Bordeaux 2019 Brochure

NOVEMBER 19

CONTENTS Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bordeaux 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vins Rouges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bordeaux Region Map . . . . . . . . . 52 Vins Blancs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Sauternes & Barsac . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Bottle Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Participating Stores . . . . . . . . . . . 68

THE 2019 B ordeaux RELEASE T he much anticipated release of the 2019 Bordeaux has something for every palate, from the serious collector to the curious beginner. On November 19, 2022 BCLIQUOR will release the 2019 Bordeaux around the province. This is the first time we will have access to the most famous châteaux from this vintage and collectors will line up to purchase Pétrus, Angélus, Lafite Rothschild and Margaux from the early hours in the morning. Wine lovers that are just starting their adventures with Bordeaux or who are looking for something that will deliver pure pleasure in a glass will find much to like about the 2019 vintage. The wines have lovely pure fruit and ripe tannins with each region and vineyard leaving its own distinctive mark of terroir. On the Left Bank, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from Haut- Médoc and sub-appellations of St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux are dense with cassis fruit, sweet herbs and firm structure. Most of these will benefit from some time in the cellar to smooth out the tannins and gain the complex flavours that aging can bring. Wines from the Right Bank can be softer and more approachable in youth, particularly those from appellations like Fronsac where some of the best value wines are sourced. BCLIQUOR is offering two favourites this year: Château de la Dauphine and Château la Vieille Cure. Wines from St-Émilion can be silky with flavours that include dark plum, wild flowers and spice. We have a range of wines from early drinking beauties like Château Rol Valentin to elegant classics like Château Fourtet. Power and lusciousness balanced by finesse is the hallmark of a great wine from the Pomerol region and we are lucky to be able

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to offer some of the greats like La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy and Vieux Château Certan. Those connoisseurs on the inside track will be looking for the gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon white Bordeaux. There is always a small, but well-chosen selection of racy whites ranging from those that are ready to drink with fresh seafood tonight, such as Clos des Lunes Lune d’Argent, and those that will become complex and toasty with 3-5 years in the cellar, such as Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Even rarer than the whites of Bordeaux are the exciting sweet wines from Sauternes and Barsac. These wines are incredibly complex with dense flavours of tropical fruit, ripe citrus and exotic herbs. Châteaux Doisy Daëne and Doisy-Védrines are both excellent examples. Drink them with something savoury like aged cheese. Please join BCLIQUOR for the Bordeaux Release on November 19 and do not hestitate to reach out to a Product Consultant to help you with your selection. 2019 Bordeaux will be available throughout the province at the participating stores listed on page 68.

Barbara Philip MW Category Manager BC Liquor Stores

Drinkability Legend

DRINK NOW: Can be enjoyed now.

DRINK OR HOLD: Can be enjoyed now but may also be matured further by cellaring.

HOLD: Ideal for further cellaring.

Numbering All wines have been numbered for ease of reference. Products whose name is followed by ( L) are subject to bottle limits. Bottle Limits are found on page 64.

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BORDEAUX 101 Vertical Tasting One of the fascinating things about Bordeaux wine is the variation between vintages. Warm weather vintages will often yield rich, full-bodied and fruit-driven wines, while cooler vintages will often result in more earthy, dried herbal and savoury wines. Conducting a vertical tasting consists of getting together a number of different vintages of the same wine and comparing them. Being able to create vertical tastings is one of the benefits of having a cellar and buying the same wines every vintage. Taste blind and see if you can taste the difference in warmer versus cooler years. Storing Bordeaux Wine Many Bordeaux wines are known for their ability to age, so it is important that they are stored correctly. The key element of storage is to have a cool, constant temperature, ideally around 13-14°C (55-57°F). The constant part is more important than the exact temperature. This allows a wine to age gracefully, developing all of the complex flavours and aromas you would come to expect. The wine should be kept away from bright light that may heat the wine or fade the labels. Anything sealed with a cork should be on its side to keep the cork from drying out. You may be lucky enough to have a cool basement with ideal cellaring conditions or you may choose to purchase a wine cooler that

controls temperature and humidity. Great Pairings with Bordeaux

While the vast majority of Bordeaux wine is dry red, there are some high quality dry white and sweet botrytis-affected dessert wines, such as Sauternes, that are also produced. Red Bordeaux : These wines have structure and power and are best paired with robust red meats. Classic pairings are roast or grilled beef or roast leg of lamb. Wines that have some age pair well with roast game birds or duck. White Bordeaux : Often partially oak-aged and rich, yet still lively and refreshing, these wines are best paired with rich white fish, lobster or roast chicken stuffed with lemons. Sauternes : Rich and sweet, these wines pair beautifully with peach-, pear- or apple-based desserts, crème brûlée and foie gras. Try with blue cheese for a savoury option.

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Decanting There are two main reasons for decanting wine. The first is to remove any sediment that has formed during the ageing process. The second is to aerate a young wine to hopefully soften up some of its rough edges, making it taste smoother and smell more aromatic. To aerate a young wine, simply pour the bottle into a decanter, not worrying if it splashes in and gets plenty of air. To remove sediment, a bottle should first sit upright for around 24 hours to let any sediment gently settle to the bottom. Carefully open the bottle without disturbing the sediment. Pour the wine slowly and steadily into the decanter, watching the shoulder of the bottle and stopping when you see sediment appearing or when the wine looks cloudy. Old corks can often crumble in which case you can use a filter to catch any pieces of cork. A candle or flashlight shining on the shoulder of the bottle makes it easier to see the sediment. A general rule is that the older and more delicate the wine, the shorter the time should be between decanting and serving as older wines can lose their freshness quickly. Left Bank or Right Bank? Bordeaux is situated around the Gironde estuary and its two rivers the Dordogne and Garonne. The area west of the Gironde and Garonne is known as the Left Bank while the Right Bank is the name used for the vineyards located on the north and east side of Gironde and the Dordogne. In between the two rivers is the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation. The Left Bank is where Cabernet Sauvignon is usually the dominant variety in the red blends and is the home of the famous appellations of the Médoc such as St‑Estèphe, Pauillac, St‑Julien and Margaux as well as those further south – Pessac‑Léognan and Graves. The Right Bank châteaux are generally smaller and the climate and soils are more suited to Merlot and Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon. The famous appellations of the Right Bank are St‑Émilion and Pomerol. Rhys Pender MW

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VINS ROUGES

1. Château d’Aiguilhe, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux “A terrific effort from this large and immaculately maintained property on the clay-limestone slopes of the Côtes de Castillon, the 2019 d'Aiguilhe exhibits aromas of cherries and cassis mingled with notions of burning embers, licorice and warm spices. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with lively acids, powdery tannins and a mineral finish, it's intelligently matured in tank and large-format oak as well as small barriques. Drink Date: 2021 - 2039.” 92 pts, Wine Advocate 392749 $50 2. Château Angélus, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “Based on a final blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Château Angélus is knockout stuff, and while I'm not sure it matches the perfect 2018, it's not far off. Gorgeous notes of redcurrants, blueberries, sandalwood, dried flowers, vanilla, and forest floor are just some of its nuances, and it hits the palate with medium to full body, a perfectly balanced, seamless mouthfeel, beautifully ripe tannins, and a great, great finish. It's already approachable (this was best on day two) yet will keep for another 30+ years.” 98 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 39824, 76193 2 bottle limit $1,000

Prices shown are for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise specified. Prices do not include applicable taxes or container deposit and are subject to change without notice. In the event of any errors or inaccuracies published in this booklet, the product description and display price in the liquor store will prevail. The tasting notes included in this brochure are excerpts from published reviews in Wine Advocate, Vinous, Jeb Dunnuck, Decanter, James Suckling, Wine Enthusiast, The Wine Independent and other wine critics. Scores shown in ( ) are from barrel tastings. Please refer to the original publication for each wine’s full review.

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3. Château d'Armailhac, Pauillac (L) “Based on 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2019 Château D'Armailhac showed beautifully from barrel two years ago, and it doesn’t disappoint now from bottle. Giving up plenty of ripe black cherry, mulberries, and cassis-like fruit as well as textbook Pauillac lead pencil, forest floor, and tobacco, it's medium to full-bodied, has good mid-palate density, subtle background oak, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. It shows the vintage's more elegant, classic style yet doesn't lack for concentration or length. It's going to benefit from just 3-4 years of bottle age and drink fabulously well for two decades. It's the finest d’Armailhac I've tasted.” 94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 70009 6 bottle limit $125 4. Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 Beau-Sejour-Becot is a powerful, explosive wine. Dark fruit, chocolate, cured meats and earthy notes lend quite a bit of depth. Compared with its neighbors, Beau-Sejour-Becot is dark, broad and broodingly tannic, sometimes more power than finesse. There is plenty of character, though. That much is evident. Beau- Sejour-Secot speaks with authority as it commands attention. Drinking Window: 2031 - 2049.” 96 pts, Vinous 389435 6 bottle limit $150 5. Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc “This is full and plush for an Haut-Medoc with medium to full body. Lots of blackberries and fresh herbs with redcurrants, too. Chewy, but polished. Give it two or three years to soften. Best after 2024.” 92 pts, James Suckling 392726 $40

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6. Château Beauregard, Pomerol “From an estate that appears to be on an upward trajectory, the 2019 Château Beauregard is a textbook 2019 with its pure, elegant, seamless style. Black cherries, darker currants, leafy herbs, and floral notes all emerge on the nose, and its wonderfully textured, medium to full-bodied, has gorgeous tannins, and a great finish. It's up with the 2018 and certainly one of the finest vintages I've tasted from this address. It will drink well for 15-20 years. Best after 2022.” 94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 390886 $160 7. Château Bel-Air Jean & Gabriel, Lussac-Saint-Émilion “The 2019 Bel-Air Jean & Gabriel is impeccable. Soft, creamy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2019 is especially fine for Lussac, where the wines are rarely this polished. Black cherry, chocolate, licorice and dark spice build over time. There is a bit of grip on the finish, but also more than enough fruit to make it all work. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2031.” 90 pts, Vinous 262805 750 ml $50 262802 1.5 L $100 8. Château Bélair-Monange, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “One of the standouts in 2019. Red fruit aromatics are so clear on the nose, strawberries and sweet red cherries with some bramble floral notes - delicate and lifted. Gorgeous expression on the palate, so finely framed with tannins that are smooth and supple, effortlessly coating the mouth and giving life to the bright cherry and raspberry fruit. This has grace - slender and smooth - the flavours just glide across the palate, filling out the mouth with lashings of limestone terroir markers - crystalline fruit purity, crushed stones, mint and minerality. Clearly concentrated, there's layers of flavour but there's also such persistence, the flavours go on and on. Wonderful lift and so charming.” 99 pts, Decanter 39832 6 bottle limit $350

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9. Château Belle-Vue, Haut-Médoc “This fresher style of wine offers layers of black-currant acidity. They go with the ageworthy tannins to promise richness as the wine matures. Drink from 2025.” 92 pts, Wine Enthusiast 390933 $50 10. Château Bellegrave, Pomerol “The 2019 Bellegrave presents a well-defined nose of blackberry, raspberry, orange peel and light earthy scents. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, quite juicy at first, yet the structure defines the finish. It will need 4-5 years in the cellar, but there is good potential here. Drinking Window: 2025 - 2042.” 91 pts, Vinous 390912 $100 11. Château Beychevelle, St‑Julien (L) “Coming in close to equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with just a splash of Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Château Beychevelle shows a classic Saint-Julien purity and finesse-driven style as well as notes of red and blue fruits, sappy flowers, tobacco, and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, I love its overall balance and purity of fruit, it has silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. This wine always has upfront appeal, but the 2019 will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and should have 30 years of overall longevity.” 95+ pts, Jeb Dunnuck 76196 6 bottle limit $220 12. Blason d'Issan, Margaux “This is a really beautiful, seductive wine with chocolate, walnuts, currants and some tobacco. Full-bodied, with a supple tannin texture and a flavorful finish. Succulent. Blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon. Second wine of d’Issan.” (93-94) pts, James Suckling 390813, 390939 $70

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13. Château Brown, Pessac‑Léognan “This ripe, smoky wine offers attractive red-berry fruits and layers of fine tannins. It is structured, with a dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Drink this wine, with good potential, from 2025.” 93 pts, Wine Enthusiast 390958 $75 14. Château Calon Ségur, St-Estèphe (L) “The 2019 Calon Ségur is a wine of soaring vertical intensity and pure power. That's the good news. The not so good news is that it wont be ready to drink any time soon. Exotic spice, pencil shavings, crime de cassis, mocha and licorice are some of the nuances that develop in the glass, but those descriptions cant even begin to capture the sheer beauty of what is in the glass. Drinking Window: 2029 - 2039.” 98 pts, Vinous 76199 6 bottle limit $250 15. Château Canon, St‑Émilion Grand Cru “The 2019 Château Canon is another brilliant wine from this talented team that delivers everything you could want from this incredible terroir located on the upper limestone plateau. Based on 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc, it has a pure, incredibly refined, yet still powerful profile that takes time to unwind. Offering up beautiful notes of black raspberries, wild strawberries, spring flowers, chalky minerality, and graphite, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, multi- dimensional mouthfeel, ultra-fine tannins, and a finish that's something to behold. This isn't the massive style of the 2015 and reminds me slightly of the 2016. It's perfectly balanced and, again, the purity and finesse are off the charts. It needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and enjoyed over the following 2-3 decades. Hats off to Nicolas Audebert for another sensational wine.” 98 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 40609 $275

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16. Château Canon la Gaffelière, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière is another brilliantly perfumed wine in the vintage that shines for its complexity, finesse, and nuances. Giving up awesome notes of red and black currants, tobacco, exotic flowers, cedarwood, and loamy earth, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully polished, integrated tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. This is serious juice that warrants at least 4-5 years of bottle age and will evolve for 30 to 40 years.” 97 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 39854, 389469 4 bottle limit $200 17. Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc “A red with lots of currant, blackberry, fresh-herb and tobacco character. Hint of mushroom, too. It’s full and layered with polished, chewy tannins and a bright and fresh finish. Very long and focused. Give it time to come together. Very classic character

here. Best after 2026.” 95 pts, James Suckling 390802

$75

18. Château Cantenac Brown, Margaux

“The 2019 Cantenac Brown is a brilliant wine from José Sanfins and his team. Unwinding in the glass with deep aromas of wild berries, licorice, loamy soil, burning embers and violets, it's medium to full-bodied, seamless and layered, with terrific concentration, beautifully refined tannins and a seamless, elegant profile. Given its quality, this remains somewhat under the radar and is well worth a special effort to seek out. Drink Date: 2027 - 2060.” 94+ pts, Wine Advocate 390821, 390969 $135

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19. Château de Camensac, Haut-Médoc

“The 2019 Château de Camensac is one of the best produced at the estate. Still a little bashful on the nose, it unfolds to offer black fruit, Early Grey tea and tobacco, all beautifully defined and focused. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, and quite linear, yet full of vigor, leading to a spicier finish than was suggested out of barrel. Bon vin! Drinking Window: 2024 - 2050.” 92 pts, Vinous 392785 $75 20. Cap de Faugères, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux “The 2019 Cap de Faugères has tightened up a lot on the nose, showing dense black fruit, tar and graphite scents, quite Left Bank in style. The palate is much more expressive, featuring fleshy red berry fruit mixed with allspice, clove and white pepper. Persistent and quite convincing on the finish. Drinking Window: 2027 - 2048.” 92 pts, Vinous 437421 $35 21. Château Cap Léon Veyrin, Listrac-Médoc “The 37-acre estate owned by the Meyre family has produced this well-structured wine, with rich, dry tannins and ripe black fruits. With concentration set against fresh acidity, the wine will age

well. Drink from 2026.” 91 pts, Wine Enthusiast 467387

750 ml

$40

467379

1.5L

$90

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22. Château Carbonnieux, Pessac‑Léognan

“The 2019 Château Carbonnieux sports a deep purple/ruby hue to go with a brilliant nose of red and black currants, spring flowers, spicy oak, and hints of tobacco. It's beautiful on the palate as well and is medium to full-bodied, has a seamless, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's the finest wine I've tasted from this estate. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all brought up in 40% new barrels. It’s well worth tracking down some bottles and will keep for two decades. Best after 2022.” 94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 390790, 390942 $90 23. Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac (L) “Ripe nose, so fresh and alive with beautiful cherry perfumed aromas too. This has a lovely, almost sweet, aspect to the fruit on the palate with high acidity making you salivate. High toned blackcurrants and red cherries are supported by soft tannins and gentle licks of liquorice and coffee. A wine you just want to drink now as it's so appealing with freshness and lift but it has the sides of spice that give it structure and make you realise it's still powerful and will age so well. The finish is cool and lifted. Poise and persistence - a tantalising Carruades. Drinking Window: 2027 - 2044.” 95 pts, Decanter 39540 6 bottle limit $575 24. Certan de May, Pomerol (L) “Tar and dried tobacco with black cherries and blackberries. Stones, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a flavorful finish. Really tightly wound. Try after 2026.” 97 pts, James Suckling 39840 4 bottle limit $280

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25. Château de Chantegrive, Graves “The 2019 Chantegrive has turned out well, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries, cherries and plums mingled with notions of loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, charming and lively, with powdery tannins and a nicely balanced profile, it's an attractive, understated Graves that will flesh out with a few years in bottle. Drink Date: 2023 - 2045.” 89 pts, Wine Advocate 392741 $40 26. La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac‑Léognan “It might be the second wine of the vintage and has plenty of classic La Mission sexiness and opulence as well as textbook notes of sweet red and black currants, tobacco leaf, exotic spice, acacia flowers, and lead pencil. Full-bodied, round, expansive, and powerful, yet also light on its feet and flawlessly balanced, it's a stunning Pessac in its own right to enjoy over the coming 20 years or so.” 96 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 39501 $200 27. Château Charmail, Haut-Médoc “Always an overachiever, the 2019 Château Charmail comes from vines on the northern side of Saint-Estèphe, within sight of the Gironde River. Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, this deep ruby/purple-hued effort offers a deep, smoky, red and black-fruited bouquet as well as lots of cedary spice and leafy herbs, medium-bodied richness and depth, plenty of tannins, and a great finish. It's going to warrant a year or three of bottle age and keep for over a decade.” 92 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 390928 $50

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28. Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis-en-Médoc

“The 2019 Chasse-Spleen is very perfumed on the nose, offering vivid brambly red fruit, leather, undergrowth and cedar aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied and cohesive, with a sappy opening and fine acidity. Lightly spiced, showing plenty of substance on the finish. While not the most consistent estate, Chasse-Spleen has it in its grasp to make great wines, and the 2019 is one of them. Drinking Window: $85 29. Chevalier de Lascombes, Margaux “The 2019 Chevalier de Lascombes is a rich, heady wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Ripe black cherry, plum, spice, chocolate and tobacco are dialed up. This is an especially flamboyant style, but it works well. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2029.” 90 pts, Vinous 392715 $80 30. Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac‑Léognan 2025 - 2050.” 93 pts, Vinous 389406, 390793 “This is very beautiful with pure blackcurrant and rose-petal aromas, together with wet earth and black truffle, following through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with ultra-fine tannins that coat the mouth and deliver a fantastic impression. The complexity of flavor is so satisfying in the finish. Try after 2026.” 96 pts, James Suckling 39523 $380

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31. Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac (L) “The 2019 Clerc Milon is a real success. At more than 70%, this blend contains one of the highest proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon in the property's recent history, and the result is a wine of real nobility. Offering up aromas of violets, wild berries, licorice, loamy soil and cigar wrapper, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with notable depth at the core, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins that assert themselves on the finish. From clay-limestone soils rather than the sandy gravels that characterize d'Armailhac, this is by some margin the more structured and serious of Mouton-Rothschild's two Pauillac stablemates. Drink

Date: 2029 - 2055.” 95 pts, Wine Advocate 60353

6 bottle limit

$210

32. Château Clos de Boüard, St‑Émilion Montagne

“The 2019 Clos de Boüard has a more tempered nose compared to the showing from barrel, delivering copious yet controlled black cherry and blueberry scents, and turning quite floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity, a smooth texture and a satisfying, quite persistent, graphite-tinged finish. This has matured well in barrel and after several years, it should be a fine Lalande de Pomerol. Drinking Window: 2026 - 2040.” 93 pts, Vinous 437429 $60 33. Clos L'Église, Pomerol “The 2019 Clos L'Eglise is straight-up terrific, offering a deeper, richer, powerful style as well as the freshness and purity of the vintage. Giving up lots of ripe dark cherry, mulberries, graphite, spicy oak, and a kiss of minerality, it hits the palate with full- bodied richness, ripe yet building, polished tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. It shows the more tight, compact style of the vintage, yet the purity is spot on, it has good concentration, and it’s just a brilliant wine. It needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will evolve for 30 years.” 96+ pts, Jeb Dunnuck 390846 $225

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34. Clos Floridène, Graves “The 2019 Clos Floridène is such a gorgeous wine. Silky and polished to the core, the 2019 is exceptionally beautiful. Crushed flowers, red berry fruit, cinnamon, licorice and blood orange all grace this mid-weight, nuanced Graves. All the elements are so well balanced. Superb. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2031.” 92 pts, Vinous 389393, 390796 $45 35. Clos Fourtet, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 Château Clos Fourtet is another gem from the Right Bank that delivers the goods. From the upper, limestone plateau and always a bigger, richer wine than its neighbors (Canon, Beau- Séjour Bécot), it still shows incredible minerality and limestone character in its deep black cherry, currant, and mulberry fruits as well as scorched earth, chalky minerality, roasted herb, licorice, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied, concentrated, and structured on the palate, it's flawlessly balanced, has ripe, broad, building tannins, an expansive mouthfeel, and a great, great finish. It needs a decade of bottle age, but it’s truly brilliant stuff.” 97+ pts, Jeb Dunnuck 60895 6 bottle limit $300 36. Clos La Gaffelière, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 Clos La Gaffelière has a well-defined nose of blackberry, raspberry and cedar scents, touches of undergrowth coming through with time. The palate is fresh, vibrant and quite saline in the mouth, with a finely proportioned finish. This is great value. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2040.” 91 pts, Vinous 390834 6 bottle limit $60

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37. Clos La Madeleine, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 Clos La Madeleine is deep, plush and super-expressive. Bright acids liven up a core of red berry and blood orange fruit. Floral and spice notes give the 2019 terrific aromatic presence as well. All the elements are so well balanced in this vibrant Saint- Émilion. The 2019 is beautifully done. Ifs a very elegant, poised Saint-Émilion to enjoy over the next decade or so. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2034.” 93 pts, Vinous 39837 6 bottle limit $150 38. Connétable Talbot, St‑Julien “The 2019 Connetable de Talbot has a perfumed, well-defined bouquet with a skip in its step, featuring red berry fruit, cinnamon and touches of brown spice. The palate is medium- bodied with grainy tannins. This is a well-balanced Connetable with a bit more body than previous vintages, slightly savory in style and maybe missing a little length. But as a Deuxième Vin, it works well. 13.8% alcohol. Drinking Window: 2023 - 2033.” 89 pts, Vinous 437424 $75 39. Château Corbin, St‑Émilion Grand Cru “The 2019 Château Corbin is a complex, medium to full-bodied effort with the spicy red and black fruit character of the vintage as well as notes of dried flowers, Asian spice, chocolate, and lead pencil. Wonderfully balanced, with ripe yet present tannins, a good sense of freshness, and a great finish, it's going to drink nicely for 15-20 years.” 93 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 389112 $90

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40. Croix de Certan, Pomerol Situated on Pomerol’s prized central plateau, surrounded by illustrious neighbors such as Vieux Château Certan and Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Certan de May has long been considered one of the finest estates of the appellation. Croix de Certan is the estate’s second wine. Produced from the fruit of the property’s younger vines, Croix de Certan embodies the depth and character of this historic estate in a charming, round, fruit- forward style. The blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

278601

$150

41. La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou, St‑Julien

“Fantastic aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, licorice and walnuts. So St.-Julien. Full-bodied with a solid core of fruit and chewy tannins that are really long and serious. Like the 1995 Ducru! One for the cellar. Needs at least until after 2028.” 96 pts, James Suckling 389458 $125 42. La Dame de Montrose, St-Estèphe “Juicy and pleasantly chewy with milk chocolate, walnut and currant aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, creamy and flavorful. Second wine of Montrose. Drink after 2024.” 93 pts, James Suckling 389484 $100 43. Château de la Dauphine, Fronsac “The 2019 La Dauphine is a total knock-out. Rich, heady and explosive, La Dauphine possesses terrific energy and tons of volume. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, tobacco, spice, new leather and chocolate all build in the glass. The 2019 is drop-dead gorgeous. Don't miss it. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2039.” 93 pts, Vinous 390746 $55

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44. Château La Dominique, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 La Dominique is plump, juicy and super-expressive, all while avoiding the excesses of years past. Succulent dark cherry, plum, leather, licorice, menthol and tobacco are front and center. This is an especially voluptuous, racy style that works so well. Soft, creamy tannins wrap around the gorgeous, persistent finish. Drinking Window: 2025 - 2039.” 95 pts, Vinous 389472 6 bottle limit $150 45. Le Dragon de Quintus, St‑Émilion Grand Cru “The 2019 Dragon de Quintus has turned out nicely, delivering a generous bouquet of rich, plumy fruit and creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's seamless and polished, with its sweet core of fruit framed by ripe tannins and succulent acids, concluding with an expansive finish. As usual, this bottling tends to derive from lower-lying parcels on deeper, sandier soils than those that inform the grand vin. Drink Date: 2021 - 2035.” 90 pts, Wine Advocate 39514 $100 46. Château Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (L) “The 2019 Duhart-Milon is showing beautifully, mingling aromas of cassis and wild berries with notions of violets, cedar wood, orange rind, licorice and spice box in a perfumed bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, supple and seamless, it's charming and refined, with a deep core of fruit, powdery tannins and succulent acids. This château is going from strength to strength. Drink

Date: 2025 - 2055.” 94 pts, Wine Advocate 70006

6 bottle limit

$190

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47. Echo de Lynch-Bages, Pauillac “The 2019 Echo De Lynch-Bages is the second wine of Château Lynch-Bages and it's beautifully done, with a more floral, perfumed, pretty style compared to the Grand Vin, yet it still brings plenty of structure. Red and black currants, sappy flowers, tobacco leaf, and gravelly earth all define the bouquet, and it's medium-bodied, has integrated acidity, gorgeous tannins, and a great finish. It's beautifully balanced and already accessible, yet will nevertheless benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age.” 93 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 389625 $100 48. L'Esprit de Chevalier, Pessac‑Léognan “Aromas of smoky blackberries, cherries, loamy soil and smoke preface the 2019 L'Esprit de Chevalier, a medium to full-bodied, ample and charming wine that's rich but elegant, with its fleshy core of fruit framed by velvety tannins and succulent acids. Drink

Date: 2021 - 2035.” 90 pts, Wine Advocate 390727

$65

49. Château L'Évangile, Pomerol (L) “Pencil lead and graphite reduction on the first nose, with turmeric and white pepper spice. This is delicious, less effortlessly exuberant than it was En Primeur, when the backbone was hidden by baby fat, and the oak is dominant right now. Inky in colour, as it opens you get gorgeous strokes of cocoa bean, damson and espresso, this is powerful and concentrated, but I get a flash of heat that hardens the tannins on the finish.”

97 pts, Decanter 69992, 392413

6 bottle limit

$575

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50. Château Faugères, St‑Émilion Grand Cru “The 2019 Faugères is one of the most elegant wines I have ever tasted from Silvio Denz's Saint-Émilion estate. Silky, aromatic and super-expressive, Faugères is absolutely exquisite. Crushed red berry fruit, mint, dried flowers and cinnamon are some of the many nuances that open in the glass. There is plenty of the textural richness readers have come to expect over the years, but the 2019 is less over the top than some previous vintages. And that's a good thing. Drinking Window: 2027 - 2044.” 95 pts, Vinous 390840 $100 51. Château Ferran, Pessac‑Léognan “The 2019 Ferran is laced with savory herb, tobacco, mint, dried leaves and earthy notes, all of which add nuance to a core of dark and blackish fruits. This soft, understated 2019 is nicely done. It will drink well right out of the gate. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2034.” 90 pts, Vinous 390805 $45 52. Château Ferrière, Margaux (L) “Blackberries, blackcurrants, violets, bitter chocolate, clay and gravel on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, very fine and integrated tannins. Beautiful texture. Structured, yet with a soft, supple feel. Subtle. 20% in concrete eggs. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 5% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Try in 2025.” 96 pts, James Suckling 392764 6 bottle limit $110

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53. Les Fiefs de Lagrange, St‑Julien “The 2019 Les Fiefs de Lagrange is a soft, supple easygoing wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, red fruit flowers, mint, blood orange, spice and rose petal perk up the finish. Readers will find a charming Saint-Julien that captures the personality of the year in spades. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2031.” 91 pts, Vinous 392702 $70 54. Château de Fieuzal, Pessac‑Léognan “Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 de Fieuzal sings of black raspberries, warm cassis, and boysenberries plus suggestions of violets, cedar chest, and clove oil. Medium-bodied, elegantly styled, and refreshing in the mouth, it has soft tannins and a fragrant finish.” 93 pts, The Wine Independe nt 390826 $110 55. Château La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande de Pomerol “The 2019 La Fleur de Boüard has a vivacious, well-defined bouquet of pure red cherry and wild strawberry scents, a touch of marmalade and iodine ernerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied, fleshy and ripe, with supple tannins and a sensual, concentrated yet never overpowering finish. A lovely Lalande de Pomerol. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2044.” 93 pts, Vinous 389398 $70 56. Château Fleur Cardinale, St‑Émilion Grand Cru “A consistently impressive Saint-Emilion, the 2019 Château Fleur Cardinale shows the vintage beautifully, with a medium to full- bodied, elegant style as well as classic darker cherry and mulberry fruits, notes of dried herbs, loamy earth, and incense, supple yet present tannins, and a great finish. It's one classy, balanced 2019 to drink over the coming two decades.” 94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 390945, 392744 $100

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57. Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol (L) “The 2019 Château La Fleur-Pétrus is a stunning example of what makes a great Pomerol – richness without weight, incredible elegance, complexity, and length, all of which it has in abundance. Giving up darker, powerful aromatics of blackcurrants, darker cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and just hints of spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, concentrated, incredibly sexy mouthfeel, perfect tannins, and a great finish. It's one of the most opulent, seamless, impressive wines in the vintage, although it needs at least 7-8 years of bottle age. It should be a 30- to 40-year wine. Bravo!” 98 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 39886 4 bottle limit $480 58. Château de France, Pessac‑Léognan “The estate just outside Léognan is owned by the Thomassin family. This new release is structured, with dark, dry tannins over blackberry fruits. The wine needs aging, with acidity and black fruits taking their time. Drink from 2026.” 93 pts, Wine Enthusiast 39532 $50 59. Fugue de Nénin, Pomerol “The 2019 Fugue de Nenin comes from the 15 hectares on sandier terroir. Matured in 30% new oak, it has a straightforward dark cherry, raspberry and slightly Piggy bouquet that gains intensity in the glass. The palate is rounded and supple on the entry and very smooth in texture, offering dark berry fruit mixed with black pepper and spice toward the long finish. This is a fine, quite voluptuous Fugue. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2036.” 91 pts, Vinous 389432 $75

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60. Château La Gamaye, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux “Merlot with a touch of Malbec gives this wine density and approachability. Made for grilled meats.” 90 pts, Barbara Philip MW 412949 $30 61. Château Gazin, Pomerol (L) “The 2019 Gazin has a convincing, perfumed nose of beautifully defined red fruit, light estuarine aromas, touches of crushed stone and even a hint of fig. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit. There is very good depth and substance here, and veins of dark chocolate and allspice toward the finish. The only minor quibble is that it needs a little more finesse. But it is a superb Gazin and a great Pomerol. Drinking Window: 2025 - 2055.” 95 pts, Vinous 39829 4 bottle limit $225 62. Château Giscours, Margaux (L) “A ripe and layered red with lots of currant and chocolate character, as well as some walnut and cocoa powder. Crushed stones, too. It’s full and layered with round tannins and a juicy and plush texture. Crushed velvet that turns to silk. Very cool and long. Plenty going on here. Give it three to four years to come together. But will age beautifully for years to come. Try after 2026.” 97 pts, James Suckling 390974 6 bottle limit $150 63. Château du Glana, St‑Julien “Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 du Glana prances out of the glass with flamboyant black cherry preserves, warm cassis and wild blueberries scents plus hints of chocolate mint, tobacco leaf and Indian spices. Medium-bodied, the palate has a beautiful, velvety texture with loads of black fruit and exotic spice flavors highlighted by seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering aniseed note. Drink Date: 2024 - 2038.” (90-92) pts, Wine Advocate 390771 $60

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64. Château Gloria, St‑Julien (L) “Showing beautifully, with the polished, pure, elegant style of the vintage, the 2019 Château Gloria sports a deeper ruby/purple color as well as great aromatics of cassis and assorted blue fruits to go with smoked tobacco, cedar pencil, damp earth, and floral notes. I love its purity, and it's just a quintessential, medium to full-bodied, layered Saint-Julien that can be drunk today or cellared for a solid two decades. It should be a no-brainer purchase for the wine lovers out there.” 95 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 390787 6 bottle limit $100 65. Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, St‑Émilion Grand Cru (L) “The 2019 Grand Corbin Despagne turned out beautifully. Readers will find a big, statuesque Saint-Emilion built on vertical energy. Black cherry, plum, graphite, spice, licorice and gravel lend nuance to this explosive, potent Saint-Emilion. Gravel, scorched earth, tobacco and incense lend gravitas on the substantial finish. This is an especially powerful, earthy Saint- Emilion. Quite simply, the 2019 is a flat out stunner. Drinking Window: 2025 - 2039.” 94 pts, Vinous 390779 6 bottle limit $85 66. Château Grand Mayne, St‑Émilion Grand Cru “The 2019 Grand Mayne has a beautifully defined, pure bouquet of black cherry, blueberry, crushed violet and mineral aromas. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, crisp acidity and touches of dark chocolate toward the finish, which displays both power and elegance. This is a superb Grand Mayne courtesy of Jean-Antoine Nony. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2050.” 95 pts, Vinous 389440 $100

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67. Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, Pauillac (L) “The 2019 Grand Puy Ducasse is class personified. Just as in barrel, from bottle Grand-Puy Ducasse possesses terrific freshness and energy in place of the heavy, extracted style that was the norm just a few years ago. Readers will find a Pauillac endowed with tons of transparency and tons of sheer class. The 2019 is wonderfully sophisticated in every way. I loved it. Drinking Window: 2027 - 2044.” 95 pts, Vinous 389133 , 390895 6 bottle limit $100 68. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (L) “The 2019 Grand-Puy-Lacoste exhibits notions of minty cassis, plums, loamy soil, burning embers and cigar wrapper, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety palate that’s deep and concentrated, its generous core of lively fruit concealing an elegantly muscular chassis of ripe, powdery tannin. Consisting of fully 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is another true classic from the Borie family. Drink Date: 2027 - 2065.” 96 pts, Wine Advocate 60322, 70000 6 bottle limit $190 69. Château La Grave, Pomerol “The 2019 La Grave is powerful and a bit rustic, but also impeccably balanced. Dark cherry, gravel cured meat, spice, tobacco and game are all kicked up in this decidedly rustic yet flavorful Pomerol. Drinking Window: 2024 - 2036.” 91 pts, Vinous 39873 $95

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70. Château Gruaud-Larose, St‑Julien (L) “The 2019 Gruaud Larose is performing extremely well in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries and plums mingled with notions of licorice, potpourri, pencil shavings and subtle soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with powdery tannins and succulent acids, it's remarkably suave and refined for a wine of obvious breadth, concentration and power. Drink Date: 2027 - 2055.” 95+ pts, Wine Advocate 389448 6 bottle limit $175 71. Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac “The 2019 Haut-Bages-Libéral has turned out superbly, offering up aromas of wild berries, cassis, licorice, rose petals and sweet soil tones, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety and seamless palate, its powdery structuring tannins hidden in an ample core of lively, succulent fruit. From biodynamically farmed vineyards located on clay-limestone and gravel soils to the north of Château Latour (as well as a parcel of gravel sandwiched between Pichon-Baron and Lynch-Bages), this is a terrific effort from an estate that deserves to be much better known. Drink

Date: 2026 - 2060.” 94 pts, Wine Advocate 392723

$100

72. Château Haut-Bailly, Pessac‑Léognan (L)

“Extremely aromatic, with incredible wet-earth, bark, stone and graphite notes on the nose, then changing to violets, blackberries and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, yet so linear and fine, with titanium tannins that go on so long. Builds and builds then just rolls around the palate through the endless finish. Real Bordeaux here. 56% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, 4% cabernet franc, and 4% petit verdot. Exceptional. Better after 2029.” 99 pts, James Suckling 60310, 69995 6 bottle limit $275

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73. Château Haut-Batailley, Pauillac (L) “A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the 2019 Haut-Batailley is deep garnet-purple colored. It has a pretty, floral nose with hints of lilacs and lavender over a core of warm cassis, blackberry pie, and wild blueberries with suggestions of chocolate cherries and truffles. Medium-bodied, the palate sings of juicy red and black fruits with a lively backbone and plush tannins,

finishing long and perfumed.” 95+ pts, The Wine Independent 390829

6 bottle limit

$150

74. Château Haut-Brion, Pessac‑Léognan (L)

Some products may not be available on release day. Please check the website for details. plush, seamless texture, gorgeous tannins, and no hard edges. It epitomizes the elegance paired with opulence that only Pomerol seems capable of producing. This beauty is already impossible to resist (it needs a decant) yet will evolve for 30 years or more.” 97 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 39881 4 bottle limit $280 “A blend of 48.7% Merlot, 43.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8.1% Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Haut-Brion is deep garnet-purple colored. It needs lots of swirling to begin to unlock beguiling scents of iron ore, Indian spices, roses, wood smoke, and licorice over a core of blueberry preserves, warm cassis, and blackberry pie, plus a an earthy waft of underbrush. The medium to full- bodied palate starts off quiet and grows into a crescendo of black and blue fruits with uplifting floral and earth accents, framed by super-ripe, fine-grained tannins, and finishing with long, $1,500 75. Château Hosanna, Pomerol (L) “Another beautiful Pomerol, the 2019 Château Hosanna comes from a small 11-acre vineyard composed of a mix of gravel and clay soils. Its deep ruby/plum color is followed by a terrific perfume of spiced red and black cherries, blueberries, leafy tobacco, damp earth, and chocolate. It gains richness and depth with time in the glass and is medium to full-bodied, has a lingering, exotic spice sparks.” 100 pts, The Wine Independent 39506 6 bottle limit

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76. L’Hospitalet de Gazin, Pomerol Château Gazin is located on the north-eastern part of the Pomerol plateau, between Châteaux Petrus and Lafleur-Gazin. L’Hospitalet de Gazin, the second wine of Château Gazin, has been produced since 1986 from the fruit of younger vines. An elegant, supple, charming wine, it can be enjoyed after just a few years in bottle. The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

39845

$85

77. Château d'Issan, Margaux (L) “Fresh currants and raspberries pop out of the glass, together with oranges and cedar. Such purity of fruit in the nose. Full-bodied, yet so refined and vertical. It goes deep and long with tight, compressed tannins that are pure and exciting. Really tight and focused. Precise. Try after 2026.” 97 pts, James Suckling 390818 6 bottle limit $160 78. Château Labégorce, Margaux “Gorgeous notes of red, blue, and black fruits as well as sandalwood, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and spicy notes emerge from the 2019 Château Labégorce, one of the richer, more opulent, and straight-up sexy wines in the vintage. A blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, all raised in 40% new oak, it's medium to full-bodied, has beautifully integrated oak, a stacked mid-palate, and one heck of a great finish. Drink this rich, sensationally textured Margaux any time over the coming two decades. It’s unquestionably in the same league as the 2015, 2016, and 2018.” 94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 389139 $80

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79. Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (L)

“One of the greatest wines produced in Bordeaux this year is the 2019 Lafite Rothschild, an impeccably balanced classic of immense charm and grace. Wafting from the glass with arresting aromas of cassis, blackberries and cherries mingled with violets, cigar box and warm spices, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, its velvety attack segueing into a layered, concentrated mid-palate framed by exquisitely powdery tannins and ripe acids, and concluding with a long, perfumed finish. This rivals the 2010 and 2016 as the greatest Lafite of the decade, and of those three vintages, it's clearly the most sensual and demonstrative out of the gates. The blend contains fully 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and attained a modest 13.4% alcohol. Drink Date: 2029 - 2065.” 100 pts, Wine Advocate 392410 6 bottle limit $1,600 80. Château Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol “Lovely blackberry, milk chocolate powder and black truffle on the nose. Full-bodied with firm and fine, chewy tannins that are polished and long. Persistent on the finish. This needs until at least 2027 to show you its seriousness.” 96 pts, James Suckling 39870 $85 81. Château Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe (L) “Brilliant stuff, the 2019 Château Lafon-Rochet shows the best of the vintage with its pure, precise, elegant, yet at the same time concentrated style. Showing lots of ripe currant, plum, tobacco, Asian spice, and cedar pencil aromatics, it's medium to full- bodied, has nicely integrated acidity, and just seamless tannins. It's beautifully done and well worth seeking out. It's going to evolve

for 20-25+ years.” 95 pts, Jeb Dunnuck 69983, 392729

6 bottle limit

$110

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