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Jun282007

2006 Bordeaux - The Top Wines

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2006 Clos la Madelaine, St-Emilion ($27.99)

According to the Wine Spectator: "A medium-bodied red, with sweet fruit and light tannins..." (03/07) K&L's notes - Small property (2 htrs) between Belair and Magdelaine. Only 500 cases made. Minerals on the nose and mineral flavors. Spicy, balanced. Quite good. *+ Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion ($58.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker: "Clos Fourtet has produced a succession of brilliant wines since 2003. While the 2006 may not equal the prodigious 2005, it possesses a dark ruby/purple hue as well as sweet notes of creme de cassis, spring flowers, new oak, and a steely/mineral-like nuance in the background. Attractive, plump, opulent fruit on the palate is followed by a slight narrowing, but the finish is strong, with moderate tannin. Consume this beauty between 2008-2016." (04/07) K&L's notes - Sweet and balanced. Not overdone. Creamy middle. This is to buy. At UGC-long and deep-very fine sweet fruit. Very good structure-superb. *+ Ralph Sands: no question one of the stars of the right bank in 2006. Alex Brisoux: Sweet red fruit, clean wine, bright elegant, even a bit of minerality. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Figeac, St-Emilion ($84.99)

89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Very impressive aromas of blackberry and coffee follow through to medium- to full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long finish. This is all in finesse. A tiny bit more on the midpalate would make it 92-94." (03/07) K&L's notes - Meaty, spicy and full bodied. Tons of ripe fruit. Fine tannins, This is exceptional. Tasted again and the wine is quite long and deep on the palate. Sweet, complete, and lovely wine. This has it all. ** Ralph Sands: Great freshness in the fruit with strength and spice all beautifully integrated. Alex Brisoux: Black fruit, smoky, meaty, dense wine, very nice structure, concentrated finish. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac ($94.99)

90-92 points Robert Parker: "Latour’s second wine, the 2006 Les Forts de Latour, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, does not possess the depth of its bigger sibling. Nevertheless, it offers sweet, ripe berry fruit, crushed rock, smoke, and earth characteristics along with good precision and savoriness. It should drink nicely for 15-20 years." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Very solid, with an excellent core of fruit and chewy tannins, but not too aggressive. Full body. Medium finish. Well done." (03/07) K&L's notes - 70% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot. Clyde had a hard time tasting this wine (perhaps palate fatigue at 7 pm after 11 hours of tasting?) Very good, deep purple color. Closed on the nose. Seems quite rich and tannic? Will taste again in June. *+? Ralph Sands: Deep rich old-vine cabernet sweetness, very long and no question, very good! AB: Lean, spicy, bight wine. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion (1.5L) ($114.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker: "Clos Fourtet has produced a succession of brilliant wines since 2003. While the 2006 may not equal the prodigious 2005, it possesses a dark ruby/purple hue as well as sweet notes of creme de cassis, spring flowers, new oak, and a steely/mineral-like nuance in the background. Attractive, plump, opulent fruit on the palate is followed by a slight narrowing, but the finish is strong, with moderate tannin. Consume this beauty between 2008-2016." (04/07) K&L's notes - Sweet and balanced. Not overdone. Creamy middle. This is to buy. At UGC-long and deep-very fine sweet fruit. Very good structure-superb. *+ Ralph Sands: no question one of the stars of the right bank in 2006. Alex Brisoux: Sweet red fruit, clean wine, bright elegant, even a bit of minerality. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion ($119.99)

91-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 is a marvelous effort from proprietress Christine Valette. Displaying a saturated blue/purple hue, a beautiful perfume of blackberries, violets, charcoal, and subtle pain grille, upfront fruit, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, and a multilayered palate, it is not quite as good as the virtually perfect 2005, but it is an outstanding claret to drink between 2012-2030. This is the first vintage where Madame Valette could label her wine as a St.-Emilion premier grand cru classe ... well, we all thought so until the new classification was challenged in court by several mediocre St.-Emilion estates that were justifiably demoted. Thus, for now, a Bordeaux judge has “suspended” the new hierarchy." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful, with licorice and coffee character and hints of ripe fruit. Full and velvety, with lots going on. Almost 92-94." (03/07) Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien ($129.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker: "Similar in style to the 1996, proprietor Bruno Borie continues to curtail yields, now producing just under 10,000 cases of the grand vin, and the rest of the production going into the increasingly high quality second wine, La Croix de Ducru Beaucaillou. The backward, tannic, dense purple-colored 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou offers sweet mineral-infused black cherry and cassis fruit interwoven with notions of graphite and truffles. Powerful, pure, rich, and intense, it should be at its peak between 2017-2035." (04/07) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Layered and rich, with lots of licorice and berry character. Turns to currants. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Very serious. Like it a lot. 1996 again. This is almost 95-100." (03/07) K&L's notes - Very spicy wine. Aristocratic-great structure and balance. Classic style, not as opulent as their 2005. Lots of power but still in balance. Like a combination of 1995 and 1996. ** Ralph Sands: Serious grapey fruit. Pure and deep, long in the mouth. Superb tannin control. Sweet, regal fruit with hints of black licorice. So elegant-will be very long lived. Alex Brisoux: concentrated ripe black fruit, masculine wine, tobacco, good structure. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Pavillon Blanc, Margaux ($149.00)

94-96 points Robert Parker: "This is a strong vintage for Bordeaux’s dry white wines, probably as good or better than 2005. Crisp acidity combined with outstanding concentration and the fact that most of the white grapes were harvested before the rains began in mid-September resulted in an impressive group of wines." (04/07) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Shows lovely lemon and pineapple character, with hints of lime. Full and rich, with lively acidity and a long finish. Half the harvest was lost to frost, so there was a very small yield of 12 hectoliters, instead of the average 25." (03/07) K&L's notes - 50% of normal crop. 15° natural alcohol. Superb from the color to the nose and through the finish. Very limited availability. ** Ralph Sands: Brisk, crisp and very strong, this will be a long distance runner-put away! Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol ($164.99)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "This has a beautiful core of berry, coffee and chocolate fruit. Full yet very balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Extremely well made, with everything in proportion. Makes you want to drink it now. I haven't found many wines like this. 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc." (03/07) 94-96 points Robert Parker: "A brilliant effort from Alexandre Thienpont, the 2006 Vieux Chateau Certan is atypically high in Merlot (85%), with the rest Cabernet Franc. A huge bouquet of cedar, coffee, black currants, cherries, and pain grille soars from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, fleshy, lavishly endowed Pomerol. Yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in a production of only 3,000 cases. A bulked-up, improved version of the brilliant 1990, the 2006 should be at its peak between 2010-2030, and should eclipse their 2005. Bravo!" (04/07) According to the Wine Spectator: "Has a beautiful core of berry, coffee and chocolate fruit. Full yet balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Well-made, with everything in proportion. 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc." Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Pavie-Decesse, St-Emilion ($169.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker: "A tiny production of 1,200 cases ensures that not much of this wine is available, but it is one of the top dozen or so St.-Emilions produced since proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse took over the estate. Cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare, the wine enjoyed a 32-day maceration, malolactic in barrel, and aging on its lees. The result is an impressive inky/purple-hued 2006 offering up notes of crushed rocks, black raspberry jam, cold steel, flowers, and spice, and a terrific, full-bodied mouthfeel with no heaviness. Having already absorbed much of its new oak, it is rich and pure with excellent precision, length, and aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "Solid core of fruit , with silky tannins. Full-bodied and chewy. Slightly hollow midpalate, but stylish and long. Very clean. Almost 92-94." (03/07) K&L's notes - Sweet and ripe and powerful. Tons of fruit. Crushed blackberry flavors. Powerhouse. Very good. ** Ralph Sands: If I ran out of pancake syrup I could use this. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Angélus, St-Emilion ($189.99)

92-95 points Robert Parker: "...the 2006 is a classic blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. An inky/blue/purple color precedes a bouquet of charcoal, blueberries, blackberries, vanilla, and roasted coffee. Revealing no hardness from unripe tannin, it is an opulent, fleshy, sensationally rich effort with a fabulous texture as well as a long finish. Only slightly below the quality of the monumental 2005, the 2006 will be drinkable early, and should last for 20 years. The natural alcohol is approximately 14%. (04/07) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "A clean wine, with lovely berry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is extremely well made." (03/07) K&L's notes - 65% merlot. At Joanne-exotic nose and flavor. Extremely ripe. Huge wine. Put it away!! At property-Black color. Very spicy-very well integrated. Very ripe nose. Blackberriess and chocolate on the nose. Excellent balance. Classic and dense on palate. A step behind the monumental 2005! ** Ralph Sands: Deep purple/black wine with lovely aromas of fresh grapes, loaded with zesty acid, fine balance, classic style wine in ’06, not over the top extraction. Alex Brisoux: Dark intense color, sweet cacao, plumy elegant ripe fruit, big wine, long finish, great Angelus. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Palmer, Margaux ($189.99)

92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous nose, with violet, currant and berry, and a vanilla undertone. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and supersilky tannins. Long and rich. Wonderful wine. Love the balance. Almost 95-100." (03/07) 91-94 points Robert Parker: "From only 50% of the harvest, administrator Thomas Duroux has produced a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot from yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. The 2006 reveals a touch of austerity along with an impressive dense purple color, and sweet aromas of flowers, licorice, black currants, oak, and underbrush. This structured, powerful, medium to full-bodied, beautifully made, ageworthy 2006 should be ready to drink in 5-6 years, and keep for 25-30." K&L's notes - 56% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot and no petit verdot this year. Only 37 htl/htr. Only 8,000 cases made-less than 2005. Lots of violet on the nose with undertones of cigar box and vanilla oak. Not in league with 2005, but lots of finesse and elegance. This is an elegant Palmer with classic undertones. Like 2004 with more finesse and ripeness. ** RS: Very classic in every way. The dark concentrated fruit has hints of roses/violets and cassis, nice tannins, no question very elegant, long finishing wine. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien ($199.99)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of mineral, currant and blackberry. Full and supersilky, with a long, long finish. Very fine tannins, even though there are loads of them. Long and round. Reminiscent of the excellent 1996 Las Cases, but better." (03/07) 93-95 points Robert Parker: "...only 40% of the production made it into the final blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and a dollop of Cabernet Franc. This backward, deep ruby/purple-hued effort exhibits sweet, pure black cherry, raspberry, and cassis characteristics, soft, ripe tannin, and medium body. It reveals a strong similarity to its next door neighbor, Chateau Latour. The 2006 Las Cases will require 5-8 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25-30 years." (04/07) K&L's notes - 85% cabernet sauvignon, 14.5% merlot, .5% cabernet franc. 13.29 degrees natural alcohol and only 41 htl/htr produced. Black color Nose a bit reserved but seems to be intense. Extremely spicy wine with tons of mineral and some cinnamon. Fabulous feel on the palate. Serious wine and close to their monumental 2005. **+ Ralph Sands: Always a bright and powerful package of intense red/black fruit, tight but sweet in the middle-long ager. Alex Brisoux: Cinnamon spice, nutmeg, very serious, lush, very charming wine. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 La Mondotte, St-Emilion ($249.00)

93-96 points Robert Parker: "The jewel of Stephan von Neipperg’s empire, this 12-acre vineyard had a very late harvest in 2006, with the Merlot being picked between October 2-4 and the Cabernet Franc not finished until October 11. The final blend is usually 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The 2006 was extremely backward when I tasted it (it was probably just coming out of malo), so this rating may be conservative. The wine displays a deep saturated purple color along with a big, sweet nose of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, espresso roast, and flowers. There is excellent fruit on the attack, but the wine needs time to calm down. It should put on weight and reveal more seamlessness after aging in barrel. The raw potential for something even more exquisite than my initial rating suggests is obvious. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030." (04/07) 89-91 points Wine Spectator: "A rich wine, with plenty of blackberry and plum character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Needs a little bit more on the midpalate. Could move up to 92-94." (03/07) K&L's notes - 80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc. Black color. Tons of toasty oak. Power and structure. ??*+ Ralph Sands: Huge boysenberry fruit and sweetness, leading to a classic dry finish. A bit top heavy but pulls it off. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions

2006 Pavie, St-Emilion ($249.99)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Full-bodied yet balanced and silky. Solid and rich, but not aggressive. Long and beautiful, with pure fruit. Less muscular than typical Pavie, but seductive. A beauty." (03/07) 96-98 points Robert Parker: "Another brilliant offering from Pavie, the 2006 reveals more sweet fruit and forwardness than the out-of-this-world yet more massive 2005. Low yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, a blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, a 37-day maceration, malolactic in barrel, and aging on its lees have resulted in a stunningly rich, dense purple-colored wine displaying a smorgasbord of red and black fruits intermixed with notions of crushed rocks, spring flowers, and subtle wood. Full-bodied, dense, and more fruit-forward than most Pavies, it possesses layers of flavor as well as a stunning finish that lasts for more than a minute..." (04/07) K&L's notes - Very ripe aromas-almost tending to overripe. Some whisky barrel characteristics.*1/2? RS: Also huge sweetness of crème de cassis fruit, but unlike Monbousquet it manages to retain its balance as well as a hint of elegance. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (1.5L) ($264.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker: "Similar in style to the 1996, proprietor Bruno Borie continues to curtail yields, now producing just under 10,000 cases of the grand vin, and the rest of the production going into the increasingly high quality second wine, La Croix de Ducru Beaucaillou. The backward, tannic, dense purple-colored 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou offers sweet mineral-infused black cherry and cassis fruit interwoven with notions of graphite and truffles. Powerful, pure, rich, and intense, it should be at its peak between 2017-2035." (04/07) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Layered and rich, with lots of licorice and berry character. Turns to currants. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Very serious. Like it a lot. 1996 again. This is almost 95-100." (03/07) K&L's notes - Very spicy wine. Aristocratic-great structure and balance. Classic style, not as opulent as their 2005. Lots of power but still in balance. Like a combination of 1995 and 1996. ** Ralph Sands: Serious grapey fruit. Pure and deep, long in the mouth. Superb tannin control. Sweet, regal fruit with hints of black licorice. So elegant-will be very long lived. Alex Brisoux: concentrated ripe black fruit, masculine wine, tobacco, good structure. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Angélus, St-Emilion (1.5L) ($399.00)

92-95 points Robert Parker: "...the 2006 is a classic blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. An inky/blue/purple color precedes a bouquet of charcoal, blueberries, blackberries, vanilla, and roasted coffee. Revealing no hardness from unripe tannin, it is an opulent, fleshy, sensationally rich effort with a fabulous texture as well as a long finish. Only slightly below the quality of the monumental 2005, the 2006 will be drinkable early, and should last for 20 years. The natural alcohol is approximately 14%. (04/07) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "A clean wine, with lovely berry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is extremely well made." (03/07) K&L's notes - 65% merlot. At Joanne-exotic nose and flavor. Extremely ripe. Huge wine. Put it away!! At property-Black color. Very spicy-very well integrated. Very ripe nose. Blackberriess and chocolate on the nose. Excellent balance. Classic and dense on palate. A step behind the monumental 2005! ** Ralph Sands: Deep purple/black wine with lovely aromas of fresh grapes, loaded with zesty acid, fine balance, classic style wine in ’06, not over the top extraction. Alex Brisoux: Dark intense color, sweet cacao, plumy elegant ripe fruit, big wine, long finish, great Angelus. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien (1.5L) ($399.99)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of mineral, currant and blackberry. Full and supersilky, with a long, long finish. Very fine tannins, even though there are loads of them. Long and round. Reminiscent of the excellent 1996 Las Cases, but better." (03/07) 93-95 points Robert Parker: "...only 40% of the production made it into the final blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and a dollop of Cabernet Franc. This backward, deep ruby/purple-hued effort exhibits sweet, pure black cherry, raspberry, and cassis characteristics, soft, ripe tannin, and medium body. It reveals a strong similarity to its next door neighbor, Chateau Latour. The 2006 Las Cases will require 5-8 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25-30 years." (04/07) K&L's notes - 85% cabernet sauvignon, 14.5% merlot, .5% cabernet franc. 13.29 degrees natural alcohol and only 41 htl/htr produced. Black color Nose a bit reserved but seems to be intense. Extremely spicy wine with tons of mineral and some cinnamon. Fabulous feel on the palate. Serious wine and close to their monumental 2005. **+ Ralph Sands: Always a bright and powerful package of intense red/black fruit, tight but sweet in the middle-long ager. Alex Brisoux: Cinnamon spice, nutmeg, very serious, lush, very charming wine. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan ($529.99)

92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 Haut-Brion was somewhat closed when I tasted it, especially when compared to its blockbuster rival/sibling, La Mission Haut-Brion. The Haut-Brion (11,000 cases) is a tannic, backward wine at present revealing classic notes of smoke, scorched earth, liquid minerals, plums, currants, and cherries, medium body, and sensational purity as well as concentration. The high tannins will no doubt soften with aging in barrel, and, as Haut-Brion often does, the wine should expand and put on weight. While not as superb as the 2005 or 2000, the 2006 appears to be built along the lines of the 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+." (04/07) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Captivating aromas of coffee, spice, violets and cedar..." (03/07) K&L's notes - 57% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon, 2% cabernet franc. Early-ripening merlot here was superb-just like La Mission. Same level of alcohol and tannin as 2005. Very focused wine-linear. Elegant style. Fresh blackberries on the palate with undertones of stones. Has some chocolate nuances in the finish. Very fine! **+ RS: Powerful aromas of perfectly ripe grapes and leather, very classic and intensely focused. Will need decades. AB: Closed nose, fresh cassis fruit, good minerality, slight meatiness, elegant well-balance finish. One of the best wines of the vintage. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac ($529.99)

92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Racy and long, with beautiful blackberry and light coffee character and a licorice undertone. Full and racy, with a long, long finish. Structured and powerful, yet builds on the palate. Close to 95-100." (03/07) 91-94 points Robert Parker: "Lafite’s Merlot harvest occurred between September 15-22, and the Cabernet Sauvignon from September 27 until the end of the first week of October. Only 42% of the production made it into the grand vin (a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot). The 2006 is a tannic, restrained effort that brings to mind the 1988. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, spice, and subtle wood. Medium-bodied and richly fruity with decent acidity and a long finish, it will require 8-10 years of cellaring, and should keep for 4-5 decades." (04/07) K&L's notes - 82% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot and 2% petit verdot. Very spicy, minty aromas. Some chocolate flavors and fine structure. Classic style and not as opulent as 2005. Very, very good but a step behind 2005. **+ RS: Exotic ripe grapes, strong acid, crisp, long and elegant-distance runner. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan ($539.99)

96-100 points Robert Parker: "This utterly profound, exceptionally rich, full-bodied, thick La Mission is undeniably one of the candidates for the “wine of the vintage.” It possesses a dense ruby/purple color followed by sweet blue and black fruit notes intertwined with notions of burning embers and flowers. Unctuous, massively fruity, and thick, this is a great La Mission! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2035+. With the elimination of La Tour-Haut-Brion from the Dillon estate’s portfolio, the production of La Mission’s second wine, La Chapelle de la Mission, has dramatically increased to 4,000 cases. I rated the 2006 La Chapelle de la Mission (89-90)." (04/07) 95-100 points Wine Spectator: "This is so perfumed and pretty. Classy and elegant on the nose, with currant, light vanilla and a hint of lilac. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. All in finesse. Very impressive for the vintage; could be the wine of the vintage." K&L's notes - 59% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 1% cabernet franc. Tons of richness and tannin on the palate. Very sweet on palate with mineral undertones. Big wine with a tough edge. Should be superb after long ageing period. **+ Ralph Sands: Loads of very strong fruit, very tightly concentrated, lots of tannin and acid. Patience required." Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Latour, Pauillac ($539.99)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Very long. Wonderful licorice, berry and currant character. Full and silky, beautiful and pure. This is really distinguished. Feminine but strong. Classic Bordeaux style." (03/07) 93-96 points Robert Parker: "A modern version of the 1986 and 1996, the slightly austere 2006 will need a decade of aging. It should keep for 40-50 years." (04/07) K&L's notes - 86% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, 1% cabernet franc. Great red fruit aromas with exotic Asian spices. Delicious palate entry that is quite sweet. Fresh with mineral and red berry flavors. Superb wine and quite focused. Not as opulent as 2005 but more classic style. A step behind their 2005 but very fine. They always make great wine-Unfortunately, few people can afford it. **1/2 Ralph Sands: Unlike the 2005 where Forts was far more opulent and exotic than Latour. In 2006 it’s back to normal. The first wine has all the flamboyance. Ultra thick, exotic old-vine fruit. Powerful, massive and concentrated. The softness of the tannins is impressive and hold this great wine together. Alex Brisoux: Incredible nose, spicy violets, roses, great layers, well structured wine, a bit tannic on finish. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Margaux, Margaux ($539.99)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Very powerful and rich. Fantastic. Full, silky and structured. Yet layered and rich, with loads of mineral, violet and coffee character. Incredible. So much finesse in the nose. What a wine. Similar to the 1995, which received 100 points." (03/07) 93-95 points Robert Parker: "The strictest selection ever instituted at this estate resulted in only 36% of the crop being utilized for the blend of 2006 Chateau Margaux. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, it is similar to the 1996, but with sweeter, more seductive fruit in the nose. A big, tannic, dense effort displaying terrific purity, power, elegance, and a distinctive mineral/flower component, it is a medium to full-bodied wine of great nobility that should be at its finest between 2017-2050+." (04/07) K&L's notes - 90% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Piney aromas and quite a bit of spice upfront. Very big on the palate, yet silky and elegant. Seems integrated but a bit reserved today. Fresh wine that should be great-not up to the 2005. **+ Ralph Sands: A fine expression of high-toned, pure fruit, strong and focused, again not as opulent as some recent releases and finishes a bit dryer than usual, good spice on the finish. Still very fine. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L) ($1099.00)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Very long. Wonderful licorice, berry and currant character. Full and silky, beautiful and pure. This is really distinguished. Feminine but strong. Classic Bordeaux style." (03/07) 93-96 points Robert Parker: "A modern version of the 1986 and 1996, the slightly austere 2006 will need a decade of aging. It should keep for 40-50 years." (04/07) K&L's notes - 86% cabernet sauvignon, 13% merlot, 1% cabernet franc. Great red fruit aromas with exotic Asian spices. Delicious palate entry that is quite sweet. Fresh with mineral and red berry flavors. Superb wine and quite focused. Not as opulent as 2005 but more classic style. A step behind their 2005 but very fine. They always make great wine-Unfortunately, few people can afford it. **1/2 Ralph Sands: Unlike the 2005 where Forts was far more opulent and exotic than Latour. In 2006 it’s back to normal. The first wine has all the flamboyance. Ultra thick, exotic old-vine fruit. Powerful, massive and concentrated. The softness of the tannins is impressive and hold this great wine together. Alex Brisoux: Incredible nose, spicy violets, roses, great layers, well structured wine, a bit tannic on finish. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

2006 Margaux, Margaux (1.5L) ($1099.00)

95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Very powerful and rich. Fantastic. Full, silky and structured. Yet layered and rich, with loads of mineral, violet and coffee character. Incredible. So much finesse in the nose. What a wine. Similar to the 1995, which received 100 points." (03/07) 93-95 points Robert Parker: "The strictest selection ever instituted at this estate resulted in only 36% of the crop being utilized for the blend of 2006 Chateau Margaux. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, it is similar to the 1996, but with sweeter, more seductive fruit in the nose. A big, tannic, dense effort displaying terrific purity, power, elegance, and a distinctive mineral/flower component, it is a medium to full-bodied wine of great nobility that should be at its finest between 2017-2050+." (04/07) K&L's notes - 90% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Piney aromas and quite a bit of spice upfront. Very big on the palate, yet silky and elegant. Seems integrated but a bit reserved today. Fresh wine that should be great-not up to the 2005. **+ Ralph Sands: A fine expression of high-toned, pure fruit, strong and focused, again not as opulent as some recent releases and finishes a bit dryer than usual, good spice on the finish. Still very fine. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures will arrive between Jan 2009 and July 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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