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Spotlight On: 2009 Montrose

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Harvested between September 17 and October 5, this wine seems always open for business, so to speak, much like the great 1982s. The summer of 2009 was very hot and dry, which got the harvest off to a reasonably early start. The blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Jean Bernard Delmas’ goal was to find perfect equilibrium between freshness and concentration, given its incredible opulence and the voluptuous character this vintage offered. That’s what this wine has in abundance. With an astounding dense purple color, the wine has velvety, sweet tannins, and an extremely open-knit and opulent blueberry, blackberry and creme de cassis nose. There is scorched earth, vanilla and, again, telltale licorice and spice. It is unctuously textured – thicker and juicier than the 2010 and more forward. This wine should come into its own in another five years. And again, it has at least 50+ years of aging potential. – Robert Parker Jr. (2014)

Spotlight On: 2009 La Mission Haut Brion

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A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2009 La Mission-Haut-Brion stood out as one of the most exceptional young wines I had ever tasted from barrel, and its greatness has been confirmed in the bottle. A remarkable effort from the Dillon family, this is another large-scaled La Mission that tips the scales at 15% alcohol. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (47% of each) and the rest Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a magnificent bouquet of truffles, scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, subtle smoke and spring flowers. The wine’s remarkable concentration offers up an unctuous/viscous texture, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, sweet, sumptuous, nearly over-the-top flavors and massive density. Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime La Mission-Haut-Brion, the 2009 will take its place alongside the many great wines made here since the early 1920s. The good news is that there are nearly 6,000 cases of the 2009. It should last for 50-75+ years. Given the wine’s unctuosity and sweetness of the tannin, I would have no problem drinking it in about 5-6 years. – Robert Parker Jr. (2012)

Pape Clement 2012 On The Rise?

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One year ago it was observed that Pape Clement 2012 offered relative value as one of the top five Bordeaux reds in Robert Parker’s in-bottle report of the 2012 vintage. He upgraded it to 97 points from a barrel range of 92-95 points and described it as “a candidate for near-perfection”.

Bordeaux 2005 Retrospective: Reaping The Benefits One Year Later

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A year after Robert Parker’s much anticipated retrospective of the Bordeaux 2005 vintage, which estates have profited the most? It would appear that while some wines have continued to roll on since last summer’s report, not all of the 2005s have experienced even a small boost in price.

Haut Brion 2012 On The Move

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While only a handful of Bordeaux 2015s have traded since release, the vintage is nonetheless of interest to merchants. Margaux, Canon and Lafite 2015 – which has traded – are the most searched for wines on Liv-ex over the last month.

Is There A Coming Burgundy Apocalypse?

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For years, vintages of Burgundy have been smaller and smaller, while prices have gone up and up. Rain, floods, and hailstorms have decimated vineyards since 2010, especially in the Côte de Beaune (the southern part of the famous limestone strip that’s home to the most famous vineyards). Growers invested in weird anti-hail devices, but, alas, they haven’t worked. Regional businesses are facing a crisis of how to survive.

Sotheby’s To Host An Ex-Cellar Sale Featuring Wines From La Mission Haut-Brion

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Sotheby’s will host an ex-cellar sale featuring wines from La Mission Haut-Brion in New York this October. The sale will cover 270 lots, with wines spanning 1916 to 2012 and including some of the estate’s rare white wine which is produced in tiny quantities.

Perfection For 2015 Cheval Blanc?

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Cheval Blanc 2015 has been released at $611 per bottle ex-negociant, up 50% on 2014 ($407). It is being offered by the international trade at $7,642 per 12×75. This is 52.9% higher than the opening price of the 2014 ($4,998).

Rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Sold At Sotheby’s Auction

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Six bottles of 1926 Vosne-Romanée ‘Les Gaudichots’ from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have sold for over $70,000 at Sotheby’s recent London sale. DRC dominated the sale, held on 15 June, with buyers focusing on half cases of 1990 Romanée-Conti, La Tâche and Richebourg.

Mouton Rothschild 2015 Released

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Mouton Rothschild 2015 has been released at $432 per bottle ex-negociant, up 60% on 2014. It is being offered by the international trade at $6,652 per 12×750. This is 83.6% higher than the opening price for the 2014.

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