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  • May 2, 2010 at 12:22pm

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    Added May 2, 2010 at 12:22pm
    Tasted April 2010: A very fine effort. The colour is deep. The wine has a wonderful perfume of intense black berry fruit and a soft oakiness, with some elegant spiciness. The taste is marvelous, deep, smooth, rounded and concentrated, with well-integrated soft tannins. A supremely balanced wine, a very fine Merlot, and great value at $24. Will keep until 2018.

  • May 2, 2010 at 12:14pm

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    Added May 2, 2010 at 12:14pm
    Tasted April 2010: This is a very expensive wine (more than $70 for a bottle), probably because Parker rated it a 93 point wine. However, this is definitely overrated (and overpriced). Although the bouquet is really excellent, with a fine structure, a lot of freshness and gorgeous elegance, the wine's taste is only pleasant for a few seconds. After that, the silky berry fruit and finesse are almost completely overpowered by a boatload of horribly bitter tannins and excruciating astringency. What a pity, the wine simply cannot digest all the new oak. I advise to serve the wine slightly cooler than you would normally do with this kind of wine, this helps softening the oak. And drink when young!

  • Nov 24, 2009 at 1:37pm

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    Added Nov 24, 2009 at 1:31pm
    Tasted November 2009. For a Côtes-de-Bourg this is really an outstanding wine. Still deeply-coloured, the wine only begins to show some ripening at the edge. The bouquet is dominated by ripe merlot (spiciness, olives, clove), the eucalyptus-like freshness of perfectly ripe cabernet and toasty new oak. In the mouth the wine is silky-textured, not fruity at all, but undeniably well-balanced. In the long finish there is still a lot of tannin in evidence, yet the tannin is very well integrated and the wine remains smooth and crisp in the mouth (technically outstanding). A serious, classy wine, for aficionados of right-bank Bordeaux wines. Very attractive price. Will last until 2014.

  • Oct 23, 2009 at 11:31am

    Previously available for $32.99

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    Added Apr 23, 2008 at 2:31pm
    Tasted April 2008: Deep, unfiltered colour, still with a violet hue (typical of ripe Merlot). An exuberant but stylish bouquet, Merlot-dominated (milk chocolate and clove). In the mouth very tasty, silky-textured, polished and almost creamy. Long, intense aftertaste with soft oak and spiceness. An easy wine with considerable charm, technically outstanding, but lacking fruit and depth. Rather unusual for a Saint-Estèphe, this is not a long-haul wine; drink now through 2012. Excellent value.

  • Oct 23, 2009 at 11:24am
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    Average Price: $225.16

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    Added Oct 23, 2009 at 11:24am
    Tasted October 2009. Still a marvelous wine, an atypical Saint-Estèphe, more like a Pomerol or a Saint-Emilion, and not for intellectuals, but a pleasure to drink. Now a ripe but still dense colour, a spicy, concentrated bouquet with soft oaky overtones and an immediately appealing, very straightforward elegance, and a gorgeous mouthful, soft, quite slender, refined, not very deep, but remarkably well-balanced. The finish is long, tasty, elegant and certainly not too dry; there is still some tannin left. This wine should best be drunk before 2012. I'm not sure whether it is worth the high price, but 1990 was clearly a great Haut-Marbuzet vintage.

  • Sep 24, 2009 at 2:03pm
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    Average Price: $65.42

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    Added Sep 24, 2009 at 1:54pm
    Tasted September 2009: A marvelous wine, with that tell-tale Margaux nose and flavour. Medium-deep colour which has just begun to mature, a very refined, deep and at the same time intensely perfumed bouquet. Slender, graceful in the mouth, with a very tasty dry tannic structure, excellent concentration and a long finish with lip-licking acidity. This wine is ready to drink but will keep its quality for 5-7 more years.

  • Sep 24, 2009 at 1:50pm

    Previously available for $40.00

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    Added Apr 28, 2008 at 1:52pm
    Tasted April 2008: A medium-full, classic Haut-Medoc garnet colour with mature rim. Very good bouquet with ripe currant fruit and mature spicy overtones, delicate and perfumed. In the mouth ripe, slightly drying out, rather leight-weight but charming. A dry aftertaste with a lot of crisp acidity and still some tannin, typical of Moulis wines with a large percentage of Cabernet sauvignon and franc (60%) and some Petit-Verdot (up to 10%). A rather lean, anachronistic offering but very pleasant with food. Another bottle, tasted April 2009, was even denser and livelier, had a lot of power and wonderful elegance and refinement, not unlike a great Grand cru classé from Pauillac. A four star wine at the least! Will keep for another 8 years.

  • May 18, 2009 at 4:03pm
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    Average Price: $41.47

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    Added May 18, 2009 at 4:02pm
    Tasted May 2009. A superb bottle, and an incredibly good 1997, better than almost all famed Grands crus classés from the Médoc and Pessac-Léognan from this vintage! A dense colour and a gorgeous bouquet of ripe fruit and soft oak, a classic taste with remarkable concentration (considering the poor vintage), excellent purity and freshness and marvelous elegance. Long finish, still slightly oaky and dry, but this is all the better as it conveys grip and backbone. Tasted blind, this is rather like a 1996 or 1998. A truly great success for the vintage -- this is what Sociando-Mallet is all about. Drink now through 2014.

  • Oct 24, 2008 at 2:29pm
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    Average Price: $9.71

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    Added Apr 27, 2008 at 5:00am
    Tasted April 2008: The "Les Charmes" vineyard consistently produces some of the finest chardonnay wines from the southern Burgundy at an unbeatable price. Light straw colour, refined, extremely elegant bouquet and a clean taste with hints of white fruit and some fat, light and crisp aftertaste. Perfect weight. A lovely wine for drinking within 3 years after the harvest. For those who do not like heavy-weight, oaky and alcoholic chardonnays but want to know what a gentle, civilised, light chardonnay is all about.

  • Oct 3, 2008 at 8:24am

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    Added Oct 3, 2008 at 8:16am
    Tasted October 2008: Chateau Olivier (red and white) is an uneven performer among the Grands Crus Classés from Pessac-Léognan, but this white wine is really interesting. Light golden hue, fascinating, expansive oaky bouquet with a lot of spiciness. In the mouth rather lean, very dry and a bit hollow, but also very nutty and very oaky. In the aftertaste there is a lot of acidity and some smokiness, reminding me of a ripe Sauternes, only in a dry version. Not everyone's style. Clearly a Semillon-based wine, from a very good vintage. Needs food. Drink now through 2010.

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