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FRANCE BORDEAUX
BORDEAUX - AN ABUNDANCE OF RICHES
Over 54 years in the business, I've never seen so many splendid Bordeaux wines and wine values in the Michigan marketplace. Thanks to superior winegrowers, a small cadre of Bordeaux-savvy Michigan wine importers, and a generally good run of vintages, here we are. The crux of the matter is the splendid 2015 claret vintage. Padded around its wines are excellent selections for 2016 and 2014, and then a handful of gems all the way back to 2000. Check out the dry and sweet white wines too. You can't go wrong!

s1015-102. 10 CHATEAU D’ESCURAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
14.5%. Deep, rich, concentrated fruit. Not a lot of new oak showing at this stage. Escuracs are usually pretty oaky soon after release. Nearly age 8, the oak has become well integrated. Wonderful black currant cabernet character. This is intense. First class./ Rich and meaty. Loaded with sweet fruit for its age. That’s 2010! A big boy. And, a class act. 92+/100.
How Many: 23.99 each

s1015-103. 15 CHATEAU LE TEMPLE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Denis Bergey at Valeyrac; mostly cab sauv, with merlot, petit verdot; 12 months in barrels. More significant, with cabernet sauvignon presence and definite oak. Big time qualities./ A little hesitant on the palate for now. Good oak. This will fill up and out with bottle age. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-104. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: . 65% cab sauv, 30% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Just screams cab sauv black currant and gravelly distinction. Usually does. I'm likin' it as much as the 2012. Lots of give, bright black currant character./ Much closer on the palate. Considerable tannin. Very nice acidity. I'm really keen on the nose, and I'm sure the rest will catch up. Cellar potential for sure. Even 6 months ago, the 2012 still had a long way to go. Likin' this! 92+/100.
How Many: 27.99 each

FRANCE BORDEAUX
BORDEAUX - AN ABUNDANCE OF RICHES
Over 54 years in the business, I've never seen so many splendid Bordeaux wines and wine values in the Michigan marketplace. Thanks to superior winegrowers, a small cadre of Bordeaux-savvy Michigan wine importers, and a generally good run of vintages, here we are. The crux of the matter is the splendid 2015 claret vintage. Padded around its wines are excellent selections for 2016 and 2014, and then a handful of gems all the way back to 2000. Check out the dry and sweet white wines too. You can't go wrong!

s1015-102. 10 CHATEAU D’ESCURAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
14.5%. Deep, rich, concentrated fruit. Not a lot of new oak showing at this stage. Escuracs are usually pretty oaky soon after release. Nearly age 8, the oak has become well integrated. Wonderful black currant cabernet character. This is intense. First class./ Rich and meaty. Loaded with sweet fruit for its age. That’s 2010! A big boy. And, a class act. 92+/100.
How Many: 23.99 each

s1015-103. 15 CHATEAU LE TEMPLE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Denis Bergey at Valeyrac; mostly cab sauv, with merlot, petit verdot; 12 months in barrels. More significant, with cabernet sauvignon presence and definite oak. Big time qualities./ A little hesitant on the palate for now. Good oak. This will fill up and out with bottle age. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-104. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92/100. My notes: . 65% cab sauv, 30% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Just screams cab sauv black currant and gravelly distinction. Usually does. I'm likin' it as much as the 2012. Lots of give, bright black currant character./ Much closer on the palate. Considerable tannin. Very nice acidity. I'm really keen on the nose, and I'm sure the rest will catch up. Cellar potential for sure. Even 6 months ago, the 2012 still had a long way to go. Likin' this! 92+/100.
How Many: 27.99 each

s1015-105. 12 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
65% cab sauv, 30% merlot, 5% petit verdot. 40 year old vines. 30% new barrels. Oh, this is coming out of its shell. The beauty of cabernet, the beauty of oak. The beauty of La Tour de By. Becoming a class act./ Still pretty 12 close, but some charm revealed now. Beginning to loosen up in a nice fashion. 92+/100.
How Many: 27.99 each

s1015-106. 15 CHATEAU TOUR ST. BONNET, CRU BOURGEOIS, MEDOC
45% each cab sauv, merlot; 5% each petit verdot, malbec. Coy, teasing nose. Flairs of black currant and black cherry as usual here. Beguiling potential./ Some wood seems to enter the picture on the palate. Echos of black fruit. Will enjoy following this. 91+/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s1015-107. 15 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛With smoky aromas and structured tannins, this is still young and firm. Under those tannins, the black currant fruit is developing to give a ripe wine with fine acidity and structure. Drink from 2020. $40.‛
How Many: 21.99 each

s1015-108. 14 CHATEAU BEAUMONT, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS‛ CHOICE: ‛The vineyard is in the heart of the Haut-Medoc, midway between Margaux and Saint-Julien. The wine is solid, dark and with plenty of firm tannins. At the same time, it has concentrated black fruits and a fine blend between black-currant acidity and ripe jammy fruitiness. Drink from 2020. $25.‛
How Many: 24.99 each

s1015-109. 15 CHATEAU BEL AIR GLORIA, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'Part of Domaines Martin, which also owns Chateau Gloria in Saint-Julien, this wine benefits from a classed-growth winery's attention to detail. The wine is rich, dense and structured. Its black-plum and blackberry fruits are rich, sustained by fine tannins and acidity. It's a wine to age, so drink from 2024.'
How Many: 22.99 each

s1015-112. 09 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
At a nice stage. 09 sweet. Attractive cedar aura./ Tannin yet, but plenty of sweet fruit and oak and bottle bouquet makes it useful at the table. 93+/100.
How Many: 69.95 each

s1015-113. 06 CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, 5ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC magnum
Sweet, round, well developed fruit and oak bouquet./ Yes, sweet fruit. Mellowing. More to come. Light tannin. 92+/100.
How Many: 114.95 each

s1015-114. 12 LES ALLEES DE CHATEAU CANTEMERLE, HAUT MEDOC
Second wine of Chateau Cantemerle. 12 heft. Nicely positioned at age 5 plus. Southern Haut Medoc forest floor. Cantemerle merlot cherry and cabernet blackberry. Barrel age influence. Commendable. Always has been. Older vintages were proven troupers. All so right here in 2012./ Pleasing body. Wood and dark fruit. One complex southern Haut Medoc claret. Wine of place, wine of integrity, and a great price. 92+/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s1015-115. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s1015-116. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC half bottle
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-117. 14 CHATEAU CARONNE STE. GEMME, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC magnum
At Saint Laurent; 60% cab sauv, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Well, even more class, refinement, subtleties than its partner chateau Labat. And additional new oak influence. As usual, CSG leaves me breathless./ Beautiful style and range, oak and fruit. Finesse, purity, elegance. Portrays fine potential. 93+/100.
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-118. 15 CHATEAU CHARMAIL, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Wine Enthusiast 91: 'This ripe wine has dusty tannins, a good balance between fruit and tannin, and considerable potential. The dry core of tannins will soften while the black plum and berry fruits are already juicy and rich. This wine will age well; drink from 2024.'
How Many: 24.99 each

s1015-119. 14 CHATEAU FORT LIGNAC, HAUT MEDOC
2/3 aged in seasoned barrels. Now owned by the Borie family. 70% cab sauv, 25% merlot, 5% cab franc. Fabulous cab sauv clarity and oak flair. A lot of really fine, class oak here. Really upscale Borie winemaking./ Good cabernet character. Freshness of 2014. 14 acid and form. Oak‛s in the picture. Plenty of both oak and fruit filling. And an elegant hint of violets as you‛d find in Ducru Beaucaillou. Nice and lingering. Bravo. 92+/100.
How Many: 19.99 each

s1015-120. 12 CHATEAU DE LAMARQUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Heritiers Marquis d’Evry. 53% cab sauv, 42% merlot, 5% petit verdot. Continues to emerge. Less tied down that the old-time Lamarques. Less dry. Has more fruit and more barrel influence. Depth, richness, fortitude, sweetness, light oak. Admirably ripe enough fruit./ Yes, rich and right, barrel aged, with fine tannin, full body, and accomplished mid Haut Medoc cabernet sauvignon presentation. Wine of place. High quality. I like everything about it. 92+/100.
How Many: 26.99 each

s1015-122. 15 CHATEAU PEYRABON, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 89-91/100. My notes: At Saint Sauveur. Dark./ Fabulous cabernet and barrel seasonings. Class and clarity. With air, the nose sweetens to fruit and oak cremes./ More enclosed. That's OK. Nose tells all at this stage, and what it tells is right. Rich enough fruit to coat the tannins. I have full confidence in this one. Give it time to blossom. 92+/100. Tasted 8/16/18.
How Many: 19.99 each

s1015-123. 12 CHATEAU PIMORIN, HAUT MEDOC
By Chateau Fontesteau Cru Bourgeois at Saint Sauveur, west of Pauillac. Good ripe cabernet sauvignon and light oak and barrel evolution. Deep and dark and spicy./ Rich in cabernet black currant and blackberry. Peppercorn and wood extracts. Very satisfying Haut Medoc style and value. Good bouquet potential here. 91+/100. List price: $18.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-124. 15 CHATEAU SENEJAC, CRU BOURGEOIS, HAUT MEDOC
Suckling 92-93/100. My notes: At Le Pian. Plenty of good oak here, the most in years. Southern Haut Medoc sur bois terroir and plenty of cabernet sauvignon expression./ Structure of cabernet and oak tannins. A great Senejac with cellar potential. 92+/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s1015-125. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR CARNET, 4ME GRAND CRU, HAUT MEDOC
Parker 91-93: ‘The 2015 La Tour Carnet is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was cooled through a ‘cryogenic tunnel freezer,’ essentially spraying liquid nitrogen, and will be matured for 16 months in 30% new oak. It has a very pure bouquet, so much so that there is something almost Pinot Noir-like here, with ebullient Morello and subtle kirsch-like scents. The oak is judicious and neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is very smooth and harmonious in the mouth, well-judged acidity, precise and detailed. It gently fans out on the finish, completing what I think is a very well-crafted, silky and seductive Haut-Médoc.’
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-126. 14 CHATEAU DOMEYNE, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Spectator 91: ‘Solidly built, with a slightly rugged charcoal edge around the core of steeped plum and red currant fruit. Ample tobacco and warm stone notes emerge on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2028.’
How Many: 24.99 each

s1015-127. 14 CHATEAU LILIAN LADOUYS, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Wine Enthusiast 93 - CELLAR SELECTION: ‘Under the ownership of Jacky Lorenzetti, president of one of France's top rugby clubs, this estate is now performing impressively. The wine is finely structured with dark tannins and tight acidity and a hint of minerality. It is Merlot dominated, although it is the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that brings out the black-currant fruitiness. Drink from 2022.’
How Many: 25.99 each

s1015-128. 15 CHATEAU SERILHAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT ESTEPHE
Parker 90-92: ‘The 2015 Château Sérilhan has a crisp blackberry, briary, damp earth-tinged bouquet that shows a little more cohesion than other Saint Estèphe 2015s. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, red berry entry, well-balanced if not showing the depth on the finish that is displayed elsewhere. Still, this is a well-crafted wine that should give 15-20 years of pleasure.’
How Many: 27.99 each

s1015-129. 15 CHATEAU CLERC MILON, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 95: 'Densely structured and firm, this wine has weight, rich black fruits and great concentration. The tannins are still considerable, with obvious potential. This estate is now on top form. Drink this impressive wine from 2026.'
How Many: 79.95 each

s1015-130. 15 CHATEAU GRAND PUY DUCASSE, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 94: 'his generous, ripe wine is filled with fine tannins as well as juicy black-currant fruits. It is approachable in the sense that the fruit is so delicious. However, watch for those tannins that are firm and dense and will allow the wine to age. Best to wait until 2024.'
How Many: 49.99 each

s1015-131. 14 LES GRIFFONS DE CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON, PAUILLAC
Beautiful dark ruby color./ Wonderful blackberry and black currant cabernet expression of the best Barons., as well as the full breeding and precision. This is much more revealing than the sample I tasted at the shop months back. Yeah, this talks Pauillac, talks Pichon Baron. The oak embellishments are ample for a second wine. And everything about this is ample and sweet for 2014./ 14 briary, cool, and racy. Representative of Baron, Pauillac, and vintage. Good measure of oak influence. This is coming along now. 93+/100.
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-132. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 94: 'This is one of the three biodynamic estates that are owned by Gonzague and Claire Lurton. The wine is generous while also firmly structured in the style of this property. A dense, dry core surrounded by blackberry and black-currant fruit promises great things. It finishes clean, clear and crisp. Drink from 2024.'
How Many: 57.95 each

s1015-133. 14 CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
James Suckling 95/100. My notes: Full, romantic, and rightful cru classe Pauillac. 80% cabernet sauvignon and it shows. Good oak too. All class cabernet and oak./ Firm and forthright Pauillac stature. Even that cherished, elusive cedar note of Pauillac cabernet. The real deal. 95+/100.
How Many: 49.99 each

s1015-134. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BATAILLEY, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Parker 92-94; Vinous 92-95: ‘A wine of class, pedigree and nuance, the 2015 Haut-Batailley is superb. Beams of supporting tannin give the dark purplish flavors striking energy and cut. Graphite, smoke, violet, mint, dark cherry and plum notes continue to open up in the glass. Haut-Batailley is a Pauillac with distinct Saint-Julien leanings, and that is exactly what comes across here. It is also one of the overachievers of the year. The 2015 was impressive each and every time I saw it. Tasted five times.’
How Many: 59.95 each

s1015-136. 15 CHATEAU LYNCH BAGES, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Vinous 96: 'One of the finest Pauillacs of 2015, Lynch-Bages is rich, racy and voluptuous. A rush of dark red and purplish stone fruit, mint, new leather, spice and blood orange give the 2015 a very decidedly exotic character that is impossible to miss. Raspberry jam, mocha, new leather and expressive floral notes appear with time in the glass, rounding things out nicely. Even though the 2015 is quite forward and open at this stage, the wine has plenty of stuffing as well as the underlying structure to support many years of exceptional drinking. This is a stellar showing for Lynch-Bages. Drink 2025-2055.'
How Many: 169.95 each

s1015-137. 15 CHATEAU PEDESCLAUX, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
James Suckling 94; Wine Enthusiast 93: 'This is a juicy, fruity wine that's supported by dark fruit tannins. The black currant fruits are bright and crisp, while the structure is firm and the finish lingering.'
How Many: 59.95 each

s1015-138. 15 CHATEAU PONTET CANET, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Parker 96+; Vinous 97+: 'Proprietor Alfred Tesseron and winemaker Jean-Michel Comme produced an absolutely stellar Pontet-Canet in 2015. Sumptuous, racy and totally inviting, the 2015 is all class. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice and exotic floral notes build as the 2015 shows off its alluring personality. Even with all of its raciness, the 2015 speaks with authority and power. Fine tannins extend the persistent, highly nuanced finish. The 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged 50% new oak, 4% in terra cotta and 15% in neutral oak. Tasted three times.'
How Many: 139.95 each

s1015-139. 12 CHATEAU PONTET CANET, 5ME GRAND CRU, PAUILLAC
Wine Enthusiast 97/100. My notes: Sweetness to the fruit and oak. There’s some bouquet peeking out around the rim. Plenty of charm./ The palate is replete with grandeur all over the place. Sweeter, richer, rangier. Fruitier. Oakier. Everything’s magnified; everything’s in tune. Complete Pontet Canet palate. 96+/100.
How Many: 114.95 each

s1015-140. 15 CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE, 4ME GRAND CRU, ST. JULIEN
Wine Enthusiast 95; Vinous 94: 'The 2015 Beychevelle comes across as much more powerful and plush in bottle than it did as a barrel sample. The black cherry, smoke, leather, tobacco, spice and incense notes are all endowed with notable textural depth. Voluptuous but also quite tannic, the 2015 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. Readers should expect a powerful, brooding Saint-Julien. Tasted two times.'
How Many: 89.95 each

s1015-141. 15 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, ST. JULIEN
Vinous 95: 'The 2015 Branaire Ducru is a gorgeous, totally sexy wine. Rose petal, lavender, mint, sweet red berry and gently spiced notes give the wine much of its gracious, lilting personality. Precise and nuanced to the core, the 2015 Branaire is all class. It's easy to overlook Brainaire in the context of Saint-Julien, where most of the other important wines are much more powerful. Branaire always speaks with a hushed, discreet voice. Readers who appreciate finesse will find much to admire here. The 2015 is a wine of pure and total sensual pleasure. In 2015, the blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, aged for 18 months in French oak, 60% new. Don't miss it. Tasted two times. Drink 2020-2040.'
How Many: 72.95 each

s1015-142. 14 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, ST. JULIEN
Vinous 93; Wine Spectator 93: 'Very pure and expressive, featuring lovely violet and cassis aromas and flavors that stream forth, backed by light anise and graphite hints. Maintains a fresh feel through the finish, with light minerality engaging with the fruit. Best from 2019 through 2028.'
How Many: 59.95 each

s1015-143. 09 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, ST. JULIEN
Parker 96: '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.'
How Many: 114.95 each

s1015-144. 02 CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, 4ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Parker 90: ‘The successful 2002 exhibits a beautiful, dense ruby/purple color, a lovely concoction of raspberries, cassis, flowers and licorice in the fragrant aromatics, medium to full body, surprising opulence for a 2002, and soft and supple tannin. A beauty, it is ideal for drinking now and over the next 15+ years. 2005-2020.’
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-145. 10 DULUC DU CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU, SAINT JULIEN
65% new barrels reads the sheet. For a second wine? Wonderful Branaire at a grand stage. Lots of bottle bouquet and suavity. Settling into a very comfortable stage. Branaire roundness, plumminess, and generosity./ Plenty of oak sophistication. Real class. Good flavor spread, and spiciness. Bouqueted, yielding. Tannins largely resolved. Delightful. 93/100.
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-146. 15 CHATEAU GLORIA, CRU BOURGEOIS, ST. JULIEN
Wine Spectator 93, James Suckling 94; Wine Enthusiast 94: 'Owned by the descendants of Henri Martin, this estate has been renovated and the results show in this well-crafted wine. Ripe tannins are balanced by smoky blackberry fruits and pure, clean acidity. Drink the wine from 2024.'
How Many: 54.95 each

s1015-147. 14 CHATEAU GLORIA, CRU BOURGEOIS, SAINT JULIEN
It‛s a charmer. All these Gloria wines show great charm today. The nose is sweet, the nose is elegant. The nose is not just fruity but also floral. The oak is entirely well integrated. Seamless integration. Saint Julien round. Toward the elegant side, like Ducru Beaucaillou. Kudos to the winemaker. And these have more barrel intricacy than they used to. That‛s a plus. Very fine 2014. This is coming along. I mean, it has the firm form of 14, but there‛s plenty of fruit filling. And good oak complexity to gussy it up./ A round and sweet 2014. Very fine winemaking here. A lot of polish to these. Quite the impressive range. 93+/100.
How Many: 49.99 each

s1015-148. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BEYCHEVELLE GLORIA, SAINT JULIEN
This is really superior to the Bel Air Gloria Haut Medoc thanks to the ripeness and richness of the fruit. More oak and Saint Julien regality. Saint Julien take on cabernet sauvignon. Saint Julien roundness, additional barrel age. New barrel age. Splendid second wine. This Gloria range is impressive today./ Again, the theme of good acidity for this vintage continues. Ripe and sweet, with more material, power, wood. Fine. Admirable. All around fuller bodied, bigger. Very nice take. 93+/100.
How Many: 31.99 each

s1015-149. 14 CHATEAU LAGRANGE, 3ME GRAND CRU, ST. JULIEN
Wine Enthusiast 94; Vinous 93: 'The 2014 Lagrange is terrific. Bold, juicy and exuberant, the 2014 possesses striking balance and textural richness. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, iron, smoke and tobacco underpin a core of intense red-toned fruit in a super-expressive, layered wine endowed with real pedigree. The firm, muscular tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty to look forward to. Drink 2022-2034.'
How Many: 54.95 each

s1015-151. 15 LA RESERVE DE CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON, SAINT JULIEN
James Suckling 93; Wine Spectator 91: 'Offers a wonderful display of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry preserve flavors scored liberally with pastis, licorice snap and ganache notes. The roasted apple wood backdrop on the finish lets the fruit play out. Will be hard to lay off in the near-term. Best from 2020 through 2030.'
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-152. 09 LA RESERVE DE CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Spectator 91: 'This is plush and inviting, with warm fig sauce, plum cake and blackberry cobbler notes laced with charcoal and sweet spice. The long finish is filled with tar and tobacco, but the mouthwatering acidity makes this inviting now. Drink now through 2022.'
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-153. 14 CHATEAU SAINT PIERRE, 4ME GRAND CRU, SAINT JULIEN
Wine Spectator 92/100; Parker 92/100. My notes: A lot more new oak lavished on this one than all the rest of the Martin wines, regardless of vintage. 1 year in 50 - 75% new barrels. 75% cabernet sauvignon. Yeah, bright, black cab sauv. Very black currant. Good dose of oak. Sweet and ripe for 2014. Really picking it up. A joy. Awesome!/ Tannin to shed yet. What the heck? It‛s headed for a great future. 94+/100.
How Many: 59.95 each

s1015-154. 15 CHATEAU ANTHONIC, CRU BOURGEOIS MOULIS
Wine Enthusiast 92: 'The 70% of Merlot in the blend of this wine gives it richness and ripe red-berry fruits. The tannins, dusty and spicy, are a blend of the wood aging and the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe and juicy, the wine is packed with fruit and likely to age well. Drink from 2022.'
How Many: 23.99 each

s1015-155. 14 CHATEAU ANTHONIC, CRU BOURGEOIS MOULIS
65% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot. On clay and limestone. A gentler, more yielding, more elegant wine than it was several months ago. Belies Moulis clay. Almost the charm of a Margaux. Seems to be some positive barrel aging impact too. Yes, tasting sheet reads 12 months in barrels, 1/3 new. It shows, it tells. Good strategy./ The fruit carries over. Not Moulis clay stodgy. Coming up fine. 92+/100.
How Many: 22.99 each

s1015-156. 15 CHATEAU BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Parker 92: 'Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Branas Grand Poujeaux is often one of the finest Moulis wines and this vintage is no different. It has a gorgeous bouquet of mulberry, dried herbs and cedar, very well defined with plenty of fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with a plush finish that belies the structure underneath. Excellent (again) from this Moulis estate. Tasted September 2017. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-157. 14 CHATEAU BRANAS GRAND POUJEAUX, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
50% merlot, 45% cab sauv, 5% petit verdot. On gravel like all the Poujeaux wines. More substantial, more oak presence, more gravel born finesse than the Anthonic. All barrel aged, 80% new. It shows; the fruit mass carries the oak well. Super class wine with all that oak and Moulis stout fruit support. Not too Moulis tough either. Fruit softness and charm./ Nice, firm Moulis foundation. Defines class of the Poujeaux Moulis subset. All over the place. 93+/100.
How Many: 42.99 each

s1015-158. 14 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MOULIS
Parker 91: ‘The 2014 Chasse-Spleen has an attractive bouquet, one that is more forward than I expected, replete with brambly red berry fruit, pain grille and brown spice aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and commendable weight. It perhaps does not quite deliver the freshness and precision I was anticipating after its primeur showing, although I appreciate the tangy marmalade note that complements the black fruit on the structured finish. One to watch. 2020-2035.’
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-159. 15 CHATEAU FOURCAS DUPRE, CRU BOURGEOIS, LISTRAC
Parker 91-93: ‘The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its élevage - one to keep an eye on.’
How Many: 21.99 each

s1015-160. 15 CHATEAU BRANE CANTENAC, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Vinous 96: 'The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is powerful, structured and explosive in feel. A deep, resonant wine, the 2015 boasts off the charts ripeness allied to formidable structure and tannic heft. I imagine the 2015 is going to need a number of years to become approachable and more than that to be at its best. The dark stone fruit, smoke, tobacco, spice and leather flavors pack a huge punch, but it is the wine's balance that places it among the elite on the Left Bank in 2015. Brane-Cantenac is a total pleasure bomb. I can't wait to taste it with a little bottle age. Drink 2027-2050.'
How Many: 79.95 each

s1015-161. 15 CHATEAU CANTENAC BROWN, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Vinous 95: 'A rich, exotic wine, the 2015 Cantenac Brown is simply stunning. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, espresso, licorice and leather all flesh out in this ample, voluptuous Margaux. A rush of super-ripe dark cherry, plum, violet, lavender and sweet French oak builds as this plush, explosive wine shows off its bold personality. The 2015 is quite concentrated and extracted in style, and yet all the elements are wonderfully fused together. I would give the 2015 at least a few years to assimilate some of its new oak. Drink 2023-2035.'
How Many: 79.95 each

s1015-162. 15 CHATEAU DEYREM VALENTIN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Parker 91: ‘The 2015 Deyrem Valentin has a lifted bouquet with dark cherries, blueberry and touches of iodine, quite opulent for this Margaux estate that I have been following closely for more than a decade. The palate is medium-bodied, soaked in plush red berry fruit, blueberry and a dash of spice. There is real swagger to this Margaux, probably earlier drinking than many of its peers, but its caressing texture will please many over the next 15-20 years. Give this relatively less-known Margaux a try.’
How Many: 31.99 each

s1015-163. 15 CHATEAU DESMIRAIL, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
70% cab sauv, 30% merlot. 40% new barrels, 18 months. A step up in exuberance after the Ferriere. Not at all shy about declaring itself. VERY ripe, especially for Margaux. But not to excess. Fruit cremes. In the elegant Margaux vein. Lots of perfumed overtones. And the new oak influence adds a lovely potpourri./ Bursting with fruit and potpourri flavors. Tannic, but the tannins are enveloped by sweet fruit. Really a show wine. 94+/100.
How Many: 54.95 each

s1015-164. 15 CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wine Enthusiast 97 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'Initially firm and dry, this wine blossoms quickly with its delicious fruit and penetrating acidity. Fine tannins sustain this black-currant and berry fruit along with the complex texture and structure. Produced from biodynamic grapes, the wine has great potential. Drink from 2026.'
How Many: 82.95 each

s1015-165. 14 CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wine Enthusiast 94: ‘This is a wine that is obviously made for the long term. At this stage is dry and firm, serious and solid. The aftertaste reveals its enormous potential with the generous black fruits and acidity. The estate, in the heart of the Margaux vineyards, is impressive. Drink from 2025.’
How Many: 69.95 each

s1015-166. 00 CHATEAU DURFORT VIVENS, 2ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wow! Where did this come from?! Good form, poise, frame, constitution of 2000. Now starting to yield up some attractive bottle bouquet. It has a lot of attractive Margaux qualities./ Beautiful Grand Cru bouquet quality. Blooms in the mouth. Delicious now. Balanced. The oak, the fruit, the terroir. Vintage quality. Pretty damn outstanding stuff. 95/100.
How Many: 129.95 each

s1015-167. 15 CHATEAU FERRIERE, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wine Enthusiast 94: ‛Biodynamic from this vintage, Ferrière is closely associated both through family and vineyard practices with Durfort-Vivens. With dusty tannins and beautiful black-currant fruits, this wine is both rich and juicy, finishing with crisp acidity. Drink from 2024.‛
How Many: 57.95 each

s1015-168. 14 CHATEAU FERRIERE, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
James Suckling 94; Wine Enthusiast 92: ‘This is a wine to watch as it develops slowly. It is all structure, concentrated and solid. Dense tannins vie with the black-currant fruits from the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Drink this wine from 2024.’
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-169. 15 CHATEAU LA GURGUE, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
Suckling 93-94; Wine Enthusiast 91-93: ‘This wine offers fine fruit characteristics and plenty of acidity. It has structure while also reveling in attractive black-currant flavors. The wine is already balanced and will develop well.’
How Many: 31.99 each

s1015-170. 15 BLASON DE CHATEAU D’ISSAN, MARGAUX
60% cab sauv, 40% merlot. 35% new barrels - high for a second wine. Just a stunning red violet color./ Full charm of d‛Issan. Full elegance of Margaux. A pattern for all Margaux. Good, rich 15 fruit, especially rich for a second wine. Not at the cost of elegance. For a second wine, this is just as classy as it comes. Definitive of site, appellation, and style. And vintage./ Nice and rich palate. The vintage is really talkin‛. This is richer than the norm here. Admirably ripe fruit, fine tannins. Well padded. Very fine effort. 93/100.
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-171. 15 CHATEAU KIRWAN, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Vinous 93: 'The 2015 Kirwan is positively stellar. Deep, fleshy and incredibly inviting, the 2015 will drink well right out of the gate. The balance of aromatics, fruit and structure is compelling. Plum, blackberry, chocolate, licorice and spice fill out the wine's creamy, supple frame. Readers should expect bold, fleshy style.'
How Many: 64.95 each

s1015-172. 15 CHATEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPERY, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Suckling 97-98; Wine Spectator 93-96; Parker 93-95: ‘The 2015 Malescot-St-Exupery has an intriguing and complex bouquet with oyster shells and seaweed infusing the intense black fruit. It is certainly well defined with nicely integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen thread of acidity, very pure and smooth in texture, gently unfolding towards the lightly spiced finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Margaux, surfeit with breeding and sophistication, though it will need 10-15 years in bottle.’
How Many: 79.95 each

s1015-173. 15 CLOS MARGALAINE DE CHATEAU MAROJALLIA, MARGAUX
Vinous 90-93: ‘A magnificent second wine, the 2015 Clos Margalaine is yet another example of how strong the vintage is in Margaux. Today, the Clos Margalaine is open-knit, powerful and totally seductive. A rush of dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol and licorice builds to the sumptuous, racy finish. Even with all of its obvious intensity and large-scaled voluptuousness, the 2015 remains impeccably balanced and vivid throughout. What a gorgeous wine this is. Clos Margalaine is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot aged in about a third new oak. Christophe Coupez and Michel Rolland consult. Tasted three times.’
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-174. 15 CHATEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME, 3ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Parker 94: 'The 2015 Marquis d'Alesme Becker is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and a broody, earthy/meaty nose over a core of crushed black currants, plum preserves and blackberry pie with hints of Indian spices and potpourri. The medium to full-bodied mouth displays a great core of rich black fruit flavors and a firm frame of ripe tannins plus seamless acid with a long, earthy finish. Drink 2021-2039.'
How Many: 57.95 each

s1015-175. 15 CHATEAU MARQUIS DE TERME, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Wine Enthusiast 94: 'This is a ripe, juicy wine, showing the improvements at this potentially fine estate. Dense tannins and succulent fruit come together to give a wine that is both structured and complex. The black-currant and berry flavors are underlined with a ripe structure. Drink from 2024.'
How Many: 59.95 each

s1015-176. 14 CHATEAU MARQUIS DE TERME, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX imperial
Vinous 92: ‘The 2014 Marquis de Terme has really come together nicely. Dark, pliant and supple, it offers notable depth and intensity. Sweet herb, licorice, menthol, chocolate and smoke infuse a core of dark stone fruit. The 2014 shows quite a bit better from bottle than it did from barrel. Hopefully, the overt oak will soften a bit over time. There is certainly plenty to look forward to. 2020 to 2034.’
How Many: 399.50 each

s1015-177. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BESSAN, CRU BOURGEOIS, MARGAUX
54% merlot, 46% cab sauv. Some reduction to start. No Margaux charm evident at first. Then the nose clears and deepens. Now cabernet-on-gravel black currant charm is revealed./ Rich, and really dense for Margaux. Certainly a plentiful 2014. 91+/100.
How Many: 28.99 each

s1015-178. 15 CHATEAU PRIEURE LICHINE, 4ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Vinous 95: 'The 2015 Prieure-Lichine has really come together over the last two years. Sumptuous, bold and racy, with no hard edges or angular contours, the 2015 is all class. The purity of the flavors is striking. Bright floral and spice notes perk up the red stone fruit nicely in this sensual, silky Margaux. All the elements simply fall into place. This is the first vintage Stephane Derenoncourt and his team made in the new cellar. In 2015 Prieure-Lichine, is a total knock-out. Don't miss it. Drink 2025-2040.'
How Many: 69.95 each

s1015-179. 15 CHATEAU DU TERTRE, 5ME GRAND CRU, MARGAUX
Suckling 94-95; Wine Enthusiast 92-94: ‘While the tannins are firm and dry, the fruit is just as important. The black plum-skin flavors are rich and dense, while the wine ends on a lifted note of black currant.’
How Many: 49.99 each

s1015-180. 15 LE CLARENCE DE CHATEAU HAUT BRION, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Wine Spectator 94/100. My notes: Single bottle wood box. What used to be called Bahans? Boy, this is distinct from DdC, always is. Always a little of a leathery character, as here. Finest of leathers. Fine oak aging, oak fully integrated. Total Haut Brion ID./ Second wines don‛t get much better than this. Cabernet-merlot balance. Blackberry, black cherry, and that gamy note. The oak too. A lot of fortitude here. Well extracted, and loaded. Especially for a second./ The oak‛s more prominent on the palate. Doesn‛t detract from the Chateau character. Lots of body, extract, and plenty of length. Grand Cru character. Grand Vin. 95+/100.
How Many: 169.95 each

s1015-181. 15 CHATEAU LA GARDE, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Wine Spectator 91: 'Solid, with a youthfully tight core of juicy blackberry and black currant paste flavors, wrapped with brambly grip and backed by twinges of tar and anise on the finish. Needs a touch of cellaring to unwind fully. Best from 2020 through 2030.'
How Many: 31.99 each

s1015-182. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BERGEY, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Wine Spectator 91: 'This has a sappy core of kirsch and plum preserve flavors, laced with bright, fresh bay leaf and savory notes. A well-buried iron spine holds the finish, letting the fruit play out. Fleshes out nicely in the glass. Very solid. Best from 2019 through 2027.'
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-183. 15 CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC LEOGNAN magnum
Vinous 96+: 'he 2015 Malartic Lagravière is just as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel. Rich, voluptuous and dramatic, it captures all of the natural intensity of the year. Black cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, licorice and French oak build into a crescendo of stunning aromas, flavors and textures. This is in an especially dark, sumptuous style, but it all works beautifully. The 2015 was positively thrilling each of the three times I tasted it. Drink 2023-2035.'
How Many: 149.95 each

s1015-184. 14 CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 95 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'Tight tannins mask the ripe fruit in a wine that is set for long-term aging, so there is a dry core that dominates at the moment. But not for long: the bold black fruits are insistent and are going to be delicious. This is a structured wine that will be ready in 2026.'
How Many: 54.95 each

s1015-185. 05 CHATEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIERE, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Parker 95: 'Gorgeously pure blueberry and blackberry fruit along with some notes of cassis, charcoal and licorice jump from the glass of this inky purple wine. An absolutely fabulous success for Malartic Lagraviere, this full-bodied wine has sweet tannin, and is complex and long. Drink it over the next 25 years. Bravo! Drink 2015-2040.'
How Many: 64.95 each

s1015-186. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, GRAND CRU CLASSE, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 93-95; Vinous 91-94; Parker 93: ‘The 2015 La Tour Martillac is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured in 40% new French oak. It has a slightly more high-toned and outgoing bouquet, with dark cherries and blackcurrant aromas, a smidgen of cassis emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant saltiness here, very focused with a finish of real pedigree. This is a superb Pessac-Léognan from the estate - one of the best in recent years.’
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-187. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, GRAND CRU CLASSE, PESSAC-LEOGNAN half bottle
Wine Enthusiast 93-95; Vinous 91-94; Parker 93: ‘The 2015 La Tour Martillac is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured in 40% new French oak. It has a slightly more high-toned and outgoing bouquet, with dark cherries and blackcurrant aromas, a smidgen of cassis emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant saltiness here, very focused with a finish of real pedigree. This is a superb Pessac-Léognan from the estate - one of the best in recent years.’
How Many: 25.99 each

s1015-188. 15 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, GRAND CRU CLASSE, PESSAC-LEOGNAN magnum
Wine Enthusiast 93-95; Vinous 91-94; Parker 93: ‘The 2015 La Tour Martillac is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured in 40% new French oak. It has a slightly more high-toned and outgoing bouquet, with dark cherries and blackcurrant aromas, a smidgen of cassis emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant saltiness here, very focused with a finish of real pedigree. This is a superb Pessac-Léognan from the estate - one of the best in recent years.’
How Many: 104.95 each

s1015-189. 14 CHATEAU LA TOUR MARTILLAC, PESSAC-LEOGNAN imperial
Wine Spectator 91; Parker 91: ‘The 2014 Latour-Martillac has an attractive bouquet with intense blackberry, briary, warm gravel and balsamic notes that are very well defined and evoke Pessac-Léognan through and through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. It feels gentle in the mouth, not structured but fleshy and full, fanning out with crushed strawberry, red cherry and white pepper towards the satisfying finish. This is early drinking compared to its peers, yet well crafted. 2019 to 2032.’
How Many: 379.50 each

s1015-190. 15 CHATEAU LARRIVET HAUT BRION, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Suckling 94-95; Parker 92-94: ‘The 2015 Larrivet Haut Brion might be overlooked against some startling other 2015s with ‘Haut Brion’ in their name, which would be wholly unfair because this is a potentially great wine. It has an outgoing bouquet with plenty of bright and bushy tailed red fruit that is well defined and very nicely focused. The new oak is carefully used here and gives it real lift. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, fleshy in the mouth with crisp acidity and a nicely composed, lightly spiced finish. This is an excellent Pessac-Léognon and it will hopefully will be well priced.’
How Many: 49.99 each

s1015-191. 09 CHATEAU LARRIVET HAUT BRION, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Sweet and open and ripe and beautiful expression of vintage and terroir. So harmonious, balanced, poised. All lays together right. 93+/100.
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-192. 15 CHATEAU OLIVIER, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN
Wine Enthusiast 93; Vinous 92: 'Readers should not overlook the 2015 Olivier. Rich and voluptuous, it offers lovely immediacy in a soft, supple style that is sure to find many admirers. A rush of succulent black cherry, chocolate, mocha, licorice and spice infuse this supple, creamy Pessac Leognan. All the elements fall into place in a racy, effortless wine that will drink well right out of the gate. The blend is 56.4% Merlot, 40.8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.8% Petit Verdot.'
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-193. 15 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, GRAND CRU CLASSE, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Vinous 97: 'One of the stars of the vintage, the 2015 Domaine de Chevalier has turned out even better than I expected. Bright floral notes give striking aromatic lift to the rich, sumptuous fruit. A marvelously complete wine, the 2015 is racy and silky on the palate, yet also has tremendous freshness. Bright red cherry, blood orange, white pepper, spice and dried flowers build into the super-expressive finish. The 2015 has been nothing less than stunning the three times I have tasted it so far. This is a tremendous showing from proprietor Olivier Bernard and his team. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. Drink 2022-2045.'
How Many: 84.95 each

s1015-194. 09 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, GRAND CRU CLASSE, PESSAC LEOGNAN
Parker 95: 'In late 2011, I had the last bottle in my cellar of the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. Much to my surprise, it was still holding on to life and remained gorgeously complex in that ethereal Graves style. The 2009, one of the finest Domaine de Chevaliers yet produced, reveals a striking bouquet of burning embers, sweet cherry, black and red currant fruit, spice box, cedar and lead pencil shavings. The tannins are sweet in this fleshy, full-bodied offering. It is built on the notion of extraordinary harmony, elegance and complexity. While not the most concentrated or flamboyant 2009, its intense aromas are already reasonably evolved and its lusciousness and balance are terrific. Made from an interesting blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, its yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare were slightly higher than many of its neighbors achieved. Drink it over the next 25 years. Drink now-2037.'
How Many: 104.95 each

s1015-195. 15 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES
50% merlot, 35% cab franc, 15% cab sauv. 75% stainless steel, 25% oak aged. 2015 sweet. Riper than the good 2012. Spicy oak segment too. A deal, Nice Graves claret, for sure./ Deep fruit sweetness. Good claret acid, Graves black earth. Wine of place at a handsome price. 91+/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s1015-196. 15 CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR BECOT, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Discreet and pure. It‛s always been that way next to the ruffian Beausejour Duffau. Neatly made wine. Riper fruit selection and more new oak frills than there used to be here. A very pure take. Mannered, measured. Not glitzy. Well proportioned./ Pure, sweet berry-cherry flavors. Well integrated oak; well balanced overall impression. Not a show wine; just a pure example of Saint Emilion claret. The Chateau has gone from strength to strength. 94+/100.
How Many: 89.95 each

s1015-198. 15 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92-94; Vinous 93: 'Just as it was en primeur, the 2015 Côte de Baleau is pure class. Silky tannins, lifted aromatics and soft, caressing fruit meld together to inform a super-polished, elegant Saint-Émilion that speaks with a hushed, sensual voice. Readers who appreciate the more restrained side of Bordeaux will find much to admire. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-199. 14 CHATEAU COTE DE BALEAU, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Oh, boy, Grand Cru Classe ripe fruit selection and fine new oak. Pure, lifted, romantic perfumes./ Still 2014 close on the palate, with drying tannins. No problem. Fine future here. 92+/100.
How Many: 28.99 each

s1015-200. 15 CHATEAU DASSAULT, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 93: 'Spicy, packed with dark fruit, rich chocolate and pepper, this is a powerful, sumptuous wine. Juicy fruit is beginning to shine through this generous exterior, promising a good potential and the likelihood the wine will be ready to drink from 2023.'
How Many: 47.99 each

s1015-201. 14 CHATEAU LA FLEUR CARDINALE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 94: 'The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a dark, sumptuous wine. Dark cherry, plum, rose petal, licorice and sweet spices are all pushed forward. Extravagantly ripe and flamboyant, the 2014 hits all the right notes. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more overt, opulent side of Saint-Émilion, and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. Tasted two times. Drink 2020-2024.'
How Many: 47.99 each

s1015-202. 15 CHATEAU FOMBRAUGE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Suckling 94-95; Vinous 92; Parker 92: ‘The 2015 Fombrauge is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that was cropped at 45 hl/ha between 24 September and 15 October. It is matured in 45% new oak barrels, 45% one-year-old and 10% in cement tank. It has a rich and generous bouquet with layers of black cherry, iodine and a hint of licorice. There is a slight headiness to these aromatics. The palate is showing more restrain and finesse, clean and pure with lightly spiced red berry fruit, hints of licorice and white pepper, a subtle bay leaf note towards the finish that displays well-integrated oak. Give this 5-8 years once in bottle and you will have a fine Saint Emilion on your hands.’
How Many: 37.99 each

s1015-203. 14 CHATEAU FONROQUE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Wine Enthusiast 92-94; Parker 91-93: ‘The Chateau Fonroque 2014 blossoms from the glass with ebullient red berry fruit mixed with rose petal and violets aromas. This palate is crisp and focused with a keen line of acidity that neatly counterbalanced the silky textured, lightly spiced fruit. This is already showing fine cohesion and poise–an excellent wine courtesy of Alain Moueix and one of my picks from the Right Bank this year.’
How Many: 36.99 each

s1015-204. 15 CLOS FOURTET, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 97: 'Clos Fourtet is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty in 2015. Powerful, vivid and wonderfully nuanced, it exudes class. Inky red/purplish stone fruit, lavender, spice, mint and orange peel give the 2015 its myriad shades of nuance, but it is the wine's balance and total sense of harmony that elevate it to the realm of the profound. In 2015, Clos Fourtet has a bit more body and resonance than is typically the case. Beneath all of the fruit, however, the 2015 has more than enough energy and structural underpinning to drink well for many years. This is a stunning wine from the Cuvelier family and consulting winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu. The blend is 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. Drink 2022-2045.'
How Many: 129.95 each

s1015-205. 15 CHATEAU FRANC MAYNE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 93-95: ‘The 2015 Franc-Mayne has a refined and detailed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis and a touch of cedar emerging from the glass. This is a classy bouquet in the making. The palate is fresh and vibrant with succulent red berry fruit overlaying a fine lattice of tannin. Precise, focused and elegant without compromising the fruit, this is perhaps the best wine that I have tasted from this estate. Bravo!’
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-206. 15 CHATEAU LA GAFFELIERE, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 97: 'The 2015 La Gaffeliere is a wine of total finesse. Much less obvious and overt than most Saint-Émilions in this vintage, La Gaffeliere makes its case on harmony and grace above all else. Bright, lifted Cabernet Franc–infused aromatics give the 2015 striking freshness and aromatic presence. The flavors are bright and nuanced to the core, with plenty of red cherry, espresso and floral notes. But back to the basics. In 2015 La Gaffeliere is a wine that stands out because of its impeccable balance and sense of proportion. I loved it. Tasted two times. Drink 2025-2045.'
How Many: 89.95 each

s1015-207. 12 CHATEAU GRAND CORBIN, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Dark./ Deep, rich, round Saint Emilion at age five. Merlot cherry, cabernet franc raspberry. Noble, large, barrel aged, deep, 12 black and framed. Wow./ Yes, 2012 cool, dark, and tailored. Fine tannin. Subtle barrel influence. Has body. Good balance and poise for the cellar. Yes. 92+/100.
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-208. 15 CHATEAU GRAND MAYNE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 93/100; Vinous 93/100. My notes: This Chateau has really come on as of late. Grand Cru Classe stuff for sure. Complexity, class. Aristocracy. As well as the amplitude and structure of a Cote wine. Fine fruit precision./ Really full oak decor. Still dominates the taste for woody extracts and flavors, and wood tannin the texture. Ambitious. Going places. 94+/100.
How Many: 49.99 each

s1015-209. 15 CHATEAU HAUT BRISSON, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Suckling 94-95; Parker 91-93: Vinous 92: 'The sumptuous, racy 2015 Haut-Brisson has turned out beautifully. Super-ripe dark cherry, mocha, espresso, licorice, exotic spice and new leather meld together in this effortless, beautifully resonant Saint-Émilion. Readers should expect a bold, full-throttle style. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many: 29.99 each

s1015-210. 15 CHATEAU PAVIE DECESSE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 98: 'Gérard Perse's 2015 Pavie-Decesse is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel, if not more so. Lifted, gracious and super-refined, the 2015 captures the richness of the year with the support of cool, mineral-driven notes from the calcaire-rich soils. Super-ripe red cherry, blood orange, rose petal and mint are some of the many notes that are woven together. In 2015, Pavie-Decesse is a wine of pure and total class. Don't miss it! Drink 2020-2045.'
How Many: 154.95 each

s1015-211. 15 CHATEAU PAVIE MACQUIN, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Suckling 96-97; Wine Spectator 94-97; Vinous 93-96: ‘The 2015 Pavie Macquin is another tremendous wine from Nicolas Thienpont and his team. Inky, rich and voluptuous the 2015 is endowed with remarkable depth and plenty of underlying energy to back it all up. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive, as are the tannins. The 2015 is going to require quite a bit of time to come together, but it is impressive, that much is obvious. Pavie Macquin is 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between September 29 and October 17 and aged in 60% new oak.’
How Many: 109.95 each

s1015-212. 15 CHATEAU DE PRESSAC, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Vinous 94: ‘One of the highlights of the year, the 2015 de Pressac is outrageously beautiful, just as it was from barrel. The inclusion of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carménère gives the wine striking aromatic nuance and myriad shades of dimension. Super-ripe, inky red plum, spice, leather and espresso nuances build into the huge, voluptuous finish. There is more than enough structure to allow the 2015 to age well for many years. This one of the most distinctive and yet also under-the-radar wines being made in Saint-Émilion today. The blend is 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec and 5% Carménère. Don't miss it. Alain Raynaud and Hubert de Boüard consult. Tasted three times. Drink 2023-2035.'
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-213. 15 CHATEAU SAINTAYME, SAINT EMILION
Parker 90-92: ‘The 2015 Saintayme is pure Merlot picked between 29 September and 9 October, cropped at 45 hl/ha and raised in 30% new oak. It has a gorgeous bouquet with blackberry and cranberry fruit, a touch of vanilla emanating from the new oak that is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with good depth, a ‘solid’ Saintayme, a pleasant chewiness with a feisty dark berry, licorice-tinged finish. This comes recommended - a fine Saint Emilion from the hands of Denis Durantou.’
How Many: 23.99 each

s1015-214. 15 CHATEAU TOUR ST. CHRISTOPHE, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Parker 92+/100. My notes: 80% merlot, 20% cab franc. 40% new barrels. Boy, grander than Grand Cru. When the next classification comes out, this will be Grand Cru Classe. The oak embellishments are super. Rich, spicy, cedary. And plenty of ample Saint Emilion merlot ripe fruit to soak up the wood./ Yeah, wood, fruit, roundness. Superb balance. Wonderful. Star bound. 94+/100.
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-215. 12 CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 96: 'The 2012 is another truly great wine from Troplong Mondot. It’s always sentimental to taste this wine, realizing that proprietress Christine Valette (the larger-than-life heart and soul behind this estate) has passed away. She was one of the bright, shining stars of Bordeaux. Nevertheless, her legacy is certainly well-established, and the quality of this wine is beyond reproach. Inky bluish purple, its great notes of cassis, blackberry, licorice are followed by a full-bodied, opulently textured wine with stunning concentration, purity and overall balance. It should drink well for 20-25 years and turn out to be one of the great superstars of 2012. Their 63-acre vineyard was cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare, producing a final blend of 90% Merlot and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.2% alcohol. Drink now-2040.'
How Many: 109.95 each

s1015-216. 10 CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
Parker 99: 'Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I-m not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. Forget this for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades. Drink 2018-2048.'
How Many: 179.95 each

s1015-217. 14 CHATEAU VALANDRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
70% merlot, 20% cab franc, 5% cab sauv, plus malbec, carmenere. 18-30 months in all new barrels. The new oak is lavish and abundant. The extra barrel time brings it out more fully. Grand Cru, Grand Vin, very large. Abundant./ Good acid, well proportioned. Oak still needs time to settle in, but it’s such class, quality oak that it’s a wonder in its own right. And there’s a fine fruit basis. Off the charts. Showiest claret of the tasting. 97+/100.
How Many: 199.95 each

s1015-218. 15 LES ANGELOTS DE CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU, SAINT EMILION
Richer, riper, fuller, rounder, better than the 2014./ Good and sweet and flavorful, with a fine oak aura. Good acidity. Everything's amplified over the 2014. Fine. 92+/100.
How Many: 31.99 each

s1015-219. 15 CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE, GRAND CRU CLASSE, SAINT EMILION
A little more oak and body and aromatic intensity than the 2015 Angelots. Not a big difference on the nose./ But lots more oak and fruit, fullness and texture on the palate. Still, there's quite a price difference. 93+/100.
How Many: 59.95 each

s1015-220. 15 CHATEAU BEL AIR CUVEE JEAN GABRIEL, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
60% merlot, 40% cab franc. 30% new barrels. Full ripeness of vintage and full give of Lussac. A welcoming wine. Depth, charm, precision. Very nicely focused aroma./ Palate forward and full of 2015 ripe goodness. Ready early. 92/100.
How Many: 24.99 each

s1015-221. 15 CHATEAU DU COURLAT, LUSSAC SAINT EMILION
90% merlot, 10% cab franc. Has always had a lot of charm and clarity. I‛m likin‛ it again. Very much in tune with former ripe vintages all the way back to 1982. The fruit is up front, even a little Michel Rolland flashy. Really a fruit driven wine. I don‛t see much oak or barrel time./ Yeah, fruit forward. Dash of peels astringency, extract, tannin. Can take to the table soon. 91/100.
How Many: 21.99 each

s1015-222. 16 CHATEAU ROCHER CALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Mainly merlot with some cab franc. 16 charm, 16 satin texture. Admirable ripeness and stuffing. A texture I can smell, or at least feel in my nostrils./ Tighter and leaner than the nose would suggest. I have confidence. It‛s 16 well proportioned and likely to blossom beautifully. Tannins, on the whole, are ripe enough and fine grained. 91+/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-223. 15 VIEUX CHATEAU PALON, MONTAGNE SAINT EMILION
Parker 90-92: ‘The 2015 Vieux Château Palon has a well-defined and crisp bouquet with perfumed black cherries and red plum fruit, the oak well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, real substance here and a lovely, caressing, licorice-tinged finish that has plenty of energy. Modern in style, well crafted and long, this is a delicious Montagne Saint Emilion.’
How Many: 28.99 each

s1015-224. 15 CHATEAU DURAND LAPLAGNE LES TERRES ROUGE, PUISSEGUIN SAINT EMILION
Parker 91-93/100. My notes: 30% barrel aged. 75% merlot, 15% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. Beautiful ruby color. It just glows./ Nose accurate; 15 ripe. A little on the shy side, but everything‛s put together right. Perfect degree of ripeness./ Lots of Saint Emilion merlot padding. Light tannin. On the palate too, admirable ripeness without going over the top. Harmonious, and well poised to age well. 92+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-225. 15 CHATEAU TOUR DU PAS ST. GEORGES, SAINT GEORGES SAINT EMILION
Parker 90-92: 'The 2015 Tour du Pas St Georges has a slightly pinched, but well-defined bouquet, with quite a strong The palate is medium-bodied with svelte, fine tannin and well-judged acidity. There is fine depth in the mouth with freshness and plenty of fruit on the finish. This is a very well crafted Saint George's Saint Emilion that comes recommended. Drink 2018-2028.'
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-226. 12 CHATEAU TOUR DU PAS ST. GEORGES, SAINT GEORGES SAINT EMILION
60% merlot, 35% cab franc, 5% cab sauv. With aeration, it reveals a pretty, black cherry fruit quality./ Flesh, stylishness, full form. I like Right Bank 2012s. Fine tannin yet but good now with food. I’m sold. 91/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-227. 14 CHATEAU BEAUREGARD, POMEROL
For a 14, it‛s very luscious. And for Beauregard, it‛s ripe and abundant. Many vintages here were stiff and greenish. Not the best Pomerol terroir. Somebody must have taken ahold of this property and done some good work./ Oh, yeah, round, ripe, lush. Tannins are either melted or coated. No sense of young 14 severity. Eminently successful. 93/100.
How Many: 47.99 each

s1015-228. 15 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Vinous 93/100. My notes: 90% merlot. Full, lush Pomerol merlot. Very skillfully imparted and generous oak spices. Makes for a voluptuous and inviting package. And large scaled./ Ah, the sweet and succulent. The tannins are much softer than in the cabernet dominated wines today. Splendidly alluring show. 94+/100.
How Many: 42.99 each

s1015-229. 14 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Vinous 93/100. My notes: 95% merlot, 5% cab franc. 18 months in barrels, half new, half once used. A totally lavish bundle. Wonderfully ample, three dimensional, complex. Loaded with Pomerol fruit. Fabulous new oak./ Great oak-fruit combo. Outstanding Pomerol, as it’s been for many years. 95+/100.
How Many: 47.99 each

s1015-230. 12 CHATEAU BONALGUE, POMEROL
Oh, deep, luxurious, exotic Oriental wood spices and total Pomerol plushness. Very sweet and ripe for vintage. The oak is nice. A champion./ Oh, boy, texture, wood, elegance. Scores. Full flavored, spicy, padded, plus tannin reserve. 94+/100. List price: $72.
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-231. 15 CHATEAU CLINET, POMEROL
Vinous 96; Parker 97: 'A blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Cabernet Franc matured in 65% new and 35% one-year-old French oak for 16 months, the 2015 Clinet offers a medium to deep garnet-purple color and slowly, provocatively unfurls in the glass with notes of crushed black cherries, warm black raspberries and red cherry compote plus nuances of bay leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise, fenugreek and forest floor and wafts of potpourri and mocha. The palate reveals a sensuous medium-bodied style offset beautifully by very firm, very silky tannins and packed with energetic, multifaceted fruit as well as great tension, finishing long with an arresting spice and floral perfume. A real stunner! Drink 2022-2045.'
How Many: 159.95 each

s1015-232. 12 CHATEAU CLINET, POMEROL
Parker 95, Vinous 95: 'A wine of total precision, the 2012 Clinet possesses striking aromatic nuance and delineation. Crushed flowers, sweet raspberries, herbs and mint flesh out effortlessly, with silky, polished tannins that add to the wine's feel of graciousness. The spherical, beautifully textured finish suggests the 2012 will offer a wide drinking window of pure pleasure over the next 15-20 years. This is impressive. The 2012 is 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2018-2032.'
How Many: 129.95 each

s1015-233. 14 CLOS DU CLOCHER, POMEROL
Parker 93/100. My notes: 70% merlot, 30% cab franc. Clay and gravel over ferrous subsoil. 18 months aging. Many of the same positives as the Bonalgue plus more heft. The 2012s followed a like pattern. Full charm and clarity. Extra oak brilliance./ More backward than the Bonalgue. The oak is still dominant. It has plenty of support. Body, weight, power. Rich, ripe fruit. Really loaded. Not as sexy as the Bonalgue at this stage. Lots of oomph. 95+/100.
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-234. 12 CLOS DU CLOCHER, POMEROL
Oh! Like a liqueur! Cherry and raspberry liqueurs. Plus the oak aura of Asian spices. Uber claret./ Sweet and elegant and racy. Beautifully proportioned. Always a winner. Plenty round and rich and liqueur like. In tune with, and even better than, previous tasting experiences. 95/100.
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-235. 15 CHATEAU FEYTIT CLINET, POMEROL
Vinous 96+: 'The 2015 Feytit-Clinet is a wine of dark, brooding intensity. Vertical in its construction, the 2015 exudes power and structure. My sense is that the 2015 is recovering from its relatively recent bottling, as it is a bit closed down today. Even so, the depth and richness the 2015 showed as a barrel sample are still very much in evidence. Black cherry, plum, graphite, smoke, heavy toast and lavender add myriad shades of nuance. In two separate tastings, the 2015 was much less expressive than it was as a barrel sample, which probably bodes very well for its long term future. I wouldn't dream of opening a bottle anytime soon. Tasted two times. Drink 2023-2040.'
How Many: 109.95 each

s1015-236. 15 CHATEAU LE GAY, POMEROL
Vinous 93-96; Parker 94-96: ‘The 2015 Le Gay comes from the 6.5-hectare Pomerol estate, of which 2.09 hectares are currently being restructured. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 27 September until 8 October at one degree lower alcohol than Montviel; it has a fragrant bouquet with delineated red cherries, crushed strawberry and hints of vanilla from the 100% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, ripe and rounded in the mouth, very well balanced and very smooth. This just glides across the mouth and once that new oak has been absorbed, this will be a gorgeous Le Gay to behold. Do not overlook this Cru because it has been on a roll in recent years.’
How Many: 139.95 each

s1015-237. 15 CLOS RENE, POMEROL
Parker 91-93: ‘A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec, the 2015 Clos Rene has a perfumed raspberry preserve and crushed strawberry-scented bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a mixture of red and black fruit with a very refined, pastille-like, spicy finish. This is a lovely Pomerol to enjoy over the next 10-15 years, certainly one of the best offerings from the sandier soils on the western sector of the appellation.’
How Many: 37.99 each

s1015-238. 15 CHATEAU TAILLEFER, POMEROL
Parker 91-93: ‘The 2015 Château Taillefer, the property of Catherine Moueix together with her daughter Claire, has a tightly wound bouquet, perhaps not quite as expressive as its peers at this early stage - though it opens nicely in the glass and reveals a hidden mineral core of fruit. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, fine tannins here, linear and focused with a very refined and poised finish that leaves you wanting me. This Pomerol has great potential, one of the best wines I have tasted here in recent years.’
How Many: 37.99 each

s1015-239. 14 GRAVETTE DE VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN, POMEROL
60% merlot, 30% cab franc, 10% cab sauv. Lots of class, charm, beauty, Pomerol richness. Fruit clarity. Extra dimension for a second wine. Worth a premium for sure. Better than many a Pomerol ‘first’ wine./ Power, tannin, brightness, beauty, oak brilliance. Fine tannin and texture. Really grand stuff. 95+/100.
How Many: 57.95 each

s1015-240. 12 CHATEAU DE BEL AIR, LALANDE DE POMEROL
75% merlot, 20% cab franc, 5% cab sauv. 35 year old vines. Large, sweet, velvety Pomerol style with good oak complement. An all together 2012./ Yes, fine oak and dark fruit in tandem. Fresh 2012 acidity will continue to carry it. 92+/100..
How Many: 27.99 each

s1015-241. 15 CHATEAU LES CRUZELLES, LALANDE DE POMEROL
Vinous 92; Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on gravel/clayey soil, picked from September 15-22 and October 6 respectively, then matured in 45% new oak. The new wood is seamlessly integrated into this Lalande-de-Pomerol, more broody and introspective than the La Chenade at the moment, but very well defined. The palate is beautifully proportioned with crisp tannin, a fine line of acidity, somehow gentle and understated on the finish, but very long in the mouth. Yet another ridiculously fine wine to load up on, courtesy of Denis Durantou. Drink 2018-2035.'
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-242. 15 CHATEAU LA VIEILLE CURE, FRONSAC
Parker 92+/100. My notes: 1/3 new barrels. 75% merlot, cab franc, dash cab sauv. Yeah, grand oak as always here in modern times. Nice treacly thing. Smoky. Full Fronsac fortitude. Strong showing for Fronsac in 2015. It needs a ripe year; otherwise the wines can be rustic./ Lots of flavor. Full, firm, grand scaled. Both wood and fruit tannins aplenty. 93+/100.
How Many: 29.99 each

s1015-244. 15 CLOS DU ROY, FRONSAC
90% merlot, 5% each of the cabernets. 12 months in barrels, 1/3 new. Spotting a snazzy new label. Hard to read though. Full red ruby color. Color of a Mason Cherry Dot./ Yes, the oak adds extra dimension. Depth, wood spices. The fruit is fully up to it, striking an ideal balance./ Fronsac fortitude. I like that black fruit of Fronsac. Zesty, almost peppery. A big, broad, dynamic Fronsac with good oak mellowing and complexing. Softness and spread. Best Clos du Roy I‛ve tasted. They‛re usually more four square. 92+/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s1015-245. 14 CHATEAU DU HYOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Enthusiast 91; Wine Spectator 90: ‘Frankly toasty, sporting a mocha frame around a core of warmed plum and blackberry confiture notes. Light tobacco and licorice accents fill in on the finish, where the toast still holds sway. This has the fruit. Best from 2018 through 2024. $20.’
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-246. 15 CHATEAU JOANIN BECOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 92: 'On the toasty side, with flashes of vanilla and mocha, but there's ample fleshy plum sauce and currant preserve flavors at the core, along with lingering notes of anise and violet on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2025.'
How Many: 27.99 each

s1015-247. 10 CHATEAU JOANIN BECOT, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
75% merlot, 25% cab sauv. 16-18 months in barrels, 70% new, 30% once used. Wonderful sense of new oak aging. Grand Vin treatment./ Some maturity and softness now. Ripe fruit stylishly finished in new barrels. Broad, full, still some 10 tannin. Lots of volume and dimension. The wood, the fruit, the development all add up to pretty special stuff. Unbelievable, and fully worth the tariff. 94/100.
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-248. 16 CHATEAU JOUANIN, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Black color./ Rich, deep, spicy black cherry merlot display with Castillon significance. Ripe, but not overly so like I found the 2015. Runs way deep, Pastilles, cremes./ Powerful and ripe but also 2016 well managed. Fine texture and spice. Big time tannins too. These temper the ripeness. Can't fault its ambitions. Still some astringency to shed on the finish. 91+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-249. 15 CHATEAU DE LAUSSAC, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Parker 91-93: 'The 2015 Laussac has a detailed, quite complex bouquet with lifted blackberry and cedar aromas, very expressive and welcoming. The palate is clean and fresh, very well balanced with grainy tannin, pure black and red fruit, and is beautifully poised with an elegant finish that is an absolute delight. Expect this to land at the top of my banded score - absolutely superb. Drink 2018-2030.'
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-250. 14 SEIGNEURS D’AIGUILHE, CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX
Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, proprietor of Premier Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere. Admirably sweet, ripe fruit and a fine measure of new oak to complement it. He always lavishes it on these. As good as it gets. Maybe better than the 2010./ Awesome combo of beautifully ripe merlot and fine oak. 95+/100.
How Many: 23.99 each

s1015-251. 10 CHATEAU DE FRANCS LES CERISIERS, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
Wine Spectator 90: ‘Engaging, with juicy plum and linzer torte fruit flavors offset by a lively tobacco leaf note. There's a nice tug of earth on the finish, with the tobacco edge lingering as well. Drink now through 2015.’
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-252. 15 CHATEAU MARSAU, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX
All merlot, average vine age 25 years. Aged 12 months in new and once used barrels. Large. Shows oak sophistication. The fruit is plump and fat thanks to all merlot. Has that Francs merlot cherry character. Even maraschino cherry. Definitely a wine of place. And a good and ripe one. Both 15 rich and claret elegant./ Yes, plump and Pomerol like, with oak framing. Fine claret. 92+/100.
How Many: 25.99 each

s1015-253. 15 CHATEAU MARSAU, FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX half bottle
All merlot, average vine age 25 years. Aged 12 months in new and once used barrels. Large. Shows oak sophistication. The fruit is plump and fat thanks to all merlot. Has that Francs merlot cherry character. Even maraschino cherry. Definitely a wine of place. And a good and ripe one. Both 15 rich and claret elegant./ Yes, plump and Pomerol like, with oak framing. Fine claret. 92+/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s1015-254. 14 CHATEAU PERTHUS, COTES DE BOURG
At St. Andre de Cubzac. 90% merlot, 10% cab sauv. 50 year old vines. Dark purple color./ Deep and inky purple fruit of Bourg with the plush dimension of Bourg. Lovely, revealing wine. Probably has had some barrel time. Shows old vines intensity. Attractive stylishness too. Qualities not found in many 14s of this level./ 14 purple fruit but not austere. Padded. Works. Good 14 framework. Generosity of Bourg. As good as earlier, if not better. Good acid, fine tannin, vintage form. Everything is put together right. Wonderful value. Has a good future too. 91+/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s1015-255. 15 CHATEAU PEYROLAN, COTES DE BOURG
Gold Medal - Macon. Very bright fruit, and seemingly some oak. Bourg size and give. Complex Deep and sweet candied cherry. Fruit cake cherry./ Yes, merlot all the way. Polished bright, with little tannin to interfere with current pleasure. full fruit presence. All around fine flavor and texture. Good acid for food accompaniment. 91/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s1015-256. 16 CHATEAU SAUMAN, COTES DE BOURG
Bright, clear, fruity 16 Bourg claret classic. Very bright indeed./ Soft, tender, accommodating. Good stuff. 91/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-257. 14 CHATEAU LES JOUBERTS CUVEE PRESTIGE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Well, my, uh huh. Sweet accomplished, full. Quite a large charge for vintage and zone./ Delivers on palate too. Lots of substance here. And flavor and texture interest and breadth. 91/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-258. 15 CHATEAU ROLAND LA GARDE, BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX
Fabulously rich and deep claret varietal set, with barrel age marrying influence and oak savors as usual. Up to snuff./ Just gives and gives. Good texture and fine tannin, both oak and fruit. A significant, barrel aged Blaye claret. 92+/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s1015-259. 15 CHATEAU BELLEVUE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Sauveterre. 60% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 10% malbec. Deep, rich, haunting, unique, cool, berried, black, sleek, all./ Rich, opulent, cran-apple taste with fine tannin and texture. Superb claret value. 92/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-260. 15 CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Thierry Lurton; at Camarsac; 95% merlot, 5% cab franc. Bordeaux Superieur extra volume and dimension. Class, quality, depth. Coming out of its shell very nicely. More abundant than previous vintages. I’m a believer now./ Emerging even more on the palate. Sweet stuff. I’ve never had one of these so sweet and open and revealing. Just a luscious, sexy, inviting thing. Gotta have it. 91/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-261. 15 CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
85% merlot, 15% cab franc. 43 year old vines. 9 months in barrels, half new. Owned by the Janoueix family. Oh, yes, the extra dimension here of the barrel regimen. And substantial basis of Bordeaux Superieur standards and old vines. Everything right about it. In Bordeaux Superieur terms, a Grand Vin./ Beautiful. Wears everything right. The fruit, the wood, the acid, the juicy, delicious flavor. Virtually without tannin, and fully inviting for current use. 93/100.
How Many: 19.99 each

s1015-262. 15 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Lugon, west of Fronsac; second wine; 90% merlot; 10% cab franc. Yes, barrel aged like the Grand Vin. Intense, dark, and sweet 2015 fruit soaks up the oak nicely. Really thrives on its barrel influences./ Full, sweet fruited, oaky, balanced. A keeper. 92+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-263. 14 RESERVE DU CHATEAU CROIX MOUTON, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
14 cool and collected. Shows some barrel age qualities. Not as ripe and abundant as the Grand Vin, of course. Still, this displays plenty of class./ Bright red raspberry suggests cabernet franc. Fabulous cabernet franc plus good oak. Very bright. Ideal ripeness. 92+/100. List price: $17.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-264. 15 CHATEAU GRAND FRANCAIS GRAND CUVEE, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
In the Isle valley north of Saint Emilion. 50% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Aged 10-14 months in oak barrels. Fabulous 2015 ripeness, with claret framing, constraint, dignity. Light oak aura./ Yes, oak and fruit flavors. Ripe, juicy claret with oak savors. Great acid. Balanced and long. 92+/100.
How Many: 22.99 each

s1015-265. 14 CHATEAU DU HAUT QUERAY, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
Proprietor Martine Bordiere at Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps north of Lussac Saint Emilion. Well, sweet and nutty. That cherry-nut sundae aroma of perfectly ripe merlot. Plus 2014 claret’s innate elegance./ Yes, juicy cherry flavor with nutty overtone. Full-flavored. Light tannic grip. Pure and dazzling merlot cherry aftertaste. 91/100. Available in flat, branded wood boxes of six bottles.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-266. 11 CHATEAU LESCALLE CUVEE EMMANUEL TESSANDIER, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
70% merlot, 15% cab sauv, 10% cab franc, 5% petit verdot. 14%. Hearty color./ Well developed and inviting bouquet./ Yes, hearty, accomplished, and developing nicely now. Some oak and positive leather notes. First accomplished 2011 claret I‛ve tasted in a long while. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-267. 15 CHATEAU PETIT FREYLON CUVEE SARAH, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
At Saint du Bois (Entre deux Mers); 75% cab sauv, 25% merlot; Gold Medal - CIV. Excellent. Ambitious. Shows cabernet sauvignon and oak./ Cabernet tight and tannic. Again, the barrel element. Will certainly reward cellaring. 91+/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-268. 16 CHATEAU TOUR DE GILET, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR
On the palus at Ludon. 70% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 10% petit verdot. 14%. Dark, textured, burnished, deep, classic 16./ Full and formed, framed. Balanced, classic 2016. An ager. 91+/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s1015-269. 15 CHATEAU LA COUDRAIE, BORDEAUX
Vignobles Jolivet at Soussac. 80% merlot, 20% cab franc.Achieved alcohol level leads to plenty of body. Rich, ripe, and deep 15 fruit./ Yes, riper and richer all around. A deal in 15 claret. 91+/100.
How Many: 9.99 each

s1015-270. 16 CHATEAU LA CROIX DU DUC, BORDEAUX
Next to Lussac Saint Emilion; 80% merlot, 10% each cab sauv, cab franc. Sweet and spicy, smoky, almost jammy. Surely ripe and empyreumatic. And ideal also./ Yes, texture, spice, fruit vigor. Ripe and large. 91+/100.
How Many: 9.99 each

s1015-271. 14 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, BORDEAUX
At La Sauve (Entre deux Mers); 80% merlot, 20% cab sauv. More mature than the 15s and 16s. Smoky; seems to show barrel influence. Wow, quite a value./ Berries, and smoky, barrel like notions. Intense. What a pleasant surprise and deal. 91/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-272. 15 CHATEAU LA HASE, BORDEAUX
At St. Michel de Fronsac; 60% merlot, 20% cab sauv, 20% cab franc. Deep and smoky. Seems barrel aged./ Large. Dry and astute. Full and cellar-worthy. 91+/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s1015-273. 15 CHATEAU DE LAGORCE, BORDEAUX
'Selection de nos meilleurs cepages'; Benjamin Mazeau at Targon. Gorgeous red violet color./ Deep, earthy, fruity, solid, generous./ Medium bodied for now. Give it time to fill out. 91+/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-274. 15 CHATEAU LA MARZELLE, BORDEAUX
85% merlot, 15% cab sauv. Dark and accomplished and ideally ripe. Wow, what 2015 Bordeaux AOC claret should be about. Dark fruited, perfectly ripe, and fabulous./ Again, spot on. Some tannin for texture. Food wine now, or later. 91/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-275. 15 CHATEAU MONT PERAT, BORDEAUX
At Capian (1eres Cotes de Bordeaux); 80% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 10% cab franc. Seriously barrel aged. Very large./ Large, sweet, ambitious, suave and harmonious. Has it all. Really well crafted. Surely worth the premium. 92+/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s1015-276. 15 CHATEAU VIEUX MANOIR, BORDEAUX
At Targon. 60% merlot, 35% cab sauv, 5% cab franc. Well, this is an abundant, sweet, ripe one. As before. Just the right degree of fruit ripeness. Perfect 15 fruition. Sweet and black and deep and dense. The real 2015 claret deal./ Rich and seemingly cabernet influenced. Super sized. Has fruit goodness all over the place. Plus good texture and tannin. Superb value. 91/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-277. 15 DOMAINE VIRGINIE THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX
Just voluptuous as always. Fully ripe. Extravagant. Barrel aged. How much more claret could you want for fifteen bucks? Totally alluring, exemplary New Wave claret./ Delicious 15 sur maturite without going over the top. Wood, ultra ripe fruit. Great now. Succulent. Super bargain. 92/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-278. 14 MAUVAIS GARCON DE JEAN-LUC THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX
80% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 5% each cab franc, petit verdot. Vines 50+ years old. Beginning to absorb its oak. Much better proportioned wine that it was a few months back. The oak is positive; the fruit is welling up./ Still some oak tannin in the back, but this wine is beginning to prove its point now. The old vines, the fine quality of the oak. Achieving harmony. 92+/100.
How Many: 23.99 each

s1015-279. 14 MAUVAIS GARCON DE JEAN-LUC THUNEVIN, BORDEAUX magnum
80% merlot, 10% cab sauv, 5% each cab franc, petit verdot. Vines 50+ years old. Beginning to absorb its oak. Much better proportioned wine that it was a few months back. The oak is positive; the fruit is welling up./ Still some oak tannin in the back, but this wine is beginning to prove its point now. The old vines, the fine quality of the oak. Achieving harmony. 92+/100.
How Many: 47.99 each

s1015-280. 14 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Parker 94/100. My notes:: Wow, this is getting fuller, more majestic, more expansive. More laudatory than ever./ Deep, deep sweet and sour fruits. Quince, lemon, lime. Full bodied. Barrel aged? Doesn‛t matter. Awesome. 95/100.
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-281. 12 CHATEAU BOUSCAUT, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Decanter - Best 2012 Pessac-Leognan blanc; Parker 94: 'Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting. I adored the 2012 Bouscaut Blanc from barrel, but nothing prepared me for how brilliantly it is performing in bottle. To put that into perspective, tasted blind against the likes of Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, when average scores were totted up, this came out on top by some margin. It has a vivacious bouquet with vibrant lime flower, Granny Smith apple, dandelion and lemon peel that is intense and wonderfully focused. It is difficult not to love these aromatics. The palate is very well balanced, intense with good body, the acidity perfectly judged, and yet the overall impression is one of a white Bordeaux with a seriously long and healthy future ahead. This is seriously fine. Tasted January 2016. Drink 2019-2038.'
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-282. 15 CHATEAU CARBONNIEUX, GRAND CRU, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Wine Enthusiast 95 - CELLAR SELECTION: 'This wine has a wonderful citrus character of fresh lemons and limes that meld with the mineral texture. It is crisp while also structured, bright with acidity and zesty in lemon and orange flavors. The aftertaste is herbal, crisp and bright. Drink from 2022.'
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-283. 12 L’ESPRIT DE DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of Domaine de Chevalier Grand Cru. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon; selection made by barrel, not vine age. High toned semillon lemon curd and sauvignon lime and grass in perfect harmony./ Semillon padding, sauvignon flair. Richly concentrated, rightly balanced. A beauty. Unmistakably Chevalier. 95+/100.
How Many: 34.99 each

s1015-284. 14 L‛ABEILLE DE CHATEAU DE FIEUZAL, PESSAC-LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of the Grand Cru. Full, new, not a bit oaky or earthy. Perfectly clear and explicit northern Graves blanc. Age potential here./ Yes, full concentration and extract of the vintage. Attractive oak nuances flare up on the palate. 14 minerality. Complete. And cellar-worthy. 93+/100.
How Many: 28.99 each

s1015-285. 16 CHATEAU LA GRAVE MARTILLAC, PESSAC LEOGNAN BLANC
Second wine of Grand Cru Classe Chateau Latour Martillac. Semillon and sauvignon blanc. Still shy, but clearly full bodied and well crafted./ Some barrel influence. Nice lemon/lime and passion fruit flavors. Grand Cru full, even powerful. It would be a shame to serve it now. It will be so much more accomplished a few months down the line. 92+/100. Tasted 7/12/18.
How Many: 31.99 each

s1015-286. 15 CHATEAU TOUR LEOGNAN, PESSAC LEOGNAN BLANC
This is the second wine of Grand Cru Chateau Carbonnieux. 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon. Plenty of oomph. Quality semillon basis. Goes way deep in Bordeaux sauvignon richness and race, and semillon plumpness. Everything about it is more-ish. Very pungent, clear, tropical. Lightly oaked. Grand showing. Very giving./ Plenty of sauvignon tropics: racy, lucid citrus and passion fruit sauvignon expressions. Lots of personality, content, body. Round and rich semillon meets lively sauvignon acidity. Masterful. And making great progress since fall. This will develop well like the 2013 did. 93+/100.
How Many: 22.99 each

s1015-287. 15 CHATEAU BEAUREGARD DUCASSE, GRAVES BLANC
Famille Perromat at Mazeres; 60% semillon, 40% sauvignon blanc. Enclosed to start. Then opens to green mango. Plenty of semillon influence too./ Lots of sauvignon grass, citrus, and mango. The extra texture and largesse of Graves make for a step up from the Bordeaux blanc tasted before it. Lots to offer. Best vintage yet. 92/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-288. 16 CHATEAU BOUSQUET, GRAVES BLANC
An attractive amalgam of sauvignon and semillon aromas and feels./ Good grip and substance. Full of texture and oomph. Good value. 91+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-289. 16 CHATEAU CHANTEGRIVE, GRAVES BLANC
Half each semillon, sauvignon blanc. Aged 5 months in cooperage on its fermentation lees, which are stirred regularly. Good Graves depth and fortitude. The varietals are in sympathy with one another. Pungent, oaky, leesy, fruity, complex./ Yes, lees, oak, and barrel bouquet development. That semillon - sauvignon blanc yin-yang of body and race carries through to the finish. Attractive strength, largesse. Ready for the table. 93/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-290. 15 CHATEAU DE PERLIGUES, GRAVES BLANC
A nice, bright, crisp little number. Sauvignon for sure and maybe some muscadelle./ Yeah, the green stuff, and also some semillon it seems, for its fullness, padding, lemon curd. Good Graves, good price. 91/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s1015-291. 15 CHATEAU PERRON, GRAVES BLANC
50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Fine sauvignon gooseberry and muscadelle green mango. Full of ripe and green fruit aromas./ Full body, texture, and flavor ranges. Good balance of acid and ripeness. Best of these I’ve tasted. 92+/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-292. 16 CHATEAU RIVIERE LACOSTE, GRAVES BLANC
At Langon, southern Graves. Plenty of Graves body and substance here./ Flavorful. All three varieties chime in. Fine acid, texture, balance. This delivers the goods. 91/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-293. 16 CHATEAU TREBIAC, GRAVES BLANC
At Portets; proprietor Arnaud de Butler; 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc. Custardy semillon and racy sauvignon Graves blanc statements. Lots of vigor. Tingles and swells the nostrils./ An attractive balance of sauvignon race and semillon padding. Juicy aftertaste. A group favorite. 91/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s1015-294. 16 CHATEAU DE FONTENILLE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
40% sauvignon blanc, 20% each sauvignon gris, muscadelle, semillon. Lots of guava and passion fruit. Zingy, thrilling, rangy. Semillon depth, sauvignon gris richness, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle brightness./ Full flavor of sauvignon blanc, plumpness of sauvignon gris and semillon, green tinctures of muscadelle. Everything fits together. Racy acid, juicy citrus and tropics flavors. Sprawling, persistent, flavorful aftertaste. Total treat. 92/100.
How Many: 11.99 each

s1015-295. 17 CHATEAU LA GRAVIERE, ENTRE DEUX MERS
Racy sauvignon, earthy semillon. Correct./ Sauvignon grass and citrus, semillon foundation. Good value. Popular with the group. Orders taken. 90/100.
How Many: 8.99 each

s1015-296. 16 CHATEAU BONNET, BORDEAUX BLANC
50% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon, 10% muscadelle.. 4 months on lees. Clear sauvignon emphasis. Muscadelle green fruit airs./ Semillon roundness. Good sauvignon, muscadelle vigor. Balanced, even. Flavor follow through. 91/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s1015-297. 17 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon, sauvignon. Another flattering 2017 Euro white with soft, forthcoming fruit. Good semillon padding./ Yes, all about fruit. Light lemon curd semillon. Sauvignon lime edge at end. Will improve. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-298. 16 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Fresh and classic form of Bordeaux sauvignon-semillon. Crisp edge./ Full, intense varietal character. Very good texture. 91+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-299. 15 LE G DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon, sauvignon blanc. Aged in Sauternes barrels. Barrel age notions, semillon basis, sauvignon lime./ Plump and sassy both. Semillon marl and lemon curd. Beginning to fill out nicely since last tasted weeks back. 92+/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-300. 16 DOMAINE DES JUSTICES, BORDEAUX BLANC
Half each semillon and sauvignon blanc. 14%. Serious strength, fullness, presence. Big deal like a Graves./ Yes, power and body. Maybe some barrel time. Big time white Bordeaux for food. 92+/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s1015-301. 16 CHATEAU L’ORANGERIE, BORDEAUX BLANC
80% sauvignon blanc, 20% semillon. Deep and rich semillon with a racy sauvignon edge. Spot on interchange of the two./ Yes, rich sauvignon tropical fruits–guava and citrus–with semillon plush basis. Racy overall. A winner once again. 92/100.
How Many: 12.99 each

s1015-302. 16 CHATEAU ROC MEYNARD, BORDEAUX BLANC
From Villegouge near Fronsac. Half each sauvignon, semillon; 70 year old vines. Full. Talks the talk of both. Unique from the usual Bordeaux Blanc areas./ Very full. The two varieties come together very well and support one another with thickness and briskness. Very well managed. Clings, lingers. Lemon creme and lemon zest. 92/100.
How Many: 15.99 each

s1015-303. 16 BLANC DE CHATEAU DE CAMARSAC, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
More about tropical fruit than citrus fruit./ More citricity comes through on the palate. That magnificent 2016 acid structure and refreshment. A sure quaffer. Head for some goat cheese. Swell buy. 91/100.
How Many: 10.99 each

s1015-304. 16 CHATEAU REYNON, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
Very rich, as if semillon were part of the cuvee. Deep textured, dense textured. Great presence. And it swells the nostrils too. Unmistakable Bordeaux sauvignon hallmark in the last vintage of the master wine professor/winegrower Denis Dubourdieu. I hope the family is able to carry on his tradition./ Oh, yes, this fills and coats the palate. Gooseberry and lush tropics. Huge texture and form. 93/100.
How Many: 18.99 each

s1015-305. 15 CHATEAU REYNON, BORDEAUX SAUVIGNON
Parker 90-92/100. My notes: By Denis Dubourdieu. Wonderfully full Bordeaux sauvignon. A lot of stone fruit. Nice tropical fruit too. No grapefruit./ It’s got his style. We’re going to miss him. Terrific passion fruit display. Lots of race, texture. Enormously successful 2015. 93/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-306. 15 CHATEAU COUTET, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 95: 'The 2015 Coutet is pale lemon colored with intense grapefruit, lemon pie and pineapple notes with touches of crushed rocks, honeycomb and lime zest plus a waft of orange blossoms. Rich, opulent and layered with loads of tropical and citrus notes, it has wonderful freshness, finishing long. Drink 2018-2048.'
How Many: 27.99 each

s1015-307. 15 CHATEAU CLIMENS, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC half bottle
Parker 96-98: 'Pale lemon in color, the 2015 Climens is just a little closed, offering up lovely lemon curd, lime juice and apple tart notes with touches of acacia honey and paraffin. Fine, fresh and elegant in the mouth, with great purity and poise, it finishes with amazing persistence. Drink 2024-2054.'
How Many: 47.99 each

s1015-308. 13 CHATEAU CLIMENS, 1ER GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 97/100 - #10 TOP 100. My notes: Well, this has MUCH more botrytis and fruit than any other Sauternes in the room. Honey, peach-apricot, a little pineapple. That tea-tobacco botrytis thing. And it’s fully sweet. And has an extra year’s development./ That polleny dryness of botrytis on the palate. Full sweetness. Balance. Relative dryness of Barsac. Fully lush, totally grand. 98+/100.
How Many: 89.95 each

s1015-309. 13 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC
Oh, this is really making progress now. A nose I can feel. Honey, botrytis, stimulating acidity. Citrus, fresh pineapple. Tartness. Pollen dusting. Huge intensity./ Full of honey, granola, pineapple, and botrytised succulence Luscious to the max and yet still Barsac relative dryness. Not a bit sticky. Complex, broad, deep, lasting. 96+/100.
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-310. 13 CYPRES DE CHATEAU CLIMENS, BARSAC half bottle
Oh, this is really making progress now. A nose I can feel. Honey, botrytis, stimulating acidity. Citrus, fresh pineapple. Tartness. Pollen dusting. Huge intensity./ Full of honey, granola, pineapple, and botrytised succulence Luscious to the max and yet still Barsac relative dryness. Not a bit sticky. Complex, broad, deep, lasting. 96+/100.
How Many: 26.99 each

s1015-311. 15 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Parker 93-95: ‘The 2015 Myrat was tasted as a blend and from barrel at the estate with proprietor Xavier de Pontac. It has an elegant bouquet with scents of white flowers infusing the lightly honeyed fruit. The palate is very well balanced, very pure and refined, gently building to a really quite gorgeous, tensile finish that feels long and very sophisticated. This is one of the best that I have tasted from Château de Myrat and comes highly recommended.’
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-312. 09 CHATEAU DE MYRAT, 2ME GRAND CRU, BARSAC
Wine Spectator 94: ‘This is explosively rich, with almond cream, heather and honeysuckle aromas giving way to mouthwatering lime chiffon, papaya; and dried persimmon notes. Long and expansive, with intense citrus pate de fruit on the finish. Still on the youthfully rambunctious side, so cellar. Best from 2014 to 2030.’
How Many: 52.95 each

s1015-313. 14 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES half bottle
Wine Spectator 95: ‘Not shy, with unctuous dried apricot, peach and tangerine fruit flavors, augmented with ginger, bitter orange and bitter almond notes that add tension. Expressive, with a floral twinge on the finish imparting lift. Best from 2020 through 2040.’
How Many: 28.99 each

s1015-314. 05 CHATEAU GUIRAUD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Spectator 97 - #4 - TOP 100 WINES OF 2008: ‘Delivers lots of botrytis spice, with lemon tart and cooked apple. Full-bodied, with loads of cream and vanilla and an intense tropical fruit and honey aftertaste. Long and viscous, with a layered and beautiful spicy finish. Hard not to drink it now. Best after 2014.’
How Many: 74.95 each

s1015-315. 13 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
65% semillon, 35% sauvignon blanc. Lift and lemon. Honey, pineapple, and an oak lid./ Lemon meringue and touch of oak. Unique, cool, lifting Meyer lemon taste, plus apricot. Wow, cedar on the aftertaste. Lots of intrigue and potential. 94+/100.
How Many: 26.99 each

s1015-316. 12 PETIT GUIRAUD DE CHATEAU GUIRAUD, SAUTERNES half bottle
2/3 semillon, 1/3 sauvignon blanc. The sauvignon blanc shows. Makes it better balanced in the near term for widespread applications./ Rich semillon glycerol and sweetness in the managed Guiraud style. Good future. 92+/100.
How Many: 16.99 each

s1015-317. 10 CHATEAU HALLET, SAUTERNES half bottle
Chateau bottled by Chateau Gravas at Barsac. Sweet honey and pineapple. Candied citrus peels too. Light botrytis. Barsac’s relative dryness./ Full, brassy, nutty, botrytised. Big-time concentration, power. Yow! 95+/100.
How Many: 17.99 each

s1015-318. 15 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Vinous 94: ‘The 2015 Clos Haut-Peyraguey is much more delicate in bottle than it was from barrel. Floral and lifted, with pretty mango, pineapple, apricot and yellow flower nuances, the 2015 is absolutely striking in its beauty. Above all else, what I admire about the Clos Haut-Peyraguey is the expression of richness with no excess weight. This beautifully layered, polished Sauternes is a winner from Bernard Magrez. Drink 2020-2035.'
How Many: 44.99 each

s1015-319. 07 CLOS HAUT PEYRAGUEY, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES half bottle
Parker 93: 'Tasted single blind against its peers. The Clos Haut Peyraguey has a very fragrant, floral bouquet with a 'patisserie' element: touches of lemon meringue, apricot and walnut. The palate is very well-balanced, quite taut and spicy on the entry, not quite as “flowing” as other 2007 Sauternes but very zesty and tensile. This is an excellent Sauternes that will need time to harmonize, but all the constituent parts are here. Tasted January 2011.'
How Many: 32.99 each

s1015-320. 15 CHATEAU LAMOTHE GUIGNARD, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Wine Enthusiast 91-93: ‘Freshness is the hallmark of this wine. Of course, there is sweetness, but at the same time, the lemon and bitter orange flavors are shot through by lively acidity. It is a perfumed wine that will age well over the medium-term.’
How Many: 39.99 each

s1015-321. 13 CHATEAU LES MINGETS, SAUTERNES half bottle
All semillon from Bommes. 18 months in barrels. Rich and spicy oak and botrytis honey. Fine oak nuances./ Luscious honey, vanilla cake frosting, citrus, botrytis tea and tobacco. 93+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each

s1015-322. 15 CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Parker 96; Vinous 97: 'The 2015 Rieussec is gorgeous. Scents of apricot jam, honey, mint and wild flowers lift from the glass. Delicate and gracious, with terrific freshness, the wine is all polish. Reflecting both the style of the year and the desire to make a slightly lighter Sauternes, the 2015 is rendered in a style the emphasizes finesse over power. The blend is 86% Semillon and 14% Sauvignon Blanc.'
How Many: 74.95 each

s1015-323. 14 CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, 1ER GRAND CRU, SAUTERNES
Parker 95-97: 'The Chateau Rieussec 2014 is a blend of 93% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, picked from 15 to 29 October through seven tries, the yield half the normal crop at 13 hectoliters per hectare. Charles Chevalier, how lest we forget started here and not chez Lafite, told me that the beginning of September had overripe grapes with passerillage – the second part had very good levels of botrytis. The blend is from these two parts. The bouquet is very well defined with crystal clear honeysuckle and white peach scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with nigh on perfect acidity that makes this seem just so effortless. I would like to see a little more persistence on the finish, but otherwise this is classic Rieussec that might...and I stress might...just give that Sauternes beginning with the 25th letter of the alphabet, a run for its money. Drink 2018-2045.'
How Many: 72.95 each

s1015-324. 15 CARMES DE CHATEAU RIEUSSEC, SAUTERNES
Vinous 93/100. My notes: Luscious. Overwhelmingly creme filled. Custard creme donut. Lemon frosting, lemon curd. Pineapple. Suggestions of botrytis: tea, tobacco, dry pollen./ Plenty of honey and pollen. Big time flavor impact, range. Awesome second. 93+/100.
How Many: 29.99 each
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