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Champagne 1990 Krug

1 Bottle 150cl £980
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $350

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Dec 2005

    Source

    162, The Wine Advocate

    At its finest, the 1990 Vintage is superb, revealing a slightly oxidized style, but a full-bodied, rustic, rich personality with the body of a red wine, but loads of character. I cannot recommend the 1989 Vintage as three bottles tasted were all oxidized, possibly from bad storage, but who knows?   

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1995 Calon Segur

1 Case 6 150cl £1,080
  • As I have said many times since I first tasted this wine, the 1995 Calon-Segur is one of the great sleepers of the vintage (I bought the wine as a future for a mere $250 a case). The wine has closed down completely since bottling, but it is a sensational effort that may ultimately merit an even higher score. The wine is opaque purple-colored. With coaxing, the tight aromatics reveal some weedy cassis intertwined with truffles, chocolate, and beef blood-like aromas. On the palate, there is an element of sur-maturite (1995 was an extremely late harvest at Calon-Segur), fabulous density and purity, and a boatload of tannin. This deep, broodingly backward, classic Bordeaux will require a decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Proprietor Madame Gasqueton (one of The Wine Advocate's heroines of 1997) has produced two unqualified back to back successes. Kudos to Calon-Segur, as both the 1995 and 1996 wines have a strong buy recommendation from me, but only for readers who have the patience to wait them out.

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1995 Figeac

1 Case 6 150cl £1,690
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2016

    Source

    226, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property from one of the last remaining imperials, one could argue that the six-liter format would have benefit the 1995 Figeac. Even so, that should not take anything away from this, the best vintage of that decade. Firstly, one notices that it is deeper in color than the underwhelming 1996. Then you fall into the aromatics, a beguiling concoction of blackcurrant pastilles, melted tar and tobacco all beautifully preserved after two decades. What differentiates it from the succeeding vintages is that here there is the fruit to back it up. The palate is fresh and quite dense in the mouth. The acidity is perfectly matched to the fruit, lively with a touch of piquancy on the ebullient, red cherry and wild strawberry finish that still has a bit of glycerin. The 1995 is the best vintage between 1990 and 2001, and represents a worthy wine to celebrate Thierry Manoncourt's 50th vintage. Tasted June 2015.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1995 La Lagune

2 Case 6 150cl £525
  • Rating

    88

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1998

    Source

    115, The Wine Advocate

    La Lagune's seductively-styled 1995 displays a dark ruby color, as well as copious amounts of black cherry, kirsch, and plum-like fruit nicely dosed with high quality smoky, toasty oak. This medium-bodied, elegant, round, generous, charming wine can be drunk young, or cellared for a decade or more.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1998 Lynch Bages

1 Case 6 150cl £1,250
  • Slightly austere, leafy and herbal, the fresh 1998 lacks concentration, fat and fruit depth. It reveals a hint of herbs interwoven with attractive red and black currant aromas, but the wine falls off on the palate, and requires drinking up as it is likely to become increasingly desiccated.

Tasting Notes
87
Red Bordeaux 1995 Troplong Mondot

4 Bottle 150cl £120
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    $60

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

    Source

    128, The Wine Advocate

    This gorgeously elegant, concentrated wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, and a beautifully knit, blackberry and cherry-scented nose with toasty oak in the background. Not a massive effort, it offers beautifully supple fruit flavors, an attractive fragrance, a ripe, sweet mid-palate, and soft tannin. Drink this seductive, lush Troplong-Mondot over the next d

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou

1 Case 6 150cl £1,725
  • This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. It should be obvious to readers of my preliminary reports on both the 1995 and 1996 vintages that the family of Jean-Eugene Borie produced some of the greatest wines ever made at their respective chateaux - Ducru-Beaucaillou, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and Haut-Batailley - in both 1995 and 1996. That has been confirmed once again in the bottled 1995s, and in the evolution of the powerhouse 1996s.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie

2 Bottle 150cl £285
  • 1995 Pavie: Medium color. Cherry fruit suppressed by high-toned wood; notes of minerals and shellac. Fruity and fresh but on the lean side, with spicy black fruit flavor and a stony edge. A rather restrained, dryer style of Bordeaux with a structure and shape more typical of the left bank. 

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Montrose

2 Bottle 300cl £495
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the vertical in London, I had never really warmed to the 1995 Montrose despite tasting its many times. However, this bottle seemed closed to Robert Parker's remarks from 2014. It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was harvested from 13 to 26 September. The bouquet is less vigorous and more approachable than the 1996 Montrose, initially quite taciturn, but gaining vigor with time and offering blackberry, briary and undergrowth scents, later just a touch of bay leaf and sandalwood. The palate is driven by the higher Merlot content, rendering this a relatively plush and comely Saint Estèphe, well balanced with very good depth, perhaps a Montrose for those with a penchant for headier and opulent styles of wine. Whilst the 1996 has the class and sophistication, the greatest virtue of the 1995 is the most fundamental: enjoyment. Tasted June 2016.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie

2 Bottle 300cl £625
  • 1995 Pavie: Medium color. Cherry fruit suppressed by high-toned wood; notes of minerals and shellac. Fruity and fresh but on the lean side, with spicy black fruit flavor and a stony edge. A rather restrained, dryer style of Bordeaux with a structure and shape more typical of the left bank. 

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2002 Leoville Barton

[Duty Paid]

2 Case 12 75cl £650
  • Even better from bottle than from cask, and one of the finest wines of the vintage, this dense purple-colored 2002 reveals wonderfully sweet notes of charcoal, fresh mushrooms, smoke, earth, leather, cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied, highly extracted, broodingly backward, dense, and deep, this impressively endowed offering is built for the long term. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.

    One of the classic wines of Bordeaux and still realistically priced, Leoville-Barton is becoming increasingly popular because of the extraordinary quality/price ratio it offers.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1990 Leoville Barton

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £1,450
  • Believe it or not, the 1990 Leoville Barton can actually be drunk - something that cannot be said about the broodingly backward, still excruciatingly tannic 1982. The exceptionally concentrated 1990 reveals more polished, sweeter tannins along with a big, sweet kiss of black currant, forest floor, cedar, and spice box notes. While it still has some tannins to shed, this full-bodied, powerful, long wine is approachable. It should continue to evolve for another two decades

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2003 Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi Chiara Boschis -

5 Bottle 75cl £65
93
Vintage Port 1997 Quinta do Noval Nacional

1 Bottle 75cl £800
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    The Quinta Do Noval Nacional 1997 has a fragrant bouquet that boasts more delineation than the Vintage Noval, although it demonstrates approximately the same degree of vigour. There is a fine mineral component on the nose with macerated dark cherries, hoisin, cigar box and dried fig that seem to multiply exponentially with vigor. The palate is elegant on the entry with supple rounded tannins, well-judged acidity and purity, building gently in the mouth from its understated entry towards its peacock tail of mulberry, clove and raisin towards the finish. This is a step up from the 1994 Nacional, though if you want to split hairs, it does not possess the mind-boggling complexity of later vintages. However, it does purr with class. Drink now-2045.

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 1998 La Romanee

[packed owc 3x75]

2 Bottle 75cl £750
  • Maison Bouchard Père & Fils
    1998
    La Romanée
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Apr 01, 2004
    Drink: 2012-30
    Issue: 14
    Tasting note: Medium ruby. This is nothing short of phenomenal and may even one day outclass the other worldly '99 with it's sexy, stunning aromatic complexity and ultra pure nose featuring layers upon layers of black and red pinot and violot fruit mixed with dried rose petals and rich soil notes plus dazzling spiciness. The moderately structured flavors are buffered by superb extract and the sheer depth and breadth of flavors is amazing. To be sure, this is not especially massive and the tannins are presently not quite as well integrated as with the '99 but the potential here is extraordinary.
     

Tasting Notes
Red Bordeaux 2003 Latour

[2015 release - US Slip Labels]

2 Bottle 75cl £580
  • There are only 10,800 cases (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000) of the 2003 Latour, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot (13.3% finished alcohol). A prodigious effort, it boasts a saturated purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of smoke, cedar, creme de cassis, flowers, crushed rocks, and blackberries. Massive and multi-layered, with huge richness and low acidity, it is about as unctuous as a young Latour can be. It could be compared to the 1982, but it may be even more pure, at least at this early stage, than that monumental wine. The level of intensity builds prodigiously in the mouth, and the finish lasts nearly a minute. Disarmingly accessible (although analytically the tannin level is high), I suspect it will ultimately shut down, but it was performing impeccably when I tasted it. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+.

Tasting Notes
100
White Burgundy Leflaive V. 2007 Puligny 1er Cru Clavoillons

1 Case 12 75cl £1,450
  • Domaine Leflaive
    2007
    Puligny-Montrachet "Clavoillon" 1er
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 91
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2010
    Drink: 2015+
    Issue: 39
    Note: Leflaive is the largest holder of Clavoillon with a whopping 4.8 ha parcel that averages 40+ years of age
    Producer note: **Sold under the Domaine Joseph Leflaive label
    Tasting note: At the moment this displays a bit of post-bottling reduction though hints of white flower, peach and apple can still be discerned. The clean, intense, precise and energetic medium-bodied flavors possess good cut and more precision than I usually see with this wine, all wrapped in a mildly austere and wonderfully long finish. This seems to have more "presence" than usual and while it's not an elegant wine, it's quite satisfying all the same.
     

Tasting Notes
91
White Bordeaux 2001 Climens

1 Case 6 75cl £815
  • A prodigious offering, the 2001 Climens’ light medium bold color with a greenish hue is followed by ethereal aromas of tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), honeysuckle, and flowers. It is a medium-bodied wine of monumental richness, extraordinary precision/delineation, great purity, and moderate sweetness. The finish seemingly lasts forever. This monumental effort is the stuff of legends. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

    Score: 96/99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

    The Climens 2001 has always possessed a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. There is an inchoate, resinous element that will surely surface over the next decade or so. This is a bouquet that demands attention and in this blind tasting, sticks out from the crowd, a sui generis. Since I last tasted it, the palate has opened up and is beginning to pump on all cylinders. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling. As Kate Bush once sang: "Wow". Drink 2014-2040

    Score: 99 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (215), October 2014

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 1988 Gruaud Larose

[Duty Paid]

2 Case 12 75cl £990
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Dark plum/garnet, with a powerful nose of licorice, roasted meats, smoke, and sweet berry and black currant flavors, this medium-bodied, relatively austere but robust and concentrated Gruaud-Larose still seems like a young wine, and possibly will be longer-lived than its more renowned sibling, the 1989. There is an earthiness and underlying streak of herbaceousness, but there is plenty of depth, concentration, and power to this somewhat burly Gruaud-Larose. Anticipated maturity: Now-2025. Last tasted, 9/02.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2000 Branaire Ducru

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £825
  • A beautiful wine from Branaire, the 2000 is close to full maturity, and should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of boysenberries, black currants, and spring flowers. This medium to full-bodied, pure St.-Julien hits the palate with authority, displaying silky tannins as well as wonderful richness, depth, and texture.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2000 Cantemerle

[Duty Paid]

2 Case 12 75cl £460
  • This fully mature, elegant 2000 tails off slightly in the finish. Notes of forest floor, bay leaf, licorice, red currants, and cranberries are offered in a Burgundian-like, fresh, vibrant format. The tannins have melted away in this medium-bodied, finesse-styled effort. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £990
  • Rating:

    95

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July, The Wine Advocate

    The 2000 Château Grand Puy Lacoste is an exceptional wine from Xavier Borie. It has a brilliant nose of blackberry, crushed stone, graphite and cedar. Putting it to one side for ten to 15 minutes reveals subtle mint-like aromas that whisk you straight to Pauillac. The palate is smooth and silky, cloaking the tannic frame of this GPL so that you barely notice it. But that will stand it in good stead for the long-term, the cornerstone of all great wines from this estate. Then there is that hint of spice on the aftertaste—the show ain't over yet. Served alongside a magnum of Pichon Baron 2000, I would say that at the moment, it does not quite possess the same level of precision. However, it remains a magnificent Pauillac to cherish long-term. Tasted January 2016.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2000 Haut Bages Liberal

[Duty Paid]

2 Case 12 75cl £395
  • Rating:

    89

    Price ($)

    $25

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    One of the best examples I have recently tasted from this estate, the saturated blue/purple Haut-Bages Liberal offers up notes of incense, licorice, pepper, and cassis. In the mouth, it is fat, juicy, with a certain succulence, low acidity, and ripe tannin. This may be the best wine produced by this estate in many a year. In spite of its precocious showing in my tastings, the wine actually needs 2-3 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2000 Saint Pierre

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £595
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $30 - 42

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    Smoky and earthy, with copious jammy cassis fruit and sweet tannin, this is an excellent, full-bodied Saint-Pierre. The saturated deep purple color is followed by a persistent, concentrated wine with copious sweet tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2000 Montrose

2 Case 12 75cl £1,425
  • Originally rated 96, this wine confirmed its early rating, although again, the backwardness and still very obvious tannins suggest another 7- to 8-year wait. Dense ruby/purple, with a bouquet of blueberry, crushed rock, and some floral notes, the wine is medium to full-bodied , rich, powerful, but again very tannic and still strikingly youthful. For a wine that is already 10 years of age, it remains infantile. This blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is indeed a special wine and should hit its prime in about 2020 and last at least 30 years afterward.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2000 Potensac

[Duty Paid]

2 Case 12 75cl £325
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2004 - 2011

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2003

    Source

    149, The Wine Advocate

    In my report on the 2000 vintage in issue #146 (dated 4-23-03), I forgot to include my review of the 2000 Potensac. It is a beautiful sleeper of the vintage. Rich and concentrated, it may be the finest Potensac since the 1982.

Tasting Notes
89
Champagne 2008 Dom Perignon - Lenny Kravitz Edition

2 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Lenny Kravitz Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 IN ESSENCE

    Dom Pérignon vintages set their own release dates, and Vintage 2008 required more patience than Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009, which was presented earlier – an unprecedented event in Dom Pérignon’s history.

    Further than a collaboration, the partnership with Lenny Kravitz is the shaping of a creative vision. It expresses their respective taste for audacity, the aura of two powers of inspiration united, the resonance of a myth in the process of being written in the most contemporary format.

    The Dom Pérignon bottle itself is a design of untouchable perfection. Lenny Kravitz elevates the iconic label by borrowing from the craft of goldsmiths to work hammered metal on the surface of the shield, creating a patina that lends the metal an inalterable contemporary vibe.

    The artist’s vision creates the atmosphere, the singular quality of the act, seeking no other pretext than the occasion of life itself. The collaboration with Dom Pérignon proposes a new reason to enjoy the bonds forged by a friendship in a pure celebration.

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1996 Palmer

1 Case 12 75cl £2,200
  • Medium saturated color with the first hint of amber at the rim. Ripe fruit in the nose, supported by sweet spices, and forest floor. Harmonious, balanced, and altogether delicious on the palate. The 1996 Palmer, from a cooler vintage more favorable to Merlot, is youthfully fresh and clear with good acidity and noticeable fleshy tannins. We are left with a memorable finish, which is particularly long, fresh, delicate, and simply a thrill to taste.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou

1 Case 12 75cl £1,950
  • Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1996 Clos du Marquis

1 Case 12 75cl £480
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 1996 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon (lower than recent vintages), 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot (that usually goes into Leoville-Las Cases). Much like the 1996 Potensac that I tasted alongside at the château, the nose is youthful and backward with blackberry, freshly tilled soil, cedar and tobacco scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth entry, plenty of crisp and pure black fruit laced with cedar, harmonious and long. This is a great Saint Julien at 20 years of age, firing on all cylinders and, to be honest, surpassing some of the Grand Vins in this vintage. Probably still available at a decent price, this comes thoroughly recommended. Tasted July 2016.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2000 Chasse Spleen

5 Bottle 75cl £30
89
Red Bordeaux 1999 Calon Segur

2 Case 12 75cl £890
  • Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2002

    Source

    140, The Wine Advocate

    This supple 1999 is an elegant, lighter-styled Calon-Segur, particularly when compared to the 2000. It exhibits an evolved color, sweet cherry and dusty berry fruit, and hints of dried herbs. It is a spicy, cherry-flavored effort with a style reminiscent of a Beaune premier cru. The blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc has resulted in a wine of elegance and finesse rather than one with a lot of stuffing and power. Drink it during its first 7-10 years of life.

Tasting Notes
87
Red Bordeaux 1996 Cheval Blanc

7 Bottle 75cl £295
  • The elegant, moderately weighted 1996 Cheval Blanc reveals a deep garnet/plum, evolved color. Quintessentially elegant, with a complex nose of black fruits, coconut, smoke, and pain grille, this medium-bodied wine exhibits sweet fruit on the attack, substantial complexity, and a lush, velvety-textured finish. It is very soft and evolved for a 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015.

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    Wine Advocate #115
    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. (90-93) Drink: 1999 - 2020 $374-$879 (150)
    Typical for this estate's wines, the 1996 has put on considerable weight and flesh since I first tasted it. Forty percent of the 1996 crop was declassified, but the quality of the Cabernet Franc (which often makes up 50%-60% of the final blend) was high. Yields were below 30-35 hectoliters per hectare. This deep garnet/plum-colored Cheval Blanc offers a gorgeously exotic, sweet, smoky, coconut, menthol, jammy raspberry and blackberry-scented nose. Medium body, ripe fruit, outstanding concentration, and a succulent texture place this wine high up on the qualitative hierarchy. An intriguing coffee bean and chocolatey sweetness can be found in the wine's finish. This appears to be an impressive, savory, multidimensional Cheval Blanc that is growing in stature and weight as it ages in cask. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2020.
     

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition 
    Jan 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. (90-93) Drink: 2001 - 2020 $374-$879
    This wine has put on considerable weight during cask aging and looks exceptionally strong, not surprising given the fact that 1996 is considered a strong vintage for Cabernet Franc. The 1996 Cheval Blanc exhibits a dark, dense garnet/plum color, as well as a hedonistic, smoky, exotic, sweet coconut, black plum, and cherry-scented nose intermingled with smoky oak (about 25% of the new oak is from Taransaud). The wine is ripe and complex, with rich, sweet layers of fruit that hit the palate with outstanding purity and ripeness. It is much more expansive and fatter than when I first tasted it in spring following the vintage. Sixty percent of the crop was used in the grand vin, with 20% of the balance going into the second wine, and the rest sold in bulk. This should turn out to be a sensational Cheval Blanc, rivaling the gorgeous 1995. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020. Last tasted 11/97

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1995 Figeac

1 Case 12 75cl £1,690
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2016

    Source

    226, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property from one of the last remaining imperials, one could argue that the six-liter format would have benefit the 1995 Figeac. Even so, that should not take anything away from this, the best vintage of that decade. Firstly, one notices that it is deeper in color than the underwhelming 1996. Then you fall into the aromatics, a beguiling concoction of blackcurrant pastilles, melted tar and tobacco all beautifully preserved after two decades. What differentiates it from the succeeding vintages is that here there is the fruit to back it up. The palate is fresh and quite dense in the mouth. The acidity is perfectly matched to the fruit, lively with a touch of piquancy on the ebullient, red cherry and wild strawberry finish that still has a bit of glycerin. The 1995 is the best vintage between 1990 and 2001, and represents a worthy wine to celebrate Thierry Manoncourt's 50th vintage. Tasted June 2015.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1996 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 75cl £760
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 23/04/1999 Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. Iunquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage? The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). 

Tasting Notes
100

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