* Wines of the vintage

Here are our picks from the vintage. Time will tell whether they all represent 'good value' but we were most impressed by these in terms of quality.

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2017 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 21/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Many of the Vauthier parcels lower down the St Emilion slopes were devastated by frost, but Ausone was spared. The yield of 35 hl/ha is fairly typical for this domaine. The blend in this vintage is Many of the Vauthier parcels lower down the St Emilion slopes were devastated by frost, but Ausone was spared. The yield of 35 hl/ha is fairly typical for this domaine. The blend in this vintage is 45% Merlot, picked September 23rd and 25th, and 55% Cabernet Franc, picked September 28th and 29th. It has a fragrant nose, immediately more expressive, convincing and direct than La Chapelle d’Ausone, with pencil-shaving graphite notes and red rose-petal scents coming from the Cabernet Franc, also with some darker nuances, black fruit perhaps from the Merlot, with tobacco and oak. The palate shows a confident medium body, with plenty of pencil-shaving-dusted red plum fruit, wrapped up in an elegant and reposed substance, underlined by some very fine, tightly grained and confident tannins. Fresh, fragrant, with an impressive and yet very controlled structure, leading into a full finish appropriately grained with tannins. This is a fine Ausone. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 LA CHAPELLE D'AUSONE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 LA CHAPELLE D'AUSONE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 21/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% new oak. Lots of charred wood on the nose. Silky on the palate. There is an excellent mineral streak that keeps the sweet concentrated 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% new oak. Lots of charred wood on the nose. Silky on the palate. There is an excellent mineral streak that keeps the sweet concentrated fruit checked. The wood is evident but well integrated and less prominent than the nose. Again, there is nothing weighty about this wine - it has a brightness throughout coming from the fresh acidity. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET Pomerol

2017 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET Pomerol

Release date: 19/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% in new oak. Good juice and plum fruit. The wine grows in stature. A mineral spine, good concentration and weight. There is plenty of structure, the tannins are 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% in new oak. Good juice and plum fruit. The wine grows in stature. A mineral spine, good concentration and weight. There is plenty of structure, the tannins are grippy and the acidity keeps it fresh. Still has plenty more to give. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2018)

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2017 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN Pomerol

2017 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN Pomerol

Release date: 19/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost was not an issue here. Lovely pronounced fruit on the nose. Some cooked meat too. Fruits of the forest on the palate - silky smooth at 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost was not an issue here. Lovely pronounced fruit on the nose. Some cooked meat too. Fruits of the forest on the palate - silky smooth at first, then mouth coating tannins. The structure is there - plenty of tension too, Mineral stone character adds to the complexity of the finish. Rating: 95 L&S (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé Pauillac PRIMEUR 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 lovely 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 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 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 very 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 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 DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This has a warm and inviting feel, with mocha, Christmas pudding and blackberry and plum compote aromas and flavors flowing through atop fleshy, velvety structure. There’s a graphite edge along with This has a warm and inviting feel, with mocha, Christmas pudding and blackberry and plum compote aromas and flavors flowing through atop fleshy, velvety structure. There’s a graphite edge along with some alluring spice accents, and this stays polished and lengthy in the end. Rating: 93-96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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 wine 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 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 Pomerol

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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 the 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 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 MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

2017 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 35hl/ha. The Château used some fairly hefty selection to weed out the undesirable fruit. It was difficult to pin down the 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 35hl/ha. The Château used some fairly hefty selection to weed out the undesirable fruit. It was difficult to pin down the main problem but presumably the late summer rains did have an impact here. All that selection seems to have done the trick because, while it doesn't quite have the power of 2015 or the poise of 2016, there is excellent concentration and intensity of fruit. The tannins are also beautifully ripe and there is an elegant balance to the very long finish. This is a triumph considering the environmental challenges of the vintage and testament to the outstanding quality of this terroir. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 L&S (Apr 2018)

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2017 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2017 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Thankfully Margaux's plots of Sauvignon Blanc were saved from the frost due to a nifty sprinkler system. The early harvest (Aug 28th - Sept 5th) also meant the fruit was unaffected by late summer Thankfully Margaux's plots of Sauvignon Blanc were saved from the frost due to a nifty sprinkler system. The early harvest (Aug 28th - Sept 5th) also meant the fruit was unaffected by late summer rains, while the cool nights helped retain acidity and a good balance of ripeness in the grapes. Estate manager Sébastien Vergne likened the vintage to 1996, the last time he felt there was a similar balance of concentration and acidity in the fruit. Whatever the comparison, the resulting wine is already quite open and showing plenty of rich and intense flavours of citrus, white peach and blossom. Despite that richness, the wine never appears flabby or loses 'zip'. The finish is strikingly long, fresh and beautifully defined. A 'wow' wine and certainly a prime candidate for best dry white in 2017. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 L&S (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

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 tannin 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 tannin texture at the end. Just rolls off the palate. Rating: 96 - 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien PRIMEUR 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-Léognan

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is a solid Smith for the vintage with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Excellent potential here. This is a solid Smith for the vintage with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Excellent potential here. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Inviting, creamy, cedary aroma. Oak more evident than on most of the Pessacs tasted so far this morning in the UGC primeurs line-up – almost a note of honey – but perfectly balanced. Rich, mealy and Inviting, creamy, cedary aroma. Oak more evident than on most of the Pessacs tasted so far this morning in the UGC primeurs line-up – almost a note of honey – but perfectly balanced. Rich, mealy and full of ripe pear and a hint of orange. Impressive depth, harmony and persistence. Incredibly moreish even while embryonic. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 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 Pichon 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 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 CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe PRIMEUR 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 and 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 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 Emilion

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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, uplifting 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, 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 RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux PRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This is tight and focused with a super precise palate of blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of flowers. Full body, linear tannins and a long finish. This is tight and focused with a super precise palate of blackberries, blackcurrants and hints of flowers. Full body, linear tannins and a long finish. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (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 balanced 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 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 LYNCH BAGES 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac PRIMEUR 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 black 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 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 CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2017 CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac PRIMEUR 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 that 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 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 SUDUIRAUT 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT 1er Cru Classé Sauternes PRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Unaffected in their top terroir by the frost that was brutal for some in Sauternes. They worked hard at Suduiraut picking over three separate harvests to ensure the best fruit was picked at the Unaffected in their top terroir by the frost that was brutal for some in Sauternes. They worked hard at Suduiraut picking over three separate harvests to ensure the best fruit was picked at the optimum moment - and have aimed to make a smaller amount of super-fine wine. This does seem to have been successful as this is one of the top sweet wines that we tasted. Here they feel 2017 ranks with the great vintages like 2013, 2007 and 2001. The Botrytis arrived on the fresh fruit rather than on the ripe fruit like in 05 and 09 - (which is when you get a particularly beefy style, richer than this.) Very pleasing this has good crunch of fresh pineapple - a clean, saline vein and a seamless rounded feel, without being fat or thick at any stage just the odd waft of butterscotch and dark creme brûlée Rating: 95 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 Emilion PRIMEUR 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 and 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 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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