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Red Bordeaux NV Trilogie de Le Pin ('09/'10) 3 Bottle 150cl £1,250
  • Very hard to find & from the exceptional Vintages of 2009 and 2010. 

    There is no second wine at Le Pin. However, they do produce a TINY amount of Trilogie, which is a multi-vintage blend - usually of 3 different vintages in recent years, made from various declassified lots.
    The first Trilogie was produced in the 90’s and it was for their own consumption. The second Trilogie was blend of 2003 & 2004 which was followed by 2005 & 2006, 2007 & 2008 and 2009 & 2010.  And since then a blend of three vintages. Production of Le Pin is only around 500 cases / year. So you can imagine how small the production of Trilogie is. Trilogie is the one of three top vintage-blend red wines in the world.

     

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Red Bordeaux NV Belle-Brise Assortment 2 Case 6 75cl £565
  • This enigmatic Pomerol cru has a small cult following...[and its] 800-odd cases [are sold] directly to restaurants all over the world...Locating bottles of Château Belle Brise is difficult not only because of the small production, but because everything is sold directly to [these] clients...recent vintages are very well crafted, often demonstrating a Burgundy-like allure (indeed, Monsieur de Coincy apparently aspires a cross between Le Pin and Chambolle-Musigny...[the] wines are well worth seeking, so keep your eyes peeled...[as this is] Pomerol’s most mysterious cru.”   – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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Red Bordeaux 1957 Haut Brion 2 Bottle 75cl £625
  •  

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    In January, 1997, I had the exceptionally smoky, sweet, rich, impressively endowed 1957 Haut-Brion. The wine was fully mature, as evidenced by its dark garnet color with considerable rust. The wine was very aromatic, plump, and succulently textured, with fleshy flavors, plenty of glycerin, and sweet fruit. It is another example of an unheralded vintage producing a top flight wine. 

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90
Red Bordeaux 1964 Latour a Pomerol 1 Bottle 75cl £320
Red Bordeaux 1970 Haut Brion 1 Bottle 150cl £850£775
  • MAGNUM Rating 92 Drink Date 2015 - 2025

    Neal Martin Issue Date 29th Jul 2016

    The 1970 Château Haut-Brion is a First Growth that has probably been over-shadowed by the Latour 1970 during its lifetime. However, this bottle proves that it is not to be underestimated; it highlights the glaring gap that exists between itself and another First Growth, the 1970 Château Margaux that I tasted alongside. There is plenty of vigor on the nose with dashing red berry fruit, cedar and black olive - just very Haut-Brion.The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced and fresh, nothing over-ambitious, just a Claret in the traditional sense of the word that gently builds towards a sous-bois dominated finish. This is an excellent showing, stout and a little austere, and you could argue an Haut-Brion with its peak in its wing-mirrors. Yet good bottles such as this will continue to offer pleasure for another decade. Tasted June 2015.

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92
Red Bordeaux 1975 Palmer 1 Bottle 150cl £390
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1996

    Source

    103, The Wine Advocate

    The 1975 Palmer has consistently been one of the top wines of the vintage. The color remains a dark ruby with no signs of amber. The wine reveals plenty of sweet fruit in the fragrant bouquet. Although more tannic than most top vintages of Palmer, this is a full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with the vintage's toughness and high tannin well-displayed. Yet I believe it possesses enough sweet fruit and extract to stand up to the tannin. Shockingly, the most developed bottle of 1975 Palmer I have tasted was from an Imperial several years ago. From my cellar, the wine is still very young, and in need of another 5-7 years of cellaring. It has another 20+ years of evolution.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 500cl £3,200
Red Bordeaux 1982 Leoville Las Cases 2 Bottle 500cl £3,600
  • This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degree of elegance as well as unreal concentration.

    100 Points, Drink Date 2003 - 2035, Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry jam, cassis, and minerals. The nose takes some coaxing, and the decanting of 2-4 hours prior to service is highly recommended. For such a low acid wine, it is huge, well-delineated, extremely concentrated, and surprisingly fresh. Perhaps because I lean more toward the hedonistic view of wine than the late Michel Delon, I have always preferred this to the 1986, but the truth is that any lover of classic Medoc should have both vintages in their cellar. This wine has monstrous levels of glycerin, extract, and density, but still seems very youthful, and tastes more like a 7 to 8-year-old Bordeaux than one that is past its twentieth birthday. A monumental effort. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted, 9/02.

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100
Red Bordeaux 1984 Haut Brion 1 Bottle 75cl £275
  • Rating

    84

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1988

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The medium-bodied 1984 Haut-Brion is attractively perfumed with mineral scents, tobacco, and ripe fruit, and has surprisingly good depth and length. It is not at all a big wine, but is soft, creamy, and ideal for drinking young.

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84
Red Bordeaux 1985 La Mission Haut Brion 1 Bottle 75cl £220
  • As this wine sat in the glass aerating, I began having some doubts about whether it merited a low-90s point score. I think it does, but the fact that it deteriorated more quickly than some of its siblings (even those from more challenging vintages) gave me pause. Nevertheless, I have to assume that most people will decant all of these wines (as I did) and consume them within an hour of opening. On that basis, this 1985 is clearly a low-90 point wine. The problem is that for the most part, 1985 does not have that extra level of concentration possessed by the great vintages. However, it offers a softness to go along with the fragility of the wines as most 1985s, including this La Mission-Haut-Brion, are fully mature. A dark plum/garnet color reveals a pinkish lightening at the edge, and the bouquet reveals plenty of smoke, camphor, charcoal, graphite, sweet kirsch and blacker fruit aromas intermixed with meaty, sauteed mushroom, cedar and spicy notes. The lovely aromatics are followed by flavors that do not quite match the intensity of the bouquet, a sign of a fully mature wine. This medium-bodied effort has plenty of glycerin, low acidity and not a trace of tannin. While not terribly generous, it is a soft, round, charming, delicious, very good La Mission, but not a great one. Drink it over the next decade.

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (202), August 2012

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92
Red Bordeaux 1985 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 87 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), April 2000

    Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, August 2000

    Almost as great as the 1982. Dense and luscious with amazingly deep plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and full tannins. A wine with a terrific future. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. (JS) 95points

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator

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88
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £800
  • Parker The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030

  • The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. (Taken from the Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition)

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2000-203001 January 1998

    The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required.

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, 'Bordeaux' 3rd Ed. Maturity: 2000-203001 January 1998

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100
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lagrange 5 Case 12 75cl £900
  • Rating

    92

    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

    Here is a classic example of a wine that is showing significantly more complexity and richness from the bottle than out of cask, although it was certainly a potentially outstanding wine when tasted from the barrel. In a vintage that produced a number of enormously structured, rich, concentrated wines, Lagrange is another of the blockbuster wines that seems capable of lasting 30-35 years. Black/ruby in color, with a closed but burgeoning bouquet of spicy new oak, black fruits, and flowers, this muscular, full-bodied, tannic wine is packed with fruit and is clearly one of the great long-distance runners from this vintage. I admire how the significant investment made by the Japanese owners in this property has paid off with a thrilling, albeit amazingly backward, wine. The finest Lagrange to date! Anticipated maturity: Now-2025. Last tasted, 1/97.

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92
Red Bordeaux 1988 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl £375
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    The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage, the dark garnet-colored 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar, plums, black currants, cedar, and underbrush is followed by a sweet entry, with medium to full body, excellent ripeness, and mature tannin. It is a classic, elegant Latour with more meaty, vegetable-like flavors than are found in a riper year, such as 1989 and 1990. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025

     

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91
Red Bordeaux 1989 Lafleur 2 Bottle 75cl £890
  • The 1989 Lafleur, tasted side by side with the 1990 on two occasions in 2002, plays it closer to the vest. The wine needs far more coaxing to produce the licorice, black cherry liqueur, earth, and truffle notes from the nose. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, tannic, backward, and very tightly knit, with mouth-searing levels of tannin and extremely high extract. The tannins are firmer, the fruit seemingly less sweet, but still extremely ripe, and the evolutionary process is far slower in the 1989 than the 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2045. Last tasted, 8/02.

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95
Red Bordeaux 1989 Cantemerle 1 Case 6 75cl £430
  • 92

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    A perfect success for Cantemerle and one of the most monumental wines of the last 40 years, the 1989 Cantemerle remains a dense ruby color with plenty of purple in its mid-section. The wine has the classic Cantemerle noise of flowers intermixed with black currants, blackberries, and mineral. Surprisingly opulent, lush, and very fragrant, this wine has supple texture and a gorgeous finish. Not a blockbuster by any means, but it is silky and beautifully pure. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted, 9/02.

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92
Red Bordeaux 1989 Angelus 1 Case 6 75cl £2,200
  • A great Angélus and one of the two or three best wines of the vintage made under the talented young Hubert de Bouard, this wine still has a youthful, saturated ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with crème de cassis, tapenade, cedar, spice box, and vanilla. Very full-bodied, opulent, and rich, it is one of the 1989s that justifies the lofty reputation of the vintage. Extremely thick, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for at least another 10-15 years.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1989 possesses a huge finish, with more noticeable tannin than in the 1990. Picking a favorite between these two fabulous examples of their respective vintages is - for me - presently impossible. I will probably end up drinking the 1990 before the 1989, but both are 25-30 year wines, with the 1989 possibly reaching full maturity in 5-6 years and the 1990 needing several more years of cellaring. Last tasted, 11/96.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Tasted at Farr Vintners’ vertical from ex-chateau magnum. One of the finest vintages made at the estate, the Chateau Angelus 1989 has a very intense, powerful bouquet with blackberry, cedar, cooked meat and a little Christmas cake. Whereas the 1990 gives you everything up front, the 1989 is far more coquettish and takes time to unfold. The palate is very smooth on the entry, beautifully balanced with filigree tannins. There is an edginess to the 1989, much more feminine with a touch of truffle, coca and pepper on the finish. Wonderful, a wine at its peak, although it shows no signs of flagging. Tasted October 2011. Drink 2015-2035.

    Score: 97
     

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97
Red Bordeaux 1990 Cheval Blanc 4 Bottle 75cl £875
  • One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate June 2009

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98
Red Bordeaux 1990 Beychevelle 1 Case 12 75cl £875
  • Rating

    84

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2009

    Source

    183, The Wine Advocate

    Although better than I initially rated it, the 1990 Beychevelle remains an insipid wine, exhibiting a certain dilution and shallow character. It offers herbal, earthy, raspberry, and red currant fruit followed by elevated tannins in the austere finish. It is an atypical effort for the 1990 vintage. Release price: ($215.00/case)

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84
Red Bordeaux 1990 Lynch Bages 2 Case 12 75cl £3,700
  • A sumptuous, even flamboyant wine, the 1990 is a forward, flattering and delicious to drink wine, in contrast to the more massive, backward, tannic 1989. Lynch Bages' 1990 offers sweet, beefy, leathery, black currant aromas intermingled with smoky toasty oak and roasted herbs. The wine offers a hedonistic turn-on of fruit, extract, and high levels of glycerin, all crammed into a full-bodied, supple-textured, rich, powerful, low-acid Lynch bages with no hard edges. Anticipated maturity; now-2020.

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 93 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    This magnificent Lynch Bages has been drinking well since the day it was released and it continues to go from strength to strength. The biggest, richest, fullest-bodied Lynch Bages until the 2000, the fully mature 1990 exhibits an unbelievably explosive nose of black currants, cedarwood, herbs and spice. The majestic, classically Bordeaux aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, voluptuously textured, rich, intense wine with superb purity as well as thrilling levels of fruit, glycerin and sweetness. This beauty should continue to provide immense pleasure over the next 15+ years.

    Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), September 2011

    I have drunk many bottles of this wine in many different locations (Cayman Islands, Shanghai, Bordeaux, Paris, and London), including bottles from my own cellar, and I continue to be amazed by how remarkably consistent it is. One of my favorite Lynch Bages, the 1990 is a more forward, fleshier, and sexier version of the brilliant 1989, and represents a poster bottle of what Lynch Bages is all about. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuously sweet bouquet of roasted meats, herbs, sweet creme de cassis fruit, a massive level of glycerin, and silky ripe tannins. It is a hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on. There is not a hard edge to be found in this delicious 1990, which should last for another 15-20 years in a cold cellar. I would rank the 1990 and 1989 as the two greatest Lynch Bages made in the last 30 years.

    Score: 97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

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95
Red Bordeaux 1990 Mouton Rothschild 1 Case 12 75cl £4,300
  • Wine Journal
    May 2009 Neal Martin 90 
    This has always been a disappointing Mouton considering the vintage, although this is probably the best bottle, poured at La Paulee in Meursault. It remains rather lean and stalky on the nose, dry on the palate entry with notes of blackberry leaf and mulberry, with touches of tobacco. It is better balanced than I recall, yet it lacks vigour and backbone, as if it is unwilling to go that extra mile and reach the level one expects of Mouton. Not as hollow as other bottles but remaining leafy on the foursquare finish with moderate length, I would definitely opt for the superior ’89. Drink now-2015. Tasted November 2008.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1990 Lafite Rothschild 1 Case 12 75cl £7,700
  • Medium garnet-brick colour. Earthy, Provence herb seasoned aromas of warm cassis and stewed plum with nuances of smoked duck, cracked black pepper and dark soy. The palate leads with structure – medium to high, finely grained tannins and medium to high acid. Plenty of complex fruit to flesh out the mid-palate with a long, layered finish. Drink now – 2030+

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97
Red Bordeaux 1991 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £500
Red Bordeaux 1993 Margaux 1 Bottle 150cl £585
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    In a difficult vintage, Chateau Margaux produced a relatively mid-weight, soft, richly fruit wine with some hints of weedy tobacco in the aromas and flavors of this dark plum-colored wine. The wine is medium-bodied, reaching full maturity, and has surprising depth, ripeness, and sweetness for a wine from such a horrific year. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted, 10/02.

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88
Red Bordeaux 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 150cl £950
  • Rating

    85

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1993 Lafite-Rothschild is a vintage that has never really appealed to me and this bottle did nothing to alter that view. It has a very austere, foursquare bouquet that leaves you wondering where the fruit went. The palate actually starts well with crisp acidity that leads into what feels like the vestiges of fruit that feel a little raw and green. Then it feels rather hollow in the middle, the finish a husk of what it might once have been. Not a successful wine for the estate, I would consume bottles in the near future. Tasted December 2016.

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85
Red Bordeaux 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1 Case 3 150cl £2,925
  • Rating

    85

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1993 Lafite-Rothschild is a vintage that has never really appealed to me and this bottle did nothing to alter that view. It has a very austere, foursquare bouquet that leaves you wondering where the fruit went. The palate actually starts well with crisp acidity that leads into what feels like the vestiges of fruit that feel a little raw and green. Then it feels rather hollow in the middle, the finish a husk of what it might once have been. Not a successful wine for the estate, I would consume bottles in the near future. Tasted December 2016.

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85
Red Bordeaux 1994 Trotanoy 1 Bottle 150cl £225
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Beginning to show some evolution, the dark plum/garnet-colored 1994 Trotanoy has a certain herbaceousness and an interesting beef bouillon smell intermixed with some sweet cherries and earth. On the palate, it is a medium-bodied wine with sweet fruit, good brightness, but some relatively hard and slightly astringent tannins in the finish. That latter characteristic may become worrisome if they do not melt away

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88
Red Bordeaux 1994 Mouton Rothschild 2 Case 12 75cl £4,100
  • ROBERT PARKER

    After less than persuasive performances in two potentially great years, 1989 and 1990, Mouton-Rothschild appears to have settled down, producing fine efforts in recent vintages, culminating with the enormously promising, unquestionably profound 1995. The 1994 appears to be the finest Mouton-Rothschild made following the 1986 and before the 1995's conception. The wine exhibits a dense, saturated purple color, followed by a classic Mouton nose of sweet black fruits intermingled with smoke, pain grillee, spice, and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding concentration, a layered feel, plenty of tannin, and rich, concentrated fruit, this wine is similar to the fine 1988. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. By the way, the Dutch artist, Appel, has created a gorgeous label for the 1994. Although Mouton-Rothschild can be among the most inconsistent first-growths, when this estate gets everything right, the wine can be as compelling as any produced in Bordeaux. Wine Advocate.February, 1997

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91
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie 2 Bottle 150cl £225
  • 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. 

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88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Cos d'Estournel 4 Bottle 150cl £295
  • Wine Advocate #115
    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2001 - 2025 $215-$343 (65)
    A wine of extraordinary intensity and accessibility, the 1995 Cos d'Estournel is a sexier, more hedonistic offering than the muscular, backward 1996. Opulent, with forward aromatics (gobs of black fruits intermixed with toasty pain grille scents and a boatload of spice), this terrific Cos possesses remarkable intensity, full body, and layers of jammy fruit nicely framed by the wine's new oak. Because of low acidity and sweet tannin, the 1995 will be difficult to resist young, although it will age for 2-3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2025.

     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie 2 Bottle 300cl £475
  • 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 1996 Talbot 2 Bottle 75cl £65
  • RP I tasted this wine three times in January, rating it 88, 89, and 90 with similar tasting notes. The wine is close to being outstanding, exhibiting a saturated dark ruby color, and excellent aromatics, consisting of black fruits intermixed with licorice, dried herbs, and roasted meat smells. It is full, with impressive extract, a fleshy texture, low acidity, excellent purity, and a long, deep, chewy finish. This 1996 will be drinkable at a young age, yet keep for 15-20 years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2017.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1996 Les Forts de Latour 1 Case 12 75cl £1,875
  • Score: 90 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    The dense ruby/purple-colored 1996 Les Forts de Latour is exceedingly tannic, with cassis and mushroom-like notes in the aromatics. This full-bodied wine is impressively constituted and one of the finest Forts de Latours of the last two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018.

    Score: 90 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

    The 1996 appears to be the finest example of this wine since the 1982, although readers should no pass up the 1995 should it be available. The 1996 is a bigger wine than the 1995, exhibiting an opaque ruby/purple color, much of the same character as its bigger, more forceful sibling, but more accessible fruit, a rich, medium to full-bodied, spicy chartacter, and plenty of black currants and minerals in its personality.

    Score: 90/91 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

    Mature rim. Real lift - and then quite delicate. A good package that is just becoming ready to drink. Far from a blockbuster but great balance and grace - not words I would necessarily expect to write about Les Forts. The most popular of this flight - quite rightly. Drink 2005-15

    Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1996 Leoville Las Cases 1 Case 12 75cl £2,300
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2050

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 1996 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc picked between 25 September and 10 October (for fascinating insight, read Robert Parker's remarks about the blend with Michel Delon in the original tasting note). Now at 20 years, it has evolved into an absolutely stunning Saint Julien, clearly one of the best wines from the estate this decade. The bouquet is beautifully defined with intense black cherries, cedar, mint and a touch of oyster shell that seems to gain intensity in the glass. The palate is seamless from start to finish, extraordinarily pure, the 70% new oak totally assimilated of course, impressive weight and power allied with genuine finesse and tension towards the silky smooth finish. It stands as one of the best wines of the vintage without one iota of doubt and it will last 30-40 years without problem. You might call it "proper Claret." You might call it "delicious." Tasted July 2016.

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98
Red Bordeaux 1996 Lafite Rothschild 1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • 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). 

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100
Red Bordeaux 1996 Margaux 1 Case 12 75cl £6,350
  • The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth, just a touch of spice towards the finish that shows supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth...something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Tasted July 2016.

    Score: 100 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (227), October 2016

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1997 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl £350
  • Rating:

    89

    Price ($)

    $180

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2014

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

    Source

    128, The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1998 Les Forts de Latour 3 Bottle 75cl £140
  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 86/87+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

    Consistently Bordeaux's best "second" wine, a star in its own right. This is a very open, blackcurrant fruit wine with elegance and harmony and good weight on the palate with quite a sweet, oaky finish. FV15.5.

    Score: 15.5 Farr Vintners, June 1999

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1998 L'Evangile 1 Bottle 75cl £170
  • Tasted from an ex-château bottle in London, the 1998 L'Evangile is turning into a splendid Pomerol. It has a very expressive bouquet with Cabernet Franc sitting prominently above the blackberry and dark cherry fruit, hints of tobacco and black truffle developing nicely. The palate is medium-bodied and just like the aromatics, beautifully defined. There is something sensual about this L'Evangile, which is normally one of the most structured wines from the Pomerol plateau. That initial burst of fruit is replaced by earthier Cabernet Franc notes towards the finish and these become more accentuated after 20-30 minutes in the glass. This is a Château L'Evangile that has more to give, so allow it another 4-5 years in the cellar. Tasted February 2016.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1998 Haut Batailley 1 Case 12 75cl £465
  • Rating

    86

    Release Price

    $30

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2014

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2001

    Source

    134, The Wine Advocate

    A touch of austerity recalls some of the less desirable characteristics of this vintage in the Medoc. The 1998 exhibits firmness along with good, sweet, berry fruit intermixed with mineral, cassis, and spice notes. Medium-bodied and elegant, this effort is best drunk earlier rather than later

Tasting Notes
86
Red Bordeaux 1998 Canon 1 Case 12 75cl £995
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2027

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the Château Canon vertical, the 1998 Canon needed patience. The aromatics are very tightly knit and initially the 1998 seems a little anonymous. Then, after several minutes is begins to unfurl with a classic Saint Emilion nose: blackberry, leather, a touch of animal fur and a light marine influence. The palate is very well balanced, fresh in the mouth with a fine line of acidity. This is an elegant, understated Canon that is quite different from many of the more opulent Saint Emilions. This is more linear and perhaps old fashioned, a retro-styled Saint Emilion. But there is a great wine here if not quite at the level that I have found in the past. Tasted October 2015.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1998 Bon Pasteur 1 Case 12 75cl £1,100
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    $50

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2016

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2001

    Source

    134, The Wine Advocate

    The dense purple-colored 1998 boasts a beautifully rich, complex perfume of blackberries, plums, lead pencil, cherries, mocha, and caramel. Powerful and rich, with a multilayered texture, and an opulent, viscous finish revealing enough sweet tannin for definition, this is a terrific, full-bodied, seamless effort from one of the world's greatest winemakers. Anticipated maturity: now-2016.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 1999 L'Evangile 1 Bottle 150cl £170
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $125 - 150

    Drink Date

    2004 - 2015

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2002

    Source

    140, The Wine Advocate

    The dark purple-colored 1999 L'Evangile is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It reveals an unexpected touch of herbaceousness, which cost it a point or two in the ultimate rating. Nevertheless, the striking, evolved, hedonistic perfume of melted licorice intermixed with black raspberries, minerals, and truffles is an intellectual turn-on. This is a beautiful, medium to full-bodied L'Evangile with a sweet attack and mid-palate. It may merit a higher score, depending on its evolution. 

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1999 Leoville Barton 1 Case 6 150cl £775£750
  • Dry tannin and a backward, austere, muscular, brooding personality characterize Leoville Barton's 1999. However, it is packed with grip, body, and depth. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and hope the tannin melts away sufficiently for the fruit to come forward

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1999 La Conseillante 1 Case 12 75cl £995
  •  

    Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $120

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2012

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2002

    Source

    140, The Wine Advocate

    The dark ruby-colored 1999 is a beautifully complex, evolved, seductive style of La Conseillante. The wine exhibits sweet black raspberry and cherry liqueur notes intermixed with cedar, toasty oak, licorice, new saddle leather, and dried herbs. It is medium-bodied with no hard edges, extremely pure, and almost sweet (from ripe fruit, not sugar). This is a lush, delicious La Conseillante that merits its reputation as "a Burgundy from Bordeaux." Anticipated maturity: now-2012.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1999 L'Evangile 1 Case 12 75cl £995
  • The dark purple-colored 1999 L'Evangile is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It reveals an unexpected touch of herbaceousness, which cost it a point or two in the ultimate rating. Nevertheless, the striking, evolved, hedonistic perfume of melted licorice intermixed with black raspberries, minerals, and truffles is an intellectual turn-on. This is a beautiful, medium to full-bodied L'Evangile with a sweet attack and mid-palate. It may merit a higher score, depending on its evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2000 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard 4 Bottle 75cl £235
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    A tremendous achievement by Hubert de Bouard, the 2000 La Plus de la Fleur de Bouard (a 420-case luxury cuvee) is a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. Filled with richness and intensity, with elegance, harmony, and poise, it is one of the top wines of the vintage. Sadly, very little is available. Approachable, with a velvety texture as well as abundant notes of blueberries, coffee, black currants, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, it is a massive, rich (but not heavy) wine that should drink well for another 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2000 Meyney 2 Case 6 75cl £195
  • Love the spicy, nutmeg and floral nose to this. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Tight now, but should come around. Should be a bit better. Best after 2007.

    Score: 88James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2003

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2000 Monbrison 1 Case 12 75cl £315
  • Rating 88

    Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date 23rd Apr 2003

    Source 146, The Wine Advocate

    The finest Monbrison produced in many years, the ruby/purple-colored, medium-bodied 2000 exhibits sweet floral, mineral, and currant notes, subtle toasty oak, ripe tannin, and a long, persistent finish. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2014.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2000 Duhart Milon 1 Case 6 75cl £440
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $26 - 30

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2019

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    An outstanding Duhart, certainly one of the best produced at this estate since the 1996, 1986, and 1982, this blend of 80.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19.5% Merlot reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of lead pencil intermixed with wet stones, black currants, and a certain leafiness. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and dense, but tightly-knit, with considerable tannin, it will require patience. For those willing to wait, it will be a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2000 Malartic Lagraviere 1 Case 12 75cl £495
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $30 - 35

    Drink Date

    2006 - 2020

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    22nd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    A model of elegance, symmetry, and balanced power, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 displays sweet aromas of plums, currants, tobacco, and smoke. The wine possesses abundant power, concentration, extract, glycerin, and length. This elegant, expansive, juicy, layered, medium-bodied effort should prove reasonably long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2000 Clos l'Eglise 1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Seven years ago I said this was a monumental wine, and at two different recent tastings, it was a true star of the vintage. Its stunning dark plum color offers up notes of caramelized red and black fruits, toffee, smoke, Asian plum sauce, sweet cherries, chocolate, and espresso. Its spectacular aromatics do not disappoint on the palate, as this multi-dimensional, highly complex, opulent wine seems to have hit a magical point in its evolution. Full-bodied, and concentrated, there is no issue with drinking this dazzling effort now, but those who own it can certainly cellar it for another 15 or more years. Bravo!

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2000 Pavie Macquin 2 Case 6 150cl £1,050
  • Rating

    95+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    A beautiful crushed rock/liqueur of minerality characterizes this inky/purple-hued St.-Emilion. Tannic, with lots of pure black raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with a notion of charcoal as well as the aforementioned rocky/powdered stone component, this long distance runner requires another 5-6 years of cellaring. It should age easily through 2030+.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2000 Montrose 2 Case 12 75cl £1,475
  • 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 Pichon Baron 2 Case 12 75cl £2,150
  • A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990. An inky purple color offers up notes of barbecue spices intermixed with new saddle leather, creme de cassis, melted licorice, creosote, and a hint of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied, tremendously concentrated, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish that goes on for close to one minute. This wine has great purity, tremendous texture, and fabulous upside potential. This is a prodigious 2000! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 93 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, August 2014

    This is one of the great wines of the vintage, and certainly a candidate for one of the finest wines made at this estate under the management of Christian Seeley and proprietor AXA. Showing incredibly well at two tastings of 2000s, the wine has a dense bluish/purple color and a beautiful nose of incense, melted asphalt, and creme de cassis as well as hints of new saddle leather and licorice. It is superbly concentrated and very pure, with excellent texture and opulence. The acidity seems low, the tannin high but well-integrated. This is a compelling 2000 that is just closing in on its window of maturity and should stay there for at least 20 or more years. Bravo!

    Score: 97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

    A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990. An inky purple color offers up notes of barbecue spices intermixed with new saddle leather, creme de cassis, melted licorice, creosote, and a hint of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied, tremendously concentrated, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish that goes on for close to one minute. This wine has great purity, tremendous texture, and fabulous upside potential. This is a prodigious 2000! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.

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

    This inky purple-colored, rich, full-bodied offering boasts a gorgeous nose of wood smoke intermixed with melted licorice and creme de cassis. A classic Pauillac with an impressive texture, full body, sweet tannin, and a 40+ second finish, it is a fine effort. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025

    Score: 93/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

    A fine effort, the perfumed, opaque purple-colored 2000 exhibits classy, complex aromas of incense, black fruits, vanillin, and spice box with a touch of charcoal in the background. On the attack, this full-bodied, impeccably balanced wine is powerful and sweet, with high levels of glycerin, superb concentration, beautifully integrated acidity and tannin, and a spectacularly long, layered finish. It is a profound effort from this second-growth Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030.

    Score: 94/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

    Score: 93 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003

    Score: 92/94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003

    Blackish crimson. Scented nose. Thick, rich, nervy, and really tense! Well done. Lots going on there. Reverberates. Date tasted 20th Jan 05.

    Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2000 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard 1 Case 6 150cl £2,900
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    A tremendous achievement by Hubert de Bouard, the 2000 La Plus de la Fleur de Bouard (a 420-case luxury cuvee) is a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. Filled with richness and intensity, with elegance, harmony, and poise, it is one of the top wines of the vintage. Sadly, very little is available. Approachable, with a velvety texture as well as abundant notes of blueberries, coffee, black currants, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, it is a massive, rich (but not heavy) wine that should drink well for another 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2000 Angelus 1 Case 12 75cl £4,920
  • Parker Score - 97 The finest effort since the 1989 and 1990, this dense purple-colored wine has an extravagantly ripe, concentrated style. The 2000 (in a new engraved bottle) offers up aromas of blackberry liqueur and vintage port. As the wine sits in the glass, graphite, wet stones, smoke, barbecue spices, and olives also make an appearance. It unfolds on the palate in layers, is full-bodied, big and rich yet incredibly poised, well-balanced, and pure. Quite backward, this is one of the greatest Angelus made to date. Yields were a modest 35 hectoliters per hectare. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. Bravo!

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2000 Lafleur 1 Case 6 75cl £7,750
  • Parker Score - 100 I am not surprised the 2000 Lafleur has garnered the magical three-digit score. From bottle, the wine boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a gorgeous nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with hints of black truffles, raspberries, and minerals. The tannin is present, but seems to creep up only upon intense inspection. Lafleur is enormously endowed, rich, and full-bodied, with a tremendous chewiness and, at the same time, sensuality. Pure, massive, and rich, with exceptional levels of glycerin and fruit nearly concealing high levels of tannin, and a 60+ second finish, this is a remarkable achievement, and ... just maybe the finest Lafleur since the 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040+.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2001 Lafleur 1 Bottle 75cl £380
  • Rating:

    92

    Price ($)

    $250

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2019

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2004

    Source

    153, The Wine Advocate

    Performing slightly less impressively from bottle than it did from cask, this wine’s Cabernet Franc element has come forward, revealing a distinctive herbal, bell pepper, vegetal character that kept my score from going higher. Nevertheless, there is plenty to like about this 2001 Pomerol. It possesses a saturated ruby/purple color, powerful aromas (kirsch liqueur, raspberries, and blackberries), an earthy, muscular, chunky character, and the most tannic personality of any Pomerol I tasted. While not the huge blockbuster Lafleur can often produce, it is well-built. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2001 Certan de May 1 Case 12 75cl £680
  • Since Michel Rolland was hired as a consultant in 2003, it appears things are moving forward in a positive manner at Certan de May. However, the 2001 reveals some of the problems this estate's wines have exhibited in the past, including a distinct herbal component that borders on being vegetal. It possesses a dark plum/ruby color as well as a bouquet of fresh mushrooms intermixed with spice box, bell peppers, and cedar. This medium-bodied, round, elegant but herbaceous Pomerol resembles a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc more than a wine from the appellation's highly regarded plateau section. Its low acidity and up-front personality suggest it should be consumed over the next 7-10 years. This is one 2001 Pomerol that is significantly behind the quality of the 2000.

    Score: 87 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

Tasting Notes
87
Red Bordeaux 2001 Ducru Beaucaillou 1 Case 12 75cl £1,250
89
Red Bordeaux 2001 Vieux Chateau Certan 1 Case 6 150cl £2,550
  • Rating:

    93

    Price ($)

    $75 - 85

    Drink Date

    2004 - 2022

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2004

    Source

    153, The Wine Advocate

    A brilliant effort from Alexandre Thienpont, this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is a deep purple-colored, fleshy, layered effort offering a sweet nose of creosote, incense, Christmas spices, plenty of red and black fruits, and hints of licorice as well as new oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with tremendous purity in addition to nobility, give it two more years of cellaring and drink it over the next following 15-18 years

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2002 Vieux Chateau Certan 3 Bottle 75cl £105
  • Wine Advocate

    93

    A terrific effort, this classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds), it will be at its finest between 2008-2018.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2002 Pichon Lalande 1 Bottle 150cl £195
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $70

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    One of the best wines of the vintage, this is a classic Pauillac that is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Dense ruby/purple in color with a glorious nose of melted licorice, lavender, barbecue smoke, black currants, and graphite, the wine is tannic, classically structured with an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful definition, and a 1996-ish personality. This deep, full-bodied, elegant yet powerful 2002 should age handsomely for over two decades. Some patience will be required since this vintage exhibits more muscle and virility than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2002 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £500
  • A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.

    Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2002 Troplong Mondot 1 Case 12 75cl £595
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    $49

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    From bottle, the 2002 appears to have gone to sleep. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of roasted coffee intermixed with melted licorice, black currants, dried herbs, and earth. Spicy and medium-bodied, with moderate concentration, this beautifully made, elegant offering can be drunk early in life, but is capable of evolving for 10-13 years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2002 Leoville Barton 1 Case 12 75cl £675
  • 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 2003 Lafleur 1 Bottle 75cl £400
  • he exotic, nearly over the top 2003 exhibits a southern Rhone-like characteristic of kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries and flowers. Sweet fruit, high levels of glycerin (the alcohol is less than 13.5%), and high but silky tannins have resulted in a broad, expansive, terrific example of Lafleur that should be at its finest between 2008-2025. Along with Petrus, this stunning, full-bodied 2003 is a candidate for the top wine of Pomerol.

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2003 Domaine de Chevalier 1 Case 12 75cl £605
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2019

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    This evolved 2003 exhibits lots of smoky barbecue spices intermixed with notes of cedarwood, underbrush, damp forest, plums and figs. Medium-bodied, fully mature and relatively complex, it requires consumption over the next 4-5 years.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2003 Carruades de Lafite 6 Case 12 75cl £3,000
  • Parker A spectacular value as well as a sleeper of the vintage is the 135,000-bottle cuvee of 2003 Carruades de Lafite (50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc). This amazing effort rivals such superb second wines as the 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion and 1982 Forts de Latour. A serious red, it is sexy, opulent, rich, and luscious with silky tannin, enormous body, and wave after wave of mocha-infused black cherry and cassis fruit. It is almost too good to be believed. While drinkable now, it should evolve for 12-15 years or longer.

Tasting Notes
93

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