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1967 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 75
On the other side of fading, with much of the fruit gone. Better on the nose, with its mint, tobacco leaf, spice, cigar box, and bright red fruits than on the crisp, rustic, and overly acidic palate, drink up if you have any, as it is only going to get worse from here. Drink from 2022-2022.

On the other side of fading, with much of the fruit gone. Better on the nose, with its mint, tobacco leaf, spice, cigar box, and bright red fruits than on the crisp, rustic, and overly acidic palate, drink up if you have any, as it is only going to get worse from here. Drink from 2022-2022.

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1982 Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe) 96
A superb, fully-mature example of a fabulous Left Bank Bordeaux. Loads of red currants, Indian spice, cigar box, and cedar with leafy herbs are all over the place on the nose and on the generous, refined palate. No need to decant, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2022-2030.

A superb, fully-mature example of a fabulous Left Bank Bordeaux. Loads of red currants, Indian spice, cigar box, and cedar with leafy herbs are all over the place on the nose and on the generous, refined palate. No need to decant, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2022-2030.

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2000 Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan) 95
Youthful, but continuing to develop well, the wine is full-bodied, rich, and lush, with layers of dark black and deep red fruits, smoke, wet earth, mocha, and tobacco. There is length, and depth, with a long, lushly-textured finish. Drink from 2022-2040.

Youthful, but continuing to develop well, the wine is full-bodied, rich, and lush, with layers of dark black and deep red fruits, smoke, wet earth, mocha, and tobacco. There is length, and depth, with a long, lushly-textured finish. Drink from 2022-2040.

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2003 Château Bellevue Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95
With just a few weeks to go before its 20th birthday, the wine has shed its former, oaky shell, which has been replaced by waves of ripe, lush, opulent fruits, crushed stone, smoke, licorice, and black cherries. Drink from 2022-2035.

With just a few weeks to go before its 20th birthday, the wine has shed its former, oaky shell, which has been replaced by waves of ripe, lush, opulent fruits, crushed stone, smoke, licorice, and black cherries. Drink from 2022-2035.

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2015 Château Canon  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100
Mark my words, this is a future legendary vintage for Canon! It gets everything right from the moment the wine hits the glass. Aromatically, the wine offers flowers, crushed rock, black and red fruits, spearmint, licorice, and hints of tobacco. On the palate, it is even better with its multiple layers of silk-drenched fruits, cashmere tannins, and seamless, over 60-second finish. This is so good now, and it has only started on its journey. Drink from 2022-2060.

Mark my words, this is a future legendary vintage for Canon! It gets everything right from the moment the wine hits the glass. Aromatically, the wine offers flowers, crushed rock, black and red fruits, spearmint, licorice, and hints of tobacco. On the palate, it is even better with its multiple layers of silk-drenched fruits, cashmere tannins, and seamless, over 60-second finish. This is so good now, and it has only started on its journey. Drink from 2022-2060.

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2010 Château Guiraud  (Sauternes) 95
A decade in the bottle has added a lot here. This fabulous sweet wine hit it right out of the bottle. Flowers, dried apricot, vanilla bean, roasted cashews, and honey-coated pineapple with candied pear notes are all over the nose and palate. The balance between sweet and acidity is right on target. This is a beauty! Drink from 2022-2050.

A decade in the bottle has added a lot here. This fabulous sweet wine hit it right out of the bottle. Flowers, dried apricot, vanilla bean, roasted cashews, and honey-coated pineapple with candied pear notes are all over the nose and palate. The balance between sweet and acidity is right on target. This is a beauty! Drink from 2022-2050.

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2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select  (Stags Leap District) 97
Powerful, intense, concentrated, lush, mouth-coating, and palate-staining, the wine is full, deep, and dark, with a boatload of black fruits, licorice, vanilla bean, smoke, chocolate, and blackberry liqueur. High in alcohol, you feel the heat, but there is so much fruit, you might forget to notice all the heat. Drink from 2022-2040.

Powerful, intense, concentrated, lush, mouth-coating, and palate-staining, the wine is full, deep, and dark, with a boatload of black fruits, licorice, vanilla bean, smoke, chocolate, and blackberry liqueur. High in alcohol, you feel the heat, but there is so much fruit, you might forget to notice all the heat. Drink from 2022-2040.

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2007 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium  (Oakville) 96
Powerful, rich, lush, and intense, this lusciously-textured, mouth-filling wine is all about its opulent palate textures and lengthy perfectly ripe, dark, black and red fruit, chocolate, licorice, and vanilla-packed finish. Drink from 2022-2040.

Powerful, rich, lush, and intense, this lusciously-textured, mouth-filling wine is all about its opulent palate textures and lengthy perfectly ripe, dark, black and red fruit, chocolate, licorice, and vanilla-packed finish. Drink from 2022-2040.

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2007 Domaine de la Janasse Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94
Rich, lush, opulent, and jammy, there is intensity, length, volume, and multiple layers of ripe, very ripe, and over-ripe fruits with the beginnings of touches of figs in every sniff and sip. Drink from 2022-2027.

Rich, lush, opulent, and jammy, there is intensity, length, volume, and multiple layers of ripe, very ripe, and over-ripe fruits with the beginnings of touches of figs in every sniff and sip. Drink from 2022-2027.

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2011 Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92
Just about to enter the other side of maturity, you can still find ample, fresh, ripe, red fruits, spice, bouquet garni, pepper, and floral notes, but the fruit has started to lose some of its intensity. This wine requires drinking in the near future. Drink from 2022-2025.

Just about to enter the other side of maturity, you can still find ample, fresh, ripe, red fruits, spice, bouquet garni, pepper, and floral notes, but the fruit has started to lose some of its intensity. This wine requires drinking in the near future. Drink from 2022-2025.

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2016 Château Romer du Hayot  (Sauternes) 88
Light, fresh, early-drinking, sweet wine, focused on its core of flowers, honeyed citrus, and bright, tropical fruits. This is quite easy to enjoy as an aperitif or with spicy foods. Drink from 2022-2031.

Light, fresh, early-drinking, sweet wine, focused on its core of flowers, honeyed citrus, and bright, tropical fruits. This is quite easy to enjoy as an aperitif or with spicy foods. Drink from 2022-2031.

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2016 Château Petit Faurie de Soutard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90
Fresh, vibrant, and with a floral and minty accent to the sweet, dark red berries and licorice, the wine is medium-bodied, with a mildly, peppery accent on the back end of the finish. Drink from 2022-2034.

Fresh, vibrant, and with a floral and minty accent to the sweet, dark red berries and licorice, the wine is medium-bodied, with a mildly, peppery accent on the back end of the finish. Drink from 2022-2034.

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2019 Château Pindefleurs  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91
Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, red cherries, plums, and touches of raspberries are all made more interesting with accents of flowers and herbs. This is probably the best vintage of Pindefleurs produced as of today. Drink from 2022-2033.

Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, red cherries, plums, and touches of raspberries are all made more interesting with accents of flowers and herbs. This is probably the best vintage of Pindefleurs produced as of today. Drink from 2022-2033.

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2018 Château Pipeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90
Spicy, fresh, red cherries and even redder plums are served with a blast of licorice and dried flowers in this medium-bodied, soft, ready-to-drink wine. Drink from 2022-2032.

Spicy, fresh, red cherries and even redder plums are served with a blast of licorice and dried flowers in this medium-bodied, soft, ready-to-drink wine. Drink from 2022-2032.

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2019 Château d'Arsac  (Margaux) 90
Showing much better in the bottle than it did in barrel, the wine offers pungent aromas of dried flowers, tobacco leaf, and red fruits. Soft, round, and forward, this is already easy to taste. Drink from 2022-2033.

Showing much better in the bottle than it did in barrel, the wine offers pungent aromas of dried flowers, tobacco leaf, and red fruits. Soft, round, and forward, this is already easy to taste. Drink from 2022-2033.

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2019 Château du Glana  (St. Julien) 90
Medium-bodied, soft, silky, forward, early-drinking charmer with a black and red currant core of fruit complicated with nuances of cocoa, herbs, fennel, and peppery spice in the endnote. Drink from 2022-2035.

Medium-bodied, soft, silky, forward, early-drinking charmer with a black and red currant core of fruit complicated with nuances of cocoa, herbs, fennel, and peppery spice in the endnote. Drink from 2022-2035.

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2016 Château Greysac  (Médoc) 87
Medium-bodied, soft, lighter, fresh, open-styled wine with an earthy, cherry, and cocoa character that should be consumed over the next few years. Drink from 2022-2025.

Medium-bodied, soft, lighter, fresh, open-styled wine with an earthy, cherry, and cocoa character that should be consumed over the next few years. Drink from 2022-2025.

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2019 Château Belle Coline  (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux) 90
Medium-bodied, fresh, forward, red berry and dried flower-filled wine with a core of vibrant, soft, red fruits with a peppery edge for current consumption. Drink from 2022-2034.

Medium-bodied, fresh, forward, red berry and dried flower-filled wine with a core of vibrant, soft, red fruits with a peppery edge for current consumption. Drink from 2022-2034.

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2002 Château Guiraud  (Sauternes) 91
Fully developed, medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, and focused on its core of dried apricots, marmalade, buttery orange rind spice, and butterscotch. While not deep, the wine remained fresh, vibrant, and aromatic, with a butterscotch and candied orange edge to the finish. Drink from 2022-2032.

Fully developed, medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, and focused on its core of dried apricots, marmalade, buttery orange rind spice, and butterscotch. While not deep, the wine remained fresh, vibrant, and aromatic, with a butterscotch and candied orange edge to the finish. Drink from 2022-2032.

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2019 Château de l'Isle Fort  (Bordeaux Supérieur) 90
Medium-bodied with a floral, aromatic edge to the red fruits, mocha, and licorice in the nose and round, easy-to-like palate. drink from 2022-2032.

Medium-bodied with a floral, aromatic edge to the red fruits, mocha, and licorice in the nose and round, easy-to-like palate. drink from 2022-2032.

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2016 Château Larose-Trintaudon  (Haut-Médoc) 88
Fully mature, medium-bodied, soft, fresh, vibrant, and already easy in your glass, the wine finishes with sweet, red currants, cedar, and a touch of leafy herbs. drink from 2022-2029.

Fully mature, medium-bodied, soft, fresh, vibrant, and already easy in your glass, the wine finishes with sweet, red currants, cedar, and a touch of leafy herbs. drink from 2022-2029.

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2016 Château La Tour de By  (Médoc) 88
Medium-bodied, fully developed, and already easy to drink, this round, lush, soft, dark cherry, cocoa, and earthy-tasting wine will be best over the next few years. Drink from 2022-2026.

Medium-bodied, fully developed, and already easy to drink, this round, lush, soft, dark cherry, cocoa, and earthy-tasting wine will be best over the next few years. Drink from 2022-2026.

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2018 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 88
Medium-bodied, easy-drinking, round, dark cherry, and espresso-filled wine for early-drinking consumption. Drink from 2022-2030.

Medium-bodied, easy-drinking, round, dark cherry, and espresso-filled wine for early-drinking consumption. Drink from 2022-2030.

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2016 Château Cissac  (Haut-Médoc) 89
Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, fruity, crisp and already showing nuances of tobacco and cedar, with a hint of flowers, this is ready for youthful consumption. Drink from 2023-2035.

Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant, fruity, crisp and already showing nuances of tobacco and cedar, with a hint of flowers, this is ready for youthful consumption. Drink from 2023-2035.

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2018 Château Haut Condissas Prestige  (Médoc) 89
Ripe, round, and loaded with dark chocolate, licorice, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, and espresso beans on the nose and palate, this would offer pleasure for at least a decade. Drink from 2022-2031.

Ripe, round, and loaded with dark chocolate, licorice, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, and espresso beans on the nose and palate, this would offer pleasure for at least a decade. Drink from 2022-2031.

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