* 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

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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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

Proprietor Didier Cuvelier was quite precise about the degree of frost damage done here. "We had ten vines frosted. That's not 10% of our vines - I really mean just ten vines". As was the caseProprietor Didier Cuvelier was quite precise about the degree of frost damage done here. "We had ten vines frosted. That's not 10% of our vines - I really mean just ten vines". As was the case elsewhere in St Estèphe, frost simply wasn't an issue here in 2017. The blend is therefore fairly typical for the domaine, with 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, very close to the percentages found in the vineyard. I get fresh and substantial fruit character on the nose, accompanied by a convincing dried-cherry character and a vanilla freshness. The palate has a gentle substance, showing a fresh and cool style, with a dry bed of medium-grained tannins and fresh acids. A delightfully clean and pure palate, fresh and filled with elegant structure. This is a good Le Crock in the making. Rating: 90-92 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 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 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 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 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 MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Deep crimson, with aromas of both black fruit and cassis leaf. Supple, juicy, lightish but here there is harmony with enough fruit in the middle to hold the lightish chalky tannins apart. Juicy andDeep crimson, with aromas of both black fruit and cassis leaf. Supple, juicy, lightish but here there is harmony with enough fruit in the middle to hold the lightish chalky tannins apart. Juicy and fresh on the finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

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 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2017 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, the highest level since 2006, because the Merlot didn't quite make it through the September rains unscathed. The wine is correspondinglyThis has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, the highest level since 2006, because the Merlot didn't quite make it through the September rains unscathed. The wine is correspondingly powerful with a robust accompanying acidity that promises a long life. The fruit character is savoury, succulent and extremely persistent, with fleshy blackberry alongside touches of redcurrant and a pulsating freshness that keeps on coming. Harvested 12-29 September with twelve days spent actually picking, compared to sixteen days over the last few years, with more hands on deck. They have never been affected by frost, as far as they can remember, and 2017 was no exception. The wind is always such a benefit here. A normal yield of 45hl/ha, 37% of which was for the grand vin. 60% new oak. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 96 Jane Anson, Decanter(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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

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 BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

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 D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 5/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

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 SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte was not affected by frost and is therefore a classic blend matured in 60% new oak. The bouquet demands a little encouragement from the glass this year, eventually openingThe 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte was not affected by frost and is therefore a classic blend matured in 60% new oak. The bouquet demands a little encouragement from the glass this year, eventually opening with floral scents, more iris than violet, flanked by blackberry and bilberry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that comes across just a little chalky in style. This feels very cohesive and comes replete with a detailed and nuanced finish that might lack the flair and volume of the 2016, but it is certainly sustained and persistent. Give this four to five years in bottle and subject to optimal barrel maturation this may well land at the top of my banded score. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This has fresh fruit on the nose, with black cherry to the fore, pure and fresh, although it perhaps feels a little muted. The palate, however, impresses with its focus and deft precision, showing aThis has fresh fruit on the nose, with black cherry to the fore, pure and fresh, although it perhaps feels a little muted. The palate, however, impresses with its focus and deft precision, showing a very tight core of dark, roasted cherry fruit, accompanied by a central thrust of firm grip and fresh acidity. This has quite a tense style overall, with some very cleanly drawn cherry-stone fruit, wrapped in fresh tannin, grippy but restrained with little notes of dark chocolate, cool, elegant, peppery, and reserved. It has a fine frame, and a long grippy finish to match. This is a very good result. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

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 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 CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 18/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 La Croix de Beaucaillou sees 60% new oak for 12 months, with a fairly high IPT of 75. It has a ripe and generous bouquet of blackberry, fresh fig, cedar and crushed violets that blossom inThe 2017 La Croix de Beaucaillou sees 60% new oak for 12 months, with a fairly high IPT of 75. It has a ripe and generous bouquet of blackberry, fresh fig, cedar and crushed violets that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, that structure making its presence felt towards the finish that exerts an insistent grip. As such, this will probably require three or four years in bottle just to soften the edges. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

2017 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

Release date: 18/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The aromatic profile of this barrel sample commences with some rather dusty and lightly grained blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with a little chalky freshness. The palate has a little substance andThe aromatic profile of this barrel sample commences with some rather dusty and lightly grained blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with a little chalky freshness. The palate has a little substance and concentration at the start, a touch of polish to the texture, although it turns more juicy and open through the middle. It feels a little more composed than some of its peers in this appellation in 2017, with a fresh blackcurrant character which lends it a sense of conviction, a medium-bodied texture which holds up though the middle and finish, and an appropriate central core of grippy tannins. There is a decent savoury character to the fruit on the finish too. A nice effort. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

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 LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Léoville Poyferré was cropped at around 50hl/ha between 20 September and 6 October at 44hl/ha. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is very pure with scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and aThe 2017 Léoville Poyferré was cropped at around 50hl/ha between 20 September and 6 October at 44hl/ha. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is very pure with scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and a touch of graphite, all very focused and neatly entwined with the 85% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, crisp and focused, very harmonious with a touch of cedar and black pepper towards the finish. I appreciate the combination of weight and finesse here, a really quite enthralling valedictory Léoville Poyferré who is due to retire this coming July. Bon vin. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is pure and tight with gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character of blackcurrants, blueberries and crushed stones. Full-bodied, yet compacted and polished. It shows a long and beautiful tanninThis is pure and tight with gorgeous cabernet sauvignon character of blackcurrants, blueberries and crushed stones. Full-bodied, yet compacted and polished. It shows a long and beautiful tannin texture at the end. Just rolls off the palate. Rating: 96 - 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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