Had a Glass: 2006 Château La Maroutine

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He says: It’s hard to find a good bottle of Bordeaux for $20, and this bottle might just be the answer.

She says: Overall a good value-for-money Bordeaux.

Had a Glass: 2008 Château Vieille Tour La Rose

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He says: A disappointingly unbalanced wine that looks good, smells nice, but tastes like shit.

She says: It’s not how you start but how you finish that counts…

Had a Glass: 2005 Christian Moueix Merlot

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He says: Nothing too outstanding, but at the same time, nothing too offensive.

She says: At $20, this is an any-night-of-the-week bottle.

2009 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc La Grande Cuvée

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He says: This is a great wine at an amazing price, and it’s good to see Bordeaux deliver something other than plonk at the sub-$20 level.

She says: This tasted more New World to me than Bordeaux with its mouthwatering acidity and intense Sauvignon Blanc nose.

2004 Château Climens

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WineHater says: WOW, what a wine!!!

He says: Our first 5-star wine rating on Winecouver, and no questions about it.

Wine truths

“A hard drinker, being at the table, was offered grapes for dessert. 'Thank you,' said he, pushing the dish away from him, 'but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.'”
by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.