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Cru La Maqueline Bordeaux

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 89116

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Château Hourtou

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 90172

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 3, 2019
There’s a red-berry core here with bright, zesty and attractive fruit in a lighter-bodied, flavorful style. Juicy resolve. Neat, fresh finish. Drink or hold.
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Château Loumelat Rouge

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 81310

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Poesia Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98071

VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022
The 2019 Poesia is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Hélène and Patrice Lévêque. Rich and sumptuous, Poesia marries intensity with vibrancy in grand style. Poesia is a big, explosive Saint-Émilion, but it also possesses tremendous energy. Dark fruit, gravel, incense, spice and saddle leather open with a bit of coaxing. There is an exotic quality to Poesia in 2019 that is especially alluring. Brilliant. (Antonio Galloni)
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Dried flowers, mimosa, blackcurrants, peppercorns and burnt orange on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tightly wound tannins and crisp acidity. Zesty, mineral character on the tight finish. Lightly smoky at the end. Try in 2026.
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2022
The 2019 Poesia has the richest and most opulent bouquet with precocious black cherry, glycerine, lavender and violet aromas, bursting from the glass and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodies with plush, ripe tannins. There is a lot of puppy fat here, rounded and perhaps “sexy” compared to the 2018, mouth-filling and voluminous. This will need time. Tasted at the Poesia vertical in Saint-Emilion. (Neal Martin)
JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 4/11/2022
The 2019 Château Poesia is a charming, up-front, straight-up sexy Saint-Emilion that brings lots of fruit yet always stays balanced and seamless. Bright red and blue berry fruits, spring flowers, tobacco, and some chalky minerality all define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a supple, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This purity of fruit is spot on, and this is another terrific vintage for this château. It already offers pleasure yet will benefit from short-term cellaring and unquestionably evolve for 20–25 years if stored properly. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP92+92–94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 18th Jun 2020
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Poesia is a little closed to begin, soon opening out to reveal wonderfully pure notes of crushed red and black plums, fresh blackberries and warm cherries with nuances of allspice, aniseed, potpourri and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, featuring loads of mineral sparks and a wicked backbone of freshness, with very fine-grained tannins to support, finishing long and vibrant. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
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Chateau d’Haurets Red Bordeaux

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 98895

WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2020
Full of black fruit, this dense wine brings out the ripeness of the vintage. While the alcohol is obvious, fresh blackberry flavors mask it. This rich wine is ready to drink. (Roger Voss)
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Château Mazeris

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 1053

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Blueberries and sandalwood on the nose with some violets. Medium-to full-bodied with a solid tannin backbone and fresh fruit in the center-palate. Linear and racy. Better after 2023. (James Suckling)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2022
Solid, with flavors of cherry and currant preserves laced with tobacco, dark earth and judicious toast. There’s a nice sleek feel through the finish, with a whisper of chalky minerality at the end. Best from 2023 through 2028. 5,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2022
The wine’s fulsome black fruits are packed with tannins and a spicy, smoky character. This is a solid wine, with a good future. Drink from 2025. (Roger Voss)
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Château Tessendey Fronsac Rouge

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 1055

JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Crushed raspberries, strawberries, dried herbs, red tea and licorice on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with firm, tea-like tannins. A little austere. Better in 2023. (James Suckling)
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Château Margaux

2005 / 750 ml.

Item #: 51105

SP100100 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2008
Black in color, delivering extraordinary aromas of blackberry, raisin, spices and fresh mushroom. Full-bodied, with an amazing core of ripe fruit, yet ultrabalanced and finely textured. Touches every taste bud. This incredible young red spent two years in new wood, but you can’t tell. It’s all glorious fruit. A legendary wine. Best after 2017.
RP98+98+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Apr 2008
Another celestial effort from Paul Pontallier and Corinne Mentzelopoulus, the 2005 Margaux, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, boasts a dense opaque blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and, despite its having spent two years in 100% new wood, only a subtle touch of toasty oak. Although full-bodied, the wine seems light on its feet because of the silky tannins as well as the great gravel terroir from which it comes. Beautiful purity, length, and nobility define this modern day classic. Is it better than the 2000, 1996, 1990, or some of the vintages from the decade of the eighties? Who knows, but it is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines made at Chateau Margaux. This estate has produced only exceptional wines over the last three decades. The seamlessness of the 2005 suggests it will perform well early, but it should last for a half century or more. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2050+.
WS9696 pts. - Wine & Spirits - October 1, 2008
An extravagantly ripe vintage of Margaux, this has the first-grown scent of a wine at home in its new oak. The texture is succulent and generous, the aromas bright with floral tones and sweet fruit, a taste of fresh strawberries and blackberries macerated in liqueur. This is a beautiful wine, and it may reveal more of its structural power with time.
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France | Bordeaux | Medoc | Margaux

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Château L’Evangile Pomerol

2010 / 750 ml.

Item #: 78264

RP98+98+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 27th Feb 2013
Another spectacular effort from L’Evangile, the 2010 is a close rival to the 2009 and should be fascinating to compare with that vintage over the next 30 or so years. Stunningly rich and black/purple in color, the 2010 L’Evangile offers up the tell-tale floral note as well as black raspberry jam intermixed with cassis and kirsch. There are also ethereal floral notes and a hint of background oak. The pH is slightly above average (3.7 versus the pH of 4.0 that the 2009 and 2000 possessed). This is a massive, rich, very impressive L’Evangile, and readers should take note of the “+” in my rating, which could certainly push this wine way up there. Remarkably, I was shocked when I learned that this wine was aged in 100% new oak, as the oak is a background element in this blockbuster l’Evangile. Forget it for 3–5 years, and drink it over the following 30–40.
SP9797 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2013
A Pomerol of a different color, relying heavily on dense muscle and dark charcoal notes, with a core of fig, blackberry paste and blueberry reduction waiting in reserve. Very solid through the finish, displaying a thick ganache coating and extra loam, black licorice and dark fig notes rolling through. Best from 2017 through 2037. 3,000 cases made.
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Château Margaux

2011 / 750 ml.

Item #: 79102

SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2014
This has a restrained core of steeped plum, blackberry and anise, studded with tobacco and roasted cedar notes. The structure is silky but persistent, with an almost-succulent feel through the finish, while warm bergamot, singed cedar, vanilla and sanguine hints define the finish. Discreet today, but shows the balance and precision to unfold slowly with cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Apr 2014
The renowned Chateau Margaux’s 2011 boasts a dark ruby/plum color as well as a fragrant perfume of spring flowers, sweet, supple, well-integrated tannins, medium body, and the elegance and nobility expected from a great first-growth. Although it is not as powerful or concentrated as the 2009 or 2010 (no 2011s are), it possesses finesse, elegance, purity and suppleness. The wine is surprisingly approachable already yet should keep for 15–20 years.
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Château Margaux

2010 / 750 ml.

Item #: 79340

RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 27th Feb 2013
The 2010 is a brilliant Chateau Margaux, as one might expect in this vintage. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend hit 90%, the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and only 38% of the crop made it into the Chateau Margaux. Paul Pontallier, the administrator, told me that this wine has even higher levels of tannin than some other extraordinary vintages such as 2005, 2000, 1996, etc. Deep purple, pure and intense, with floral notes, tremendous opulence and palate presence, this is a wine of considerable nobility. With loads of blueberry, black currant and violet-infused fruit and a heady alcohol level above 13.5% (although that looks modest compared to several other first growths, particularly Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion), its beautifully sweet texture, ripe tannin, abundant depth and profound finish all make for another near-perfect wine that should age effortlessly for 30–40 years.
RP98+98+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th Mar 2020
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Château Margaux features notions of minted blackcurrants, new leather and Black Forest cake with nuances of sautéed herbs, tar, underbrush and wild fungi plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy.
SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2013
A mouthwatering tobacco leaf note leads the way, quickly followed by steeped black currant and fig fruit, with dark tar and ganache on the back end. Roasted alder and juniper hints hang in the background. Extremely backward, with a firm, tannic structure, this is girded for the long haul. Judging from the finely beaded acidity and lilting echo of lilac that peeks in now, this should acquire sensational aromatics and incredible grace with age. Best from 2018 through 2040. 10,833 cases made.
SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2014
Liquid velvet, with stunning length and a caressing mouthfeel, as layers of creamed plum, blackberry coulis and steeped black currant fruit glides along, seamlessly intertwined with black tea, mulled blood orange, incense and lilac. Hints of mesquite and alder hang subtly in the background, and the structure, evident and massive, has melded wonderfully. —Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Best from 2018 through 2040. 10,830 cases made.
WE9898 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2013
A great wine that is just starting out. The high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives the structured, black currant character. Dark chocolate and layers of wood are forward, revealing how young the wine is. And then the fruit, so rich and powerful, brings deliciousness to the firm, dense structure. Age for many years.
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Château Margaux

Premier Grand Cru Classé
2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 83405

WE100100 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2018
Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine shows a wonderful black-currant purity on the palate, along with intense, vibrant acidity. The background is all tannin, which speaks to its aging potential. This wine is the last vintage produced by Paul Pontallier, who was general manager from 1990 until his death in 2016. It’s a memorable wine and one for aging. Drink from 2027.
JS100?100–100 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, April 1, 2016
The greatest Margaux ever made. More than perfection. Full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins. Black currant, mineral and floral character. It starts slowly and seems almost endless on the palate. Seamless. I want to sing! This is the wine that Margaux never made in some of the classic vintages like 1961, 1959 and 1945. Maybe it’s the 1900 all over again? Breathtaking.
SP9999 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2018
Sublime, with captivating sandalwood, black tea and mesquite aromas that infuse the core of gently steeped red and black currant and raspberry fruit. The structure is seamless and thoroughly embedded throughout, letting warm tar, lilac, juniper and iron notes display themselves at will through the finish. The finish is about as long as it gets, with echoes of fruit and warm earth that should prove haunting when this reaches full maturity. Best from 2030 through 2050. 10,833 cases made. (James Molesworth)
RP98+98–100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Apr 2016
The 2015 Château Margaux is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all together representing 35% of the total production at the estate. Raised entirely in new oak, it has a lucid garnet color. The bouquet is aimed directly at the senses — there is no dilly-dallying about, as it almost knocks you off your stool with its intense mineralité embroidered into this iridescent, graphite-tinged nose. The focus and penetration here ranks among the finest that I have tasted at this estate since first coming here in 1997. The palate is astonishingly well balanced, perfectly poised with super-fine tannins wrapped around pure blackberry, bilberry, graphite and cedar fruit. Like the Pavillon Rouge this year, there is a Pauillac-like sense of authority and aristocracy, leavened by Margaux-inspired femininity that completes that standout 2015 on the Left Bank. Beg for a bottle and worry about the cost later. Post script: I composed this tasting note five days before the passing of Paul Pontallier. It is a final gift from a gifted winemaker.
VN95+95–98 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2016
The 2015 Margaux is a super-classic wine. In 2015, most Margauxs are notably intense, but Château Margaux expresses the richness of the year in its surprising tannic backbone and overall structure. Far from an up-front or sensual wine, the 2015 Margaux is likely to require considerable cellaring. It is a tightly-wound wine that manages to be both powerful and crystalline in its translucent purity. The 2015 is a wine of real density and yet so very much Margaux. About 35% of the crop went into the Grand Vin.
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Château Pavie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

1er Grand Cru Classé “A”
2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 83406

JS100?100–100 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, April 4, 2016
For me, this redefines Pavie. The depth and intensity and more important, the clarity, is really something. Full and ultra-fine tannins. It shows such great tannins and finesse. It is the essences of Pavie.
RP96+96–98 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Apr 2016
The 2015 Pavie is a blend of 60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon that is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one-year-old barrels. It has a really quite glorious bouquet that is sensual and very well defined and pure. In my opinion, just dialing down the new oak even by 15% is allowing more personality and more terroir-expression to filter through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe, lace-like tannins and a fine bead of acidity. It feels caressing and sensual in the mouth with superb mineralité and purity on the vivacious and sustained finish. This is unquestionably the best wine from Gérard Perse in 2015: a great Pavie with a very long life ahead, though I would cellar it for at least a decade to witness it in full flight.
WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2018
Although this wine is ripe, it is the fruit that sings. Firm and rich, the tannins support the wonderful fruitiness. Its perfumed Cabernets give the wine great presence as well as freshness. It is ready for long aging. Drink from 2027.
SP95+95–98 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2016
This delivers some serious fruit firepower, with blueberry, blackberry and plum notes that pump along authoritatively, pulling the creamy tannins along with them. Echoes of tobacco and violet emerge through the finish, along with a buried mineral accent. A contender for wine of the vintage on the Right Bank.
VN95+95–98 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2016
One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pavie is dense, powerful and seamless. A huge, spherical wine, even for the year, the 2015 exudes depth. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains striking freshness and nuance, with plenty of bright red stone fruit and floral notes taking center stage. The super-extracted, oak-driven style that was such a Pavie signature a decade ago seems to be giving way to a more refined approach that showcases fruit, richness and purity. This is a superb showing from Gerard Perse and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.
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Château Cheval Blanc St.-Emilion

1st Grand Cru Classé “A”
2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 83423

WE100100 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2018
Made with 45% Cabernet Franc, this great wine offers a beautiful, rich and perfumed character. This is an exceptional vintage for this estate which incorporated into the blend fruit from parcels of the vineyard that would normally go into the second wine. It is packed with black-fruit flavors and broad tannins, with a background of juicy acidity and a firm structure. Drink from 2027.
SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2018
A lovely sanguine hint leads off, followed by racy, elegant juniper, tobacco, red currant and damson plum notes that move in unison. Broadens and deepens, adding notes of currant preserves, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco, with a swath of loamy structure. Yet even as the bass line increases in volume through the finish, this maintains purity and poise. Should deliver some stunning aromatics at peak, which will take awhile to achieve. Best from 2025 through 2045. 8,250 cases made. (James Molesworth)
RP97+97–99 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Apr 2016
The 2015 Cheval Blanc represents the entire vineyard this year, since there is no Le Petit Cheval (two plots that did not meet requirements were not included in any blend). A blend of 45% Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot, matured in 100% new oak, it has a very complex bouquet, subtle and tightly wound, very precise with dark berry fruit, hints of graphite, minerals and a hint of black pepper, perhaps a little spicier than recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with extraordinarily fine tannin. Beautifully balanced, perfectly controlled, this Cheval Blanc gently builds in the mouth, but remains strict and precise. The Cabernet Franc here is very expressive (though apparently the Merlot was showier prior to malolactic). This is an intellectual Cheval Blanc, thoroughly enjoyable, but it will need 10–12 years to really show its pedigree. A profound wine in the making, it will rank with the great wines of the past.
JS96+96–97 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, April 1, 2016
A Cheval with a depth and finesse that reminds me of the 1998. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and amazing length and beauty. Such finesse and harmony. Super silky and classic for Cheval Blanc.
VN95+95–97 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2016
A wine of total finesse, the 2015 Cheval Blanc speaks to understatement above all else. Sweet floral notes meld into a core of bright red stone fruits and mint. Silky, nuanced and wonderfully persistent on the palate, the 2015 possesses remarkable depth, but in an understated fashion. There is plenty of tannin buried beneath the fruit. The 2015 is not an obvious Cheval Blanc, but rather a sublime wine that will only start to blossom with a decade plus in bottle. It will drink well for decades beyond that.
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The Merlot grape has long been known for its versatility and adaptability. With its origins in the Bordeaux region of France, Merlot spread across the globe, becoming one of the most widely planted grape varieties. It is used to produce a captivating array of red wines with flavors and styles that vary depending on the climate and region in which the grape is grown.

Merlot’s reputation took something of a dive around the turn of the millennium, largely due to the preponderance of poor-quality mass-produced Merlot wines. But the cognoscenti have always known that Merlot is key to many of the greatest — and most expensive — red wine blends in the world, and its reputation has improved significantly in the last decade.

What Does Merlot Taste Like?

Merlot produces wines with diverse flavor profiles. Primary flavors often include cherry, plum, and vanilla. Merlot is typically very dry with a medium-full body, medium-high tannins, and medium acidity.

When produced in warmer climates, Merlot wines tend to be fruitier with more refined tannins. Aging in oak adds notes of chocolate and vanilla. In contrast, cool climate Merlot wines have a more structured profile and can be mistaken for Cabernet Sauvignon. Cool climate Merlot wines include many famed Right Bank Bordeaux appellations, such as Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.

Where Is Merlot Wine Produced?

Merlot’s widespread popularity and suitability for varied climates allow it to be cultivated in numerous countries and regions. France is the largest producer, with nearly two-thirds of the world’s Merlot plantings. But Merlot is also grown in Italy, California, Chile, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, and numerous other locations.

With such a broad range of production locations, Merlot can be found in both “International style” and the traditional “Bordeaux style.” The International style depends on late harvesting to produce a fuller-bodied, high-alcohol wine with velvety tannins and intense plum and blackberry flavors. The Bordeaux style, however, focuses on earlier harvesting, which results in medium-bodied wines with less alcohol and fresh red fruit flavors.

Merlot Varietals and Blends

Merlot is a key blending grape in red wines made from multiple grape varieties, but it is also available in varietal wines that are entirely or almost entirely produced from the Merlot grape.

As one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, Merlot is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. In traditional Bordeaux blends, Merlot adds a smoother texture and mouthfeel, with its particular influence depending on the specific region and appellation.

In the famous Pomerol appellation, the prestigious Château Pétrus is composed almost entirely of Merlot. The iron-clay soils of the region provide Merlot with more tannins than are found in other Bordeaux appellations. Merlot is also commonly used in blends in Italy, where its lower acidity balances the higher acidity of other indigenous Italian grape varieties.

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Food Pairings for Merlot Wine

Merlot’s diverse range of styles lends itself to a wide array of food pairings. Cabernet-like Merlots pair well with red meats, while softer, fruitier Merlots pair well with the same foods as Pinot Noir, such as salmon, mushrooms, and green vegetables. Light-bodied Merlots go well with shellfish dishes.

How Should Merlot Be Served?

Merlot is best enjoyed at a temperature of around 60–65°F (16–18°C). If the wine is too warm, the alcohol will overpower the delicate flavors, while serving it too cold may mute the flavors and aromas. Decanting Merlot, especially younger or more tannic wines, can help soften the tannins and enhance the overall tasting experience.

Alternatives to Merlot Wine

If you enjoy the characteristics of Merlot but are looking for something new to try, there are several alternatives worth exploring. For a similarly fruit-forward and full-bodied wine, consider trying an Argentinian Malbec or a Californian Zinfandel

For a more earthy and structured experience akin to cool climate Merlots, venture into the realm of French Cabernet Francs or Chilean Carménères. Each of these alternatives brings its own unique characteristics to the table while still providing a sense of familiarity for those who appreciate the qualities of Merlot.

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