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En Primeur | Burghound Recommends

Although the field of serious Burgundy critics is becoming ever more crowded, Allen Meadows (Burghound) still stands out as the original and the best. So, when he releases his review of a new vintage it is worth sitting up and taking notice. He is positively rapturous, commenting that the 2019 wines are: “Ripe, fresh, concentrated and very high-quality.” If you have not yet dipped a toe in the fabulous Burgundy 2019 pool, now is the moment.

2022 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Christian Sérafin - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2027 - 2040
  • Domaine Sérafin Père et Fils
  • 6x75cl
  • Gevrey chambertin, Red Burgundy
  • En Primeur
Pricing
£345.00 In Bond £433.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, December 2023

    This superb wine embodies the ethos of Domaine Serafin. It comes from two different plots in the appellation, one with vines of 70 years old and the other just over 100 years old. Redolent of redcurrant jelly and loganberry, hints of vanilla pod and spiced oak, and a layer of rich tannic substance. Impressive.

  • Burghound, January 2024, Score: 89-92

    Here too there is enough wood and menthol to mention framing the more deeply pitched and gamier aromas of mostly dark currant and newly turned earth. The bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors display focused power that continues onto the lingering, firmer and more complex finish where moderate rusticity and wood appear. This serious effort always ages well and the 2022 version should be no exception. Drinking 2032+.

  • Jancis Robinson, December 2023, Score: 16+

    From 90-year-old vines. 100% new oak. Cask sample. Mid cherry. Deep raspberry and a little cassis on the nose. The oak adds real spice and complexity on the finish, ably balancing the deeper, concentrated fruit. Fine acidity and rounded, well-knit tannins. Even more classic than the regular village Gevrey. (MH) Drink 2025-2035.

  • Jasper Morris MW, November 2023, Score: 90-93

    100% new wood from here on. A bright mid purple. some concentration of a dark raspberry fruit here. Then kicks on, notably more depth of fruit here, pleasing concentration and fine length. A 2022 Gevrey to look forward to. Drink from 2030-2036.

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2022 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Geantet Pansiot - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2024 - 2030
  • Domaine Geantet-Pansiot
  • 6x75cl
  • Bourgogne hautes côtes de nuits, Red Burgundy
  • Available Now
Pricing
£125.00 In Bond £169.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, December 2023

    The grapes for this cuvée were the last to be harvested, some 15 days after Fabien started picking on 5th September. This wine expresses the vibrant freshness one expects from the higher slopes of the Côte de Nuits, with charming raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours and a gentle alcohol level of 13%.

  • Burghound, January 2024, Score: 86-88

    There is enough reduction present to push the fruit to the background. More interesting are the racy and delicious middleweight flavors that retain good detail and a subtle minerality on the dusty, inviting and refreshing finish. This should be approachable young after 2 to 3 years of keeping. Drinking 2025+.

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2022 Marsannay Clos du Roy Charles Audoin - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2026 - 2038
  • Domaine Charles Audoin
  • 6x75cl
  • Marsannay, Red Burgundy
  • Available Now
Pricing
£195.00 In Bond £253.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, December 2023

    This vineyard, like Les Longeroies, is in the north of the commune, on hard Comblanchien limestone and is recognised for producing one of the village’s more powerful wines. In some years, this cuvée can be a little reserved when tasting young, but, having been racked and put in cuve ahead of bottling, it was a sumptuous joy to taste in November 2023. Combining bilberry and blueberry fruits, with a lacquer of liquorice, the open sweetness of fruit is balanced by a charming saline minerality on the finish.

  • Burghound, January 2024, Score: 90-93

    Here a discreet application of wood surrounds the fresh, cool and restrained red and dark pinot fruit where a floral top note adds a touch of elegance. The more concentrated medium weight flavours possess excellent intensity while the moderately firm and youthfully austere finish flashes more evident minerality on the balanced and sneaky long finish. This is built to repay up to a decade of keeping but could reasonably be approached after 5 years. Drinking 2030+.

  • Wine Advocate, January 2024, Score: 90-92

    Offering up aromas of cherries, rapberries, rose petals and dark chocolate, Audoin's 2022 Marsannay Clos du ROy is medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny, with bright acids and a succulent, charming profile.

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1995 Ch Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2008 - 2035
  • Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 12x75cl
  • Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£10,238.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £8,500.00 In Bond £7,400.00 In Bond £8,918.47 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Robert Parker, April 1996, Score: 92-95

    The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild, a more typical blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc, harvested between September 18 and October 1, looks to be a great Lafite in the making. Only a minuscule 30% of the harvest was chosen for Lafite-Rothschild. For the first time, Lafite did three separate passes through their vineyards, harvesting only the most mature grapes, a la the practice followed in Barsac and Sauternes to make sweet wine. The 1995 Lafite displays outstanding color saturation, a blossoming, elegant, intense nose of smoke, roasted nuts, spices, and red and blackcurrants. The wine reveals sweetness and outstanding richness, as well as Lafite's remarkable ethereal weightlessness and finesse, smooth tannin, and exceptional length. Different from anything else I tasted in Pauillac, it is a compellingly elegant example of Lafite. Given the wine's intensity and tannin (there is no heaviness or bitterness), it will require a decade of cellaring and will keep for 30-35 years. I am very high on this wine and feel it will easily be the qualitative equivalent of Lafite's 1990, 1989, and 1988.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux. Drink: 2006-2031.

  • Robert Parker, January 1998, Score: 93

    This dark purple-colored 1995 displays the quintessentially elegant Lafite style in both the aromatics and flavors. Subtle lead pencil, black currant, and cedary notes emerge from the wine's bouquet with coaxing. In the mouth, it is beautifully knit, medium-bodied, suave, and elegant, with no intention of being flamboyant and/or over-sized. This is a textbook, classic Lafite-Rothschild that should reward 10-20 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. Last tasted 1/97. Drink: 2008-2035.

  • Robert Parker, February 1997, Score: 91-94

    Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. This dark purple-colored 1995 displays the quintessentially elegant Lafite style in both the aromatics and flavors. Subtle lead pencil, blackcurrant, and cedary notes emerge from the wine's bouquet with coaxing. In the mouth, it is beautifully knit, medium-bodied, suave, and elegant, with no intention of being flamboyant and/or over-sized. This is a textbook, classic Lafite-Rothschild that should reward 10-20 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

  • Robert Parker, February 1998, Score: 95

    The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color, and a sweet, powdered mineral, smoky, weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied, tightly-knit, but gloriously pure, well-delineated Lafite. The 1995 is not as powerful or as massive as the 1996, but it is beautifully made with outstanding credentials, in addition to remarkable promise. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.

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1995 Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2006 - 2025
  • Château Léoville Las Cases
  • 12x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£2,678.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £2,232.06 Duty Paid
  • Robert Parker, April 1996, Score: 94-96

    This great estate, run with extraordinary passion and brilliance by Michel Delon, has once again turned in superlative efforts - wines that are unquestionably of first-growth quality. The 1995 is a tantalizing effort. Only 35% of the harvest made it into this wine. While most producers were raving about the quality of their Cabernet Franc in 1995, Michel Delon felt it was atypical, and thus he utilized none in the blend, creating an essentially Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot wine. The 1995 Las Cases, which falls just short of rivaling the 1982, 1986, and 1990, has the potential to easily surpass the 1989, perhaps even the 1990. It exhibits (by analysis) a level of tannin unequaled since 1986. However, readers would not know that when tasting the wine. It reveals an opaque black/purple color, and a spectacularly sweet, rich nose that soars from the glass, offering up intense richness and fabulous purity. This is a profoundly concentrated, statuesque wine of enormous richness and character with extraordinary balance. It does not taste as tannic as the statistics suggest, but the tannin will undoubtedly become more evident as the wine evolves. Although it will be approachable in its youth, it will need 10-15 years to hit its stride. It will keep for 25+ years. The lion of St.-Julien roars again.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux. Drink: 1996-2021.

  • Robert Parker, January 1998, Score: 95

    In a year where 65% of the production was eliminated, Las Cases has turned out an amazingly profound, opaque black/purple-colored wine that offers the essence of cassis fruit in its formidably endowed personality. The wine hits the palate with an explosion of ripe fruit. Possessing nicely integrated acid, alcohol, and tannin, the 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases is full and rich, yet marvelously well-balanced. This is a classic example of packing significant power and flavor intensity into a wine, without causing it to taste heavy or ponderous. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030. This lion never falls asleep on the job! Last tasted 1/97.

  • Robert Parker, February 1997, Score: 94-96

    Michel Delon, a great man, is the consummate proprietor, meticulously administering this vast estate spread out along the St.-Julien/Pauillac border, separated from Latour's finest vineyard by a mere ten feet. The 1993-95 vintages from Delon are brilliant wines. Leoville-Las-Cases remains one of the irrefutable reference points for high class Bordeaux. In a year where 65% of the production was eliminated, Las Cases has turned out an amazingly profound, opaque black/purple-colored wine that offers the essence of cassis fruit in its formidably endowed personality. The wine hits the palate with an explosion of ripe fruit. Possessing nicely integrated acid, alcohol, and tannin, the 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases is full and rich, yet marvelously well-balanced. This is a classic example of packing significant power and flavor intensity into a wine, without causing it to taste heavy or ponderous. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030. This lion never falls asleep on the job!

  • Robert Parker, February 1998, Score: 95

    If it were not for the prodigious 1996, everyone would be concentrating on getting their hands on a few bottles of the fabulous 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases, which is one of the vintage's great success stories. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple color, and exceptionally pure, beautifully knit aromas of black fruits, minerals, vanillin, and spice. On the attack, it is staggeringly rich, yet displays more noticeable tannin than its younger sibling. Exceptionally ripe cassis fruit, the judicious use of toasty new oak, and a thrilling mineral character intertwined with the high quality of fruit routinely obtained by Las Cases, make this a compelling effort. There is probably nearly as much tannin as in the 1996, but it is not as perfectly sweet as in the 1996. The finish is incredibly long in this classic. Only 35% of the harvest was of sufficient quality for the 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.

  • Wine Advocate, March 2021, Score: 95

    The 1995 Léoville Las Cases is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Medium garnet colored with a touch of brick, it needs a fair bit of swirling to unlock the intense notes of baked plums, dried mulberries and boysenberry preserves with hints of black truffles, Chinese five spice, unsmoked cigars and dusty soil, plus wafts of beef drippings and cast-iron pan. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers good weight and generous fruit, supported by plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with loads of earth, sautéed herbs and mineral-inspired flavors. Lisa Perrotti-Brown 2021-2038

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2001 Ch Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2012 - 2030
  • Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 12x75cl
  • Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£8,798.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £7,300.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2002

    A delicious, supple and seductive Lafite, rich in ripe plum fruit with a juicy structure and smokyfinish. Only 43% of the harvest made it into the grand vin which is made up of 13.5% merlot and86.5% cabernet sauvignon. This is outstanding and shows that Ch Lafite is really back on form.

  • Robert Parker, June 2004, Score: 94

    The 2001 Lafite Rothschild's deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencilliqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2002, Score: 18.5

    Excellent, healthy deep crimson. Complete nose and obviously very dense. Very, very lively. Very, very intelligent wine respecting the character of the vintage. Dry, sandy tannins push in after fresh, elegant fruit on the palate. Nothing forced. Drink 2009-2024

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2004 Ch Gloria Cru Bourgeois St Julien - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2012 - 2022
  • Château Gloria
  • 12x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£578.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £450.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, October 2011

    Rich structured dark mature berry fruit aromas. In the palate this has lovely sweetness of fruit, with a natural richness and long textured finish. A fine example of quality St julien

  • Goedhuis, October 2011

    Classic through and through, this 2004 opens with a nose of celery seed, leather and forest floor. Ample yet firm and notably Médoc in style. One of our favourite unclassified Bordeaux.

  • Goedhuis, May 2005, Score: -

    Quality is soaring at this excellent Chateau that really ought to enjoy classed growth status. Situated across the road from Ducru Beaucaillou and Branaire Ducru, its terroir is outstanding. This is a silky, very pure wine with lots of dark cherry fruit. It has a firm but ripe structure and a lovely bittersweet finish.Highly recommended. Drink 2012-2025

  • Robert Parker, June 2007, Score: 89

    This stunningly rich sleeper of the vintage reveals oodles of herb-tinged black currant and cherry fruit, medium to full body, silky tannin, and low acidity. Gloriously fruity, soft, and classic in its aromatic and flavor dimensions, it can be enjoyed over the next decade. Drink 2007-2017

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2005, Score: 15

    Brownish deep purple. Sweet, simple, overworked flavours. Little terroir effect. Very astringent on the finish. Furry – not pure. Very chewy finish. Falls away. Drink 2015-2020

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2004 Ch Haut Brion 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2015 - 2035
  • Château Haut-Brion
  • 12x75cl
  • Pessac-léognan, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£5,018.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £4,150.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, May 2005, Score: -

    In the seventeenth century Samuel Pepys used to repair to the Pontac Arms to drink 'Ho-Bryan', a wine that has always been popular with the British. The 2004 is excellent. 61% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, this has great opulence and presence. However, true to the vintage the sweet, ripe fruit of the Merlot is tempered by the firm structure of the Cabernets. Jean-Philippe Delmas is of the opinion that this is the best Haut Brion since 2000. Drink 2013-2030

  • Neal Martin, February, Score: 93

    It has been a few years since I last tasted the 2004 Haut-Brion. Now at 12 years of age, it retains its deep color. The bouquet is "pleasant" if not as complex as the 2004 Latour, yet it's possibly just biding its time as it gradually opens with black fruit, black olive, even a touch of mint that might dupe you into thinking Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied and very harmonious, almost caressing thanks to the Merlot lending that velvety texture. The second half changes tack, the Cabernet nudging the Merlot off the stage and delivering a more structured, possibly foursquare finish that is linear and correct. It is an excellent wine for the vintage although it will always be overshadowed by the 2005 inter alia. Maybe more personality just needs to develop? Tasted September 2016.

  • Robert Parker, June 2007, Score: 92

    The dark plum/ruby-hued 2004 Haut-Brion exhibits a noble, discrete, smoky bouquet revealing notions of plum liqueur, black currants, sweet cherries, and subtle earth. In addition to its aromatic complexity, this medium-bodied effort reveals classic elegance and delicacy as well as sweet fruit in the mouth and a long finish. Give this streamlined, civilized wine 2-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20-25 years. It is amazingly similar to Haut-Brion's 1999. Drink2009-2034

  • Robert Parker, June 2006, Score: 93-95

    An atypically high percentage of Merlot (61%) in addition to 19% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon make up the 2004 Haut-Brion. Fifty-five percent of the production was utilized for the grand vin, a surprisingly forward, charming, silky effort despite the relatively high tannin. In fact, it reminded me of the 1985 even though those vintage conditions have nothing in common with 2004 other than high yields. In any event, the 2004 is a beautiful effort that is far superior to the 2002. Soft, gentle, and gracious, with a deep plum/ruby/purple color, it offers up aromas of smoked herbs, sweet plums and black cherries, and hints of mulberries as well as earth. Medium-bodied, structured, pure, round, and seductive, with a long finish, there is more here than meets the eye and the palate. Drink 2009-2024 Although atypically delicate and light for this estate, the 2004 Haut-Brion exhibits the essence of this fabulous terroir situated in the suburbs of Pessac. Gravelly, smoky, cranberry, black cherry, and plum-like scents jump from the glass of this fresh, medium-bodied red along with notions of road tar, earth, and truffles. Stylish, with crisp acidity, it is a beautifully made, pure, long 2004 to enjoy during its first two decades of life. Drink 2006-2026

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2005, Score: 18

    Deep crimson and just slightly less blue than La Mission. More aromatic lift than La Mission but lots of rigour. Strict framework, tannins more evident than flesh. A low key wine, but then Haut-Brion is always low key. Dry rather than sweet – so unpushy as to be easy to overlook. Fine dry tannins on the finish. A bit denser than La Mission. Drink 2014-2030

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2004 Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2018 - 2040
  • Château Léoville Las Cases
  • 12x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£1,950.00 In Bond £2,378.47 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, May 2005, Score: -

    Only 34% of the estate's production found its way into the grand vin this year. With 76% Cabernet Sauvignon it is no surprise that the profile of this great wine is very serious indeed. Dense, powerful and extremely tightly knit. It is of First Growth quality and clearly a candidate for the wine of the vintage. James Suckling finds it reminiscent of the stunning 1996, possibly better. Drink 2013-2028

  • Neal Martin, September 2019, Score: 93

    The 2004 Léoville–Las Cases has the tough job of following the 2005. It offers black fruit mixed with sous-bois, smoke and sage aromas, now moving into its secondary stage but without the intensity of great vintages like 2005 or 2010. The palate is well balanced, with off-dry tannin. Classic in style, fresh and poised, leading to a lovely, quite sensual finish that leaves you wishing for another sip. Very fine. 2021-2044

  • Robert Parker, June 2007, Score: 93

    Performing better from bottle than it did from cask, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc has put on weight over the last year. It exhibits the classic style of both Las Cases and St.-Julien in its deep black currant notes interwoven with sweet cherries, wet stones, and toasty vanillin. Made in a structured, medium to full-bodied style with superb concentration, beautiful purity, and admirable symmetry, this beauty is one of the strongest efforts of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.

  • Robert Parker, June 2006, Score: 91-93

    Jean-Hubert Delon has produced an elegant, tannic 2004 that may lack the prodigious depth and texture of Las Cases's finest vintages, but remains quintessentially pure as well as verySt.-Julien. Only 34% of the production made it into the final blend (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc). Rigid and tight, with a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, and a sweet nose of black cherries, currants, minerals, and subtle background oak, this medium-bodied 2004 is built along the lines of the 1999. As always, it is a wine of considerable distinction, subtlety, grace, and class. The harvest at Las Cases was relatively late, with all the fruit brought in between October 4 - 17. Proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon believes the 2004 Leoville Las-Cases, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, represents a lighter version of the 1996 and 1986 Las Cases. While an outstanding effort, it does not possess the breadth or depth of flavor found in the two aforementioned vintages. A classic bouquet of black cherries, cassis, crushed rocks, flowers, vanilla, and background oak emerges from this dense ruby/purple-tinged 2004. Medium-bodied with moderately high tannin and crisp acidity in the strong finish. Drink 2010-2020

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2005, Score: 17.5

    Dark crimson. Lively topnotes of a confident wine with a seriously long term future ahead of it. Very concentrated but some almost sweet, treacly fruit on the front palate and then very fine tannins. Lots built in there but well integrated. Dry tannins but very fine. Not exaggerated. A good difference in drinking dates between this and the second wine Clos du Marquis but not of style. Very bright fruit. Real life. Good for the year. Needs lots of time. Drink 2017-2030

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2005 Ch Angélus 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2018 - 2045
  • Château Angélus
  • 12x75cl
  • St emilion, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£6,278.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £5,232.06 Duty Paid
  • Goedhuis, March 2018

    I found this a little dumber on the nose than many others, but my interpretation stands at odds with David’s, who scored this highly. The palate has a dark, brambly character with chewy tannins. The finish is long, but lacks a little of the refinement and elegance I found in the others.

  • Goedhuis, April 2006, Score: 91-94

    Full-bodied and super velvety, the 2005 Angélus displays notes of black cherries and spice. Polished with a refreshing kick on the finish. Drink 2012 - 2025+.

  • Robert Parker, April 2008, Score: 98

    This 7,000 case blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc will rival or perhaps eclipse vintages such as 2000, 1998, 1990, and 1989. Its dense purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of charcoal, espresso roast, blackberries, blueberries, and a hint of wood. In spite of its thick texture, terrific acidity, high tannins, and enormous intensity as well as richness, it is surprisingly approachable, but given how slowly the 1989 and 1990 have aged, I would recommend cellaring it for 8-10 years. It should keep for three decades. A brilliant wine! Drink: 2018 - 2038

  • Robert Parker, April 2007, Score: 96-99

    It seems like proprietor Hubert de Bouard has the Midas touch no matter what he does. The profound 2005 Angelus (a 7,000-case blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc that achieved 14.5% natural alcohol) may be the finest wine produced at this estate since 1990 and 1989. An amazingly rich bouquet of espresso roast interwoven with blueberry liqueur, violets, and graphite is followed by a wine of enormous richness, full body, superb acidity, huge tannin, and nearly perfect symmetry. This staggering effort is more backward than such recent vintages as 2003 and 2000, but after 5-10 years of cellaring, it will provide immense pleasure for three decades or more. It is a titan in the making! Drink: 2012 - 2042

  • Robert Parker, April 2006, Score: 96-98

    Could this be the most profound Angelus yet made by the brilliant Hubert de Bouard since he turned this once under-achieving estate around in the mid-eighties? A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the spectacular, inky/blue/purple-hued 2005 (7,080 cases; 14.5% natural alcohol) exhibits an extraordinary projected nose of blueberries, blackberries, liqueur of minerals, flowers, and subtle, toasty new oak. Magnificently concentrated, displaying a seamless integration of acidity, wood, tannin, and alcohol, a soaring mid-palate, and a finish that lasts over 60 seconds, this is a wine of compelling potential. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030+.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2006, Score: 15 points

    Purple with some paleness at rim. Big, bold and very ripe with no shortage of energy. Thick, sweet palate attack but pretty extracted on the finish. Quite exaggerated expression of what were obviously very charming ripe ingredients. Fast fade on the finish. Drink 2012-19. 15 Points.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2006, Score: 92-94

    Very, very pretty aromas already of violets, mineral and blackberry. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate, complex finish. Very subtle. Refined. Will it be better than 2000?

  • Robert Parker, June 2015, Score: 100

    Following the stunning fragrance of acacia flowers, blueberries, espresso and graphite, this prodigious wine hits the palate with amazing blue and black fruits, sweet tannin, a full-bodied mouthfeel, incredible purity, texture and length. Little is left to chance or imagination in this compelling effort. It is a quintessential style of l’Angélus, only more concentrated and dense than usual. The tannins are sweet and well-integrated, so this is a wine that one can drink despite its infancy at age 10, but it will keep for 40-50 years. Drink 2015-2065

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2005 Clos Fourtet 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2017 - 2040
  • Clos Fourtet
  • 12x75cl
  • St emilion, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£1,808.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £1,475.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2006, Score: 87-88

    One of the most balanced St Emilions that we tasted, the 2005 is medium- to full-bodied with wonderfully ripe fruit that is enhanced by additional spicy and meaty notes. Refreshing and clean finish. Drink 2011-2025.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2021, Score: 97

    The 2005 Clos Fourtet is a dramatic, sweeping Saint-Émilion endowed with tremendous depth and unctuous intensity. Dark cherry, plum, cedar, tobacco and woodsmoke build as this rapturous, deeply textured wine shows off its allure. Silky, plush and wonderfully expressive, Clos Fourtet is fabulous in 2005. Bright saline notes, that are such a signature of Saint-Émilion's plateau, balance all of the natural richness of the year. Readers lucky enough to own it can look forward to another several decades of exceptional drinking. This is a superb effort from the Cuvelier family. 2021-2040

  • Robert Parker, June 2015, Score: 98

    Dense ruby/purple, with notes of crushed rock, blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some licorice and chocolate, this full-bodied, massive wine from proprietor Philippe Cuvelier coincides with the resurrection of this premier grand cru classé in St.-Emilion. As the wine sits in the glass, notes of espresso roast and chocolate emerge. This full-bodied classic should continue to drink well for another 25 years. This is a killer effort.

  • Robert Parker, April 2008, Score: 98

    Clos Fourtet is on a roll, having produced a stunning wine in 2003, and an even more brilliant effort in 2005. Stephane Derenoncourt, the consulting oenologist, has plenty with which to work given the fact that this is a relatively large vineyard (50 acres) planted with 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc as well as a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. The inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 boasts an exceptional perfume of acacia flowers, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, graphite, scorched earth, and background oak. The wine possesses a full-bodied texture and abundant quantities of stunningly pure black fruits. The result is a sumptuous St.-Emilion of great concentration, intensity, and overall balance. This prodigious effort looks set for 25-30 years of evolution. Utterly awesome! Drink: 2008 - 2038.

  • Robert Parker, April 2007, Score: 94-96

    This estate has resurrected itself in a dramatic fashion thanks to the new proprietor, Monsieur Cuvelier and the hard work of his estate manager, Tony Balu, and a consulting team headed by Stephane Derenoncourt. The nearly 50-acre vineyard is planted with 85% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 6,000-case 2005 may rival the spectacular 2003, which is currently outstanding. The black/purple-hued 2005 is a wine of extraordinary intensity displaying a beautiful floral nose of licorice, blueberry, creme de cassis, scorched earth, lead pencil, and pain grille notes. Given a Burgundian-like upbringing of malolactic in barrel and five months of lees aging with frequent batonnage, this beauty reached nearly 15% natural alcohol, and boasts enormous concentration, intensity, and richness. It should turn out to be a modern day classic. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030+.

  • Robert Parker, April 2006, Score: 94-96

    Under the guidance of its new owner, Monsieur Cuvelier, Clos Fourtet has enjoyed a dramatic renaissance. I did not think the estate could eclipse its other-worldly 2003, but the remarkable 2005 may do just that. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is given a Burgundian-styled malolactic in barrel, and is aged 5 months on its lees with batonnage. There are 6,000 cases of the 2005, which achieved 14% natural alcohol. The striking thing about Clos Fourtet is that one can see its fabulous terroir along with great purity, and stunning nobility and complexity. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by beautiful notes of blueberries, blackberries, plums, and flowers. This full-bodied wine cascades over the palate with huge concentration, high tannin, and freshness as well as sweetness. This brilliant effort should be at its peak between 2012-2030.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2006, Score: 17.5

    Dark purplish crimson. Healthy glow. Savoury oak dominates fruit on the nose. Lots of colour intensity and real ripe fruit charm on the palate. Dry finish but sappy and appetising. 2005 energy dominates this fine-boned wine. Drink 2015-28.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2006, Score: 92-94

    Very rich and ripe with raspberry syrup and floral aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Seductive.

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2011 L'If St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2015 - 2022
  • Château l'If
  • 6x75cl
  • St emilion, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£523.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £420.00 In Bond
  • Neal Martin, October 2016, Score: 91/100

    Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The Château L'If from Jacques Thienpont and Fiona Morrison has a broody, introspective bouquet that needs encouragement from the glass. Although it is tightly coiled, it feels well defined and the oak is nicely embedded into the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy dark plum and blackberry fruit laced with graphite and tobacco. Masculine compared to its peers, this is another wine that will require long-term ageing. There is a lot to admire considering that the couple had only recently taken over the running of the property. Drink 2019-2038

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2014 Ch Grand Puy Lacoste 5ème Cru Pauillac - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2033
  • Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
  • 12x75cl
  • Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£662.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £520.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2015, Score: 91-93

    It is always such a pleasure tasting with Emeline and Xavier Borie; not only do they themselves exude charm, but so do their wines. Concentrating on a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, this has an exquisite nose of damsons and tayberries. An extremely broad and rounded mouthfeel with fully developed tannins is helped by a harmonious freshness and lasting sensation of sweetness. As always a fine glass of Claret.

  • Neal Martin, April 2015, Score: 93-95

    The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2014 is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot between 25 September and 9 October at 33 hectoliter per hectare. The aromatics are not as immediate as the Haut-Batailley and demand more coaxing from the glass, but that comes with the territory. It unfurls with each swirl, black fruits at first, then GPL’s trademark, graphite and gravel scents storm into the room. Leaving the glass aside for 10 minutes there is a distant tang of shucked oyster shells. The palate is understated on the entry. This is not a powerhouse Grand-Puy-Lacoste, rather one that emphasizes finesse and precision. It is almost unerringly low-key and yet there is an enormous length already in place. As usual, I suspect that its secrets (or at least some of them) will be unlocked during its barrel maturation. One of the appellation's most cerebral offerings.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2015, Score: 92-95

    Vibrant and pulsating in the glass, the 2014 Grand Puy Lacoste impresses for its superb overall balance. The flavors are bright and beautifully expressive, with sweet floral notes woven throughout that give the wine much of its nuance, while the seamless, silky tannins speak to finesse. Even with all of its explosive energy, the 2014 is not an obvious or huge wine; rather it is a Pauillac that draws the taster in with its multiple shades of dimension. A wine of true class and pedigree, the Grand Puy Lacoste is shaping up to be a real gem in this vintage. Tasted twice.

  • James Suckling, March 2015, Score: 93-94

    This is a wine with a dense center, wonderful fruit, polished and refined tannins and a persistent finish. Full-bodied, long and intense. Beautiful pure cabernet character. Real wine. 82% cabernet sauvignon and 18% merlot. Higher percentage of cabernet than normal.

  • Decanter, April 2015, Score: 92

    All the clarity and depth expected of GPL, with an added level of fragrance, elegance and purity. Simply wonderful in this vintage. Drink: 2020-2035

  • Matthew Jukes, May 2015, Score: 18.5++

    (82 Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 Merlot) | 75% new oak. With a much bigger frame than its stablemate, Haut-Batailley, this is a drier, more savoury and richer wine with a longer life ahead of it than many 2014s. With more grip and more density of flavour it still manages to retain incredible freshness and sour black cherry notes which never bruise the palate and only fire up the taste buds. This is a typically wonderful and evocative wine which focuses its sights, with innate precision, on the fabulous soil and setting of this property overlooking Pauillac. This is one of the wines of the vintage not least because it captures the qualities of this unique season and overlays them perfectly on the GPL sense of place. 18.5+ Château Lafite Rothschild (1er Cru Pauillac) (87 Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 Merlot, 3 Cabernet Franc) This is an exceptionally stern and commanding Lafite. Focussed, concentrated, precise and balanced, the message is clear and sonorous. The recipe is classic - 18 months in 100% new oak, 12.6% alc., and no fat anywhere to be seen. The finish takes half an hour to subside, in fact it was still there as I approached the next Château on my tour. The Cabernet intensity is fascinating at Lafite and it is achieved at such a subtly low alcohol level and with relatively long hang times. This wine will roll and roll and while it is very quiet now, introverted and pensive, it will emerge in a decade and begin conversation. Charles Chevallier, Director of Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), noted that it was ‘very long and very smooth’ – he’s not wrong.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2015, Score: 17++

    82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 33 hl/ha. A bit richer than the Haut-Batailley. Something floral on the nose. Polished and straightforward though a little denser and longer term than its stablemate Haut Batailley. Very round and a sort of cross between Pauillac and Pomerol. In fact many of these Pauillacs are richer than many of the Pomerols in 2014. Very solid. Needs lots of time with all that tannin but very honest and a little more refined than the Pontet-Canet. Great minerally finish and lovely purity. Drink 2025-2040

  • Tim Atkin, May 2015, Score: 94

    The Borie family told me that they are a little exasperated that I keep talking about the value that this Pauillac fifth growth offers, to the exclusion of its other qualities, but it’s true. This is a very feminine Pauillac, all grace and poise rather than muscle, with silky perfume and impressive depth of flavour. Drink: 2020-30

  • Wine Spectator, March 2015, Score: 93-96

    Rock-solid, with a gutsy core of plum, black currant, steeped fig and melted licorice snap, all carried by a gorgeous, charcoal-edged spine. Long, and loaded with fruit and grip. As solid as they come.

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2014 Le Pin Pomerol - 3x75cl

  • Red
  • 2019 - 2032
  • Château Le Pin
  • 3x75cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£5,950.00 In Bond £7,149.61 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2015, Score: 95-97

    Bright ruby colour, full of fresh red summer fruits. Flavours of freshly picked raspberries, this is almost Pinot Noir-like in its purity of flavours. Gentle volume with a soft, silky tannic structure and deliciously sweet on the finish. Quite lovely.

  • Neal Martin, April 2015, Score: 92-94

    Jacques Thienpont told me that the Le Pin 2014 was picked between 23 and 30 September at a yield of 24 hectoliter per hectare. The wine has 13% alcohol and a pH of 3.5. Of course, its gravelly soils would have been beneficial in coping with the rain compared to those on less well-drained clay soils. It has a well-defined, focused bouquet that is not as complex as a top vintage Le Pin but there is a pleasant underlying mineralité that I believe will be expressed in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, a little pinched on the mid-palate with a very linear finish with a saline, citrus fresh finish. This is one of the most tensile vintages that I have tasted in recent years: not as complex as others (and I've tasted them all except the four barrels of 2013), but it is full of nascent energy. Rather than thinking of this as Le Pin, it’s just a supremely well-crafted Pomerol.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2015, Score: 94-97

    The 2014 Le Pin is a stratospheric, deeply moving wine. Here, the gravelly soils allowed for excellent drainage and gave the Thienpont family all the conditions needed for a late harvest. Rich, powerful and voluptuous in the glass, the 2014 boasts superb depth and concentration to match its exuberant personality. A deep, sensual wine, in 2014 Le Pin has it all. Hints of lavender, violets, plums and cassis are layered into the spellbinding finish. In 2014, this is just about as good as it gets.

  • James Suckling, March 2015, Score: 93-94

    Very subtle and refined with an ethereal fruit and stealth character. Medium body, integrated tannins and a delicate fruit, mineral and fresh herb aftertaste. A gorgeous pure merlot.

  • Decanter, April 2015, Score: 94

    Typical Le Pin. Almost Burgundian, berry-fruit fragrance. Delicate sweetness on the palate. Elegant texture with finely woven tannins. Persistent, fresh finish. Elegant, balanced and digest. Drink: 2022-2035

  • Matthew Jukes, May 2015, Score: 18.5+

    (100 Merlot) | 13% alc. | 77 IPT. Very bright, shining, expressive and layered, this is a fabulous Le Pin with great density and a lovely, smooth, mouth-coating flavour. The balance is undeniable with a counterpoint between luxuriousness and coolness which keep the palate on its toes. Wild strawberry and wild cherry notes abound and there is a red liquorice detail and rose petal notes here, too. With superb, effortless weight and freshness, this is an epic Le Pin.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2015, Score: 17.5

    ‘We thought it would be ok when we didn’t see any rot in the vineyards and we could choose when to pick, compared with 2011, 20112 and 2013.’ There was a week’s difference between young and old vines. They use the Vieux Château Certan picking team so they can alternate. 24 hla/ha. pH 3.5, TA 3.6 g/l (= 5.5 g/l expressed as tartaric). Dense crimson. Very meaty indeed on the nose. Heady and ripe. Broad and luscious. More ripe and intense initially than any other 2014 I have tasted so far but then a cool finish with lots of sweetness. Very polished. Lift and plushness. But the elements need to come together. 13% Drink 2025-2038

  • Tim Atkin, May 2015, Score: 97

    After a near wash out in 2013 (there were only 1,000 bottles made), normal service was resumed at this bijou Pomerol property in 2014, albeit at yields of 24 hectolitres. This is fine, floral and very delicate, despite its 100% new oak. Sweet, nuanced and hauntingly balanced with notes of redcurrant and raspberry and a hint of leafy complexity. Drink: 2022-

  • Wine Spectator, March 2015, Score: 96-99

    Delivers its telltale aroma of succulent raspberry fruit, with beguiling spice and an echo of boysenberry and blackberry. The structure is solid, but remains remarkably silky and thoroughly ensconced in the fruit. A fine mineral accent emerges on the finish, revealing echoes of violet and lavender, but this is basically all fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit, and there's nothing wrong with that. Tasted non-blind.

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2015 Ch Lanessan Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2021 - 2029
  • Château Lanessan
  • 12x75cl
  • Haut-médoc, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£167.44 In Bond £239.40 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2016, Score: 91-93

    This striking château sits on the horizon as you enter St Julien and always makes a very rewarding style of wine. This has volume and body, with stacks of aromatic dark berry fruit flavours. Sweet, long and luscious on the finish.

  • Neal Martin, July 2019, Score: 89+

    The 2015 Lanessan offers black plum, smoke and cedar on the nose. Clean and correct, it is maybe just lacking the flair I was hoping for. The palate is medium-bodied with blackberry and raspberry fruit. The tannins are a little firm at the moment but with decent length. Give this three or four years. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • Neal Martin, April 2016, Score: 90-92

    The 2015 Lanessan has quite a punchy, fruit-driven bouquet with well-integrated oak, a Lanessan with more sense of purpose than I have found in recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tannin, leading to a smooth and harmonious finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. You know, this is the best Lanessan for a long time, perchance because Mon. De Bouard is consulting?

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2016, Score: 86-88

    The 2015 Lanessan is an attractive, mid-weight wine that will drink well upon release. Dark red cherry, plum and sweet floral notes add to the wine's open-knit personality and considerable appeal. Tasted two times.

  • James Suckling, April 2016, Score: 92-93

    Blackberry and black licorice aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Impressive concentration for the vintage. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 4% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc.

  • Decanter, April 2016, Score: 88

    Floral nose and good firmness and depth. This wine is always slow to start and will develop well.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2016, Score: 16.5

    Light crimson. Not very expressive on the nose. Very brisk indeed. Glossy fruit. Could be quite a charmer in the short term. GV? Drink 2019-2026

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2015 Ch Meyney St Estèphe - 6x150cl

  • Red
  • 2022 - 2039
  • Château Meyney
  • 6x150cl
  • St estèphe, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£338.22 In Bond £444.34 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, February 2019

    Deep opaque colour. Wonderfully polished aromas of dark intense berries, with hints of liquorice. A very striking wine in the palate, with great intensity and structure, beautifully supported by a lovely sweetness of rich fresh black fruits. A very layered wine, the overall richness of fruit supports the high degree of concentration. This oozes class and is the epitome of great St Estephe.

  • Neal Martin, July 2019, Score: 94

    The 2015 Meyney was the shock of this blind tasting - in a positive sense. It blew everyone's expectations including mine. It has very impressive intensity on the nose, more than its peers, with blackberry, raspberry, sage and just a touch of dried blood. This is quite complex and very engaging. The palate is very well defined with fine acidity, razor-sharp tannin and plenty of mineralité toward the persistent finish. I thought it might be Montrose but it turned out to be Meyney. Chapeau! Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • Neal Martin, March 2018, Score: 90

    The 2015 Meyney is a blend of 52% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. The aromatics are nicely composed, quite pure with well-integrated new oak (40%). There is something almost Burgundian here with Morello cherries, crushed strawberry and light rose petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin. It has modest depth, prioritizing balance and finesse over power, adorned with a caressing finish that renders this one of the most approachable Saint-Estèphes this vintage. Drink this finely crafted Meyney over the next decade. 2020 - 2030

  • Neal Martin, April 2016, Score: 88-90

    The 2015 Meyney has a rounded red cherry and blackcurrant scented bouquet with a touch of spice that only develops with rigorous aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. I appreciate the fleshiness of this Saint Estèphe and it is nicely balanced. I can envisage this being an enjoyable 2015 to drink over the next decade, even if I suspect they will create better vintages in the future. Drink: 2019 - 2029

  • Antonio Galloni, February 2018, Score: 92

    The 2015 Meyney is terrific. There is lovely depth to the black cherry, graphite, smoke and earthy flavors. This is an especially supple, fruity style for Saint Estèphe, and yet there is more than enough underlying structure to give the wine backbone, persistence and a good deal of explosive energy as well. 2020 - 2035

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2016, Score: 90-93

    The 2015 Meyney is round, supple and inviting. This is an especially creamy, voluptuous Saint-Estèphe with the fruit pushed forward and silky tannins that add to an impression of raciness. Ultimately the 2015 offers lovely density, not to mention considerable polish in a fruity, juicy style. Tasted two times.

  • James Suckling, February 2018, Score: 92

    Impressive dark-cherry and dark-plum aromas with nicely delivered spices and chocolate to boot. The palate has a very vibrant, very juicy and fresh pure palate with dark cherry flavors that hold bright. Very approachable St.-Estephe. Try from 2020.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2016, Score: 16+

    A red-fruited and relatively seductive wine, this has good balance with decent detail and some rather nice freshness about it. Forward and appealing, the oak is quite firm but it doesn’t get in the way.

  • Jancis Robinson, January 2019, Score: 18.5

    Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Rich array of aromas on the nose. Ambitious with lots of stuff covering a pretty massive charge of tannins. Just slightly inky. Exciting finish. Very persistent. Classic build with lots of ambition. Everyone thought this was Montrose! VGV

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2016 La Chapelle de La Mission Pessac-Léognan - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2020 - 2030
  • Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • 6x75cl
  • Pessac-léognan, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£335.00 In Bond £421.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 92-94

    42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot, 21.5% Cabernet Franc. Another stellar effort from the La Mission Haut-Brion team, this second wine is deeply coloured, and has the intense aromatics of ripe damsons. Grippy little tannins abundantly fill the palate, and the wine finishes with a long, savoury attitude. CP

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 90

    The 2016 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has a tight, reticent nose at the moment, perhaps just a little closed down in winter. The harmonious palate is more open, offering fine-grained tannin, black cherry and bilberry fruit laced with white pepper, and a touch of tobacco on the finish, which shows fine persistence. This La Chapelle will benefit from a couple of years in bottle. 2022 - 2034

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 91-93

    The 2016 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 36.5% Merlot, 21.5% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon picked from 19 September to 14 October. Matured in 23% new oak, it has a very succinct bouquet with tensile black cherry and pressed flower aromas, subtle at first but soon gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very precise and focused with razor-sharp definition. This is one of the most sophisticated La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion releases that I have tasted from barrel and it bodes well for the future. I expect this will nudge past the 2015 once in bottle. Let's see! Drink Date 2022 - 2040

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 92

    The 2016 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is just as captivating from bottle as it was from barrel. Fresh, silky and inviting, the Chapelle is all class. Floral notes lead into a core of expressive red cherry and plum fruit. Medium in body, silky and exquisite in its balance, the 2016 has so much to recommend it. I would prefer to give the wine a few years in bottle to allow a broader range of aromas and flavors to develop, but even today, the Chapelle is gorgeous. The 21% Cabernet Franc in the blend adds striking brightness and perfume throughout. 2021 - 2036

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 90-93

    The 2016 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is a striking second wine. Medium in body, but certainly not lacking in depth, the 2016 speaks to balance and feel above all else. Gravel and floral notes lead into a core of intense dark red cherry/raspberry fruit, licorice and dried flowers. There is wonderful depth and density here, but also a refreshing sense of grace.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 92-93

    Minerals and blueberries with plenty of blackcurrant character. Medium body and silky tannins. Pretty second wine of La Mission.

  • Decanter, April 2017, Score: 93

    The success of La Mission is even more impressive as this was not an easy vintage for the Haut-Brion stable. They are close to the city here, and things got hot on their gravel soils. It is one of the main reasons that alcohols are lower than in recent years, because various plots shut down and stopped accumulating sugar. Although yields were high at 52hl/ha, the extra volume was mostly put towards the third wine. They have performed an amazing sleight of hand here, as La Chapelle has plenty of the signature of its brilliant big brother. There is less persistency but still plenty of juicy, ripe fruits and a toasty edge to the aromatics that is a classic signature of the house. There is a gap between the two wines, perhaps more than in some other years, but it's a space where you would be very happy to sit and enjoy the view. From a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot and 21.5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 25% new oak. 3.6pH.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 18.5

    October This is a stunning La Chapelle with very expressive fruit and really sensual, open, floral tones. Beautifully aromatic and really inviting, this is a bouquet of a bouquet which is fascinating and enthralling. The tannins are really bright, punchy, fresh and clean and this lifts the whole wine to another level. This is a forward wine and it is stunning. It is unprecedented for me to award a Grand Vin and a Second wine the same score, but the two wines from La Mission are so different and so engaging that I cannot resist it in this vintage. I judge all wines on flavour and not on label or indeed whether they are first, second, third or last. In this instance this is one of my favourite, early-drinking wines of the vintage and it thoroughly warrants its massive score.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 17

    Sumptuous first-growth suavity on the nose. Sinews and dry finish but a little austere. Just slightly muscular. Dry but not drying finish. Drink 2023-2033

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 94

    Made with 25% of the total production at La Mission in 2016, this is a subtle, serious, appealingly restrained wine with real finesse and poise. Savoury, fresh tobacco aromas segue into nuanced, sappy, dark berry fruit flavours and a patina of scented oak. 2022-30

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2016 Ch Desmirail 3ème Cru Margaux - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2032
  • Château Desmirail
  • 12x75cl
  • Margaux, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£446.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £340.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 91-93

    This charming property owned by Denis Lurton first caught our eye in 2015 and it is great to see his 2016 continuing in the same vein. This looks destined to be one of the great bargains of the vintage. Full of smoky, coffee aromas, and succulent richness with a little bit of Margaux suaveness and sophistication. Earlier drinking, but hugely rewarding. A lovely wine. DR

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 90

    The 2016 Desmirail shows much better now than a couple of months ago: crisp and focused, offering light, tertiary and graphite-tinged black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and a fine thread of acidity, but just a little compact and austere on the finish at the moment. Give this Margaux five or six years in bottle. 2019 - 2023

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 88-90

    The 2016 Desmirail is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It does not possess the most complex Margaux nose, although the purity deserves a commendation with blueberry and cassis fruit. The palate has quite a rich and showy opening though fortunately it does not go over the top. There is a slight metallic edge towards the finish, which I hope will disappear by the time of bottling. It just feels a little pinched at the moment, so there is room for improvement here. Drink Date 2020 - 2032

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 89-92

    The 2016 Desmirail is a bold, powerful wine. The darker side of the appellation comes through in the wine's dark flavor profile and imposing structural profile. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco and licorice run through the 2016. Potent and virile, the 2016 is likely to need a few years to come into its own. Even so, it is impressive today.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 92-93

    A chewy and rich red with plenty of currant and black-cherry character. Tannic. Should come together nicely with some barrel aging.

  • Decanter, April 2017, Score: 91

    Denis Lurton is in charge at this 37ha Margaux estate, and he has produced a classy, cedar-scented 2016 that has a beautiful vibrancy to it. It is a fairly dramatic take on the year, with full extraction of damson fruit and chewy tannins.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 17+

    Slight bitterness on the palate detracts from an overall nice wine with decent density of fruit and tell-tale coffee notes. I would like more silkiness but the blunt tannins will subside in due course leaving a competent wine.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 16.5

    Dark crimson with a slightly weak rim. Very sweet, almost chocolatey oak (like the old Tertre nose). Really nice texture and pace on the palate though. Provided you don't have anything against that aroma, you could take a lot of pleasure from this wine. Drink 2025-2043

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2016 Ch Gazin Pomerol - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2036
  • Château Gazin
  • 12x75cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£830.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £660.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 94-96

    So often overlooked, this beautifully positioned property offers one of the most classical examples of Pomerol year in year out. In addition, when considering all its illustrious neighbours, it is regularly one of the bargain wines of the vintage. Watch out for its release, (normally one of the first!) as the 2016 is a beauty. Full of aromas of the Orient and Black Forest fruits, this is a deliciously rich wine without excess. Lots of grace and delicacy on the finish, poised and very long. DR

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 94

    The 2016 Gazin has a pure bouquet of luscious blackberry, black truffle and light smoky aromas that gain vigor with aeration. There is an unerring sense of control here, as if keeping something back for later. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a silky-smooth texture and beguiling, graphite-tinged black fruit toward the refined, persistent finish. Flecks of clove linger on the finish. Classic Gazin. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 2020 - 2050

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 94-96

    The 2016 Gazin is a blend of 87% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc this year, picked from 22 September with respect to the Merlot and from around 7 or 8 October for the Cabernet Franc. Now this has quite a powerful bouquet for Gazin, more heightened fruit compared to recent vintages with blackberry, briary and pressed flower aromas that are well defined (although my sample demanded two or three minutes to really find its voice). The palate is medium-bodied with a gently grip on the entry. I adore the tannic structure to this Gazin, equidistant between masculine and feminine, a backbone that will ensure this will age over many years. There is abundant, lightly spiced black fruit with a touch of cracked black pepper and clove towards the finish. The 50% new oak will add a little muscle onto the finish, thereupon you will have a really marvelous Gazin that will give thirty years of drinking pleasure, possibly more. Drink Date 2023 - 2055

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 93

    The 2016 Gazin has developed into a super-refined wine. Silky tannins and floral aromatics add to an impression of total finesse. Blood orange, sweet red/purplish berry fruit, rose petal and mint are all finely knit in this gracious, subtle Pomerol. More importantly, the 2016 has grown into an absolutely striking wine that is even more expressive and complete than it was from barrel. 2021 - 2036

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 89-92

    The 2016 Gazin is bold and powerful, yet also retains striking freshness and energy throughout. Sweet red plum, blood orange, wildflowers and mint are some of the many notes that are delineated in this super-classy, refined Pomerol. All the elements come together effortlessly in the glass. The 2016 is not a big Pomerol; rather, it is a wine that impresses with its nuanced expression of the vintage. Hints of smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs add closing shades of complexity. Tasted two times.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 94-95

    Tight and silky with plum, blackberry and blueberry character. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and silky. Very linear and bright. A pretty follow-up to the stupendous 2015.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 17+

    Spicy and rather dry on the finish, this wine still manages to retain some freshness and lift and so the overall effect is not bad and the core fruit has some character so I am sure it will become a charmer in time.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 16.5

    Dark crimson. Rich, shiny, blackberry aromas. Sinew and a dry but not drying finish. A little austere and lacking juice but creditable. Correct. Drink 2024-2037

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 94

    This doesn’t quite hit the same heights as the 2015, but it’s still a very stylish Pomerol, with plenty of zip, perfume and backbone from the Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc. The tannins are a little firm, but should soften in bottle. 2024-34

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2016 Ch Gloria St Julien - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2022 - 2032
  • Château Gloria
  • 6x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£213.97 In Bond £276.00 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 91-93

    As always a wine that sits beautifully in its category for its price quality ratio. Shining purple colour, it has pure dark elderberry aromas. In the palate, it is a very enticing harmonious style, with ripe rounded black fruit flavours, a feeling of richness, and subtle smooth tannins. A real star. DR

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 93-95

    Ch Gloria St Julien

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 96

    The 2016 Gloria is one of the undisputed stars of this vintage. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous intensity in all of its dimensions. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, menthol, licorice and dried rose petal all add complexity. In 2016 Gloria is a real head-turner. It should be a fabulous value as well. There is not much else to say. 2026 - 2046

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 92-95

    The 2016 Gloria is striking. Ripe, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 exudes class. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, pomegranate, rose petal, cinnamon and licorice notes abound, but it is the wine's juiciness and overall texture that are most appealing, A super-classic Saint-Julien, Gloria delivers serious quality for the money. Despite its obvious depth and fleshiness, the 2016 Gloria is also one of the most restrained, gracious Saint-Juliens readers will come across.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 93-94

    Dense and layered red with berry and tobacco character, a full body and a savory finish. Got it all here.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 16.5

    Sweet and energetic and very glossy. Just a little austere on the end. Bone dry. Quite demanding. Just not quite enough ripe fruit for the not inconsiderable tannins. Drink 2024-2038

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 94

    Working with its new winery for the first time in 2016, Gloria has made a fine, aromatic, well structured blend, with more tannin and concentration than the 2015, but similar levels of perfume and finesse. Serious and age worthy, it’s sappy and long. 2024-36

  • Neal Martin, August 2020, Score: 94

    The 2016 Gloria is noticeably deeper in color than its peers. It has a charming bouquet of blackberry, briar, brown spices and touches of sandalwood, complex and developing loamy elements with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Quite mineral-driven, leading into a composed, precise finish that indicates careful winemaking from great terroir. Superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. Drink: 2026 - 2060

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2016 Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2030 - 2050
  • Château Léoville Las Cases
  • 12x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£3,098.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £2,800.00 In Bond £2,550.00 In Bond £3,398.47 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 97-99

    As my children would say “OMG”! This vies as one of the most exciting wines I tasted all week and I simply can’t wait to try it again. Unquestionably first growth in all but name. This is a simply great wine and I am tempted to go as far as to say it is the greatest Las Cases I have ever tasted, and that is saying something… I’m not sure where to start! Dense opaque colour, with hints of eucalyptus, black cherries and black fruits on the nose. These follow through into the palate, with hints of blackcurrant. A hugely bold wine, with great breadth of fruit. It has the power of its famed neighbour Ch Latour, but with a degree of St Julien sensitivity, poise and grace. It finishes with chocolate, mocha and a delicious degree of richness. Almost perfection, and a definite addition to my cellar this year. DR

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 98

    The 2016 Léoville Las-Cases underwent three more months in barrel than usual, and was bottled in September 2018. It has an extremely intense bouquet that manages to retain otherworldly delineation. It is not as expressive as its peers at this early stage (but then again, it rarely is). Yet there is palpable coiled-up energy on the nose, and you can feel the mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with super-fine tannin and layers of pure black and blue fruit laced with allspice and a pinch of white pepper. It fans out wonderfully on the finish, which exerts fine grip but never overwhelms. This is undoubtedly one of the best wines ever made by the estate. Close to perfection. 2026 - 2060

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 98-100

    The 2016 Leoville-Las Cases comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 19 October, during which the harvesters were out in the vines for 16 days. It is matured in 90% new oak and delivers 13.60% alcohol and an IPT of 82. It is initially tightly coiled on the nose and needed coaxing from the glass. There are scents of small black cherries, boysenberry, crushed violets and a slight flintiness that emerges with time. The definition is very impressive—you can almost pick the aromas out one by one. The palate is awe-inspiring. The tannins are so filigree, in fact not dissimilar to their neighbor across the border at Château Latour. That seam of graphite lends this Léoville Las-Cases a Pauillac-like personality, but ignoring stylistic similarities, it is the intensity, depth and arching structure that astounds, with detail on the finish that rivets your feet to the spot. Then the finish is ultra-precise, one of the most mineral-driven that I have encountered in almost 20 years visiting the estate, plus it is endowed with one the longest aftertastes you will find in 2016. Yeah, it's good. Drink Date 2030 - 2070

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 98

    The 2016 Léoville Las Cases is a majestic, seamless, opulent wine. Yes, I am talking about Las Cases, traditionally one of the Left Bank's most austere, forbiddingly tannic wines. Sumptuous and full-bodied, the 2016 takes over all the senses, with seemingly endless layers of inky, purplish fruit. Mint, lavender and white flowers are some of the many notes that emerge from the exotic, arrestingly beautiful bouquet as the 2016 makes its case for consideration as one of the wines of the vintage. The 2016 got an extra three months in barrel and was therefore bottled on the later side, but that does not appear to have done anything to close the wine down. The 2016 was magnificent on both occasions I tasted it. Put simply, the 2016 Las Cases is a total stunner. Don't miss it! 2026 - 2066

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 95-98+

    Léoville Las Cases is usually a brutish, powerful wine, especially when young. The 2016, on the other hand, is a wine of total finesse. There is almost no sensation of tannin, even though the wine has the highest degree of tannin ever measured here. Sometimes wines can go from the merely outstanding into the realm of the sublime. That is very much the case with the 2016 Léoville Las Cases. I could describe the aromas and flavors, but that seems superfluous for a wine that delivers so much pure pleasure. Silky (yes, silky) tannins wrap around a super-expressive finish laced with the essence of blue/purplish fruit, crème de cassis, lavender and blueberry jam.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 98-99

    A unique Las Cases that harkens back to some of the great classics such as 1985 or 1986 with its solid backbone of tannins and a walnut, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and powerful, characterized throughout by a steeliness that shows its strength and energy. Better than the 2015. Ultra-classic.

  • Decanter, October 2018, Score: 100

    Nothing under 20 years old supplies fruit for the grand vin de Léoville. It's extremely dark and rich, a stately purple in colour with some violet around the rim. Right from the off it expands upwards and outwards, showing polished dark, dark fruits such as black cherry and cassis, alongside slate, liquorice and rosemary. It's mouthfilling and almost less austere than all of the others, yet it's a serious wine. The tannins close in on themselves at the end, showing how this is built to last. A great advert for the whole of Bordeaux, and for me it's the clear wine of the vintage. Drink 2026-2045

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 20++

    Very profound, very focussed and also amazingly exotic, there is a mind-bending amount of class here and it is so dense and so classy that it completely baffles the palate. The weightlessness and also intensity of the flavours are nothing short of amazing. The tannins are complete and not at all drying but they are incredible and they will arm this wine for a fifty-year life. The colour and turbidity is insane, too. Sitting here tasting this wine is a seriously unnerving out of body experience and I will make it my mission to taste (and drink) this wine as many times as I can for the rest of my life! This is a truly amazing Las Cases and it is a ‘classic’, at the same time as defining a new era of classicism in this commune. Phenomenal.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 19

    75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 19 October, the result aged in 90% new barrels. IPT 82. Amazing combination of the stoniness and backbone of traditional Las Cases with extraordinary vitality and energy, all overlaid with fully ripe fruit. Such richness! Round tannins but the most youthful wine I have yet encountered. Extremely minerally and thrilling. Jean-Hubert Delon bemoans the fact he will not be alive to see it at its peak, and is convinced it will shut down at some point. It is glorious to taste now. 13.6% Drink 2026-2050

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 95

    Jean-Hubert Delon has made the most of the superb vintage in 2016 to produce a Las-Cases that’s typically concentrated, backward and even a little forbidding. But scale the walls of the tannins and savoury, compact berry fruit and the view is beautiful. 2030-45

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2016 Ch Meyney St Estèphe - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2035
  • Château Meyney
  • 6x75cl
  • St estèphe, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£178.97 In Bond £234.00 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, January 2020

    This little property surrounded by three prestigious neighbours was a wonderful array of dark black fruits, with hints of mocha and violets. In the palate it is bold and rich, tightly held together with a firm tannic core. Superbly intense with a fine long aftertaste affirming its ability to age for a long period. A cracker!

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 90-92

    The 2016 Meyney has quite an opulent and flamboyant bouquet, which is something I do not expect from this Saint Estèphe. It seems to calm down in the glass and attains more delineation and poise. The palate is sweet on the entry with impressive precision, quite linear in style with blackberry, graphite and smoky notes, leading to a finish that offers satisfying persistence. Excellent. 2021 - 2040

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 93

    The 2016 Meyney is a bold, powerful wine. Tobacco, menthol, chocolate, spice and torrefaction notes all add shades of darkness. Meyney is potent and quite broad in feel, and yet everything is very nicely balanced. Although not especially subtle, Meyney delivers the goods, and then some.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 90-93

    The 2016 Meyney is powerful and absolutely delicious. Black fruit, torrefaction, smoke, licorice and bittersweet chocolate flavors are dark and boldly sketched. Beams of firm tannin add to the wine's imposing, brooding personality. All the elements fall into place effortlessly in this ample, broad Saint-Estèphe.

  • James Suckling, January 2019, Score: 96

    Wild nose. Impressive, deep hue and a wealth of fresh, violet-like aromas, as well as cassis, graphite and dark cherries. The palate has a very sleek, fine, powerful core of tannins that bring a lot of depth and deliver rich dark-fruit flavor. A classic Meyney. Best since 1961! Try from 2023.

  • Jancis Robinson, February 2020, Score: 18.5

    Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Intense Indian ink on the nose. Give me my calligraphy pen! Rich and round. Very glamorous. So much effort has gone into every drop of this …. VGV. Drink 2026 – 2050

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 16.5

    Very deep crimson. Sweet and perfumed. Very luscious with a hint of camembert! Much riper and lusher than the average St-Estèphe. Very dry end. Only on the end does the appellation impose itself. Drink 2024-2037

  • Neal Martin, January, Score: 95

    The 2016 Meyney has a very deep color. The bouquet is a stunner, delivering intense, mineral-rich black fruit pixelated to the nth degree. This is extremely focused and conveys the energy of a tightly coiled spring. The extremely well-balanced palate offers fine-grained tannins and superb acidity. Very pure and focused, with a harmonious, vibrant finish that lingers in the mouth. You can feel this lingering 45–60 seconds after the wine has exited. Wonderful. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2026-2050

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2016 Ch La Mission Haut Brion Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2025 - 2043
  • Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • 6x75cl
  • Pessac-léognan, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£1,450.00 In Bond £1,759.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £1,680.00 In Bond £2,035.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 97-98

    This glorious wine typifies everything that makes La Mission Haut-Brion so appealing and why it is a habitual winner in blind tastings amongst the first growths. Beautifully polished loganberry and wild berry aromas, with hints of dark currants. This balances a lovely silky texture, with volume and richness, whilst maintaining a continuous flow of tannic structure throughout the palate. Vibrantly fresh, the finish of mocha and chocolate give added complexity and enormous appeal. This glass was hard to put down, I loved it! DR

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 99

    The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly. 2026 - 2066

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 98-100

    The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. "We had to be patient and wait for each plot," Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. "It took longer than usual." As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a "je ne sais quoi" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives. Drink Date 2026 - 2070

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 97+

    The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is flat out gorgeous. Today, La Mission is incredibly primary, with stunning purity in its red/purplish berry fruit. Readers will have to cellar the 2016 for the better part of a decade at a minimum before the telltale aromatics of this fabled château start to blossom in bottle. I adore the 2016 for its gracious personality, fine tannin and remarkable freshness, not to mention that it is absolutely delicious and the kind of wine that is so suggestive of a very bright future. 2026 - 2066

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 94-97

    The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion is a total knockout. Vertical and powerful, but not at all austere, it exudes class. Fine-grained tannins support the fruit, but they are barely felt, as the wine's balance is so extraordinary. Lifted floral notes and a host of red fruits give the 2016 energy and verve. I can't wait to see how it ages.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 96-97

    The texture to this is very beautiful with chewy yet very polished tannins. Full-bodied, tight and mouth-filling. Starts very slowly and then takes off. Love the energy in this.

  • Decanter, April 2017, Score: 98

    Wonderful La Mission this year, graceful but with an unmistakable sense of controlled power. The wine just expands outwards and upwards in your mouth - insistent but terribly polite about it. It is deep and silky, shot through with coffee grounds, damson and soft cassis on a creamy mid-palate, utterly beautiful. There is a real energy and vitality here, with a caressing texture to the tannins and huge persistency on the finish. Dense, and yet so finessed that you could almost drink it today. Wow. The blend is 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.66, harvested between 19th September and 14th October.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 18.5+

    A lovely, wild nose of macerated berries and old library books greets the taster. This is a historic flavour and it shows amazing complexity and thrilling tannins. The fineness and richness of the skin elements are incredible. Long and smooth, this is a superb La Mission, built along a red fruit theme and even though it is very dry and savoury it is certain to blossom in a decade into a lithe, sensual creature.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 18.5++

    Glowing deep crimson. Very intense and ripe. Snazzy and spicy. Polished and racy. Very firm and lots of ripe tannins – very much à La Mission. Super-sophisticated. Inky and fresh and so ripe and confident. A dry style but great. Racy but tannic. Drink 2027-2050

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 95

    Tight, focused and even a little backward, as it’s entitled to be at this young age, this is a very intellectual claret, rather than an exuberant fruit bomb. Fine oak, granular tannins, taut acidity and savoury red and dark berry fruit flavours. 2026-36

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2017 Ch Beychevelle 4ème Cru St Julien - 3x150cl

  • Red
  • 2027 - 2040
  • Château Beychevelle
  • 3x150cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£565.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £455.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 92-94

    In recent years Ch Beychevelle has reclaimed its former glory, re-establishing itself as one of the finest examples of great St Julien. The introduction of their new state-of-the-art winery this year has taken them to new heights. This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is full of life. With bright, pure, energetic berry and plum fruits, and a subtle tannic structure sitting underneath, this is a finely balanced wine with excellent ageing potential.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 90-92

    The 2017 Beychevelle was cropped at 54hl/ha between 18 September and 3 October, matured in around 60% new oak with 13.4° alcohol. It has a very ripe blueberry, almost iodine-scented bouquet that is much more extroverted than its peers (like the 2016 last year.) The palate is medium-bodied with sweet black cherry and boysenberry fruit, and plenty of crushed violet. The palate is ripe and succulent; a sweet core of blue and black fruit here although perhaps its neighbor across the road, Branaire Ducru, displays a little more terroir at this early stage. Maybe that is because of the saignée? I would just like to see a little more restraint come through in bottle while I noticed greater precision developing during the 30 minutes the sample spent in my glass. 2021 - 2040

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 92-95

    The 2017 Beychevelle is absolutely gorgeous. Creamy and beautifully layered on the palate, Beychevelle exudes exotic richness in its ripe red/purplish berry fruit. Even though the 2017 is rather flamboyant in style, it retains quite a bit of brightness to play off its more extroverted leanings. Beychevelle was impressive on the several times I tasted it.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 90-92

    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Beychevelle opens with gregarious cassis and blackberry pie notes with touches of baking spices and underbrush plus a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied with a great core of ripe black fruits, it has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and balancing freshness, finishing long. The final blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4 Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 93-94

    Very fine tannins already with a solid core of blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of flowers. Full-bodied, well-integrated and tight, not to mention fresh and long.

  • Decanter, April 2018, Score: 92

    This is a fine expression of St-Julien, with extremely pretty aromatics and brambly, juicy black fruits that remain soft and persistent through the palate, with the tiniest hint of acidity tightening the tannins. It's not as expressive as in 2016, but that was exceptional, though this is certainly a wine to recommend in 2017. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 17.5

    A super-fragrant Beychevelle with bright Merlot fruit very much in evidence. Lovely and pure and silky, with little aggression on the finish, this is already a very harmonious wine with buoyancy and charm. There is some spice and warmth on the finish, which gives some richness but all in all this is a forward and luscious wine.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 16.5

    Deep crimson with purple rim. Tangy, slightly wild black fruit, more bramble than cassis. Smooth, rounded and rather gentle but still persistent. Supple tannins already, though they may be deceptive. (JH) Drink 2024-2036

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2017 Ch La Conseillante Pomerol - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2038
  • Château la Conseillante
  • 6x75cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£700.00 In Bond £859.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 95-97

    This wine is a showstopper. Marielle Cazaux continues her success at this estate, which has confirmed its reputation as a star of the Right Bank with a string of excellent recent vintages. This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc has a heightened aromatic drama, with hints of eucalyptus, mint and bursting red berries. Gentle extraction has yielded sinuous tannins and graceful length. Its perfumed elegance sets it apart from its peers. Standing ovation.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    The 2017 La Conseillante contains a little less Cabernet Franc than usual because four or five rows were damaged by frost. It has a classic Pomerol bouquet with touches of truffle and incense infusing the broody black fruit that take a few minutes to unwind in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with a subtle sprinkling of white pepper and fennel. The Cabernet Franc, despite its diminished contribution, is quite expressive towards the balsamic-tinged finish that shows plenty of energy and decent persistence. It is less powerful than the 2016 at this stage but it is clearly a very well crafted, almost sensual Pomerol by winemaker Marielle Cazaux. Tasted twice with consistent notes, this may well settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle. 2022 - 2045

  • Antonio Galloni, December 2020, Score: 96

    The 2017 La Conseillante is a regal wine. Lithe and statuesque in the glass, La Conseillante soars with real vertical intensity. Sweet floral aromatics and silky tannins give the 2017 much of its understated, classy personality. Inky dark blue/purplish fruit, spice, licorice and lavender develop with a bit of time, but it is the wine's balance and extreme sense of harmony that stand out most. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux gave the fruit about 2 days on the skins, with no SO2 at crush. Cazaux added that the malos were quite fast. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Frost reduced production by around 15%, while drought further reduced yields in the Franc by a further 10%. This is a fabulous showing.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 94-97

    The 2017 La Conseillante is a wine of total finesse and class. Bright, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2017 is exceptionally polished and nuanced from start to finish. Despite its mid-weight, gracious personality, the 2017 has real staying power. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux gave the fruit about 2 days on the skins, with no SO2 at crush. Cazaux added that the malos were quite fast. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Frost reduced production by around 15%, while drought further reduced yields in the Franc by a further 10%. As for the wine, well, the 2017 was magnificent on each of the three occasions I tasted it.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 95-97

    The 2017 La Conseillante displays a deep garnet-purple color and simply sings of crushed blueberries, mulberries and ripe plums with suggestions of violets, chocolate box, rose hip tea and a waft of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive richness at this elegant weight coupled with vivacity and supported by plush, velvety tannins, finishing with great length and energy. This is an arrestingly beautiful expression of this vintage!

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 94-95

    Tight and precise with focused tannins and a lovely texture to this young wine. Medium to full body. Compressed and serious. Some salty and dark fruit at the end.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 19+

    Organically certified from this vintage. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux was elated about her 2017. The temperatures dropped to -2C and so they rented a helicopter (which hovered at a height of 30m) and this took the temperatures back up to 0C. On the Cheval Blanc side, the temperature dropped to -3.5C and they lost 15% of fruit which was destined for Duo. A very early vintage, with veraison happening at the end of July. They started picking on 5th September and so Marielle had to cut her holiday short! They stopped for rain and then finished everything on 29th September. The Cabernet Franc berries were very small, very spicy and of great quality. Pure, complex and totally refreshing, this is a stunningly energetic La Conseillante with lovely definition and class. This is all about length rather than depth and while it is forward and clear, it will hold well on account of the stunning acidity. This is a completely different wine to the 2015 and 2016 and it is very worthy of its place in this fabulous trio of vintages.

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2017 Ch La Conseillante Pomerol - 1x300cl

  • Red
  • 2026 - 2044
  • Château la Conseillante
  • 1x300cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£525.00 In Bond £642.82 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 95-97

    This wine is a showstopper. Marielle Cazaux continues her success at this estate, which has confirmed its reputation as a star of the Right Bank with a string of excellent recent vintages. This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc has a heightened aromatic drama, with hints of eucalyptus, mint and bursting red berries. Gentle extraction has yielded sinuous tannins and graceful length. Its perfumed elegance sets it apart from its peers. Standing ovation.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    The 2017 La Conseillante contains a little less Cabernet Franc than usual because four or five rows were damaged by frost. It has a classic Pomerol bouquet with touches of truffle and incense infusing the broody black fruit that take a few minutes to unwind in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with a subtle sprinkling of white pepper and fennel. The Cabernet Franc, despite its diminished contribution, is quite expressive towards the balsamic-tinged finish that shows plenty of energy and decent persistence. It is less powerful than the 2016 at this stage but it is clearly a very well crafted, almost sensual Pomerol by winemaker Marielle Cazaux. Tasted twice with consistent notes, this may well settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle. 2022 - 2045

  • Antonio Galloni, December 2020, Score: 96

    The 2017 La Conseillante is a regal wine. Lithe and statuesque in the glass, La Conseillante soars with real vertical intensity. Sweet floral aromatics and silky tannins give the 2017 much of its understated, classy personality. Inky dark blue/purplish fruit, spice, licorice and lavender develop with a bit of time, but it is the wine's balance and extreme sense of harmony that stand out most. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux gave the fruit about 2 days on the skins, with no SO2 at crush. Cazaux added that the malos were quite fast. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Frost reduced production by around 15%, while drought further reduced yields in the Franc by a further 10%. This is a fabulous showing.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 94-97

    The 2017 La Conseillante is a wine of total finesse and class. Bright, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2017 is exceptionally polished and nuanced from start to finish. Despite its mid-weight, gracious personality, the 2017 has real staying power. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux gave the fruit about 2 days on the skins, with no SO2 at crush. Cazaux added that the malos were quite fast. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Frost reduced production by around 15%, while drought further reduced yields in the Franc by a further 10%. As for the wine, well, the 2017 was magnificent on each of the three occasions I tasted it.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 95-97

    The 2017 La Conseillante displays a deep garnet-purple color and simply sings of crushed blueberries, mulberries and ripe plums with suggestions of violets, chocolate box, rose hip tea and a waft of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive richness at this elegant weight coupled with vivacity and supported by plush, velvety tannins, finishing with great length and energy. This is an arrestingly beautiful expression of this vintage!

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 94-95

    Tight and precise with focused tannins and a lovely texture to this young wine. Medium to full body. Compressed and serious. Some salty and dark fruit at the end.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 19+

    Organically certified from this vintage. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux was elated about her 2017. The temperatures dropped to -2C and so they rented a helicopter (which hovered at a height of 30m) and this took the temperatures back up to 0C. On the Cheval Blanc side, the temperature dropped to -3.5C and they lost 15% of fruit which was destined for Duo. A very early vintage, with veraison happening at the end of July. They started picking on 5th September and so Marielle had to cut her holiday short! They stopped for rain and then finished everything on 29th September. The Cabernet Franc berries were very small, very spicy and of great quality. Pure, complex and totally refreshing, this is a stunningly energetic La Conseillante with lovely definition and class. This is all about length rather than depth and while it is forward and clear, it will hold well on account of the stunning acidity. This is a completely different wine to the 2015 and 2016 and it is very worthy of its place in this fabulous trio of vintages.

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2017 Ch Grand Puy Lacoste 5ème Cru Pauillac - 1x300cl

  • Red
  • 2024 - 2041
  • Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
  • 1x300cl
  • Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£246.00 In Bond £308.02 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 92-94

    My impression is that this fine wine may be underestimated by some tasters. It is not a showstopper, but a wine of poise, balance and integrity. Striking bramble and dark berry aromas, this has an appealing succulence whilst retaining a tightly knit tannic core. A wine with an unforced depth of both fruit and weight. It highlights François-Xavier Borie’s skill in allowing both nature and terroir to express themselves beautifully.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 91-93

    The 2017 Grand Puy Lacoste was picked from 15 to 29 September cropped at 45hl/ha, matured in 75% new oak. It has a clean, precise and conservative bouquet that takes time to open. I like the mineral tension here, the focus, and hints of freshly shucked oyster shell emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, fresh in the mouth with plenty of cedar and tobacco-infused red and black fruit that drive a long, slightly peppery finish. It is a quintessential Grand Puy Lacoste, sans the frills of the 2016 and yet you can already imagine this being drunk to the very last drop in about ten years time. It is simply a very likeable Grand Puy Lacoste in the making. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 2022 - 2042

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 90-93

    The 2017 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is bright, floral and nicely lifted. Gracious in style, the 2017 is built on a core of fresh, red-toned fruit. Silky tannins add to the wine's elegant, cooly sophisticated personality. There is plenty to like and admire in this classically restrained, gracious Pauillac from François-Xavier Borie. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Tasted two times.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 92-93

    Very pretty and focused with a tight and refined palate of juicy tannins and a savory finish. Elegant.

  • Decanter, April 2018, Score: 94

    These guys often over-deliver in challenging years, and have done so yet again. As you would expect in a vintage that has produced such an excellent Lacoste Borie, this GPL is exceptional, a real success that's juicy and carefully extracted. It has weight and impact, with a Pauillac tannic hold and presence. It's one of my wines of the vintage, and a must buy. The balanced, sculpted, juicy black fruits fully deliver personality and signature style. Harvested 15-29 September, yielding 45hl/ha. 80% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 18.5+

    This has a thrilling nose which, in spite of the weighty dominance of Cabernet, is perfectly red-fruited and sonorous. This is a sleek thoroughbred with power and grace and it is layered with flashes of both red and black fruit on the palate. The finish has more muscle and more tannin looms as the flavour senesces on the back of the palate and the result is a game of flamboyance and reticence warning the drinker that while the flavour entices you in, there is also the need to exercise restraint because this is a not a wine for drinking in the short term in spite of its apparent precocity. Throughout the flavour there is levity and this is what makes this powerful wine such an unequivocal success. François-Xavier Borie agrees with this character. He smiled – ‘don’t forget we are serious’.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 17

    Colour of blackcurrant juice. Fresh and peppery with lots of pure, fine cassis on the nose. Dark and pure. Silky, moreish, not that much more intense than the second wine Lacoste Borie but a little more persistent and more depth in the middle. Fine tannins, soft and supple. Fresh on the finish. Pure and persistent in its relative delicacy. (JH) Drink 2025-2037

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2017 Ch Haut Bailly Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2026 - 2040
  • Château Haut-Bailly
  • 6x75cl
  • Pessac-léognan, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£350.00 In Bond £439.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £350.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    Ch Haut Bailly lost around 30% of their yield to frost, which mostly affected the plots used in their second wine, La Parde. The château’s owner, financier and philanthropist Robert Wilmers, passed away in December 2017, but there is no doubt this wine would have met with his approval. The Merlot component (32%) is fruity and finely weighted, and the Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) provides aromatic freshness and silky structure to the tannins. 4% each of old vine Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were co-fermented this year and add spice and depth to the blend. It is a precise and pure wine, and one of the most successful in the appellation.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 92-94

    The 2017 Haut-Bailly was cropped at 28hl/ha (40hl/ha on non-frozen parcels and 2hl/ha on frosted parcels) and includes co-fermented Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is unlikely to contain any vin de presse this year, unlike in 2016, and it is matured in 50% new oak. There is a pH of 3.74 with 13.2° alcohol. It has an attractive and quite opulent bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, hints of crushed stone and briary, a light oyster shell influence. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin but there is good backbone here, quite “solid” for Haut-Bailly and it will need to just soften the edges during its élevage. With moderate length and a very attractive graphite aftertaste, this Haut-Bailly will require five or six years in bottle but will repay the patient wine-lover. 2021 - 2040

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 93-96

    The 2017 Haut-Bailly is an understated beauty. Nothing in particular stands out rather it is the wine's balance that impresses most. All the classic Haut-Bailly signatures come through in a mid-weight, super-finessed wine that hits all the right notes. Dark red and blue stone fruits, graphite, smoke, licorice and incense are all laced into the super-expressive finish. The 2017 emerges from the estate's central, most historic parcels, as those vineyards were not affected by the April frost that took with it 30% of the production.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 94-96

    The 2017 Haut-Bailly is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 94-95

    A firm and silky red with a medium to full body, a solid center palate and a long and integrated finish. Very fine, polished and refined. Creamy tannins. Hints of bitter orange.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 18.5++

    This is one of the calmest and most centred wines of 2017. There is no tension here, just precision and balletic balance. The fruit is focussed, deep and proud and the amalgam of the blend is amazing. There are two ages of Petit Verdot vines in the wine and they both add a different aspect to the wine. This spice is integral to this wine’s appeal. There is a voluptuousness and also elegance about this wine and it is not bigger than the second wine La Prade, it is just much longer and finer. This is a succulent, Burgundian-shaped wine in its demeanour and yet the tannins and the acidity are going to keep it going for years and years.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 17.5

    Very dark with purple rim. Oozes elegance on the nose, subtle dark fruit, nicely dusty/mineral and a touch of graphite and a slight and attractive herbaceous note. More fragrant with air. Texture is fine like layers of paper, tannins are dry and refined. Lightness of touch but really persistent. Juicy, gentle. Very lovely, the graphite elegance, freshness and fruit go on to the end. (JH) Drink 2027-2040

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2017 Ch Margaux 1er Cru Margaux - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2025 - 2040
  • Château Margaux
  • 6x75cl
  • Margaux, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£2,419.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £2,000.00 In Bond £1,990.00 In Bond £2,407.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 95-97

    Ch Margaux escaped the worst that the frost brought, reporting a loss of only 10%. Given the frost and the September rain that threatened to dash the vintage, Thibault Pontallier remarked on the team’s astonishment when they first tasted the wine after fermentation. Thanks to the warm spell at the end of September, he explained they have made a much better wine in 2017 than anticipated. He likened it to 1996: not an easy vintage, but one that produced a sublime wine. 2017’s velvet-like tannins support the aromatic fruit and soft creamy texture of the wine. It has freshness, charm and perfume, but still retains density and richness on the palate reminding you of its First Growth status. Against the odds, this is a hugely successful Ch Margaux, and one of the finest wines of the vintage.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    The 2017 Margaux, matured in 100% new oak, was blended in the second half of February. It has a very pure, floral bouquet with scents of iris and violet infusing the black and subtle blue fruit. There are touches of crushed stone and with aeration, a little candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, very harmonious in the mouth, caressing and sensual with black fruit, hints of graphite and a light marine influence. There is a fine build to this Château Margaux, commencing almost understated but finishing with an insistent grip and a long, quite spicy aftertaste. It's not the bewitching 2015 however, it purrs like a Rolls Royce and will age with panache. 2023 - 2045

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 94-97

    The 2017 Margaux is one of the highlights on the Left Bank. Surprisingly powerful and virile, the Grand Vin clearly reflects the influence of a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Beams of tannin give the wine support through the mid-palate and into the finish. Estate Manager Sebastian Vergne told me the winemaking team opted to raise temperatures at the end of fermentation to gain a bit more color, depth and polymerization of tannins. The Grand Vin represents 37% of the estate's production.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 96-98

    A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Château Margaux charges from the gate with opulent kirsch, raspberry preserves, wild blueberries and cassis notions accented by roses, violets, Chinese five spice and fragrant earth with touches of underbrush and truffles. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant, ripe red and blue fruits, layering in perfume and spice nuances. It's framed by very finely grained and plush yet firm tannins and great tension, finishing with epic length.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 97-98

    This is a very dense Margaux, and especially for the vintage, with a full body, grainy tannins and a long and rich finish. Impressive depth of fruit and structure. Luscious and muscular at the same time.

  • Decanter, April 2018, Score: 96

    Wow! This makes the whole room smile. The stunning nose hits you right off the bat, followed by wonderful fleshy damson fruit. This has some of the best aromatics in the business this year and a wonderful creamy texture through the palate. There's great density, and the tannins flatter it but they have menace and intent too, pulling the structure inwards and bouncing along to finish beautifully. This is more opulent than the Pavillon, which has some clear austerity, and the scale of the fruit is a little fresher than the 2015, with around the same ripeness level as the 2016. The 3.7pH is a little higher than the last two years, while an IPT of 73 is the same as last year. 37% of production went into the grand vin, including a 1% drop of Petit Verdot. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 18.5+

    After the dark bottle, which was used for the 2015 vintage, they have decided to continue with this bottle for all three wines including the white wine. This is a very dense and very focussed Margaux, with intense fruit and dark, mineral- soaked, graphite-tinged wine. The weight is so fresh and so bright it is incredible. This is not a big wine but it is very powerful.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 17.5

    Deep glowing crimson. Pure, very dark cassis fruit. Fragrant and lightly floral too. And the fruit smells sweet, the oak so subtle. Intense without being flamboyant. Firm, smooth, chocolate-textured. Creamy and rich and supple on the long finish. Depth of fruit, both red and black on the mid palate. Well sustained.The tannins are powerful but hidden by the lovely fruit. Succulent even though well structured. (JH) 13.5% Drink 2027-2042

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2017 Ch La Mission Haut Brion Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2025 - 2042
  • Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • 6x75cl
  • Pessac-léognan, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£950.00 In Bond £1,159.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £950.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 94-96

    Every year when we taste the Clarence Dillon wines, our big conundrum is which do we think is best, La Mission and Haut Brion. As is so often the case, it was a split decision this year, but I loved La Mission! Shining bright purple colour, this is full of bramble fruits on the nose. This beautifully poised and balanced wine blends an initial richness and sweetness with subtly layered tannins providing complexity and nuance. A total charmer and everything I look for in La Mission: subtle exuberance with gravelly structure. Unquestionably one of the stand-out wines of the vintage.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked from 4 to 29 September and matured in 68% new oak with 14.1° alcohol. It has a more broody bouquet than previous years: dark berry fruit, brown spices, warm gravel and later, a touch of orange rind. This can sometimes be sultry out of barrel and the 2017 falls into that category. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This La Mission Haut-Brion is built around a wonderful structure and symmetry. It feels precise with a detailed, saline finish that lingers in the mouth. I can see Jean-Philippe Delmas’s comparison with the 2001 though I find the tannins finer in the 2017. Superb. 2023 - 2050

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 92-95

    The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion is a wine of total finesse and class. Pliant and expressive, the 2017 is beautifully layered from start to finish. Bright red cherry, plum, mocha, pomegranate and blood orange all add to an impression of grace and freshness. This is one of the most refined, understated recent vintages of La Mission I can remember tasting.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 95-97

    The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion, blended of 56% Merlot, 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.4% Cabernet Franc, is very deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with suggestions of cigar box, bay leaves, Indian spices and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied with very firm, grainy tannins and a racy backbone supporting the taut, muscular fruit, it has bags of mineral and earthy suggestions layering the very long finish.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 95-96

    This is a very tight and focused young La Mission with a pretty center palate of dark fruit and flavors of oyster shell and hints of fresh tobacco. Serious and precise on the finish. 56% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 4% cabernet franc.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 19+

    When I picked up the glass, I said under my breath, ‘this is heavier’, and it is – cue much mirth. The statistics above prove this and the colour is much darker than the second wine, but the real clue comes from the nose, which is dense, foresty, spicy and unyielding. The graphite tones are riveting and the tannins are powerful and upright. A long-lived wine with obvious structure and density, this is a quite different style to La Chapelle, which has clearly taken all of the red-fruited material and left the dense and bold grapes for this wine. Do not approach it for a decade, because there is both graininess and also dryness here, which creeps forward on the palate and you must let it retire right the way back to the finish to achieve balance. This is undoubtedly a remarkable wine and one which sits a little outside of the vintage. The only real clue to its year is the devastating acidity which brings shocking drama to the whole. Along with its stablemate, this is one of the wines of the vintage.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 18

    Deep cassis colour. Gorgeous restraint of fine dusty dark fruit. Definite graphite/mineral aroma undergirded by fragrant cassis and a light herbaceous note. Delicious pure black fruit, super-fine texture, the tannins fine and supple. Juicy even with its serious elegance. Succulent, long and precisely balanced. Persistent, too. Intensity without weight. All waiting in the wings. On second tasting, the oak shows a little more on the finish but it is in place, not dominating. (JH) 14.1% Drink 2027-204

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2017 Ch Pibran Cru Bourgeois Pauillac - 1x300cl

  • Red
  • 2028 - 2038
  • Château Pibran
  • 1x300cl
  • Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£125.00 In Bond £162.82 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 16

    Deep crimson. A little smoky then rich in black fruit on the palate. Smooth texture but a little tough on the finish. Drink 2024-2032 (JH)

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2017 Ch Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2021 - 2042
  • Château Roc des Cambes
  • 6x75cl
  • Côtes de bourg, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£319.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £250.00 In Bond
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    Côtes de Bourg might not conjure quite the same romantic image as St Emilion, but this wine possesses the same spellbinding charm as François Mitjavile’s flagship estate, Ch Tertre Rôteboeuf, with an earlier drinking window. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Old vines (50 years for the Cabernet Sauvignon) give the wine great intensity. The sweet cranberry fruit is seasoned with Asian spice from the 100% new French oak. The fleshy palate culminates in a long and satisfying finish.

  • Neal Martin, February, Score: 93

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes has a vivid bouquet with ebullient redcurrant and cranberry fruit that "jump" out of the glass, yet the aromatics remain tender and graceful, to use two words uttered by François Mitjavile in describing the vintage. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannins, dark berry fruit laced with clove and bay leaf, just a hint of tobacco on the aftertaste. Very fine and very classy.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 91-93

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes, for a long time we considered changing the blend of Roc de Cambes by pulling up the Cabernet, but in the end we kept it the same blend as it is the character of the wine. This is matured in 100% new oak (although it is impossible to tell.) It has a very clean and pure bouquet, perfumed blackberry and bilberry fruit, a touch of seawater in the background. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannin, notes of mulberry, blackberry, brine and touches of brown spice. Like the Domaine des Cambes there is fine energy in situ and it feels long and full of tension on the classy, quite peppery finish. 2020 - 2035

  • Antonio Galloni, March 2020, Score: 94

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Rich, dense and explosive, with tremendous power the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Macerated dark cherries, sage, spice, star anise, orange zest, mint and new leather give the 2017 an exotic, racy feel that is hard to fully describe. In the glass, the 2017 possesses off the charts aromatic intensity and tons of pure fruit richness, while the 100% new oak is barely perceptible. Readers lucky enough to find it will enjoy a wine of tremendous character and personality. This is an absolutely stunning wine from Francois and Nina Mitjavile. 2022-2047

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 90-92

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes is deep garnet-purple in color with a slightly reticent nose of blackberries, cassis and tar with nuances of pencil shavings, damp soil and dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with great freshness and a long, lively finish.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 17.5+

    The fruit is more intense than in Domaine de Cambes and it is more serious, more structured, more reticent and more regal. There is a dramatic edge to this wine which bring tannic tension and this warns the drinker away. While you can get on and drink the ‘wine from over the road’ this is a more tense creation and it will need 5 years or more. Having said this I like both wines equally which shows just how different in character they are.

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2017 Ch Rauzan Ségla 2ème Cru Margaux - 1x300cl

  • Red
  • 2032 - 2044
  • Château Rauzan-Ségla
  • 1x300cl
  • Margaux, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£246.00 In Bond £308.02 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 93-95

    An extremely impressive wine from the Wertheimer brothers of Chanel. Since their purchase 25 years ago, this great estate has re-established its place among the upper echelons of the Médoc as Margaux’s top second growth. Deeply opaque in colour, it has aromas of mocha and dark berries. In the palate the initially sweet, generous fruit gives way to a robust texture and generous structure. Full, long and complex. One of the high notes of the appellation.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 92-94

    The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla is matured in 50% new oak with 14% vin de presse, which was apparently from the high quality Cabernet this year. It has a fascinating bouquet with pure blackberry, iris, crushed stone and a light estuarine influence that becomes stronger with aeration, just a faint touch of oyster shell developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp acidity, very elegant and refined, possibly the most feminine Rauzan-Ségla in recent years with a silky smooth finish. It is not the instant showstopper like the 2015 – this is more understated and needs time for its quality to be fully appreciated. Tasted on three occasions. 2022 - 2045

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 90-93

    The 2017 Rauzan-Ségla is a fleshy, seductive wine. Soft contours and ripe silky tannins add to the wine's immediacy and sheer appeal. The viticultural and winemaking team has succeeded in adding finesse and detail to the Grand Vin without altering its classic sense of structure and proportion. A vertical explosion of fruit laced with expressive floral notes build into the finish in a classy, understated Margaux that hits all the right notes. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers, leather, licorice and dried cherry add the closing shades of nuance. What a gorgeous wine this is. Tasted three times.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 94-96

    Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 Rauzan-Segla has a profound nose of cassis, warm blackberries and black plums with touches of baking spices, violets, mocha and smoke plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with a great core of sustained, energetic black fruit, a frame of fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, it finishes with great length.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 94-95

    This is tight and focused with a super precise palate of blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of flowers. Full body, linear tannins and a long finish.

  • Decanter, April 2018, Score: 93

    Rich, tight and deep, this wine has been extremely well handled in a vintage that suits this elegant style. There isn't the depth and complexity of expression that was seen in the previous two vintages, but it gets across the signature of the estate in an earlier drinking form - the absolute essence of what you want in a trickier vintage. If priced well, it's a buy. Drinking Window 2026 - 2038

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 17.5+

    This is another success for Rauzan-Ségla with rich, chocolatey fruit and some good power behind the oak. Always fairly demonstrative, this is a hedonistic wine in a vintage which rarely uses this descriptor, so there is a kind of anomaly here and it will not quite work itself to a conclusion so there will inevitably be a few flaws in its finished article, but regardless of this it is a success.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 16.5

    Inky core and purple rim. Not much on the nose, a touch of black olive as well as black fruit and a woody oak note. Relatively subdued on the palate but juicy and with more energy than some. Juicy fruit right through to the sustained finish. (JH) Drink 2023-2037

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2017 Ch Talbot 4ème Cru St Julien - 1x300cl

  • Red
  • 2026 - 2041
  • Château Talbot
  • 1x300cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£182.00 In Bond £231.22 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 90-92

    Talbot is an ever-popular, ever-reliable name in St Julien. There is an aromatic quality to the Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by the juicy redcurrant and cherry character of the Merlot. The chalky tannins are well balanced by the wine’s natural freshness.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 90-92

    The 2017 Talbot was picked from 18 to 4 October using manual and optical sorting, matured in 50% new oak. It has a relatively light but well-defined, floral bouquet, pressed flower filtering through that blackberry and boysenberry scents, a little clove and bay leaf lending complexity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannin that frame the slightly savory black fruit, just a little earthiness developing towards the finish. It is a classic Talbot really, exactly what you would expect for the vintage. 2020 - 2036

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 88-91

    The 2017 Talbot is powerful and dense, but also a bit rough around the edges, with burly tannins that add to that impression. It will be interesting to see if the 2017 acquire more finesse during aging. Based on the wine's persistence, there is a reasonably good chance that will happen. Intense blue/black fruit, gravel, smoke and licorice add to the wine's dark personality. Tasted two times.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 87-89

    Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Talbot is a little closed on the nose with subtle plums and blackberries notes plus hints of underbrush, black olives and wood smoke. Medium-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins, it has lovely freshness and a savory finish.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 92-93

    This is solid and structured with blackberry and currant character. Full-bodied, muscular and dialed-in.

  • Decanter, April 2018, Score: 89

    Talbot has produced an elegant, fresh and carefully structured 2017. This has plenty of finesse and rich black fruit flavours with some floral notes and cedar. It shows great St-Julien balance, but again just lacks a little of the impact that has been evident at this property over recent vintages. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 17.5

    The powerful, singular, graphite theme here is very enjoyable and the fruit is plush and focussed and it looks well-made and also smooth and long. With a polished feel throughout this is a proud Talbot and it is going to open up very slowly to reveal a rather ravishing creature. The tannins and acidity are both judged nicely and this will provide both early drinking as well as mid-term pleasure.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 16

    Deep crimson. Fragrant with both berry and leaf of cassis. Chalky texture but still fresh and just enough fruit to give a lively finish. Could do with a little more flesh in the middle but it is nicely scented. (JH) Drink 2023-2029

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2017 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol - 3x150cl

  • Red
  • 2027 - 2047
  • Vieux Château Certan
  • 3x150cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£1,038.00 In Bond £1,264.84 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2018, Score: 94-96

    If flamboyant fruit is what you are looking for in your Pomerol, then VCC is not the wine for you. If, however, you covet finesse and balance, this is a no-brainer. Deep in colour, with lovely perfumed blueberry and plum fruit scent. Harmonious, elegant and subtle, with extraordinary layers. One of the highlights of the vintage.

  • Neal Martin, March 2020, Score: 94

    The 2017 Vieux Château Certan was bottled at the end of May. It has a perfumed, slightly tertiary bouquet with blackberry, wild heather and just a touch of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe tannins on the entry, mainly dark black fruit, rather introverted at the moment that just needs bottle age to show what it can be. Veins of dark chocolate towards the finish, I appreciate the structure of this VCC and the freshness it shows towards the overtly saline, Japanese nori tinged finish. Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont have overseen a very assured and captivating Pomerol that will age gracefully over many years. Drink 2024 - 2050. 94 points.

  • Neal Martin, April 2018, Score: 94-96

    The 2017 Vieux Château Certan was picked in three passages through the vineyard, 12 and 13 September, 18 and 19 September and finally 25 September to 2 October. The yields are 37hl/ha with 14.2° alcohol and a 3.75 pH. It is the first vintage to contain Cabernet Sauvignon for several years. It has a very pure, Merlot-driven bouquet with black cherries, redcurrant and wild strawberry scents, just a hint of iris and incense in the background. The 70% new oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, a deep well of black and red fruit interwoven with allspice, truffle, white pepper and a little sage. This Vieux Château Certan manifests more complexity and profundity as it aerates, delivering genuine, spine-tingling mineralité on the persistent finish. It gains even more precision when I return to the property to re-taste it again. Tasted twice, ten days apart at the property. 2023 - 2050

  • Antonio Galloni, March 2020, Score: 98

    Just as it was en primeur, the 2017 Vieux Château Certan is regal and soaring right out of the glass. Inky blue and purplish fruit, chocolate, licorice, lavender, spice and mint come together in a dense, dark and powerful Pomerol. The 2017 is an explosive, vivid wine of monastic beauty. In this vintage, VCC is especially dark and somber, which adds to a real feeling of mysterious beauty. It is a towering achievement from Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont. Drink 2027 - 2047, 98 points.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2018, Score: 95-98

    The 2017 Vieux Château Certan is a rapturously beautiful wine. Dark, sumptuous and seamless in the glass, the 2017 is going to tempt readers early. This is the first vintage that includes a bit of young vine Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 2012 to complement the old-vine Merlot and Franc that are the core of Vieux Certan. A wine of exceptional balance and purity, the 2017 dazzles from start to finish. There is an element of tension in the 2017 that is incredibly appealing. "We are back to Bordeaux," adds Alexandre Thienpont in reference to the personality of the year as compared to both 2016 and 2015. The blend is 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in 70% new oak.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2018, Score: 96-98

    Composed of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Vieux Château Certan gives up gorgeous black raspberries, crushed black currants and warm black berries on the nose with chocolate-covered cherries, violets and star anise suggestions plus black truffles and wood smoke. The palate is medium to full-bodied with wonderful concentration in the mid-palate and firm, very finely pixelated tannins, with seamless freshness and fantastic length.

  • James Suckling, April 2018, Score: 97-98

    This is a dense and compact center palate with a solid and pointed intensity. Full body, firm and silky tannins and an energetic finish. Complete. Harmonious.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2018, Score: 19+

    They started harvesting in mid-September and then they waited a week and picked the ‘important stuff’ from 25th September until the 2nd October. This was important to get the tannins right in the skins. This is a much fresher, cleaner and less opulent wine than the last two vintages and Guillaume Thienpont describes it as an ‘intellectual’ vintage. The nose is incredibly bright with very direct black cherry notes and some mineral, stony tones, too. The previous few vintages have been later-harvested but this wine retains the freshness. This wine is born of a dry summer and they luckily escaped the frosts by half a degree. Apparently, 300ha in Pomerol were ‘frozen’. Their situation on the dome of Pomerol helped them. According to Alexandre Thienpont, ‘finesse means weak in English’, so he doesn’t use this word about the 2017 vintage. He prefers the word ‘classic’. The perfume is amazing and the silkiness and tenderness is evident. While the wine is not a heavyweight the colour is intense and this is thanks to particularly small berries. The old vines (in both varieties) and accuracy of work in the vineyards helped amazingly. The young vines had decent yields and the second wine is a success, too (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc). Two thirds of the yield went into the Grand Vin. The brightness of fruit is the overriding theme here and there is a gloss and freshness ratio which makes this a vitally compelling wine. ‘Academic’ was the last word I heard when I walked out of the cellar. They must have been talking about me!

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2018, Score: 18.5

    Deepest crimson with black core. Not much aroma at first because the sample is cool. Rich, firm, dark and more savoury than usual, darker-fruited. Great freshness. Has impressive depth without weight. Very fine shape, great refinement even now. Feels like it is coiled tightly for the future. Dark beauty with just a very slight char on the finish and a long graphite aftertaste. Cool nights kept the freshness. (JH) 14.2% Drink 2027-2047

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2018 Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien - 1x300cl

  • Red
  • 2030 - 2047
  • Château Branaire Ducru
  • 1x300cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£185.00 In Bond £234.82 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2019, Score: 94-96

    This superb wine has the potential to be Branaire’s finest wine to date in the 21st century. It really has everything. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep dense opaque colour, full of dark black fruits, with hints of mocha and spice. A wonderfully energetic style, bright and lively, and deliciously sweet. The layer of ripe structured tannins provides additional texture to what is a wonderfully complete wine. Delicious.

  • Neal Martin, March 2021, Score: 93

    The 2018 Branaire-Ducru was picked from September 19 until October 10 at 53hl/ha and is currently being aged in 60% new oak. It has retained the sophisticated bouquet that I found last year, featuring beautifully defined blackberry and cedar and hints of iris flower and rose petals. The palate is well defined with good density and backbone, something that you could argue was missing from Branaire-Ducru in the 1990s and early 2000s. It gently fans out on the finish but never wants to create too much of a commotion – that’s not its style. This indicates a property that is finding a new lease on life. Excellent. Drink 2023-2045

  • Antonio Galloni, May 2019, Score: 93-96

    The 2018 Branaire-Ducru is fabulous. Bright, lifted and impeccably precise, the 2018 is one of the best recent Branaires I can remember tasting. The 2018 is distinguished by its vertical lift, striking aromatic intensity and exceptional balance. Lavender, rose petal, gravel, mint and sweet red/purplish berry fruit are all given an extra kick of textural richness. More than anything else, I was blown away by the wine's density and precision. The 2018 is dazzling. There's not much else to say. Well, except the obvious question, which is why is Branaire not at this level every year? The 2018 is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2019, Score: 92-94

    The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Branaire-Ducru begins just a tad reduced with broody tar, rubber and fried herbs scents giving way to a fragrant core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and blueberry coulis with touches of smoked meats and tobacco. Full-bodied, firm and rugged in the mouth with brawny, muscular fruit and a sturdy frame of grainy tannins, it finishes long and savory.

  • James Suckling, April 2019, Score: 95-96

    This is a fantastic Brainaire with deep and dark fruit, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Lots of raspberries, too. Full-bodied with firm and creamy tannins and a super long finish. We will see if it’s better than 2016, but on its way.

  • Decanter, April 2019, Score: 93

    Branaire-Ducru has managed to produce an exceptionally balanced and refined St-Julien in a year when that was not the easiest task. Depth and complexity is clear, although it's just a little held back right now. The architecture is such that there are walls to scale and depths to plumb, but with less generosity overall. 53hl/ha yield. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2019, Score: 18+

    This is a delicious and silky-smooth Branaire with fondanty fruit notes and a deep, dark core. At no stage does the oak or alcohol interrupt the flow of fruit and the overall impression is of a wine with serious class and definition. Great balance and nice weight make this a very rewarding drop if not quite one of the stellar Châteaux in this vintage. I think it will last for a long time, too, given the quality of tannins on display.

  • Jancis Robinson, November 2021, Score: 16.5

    58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Dark dense purple. Attractive blackberry compote on the nose. Sweet fruit and not all that much tannin. Maybe this could do with just a little more fruit concentration on the mid palate? The finish is a tad scrawny at the moment. Drink 2024 – 2038

  • Wine Spectator, April 2019, Score: 94-97

    This is well-packed, with blueberry, açaí and blackberry fruit flavors and licorice snap and fruitcake notes. Long and refined despite the copious fruit, showing polish and poise through the finish.

  • Julia Harding, April 2019, Score: 16.5

    Black-cherry rim with opaque core. Scented with cassis and ripe damson fruit, quite open on the nose. Lively on the palate too, really fruity, balanced by fine layers of dry but not drying tannins. Oaky, chewy, rich, but smooth on the finish with aromatic fruit through to the finish. Drink 2025-2035

  • LPB, March 2021, Score: 93

    The 2018 Branaire-Ducru has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an upfront, expressive nose of baked black plums, boysenberries and Morello cherries with an undercurrent of dried mint, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate packs a very pleasant fruit wallop, featuring juicy black fruits and a firm, grainy frame, finishing long with lovely purity. 93 points. Drink 2023 - 2043. Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

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2018 Ch Canon 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2025 - 2040
  • Château Canon
  • 6x75cl
  • St emilion, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£465.00 In Bond £577.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £490.00 In Bond £550.00 In Bond £465.00 In Bond £445.00 In Bond £607.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £679.24 Duty Paid inc VAT £553.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, January 2022, Score: 18

    A more red fruited and perfumed style than many in this vintage. Aromas of raspberry and Alpine fruits. A delightful style, so pure, with a lovely clarity of scented fruit, the tannins are fine, but have a granular sensation, very deep and concentrated, but without excess. Totally delightful and one of the stars of the tasting.

  • Goedhuis, April 2019, Score: 96-98

    An absolute beauty expressing the very unique clay limestone terroir of this wonderful property. They have capitalised on the very best aspects of the climatic conditions in 2018. Lovely bright blueberry aromas. This is joyous, exciting and full of energy. This wine embodies total harmony between fruit, alcohol, tannins and freshness. Everything is in complete balance, with no one aspect dominating another. At 42 hl/ha, this is a fine example of where higher yielding vineyards have excelled in the vintage.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2019, Score: 94-97

    The 2018 Canon bristles with energy, tension and explosive, vertical lift. Dark, powerful and full of personality, Canon is magnificent in 2018. Time in the glass brings out a range of dark fruit, mineral, floral and saline notes, but readers will have to be patient in order to enjoy the 2018 at its fullest splendor. Most importantly, I am blown away by how much precision and persistence there is given the wine's concentration and overall richness. The 2018 Canon is magnificent. That's pretty much all there is to it. The blend is 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon. Technical Director Nicolas Audebert added that he and his team left more leaf cover to protect the fruit from the extreme heat and dryness of the summer. Once in the cellar, extractions were done as gently as possible, Audebert explained. Tasted four times.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2019, Score: 97-99

    The 2018 Canon is blended of 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc, with a pH of 3.69 and 14% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it comes sashaying out of the glass with glamorous notes of cinnamon stick, baked blackberries, black cherry compote and licorice plus an undercurrent of plum preserves and smoked meats and, with coaxing, reveals a lovely floral signature of candied violets and red roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully soft-spoken, whispering of fragrant floral and earthy scents beneath a core of profound, mouth-coating black and blue fruits, draped in a high level of super ripe, plush tannins, finishing with amazing freshness and perfume with loads of mineral sparks emerging.

  • James Suckling, April 2019, Score: 98-99

    This is a dense and focused Canon with beautiful blackberry, almond and hazelnut character. Vivid and lifted. It’s compact and complete with tannins that melt into the center palate and then build at the end. Full-bodied yet reserved and driven. A superb and focused wine. Classy all the way. New 1955?

  • Decanter, April 2019, Score: 97

    Pretty closed up right now, this is full of latent energy. It's extremely powerful and precise, with poise and tension but also with generosity and density, yet it errs on the side of not giving much away rather than giving too much. You have to give it time in the glass for those cool blueberry, bilberry and tightly spiced notes to come to the fore. The stunning texture is clear but the aromatics take their time. This is a wine that carries its finesse with great skill, and they have done a brilliant job of allowing this aspect to shine amongst the heat of the vintage, allowing the density to inch deeper with every minute in the glass. This wine just gets better and better, Harvest ran from 7 September to 9 October, the longest ever here, with no pressure of rot. 42hl/ha yield. Thomas Duclos consults. Drinking Window 2027 - 2043

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2019, Score: 18+

    A very detailed Canon with super-ripe fruit but also flashes of greenness and beautiful complexity, too. The oak is under control and the length is minutes long. Concentrated and also quite closed right now, this will open beautifully over 20-30 years and I expect it to gather pace as it goes.

  • Jancis Robinson, November 2021, Score: 17.5

    72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Very deep colour, blacker and less blue than 2019. Intense, savoury nose with masses of intrigue. A big Merlot-dominated wine with lots of initial sweetness but no excess. Really very impressive indeed! And with tannins almost completely hidden. Maybe not quite the most beautiful finish, but otherwise pretty perfect. You really could drink this now. Drink 2021 – 2036

  • Wine Spectator, April 2019, Score: 96-99

    Features a gorgeous core of plum and black currant fruit, deeply inlaid with tobacco notes and chalky minerality. Everything melds wonderfully through the finish, which is refined in feel.

  • Julia Harding, April 2019, Score: 17.5

    Deep purple with bright rim. Lovely Cabernet Franc fragrance of stony/mineral pure black fruit, both restrained in character and yet aromatic. Juicy and fresh on the palate, full of energy and great finesse in the tannins. Dark, refined beauty with a tiny hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Great persistence and cool subtlety. So fresh and juicy, pure and precise. Lightly chalky tannins on the finish, no sign of the alcohol and the tannins have an underlying power. 'Les tannins reactifs', as technical director Nicolas Audebert calls them (I didn't know what he meant either), give a mouth-watering finish. Silky freshness and elegance. Drink 2025-2038

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2018 Chapelle d'Ausone Grand Cru St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2023 - 2037
  • Château Ausone
  • 6x75cl
  • St emilion, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£750.00 In Bond £919.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2019, Score: 93-95

    This high class second wine shows the exceptional quality of the Grand Vin and the overall success of all the wines in the Vauthier stable. A 50:50 blend of Merlot and Cabernets, this is a deep dense dark cherry colour. Very pure fruit aromas of damsons and sloe. The palate is bright and fresh with a hint of crunchy fruit. This has great purity and poise, with no excess of weight.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2019, Score: 91-94

    The 2018 Chapelle d'Ausone is a drop-dead gorgeous second wine. Wonderfully finessed in every way, the 2018 conveys intensity allied to a sense of weightless elegance. Freshly cut flowers, spice and blood orange add freshness, but more than anything else, the Chapelle is a Saint-Émilion that speaks to regal elegance. It is also one of the best wines in its peer group.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2019, Score: 93-95

    The 2018 Chapelle d'Ausone is made of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot was harvested on September 25 and 27, the Cabernet Franc on October 3, 8 and 9, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on October 9. Deep purple-black in color, it is a little reticent to begin, unfurling slowly to reveal notes of Black Forest cake, mincemeat pie, candied violets and Chinese five spice plus waves of charcuterie, black olives, mossy bark and cast iron pan. Full-bodied with a fantastic line of freshness lifting the dense layers, it has a very plush, silt-like texture and a very long, mineral-laced finish.

  • James Suckling, April 2019, Score: 94-95

    This is a very tight and structured second wine with blueberry, spice and light hazelnut character. It’s full of volume, but shows underlying firmness and brightness. Lovely length.

  • Decanter, April 2019, Score: 93

    This is a pretty serious Chapelle - you can tell it's going to age well with its sense of purpose and power, yet it demonstrates notable restraint. It has the most incredible aromatics, with beautiful depth and power, and a silky texture with clear Cabernet influence to the savoury black cherry and liquorice. There's no hiding how ripe those tannins are. 37hl/ha yields, relatively normal for Ausone despite mildew pressure that was the worst Alain Vauthier had seen in 45 years. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2019, Score: 17.5++

    One of the grandest second wines of the vintage, this is built for the long haul and it is majestic and very long. The oak is massive, but the fruit can cope with this impact and the finish is heroic, too. Closed and unyielding on the palate, this is a wine for long term ageing.

  • Julia Harding, April 2019, Score: 16.5+

    Black core, purple rim. Intense, dark fruited and expressive on the nose. There's the lovely pencil-shavings character of Cabernet Franc and the generosity of Merlot. Very ripe cassis but not overripe. Deep and full in the mouth, slightly sweet and sour at the moment, needing time to mesh. Juicy freshness on the finish and smooth, deep tannin texture. Chewy and juicy on the finish. Drink 2024-2030

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2018 Ch Certan de May Pomerol - 6x75cl

  • Red
  • 2024 - 2038
  • Château Certan de May
  • 6x75cl
  • Pomerol, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£520.00 In Bond £643.24 Duty Paid inc VAT
  • Goedhuis, April 2019, Score: 93-95

    Bright blueberry aromas, this is a very harmonious wine, with a light sweetness of fruit and charismatic freshness. Hints of arabica coffee bean and fresh vanilla. Masses of appeal and very rewarding.

  • Antonio Galloni, May 2019, Score: 90-93

    The 2018 Certan de May is a potent, brooding wine. Elevated ripeness and big tannins are two of the signatures in this decidedly ample, potent Pomerol. It will be interesting to see where élevage takes the 2018. Today, my impression is that Certan de May is one of the more pushed Pomerols of the vintage. Time will tell.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2019, Score: 93-95

    The 2018 Certan de May is composed of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of red cherry compote, redcurrant jelly and black raspberries with nuances of potpourri, fallen leaves, tapenade and cinnamon toast plus a waft of cigar box. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a wonderfully plush texture and seamless freshness supporting the generous fruit, finishing long with a spicy kick.

  • James Suckling, April 2019, Score: 95-96

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  • Decanter, April 2019, Score: 94

    This is serious and very good quality, less seductive than some Pomerols, focusing instead on elegance and gentle spice but it has pretty high floral aromatics – more than on many, with the Cabernet Franc already clearly playing its role. It’s definitely one to age. There are clay and deep gravels at this lovely estate located directly opposite Vieux Château Certan. The new winery should be ready for the 2019 vintage. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2019, Score: 17.5+

    The perfume on this wine is superb, parading red fruit and spice and the palate is bright and sonorous, too. The tannins are firm and defensive and this is to be expected. There is a fairly large whack of oak here and the palate is somewhat dry on the finish, but this is a successful vintage for Certan de May.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2019, Score: 93-96

    Offers a nice display of fruit, with cassis, boysenberry and plum flavors all wrapped together. The ample structure is polished and integrated. Anise details flash on the finish. Well-built.

  • Julia Harding, April 2019, Score: 16.5+

    Deep crimson. Intense pure sweet and sour cherries on the nose, amazing fruit intensity and openness on the nose, with a slight charry dark-fruited overlay. Fresh and silky on the palate, finely textured, lithe and surprisingly juicy on the finish. Drink 2023-2032

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2018 Clos du Marquis St Julien - 12x75cl

  • Red
  • 2025 - 2038
  • Clos du Marquis
  • 12x75cl
  • St julien, Red Bordeaux
  • Available Now
Pricing
£536.47 Duty Paid inc VAT £415.00 In Bond