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Red 2017 Château Angelus 75cl £3,360 per case of 12 IB
Red 2017 Château Ausone 75cl £1,400 per case of 3 IB
Red 2017 Château Ausone 75cl £2,800 per case of 6 IB
Red 2017 Château Beychevelle 75cl £650 per case of 12 IB
Wonderfully rich and powerful on the nose, the entry follows through with a mout... Read more
Wonderfully rich and powerful on the nose, the entry follows through with a mouthful of ripe fruit, balanced tannins and acidity and superb length of finish. Against its peers this is certainly one of the finest wines of the vintage. RKL "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. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com "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. 92-95 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Close
Red 2017 Château Brane Cantenac 75cl £575 per case of 12 IB
"The 2017 Brane-Cantenac was picked from 14 September to 2 October at 31.2hl/ha ... Read more
"The 2017 Brane-Cantenac was picked from 14 September to 2 October at 31.2hl/ha after frost destroyed 35% of the vines in April. It is matured in 75% new oak and 25% one-year old and it has 13% alcohol. It has a tightly wound bouquet with broody black fruit, tar and a touch of graphite, very Pauillac in style as usual. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very linear and precise, not a deep Margaux and unashamedly classic in style with dry, slightly brusque tannin. The finish is dominated by tobacco and pencil lead notes with healthy pinch of pepper on the aftertaste. Classic Brane-Cantenac through and through. Tasted on three occasions. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "Dark currant, berry and fresh herb character. Full-bodied, juicy and flavorful. Very structured. Solid finish and length. Better than 2014? 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com "A lovely wine that sits extremely prettily though the palate, with a seductive expression of florality and blackberry fruits. It's not as powerful as the past two years, but is skilfully worked with soft grilled oak notes. It doesn't sacrifice the excellent quality that this estate has been producing. Drinking Window 2025-2038. 93 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine Close
Red 2017 Château Calon Ségur 75cl £750 per case of 12 IB
Red 2017 Château Canon 75cl £810 per case of 12 IB
Intense, dark fruit on the nose, cool and so good. Gorgeous, succulent entry wit... Read more
Intense, dark fruit on the nose, cool and so good. Gorgeous, succulent entry with layers of sweet, dark fruit and chocolate. Beautifully fresh and balanced with wonderful finesse and length. Classic and elegant. RKL "The 2017 Canon was picked 4 to 21 September and 22 to 27 September for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc at 42hl/ha and matured in 56% new oak. There is 14.0° alcohol this year and the pH comes in at 3.66. This takes a little time to open, eventually revealing blackberry, briary, crushed stone and light iris scents. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and good backbone. Strangely, it reminds me a little of modern-day Figeac, that Cabernet component smaller here but very expressive with touches of graphite and flint towards the linear but beguilingly fresh finish. I like the manner in which the limestone shines through the wine here, something noticeable in recent vintages. Whilst not the sensational 2015 or 2016, it is a damn fine Saint-Émilion that will settle at the top of my banded score. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, vinous.com "This is very focused and fresh with limestone and crushed-stone character. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a salty finish. Shows lots of minerality already. Umami licorice undertones. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com "A rich, explosive wine, the 2017 Canon exudes class from the very first taste. Huge aromatics resonate through to the palate, where the wine is deep, fleshy and beautifully layered. Effortless and gracious, Canon is a wine of real pedigree. I don't think the 2017 will reach the dizzying heights of the 2015 or 2016, but it will be interesting to see how close it gets. 93-96 points" Antonio Galloni, vinous.com "The deep purple-black colored 2017 Canon offers-up intense notes of crushed blackberries, black cherries and warm cassis with touches of fertile loam, yeast extract, beef drippings and iron ore plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with great freshness and firm, rounded tannins, it's very earthy in the mouth, finishing long and mineral-laced. A very serious wine, it is also fun, bright and vivacious and should age impressively. 94-96 points" Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2017 Château Clerc Milon 75cl £620 per case of 12 IB
Super richness and concentration on the nose; linear, elegant and fresh in the m... Read more
Super richness and concentration on the nose; linear, elegant and fresh in the mouth with wonderful depth, creaminess and fine, black fuit flavours. With ripe, firm tannins this is going to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. RKL "Tight and compacted with chewy tannins and showing hot-stone, blackberry and blueberry character. Full body and a driven finish. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com "It's immediately obvious from both colour and first nose that this has a wonderful richness to it, offering powerful cherry pit, graphite and dark chocolate notes but without being overly sweet. A serious wine that is delivering on its potential, vintage after vintage. The Cab Franc vines are on limestone and clay here, and reached perfect ripeness. Overall there is a higher percentage of both Cabernets than usual in the blend. 9% press wine. 50% new oak. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, the 2017 Clerc Milon is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed red and black currants, wild blueberries and black pepper with touches of cigar box, violets, underbrush and menthol. Medium-bodied and with a very firm structure of wonderfully ripe, pixelated tannins and exhilarating freshness, it finishes long with notes of pebbles and floral perfume. 93-95 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2017 Château Clinet 75cl £680 per case of 12 IB
"The 2017 Clinet was picked from 19 to 26 September for the Merlot and on 29 Sep... Read more
"The 2017 Clinet was picked from 19 to 26 September for the Merlot and on 29 September for the Cabernets at 35hl/ha. It is matured in 72% new oak and the remainder one year old. The alcohol is 13.1° compared to say 14.4° for 2016. It has a perfumed bouquet with mainly red berry fruit, top notes of loam and a touch of violet. It is certainly well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well delineated, and saline in the mouth. It is quite open towards the finish, perhaps with less grip than other Pomerols that I have tasted, but it is undeniably elegant and well balanced with a hint of cured meat cropping up on the aftertaste. Classic Clinet! 92-94 points" Neal Martin, vinous.com Close
Red 2017 Château Cos d'Estournel 75cl £1,295 per case of 12 IB
Super intensity on the nose with real depth. Lovely fresh entry - beautiful in t... Read more
Super intensity on the nose with real depth. Lovely fresh entry - beautiful in the mouth with lovely ripeness and lots of crunchy tannin. 2016 was a very hard act to follow but this is a magnificent effort. Certainly one of the wines of the vintage. RKL "The 2017 Cos d’Estournel is matured in 60% new oak and comprises 13% alcohol, approximately the same as the 2016. It has a more expressive and welcoming bouquet than usual, maybe more indicative of how this wine will mature in bottle, less opaque than the 2016. A common theme throughout the range from Cos d’Estournel is a Pauillac-inspired backbone/tannic structure coupled with an attractive scent wafting over from the estuary...think mudflats, oyster shells and the tang of sea spray. It gains a little intensity with aeration but never fully lets go. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannin, rendering this one of the most approachable barrel samples from the estate in recent years. The coolness of the latter part of the season defines this Saint-Estèphe more than the precocity of June: streamlined, cool and linear with a velvety finish that feels sleek, to the point of being understated, though that belies its length and focus. This is simply a very classy wine in the making and typical of the more recent sophisticated style pursued by the property in recent years. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, vinous.com "Love tasting this wine. You almost want to drink it for its harmony and balance. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the finish. 97-98 points" jamessuckling.com "The final blend of the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries with touches of incense, spice cake, star anise and plum preserves plus a perfumed hint of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm yet wonderfully ripe, "sweet", fine-grained tannins at just 13% alcohol—something of a miracle in our modern times. The palate sports fantastic freshness and tons of energy emitted from the intensely perfumed black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lingering mineral note. Truly profound. 97-100 points" Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2017 Château d'Armailhac 75cl £380 per case of 12 IB
"The 2017 d’Armailhac has an opulent bouquet despite this comprising one of the ... Read more
"The 2017 d’Armailhac has an opulent bouquet despite this comprising one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon ever, which Philippe Dhalluin attributes to the maturity of the berries. There is some lovely cassis and blueberry fruit here with a smear of vanilla. The palate is structured with fine tannin, here the Cabernets are much more expressive with a fine bead of acidity, an attractive pencil lead tincture coming through towards the finish. This is a more floral d’Armailhac that will drink well for the next decades. [Readers should note that my sample included 60% new oak although the final blend will be 40%.] Tasted three times with consistent notes. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "Opulent and powerful for d’Armailhac with blackcurrants, blackberries and black olives. Full-bodied, tannic and extremely muscular. Very well done indeed. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2017 Château Ducru Beaucaillou 75cl £1,480 per case of 12 IB
Wow! What a glorious entry - a profusion of pure Cab Sauv cassis fruit, wonderfu... Read more
Wow! What a glorious entry - a profusion of pure Cab Sauv cassis fruit, wonderful balance and such freshness..! Beautifully integrated tannins, great finesse and a very long finish. IF this is second only to Leoville Las Cases in St Julien, it's by a hairs breadth...RKL "The 2017 Ducru Beaucaillou was picked from 18 to 23 September for the Merlot, and from 25 to 30 September for the Cabernets. It is matured in 100% new oak over 18 months. It offers copious black fruit, violets, bay leaf and Asian spice notes on the nose that gathers momentum in the glass after a deceptively understated opening. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, the oak nicely integrated, not quite as harmonious as the 2016 but then again, few 2017s are. There is a rigid structure to this Ducru Beaucaillou underneath the carapace of ripe black fruit with touches of tobacco and spice lingering on the aftertaste. It is probably going to require more cellar age than many of its peers but it will be worth the wait. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "The 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is distinctly sleek and polished, with a real air of sensuality. Finessed and racy to the core, the 2017 is all about elegance rather than the power that informed both the 2015 and 2016. Red-toned fruit, plush texture and silky tannins all contribute to the wine's restrained feel. A host of floral notes add brightness as the wine opens up in the glass. There is so much to like in the 2017. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. 93-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "A little less intense and concentrated than the 2016, this focusses more on rich, smoky, finessed aromatics. The overall feel is gourmet and well textured, with some welcoming rich spice. A serious contender for the top St Julien in 2017, this has wonderfully fleshy blackberry fruits, a screech of graphite adding some mineral overtones, and a great dash of grilled oak. 7,500 cases of Ducru this year instead of 10,000 - they weren't affected by frost, but the Cabernets were just less generous this year, down to around 30hl/ha. This is accomplished winemaking, with great energy and poise. 100% new oak. 3.79pH. Drinking Window 2027-2040. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "There was no frost at Ducru-Beaucaillou in 2017 due to its proximity to the estuary. This barrel sample comes from the final blend, which was made in early 2018. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is intensely scented of blackcurrant cordial, blackberries and lavender with hints of crushed rocks, iron ore, rose hips and Provence herbs plus touches of wood smoke and sandalwood. Medium-bodied, very firm and grainy in the mouth, it possesses lovely freshness, lifting the intense flavors, finishing long and minerally. Sporting an incredible core of muscular mid-palate fruit, this wine should age incredibly. 95-97+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com “Holy.... This is so powerful and dense with amazing depth of fruit and beautifully ripe tannins tannins. Full body, layers of fruit and tannins. It’s has a long finish but then kicks off at the end. Remains classic in style. 97-98 points” jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2017 Château Duhart Milon 75cl £560 per case of 12 IB
"The 2017 Duhart-Milon has a crisp, pencil lead scented bouquet, introverted at ... Read more
"The 2017 Duhart-Milon has a crisp, pencil lead scented bouquet, introverted at first, a little conservative with smoke and freshly rolled tobacco. It is classic Duhart-Milon really. The palate is medium-bodied with a sharp, pointed entry. This is already quite austere and saline in the mouth, just a little toughness towards the finish that should soften by the end of the élevage. There is something almost standoffish about this Pauillac, a noticeable bell pepper tang developing towards the finish that lingers after the wine has departed. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 89-91 points" Neal Martin, vinous.com Close
Red 2017 Château Enclos Tourmaline 75cl £265 per case of 3 IB
Red 2017 Château Enclos Tourmaline 75cl £1,060 per case of 12 IB
“This is very structured and dense with ripe tannins and an encompassing mouthfe... Read more
“This is very structured and dense with ripe tannins and an encompassing mouthfeel for the vintage. Full-bodied, layered and rich. Beautiful fruit and intensity. Only 2,500 bottles made. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2017 Château Figeac 75cl £1,475 per case of 12 IB
A beautiful, elegant Figeac, silky ripe integrated tannins, intense red fruit fl... Read more
A beautiful, elegant Figeac, silky ripe integrated tannins, intense red fruit flavours and so totally in balance you could very happily drink it now. Modern and precisely made but missing nothing of the character of the property and the terroir. A huge success. RKL "The 2017 Figeac was picked from 7 September to 3 October at 22hl/ha (average across frosted and non-frosted parcels) with 13.5° alcohol. It has a deep purple hue. The bouquet is very well defined, quite strict at first with well-behaved blackberry, raspberry, pressed rose petals and just a touch of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine backbone, fresh in the mouth with a sense of energy, quite precise and linear with a pinch of spice towards the finish, a little graphite lingering on the aftertaste. This is unapologetically classic in style and whilst it might be over-shadowed by the sensational 2015 and 2016 Figeac, this is an impressive follow-up to that might pair that has really put Figeac back on the map. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "Deep cherry red with lots of purple. Lifted and fragrant. Finely and intensely scented. This is very fine: pure and precise, some red fruit on the palate. Succulent, juicy, scented on the palate too. Silky, charming, mouth-watering. So succulent, so precise, unforced. 18.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH) "The 2017 Figeac is magnificent. Beautifully layered and exquisite in the glass, the 2017 possesses remarkable balance and harmony from the very first taste. An utterly beguiling, captivating wine, the 2017 simply has it all. Bright, red-toned fruit, mint, spice, lavender and rose petal overtones flesh out in the glass, but above all else, Figeac is a wine of total harmony. The Grand Vin includes 10% second generation fruit. Even so, production is down around 50%. 94-97 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Close
Red 2017 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 75cl £645 per case of 12 IB
Classic GPL cassis intensity on the nose followd by a broad and rich palate. Tan... Read more
Classic GPL cassis intensity on the nose followd by a broad and rich palate. Tannins nicely balanced, very classic and long. A delicious, medium-weight Grand Puy Lacoste that should drink well relatively early. RKL "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. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, vinous.com "Very pretty and focused with a tight and refined palate of juicy tannins and a savory finish. Elegant. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com "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. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter.com Close
Red 2017 Château Haut Bailly 75cl £880 per case of 12 IB
This is a beauty, such purity and elegance. Beautiful blueberry fruit entry with... Read more
This is a beauty, such purity and elegance. Beautiful blueberry fruit entry with tannins and acidity evident but so well-balanced. Medium-bodied, long and elegant, so classy. RKL "This reminds me of 2001 more than most wines I've tasted, and perhaps it's no surprise that a vintage that required a skilful touch and a belief in the power of elegance should do well at Haut-Bailly. It's hugely pure and restrained, with great aromatics and extremely well placed bilberry, cassis and mulberry fruits. The tannins are fine and poised, set against cigar box with touches of charcoal and slate. They build through the palate, but remain slightly austere on the finish, with a bounce to them that suggests they are going to age beautifully. They kept the vineyard team for three weeks in July, because the vines kept throwing out green shoots after the June rains. Harvested 13-29 September, the vines were around two weeks ahead all the way through the season. The yield was 28hl/ha overall, but only 2hl/ha on the frosted parts, compared to 40hl/ha for the unaffected areas, 50% of production going into the grand vin. Malo was finished by the end of November, but the vats are still separated and there will be final blend in May 2018 (which is what they always do). 4% of Cabernet Franc finishes the blend given below. Drinking Window 2026-2042. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "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. 93-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "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. 94-96 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2017 Château Haut Batailley 75cl £495 per case of 12 IB
The traditionally ‘under-stated’ character of Haut Batailley seems to have gone ... Read more
The traditionally ‘under-stated’ character of Haut Batailley seems to have gone with the change of ownership and the 2017 is much more in keeping with the style of Lynch Bages itself. The nose is tight yet concentrated with a wonderful intensity that becomes evident with time in the glass. Super freshness and dark-fruit purity in the mouth with power, persistence and excellent length. A little new oak is showing but the wine is well-balanced and very elegant. What a start for the new regime! RKL “This is very structured and serious. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful. Boom. This is one of the best Haut-Batailleys in years. From the new owners, who also own Lynch-Bages. 94-95 points” jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2017 Château Haut Brion 75cl £3,950 per case of 12 IB
Wonderful concentration on the nose with good richness and more obvious power th... Read more
Wonderful concentration on the nose with good richness and more obvious power than La Mission. Intense fruit through the mid-palate, well-structured and long. Waves of dark fruit and coffee notes keep coming on the finish. A very fine Haut Brion. RKL "The 2017 Haut-Brion was picked from 31 August to 29 September, the longest harvest ever, matured in 69% new oak with 14.25% alcohol (lower than recent vintages.) It has a more generous bouquet than the La Mission Haut-Brion at this point: black cherries, blueberry, a little confit fruit, hints of warm gravel and clove. It is much more restrained than the previous vintages – cooler and linear. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, nicely structured with more grip in the mouth than the La Mission. What it has in common with the aforementioned is a sense of symmetry. It feels very persistent with a light marine/oyster shell influence on the finish. This probably has the edge over the La Mission Haut-Brion at the moment, but intra-family competitiveness aside, it boils down to a great follow-up to the brilliant 2015 and 2016. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "A tight and focused red with dark-berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a linear and fine finish. Very refined. Elegant and balanced. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com "Composed of 53% Merlot, 40.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.3% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2017 Haut-Brion is a little closed on the nose, revealing fresh blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate with suggestions of pencil shavings, beef drippings, tilled soil and cracked black pepper plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it has very firm, ripe, grainy tannins and a lively backbone structuring the tightly knit earth and black fruit layers, finishing with compelling mineral and perfumed layers. 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "A hugely captivating wine, one of the contenders for red of the vintage. There's an incredible plush, dense texture to the fruit here, with just the slightest pulling back on the final section that suggests the damson, cassis and black cherry fruit is not at the full extent of ripeness seen in 2016 and 2015, but there is absolutely no question that this is a successful, rich and well-expressed wine. It's extremely powerful and well constructed, with great tannins and a succulence which grows through the palate. 3.73pH. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine Close

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