Author: Charlie Whittington

Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien | £1,050 per 6 IB | “Yeah, it’s good” 98-100 points, Neal Martin

June 12th 2017

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It is easy to over-eulogise in extremely fine vintages such as this one. But as we reach the zenith of the 2016 campaign there is one wine that fully deserves every glowing adjective in the book; a wine that encompasses all of the finest points of 2016, that ticks every box and flirts with perfection – Château Léoville Las Cases.

Ch Gazin Pomerol 2016 | £720 per 12 IB | A beauty 94-96 points

May 24th 2017

Bottles-no-vintage-blog

Chateau Gazin, one of Pomerol’s superstar properties, have released a superlative 2016 today at £720 per 12 IB. Versus it’s illustrious next door neighbours Chateaux Petrus and Lafleur, located on precisely the same terroir, this perfectly positioned 26 hectare property offers unbelievable value by way of comparison. In 2016 Gazin has exploited all of the finest points of the appellation’s success to create a wine which has received phenomenal praise from all of the major critics.

Clos du Marquis St Julien 2016 | £470 per 12 IB | “perhaps one of the most powerful that I came across in Saint Julien” 93-95 points NM

May 17th 2017

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This morning, Domaines Delon, owners of St Julien ‘2nd growth’, Ch Leoville Las Cases, have released an exceptional Clos du Marquis 2016. In our minds, this is potentially the most majestic Clos du Marquis produced to date and one that confirms its place amongst the elite wines of St Julien. It is hard to imagine how the 2015 could be improved on but the Delons have achieved this. The 2016 simply has it all.

Ch Batailley 5ème Cru Pauillac 2016 | £414 per 12 IB Classically Pauillac, ‘This is a buy, for sure’

May 5th 2017

Batailley-withoutvintage

The 5th growth Pauillac, Chateau Batailley, has produced a superlative wine in 2016 to follow on from their blockbuster 2015. Following the announcement that Pauillac’s other outstanding estate in this price category and another favourite of ours, Ch Haut Batailley, will not be released en primeur following its purchase by the Cazes family (of Ch Lynch Bages), this is the appellation’s most significant release at this level.

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