100 Point Chateau Pontet Canet 2010

Chateau Pontet Canet has always been a favorite of mine for top Classified Growth Bordeaux. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the 2009 and 2010 a perfect 100 points.  I have had the pleasure of tasting both and both deserve the score but I must say I prefer the 2010.  It is not quite as ripe and possesses better classic Bordeaux structure and I believe will age longer.  Especially in the magnum which is what we have available.

Pontet Canet 2010

Pinot Grigio and Beyond

 

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Just a quick reminder that this Sunday at 2pm Bellevue Wine & Spirits will host the first of our wine and food pairings classes. The cost to attend is $5 per person which will then apply to your purchase. We will be pouring some wines from our US Representative for Obiz and Borgo Gortani from Friuli, Italy and pairing them with delicious Italian Cheeses and Charcuterie from Milk and Honey, now owned and operated by Sheryl Callaghan.Reservations are required so please call us at the store at (401) 846-7993 or by emailing bellevuewinespirits@gmail.com. Your positive reservation on Facebook does not ensure you a spot, so please call us as we may sell out.

Pinot Grigio (pee noh GREE joe) is the Italian name for the French variety Pinot Gris. Like other varieties of French origin, Pinot Gris immigrated to Northeastern Italy more than a century ago; its production has increased since the late 1970’s, however, because its wines have found such commercial success. Last year Pinot Grigio sales in gallonage exceeded Chardonnay and now reigns as the top selling white wine in the US.
Because of high crop levels and popular taste in Italy, Pinot Grigio most often makes light-bodied, pale, high-acid wines; some producers make more characterful styles, with concentrated flavors of peach or mineral, but none as rich as Alsace Pinot Gris wines. The best Pinot Grigios come from Northern Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. My favorite and great value Pinot Grigio are the Obiz Friuli Pinot Grigio at $14.99 and Cormon’s Friulii Isonzo on sale at $13.99.  My favorite bargain Pinot Grigio is the Barone Fini on sale at $9.99 from Valdadige in the Adige Valley in Northern Italy, also where Santa Margarita sources their grapes.
There are also additional great white wines from many different varietals. If you go to the Northeast of Italy on the banks of beautiful Lake Garda they produce “Lugana” which is a wonderful dry white wine of character produced alms exclusively from Turbiana, a Trebbiano variety that was thought to have links to Verdichio which is quite different then then Tuscan Trebbiano. New research has questioned the exact origin but it is known that it has been grown for centuries on the banks of Lake Garda.
The soil of the region helps to define the wine.  The top layers are primarily clay, limestone, and chalk.  The subsoils are typically gravelly with peat, limestone and mineral salts.  That is why many Lugana are described as having a saline character.The Lake also has a profound influence. Lake Garda is one of the largest bodies of water in Europe and keeps the region temperate.  Lemon and olive trees also flourish along the banks.  The two winds, “Il Pelir ” is a cool morning wind that blows down from Riva del Garda from the north and “L’Ora is a warming southerly afternoon wind.
One our favorite Lugana and best value on sale at $11.99 is from Zenato. Pale lemon-green in color.  Offers appealing notes of peaches, citrus, and herbs which are underscored by crisp acidity and supple body.  The Zenato Lugana is a gorgeous wine that shows just how delicious the white wine of Lake Garda can be.  Normally $16.99 but on sale at $11.99 until our inventory is gone.
Further north near the border with Slovenia you will find the prized grapes Ribolia Gialla, Malvasia Istriana, and Fruilano. The  wine from this area is Collio and camn be produced from any of the three grapes.  Our favorite value wine from this region is Cormon’s Collio Collio which blends all three grapes in their wine. The Cormon’s Collio Collio is a beautifully balnced wine with ample yet restrained fruit and a long, crisp, lingering finish. On sale at $14.99.

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Value Wines for the Winter Blues

 

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This Sunday, we are excited to host the first of our pairings classes. The cost to attend is $5 per person which will then apply to your purchase. We will be pouring some wines from our US Representative for Obiz and Borgo Gortani from Friuli, Italy and pairing them with delicious Italian Cheeses and Charcuterie from Milk and Honey, now owned and operated by Sheryl Callaghan.

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John’s best value picks to ward off the winter blues

Vina Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Reserva 2011

Crisp, with a core of lithe cherry, current and raspberry flavors, accented by notes of green herb. Finishes with white pepper and paprika hints. Drink now through 2017. 98,700 cases made – KM

Sale Price $9.99 plus 10% case discount

Tres Picos Old Vine Garnacha 2010
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 92pt

One of my favorite offerings from the Bodegas Borsao is the 6,000-case cuvee of the 2010 Tres Picos. Made from 100% Garnacha aged in equal parts stainless steel and French oak, this is the Bodegas Borsao’s interpretation of Chateauneuf du Pape. (But when’s the last time you saw a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape priced at $17 – about 30 years ago?) Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long, this unbelievable value should drink well for 3-4 years.

Sale Price $11.99

Nisia Verdejo Old Vine 2011
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 91pt

The 2011 Nisia is made from 100% old vine Verdejo (the youngest vines were planted in 1942, and others are nearly 100 years of age). The wine is aged sur-lie, and fermented in both stainless steel and large format French oak. It is undeniably one of the finest Verdejos I have ever tasted. Yields were less than three tons of fruit per hectare, which is noticeable in the wine’s old vine intensity. Notions of caramelized white citrus and tropical fruit blossoms along with a naked, natural texture as well as finish make for a terrific dry white with loads of personality and complexity. This beauty sells for an absurdly low price. Enjoy it over the next year. 

Sale Price $10.99

Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin 09

The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin is a plump wine best suited to drinking while the fruit retains its juiciness. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017. 

Drouhin farms 75 hectares of vineyards according to biodynamic principles. Maceration and fermentation lasts about three weeks. The wines are then racked into oak in a cold part of the cellar to slow down the malos, although in 2009 they were entirely done by December. The estate leaves the wines on their lees for several months with one racking, or two if needed, prior to being assembled for bottling. New oak ranges from 25% for the entry-level wines to 50-65% for the grand crus. Veronique Drouhin thinks the 2009s will stay open throughout their lives, much as the 1985s have. All of these 2009s were bottled between early December, 2010 and January, 2011.

Sale Price $29.99

Joseph Drouhin Cote De Beaune 2010The 2010 Cote de Beaune comes across as quite fleshy and supple. Dark red berries, licorice, spices and tobacco are some of the notes that flesh out in this radiant, gracious wine. Drouhin uses young vines from Clos des Mouches and several other 1er Crus for the Cote de Beaune. I especially like the round finish for the way it elevates the wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.

This is an impressive showing from Drouhin. In my view the 2010s are more interesting and transparent than the 2009s. Veronique Drouhin describes 2010 as a vintage with long-term aging potential, which certainly seems to be the case. Some of the wines were vinified with a portion of whole clusters, including the Corton-Bressandes, Petits-Monts, Charmes and Musigny.

Sale Price $24.99

Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2012The Talbott Pinot Noir Kali Hart (aged 9 months in 10% new French oak) offers upfront and delicious Pinot Noir character with sweet red fruits, underbrush and hints of herbs to go with a medium-bodied, lightly textured, yet classy and fresh mouthfeel. It doesn’t pack much back-end depth or richness, yet is very drinkable and has solid character. Enjoy it over the coming 1-3 years. Drink now-2016.

I was blown away by these current releases and across the board the wines show beautiful balance and loads of class. In addition, the Kali Hart and Logan releases are serious values that should not be missed!

Sale Price $15.99

Cruz De Alba Crianza 2007

Cruz de Alba’s 2007 Crianza is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) aged for 15 months in French oak before bottling without filtration. Purple-colored, it displays a nose of lightly roasted meat, leather, Asian spices, and blackberry. On the palate it is full-bodied, ripe, mouth-filling, and succulent. It has the structure for another 2-3 years of cellaring and should deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2022. 

Sale Price $16.99

Finca El Origen Malbec Reserva 2011

The ripe boysenberry and cassis notes are accented with hot stone, underbrush and tobacco. A creamy undertone softens the firm finish. Drink now. 40,000 cases made. â€“NW

Sale Price $9.99

Epilogo Sauvignon Blanc & Moscatel 90pt – Robert Parker

The 2012 Epilogo is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Moscatel from biodynamically cultivated vines and undergoes a natural ferment. The nose is crisp and lively; displaying lemon thyme, apricot and citrus peel. The palate is well-balanced with elderflower-tinged citrus fruit that fans out towards a flavorsome, clean, precise finish. This is an excellent white La Mancha wine! Drink now. 

Sale Price $9.99

Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio 2012

Balanced, with well-knit notes of crunchy pear, star anise and apricot. Clean finish. Drink now. 55,000 cases made. â€“AN

Sale Price $9.99

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Italian Wines and Food Pairings Class

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Classified Growth Bordeaux On Sale

 

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Please find an extensive offering below of red Classified Growth Bordeaux. Prices are as low as $45 per bottle for the great 2009 Chateau Siran. There are 100 point wines such as 2009 Pontet Canet and Leoville-Poyferre. Don’t miss the 2000 and 2005 vintages listed also. They are both stunning vintages and you will not have to wait as long to enjoy as the 2009 and 2010 vintages. If you have patience, I do recommend the 2010 vintage over the 2009. Both are very highly rated but I find the 2010 more classically structured.

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2005 Pape Clement
Pape Clement visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 98 Drink: 2015 – 2043 $419 
Probably the greatest Pape-Clement ever made, the dense purple-colored 2005 (a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits sumptuous notes of smoky scorched earth, graphite, melted licorice, and blackberries. Once past the exquisite perfume, the wine reveals full body, extraordinary concentration, plenty of chocolate, smoke, cassis, and blackberry flavors, and that unmistakable volcanic ash-like earthiness that comes from this appellation. The tannins are slightly sweeter than those found in most northern Medocs, but this is still a backward, large-scaled effort that requires 7-8 years of cellaring. It should last for 30-35 years.
$2,940.00 per case, net bottle $245.  Also available in 6 bottle wood case at $1,560.00, net bottle $260
2009 Pape Clement
Pape Clement visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2017 – 2047 $400 
Although the 2009 Pape Clement may not be as sublime as the 2005 or 2000, but it is very close to those two efforts, and it will be fascinating to compare them (as well as the 2008 and 2010) over the following three decades. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with a modest 13.5% alcohol, the 2009 reveals considerable structure and tannin along with tell-tale notes of burning embers, scorched earth, graphite, blueberries, blackberries and toasty vanillin, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. This rich, full offering is surprisingly backward. This cuvee should drink well in 5-6 years as one rarely has to wait a decade or more to enjoy Pape Clement. It should age for three decades or more.
$2,196.00 per case, net bottle $183.00
2008 Haut Brion
Haut Brion visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #194
May 2011
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2011 – 2041 $953 
This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it reveals more evolution and complexity in its large-scaled perfume. The dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of creosote, asphalt, blueberries, black currants and jammy raspberries, sweet tannins, a savory, fleshy mouthfeel and a stunning finish. This incredibly pure, noble wine was produced from one of the estate’s smallest crops (only 7,000 cases produced versus the usual 12,000 cases). It should drink well for three decades or more.
6 bottle wood case at $4,296.00 per case, net bottle $716.00
a Mission Haut Brion visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #202
Aug 2012
Robert Parker 98+ Drink: 2020 – 2050 $1577
Another massive effort, the inky/purple-colored 2005 La Mission-Haut-Brion is broodingly backward and foreboding. The aromatic profile offers hints of charcoal, freshly laid hot tar, truffles, graphite and black fruits. Full-bodied, powerful, tannic and almost painfully extracted and concentrated with tremendous structure, good acidity and a massive finish, this infant wine is largely unchanged since I first tasted it from bottle. If everything comes together in 10-15 years, this brilliant 2005 should merit a triple digit score. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+.
$800.00 per bottle
2005 Brane-Cantenac
Brane-Cantenac visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2008 – 2028 $160 
This is the finest Brane-Cantenac I have tasted in over thirty years. Unusually perfumed and already approachable (atypical for most 2005 Medocs), it reveals a deep plum/purple color as well as a stunningly flamboyant bouquet of smoked herbs, licorice, camphor, black cherries, currants, and notions of plums and blackberries. Elegant with silky tannin and medium body, it is clearly a classic statement on the Margaux appellation. While not a powerhouse, it is beautifully concentrated, stunningly balanced, and surprisingly forward. It could be drunk now after several hours of decanting, but it should age easily for 20+ years.
$1,488.00 per case, net bottle $124.00
2009 Brane-Cantenac
Brane-Cantenac visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 95 Drink: N/A $129 
A spectacular effort from this estate rivaling their 2005, but more flashy/flamboyant, this dark ruby/purple wine has a strikingly intense nose of licorice, flowers, plums and dark berries. Medium to full-bodied, very approachable and silky, this suave, very sexy wine can be drunk early on as well as aged for 20+ years.
$1,188.00 per case, net bottle $99.00
2009 Giscours
Giscours visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2012 – 2042 $185 
The finest Giscours in my professional career (I said the same thing from barrel), this dense purple wine has a stunning nose of burning embers, charcoal, creme de cassis, new saddle leather and damp, forest floor notes. It is full-bodied, with exceptionally sweet, well-integrated tannins and a multi-dimensional, almost skyscraper-like mid-palate and finish. With its low acidity and remarkable substance and depth, this gorgeous wine should age beautifully for 20-30 years.
$1,200.00 per case, net bottle $85.00
2010 Lascombes
Lascombes visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2018 – 2048 -$290 
The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length. The influence of any oak is minimal, despite the fact that 90% new French oak was used. Needless to say, this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at it’s finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it 5 or so years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. This is one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage.
$1,848.00 per case , net bottle $154.00
2003 Chateau Margaux
Chateau Margaux visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #164
Apr 2006
Robert Parker 99 Drink: 2011 – 2035 $2004 
Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly even more concentrated), a velvety texture, and notes of spring flowers interwoven with camphor, melted licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Not a blockbuster, it offers extraordinary intensity as well as a surreal delicacy/lightness. There is riveting freshness to this offering, which tips the scales at a lofty (for this estate) 13.5% alcohol, as well as an alluring sweetness and accessibility. It probably will tighten up over the next few years. Nevertheless, it is a profound Chateau Margaux that brings to mind a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.
$979.00 per bottle
 2004 Palmer
Palmer visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #171
Jun 2007
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2011 – 2025 $445 
This stunning wine is one of the vintage’s great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+
$3,384.00 per case, net bottle $282.00.  Also available in 6 bottle wood case, $1,494.00, net bottle $249.00
2009 Palmer
Palmer visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 97 Drink: 2012 – 2062 $944 
One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and That’s exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years
$4,380.00 per case, net bottle $365.00
2005 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla)
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 94+ Drink: 2017 – 2030 -$310 
One of the most beautiful Rauzan-Seglas made in decades, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot and tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a gorgeous perfume of spring flowers, subtle mint, black cherries, black currants, licorice, and a hint of new oak. It offers medium to full body, sweet tannins, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a sensational finish. Although this beauty is performing well, it remains a decade away from its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+.
$1,776.00 per case, net bottle $148.00
2010 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla)
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 95+ Drink: 2018 – 2043 $335 
To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate’s production. It is certainly not for those who can’t wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more.
$2,004.00 per case, net bottle $167.00
2009 Siran
Siran visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 90 Drink: 2014 – 2034 $90 
Potentially the best Siran I have ever tasted and another unqualified sleeper of the vintage, this dense purple wine displays notes of scorched embers, vanillin, black currants, spring flowers and graphite. Medium to full-bodied, with stunning concentration, purity, texture and length, the 2009 Siran has plenty of tannin lurking beneath its luxurious fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years.
$540.00 per case, net bottle $45.00
2005 Branaire-Ducru
Branaire-Ducru visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2015 – 2030 $158 
As usual, the 2005 Branaire-Ducru is one of the more distinctive wines of St.-Julien. Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux has turned out another classic. While not as opulent or fleshy as the 2003, and it remains to be seen if it will eclipse the 2000, the 2005 is a big, structured, intensely rich effort with raspberry, blueberry, and spring flower garden characteristics, stunning purity, full-bodied power, and good underlying acidity as well as harmony. The hard tannins suggest 8-9 years of cellaring will be beneficial; it should last for three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.
 $1,380.00 per case, net bottle $115.00
2009 Branaire-Ducru
Branaire-Ducru visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2017 – 2035 $195 
Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is a dazzling Branaire to drink between 2017-2035.
$1,260.00 per case, net bottle $105.00
2010 Branaire-Ducru
Branaire-Ducru visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2017 – 2047 $195 
This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years.
$1,260.00 per case, net bottle $105.00
010 Beychevelle
Beychevelle visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 94 Drink: N/A $235 
Showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it was also impressive, but not quite at this level, the 2010 Beychevelle displays sweet black currant, black cherry, foresty notes, medium to full-bodied texture with impressive purity and moderately high tannins (although they’ve softened considerably during the wine’s upbringing in barrel). Layered and rich for a Beychevelle, this wine should easily withstand three decades of cellaring. I would give it another 3-4 years of bottle age, but this is a fabulous effort from the first chateau one sees upon entering the appellation of St.-Julien.
$1,500.00 per case, net bottle $125.00
009 Gruaud Larose
Gruaud Larose visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2020 – 2045 $165 
As I wrote in my barrel tasting note, the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out. Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins. This beauty should be at its best between 2020-2045.
$1,380.00 per case, net bottle $115.00
2009 Leoville-Las Cases
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 98+ Drink: N/A $984 
The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.
$4,980.00 per case, net bottle $415.00
2009 Leoville-Poyferre
Leoville-Poyferre visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 100 Drink: 2018 – 2040 $655 
One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.
$3,600.00 per case, net bottle $300.00
2010 Leoville-Poyferre
Leoville-Poyferre visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 98+ Drink: 2013 – 2043 $395 
The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton, but all three of them are compelling efforts. Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this full-bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minute finish. This spectacular effort from Poyferre that should drink well for 30+ years.
$2,328.00 per case, net bottle $194.00
2010 Talbot
Talbot visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Julien, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2013 – 2038 $175 
One of the best Talbots over recent years, and possibly the best since the 1986 and 1982, this sexy juggernaut of a wine struts forth with an opaque plum/ruby/purple color and terrific notes of creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs and smoky barbecue. It is a brilliant effort, with full body, wonderful fruit, a savory, expansive mouthfeel, sensational texture and a long finish, but no hardness or astringency. This is a fabulous Talbot to drink over the next 20-25 years
$1,032.00 per case, net bottle $86.00
2010 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild
Duhart-Milon-Rothschild visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2013 – 2043 $310 
Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of back currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years.If you can’t afford Lafite-Rothschild (few can)or even their second wine, Carruades de Lafite, you still have Duhart Milon, which has become a profound wine over the last 5-7 years due to the extensive amount of attention and investment the Rothschilds have pumped into this estate. This blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot is fabulous, a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage. (It is probably better than many of the Lafites of the 1960s and 1970s, and even some of the vintages in the 1980s.)
$1,740.00 per case. net bottle $145.00
2010 Grand-Puy-Ducasse
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 92 Drink: N/A $120 
This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot is an up-front, seductively styled Pauillac (one of the more forward and evolved wines from this appellation in 2010). Deep purple, with exceptionally subtle texture and oodles of cassis fruit as well as hints of mocha and white chocolate, it is an elegant wine, but the overall impression is one of considerable flesh, fat and succulence. It will be hard to resist now, but can be cellared for another 15+ years.
$816.00 per case, net bottle $68.00
2009 Haut Bages Liberal
Haut Bages Liberal visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 92 Drink: 2012 – 2037 $130 
Probably the finest Haut-Bages Liberal since the 1982, this beautifully rich wine has an inky purple color, a big, sweet kiss of creme de cassis, incense, some background spicy oak and forest floor. Its gorgeous fruit, full-bodied opulence, impressive purity, expansive texture and broad, savory finish make for a terrific wine to drink over the next 25+ years.
$744.00 per case, net bottle $62.00
2010 Haut Bages Liberal
Haut Bages Liberal visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 92 Drink: 2015 – 2035 $120 
One of the best efforts from this estate since the 1982, this wine remains fairly priced. It exhibits ripe blue and black fruits, a dense plum/purple color, good acidity buttressing a remarkably rich, fleshy, sumptuous texture, and oodles of smoky black currant and blueberry fruit. Ripe, heady and rich, this wine will probably benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring despite its precociousness and keep for two decades.
$720.00 per case, net bottle $60.00
1995 Latour
Latour visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
In Asia #1112
Nov 2012
Lisa Perrotti-Brown 96 Drink: N/A $1640
Deep garnet-brick in color, the nose is well developed, displaying dried berry, leather, vanilla pod and anise notes with a faint whiff of potpourri. The palate is wonderfully fleshy and opulent with velvety, approachable tannins and a long finish.
$10,620.00 per case, net bottle $885.00

2005 Latour

Latour visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
In Asia #1112
Nov 2012
Lisa Perrotti-Brown 98 Drink: N/A $3127
Deep garnet colored, the 2005 Latour presents a wonderful combination of pure cassis, violet and toast notes with nuances of black olives, loam and pencil shavings. The palate offers wonderful richness, balance and seamless, going very long and layered in the finish.
$17,568.00 per case, net bottle $1,464.00
2009 Lynch Bages
Lynch Bages visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 98 Drink: 2012 – 2042 $460 
Performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel, this appears to be the finest Lynch Bages since the 2000, 1990 and 1989. According to the chateau, the 2009 has the highest level of polyphenols ever measured as well as high alcohol (nearly 13.5%). A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest largely Merlot with touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it is an expressive, voluptuously textured effort with unctuosity and powerful, juicy, succulent blackberry and black currant flavors, low acids, a layered, massive mouthfeel, but no sense of heaviness or fatigue. This exquisite Lynch Bages should drink well for 30+ years.
$2,940.00 per case, net bottle $245.00
2010 Lynch Bages
Lynch Bages visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2018 – 2048 $445 
The 2010 Lynch Bages is an absolutely brilliant wine, and somewhat reminiscent at this stage in its development of the profound 1989. Jean-Charles Cazes, who took over for his father a number of years ago, has produced a magnificent wine with the classic creme de cassis note intermixed with smoke, graphite and spring flowers. It is a massive Lynch Bages, full-bodied and very 1989-ish, with notable power, loads of tannin, and extraordinary concentration and precision. This is not a Lynch Bages to drink in its exuberant youth, but one to hold on to for 5-6 years and drink over the following three decades.
$199.00 per bottle
2005 Mouton-Rothschild
Mouton-Rothschild visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2018 – 2040 $1949 
The 2005 Mouton Rothschild will have to take a back seat to the prodigious 2006, but administrator Philippe Dalhuin deserves considerable credit for pushing Mouton to higher quality levels over recent years. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot, the dark purple-hued 2005 exhibits a restrained but promising nose of cedar, tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, and toasty oak. Full-bodied, tannic, and extremely backward, with the vintage’s tell-tale acidity, it appears to be even more closed in the bottle than it was from barrel. It does possess a long finish and multilayered mouthfeel. This is an undeniably outstanding, yet restrained, shy wine for a Mouton Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040+
$8,388.00 per case, net bottle $699.00
2006 Mouton-Rothschild
Mouton-Rothschild visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #181
Feb 2009
Robert Parker 98+ Drink: 2020 – 2060 $1654 
A sensational effort, the 2006 Mouton Rothschild exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a classic Mouton perfume of creme de cassis, flowers, blueberries, and only a hint of oak. Dalhuin told me that in whisky barrel-tasting vintages such as 1989 and 1990, Mouton was aged in heavily-toasted barrels, and they have backed off to a much lighter toast for the barrels’ interior. I think this has worked fabulously well with the cassis quality fruit they get from their Cabernet Sauvignon. The full-bodied, powerful 2006 possesses extraordinary purity and clarity. A large-scaled, massive Mouton Rothschild that ranks as one of the top four or five wines of the vintage, it may turn out to be the longest-lived wine of the vintage by a landslide. The label will undoubtedly be controversial as a relative of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud, has painted a rather comical Zebra staring aimlessly at what appears to be a palm tree in the middle of a stark courtyard. I suppose a psychiatrist could figure out the relationship between that artwork and wine, but I couldn’t see one. This utterly profound Mouton will need to sleep for 15+ years before it will reveal any secondary nuances, but it is a packed and stacked first-growth Pauillac of enormous potential. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+.
6 bottle wood case at $4,980.00, net bottle $830.00
2003 Pontet-Canet
Pontet-Canet visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #164
Apr 2006
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2010 – 2035 $310 
One cannot say enough about the labors of proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who has personally overseen the dramatic increase in quality of the wines at Pontet-Canet which started in a significant manner with 1994. This is a classic Pauillac-styled wine (meaning oodles of cassis flavors), as one might expect from a vineyard on the plateau of Pauillac, across the street from Mouton-Rothschild.
$2,244.00 per case, net bottle $187.00
2005 Pontet-Canet
Pontet-Canet visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 96+ Drink: 2017 – 2040 -$400 
The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the vineyard and winery. The result is a succession of extraordinary wines. It is difficult to know whether the 2005 Pontet-Canet will ultimately eclipse the hedonism and density of the flamboyant 2003, but it is unquestionably a stunning effort. Inky/black-colored with a classic Pauillac perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, graphite, cedar, and spice box, it is full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, formidable tannins, and an Arnold Schwartzenegger-like structure (when he was 25 years younger). This backward, formidably endowed 2005 will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.
$3,000.00 per case, net bottle $250.00
2008 Pontet-Canet
Pontet-Canet visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #194
May 2011
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2016 – 2046 $260 
A candidate for the “wine of the vintage,†Pontet Canet’s 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings, subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied, with fabulous richness, texture and tremendous freshness, this first-growth-like effort is more developed than the uber-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo!
$1,872.00 per case. net bottle $156.00
2010 Pontet-Canet
Pontet-Canet visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 100 Drink: N/A $500 
An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!
$450.00 per magnum
003 Cos d’Estournel
Cos d’Estournel visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #164
Apr 2006
Robert Parker 98 Drink: 2006 – 2036 $442 
The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d’Estournel is a candidate for “wine of the vintage.†A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon (unusually high for this chateau), 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, 17,500 cases were produced from low yields. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, incense, and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier.
$360.00 per bottle
2005 Cos d’Estournel
Cos d’Estournel visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 98 Drink: 2017 – 2040 $557 
While I am not convinced the 2005 Cos d’Estournel will eclipse the compelling 2003 Cos, it is unquestionably another superb classic from proprietor Michel Reybier and his brilliant winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats. Made from an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and the balance mostly Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, this superb effort requires plenty of time in the bottle. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of licorice, Asian spices, creme de cassis, blackberries, and toasty oak. This full-bodied St.-Estephe is exceptionally powerful, pure, and dense with a layered mid-palate that builds like a skyscraper. While there are massive tannins, they are remarkably velvety and well-integrated in this big, backstrapping effort that should enjoy an unusually long life. Forget it for 8-10 years, and drink it between 2017-2040.
$4,660.00 per case, net bottle $305.00
2009 Cos d’Estournel
Cos d’Estournel visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 100 Drink: 2022 – 2072 $1004 
One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d’Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d’Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century.
$6,825.00 per case, net bottle $6,540.00 per case, net bottle $545.00
2010 Cos d’Estournel
Cos d’Estournel visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 97+ Drink: 2018 – 2048 $769 
The 2010 is a more structured, restrained, less flamboyant version of the 2009. A final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14.5% natural alcohol, this wine (which represents only 55% of the estate’s production) is full-bodied, classic and built along the lines of the 2000 (although that wine was made before Reybier acquired the estate and upgraded quality significantly). This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades.
$4,80.00 per case, net bottle $340.00
2009 Meyney
Meyney visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 92 Drink: N/A $90
I clearly underrated this wine from barrel. The finest wine made at this estate since 1982, this opaque black wine is a sleeper of the vintage, with oodles of blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of charcoal, forest floor, licorice and damp earth. Deep, rich, chewy, full-bodied and opulent, this is a fabulous Meyney that, because of its low acidity and very ripe tannin, can be drunk in 3-4 years or cellared for two decades. Bravo!
$528.00 per case, net bottle $44.00
2010 Meyney
Meyney visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 90 Drink: 2013 – 2028 $85 
It is good to see this well-situated estate in St.-Estephe get back on track. The 2010 has loads of beef blood, charcuterie and smoked game along with black currant fruit. Some underlying graphite notes are also present in this full-bodied, meaty, fleshy wine, which has outstanding concentration and the potential to last for 15 or more years. It is a major sleeper of the vintage
$528.00 per case, net bottle $44.00
2005 Montrose
Montrose visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2020 – 2040 $350 
The 2005 Montrose is an exceptionally tannic, broodingly backward offering displaying a dense ruby/purple color along with a provocative perfume of crushed rocks, flowers, cassis, black raspberries, and blueberries. It continues to add weight and richness, good traits considering the substantial, forbiddingly high tannin levels and zesty acidity. If you are over the age of fifty, this backward, powerful wine will probably be more enjoyable to your descendants. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040+
$2,340.00 per case, net bottle $195.00
2008 Montrose
Montrose visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #194
May 2011
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2016 – 2036 $260 
One of the superstars of the vintage, this classic Montrose is not as showy or opulent as the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it offers a dense purple color followed by gorgeously sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with loamy, earthy, forest floor notes, a floral component and a long, full-bodied finish. The 2008 was fashioned from yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare which is slightly less than the 2010’s 45 hectoliters per hectare. Forget it for 5-8 years and drink it over the following 20+.
6 bottle wood case at $870.00 per case, net bottle $145.00
2010 Rol Valentin
Rol Valentin visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert Parker 92 Drink: 2013 – 2028 $53 
A strong showing from this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that hit 14.7% natural alcohol, the 2010 Rol Valentin exhibits oodles of sweet black currant and black raspberry fruit along with some toasty oak and a note of charcoal embers in a full-bodied, opulent, showy, even flamboyant style that seems to beg comparison to 2009. This wine should drink beautifully for 10-15 years.
$540.00 per case, net bottle $45.00
2005 Bellefont Belcier
Bellefont Belcier visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2012 – 2030 $100 
A marvelous sleeper of the vintage from Dominique Hebrard, this 2005 exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, a smoky, blackberry liqueur-filled nose with hints of licorice, earth, and truffles, full body, powerful flavors, and dramatic, but sweet tannin. Moreover, this beauty is still available at a realistic price. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.
$792.00 per case, net bottle $66.00
2006 Cheval Blanc
Cheval Blanc visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #181
Feb 2009
Robert Parker 95 Drink: 2012 – 2030 $1250 
The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and l’Evangile at the very edge of the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal, boysenberries, black currants, and hints of cocoa and caramel. Lush, textured, and opulent with superb purity, medium to full body, savory flavors, and sweet, sexy tannins, this stunning Cheval Blanc may be even better than the 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.
$9,000.00,per case, net bottle $750.00
2009 Faugeres
Faugeres visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 93 Drink: 2012 – 2032 $65 
Far more accessible is the 2009 Faugeres. Again, cropped at a low 18 hectoliters per hectare, but a different blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine boasts 14.5% natural alcohol, and both Stefan von Neipperg and Michel Rolland confer on the consulting. Full-bodied and dark ruby/purple, with a nose of graphite, pen ink, blueberries and black raspberries, the wine is deep, dense and pure, with a broad, savory texture and a long finish with no astringency. Drink this beauty over the next 15-20 years.
$564.00 per case, net bottle $47.00
2009 Fombrauge
Fombrauge visit the producer
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 92 Drink: 2015 – 2035 $30-$90 (45)
The 2009 Fombrauge has the potential to be the finest wine ever made at this property. Michel Rolland is the consulting oenologist in the vineyard, which sits in the southern sector of St.-Emilion known as St.-Christophe des Bardes. It was picked very late in 2009, and the result is a powerhouse wine with an inky blue/purple color and the smell of pen ink, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries and cassis. The wine hit 15% natural alcohol, which gives it lots of glycerin as well as a full-bodied intensity, while the low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare have provided a striking level of concentration and length. This is very serious wine from an estate that is on the upswing. It should benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for two decades.
$456.00 per case, net bottle $38.00
2000 Clos Fourtet
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #189
Jun 2010
Robert Parker 93 Drink: 2010 – 2020 $202
The first offering in what turned out to be a remarkable decade for this property, the 2000 Clos Fourtet was the finest wine produced here in many years, but it was subsequently eclipsed by the 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2009. The dense plum/purple-tinged 2000 exhibits notes of wet rocks, camphor, blackberries, and cassis. Full-bodied with tremendous density, it appears to have shed much of its tannin, and is through its adolescent stage. It should continue to evolve effortlessly for another decade.
$1,260.00 per case, net bottle $105.00
2000 Troplong-Mondot
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #189
Jun 2010
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2014 – 2034 $366
Extremely young with an unbelievable deep purple color, the 2000 Troplong Mondot has hardly budged since I tasted it in 2003. Two recent tastings confirmed that this is the greatest Troplong Mondot between their profound 1990 and more recent vintages such as 2005, 2008, and 2009. Copious chocolate, graphite, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, and ink characteristics are present in this full-bodied, powerful, massive St.-Emilion. While the tannins are noticeable, they are better integrated than they were seven years ago, and the fruit, extract, and richness clearly outweigh the wine’s structure. This 2000 will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring (longer than I originally predicted), and has at least two decades of drinkability ahead of it.
$2,496.00 per case, net bottle $208.00
2005 Troplong-Mondot
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 99 Drink: 2018 – 2050 $570 
This estate was justifiably elevated to a Premier Grand Cru Classe in the new St.-Emilion classification thanks to the exceptional efforts of proprietress Christine Valette over the last two decades. The 2005 is one of the monumental wines of the vintage, and may eclipse their prodigious 1990. Inky/blue/purple-colored with an exceptional bouquet of Asian spices, blueberries, blackberries, truffles, cold steel, graphite, and charcoal, it hits the palate with exceptional purity, laser-like precision, a compellingly concentrated, multilayered mouthfeel, a broad, savory texture, terrific acidity, and substantial, but sweet tannins. It lives up to everything it revealed in barrel, and appears set to live for a half century or more. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.
$3,456.00 per case, net bottle $288.00
2008 Troplong-Mondot
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #194
May 2011
Robert Parker 96 Drink: 2013 – 2033 $216 
A wine of the vintage candidate in 2008, Troplong Mondot’s offering was produced from yields of 41 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14.5% natural alcohol. A classic blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it offers copious quantities of blue and black fruits, a full-bodied opulence, sweet tannin and a fabulous texture as well as finish. Already drinking beautifully, it will be even better in 2-5 years and should last for 20 years. A great effort for the vintage, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving proprietor, Christine Valette. Bravo!
$1,584.00 per case, net bottle $132.00
2009 Troplong-Mondot
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Robert Parker 99 Drink: 2022 – 2052 $445 
It boasts an inky/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of mocha, chocolate, blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous texture, a full-bodied, viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like, multilayered finish. This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness, thickness and intensity. Once all its baby fat falls away, the terroir characteristics and additional nuances will emerge. This blockbuster, fabulous Troplong Mondot will benefit from 10-15 years of cellaring and keep for three decades or more. It is not shy either, bouncing over the palate with 15.5% natural alcohol.The 2009 Troplong Mondot will provide plenty of competition for the 2010, 2005 and 2000. It comes closest in style to the prodigious 1990 that proprietress Christine Valette produced 22 years ago. A phenomenal effort, it unquestionably justifies its relatively new Premier Grand Cru St.-Emilion status. Readers should keep in mind that the 1990, which probably has lower acidity and not the level of concentration found in the 2009, is drinking incredibly well at age 22 and reveals no signs of falling apart
$2,688.00 per case, net bottle $224.00
2005 Bon Pasteur
A Bordeaux Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Wine Advocate #176
Apr 2008
Robert Parker 94 Drink: 2011 – 2038 $145 
A superb effort from proprietors Dany and Michel Rolland, the 2005 Bon Pasteur is the antithesis of the kind of wine Rolland’s critics claim he makes (which they ignorantly suggest are over-oaked, over-extracted, and over-the-top). Nothing could be further from the truth. Rolland, a brilliant oenologist, has done more than any other person alive today for the quality of Bordeaux. His 2005 Bon Pasteur is an elegant, subtle, deep ruby/purple-colored wine offering hints of graphite, sweet mocha, black cherries, and berries that build incrementally in the mouth, ending in a cascade of full-bodied, concentrated fruit with good acidity, beautiful tannin, and stunning precision as well as length. The tannin structure suggests 3-5 years of cellaring is warranted, but based on past examples (even the opulent 1982, which is still going strong), the 2005 should age for 25-30 years.
$1,440.00 per case, net bottle $120.00

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Newport Storm and Thomas Tew Tasting at Bellevue Wine & Spirits!

 

 

This year’s annual is a bold coffee flavor, in cooperation with Ocean Coffee Roasters.  Thomas Tew is a single barrel rum made in the traditional style of 250 years ago.So, remember to take a break from running your errands, stop in the store and try some great local spirits.

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On Saturday, January 18th, Bellevue Wines & Spirits will be hosting a Newport Storm Beer and Rum tasting from 2 to 5.  We will be featuring Newport Storm’s Annual ’13 and the award-winning Thomas Tew rum, along with other favorites.
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Saturday, January 18th

 

 

2012 Kali Hart Pinot Noir, Beer Tasting

 

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Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2012

Selling at Winery for $21.00

Our Regular Price $19.99
Sale Price $15.99

TASTING NOTE 

Talbott Pinot Noir, Kali Hart is a pure fruit expression of the vineyard. It is made to be bright and appealing upon release, with the fresh, cool- climate flavors for which the Monterey County AVA is known. It has a beautiful, deep ruby color with bright fruit aromas of cranberry, currant and plum, as well as hints of vanilla. The crisp red fruit flavors continue on the palate, where they are accentuated by soft, smooth tannins. The finish is long with lush fruit and hints of vanilla and French oak. Kali Hart Pinot Noir is named after Robb Talbott’s youngest daughter.

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2012 growing season was nearly perfect from start to finish. No rain and consistent temperatures allowed for a great fruit set and our typical long growing season led to exceptional quality grapes with excellent natural acidity and richness.

VINEYARD

The 2012 Talbott Pinot Noir, Kali Hart is made from 100% estate-grown fruit from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. It is sourced from vines ranging from ten to forty years old. Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is situated on 585 acres of benchland in the Santa Lucia Highlands, 13 miles south of Monterey. The well-drained vineyard features sparse soils comprised of sand, gravel, and granite. These soils reduce yields and create rich, concentrated flavors in the grapes. The vineyard receives morning sunlight from its east-northeast exposure, and lives much of the time in the cool fog and wind from the Pacific Ocean. With a long, cool growing season, the grapes develop the character, intensity and depth of flavor for which the vineyard has become known for

Tasting Notes

Delicious lush fruit flavors of cranberry, currant, plum. Long finish with hints of vanilla rom the French oak.



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Stunning 2010 Bordeaux

 

Bordeaux 2010

Please find below the last of the 2010’s I purchased based on the Grand Cru de Bordeaux Tasting of the 2010 vintage last spring.  These are the last to arrive and are some of my favorites of the tasting.  The Smith Haute Lafitte is a stunning wine and which I preferred to thier 2009 and once again the Chateau Gloria represents a great value at $54.99 as does the Cantenac Brown at $79.99.  With Napa Valley standards such as Caymus Special Select, Beringer Private Reserve, and many others selling for over $130 a bottle these classic Bordeaux are a value. While the Smith Haut-Lafitte is not inexpensive at $154.99, compare it to Bond, Harlan, Bryant Family, and many others at more then twice the price.

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John Callaghan

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2010

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 98 Current Retail $227
This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.
Wine Spectator 96 Gorgeous, with alluring black tea and warm ganache notes that unfurl slowly, while the core of intense steeped plum, anise, blackberry compote and black currant confiture sits patiently in reserve. The beautiful loam-, tobacco- and tar-filled finish displays major heft, but also remarkable polish and grace. Should age very slowly. Best from 2018 through 2035. â€“JM6 bottles in original wood case available at $154.99 per bottle

Chateau Cantenac Brown 2010
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 94+ Current Retail $155
The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!

Wine Spectator 92 Very fresh, with a bold display of dark blueberry, loganberry and plum fruit aromas and flavors that push ahead, followed by singed spice, black licorice and toasty vanilla bean notes. Displays a polished feel on the finish, kept honest by a buried charcoal accent. Shows plenty of length for the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2028. â€“JM

6 bottles in original wood case available at $79.99 per bottle

Chateau Gruaud Larose 2010
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 93+ Current Retail $197 Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, licorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.

Wine Spectator 93 This is distinctive, with an aromatic roasted alder wood streak leading the way, quickly followed by dense but sleek blackberry cobbler, currant paste and warm plum sauce notes. Well-polished through the finish, offering deeply embedded acidity. Best from 2015 through 2030. –JM

1 case available in wood at $94.99 per bottle

Chateau Gloria 2010
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 93 Current Retail $120.00
The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for.

Wine Spectator 90 Juicy and direct, with a relatively friendly feel to the plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit, all coated with a ganache note that hangs through the finish. Surprisingly accessible, and not quite as grippy as when tasted from barrel. Drink now through 2023. –JM

6 bottles in original wood case available at $54.99 per bottle

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96 point Chateauneuf du Pape

 

96 Point Chateauneuf du Pape
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96 Wine Spectator Saint Cosme ChaÌ‚teauneuf-du-Pape 2010 • $59
Densely packed, with a core of baker’s chocolate, espresso, bay leaf, licorice root, black currant preserves and steeped fig. A strong, almost rigid charcoal spine carries the finish, surrounded by ample flesh, lingering minerality and a smoldering feel. A backward, old-school version built for long cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030. 1,300 cases made.—J.M. 

 

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