My friends and colleagues, knowing that I manage the Bordeaux buying (among other things) as part of my daily routine, often send me email requests for suggestions on affordable wines from Bordeaux. Funny thing is, the bulk of these requests are written to imply that affordable and Bordeaux are not synonymous; my friends in particular will write: "affordable" Bordeaux. So I've spent the past few weeks working with our best negociants while sharpening my pencil on current stocks. My aim: compile a nice collection of well-priced, 90+ point Bordeaux from top vintages that you can afford to drink on a Tuesday night. And remember: "value" California Cabernet generally falls in the $25 to $50 price range. Yes, that statement opens us up for hours of debate, but for every decent California Cabernet I've tasted, which was priced below $25, I've tasted dozens upon dozens that were simply overworked, commercial plonk in that range as well. Feeling fairly confident that we've all had at least one of those experiences, it's safe to say that finding 90+ rated Bordeaux, from superlative vintages (2005, 2009, 2010, etc.) for incredible values should be a real treat... especially for Bordeaux fans who may have thought it impossible.
This deep-colored wine has the alcohol and firm tannins to match its hue. It’s very dense and structured, but it also plays up the ripe blackberry fruits. Give it many years to soften out.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2013)