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2017 CHÂTEAU CARLMAGNUS Fronsac

2017 CHÂTEAU CARLMAGNUS Fronsac PRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

We've been following this Fronsac estate with interest for quite a few vintages now. This 2017 has a deep core of blackberry and cherry fruit with quite a bit of vanilla and spice. The concentration We've been following this Fronsac estate with interest for quite a few vintages now. This 2017 has a deep core of blackberry and cherry fruit with quite a bit of vanilla and spice. The concentration and intensity are excellent, so not for the faint-hearted, but it's not at all clumsy. There is plenty of flow towards a long and pleasingly fresh finish. The tannins are really quite marked at the moment but, as in previous vintages, this should mellow out to create a really impressive and opulent Fronsac. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 88-90 L&S (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA DAUPHINE Fronsac

2017 CHÂTEAU LA DAUPHINE Fronsac

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Tasted at the Grand Circle in London and during primeurs week. Showing better 'in situ' which perhaps isn't a surprise. Quite a cool, concentrated dark fruit nose. The palate is thick with creamy Tasted at the Grand Circle in London and during primeurs week. Showing better 'in situ' which perhaps isn't a surprise. Quite a cool, concentrated dark fruit nose. The palate is thick with creamy plum and black cherry. There's just a hint of graphite and pepper but it's quickly enveloped by a tide of firm, grippy tannin. This could end up being another impressively rich and decadent Fronsac but it all needs to settle down a bit. This will probably need quite a bit of time before it's at its peak. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 87-89 L&S (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LES TROIS CROIX Fronsac

2017 CHÂTEAU LES TROIS CROIX Fronsac

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A hidden gem, the 2017 Château Les Trois Croix sports a deep purple color as well as a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spices, and an undeniable minerality. This A hidden gem, the 2017 Château Les Trois Croix sports a deep purple color as well as a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted spices, and an undeniable minerality. This medium-bodied, ripe, beautifully textured 2017 has plenty of fruit, notable balance, and a charming style that’s going to allow it drink nicely for 8-10 years. Rating: 88-91 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN HAUT LAROQUE Fronsac

2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN HAUT LAROQUE Fronsac

Release date: 26/4/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

This was picked between October 5th and 17th, later than many other domaines, and this doesn’t seem to have done the wine any harm at all. I find a very pure expression of fruit on the nose, one that This was picked between October 5th and 17th, later than many other domaines, and this doesn’t seem to have done the wine any harm at all. I find a very pure expression of fruit on the nose, one that seems to combine definition with concentration, the fruit a perfumed plum, ripe and rich, but pure and fresh. This comes through on the palate, which shows wonderfully generous substance, supple and gently creamed, with a soft underbelly of ripe, lightly grained tannins and correct acidity. This is long, structured, poised and correct, with a lingering and grippy finish. This is one of the more impressive wines, from off the beaten right-bank track. Rating: 93-95 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DALEM Fronsac

2017 CHÂTEAU DALEM Fronsac

Release date: 23/4/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

From an 18-hectare estate on the Fronsac plateau owned by Brigitte Rullier, the inky-colored 2017 Château Dalem is a deep, rich, modern style beauty that gives up plenty of classy oak as well as From an 18-hectare estate on the Fronsac plateau owned by Brigitte Rullier, the inky-colored 2017 Château Dalem is a deep, rich, modern style beauty that gives up plenty of classy oak as well as crème de cassis, blueberries, crushed violets, and underlying minerality. It’s textured, nicely concentrated, and balanced, yet I suspect it’s going to need 2-3 years of bottle age. It’s a rockstar Fronsac. The rough blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, brought up in 40% new oak, with the balance in once-used barrels. Rating: 89-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU VILLARS Fronsac

2017 CHÂTEAU VILLARS Fronsac

75cl bottles, case of 12

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