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2020 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

2020 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

Release date: 24/6/2021

The 2020 Aile d’Argent was picked early, from August 24, to keep the acidity, with no skin contact and no malolactics in the final blend. The winemaking team used all the Sauvignon Gris to obtainThe 2020 Aile d’Argent was picked early, from August 24, to keep the acidity, with no skin contact and no malolactics in the final blend. The winemaking team used all the Sauvignon Gris to obtain richness, and the wine will be bottled in early June. It has an alluring, perfumed bouquet of honeysuckle, orange pith and lime scents, very well defined and the oak skillfully integrated. The palate is smooth in texture, displaying just the right amount of bitterness to lend edge on the entry, and quite tangy compared to recent vintages, featuring lime, melon and gooseberry notes, touches of lemongrass coming through toward the finish. Delicious. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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2020 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

2020 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

Release date: 23/6/2021

The 2020 La Clarté de Haut-Brion has a light nose of apple orchard, freshly sliced pear and light crushed rock scents, although I would have liked to see more intensity. The palate is well balancedThe 2020 La Clarté de Haut-Brion has a light nose of apple orchard, freshly sliced pear and light crushed rock scents, although I would have liked to see more intensity. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, and quite saline, displaying a welcome touch of bitter lemon toward the finish. This should give a decade of drinking pleasure. Drinking range: 2023 - 2033 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/6/2021

71.4% Sauvignon Blanc, 28.6% Sémillon. Cask sample taken 12 April. Picked from 20 to 27 August. Estimated alcohol 13.9%. Very pale greenish straw. Far from the most opulent Haut-Brion Blanc, this is71.4% Sauvignon Blanc, 28.6% Sémillon. Cask sample taken 12 April. Picked from 20 to 27 August. Estimated alcohol 13.9%. Very pale greenish straw. Far from the most opulent Haut-Brion Blanc, this is playing the fresh and subtle card, with just a hint of sweet smokiness, Perhaps the team was keen to hang on to such acidity as was available after the hot, dry summer since it seems pretty soft? Decidedly reticent at the moment. It's always so difficult to give a drinking date for Haut-Brion Blanc since it seems to go into a funk at about four years. But it has so many waxy layers even at this early stage … it may well blossom into something truly remarkable but for the moment its stablemate La Mission Blanc seems to have much more vitality. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 16.5++ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 22/6/2021

Market Insight: There's a big question over Smith Haut's 2019. Its best score ever from Martin and one which put it in the upper echelons from Parker, and yet the price has slipped back by £15. ThisMarket Insight: There's a big question over Smith Haut's 2019. Its best score ever from Martin and one which put it in the upper echelons from Parker, and yet the price has slipped back by £15. This might well be a short term vs long term trend, as we remain optimistic that the masses will develop and awareness of just how much wine you get for your money here, but even benchmarks for the perfect 2009 don't fill me with confidence.

Tasting note: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris. Fabulously ripe, rich nose of tropical fruits, oak (50% new) and sweet spice. There's a lovely depth of fruit, spice & phenolics on the palate, which is perfectly balanced with tangy acidity. This was very much the standout from the whites we tasted. Delicious and very moreish, even now. It will be interesting to see how this develops but it's so good already. Highly recommended.
Rating: 94 L&S (May 2021)

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2020 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

2020 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

Release date: 16/6/2021

The 2020 Blanc de Lynch-Bages, fermented in temperature-controlled barrels, raised in 50% new oak and bottled in April 2021, has a well-defined bouquet, scents of yellow plum intermingling withThe 2020 Blanc de Lynch-Bages, fermented in temperature-controlled barrels, raised in 50% new oak and bottled in April 2021, has a well-defined bouquet, scents of yellow plum intermingling with gooseberries and crushed stone. The palate is well balanced; the 20% Sémillon transcending its “bit part” in the blend by furnishing this white Bordeaux with a slightly honeyed texture and subtle tropical notes of white peach and passion fruit. This is all counterbalanced by a fine bead of acidity, and though it does not possess enormous length, there is a precision that is very appealing. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 4/6/2021

The 2020 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc is bright and airy in its aromatics, but then shows its power on the palate, mostly the result of a higher percentage of Sémillon than in the past. White flowers,The 2020 Malartic-Lagravière Blanc is bright and airy in its aromatics, but then shows its power on the palate, mostly the result of a higher percentage of Sémillon than in the past. White flowers, lemon confit, anise, white pepper and mint give the 2020 a brilliant aromatic upper register. The 2020 is going to be fascinating to follow, as it possesses tremendous depth and textural intensity. There is a lot of wine here. Tasted three times. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 92-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/6/2021

Market insight: Another victim of its own back vintages, when you can buy the 2010 for £50 more than the 2019, it stifles the incentive. That said, we love the wine and it deserves to be selling forMarket insight: Another victim of its own back vintages, when you can buy the 2010 for £50 more than the 2019, it stifles the incentive. That said, we love the wine and it deserves to be selling for more - £50 per bottle really won't be much to ask for the 2020 and there's a lot of fun to be had owning verticals.

Tasting note: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sémillon. Quite reserved on the nose. There's lots of texture and good weight on the palate. Lovely depth of fruit with notes of passionfruit & citrus. Good level of phenolics too and nice acidity. A very well poised wine that should be very approachable in a few years.
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2020 ARUMS DE LAGRANGE Château Lagrange

2020 ARUMS DE LAGRANGE Château Lagrange

Release date: 1/6/2021

Now an elder statesman of Médoc white wines, showing fresh white flowers, soft citrus, plenty of tension and slate grip through the finish - this is an easy wine to crack open.Now an elder statesman of Médoc white wines, showing fresh white flowers, soft citrus, plenty of tension and slate grip through the finish - this is an easy wine to crack open. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 28/5/2021

The 2020 Latour-Martillac is a potent, brooding wine. Graphite, crushed rocks, game, scorched earth, menthol, lavender and chocolate are all kicked up in this searingly intense Pessac-Léognan. ItThe 2020 Latour-Martillac is a potent, brooding wine. Graphite, crushed rocks, game, scorched earth, menthol, lavender and chocolate are all kicked up in this searingly intense Pessac-Léognan. It will be interesting to see if the 2020 softens at all. Today, it is pretty tight, and yet there is quite a bit of potential. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 90-92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc Pessac-Léognan

2020 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 27/5/2021

The 2020 Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc is bright and nicely focused. It is done in a style that is a bit more linear than Les Hauts. Crushed rocks, white pepper, mint, lemon oil and white flowers areThe 2020 Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc is bright and nicely focused. It is done in a style that is a bit more linear than Les Hauts. Crushed rocks, white pepper, mint, lemon oil and white flowers are beautifully delineated. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 91-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2020 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

Clear gunsmoke character with slate and graphite, also a ton of white peach, white pear, some sweet mango and a scrape of salinity on the finish. This is balanced and successful, and easy toClear gunsmoke character with slate and graphite, also a ton of white peach, white pear, some sweet mango and a scrape of salinity on the finish. This is balanced and successful, and easy to recommend, completing a strong set of wines at Margaux in the 2020 vintage. 40% of the overall production in the final blend. 3.01pH. Harvest from 24 August to September 1. 100th anniversary of the name Pavillon Blanc (even though they have made a white wine at Margaux for 300 years). Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 97 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Fragrant white flowers, touches of lime blossom and slate-filled citrus. The acidity is fresh, but this is more about texture, and it is extremely successful. Harvest from 19th to 28th August. TheFragrant white flowers, touches of lime blossom and slate-filled citrus. The acidity is fresh, but this is more about texture, and it is extremely successful. Harvest from 19th to 28th August. The minerality, together with freshly cut rosemary and sage notes, is accentuated as it opens, which is an excellent indicator of how well this wine will age. Deft winemaking, as ever, proving why this is one of Bordeaux's best loved white wines. Tasted twice. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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