Bordeaux

Château de Carlmagnus, Fronsac, France, 2010

A roasted mesquite frame lends a grippy edge to the notes of steeped plum, anise and blackberry in this dark red, which is juicy and edgy at the same time, with spice and chalk both cutting through the finish.  $46

Château La Grave à Pomerol, Trigant de Boisset Pomeral, France, 2005

Delicious.  Pure crushed fruit on the nose, with raspberry, dark chocolate and berry. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful balance and richness.  $95

Château Charmail, Haut Médoc, France, 2009

Medium red-ruby. Chewy, dense and plush; ripe but not overripe.  Dark berry, espresso and menthol flavors are framed by sweet oak and ripe chocolatey tannins.  Generous, deep and long on the aftertaste.   $56

Château Haut Gravet, Grand Cru, Saint-Emilion, France, 2009

Ripe, with toasty spice notes and aromatic blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit, followed by a toasty, anise-tinged finish. $78

Château Hyot, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France, 2010

Chewy with plum notes and soft black tea flavor followed by darker charcoal and fig character.   Nice tannins and a velvety finish.   $42

Thunevin, Mauvais Garçon “Bad Boy”, France, 2006

Medium body with a silky texture and loads of plum, cassis and cherry flavor.  $42

Château Lagrange, Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Julien, France, 2008

Chewy with plum notes and soft black tea flavor followed by darker charcoal and fig character.   Nice tannins and a velvety finish. Delicious.  Dark coloring, lots of blackberry, mineral and black licorice.  Full body, silky tannins and long finish.  $95

Château Sérilhan, Saint-Estèphe, France, 2009

A fresh, bright style, with a red fruit profile of currant, cherry pit and pomegranate framed by a floral note. Medium-weight, with a gentle dry edge on the lengthy finish.  $58

Château La Vielle Cure, Fronsac, France, 2010

This takes a modern approach, with a noticeable dose of dark, roasted espresso and chocolate up front, but remains grounded in the appellation’s textbook racy chalk and charcoal profile. The core of lush fig, plum and blackberry fruit sits in reserve, and the finish is polished and long. Impressive. $78