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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
2009 Château Doisy-Daëne - L'Extravagant Sauternes (375)
2009 Château Doisy-Daëne - L'Extravagant Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
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:  $299.00
2009 Château du Cros - Loupiac (375)
2009 Château du Cros - Loupiac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes - Loupiac
White Wine 
Bottle:  $14.99
Case Price (12): $165.00
2009 Château Guiraud - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Guiraud - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"As always, this is dominated by a freshness of flavour, this time kiwi-like fruit as well as the traditional mandarin orange peel - Xavier Planty calls it ?rhubarb?. The 35% Sauvignon, still apart in several lots in the cellar, is mainly responsible for this, but the S?millons are very aromatic too. The base is however powerful, although, at 135 g/l residual, they resisted the temptation of going for broke on sweetness, no mean feat for such a large estate con-fronted by such a sudden onrush of botrytis. The overall effect is of evenness and of a reserved kind of tightness, surrounded by but not dominated by all that freshness of pure fruit."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $37.99
Case Price (12): $418.00
2009 Château Haut Mayne - Cuvée Mayne du Cros Graves (375ml)
2009 Château Haut Mayne - Cuvée Mayne du Cros Graves (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Bordeaux - Graves
Red Wine 

Supple and smooth, this is a distinctly pretty Graves rouge, with ripe Cabernet and Merlot fruit gracefully layered over soft tannins. The voluptuous style of the 2009 vintage really plays to its strengths, and combines nicely with the château's excellent Graves terroir. The owner is Michel Boyer, whose daughter Catherine d'Halluin also makes outstanding wine at Château Clos Bourbon in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux.

Regular price $9.95
SALE!  $8.69
2009 Château La Tour Blanche - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château La Tour Blanche - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"The balance here is identical to Raymond Lafon: 13?8 alcohol, 140 g/l residual and 3.9 g/l total acidity, but what a difference in style. There is a menthol kind of freshness pervading the wine, giving it an almost New World, or even Alsatian touch. This higher tone of fresh fruit will presumably get penetrated by the more roasted S?millon lots during the ?levage. For the second time (07 and 09 - no '08 was made), the sweetness is less absolute, La Tour Blanche having held the record for residual in '03 and '05, and has settled down into a finer balance as a result."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $42.99
Case Price (12): $473.00
2009 Château Nairac - Barsac (375ml)
2009 Château Nairac - Barsac (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes - Barsac
White Wine 
Bottle:  $49.99
Case Price (12): $550.00
2009 Château Rabaud-Promis - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Rabaud-Promis - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 
Bottle:  $29.99
Case Price (12): $330.00
2009 Château Raymond-Lafon - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Raymond-Lafon - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"This is a positive, strong-flavoured wine, with loads of chunky fatness coming out of the S?millon and with the botrytis strongly apparent in the form of quite heavy glycerine. At 138 g/l residual, it is on a par with many others, but it has not been fermented out beyond 13?8, procuring a very fine honeyed texture and avoiding excess of power, so the result is gentle for such a flavourful wine. In addition, there is a good acid balance that stitches it all up nicely. As at Fargues, this will be kept in barrel longer than others, so will certainly soften a little more during its ?levage. Quite clearly this ch'teau kept right on top of the botrytis."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $29.99
Case Price (12): $330.00
2009 Château Rayne-Vigneau - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Rayne-Vigneau - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"Unlike many, the assemblage was made back in January, so the wine is maybe more relaxed at this stage than those samples made up from the different lots, still apart in the cellar. This is also the first year of the new estate manager Vincent Laberg?re, taking the place of Patrick Eymery who retires in June, and he seemed keen to make a statement with this his first vintage. Rayne Vigneau has tended towards a lighter style recently, and this 2009 is a resolute return to something richer, with a more concentrated mouth-feel and 160 g/l of residual. But it is also bursting with fresh fruit aromas, from the higher than usual proportion of Sauvignon (28%) and from the absolute purity of the early October botrytis. The result is a densely sweet but highly 'tensile? and absolutely pure Rayne Vigneau."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $32.99
Case Price (12): $363.00
2009 Château Rieussec - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Rieussec - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"Rieussec flourishes in highly concentrated vintages, and 2009 is no exception. With 150 pickers working two 8-hour shifts, they managed to keep up to date with the year's rapid botrytis, and so maintained a total purity, elegance and complexity of flavour, and at 4,0 g/l, a high tone of acidity. At the same time, at 160 g/l residual, the wine is as usual unashamedly rich. The result is that honeyed sort of purity in the concentration that we saw something of in the historic '89 and '01, possibly superior to the former and almost up to the latter. The balance seems so natural and gives the impression of being able to age for a century or more."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $59.99
Case Price (12): $660.00
2009 Château Sigalas-Rabaud - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Sigalas-Rabaud - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 
Bottle:  $36.99
Case Price (12): $407.00
2009 Château Suduiraut - Sauternes (375ml)
2009 Château Suduiraut - Sauternes (375ml)
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend | Location: France - Sauternes
White Wine 

"Pierre Mont?gut has had some challenges since arriving at Suduiraut in 2002. But to have brought off a success like 2009, with the rapidity of the botrytis stretching this large estate‟s systems to the limit, is a real feat. His '09 continues the trend of more concentrated and sweeter wines since 1997 than previously, and, at 160 g/l, it is on a par with Rieussec. However, the resemblance ends there, and with slightly more alcohol and slightly less acidity, the structure of the Suduiraut seems softer and more frankly powerful. There is something of the 1990 in this. The usual minty and lively flavour character of Suduiraut is currently buried under all this power but you see it all there and it will be pushing progressively through during the coming months in barrel."
Bill Blatch
Bottle:  $69.99
Case Price (12): $770.00
2009 Domaine des Baumard - Quarts de Chaume Loire Valley (375ml)
2009 Domaine des Baumard - Quarts de Chaume Loire Valley (375ml)
Varietal: Chenin Blanc | Location: France - Loire Valley - Quarts de Chaume
White Wine 
Bottle:  $27.99
Case Price (12): $308.00
2009 Fonseca - Vintage Port (375ml)
2009 Fonseca - Vintage Port (375ml)
Varietal: Port Blend | Location: Portugal - Douro Valley - Vintage Port

Bottle:  $54.95
Case Price (12): $595.00
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