- Item #: i_353669Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 95WINE ADVOVCATE 95 POINTS: "Deep garnet colored, the 2010 La Gaffeliere is quite closed to begin, slowly unfurling to give scents of baked raspberries, kirsch, dried mulberries and plum pudding plus nuances of pencil shavings and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate layers in the savory and earthy flavors with a firm frame of chewy tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing with an herbal lift."
- Item #: i_379456Bottle Size: 750mlAs you may know, due to the pandemic, all matter of sea-borne wine commerce has been disrupted. Last Christmas there was an unprecedented number of Champagne "no-shows". One of the most lamentable of these "Ghost" shipments was a parcel of 2010 Clos Cazals Champagne. Well, as they say, "better late than never." Actually we are really over the moon that our shipment has finally arrived. What's the big deal? Only that over the years, we have come to believe that Cazals' Clos stands as a worthy rival to Krug's fabled, tres cher Clos du Mesnil. Located behind the village church in the Grand Cru Cote des Blancs village of Oger, this eight and one-half acre parcel was first planted to Chardonnay by Claude Cazals back in 1957. The vineyard's walls produce a wind shield effect that creates a warmer mesoclimate that results in riper grapes with a distinctive Chardonnay character and great depth. Further complexity and texture is accomplished by ten years of cellar aging on the yeast. This 2010 vintage combines the opulence of the 2009 with length and drive that made the 2008 so memorable. Here is regal, golden-hued bubbly with a soft mousse that, at first glance, is decadently broad with subtle strata of pear, bruised apple, vanilla, and nutmeg spice flavors that unwind to reveal a salt-tinged minerality bolstered with firm acidity. Yet another jaw dropping triumph from this very special terrior.
- Item #: i_354052Bottle Size: 1.5LJames Suckling: 94JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS: "I love the aromas of minerals, flowers, blackberries and blueberries. Full body with a fabulous texture of polished and integrated tannins. It goes on for minutes. Spicy, subtle fruit and a long and marvelous finish. Currant bush undertones. A whole and beautiful wine."
- Item #: i_350861Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93Wine Spectator: 93James Suckling: 95JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "Coffee and currants with hints of sweet tobacco and vanilla bean. Subtle yet intense. Full body, with sexy tannins and a sweet fruit coating around it. Very fine and linear. Direct. Gorgeous. Better than I remember."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Intense, with a bold, roasted apple wood note out front and anise-infused plum and blackberry fruit surrounding the core. Lots of bramble, tar and warm stone accents course through the finish. Displays impressive range and grip."
WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The second wine of Haut-Brion is now called Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, and the 2010 is among the finest I have tasted there. It is a broad, powerful and more muscular wine than its cross-street rival, La Chapelle de la Mission, but all the same, it is wonderfully fresh and precise, with notes of blueberry and boysenberry as well as hints of smoke and wet stones. Endowed with gorgeous fruit, texture, purity and elegance, this relatively dense second wine demonstrates how draconian the selection process has become for the top estates in Bordeaux in recent years. The blend of this wine is 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with just a touch of Petit Verdot. I would expect it to last at least 20 years, which is remarkable
- Item #: i_333183Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 96Wine Spectator: 93+96ROBERT PARKER 96 POINTS: "A Blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% natural alcohol, the higher percentage of Merlot in this wine than in the Pavie gives it a stunning opulence, thickness and luxuriousness. Opaque purple, with notes of mulberry and kirsch liqueur leaning toward blacker fruits, subtle smoked meats and some lead pencil and vanillin, this is another brawny, full-bodied, yet remarkably precise and fresh style of wine despite its sensational extract and power. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30-40 years."
WINE SPECTATOR 93-96 POINTS: "Hedonist alert—dense, fleshy layers of fig sauce, warm cocoa, dark currant confiture and exotic spice fill this red, which also shows plenty of grip, with a smoldering wood note on the back end."–JM
- Item #: i_353227Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 98+ROBERT PARKER 98+ POINTS - "This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7."
- Item #: i_333840Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 99ROBERT PARKER 99 POINTS - "Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I'm not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine." "