We just received a container from Bordeaux and the Rare Room is filled with some great, mature, Chateau Direct Wines! All still sealed in their Original Wood Cases. Perfect Provenance! Having tasted all the wines before arrival, it is hard to pick a favorite. I would suggest a Mixed 6 or 12 pack case.
*1996 Duhart Milon Pauillac
(Wine Advocate 93)
The 1996 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is aging in wonderful fashion, to wit, a straight down the fairway Pauilliac. Now at 20 years of age, it has developed a fresh and very brine-scented bouquet with plenty of undergrowth and bell pepper aromas. You could almost imagine a bit of Loire Cabernet Franc in here! The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, impressive body and backbone, likewise more than enough freshness on the structured finish laced with white pepper and bell pepper. Very classic in style, this is a Duhart for traditionalists, but I for one appreciate its style. It is drinking perfectly now but will continue to offer pleasure for another 20 years. Tasted July 2016.
*2003 Ormes de Pez St Estephe
$50.99btl/$550.69 per case OWC
(Wine Advocate 91)
Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s “10-Year On” tasting in London. The Les Ormes de Pez ’03 has a ripe generous bouquet with well-defined mint-tinged dark plum fruit with hints of cooked meat and dried herbs coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and harmony. Overall, it comes across as very refined with mint-infused blackberry and raspberry notes that are very pure. There is a pleasant grainy texture and a classic, composed finish. This is a very good choice of 2003 and worth seeking out given the price. Tasted March 2013.
*2004 Clos L’Eglise Pomerol
$93.25btl/$1007.10 per case OWC
(Wine Advocate 92)
The bouquet on the Clos l’Eglise 2004 is well defined, but very tight at the moment and not particularly expressive. It is stylistically similar to the 2002, but here there is greater fruit intensity that will emerge with time in bottle and putting the glass to one side, it rewards patience with attractive scents of sea salt, blackcurrant pastille and olive. The palate is well balanced with firm, slightly chalky tannins. It is not a complex Clos l’Eglise but the acidity is nicely judged and it sports a pert citric finish. This is an attractive Pomerol for the vintage. Tasted May 2012.