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Bordeaux Futures 2016

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“The bottled 2016s capture every bit of the potential I sensed when I started tasting the wines from barrel, prior to en primeur, in January 2017. I found many 2016s to be even better from bottle than they were during the spring futures campaign. The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage.”

—(Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Jan. 18, 2019)

 

“Let's cut to the chase: 2016 is a fantastic, sublime and at times entrancing vintage. For once, the frothing hype that presaged en primeur was justified. The 2016 vintage already feels haloed. The promise that was so palpable in barrel remains, and many of these wines are destined to give immense pleasure, not only at the top of the hierarchy but on the lower rungs too - always the litmus test of a truly great growing season.”

—(Neal Martin, vinous.com, Jan. 24, 2019)

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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
PHÉLAN SÉGUR 92-94 17- 91-94 93 94-95   91-94 530592 750 $79
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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
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Sauternes/Barsac - White Wine
FILHOT 88-90   91-94   88-89   90-93 526475 375 $21
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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
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Margaux - Red Wine
ALTER EGO 89-91       95-96 93 90-93 525790 750 $125
ANGLUDET 89-91     92   91   523910 750 $55
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
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
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
D'ARMAILHAC 92-94   92-95 93 95-96 93 89-91 534065 750 $85
ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES 89-91   90-93   93-94 91 89-92 531145 750 $75
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
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
RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE 90-92   90-93   93-94   90-93 528778 750 $75
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - White Wine
CARBONNIEUX BLANC 88-90   89-92 94 90-91   89-92 531129 750 $57
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
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
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - Red Wine
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 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
MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE 94-96 16.5+ 92-95 97 95-96 94 92-95 530071 750 $99
Saint-Estèphe - Red Wine
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 533000 750 $85
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533414 1500 $175
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
Saint-Julien - Red Wine
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
GRUAUD-LAROSE 93-95   91-94 93 95-96     528851 750 $129
LA CROIX DE DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 92-94         92   531053 750 $85
LANGOA BARTON 91-93 17.5 93-96 95 94-95 94 90-93 528703 750 $93
TALBOT 90-92 17 93-96 94 93-94 94   529370 750 $109
Haut-Médoc - Red Wine
CANTEMERLE 90-92     95 94-95   89-92 528455 750 $57
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 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
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
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
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Pomerol - Red Wine
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
HAUT-MAILLET         92-93     531442 750 $45
LA FLEUR PÉTRUS 92-94 17- 95-98 96 98-99 98 95-98 529149 750 $359
NENIN 92-94 17.5 91-94 94 95-96 93 90-93 533323 750 $122
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
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-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
GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE 89-91   89-92 94 91-92   90-93 529289 750 $57
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 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
PUY BLANQUET 88-90 16.5 88-91   90-91   90-93 534073 750 $31
TAUZINAT L'HERMITAGE   15         88-91 528521 750 $24
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
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
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
PAVILLON BLANC 92-94 17   95 97-98 96 94-97 533455 750 $299

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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
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
D'ARMAILHAC 92-94   92-95 93 95-96 93 89-91 534065 750 $85
ECHO DE LYNCH BAGES 89-91   90-93   93-94 91 89-92 531145 750 $75
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
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
RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE 90-92   90-93   93-94   90-93 528778 750 $75
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - Red Wine
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 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
MALARTIC-LAGRAVIÈRE 94-96 16.5+ 92-95 97 95-96 94 92-95 530071 750 $99
Saint-Estèphe - Red Wine
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 533000 750 $85
LAFON-ROCHET 91-93 16.5 90-93 96 93-94 95 91-94 533414 1500 $175
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
Saint-Julien - Red Wine
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
GRUAUD-LAROSE 93-95   91-94 93 95-96     528851 750 $129
LA CROIX DE DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU 92-94         92   531053 750 $85
LANGOA BARTON 91-93 17.5 93-96 95 94-95 94 90-93 528703 750 $93
TALBOT 90-92 17 93-96 94 93-94 94   529370 750 $109
Haut-Médoc - Red Wine
CANTEMERLE 90-92     95 94-95   89-92 528455 750 $57
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 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
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
RIGHT BANK
Pomerol - Red Wine
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
HAUT-MAILLET         92-93     531442 750 $45
LA FLEUR PÉTRUS 92-94 17- 95-98 96 98-99 98 95-98 529149 750 $359
NENIN 92-94 17.5 91-94 94 95-96 93 90-93 533323 750 $122
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
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-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
GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE 89-91   89-92 94 91-92   90-93 529289 750 $57
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 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
PUY BLANQUET 88-90 16.5 88-91   90-91   90-93 534073 750 $31
TAUZINAT L'HERMITAGE   15         88-91 528521 750 $24
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
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
OTHER
Bordeaux Supérieur - Red Wine
LE CONSEILLER             88-90 528620 750 $23
Product Name RP JR WS WE JS DEC VIN LCBO #
Size
(mL)
Price
per bottle
LEFT BANK
Pessac-Léognan/Graves - White Wine
CARBONNIEUX BLANC 88-90   89-92 94 90-91   89-92 531129 750 $57
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
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
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
PAVILLON BLANC 92-94 17   95 97-98 96 94-97 533455 750 $299
 
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


Prices and selection may change without prior notice. VINTAGES reserves the right to limit quantities per customer.


Please note: Products can only be shipped to LCBO stores.