE 89-91   89-92 94 91-92   90-93 529289 750 $57
GRAND MAYNE 94-96   89-92 92 91-92   89-92 532598 750 $79
LA CLOTTE 94-96 16.5+   94 94-93   91-94 534180 750 $119
LA CONFESSION 88-90 16     92-93   87-90 531111 750 $61
LA DOMINIQUE 91-93? 17 90-93 93 93-94 94 90-93 530022 750 $99
LA GAFFELIÈRE 92-94 16.5 92-95 96 95-96 93 92-95 529453 750 $115
LA MONDOTTE 93-95   97-100   96-97   94-97 533588 750 $489
LARCIS DUCASSE 93-95 17 94-97 95 95-96   94-97 529917 750 $135
LARMANDE 91-93 15.5   93 92-93 90 87-90 529529 750 $52
MONBOUSQUET 90-92 17 93-96 94 94-95 89 88-90 526566 750 $95
PAVIE 98-100 17 97-100 97 99-100 97 97-100 528877 750 $699
PAVIE DECESSE 92-94 16 93-96 94 98-99 94 94-97 534115 750 $235
PAVIE-MACQUIN 94-96 16.5+ 94-97 96 97-98 94 96-99 533430 750 $145
PETIT GRAVET AÎNÉ 92-94       91-92   93-96 534099 750 $65
PUY BLANQUET 88-90 16.5 88-91   90-91   90-93 534073 750 $31
SANSONNET 91-93   91-94   94-95   93-96 529479 750 $59
TAUZINAT L'HERMITAGE   15         88-91 528521 750 $24
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 533497 375 $26
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 526350 750 $49
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 533703 1500 $99
TOUR SAINT CHRISTOPHE 92-94       96-97   91-94 533596 3000 $250
Côtes de Bordeaux - Red Wine
LE DOYENNÉ 90-92       89-90   85-87 526111 750 $19
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Castillon - Red Wine
ALCÉE 90-92 16 88-91   92-93   89-92 529404 750 $29
AMPÉLIA   16+   90 87-88 89 86-89 528596 750 $23
D'AIGUILHE 90-92   91-94   91-92 91 90-92 526590 750 $44
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Francs - Red Wine
DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS         93-94   88-90 524215 750 $25
LA PRADE 87-89 16.5 89-92   91-92   88-91 525659 750 $24
Fronsac - Red Wine
CLOS DU ROY 91-93       92-93   89-91 532473 750 $23
FONTENIL 90-92   90-93   92-93   90-92 532085 750 $39
LA VIEILLE CURE 90-92 16 91-94   92-93 93 89-92 529214 750 $39
Canon Fronsac - Red Wine
CHÂTEAU CANON PÉCRESSE         93-94   87-89 524074 750 $33
Lalande-de-Pomerol - Red Wine
LA FLEUR DE BOUARD 91-93 16.5     92-93 90 90-93 524025 750 $52
OTHER
Bordeaux Supérieur - Red Wine
LE CONSEILLER             88-90 528620 750 $23
Bordeaux - Red Wine
BORDEAUX COLLECTION               530949 9 x 750 $14,000
Product Name RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO #
Size
(mL)
Price
per bottle
LEFT BANK
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - White Wine
BROWN BLANC 86-88   90-93 92   90   528950 750 $49
CARBONNIEUX BLANC 88-90   89-92 94 90-91   89-92 531129 750 $57
DE CHANTEGRIVE CUVÉE CAROLINE BLANC         93-94     528547 750 $33
DE FIEUZAL BLANC 90-92   89-92   93-94   89-91 533125 750 $85
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER BLANC 90-92   90-93 96 96-97   89-92 530857 750 $169
HAUT-BRION BLANC 92-94     96 96-97 95 93-96 531970 750 $1,500
LA MISSION HAUT-BRION BLANC 91-93       98-99 94 90-93 531038 750 $1,100
LATOUR-MARTILLAC BLANC 88-90   90-93   93-94   88-91 532010 750 $59
LES HAUTS DE SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC     89-92 93   94 90-93 530212 750 $46
MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE BLANC 89-91   88-91   93-94 94 90-93 529982 750 $99
PAPE CLÉMENT BLANC 92-94   91-94   94-95   92-95 531020 750 $249
SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC 93-95   92-95   96-97 94 92-95 532192 750 $175
Sauternes/Barsac - White Wine
CARMES DE RIEUSSEC 85-87       89-90     532655 750 $39
CLIMENS 95-97         94 93-96 524140 375 $62
CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY 92-94   92-95 94 94-95     526186 375 $31
COUTET 91-93   92-95 96 94-95   89-92 522631 375 $35
DOISY-DAËNE 95-97   92-95 95 94-95   91-94 531277 375 $33
DOISY-VÉDRINES 91-93   92-95 94 91-92 93 90-93 523498 375 $31
FILHOT 88-90   91-94   88-89   90-93 526475 375 $21
GUIRAUD 93-95   92-95 95 94-95   89-92 524280 375 $39
GUIRAUD 93-95   92-95 95 94-95   89-92 524272 750 $75
HAUT-BERGERON 90-92 16+     92-93   90-93 532416 375 $23
LA TOUR BLANCHE 86-88 17 92-95 95 93-94 89 88-91 524801 375 $35
LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY 94-96   91-94 94 98-99   92-95 525709 375 $44
MYRAT 92-94 16.5+ 91-94   93-94 90 91-94 531285 375 $25
RIEUSSEC 92-94 16.5+   96 98-99 95 93-96 528505 375 $52
SUDUIRAUT 94-96 18+ 93-96 96 95-96     525956 375 $57
RIGHT BANK
Côtes de Bordeaux -- Francs - White Wine
LES CHARMES GODARD BLANC 89-91   87-90       90-91 525980 750 $23
PUYGUERAUD BLANC 86-88       90-91   90-91 525972 750 $22
OTHER
Bordeaux - White Wine
AILE D'ARGENT 89-91     91 93-94 94 89-91 530824 750 $129
BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES 88 16.5     95 94   533372 750 $77
MAGREZ FOMBRAUGE BLANC 91-93       94-95   89-92 524850 750 $49
PAVILLON BLANC 92-94 17   95 97-98 96 94-97 533455 750 $299
9 x 750 mL
 
SOURCES:
RP:        Neal Martin, erobertparker.com 
JR:        Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com (20-point system)  
WS:       James Molesworth, winespectator.com 
WE:       Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
JS:        James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

DEC:

Jane Anson, decanter.com 

VIN:

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com


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