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Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes 2009
Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes 2009
(search item no. 106226)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#21 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

A deep crimson color. The nose initially offers floral aromas (violets), which then open out on to fruity aromas (blackcurrant, raspberries, wild peach). On the palate, this Morgon reveals remarkable substance and a delightful fleshiness, while the fruity aromas are confirmed. This Morgon 2009 Domaine Jean Descombes has great finesse, distinction and elegance. Good persistence. A wine poised for a great future.

This wine pairs well with lamb, turkey and venison.

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About Georges Duboeuf:

For over 40 years Georges Duboeuf has been the Beaujolais region's most renowned négociant and is today regarded in the wine world as the "King of Beaujolais." Born in 1933 in Pouilly-Fuissé, the son of a winegrower, Georges began selling his family's wines from the back of his bicycle to now-legendary local chefs such as Paul Bocuse and Paul Blanc. In 1964, Georges realized his dream and founded his own company: Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Over the years, Georges has developed long-standing relationships with the region's top growers and winemakers. Georges is involved in every aspect of his enterprise and is known for his passion and his legendary palate. In 2003, the Duboeuf family opened a new, modern winery in Romanéche-Thorins. The following year, the Duboeuf and Deutsch families jointly purchased Château des Capitans in Juliénas. With annual sales of 30 million bottles, Georges Duboeuf is one of the world's best-known French brands.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 106392)
collectible wine

James Suckling rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $119.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1984 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1980 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1991 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1995

The highly sought-after Caymus Special Selection isn't called "special" for nothing. This collectible wine is produced using select barrels of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon of the vintage.

After tasting the 2008, we think it might actually be better than the heralded 2007 vintage. Plush, seductive, silky and complex - everything you want from this blue chip wine.
Only shipping discounts can be applied to this product, other promotional discounts do not apply.

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About Caymus:

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
(search item no. 105217)
older vintages

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines full body and richness with moderate alcohol. It has a garnet color and a nose of cassis liqueur, nutmeg and dark chocolate. On the palate, it has a rich, mouth-coating attack, great expression of fruit, a full-body and beautifully integrated tannins that lead to a long, spicy finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2026.

Vintage Description
The 2006 winter and spring were marked by heavy rains: March had the most rain days on record. Indeed the early season was quite wet and the rains extended well into April. The weather became dry and warm by late spring and bloom conditions were ideal. The early summer will be remembered for a searing 10-day heat wave in July, but August and September were mild, which coupled with normal yields led to a slow prolonged ripening. We began picking in Alexander Valley on September 12th and concluded harvest on October 17th.

Blending and Aging
Our 2006 Alexander Valley, a blend of wine from several different vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2007 and transferred the wine to 50% new and 50% once-used American oak barrels for aging. Blending prior to barreling allows us to achieve a balance of the wine's natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine was then aged in barrel for approximately 25 months and another 15 months in bottle to harmonize its components before release.

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About Silver Oak Alexander Valley:

Great wine is meant to be savored with family and friends. This belief is at the heart of Silver Oak Cellars, where we have crafted extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon for over 35 years. Designed to be deliciously drinkable from the day it is released, Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon grows more supple and luxurious over time.

Silver Oak's Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is produced at our picturesque Geyserville estate, set amid the rolling hills of northern Sonoma County.

The Tudor-style estate features a massive flagstone arch that leads to a central courtyard with a fountain. High, arched glass doors open on the tasting room with its rustic stone fireplace. Designed to resemble the American oak barrels that are a signature of Silver Oak, the oak tasting bar is accented with steel barrel hoops. Beautifully etched glass doors highlight the stone-lined wine library next door, which contains an enormous oak barrel carved with the Silver Oak logo.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Sauternes and Barsac    France - Bordeaux   
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Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2005
Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2005
(search item no. 95281)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2001 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2001 vintage of this wine was ranked #1 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2004

2005 was marked by drought. Only 127 mm of rain fell during the winter, and following a month of April with some more rain (129 mm), the dry weather began again at the end of May. The summer was first very hot in June and July, then cooler in August and September, which allowed slow ripening and good balance between body and freshness.

Beautiful intense golden color. Pleasantly fresh, showing jammy notes and candied fruit (apricots, figs). Round and smooth on the palate, with candied notes and a long finish.

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About Chateau Rieussec:

Classified "Premier Grand Cru" in 1855, Rieussec has held its reputation and the quality of its wine, throughout the difficult years which Sauternes properties have been through. Albert Vuillier, who took over in 1971, has paid special attention to the development of the vineyard and pushed the standard of the wines produced to the highest level. This policy has paid dividends, since in recent years, Rieussec has received particular acclaim in numerous tastings of the "Premier Cru" of Sauternes. In 1985, wishing to consolidate Rieussec's position, Albert Vuillier entered into partnership with Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) to go even further in the elusive search for the perfect Sauternes.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Other Spain    Spain   
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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
(search item no. 6619)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fine Spanish sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method, in which the secondary fermentation producing a sparkling wine's bubbles occurs in the bottle. Its fresh, toasty nose, beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors, supple, lively mouth-feel, and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own and with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes

Varietal Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo<

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.



Dessert, Sherry & Port    Port    Portugal    Portugal   
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Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2000
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2000
(search item no. 53896)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1977 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1994 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1997

Black purple: opaque. Dense, tight, rich full fruit nose. Cedar and dark berry aromas. A big, full bocied wine with greath finesse and style. Great character and potential.

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About Taylor Fladgate:

Taylor's is now into its fourth century: one of the very oldest of the Port companies. It is the last totally independent company of the original British Port houses-and is still family owned and managed. It is run today from Oporto by descendants of the Yeatman and Fladgate families, both of which have been partners in the firm since the 1830s. For more than 300 years Taylor's name has been synonymous with consistent excellence in Port.


White Wines    Sauvignon Blanc    Napa Valley    California   
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Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Cliff Lede Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 104623)

PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Intense citrus blossom, honeysuckle, and tropical undertones of pineapple, calamansi lime, and passion fruit describe the nose of the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. The wider use of the Musque clone in this blend contributes to this vintage's intense floral and tropical flavors. Subtle notes of marzipan, ginger, and tarragon add complexity in the finish complimenting the lemon meringue and strawberry guava base. The crisp minerality lifts the flavors in the palette making this wine perfect with spicy dishes.
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About Cliff Lede Vineyards:

Established in 2002, Cliff Lede Vineyards encompasses 60 acres in the famed Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Owner Cliff Lede, viticulturist David Abreu, winemaker Kale Anderson and consulting winemaker Philippe Melka have come together to form an unrivalled team, making the most of this remarkable property. Their state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery boasts a berry-by-berry sorting system and conical tanks commissioned using a design inspired by the tanks of Chateau Latour. One tank per vineyard block ensures each lot evolves at its own pace and acres of caves with single-layer barrel storage ensure access to each barrel at all times. The winery produces Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, is crafted from the steep hillside portion of the estate.


White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2009
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2009
(search item no. 105681)

PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a pale straw yellow. The aroma has a clean, crisp fragrance with intense yet elegant hints of quince. While the taste is fresh, harmonious fruit set off by slight sweetness with a long finish full of delicate, tangy flavor.
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About Santa Margherita:

Santa Margherita introduced Pinot Grigio in 1980, and has become one of America's favorite premium wines. Recently voted the most popular imported wine, red or white, in top restaurants for the 11th consecutive year (Wine & Spirits 4/06), Santa Margherita remains a favorite among wine enthusiasts for its crisp, ripe character and consistent quality.


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Chateau Pavie  2005
Chateau Pavie 2005
(search item no. 92340)
collectible wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the eighth vintage of Pavie produced under the ownership of Mme. and Mr. Perse, and it was a classic year which demonstrated that the chateau has a truly exceptional terroir. The color is a deep and dense purple, with violet highlights which underscore the wine's youth. Its clean aromas highlight good intensity and well-defined fruitiness. Black currants, blueberries and assorted black fruit are present, together with flattering chocolate and spicy notes derived from careful aging in barrel. The first impression on the palate is faultless, and the quality of the vintage becomes evident as its taste evolves. The wine shows a full body, both tight and supple at once. Everything comes together to create an exemplary balance. The tannins are fine-grained, with a structure which ensures a long and brilliant future. The wine's class and nobility express the care taken during vinification to respect the vintage's potential. The finish is mouth-watering and long, worthy of a great Saint-Emilion.

This is a beautiful, polished 2005 whose powerful and fine structure produces a full and round impression. Forget it in the cellar for at least five years, but its great potential will allow the wine to age successfully for 20 years or more.

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About Chateau Pavie:

In the fourth century, Château Pavie's slope was planted. Parcel after parcel – Pigasse, les domaines de la Sable, Pimpinelle, Larcis – the bulk was built and consolidated under the Pavie name. This lies all in one piece on the slope of the hill southeast of the town of Saint-Emilion. The buildings and the vineyard at Pavie are at three levels on the side of the slope.

Since 1998, Chantal and Gérard Perse have owned this estate, which boasts the largest vineyard of all Premier Grand Cru Classés in Saint-Emilion. The old fermentation cellar has given way to twenty temperature-controlled wooden vats, and the quarries have been replaced by a modern aging cellar.



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Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2005
Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
(search item no. 94129)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $259.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2000 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2000 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2003

Dense purple color. Wonderful notes of spices and chocolate with a great expression of the fruit. Rich and dense. Drink: 2012-2040.

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About Chateau Cos d'Estournel:

Château Cos d'Estournel is a Grand Cru vineyard located in St. Estephe. Its oriental facade is adorned with three pagoda turrets, all cast in a soft golden sandstone. Château Cos d'Estournel today covers 170 acres separated from Château Lafite, along the southern edge, by the stream between St. Estephe and Pauillac. The gravelly soil, over a flint, limestone and silicate subsoil low in nitrogen, has eroded over centuries to form steep ridges which perfectly drain the vineyards. The vineyards are planted 60 percent in Cabernet Sauvignon vines, 2 percent of Cabernet Franc, and 38 percent in Merlot. Naturally, the percentage of Cabernet or Merlot in the composition of each vintage depends on the climate which favors one grape variety or the other.