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1947 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 97
My first, and sadly, probably my last time tasting this beautiful, copper/amber colored, historical gem, the wine opened with creme brulee, marshmallow, caramel, butterscotch, candied orange, and mango, completed by Indian spices in the perfume. The patina of age was there on the palate, providing an exotic, soft, silky, sweet mouthful of caramel-coated orange, tangerine, and candied mango with an accent of spice and cocoa. Tasting younger than its almost 80 years of age, but without the same raciness and concentration found in years with less heat, like 1945, it was still a thrill and a treat to taste. Drink from 2023-2037.

My first, and sadly, probably my last time tasting this beautiful, copper/amber colored, historical gem, the wine opened with creme brulee, marshmallow, caramel, butterscotch, candied orange, and mango, completed by Indian spices in the perfume. The patina of age was there on the palate, providing an exotic, soft, silky, sweet mouthful of caramel-coated orange, tangerine, and candied mango with an accent of spice and cocoa. Tasting younger than its almost 80 years of age, but without the same raciness and concentration found in years with less heat, like 1945, it was still a thrill and a treat to taste. Drink from 2023-2037.

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2009 Château Clos St. Martin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96
2009 is the perfect vintage for Clos Saint Martin. It exacerbated the wines sensuous character. In contention for one of the most hedonistic wines in Bordeaux, this is opulence at its best. Rich, deep, full and long, the wealth of chocolate coated pit fruits, crushed rocks, purity and sexiness is impossible to miss. This is drinking stellar today. Drink from 2023-2039.

2009 is the perfect vintage for Clos Saint Martin. It exacerbated the wines sensuous character. In contention for one of the most hedonistic wines in Bordeaux, this is opulence at its best. Rich, deep, full and long, the wealth of chocolate coated pit fruits, crushed rocks, purity and sexiness is impossible to miss. This is drinking stellar today. Drink from 2023-2039.

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2001 Henri Bonneau Réserve des Célestins  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98
Lush, soft, and supple, the wine offers sweet, pure kirsch, herbs, and peppery spices with a unique textural experience at every twist, turn, sniff and sip. No decanting is needed here. Just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2035.

Lush, soft, and supple, the wine offers sweet, pure kirsch, herbs, and peppery spices with a unique textural experience at every twist, turn, sniff and sip. No decanting is needed here. Just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2035.

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1989 Michel & Stéphane Ogier  (Côte-Rôtie) 92
Still holding on with a vibrant, freshness to the subtle, refined, smoky, red fruits, pepper, and leafy notes on the nose and medium-bodied, elegant palate. This is drinking at, or slightly past its peak. Drink from 2023-2027.

Still holding on with a vibrant, freshness to the subtle, refined, smoky, red fruits, pepper, and leafy notes on the nose and medium-bodied, elegant palate. This is drinking at, or slightly past its peak. Drink from 2023-2027.

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2000 Domaine Jamet  (Côte-Rôtie) 91
Meaty, smoky, earthy, slightly rustic red fruits with peppery spices and green olive accents are in the perfume and on the medium-bodied, palate. Perhaps, a bit more interesting on the nose, over the palate, which ends with a dryness to the finish. The wine is fully mature. Drink from 2023-2030.

Meaty, smoky, earthy, slightly rustic red fruits with peppery spices and green olive accents are in the perfume and on the medium-bodied, palate. Perhaps, a bit more interesting on the nose, over the palate, which ends with a dryness to the finish. The wine is fully mature. Drink from 2023-2030.

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2001 Le Vieux Donjon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95
Wild strawberry, mint, licorice, kirsch and peppery chocolate on the nose focuses you on what comes next. Layers of sweet, spicy, creamy cherries and spice which roll from the glass in layers. This is at perfect maturity today. Pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2028.

Wild strawberry, mint, licorice, kirsch and peppery chocolate on the nose focuses you on what comes next. Layers of sweet, spicy, creamy cherries and spice which roll from the glass in layers. This is at perfect maturity today. Pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2009 Château L'Evangile  (Pomerol) 100
If you are a fan of L'Evangile and Pomerol, and of course, the disposable income, you cannot have enough of this magical elixir. This is bottled hedonism at its best. Opulent, expressive, aromatic, and sensuous, the wine offers layers of seductively-textured fruit, silky tannins, and a creamy, luxurious finish packed with truffles and layers of chocolate-coated plums and black cherries that seemingly do not want to quit. And this is just getting started, with its best days starting maybe5 years from now. Drink from 2023-2050.

If you are a fan of L'Evangile and Pomerol, and of course, the disposable income, you cannot have enough of this magical elixir. This is bottled hedonism at its best. Opulent, expressive, aromatic, and sensuous, the wine offers layers of seductively-textured fruit, silky tannins, and a creamy, luxurious finish packed with truffles and layers of chocolate-coated plums and black cherries that seemingly do not want to quit. And this is just getting started, with its best days starting maybe5 years from now. Drink from 2023-2050.

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2010 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 93
Fresh, crisp, bright, and chewy, the red fruits offer purity, refinement, and lift, with energy, and length. Still youthful, its best days are in the future. So, hands off for a few years. Drink from 2025-2050.

Fresh, crisp, bright, and chewy, the red fruits offer purity, refinement, and lift, with energy, and length. Still youthful, its best days are in the future. So, hands off for a few years. Drink from 2025-2050.

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2018 Château d'Arcins  (Haut-Médoc) 89
Medium-bodied, forward, floral, currant, and tobacco filled wine with a soft, easy-to-drink character, and fruit-filled mid-palate and freshness in the finish. Drink from 2023-2032.

Medium-bodied, forward, floral, currant, and tobacco filled wine with a soft, easy-to-drink character, and fruit-filled mid-palate and freshness in the finish. Drink from 2023-2032.

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2016 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 90
Luscious, forward, ripe, round, chocolate coated, plum, and black cherry-filled wine with licorice and espresso notes on the nose, in the palate, and in the finish. This is fully ready to go, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2028.

Luscious, forward, ripe, round, chocolate coated, plum, and black cherry-filled wine with licorice and espresso notes on the nose, in the palate, and in the finish. This is fully ready to go, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2016 Château Villars  (Fronsac) 91
Flowers, chocolate, licorice and ripe, sweet, opulent plums with a touch of crushed rock notes are all over the place here, on the nose and on the round, fresh, palate. This gem is drinking in its sweet spot today. Drink from 2023-2030.

Flowers, chocolate, licorice and ripe, sweet, opulent plums with a touch of crushed rock notes are all over the place here, on the nose and on the round, fresh, palate. This gem is drinking in its sweet spot today. Drink from 2023-2030.

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2019 Château Le Pin Beausoleil  (Bordeaux Supérieur) 91
Medium-bodied, floral, fresh, soft, and polished, there is a nice touch of spice and mint leaf that adds complexity to the finish here. Drink from 2023-2035.

Medium-bodied, floral, fresh, soft, and polished, there is a nice touch of spice and mint leaf that adds complexity to the finish here. Drink from 2023-2035.

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2015 Château Arnauld  (Haut-Médoc) 91
This is one of those super values from the Left Bank of Bordeaux that did everything right! Medium-bodied, fresh, and loaded with sweet, ripe, soft-textured blackberries, currants, tobacco, dried flowers, and hints of underbrush. This is drinking in its sweet spot. Drink from 2023-2031.

This is one of those super values from the Left Bank of Bordeaux that did everything right! Medium-bodied, fresh, and loaded with sweet, ripe, soft-textured blackberries, currants, tobacco, dried flowers, and hints of underbrush. This is drinking in its sweet spot. Drink from 2023-2031.

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2019 Château de Malleret Blanc  (Bordeaux) 88
Perhaps this needs to be consumed sooner than later to get the most out of its fresh, bright yellow citrus, flowers and green apple character. Drink 2023-2025.

Perhaps this needs to be consumed sooner than later to get the most out of its fresh, bright yellow citrus, flowers and green apple character. Drink 2023-2025.

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2015 Château Lamothe Bergeron  (Haut-Médoc) 90
Soft, round, plummy, medium-bodied, blackberry and black currant-filled wine with lift and ample fruit in the finish. This is fully developed. No decanting is needed. Just pop, pour and enjoy this well-priced Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Drink from 2023-2028.

Soft, round, plummy, medium-bodied, blackberry and black currant-filled wine with lift and ample fruit in the finish. This is fully developed. No decanting is needed. Just pop, pour and enjoy this well-priced Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2016 Château Larose Perganson  (Haut-Médoc) 89
A nice blend of red and black fruits with edgings of tobacco leaf is working well here in this fully-developed, medium-bodied wine. Drink from 2023-2028.

A nice blend of red and black fruits with edgings of tobacco leaf is working well here in this fully-developed, medium-bodied wine. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2016 Château Arnauld  (Haut-Médoc) 90
Round-textured, supple, medium-bodied, red berry and leafy herb-oriented wine that is already quite nice to drink, and a steal for the price. Drink from 2023-2029.

Round-textured, supple, medium-bodied, red berry and leafy herb-oriented wine that is already quite nice to drink, and a steal for the price. Drink from 2023-2029.

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2016 Château de Malleret  (Haut-Médoc) 90
Medium-bodied, fresh, lifted, and fully developed, the wine is loaded with sweet, ripe, fresh dark currants with a touch of chocolate, cigar wrapper, and spice, leaving you with a solid, round, long, fruit-filled finish. This is a true steal in the marketplace. If you are seeking a mature Left Bank Bordeaux that won't break the bank, this is it. Drink from 2023-2031.

Medium-bodied, fresh, lifted, and fully developed, the wine is loaded with sweet, ripe, fresh dark currants with a touch of chocolate, cigar wrapper, and spice, leaving you with a solid, round, long, fruit-filled finish. This is a true steal in the marketplace. If you are seeking a mature Left Bank Bordeaux that won't break the bank, this is it. Drink from 2023-2031.

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2018 Château Arnauld  (Haut-Médoc) 91
Vibrant, fresh, round, supple, almost creamy in texture with loads of sweet, ripe, blackberries and currants in every sniff, swirl, and sip. This should age for at least a decade with ease. Drink from 2023-2033.

Vibrant, fresh, round, supple, almost creamy in texture with loads of sweet, ripe, blackberries and currants in every sniff, swirl, and sip. This should age for at least a decade with ease. Drink from 2023-2033.

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2016 Château Lestage  (Listrac-Médoc) 90
Medium-bodied, earthy, vibrant, red berry, earth and tobacco-filled, soft-textured wine that is fully ready to go. Drink from 2023-2030.

Medium-bodied, earthy, vibrant, red berry, earth and tobacco-filled, soft-textured wine that is fully ready to go. Drink from 2023-2030.

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2008 Château Guiraud  (Sauternes) 94
A decade of additional aging has created a sweet, beauty. Rich, lush, and a touch spicy, you also enjoy a wealth of candied orange rind, apricots, vanilla bean, roasted nuts, and overripe pineapples coated with honey in every sniff and sip. This is a rich style, but it comes along with ample acidity so the wine always feels lifted and never cloying. Drink from 2023-2040.

A decade of additional aging has created a sweet, beauty. Rich, lush, and a touch spicy, you also enjoy a wealth of candied orange rind, apricots, vanilla bean, roasted nuts, and overripe pineapples coated with honey in every sniff and sip. This is a rich style, but it comes along with ample acidity so the wine always feels lifted and never cloying. Drink from 2023-2040.

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2016 Domaine Belle Cuvée Louis Belle  (Crozes-Hermitage) 92
Vibrant red fruits, peppery spice, and floral accents combine perfectly to produce a forward, fresh, lively, creamy wine that while not very long-lived, is already quite tasty. Drink from 2023-2028.

Vibrant red fruits, peppery spice, and floral accents combine perfectly to produce a forward, fresh, lively, creamy wine that while not very long-lived, is already quite tasty. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2000 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 96
Concentrated, deep, full-bodied, regal, and complex, the wine retains its youthful edge, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly, but surely, the tannins are beginning to subside, and you also find more secondary nuances of tobacco leaf, tar, smoke, wet forest, and spice. The finish is long and expansive. 1 hour in the decanter adds a lot to the wine. Drink from 2025-2065.

Concentrated, deep, full-bodied, regal, and complex, the wine retains its youthful edge, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly, but surely, the tannins are beginning to subside, and you also find more secondary nuances of tobacco leaf, tar, smoke, wet forest, and spice. The finish is long and expansive. 1 hour in the decanter adds a lot to the wine. Drink from 2025-2065.

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1990 Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien) 97
Supple, creamy, rich, and loaded with ripe currants, blackberries, tobacco leaf, forest leaf, and cherries. The full-bodied, elegant, soft finish seals the deal. Drink from 2023-2032.

Supple, creamy, rich, and loaded with ripe currants, blackberries, tobacco leaf, forest leaf, and cherries. The full-bodied, elegant, soft finish seals the deal. Drink from 2023-2032.

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1982 Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91
Medium-bodied, though it is almost closer to light, the wine retains its freshness, silky, soft, polished tannins, and sweet, ripe, red fruits. There is not a lot of weight, instead, you find vibrant, red berries, purity, and refinement. Do not decant, just pop, pour and enjoy if you have a bottle. Drink from 2023-2027.

Medium-bodied, though it is almost closer to light, the wine retains its freshness, silky, soft, polished tannins, and sweet, ripe, red fruits. There is not a lot of weight, instead, you find vibrant, red berries, purity, and refinement. Do not decant, just pop, pour and enjoy if you have a bottle. Drink from 2023-2027.

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