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2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur

2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur

Built in the 11th century on the highest point of the Entre‑Deux‑Mers, the Château de Benauge (a fortified castle, to be sure) has dominated the nearby vineyards for over a thousand years. Endowed with a rich and thrilling history, it was notably a hotbed of resistance to the Gascon revolt in the fall of 1253. In 1426 by royal decision of King Henry VI (king of both France and England at the time), the viscount was officially established as the county of Benauge. The Château de Benauge has been listed as an historical monument since 1995. And while the Entre‑Deux‑Mers may not now be so exalted in terms of its wines, it is doing noble work supplying solid trustworthy red and white wines at prices the rest of us can the more easily afford. From the fruit of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon vines averaging 25 years in age planted to the clay and gravel soils of the south-facing hillside beneath the château, this 2018 Château de Benauge Cuvée des Seigneurs Bordeaux Supérieur (red wines from the Entre‑Deux‑Mers are typically labelled Bordeaux Supérieur) is a dense almost opaque ruby in color with aromas that stick to the script, it's grapes and good winegrowing earth; fleshy, ripe, dark-fruited with good intensity of flavor, medium full in body with underpinning of dusty ripe tannins that any typical good-quality Bordeaux would demonstrate.

$9.99 the bottle  $101.88 the case



2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc

2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc

From the fruit of 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Sauvignon Gris and 6% Sémillon vines planted to 11 hectares located in the communes of Cussac Fort Médoc and Saint­Laurent du Médoc. These vineyards are located on two distinct soils of gravelly sand and limestone clays. The blend is oriented to produce a elegant and delicate wine, well proportioned in body and without excessive acidity. Shimmering pale platinum yellow with aromas that tend to express the higher proportion of Sauvignon Blanc with suggestion of a pinch of mint, peach, clay and pebble earth and, eventually, the smell of fresh green-gold grapes in the cool of the early morning late summer's harvest; both ample and fresh on the tongue, demonstrating poise and a brilliant equilibrium along with a refreshing and innervating intensity of flavor.

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case of 6



2018 Château Cruzeau Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2018 Château Cruzeau Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Produce of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc fruit hand-harvested from 4 hectares of on average 45 years old vines planted to these gravel and siliceous silty soils in Saint-Émilion (this is Merlot in one of its happiest of places); attractive limpid ruby in color with aromas suggestive of fleshy berries, spice and pulverized stone (Andrea noted red plum and mulberry) and there's even more aromatic depth and complexity as the wine opens in the glass; supple almost silky on entry with perhaps somewhat more red-fruited flavors along with a hint of toast from oak aging, then demonstrating fine-grained crushed stone-like tannins that burst with flavor and a mouthwatering freshness to the finish. Our friend, Alan Unruh, noted a 'Burgundian style Saint-Émilion'. Well, yeah, we can go there.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case



2019 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

2019 Château Croix de Mai Médoc

Produce of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec and Petit Verdot vines averaging over 50 years in age and grown on gravel soils over a rare outcropping of limestone near the town of Bégadan north of Lesparre on the Médoc peninsula. Dense purple/ruby in color with aromas suggestive of dark ripe berries, ripe blue plum, baking spices and more; this is the more modern vintage-driven fruit-bomb version of Bordeaux, well-endowed on the palate with dense dark ripe fruit flavors, ample, generous with ripe rounded tannins giving shape and sustaining dark ripe berry flavors long on the finish. Impressive effort from the far reaches of the northern Médoc.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2019 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Blanc

2019 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Blanc

Château Carbonnieux is a legendary white wine. It is said that in the 18th century it was introduced into the palace of the Sultan of Constantinople because of its clarity and was called «d’eau minérale de Carbonnieux» thus skirting the law of the land against beverage alcohol. The clay-limestone of Garonne gravel found in the Pessac-Léognan appellation of the Graves near the city of Bordeaux itself certainly produces the best dry white wines in the region. Vivid platinum in color with glints of green/gold; both ripe and fresh in aroma with suggestion of apple and mirabelle plum, one can sense the roughly ⅓ Semillon in the wine with a touch of mint, figue and hints of toast (or is it pie crust) and summer rain-moistened pebbly vineyard floor (the wine really shows its complexity with a bit of air); there is a generosity and rondeur on the palate without sacrificing freshness and vibrancy, a nice mineral streak along with fresh grapey acidity wipes the slate clean and leaves the mouth just watering away, waiting for another delicious pull.

$42.50 the bottle  $433.56 the case



Château Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien

2018 Château Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien

Pure magic and one of the finest expressions of this estate I could imagine, as well as a perfect wine, the 2018 Château Léoville Las Cases comes from a mix of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in (I believe) all new French oak. Its dense purple color is followed by a profound wine loaded with notions of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, melon, crushed stone, tobacco, and violets. Full-bodied, concentrated, and massive on the palate, yet also incredibly well delineated and precise, it has a wonderful mix of seemingly ripe, sunny fruit from a warm year yet the minerality, purity, and precision of a cooler year. This wine is going to be just about immortal; however, do your best to hide bottles for a solid 10‑15 years. Drink 2031‑2081. Rated 100. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$350.00 the bottle  $3,570.00 the case



2018 Château Montrose Saint-Estèphe

2018 Château Montrose Saint-Estèphe

A full-bodied powerhouse as well as a perfect wine, the 2018 Château Montrose is a final blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc that was raised in 60% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple hue as well as awesome levels of crème de cassis and smoky blackberry fruits and notes of tobacco, lead pencil, scorched earth, and chocolate, it's deep, opulent, and incredibly concentrated on the palate, with no shortage of mid-palate depth, tannins, or length. It reminds me a little of a fresher version of the 2003, although there's more Cabernet Sauvignon in 2018 as well as less Merlot. It has that classic Montrose minerality and backward, mineral-laced style, yet I suspect this will be drinkable in just 5-6 years and should evolve into a modern-day legend from this terroir. Drink 2027‑2077. Rated 100. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
The 2018 Montrose is dazzling. Whereas so many 2018s are opulent and broad, Montrose is a wine of vertical explosive power. Ripe Cabernet aromatics soar out of the glass, making a strong first impression. Black cherry, leather, licorice, graphite and menthol develop later as the 2018 starts to open in the glass. The energy, vibrancy and drive here are palpable right out of the gate. Montrose is one of real stars of 2018. Don't miss it! Drink 2028‑2058. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$212.50 the bottle  $1,083.78 the case of 6



2018 Château Bélair-Monange Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

2018 Château Bélair-Monange Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

An incredible expression of Merlot grown on limestone soils, the 2018 Château Belair-Monange (90/10 Merlot and Cabernet Franc) sports a dense purple hue as well as powerful notes of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, flowery incense, chalky minerality, and white truffle. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it's a serious 2018 offering integrated oak, ripe yet building tannins, and one hell of a great finish. The finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted, it's a wine to seek out and hide in the cellar for a good 5-7 years. It's going to evolve for 30-40 years. Drink 2026‑2056. Rated 98. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
The 2018 Bélair‑Monange races across the palate, showing its exuberant, flamboyant personality. Ripe plum, mocha, blood orange, star anise and cinnamon fill out the layers effortlessly. Sumptuous and generous, with striking balance, Bélair‑Monange hits all the right notes. It can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, but also has the pedigree to age effortlessly for decades. Drink 2026‑2058. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$212.50 the bottle  $1,083.78 the case of 6



2018 Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarosse Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

2018 Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarosse Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

While the 2018 Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) doesn't match the 2009 or 2016, it's certainly not far off. I wish every reader could taste this beautiful, age-worthy Saint-Emilion, and they should certainly have bottles in the cellar. Coming from a gorgeous hillside terroir of clay and limestone soils outside of Saint-Emilion and a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, it reveals a dense purple hue as well as classic Saint-Emilion minerality in its cassis and blue fruits as well as notes of damp earth, truffle, tobacco, and spring flowers. With full-bodied richness, a concentrated, backward, structured mouthfeel, lots of tannins, and just a brilliant mix of richness and elegance, it needs a good 5-7 years in the cellar and will have 40-50 years of prime drinking. Drink 2026‑2076. Rated 97. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$175.00 the bottle  $892.50 the case of 6



2018 Château La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol

2018 Château La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol

One of the most seamless, ethereal wines in the vintage, the 2018 Château La Fleur‑Petrus checks in as 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot coming from a 45-acre vineyard of deep clay and gravelly soils located on the upper plateau of Pomerol. The vines average 35 years in age, and the élevage spans 16-18 months in 50% new French oak. Unquestionably in the same league as Trotanoy, Le Gay, Lafleur, Hosanna, and the other leviathans of the region, its deep purple hue is followed by a gorgeously layered, multi-dimensional 2018 with full-bodied aromas and flavors of black raspberry and blackcurrant fruits intermixed with spring flowers, dried herbs, and a hint of white truffle. Medium to full-bodied, with stunning symmetry and balance, its tannins are ripe and polished, and it has nicely integrated acidity as well as a great finish. It should drink well for another 20-25 years. Drink 2021‑2046. Rated 97. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021
The 2018 La Fleur-Pétrus is positively rapturous, just as it was from barrel. Mother Nature appears to have taken all the signatures of this site and turned up the volume. Loud. Rich and beautifully layered, La Fleur-Pétrus dazzles with magnificent richness and a finish that is eternal. Blood orange, mint, rose petal, spice and sweet red berry fruit build over time. I can't remember tasting a better young La Fleur-Pétrus. Give it a few years to shed some baby fat. Magnificent. Drink 2026‑2058. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$300.00 the bottle  $1,530.00 the case of 6



2018 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

2018 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

The 2018 Rauzan-Ségla is fabulous. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2018 offers tremendous depth and soaring intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, cedar, tobacco, mint and spice all build over time, framed by incomparably silky, polished tannins. Today, the 2018 is dense and packed. I expect it will develop into a stunning Margaux in another 10-15 years or so. Actually, it already is. Drink 2028‑2058. Rated 97+. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$150.00 the bottle  $1,530.00 the case



2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2018 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

The 2018 Léoville-Barton is a gorgeous, exotic wine. Crème de cassis, lavender, menthol, licorice and cloves race out of the glass. The 2018 marries the natural opulence of the year with a pretty classic sense of structure, making for one of the more compelling wines of the year. I would give this a good decade in the cellar. There is much to look forward to. I especially admire the energy and poise here. Drink 2030‑2058. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021
Well-polished blackcurrant, cassis and bilberry, everything pretty silky and firm. Not fully showing its generosity at this point but no question that it is going to get there soon. Clear charcoal, graphite and woodsmoke as it opens up. A ton of life ahead, and an appealing sense of mint freshness. Lives up to its en primeur promise - this is Léoville Barton at its most confident. Drink 2026‑2040. Rated 96. - Jane Anson, decanter.com November, 2020

$125.00 the bottle  $1,275.00 the case



2018 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc

2018 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc

In 2011, Lilian Barton (of Châteaux Léoville-Barton and Langoa-Barton) and her husband, Michel Sartorius, purchased Château Mauvesin, a 220-hectare property which, as Lilian herself puts it « has a real soul that envelops you when you visit, casting a spell as you discover the unique charm of the place ». The vineyard is situated in the Moulis‑en‑Médoc appellation to the north of the city of Bordeaux and on the left bank of the Gironde estuary. The 46 hectares of vines comprise 54% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. A portion of the vineyards are planted to clay/gravel soils, perfectly suited for the growing of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Another portion is planted to fine gravel and sandy soils, on which the Cabernet Sauvignon may reach full ripeness. Lovely medium ruby in color; classic (and classy) restraint on the nose with aromas suggestive of cassis, violet and earth (more petrichor than just dirt; with more air there is also a hint of reglisse, always a welcome feature of fine European red wine); our wine buyer found it gently austère on the palate, whereas both Andrea and Henry found it more giving, with fine dusty tannins, then finishing in a flourish of intense earthy berry flavor and mouthwatering minerality; this is clearly a fine if more reasonably priced Bordeaux from folks that have long possessed the savoir‑faire to produce the very finest.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case



2016 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

2016 Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

Deep purple-colored and a classic Saint-Julien with its pure crème de cassis, graphite, liquid rock, and essence of lead pencil shavings, the 2016 Château Léoville Barton is full-bodied, concentrated, and backward, with bright acidity and ripe yet certainly present and building tannins. This old-school, classic Léoville Barton has a fine thread of acidity keeping the wine focused and fresh. It’s a beauty, but mostly potential at this point, although it does have beautiful fruit. Savvy readers will hide bottles at the back of their cellar, and I wouldn’t start to think about opening bottles for a least a decade. It’s going to be incredibly long-lived. The blend of the 2016 is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, brought up in 60% new French oak. Drink 2029‑2069. Rated 96+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2019

$175.00 the bottle  $892.50 the case of 6



2017 Château Calon Ségur Saint-Estèphe

2017 Château Calon Ségur Saint-Estèphe

As you’d expect, the grand vin ratchets up the intensity. The 2017 Chateau Calon Segur is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot aged 20 months all in new barrels. This deep, inky hued 2017 boasts medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, leafy herbs, and mineral nuances. It stays tight and compact on the palate, has wonderful Saint-Estephe Cabernet character, ripe tannins, and is just a classic, balanced effort that will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and evolve for 25+ years. Drink 2024‑2049. Rated 95. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2020
The 2017 Calon-Ségur was bottled at the beginning of July 2019. This is clearly more intense and complex than the Marquis de Calon with blackberry, bilberry, traces of brine and discrete tobacco aromas. Classic in style with the Cabernet component clearly more expressive than previous vintages (a long-term policy as they reconfigure vineyard planting). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and superb balance. There is a natural and effortless feel to this nascent Calon-Ségur, very focused with a "cool" and slightly reserved finish. Classy and, dare I say, it represents one of the few 2017s that may challenge its 2018 counterpart. Drink 2022‑2045. Rated 93. - Neil Martin, vinous.com February, 2020

$125.00 the bottle  $1,275.00 the case



2018 Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe

2018 Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe

The 2018 Meyney is every bit as impressive as it was en primeur. Technical Director Anne Le Naour has done a terrific job in reining in some of the excess weight and power of previous vintages, but without sacrificing richness. Classy and layered, Meyney boasts fabulous depth and tons of character. Ripe red/purplish fruit, spice, blood orange, smoke and incense are some of the many aromas and flavors that mesh together. The 2018 offers striking immediacy, but also has enough structure to develop well in bottle for 15-20 years, maybe more. The 2018 Meyney is a wine of immense pleasure. Best of all, it is a tremendous value. Drink 2023-2043. Rated 93. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2021

$42.50 the bottle  $433.56 the case



2017 Château Palmer Margaux

2017 Château Palmer Margaux

The grand vin 2017 Chateau Palmer checks in as 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. This deep purple-colored beauty gives up more cassis fruits as well as hints of chocolate, graphite, smoked herbs, and crushed violets. Beautifully concentrated, rich, and full-bodied, it has a wonderful sense of elegance and purity, laser-like precision, building tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles a solid 7-8 years and it's going to evolve for 25-30 years or more. Drink 2027‑2057. Rated 95+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2020
One of the wines of the vintage on the Left Bank, the 2017 Palmer is fresh and vibrant, with tons of energy. Veins of supporting salinity and floral overtones lend grace to the Grand Vin in 2017. I imagine Palmer will only blossom with a few years in bottle. Time in the glass brings out pretty notes of dark fruit, mocha, spice, leather and licorice, but overall, the 2017 is quite reticent, especially given what readers have come to expect here. The blend is 54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Technical Director Thomas Duroux told me his team harvested all the fruit in nine days as opposed to the more typical 2-3 weeks. The 2017s were done with no SO2 at crush. Duroux stopped the pump overs early and favored gentle extractions. Both wines are in the 13-13.2 range of finished alcohol. Drink 2027‑2047. Rated 96+. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020

$400.00 the bottle  $2,040.00 the case of 6



2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux

This estate continues to fashion a complex, elegant, seamless style of wine. The 2017 Chateau Rauzan-Segla offers a deep purple color as well as gorgeous notes of cassis, crushed violets, tobacco, and leafy herbs. Pure Margaux on the palate with its medium to full-bodied, ultra-fine, seamless texture, this flawlessly balanced 2017 will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 20-25 years. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, all aged in 60% new French oak. Drink 2024‑2050. Rated 94+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2020
The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla is coming together very nicely. Soft and silky, the 2017 is a wine of pure and total finesse. Sweet red cherry and plum fruit, tobacco, cedar and licorice add pretty top notes, but more than anything else, the 2017 impresses with its statuesque elegance and total balance; nothing in particular stands out. For that reason, Rauzan-Ségla is the sort of wine that is easy to overlook, and yet all the elements of a top notch Left-Bank wine are present. Tasted three times. Drink 2027‑2047. Rated 94. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020

$112.50 the bottle  $1,147.56 the case



2017 Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien

2017 Château Branaire‑Ducru Saint‑Julien

The 2017 Branaire-Ducru is all class and finesse. Bright and focused, the 2017 speaks with a clear, well-articulated voice. I especially like the energy here. Soft and understated in the classic Branaire style, the 2017 offers notes of red and purplish fruit intermingled with expressive floral and spice notes. The 2017 is such a pretty Saint-Julien. Tasted two times. Drink 2025‑2037. Rated 94. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020

$75.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case



2017 Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien

2017 Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien

The 2017 Langoa Barton is so beautiful, just as it was en primeur. Rich, fleshy and seductive in the glass, the 2017 exudes charm from the very first taste. Succulent red cherry, red plum, mint, tobacco and blood orange all flesh out in this wonderfully inviting, alluring Saint-Julien from the Barton family. Drink 2022‑2037. Rated 93. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com March, 2020
The 2017 Langoa-Barton has a wonderful bouquet with blackberry, briary, potpourri and light violet scents that are extremely well integrated with the 60% new oak. Nothing pretentious, nothing extravagant. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin, one of the most pliable Langoa’s that I can recall with plenty of black cherry and cassis fruit on the structured finish. This is a great Langoa-Barton that comes highly recommended. Drink 2022‑2045. Rated 93. - Neal Martin, vinous.com February, 2020

$67.50 the bottle  $688.56 the case



Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

2016 Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

Another brilliant wine from the genius of Frédéric Faye, the 2016 Château Figeac checks in as 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in new French oak. Roughly 75% of the production made it into the grand vin. This deeply colored beauty is a legendary wine in the making and offers ultra-pure aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, smoke tobacco, dried herbs, chocolate, truffle, and graphite. Showing more violets notes with time in the glass, it builds incrementally on the palate, with flawless balance as well as incredible elegance, no hard edges, and a finish that won't quit. Readers will have a blast comparing the 2016 and 2015 vintages over the coming 3-4 decades and this estate is firing on all cylinders. This will most likely merit a triple-digit rating in 7-8 years and keep for 4 decades or more. Drink 2026‑2066. Rated 98+. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com February, 2019

$325.00 the bottle  $1,657.50 the case of 6



2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux

2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux

The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine is all class. Floral, silky and nuanced to the core, the 2016 is a wine of pure and total seduction. Freshly cut flowers, vibrant red fruit and creamy tannins all add to the wine's undeniable allure. In 2016, Prieuré-Lichine is all class, not to mention one of the sleepers of the vintage. Don't miss it! Tasted two times. Drink 2022-2041. Rated 96. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com January, 2019

$62.50 the bottle  $318.78 the case of 6



2016 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

2016 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

Produce of fruit of about 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec vines planted to the clay and limestone soils of the plateaus and slopes of the property overlooking the Francs Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. Deep ruby at the core in color with rather characteristic right bank aromas suggesting limestone, taut macerating berries and a hint of bramble, toasted baguette, tobacco leaf and spice; supple and cool on entry (Henry found it satisfyingly plump), then firming up somewhat showing a tight structure with pulverized stone-like fine-grained tannins that carry taut berry and bramble flavors long on the finish. While the Thienpont family suggest the wine requires time in the cellar « to express the entirety of its qualities », we find the wine delicious even now. And this is a wine that clearly punches well above its weight.

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case



2018 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

2018 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

Coming from the talented Thienpont team, the 2018 Château Puygueraud is a juicy, up-front, undeniably delicious 2018 offering lots of perfumed, floral, and violet notes, sumptuous blue fruits, medium-bodied richness, and a juicy, balanced, lengthy style that keeps you coming back to the glass. The balance is spot on, as is the purity of fruit, and it's ideal for enjoying any time over the coming decade. The blend is 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec. Drink 2021‑2031. Rated 92. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com March, 2021

$22.50 the bottle  $114.78 the case



2018 Château Le Rey Les Argileuses parcelles № 1 et 3 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

2018 Château Le Rey Les Argileuses Parcelles № 1 et 3 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Le Rey Les Argileuses is produce of the fruit of 12 hectares of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc vines planted to particular parcels of vineyard with soils of green and blue clay over asteriated limestone, similar to nearby Saint-Émilion. The wine is aged for 6 months in stainless steel tanks without the use of any oak in the winemaking process. Full deep ruby to just fuchsia at the edges in color; full, fermentive, wild, alluring aromas suggestive of a mélange of dark berries, ripe blue plum and fine baking spices (Château Le Rey themselves suggest nuance of réglisse, as well); supple on entry then offering a nice burst of berryish fruit and a mouthwatering almost crunchy acidity, staying fresh and causing salivation long on the mid-palate with those same berry flavors showing surprising length, then building in body, showing an ampleness, a fullness and stony intensity of flavor demonstrating the solid (but semi-porous) underpinnings of the Castillon limestone soils.

$17.50 the bottle  $89.28 the case of 6



2019 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

2019 Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion

Sister and brother Caroline and Pierre Bécot learned the winegrowing ropes on the family’s Saint‑Émilion Grand Cru Classé estate, Château Beau‑Séjour Bécot, where they were initiated into high quality standards, hard work and the rigorous attention to detail required to make un grand vin. On the 1st of April, by a nice stroke of luck, they purchased this property in Puisseguin‑Saint‑Émilion, a satellite appellation of Saint‑Émilion itself. Their wish was to remain in the same area where their family and their father, Dominique, had been settled for a long time. Produce of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc fruit of vines an average age of 35 years and planted to the clay/limestone soils on the plateau of Puisseguin (5km from the village Saint‑Emilion); deep translucent ruby in color with rather straightforward aromas suggesting spiced plum, taut red berries, bing cherry, earth (good winegrowing earth) and stone; at once both firm and smooth on the tongue, with a gentle kirsch‑like astringency and fine, polished, well‑resolved dusty tannins carrying delicate flavors on the long, fine, gently warming finish. Henry noted a "through‑line" with the wine, that the wine was identifiably Roc de Bécot (we adored the previous vintage), 'a firmer but more filigreed expression of Merlot with bright bursting off‑the‑vine berry fruit'. Our wine buyer recalled that Puisseguin‑Saint‑Émilion (along with a nice piece of Brie) was among his first introductions to high‑quality red Bordeaux. Delicious memory at that.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case



2020 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

2020 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc

Château Marjosse is a small but historical Bordeaux property, built in 1782 and located near the village of Tizac-de-Curton in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers region just east of the city of Bordeaux. The winery is simply-equipped but marvellously functional, with cellars now over two hundred-years old. There are 35 hectares of vineyards exceptionally well-situated on a clay and limestone plateau around 300 metres above sea level. Winemaker, Pierre Lurton, born and raised in a neighbouring château, bought the property piece by piece starting in 1991 and has been producing widely-acclaimed, sensibly-priced red and white wines since. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Sémillon and Muscadelle, this 2020 vintage is a vivid platinum/yellow in color with ultra-fresh aromas suggestive of sappy green fig, cool melon, white peach, gooseberry and crushed stone (we pinch ourselves and remind us that it is cool green grapes growing in among their happy places); at once, both svelte in body and just ample and rounded on the tongue, with nerve and freshness to spare, and just lots and lots of mouthwatering fresh flavor to the finish.

$14.99 the bottle  $152.88 the case



2018 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge

2018 Château Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge

Produce of about 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec, medium deep ruby in color with come hither aromas suggestive of ripe spiced plum, cassis, blueberry and (yes, yes, we know, it's grapes), with air, one might also sense a touch of pain grillé (Henry also noted shaved dark chocolate); ample on the tongue, well-rounded with gentle structure of fine broad chalky tannins and a concentration, intensity and burst of flavor not normally found in wine that sells for so modest a price; then, fresh and stimulating in flavor long on the finish. The best Marjosse Rouge to date? Yeah, we think so.

$16.25 the bottle  $165.72 the case



2019 Château Rollin Haut-Médoc

2019 Château Rollin Haut-Médoc

Located about 10 km to the west of Pauillac at Saint-Sauveur in the Haut-Médoc, Château Rollin is officially classified as a Crus Bourgeois. This 2019 vintage is our first taste from this property and we are wholly impressed. Produce of the fruit of 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot vines planted to silty gravelly soils of the various plots of vineyard located within 1½ kilomètres around the cellars; medium deep ruby in color with aromatics suggestive of fleshy berry, ripe plum, spice and vineyard floor (Henry noted suggestion of roasted red pepper); poised and structured on the tongue, ample, mouthfilling, almost spherical in shape with a crunchy, innervating fruit quality and fine, resolved tannins delivering a nice wollop of classic, if modern and ripe claret flavor. Oh, and do check the price. This is simply stunning value in good left bank Bordeaux red wine.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case



2019 Le G de Château Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

2019 Le G de Château Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Sweetness seems to have gone out of fashion of late. And sweet wine seems to have hit the skids, market-wise, as well. So, necessity being the mother of invention, here's a little something, if not completely different, certainly far more prevalent than in days gone by — dry white wine from Sauternes. Produce of about half each certified organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon vines an average of 35 years old and planted to sandy gravel and clay gravel soils of Sauternes to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux: lovely yellow gold in color with characteristic waxy Bordelais blanc aromas suggestive of fresh ripe melon, green fig, fresh mint leaves, rain-moistened stone and, with a little air, citrus blossom; oh this is a tactile wine alright, gently glycerol, rounded, cushy, satisfying, but with nerve and spine, pith and underpinning enough to keep fresh melon, citrus and stone-tinged flavors moving along, skipping along fresh and vital and flavorful long on the finish. And, even if completely dry, price-wise, it's a really sweet deal.

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6



2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

A blend of 52% Semillon and 48% Sauvignon Blanc from fine gravel and sandy soils of Château Suduiraut in Sauternes, some 40 km to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux. To be sure, this is a wine from Sauternes, but one fermented to complete dryness and to be enjoyed immediately for its freshness and vibrancy. Bright yellow gold with glints of green in color; aromas of citrus peel, sweet citrus flower, fresh cool melon and eventually green fig and cool mint; slippery smooth on the tongue, caressing in texture with delicate flavors that fully deliver on the promise of the aromatics.

$19.99 the bottle  $101.94 the case of 6


All bottles are 750ml in size and all cases are of 12/750ml bottles unless otherwise indicated. All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


2020 Bordeaux En Primeur
2020 Bordeaux En Primeur

The vintage of 2020 is causing a stir in Bordeaux wine-loving circles, not least of the reasons why is that it is the second sequence of high-quality eight, nine and aught vintages running, even harkening back to the splendid trio of the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages, also known as «les trois glorieueses». As is most always the case here, we will offer the wines on a reservations basis, which is to say, we don't require you to pay up front — you make your reservation(s) now but hang onto your cash, making payment and then taking delivery just following the wines' expected arrival here in the spring of 2023 or thereabouts. Please just give us a call at (512) 499‑0512 or send us an e-Mail message with questions, comments, orders. Click here or on the images above to see the complete offering.



More Red Bordeaux

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2018 Benauge, Château de Château de Benauge Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée des Seigneurs $9.99
12 750 2016 Bourdieu № 1, Château Château Bourdieu № 1 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux $13.75
12 750 2018 Brane-Cantenac, Château Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux $100.00
12 750 2017 Calon Ségur, Château de Château Calon Ségur Saint-Estèphe $125.00
12 750 2018 Carbonnieux, Château La Château Carbonnieux Graves Pessac-Léognan Rouge $50.00
12 750 2018 Chapelle d'Aliénor, Château Château Chapelle d'Aliénor Bordeaux Supérieur $17.50
6 750 2018 Cos d'Estournel, Goulée by Goulée by Cos d'Estournel Médoc $35.00
6 750 2018 Cos d'Estournel, Château Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe $275.00
12 750 2018 Marjosse, Château de Château Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge $16.25
6 750 2018 Rey Les Argileuses, Château Le Château Le Rey Les Argileuses Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux $17.50
12 750 2016 Puyanché, Château Château Puyanché Francs Côtes de Bordeaux $11.99
6 750 2018 Puygueraud, Château Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux $22.50
6 750 2016 Puygueraud, Château Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux $22.50
6 750 2018 Haut-Bailly, Château La Château Haut-Bailly Graves Pessac-Léognan $162.50
12 750 2018 Chantegrive, Château de Château de Chantegrive Graves Rouge $22.50
12 750 2018 Coufran, Château Château Coufran Haut-Médoc $24.99
12 750 2016 Lanessan, Château Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc $24.99
6 750 2015 Malleret, Château de Château de Malleret Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois $19.99
6 750 2019 Rollin, Château Château Rollin Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois $13.75
12 750 2018 Sénéjac, Château Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc $22.50
6 750 2016 Fonréaud, Chateau Château Fonréaud Listrac-Médoc $24.99
3 750 2018 Durfort-Vivens, Chateau Château Durfort-Vivens Margaux $100.00
12 750 2015 Giscours, Chateau Château Giscours Margaux $95.00
12 750 2018 Gurgue, Château La Château La Gurgue Margaux $37.50
6 750 2018 Marquis d'Alesme Becker, Château Château Marquis d'Alesme Becker Margaux $62.50
6 750 2017 Palmer, Chateau Château Palmer Margaux $400.00
6 750 2016 Prieuré-Lichine, Chateau Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux $62.50
12 750 2018 Rauzan-Ségla, Chateau Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux $142.50
12 750 2017 Rauzan-Ségla, Chateau Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux $112.50
12 750 2017 Siran, Chateau Château Siran Margaux $40.00
12 750 2019 Croix de Mai, Château Château Croix de Mai Médoc $17.50
12 750 2018 Potensac, Château Château Potensac Médoc $40.00
12 750 2018 Roquegrave, Château Château Roquegrave Médoc $13.75
12 750 2018 Mauvesin Barton, Château Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc $24.99
12 750 2018 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac $125.00
12 750 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac $125.00
12 750 2018 Haut-Bages Libéral, Château Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac $60.00
12 750 2016 Haut-Bages Libéral, Château Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac $62.50
6 750 2015 Latour, Pauillac Pauillac de Latour Pauillac $112.50
6 750 2018 Pontet-Canet, Château Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac $162.50
6 750 2015 Pontet-Canet, Château Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac $157.50
1 750   Pontet-Canet, Château Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Vertical Selection (12 bottles, 3 bottles each: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012) $2100.00
6 750 2018 La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Château La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol $300.00
12 750 2019 Lécuyer, Château Château Lécuyer Pomerol $57.50
12 750 2019 Roc de Bécot, Château Château Roc de Bécot Puisseguin Saint-Émilion $17.50
6 750 2018 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse, Château Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse Saint-Émilion Grand Cru $175.00
12 750 2018 Cruzeau, Château Château Cruzeau Saint-Émilion Grand Cru $22.50
6 750 2018 Dillon, Domaine Clarence Domaine Clarence Dillon Saint-Émilion de Quintus $29.99
12 750 2018 Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Château Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru $32.50
12 750 2008 Magdelaine, Château Château Magdelaine Saint-Émilion Grand Cru $180.00
12 750 2018 Beau-Séjour Bécot, Château Château Beau-Séjour Bécot Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $87.50
6 750 2018 Bélair-Monange, Château Château Bélair-Monange Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $212.50
6 750 2016 Bélair-Monange, Château Château Bélair-Monange Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $197.50
12 750 2018 Canon, Château Château Canon Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $167.50
6 750 2016 Figeac, Château Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $325.00
6 750 2015 Figeac, Château Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $337.50
6 750 2010 Figeac, Château Château Figeac Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $337.50
12 750 2016 Fonroque, Château Château Fonroque Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $55.00
6 750 2018 Gaffelière, Château La Château La Gaffelière Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $152.50
6 750 2016 Gaffelière, Clos La Clos La Gaffelière Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $32.50
12 750 2018 Jacobins, Clos des Clos des Jacobins Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé $50.00
12 750 2018 Meyney, Château Château Meyney Saint-Estèphe $42.50
6 750 2018 Montrose, Château Château Montrose Saint-Estèphe $250.00
12 750 2018 Phélan-Ségur, Château Château Phélan-Ségur Saint-Estèphe $62.50
12 750 2018 Branaire-Ducru, Château Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien $75.00
12 750 2017 Branaire-Ducru, Château Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien $75.00
6 750 2015 Branaire-Ducru, Château Château Branaire-Ducru Saint-Julien $100.00
6 750 2018 Ducru-Beaucaillou, Château Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien $267.50
12 750 2018 Gruaud-Larose, Château Château Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien $107.50
12 750 2016 Lagrange, Château Château Lagrange Saint-Julien $75.00
12 750 2018 Langoa Barton, Château Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien $72.50
12 750 2017 Langoa Barton, Château Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien $67.50
12 750 2018 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $125.00
24 375 2017 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $53.75
12 750 2017 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $112.50
6 750 2016 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $175.00
12 750 2015 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $127.50
12 750 2012 Léoville-Barton, Château Château Léoville-Barton Saint-Julien $125.00
6 750 2018 Léoville Las Cases, Château Château Léoville Las Cases Saint-Julien $350.00
6 750 2018 Léoville-Poyferré, Château Château Léoville-Poyferré Saint-Julien $175.00
12 750 2017 Léoville-Poyferré, Château Château Léoville-Poyferré Saint-Julien $112.50
12 750 2014 Léoville-Poyferré, Château Château Léoville-Poyferré Saint-Julien $112.50
12 750 2017 Marquis, Clos du Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien $75.00
12 750 2016 Talbot, Château Château Talbot Saint-Julien $87.50

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


Vins Blancs Sec de Bordeaux

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2020 Ducasse, Château Château Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc $18.75
12 750 2020 Lamothe de Haux, Château Château Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux Blanc $18.75
6 750 2019 Les Fleurs du Lac Les Fleurs du Lac Bordeaux Blanc $22.50
12 750 2020 Marjosse, Château Château Marjosse Bordeaux Blanc $13.75
6 750 2019 Guiraud, Château Château Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec Le G de Château Guiraud $19.99
6 750 2019 Suduiraut, Château Château Suduiraut Bordeaux Blanc Sec de Suduiraut $19.99
12 750 2020 Graville-Lacoste, Château Château Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc $18.75
12 750 2019 Carbonnieux, Château Château Carbonnieux Graves Pessac-Léognan Blanc $42.50
6 750 2016 Fieuzal, Château de Château de Fieuzal Graves Pessac-Léognan Blanc $67.50

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.


Vins Blancs Doux de Bordeaux

Pack Size Vintage Producer Key Producer Description Bottle
12 750 2016 Climens, Château Château Climens Barsac Sauternes 1er Cru $92.50
24 375 2018 Roûmieu-Lacoste, Château Château Roûmieu-Lacoste Sauternes $29.99

All orders subject to confirmation. All wines subject to prior sale.

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