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Welcome to our 2010 Bordeaux Futures Offering!



Note added on March 7, 2012
As the last week with the 2009 Bordeaux has shown, there is no better time to buy Bordeaux Futures than during the futures campaign. Price and availabilty are really the only reasons to pay some 18-24 months in advance (less now for 2010s) for Bordeaux, and those two factors are even more at play with an amazing vintage like 2010.

We know that it seems to be the "Vintage of the Millennium" every other year, but in the case of 2010, the hype is more than justified, as it was in 2009, 2005 and 2000.

How good of a deal is it to buy on futures? Just ask someone who bought 2009 Smith Haut Lafitte for $95 a bottle from us in 2010. We sold our last available cases in the past seven days for $150 a bottle. That's quite a savings! Yes it got 100 points from Robert Parker, but take a wine like 2009 Bad Boy (Mauvais Garcon), for instance. This modest Bordeaux from our friend Jean-Luc Thunevin is a great bottle of wine and a heck of a deal at our current sale price of $17.99 per bottle. If you bought a case during the futures campaign? $13.50 a bottle. That's a savings of over $50 a case.

Look, we've been selling Bordeaux Futures since the 1966 vintage. We know what we're doing, and we handle the process 100% professionally from beginning to end. We have direct relationships with our negociants in Bordeaux. We buy direct and pass the savings on to you. That may sound cliche, but it's true. The prices will almost never be lower than they are during a futures campaign so we encourage you to take advantage while you still can. We still have about 35 chateaux available, most in fairly limited quantities. Once they're gone, the odds of re-acquiring them at the same price — if they're even still available — are just about zero.



Click on any wine name to jump down the page and read more about that wine
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  WINE WINE PRICE PER
 
CHATEAU ADV. SPEC. CASE BTL  
BELLE-VUE - Haut Medoc (Sleeper) 87-89 88-91 240 21.00
CARBONNIEUX (RED) - Pessac Leognan (VTP) 91-93 89-92 420 36.00
CARONNE STE. GEMME - Haut Medoc - - 198 17.50
CERTAN DE MAY - Pomerol (VTP) 91-93 95-98 1,788 149.00
CLOS MANOU - Medoc - 87-90 330 28.50
CLOS NARDIAN (WHITE) - Bordeaux 88-90 89-92 420 36.00
COS D'ESTOURNEL - St. Estephe (VGW) 95-97 96-99 3,576 299.00
CROIX DE LABRIE - St. Emilion (VGW) 94-96 - 1,050 89.00
DE SALES - Pomerol - 89-92 375 32.00
DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU - St. Julien (VGW) 96-98+ - 2,895 249.00
DUHART MILON - Pauillac (6pk) (VGW) 94-96 92-95 870 149.00
DUTRUCH GRAND POUJEAUX - Moulis en Medoc - - 219 19.00
GIGAULT "VIVA" - Prem. Cotes de Blaye (Sleeper) 88-90 87-90 204
18.00
HAUT BRION - Pessac Leognan (6pk) (VGW) 98-100 96-99 6,570 1,099.00
HOSANNA - Pomerol (6pk) (VGW) 94-96 95-98 1,299 219.00
LA MISSION HAUT BRION - Pessac Leog. (6pk) (VGW) 98-100 95-98 5,994 999.00
LAFITE ROTHSCHILD - Pauillac (6pk) (VGW) 98-100 96-99 8,970 1,495.00
LAFITE ROTHSCHILD "CARRUADES DE LAFITE" - Pauillac (6pk) (VTP) 91-94 93-96 1,995 339.00
LAFLEUR GAZIN - Pomerol 87-89 92-95 564 47.00
LE CONSEILLER - Bordeaux Superieur (VTP & Sleeper) 90-92 - 171 15.00
LEOVILLE BARTON - St. Julien (VTP) 91-93+ 94-97 1,479 125.00
LES ASTERIES - St. Emilion (VTP) 91-94 91-94 1,299 110.00
L'EVANGILE - Pomerol (6pk) (VGW) 96-98 94-97 1,974 329.00
MARSAC SEGUINEAU - Margaux - - 219 19.00
MOUTON ROTHSCHILD "PETIT MOUTON" - Pauillac (6pk) (VTP) 90-93 91-94 1,125 189.00
PAVEIL DE LUZE - Margaux - - 258 22.00
PEDESCLAUX - Pauillac - 90-93 450 39.00
PEZAT - Bordeaux Superieur 86-88 86-89 129 11.00
PUY BLANQUET - St. Emilion - - 276 23.00
REYNON (RED) - Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux (Sleeper) 87-88 88-91 162 14.00
SAINT PAUL - Haut Medoc - - 168 14.50
THIEULEY - Bordeaux 85-87 - 114 10.00
THIEULEY "RESERVE COURSELLE" - Bord. Super. (Sleeper) 87-89 - 159 13.50
TOUR ST. BONNET - Medoc (Sleeper)
87-88 - 147 13.00
VALANDRAUD - St. Emilion (6pk) (VGW) 94-96+ 95-98 1,848 315.00
VALANDRAUD (WHITE) - Bordeaux 87-89 90-93 519 44.00
VIEUX CHATEAU MAZERAT - St. Emilion (6pk) (VTP) 92-94 91-94 399 69.00
VIRGINIE DE VALANDRAUD (WHITE) - Bordeaux - 89-92 270 23.00


- a wine ending in (Sleeper) is a "Sleeper of the Vintage" in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2011)
- a wine ending in (VTP) is one of the "Vintage's Top Performers" in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2011)
- a wine ending in (VGW) is one of the "Vintage's Greatest Wines" in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2011)
- case prices are for 12 x 750ml bottles unless otherwise noted

 


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You read our Blog from Bordeaux, saw our thoughts on the 2010 vintage, and now...it's time for some wine!

After spending ten full days touring Bordeaux in mid-April and tasting about 500 wines from the 2010 vintage (many of them multiple times), we feel we have an excellent perspective on what appears to be a great vintage.

"2010 exceeds 2009 in record setting alcohols, but, paradoxically, it is the fresh acids, lower pHs and massive tannins that have dictated more precision in the mouth despite the record alcohol levels these wines attained. While massive and highly extracted, the 2010s are also fresh and incredibly pure. Moreover, they will enjoy astonishing longevity."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (May 2011)
"It's now quite clear that Bordeaux has a compelling duo of vintages in the pipeline. Compared to the round, fleshy, flattering '09s, the '10s provide a stark contrast, with super-racy acidity, powerful yet fresh tannins and ripe, muscular fruit. Overall, I rate the vintage at 95–98 points for both the Left and Right Banks, and 91–94 points for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac."
-- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (April 2011)




For those of you unfamiliar with "Bordeaux Futures" or for those who just need a little refresher course, here it is...

Bordeaux is unique in the way it offers its wines. Each year, as winter turns to spring, the wine world turns its focus to Bordeaux when the most recent vintage is ready to taste out of barrel. After the first organized tastings are completed, usually in early April, we wait until each chateau releases their price to the Bordeaux negociants (wine brokers) throughout April, May and June. Negociants in turn distribute the wine to the entire world. Luckily for us, and for you!, we're able to import these wines directly, thus providing you with excellent prices and world-class selection. All the while, the wines are still maturing in barrel. After about 18-24 months each chateau bottles their wine and the wines we've bought are shipped to our warehouse. Voila.

Why buy these wines in advance?
There's really only two reasons to buy Bordeaux Futures, price and availability. The prices of these wines will never be as low as they are today. In most vintages, and especially in great vintages, the prices can rise dramatically in the roughly two years it takes for us to receive the wines. Availabilty for many wines, in great vintages like 2010, can be scarce at best. Buying them during the Futures campaign is often the only way to ensure you ever get any. The Futures campaign might also be the only opportunity you have to get the wines bottled in the size format you desire.

Why buy Futures from Calvert Woodley?
We've been buying and selling Bordeaux Futures since the 1966 vintage and we know what we're doing. From the first wine we purchase during the campaign till the last bottle is resting comfortably in your possession, we make sure that every step of the process is handled properly and professionally. We have long established relationships with negociants and chateau owners through repeated trips to Bordeaux. CW co-owner Ed Sands established these relationships some 45 years ago and introduced son Michael to everyone he knows. Ed is still actively involved in the business, especially the Bordeaux portion. Despite the fact we're buying and selling wine 18-24 months before it's bottled, we never offer you wine on speculation. We purchase the wine first, through our most trusted sources, and offer it to you only after we've received confirmation.

A few key points about CW's Bordeaux Futures Offering:
1 - All orders are subject to written confirmation
2 - Prices are subject to change
3 - Payment due at the time the order is confirmed. DC sales tax will be collected at time of pickup, at the tax rate at time of pickup. There is no sales tax on shipped orders.
4 - Approximate delivery is Fall 2012-Spring 2013

 

All Bordeaux Futures can be purchased online, by the bottle or by the case. After clicking "Add to Cart" simply enter the number of bottles you'd like to purchase and click "Update Quantities".



Click here to see our

2010 Sauternes Futures Offering


 
2010 Château Belle-Vue - Haut-Médoc (750ml)
We've been following Belle-Vue for years and this is another great one. It has a dark purple color and an exotic and spicy nose with a hint of vanilla. The tannins are dense, but sweet and round. It has excellent concentration of fruit. (tasted twice)
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"One of the finest over-achievers in the southern Medoc, Belle-Vue is a 36-acre vineyard situated close to Giscours. The 2010's final blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a whopping 20% Petit Verdot hit 13.5% natural alcohol. The wine boasts a dense purple color along with sweet black currant, cherry, licorice and barbecue smoke notes, medium body, supple tannins and a refined, elegant, lusty style. It is the kind of low level Bordeaux that sells for a song and will make consumers happy."
(Sleeper of the Vintage)
87-89 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Rounded and enticing, with a mix of crushed blueberry, plum and raspberry fruit backed by spice and toasty vanilla hints. Not shy about the toast, but there's plenty of fruit as well."
88-91 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $29.99
Case Price (12): $330.00
 
2010 Château Carbonnieux - Pessac-Léognan (750ml)
We tasted this with owner Eric Perrin during our wonderful visit to the chateau. Robust and full-bodied in style, with excellent purity of fruit, this elegant red has a tight, refined tannic structure, and will age nicely.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"Abundant minerality, spicy unsmoked cigar tobacco and red and black currant characteristics emerge from this medium to full-bodied Pessac-Leognan. Displaying more power, depth, muscle and tannin than usual, this opaque ruby/purple-hued 2010 should evolve for 20-25 years."
(one of the Vintage's Top Performers)
91-93 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Very pure, with a lovely, supple feel to the structure and long, unadorned red currant, raspberry and cherry fruit that sails along. Shows flickers of warm stone and spice on the finish."
89-92 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $49.99
Case Price (12): $550.00
 
2010 Château Caronne-Ste.-Gemme - Haut-Médoc (750ml)
Our friend, owner Francois Nony, just keeps raising the bar at Caronne! A perennial winner, his 2010 has a nice bit of blackcurrant in the nose, with well-integrated, ripe tannins. There are attractive Medoc earth flavors that carry through into a long and elegant finish. (tasted twice including once at the chateau)
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"This has a lifted nose of blackberry, smoke, soy and a touch of hot gravel stones. Moderate definition, this comes across as a little broody at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry, quite masculine and tannic, just missing fleshiness on the finish that would have balanced it up. Maybe this will come in time? Hopefully....I still appreciate the charm of this wine. Tasted April 2011."
87-89 points -- Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

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Regular price $26.99
SALE!  $22.99
 
2010 Château Certan de May - Pomerol (750ml)
"This estate, which enjoys a fabulous location on the high plateau of Pomerol with neighbors such as Lafleur, Vieux-Chateau-Certan, Petrus and La Fleur Petrus, should produce even greater wines. While I long for a return to the fabulous Certan de Mays of the early and mid-eighties, the 2010 is an impressive effort. Aromas of black fruits intermixed with an iron-like character, soil, oak and earth undertones emerge from this full-bodied, masculine, borderline rustic wine. With abundant concentration as well as elevated tannins, this Pomerol will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030+."
(one of the Vintage's Top Performers)
91-93 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Shows stunning depth and drive, with a deep well of blackberry and plum sauce and a lush structure. Superlong, with spice and anise echoing on. A tremendous young wine in the making."
95-98 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $199.00
Case Price (12): $2,200.00
 
2010 Château Croix de Labrie - St.-Emilion (750ml)
This red dispalys lovely balance of fruit and structure. More stylish than powerful, it's plump and lush, with long, ripe flavors.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"One of the tiniest production as well as most seductive, opulent wines in all of Bordeaux, only 200 cases of the Croix de Labrie are made in most vintages. I was only able to taste the 2010 on one occasion and the aromatics revealed some oxidation, but the palate exploded with blue and black fruits intermixed with hints of coffee, chocolate and exotic Asian spices. Opulent, dense and super-concentrated, it should merit a mid-ninety point rating."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
94-96 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


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Bottle:  $110.00
Case Price (12): $1,200.00
 
2010 Château de Sales - Pomerol (750ml)
"Offers soft, pure, unadorned plum and raspberry fruit, with a lightly chalky minerality. Fleshes out nicely as it airs in the glass."
89-92 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $44.99
Case Price (12): $495.00
 
2010 Château Duhart-Milon - Pauillac (750ml)
"This large estate (190 acres) has been on a qualitative rise for nearly a decade. A classic Pauillac, the opaque purple-colored 2010, a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, reveals beautiful notes of creme de cassis, licorice, tobacco leaf and forest floor. Bigger and more muscular than most previous vintages, this full-bodied Pauillac possesses stunning density as well as intensity. Atypically high in alcohol for this property, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
94-96 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"This plump red offers black tea, warm ganache, fig and black currant confiture notes backed by a smoky finish, with pillowy but lengthy tannins. Acidity then rushes in at the very end, adding more length. An impressive step up for this wine."
92-95 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $169.00
Case Price (6): $929.00
 
2010 Château Dutruch Grand Poujeaux - Moulis-en-Médoc (750ml)
Over the past few vintages this property has been making excellent wine and the 2010 is another winner. One of the first 2010s we tasted, it showed the true markings of the vintage with dark black color, lively acidity and serious but well-integrated tannins. A core of rich, black cherry and plum fruit will make this enjoyable within a year of release but it should sing in five to seven.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois primeur tasting. This has a light but well defined bouquet with dark fruit: blackberry, mulberry and a touch of candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with gritty tannins on the entry, just a little pinched and angular towards the finish but it should improve by bottling. Tasted April 2011."
87-89 points -- Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

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Bottle:  $29.99
Case Price (12): $330.00
 
2010 Château Gigault - Cuvée Viva Premières Côtes de Blaye (750ml)
This medium to full-bodied red has attractive aromas of roasted fruit with nice black cherry and ripe plum flavors that surround a good, sturdy structure. The finish is fresh and long.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"A consistent overachiever, Gigault Cuvee Viva's 2010 (100% Merlot fashioned under the guidance of Stephane Derenoncourt) was made from yields of 25 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14% natural alcohol. Fat and plump, it offers abundant aromas of coffee beans, plum sauce and black cherry jam as well as a lush, hedonistic personality. Although not complex, it delivers lots of fruit, glycerin and thrills. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years."
(Sleeper of the Vintage)
88-90 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Open and fleshy, with a friendly core of grape, plum and boysenberry fruit backed by just enough lightly firm toast for support. Should be another solid value for this estate."
87-90 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $24.99
Case Price (12): $275.00
 
2010 Château Haut-Brion - Pessac-Léognan (750ml)
"Following a harvest that finished on October 10, Haut-Brion produced a 2010 that should turn out to be one of its all-time greats ... an amazing feat given what they have accomplished over recent vintages. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc that came in at 14.6% alcohol, the 2010 boasts an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of scorched earth/burning embers, blueberries, black currant liqueur and crushed rocks. Full and opulent with nobility, finesse, purity and elegance, this amazing effort possesses extraordinary levels of extract as well as formidable, but sweet, well-integrated tannins. It requires 8-10 years of cellaring and should drink well for 50+ years."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
98-100 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Sappy, dense and packed, with layers of kirsch, melted licorice snap, anise and black tea. Just as dense, if not more so, on the finish, with extra tar, violet and blackberry confiture. There's massive grip on the back end, but this is velvety and caressing. Easily the most backward of the first-growths at this stage."
96-99 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $1,299.00
Case Price (6): $7,150.00
 
2010 Château Hosanna - Pomerol (750ml)
"There are approximately 1,500 cases of this 80% Merlot/20% Cabernet Franc blend. Owned by Christian Moueix, Hosanna was carved out of the old estate of Certan Giraud with the finest parcels going in to Hosanna. The dense purple-hued 2010 exhibits a sweet bouquet of melted chocolate, black raspberries, black currants, coffee and Asian plum sauce. Full-bodied and rich with serious tannin, good acidity and alcohol that must be pushing toward 14.5%, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should last for 20-25 years."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
94-96 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Almost flashy, with stunning fruitcake, licorice, blueberry and plum sauce flavors. There's lots of definition already, with a gorgeous chocolate-filled finish. Merlot with 30 percent old-vine Cabernet Franc."
95-98 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $299.00
Case Price (6): $1,695.00
 
2010 Château L'Evangile - Pomerol (750ml)
"As I have been predicting, the Rothschilds are pushing l’Evangile to the highest level of the Pomerol hierarchy. Composed of 88.8% Merlot and 11.2% Cabernet Franc, the 2010 achieved 14.7% alcohol naturally, making it one of the few 2010s with lower alcohol than its 2009 counterpart (the 2009 had 15% alcohol and the 2008 had 14.5%). Most of that is due to the superb ripeness and the high concentration of Merlot in 2010. The berries were extremely tiny and the drought and cool nights in August and September gave the 2010 a lower pH and higher acidity than the 2009. For example, the 2010's pH is 3.7, the 2009's is higher and in 2000 it was 4.0. The dense purple-colored 2010 exhibits massive levels of black raspberries, Asian plum sauce, truffles and cassis. The wine is unctuously textured and remarkably fresh with a weighty richness (much like the 2009) but greater delineation. A marvelous effort, it, along with the 2009, may turn out to be one of the two greatest wines made by l’Evangile. The 2010 should drink well young yet last for three decades or more."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
96-98 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Gorgeous raspberry ganache, fig and boysenberry fruit is liberally laced with fruitcake and graphite. Superracy, with linzer torte and red licorice taking over the finish. Very long, with lots going on here already."
94-97 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $399.00
Case Price (6): $2,200.00
 
2010 Château La Mission-Haut-Brion - Pessac-Léognan (750ml)
"One of the most powerful La Missions ever produced, the 2010, a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, achieved 15% natural alcohol (even higher than the 2009's 14.7%). Nevertheless, the pH is normal which gives the wine an extraordinary precision, freshness and vibrancy despite its massive size. A blue/purple color is followed by a classic nose of blueberry liqueur, creme de cassis, spring flowers and crushed rocks. This monumental, full-bodied, incredibly rich La Mission-Haut-Brion will need a decade of cellaring and should last for 40-50 years. It is slightly fatter and creamier than its sibling rival, the 2010 Chateau Haut-Brion."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
98-100 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"This is loaded, with a torrent of pastis, crushed plum, blueberry and boysenberry fruit, backed by tarry tannins and a long, spice- and graphite-filled finish. Big, but very, very sleek. Highest percentage of Cabernet ever for La Mission (62 percent)."
95-98 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $1,099.00
Case Price (6): $6,395.00
 
2010 Château Lafite Rothschild - Carruades de Lafite Pauillac (750ml)
"Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc, the beautiful 2010 Carruades de Lafite may turn out to be one of the finest yet produced (although I still have a weakness for the brilliant 2003, which is drinking beautifully at present). Notes of charcoal, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, herbs and cedar are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, stunning second wine. It will be drinkable upon release and should last for 20 or more years."
(one of the Vintage's Top Performers)
91-94 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Remarkably tight, offering black currant and sanguine notes laced with sandalwood and roasted fig. This is also tight-grained on the finish and is really long, with the acidity just going on and on. Only 10 percent new oak."
93-96 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $279.00
Case Price (6): $1,535.00
 
2010 Château Lafite Rothschild - Pauillac (750ml)
"This exceptionally rich, thick Lafite came in with the highest level of natural alcohol (13.5%) ever achieved at Lafite Rothschild. To put that in its proper context, the 2009 and 2005 were 13.3% and in the hottest Bordeaux summer ever recorded in over 200 years, the 2003 achieved 12.8%. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, all harvested between October 9 and 14, the 2010 exhibits an extraordinarily dense color, an unctuous texture and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with graphite, charcoal and truffle notes. A director Charles Chevalier told me, between July and the October harvest, Bordeaux had its driest weather since 1949, but it never got excessively hot. Hence the tiny berries, freshness and extraordinary precision of Lafite Rothschild. This superb effort will undoubtedly shut down slightly once it is bottled despite a pH of 3.8. It needs no building up because much of Lafite Rothschild has now become an obsession with the wealthy Chinese and most of it will undoubtedly be consumed before it ever hits its prime. Ideally, it should be cellared for 10-15 years and drunk over the following 50+ years."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
98-100 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"This is all guile and elegance now, with sleek, perfumy black tea, currant and crushed fig fruit, laced with subtle smoke, incense and tar. Just as you think it starts to fade, the acidity kicks in on the finish and brings everything back for an encore."
96-99 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $1,499.00
Case Price (6): $8,495.00
 
2010 Château Lafleur-Gazin - Pomerol (750ml)
"This low level Pomerol reveals medium to full body, a masculine structure, a dense ruby/purple color and sweet notes of black currants, crushed rocks, smoked game, herbs and earth. Medium to full-bodied with moderately high tannin, it will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 12-15 years."
87-89 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Juicy, with a muscular core of blackberry and fig. Lots of acidity is nicely buried on the smoke- and spice-filled finish, where a hint of plum skin lends an ever-so-slightly chewy edge."
92-95 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $64.99
Case Price (12): $715.00
 
2010 Château Marsac-Seguineau - Margaux (750ml)
91-92 points -- James Suckling (formerly of Wine Spectator), jamessuckling.com

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Bottle:  $29.99
Case Price (12): $330.00
 
2010 Château Mouton-Rothschild - Le Petit Mouton Pauillac (750ml)
"A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot, this may be finest second wine Mouton Rothschild has yet produced. The selection process is unquestionably severe, and the 2010 Le Petit Mouton is even higher in alcohol than the grand vin. Abundant cassis, supple tannins and more near-term pleasure can be found in this full-bodied, rich, impressively endowed effort. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years."
(one of the Vintage's Top Performers)
90-93 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Offers a solid, muscular beam of raspberry and red currant, with sweet spice and tobacco in the background. The round finish of roasted vanilla is nicely integrated already, and this nicely rounded overall. Tasted non-blind."
91-94 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $249.00
Case Price (6): $1,375.00
 
2010 Château Puy-Blanquet - St.-Emilion (750ml)
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Bottle:  $39.99
Case Price (12): $440.00
 
2010 Château Saint Paul - Haut-Médoc (750ml)
Another bargain from our friend Jeff Davies in Bordeaux. This red has sweet, ripe black fruit flavors with a focused, precise style, and a long finish. The complexity reminds us more of a classified growth.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

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Bottle:  $22.99
Case Price (12): $253.00
 
2010 Château Thieuley - Bordeaux Rouge (750ml)
We've been carrying the Thieuley wines forever and they're always consistently good. Lots of upfront fruit leads to a nice, clean finish. The concentration is there but the tannins are soft so it should be drinking well early.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"One of the most consistent values in Bordeaux has long been Chateau Thieuley. Their 2010 is a soft, classic Bordeaux revealing notes of berry fruit, tobacco leaf and spice box. Drink this medium-bodied effort over the next 3-4 years."
85-87 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Bottle:  $14.99
Case Price (12): $165.00
 
2010 Château Valandraud - St.-Emilion (750ml)
One of our Top 5 wines of the vintage, this dense and extracted red has really fine tannins, with aromas of blackcurrant and cassis and flavors of espresso with hints of vanilla. The flavors seem to go on forever!
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"A brilliant effort from Jean-Luc Thunevin (Bordeaux's so-called 'bad boy' or bete noire), the dense purple-colored 2010 Valandraud exhibits notes of black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, incense and hints of forest floor and oak. This complex, full-bodied, powerful St.-Emilion oozes with extract and sweet, well-integrated tannins. It should drink well for 20+ years."
(one of the Vintage's Greatest Wines)
94-96+ points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"Dense, with layers of fig paste, blackberry confiture and fresh boysenberry fruit flavors carried by dense, serious tannins that are still really velvety in the end. Extra spice, cocoa and black tea fill in the background. Impressive."
95-98 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $369.00
Case Price (12): $4,059.00
 
2010 Clos Manou - Médoc (750ml)
This deep, dark wine has a wonderful nose of blackberry jam. It's a rich and saturated style of Medoc, with terrific balance and a complex, fresh finish.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"This has a solid core of black cherry preserves and dark plum fruit, with a liberally toasty vanilla frame. There's solid fruit, if a touch shy on complexity."
87-90 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $34.99
Case Price (12): $385.00
 
2010 Clos Nardian - Bordeaux Blanc (750ml)
This white was a new discovery for us from one of Bordeaux's rebels, Jonathan Maltus. A classic blend of 40% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Muscadelle, it has incredibly concentrated, fresh flavors of white peach and honeysuckle with a touch of beeswax. Though the wine is made in 50% new and 50% one year old barrels, the oak is well-integrated and impeccably balanced.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"A strong effort, this blend of equal parts Sauvignon and Semillon as well as 10% Muscadelle exhibits lots of honeyed tropical fruits and assorted citrus in its medium-bodied, fresh style."
88-90 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Tangy at first, with thyme and chive hints giving way quickly to riper melon and peach notes. Persistent, with a lovely salted butter edge on the finish. Sneakily long."
89-92 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $49.99
Case Price (6): $275.00
 
2010 Pezat - Bordeaux Supérieur (750ml)
Also from the innovative Jonathan Maltus, this easy to drink bargain has sweet, cherry-like fruit in the nose. It has bright and lively flavors that are balanced nicely with soft tannins. Lots to enjoy here.
-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)

"An excellent effort from Jonathan Maltus, this value-priced, lower-level Bordeaux is normally a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The 2010 is exactly what one expects from an inexpensive but well-made Bordeaux. Soft tannins, deep berry fruit, a nice, medium-bodied, fleshy texture, and clean finish all make for a delicious wine to drink in its first 3-4 years of life."
86-88 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Pure, with a lightly firm damson plum and pomegranate frame to the core of blackberry and blackcurrant. A mineral edge is starting to show on the finish."
86-89 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $19.99
Case Price (12): $220.00
 
2010 Vieux Château Mazerat - St.-Emilion (750ml)
"From a tiny parcel of old vines east of the more well-known Angelus estate, near Beausejour-Duffau, Jonathan Maltus produces this limited production blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The dense purple-hued 2010 possesses a crisp bouquet of blue, red and black fruits, crushed rocks, spring flowers and background oak. Full-bodied, powerful and dense, it is no doubt meant for long-term cellaring, so forget it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following two decades."
(one of the Vintage's Top Performers)
92-94 points -- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


"This shows a little more heft, with muscular blueberry, fig and blackberry confiture notes inlaid with roasted apple wood and espresso hints. Shows a pure beam of fruit through the finish."
91-94 points -- Wine Spectator

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Bottle:  $89.99
Case Price (6): $495.00

 

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