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  • Chateau Bel-Air – Marquis d’Aligre Margaux 2009


    “The 2009 Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre has a very pure and bewitching bouquet with much more primary fruit than the 2001 and 2005: cranberry, wild strawberry, mint and a touch of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity; very pure with black cherries, wild strawberry and a harmonious and poised finish that is surfeited with energy. Even though it does not quite match the 2010 in terms of complexity and articulation of terroir, this is a beautiful wine. Perhaps this is one vintage where the imprimatur of the growing season is more pronounced than Pierre Boyer’s own, but it still carries it off with style. Tasted at the Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre dinner. Drink: 2018-2033. 92 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (05/18)

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  • Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Graves Grand Cru Classe 2019


    “The 2019 Carbonnieux Blanc has a lovely nose, nicely focused and understated at first, but there is more mineralité compared to its peers, tensile and focused. The palate is well-balanced with grapefruit and wild peach, slightly oily in texture with very expressive Sémillon towards the finish. Impressive. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 93 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (01/23)

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  • Chateau de Fargues Sauternes 2008


    “Tasted single blind against its peers. Whereas last year the de Fargues 2008 was immediately forthcoming, a few months later this example demands much more coaxing from the glass. Eventually, it reveals scents of dried pineapple, limestone and a touch of cooking apple with some VA notes lending it a bit of a “kick.” The palate is medium-bodied with a mellifluous texture. It is very well-balanced with a tangible sense of tension from start to finish, attractive notes of dried honey and quince interlacing the long structured finish. This constitutes a serious Sauternes for the serious Sauternes-lover. Tasted January 2012. 95 points”

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (12/11)

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  • Chateau Durfort-Vivens Margaux 2019


    “The 2019 Dufort Vivens is a brilliant Margaux, unwinding in the glass with aromas of blackberries, licorice, sweet soil tones, spices and rose petals. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a fleshy core of fruit, rich, powdery tannins and a lively spine of acidity, it concludes with a long and penetrating finish. The blend is dominated by fully 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, which lends the wine immense nobility. Anyone who isn’t aware of just how good Gonzague Lurton’s wines are these days should taste a bottle. Drink: 2027-2065. 96 points

    The 62-hectare estate, of which some 55 hectares are planted, has been directed by Gonzague Lurton since 1992 and farmed biodynamically since 2013. Soils are quaternary gravels, with a rather low percentage of clay when compared with the likes of Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend, delivering wines of perfume, intensity and concentration. Lurton finds that physiological maturity and analytical maturity are much more synchronized with the new farming methods, even if in a vintage such as 2018 he’s suffered, producing a mere 6,000 bottles. Recent vintages have certainly been on a qualitative roll, and today Durfort Vivens unquestionably lives up to its 1855 second growth status. Given the quality of the brilliant 2019, prices remain decidedly reasonable, and readers should take notice.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (04/22)

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  • Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2018


    “The 2018 La Grave has an understated bouquet, though it has gained a little more focus since I last tasted it from barrel, offering black fruit tinged with gravel and still that taint fig-like tincture. The palate is medium-bodied with a savory entry, tobacco-infused black fruit and a pinch of black pepper. As usual, it does not possess enormous grip or persistency, but it is a well-crafted La Grave. Drinking window: 2023-2036. 90 points”

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2019


    “The 2019 La Grave (or La Grave Trigant de Boisset to give it its full name) was picked from 19 September to 3 October and matured in 40% new oak. Now I have a soft spot for this cru; this latest vintage does not disappoint with vivacious black cherry, raspberry preserve and wilted iris scents, beautifully embroidered with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, quite bold tannins. Arguably the complexity on the palate does not match that of the nose, though there is impressive volume and a wonderful tobacco and brine-tinged finish that makes an impression. I like it…but I have a nagging feeling it could give me more. Drinking window: 2024-2040. 89-91 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (06/20)

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  • Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2020


    “The 2020 La Grave is tight on the nose, presenting blackberry, bilberry and light marine scents and revealing a touch of Japanese wakame with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and commendable salinity. Compared directly with the Lafleur-Gazin, this has more substance and cohesion toward the finish, and a lovely black pepper note tingles on the tongue after the wine has departed. A Pomerol that kinda sneaks up on you. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 90-92 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (05/21)

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  • Chateau Lagrange a Pomerol 2019


    “l’ve criticized many previous vintages of this Pomerol, but the 2019 Lagrange gives notice of improvements afoot. Now in bottle, it has a very pleasant and quite concentrated bouquet of black cherries, raspberry coulis and light truffle scents laced with blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a velvety entry and a ripe, slightly confit, spicy finish. A surprisingly plush and well-defined Lagrange that has lived up to its promise and is well worth checking out. A harbinger of things to come? Drinking window: 2025-2038. 92 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (02/22)

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  • Chateau Latour a Pomerol 2016


    “The 2016 Latour à Pomerol is a very beautiful wine. It is also quite a bit more reticent than most Pomerols in this vintage. Savory herb, leather, rose petal, blood orange, cedar, tobacco, menthol and dried cherry lift from the glass. En primeur, the 2016 was quite sensual, whereas today is decidedly powerful and structured. It will be interesting to see where things go in the coming years. One thing is for sure. I would not dream of opening a bottle anytime soon. Drinking window: 2026-2046. 94+ points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/19)

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  • Chateau Latour a Pomerol 2019


    “The high point in the Mouieux portfolio this year is the 2019 Latour à Pomerol, a terrific wine that wafts from the glass with aromas of cherries, sweet berries, rose petals, cigar wrapper and loamy soil. Full-bodied, ample and concentrated, it’s seamless and layered, with lively acids, powdery tannins and a vibrant, beautifully balanced profile. Drink: 2025-2050. 94 points”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (04/22)

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  • Chateau Rocheyron Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014


    “The 2014 Château Rocheyron, the property owned by Peter Sisseck and Silvio Denz in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, is a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc matured in 35% new oak and a modest 13.4% alcohol. It has a backward bouquet at first that gradually opens in the glass with blackberry and cranberry fruit, expressing fine mineral tension and a hint of Chinese five spice. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly furry tannin, but impressive depth and excellent balance. The acidity is finely tuned here, lending this a linearity and focus not seen in Rocheyron’s first three vintages, and then it gently fans out towards the finish with hints of cedar and smoke lingering on the aftertaste. This comes highly recommended—one of the best vintages thus far. Drink: 2020-2035. 94 points”

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (03/17)

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  • Chateau Rocheyron Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016


    “The 2016 Rocheyron, from Peter Sisseck’s property in Saint-Émilion, is unquestionably the best to date. The bouquet bursts from the glass with fresh blackberry and boysenberry fruit that is seamlessly integrated with the one-third new oak. The palate is framed by fine tannins and a superb line of acidity. There is plenty of crisp black fruit here, and the smooth, energetic finish leaves a crushed stone residue. If you couldn’t locate any Pingus this year, just come here. Drinking window: 2023-2045. 94 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (01/19)

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