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Red 2016 16 cases Château Meyney 75cl £260 per case of 12 IB
Intense cassis on the nose and palate and softening to plums on the palate. Won... Read more
Intense cassis on the nose and palate and softening to plums on the palate. Wonderful, rich fruit entry, full-bodied and powerful. Grippy tannins, thick texture and a long sweet finish. If neighbour Montrose is too expensive one could do a lot worse than a case of 2016 Meyney! RKL "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. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, erobertparker.com "Solid and incredible depth reminds me of the Meyneys of the 1960s that were so structured and incredible. Full-bodied yet polished and refined. Super structure. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 1 case Château Montrose 75cl £1,600 per case of 12 IB
Red 2016 1 case Château Mouton Rothschild 75cl £5,600 per case of 12 IB
Red 2016 1 case Château Pape Clement 75cl £795 per case of 12 IB
Rich nose, lots of cassis, plum and quite meaty. Creamily textured, ripe fine ta... Read more
Rich nose, lots of cassis, plum and quite meaty. Creamily textured, ripe fine tannins encircling lots of plum and cherry fruit. Crisp acidity, beautifully balanced and great structure. Elegant and velvety smooth on the finish, very long – superb. RKL "The 2016 Pape Clement is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon this year, picked from 30 September until 19 October at 48 hectoliters per hectare. The first bottle that I tasted with Bernard Magrez and his team felt a little overdone, but I had a strong suspicion that it was not a representative bottle. A second bottle was more restrained on the nose with blackberries, red plum, a touch of cloves and a light iodine influence. I love the delineation and detail here. The palate is medium-bodied with a graphite-infused entry, plenty of black fruit, saline in the mouth with great depth and cohesion on the long and tender finish. It continues Pape-Clement/Bernard Magrez' move towards a more classic style compared to the previous decade. Tasted four times, once as I mentioned, unnecessarily richer in style, but the other three consistent. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "This is phenomenal with a density and finesse that are hard to remember for this wine. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Seamless texture and salty undertones. Goes on for minutes. Truly great. What a barrel sample. 97-98 points" JamesSuckling.com Close
Red 2016 4 cases Château Pédesclaux 75cl £395 per case of 12 IB
"The 2016 Pedesclaux is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit ... Read more
"The 2016 Pedesclaux is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, picked between 29 September and 18 October, matured in 60% new oak. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of iodine and graphite. I like the subtle nature of this Pedesclaux, the brooding intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp and fresh, a gorgeous salinity and a long and persistent, lightly spiced finish. This leaves the 2015 Pedesclaux far behind. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "This is very tight and focused with a precise, almost percing depth. Full body, ultra-refined and a long finish. Fantastic length. Great elegance here with power. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 1 case Château Pédesclaux Magnum £410 per case of 6 IB
"The 2016 Pedesclaux is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit ... Read more
"The 2016 Pedesclaux is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, picked between 29 September and 18 October, matured in 60% new oak. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of iodine and graphite. I like the subtle nature of this Pedesclaux, the brooding intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, crisp and fresh, a gorgeous salinity and a long and persistent, lightly spiced finish. This leaves the 2015 Pedesclaux far behind. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "This is very tight and focused with a precise, almost percing depth. Full body, ultra-refined and a long finish. Fantastic length. Great elegance here with power. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 8 cases Château Phelan Ségur 75cl £395 per case of 12 IB
Red 2016 5 cases Château Pontet Canet 75cl £1,250 per case of 12 IB
Enticing nose of cocoa, violets, vanilla beans and green asparagus – stunning! A... Read more
Enticing nose of cocoa, violets, vanilla beans and green asparagus – stunning! A rush of fruit on entry, cassis and fruit pastilles, very concentrated. Fine tannins reign it in however and grip momentarily before releasing and allowing more black fruits to emerge. Really ‘fresh’ and a little tangy orange mid-palate. Again a more restrained, classic style in 2016, very elegant, great concentration and the showiness of previous vintages. Long on the finish and delicious with menthol, cedar and a little sandalwood. RKL "Very dark crimson. More savoury and sumptuous than many of its neighbours. Blackberry compote and very round and rich and satiny. Very round. Almost too sweet but that is to complain needlessly. Already rich and enjoyable but masses of tannins too. Long and throbbing. Excellent with freshness and cleanliness and round. Pretty sweet though so it's a definite style. Drink 2024-2050 18 points" jancisrobinson.com "The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years. 95-97 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com "The 2016 Pontet-Canet has been absolutely brilliant on the three occasions I’ve tasted it so far. Exotically ripe, powerful and voluptuous, it brings together the richness of the 2009 with the structure of the 2010. There aren't too many other 2016s where that is the case, but it is undoubtedly true here. The 2016 is a spectacular wine by any measure, while Pontet-Canet confirms its rarefied place as a true original in Bordeaux. Technical director Jean-Michel Comme added that Cabernet Sauvignon plays a slightly lesser role in the blend because the berries had less juice than normal at harvest. Comme also bumped up the new oak slightly, to 55 percent. The rest of the wine was aged in neutral oak (10 percent) and amphora (35 percent). In a word: Superb. Tasted three times. 96-99 points" vinous.com (AG) "Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now! 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2016 2 cases Château Rauzan Ségla 75cl £780 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

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