Saint - Emilion

Chateau Barde Haut 2006
$300.00
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and at the château, the 2006 Château Barde Haut has a soft, raspberry preserve and crushed strawberry-scented bouquet with just a dab of marmalade. The palate is fully matured after ten years with slightly dry tannin on the entry, quite masculine in style and needing more flesh and depth to come through on the finish. I have tasted much better bottles of this in recent years; I recommend drinking bottles sooner rather than later.
(Interim - May 2016, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 2004
$600.00
A strong effort from the Becot family, this blend of 70% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a saturated dense ruby/purple color, sweet notes of creme de cassis, cherries, earth, and subtle herbs, a spicy, medium to full-bodied, soft, opulent style, and a fleshy, long finish. Enjoy this hedonistic yet complex wine over the next 12-15 years. Just under 6,000 cases were produced.
(171, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Dassault 2004
$260.00
Since being purchased by Bordeaux’s well-known aircraft manufacturer, Dassault has gone from strength to strength. The fruit-forward, supple-textured 2004 offers abundant amounts of plum, black currant, and cherry fruit, medium body, silky tannin, low acidity, and an undeniably charming, sensual style. Drink it over the next decade.


(171, The Wine Advocate)

Chateau Figeac 1999
$1,200.00
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. I have never really got on with the 1999 Figeac and with 16 years now on the clock, it is vindicating my initial tepid reaction to this wine. Served against the 2000 and 2001, it is clear that the nose is disjointed, a bit "scruffy." This of a young urchin without his shirt tucked in. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannin and without the flesh to counterbalance it. It's a "pass" from me, I'm afraid. Go for the 1998 or the 2001.
(226, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Figeac 1999
$1,200.00
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. I have never really got on with the 1999 Figeac and with 16 years now on the clock, it is vindicating my initial tepid reaction to this wine. Served against the 2000 and 2001, it is clear that the nose is disjointed, a bit "scruffy." This of a young urchin without his shirt tucked in. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannin and without the flesh to counterbalance it. It's a "pass" from me, I'm afraid. Go for the 1998 or the 2001.
(226, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2006
$360.00
A blend of 75% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this up-and-coming estate has fashioned an outstanding 2006. While not as prodigious as the 2005, it is an exceptional effort boasting a dense purple hue as well as sweet aromas of blueberries, dark raspberries, licorice, camphor, and pain grille. Full-bodied, powerful, and layered with impressive purity, texture, and length.
(181 The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Fombrauge 2006
$500.00
One of the two stars of Bernard Magrez’s St.-Emilion empire (the other being the luxury cuvee of Magrez-Fombrauge), the 2006 Fombrauge is a soft, round, spicy effort displaying plenty of oak, earth, and ripe red currant and black cherry fruit. This pretty, alluring, charming effort is best drunk over the next 7-8 years. It is a blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon.
(181, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne 2006
$280.00
Another sleeper of the vintage from an estate that has been doing everything right since 1998, this deep purple-hued 2006 exhibits sweet blue and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, camphor, and flowers. The wine possesses outstanding concentration, medium to full body, moderately firm, but sweet, noble tannins, and a long finish. The ripeness of the fruit suggests a certain degree of accessibility.
(181, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne 2006
$240.00
Another sleeper of the vintage from an estate that has been doing everything right since 1998, this deep purple-hued 2006 exhibits sweet blue and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, camphor, and flowers. The wine possesses outstanding concentration, medium to full body, moderately firm, but sweet, noble tannins, and a long finish. The ripeness of the fruit suggests a certain degree of accessibility, but this St.-Emilion will age easily for 12-15 years.
(181, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Haut Gravet 2008
$240.00
This attractive, seductive 2008 reveals plenty of oak and earth along with copious quantities of red and black fruits in its perfumed, supple textured, succulent personality. Drink this medium-bodied wine over the next decade.

(194, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau La Confession 2006
$400.00
This tiny garagiste St.-Emilion, 7.5 acres, is a blend of 51% Cabernet Franc, 46% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Proprietor Jean-Philippe Janoueix has fashioned a full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine revealing sweet notes of licorice, chocolate, espresso, cassis, and cherry. Long, dense, full-bodied, rich, and pure with enough oak and acidity to add complexity and focus, it should drink well for 12-15 years. Interestingly, this cuvee received a Burgundian-like treatment of malolactic in barrel after frequent pigeages in small oak fermentation tanks, an unusual upbringing in Bordeaux. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
(181, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau La Couspaude 2004
$400.00
A hedonistic, modern-styled St.-Emilion, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2004 La Couspaude reveals plenty of pain grille/new oak aromas intermixed with notions of espresso roast, kirsch liqueur, and plums. Medium-bodied with loads of fruit and wood characteristics, this is an uncomplicated, but delicious, forward style of wine to drink over the next decade.
(171, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Larmande 2004
$460.00
This stylish, elegant, mid-weight, dark ruby-colored St.-Emilion reveals pretty black cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors, a delicate constitution, and a restrained, reserved personality.
(171, The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Pavie 2006
$2,400.00
Another sleeper of the vintage from Perse, this wine shows lots of licorice, underbrush, blackcurrants and black cherries, cedary wood spice, a round, expansive, full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful texture and again, stunning purity, all while remaining relatively youthful. This wine probably won’t hit its prime for at least another 4-6 years and is certainly capable of lasting a quarter of a century afterward.
(220 The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Pavie Decesse 2001
$1,100.00
This 23-acre vineyard, acquired by Gerard and Chantal Perse in 1997, is situated on the south-facing limestone plateau above Chateau Pavie. This blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc (from vines averaging 41 years of age) was cropped at a meager 30 hectoliters per hectare. After a five week maceration, the wine was aged 18 months in 100% new oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered (as are all the Perse wines). An inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by rich aromas of Asian spices, soy, black truffles, licorice, espresso, and intense cherry and blackberry fruit. It displays great intensity, medium to full body, low acidity, and high tannin. This beauty is not far off the pace of the blockbuster 2000.
(153 The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Pavie Decesse 2004
$800.00
This small estate owned by Chantal and Gerard Perse (9 plus acres planted with 43-year-old vines) is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. In 2004, yields were a low 28-30 hectoliters per hectare, resulting in 400 cases being produced. The dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 offers smoky creme de cassis, kirsch liqueur, crushed rock, and spring flower aromas. Opulent, flamboyant, rich, dense, and lavishly endowed, it possesses enough fruit and glycerin to nearly conceal its elevated tannin.
(171 The Wine Advocate)
Chateau Pavie Macquin 1999
$740.00
The dense plum/purple-colored 1999 offers up aromas of truffles, underbrush, espresso, black cherries, and roasted meats. The wine is powerful and muscular with high extract and mouth-searing tannin, it is an atypically backward effort for the vintage. Patient connoisseurs who admire wines with this level of intensity will be handsomely repaid for their discipline.
(140, The Wine Advocate)