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2020
90
Round-textured, chocolate-tinted cherries, and tobacco with a medium-bodied, chewy finish are what you will find here. Drink from 2024-2034.

Round-textured, chocolate-tinted cherries, and tobacco with a medium-bodied, chewy finish are what you will find here. Drink from 2024-2034.

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2020
90
Cherries, black currants, spice, licorice, and espresso form the core of the nose, and palate here. The wine provides a nice, chewy blast of dark red fruits, and chocolate in the finish. Drink from 2024-2036.

Cherries, black currants, spice, licorice, and espresso form the core of the nose, and palate here. The wine provides a nice, chewy blast of dark red fruits, and chocolate in the finish. Drink from 2024-2036.

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2020
91
Flowers, tobacco, espresso, cocoa, and red berry combine to produce the fragrance. The round, lush, fresh palate is vibrant, finishing with chocolatey plums, mint, and a touch of spice that shows up in the finish. Drink from 2024-2037.

Flowers, tobacco, espresso, cocoa, and red berry combine to produce the fragrance. The round, lush, fresh palate is vibrant, finishing with chocolatey plums, mint, and a touch of spice that shows up in the finish. Drink from 2024-2037.

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2019
91
The flowery nose gets even better with its chocolate, black raspberries, herbs, and cherries as it develops in the glass. The wine is crisp, fresh, round, and loaded with fruit from start to finish. Drink from 2024-2034.

The flowery nose gets even better with its chocolate, black raspberries, herbs, and cherries as it develops in the glass. The wine is crisp, fresh, round, and loaded with fruit from start to finish. Drink from 2024-2034.

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2019
89
Vibrant red fruits, flowers, and tobacco shine in the nose, as well as in the medium-bodied, ready-to-palate. Not overly complex, but nice, and easy to drink in your glass. Drink from 2024-2030.

Vibrant red fruits, flowers, and tobacco shine in the nose, as well as in the medium-bodied, ready-to-palate. Not overly complex, but nice, and easy to drink in your glass. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2020
87
Medium-bodied, crisp, bright, crunchy red berries with a savory, herbal edge are found in the nose and bright palate. Drink from 2024-2030.

Medium-bodied, crisp, bright, crunchy red berries with a savory, herbal edge are found in the nose and bright palate. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2016
93
Fully ready to go, the wine opens with smoky, Morello cherries, spice, cocoa with a hint of blueberries. Medium-bodied, soft-textured, sweet, and spicy, the finish leaves you with sweet cherries and a dash of Indian-spiced chocolate. Drink from 2024-2030.

Fully ready to go, the wine opens with smoky, Morello cherries, spice, cocoa with a hint of blueberries. Medium-bodied, soft-textured, sweet, and spicy, the finish leaves you with sweet cherries and a dash of Indian-spiced chocolate. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2009
98
Hedonistic is this wine's nature. Full-bodied, concentrated, lush, opulent, deep, fleshy, long, and intense, the wine is packed and stacked with non-stop waves of ripe, black, blue, and red fruits that fill and coat your palate. There is intensity, depth of flavor, length, purity, and richness. Still youthful, this is going to age better than most 2003s. Perhaps this is not a style for everyone, but I loved it! Drink from 2024-2040.

Hedonistic is this wine's nature. Full-bodied, concentrated, lush, opulent, deep, fleshy, long, and intense, the wine is packed and stacked with non-stop waves of ripe, black, blue, and red fruits that fill and coat your palate. There is intensity, depth of flavor, length, purity, and richness. Still youthful, this is going to age better than most 2003s. Perhaps this is not a style for everyone, but I loved it! Drink from 2024-2040.

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2021
91
Medium-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, elegant, spicy, and sweet red fruits with a refined character are found here from start to finish in this early drinking, easy-to-like charmer. Drink from 2024-2030.

Medium-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, elegant, spicy, and sweet red fruits with a refined character are found here from start to finish in this early drinking, easy-to-like charmer. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2003
96
Blackberries, charcoal, smoke, cigar wrapper, sea salt, currants and tobacco leaf with crushed rock accents firm the nose. The nose is great, and the palate is even better. Loads of creamy blackberries, spicy currants, black cherries, blue fruit, with the perfect hint of chalk and chocolate on the backend. No decanting needed. Pop, pour, and enjoy the night. Drink from 2024-2034.

Blackberries, charcoal, smoke, cigar wrapper, sea salt, currants and tobacco leaf with crushed rock accents firm the nose. The nose is great, and the palate is even better. Loads of creamy blackberries, spicy currants, black cherries, blue fruit, with the perfect hint of chalk and chocolate on the backend. No decanting needed. Pop, pour, and enjoy the night. Drink from 2024-2034.

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2019
90
Kirsch, peppery red cherries, and floral notes form the core of this crisp, fresh, soft-textured, bright, and spicy wine. Drink from 2024-2035.

Kirsch, peppery red cherries, and floral notes form the core of this crisp, fresh, soft-textured, bright, and spicy wine. Drink from 2024-2035.

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2021
91
A new wine, and producer to me, the vineyard was previously used to produce Domaine La Milliere. Here you find a fresh, strawberry, underbrush, and floral wine that is medium-bodied, fresh, sweet, pure, and refined, as well as forward, supple and ready-to-drink on release. The wine blends Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Drink from 2024-2031.

A new wine, and producer to me, the vineyard was previously used to produce Domaine La Milliere. Here you find a fresh, strawberry, underbrush, and floral wine that is medium-bodied, fresh, sweet, pure, and refined, as well as forward, supple and ready-to-drink on release. The wine blends Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Drink from 2024-2031.

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1996
95
A robust, chewy mouthful of crème de cassis backed up by tobacco, cigar box, smoke, licorice, and herbs. Concentrated, firm, full-bodied, and drinking beautifully, this is exactly what classic Pauillac should deliver from start to it’s currant, mint and tobacco packed finish. 20 minutes of decanting and it was ready to go. Drink from 2024–2040.

A robust, chewy mouthful of crème de cassis backed up by tobacco, cigar box, smoke, licorice, and herbs. Concentrated, firm, full-bodied, and drinking beautifully, this is exactly what classic Pauillac should deliver from start to it’s currant, mint and tobacco packed finish. 20 minutes of decanting and it was ready to go. Drink from 2024–2040.

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1982
95
The cork pulled out so cleanly, I was positive the bottle was going to be good. But, this bottle was even better than expected! Truffles, chocolate, dried roses, tobacco, and black cherries popped in the nose. But, the showstopper here is the silky, sensuous textures that made the perfect backdrop for the earthy, black cherries, cocoa, Indian spice, peppercorns, and touch of leafy herbs in the finish. I hope I have another bottle, but, I’m afraid this was the final bottle from the case. It was perfect for Valentine’s Day. Do not decant. Pop, and pour. Drink from 2024-2030.

The cork pulled out so cleanly, I was positive the bottle was going to be good. But, this bottle was even better than expected! Truffles, chocolate, dried roses, tobacco, and black cherries popped in the nose. But, the showstopper here is the silky, sensuous textures that made the perfect backdrop for the earthy, black cherries, cocoa, Indian spice, peppercorns, and touch of leafy herbs in the finish. I hope I have another bottle, but, I’m afraid this was the final bottle from the case. It was perfect for Valentine’s Day. Do not decant. Pop, and pour. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2001
96
Fully mature, the wine is packed with smoky cherries, spice, tobacco, herbs, and peppery red plums. Vibrant, fresh, and lively, the concentrated peppery red berries, crushed rocks, olives and herbs in the finish lingers. Drinking at peak, no decanting needed, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2024-2032.

Fully mature, the wine is packed with smoky cherries, spice, tobacco, herbs, and peppery red plums. Vibrant, fresh, and lively, the concentrated peppery red berries, crushed rocks, olives and herbs in the finish lingers. Drinking at peak, no decanting needed, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2024-2032.

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2016
94
This has really picked up steam over the past few years. Now, you find a classic Pauillac, medium-bodied, fresh, crisp, and floral, with hints of tobacco, cherries, currants, and spice. The palate is loaded with sweet, red currants, spice, herbs and cassis. Drink 2024-2045.

This has really picked up steam over the past few years. Now, you find a classic Pauillac, medium-bodied, fresh, crisp, and floral, with hints of tobacco, cherries, currants, and spice. The palate is loaded with sweet, red currants, spice, herbs and cassis. Drink 2024-2045.

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1969
97
One of my unicorn, dream wines I never thought I would taste, wow, wow, wow! Truffles, smoke, herbs, dried leaves, dried flowers, cigar box, and kirsch aromatics were in your face. The wine is bright, vibrant, and almost brisk, as well as offering sweetness to its fresh, red fruits, olives herbs, and spices. Medium-bodied and focused on its vibrant core of kirsch and peppery, earthy, raspberries, this is a true wine legend in the glass. It is not a wine to hold. But it is a wine to experience! Drink from 2024-2029.

One of my unicorn, dream wines I never thought I would taste, wow, wow, wow! Truffles, smoke, herbs, dried leaves, dried flowers, cigar box, and kirsch aromatics were in your face. The wine is bright, vibrant, and almost brisk, as well as offering sweetness to its fresh, red fruits, olives herbs, and spices. Medium-bodied and focused on its vibrant core of kirsch and peppery, earthy, raspberries, this is a true wine legend in the glass. It is not a wine to hold. But it is a wine to experience! Drink from 2024-2029.

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1978
100
It's been 20 years since my last note for this wine. But, it was worth waiting for! Still offering intensity, length, purity, complexity, and freshness, as well as a rich palate loaded with olives, herbs, leaves, black pepper, cherries, strawberries, and kirsch, the spicy, expressive finish seems endless. What a wine. What a Rayas! Drink from 2024-2032.

It's been 20 years since my last note for this wine. But, it was worth waiting for! Still offering intensity, length, purity, complexity, and freshness, as well as a rich palate loaded with olives, herbs, leaves, black pepper, cherries, strawberries, and kirsch, the spicy, expressive finish seems endless. What a wine. What a Rayas! Drink from 2024-2032.

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2019
92
Espresso, flowers, black cherries, and oceanic nuances power the nose. The wine has a vibrancy to its dark red berries, licorice, coffee bean, and a nice, salty endnote that holds your attention. Drink from 2025-2041.

Espresso, flowers, black cherries, and oceanic nuances power the nose. The wine has a vibrancy to its dark red berries, licorice, coffee bean, and a nice, salty endnote that holds your attention. Drink from 2025-2041.

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1990
96
The best example of this wine I have ever tasted was simply beautiful. The dried flowers, cedar, tobacco, and spicy red currant perfumed notes were the perfect introduction. The palate was clearly its equal, as the textures balanced suppleness, with vibrancy, refinement, and elegance, finishing with purity in the red fruits and almost soft, creamy tannins. Just starting to wake up, this is going to age for decades. Drink from 2024-2060.

The best example of this wine I have ever tasted was simply beautiful. The dried flowers, cedar, tobacco, and spicy red currant perfumed notes were the perfect introduction. The palate was clearly its equal, as the textures balanced suppleness, with vibrancy, refinement, and elegance, finishing with purity in the red fruits and almost soft, creamy tannins. Just starting to wake up, this is going to age for decades. Drink from 2024-2060.

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1989
92
Medium-bodied, firm, and reticent, the wine was a bit simple for a Lafite with its focus on its cedar, cigar wrapper, and red currant core in the nose and on the rustic, leaning palate. At 35 years of age, this is, what it is, and doubt it will improve or change in character. Though it will be long-lived. Drink from 2024-2050.

Medium-bodied, firm, and reticent, the wine was a bit simple for a Lafite with its focus on its cedar, cigar wrapper, and red currant core in the nose and on the rustic, leaning palate. At 35 years of age, this is, what it is, and doubt it will improve or change in character. Though it will be long-lived. Drink from 2024-2050.

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1988
94
Proving leopards can change their spots to some extent, while still on the firm side, some of its previous austere character has abated. Now, you find a charming, though firm, strict, medium-bodied, crisp, chewy wine with an herbal edge. Classic in nature, but in a good way. Drink from 2024-2048.

Proving leopards can change their spots to some extent, while still on the firm side, some of its previous austere character has abated. Now, you find a charming, though firm, strict, medium-bodied, crisp, chewy wine with an herbal edge. Classic in nature, but in a good way. Drink from 2024-2048.

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1986
98
As good, or better than any bottle of 86 Lafite I have ever tasted, time has been kind to this wine. The nose sports a complex array of spices, dried tobacco leaves cedar, leather, and bright red berries. The palate is energetic, firm, and most importantly, regal in character, with loads of ripe, bright, chewy, currants and cassis in the mid-palate and finish. This could be a 100-year wine. Drink from 2024-2080.

As good, or better than any bottle of 86 Lafite I have ever tasted, time has been kind to this wine. The nose sports a complex array of spices, dried tobacco leaves cedar, leather, and bright red berries. The palate is energetic, firm, and most importantly, regal in character, with loads of ripe, bright, chewy, currants and cassis in the mid-palate and finish. This could be a 100-year wine. Drink from 2024-2080.

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1985
90
Light, tart, short, cranberries, and cassis with loads of pyrazine notes, spice, and assorted, greenery. There is a sense of rustic class and soft tannins, which helps the score a bit, but this is not my favorite vintage of Lafite. And no, time is not going to improve this wine. It is already close to 40 years of age. Drink from 2024-2034.

Light, tart, short, cranberries, and cassis with loads of pyrazine notes, spice, and assorted, greenery. There is a sense of rustic class and soft tannins, which helps the score a bit, but this is not my favorite vintage of Lafite. And no, time is not going to improve this wine. It is already close to 40 years of age. Drink from 2024-2034.

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1983
94
Charming, elegant soft, silky, and fresh, this was quite a nice surprise. The fruits are ripe, refined, sweet, and vibrant. Medium-bodied, with a true sense of class and regal character, this is all about its charming style. No decanting needed, just pop pour and enjoy. Drink from 2024-2034.

Charming, elegant soft, silky, and fresh, this was quite a nice surprise. The fruits are ripe, refined, sweet, and vibrant. Medium-bodied, with a true sense of class and regal character, this is all about its charming style. No decanting needed, just pop pour and enjoy. Drink from 2024-2034.

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