Aged and vintage wines for connoisseurs, wine lovers and collectors.
Branaire-Ducru 2003
A hugely successful effort from this consistent estate...boasts a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of plums, cassis, briery fruit, and hints of violets and minerals. Medium to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannin, outstanding purity, a textured, plump, nicely layered mouthfeel, and low acidity...somewhat reminiscent of the property's brilliant 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
Price: 164 €
WS
91

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended
RP
94

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Beychevelle 2000
Best Beychevelle in years. Wonderful floral, blackberry aromas follow through to a compressed palate of full-bodied tannins and ripe fruit. Yet very fine and silky on the palate.
Price: 230 €
WS
92

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended
RP
91

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Aiguilhe 2003
Boasts a deep saturated ruby/purple color along with sweet black currant fruit intermixed with notes of high class cigar tobacco, espresso roast, and new oak. Fleshy and rich, this potential sleeper of the vintage should drink well for 10-12 years
Price: 49 €
RP
91

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Sales 1985
To our surprise, the in the bottle tastings revealed a supple, open-knit, surprisingly accessible and open-styled wine. Although not a blockbuster, this outstanding wine reveals admirable richness, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and abundant quantities of smoky cassis, licorice, herb, earth, and leather characteristics. With complex aromatics and splendid richness, it admirably blends power with elegance
Price: 107 €
RP
90

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon Carneros 1996
Seductive with its elegant band of toasty oak, cedar, currant, black cherry and spice, it turns supple and polished on the finish, where the flavors linger
Price: 135 €
WS
92

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

Wine Of The Month
Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon Carneros 1995

Explore all the currant, black cherry, coffee, cedar, anise and blackberry flavors and mild, supple tannins.

Sociando-Mallet 1985

Perfectly aged bottle of Bordeaux for 25 years at a great price. Drinks fantastically right now.