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Red Bordeaux 1946 Cheval Blanc 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • One pristine bottle released recently by the Chateau and sold by Sotheby's

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Red Bordeaux 1956 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1970 Domaine de Chevalier 2 Bottle Mag
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  • Rating

    90

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    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 1996

    Source

    105, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted from a borrowed bottle since my case was consumed during its first twenty years of life, this was another strong showing for the 1970 Domaine de Chevalier. It exhibited a classic, sweet, curranty, tobacco-scented nose, followed by round, expansive, gentle burgundian-like flavors. Silky smooth, with no obnoxious acidity or tannin poking through, this wine has been fully mature since 1980, but well-stored examples (such as this one) continue to offer gorgeously elegant, complex drinking. The color reveals considerable rust, but there are no signs of oxidation or fruit loss in the flavors.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1982 Canon 10 Bottle 75cl
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  • Rating

    92

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    Drink Date

    2017 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

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    Interim End of March, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted a the Château Canon vertical, the 1982 Canon is clearly fully mature on the nose, so much so that I have a sneaking suspicion that it may have passed its peak. But there is still plenty to savor here with leather, fresh prune and game, perhaps just a little volatility but not too much. The palate is medium-bodied, fleshy on the entry with good acidity, sweeter and more candied than the 1989 Canon. It offers black cherries, raspberry coulis, leather, sage and tobacco, coalescing nicely towards the finish that lingers. There is a game-like and feral aspect to this 1982 these days, though it will continue to give pleasure over the next decade. Tasted October 2015.

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92
Red Bordeaux 1982 Montrose 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • WINE SPECTATOR: 96

     

    ROBERT PARKER: 88

    Intense aromas of kirsch, currant and spice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with round, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is complex, changing on the nose and palate. Layered and structured. Will improve for many years to come.--Non-blind Château Montrose vertical. Drink now. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2006

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96
Red Bordeaux 1982 Lynch Bages 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • Beautifully mature with sweet, sun-drenched black currant, fig, roasted herb and loamy soil characteristics, the dark plum/garnet-colored 1982 possesses opulent, fleshy flavors and a full-bodied finish. All the tannins are resolved, the acidity is low and this deliciously savory, rich wine is in full bloom. Drink the complex, beautiful 1982 now and over the next decade.
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    Wine Advocate #183
    Jun 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2009 - 2024 $202-$548
    One of the most drinkable, complex, and tasty 1982s of the northern Medoc, this wine is beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity. Still a dense ruby/purple color with some lightening at the edge, it offers up classic aromas of cedar wood, fruitcake, tobacco leaf, and creme de cassis. This full-bodied, opulent, fleshy, sexy Pauillac can be drunk now with great pleasure and complexity, or cellared for another 10-15 years. Release price: ($150.00/case)

    Wine Advocate #129
    Jun 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2000 - 2015 $202-$548
    This is another Lynch Bages that has never gone through an awkward, disjointed stage where it completely shut down. The color remains a dense ruby with some lightening at the edge. Thick, juicy, succulent notes of creme de cassis intermixed with dried herbs, vanillin, minerals, and anise leap from the glass. Fleshy and full-bodied, with the vintage's voluptuous texture and low acid, fruit/glycerin-dominated flavors well-displayed in its full-bodied personality, this wine tastes young, but isalso ready to drink. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.

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Red Bordeaux 1982 Gruaud Larose 6 Bottle 75cl
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    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux’s I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050. Release price: ($140.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009

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98
Red Bordeaux 1982 Pichon Lalande - owc 2 Bottle 75cl
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  • One of the monumental wines of the last century is the 1982 Pichon Lalande. Since bottling, it has flirted with perfection, and was a sprinter out of the gate, which gave rise to questions about how quickly it would begin its decline. However, at age 27, it retains all its glossy, rich, flamboyant cassis fruit, chocolaty, berry jam-like notes, and plenty of earthy, foresty flavors. This is a full-bodied, extravagantly rich Pichon Lalande seemingly devoid of acidity and tannin, but the wine is incredibly well-balanced and pure. It is an amazing effort!

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100
Red Bordeaux 1982 Latour 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • This is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious.It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two Pauillac first-growth siblings, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild.The dense, opaque garnet-coloured 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smokey, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry and prune-like fruit. It possesses extroadinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and overripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever.The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961, which has a similar texture and succulence. Anticipated maturity :now-2040

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Always somewhat atypical (which I suspect will be the case with the more modern day 2003), the 1982 Latour has been the most opulent, flamboyant, and precocious of the northern Medocs, especially the St.-Juliens, Pauillacs, and St.-Estephes. It hasn't changed much over the last 10-15 years, revealing sweet tannins as well as extraordinarily decadent, even extravagant levels of fruit, glycerin, and body. It is an amazing wine, and on several occasions, I have actually picked it as a right bank Pomerol because of the lushness and succulence of the cedary, blackberry, black currant fruit. This vintage has always tasted great, even in its youth, and revealed a precociousness that one does not associate with this Chateau. However, the 1982 is still evolving at a glacial pace. The concentration remains remarkable, and the wine is a full-bodied, exuberant, rich, classic Pauillac in its aromatic and flavor profiles. It's just juiced up (similar to an athlete on steroids) and is all the better for it. This remarkable effort will last as long as the 1982 Mouton, but it has always been more approachable and decadently fruity. Drink it now, in 20 years, and in 50 years! Don't miss it if you are a wine lover.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

    As I indicated in the review of the 1982 Bordeaux, this is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious. It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two first-growth siblings, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild. The dense, opaque garnet-colored 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smoky, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry, and prune-like fruit. It possesses extraordinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and over-ripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever. The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961, which has a similar texture and succulence. Anticipated maturity: now-2040

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    For the last 3 or 4 years, the 1982 Latour has begun to look like a clone of the magnificently opulent 1961. The 1982 continues to surge in quality, moving from strength to strength. If I were going to pull the cork for pure pleasure on any of the Big 8 (5 first growths plus Ausone,Cheval Blanc, and Petrus), it would be on this wine. Still an infant in terms of development, the wine displays extraordinary richness, ripeness, and the beginning of that compelling Latour perfume of cassis, cedar, walnuts, and minerals. Extremely full bodied, concentrated, and thick, this viscous, chewy, large-scaled wine is also amazingly soft. Huge levls of tannin are concealed beyond the layers of fruit. More and more, I am convinced that thisis another unqualified legend of the vintage. If readers only have 1 or 2 bottles stashed away, I suggest waiting until 2002-2003 before doing the deed. Save the other until2020. This could be a 50-60 year wine

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (102), December 1995

    Open earthy, round leather and truffle aromas with soft red fruits, cherry and strawberry, sous bois and mushroom, damp earth, very good long complex, soft and elegant. Slightly disappointing length. Drink 2002-2025Date tasted 7th July 09

    Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

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100
Red Bordeaux 1982 Cos d'Estournel 1 Case 75cl
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  • This 1982 is still displaying a beautiful deep ruby/purple hue as well as a stunning set of aromatics consisting of blue and black fruits, loamy earth, flowers, licorice, and spice box. The wine is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a silky finish. It appears to have hit full maturity, but it can easily be held in a cold cellar for another 10+ years. Parker

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Red Bordeaux 1982 Mouton Rothschild - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • 12x75 owc - Impeccable condition and provenance - Originally bought from & stored since release by Corney & Barrow

    This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+

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100
Red Bordeaux 1983 Mouton Rothschild 1 Bottle Mag
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  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1990 - 2015

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The classic Mouton lead-pencil, cedary nose has begun to emerge. This medium dark ruby, elegant, medium-bodied wine will never be a great or legendary Mouton. The flavors are ripe and moderately rich. With good depth and some firm tannins to resolve, this offering from Mouton is bigger and richer than the 1981, 1979, or 1978. Austere by the standards of Mouton and the vintage, the 1983 resembles the chateau's fine 1966. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 10/90.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1985 Vieux Chateau Certan 2 Bottle Mag
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  • WINE SPECTATOR: 90 

    pretty, ripe style with cherry, berry and tobacco aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and fruity with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Better after 1996.--The Bordeaux 50. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1994

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90
Red Bordeaux 1985 Mouton Rothschild 1 Bottle Mag
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    May 2010 Neal Martin 93+ Drink N/A $226-$718
    Tasted from an Imperiale at the Claret Club -85 Dinner at -The Square-. Interesting this: one of the best -85s but rendered far more reticent and backward in this large Imperiale format. It does have a gorgeous nose if you can wait for an hour and even so, much more generous and expressive than Lafite -85. Touches of pencil box, redcurrant and black truffle here. The palate is tannic, full-bodied and masculine, easing up with aeration, beautifully poised with a touch of black tea and tobacco towards the finish. This seems to be 10-years behind the regular bottle format! Tasted December 2009.

    Wine Journal
    Sep 2009 Neal Martin 94 Drink N/A $226-$718
    Tasted at Roberson’s in London. This bottle was not quite as spellbinding as the one opened with Bob last year but it remains a sublime Claret. The nose here has more graphite/pencil box signature, wonderful definition, the cigar box aromas then intensifying with aeration with red-berried fruit, bergamot and redcurrant. The palate is imbued with wonderful poise and elegance, not a powerful or tannic Mouton like the ’86, but still very harmonious and exuding freshness from start until finish with hints of tobacco and a hint of Lapsang Souchong lacing aftertaste. Drinking perfectly now. Tasted April 2009.

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Red Bordeaux 1985 Palmer - owc 1 Bottle Imperial
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    Mar 2013 Neal Martin 90 Drink N/A $188-$345
    Tasted at the chateau, the Palmer 1985 was introduced by Thomas Duroux as a vintage that is overlooked. He might be around. The aromatics are not one that grabs you round the lapels like the 1983 or the 1989. It creeps up on you by stealth, opening gradually with notes of cedar, undergrowth and antique bureau - decidedly in secondary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and rather conservative in the context of the vintage. It is not a complex Margaux - linear in style and nicely focused; perhaps a little Saint Julien in style. Classic, reserved and delightful. Tasted November 2012.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1986 L'Evangile 10 Bottle 75cl
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    85

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    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

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    228, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the property, the 1986 L'Evangile had a rather muted bouquet that did not really "sing" from the glass. It felt a little mute with reluctant licorice-tinged black fruit, savory in style but lacking vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry, quite rustic and old school, a touch of white pepper and game, smoky towards the toffee-tinged finish. This should be drunk up.

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85
Red Bordeaux 1986 Cos d'Estournel 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • ROBERT PARKER: 95

     

    WINE SPECTATOR: 92

    Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes||The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors with impressive depth and richness. It possesses more power, weight, and tannin than the more opulent and currently more charming 1985. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2010. Wine Advocate.October, 1994

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95
Red Bordeaux 1986 Pichon Lalande - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • NM Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. The 1986 Pichon Lalande is still looking very youthful. The nose is incredibly backward and surly with smoke, cedar, cigar box, cooked meats with good definition. You could describe it as being rather joyless but it will surely mellow out with further bottling ageing. A touch of liquorice develops with time. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins, backward, broody, good acidity, crisp black fruits, iodine, and a touch of liquorices, taut with good length. After 22-years this has not entertained the notion of entering it drinking plateau. Hopefully it will mellow out soon – a broad-shouldered, burly Pichon Lalande. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted December 2008.

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    Jan 2000 Neal Martin 96-98 Drink 2011 $213-$470
    A wonderful Pichon Lalande in a similar style to the Pichon-Lalande 1982. A cedar and pencil-lead nose with very expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate has superb definition, very complex and tannic with dense, ripe black fruits. Supreme balance. Less opulent than the ‘82 but the essence of poise, class and character. Very long-term wine. Brilliant. Perhaps an overlooked Pichon Lalande? Leave for another decade. Tasted July 2001.

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96
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lynch Bages - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Wine Advocate #196
    Aug 2011 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2014 - 2054 $162-$245
    The 1986 is finally emerging from the dormant stage that many of the wines from this vintage (especially the Medocs) have been going through. It is a full-bodied, still backward wine that will appeal to classicists and old line traditionalists given its firm structure and austere tannins. Nevertheless, the color is a healthy deep garnet and the wine exhibits wonderful freshness along with notes of underbrush, damp earth, black currants, cedar and new saddle leather. Well-balanced with good depth, medium to full body, and a tannic (although not excessively so) finish, this may not be the most finesse-styled, elegant Lynch Bages ever produced, but it is an interesting Pauillac that will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring. While it may never hit the peaks achieved by great Lynch Bages vintages, it will be one of those rare wines that will last 40+ years.

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Red Bordeaux 1986 Mouton Rothschild - owc 1 Case Mag
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  • Wine Advocate: 100

    Wine Advocate August, 1996 After stumbling over some wines I thought were high class Bordeaux, I nailed this wine in one of the blind tastings for this article. In most tastings where a great Bordeaux is inserted with California Cabernets, the Bordeaux comes across as drier, more austere, and not nearly as rich and concentrated (California wines are inevitably fruitier and more massive). To put it mildly, the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild held its own (and then some), in a flight that included the Caymus Special Selection, Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, Dunn Howell Mountain, and Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard. Clearly the youngest looking, most opaque and concentrated wine of the group, it tastes as if it has not budged in development since I first tasted it out of barrel in March, 1987. An enormously concentrated, massive Mouton-Rothschild, comparable in quality, but not style, to the 1982, 1959, and 1945, this impeccably made wine is still in its infancy. Interestingly, when I was in Bordeaux several years ago, I had this wine served to me blind from a magnum that had been opened and decanted 48 hours previously. Even then, it still tasted like a barrel sample! I suspect the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild requires a minimum of 15-20 more years of cellaring; it has the potential to last for 50-100 years! Given the outrageously high prices being fetched by so many of the great 1982s and 1990s (and lest I forget, the 1995 Bordeaux futures), it appears this wine might still be one of the "relative bargains" in the fine wine marketplace. I wonder how many readers will be in shape to drink it when it does finally reach full maturity?

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100
Red Bordeaux 1987 Petrus 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

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    Drink Date

    1990 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Given the past performance of Petrus in vintages such as 1980 and 1984, I would not be surprised to see the rating of the 1987 go up three or four points in 5-6 years. This is one of the most backward and full-bodied wines of the vintage, with a tremendous amount of tannic clout, yet excellent underlying power and body. The problem is that it is impossibly closed, almost impenetrable, suggesting that my score may be entirely too conservative. If you are a millionaire who wants to buy wine for a child born in 1987, this wine will still be in reasonable condition by the time he or she turns 21.

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87
Red Bordeaux 1989 Gruaud Larose - owc 2 Bottle Double Mag
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  • Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1989 was excellent, nearly outstanding. The herbal side of Gruaud-Larose was more noticeable, but the wine revealed a deep ruby/purple color (but not the opaqueness of the 1990), more obvious tannin, without the mid-palate and sweet inner core of fruit exhibited by the 1990. It is a big, tannic, spicy wine, with plently of potential but not the sweetness and chewy texture of the 1990. The 1989 needs some time to shed its cloak of tannin; give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years. Last tasted, 11/96.

    Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

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89
Red Bordeaux 1990 Clerc Milon - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Not as concentrated, opulent, and velvety as the 1989, the 1990 is still a sexy and smooth wine, with a fragrant nose of cassis, smoke, vanillin, roasted nuts, and exotic scents. This luscious wine, with a creamy texture and excellent color, falls off on the palate, much like its siblings, D'Armailhac and Mouton-Rothschild. It should offer delicious drinking for another 8-10 years. Last tasted 1/93

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86
Red Bordeaux 1992 Cheval Blanc 1 Case 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1993 Cheval Blanc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    $62 - 75

    Drink Date

    1997 - 2005

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1997

    Source

    109, The Wine Advocate

    Dark ruby with a purple hue, this appealing style of Cheval Blanc offers the tell-tale nose of sweet black fruits, coconut, vanilla, and a touch of menthol. The wine is medium-bodied, elegant, purely made, and while it lacks volume and richness in the mouth, it is soft, delicious, and typical of this property's wines. This tasty, charming 1993 should drink well for 7-8 years.

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Red Bordeaux 1995 Latour 1 Bottle Mag
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  • A beauty, the opaque, dense-purple coloured 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanilla, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe,40 second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour.As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted expresso and toasty new oak emerged.This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity 2012-2050

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

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

    A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, with exceptional purity, superb concentration, and a long, intense, ripe, 40-second finish, this is a magnificent example of Latour. As the wine sat in the glass, scents of roasted espresso and toasty new oak emerged. This classic will require considerable cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    I have been blown away by this wine on recent occasions, and all of my hopes for it being a prodigious example of Latour after bottling have proven to be correct. The wine is a more unctuously-textured, sweeter, more accessible Latour than the 1996. What a fabulous, profound wine this has turned out to be. It is unquestionably one of the great wines of the vintage, and will probably need 10-12 years of cellaring before it can be approached. The wine reveals an opaque purple color, and a knock-out nose of chocolate, walnuts, minerals, spice, and blackberry and cassis fruit. Exceptionally full-bodied, with exhilarating level of glycerin, richness, and personality, this wine, despite its low acidity, possesses extremely high levels of tannin to go along with its equally gargantuan proportions of fruit. It is a fabulous Latour that should age effortlessly for 40-50 years.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

    k licorice, cedar, cigar box and fresh herbs. Full-bodied and very structured, with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. Needs time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2009

    Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 2007

    Deep garnet-brick in color, the nose is well developed, displaying dried berry, leather, vanilla pod and anise notes with a faint whiff of potpourri. The palate is wonderfully fleshy and opulent with velvety, approachable tannins and a long finish.

    Score: 96 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com, May 2012

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96
Red Bordeaux 1995 Calon Segur - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

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    227, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London. The 1995 Calon-Segur was the vintage that raised the profile of this estate and heralded the start of the late Mme Gasqueton's era. At 20 years of age, it shows no signs of reaching the end of its plateau. Far from it. It has an endearing bouquet that still seems youthful: brambly red fruit, asphalt and a light marine influence. Allowing the wine to open, there is a subtle winegum scent. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, impressive depth and backbone, the second half having mellowed in recent years, rendering this approachable; hints of secondary truffle and smoke notes emerging with aeration. It has been several years since I last tasted this wine, but it is one that seems to become more and more impressive with age. Robert Parker rightly lauded this Calon-Ségur at the time of release. Twenty years on, it is fulfilling all its promise. Tasted March 2015.

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Red Bordeaux 1995 Cos d'Estournel - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • 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.

     

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Red Bordeaux 1996 Gruaud Larose 11 Bottle 75cl
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  • WINE SPECTATOR: 90

     

    ROBERT PARKER: 89

    Violet, blackberry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a medium finish. Ready.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2007.

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Red Bordeaux 1996 Mouton Rothschild 5 Bottle 75cl
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  • This estate's staff believes that the 1996 Mouton Rothschild is far more complex than the 1995, but less massive. I agree that among the first growths, this wine is exuberant, flamboyant bouquet of roasted coffee, cassis, smoky oak, and soy sauce. The 1996 Mouton Rothschild offers impressive aromas of black currants, framboise, coffee, and new saddle leather. This full-bodied, ripe, rich, concentrated, superbly balanced wine is paradoxical in the sense that the aromatics suggest a far more evolved wine than the flavours reveal. Anticipated: 2007-2030.

    Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

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94
Red Bordeaux 1996 Lafite Rothschild 3 Bottle Mag
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  • 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. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years.

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2012-205030 April 1999

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100
Red Bordeaux 1996 Domaine de l'Eglise, Pomerol - owc 1 Case 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1996 Latour 1 Case 75cl
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  • Deep garnet-black in color, the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat. The palate is pure power that is stunningly balanced giving a generous level of fruit concentration perfectly offset by a high level of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness. Possessing a finish that just goes on and on, this is as good as it gets.
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    Wine Advocate #129
    Jun 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 99 Drink: 2015 - 2050 $649-$1695
    A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050.

    Wine Advocate #122
    Apr 1999 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 97 Drink: 2012 - 2040 $649-$1695
    Fifty-six percent of the 1996 production made it into the grand vin, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. It is a massive, backward wine that comes close to being a monster. The wine reveals an opaque ruby/purple color, as well as reticent but emerging aromas of roasted nuts, blackberry fruit, tobacco, and coffee, with hints of pain grille in the background. Massive and full-bodied in the mouth, it possesses extremely high tannin, fabulous concentration and purity, and an impeccably long finish. This wine, bottled in July, 1998, will require at least a decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.
     

    Wine Advocate #115
    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. (95-96) Drink: 2015 - 2040 $649-$1695 (225)
    The 1996 is a fabulous wine that should rival, and (in 15-20 years) possibly eclipse the extraordinary 1995. The 1996 Latour is a huge, massive, blockbuster example of this wine, the likes of which are distinct and original. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color, as well as extraordinary, thick, monster-sized fruit, glycerin, and extract on the palate, and a finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. As I indicated last year, 56% of Latour's production went into the 1996, which is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. In addition to being a classic Pauillac, it is a textbook Latour, with formidable power, compelling purity, and remarkable presence on the palate. The nose is just beginning to offer some of the mineral, roasted herbs, grilled meats, cassis, and blackberry character of this great first-growth. Full-bodied and layered, with amazing power and richness, but no sense of heaviness, this is a wine to buy for your children. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.

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100
Red Bordeaux 1997 La Fleur de Gay - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    86

    Release Price

    $105

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2006

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

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    128, The Wine Advocate

    An evolved medium ruby color offers cranberry, dried herb, cherry, and subtle spicy oak aromas. Medium-bodied and supple-textured, the wine exhibits a certain sexiness, but little depth or density. This pretty, elegant, precocious Pomerol reveals some fat, but is best drunk over the next 5-6 years.

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86
Red Bordeaux 1997 Ducru Beaucaillou - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    $65 - 80

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2012

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

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    128, The Wine Advocate

    A classy, complex bouquet of lead pencil, mineral, earth, cassis, and flowers jumps from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-colored 1997. Evolved and elegant, with noticeable tannin, it exhibits both breed and class as well as moderate weight, excellent depth, purity, and symmetry. Enjoy it now and over the next 10-12 years ... at the minimum.

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87

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