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Ch Lagrange 2016 | £420 per 12 IB | “a great Lagrange” 94-96 points Neal Martin

May 31st 2017

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2016 is a hugely successful vintage for Chateau Lagrange. Released this morning at £420 per 12 IB, this looks a smart buy. Owned by Japanese spirits giant Suntory, Lagrange is the largest single vineyard among the classified estates of the Médoc with 118 hectares under vine.  The precision and attention to detail applied in vineyard and cellar have reaped major rewards.

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Reserve de la Comtesse 2016 | £355 per 12 IB | “Don’t miss it.” 90-93, AG

May 30th 2017

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There’s been a lot of talk about the 2016 Pichon Lalande being a contender for wine of the vintage, but its second wine was also a real treat this year. The Reserve de la Comtesse (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot & 4% Cabernet Franc) really has a lot of the grace and flair of the Grand Vin – a wonderful balance between elegance and finesse with the powerful Pauillac drive underneath.

Ch Haut Brion 1er Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2016 | £2,490 per 6 IB

May 30th 2017

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Clarence Dillon have followed their outstanding 2015s with another superb set of wines from their two Pessac-Lognan estates, which are divided by a single road in the southern suburbs of Bordeaux city. Under the brilliant management of Jean-Philippe Delmas they have invested in both vineyard and cellar in recent years taking their wines to ever greater heights.

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Ch Gruaud Larose 2016 | £620 per 12 IB | “Excellent” 93-95 points Neal martin

May 30th 2017

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Gruaud Larose, situated to the west of Chateau Beychevelle on deep Garonne gravel soil, has the ability to produce stunning wine. The 1982 and 1986 vintages are close to 1st Growth in quality and the 1990 and 2000 are both brilliant wines. The 2016 is certainly the greatest wine produced by this estate since their 2009 and 2010.

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