EXCLUSIVE ADVANCED RELEASE: 2010 BORDEAUX. Available September 21st at 9am, while supplies last. THE REVIEWS ARE IN! The 2010 Bordeaux vintage is being heralded as a fantastic year. Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to add these coveted wines to your collection one week prior to the Government Liquor Store Release.

Chateau Boutisse
91 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR

A plush, alluring style, with velvety tannins letting the raspberry ganache, blackberry pâte de fruit and plum sauce notes glide along, backed by accents of charcoal and singed apple wood on the finish. Drink now through 2020.

750 mL       $43.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Chateau Brown Pessac Leognan
92 Points Wine Spectator

Shows good range, with red and black currant fruit playing off each other, while tangy iron and sanguine notes flitter throughout. Turns plush and inviting, with a tarry note inlaid on the finish. Displays density, but stays pure and well-balanced overall. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020.

750 mL       $45.99
Limit 6 bottles per customer
Fonreaud Listrac
89 Points Wine Spectator

A solid, juicy version, with a fresh core of damson plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit, lined with lightly pebbly tannins and hints of tobacco, brick dust and savory. Not especially dense, but shows good range and focus. Drink now through 2017.

375 mL       $24.99
750 mL       $45.99
375 mL only available at Kitsilano
Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac
92 Points Wine Spectator

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. Best from 2015 through 2025.

375 mL       $24.99
750 mL       $46.99
375 mL only available at Kitsilano
Lanessan Haut-Medoc
87 Points Robert Parker

Dark ruby/plum colored, with evolved notes of cedar wood, earth and underbrush, this wine possesses the classic tobacco leaf and black currants of a mid-level Medoc. It is medium-bodied, has good ripeness and should age nicely for 15 or more years.

375 mL       $29.99
1500 mL     $109.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Chateau la Croix Figeac
90-93 Points Wine Spectator

Dark and winey, with lots of crushed plum, braised fig and cassis notes pumping along. There's a nice graphite spine and solid drive on the black tea-tinged finish.

750 mL       $49.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Chateau Montlabert 2010 St Emilion
92 Points Wine Spectator

This is nicely aromatic, with aromas of warm blueberry coulis and blackberry preserves stepping out ahead of chocolate, roasted alder, tobacco and charcoal notes. Offers lots of grippy structure with a briary edge, but stays juicy, compact and focused, so should cellar well. Best from 2015 through 2024.

750 mL       $55.99
Goulee Medoc by Cos d'Estournel
90 Points Robert Parker

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, this wine displays an opaque ruby/purple color and notes of damp earth, forest floor, white chocolate, sweet black currants and spice box. The wine is round, full-bodied and luscious, with 14.7% natural alcohol. Although meant for early consumption, it should easily last up to a decade or more. Goulee’s 2010 is another sleeper of the vintage from Michel Reybier, the proprietor of Cos d’Estournel.

750 mL       $65.99
Chateau Nenin Fugue de Nenin Pomerol
90 Points Wine Spectator

Soft, friendly, forward and open-knit, with plum, grape and blackberry fruit. A gentle kiss of singed vanilla and a flash of graphite appear on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

750 mL       $69.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Chateau Meyney St Estephe
90 Points Wine Spectator

Solid, if a bit chunky in feel, with a slightly squared-off charcoal and ganache frame surrounding a core of dark plum, black currant and licorice root. Shows more austerity than flesh, but displays outstanding length and cut. This has added lots of grip in élevage. For fans of the taut style. Best from 2016 through 2026.

750 mL       $69.99
Chateau Rol Valentin
92 Points Wine Spectator

Rounded and ripe, with dark blackberry and boysenberry flavors melded with ganache, melted black licorice and Black Forest cake. Lush, but with a lovely smoldering charcoal hint to keep this honest on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2025.

750 mL       $74.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc
91+ Points Wine Spectator

A very classic wine for patient connoisseurs, Sociando Mallet makes no compromises and continues to produce one of the finest wines among non-classified estates in Haut-Medoc. Dense purple to the rim, the opaque purple-colored 2010 offers up notes of graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a hint of cassis, soe licorice and wet rocks. Deep, full-bodied and almost excruciatingly tannic, this full-throttle, balls-to-the-wall style of wine needs at least 8-10 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades or more.

750 mL       $75.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 4 bottles per customer
Chateau Haut Bergey
92 Points Wine Spectator

Offers lush fruit, with dark raspberry and boysenberry notes, good, graphite-laced structure and bright acidity weaving throughout. The long, smoldering finish features an appealing licorice snap and violet profile. Best from 2015 through 2025.

750 mL       $79.99
1500 mL     $159.99
Limit 6 bottles per customer
Chateu Corbin St-Emilion
92 Points Robert Parker

Lush, concentrated black currant and kirsch-like fruit, a hint of licorice and some floral notes and subtle background oak jump from the glass of this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It is another relatively large-scaled St.-Emilion at 15% natural alcohol, but the good news is that there are nearly 4,500 cases of this wine in the marketplace. The purity, sumptuous texture and seductive nature of this wine will endear it to most readers. Its is certainly a sleeper of the vintage, as Corbin has rarely made a wine of this intensity and richness, at least not in many a year. Drink it over the next 15+ years.

750 mL       $79.99
Chateau La Fleur Cardinale
95 Points Robert Parker

Dense ruby/purple, it tips the scales at 15% natural alcohol and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Full-bodied in texture, it offers up loads of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with some cedar, vanilla and a touch of spring flowers. Impressively built, with good acidity and light tannin, this is a superb example of wine that reaches its prime in 3 or 4 years and lasts two decades. It’s right up there with their brilliant 2005.

750 mL       $84.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 6 bottles per customer
Chateau Barde Haut St-Emilion
93 Points Wine Spectator

Still a bit compact, with blueberry coulis, fig and blackberry paste notes tightly wound, backed by tangy black licorice, singed apple wood and tar on the finish, which features a very sleek structure and a buried iron note. This has good vivacity and should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.

750 mL       $87.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 4 bottles per customer
Chateau Cantemerle Haut Medoc
94 Points Robert Parker

The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel.

750 mL       $89.99
Limit 3 bottles per customer

1500 mL     $189.99
1500 mL only available at Kitsilano
Chateau Gloria
93 Points Robert Parker

The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for.

750 mL       $89.99
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Monbousquet
95 Point Wine Spectator

A lush, modern, style, with hyperdrive on the blueberry, loganberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Nothing gets too heady though, as there's charcoal-studded grip, smoldering coffee grinds and roasted bay leaf notes all in the background for definition and further development with cellaring. Modern, yes, but firmly grounded in itsterroir. Best from 2016 through 2035.

750 mL       $99.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Pibran
92 Points Robert Parker

Ripe and well-packed, but silky and racy too, with linzer torte, cassis and blackberry notes pumping along, flecked with singed anise and violet, showing a long graphite spine on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2030.

750 mL       $99.99
Clos de Marquis
90 Points Robert Parker

With the alcohol hitting 13.6% in a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, this wine displays plenty of sweet kirsch, licorice and black currant fruit in a classy, seductive style, with medium to full body, soft but abundant tannins and a long finish. It does indeed possess the elegance and finesse of its bigger sibling, Leoville Las Cases. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

750 mL       $109.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux
94 Points Robert Parker

The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic!

750 mL       $110.99
Limit 4 bottles per customer
Chateau Kirwan Margaux
92+ Points Robert Parker

As always, this estate has produced a blockbuster style of Margaux in 2010, with the more masculine side of the appellation providing density, power, big body, loads of fruit, extract and richness. This wine is powerful and concentrated, but by no means excessively extracted. Dense purple, muscular, deep and impressive, it is a wine that allows for no compromise among wine lovers. Forget it for 6-10 years and drink it over the following 20-40 years.

750 mL       $114.99
Limit 6 bottles per customer
Chateau Lagrange
92 Points Wine Spectator

Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030.

750 mL       $119.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Chateau Lafon-Rochet
91 Points Wine Spectator

Features a dark currant and blackberry coulis core, surrounded by charcoal, singed savory and light coffee notes. The solid, firm, taut finish should let this linger in the cellar for a decade. Best from 2014 through 2024.

750 mL       $124.99
Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux
92 Points Wine Spectator

Offers a tarry frame melded to a core of plum sauce, tobacco and dark currant preserves. Fleshy and broad, with a good charcoal spine for freshness. Approachable now, but should improve with cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2025.

750 mL       $143.99
Chateau Giscours Margaux
94 Points Wine Spectator

Features a lightly firm, singed alder frame around a core of dark plum, cherry and cassis bush notes. Taut tar and warm paving stone notes fill in on the finish. Shows serious, well-embedded grip, and the core of fruit is spot on. This has the range, length and cut for the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2030.

750 mL       $159.99
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Gruaud Larose St Julien
93 Points Wine Spectator

This is distinctive, with an aromatic roasted alder wood streak leading the way, quickly followed by dense but sleek blackberry cobbler, currant paste and warm plum sauce notes. Well-polished through the finish, offering deeply embedded acidity. Best from 2015 through 2030.

750 mL       $159.99
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Coutet Sauternes-Barsac
95 Points Wine Spectator

Offers a bright inner core of honeysuckle, pineapple, star fruit and white peach flavors, coated for now with heather honey, marzipan and mango notes. Fresh and racy through the finish, this is an elegant beauty, showing terrific cut and precision. Best from 2015 through 2030.

750 mL       $164.99
Chateau Branaire Ducru
94 Points Wine Spectator

Very polished and stylish, with a velvety feel to the layers of crushed plum, currant and blackberry, while bittersweet cocoa and black licorice glide in on the gorgeous, black tea-infused finish. Features a lovely allure rather than raw power, making this possibly the prettiest St.-Julien of the vintage. There's plenty in the tank for cellaring as well. Best from 2014 through 2030.

750 mL       $164.99
Limit 4 bottles per customer
Chateau Malescot St Exupery Margaux
95 Points Robert Parker

Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak, given the impeccable balance and full-bodied, full-throttle style it possesses. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate, harmonious in every sense of style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. Three to four years of bottle age will do wonders to make it more accessible, but this wine is set for 25-30 years of longevity.

750 mL       $189.99
Limit 6 bottles per customer
Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere
96 Points Wine Spectator

This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035.

750 mL       $199.99
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Branon
97 Points Robert Parker

Once again in 2010, notes of mocha, espresso roast, chocolate, creme de cassis and scorched earth soar from this opaque purple-colored wine. It is aged in 100% new oak, but that is hardly noticeable given the wine’s sensational richness and extravagant fruit. This wine is classic, full-bodied and intense. It’s just a shame that less than 8,000 bottles are usually made. This wine is still backward, but very full, rich, and impressively pure in texture. Give it another 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years.

750 mL       $224.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Rauzan Segla Margaux
95 Points Robert Parker

To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate’s production. It is certainly not for those who can’t wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more.

750 mL       $249.99
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Smith Haut Lafite
98+ Points Robert Parker

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7.

750 mL       $287.99
Limit 6 bottles per customer
Chateau Haut Bailly
98 Points Robert Parker

Deep plum/purple, Haut-Bailly’s 2010 required some coaxing to appreciate its subtle notes of barbecue smoke, lead pencil shavings and creme de cassis as well as its touches of pomegranate and forest floor. The oak is pushed far into the background and the tannins are extremely silky, but the intensity of the wine is profound and the finish lingers for close to 55 seconds. This wine is ripe yet delicate, powerful yet stylish, and essentially resembles a remarkable fashion design from a house of haute couture. This wine needs a good 7-8 years of bottle age and should keep for 40-50+ years.

750 mL       $299.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Leoville Poyferre St Julien
98+ Point Robert Parker

The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton, but all three of them are compelling efforts. Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this full-bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minute finish. This spectacular effort from Poyferre that should drink well for 30+ years.

750 mL       $309.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Chateau Lynch-Bages
96 Points Wine Spectator

Roasted cedar, tobacco and bay leaf notes start off this structured but lively bottling, with intense currant, blackberry and black cherry flavors at the core. The iron-laced grip and pleasantly austere plum pit and licorice snap accents fill in on the tar-tinged finish. Great range, character and typicity. If you ever need to explain Pauillac to someone, give them this. Best from 2018 through 2037.

750 mL       $324.99
Limit 4 bottles per customer
Chateau Pontet Pauillac
97 Points Wine Spectator

An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish.

750 mL       $387.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer
Troplong Mondot St Emilion
99 Points Robert Parker

Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I'm not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. Forget this for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades.

750 mL       $399.99
Only available at Kitsilano
Limit 3 bottles per customer


Hurry into your local Dundarave or Kitsilano Wine Cellar this week and be the first to enjoy this exquisite vintage. LOCATIONS: DUNDARAVE WINE CELLAR: 2448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC. Store Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am - 10pm. KITSILANO WINE CELLAR: 2239 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Store Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am - 11pm. Offer available September 21st, while supplies last. All wines are available on a first come, first served basis. Due to limited quantities some are subject to bottle limits. No holds will be accepted.

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