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New Arrival and Back in Stock Highlights - December 3rd, 2019 - 12/03/2019 - Preferred Customer Alerts

Whether it is a new allocation or old favorite, below you will find our most recent additions to the diverse selection at K&L Wine Merchants. We receive new opportunities weekly from direct imports to local distributors to carefully inspected back-vintage collections - you'll find the best of our new discoveries below.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2018 Bonpas "Croix de Bonpas" Côtes du Rhône-Villages 96 $13.99 View
2014 Varner "Hidden Block - Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 93 Price: Hidden View
2016 Ramey "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay 95 $69.95 View
2016 Ramey "Rochioli Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay 98 $69.95 View
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) Tasting: Friday, January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM at City View (Pre-Arrival) $70.00 View
2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore Argenteria 97 $79.99 View
2010 Domaine Louis Jadot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Clos des Ormes" (Pre-Arrival) 93 $89.99 View
5 Sentidos Sierra Negra "SN08-19" (Alberto Martinez Lopez) Santa Catarina Albarradas Uncertified Oaxacan Mezcal (750ml) $119.99 View
2017 Realm "The Bard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 92 $149.99 View
2018 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 99 $169.99 View
2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 100 $189.99 View
2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) 100 $199.99 View
2018 Pavillon Blanc du Margaux, Bordeaux Blanc (Pre-Arrival) 98 $249.99 View
1981 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 92 $329.99 View
2018 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) 100 $699.00 View
2018 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 99 $779.00 View
2018 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 99 $999.00 View
2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $1,140.00 View
2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $1,199.00 View
2018 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $3,499.00 View


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2018 Bonpas "Croix de Bonpas" Côtes du Rhône-Villages ($13.99)

96 points Decanter: "Liquorice, spice and herbal aromas with a hint of reduction cede to a juicy, concentrated and layered palate with notes of spicy oak and blackberry. Classy, long and focused." (06/2019)

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

If you loved our first offering from Bonpas, get that credit card out of your wallet and yes, rent that u-haul because the Croix de Bonpas is even better! The wow factor is kicked up several notches to this Grenache/Syrah blend with the addition of Mourvedre and Carignan, which give the wine enticing spiciness and uplifting acidity. This is full-bodied and lusty with gobs of ripe black fruits like slow roasted plums, blackberries, ripe raspberries, and hints of garrigue. The finish is round and smooth and completes with an elegant upswing. I consumed the majority of the bottle in one night. It's just that good.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

Very engaging aromas of sage, wild blackberry, and a bright floral note lead to a palate full of juicy red and black fruit, a fine grain texture, graphite, and a touch of vanilla and spice. This is a bit more traditional in the scope of Cotes du Rhône as it shows a great sense of finesse and bright fruit. This is a lot of wine for the price and will find many fans for those looking for an over-performing, everyday red.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

I didn't think it was possible but I think I prefer the Croix de Bonpas to the Dame de Bonpas! The nose is absolutely enthralling with notes of raspberry kirsch, Baker's Chocolate, licorice and smoke while the palate is a seamless blend of red and black fruits and spice. The wine has great acidity and balance which allows the way to always be in complete harmony between the fruit, tannin, alcohol and sugar. This is an outstanding Cotes du Rhone and a steal at only $13.99. If you loved the Dame de Bonpas then you'll be absolutely infatuated with the Croix de Bonpas.

2014 Varner "Hidden Block - Spring Ridge Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir Price: Hidden

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block is the most immediate and dense of the four Pinots in the Varner range. A core of sweet red cherry and plum fruit fills out the wine's mid-weight frame effortlessly. Round, pliant and totally seductive, the 2014 has a lot to offer, including tons of near and medium-term appeal. (AG)" (08/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Mostly destemmed and brought up in 25% new French oak, the medium ruby-colored 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard reveals a medium ruby color as well as impressive red and black fruits, plenty of spice and underbrush, medium body, and a layered, balanced style thats going to evolve beautifully for a decade or more. Its one of the more elegant and supple in the lineup from the Varner brothers." (02/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bursting from the glass with notes of smoky cassis, elderberry, pomegranate and nori, the 2014 Pinot Noir Hidden Block Spring Ridge Vineyard cuts a broad, lavish swath across the palate, revealing velvety tannins, an ample core of ripe, dark fruits and a long, generous finish. It's among the fleshier and more generous of these four Pinot Noirs, and it's already drinking well. (WK)" (05/2018)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 04, 2019

I adore Varner's 2014 Pinots. Sure, they're special as a last-of-a-generation bottlings from the Spring Ridge Vineyard, but more importantly there about as serious as you'll find in domestic Pinot Noir anywhere near this price range. With aromas of currant, strawberry, red flowers and white pepper, the aromas alone are enough to get lost in. The palate is full of deep red fruit, sauvage, and mint, on a medium bodied, structured palate. This reminds me of a young 1er Cru from Volnay or Pommard it has a deep profile and the potential to unwind beautifully over many, many years. At this price, it will be hard to resist young, but it is a wine that will reward patience over the long term.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

What might just be a final shot at Spring Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir from Varner; the 2014 Hidden Block is in a perfect place for drinking. Still full of abundant, rich, warm fruit and exotic spice, but now with subtle and complex secondary characters just starting to develop. The texture is soft and lush with gentle acidity giving brightness and form. Forest floor notes meet dusty berries, toasted spices and truffle. A lovely showing with a nice few yeas in bottle. Last chance pricing before it's gone for good.

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2016 Ramey "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay ($69.95)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This producer's blocks were planted in 1991 and 1997 to field selections of both Wente and Robert Young clones. Juicy, tight and tension-filled, it is both complex and high-toned in approach, with looming acidity that freshens in tart lemon-peel, grapefruit and tangerine flavorsa classic and elegant wine. (VB)" (11/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Precise and powerfully structured, with intense Asian pear, apple and ripe citrus flavors that feature rich, savory notes. Displays concentrated minerality on the spicy and textured finish. Should blossom in the cellar. *Top 100 Wines of 2019, Highly Recommended* (KM)" (06/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a vineyard in Carneros, the 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard excels on its purity and finesse. Notes of white flowers, lemon zest, and tart pineapple all flow to a medium to full-bodied Chardonnay thats classic Ramey with its bright, crisp acidity, good concentration, and balanced style." (06/2019)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that captures all the personality of this historic Carneros site. Ample, resonant and inviting, the 2016 offers baked apple, white peach, mint, chamomile and lemon peel notes in a super-attractive Chardonnay. (AG)" (05/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard comes from blocks of the Hyde vineyard planted in 1991 and 1997. Grapes are fermented in barrel with bâtonnage, then aged in 22% new French oak for 20 months. It has a wonderfully mineral-driven nose of pulverized stone with notions of Greek yogurt, lime peel and spring blossoms plus a soft peachy undertone and toasty suggestion. The palate is medium to full-bodied with flavor layers flooding the mouth: ripe citrus, cream and roasted almonds, finishing long, lively and minerally with great juicy acidity. (EB) 93+" (04/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Brisk like a sea breeze on the palate, and there's a similar marine salinity on the finish too. Taut fruit, not at all tropical, with ripeness but citric bite making this almost austere. A mealy note fleshes out the palate, and there's a lingering smokiness. (RH) 17/20 points" (10/2019)

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2016 Ramey "Rochioli Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($69.95)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "The second vintage of this vineyard-designate is a standout: beautifully crafted to reflect its meticulously farmed fruit and master winemaking. Brioche, honeyed apple, anise and pear wrap around crisp acidity and integrated oak, the wine's innate power balanced within an elegant framework of structure and graceful texture. (VB)" (10/2019)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of my favorite releases from Ramey, the 2016 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard comes from a Grand Cru site in the Russian River and has incredibly classic notes of white flowers, tart citrus, and subtle orchard fruits. Its one of those wines thats both powerful and elegant, with medium to full body, a great mid-palate, integrated acidity, and just everything in the right places. Its a beautiful, layered, age-worthy Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years." (06/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is the second vintage of a Rochioli vineyard-designate Chardonnay made by Ramey. Grapes were sourced from vines planted between 1989 and 2005 and were fermented in barrel with bâtonnage, then aged in 21% new French oak for 20 months. The nose of the 2016 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard opens with Meyer lemon, pulverized stone, lime peel and soft white flowers with touches of nuts and cream. Medium to full-bodied, it offers wonderful savory flavor layers of honeycomb and hazelnut with a gorgeous velvety texture and great length plus lots of mineral sparks coming through on the finish. (EB) 94+" (04/2019)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Chardonnay Rochioli Vineyard is powerful and dense in its first impression. It is also one of the more phenolic, structured Chardonnays in the range. There is a real sense of weight and textural resonance that runs through the fruit. Hints of lemon confit, dried flowers and dried pear meld into the creamy, layered finish. (AG)" (05/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Concentrated lemon meringue, peach pastry and apple flavors build the foundation of this focused and concentrated style. Buttery and spicy notes emerge on the pure-tasting finish. (KM)" (06/2019)

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) Tasting: Friday, January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM at City View (Pre-Arrival) ($70.00)

SOLD OUT!!!K&L Wine Merchants will present the 2017 vintage from the members of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGC) at the City View at METREON (135 Fourth Street, Suite 4000) in San Francisco on Friday, January 24th, 2020. Guests will taste with more than 70 different château owners and representatives from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. $70 per person (tax not included). No paper tickets will be mailed; names will be on a guest list at the door. This will be the wine tasting of the year! Presenting châteaux: de Chantegrive, Carbonnieux, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, de Chevalier, de Fieuzal, de France, Haut-Bailly, Larrivet Haut-Brion, Latour-Martillac, La Louvière, Malartic-Lagravière, Olivier, Pape Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Beau-Séjour Bécot, Canon, Canon-La-Gaffelière, La Couspaude, Dassault, La Dominique, Clos Fourtet, La Gaffelière, Grand Mayne, Larcis Ducasse, Pavie Macquin, Valandraud, Villemaurine, Beauregard, Le Bon Pasteur, La Cabanne, Clinet, Gazin, Rouget, Clarke, Fourcas Hosten, Maucaillou, Poujeaux, Chasse-Spleen, de Camensac, Cantemerle, Citran, Coufran, La Lagune, La Tour Carnet, Brane-Cantenac, Cantenac Brown, Dauzac, Giscours, du Tertre, Kirwan, Lascombes, Malescot Saint-Exupéry, Marquis de Terme, Prieuré-Lichine, Rauzan-Ségla, Siran, Beaumont, Gruaud Larose, Langoa Barton, Léoville Barton, Clerc Milon, Grand-Puy Ducasse, Pichon Baron, Lynch-Bages, Ormes De Pez, Phélan Ségur, Lafon-Rochet, and more!

2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore Argenteria ($79.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Argentiera is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and the Cabernet Sauvignon logically feels and tastes most prominent. This is a dark and penetrating Tuscan red that is beautifully elevated, thanks to the extremely elegant and buoyant quality of the aromas. They lift gracefully from the glass with light-footed, almost fleeting character. However, don't underestimate the power and the concentration of the wine, because this vintage delivers both with abundance. I've had my eye on this estate since the vineyards were first planted some 20 years ago, and there is no doubt that this vintage brings Tenuta Argentiera into a new era as a Bolgheri protagonist. (ML)" (05/2019)

96 points James Suckling: "Love the complexity to this with lots of rosemary and lavender that complement the currant and violet character. Full-bodied, yet extremely polished and tight on the palate. The tannins are ever so fine. Extremely long and beautiful. Another excellent wine, after the superb 2015." (06/2019)

95 points Decanter: "Finally Argentiera returns to excellence, following several years of wines falling below expectations due to various changes. The estate is located at the southernmost border of the appellation. In 2016, possibly because of the high percentage of Merlot in the blend, the wine shows great complexity from straw notes and earthy tones in a sort of Right Bank style, with meaty cassis fruit and a slightly leaner body full of finesse. The tannins in this vintage are almost silky from this higher altitude part of the appellation, at 200 metres above sea level. (AF)" (07/2019)

2010 Domaine Louis Jadot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Clos des Ormes" (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($89.99)

91-93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Ormes is wonderfully perfumed and delicate. Floral notes meld into an expressive core of red fruit in this gracious, delicate Burgundy. This is an especially elegant style of Morey. There is more than enough freshness in the glass to make me think the 2010 will drink well for a number of years. (AG)" (02/2012)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Mild toast influence does not unduly detract from the otherwise highly perfumed red and black pinot fruit aromas that are trimmed in subtle earth nuances. There is good refinement to the pure and punchy middle weight flavors that possess an unusually silky mouth feel on the long, balanced and persistent finish. *Outstanding*" (04/2012)

5 Sentidos Sierra Negra "SN08-19" (Alberto Martinez Lopez) Santa Catarina Albarradas Uncertified Oaxacan Mezcal (750ml) ($119.99)

Distiller's notes: "Alberto Martinez Lopez has been distilling sierra negra agave spirits for over three decades. He and his son-in-law Reynaldo distill the massive agave Sierra Negra (A. Americana) in their traditional palenque in Santa Catarina Albarradas, Oaxaca. Alberto and Reynaldo harvest cultivated Sierra Negra that take twelve to fifteen years to reach their maturity. Once harvested, Alberto bakes the agave in an earthen oven with encino oak and river rocks for a week. He and Reynaldo subsequently mash the cooked agave by hand with wooden mallets, before they set it in stone tanks and let it ferment naturally. The elevation in Santa Catarina is approximately 6,500 feet above sea level, which leads to cold nights. In order to jump start and stabilize the fermentation, Alberto will add ground "tepehuaje" bark to the fermentation. He believes this is one of the most crucial elements that makes his spirit stand out. Once fermented, the mash and tepache are double-distilled in clay pot stills at Alberto's palenque, La Escondida."

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2017 Realm "The Bard" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($149.99)

92 points Vinous: "Just bottled, the 2017 The Bard is bright and fruity, with lovely red berry character. The more mid-weight side of the year comes through in a perfumed, gracious Bard that offers tons of sensuality and plenty of class. I would give it another year or two in bottle to allow the oak to fully integrate. Even in the early going, the 2017 is super expressive. (AG)" (01/2020)

K&L Notes: Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate: "This is one of the stars of Napa Valley and has been since their debut in 2002. Their general philosophy is to find some of the finest vineyard sources in Napa, and not only fashion creative blends, but of course turn out some remarkable Cabernet Sauvignons." (12/2016)

2018 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($169.99)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Representing just 50% of the production and a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot aging in 80% new French oak, the 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron reveals a deep, saturated purple color as well as a decadent bouquet of crème de cassis, high class tobacco, crushed violets, and freshly sharpened cedar pencils, which is about as Pauillac as you can get. Full-bodied, incredibly opulent, with moderate acidity and silky tannins on the palate, it still shows beautiful purity, freshness, and elegance, with the tannins giving focus and length on the finish. It's a brilliant, brilliant wine that's in the same class as the 1990, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010." (05/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. The Merlot was harvested September 24-25, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 3-10. The wine is to be aged 18 months in barriques, 80% new and 20% one year old, and production represents 50% of the harvest this year. Very deep purple-black colored, it begins a little coy, rolling slowly and languidly out of the glass with notions of baked raspberries, blueberry coulis, crème de cassis and incense plus nuances of lilacs, truffles, damp soil and garrigue with wafts of lavender and wild sage. Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive, the palate reveals layer upon layer of savory, earthy and black fruit preserves, framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and lovely freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful. (LPB)" (04/2019)

97-98 points James Suckling: "Deep and dark young wine that takes you down, deep down to its center palate of blackberries and blueberries, firm and very silky tannins and a vivid finish. Wonderful palate and depth in this with such class and finesse. So many layers of polished, fine tannins. Great wine." (04/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Offering big, powerful tannins, this wine shows an amazing density of immense black fruits. It has a rich structure that's allied with great acidity and a strongly spicy character. There is a wonderful juiciness at the end that gives it an impressive lift. (RV)" (04/2019)

95-98 points Wine Spectator: "Warm, dense and fleshy in feel, featuring cassis, plum and cherry compote flavors infused with tobacco and worn cedar details. Seriously long, with a well-buried iron note, though the purity of the fruit is the dominating feature overall. This cuts a pretty broad swath as it moves along. A big wine. (JM)" (03/2019)

97 points Decanter: "Straight from the nose you feel the wave of power with the wine uncurling through the palate, starting with tight notes of cassis then gently softening into sweeter brambled hedgerow fruits alongside a ton of ink and pencil lead.The tannins are present but seductive, and as is often the case this year, they're concentrated without being remote. Its less monolithic than the 2010 with some of the seduction of 2009 at this property but with higher levels of extraction. (JA)" (04/2019)

94-97 points Vinous: "Pichon Baron is exceptional in 2018. Pliant, silky and super-finessed, the 2018 has a level of textural finesse that really elevates the wine into Pauillac's upper echelon. Ripe fruit and silky tannins give the 2018 much of its inimitable finesse. At the same time, the 2018 is bright, punchy and surprisingly fresh, not to mention absolutely impeccable in its balance. The blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot, while new oak is 80%. (AG)" (04/2019)

93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "The 2018 Pichon-Baron is matured for 18 months in 80% new oak. It has a comparatively high-toned bouquet compared to recent vintages, featuring black cherries, blueberry, cedar and mint, although I think it needs to express more Pichon-Baron DNA. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins creating a huge frame that lacquers the mouth. This is almost a burly Pauillac, not muscular but very dense, though I would like to see more finesse on the finish by the time of bottling, and then it may warrant a higher score. I would use Christian Seelys descriptor of the vintage: untamed. (NM)" (11/2019)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2019

Very tight and concentrated with an almost a chewy texture, this wine shows flavors of black licorice combined with red cherry and berry fruit. Lots of tannin and structure. Another wine for the cellar 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 02, 2019

2018 Pichon Longueville Baron is composed of 78% Cabernet and 22% Merlot and represents 50%of the crop. A big heady Cabernet with good ripeness, lot of dark chocolate fruit, no harshness, round but strong tannins. This is a classic Pauillac and a long runner. 2 Stars! Winemaker Jean Rene Matagon calls 2018 is a combination of 2009 by the weather and 2010 on the palate.

2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($189.99)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "This one nails it in 2018, with saturated, almost sappy kirsch, plum and blackberry preserve flavors at the core, inlaid with sweet tobacco, singed vanilla, worn cedar and fresh earth notes. A bolt of graphite provides support. Concentrated, long and very complete. One of the high water marks of the vintage. (JM)" (03/2019)

99 points Decanter: "This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting it right up on the podium before you even take a sip. Rich raspberries combine with peonies and curls of woodsmoke while the appellations signature slate, cedar, liquorice and tannic grip slowly builds up on the palate. Ive tasted this several times with each conveying a juiciness and elegance that is quite different in style to many in Pauillac this year - it's a 98-100 for me, and I'm already looking forward to re-tasting it in bottle. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak used. 13% press wine. 3.75pH, 88IPT higher even than the 80IPT in 2016. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040 (JA)" (04/2019)

98-99 points James Suckling: "A deep and intense young red with blackberries and blueberries, as well as green olives and hints of fresh tobacco. But really black fruit. Full-bodied, tight and integrated with a refreshing and harmonious finish. Just floating on the palate. Great tannin backbone to this. A classic. Another flying carpet." (04/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is made up of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with a pH of 3.85, an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 87 and 14% alcohol. Very deep purple-black colored, it is like hitting a brick wall to begin, needing considerable coaxing to start to reveal notes of crushed black cherries, warm blackberries, ripe blackcurrants and chocolate cake with nuances of violets, rose hip tea, charcuterie, tapenade and incense with wafts of new leather and iron ore. Full-bodied, concentrated and completely laden with tightly wound black fruit and savory layers, the palate gives a rock-solid backbone of firm, super ripe, super fine-grained tannins and soft background freshness, finishing very long with a veritable display of mineral fireworks. (LPB)" (04/2019)

96-98 points Vinous: "The 2018 Pichon-Lalande was picked from September 16 to October 10 at 35hl/ha. It has a voluminous, generous bouquet of ample black cherry and blueberry fruit, quite floral if not exhibiting the killer definition of the 2016 tasted in direct comparison. The palate is very seductive and lithe thanks to the supple tannins. There are plenty of layers of black fruit here, laced with graphite and touches of mint, and building nicely to a defined finish. Touches of dark chocolate on the aftertaste mingle with minerals. This is a seriously fine Pichon-Lalande that might ultimately stand shoulder to shoulder with the 2016. (NM)" (11/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe and stylish, it is elegance personified and will be a very fine wine to age. Its structure and tannins are generous yet gently handled, giving density while preserving the bright dark fruit flavors. (RV)" (04/2018)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top wine is the 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse De Lalande, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Compared to the 2010 by director Nicolas Glumineau, this saturated purple-colored effort offers the classic elegance and regal style of the estate as well as plenty of pure Pauillac character. Crème de cassis, liquid violets, charcoal, and scorched earth nuances all give way to a full-bodied, deep, layered 2018 that has remarkable purity, building yet ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It's in the same class as the magical 2016, and while I suspect it will be approachable with just short-term cellaring, it's going to age for 40 years or more. This estate has been on a qualitative roll over the past 5-6 years thanks to the talents of Glumineau, and this is unquestionably another great wine from him and his team. 96-98+" (05/2019)

K&L Notes: 95-98 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is powerful, dense and explosive, with a real sense of vertical lift that conveys energy. Grilled herbs, lavender, inky blue/purplish fruit and spice notes develop in the glass, but it is the wine's balance, purity of tannin and finish that stand out most. In 2018, so many wines lean towards extreme versions of themselves, but Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande remains very much within its classic parameters. The 2018 doesn't quite offer the visceral thrill of the very best recent vintages, but it comes very close. At its purest essence, the 2018 is very Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The en primeur sample is shown from 100% new oak, although the wine will have about 60% new wood. Tasted four times." (4/2019)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2019

One of our favorites from the vintage! Flavors of espresso bean, mocha and coffee jump from the glass. The texture is pure velvet with fruit that nears exotic. The tannins big but remain silky and juicy on the finish. Great freshness and verve! 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 02, 2019

Tated five times and great notes everytime. This wine reminds me of the 1983 or the 1989 Pichon. That is saying a lot. Fabulous cassis and cedar aromas with some Asian spice thrown in. So elegant, yet with structure to go a long while. (Their 1983 and 1989 wines we just drank-perfection for 30+ year old wines). This wine is one of our favorites of the vintage. A must buy.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2019

2018 Pichon Lalande is 71% Cab Sav 23% Merlot 5% CF an 1% PV Strong, direct and spicy, hints of black olive with fine definition. Strong, elegant and super fresh. Just superb! 2 Stars! Ralph Sands

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 16, 2019

Pichon-Lalande is among the best of 2018. It hit those beautiful red fruit notes that many properties missed, while retaining a super-classic profile that they seem to have perfected over the past few vintages. It is layered, intense, with deep cherry and plum, an fine textured palate, their signature herbal hint, and a long, cascading finish. Another masterclass in structure and style, 2018 Pichon-Lalande was the the highlight of the room most of the five times we were lucky enough to try it.

2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and has 14.59% alcohol. Aging in 50% new barriques, it has a deep purple-black color and drifts effortlessly, gracefully, seductively out of the glass with slowly unfurling notions of blackcurrant cordial, wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and plum pudding with touches of violets, licorice, wild roses and yeast extract plus a waft of loose tobacco. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house with a solid frame of super firm, super ripe tannins and seamless freshness to back up the vibrant, crunchy, oh-so-muscular fruit, finishing long with loads of mineral layers. Amazing structure will keep this beauty for at least half a century and probably a full one! (LPB)" (04/2019)

97-100 points Vinous: "A regal, soaring Saint-Estèphe, the 2018 Cos d'Estournel is also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. On the palate, the 2018 is dark and sumptuous, with striking aromatic presence and silky tannins that wrap around a rich core of exotic fruit. Black cherry, savory herbs, leather, spice and menthol build in the glass in a wine that is both aromatically intense and richly textured. The 2018 has been nothing short of breathtaking on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Don't miss it. (AG)" (04/2019)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Deeply colored, the 2018 Cos D'Estournel shows the incredible purity and elegance that this estate delivers these days as well as fabulous crème de cassis, graphite, white flowers, and spicy oak aromas and flavors. Made from 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, aging in 50% new barrels, it builds with time in the glass and has a full-bodied, decadent yet also seamless mouthfeel, layers of tannins, and a great finish. This is as classy as it gets and certainly a candidate for the King of Saint-Estèphe in 2018. Given its purity and balance as well as depth of fruit, it should offer loads of pleasure in its youth yet also evolve nicely for 3-4 decades. This estate has been on an incredible roll over the past 7-8 years and this is another killer wine. For those interested in the technical data, this wine hit 14.59% alcohol, with a pH of 3.69, total acids of 3.3, and a whopping IPT of 80. 97-99+" (05/2019)

98-99 points James Suckling: "The beautiful integration of ripe fruit and ripe tannins gives the wine a layered and agile mouthfeel. Soft and gorgeous with silky tannins that really kick in at the finish and carry the wine for a long time." (04/2019)

95-97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "The 2018 Cos dEstournel is matured in 50% new oak, a little less than usual. It has a more opulent bouquet compared to the 2016 and 2017 as you might imagine with high-toned but not overbearing black cherries, iodine and cassis aromas. The dialling down of the oak we a good idea. With aeration it manifest enticing violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that creates what is one of the most lithe Cos dEstournel releases in recent years. It is silky smooth in texture with fine acidity, the 14.59% alcohol just lending a little decadence towards the finish. It is one of the more heady wines in recent years although everything seems to me kept in check and the tannins feel very fine and precise on the finish, indicative of prudent winemaking. Very fine, even if it does not quite match the ethereal 2016 Cos dEstournel. (NM)" (11/2019)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, rich and smoky in nature, with powerful fruits and dense tannins, this is a wine that is straining at the limits but still within balance. Rich, smoky flavors shine along with the black plum fruit and bright acidity. It will age for many years. (RV)" (04/2019)

97 points Decanter: "This has some austerity on the attack, then announces its arrival in the inimitable way that Cos is able to do: with a slow build up of exotic spices, liquorice root, cedar and cassis. It stretches out through the palate and you keep waiting for the tannins to punch through like they did in 2010, but it doesn't happen, even though this is a big wine with high alcohol and an IPT of 80. There's a great menthol freshness on the finish, helped no doubt by a fresh 3.65pH. It has the luxurious signature of Cos, the glamorous touch that you look for in this wine - like at Mouton and at Angelus - that is part of their DNA, but it's also married to elegance and a touch of slate minerality. This is a wine that you would be thrilled to own. 12mm of rain on 12 September and 20mm in mid-August were just enough to stop any blockages in ripening, although the 30hl/ha yield is low due to a touch of mildew and some concentration in September. This compares to a more generous 45hl/ha in 2016. 65% of production went into the grand vin. 1% Petit Verdot makes up the blend, and the wine is aged in 50% new oak (a little lower than the usual 60%). A candidate to upscore when in bottle. (JA)" (01/2019)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2019

Very ripe and sweet with nearly briary fruit on the palate. Cola flavors. Lots of vanilla bean and espresso flavors, shows some oak at this early stage. Velvety tannins. Long lingering finish. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 14.5% Alcohol

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 02, 2019

COuld this be better than their magnificent 2014 or 2016? It is just as good. Lots of power here-like an iron fist in an iron glove. Structured for a long cellar life. Minty aormas and flavors. A collector's wine.

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 16, 2019

2018 Cos d'Estournel is a wine of sophistication and grace. It is extremely compact with a deep core of pure red fruit, while hinting at the enormous potential it has to age glacially over the coming decades. This is a wine that is all about potential and follows a string of vintages that mark a dramatic stylistic change from the wild, modern wines of a decade ago. Extremely polished, this is a Cos for the long run.

2018 Pavillon Blanc du Margaux, Bordeaux Blanc (Pre-Arrival) ($249.99)

97-98 points James Suckling: "A very powerful and dense white with loads of dried lemons and cooked peaches. Full-bodied with chewy phenolic tension and texture. Extremely long. Lasts for minutes. Layered!" (04/2019)

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the whites of the vintage is the 2018 Château Margaux Pavillon Blanc, which is all Sauvignon Blanc brought up in barrel. This racy, medium to full-bodied beauty offers a terrific sense of freshness and tension as well as complex notes of lemon curd, white grapefruit, white flowers, and salty minerality. Vibrant, racy, yet also textured and beautifully concentrated, it's unquestionably in the top handful of whites in the vintage." (05/2019)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Pavillon Blanc is made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc that was picked in August--there was no water stress on the vines at this stage. The wine has a pH of 3.1 and 13.5% alcohol. It leaps from the glass with exuberant green guava, fresh pineapple and apricot scents with hints of mandarin peel, honeysuckle and fresh ginger. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant and very fresh with wonderful, intense tropical layers, finishing very exotic. (LPB)" (04/2019)

95 points Decanter: "Easily one of the best whites that I have tried this year. It's extremely juicy, showing white pear and stone fruits on the nose, with lovely grip and a slatey texture on the palate that suggests minerality, although it doesn't quite have the mineral punch of 2017. It just gets and gets better and better in the glass - a delicious wine with the depth that you expect at this level. Harvest ran from 27 August to 31 September, yielding just 17hl/ha because of the mildew (the vines are 4km from the main estate and were worse affected). The ph is at 3.1, unchanged from last year, helped by the fact that they fraction the juice at Margaux, using just the first, freshest portion for their own wine and selling the rest in bulk. (JA)" (03/2019)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2018 Pavillon Blanc is rich and beautifully layered, with a striking interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Citrus peel, white flowers and orchard fruit give the 2018 lovely resonance from start to finish. Harvest was about a week earlier than normal, which is to say between August 27-31, before dehydration in the field became an issue. The 2018 captures the natural radiance of the year while retaining terrific freshness as well. In a word: sublime. (AG)" (04/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Harvest started 27 August, as in 2017. Its as if this came from another vintage, says winemaker Phillipe Bascaules, because the drought of September missed them because of the harvest date and they missed the hydric stress that the reds faced, so they were able to keep the freshness. Easier to explain the freshness of the whites than that of the reds, he suggested. pH 3.1. Barrel sample. Subtle oak spice and mealy, creamy notes from the barrels but also beautifully fragrant citrus and blossom on the nose, making the palate all the more remarkable in its incredible fruit intensity. Amazing intensity and freshness at the same time. Concentration but with this salty aftertaste. Mouth-watering. Succulent and so full of pure, fragrant citrus, almost a touch of apricot. Really aromatic on the palate too. Both sweet-fruited and salty giving very good balance. Mealy, almost savoury on the final salty finish. 17.5/20 points. (JH)" (03/2019)

1981 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($329.99)

92 points John Gilman: "For drinking at the present time, it is hard not to love the more middleweight vintage of 1981 at Pichon-Lalande. The wine is at its absolute apogee of peak drinkability at the present time, wafting from the glass in a beautiful and quite classic aromatic blend of sweet cassis, cigar wrapper, gravelly soil tones, a touch of chipotle pepper, cigar ash and a whisper of merlot-derived sweet herb in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and utterly suave on the attack, with a fine core, lovely focus and grip, melting tannins and impeccable balance on the long and complex finish. A lovely vintage of Pichon." (07/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This has always been one of the sexiest, most delicious wines from the 1981 vintage. It still possesses a dark ruby/purple color. While the 1981 is less powerful than the 1982 and 1983, it reveals copious quantities of sweet black currant fruit, good flesh for the vintage, and a pure, nicely-textured and balanced style. This wine remains vibrant and youthful. (RP)" (12/1997)

Wine Spectator: "Harmonious and delicious. Entices with aromas of spice and fruit. Medium in body, with medium, velvety tannins and a tobacco, berry aftertaste. (JS)" (11/1997)

2018 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) ($699.00)

99-100 points James Suckling: "A very compact and linear Lafite with a fantastic mouthfeel of intense but ever so refined tannins that draw a straight line through the middle of the wine. Its full-bodied yet compact with complex character of plums, blackcurrants, cigar tobacco, cedar and hints of hazelnuts and coffee. Salty. Orange zest at the end. Delicacy with power. Richness with softness. Glamorous. Lasts for minutes at the finish." (04/2019)

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot and has 13.3% alcohol. The Merlot was harvested September 17-24, the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested September 25 to October 5, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on September 24. It has a deep purple-black color and then WOW--what a nose. It comes sashaying out of the glass with bags of grace and perfume, revealing notions of lilacs, red roses, fragrant soil, cinnamon stick and Morello cherries with a core of blackcurrant cordial, fresh black plums, redcurrant jelly and tapenade plus a waft of iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful, tightly wound layers of black, red and blue fruits intermingled with floral, earth and mineral notions and a rock-solid frame of the most finely pixelated tannins you can possibly imagine. Anyone who wants to see what I mean when I babble about the Lafite tannins needs to try this benchmark. The finish goes on, and on, and on. If this wine doesnt get Bordeaux lovers hearts' racing, nothing will. (LPB)" (04/2019)

99 points Decanter: "This is silky and delicious and juicy, not something you can often say about a Lafite En Primeur sample but before you even get close to tasting the wine you can feel the layers building. It has the precision, the freshness and the sense of effortless elegance that Lafite always conveys with lots of power and depth, deep black fruits on the nose and a mix of spices from rosemary to saffron on the palate. Is it better than the 2016? Its hard to say at this stage but it certainly feels its equal, although differently constructed and unlikely to take as long to come around - think 10 rather than 14 years before reaching its drinking window. It's worth adding that very few wines have been so unmarked by the extremes of the vintage, or as technical director Eric Kohler puts it; 'Even after 25 years of working at Lafite I continue to be full of admiration for this terroir. Other plots that we own reacted to the heat at times, but Lafite just kept sailing on as usual'. The harvest took place between 17 September and 5 October, with a yield of 40hl/ha. 40% of the production went into the grand vin. 3.75pH which is classic for them. (JA)" (04/2019)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "What will unquestionably be another magical wine from Eric Kohler and his team, the 2018 Château Lafite checks in as 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, and just a splash of Petit Verdot. It's a classic Lafite that offers a deep purple/ruby color and beautiful notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, cedar, and graphite. Flawlessly balanced, full-bodied, and seamless, it's a wine that builds incrementally on the palate, offering incredible finesse, ripe, present tannins, and a great finish. It reminds me of a more elegant version of the 2016 and should be approachable with just 5-6 years of cellaring and keep just about forever." (05/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is packed with plenty of dark fruits and structured tannins that offer an immense power, while also keeping the elegance and richness of a grand Pauillac. With 91% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, the wine has fine tannins as well as bright acidity. It is a great wine with a long-term future. (RV)" (04/2019)

95-97 points Vinous: "The 2018 Lafite-Rothschild was picked September 17-25 for the Merlot and September 25 to October 4 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a very intense bouquet of blackberry, tar, tobacco and graphite aromas. It feels extremely cohesive and harmonious, gaining vigor with aeration over 30 minutes. The pure, refined palate is medium-bodied with an arresting satiny texture, perfect acidity and an undercurrent of cracked black pepper and sage. This is a great Lafite-Rothschild that might end up challenging the 2016, though I concur with winemaker Eric Kohler that it is unlikely to surpass it. The 2018 Lafite-Rothschild is certainly impressive, and at 13.3% alcohol, you will not need so much aspirin the following day. (NM)" (11/2019)

K&L Notes: 93-96 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Lafite-Rothschild is creamy, sensual and inviting, with lovely purity of fruit and impeccable balance. Dark cherry, plum, licorice and spice are some of the many nuances that develop. Time in the glass brings out striking aromatic depth and overall persistence. Although an undeniably attractive wine, the 2018 does not appear to have the sheer pedigree of the very best wines in this vintage. None of the three samples I tasted were as impressive as I had hoped for. Perhaps I had bad luck. Time will tell. The blend is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot." (4/2019)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2019

2018 Ch. Lafite Rothschild is an amazing wine of 91% Cab Sav 8.5% Merlot and .5% PV. This wine blows me away because in my 28 vintages evaluated I've never had a young Lafite that tasted this good young from such a powerful vintage! Perfectly ripe, red-black fruit with a persistent silky texture and exquisite balance thru the entire wine all the way to the rounded tannins. Sweet, rich and seamless. Perfection? Wine of the vintage? Could be both! 3 Stars Ralph Sands

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 16, 2019

It seems like every vintage has a champion of the First Growths...perhaps even moreso since Latour left En Primeur. In this vintage, it seemed clear that Lafite-Rothschild took that crown emphatically, with a simply transcendent Grand Vin. It tastes like Cabernet distilled to its most essential elements, with a truly classic and regal profile. Hitting all the right notes of pure red fruit, tobacco, cassis, and more, it carries an extremely long finish that makes it nearly impossible to forget. They seemed very proud of their 2018 at Lafite, and for good reason. This is one for the ages but might not take as long to come around as other more demanding vintages. It seems to have it all.

2018 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($779.00)

96-99 points Wine Spectator: "Dark cassis, plum and cherry fruit flavors stream through in this red, harnessed well by bolts of iron along the way. Sweet tobacco detail echoes through the finish, which is seriously long. An extremely rock-solid wine in the making here. (JM)" (03/2019)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Cassis, graphite, blackberries, scorched earth, and graphite notes all emerge from the 2018 Château Lynch-Bages, which is a rich, blockbuster style beauty up with the finest vintages to date from this historic estate, which by the way, is just about complete with a massive new cellar construction project. Checking in as a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, brought up in 75% new French oak, it's incredibly concentrated, opulent, and sexy on the palate, with building underlying structure, a stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It reminds me of the 2009 with its fleshy, powerful style. The IPT, or amount of tannins, is a through the roof 95 and it hit 14.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. Its going to live for just about forever. 96-98+" (05/2019)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is incredibly powerful and structured with so much tannin backbone and length, yet its cool and fresh with a compact palate and great length. Muscular." (04/2019)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Lynch Bages is made up of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aging in 75% new barriques. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is quite coy and restrained to begin, fanning out to offer pure, ripe blackcurrants, black cherries and preserved plums with wafts of red roses, cigar box, incense, cardamom and fenugreek with savory touches of black olives, Marmite toast and smoked meats. Full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a solid foundation of very firm, very ripe, grainy tannins and superb freshness supporting the generous black fruit layers, finishing long with provocative ferrous suggestions. (LPB)" (04/2019)

97 points Decanter: "This is hugely impressive right from the off - strap on your walking boots, get your crampons at the ready, there is a wall to climb - not one that you ever hit by the way, because contrary to expectations this unfurls slowly, keeping the peak just out of sight. Its great quality and one of my favourites from this property because its full of power but with a caress, so much tannic power too and yet so light of foot. Its filled with absolutely delicious black chocolate, rosemary, cardamom and pepper but also lets the light in thanks for a fresh core running through. Having tasted it a few times its clear its going to age extremely well. (JA)" (04/2019)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This vintage shows the elegant side of a typically powerful wine. It offers dense black fruits that are balanced by the stylish wood aging and bold tannins. This impressive wine is likely to age well. (RV)" (04/2019)

93-96 points Vinous: "The 2018 Lynch-Bages is a potent, racy wine endowed with real textural depth and intensity. Even so, it retains terrific nuance and vibrancy. All the classic Lynch-Bages signatures are present, but amped up, with huge tannins and equally huge fruit. The 2018 is going to need at least a few years to shed some of its baby fat. Today, it is decidedly rich and unctuous in style. Rose petal, lavender, mint and sweet spice add striking layers of aromatic nuance. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (04/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 93-95 points from Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2018 Lynch-Bages was picked from September 19, the Cabernet starting six days later and continuing until October 9, and matured for 18 months in 75% new oak. It has a charming, pure bouquet of black cherries, blueberry, violet and iris petals, almost Margaux-like in style. The medium-bodied palate is quite dense and grippy, offering slightly grainy tannins, moderate acidity and a powerful, saline finish. It is a little monolithic when compared to, say, the outstanding 2016, although I appreciate its length and it should age well in bottle. It just needs to muster a bit more charm, and maybe that will appear once in bottle. I will remain prudent with my score for now." (11/2019)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2019

Dark inky color, aromatic nose, lots of graphite and mineral hints. Bit shut down. A big, masculine Lynches Bages. One for the cellar! 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot

2018 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($999.00)

99 points Decanter: "This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting it right up on the podium before you even take a sip. Rich raspberries combine with peonies and curls of woodsmoke while the appellations signature slate, cedar, liquorice and tannic grip slowly builds up on the palate. Ive tasted this several times with each conveying a juiciness and elegance that is quite different in style to many in Pauillac this year - it's a 98-100 for me, and I'm already looking forward to re-tasting it in bottle. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak used. 13% press wine. 3.75pH, 88IPT higher even than the 80IPT in 2016. Drinking Window 2026-2040. (JA)" (04/2019)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Representing just 50% of the production and a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot aging in 80% new French oak, the 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron reveals a deep, saturated purple color as well as a decadent bouquet of crème de cassis, high class tobacco, crushed violets, and freshly sharpened cedar pencils, which is about as Pauillac as you can get. Full-bodied, incredibly opulent, with moderate acidity and silky tannins on the palate, it still shows beautiful purity, freshness, and elegance, with the tannins giving focus and length on the finish. It's a brilliant, brilliant wine that's in the same class as the 1990, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010." (05/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. The Merlot was harvested September 24-25, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 3-10. The wine is to be aged 18 months in barriques, 80% new and 20% one year old, and production represents 50% of the harvest this year. Very deep purple-black colored, it begins a little coy, rolling slowly and languidly out of the glass with notions of baked raspberries, blueberry coulis, crème de cassis and incense plus nuances of lilacs, truffles, damp soil and garrigue with wafts of lavender and wild sage. Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive, the palate reveals layer upon layer of savory, earthy and black fruit preserves, framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and lovely freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful. (LPB)" (04/2019)

97-98 points James Suckling: "Deep and dark young wine that takes you down, deep down to its center palate of blackberries and blueberries, firm and very silky tannins and a vivid finish. Wonderful palate and depth in this with such class and finesse. So many layers of polished, fine tannins. Great wine." (04/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Offering big, powerful tannins, this wine shows an amazing density of immense black fruits. It has a rich structure that's allied with great acidity and a strongly spicy character. There is a wonderful juiciness at the end that gives it an impressive lift. (RV)" (04/2019)

95-98 points Wine Spectator: "Warm, dense and fleshy in feel, featuring cassis, plum and cherry compote flavors infused with tobacco and worn cedar details. Seriously long, with a well-buried iron note, though the purity of the fruit is the dominating feature overall. This cuts a pretty broad swath as it moves along. A big wine. *Barrel Tasting* (JM)" (03/2019)

94-97 points Vinous: "Pichon Baron is exceptional in 2018. Pliant, silky and super-finessed, the 2018 has a level of textural finesse that really elevates the wine into Pauillac's upper echelon. Ripe fruit and silky tannins give the 2018 much of its inimitable finesse. At the same time, the 2018 is bright, punchy and surprisingly fresh, not to mention absolutely impeccable in its balance. The blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot, while new oak is 80%. (AG)" (04/2019)

93-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "The 2018 Pichon-Baron is matured for 18 months in 80% new oak. It has a comparatively high-toned bouquet compared to recent vintages, featuring black cherries, blueberry, cedar and mint, although I think it needs to express more Pichon-Baron DNA. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins creating a huge frame that lacquers the mouth. This is almost a burly Pauillac, not muscular but very dense, though I would like to see more finesse on the finish by the time of bottling, and then it may warrant a higher score. I would use Christian Seelys descriptor of the vintage: untamed. (NM)" (11/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2019

Very tight and concentrated with an almost a chewy texture, this wine shows flavors of black licorice combined with red cherry and berry fruit. Lots of tannin and structure. Another wine for the cellar 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot

2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($1,140.00)

97-100 points Wine Spectator: "This one nails it in 2018, with saturated, almost sappy kirsch, plum and blackberry preserve flavors at the core, inlaid with sweet tobacco, singed vanilla, worn cedar and fresh earth notes. A bolt of graphite provides support. Concentrated, long and very complete. One of the high water marks of the vintage. (JM)" (03/2019)

99 points Decanter: "This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting it right up on the podium before you even take a sip. Rich raspberries combine with peonies and curls of woodsmoke while the appellations signature slate, cedar, liquorice and tannic grip slowly builds up on the palate. Ive tasted this several times with each conveying a juiciness and elegance that is quite different in style to many in Pauillac this year - it's a 98-100 for me, and I'm already looking forward to re-tasting it in bottle. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak used. 13% press wine. 3.75pH, 88IPT higher even than the 80IPT in 2016. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040 (JA)" (04/2019)

98-99 points James Suckling: "A deep and intense young red with blackberries and blueberries, as well as green olives and hints of fresh tobacco. But really black fruit. Full-bodied, tight and integrated with a refreshing and harmonious finish. Just floating on the palate. Great tannin backbone to this. A classic. Another flying carpet." (04/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is made up of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with a pH of 3.85, an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 87 and 14% alcohol. Very deep purple-black colored, it is like hitting a brick wall to begin, needing considerable coaxing to start to reveal notes of crushed black cherries, warm blackberries, ripe blackcurrants and chocolate cake with nuances of violets, rose hip tea, charcuterie, tapenade and incense with wafts of new leather and iron ore. Full-bodied, concentrated and completely laden with tightly wound black fruit and savory layers, the palate gives a rock-solid backbone of firm, super ripe, super fine-grained tannins and soft background freshness, finishing very long with a veritable display of mineral fireworks. (LPB)" (04/2019)

96-98 points Vinous: "The 2018 Pichon-Lalande was picked from September 16 to October 10 at 35hl/ha. It has a voluminous, generous bouquet of ample black cherry and blueberry fruit, quite floral if not exhibiting the killer definition of the 2016 tasted in direct comparison. The palate is very seductive and lithe thanks to the supple tannins. There are plenty of layers of black fruit here, laced with graphite and touches of mint, and building nicely to a defined finish. Touches of dark chocolate on the aftertaste mingle with minerals. This is a seriously fine Pichon-Lalande that might ultimately stand shoulder to shoulder with the 2016. (NM)" (11/2019)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe and stylish, it is elegance personified and will be a very fine wine to age. Its structure and tannins are generous yet gently handled, giving density while preserving the bright dark fruit flavors. (RV)" (04/2018)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top wine is the 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse De Lalande, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Compared to the 2010 by director Nicolas Glumineau, this saturated purple-colored effort offers the classic elegance and regal style of the estate as well as plenty of pure Pauillac character. Crème de cassis, liquid violets, charcoal, and scorched earth nuances all give way to a full-bodied, deep, layered 2018 that has remarkable purity, building yet ultra-fine tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It's in the same class as the magical 2016, and while I suspect it will be approachable with just short-term cellaring, it's going to age for 40 years or more. This estate has been on a qualitative roll over the past 5-6 years thanks to the talents of Glumineau, and this is unquestionably another great wine from him and his team. 96-98+" (05/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 95-98 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is powerful, dense and explosive, with a real sense of vertical lift that conveys energy. Grilled herbs, lavender, inky blue/purplish fruit and spice notes develop in the glass, but it is the wine's balance, purity of tannin and finish that stand out most. In 2018, so many wines lean towards extreme versions of themselves, but Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande remains very much within its classic parameters. The 2018 doesn't quite offer the visceral thrill of the very best recent vintages, but it comes very close. At its purest essence, the 2018 is very Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The en primeur sample is shown from 100% new oak, although the wine will have about 60% new wood. Tasted four times." (4/2019)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 03, 2019

One of our favorites from the vintage! Flavors of espresso bean, mocha and coffee jump from the glass. The texture is pure velvet with fruit that nears exotic. The tannins big but remain silky and juicy on the finish. Great freshness and verve! 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot

2018 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) ($1,199.00)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc and has 14.59% alcohol. Aging in 50% new barriques, it has a deep purple-black color and drifts effortlessly, gracefully, seductively out of the glass with slowly unfurling notions of blackcurrant cordial, wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and plum pudding with touches of violets, licorice, wild roses and yeast extract plus a waft of loose tobacco. The full-bodied palate is built like a brick house with a solid frame of super firm, super ripe tannins and seamless freshness to back up the vibrant, crunchy, oh-so-muscular fruit, finishing long with loads of mineral layers. Amazing structure will keep this beauty for at least half a century and probably a full one! (LPB)" (04/2019)

97-100 points Vinous: "A regal, soaring Saint-Estèphe, the 2018 Cos d'Estournel is also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. On the palate, the 2018 is dark and sumptuous, with striking aromatic presence and silky tannins that wrap around a rich core of exotic fruit. Black cherry, savory herbs, leather, spice and menthol build in the glass in a wine that is both aromatically intense and richly textured. The 2018 has been nothing short of breathtaking on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Don't miss it. (AG)" (04/2019)

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Deeply colored, the 2018 Cos D'Estournel shows the incredible purity and elegance that this estate delivers these days as well as fabulous crème de cassis, graphite, white flowers, and spicy oak aromas and flavors. Made from 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, aging in 50% new barrels, it builds with time in the glass and has a full-bodied, decadent yet also seamless mouthfeel, layers of tannins, and a great finish. This is as classy as it gets and certainly a candidate for the King of Saint-Estèphe in 2018. Given its purity and balance as well as depth of fruit, it should offer loads of pleasure in its youth yet also evolve nicely for 3-4 decades. This estate has been on an incredible roll over the past 7-8 years and this is another killer wine. For those interested in the technical data, this wine hit 14.59% alcohol, with a pH of 3.69, total acids of 3.3, and a whopping IPT of 80. 97-99+" (05/2019)

98-99 points James Suckling: "The beautiful integration of ripe fruit and ripe tannins gives the wine a layered and agile mouthfeel. Soft and gorgeous with silky tannins that really kick in at the finish and carry the wine for a long time." (04/2019)

95-97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "The 2018 Cos dEstournel is matured in 50% new oak, a little less than usual. It has a more opulent bouquet compared to the 2016 and 2017 as you might imagine with high-toned but not overbearing black cherries, iodine and cassis aromas. The dialling down of the oak we a good idea. With aeration it manifest enticing violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that creates what is one of the most lithe Cos dEstournel releases in recent years. It is silky smooth in texture with fine acidity, the 14.59% alcohol just lending a little decadence towards the finish. It is one of the more heady wines in recent years although everything seems to me kept in check and the tannins feel very fine and precise on the finish, indicative of prudent winemaking. (NM)" (11/2019)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, rich and smoky in nature, with powerful fruits and dense tannins, this is a wine that is straining at the limits but still within balance. Rich, smoky flavors shine along with the black plum fruit and bright acidity. It will age for many years. (RV)" (04/2019)

97 points Decanter: "This has some austerity on the attack, then announces its arrival in the inimitable way that Cos is able to do: with a slow build up of exotic spices, liquorice root, cedar and cassis. It stretches out through the palate and you keep waiting for the tannins to punch through like they did in 2010, but it doesn't happen, even though this is a big wine with high alcohol and an IPT of 80. There's a great menthol freshness on the finish, helped no doubt by a fresh 3.65pH. It has the luxurious signature of Cos, the glamorous touch that you look for in this wine - like at Mouton and at Angelus - that is part of their DNA, but it's also married to elegance and a touch of slate minerality. This is a wine that you would be thrilled to own. 12mm of rain on 12 September and 20mm in mid-August were just enough to stop any blockages in ripening, although the 30hl/ha yield is low due to a touch of mildew and some concentration in September. This compares to a more generous 45hl/ha in 2016. 65% of production went into the grand vin. 1% Petit Verdot makes up the blend, and the wine is aged in 50% new oak (a little lower than the usual 60%). A candidate to upscore when in bottle. (JA)" (01/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 06, 2019

Very ripe and sweet with nearly briary fruit on the palate. Cola flavors. Lots of vanilla bean and espresso flavors, shows some oak at this early stage. Velvety tannins. Long lingering finish. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 14.5% Alcohol

2018 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($3,499.00)

100 points James Suckling: "I am a little bit speechless about this one. I have not seen such earthy and totally deep character of the soil in a young Mouton in my career. Of course, I didnt taste 1945 or 1959 when they were young, but I have been lucky enough to have a few bottles in my life. There is really terroir-driven character to this. Layered and so intense with polished and incredible tannins." (04/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel sample, it was fascinating to take another look at the 2018 Mouton Rothschild, after having spent six more months in cask since I last tasted it. Deep garnet-purple, it maintains a jaw-droppingly profound nose of crème de cassis, mocha, plum preserves, licorice and Black Forest cake with touches of iron ore, Sichuan pepper, allspice and tilled soil. Full-bodied, super concentrated and possessing layer upon layer of black fruits, exotic spices and fragrant earth-inspired flavors, it has a rock-solid, firm, grainy texture with fantastic freshness and incredible length. (LPB) 97-99+" (10/2019)

99 points Decanter: "This has incredible persistency and density of flavour in 2018. Its extremely well knitted with everything drawn out and taut through the mid palate, slowly layering on the succulent, plump notes of damson, juice-filled blackberries, charcoal, menthol, cigar box, pencil lead and black chocolate that is a signature of the vintage. (JA)" (04/2019)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast: "(9799 points, barrel sample) This wine is ripe and juicy, packed with black fruits and generous tannins that sit on a velvety texture. It is dense, concentrated and intensely structured in bold tannins, but still the purity of the dark shines through. (RV)" (04/2019)

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Representing 76% of the total production, the 2018 Mouton-Rothschild checks in as 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc brought up in new oak. The most backward and reserved of the First Growths, this deeply colored beauty boasts a rich, layered bouquet of blackcurrants, graphite, scorched earth, and liquid violets. Deep, full-bodied, and seamless on the palate, it's more elegant than the opulently styled 2016, but its still an incredibly powerful and promising Mouton thats going to live for half a century or more. 96-98+" (05/2019)

95-97 points Vinous: "The 2018 Mouton-Rothschild is blessed with a glorious and extremely pure bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberries, touches of blueberry and pressed violets, almost Margaux-like in style. As usual, the new oak is seamlessly integrated. There is an undercurrent of exoticism here, but it is very discreet and never overshadows the DNA of Mouton. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine line of acidity and layers of opulent black fruit. This is one of the more extravagant Mouton-Rothschilds in recent years, a little sweeter on the finish compared to the previous two vintages, yet maintaining freshness and tension. It will be irresistible in its youth, although it will benefit from a decade in bottle. (NM)" (11/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Black core with purple rim. Pure, perfectly ripe and lightly spiced cassis. Perfect Cabernet Sauvignon with a nice touch of cassis leaf to freshen the aroma invitingly perfumed. On the palate, much more freshness than on the Petit Mouton, the tannins slimmer and finer even if they are compact and very present. Chewy, generous in fruit, big but harmonious. Structured and deep and so much more to come. (JH) 18/20 points" (04/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is offered as a complete case in original packaging. If the wines are going to be shipped upon arrival, the bottles will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles during shipping, with the empty case itself shipped separately on request. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact cases. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 94-97 points, Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Mouton Rothschild is dense and unctuous in the glass, with striking textural depth and plenty of overall intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice, leather and sweet spice infuse a Mouton that stands out for its unctuousness and fruit intensity. There is plenty of tannin, but it is nearly buried by the sheer voluptuousness of the fruit. In 2018, Mouton is radiant, sensual and impeccable in its balance, even if it doesn't possess the sheer visceral thrill, energy or pedigree of truly great vintages. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc." (4/2019)