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Blankiet: Proprietary Red 1999-2012

Rumor has it that in early 1996 if Christian Moueix had known that the property just above his Dominus Estate on the west side of Yountville was available for purchase, he would surely have snapped it up. It turns out the story was not apocryphal. In a perfect case of preparation meeting opportunity, Claude Blankiet got there first.

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I rarely indulge in elaborate dinners when I am on tasting trips, but my last night in Bordeaux turned out to be a perfect opportunity to check out Joël Robuchon’s recently opened restaurant in Bernard Magrez’s La Grande Maison hotel.

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2014 Viña Leyda Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Garuma ($20) 90 points

2014 Viña Leyda Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Garuma, 90 points

A classic example of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc from one of Chile’s premier wineries, this energetic wine displays intense grapefruit, green tea, jasmine and succulent herb character. It’s sharply focused and pure, with refreshingly bitter finishing cut and zero excess fat. (JR)

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In three recent tastings the 1982 Pichon-Lalande has been highly variable, showing frayed edges that suggest it needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later.

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