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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

New 2020 Bordeaux Arrivals
September 13, 2023



Left Bank                                                                                             Mix 6          Mix 12


Ch. Lilian Ladouys, St Estephe                                    $38               $35               $33

a real charmer, just as it was from barrel. Silky, aromatic and nuanced, Lilian Ladouys presents a profile redolent of red fruit, cedar, spice and crushed flowers. just gorgeous, Vinous


Ch. Lafon Rochet, St. Estephe                                     $65               $59               $56

the essence of classicism in Bordeaux. Medium in body and finely-cut, Lafon-Rochet is one of the classiest, more refined Saint-Estèphes SuperbT


Ch. Gloria, St. Julien                                                       $68               $62               $58

intense nose of penetrating blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and crushed stone aromas. After 20 minutes, this just blossoms in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidit Neal martin


Ch. Marquis D’Alesme, Margaux                               $59               $54               $51

it leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of mulberries, black cherries and blackcurrant pastilles, plus suggestions of underbrush, fallen leaves and violets


Ch. Haut-Bergey, Pessac Leognan                               $38               $35               $33

Concentrated fruits as it builds up power, this doesn't quite have the seductive glamour that you often find in Pessac-Léognan but is structured and enjoyable. Organic certified - Decanter


Right Bank


Ch. Moulin St Georges, St Emilion Grand Cru        $56               $51               $48

This gorgeous, under the radar Saint-Émilion will appeal tremendously to readers who like firm, classically built wines. This is a major sleeper.h


Ch. Tour Saint Christophe, St. Emilion Grand Cru                     $49               $45          $42

vibrant red/purplish fruit, beams of minerality, sweet floral notes and a touch of savory intensity on the close. What impresses me most about the 2020 is the purity of flavors. The creamy, resonant finish is a thing of beauty." - Antonio Galloni


Ch. Haut Brisson, St. Emilion Grand Cru                  $40               $36               $34

deep, fleshy and totally seductive. Inky dark fruit, plum, chocolate, leather, gravel and cloves all build as this sumptuous, opulent Saint-Émilion shows off its curves. Flamboyant and silky, the 2020 is wonderfully immediate but also has the energy to drink well for a number of years to come Vinous


Ch. Pierre 1er, St Emilion Grand Cru                          $35               $32               $30

Very pretty, …. Ripe red-toned fruit, mocha, spice and rose petal are nicely amplified. Supple and forward, but not at all heavy, attractive, forward … will drink well right out of the gate


Ch. La Dominique, St. Emilion, Grand Cru               $89               $81               $76

this deep, wonderfully plush. Superb. Exceptional “ -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous


Ch. Villemaurine St Emlion, Grand Cru Classe        $70               $63               $60

Impressive…The interplay of plushness and energy is simply compelling. This is an especially fine vintage for Villemaurine. Outstanding" Antonio Galloni Vinous


Ch. Clos de Bouard, Montagne St. Emilion               $35               $32               $30

one of the best wines I have tasted here, perhaps the best. Blueberry, mint, lavender, spice and licorice fill out the layers nicely. This mid-weight yet flavorful Montagne Saint-Émilion has a ton to offer - Vinous i


Ch. La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol  $45               $41               $39

igorgeous. Freshly cut flowers, bright red-toned fruit, blood orange, mint and cinnamon lend notable vibrancy


Ch. Bellefont Belcier, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe                    $54               $49          $46

Terrific . Wafting from the glass with aromas of dark berries, licorice, bay leaf and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, seamless and refined, with lovely depth at the core, vibrant acids and a long, chalky finish.. - William Kelley


Ch. Grand Mayne, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe     $64               $58               $55

Very enticing, pure bouquet unfolds wonderfully in the glass, with ebullient raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, orange pith and subtle tobacco scents. with a precise, lightly spiced and persistent finish that leaves you wanting more. There's no excuse not to have a few bottles.


Ch. Maillet, Pomerol                                                       $57               $52               $49

Rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum and damons.    potent, almost a liqueur aspect to the fruit which is just reined in by hig  should be a smooth and seductive, if still highly charged, Pomerol in a few years. Decanter


Ch. Seraphine, Pomerol                                                $199             $189             $169

highlights exactly why Merlot on the soils of Pomerol takes on an expression that is hard to repeat elsewhere. Highly Reccomended” Jane Anson, Decanter


Ch. Villemaurine St Emlion, Grand Cru Classe        $70               $63               $60

The interplay of plushness and energy is simply compelling. This is an especially fine vintage for Villemaurine.Outstanding" Antonio Galloni Vinous


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