Gruaud question


So this afternoon I'm in a store in Tarrytown. A rep from Metrowines is pouring a few wines. I try 2- a Montagny and a Bordeaux. While I'm trying the Montagny, the rep is explaining to another customer that the 1999 Chevalier du Gruaud-Larose is the second wine of the famed Gruaud Larose, "one of the most famous ..nadda nadda" I'm perplexed, and ask "isn't Sarget the second of Gruaud?" Yes, the rep says. The other second. The Sarget is the less than 15 year old vines, and the Chevalier the 15 and older vines.
I'd never heard of Chevalier before today. Anyone have any info? I'll post notes, but this wasn't anything to write home about. A bit thin. Who'd want a 2nd wine from a ok drink-now vintage anyway?
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DaleW

It was Grape Expectations in Tarrytown. Not a place I frequently shop. Below is my take on Westchester stores (posted in answer to a question on another forum):
Rochambeau (Dobbs Ferry) - I'm biased as I live and work in Dobbs Ferry. But objectively they do have a wide selection, especially in Bordeaux (good place especially for modern-styled Right Bankers like Chambrun, La Confession, Barde-Haut, etc), Burgundy, and CalCabs. Pretty good in Piemonte, Rhone, Alsace, etc. Improving in Loire and Germany. Seem to have lots of Cal PN , but that's not my thing. Easily the everyday price leader in Westchester. Good service, good storage. Twice a year they have a very nice tasting at Harvest in Hastings -worth getting on their mailing list for that (next is 5/21, when alas I'll be in Japan).
Zachys (Scarsdale)- wide selection, but prices can be scary (16% off usually means same as Rochambeau everyday). But during sales there can be some real bargains, and storage/provenance on older bottles is impeccable. Usually something worthwhile being poured on weekends, though it can be a zoo.
Suburban (Yorktown)- prices are all over the place- some good, some bad. More US/Oz centric from what I've seen. Frequent big tastings.
Varmax (Portchester)- Moderate selection; with mixed case coupon, can be a place for bargains. I've gotten 02 Huet demisecs and 01 Cap de Faugeres here for less than I've seen anywhere else.
Grapes (Rye) - smaller than others, but some interesting stuff, often including older Bordeaux.
Others: Bedford Wine Merchant- can challenge Zachys for high prices, the Park Ave Liquor of Westchester, but occasional deals. Aries in White Plains occasionally has something interesting in backroom. Soundshore Liquor Pantry - almost same stuff as Varmax Stew Leonards- big selection, but of mostly dreck. Moderately high prices Dodds in Millwood- I no longer stop here- "life's too short for cooked wine" Grape Expectations in Tarrytown- small selection, nice staff, high prices Rockwood & Perry (Hastings) - nosebleed prices, some unusual selections. Westchester Wine Warehouse- third tier wines at premium prices
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DaleW

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