Bordeaux

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, Bad Boy, France, 2005

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

Clos du Marquis, Saint-Julien, France, 2005

Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry, mineral and licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate.  It is chewy, yet silky with a really long finish.  Balanced and powerful.  $118