Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2018No 3 d'Angelus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

Easy to like and even easier to drink. the wine is soft, silky, forward and leaves with your sweet, fresh cherries along with hints of smoke, licorice and cocoa. This is a nice wine to order off a restaurant list.

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2018Château Les Grands Maréchaux  (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)90

Medium bodied, easy to like charmer with ripe, soft-textured, sweet red fruits, licorice and a touch of espresso. This is a wine that you can enjoy on release. 89-91 Pts

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2018La Vieille Dame de Trotte Vieille  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Medium bodied, fresh, bright and earthy, with soft textures, an open forward approach and a charming, cherry and licorice finish. 88-90 Pts

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2018Château de France  (Pessac-Léognan)91

Medium-bodied, fruity and showing an earthy, leafy, citrus accent, this wine is forward with a delicious, plum and tobacco finish. 90-92 Pts

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2018Clos St. Julien  (St. Émilion)93

The wine is floral, full-bodied and shows a strong mineral component to all the ripe, dark fruits, licorice and crushed stone that you'll find from start to finish. The wine was made from an even split of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. 92-94 Pts

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2018Château de France Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)88

Bright, yellow citrus and white peach are found here from start to finish in this early drinking white Bordeaux charmer.

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2018Château Corbin Michotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)85

Medium-bodied and spicy with a drop of licorice and herbs, this wine is forward, bright and light and will be ready for drinking upon release. 84-86 Pts

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2018Château de la Dauphine  (Fronsac)92

Showing good color, the wine is rich, fat and juicy, espresso, dark chocolate covered cherries and licorice from start to finish. Lush, rich and concentrated, there is length, density and freshness here. Plus, you can pop a cork on release or age it for a few years. 91-93 Pts

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2018Couvent des Jacobins  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

With a silky, juicy, forward character, the wine is lush, plush and polished. The espresso, wild cherry, stone and fennel is apparent from start to finish. There is depth but you also find energy, giving it lift in the finish. 91-93 Pts

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2018Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac)91

Dark in color, the wine is round, fat, sweet and filled with ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, wet earth, coffee bean, smoke and cocoa. Lusciously textured in the finish, this is going to great shortly after release. 90-92 Pts

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2018Château Croix de Labrie Stella Solare Blanc  (Bordeaux)92

Yellow and orange citrus with honeysuckle and white peach on the nose and in the mouth. The wine is juicy, fresh and with the pop of acidity to lift the wine on your palate. You can enjoy this on release.

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2018Château de Lamarque  (Haut-Médoc)88

Earthy, forest floor, tobacco and red fruits in a medium- bodied classic style. 87-89 Pts

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2018Clos de Boüard La Dame de Boüard  (Montagne-St. Émilion)90

Fresh, bright fruits, chocolate and licorice work together perfectly in this forward, open, already easy to drink, medium-bodied, plummy wine. The second wine of Clos de Bouard was produced from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-91 Pts

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2018Château de Pez  (St. Estèphe)93

The darkest color ever seen at de Pez! From there it takes just a single sip to know this is a special wine. The fruits are just as dark as the hue which produces a generous, fleshy, ripe, full-bodied wine. The black cherries come in sprays before the spice, cocoa, espresso, licorice and vibrancy kicks in. Energy and elegance is here in spades. The wine blends 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 92-94 Pts

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2018Domaine de Cambes  (Bordeaux)89

Truffle, tree moss, wet earth, tobacco and dark red fruits are served up with a juicy, mouthful of earthy, fresh, dark red fruits and tobacco leaf. 88-90 Pts

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2018Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

Medium/full-bodied, you'll find, smoke, licorice, espresso and plum in the nose. The wine is elegant, energetic, soft and polished with sweet, red fruits and silky textures. One of the few Bordeaux wines to use all five allowable grape varieties, the wine blends, 74% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carmenere and 1% Malbec. 92-94 Pts

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2018Domaine de Chevalier  (Pessac-Léognan)97

Close to opaque in color, the wine is opulent, concentrated, juicy and intense. The fruit comes in layers expanding as it builds in your mouth. Once the juicy blackberry and cherry begins to fade, you'll find licorice, dark cocoa and sweet, salty plums. The finish is everlasting. Olivier Bernard calls this the best vintage of Domaine de Chevalier he has ever produced and he is right! The wine is made from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot reaching 13.5% alcohol. 96-98 Pts

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2018Château de Rayne-Vigneau  (Sauternes)90

With a range of flowers and orange fruits, you also find vanilla bean and honey notes. A bit light, you can enjoy this young with savory dishes.

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2018Domaine de Chevalier Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)96

With a blast of crisp, zesty pomelo, floral scents and a full body loaded with crushed rocks, Mandarin oranges, mango and a background of pineapple, this is tasty now -- I could not stop drinking it. I can only imagine how good this is going to be with a decade or two of aging!

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2018Château de Rochemorin  (Pessac-Léognan)88

Medium bodied, elegant, fresh, smoky with an espresso, cigar leaf and plumy core of fruit. A few years of age should allow the oak to better integrate. 87-89 Pts

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2018Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet  (Bordeaux Supérieur)87

Bright, juicy, fresh, crisp red fruits in a medium-bodied format that will offer easy drinking on release. 86-88 Pts

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2018Château de Rouillac  (Pessac-Léognan)87

Medium bodied with dark, red juicy fruits in a forward style, you can enjoy this crowd pleaser early in life. 86-88 Pts

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2018Domaine de l'A  (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)94

Deep in color, the dark red fruits combine sweetness, freshness and opulent textures. The wine has volume, lift, character and most importantly, a lingering, fruity, plushly textured finish. This is the best wine from the home property of Stephane Derenoncourt yet. 93-95 Pts

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2018Château de Sales  (Pomerol)86

Medium-bodied, lean, classic, floral and cherry filled, this bright wine offers a forward approach for early drinking. 85-87 Pts

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2018Domaine de L'Aurage  (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)92

Earthy black cherries, kirsch, wild herbs and spice come through easily in the nose and mouth. All of this is wrapped up in a fresh, round, silky bow of red, juicy fruits, licorice and earth in the finish. The wine is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 91-93 Pts

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