2011 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30
2011 Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Cotes du Roussillon Villages
2011 Domaine Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 60 Vieilles Vignes
2011 J P Droin Chablis Les Clos
2011 Chateau Ausone Saint Emilion (Futures)
2011 Chateau Margaux (Futures)
-Wine Spectator, 93 to 96 pts.
"Administrator Paul Pontallier is nearly embarrassed to explain the amazing success of the 2011 Chateau Margaux, a candidate for wine of the vintage. With the harvest occurring between September 5-20, it was the smallest crop in over twenty years as yields were cut significantly by the drought. The berries were tiny. Moreover, analytically, the 2011 has a higher level of concentration as well as tannins than the 2009. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, only 38% of the harvest made it into the grand vin. The wine offers an inky/purple color, barely noticeable sweet tannin, and a beautiful nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers and lead pencil shavings backed up by fresh acids and good overall structure. This medium to full-bodied effort possesses tremendous personality and character. It rivals what they achieved in both 2010 and 2009, which is virtually impossible to contemplate given the quality of those two vintages." -Robert Parker
2011 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien (Futures)
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 93-95+ pts.
"This has very solid guts, with dark, almost brooding plum compote, currant paste and anise notes, followed by a hint of roasted juniper wood on the finish, which smolders nicely. An iron hint lurks throughout as well."
2011 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes (Futures)
-Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, 91 to 93 pts.
"A very ripe, juicy, spicy style, with bold apricot, tangerine, toasted almond and papaya notes. Shows lots of power, with the length to match. A winner in the making."
2011 Chateau Gracia Saint Emilion (Futures)
2011 Chateau l'Eglise Clinet Pomerol (Futures)
-Wine Spectator, 91 to 94 pts.
"Another brilliant wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, the powerhouse 2011 l’Eglise Clinet is one of the most densely packed and stacked wines of Pomerol. Inky ruby/purple-colored with a classic bouquet of black currants, black cherries, creme caramel and vanillin, it reveals great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, medium to full body, lavish extraction, no bitterness, sweet, well-integrated tannins, and enough acidity for vibrancy and definition. It should be drinkable in 3-5 years and last for two decades or more." -Robert Parker