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  • Chateau Bel-Air – Marquis d’Aligre Margaux 2010


    “The 2010 Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre is even better on the nose than the 2009: beautifully defined with blackberry, raspberry preserve, a hint of tobacco and later a hint of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with tangy red berry fruit, raspberry and wild strawberry. This is endowed with impressive density and it offers a captivating and slightly saline finish. You could broach this now if you wish, though I would prefer to let this age for another four or five years. What a magnificent, cerebral proposition this is. Tasted at the Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre dinner. Drink: 2021-2035. 93 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (05/18)

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  • Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2015


    “Solidly built, with a core of dark plum and blackberry preserve flavors leading the way, backed by a tasty ganache note. Notable flashes of tobacco and warm earth course through the fleshy finish. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,633 cases made. 92 points”

    James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (03/18)

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  • Chateau La Grave a Pomerol 2016


    “Ripe, polished and youthful strident, this sports a solid core of plum and cassis detail that is well-enmeshed with roasted apple wood, black licorice and sweet tobacco notes. The juicy finish has latent grip, with a great graphite edge, as it moves through with authority. For the cellar. Best from 2023 through 2036. 2,200 cases made. 93 points”

    James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (03/19)

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  • Chateau Lagrange a Pomerol 2016


    “The 2016 Lagrange (Pomerol) is an intriguing wine. Savory herb, dried rose petal, mint and earthy notes add quite a bit of character to a core of fleshy, dark red fruit. The 2016 offers good depth and plenty of persistence in a slightly rustic style that nevertheless holds considerable appeal. 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2021-2036. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/19)

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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 Sociando-Mallet Jean Gautreau Haut-Medoc 2009


    “The 2009 Cuvée Jean Gautreau is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot picked between September 18 and October 5. The bouquet is not dissimilar to the 2005, offering well-defined blackberry, raspberry preserve and cranberry fruit, followed by incense and sandalwood. The new oak is neatly subsumed. The palate is lively and energetic on the entry, then quite spicy and saline, displaying supple but firm tannin and hints of dark chocolate toward the finish, which fans out confidently. Superb. Tasted at the vertical tasting at Sociando-Mallet. Drinking window: 2021-2035. 93 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (03/19)

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  • L’Aurage 2015


    “The 2015 Domaine de L’Aurage, the Côtes de Castillon from Louis Mitjavile, has a fragrant and pure blackberry and wild hedgerow scented nose, not intense but very well defined. The palate is supremely well balanced with fine tannin, a little powdery in texture with a hint of dark chocolate complementing the red berry fruit towards the composed and refined finish. What an absolutely beautiful wine in the making. Drink: 2020-2035. 90-92 points”

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224)

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  • L’Aurage 2016


    “The 2016 Domaine de l’Aurage is the recently introduced Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux by Louis Mitjavile, son of François Mitjavile of Tertre-Rôteboeuf. It has a pure, seductive bouquet of strawberry pastille, morello cherries and touches of blood orange and crème de cassis. The medium-bodied palate is well balanced and offers supple tannin, a judicious sprinkling of white pepper and oregano and a feisty, joyful finish that exudes energy. There is a straightforwardness to this L’Aurage that I like. A wine determined to give pleasure. Drinking window: 2022-2035. 91 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (01/19)

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  • Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg 2013


    “Sweet red berries, hard candy, crushed flowers, spices and mint are some of the many notes that meld together in the glass as the 2013 Roc de Cambes opens up in the glass. The 2013 is super-ripe, racy and layered, but in the soft, silky style of the year. Roc de Cambes is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 10% new oak barrels. The style is all about texture and silkiness. The 2013 finishes with sweet floral and spice notes, as well as terrific freshness. 88-91 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/14)

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  • Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg 2014


    “The 2014 Roc de Cambes is all perfume and silk in the glass. Understated and lifted in style, the 2014 is beautifully layered, with plenty of sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint and spice. All the elements are nuanced and delineated in an open-knit wine that should offer a wide window of fine drinking. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-92 points

    Roc de Cambes is the Côtes de Bourg property of François Mitjavile, who is best known for the wine he makes at Tertre-Rôteboeuf in St.-Emilion.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (04/15)

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  • Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg 2015


    “The 2015 Roc de Cambes is dense, powerful and savory in style. Iron, grilled herbs, tobacco and cedar are some of the many notes that give the wine its distinctive feral personality. Energetic and vibrant in the glass, it offers notable intensity in a wild, almost unrestrained style. This especially forbidding, rustic 2015 needs a bit of time to be at its very best; I would give it at least a year or two in bottle to allow the tannins to soften a bit. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Cabernet is especially strong. Drinking window: 2020-2035. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/18)

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  • Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg 2016


    “The 2016 Roc de Cambes has turned out beautifully, unwinding in the glass with rich aromas of cassis and cherries mingled with a rich patina of dark chocolate, spices and cigar wrapper. Full-bodied, deep and muscular, its ample, concentrated core is framed by powdery tannins and impressively lively acids. While it’s unavoidably marked by its time in 100% new wood, it’s the best integrated “great” vintage of Roc de Cambes I can remember tasting at such an early stage. Include it in a blind tasting a decade from now and watch it slay plenty of heavyweight Right Bank names. Drink: 2026-2046. 93 points”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (259)

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