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2005
95
The years have been kind to this wine. A single sniff hooks you with its blackberries, currants, tobacco, smoke, leafy herbs, and background note of mocha. Refined, reserved, chewy, vibrant, and easy to drink, the finish serves up a nice blend of currants, and blackberries with a hint of spice. Perhaps 30 minutes in the decanter is all the wine needs to show its stuff. Drink from 2024-2040.

The years have been kind to this wine. A single sniff hooks you with its blackberries, currants, tobacco, smoke, leafy herbs, and background note of mocha. Refined, reserved, chewy, vibrant, and easy to drink, the finish serves up a nice blend of currants, and blackberries with a hint of spice. Perhaps 30 minutes in the decanter is all the wine needs to show its stuff. Drink from 2024-2040.

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2023
93
Spicy, floral, and fruity in the nose, with its red, black, and blue aromatics, you quickly move to the soft, silky, elegant, fragrant, medium-bodied palate. This is a bright, fresh, charming wine that even though it does not feel weighty, it is sneaky in its length, as it lingers on the palate, with fruit, as well as freshness. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 40% Merlot. It is interesting to note this is the first vintage in ages, if not ever, with only 2 vintages in the blend. 13.2% ABV, 3.7 pH. The wine consists of roughly 35% of the harvest.15% press wine. Drink from 2027-2042. 92-94 Pts.

Spicy, floral, and fruity in the nose, with its red, black, and blue aromatics, you quickly move to the soft, silky, elegant, fragrant, medium-bodied palate. This is a bright, fresh, charming wine that even though it does not feel weighty, it is sneaky in its length, as it lingers on the palate, with fruit, as well as freshness. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 40% Merlot. It is interesting to note this is the first vintage in ages, if not ever, with only 2 vintages in the blend. 13.2% ABV, 3.7 pH. The wine consists of roughly 35% of the harvest.15% press wine. Drink from 2027-2042. 92-94 Pts.

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2023
90
Green apples, pears, pomelo and tangerine pop in the nose, and on the vibrant, fruity, juicy, and fresh palate. Drink from 2025-2029. 90 Pts.

Green apples, pears, pomelo and tangerine pop in the nose, and on the vibrant, fruity, juicy, and fresh palate. Drink from 2025-2029. 90 Pts.

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2023
90
Ripe, round, forward, and fruity, with a licorice edge, and hints of chocolate will provide pleasure on release and over the next few years. Drink from 2026-2031. 89-91 Pts.

Ripe, round, forward, and fruity, with a licorice edge, and hints of chocolate will provide pleasure on release and over the next few years. Drink from 2026-2031. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
94
Violets, roses, black raspberries, licorice, and cherry aromatics carry the perfume. On the palate, the wine is elegant, polished, sweet, and lively. The tannins are soft, the fruits are lifted, and creamy. There is a vibrance, and energy here with an understated approach this is perfect for the vintage. It is difficult to believe this is a second wine. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2028-2047. 93-95 Pts.

Violets, roses, black raspberries, licorice, and cherry aromatics carry the perfume. On the palate, the wine is elegant, polished, sweet, and lively. The tannins are soft, the fruits are lifted, and creamy. There is a vibrance, and energy here with an understated approach this is perfect for the vintage. It is difficult to believe this is a second wine. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2028-2047. 93-95 Pts.

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2023
95
Flowers, black cherries, and dark chocolate in a voluptuous, opulent style, with freshness, layers of dark red pit fruits, wet earth, and a velvety, lush, finish. This is a hedonistic wine that will deliver a lot of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. The wine was produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2028-2047. 94-96 Pts.

Flowers, black cherries, and dark chocolate in a voluptuous, opulent style, with freshness, layers of dark red pit fruits, wet earth, and a velvety, lush, finish. This is a hedonistic wine that will deliver a lot of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. The wine was produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2028-2047. 94-96 Pts.

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2023
91
Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the wine pops with chocolate, flowers, cherries, citrus, and licorice. There is a charming, lush, round, creamy quality to the earthy, black cherries, chocolate, and espresso in the finish that resonates. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2026-2038. 90-92 Pts.

Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the wine pops with chocolate, flowers, cherries, citrus, and licorice. There is a charming, lush, round, creamy quality to the earthy, black cherries, chocolate, and espresso in the finish that resonates. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. Drink from 2026-2038. 90-92 Pts.

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2023
91
Flowers, mint, cherries, and a whisp of smoke fill the perfume. Medium-bodied, forward, fresh, supple, and focused on its sweet, vibrant, core of red fruit, you can enjoy this on release, and over the following decade with ease. The wine blends 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 11% Petit Verdot. 13.2% ABV. Drink from 2026-2038. 91-93 Pts.

Flowers, mint, cherries, and a whisp of smoke fill the perfume. Medium-bodied, forward, fresh, supple, and focused on its sweet, vibrant, core of red fruit, you can enjoy this on release, and over the following decade with ease. The wine blends 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 11% Petit Verdot. 13.2% ABV. Drink from 2026-2038. 91-93 Pts.

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2023
94
Black raspberries, flowers, cherries, spice, licorice, and herbs fill the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, fruity, elegant, and polished, with loads of sweet, red berries on the backend. The wine blends 70% Merlot, with 30% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2028-2040. 93-95 Pts.

Black raspberries, flowers, cherries, spice, licorice, and herbs fill the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, fruity, elegant, and polished, with loads of sweet, red berries on the backend. The wine blends 70% Merlot, with 30% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2028-2040. 93-95 Pts.

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2023
92
Flowers, crushed rocks, cherries, licorice, smoke, and black raspberries are easy to find, in the nose, and on the palate. Firm, and fresh, with a mineralistic-edge to the sweet, ripe, red fruits on the palate, and in the finish Give this just a year or two to soften, and come together and enjoy it over the next 12 or more years. Drink from 2027-2038. 91-93 Pts.

Flowers, crushed rocks, cherries, licorice, smoke, and black raspberries are easy to find, in the nose, and on the palate. Firm, and fresh, with a mineralistic-edge to the sweet, ripe, red fruits on the palate, and in the finish Give this just a year or two to soften, and come together and enjoy it over the next 12 or more years. Drink from 2027-2038. 91-93 Pts.

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2023
92
Black cherries, espresso, and plums pop in the aromatic profile. The wine is medium-bodied, juicy, fresh, and creamy, with soft, polished, sweet, red plums and licorice in the finish. You can enjoy this young, or age it for more complexity. Drink from 2027-2038. 91-93 Pts.

Black cherries, espresso, and plums pop in the aromatic profile. The wine is medium-bodied, juicy, fresh, and creamy, with soft, polished, sweet, red plums and licorice in the finish. You can enjoy this young, or age it for more complexity. Drink from 2027-2038. 91-93 Pts.

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2023
92
Bright, fresh, pure, and vibrant, the wine is on the red berry side of the style range, with an elegant, easy-going charm, softness, energy, and fruity charm. Year after year, this remains one of the top value plays in Saint Emilion. The wine is made from 100% Merlot from vines with more than 50 years of age. Drink from 2026-2034. 91-93 Pts

Bright, fresh, pure, and vibrant, the wine is on the red berry side of the style range, with an elegant, easy-going charm, softness, energy, and fruity charm. Year after year, this remains one of the top value plays in Saint Emilion. The wine is made from 100% Merlot from vines with more than 50 years of age. Drink from 2026-2034. 91-93 Pts

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2023
90
Round, forward, soft, and polished, with a sweetness to the lifted, red, with black fruits, and a touch of cocoa on the mid-palate that sticks with you through to the finish. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts.

Round, forward, soft, and polished, with a sweetness to the lifted, red, with black fruits, and a touch of cocoa on the mid-palate that sticks with you through to the finish. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
90
Forward, fresh, medium-bodied, fruity, with a lean to the red cherry side, made even better with a juicy touch of citrus, and cocoa in the easy-going, soft-textured finish. The wine is going to be easy to taste on release. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts.

Forward, fresh, medium-bodied, fruity, with a lean to the red cherry side, made even better with a juicy touch of citrus, and cocoa in the easy-going, soft-textured finish. The wine is going to be easy to taste on release. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
90
Medium-bodied, forward, fruit-filled, soft-round, aromatic and charming that is going to be delicious on release and for at least a decade after that. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts.

Medium-bodied, forward, fruit-filled, soft-round, aromatic and charming that is going to be delicious on release and for at least a decade after that. Drink from 2026-2036. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
90
If you are seeking a soft-textured, elegant, medium-bodied wine with charm, and character, packed with sweet, ripe fruits that you can enjoy with pleasure on release, that sells for a song, this is for you. Drink from 2026-2032. 89-91 Pts.

If you are seeking a soft-textured, elegant, medium-bodied wine with charm, and character, packed with sweet, ripe fruits that you can enjoy with pleasure on release, that sells for a song, this is for you. Drink from 2026-2032. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
92
Flowers, blackberries, black cherries, and licorice, with a touch of spicy chocolate shows well in the nose, and on the medium-bodied palate. The wine is round, juicy, and fresh, with sweetness, lift, and a refreshing, spicy note on the backend in the finish. The wine was produced from 88% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026-2036. 91-93 Pts.

Flowers, blackberries, black cherries, and licorice, with a touch of spicy chocolate shows well in the nose, and on the medium-bodied palate. The wine is round, juicy, and fresh, with sweetness, lift, and a refreshing, spicy note on the backend in the finish. The wine was produced from 88% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2026-2036. 91-93 Pts.

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2023
97
Flowers, spice, black raspberries, espresso, cherries, and licorice are abundant in the aromatic profile. On the palate, this is sensuous, silky, and sexy. It is polished, rich, and velvety, with layers of dark chocolate-covered black cherries, mint, spice, licorice, smoke, espresso, and plums. This is long, as well as intense, with energy, and complexity. You can enjoy this with pleasure with only a few years in the cellar. But give it a decade, and this is going to offer incredible drinking. The wine blends 96.5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and .05 Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 7 - September 19. Drink from 2029-2050. 96-98 Pts.

Flowers, spice, black raspberries, espresso, cherries, and licorice are abundant in the aromatic profile. On the palate, this is sensuous, silky, and sexy. It is polished, rich, and velvety, with layers of dark chocolate-covered black cherries, mint, spice, licorice, smoke, espresso, and plums. This is long, as well as intense, with energy, and complexity. You can enjoy this with pleasure with only a few years in the cellar. But give it a decade, and this is going to offer incredible drinking. The wine blends 96.5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and .05 Petit Verdot. The harvest took place September 7 - September 19. Drink from 2029-2050. 96-98 Pts.

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2023
94
Flowers, black raspberries, incense, and licorice fill the nose. On the palate, the wine is supple, creamy, fresh, and vibrant. The fruits show the influence of the Cabernet Franc with their spice, and floral edge. There is lift to the sweet, ripe, round berries on the mid-palate, and in the finish. The wine blends 75% Merlot, with 25% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% ABV. Drink from 2027-2042. 93-95 Pts.

Flowers, black raspberries, incense, and licorice fill the nose. On the palate, the wine is supple, creamy, fresh, and vibrant. The fruits show the influence of the Cabernet Franc with their spice, and floral edge. There is lift to the sweet, ripe, round berries on the mid-palate, and in the finish. The wine blends 75% Merlot, with 25% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% ABV. Drink from 2027-2042. 93-95 Pts.

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2023
97
The nose pops with its bouquet of flowers, mint, tobacco leaf, licorice, and black cherries, The essence in this wine it its purity balanced with its racy, freshness. The finish delivers soft, long, energetic, red berries with nuances of espresso, chalk, crushed stone, cherries, plums, and cocoa. There is depth, and concentration but the wine feels light on its feet. The Cabernet Franc makes an impression in 2023. The team was nervous about the vintage until the first days in September before they knew the vintage was going to be special. The key to the vintage was in part due to longer fermentations at cooler temperatures, which never rose above 22 Celsius, along with no sulfur during the fermentations which aided the wines elegance and purity. The wine blends 60% Merlot, with 40% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. Harvesting took place, September 6 - September 28. Drink from 2029-2060. 96-98 Pts.

The nose pops with its bouquet of flowers, mint, tobacco leaf, licorice, and black cherries, The essence in this wine it its purity balanced with its racy, freshness. The finish delivers soft, long, energetic, red berries with nuances of espresso, chalk, crushed stone, cherries, plums, and cocoa. There is depth, and concentration but the wine feels light on its feet. The Cabernet Franc makes an impression in 2023. The team was nervous about the vintage until the first days in September before they knew the vintage was going to be special. The key to the vintage was in part due to longer fermentations at cooler temperatures, which never rose above 22 Celsius, along with no sulfur during the fermentations which aided the wines elegance and purity. The wine blends 60% Merlot, with 40% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. Harvesting took place, September 6 - September 28. Drink from 2029-2060. 96-98 Pts.

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2023
90
Lead pencil, cedar, currants, and tobacco leaves are readily apparent. Creamy, energetic, fruity, and spicy, the finish is packed with salty-edged, black currants, and spice. If you have been seeking a well-priced Pauillac, this should be on your list. Drink from 2027-2037. 89-91 Pts.

Lead pencil, cedar, currants, and tobacco leaves are readily apparent. Creamy, energetic, fruity, and spicy, the finish is packed with salty-edged, black currants, and spice. If you have been seeking a well-priced Pauillac, this should be on your list. Drink from 2027-2037. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
87
Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine is round, forward and loaded with ripe, black cherries. This is perfect for easy, uncomplicated easy drinking over the next few years, and it sells for a song! The wine is an exclusive from Signature Selections. Drink from 2025-2028. 87 Pts.

Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine is round, forward and loaded with ripe, black cherries. This is perfect for easy, uncomplicated easy drinking over the next few years, and it sells for a song! The wine is an exclusive from Signature Selections. Drink from 2025-2028. 87 Pts.

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2023
90
Fruity, and fresh in the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, forward, and juicy, with sweetness, and lift from the mid-palate, which carries its red berry character through to the finish. You can enjoy this on release and over the next decade. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2033. 89-91 Pts.

Fruity, and fresh in the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, forward, and juicy, with sweetness, and lift from the mid-palate, which carries its red berry character through to the finish. You can enjoy this on release and over the next decade. The wine blends 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2033. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
90
Incense, spice, and red berries are easy to find in this charming, medium-bodied, soft-textured, forward, elegant, and early drinking Margaux. Drink from 2026-2038. 89-91 Pts.

Incense, spice, and red berries are easy to find in this charming, medium-bodied, soft-textured, forward, elegant, and early drinking Margaux. Drink from 2026-2038. 89-91 Pts.

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2023
89
White peach, and pineapples with a touch of mango on the nose and palate. Fresh, crisp, and fruity, the wine is produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. . Drink from 2025-2028. 89 Pts.

White peach, and pineapples with a touch of mango on the nose and palate. Fresh, crisp, and fruity, the wine is produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. . Drink from 2025-2028. 89 Pts.

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