• Chateau Haut Brion 2000

    Chateau Haut Brion 2000

    Tasted from an ex-château bottle in Bordeaux, I was not surprised to find the 2000 Château Haut-Brion flirting with perfection. The nose is simply breathtaking - quintessential Haut-Brion with ebullient red berry fruit, roasted herbs, gravel, terracotta...

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  • Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien (1990)

    Chateau Leoville Barton St. Julien (1990)

    Believe it or not, the 1990 Leoville Barton can actually be drunk - something that cannot be said about the broodingly backward, still excruciatingly tannic 1982. The exceptionally concentrated 1990 reveals more polished, sweeter tannins along with a...

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  • Chateau Margaux, 1986

    Chateau Margaux, 1986

    The 1986 Margaux continues to be the most powerful, tannic, and muscular Margaux made in decades. One wonders if the 1928 or 1945 had as much power and depth as the 1986? The black/ruby/purple color reveals no sign of age. The reluctant nose offers up...

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  • Chateau Montrose, St Estephe (1990)

    Chateau Montrose, St Estephe (1990)

    100 pointsRobert Parker's Wine AdvocateI was served blind a magnum of the 1990 Montrose in Cape Town, which had been purchased on release and stored in perfect conditions. Now, here was the real deal, unfettered by any infection, a regal Saint Estèphe...

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  • Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (1996)

    Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (1996)

    96 pointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate:The 1996 Pichon-Lalande has long been one of the high points of this Pauillac estate and now at 20 years of age it is firing on all cylinders. You cannot have any complaints against the nose: intense blackberry,...

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