* Recommended Left Bank

Most of the top cru classé properties located near the Gironde were spared the frost in 2017. These great houses made very well balanced wines brimming with fresh, juicy fruit and ample structure. Most are very good, some verge on excellent. If you head further inland to Listrac, Moulis, or parts of Pessac and Margaux there was some frost damage but the best properties managed the impact through herculean efforts in the vineyard and some very careful selection.

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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

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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2017 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 29/5/2018

Direct, with a solid core of plum and black cherry fruit lined with a tangy iron note. A flash of tobacco shows on the finish.Direct, with a solid core of plum and black cherry fruit lined with a tangy iron note. A flash of tobacco shows on the finish. Rating: 87-90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/5/2018

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 LE BOSCQ Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 8/5/2018

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 LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 25/4/2018

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 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

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 MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 15/5/2018

I find a nose of fresh raspberry leaf here, with a little overlay of minty toffee. The palate feels loose, lightly textured, with a little core of chalky tannins at its heart, around which dances theI find a nose of fresh raspberry leaf here, with a little overlay of minty toffee. The palate feels loose, lightly textured, with a little core of chalky tannins at its heart, around which dances the flavours of raspberry leaf, crunchy cherry stone and tart pomegranate fruits. The finish shows some grip, a lightly chewy substance, a little more than the rather delicate palate deserves really, and a short finish. This may provide some pretty short-term drinking. Rating: 87-89 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SOCIANDO MALLET Haut Médoc

2017 CHÂTEAU SOCIANDO MALLET Haut MédocPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/5/2018

A medium bodied Haut Médoc with impressive polish and a notable lightness of touch. The cherry and dark berry fruit is beautifully fresh and nicely balanced by the soft, silky tannin. There's justA medium bodied Haut Médoc with impressive polish and a notable lightness of touch. The cherry and dark berry fruit is beautifully fresh and nicely balanced by the soft, silky tannin. There's just enough stuffing in the mid-palate to carry this through to a lovely spice-inflected finish. Really quite refined and very enjoyable to taste. This should be ready to drink relatively soon. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 90 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

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 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2017 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Release date: 11/6/2018

A juicy and savory second wine with blackberry, blueberry and wet-earth character. Medium-bodied, tight and silky. Fresh finish.A juicy and savory second wine with blackberry, blueberry and wet-earth character. Medium-bodied, tight and silky. Fresh finish. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBÉRAL 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBÉRAL 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 15/5/2018

Officially bio-dynamic now across the whole Claire Villars' stable. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot. 40% new oak. 16 months of ageing. Good mineral stone lift on the nose from this gravelly partOfficially bio-dynamic now across the whole Claire Villars' stable. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot. 40% new oak. 16 months of ageing. Good mineral stone lift on the nose from this gravelly part of the left bank. Yet it is the beautiful, cream textured weight of classic plum fruit that dominates the impact here. A rich weight of nicely ripened dark red and blackberry fruit runs true right throughout this. Claire tells us this is quite an English vintage and I know what she means, there is a good 'claretty' shape - yet with this wine there is more weight and plump fruit than to be truly 'classic'. This is appealing, supple and engaging. Rating: 90-91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 15/5/2018

The 2017 Ferrière has a bit more Cabernet in the blend than usual because some parcels of Merlot were hit by the frost. The estate is also undergoing a full conversion to biodynamics, though some ofThe 2017 Ferrière has a bit more Cabernet in the blend than usual because some parcels of Merlot were hit by the frost. The estate is also undergoing a full conversion to biodynamics, though some of these practices are already well established here. Claire Villars Lurton's 2017 has an inviting nose of cherry and cassis fruit with leafy, floral undertones. The new wood is 40% in this vintage and it lends a firm backbone but there is just enough charming, juicy fruit to balance. It is relatively light in body but what really impresses is the freshness and tension. It glides across the palate toward a grippy, mineral inflected finish. This is a classic, gently assertive Margaux. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE Pauillac

2017 RÉSERVE DE LA COMTESSE Pauillac

Release date: 5/6/2018

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. A lovely second wine from Chateau Pichon Lalande. Ripe fruit on the nose. Glossy dark fruit on the palate. Smooth with fine60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. A lovely second wine from Chateau Pichon Lalande. Ripe fruit on the nose. Glossy dark fruit on the palate. Smooth with fine tannins, good uplifting acidity and a long attractive finish. Stands up very well in the shadow of the grand vin. Rating: 90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 16/5/2018

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Lovely old school claret. Rich fruit and oak on the nose. On the palate, the wine opens up with cassis, forest fruits, violet, gravel dust and60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Lovely old school claret. Rich fruit and oak on the nose. On the palate, the wine opens up with cassis, forest fruits, violet, gravel dust and well pronounced oak. It is not muscular but has the concentration and depth to give the wine a lovely mouth-feel. Bright acidity. Tiny drying tannins. Eye catching. Rating: 91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 5/6/2018

Another great St Estephe - this does seem to be one of the more successful villages this year. Nice feel. Chalky texture and hard calcaire middle. Fruit is pretty, elevated with punchy darkAnother great St Estephe - this does seem to be one of the more successful villages this year. Nice feel. Chalky texture and hard calcaire middle. Fruit is pretty, elevated with punchy dark currants. Nice and 'clarerty' just as you would hope, firm and restrained. Feel and depth are good though. Long too. 55%Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 6% Cbernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Rating: 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

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 BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 2/5/2018

Branaire has made a very fine wine in 2017. François Xavier Maroteaux, who has now taken the reins, explained they are always striving for a ‘home signature’ which combines pure fruit, freshness andBranaire has made a very fine wine in 2017. François Xavier Maroteaux, who has now taken the reins, explained they are always striving for a ‘home signature’ which combines pure fruit, freshness and balance - mission accomplished this year! 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 6.5% Petit Verdot. For the team here they feel the structure is closest to 2015. It seems a little higher toned perhaps but is very attractive. Lovely purity, well focused and a great feel. There is a nice frame with surprisingly good structure for the vintage and this is quite tightlly wound for now. This feels complete, a very sexy wine with a ripe middle of dark cassis and dark plum flesh - but nothing too sweet. Measured, pure but with nice plush depth. Good stuff. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 92 - 93 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

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 D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 5/6/2018

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Thanks to the proximity of the Gironde and (possibly) the protective walled 'clos', d'Issan was spared the frost. The rest of the season was benign and early - the65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Thanks to the proximity of the Gironde and (possibly) the protective walled 'clos', d'Issan was spared the frost. The rest of the season was benign and early - the earliest harvest since 2003. The result is a Margaux typically full of fragrance, refreshment and finesse. They make much of their historic links at this Château, including supplying the wine for the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine. As a result, the moto on the glittering gold label is 'Regum Mensis Aris Que Deorum' (for the table of kings and the altar of the gods). I imagine this 2017 would please both!  Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 91-93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 6/6/2018

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Brane is set back a bit from the river so unfortunately around 25% of the crop was lost to frost. The impact was patchy and74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Brane is set back a bit from the river so unfortunately around 25% of the crop was lost to frost. The impact was patchy and thankfully the best plots on the Brane plateau and Carabin were spared and it's only these parcels that went into the grand vin. Consequently volumes are well down but quality has certainly been conserved. The 2017 is a stunning Brane with gorgeous fragrant fruit, ample structure and a long, elegant finish. A highlight from the appellation. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 6/6/2018

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. 75% new oak. A firm favourite in the L&S camp. Slightly muted nose. Nice juice on the palate. Very precise dark fruit flavour - deep and succulent. Well balanced80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. 75% new oak. A firm favourite in the L&S camp. Slightly muted nose. Nice juice on the palate. Very precise dark fruit flavour - deep and succulent. Well balanced small, dark fruit berries and then a nice perfumed lift. Essence of framboise and some floral notes. Some mineral and green notes too. The tannins are ripe and the wine finishes with some moreish toasty oak. Jooyful wine with heart and bounce. Rating: 92 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

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 SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/6/2018

In this vintage we have a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, a classic blend for the property, with no problem with frost on most of vineyard. TheIn this vintage we have a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, a classic blend for the property, with no problem with frost on most of vineyard. The fruit was picked between September 11th and the 29th. The yield was 36 hl/ha. Of the entire harvest, 40% went into the grand vin. The fermentation here included some whole-bunch Merlot, using only bunches with ripe red stems, layered in the vat with destemmed fruit (from bunches with greener stems). It has a quite compelling nose, with blackcurrant fruit, damson too, wrapped up in tobacco and toasted oak scents, clearly very pure and concentrated. This is fresh and hugely convincing on the palate, broad, with a wonderful textural confidence, a creamed fruit concentration, brimming with black cherry, black olive and damson fruit, underpinned by beautifully ripe and polished tannins, lending it a silky composition. It has an impressive construction, pure, silky and very long, and emboldened with ripe tannins. This has huge potential, focused and yet clearly generous too. Overall, very impressive. Rating: 95-97 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 12/6/2018

A firm and silky red with a medium to full body, a solid center palate and a long and integrated finish. Very fine, polished and refined. Creamy tannins. Hints of bitter orange.A firm and silky red with a medium to full body, a solid center palate and a long and integrated finish. Very fine, polished and refined. Creamy tannins. Hints of bitter orange. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(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

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a little reticent to begin, opening up to fragrant notes of potpourri and oolong tea over a core of crushed red and black currants plusDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a little reticent to begin, opening up to fragrant notes of potpourri and oolong tea over a core of crushed red and black currants plus hints of violets, dark chocolate and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, it has an ambitious palate with firm, grainy tannins slightly masking the elegant fruit, finishing with good length though just a tad chewy. Rating: 91-93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 17/5/2018

A very expressive, open, fruit-rich and perfumed nose, full of fragrant black cherry character, intense and dusted with rose-petal and peony scents. These floral elements are prominent, although theyA very expressive, open, fruit-rich and perfumed nose, full of fragrant black cherry character, intense and dusted with rose-petal and peony scents. These floral elements are prominent, although they come with rather impressively intertwined twists of back bean and melted tar. This confidence and expression translates perfectly onto the palate, which carries a creamy texture, with a polished tannic grip, fine-boned and fresh, and delightfully correct acidity. We have a real tour de force here, long and with a gentle caress of tannins in the finish. Impressive, and well set up for the future. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 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

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 CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

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 CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 18/5/2018

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carménère. Lovely dark fruit nose with a mineral background. There is weight on the palate and an energetic acidity that60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carménère. Lovely dark fruit nose with a mineral background. There is weight on the palate and an energetic acidity that keeps the wine spritely. This has a lovely traditional Pauillac feel to it - medium bodied with flavours of cassis, pencil lead and cedar. The finish is complex and thought provoking. Rating: 91-93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 18/5/2018

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Small berry fruits and bell pepper notes on the nose. The texture is smooth on entry. Good weight and depth. Tiny tannins and68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Small berry fruits and bell pepper notes on the nose. The texture is smooth on entry. Good weight and depth. Tiny tannins and crisp acidity add to the structure. Notes of cassis, graphite and cedar but still quite reserved. Looks very promising. Rating: 90-91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Saint Julien

2017 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

A blend of 58% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot, 60% new oak, the deep ruby-colored 2017 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou from the charismatic winemaker Bruno Borie is another elegant,A blend of 58% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot, 60% new oak, the deep ruby-colored 2017 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou from the charismatic winemaker Bruno Borie is another elegant, seamless wine from this vintage. It’s certainly a high-quality second wine. (It’s more like a second cuvée as it comes from a designated sector of vines.) Crème de cassis, crushed flowers, violets, and forest floor notes all flow to a medium-bodied, silky 2017 that has fine, fine tannin and plenty of length. Drink it while you wait on the Grand Vin. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

2017 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

Release date: 18/5/2018

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. As ever this is not a second wine but a distinct wine in it's own right and a very good effort it is too for 2017. Nose here is quite serious,72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. As ever this is not a second wine but a distinct wine in it's own right and a very good effort it is too for 2017. Nose here is quite serious, cabernet loaded and quite restrained for now. Classic shape on entry this has good gentle power. Actually quite a sleek core of good dark brambling fruit, but all checked by a mineral almost salty spray. Deep red fruit weight builds and some nice spice too. Detailed, quite dense and good lines, then finishes with talc-like, very fine tannins. Rating: 91 - 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 15/5/2018

This has a really open nose of blackberry and dark cherry fruit with some quite sweet vanilla oak. There's attractive weight to a palate billowing with rich, dark fruit. It's a fairly hedonisticThis has a really open nose of blackberry and dark cherry fruit with some quite sweet vanilla oak. There's attractive weight to a palate billowing with rich, dark fruit. It's a fairly hedonistic Margaux, especially considering the vintage. Quite a big frame too but the tannins are fine and there's more than enough fruit to fill it out. Perhaps it's not the freshest or most subtle interpretation from 2017 but this is a Margaux that will definitely appeal for all its easy, upfront charm. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 7/6/2018

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 % Merlot. 80% new oak. Tasted three times over the week. Singing on all three occasions. There is a sense of grandeur - an almost aristocratic feel to the 2017 Pichon79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 % Merlot. 80% new oak. Tasted three times over the week. Singing on all three occasions. There is a sense of grandeur - an almost aristocratic feel to the 2017 Pichon Baron. Complex nose of oak, mineral stone and meat. Sleek and energetic on the palate. Enticing dark fruit in the middle. Mineral streak throughout. Majestic. Rating: 94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

The elegantly styled 2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla is another charming, incredibly well-balanced Margaux that offers up a great perfume of raspberries, violets, incense and spice. It has moderate tannin,The elegantly styled 2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla is another charming, incredibly well-balanced Margaux that offers up a great perfume of raspberries, violets, incense and spice. It has moderate tannin, a silky, lightly textured profile, and a great finish. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot still aging in 60% new French oak, this is one of the 2017s that grows on you with time in the glass and should evolve beautifully after release. Tasted twice. Rating: 91-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/6/2018

On the nose there is an unmistakable whiff of class here - intense, refined and hugely inviting. 53% Merlot, 40.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.3% Cabernet Franc. On the palate there is again a veryOn the nose there is an unmistakable whiff of class here - intense, refined and hugely inviting. 53% Merlot, 40.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.3% Cabernet Franc. On the palate there is again a very fine feel. A touch more guts and intensity here than the La Mission - and a good jolt of energy comes in too. Again fruit is mature, almost a baked feel, some cocoa and more savoury notes - which balance and underline the measured feel to the fruit. Black berries and plum flesh - some good firm lines of green herbs too and smart wood-spice. This is nicely judged. Incredibly long and lingering finish again displays its pedigree. Rating: 94-95 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

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 LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 11/6/2018

Didier Cuvelier was grateful for his vines having escaped the frost in the 2017 vintage. After a benevolent growing season he delayed picking only a day or two longer than his peers, starting withDidier Cuvelier was grateful for his vines having escaped the frost in the 2017 vintage. After a benevolent growing season he delayed picking only a day or two longer than his peers, starting with the Merlot harvest on September 20th, finishing on September 26th. Then, as was commonplace in this vintage (although rare in most years), the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began without a break, running from the 26th until October 3rd. The Petit Verdot was picked on the 28th and the 30th, while the Cabernet Franc came in last of all, on the 3rd. Even with this ‘delay’, this was still the earliest harvest here since 2011. The blend is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, while the alcohol is 13.2%, total acidity 3.3 g/l and the IPT 77. It has a really focused style on the nose, with a lifted, chalky, limestone perfume, over lightly desiccated blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. The palate shows a quite charming texture, broad, supple at its heart, but with a nicely defined grip to it, and a frame which keeps the wine upright and vigorous through to the end of the palate. The finish is confident, with a flourish of chalky tannin, and the whole being seems complete and composed. Overall very elegant, charming, with a creamy concentration. I love the understated tannic backbone it possesses. 93-95/100 Rating: 93-95 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 11/6/2018

In this vintage the team at Montrose were able to enhance the precision of their selection even further than before, following the installation of additional small vats, some with a volume of just 13In this vintage the team at Montrose were able to enhance the precision of their selection even further than before, following the installation of additional small vats, some with a volume of just 13 hectolitres, so that they now have 82 stainless steel vats in total. The harvest was thus picked in 82 lots, coming from 89 hectares of vines currently in production, so nearly one hectare per vat. The fruit was picked from September 12th onwards, finishing on September 29th, although there were in fact just twelve days of active picking. The rapid completion of the harvest is down to the expansion in the picking team, previously up from 60 to 80, and now up again to 100 members. The grand vin takes 37% of the crop, less than 40% being the in-house target, and it is strong on Cabernet Sauvignon, at 76% of the blend, the last time a vintage had this sort of contribution from this variety was back in 2006. The balance is 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a very fine and very lightly dusty concentration on the nose, with notes of white flower petals and grained black cherry fruit, wrapped in a subtle praline toast. There follows a remarkably broad and composed palate, fresh and pure, possessing a supple texture and breadth, carrying notes of black olive and damson fruits, with a little hedgerow complexity, along with a deeply buried bed of ripe, polished and velvety tannins. This is a wine of real charm and precision, with both elegance and structure, and a medium-bodied finesse. And it is long, with an elegant tannic grip in the finish. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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