* Best buys of the vintage

Here are the 'best buys' from the vintage, the wines we think score for quality and value. Sadly, there are precious few in this vintage we can heartily recommend but this list is the best place to start.

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2017 LA PETITE ÉGLISE Pomerol

2017 LA PETITE ÉGLISE PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 19/6/2018

75cl bottles, case of 6

100% Merlot at 41hl/ha with 50% new oak. Dark berry and plum fruit nose. Astonishingly smooth and silky on the palate. Almost creamy dark fruit with soft, easy power. Just a hint of something savoury100% Merlot at 41hl/ha with 50% new oak. Dark berry and plum fruit nose. Astonishingly smooth and silky on the palate. Almost creamy dark fruit with soft, easy power. Just a hint of something savoury on the finish. This is very Pomerol. Delicious and ready fairly soon. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 14/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot. Tightly knitted and giving little away at this stage. There is real structure in this claret. The wine has weight, fresh acidity and lovely96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot. Tightly knitted and giving little away at this stage. There is real structure in this claret. The wine has weight, fresh acidity and lovely mouth coating tannins. A hint of dark fruit and oak on the finish. Not the finished article but certainly an impressive first growth in the making. Rating: 96 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Over 50% lost to Frost. Lots of creamy red fruit on the nose. Very precise and 'on point'. Excellent texture. The Cabernet duo gives the wine47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Over 50% lost to Frost. Lots of creamy red fruit on the nose. Very precise and 'on point'. Excellent texture. The Cabernet duo gives the wine precision and tension. The red fruit re-appears on the palate with the acidity underlining the fruit giving it definition. Smoke and mineral flavours linger in the background. Well integrated tannins kick in at the end. Long finish. This claret has character and charm - a star of the vintage. Rating: 95 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE Pomerol

2017 CHÂTEAU LA CONSEILLANTE PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Frost claimed two hectares from a total of 12. A very precise and promising wine. High pitched plummy nose. The Cabernet Franc is distinguishable on the85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Frost claimed two hectares from a total of 12. A very precise and promising wine. High pitched plummy nose. The Cabernet Franc is distinguishable on the palate and adds a lovely green bell pepper streak through the core of the wine. The oak adds some weight but the wine is not fat or round, more fresh and structured. A real pleasure to taste. Rating: 94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Wow a real stand-out at each occasion we tasted. A text-book Barton and classic St Julien - yet this is ahead of so many in 2017 for its impeccable balance and exciting energy. 93% Cabernet and 7%Wow a real stand-out at each occasion we tasted. A text-book Barton and classic St Julien - yet this is ahead of so many in 2017 for its impeccable balance and exciting energy. 93% Cabernet and 7% Merlot this year. An enticing cassis crunch here on the nose - is really attractive. This follows on the palate with a compact coiled energy to the bright and juicy fruit. Blackberry and raspberry notes have a pure feel, there is a lovely precision to it which almost disguises the density and powerful weight of fruit. Beautifully balanced and the intensity is well handled. Energy continues right through. Clean lines, but detailed and nuanced. Lovely level of ripe and fine tannins. They harvested the Merlot between the 15 and 18 September and the Cabernet from the 22nd to 29th. 60% New Wood No frost issues thankfully, a good vintage here according to Damien and Lillian Barton, with just the September rain causing some issues with their Merlot - so they reduced this has mostly gone in to the 2nd wine and we have a high Cabernet level in the Grand Vin - which is delicious. Rating: 95 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A tight and linear red with a firm and intense, pretty center palate of blackberry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied, reserved and focused. Really compacted.A tight and linear red with a firm and intense, pretty center palate of blackberry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied, reserved and focused. Really compacted. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The clay layer in the soil here at Calon saved them from any danger of water stress, despite the quite dry and hot season. And they were really pleased with the Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot andThe clay layer in the soil here at Calon saved them from any danger of water stress, despite the quite dry and hot season. And they were really pleased with the Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Cabernet Franc were more tricky and there was much work done. Heavy selection of fruit was made ensuring only perfect, healthy bunches were kept and some innovative work was done with the press wines too. To try and add a bit of intensity to the mid-palate here, they introduced almost twice as much wine from the press to the usual free run juice. This element would normally be added in in January - but here it was blended in immediately and fermented together. Clever idea and the results are great. This added a firm, fresh edge - an elegance and a lift but with no austerity. The 2017 is already very attractive. Fresh and clean, a St Estephe feel and pure line - but there is a lovely balance too. Soft and silky on approach. Spicy, soft damson fruit and delicious cassis jus are held in place by the mega-fine, soft tannins. A real delight. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot Rating: 94 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CANON 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU CANON 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc. No frost. Some lovely plummy and black currant flavours on the nose. Smooth entry. The mouth feel is intriguing, tiny tannins, lots of weight and power, uplifting77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc. No frost. Some lovely plummy and black currant flavours on the nose. Smooth entry. The mouth feel is intriguing, tiny tannins, lots of weight and power, uplifting acidity that adds tension. The flavour is slightly muted but you can see where this wine is going. Hints of toasty oak, mineral stone and dark fruit. Showing all the right signs at this stage. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 29/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is tight and structured with a pretty center palate. Medium body, dark fruit and hints of spices and cedar. Very well done.This is tight and structured with a pretty center palate. Medium body, dark fruit and hints of spices and cedar. Very well done. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

2017 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch BagesPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 22/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

A dense and fresh white at the same time with cooked apples, lemon rind and minerals. Bright and vivid yet shows depth and seriousness. Phenolic and vivid. Hints of fresh herbs. Drink or hold.A dense and fresh white at the same time with cooked apples, lemon rind and minerals. Bright and vivid yet shows depth and seriousness. Phenolic and vivid. Hints of fresh herbs. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 22/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Some oak on the nose. Savoury flavour on the palate, accompanied by sweet dark concentrated fruit, nicely tiered red and black70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Some oak on the nose. Savoury flavour on the palate, accompanied by sweet dark concentrated fruit, nicely tiered red and black berries - a summer pudding blend of flavours. Quite powerful and energetic. Lots of tiny grippy tannins. Concentrated but fresh. A real treat. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU ROUGET Pomerol

2017 CHÂTEAU ROUGET PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 17/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Organic. Fruit forward and energetic. Good extraction. Lots of dense dark berry fruit. 35% whole bunch fermentation which is evident in the juice. The85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Organic. Fruit forward and energetic. Good extraction. Lots of dense dark berry fruit. 35% whole bunch fermentation which is evident in the juice. The dusty tannins kick in near the end. Good acidity throughout keeps this wine poised and upbeat. Complex and long finish. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU TALBOT 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU TALBOT 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Jean-Michel Laporte (formerly of Conseillante) has now taken the reins here but he did not have input into this vintage. He has no plans to revolutionise things, just to make small, gradual changesJean-Michel Laporte (formerly of Conseillante) has now taken the reins here but he did not have input into this vintage. He has no plans to revolutionise things, just to make small, gradual changes like slowly increasing the plantings of Cabernet over the course of the next 80 years... The 2017 showed a nicely open nose of fresh black fruit and some savoury elements like cedarwood, earth and tapenade. It has a fine medium-bodied frame and lots of juicy refreshment. The tannins are slightly chalky but overall this is a very well presented Saint Julien. Rating: 90-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Tasted at the chateau on the deck above the glorious new winery building. This rolls across the palate with just a touch of suede-like scrape to the tannins - but the feel is dominated by plump ripeTasted at the chateau on the deck above the glorious new winery building. This rolls across the palate with just a touch of suede-like scrape to the tannins - but the feel is dominated by plump ripe cherry scented fruit. At a tasting of St Juliens this stood out for the baked notes to the plummy flesh - a ripe and rich middle, which is fun and easy to taste - but perhaps is less focused than some of its neighbours at this stage. No lack of pleasure though, for now. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PIBRAN Cru Bourgeois Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU PIBRAN Cru Bourgeois PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The frost mainly hit the cabernet sauvignon fruit here. A big dependency on Merlot this vintage. 68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon (normally half and half). Lovely scent of forest fruit. Juicy entryThe frost mainly hit the cabernet sauvignon fruit here. A big dependency on Merlot this vintage. 68% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon (normally half and half). Lovely scent of forest fruit. Juicy entry with sweet fruit at the core. The wood is evident and adds an attractive vanilla note to the wine. Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE TERTRE RÔTEBOEUF Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LE TERTRE RÔTEBOEUF Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 14/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

100% new oak. Sampled straight from the barrel in their charming traditional cellar. Lots of toasty oak on the nose framing wild red and plum fruit. Nina Mitjavile described the vintage as 'up and100% new oak. Sampled straight from the barrel in their charming traditional cellar. Lots of toasty oak on the nose framing wild red and plum fruit. Nina Mitjavile described the vintage as 'up and down' with periods of sun and periods of rain. She thinks the wine is 'traditional' in style but with a lovely 'spicy and fresh' signature. Once the oak recedes, this will begin to show off the remarkable complexity and easy concentration underneath. There is so much to look forward to - dried fruit, tobacco and a saline hit that keeps everything high-toned, savoury and incredibly moreish. A hugely impressive wine in the making that will likely end up at the top end of our banded score. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU ROC DE CAMBES Côtes de Bourg

2017 CHÂTEAU ROC DE CAMBES Côtes de BourgPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 14/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 6

Strikingly perfumed dark fruit nose filled with layers of fresh blackberry, forest floor, spice and toasty oak. There is real intrigue and complexity here but it will need time to knit together inStrikingly perfumed dark fruit nose filled with layers of fresh blackberry, forest floor, spice and toasty oak. There is real intrigue and complexity here but it will need time to knit together in bottle. The palate is full of silky tannin and refreshing acidity which lends energy and tension. It almost reverberates across the palate and finishes very long. A beguiling mixture of savoury and sweet elements. This should be excellent from 2023+. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 8/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Lovely toasty oak on the nose. Warming and enticing. Lots of juicy sweet fruit on the palate. Not too much extraction. Cedar wood provides the64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Lovely toasty oak on the nose. Warming and enticing. Lots of juicy sweet fruit on the palate. Not too much extraction. Cedar wood provides the framework. The tannins counter the sweet fruit and add an attractive drying sensation near the end. Notably Saint-Estèphe in style. An excellent option in 2017. Rating: 89-90 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Impressive verdant bouquet of bramble fruits, violet and cedar. There is even a hint of Pyrazine character that's missing from51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Impressive verdant bouquet of bramble fruits, violet and cedar. There is even a hint of Pyrazine character that's missing from many wines in this vintage. Good carry and chew on the fleshy mid-palate. The tannins are fine, ripe and really silky. Already approachable and inviting, this has impressive length. Another very good wine from an estate that's been on an excellent run of form. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

One of the wines of the day. Excellent crunch and robust feel to the dark, ripe fruit. Lovely grip and chew. Fruit is certainly ripe but there is a firmness and scratch to the texture. A hint ofOne of the wines of the day. Excellent crunch and robust feel to the dark, ripe fruit. Lovely grip and chew. Fruit is certainly ripe but there is a firmness and scratch to the texture. A hint of cedar in the background adds complexity. Bright and lively zip keeps this flowing. It is smart and has a great purity. A classic St Estephe feel. Good, bright fun. Ends clean and pure — but with that ripe note hauntingly present. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON 3ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Another hugely impressive showing from the Barton family. We tasted this three times and don't recall encountering a more succulent and charming Saint Julien in this vintage. The nose is open, brightAnother hugely impressive showing from the Barton family. We tasted this three times and don't recall encountering a more succulent and charming Saint Julien in this vintage. The nose is open, bright and inviting. It fizzes with fleshy red and perky blue skinned fruit that balance beautifully on the palate. This Langoa is not a heavy-weight but it has an enticing coolness and fresh middle which give real energy and definition. It will age gracefully but should also be approachable from 2022. There were no frost issues here and it's a good vintage according to Damien and Lillian Barton, with just the September rain causing some issues with their Merlot. A pretty 13% alcohol. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. 60% new wood. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 92 - 93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BARDE HAUT Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU BARDE HAUT Grand Cru Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

80% merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Rich dark fruit on the nose. It is slick and medium-full bodied with real succulence. The acidity and the Cabernet Franc are what keep this full of energy80% merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Rich dark fruit on the nose. It is slick and medium-full bodied with real succulence. The acidity and the Cabernet Franc are what keep this full of energy and refreshment. Lovely fruit core of cassis and black cherry with a lick of some spice and leafy minerality on the finish. Should be drinking within five years and comfortably has the concentration to last. A superb 2017 Saint Emilion. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A firm favourite in the L&S camp. This year production is sadly down by about 40%, a great shame as the wine really is superb. Some of the losses were immediate (the frost killed off an entire MerlotA firm favourite in the L&S camp. This year production is sadly down by about 40%, a great shame as the wine really is superb. Some of the losses were immediate (the frost killed off an entire Merlot vineyard in Soussans) but that only effected about 6% of the total stock. The cold also reduced yields on the surviving vines as fewer bunches could be supported on each plant. The low yield has led to super concentration in the rich, dark fruit which sits beautifully within a framework of well-judged oak. A mineral undertow gives this wonderful shape and restrained power. Simply delicious and drinkable relatively soon. Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CLOS MANOU Médoc

2017 CLOS MANOU MédocPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This is quite dark and brooding at the moment. A coiled spring. There is rich, dark berry fruit all wrapped up in some very nicely integrated oak. It has an attractive sweetness balanced by reallyThis is quite dark and brooding at the moment. A coiled spring. There is rich, dark berry fruit all wrapped up in some very nicely integrated oak. It has an attractive sweetness balanced by really ripe, powdery tannins. The wine has plenty of power and drive and that vital ‘pep’ which keeps it energetic and intriguing. No hint of rusticity or excess weight. The finish is clean and long. It’s a very smart Médoc from the northern reaches beyond St Éstephe. Rating: 88-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA MAURIANE Puisseguin Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LA MAURIANE Puisseguin Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

This Saint Emilion from the satellite village of Puisseguin is one of our favourite properties on the right bank. It's hard to find another which offers such consistency of quality and value. TheThis Saint Emilion from the satellite village of Puisseguin is one of our favourite properties on the right bank. It's hard to find another which offers such consistency of quality and value. The 2017 has a lovely rich, plum and violet scented nose. There is plenty of muscle and shape on the palate but everything is kept fresh and well-defined by the wine's signature mineral core - the product of old vines, limestone terroir, plenty of Cabernet Franc and the quiet genius of owner and winemaker Pierre Taïx. Rating: 89-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc

2017 CHÂTEAU CAMBON LA PELOUSE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut MédocPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 24/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This has been an L&S favourite for the last 20 years and I am delighted to say the quality is once again excellent. Sweet dark fruit mingles on the palate with fresh hedgerow and nettle flavours. ItThis has been an L&S favourite for the last 20 years and I am delighted to say the quality is once again excellent. Sweet dark fruit mingles on the palate with fresh hedgerow and nettle flavours. It is medium bodied, with some lovely juice, good structure and refreshing minerality. One to fill the cellar with for short to medium term drinking. Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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