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Red 2016 1 case Château Rauzan Ségla 75cl £450 per case of 6 IB
Red 2016 3 cases Château Rauzan Ségla 75cl £895 per case of 12 IB
Beautiful colour and roses on the nose. Very supple, silky smooth palate of ripe... Read more
Beautiful colour and roses on the nose. Very supple, silky smooth palate of ripe black fruits and fresh acidity. Long, refreshing, clean, mouth-watering finish. Fresh and classic. More typically-Margaux-like than the 2015. RKL "The 2016 Rauzan-Ségla is a more-than-worthy follow-up to the stellar 2015. The flavors are dark and boldly sketched, with stunning intensity to fill out the wine's vertical, soaring frame. A deep, complex wine, the 2016 Rauzan-Ségla is built to deliver pleasure for many decades to come. This is stunning, multi-dimensional wine of the highest level. Wow! Tasted four times. 94-97 points" vinous.com (AG) "The 2016 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot picked between 20 September and 15 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is being aged in 60% new oak for 18 months. It has 13.2% alcohol. It has a very powerful and intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, kirsch, cedar and a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of fruit concentration: layers of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, segueing into what feels like a very spicy and peppery second half that seems to calm down and attain more nuance with aeration in the glass. It is a wonderful follow-up to the 2015 last year, although not quite with the same audacity and bravado. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "A solid red with currant and blackberry character. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows richness and excitement. Juicy and sexy undertone to this. 96-97 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 5 cases Château Saint Pierre 75cl £560 per case of 12 IB
Red 2016 13 cases Château Saintayme 75cl £125 per case of 12 IB
Red 2016 3 cases Château Saintayme Magnum £140 per case of 6 IB
Red 2016 50 cases Château Sénéjac 75cl £120 per case of 12 IB
Under the same ownership as Château Talbot. Structure and elegance are immediate... Read more
Under the same ownership as Château Talbot. Structure and elegance are immediately apparent here, with bright acidity and ripe tannins. With a little time in the glass an impressive depth of fruit becomes evident – both black and red fruits, cassis and strawberry with some herbal and capsicum notes adding complexity. Exciting to see this develop over the next few years. Drink 2023-2033. RKL "From the Bignon-Cordier family, this is a sleek, sexy Médoc with good chewy tannins and a lovely rich texture to the blackberry fruit. It has a serious edge, showing some menthol notes on the finish and a feeling of freshness that accompanies the entire experience beginning to end. Good persistency. A successful vintage here. Drinking Window 2023-2040. 91 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "The 2016 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet with floral-tinged red and black fruit—strawberry pastilles and just a touch of bay leaf, nicely defined and gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, very harmonious with assiduous use of new oak. This is a very stylish Haut-Médoc, one of the best that I have tasted in many years. This comes highly recommended. Drink 2022-2042. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, Robert.Parker.com "Dense and layered with blueberry and chocolate character. Medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Racy and refined already. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 2 cases Château Siran 75cl £250 per case of 12 IB
"Dark purple. Some excitement and risk on the nose here. Nicely Margaux but pret... Read more
"Dark purple. Some excitement and risk on the nose here. Nicely Margaux but pretty intense. Sweet start but enough freshness. Not the most concentrated but nicely judged. Drink 2023-2040. 17- points" jancisrobinson.com "...The nose, for want of a better word, is very charming. No, not powerful nor is it flamboyant, yet the aromas are nicely focused and it has a disarming sense of purity: blackberry, bilberry and just a very faint hint of liquorice. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, good grip in the mouth and fine purity. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015 Siran and tasting the two side by side, this is one of the very few occasions in the appellation where I think it might surpass it. Edouard Miailhe has radically improved Siran in recent years (see last year's report) and this is certainly one to watch. Drink 2022-45. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "This is a great follow-up to the 2015! Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. Solid core of ripe fruit and intense tannins. A triumph... again. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 2 cases Château Smith Haut Lafitte 75cl £895 per case of 12 IB
Very concentrated nose of cassis, plums, black cherries and really quite savoury... Read more
Very concentrated nose of cassis, plums, black cherries and really quite savoury, meaty notes and iodine. Cassis on the palate, masses of fine, ripe delicately textured tannins and fresh acidity tying it all together. Powerful yet well behaved, very precise and composed. Excellent. RKL "Blackish crimson. Nose that manages to combine flesh and ripeness with freshness. Some restraint here and some very natural flavours. A quiet king. Great appetising wine with the ripeness of the vintage. Very classy. Drink 2024-2042 17.5 points" jancisrobinson.com "Seductively fleshy and creamy in feel, with alluring dark plum and fig notes laced with singed bay, black tea and dark earth hints. The broad finish has the grip and cut for definition. A beautiful wine in the making. 95-98 points" winespectator.com "The 2016 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was picked between 29 September and 19 October at 35 hectoliters per hectare. It is being matured in 60% new oak for a total of 18 months. "We have never been so proud of our Cabernet Sauvignon," winemaker Fabien Tietgen told me. Now, this has a much subtler bouquet than recent vintages, you could argue, more intellectual than the 2015 Smith-Haut-Lafitte. First there are aromas of blackberry, briary and just a hint of iodine, then underneath that, marine-like aromas such as freshly shucked oyster shells, pressed flowers and a touch of brown spice. There is wonderful delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of tightly-wound black fruit, intermingling with smoke, black pepper, spice box and a touch of bay leaf. This is an extremely precise Smith-Haut-Lafitte, certainly a cerebral 2016 that might well be approachable young, yet will certainly age in consummate style. The château's own tasting note reads "What more could one possibly want from a wine?" The answer to that is: "Another bottle." 96-98 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "Wow. This is incredibly rich and exotic. Full-bodied, so deep and long. It lasts for minutes. Perfectly polished tannins evidence how texturally focused and supple this is. Decadent and enticing. From organically grown grapes. Super quality of cabernet is on show here. We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. 97-98 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 20 cases Château Sociando Mallet 75cl £315 per case of 12 IB
Red 2016 9 cases La Dame de Montrose 75cl £315 per case of 12 IB
More Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon this year (usually the other way round) and ... Read more
More Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon this year (usually the other way round) and a lot more Petit Verdot. Fragrant and beautifully elegant on the nose with lovely concentrated cassis. Fresh acidity and very fine, integrated tannins with lovely dark, sweet fruit. This is deliciously approachable already so should be a very tasty early-drinker. RKL "52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. This has absorbed all the Petit Verdot in 2016. Exceptionally deep blackish crimson. Not especially expressive on the nose but really deep and intense on the palate. Very dense for a second wine but with a good raciness and energy. Rather elegant and flattering without resorting to sweetness. Quite cool on the end. Lighter and less dense than the grand vin. Drink 2024-2039. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com "… It is often a difficult Deuxième Vin to taste en primeur, and it often meliorates considerably during its élevage. Here, the aromatics took some time to coalesce in the glass: blackberry, graphite and a noticeable oyster shell aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth, grainy in texture with very fine balance towards the finish where the quality of the vintage showed through. Doubtless those aromatics will improve and gain harmony by the time it is in bottle, and indeed, when I returned for a second visit I discerned a little more finesse and prettiness on the finish. This is a delightful La Dame. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "The 2016 La Dame de Montrose is plump, juicy and seductive from the very first taste. Bright floral notes give the wine lovely aromatic expansiveness. Sweet red cherry, plum, pomegranate and sweet spice notes are all pushed forward. In many vintages, La Dame is a smaller-scale version of the Grand Vin, but in 2016 it is almost unusually polished and sensual, an impression that is enhanced by voluptuous, almost opulent fruit and ripe, silky tannins. In 2016, La Dame is also dominated by Merlot, which no doubt contributes to its personality. 89-92 points" vinous.com (AG) "A linear and fine rendition of Montrose’s second wine with blueberry and blackberry character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Structured. Racy. 91-92 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 3 cases La Dame de Montrose Magnum £330 per case of 6 IB
Red 2016 2 cases La Petite Eglise 75cl £360 per case of 12 IB
Mint tea, sweet peas and some violets on the nose – very fragrant. Ripe concentr... Read more
Mint tea, sweet peas and some violets on the nose – very fragrant. Ripe concentration of fruit, sweet strawberries, vanilla, some sherbert and cereal on the palate, really delicious, quite long, excellent. RKL “The 2015 La Petite Eglise is pure Merlot picked on 24 September at 41 hl/ha and matured in 45% new oak. It has a vivacious, precocious bouquet for a deuxième vin, kirsch and raspberry coulis, a touch of orange blossom. It is not an exotic bouquet, but it knows how to have fun. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, good depth in the mouth, perhaps just a little pinched on the finish at the moment, but it will have its fingers pried open by the end of its élevage. As such, give this a couple of years in bottle before broaching. 90-92 points” Neal Martin, erobertparker.com “A gorgeous second wine, the 2015 La Petite Eglise exudes raciness. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, hard candy, blood orange, rose petal and mint give the Petite Eglise an exotic edge that is compelling. There is a level of Pinot-like sweetness and overall purity here that is impossible to miss. This sensual 100% Merlot will give readers immense pleasure over the next decade or so. This fruit was brought in on September 24. 90-93 points” Antonio Galloni, vinous.com Close
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 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 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

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