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2008 Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully ready to go with its medium/full-bodied, earthy cherry, plum, leaf, coffee and tobacco-oriented character. Round, earthy, sweet and fresh with loads of ripe cherries and a touch of licorice in the finish. 90 Points.

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2020 Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Deeply colored, the wine shows its licorice, black cherry, plum and chocolate nose quite easily. The wine is round, full-bodied, stony and fresh, with a blast of espresso and cocoa topped black cherries in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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2020 Château La Fleur Morange Blanc  (Bordeaux) 89

The debut vintage blends 50% Sauvignon Blanc with 50% Sauvignon Gris to produce an almost golden, yellow-colored wine. Very floral in its nature, the wine offers sweet, honeyed grapefruit and peach notes. Rich and creamy, this will be best in its youth. 89 Pts

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2012 Château Meyney  (St. Estèphe) 89

Ready to drink, medium-bodied, classically-classically-styled, with a nose of tobacco, cedar, green pepper and bright red fruits, the wine is slightly lean on the palate with fresh, bright, crisp red fruits in the finish. 89 Points.

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2020 Château Paloma 360°  (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux) 85

Bright, fresh, forward and on the red berry side of the style range, the wine is medium-bodied, with a red plum and cherry finish. You can drink this on release. 84-86 Pts

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2020 Chevalier de Lascombes  (Margaux) 87

Medium-bodied, forward, round, lush, polished, fruity, sweet and almost ready to with its ripe, dark red berry, espresso, licorice and coffee-centric profile. 86-88 Pts

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2020 Château Paloma  (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux) 89

Medium-bodied, soft, forward, fruity, ripe, and ready to go, with a lot of sweet plummy fruit, licorice, espresso and dark cocoa on the palate and in the finish. 88-90 Pts

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2020 Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion) 91

Fresh, bright, juicy and packed with mineral-driven, sweet red fruits, savory herbs, dark chocolate and crushed rocks. The wine is medium-bodied, energetic and requires just a few years of cellaring before it is ready to drink. 90-92 Pts

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2007 Domaine de la Charbonnière Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Drinking at peak, this superb, supple-textured, luscious, rich wine is packed with ripe, peppery black cherries and herbs. There is length, freshness, concentration and richness in the peppery tinged finish. Popped and poured, there is no reason not to be drinking this today. 94 Points.

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2000 Château Malescot St. Exupéry  (Margaux) 93

Showing quite well starting with its nose of creme de cassis, cherries, cigar wrapper and cedar chest with a touch of smoke. Soft, elegant and with ample fruit on the palate and in the finish, if you have a bottle, or are thinking of getting a bottle, this is the right time to open it. 93 Points.

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2020 Château La Rose Garnier  (Fronsac) 84

Medium-bodied, early-drinking, crowd-pleasing, easy-to-taste plummy wine that will be best in its youth. Drink this over its first few years of life. 83-85 Pts

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2020 Château Lamarche Canon  (Canon-Fronsac) 85

Forward, medium-bodied, soft, fruity, early-drinking, wine of pleasure that will be at its best during its first few years of life. 84-86 Pts

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2020 Amphora Wine Clavis Orea  (Médoc) 90

Savory red fruits with a touch of cedar and tobacco accompany the red berries and cassis. Medium-bodied, fresh, energetic and sweet with a nice purity to the red pit fruits on the palate and in the finish. Give this a few years in the cellar and if it fills out, it will be a better wine. 89-91 Pts

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2005 Château Pontet-Canet  (Pauillac) 94

Still young, tannic and working its way through to adulthood, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and structured. The big, fresh, juicy bite of cassis comes through loud and clear. But, the tannins remain powerful. The cedar, tobacco leaf, cigar box and minty herb nuances add a lot to the wine. This is probably going to end up being more about power and fruit, over refinement and elegance. With 2 hours of air, the wine began filling out. At the 3 hour mark, it was even better. The wine should be showing a cut above starting in 2025. 94 Points.

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1998 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 100

All the world's great wines share one commonality, it takes no time to recognize it's a rockstar. One sniff and sip of this stunner, and I knew this was an insane bottle. With its incredible depth of flavor, concentration, and complexity, the spicy, mouthcoating fruit, with its meaty personality made you take a second sip and sniff. Rich, palate-staining and yet light on its feet, the wine holds on your palate for over 60 seconds as it builds in intensity. With 60 minutes of air, the bottle kept getting better for the next few hours. It might have gone on longer, but we finished the bottle by that point. This is better than the 1989 or 1990, and it sells for a lot less money. 100 Points.

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2020 Château Pierhem  (Pomerol) 89

Soft, fresh, juicy and with a touch of salt in its plummy core, the wine is medium-bodied, vibrant and chewy in the finish. 88-90 Pts

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2020 Château La Clémence  (Pomerol) 90

Deep in color, the wine is round, plump and fruity, with a liberal dose of oak, ripe, dark red fruits and espresso on the palate and in the finish. 89-91 Pts

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2020 Château Rouget  (Pomerol) 93

Showing a depth of color, the lusciously textured, rich, silky, fresh wine is packed with ripe, black cherries, espresso, dark chocolate with touches of peppery spice and cigar wrapper in the endnote. With 3-5 years in the cellar, this is going to be just great. 92-94 Pts

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2020 Clos Beauregard  (Pomerol) 90

Medium-bodied, soft, fresh and fruity, this forward, styled, early-drinking charmer focuses on its easy-drinking core of soft, red fruits and strong touch of oak on the back end. 89-91 Pts

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2020 Château Bonalgue  (Pomerol) 91

Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, ripe and already expressing its spicy plum, espresso, earthy, smoke and cocoa-filled nose. Round, polished, and earthy, the red fruits in the finish are ripe, fresh and vibrant. Give the wine 2-4 years of cellaring and it should be a better tasting experience. 90-92 Pts

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2020 Clos du Clocher  (Pomerol) 94

Almost opaque in color, the perfectly ripe fruit is made better with its sexy, silk and velvet textures. Full-bodied, rich, sensuous and packed with layers of sweet, fresh, vibrant, hedonistic fruits, this is probably the best vintage of Clos du Clocher produced yet. 93-95 Pts

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2020 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The nose pops with its black raspberry, floral, licorice, espresso, earth and crushed rock aromas. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, silky, fresh, clean and pure. The tannins are silky, with endnotes leaving you with a trail of sweet, refined red fruits. Give it 3-5 years in the cellar, allowing it to fill out and it will be easy to taste over the next 2 decades after that. 93-95 Pts

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2020 Château Le Boscq  (St. Estèphe) 91

With a touch of smoke, herbs, blackberries and spicy cassis on the nose, the wine fresh, sweet and juicy and a crisp, almost crunchy, red berry finish. Give this medium-bodied wine 3-5 years in the cellar before a cork. 90-92 Pts

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2020 Château Bernard Magrez  (St. Estèphe) 89

Bright, fresh, crisp and crunchy, with a solid blast of chewy red fruits on the palate and in the medium-bodied, lifted, red berry finish. You can drink this within a few years of release, or let it get a bit more age on it before pulling a cork. 88-90 Pts

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2020 Château Rollan de By  (Médoc) 86

Medium-bodied, soft, forward, bright and polished, the wine offers an espresso, herb and red berry core on the palate and in the finish. You can drink this on release. 85-87 Pts

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