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2000 Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien

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  • Goedhuis, February 2016, Score: 19

    Deep brooding opaque colour, hiding its 15 years of age. Wonderfully complex aromas of liquorice, plums and hints of roasted fruits. In the palate this is a wine of layered power as its dense dark berried fruit flavours fill and coat the mouth. This is a wine of extraordinary concentration and has the brooding weight that one so often associates with its illustrious neighbour, Ch Latour. Rich and beautifully full, with hints of cocoa, Valrhona chocolate, and wonderfully sweet currant fruits, whilst still remaining forever fresh and lively. Undoubtedly a delicious glass today, but one really feels that this can develop further in the bottle over the next 5 years and has the ability to age comfortably up to 2030 and even beyond. An absolutely great wine.

  • Goedhuis, April 2001

    A massive, dark, concentrated Las Cases thanks to low yields of very ripe cabernetfruit. Showing all the hallmarks of a first growth, it is a tribute to the massive effortsof Jean-Hubert Delon and his team.

  • Robert Parker, June 2010, Score: 98+

    Along with the Medoc first growths, Leoville Barton, Chateau Montrose, Sociando Mallet, and a handful of other producers, Leoville Las Cases continues to make a wine meant for very long-term cellaring. When I did my earlier tastings of the 2000, my projected maturity dates were 2012-2040, but it is looking more like 2020-2050. This full-bodied blend of nearly 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc still has a youthful ruby/purple color, notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and lead pencil shavings, with good acidity, the tell-tale purity, layered ripeness and intensity, and a profound finish. However, with its high level of tannin and brooding backwardness, this superb effort needs to be forgotten for up to a decade.

  • Robert Parker, April 2003, Score: 99

    This wine has put on weight and, as impressive as it was from cask, it is even more brilliant from bottle. Only 35% of the crop made it into the 2000 Leoville Las Cases, a blend of 76.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and 8.8% Cabernet Franc. The wine is truly profound, with an opaque purple color and a tight but promising nose of vanilla, sweet cherry liqueur, black currants, and licorice in a dense, full-bodied, almost painfully rich, intense style with no hard edges. This seamless classic builds in the mouth, with a finish that lasts over 60 seconds. Still primary, yet extraordinarily pure, this compelling wine, which continues to build flavor intensity and exhibit additional layers of texture, is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the great Leoville Las Cases. In another sense, it symbolizes / pays homage to proprietor Michel Delon, who passed away in 2000. Michel has been succeeded by his son, Jean-Hubert, another perfectionist. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2001, Score: 17.75

    A torpedo of a wine. Very very deep blackish purple. Explosive, almost smoky nose. So concentrated it is almost painful to taste at this stage. The acidity is extemely high, the tannins still rude. This is a statement of a different sort and could hardly be more different from Léoville Barton. I ask Jean-Hubert Delon whether he used his famous concentrator at all? "Pratiquement pas" is his answer. 77% Cabernet sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc. 60% new oak. 45 hl/ha.

  • Clive Coates

    76.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Cabernet Franc, 8.8% Merlot. 60% new wood. 35.2% of harvest in the grand vin. 47.5 hl/ha before reverse osmosis, 45.5 hl/ha afterward. For the first time some of the Cabernet Sauvignon was over 13° potential alcohol. Fine colour. Marvellous nose. Rich and aristocratic and profound and intensely flavoured. Full bodied but not a blockbuster. With no Petit Verdot it is not as austere as it often is. Fine tannins. Splendid fruit. Complete from start to finish. Very fresh without being a bit over-ripe. Very intense and vigorous on the follow-through.Splendidly Saint-Julien/Pauillac/Cabernet Sauvignon character. Real breed. Very, very long and complex. I find this more structured than the 1996 with more richness and volume of fruit, and morecomplete than the 1990 as well as more Cabernet Sauvignony. Very fine indeed. From 2012+.

2000 Ch Margaux 1er Cru Margaux

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  • Robert Parker, June 2010, Score: 100

    Absolutely compelling in two tastings of this vintage, the 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The extraordinary seductiveness, complex aromatics, and purity it exhibits lead me to believe it has reached its window of full maturity. Medium-bodied, with layers of concentration, stunning blue, red, and black fruits intermixed with spring flowers, a subtle dosage of new oak, and a distinctive personality that is elegant while at the same time powerful and substantial, this is a multi-dimensional wine that was extremely approachable and drinkable in both tastings I had of it. The color remains a healthy, even opaque bluish/purple, but there is no reason to hesitate to drink it. It should evolve for another 30-40 years, so there is no hurry either.

  • Robert Parker, April 2003, Score: 100

    Bottled in late November, 2002, the 2000 has turned out to be a colossal example of Chateau Margaux that is tasting even better from bottle than it was from cask. Only 40% of the crop made it into this 2000 Margaux, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Stylistically, it is somewhat of a hybrid between the succulent, opulent, fleshy 1990, and the more delineated, structured, cooler climate-tasting 1996. The 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color to the rim as well as an extraordinarily promising nose of creme de cassis intermixed with white flowers, licorice, and hints of espresso and toasty oak. There is great intensity, compelling purity, a multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and a finish that goes on for nearly 70+ seconds. Bottled naturally, with no filtration, it is a monumental example of the elegance and power that symbolize this extraordinary vineyard. A tour de force in winemaking, many of my colleagues predicted, far earlier than me, that it would be the "wine of the vintage." It is certainly one of the wines of the vintage, but there is plenty of competition, even at this lofty level of quality. Absolutely awesome! Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.

  • Jancis Robinson, February 2005, Score: 20

    Probably THE success of the vintage, made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet France and 7% Petit Verdot which seems to have ripened fully here. Paul Pontallier claims that although this may have elements of 1986 and 1995 in it, this vintage has created a new standard for the property and it is not all hyperbole. The wine is a very, very deep thick crimson brimming with life. The nose is immediately hauntingly subtle with multiple layers of ripe red fruits. What is noticeable is the gentleness of the elegant layers, in sharp contrast to some of the more confected wines of this vintage. The tannins are fully ripe and refreshing rather than painful. There is real lift as the wine warms and beguiles the palate. Real class.Very dark. Deep. Reticent. Savoury. Soapy. Racy. Lots of spine. Dense and velvety. Good and rich. Spicy. Appetising. Nutty. Chestnuts. Very, very interesting. Great vivacity. Very clean finish. Clean and polished. Drink 2009-2030

  • Clive Coates, June 2001

    Good colour. Full, ample nose. Quite rich underneath. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Succulent, almost sweet fruit. Just a little jammy. Not quite enough zip. But quite good plus. From 2005. Good colour. Interesting nose. A touch of what I can only describe as grilled mushrooms (and I wasn'tnear a kitchen!) on the nose. Medium to fullish body. The tannins are very ripe. The wine has a little

2005 Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe

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  • Goedhuis, March 2018

    This wine occupied a difficult position in the flight, falling after the superb Pichons. But it held its own with grace and charm. The wine showed some tertiary development of savoury fruit, leather and spice. The tannins had a chewy grip, maybe less satin-like than some others, but nonetheless very appealing. It is an open and engaging style, not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

  • Robert Parker, June 2015, Score: 91

    Dense ruby/purple and still youthful and exuberant, with oodles of cassis and incense, the 2005 Lafon-Rochet is medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a long finish. Just becoming approachable, this wine should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.

  • Robert Parker, April 2008, Score: 90

    At present, this structured, backward 2005 is dominated by the vintage's substantial tannins. Itexhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, a reticent but promising bouquet of sweet black fruits intermixed with weedy tobacco, licorice, and leather characteristics. Medium-bodied and powerful, with excruciating tannin, but promising potential, patience is most definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

  • Robert Parker, April 2007, Score: 90-93

    A dark ruby/purple color and a bouquet of plums, black raspberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and incense are followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich, structured, backward wine that requires 6-10 years of bottle age. It should drink well for two decades. For some reason, Lafon Rochet remains under-priced for the quality of wines it is producing. Drink 2013-2027

  • Robert Parker, April 2006, Score: 91-93

    Although it does not yet display much complexity, this stunning, opaque purple-colored wine exhibits sweet creme de cassis fruit, enormous concentration, loads of tannin, and superb purity as well as length. A medium to full-bodied, structured effort, it will require time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2006, Score: 16

    Lively, though not especially deep purplish crimson. Intense animal ripeness. Sweet attack and then some oak. Not the subtlest. Marked acidity but slightly stewed fruit. Fades very fast on the palate. Drink 2014-22.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2006, Score: 89-91

    Blackberry with light spice and toasted oak character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a sweet, ripe fruit finish. Yummy to taste.

  • Jancis Robinson, February 2017, Score: 17/20

    Tasted blind. Light, fresh nose. A tad skinny but correct and stony. Lots to chew on. Should have a long life. Very clean and energetic. Tannins there in abundance. Very racy. Jancis Robinson Score 17/20 Drink Dates 2018-2035

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2009 Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien

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  • Goedhuis, April 2010, Score: 90-93

    Sitting opposite Beychevelle, Ch Branaire Ducru offers a lovely contrast in style. Beychevelle at its best is about feminity, whilst Branaire provides a much beefier and more masculine style. The tightly knit tannic structure of the 09 vintage really suits this terroir to create a sturdy and full wine, with wonderful layers of depth, whilst finishing lively and fresh.

  • Neal Martin, March 2019, Score: 93

    The 2009 Branaire Ducru has a somewhat conservative bouquet with cedar and graphite scented black fruit, touches of brown spice emerging with time. It never quite clicks into fifth gear. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly drier tannin than its peers, yet well balanced and fresh, hints of sage and bay leaf infusing the black fruit with a delightful, vivacious, quintessential Saint-Julien finish. Excellent. Tasted at BI Wines Spirits' Ten Year On tasting.

  • Neal Martin, March 2019, Score: 93

    The 2009 Branaire Ducru has a somewhat conservative bouquet with cedar and graphite scented black fruit, touches of brown spice emerging with time. It never quite clicks into fifth gear. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly drier tannin than its peers, yet well balanced and fresh, hints of sage and bay leaf infusing the black fruit with a delightful, vivacious, quintessential Saint-Julien finish. Excellent. Tasted at BI Wines Spirits' Ten Year On tasting.

  • Robert Parker, February 2012, Score: 96

    Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is a dazzling Branaire to drink between 2017-2035. Drink: 2017 - 2035

  • Robert Parker, April 2010, Score: 92-95

    Only time will tell whether the 2009, another great effort from Branaire, will eclipse the 2005 and 2003. Certainly at 13.6% alcohol it is the most powerful Branaire ever made, and the final blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot showcases what a great vintage 2009 is for Cabernet Sauvignon. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by raspberry, boysenberry, crushed rock, graphite, and floral notes, and an opaque, broad, dense, substantial, impressively structured wine without any hardness. It requires 4-5 years of cellaring, and should last four decades or more. Drink: 2014 - 2054

  • Wine Advocate, March 2019, Score: 94+

    The 2009 Branaire-Ducru has a medium to deep garnet color and reveals compelling notions of warm cassis, licorice, baked plums and hoisin with hints of sautéed herbs and pencil lead. Youthful and medium to full-bodied, it has a generous core of black fruits with a firm and grainy structure and bags of freshness, finishing long with great purity. 2020-2040

  • Decanter, April 2010, Score: 17.5

    Deep purple red, fragrant and precisely expressed Cabernet cassis, lovely depth of natural ripeness, a finely textured wine, already elegant and will age well. Drink 2015-28.

2009 Ch Canon 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion

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  • Goedhuis, January 2013

    Stunning pure sweet spiced berry fruit nose. This is an extremely intense and conentrated wine, with beautifully layered flavours of dark berried fruits. Wonderfully complete, with real density and a bright fresh finish. Very lovely inded.

  • Goedhuis, April 2010, Score: 93-95

    A very balanced St Emilion, this is vibrant and fresh, with gentle subtle sweetness of fruit and appealingly integrated tannins. A striking style highlighting what a fabulous terroir this picturesque estate possesses. For St Emilion lovers, this is an absolute buy.

  • Neal Martin, March 2019, Score: 91

    The 2009 Canon has a surprisingly muted bouquet despite rigorous aeration, reluctantly offering black fruit, meat juices and light garrigues-like aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly coarse tannin, quite spicy but overall, rather overbearing and lacking tension on the finish. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2019-2035

  • Robert Parker, February 2012, Score: 94

    The finest Canon since the 1982, the 2009 (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc) reveals a dense blue/purple color along with a classic nose of chalk dust, blueberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of wood smoke. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and loaded with an inner framework of minerality and moderately high tannins, this backward, but stylish, concentrated Canon will benefit from 7-8 years of cellaring and last for three decades. Drink: 2019 - 2049

  • Robert Parker, April 2010, Score: 93-95

    This is the best Canon since 1982, and it is possibly capable of eclipsing that legendary vintage. It has taken a while for the proprietors, the Wertheimer brothers (the owners of Chanel and the Margaux estate Rauzan-Segla) to get Canon back to its former glory. Yields in 2009 were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest occurred between September 28 and October 5. The blend is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, with a natural alcohol level of 14%. Dense ruby/purple and full-bodied, with terrific blueberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with spring flower garden scents, with extraordinary density, purity, and a multi-layered texture, this is a prodigious Canon with sweet tannins and lots of viscosity. It should drink well for 30 or more years. Bravo! (Tasted three times.) Drink: 2010 - 2040

  • Decanter, April 2010, Score: 18.5

    Brilliant this year - so satisfying and refined. Has to be the best Canon for a number of years. Certainly no block-buster but pure and silky with length and line. Exquisite. Drink 2016-2040.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2010, Score: 17.5

    A little paler than some. Lightish cherry red. Glossy, gamey, almost animal nose. Rich and sweet but with a certain dryness on the finish. There is some real life here. Very glamorous. Sumptuous and flattering, very polished, racy and sinewy and like a racehorse. Good enterprising energetic stuff!

  • Wine Spectator, April 2010, Score: 95-98

    What a gorgeous nose, with sweet and delicate fruits such as sliced plums that turn to milk chocolate and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. You want to drink this right away. 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc.

2010 Ch Gruaud Larose 2ème Cru St Julien

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  • Goedhuis, April 2011, Score: 93-96

    A fantastic Gruaud and the best that we have tasted in a long time. Aromatic notes of roasted coffee, sweet plum and spice lead to a core that is precise, poised and polished. Wonderfully complete with no hard edges. This is a ‘must buy' for followers of this châteaux (and even thosewho don't). Just brilliant. RK

  • Neal Martin, April 2011, Score: 92-94+

    A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, delivering 14 percent alcohol, the Gruaud '10 has a very intense nose with blackberry, cassis and a touch of oyster shell. Thepalate is medium-bodied with very svelte tannins on the entry, a sumptuous Gruaud Larose that belies that structured underneath seamless towards the finish. This is a Gruaud Larose that is full of character and should age beautifully over 20 years. This may merit a higher score after bottling, hence the plus sign.

  • Robert Parker, February 2013, Score: 93+

    Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, liquorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul. This is one 2010 where patience will be required.Drink: 2020-2040

  • Robert Parker, May 2011, Score: 92-94

    This gets my nod as the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 and 1990. The opaque purple-colored 2010 exhibits copious notes of Asian plum sauce, spice box, creme de cassis, loamy soil and a beefy/meaty character. It is full-bodied, dense and powerful, with stunning purity and no evidence of brett (a characteristic of the great Gruaud Larose wines made in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s). Given the 2010's tannin profile, it will require 5-8 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades thereafter. Drink: 2016 - 2046

  • James Suckling, April 2011, Score: 93-94

    It like the finish on this wine with a blueberry, currant and citrus fruit character on the nose and palate. Full and chewy with ultra-fine tannins and a bright acidity.

  • Decanter, April 2011, Score: 18

    Big, typically smoky-spicy Gruaud nose, lots of fleshy fruit, lifted and almost exotic flavours harmonious depth and length, back on top form for the medium-long term. Drink 2018-30.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2011, Score: 93-96

    Offers a serious core of kirsch, blackberry and plum sauce notes, with lovely, velvety tannins taking over the pure, violet-tinged finish, which has length and grace. Shows more elegance than most of its peers in this vintage. -J.M.

2010 Ch Palmer 3ème Cru Margaux Ex Château Sept 2020

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2010 Ch Pichon Lalande 2ème Cru Pauillac

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  • Goedhuis, April 2011, Score: 95-97

    More Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% compared to 30-35%) has helped create an incredible 2010. Still very Pichon Lalande in style with its pretty and velvety core of fruit, the property really harnessed the vintage's exceptional Cabernet to catapult this wine into the stratosphere. Veryimpressive. RK

  • Neal Martin, September 2014, Score: 97

    Tasted at the château as part of a private vertical. The 2010 Pichon-Lalande is going to be a modern day benchmark and in many ways, surpasses even the great wines such as the 1982, 1986 and 1996. It has a stunning, intense blackberry, mineral-laden nose that is suffused with great tension and vigour. The palate is medium-bodied but do not let that full you. Here is a Pauillac brimming with tension and focus, the wine achieving tremendous precision on its long and persistent finish. Outstanding. Tasted March 2014.

  • Neal Martin, February 2014, Score: 95

    Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. Like the Grand Puy Lacoste 2010, the Pichon Lalande has a very attractive sea-influenced bouquet with brine and estuary scents infusing the crisp black fruit that gain intensity in the glass, yet remain very focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perfectly judged acidity, silky smooth texture and a complete, harmonious finish that is very seductive. Beautiful.

  • Neal Martin, February 2013, Score: 95

    A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the Pichon Lalande has a generous blackberry and cassis-driven bouquet that is pure and harmonious. It is floral compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with a caressing, creamy textured opening that is very seductive. The oak is nicely integrated here - a flattering 2010 in the context of the vintage with a sensual, silky smooth finish. It is a little more open than I was expecting, but it will still benefit from three to five years cellaring. Perhaps this is one of the few Pauillacs where I err towards the 2009, yet this still represents a superb wine from the estate.

  • Neal Martin, March 2011, Score: 95-97

    A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the nose with blackberry, rose petal, pencil box and a touch of cedar all with very fine definition. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, very harmonious and focused, fine mineralité coming through, sensual and velvety towards the ripe finish. Extremely pure but powerful, this is a precise, brilliantly executed Pichon-Lalande. I bet Sylvie Cazes is hoping that all vintages will be like this. Drink 2016-2040

  • Antonio Galloni, Ocotber 2017, Score: 98+

    An eternal wine, the 2010 Pichon Lalande is a total showstopper. The first impression is one of explosive power, but time in the glass brings out the wine’s more delicate, floral side. Violet, graphite, crème de cassis, licorice and menthol overtones recall the 1996, but the tannins here are much softer, sweeter and more polished. In two recent tastings, the 2010 has been positively stellar. The alternation of hot days and cool nights led to a late harvest. The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest did not start until October 7; by that date in 2009 all the fruit was in. Readers who can still find the 2010 should not hesitate, as it is a modern-day classic. That’s all there is to it. Drink: 2025 - 2060.

  • Robert Parker, February 2013, Score: 95+

    The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated much more by Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot), the wine is a tighter, more tannic and structured version of this famed Pauillac, which often tends to have more of a St-Julien-like personality than most Pauillacs. Structured, backward and tannic, yet showing a fat mid-palate that is more savory, broader and more expansive than I remember from barrel, this wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1986, given the Cabernet Sauvignon domination of the blend. Full-bodied, impressively endowed, and less sexy and velvety than normal, this is a somewhat different style of Pichon Lalande than most readers have been used to. Whether you like it more or less will depend on your point of view, but this wine, unlike most Pichon Lalandes, needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years.Drink: 2018-2048

  • Robert Parker, May 2011, Score: 92-95+

    I tasted the 2010 Pichon Lalande on three separate occasions, two consistent and one that underperformed, hence the question mark. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it reveals an opaque purple color as well as a thick, unctuous style with fresh blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of graphite, herbs and coffee. The vintage's tell-tale minerality is present in this structured, tannic, backward effort. It willrequire 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for 25-30 years. Drink: 2016 - 2046

  • Decanter, February 2010, Score: 100

    Silky, sweet black fruit, black olive and truffle notes from the start. This is majestically impressive - it sparks to life in your mouth and breaks out an involuntary smile. The texture is just liquid silk and it slowly but surely builds through the palate, gaining in confidence and totally delightful. Bright, vibrant tannins make the most of the high levels of acidity that were available in 2010, while matching them pace for pace with concentrated fruit. For me this is getting better as it ages, starting to rival the 1982 at Comtesse, and I can't wait to keep tasting it over the decades to come. Last time I rated this wine, in 2016, I gave it 98 points, and I questioned whether to keep it there, which is already an exceptional score, but I want to mark just how clearly it stood out in this horizontal. 60% new oak.

  • Wine Spectator, April 2011, Score: 92-95

    Very sappy and intense, with mouthwatering acidity framing the cassis, violet and tobacco notes, followed by a supervibrant finish that features lots of cassis bush character. The Petit Verdot isn't as obvious on the nose as the 2000, which had 10 percent in the blend, but just as prevalent on the taut finish, where there's plenty of spice, drive and cut. Tasted non-blind. -J.M.

2010 Ch Rauzan Ségla 2ème Cru Margaux

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  • Goedhuis, April 2011, Score: 93-96

    Undoubtedly one of the stars of the appellation of Margaux. Very intense deep berry aromas, in the mouth this is rich, concentrated and typically masculine in style which is very much a Rauzan trait. A wine of huge personality - big and structured with long, full flavours. DR

  • Neal Martin, April 2020, Score: 95

    The 2010 Rauzan-Ségla has a wonderful bouquet, very pure and engaging with wild strawberry, blackberry, rose petals and boysenberry jam. It just feels very focused and beautifully delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with lively red and black fruit laced with cracked black pepper and cedar. It is extremely balanced, almost symmetrical, with a precise and persistent finish. Bon vin. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.

  • Neal Martin, April 2019, Score: 95

    The 2010 Rauzan-Ségla is extraordinary deep, almost opaque in colour compared to the other vintages at this vertical. It was picked from September 23 to October 7. The bouquet is incredibly intense: potent blackberry and boysenberry fruit, a little richer than I recall, perhaps borrowing some of the luxuriance of the 2009 Rauzan-Ségla. With time, there are touches of pencil lead that become more conspicuous. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin and a fine line of acidity. This is the most masculine Rauzan-Ségla in recent years, a little drier and more serious. The palate is very closed at the moment, a Margaux with a large sign declaring that it is unwise to approach for another few years. Brooding and introspective, you can admire its balance and breeding, though it does not go out of its way to give pleasure at the moment, so I would recommend the previous vintage for that. Outstanding, but don’t touch for now. Tasted at the Rauzan-Ségla vertical at the château. Drink 2022 - 2055

  • Neal Martin, April 2011, Score: 92-94

    Cropped over four weeks instead of three because of the uneven flowering of the Merlot, the Rauza-Segla delivers 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.6, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot 3.5% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times, it has a very "strict", tightly wound bouquet. It takes time to open up, with faint notes of shellfish inflecting the very fresh blackberry and graphite fruit. The palate is very well balanced with saturated tannins, vibrant acidity, that Cabernet Sauvignon (yet again) imparting graphite and mineralité into the wine. Quite linear towards the finish, long in the mouth. A great wine...though I suspect that the 2009 may turn out to be the pick of the two.

  • Robert Parker, February 2013, Score: 95+

    To reiterate, the 2010 Rauzan Segla is like a super-duper version of the 1986. Displaying fabulous density, an inky purple color and a superb nose of forest floor with a hint of menthol as well as loads of creme de cassis, mocha and touches of chocolate and subtle oak, this full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine represents only 45% of the estate’s production. It is certainly not for those who can’t wait a few years for it to round into shape, as I suspect it needs at least 5-8 years of bottle-age, but it should last for half a century or more. A stunning wine from Rauzan Segla, kudos go to administrator John Kolasa for turning out this profound wine, which should prove to be a timeless classic from the appellation of Margaux.

  • Robert Parker, MAy 2011, Score: 92-94

    Only 45% of the crop made it into the 2010 Rauzan-Segla, which is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine has an average pH of 3.6, but at 13.9%, the alcohol is the highest ever measured. The tannin levels in this wine suggest the great 1986 Rauzan-Segla, while the personality of the wine comes close to mirroring the 2005. Dense purple, with hints of menthol, blueberry, black currant and sweet, earthy notes, the wine is full-bodied and displays terrific purity, texture, and overall precision. The tannin levels are high, but the wine balances them out with its impressive level of concentration. This wine will probably need 5-10 years of cellaring when released and drink well for 30 or more years, given the fact that the 1986, at age 25, is still an adolescent.

  • James Suckling, April 2011, Score: 97-98

    What a wonderful wine with flower, currant and hints of minerals and wet earth with some smoke. Full bodied, with chewy and creamy tannins. The texture is incredibly long with notes of citrus, dark fruits, and ripe raspberries. Super distinguished style.

  • Decanter, April 2011, Score: 18.5

    Deep expression of complex Cabernet fruit and fine aromatic lift of wild violets, the ripeness backed by perfect tannis, all in depth and harmony, a very exciting wine with a great future. Drink 2020-45.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2011, Score: 17.5

    Very sweet, purple-fruited notes on the nose. Sweet and simple and open with some minerality. Dry finish. There is lots to love here! Cool finish. Drink 2022-2035

  • Wine Spectator, April 2011, Score: 94-97

    This is a step ahead of the pack, thanks to its dense, sappy core of kirsch, blackberry and plum sauce that's offset by mouthwatering acidity and a long iron note on the finish. This has weight, but stays velvety and pure, with impressive length. -J.M.

2015 Ch Lalande Borie Cru Bourgeois St Julien

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  • Goedhuis, April 2016, Score: 86-88

    A little backward at the time of tasting, I suspect this will evolve over the next few months in cask. All the vital components of fruit, ripe tannins and fresh acidity are there, but just need some time to marry together.

  • Neal Martin, April 2016, Score: 89-91

    The 2015 Lalande-Borie is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot. Picked from 26 September until 2-3 October, it has a surprising bouquet: high-toned and exotic for the vintage, very intense cassis and iodine aromas, perhaps needing just a little more complexity to come through, though I am sure it will by the time of bottling. The palate is more controlled at the moment, restores order as it were. The tannins are quite dense, lending weight to this Lalande-Borie, the acidity is nicely judged and the finesse finally comes through towards the finish.

  • Antonio Galloni, February 2018, Score: 90

    The 2015 Lalande-Borie is gracious, understated and classy. There is lovely aromatic lift to perk up the dark red and purplish berry flavors. Silky, medium in body and gracious, Lalande-Borie shows the more feminine side of Saint-Julien to great effect. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next handful of years.

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2016, Score: 88-90

    The 2015 Lalande-Borie is an attractive, mid-weight Saint-Julien to drink over the next handful of years, while the fruit retains its freshness. This is an especially lithe, feminine Saint-Julien built on grace more than power from iron and sand-rich soils on the western side of the appellation. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • James Suckling, April 2016, Score: 91-92

    A solid red with dark berry and wet earth aromas and flavor. Full body, chewy tannins yet polished and balanced. Serious concentration for the vintage for this estate.

  • Decanter, April 2016, Score: 90

    Fine perfume and fruit purity. Lots of polish and no heavy tannins to get in the way.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2016, Score: 16.5+

    (55 Merlot, 45 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 30% new oak. | 13.5% alc. | 65IPT. Very pure, bright, clean and nicely fruit-driven, the Merlot is crunchy and rather attractive, because while it was very hot in the Summer, none of the bunches got burnt. The nights managed to keep some semblance of balance and this has resulted in a lively, crunchy, forward, red-fruited style of wine.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2016, Score: 16.5

    55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. pH 3.8.'I think this year we have finally found a style for this wine', says Bruno Borie. 'Fresh nights in June and July protected us in summer.' Mid crimson, even a little light. Very sweet and perfumed. Floral. Light and lacy. A little too sweet for my taste. 13.49% Drink 2022-2032

  • Tim Atkin, May 2016, Score: 92

    Something of a bargain at Ducru-Beaucaillou, this comes from sandier soils in the west of St. Julien and is correspondingly lighter in style. Smooth and attractive, this is sweet and appealing but with good underlying tannins and acidity. Drink: 2020-26

2016 Ch d'Armailhac 5ème Cru Pauillac

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  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 92-94

    Another Pauillac property in the Baron Philippe de Rothschild stable. Deep purple hue, the scent of smoky, toasty oak circles around dark fruit aromas. There is a chalky freshness to the tannins and vibrant acidity, with a long, lively finish. CP

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 93

    The 2016 d’Armailhac, which was bottled in May 2018, has an elegant bouquet that unfolds in the glass, offering blackberries, briar and a touch of cedar and mint. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin, grippy in the mouth, and quite voluminous, with perhaps more density on the solid, almost broad-shouldered finish compared to the Clerc-Milon. This fulfills all my expectations from my barrel tasting and is quite simply one of the best d’Armailhac wines ever made. 2022 - 2040

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 92-94

    The 2016 D'Armailhac is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked between 27 September and 14 October. The bouquet is very impressive, typical d'Armaihlac in terms of the opulence and flamboyance with lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a subtle floral note developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp and tensile entry; there is immense purity here with some lovely blue fruit appearing on the finish. This is a d'Armailhac that is emboldened by unprecedented tannic structure that gives it real backbone and a sense of authority. Quite simply, this is one of the best wines of Château D'Armailhac that I have tasted, somehow not a million miles away from Grand Puy Lacoste in style. Drink Date 2021 - 2045

  • Antonio Galloni, January 2019, Score: 92

    The 2016 d'Armailhac is powerful and dense, just as it was from barrel. Readers will have to give the 2016 at least a few years in bottle, as the tannins are imposing. Dark red plum, licorice, spice, iron, game and scorched earth all give d'Armailhac its distinctive savory flavor profile that is quite appealing. Time in the glass brings out additional layers of nuance that complete the wine nicely. 2023 - 2036

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 89-91

    The 2016 d'Armailhac is surprisingly dense and powerful, almost shockingly so. A burst of sweet red cherry, tobacco, smoke, earth and grilled herbs gives the wine a smoky, savory dimension that is quite attractive and nicely complements the intense fruit. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2016 is massively tannic, even if that is not always evident because of the wine's raciness and pure fruit density. The Cabernet Sauvignon is especially dominant today. D'Armailhac often develops into a fairly rustic Pauillac, so it will be interesting to see what happens here. Tasted three times.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 95-96

    This is really tannic and muscular for d’Armailhac. Perhaps the most powerful ever. Full and chewy yet balanced and polished. Very, very impressive. Greatest ever?

  • Decanter, April 2017, Score: 93

    Such richness through the palate, with deep crushed blackberry notes alongside soft coffee bean. I get hints of Petit Mouton here. The Mouton stable measure their tannins in weight, not IPT, and this year comes in even higher than 2010, 4.5g compared to 4g. You don't feel it because the grain of the tannins is so fine, but it is clearly going to age well, without any dryness. Incredible balance, with a pH of 3.55 giving freshness to the alcohol, and making these wines really not very difficult to taste. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, to be aged in 30% new oak.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 17.5+

    This is a tight, firm, slightly tense d’Armailhac with sour fruit and a distinct lack of juiciness. The nose is introverted showing earthy, skinsy notes and the palate, while long, is unresponsive. This coating of firmness hides a plummy core which is reluctant to show itself right now but which also looks rather ravishing with some vigorous swirling. I think that this will work well, but you must give it time.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 17-

    Very dark, blackish purple. Perfumed and rather seductive. Pretty chunky and solid. Tannins more in evidence than in some (though admittedly this is my first Pauillac in a long run of wines). A long-distance runner. Very juicy. Drink 2027-2045

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 91

    A wine that always delivers on the value for money front, this is a serious, well made red that doesn’t lack ambition. The oak is a little prominent, but there’s more than enough leafy fruit sweetness and fine-grained tannins to soak it up. 2020-28

2016 Ch Lynch Bages 5ème Cru Pauillac

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  • Goedhuis, April 2017, Score: 94-96

    A wine that seriously punches above its fifth growth classification. Deep opaque in colour. Beautifully perfumed aromas of violets and summer fruits. In the palate there is a sweetness and intensity of fruits, supported by a densely concentrated tannic structure. No one component dominates another. This is class, and there can be few better examples of Pauillac drive than this gem. DR

  • Neal Martin, January 2019, Score: 97

    The 2016 Lynch-Bages delivers on its promise from barrel with an intense blackberry, cedar and mineral-driven bouquet that actually reminds me of Lafite-Rothschild. A faint dark chocolate scent makes a brief appearance. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, pure black fruit and a velvety texture. There is wonderful structure and focus on the finish, followed by a persistent saline aftertaste. This is an outstanding Lynch-Bages, easily the best since the twin titans of 1989 and 1990. 2023 - 2060

  • Neal Martin, April 2017, Score: 97-99

    The 2016 Lynch Bages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot with 13.7% alcohol and an IPT of 95, the highest ever for this property and probably one of the highest on the Left Bank this vintage. It was picked between from 27-30 September for the young vines, then the picking team stopped, restarting on 3 October with the Merlot and the Cabernets finished on 12 October. This vintage is matured in 75% new oak. It has a very concentrated, almost opaque bouquet that required some coaxing from the glass, developing floral and crushed limestone scents with time: disarmingly fresh and with stunning vivacity. The palate is concentrated and tannic, although they are not obtrusive and appear neatly embroidered into the multi-layered black fruit. This is a classic Lynch Bages with ambition and recalls vintages like 1990, a Lynch Bages built for long-term ageing. That arching backbone is counterbalanced by the keen line of acidity and a freshness that knows no bounds. There is ethereal delineation and tension on the finish, but I would give this at least ten years in bottle to enjoy this audacious Lynch Bages at its peak. Maybe the biggest surprise of the vintage, this has all the makings of a sensational wine. Drink Date 2026 - 2060

  • Antonio Galloni, Janaury 2019, Score: 96

    A stellar wine, the 2016 Lynch-Bages is dark and explosive in the glass. Beams of tannin and bright acids give the 2016 its sense of drive and tension. From bottle, the 2016 is quite a bit more powerful than it was from barrel. Dark flavors and potent tannins give the 2016 a distinctly brooding, somber feel. Sage, lavender, menthol, licorice and wild cherry are all laced into the potent, dramatically sweeping finish. Readers should not be in a rush, as the 2016 is going to need a number of years to be at its best. Even so, it is super-impressive today. 2026 - 2056

  • Antonio Galloni, April 2017, Score: 92-95

    The 2016 Lynch-Bages is deep, racy and sensual, with soft contours, silky tannins and striking juiciness in its fruit. All of the elements seem to fall into place effortlessly. Today, Lynch-Bages is unusually well put together for such a young wine. Expressive floral aromatics give the flavors lift, energy and brightness, while beams of present but well-integrated tannins extend the finish.

  • James Suckling, April 2017, Score: 98-99

    This is really back-ended thanks to a powerful and almost endless finish. Full-bodied, dense and powerful with incredible concentration and length. Round and polished tannins. Layered. This unravels bit by bit. Energetic acidity gives it such superb freshness. This is at the 2010/2009 level.

  • Decanter, April 2017, Score: 95

    As we have increasingly seen in recent years, Lynch-Bages has shifted up a gear to go fuller, bigger and darker. The IPTs are around 95 here, which is unusual even in the northern Médoc, although they are unquestionably yielding, pliable and expertly worked tannins. The result is a hugely impressive wine with a creamy texture through the mid-palate and lashings of dark fruits, graphite and the essential addition of mint leaf freshness on the finish. From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, with a yield around 42hl/ha, a touch lower than some because the deep gravel produced small berries, all coming in at 3.66pH and accounting for 65% of the overall production. This is a great Lynch without doubt, one for Pauillac purists who are looking for powerful impact.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2017, Score: 19++

    75% new oak | 13.3% alc. | 95 IPT With an unprecedented level of tannin and polyphenols you might expect this to be a shockingly memorable wine. If you then consider the slender alcohol level you might think that there is a typo in these notes, but no. These statistics might seem at odds with each other, but I am delighted to say that the flavour is utterly mesmerising. Dark, looming, with black olive sourness and espresso power this is a heroic Lynch-Bages with gymnastic power to weight ratio. The fruit is thrilling, too. It will live for forty years as if it were a day. This is one of the most arresting wines of the vintage.

  • Jancis Robinson, April 2017, Score: 17.5

    Very annoyingly, my tasting note on Lynch Bages has evaporated into thin air. I remember the wine as being delightfully plump yet structured and very recognisably Lynch with its trademark spiciness - so there don't seem to be any ill effects to its being made in a completely different place from usual (see pictures above) but more than that I cannot say for the moment. (I am trying to track down another sample.) I think I have remembered the score correctly but am much less certain about the drinking dates I have suggested here. All to be taken with a pinch of salt, I'm afraid. Drink 2025-2042

  • Tim Atkin, May 2017, Score: 97

    Like Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Lynch has made a Fifth Growth wine of First Growth quality in 2016. This is a stunningly pure Pauillac, with incredible focus, balance and harmony. Mocha oak leads into a fresh, leafy, grassy palate of understated concentration. 2029-40

2018 Ch La Clotte Grand Cru St Emilion

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  • Antonio Galloni, March 2021, Score: 95

    The 2018 La Clotte represents another big move forward for this château under the Vauthier family. Bright, focused and tightly wound, the 2018 is going to need at least a few years to soften, but its pedigree is evident, even in the early going. Sage, mint, lavender, rose petal and blood orange meld into the vibrant, polished finish. Drink 2026-2043

  • Wine Advocate, April 2019, Score: 93-95+

    The 2018 La Clotte is made up of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with gregarious scents of crushed blueberries, Morello cherries and black raspberries with touches of oolong tea, violets, mocha and cigar box plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied with a solid frame of fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is packed with vibrant black and blue fruits layers, finishing long with great purity.

2018 Ch Haut-Batailley 5ème Cru Pauillac

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  • Goedhuis, January 2022, Score: 17.5

    Under the new ownership of the Cazes family, this really is a wine to look out for. A very composed and harmonious style, scent of freshly cut tobacco and cassis confident in its direct Pauillac styled intensity, it is full of energetic drive. The tannins maintain a presence without excess, it is keen to show off its class and the sweetness of flavours at the end provide the finishing touches to a beautifully rewarding wine.

  • Goedhuis, April 2019, Score: 91-93

    Haut Batailley is situated on the western side of Pauillac. This is the second vintage under the new ownership of the Cazes family, proprietors of Ch Lynch Bages. This is a deep intense wine with strong elderberry aromas. And a hint of new vanilla oak. The overall character is plush and ripe with sweet flavours of mocha and peppery spice. The underlying tannings provide grip and energy for this very sophisticated Pauillac.

  • Antonio Galloni, May 2019, Score: 89-92

    The 2018 Haut-Batailley is a powerful, virile Pauillac. Black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and chocolate are pushed forward, with tons of Cabernet Sauvignon character in both the wine's flavor and structural profile. This is a decidedly unctuous, powerful style, and the elements still need time to fully come together, especially the oak. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2019, Score: 92-94

    Blended of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot aging in 60% new barriques, the 2018 Haut Batailley is very deep purple-black in color and takes some coaxing to reveal profound notes of dark chocolate, crème de cassis, blueberry pie and anise with waves of raspberry pie, lavender and Indian spices. Full, very tightly would and jam-packed with layers of crunchy black and blue fruits, it has a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing long with a mineral hint coming through.

  • James Suckling, April 2019, Score: 94-95

    I can’t remember a Haut-Batailley this tannic, yet the tannins are savory and very ripe with beauty and purity. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a long and intense finish.

  • Decanter, April 2019, Score: 93

    This is a lovely wine from the second vintage under Lynch Bages’ ownership, full of power and poise and controlled precision. It has a slightly unusual blend owing to a greater proportion of Merlot than has been used in previous vintages, but it doesn't suffer in terms of concentration due to the thick skins and structure of the Merlots in 2018, and what you get instead is a creamy, velvety texture through the mid palate. It has lots of tannins but they have the enrobed quality that comes from the higher than usual alcohols, and are extremely seductive. It’s more lightly framed than the Lynch Bages, as it was in 2017, and is enjoyable. 3.61pH. 81IPT. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036

  • Wine Spectator, April 2019, Score: 92-95

    Fresh and driven, opening with a piercing iron note that is quickly met by a core of racy cassis and damson plum flavors. Everything extends nicely through the pure finish.

  • Julia Harding, April 2019, Score: 17

    Dark and pure on the nose just a touch stony/smoky to add finesse to the fruit. Oak is quite evident on the palate but there's fruit to fill it out. Less aromatic than the second wine (new name: Verso) but there's still a restraint and subtlety in a powerful vintage. Long on the finish yet the persistence is gentle. Fine-grained tannin texture. Drink 2026-2038

2019 Ch La Clotte Grand Cru St Emilion

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  • Neal Martin, February 2022, Score: 95

    The 2019 La Clotte was picked from September 27 to October 7. It has a complex bouquet of detailed red berry fruit, wild hedgerow, crushed stone and wilted rose petal aromas, engaging and (for the vintage) understated. The palate is medium-bodied, ripe and beautifully poised, with pliant tannins and a judicious touch of spice. This builds wonderfully in the mouth and feels elegant and refined, almost Burgundian on the finish. Wonderful. Drink 2025-2048

  • Jancis Robinson, June 2020, Score: 16.5

    Restrained nose but good depth. Some dark-berry and spice complexity as it opens. Palate sinewy and firm, the limestone terroir apparent. Plenty of drive on the finish. Powerful and fresh but a bit austere. Needs time. Drink 2026-2036 (JL)

2019 Ch Ducru Beaucaillou 2ème Cru St Julien

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  • Goedhuis, June 2020, Score: 96-98

    Ducru Beaucaillou is for me one of the most nuanced and sophisticated terroirs of all the classified growths in the Médoc. Since he took over the estate, Bruno Borie has skilfully maintained its sophisticated subtleties whilst giving it a bit more freedom and exuberance and the 2019 perfectly reflects this. Deep garnet in colour, the aromas are expressive and complex thanks to layers of dark black fruits, liquorice, graphite and molasses. It is beautifully textured, balancing powerful black fruit flavours with an intense tannic core that gives depth and intensity . Extremely long and will evolve to be outstanding with age.

  • Neal Martin, June 2020, Score: 96-98

    I tasted the 2019 Ducru Beaucaillou four times in 12-hour intervals from opening. It has a splendid bouquet centered around black fruit laced with graphite, Montecristo cigars and hints of sage and cedar. This is one of the most Pauillac-like Ducrus that I have encountered at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins, pitch perfect acidity and a sensual, satin-like texture that could seduce from miles away. There is a sense of completeness surrounding this Second Growth, charming you surfeit with nobility and outstanding in terms of persistence. Fabulous. Drink 2026-2060

  • Antonio Galloni, June 2020, Score: 94-96

    The 2019 Ducru-Beaucaillou is fabulous. Inky and beautifully textured to the core, the 2019 possesses tremendous density and volume. Crème de cassis, chocolate, licorice, spice, menthol and lavender all build in the glass. A wine of noble beauty and depth, the 2019 Ducru has so much to offer. The 2019 is a bit higher in Merlot than has often been the case. It will see about 18 months in new French oak. According to Bruno Borie, ideal weather in September balanced the heat of the previous summer months. Readers will note a re-alignment of the range, with the two Listracs now gone and two new wines in the lineup. I tasted all of the 2019s in 100ml bottles that arrived in a very attractive package in less than 48 hours from Bordeaux. I applaud the desire to be respectful of the environment and not wasteful of wine, but I am not convinced this bottling system works yet. I found the 2019s all very hard, something that time did not help, with less of the fleshy and sumptuousness I am used to finding in these wines. I won't be surprised if the wines show better from a full bottle, but at the same time, I can only review and comment on the wines that were sent to me.

  • Wine Advocate, June 2020, Score: 97-100

    This year the blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The alcohol weighed in at 14.2%, while the pH is 3.8 and the IPT is 88. It will mature for 18 months in French oak barrels, 100% new. Opaque purple-black in color, the 2019 Ducru-Beaucaillou explodes from the glass with bombastic notes of crème de cassis, blueberry pie and plum preserves plus hints of candied violets, dark chocolate, licorice, wild fungi, crushed rocks and tilled soil with a touch of mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is a tightly wound coil poised to spring out with layer upon layer of minerals, rich black fruits and floral notes, framed by very firm, exquisitely ripe tannins and electric freshness, finishing long and incredibly layered. WOW!

  • James Suckling, May 2020, Score: 99-100

    A very powerful Ducru with intense tannins and backbone, showing blue fruit, black tea and tobacco. Full-bodied with impressive structure and so much tannin. It goes on for minutes. Very traditional. Owner Bruno Borie said it is a wine to last forever and I have to agree. 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot.

  • Decanter, June 2020, Score: 98

    Inky depths to the concentrated ruby colour, the Cabernet Sauvignon imposes itself strongly from the first moment. No question that we are slap-bang in St Julien here, in the heart of this appellation's signature, with its elegance, balance and hidden power. At first the wine feels taut and austere, but performs the trick of changing as it travels through the palate, and by the end of play the texture is almost creamy, with blackberry, bilberry, black chocolate, cigar box, slate and liquorice. A big accomplishment, making this an unmissable Ducru. Drinking Window 2029 - 2045

  • Wine Cellar Insider, June 2020, Score: 98-100

    Deep, dark almost opaque in color, the wine is packed to the gills with smoke, flowers, black currants, bitter chocolate and black cherries, Full-bodied, intense, concentrated and palate coating, everything is in perfect harmony here, Long, lush, opulent and most importantly, with this gorgeous sense of purity to the fruits and chocolate overtones, the finish passes the 60-second mark with ease. The blend was made with 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot and is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine reached 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 3. A nice tidbit for you, the Cabernet was harvested in only 3 days, October 1-3 with 180 pickers. The Grand Vin was produced from only 27% of the harvest with yields averaging 35 hectoliters per hectare.

2019 Ch de Fonbel Grand Cru St Emilion

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  • Jancis Robinson, June 2020, Score: 16

    Fresh fruit aroma and flavour with a savoury edge. Palate lively, juicy, with light, chalky tannins. Simple but appetising. Drink 2023-2030 (JL)

2019 L'Hêtre Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon

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  • Goedhuis, July 2021

    Deep opaque colour. Stunning aromatics of fresh fig, plums and a touch of roasted coffee bean. The palate has a silky voluptuousness to it, naturally rich, with characters of winter fruits and oriental spice, the tannins sit beautifully within the fruit and the lift of fresh acidity give poise and complexity on the finish. A little beauty!

2019 Ch Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac

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  • Goedhuis, June 2020, Score: 98-99

    Striking aromas of mocha and oriental spice with hints of liquorice and autumnal forest fruits. This is all about composure and discretion with layers of distinctive tight dark fruit flavours. The entrance in the palate is very graceful and the fruit unfurls beautifully. This is everything a Lafite should be: elegant and defined, subtle yet powerful. A wine which will reward keeping and give many generations of claret lovers huge pleasure. The ultimate in Pauillac class.

  • Neal Martin, June 2020, Score: 96-98

    The 2019 Lafite-Rothschild was picked from 19 September with the Merlots, pausing during a rainy spell and then picked through to 7 October. The blend includes what Eric Kohler calls "outsider" parcels that met the grade, including some of the Merlot on more clayey soils (see introduction) as well as 13.5% vin de presse. Alcohol here is some half a degree lower than many of its peers at around 13.4%. It has a very sensual bouquet, not a common feature in this First Growth, with generous black fruit infused with pencil box, sous-bois and discrete white pepper aromas. The oak is beautifully subsumed by the fruit already. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, rounded tannins that lend this Lafite its creamy femme fatale texture and disguise its backbone. More powerful than expected, this builds in the mouth towards an atypically corpulent, dense finish that seems to "flow" across the senses. There is not a single hair out of place. I can envisage this firming up during its élevage and deserving more bottle age than seemingly appropriate at this juncture. Whatever its drinking plateau turns out to be, it is certainly a wonderful Lafite-Rothschild that pips the 2018 and revels in the growing season. Drink 2029 - 2070

  • Antonio Galloni, June 2020, Score: 96-98

    The 2019 Lafite-Rothschild is sensual, alluring and simply breathtaking in its beauty. A vivid, towering Lafite, the 2019 simply has it all. Even with all of its intensity, the 2019 possesses striking minerality and tension that give the wine its sense of drive and precision. it is a stunning wine by any measure. The blend is 94% Cabernet 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, including some Merlot from clay-rich parcels that are new to the Grand Vin. Technical Director Eric Kohler describes 2019 as an easier vintage than 2018, a year that saw quite a bit of disease pressure and extremes of temperature. Kohler added that while 2019 was hot, it was consistently hot, and therefore the vines adapted to the conditions as opposed to being shocked by sudden changes. Yields were a very classic 36-40 hectoliters per hectare, depending on the property. Cuvaison was about three weeks, with gentle extractions. As always one of the signatures at Lafite is the use of a portion of press lots in the final blends.

  • Wine Advocate, June 2020, Score: 97-99

    The 2019 Lafite Rothschild is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 7th of October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with compelling notions of baked black cherries, ripe blackberries and crème de cassis followed by hints of mocha, licorice, smoked meats and Sichuan pepper with a waft of eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, the palate is at once ethereally graceful and powerfully intense, featuring layer upon layer of profound smoky, savory flavors and decadently ripe fruit, framed by exquisite, silt-like tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with epic length. In terms of flavor profile, this is a surprisingly (atypically) hedonic, forward expression, with notably lower acidity/higher pH (the pH is 3.9). The alcohol is 13.4%, just a tick higher than the 2018 (13.3%). And yet, the tannins here are unmistakably Lafite, featuring all the tannic grace, finesse and densely pixilated poise fans will expect. What an exciting paradox for the palate—bravo!

  • James Suckling, May 2020, Score: 99-100

    Complex aromas of blackcurrants and lead pencil. Incredible. Graphite and tar. Stunning. It’s full-bodied, yet shows such harmony and polish. Elegance and complexity with finesse. The tannins are so integrated and endless. It goes on for minutes. 94% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot and 1% petit verdot.

  • Decanter, June 2020, Score: 98

    Performs the trick of being immediately succulent and mouthwatering while simultaneously revving up and building power through the palate. You're getting sapidity and savoury black fruits that are both elegant and full of power. The spicy rosemary and black pepper, with slate-textured minerality, is almost unnoticeable until it closes in on the final stretch, helping to stretch things out, beat by beat, adding energy and lift. One half of the 5% Merlot in this blend is from plots that have never before been used in Lafite's 1st wine, because their drone and satellite research discovered three tiny areas that were similar in character and could be vinified together. They have worked on this for the past three years, successfully so for first time in 2019. It just holds on tight, with a creaminess that you don't always find in Lafite at this early stage. A brilliant wine, one that could be upscored from this when in bottle. Harvest September 19 to October 7. Drink 2029 – 2048

  • Jancis Robinson, June 2020, Score: 19

    Supreme elegance in the Lafite mould. Fresh and fragrant on the nose with mineral, cedar and dark-fruit notes. Poise and precision on the palate, the attack clean and direct, the tannins long and linear but enrobed in ripe fruit. Dense but with a reined-in discretion. Silky texture and overall great freshness. Just edges the 2018 for freshness and finesse. (JL) Drink 2030 – 2050

  • Wine Cellar Insider, June 2020, Score: 98-100

    This is a beautiful example of what Chateau Lafite Rothschild does best. Dark garnet in color, aromatically, you find lead pencil, cedar, forest, tobacco wrapper, mint, and black with red fruit scents. The most elegant of all the First Growths, the wine, classic in nature, is refined, pure, bright, focused, precise, and long. There is an intensity that expands as the wine graces your palate, before moving to the finish that is all about the extraordinary purity in the fruits. The wine blends 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The Merlot was harvested September 19-September 25. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked September 22-October 7. The wine reached 13.4% alcohol with pH of 3.9. The Grand Vin was produced from only 40% of the harvest with yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare.

  • Wine Advocate, April 2022, Score: 100

    One of the greatest wines produced in Bordeaux this year is the 2019 Lafite Rothschild, an impeccably balanced classic of immense charm and grace. Wafting from the glass with arresting aromas of cassis, blackberries and cherries mingled with violets, cigar box and warm spices, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, its velvety attack segueing into a layered, concentrated mid-palate framed by exquisitely powdery tannins and ripe acids, and concluding with a long, perfumed finish. This rivals the 2010 and 2016 as the greatest Lafite of the decade, and of those three vintages, it's clearly the most sensual and demonstrative out of the gates. The blend contains fully 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and attained a modest 13.4% alcohol. Drink 2029 - 2065. 100 points. William Kelley, Wine Advocate

2019 Ch Palmer 3ème Cru Margaux

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  • Neal Martin, December 2021, Score: 97

    The 2019 Palmer was always going to be stylistically a completely different kettle of fish than the preceding vintage. It was bottled in early August 2021. As winemaker Thomas Duroux foretold, it’s a much more classically styled Palmer, offering blackberry, briary and pressed iris petals scents rather than violet, along with a distinct marine influence; a touch of sea spray comes through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, tightly knit on the entry, and very fresh and saline, with just a very slight bitter edginess toward the almost Côte de Nuits–like finish (especially returning to my glass after 20 minutes). Quintessential Palmer, this will require 4–6 years in bottle. 97/100 2027-2055

  • Antonio Galloni, February 2022, Score: 98

    The 2019 Palmer is a truly special wine, but it is also going to need a number of years to be at its finest. Dense and plush, with explosive energy, the 2019 possesses tremendous richness in its dark fruit. As always, the blend features a high percentage of Merlot (43%) which works so well in complementing the savoriness of the Cabernet. Thomas Duroux and his team fashioned another absolutely compelling Palmer in 2019. 98/100 2029-2069

  • Jancis Robinson, June 2020, Score: 18.5

    A joyous wine that bristles with zest and energy. Clearly not the super-concentration of the 2018 (when the mildew-reduced yield was only 11 hl/ha), but rich and profound and a degree more elegant. Morello cherry and dark-fruit aromas. Beautiful texture, the tannins present but refined. Fresh and vibrant with a long, palate-cleansing finish. (JL) Drink 2028 – 2045

  • WK, April 2022

    The 2019 Palmer is a rich, dramatic wine that soars from the glass with aromas of cherries, blackberries and berry fruit liqueur mingled with notions of violets, rose petals and sweet spices. Full-bodied, layered and seamless, it's powerful and immensely concentrated, with an enveloping core of lively fruit that largely conceals the wine's ripe, powdery structuring tannins. Concluding with a long, penetrating finish, it's a brilliant rendition of the contemporary Palmer style from Thomas Duroux and his team. Drink 2027 - 2065

2020 L'Hêtre Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon

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2018 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Bonneau du Martray

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  • WK, January 2021, Score: 94

    Revisited from bottle, the 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, fresh bread, orange oil and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, layered and elegantly satiny, it's deep and saline, concluding with fine grip on the finish. In this charming, demonstrative vintage, Bonneau du Martray has succeeded in producing a serious, age-worthy wine. Drink 2025-2050

2019 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru Bruno Colin

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  • Goedhuis, December 2020

    The fact this Grand Cru is some distance from Bruno’s spiritual home in Chassagne has not stopped him from making an epic wine. Masses of vanilla, clotted cream and roasted crunchy nuts. Full, intense and very concentrated, the gorgeous citrus orange and poached pear finish rejuvenates the palate and gives further complexity.

  • Burghound, June 2021, Score: 91-93

    Restrained and distinctly cool aromas display aromas of ripe citrus peel, green apple and hints of mineral reduction. While there is good size, weight and density to the medium-bodied flavors, the youthfully austere and firmly structured finish is somewhat disjointed and awkward today. My projected range offers the benefit of the doubt that this will recover its sense of harmony once it is bottled. Drink 2031+

  • Matthew Jukes, December 2020, Score: 19+

    Relatively fine given the rest of the portfolio, this is a structured wine and it certainly seems to respect the terroir and it will give Corton fans a different take on this hallowed turf. The BC recipe seems to have been tempered a touch, perhaps out of respect, and there is a lovely, firm core of minerality coupled with a delightful fruit expression here. This is Bruno’s top wine in 2019.

  • Jasper Morris MW, December 2020, Score: 91-94

    Not domaine. Clear colour, with citrus grapefruit aromatics. There is a good weight of fruit to this, and indeed some minerality, but not quite the purity and seamless qualities of the Puligny Truffière. Early days yet as the wine is still in barrel. 3 stars

2010 Gevrey Chambertin Drouhin Laroze

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  • Goedhuis, December 2011

    The fruit for this fine Gevrey Chambertin comes from 8 different parcels of vines around the village and therefore is a wonderful example of the appellation. A deep full-berried palate, supported by fresh appealing supple tannins.

  • Burghound, January 2012, Score: 88-91

    A complex nose features red berry fruit plus herbal and floral notes along with plenty of Gevrey-style earth that continues onto the mineral-inflected, intense and relatively robust flavors. There is good verve to the complex, balanced and solidly persistent finish. A classic Gevrey built to reward medium-term cellaring. 2017+

  • Jancis Robinson, January 2012, Score: 16

    Solid and fresh and easy. A bit dry on the end. Very solid. Drink 2016-2023

2017 Sélection Suzanne Laroze Domaine Drouhin Laroze

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2020 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy Vincent et Jean-Pierre Charton

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2004 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE

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  • Wine Advocate, June 2010, Score: 92+

    The 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Deep crimson-colored, it gives up aromas of toast, spice box, espresso, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality. It will be approachable in 2-3 years and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2024.

  • Josh Raynolds, September 2012, Score: 93

    Bright-rimmed ruby-red. Heady red and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, Indian spices and vanillin oak, with a potent floral quality. Stains the palate with sweet cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up anise, cola and vanilla bean accents that build with air. Supple, sweet and expansive on the finish, which leaves smoke and cherry pastry notes behind.

2004 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE

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  • Wine Advocate, June 2010, Score: 92+

    The 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva is 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo aged in new French and American oak for 24 months. Deep crimson-colored, it gives up aromas of toast, spice box, espresso, blackberry, and plum. Medium to full-bodied, on the palate it displays a plush texture, ripe flavors, excellent volume and concentration, and a relatively forward personality. It will be approachable in 2-3 years and will offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2024.

  • Josh Raynolds, September 2012, Score: 93

    Bright-rimmed ruby-red. Heady red and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, Indian spices and vanillin oak, with a potent floral quality. Stains the palate with sweet cherry and mulberry flavors, picking up anise, cola and vanilla bean accents that build with air. Supple, sweet and expansive on the finish, which leaves smoke and cherry pastry notes behind.

2005 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE

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  • Wine Advocate, Score: 95

    The 2005 Imperial Gran Reserva is firing on all cylinders. Smoked cured meats, balsamic notes of beeswax, antique shop and incense define the complex and elegant nose. The medium-bodied palate reveals an impressively powerful wine which manages to feel light on its feet. I needed to swallow a bit of wine to make sure; yes, it’s truly elegant and classic. This is a great wine, which transports you to the old Grand Reservas of yesteryear. It delivers great quality at a great price Drink 2016-2023.

  • Jancis Robinson, Septembe 2013, Score: 93

    (a blend of 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo that was aged in French and American oak for 24 months): Deep red. Heady aromas of cherry, redcurrant, vanilla and rose oil, with a smoky nuance and a hint of cured tobacco. Sappy, penetrating, appealingly sweet red fruit flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. This impressively balanced and focused gran reserva finishes with silky tannins and excellent cut and persistence. One for the cellar.

2015 Viña Real Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE

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  • James Suckling, September 2021, Score: 96

    Fantastic aromas of cappuccino and orange with dark berries. Full-bodied with ultra-fine tannins that are layered and wonderfully polished. The wine has wonderful depth and complexity, as well as super structure. Great Viña Real. Drinkable now, but better in two or three years. Will age beautifully.

  • Josh Raynolds, June 2021, Score: 94

    Glass-staining ruby. A highly complex bouquet features ripe red berry, cherry liqueur, cured tobacco and mocha scents, and a smoky mineral nuance and a hint of white pepper add urgency. Sweet, mineral-driven blackberry, cherry-vanilla, chewing tobacco and candied rose flavors show impressive depth as well as energy. Blends power and finesse with a steady hand and finishes chewy, sweet and impressively long, with youthfully gripping tannins adding framework. Drink 2025-2036.

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