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2012 Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau‑Lagarosse Saint‑Émilion Grand Cru

The 2012 exhibits a black/purple color along with a striking nose of incense, spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries and hints of mulberries and crushed chalk. The sumptuous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, super-concentrated, rich, layered wine that builds incrementally across the palate, finishing with an explosion of fruit, spice, tannin, glycerin and minerality. While neither as backward nor impenetrable as the 2009 and 2010, the 2012 should be approachable in 4-5 years and keep for 2-3 decades. A massive, concentrated effort from this great terroir, the 2012 Beausejour Duffau comes from a 16+-acre vineyard located on the clay and limestone southern slopes of St.-Emilion. It was cropped at 23 hectoliters per hectare, and the final blend was 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Only 66% of the production went into the top wine, which boasts 14.3% natural alcohol. Readers can usually count on this cuvee being one of the finest wines of the vintage given the talented team behind it, Nicolas Thienpont, Stephane Derenoncourt, David Suire and Julien Lavenu. Rated 93-95+. - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, Issue 206, April, 2013.

$112.50 the bottle  $1147.56 the case

2012 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc 2010 Château Pibran Pauillac

Ripe and well-packed, but silky and racy too, with linzer torte, cassis and blackberry notes pumping along, flecked with singed anise and violet, showing a long graphite spine on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. Rated 92. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A major sleeper of the vintage, this under-the-radar Pauillac from the owners of Pichon Longueville Baron comes from a 42-acre vineyard, and the blend is divided equally between two grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Classic smoky barbecue notes intermixed with cassis, forest floor and cedar jump from the glass of this dense purple, thick, unctuously textured, rich and heady wine, which can be drunk in 3-4 years. Moreover, it should last for up to two decades. This is normally not too expensive a wine, since consumers do not follow it closely, so readers should take note. Drink: 2016-2036. Rated 90. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate Issue 205, February 2013

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$37.50 the bottle $433.56 the case

2013 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

Pale, green-tinged color. Ripe, pungent aromas of peach, flowers, herbs and pepper, plus a suggestion of tropical fruits. Bright and juicy, displaying sneaky concentration to the very pure flavors of grapefruit, spices, herbs and pepper. Notes of pink grapefruit, gooseberry and sage linger nicely on the mouthcoating finish. Though this doesn't have quite the complexity or depth of the greatest 2013 whites of Pessac-Leognan, it's an outstanding wine--and perhaps the best Marjosse Blanc ever. Tasted May 2014. Rated 89-91. ‑ Ian d'Agata,, May, 2014

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2012 Château Carbonnieux Graves Pessac‑Léognan Blanc

Another full-throttle 2012 dry white, this 2012 offers lots of honeysuckle notes as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel and beautiful purity, elegance and length. Lemon zest, grapefruit and subtle wood characteristics are found in both the aromatic and flavor profiles. Drink this stunning Pessac-Leognan over the next 6-10 years. Barrel Tasted. Rated 90-92. ‑ Neil Martin, Wine Advocate, Issue 206 April, 2013.

$45.00 the bottle  $459.00 the case

2009 Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien

Now positioned as a totally separate vineyard and a real clos (enclosed walled vineyard), this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Jean-Hubert Delon is a beauty. Creme de cassis notes intermixed with some vanillin, crushed rock and spring flowers jump from the glass. Full-bodied and powerful (nearly 14% natural alcohol), this is a generously endowed, rich wine that was first made in 1902. The 2009 should drink well for 20-25 years. Readers need to think of it as a true classified growth, although technically it is not. Rated 93. ‑ Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate Issue 199, February, 2012

$85.00 the bottle  $867.00 the case

2011 Château Bellevue-Claribes Bordeaux

Produce of half each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fruit from vines an average of 40 years old planted to 8 hectares of clay limestone soils near Gensac in the Dordogne, southeast of Saint-Émilion; this is a gentle nod to a modern take on classic Claret with aromas suggestive of fleshy ripe berries and hints of cassis, leather and dusty loamy soil; ripe and well-rounded on the tongue, of medium weight with gentle broad tannins and a long crisp flavorful finish; and considering the very attractive price, this is surely a yeoman's job on a workingman's Claret.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case

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