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2009 Bodegas Federico Paternina - Banda Azul Crianza Rioja (375)
2009 Bodegas Federico Paternina - Banda Azul Crianza Rioja (375ml)
Varietal: Red Blend | Location: Spain - La Rioja - Rioja
Red Wine 

What always astounds me about Banda Azul (an Ernest Hemingway favorite) is the precision with which the flavors of the Tempranillo grape are perfectly set off by the abundant notes of new oak. It's a neat trick, rarely mastered outside of Burgundy or Bordeaux, and it makes Banda Azul something special. You save a ton, but give up almost nothing in terms of polish and sophistication. 

Bottle:  $7.99
Case Price (24): $176.00
2009 Château Batailley - Pauillac (375)
2009 Château Batailley - Pauillac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Bordeaux - Pauillac
Red Wine 
Bottle:  $41.99
Case Price (24): $925.00
2009 Château Caillou - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Caillou - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 
Regular price $22.99
SALE!  $19.99
2009 Château Caronne-Ste.-Gemme - Haut-Médoc (375)
2009 Château Caronne-Ste.-Gemme - Haut-Médoc (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Bordeaux - Haut-Médoc
Red Wine 
WS 90


This property is a real hidden "gem", just a stone's throw away from the St. Julien appellation and stars such as Lagrange and Gruaud Larose. We're happy to keep the secret because it means more wine for us! Owner Francois Nony, whom we got to visit with during our recent trip to Bordeaux, delivers a great 2009. A blackcurrant and cassis-like nose leads to a classic Medoc earthy finish. This wine is well-balanced with a freshness of fruit that is a hallmark of this vintage. It should age well for 5-10 more years. A real bargain!

Bottle:  $11.99
Case Price (24): $264.00
2009 Château Climens - Barsac (375)
2009 Château Climens - Barsac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes - Barsac
White Wine 
WA 97

Climens is a wine with a strong and heady character: every deed and every gesture involved in our complex trade as winemakers is aimed tirelessly at attaining this objective: finding that particular grace every year that is the signature of Climens, beyond the differences in vintages, and with which so many passionate wine lovers have fallen in love.

Regular price $69.99
SALE!  $49.99
2009 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey - Sauternes (375)
2009 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"This just has to go down as one of the great successes of the vintage. Just to check, I tasted it blind against the Second Growths and its superiority shone out; then against other Firsts, and its combination of lush concentration and an elegant 'lift' put it right there at the top. At a quite moderate 136 g/l of residual, and an alcohol and acidity that are almost identical to the '07, this is the kind of 'nervous' balance that many larger estates would maybe have preferred to achieve this year. In that, it is one of the few wines to resemble the '01, and is maybe even superior."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $39.99
Case Price (12): $440.00
2009 Château Coutet - Barsac (375ml)
2009 Château Coutet - Barsac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes - Barsac
White Wine 
Bottle:  $49.99
Case Price (12): $550.00
2009 Château de Fargues - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château de Fargues - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"How absolutely refreshing the more acid nature of Fargues is in a vintage of such richness! It acts as a veritable flavour enhancer, bringing out the strongly mineral character of the terroir and the forceful tea and cinnamon flavours of the botrytis, still noticeable even after 6 months of ?levage. This is a broadly constituted, strong flavoured, quite forceful Sauternes (Maybe it wasn't by chance that Comte Alexandre served the almost equally strong ?83 for lunch after our last tasting). It has clearly been built for the long haul, not only for the extra year of ?levage in barrel that they do here, but also for really long-term cellaring in bottle."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $89.99
Case Price (12): $990.00
2009 Château de Myrat - Barsac (375ml)
2009 Château de Myrat - Barsac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes - Barsac
White Wine 

"Here is another very rich and strong wine. It checks in at 14?0 alcohol and 150 g/l residual, and is full of ripe, quite roasted flavours. Yet it has tremendous freshness, partly from the quite high acidity and also from the 'lift' that it's chalky Barsac subsoil certainly provides. So, in the mouth, as well as being very rich, it is also very fresh."
--Bill Blatch, bordeauxgold.com
Bottle:  $25.99
Case Price (12): $289.00
2009 Château Doisy-Daëne - Barsac (375)
2009 Château Doisy-Daëne - Barsac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes - Barsac
White Wine 

"Denis Dubourdieu considers this vintage to be the finest produced by him, his father and his grandfather! He is a great proponent of the preservation of fine fresh botrytis fruit flavour and usually eschews any excess sweetness that he considers may smother it.

This year, however, he has found a much sweeter balance, at 155 g/l residual, but this in no way compromises the freshness of the spring flower aromas and white peach fruitiness (there is little of the usual dried apricots this year) and it is all balanced by a quite high acidity (4.5 g/l). The result is an unusually sweet but very complete and complex wine that will certainly age for ever.

Denis has also managed to produce 7 barrels of 'Extravagant', a 50-50 Sauvignon - Semillon blend this year, with 12? of alcohol and 320 g/l residual. It is a very fat style of wine, more on its power than the slightly more fruit-driven '07."
--Bill Blatch, bordeauxgold.com
Bottle:  $34.99
Case Price (12): $385.00
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