Autumn Release Wine Icons: 'The Outsiders' 2018

Recent tradition dictates that a number of top global brands are offered through the Bordeaux 'Place' at this time of year - what the French call 'la rentrée', or 'back to school' time.

Opus One leads off the pack but see below for the full schedule:

  • 2015 Opus One (03/09)
  • 2015 Clos Apalta (04/09)
  • 2015 Masseto (04/09)
  • 2016 Almaviva (05/09)
  • 2016 Hommage á Jacques Perrin (06/09)
  • 2016 Seña (10/09)
  • 2015 Solaia (12/09)
  • 2016 Viñedo Chadwick (13/09)
  • 2015 Cardinale (TBA)
  • 2015 Vérité (TBA)

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2016 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

2016 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

Release date: 13/9/2018

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 22 months in French oak (80% new). This vintage was substantially cooler than 2015 - the harvest was more than two weeks later. You feel that in the wine's97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 22 months in French oak (80% new). This vintage was substantially cooler than 2015 - the harvest was more than two weeks later. You feel that in the wine's aromatic freshness and elegant weight. The nose is full of zippy red and black fruit, with a lick of green pepper. The entry is very slick indeed and the rich dark fruit is framed by new oak sweetness and spice. Some forest floor too. The energy and tension builds in the cheeks - there is excellent balance between weight and acidity. This is an excellent Viñedo Chadwick that should develop nicely over two the next two decades. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 95 L&S(Sep 2018)

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2015 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

2015 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

Release date: 12/9/2018

There is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage. The stunning 2015 Solaia is solid evidence of this perfect alignment. ThisThere is a magical infinity, a continuous loop of compatibilities, between the icon wines of Tuscany and the 2015 vintage. The stunning 2015 Solaia is solid evidence of this perfect alignment. This was a warm vintage that shows less favorably in my opinion in different parts of Italy and with other grapes that render their most elegant performances in the cooler vintages. I would put pure expressions of Nebbiolo and Sangiovese in this category. However, Tuscany and many of her great blended reds (made partially or fully with international grapes) operate according to a different logic. To me, their maximum expression comes when you can taste that Tuscan sunshine beaming from within. Its rays are brilliant and warm. They shine across the senses with opulence and intensity. The very name Solaia evokes the concept of sunshine and this unique Tuscan wine archetype I am referring to. With the 2015 vintage, Solaia is liquid sunshine not just in name but also in fact. The bouquet is immediately soft and sensual with dark fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. The mouthfeel shows intensity and power, but you don't get any heavy residue from the dry extract (measured at 33 grams per liter). Indeed, the wine feels glossy, tonic and fresh. It is composed of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and a tiny part Cabernet Franc. There is a bit of crunch or snap that comes thanks to the more acidity-prone Sangiovese grape (the wine measures 3.5 in pH). Finally, the tannins are beautifully sweet and ripe. This wine is meticulously executed, and the 2015 vintage lives up to an ideal of what we imagine Solaia to be. It will be released about a week after this review is published. Drinking range: 2020 - 2050 Rating: 100 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)(Sep 2018)

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2016 SEÑA

2016 SEÑA

Release date: 10/9/2018

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged 22 months in 73% new French oak. 2016 was a cool vintage that was poor for volume but very good55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged 22 months in 73% new French oak. 2016 was a cool vintage that was poor for volume but very good for quality. Lots of primary red fruit on the nose. A little whiff of green pepper too. Very inviting. Intensity and concentration on the palate, the oak is not overdone - lots of attractive sweet fruit, some mineral grip and bright acidity. This wine has an 'old world' feel to it with the best of Chile thrown in. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 94 L&S(Sep 2018)

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2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

Release date: 6/9/2018

A tasting of the Courrieux vineyard, a single parcel of Mourvèdre planted in 1909 that always makes up around 70% of the blend. It's a wine that makes you inhale deeply. It has a wonderful, regal,A tasting of the Courrieux vineyard, a single parcel of Mourvèdre planted in 1909 that always makes up around 70% of the blend. It's a wine that makes you inhale deeply. It has a wonderful, regal, stunning nose of violets, blueberries, and blackcurrant almost. It's seamless on the palate, with some camphor, menthol and rosemary notes to the fruit. There's sublime freshness, and the tannins are full and dense but very ripe. A mouth-filling, mouth coating and very intense wine, with a saline finish. Potentially worthy of a perfect score. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 99 Decanter Magazine(Oct 2017)

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2016 ALMAVIVA

2016 ALMAVIVA

Release date: 5/9/2018

A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the wholeA very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021. Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2018)

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2015 CLOS APALTA Clos Apalta - Casa Lapostolle

2015 CLOS APALTA Clos Apalta - Casa Lapostolle

Release date: 4/9/2018

There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity andThere is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable. More powerful than the 2014 which was 100 points. A blend of 46% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2022. Rating: 100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2015 MASSETO

2015 MASSETO

Release date: 4/9/2018

The aromas are profound here with a deep and vast character of black olives, cedar, chocolate and berries, as well as vanilla essence and light coffee. Flamboyant. Full-bodied, this powerful youngThe aromas are profound here with a deep and vast character of black olives, cedar, chocolate and berries, as well as vanilla essence and light coffee. Flamboyant. Full-bodied, this powerful young Masseto is chewy, muscular and rich. Dusty tannins, yet wonderfully polished. A wine for the cellar. Try in 2022. Rating: 99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Sep 2018)

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2015 OPUS ONE

2015 OPUS ONE

Release date: 3/9/2018

Purity and brilliance on the nose with so much currant and flower character. Roses, currant bush and fresh leaves, too. Brightness is the word that comes to mind. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered.Purity and brilliance on the nose with so much currant and flower character. Roses, currant bush and fresh leaves, too. Brightness is the word that comes to mind. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered. Juicy and so gorgeous now. Balance is so wonderful here. All about harmonious fruit and tannin balance. I like it slightly better than the excellent 2014. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 2% malbec. Drink or hold. Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Jul 2018)

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2015 CARDINALE

2015 CARDINALE

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Lots of rich dark fruit on the nose. Sweet black & blue fruit on the palate with supporting role by the oak. Blackcurrant, plum, blueberry and violet flavours90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Lots of rich dark fruit on the nose. Sweet black & blue fruit on the palate with supporting role by the oak. Blackcurrant, plum, blueberry and violet flavours dominate. The impressive tannin emerges at the end and is slightly masked by the slick feel to the wine. It is relatively one dimensional at this stage but will surely develop into something impressive. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 92 L&S(Sep 2018)

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2015 LA JOIE Vérité

2015 LA JOIE Vérité

Vérité's 2015 La Joie is deep, powerful and structured, with tons of Cabernet savoriness running through a core of intense, dark fruit. Grilled herbs, leather, menthol and licorice all develop in theVérité's 2015 La Joie is deep, powerful and structured, with tons of Cabernet savoriness running through a core of intense, dark fruit. Grilled herbs, leather, menthol and licorice all develop in the glass. Sumptuous and yet also structured, La Joie is another winner from Vérité. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2018)

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2015 LA MUSE Vérité

2015 LA MUSE Vérité

Seillan said that 2015 (which was still in barrel at the time of my tasting) was the finest vintage of his lifetime, which is strong praise indeed. Certainly, he has three titanic wines aging in theSeillan said that 2015 (which was still in barrel at the time of my tasting) was the finest vintage of his lifetime, which is strong praise indeed. Certainly, he has three titanic wines aging in the wine cellars. The 2015 La Muse is a blend of 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec. Sweet notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, mocha, espresso bean, chocolate, plum, Asian spice, blackcurrant and black cherries soar from the glass of this opaque-colored wine. It has great fruit, real sucrosity and lushness in the mid-palate, and a super-duper inner core of glycerin followed by sweet, refined tannins in the finish. It is a strikingly flashy and flamboyant style of wine that should drink well for its first 30+ years of life. Drinking range: 2018 - 2046 Rating: 96-99 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Oct 2016)

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2015 LE DÉSIR Vérité

2015 LE DÉSIR Vérité

Seillan said that 2015 (which was still in barrel at the time of my tasting) was the finest vintage of his lifetime, which is strong praise indeed. Certainly, he has three titanic wines aging in theSeillan said that 2015 (which was still in barrel at the time of my tasting) was the finest vintage of his lifetime, which is strong praise indeed. Certainly, he has three titanic wines aging in the wine cellars. If you want to taste something that is like Château Ausone on steroids, check out the 2015 Le Désir, a blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. This huge, ripe wine offers incredible balance, a black/purple color, a stunning nose of crushed rock, white flowers, blueberries and blackberries intermixed with incense and a forest floor component, and an extraordinary integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. This magnificent wine should age effortlessly for 35-40+ years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2056 Rating: 98-100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Oct 2016)

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