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2019 CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE 2ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 22/6/2020

The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande evokes a feeling of real power and breadth, with tons of energy giving the wine drive that builds into the finish. Time in the glass brings out theThe 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande evokes a feeling of real power and breadth, with tons of energy giving the wine drive that builds into the finish. Time in the glass brings out the aromatic intensity of the Cabernets. Dark fruit, menthol, rose petal, licorice and grilled herbs all flesh out over time. The 2019 Pichon Comtesse is a very serious wine that almost certainly has more to say than it is willing to express at this stage. Tasted two times. Rating: 95-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 PICHON COMTESSE 'LA RÉSERVE'

2019 PICHON COMTESSE 'LA RÉSERVE'

Release date: 22/6/2020

The 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is conspicuously deep in colour. The bouquet takes time to unfurl with exceedingly pure blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. TheThe 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is conspicuously deep in colour. The bouquet takes time to unfurl with exceedingly pure blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with fresh acidity, fine grain tannins, a touch of salinity developing towards the finish that has more grip than previous vintages. Superb. Drinking range: 2024 - 2044 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 16/6/2020

Red fruits jump out of the glass here. Ooh that is good. Such class. Really intense but lacks the fat or gloss of so many. Tasting after Tourelles de Longueville this has a really defined poise andRed fruits jump out of the glass here. Ooh that is good. Such class. Really intense but lacks the fat or gloss of so many. Tasting after Tourelles de Longueville this has a really defined poise and grace. Yet the fruit is rich too - nicely filled out in the middle - but brighter throughout. Some gorgeous, peppy red fruit - with good juicy acidity that keeps it flowing nicely. Some fine, dusty tannins build gently - and this ends with nice grip and energy. 2019 is a great GPL and has a long charm-filled future. (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot.)L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 LACOSTE BORIE du Château Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac

2019 LACOSTE BORIE du Château Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac

Release date: 16/6/2020

The 2019 Lacoste-Borie has a really quite gorgeous bouquet with blackberry and freshly picked raspberry while subtle floral scents emerge with time. The oak is neatly integrated here. The palate isThe 2019 Lacoste-Borie has a really quite gorgeous bouquet with blackberry and freshly picked raspberry while subtle floral scents emerge with time. The oak is neatly integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and well-judged acidity. Hints of graphite give away its Pauillac origins towards the finish. This is a well-crafted Lacoste-Borie that is approachable yet has the substance to age. Very fine. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU PIBRAN Cru Bourgeois Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU PIBRAN Cru Bourgeois Pauillac

Release date: 10/6/2020

This is smart. More grip and guts than expected from the inviting nose. Nicely structured and a pleasing freshness too. This gives a good frame for the softly ripe fruit. Some notes of date someThis is smart. More grip and guts than expected from the inviting nose. Nicely structured and a pleasing freshness too. This gives a good frame for the softly ripe fruit. Some notes of date some blackcurrant. You can sense the summer heat, just. Well spiced again - a waft of clove, some lifted aromatics of purple cough sweets the hard gummy lozenges. Very attractive and good energy, but still some edge here. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon & 53% Merlot.L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU LYNCH BAGES 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 10/6/2020

The 2019 Lynch-Bages is intense on the nose with layers of blackberry, bilberry, cedar, pencil shavings and light mint aromas defining it as a Pauillac. Very focused and I noticed it gainingThe 2019 Lynch-Bages is intense on the nose with layers of blackberry, bilberry, cedar, pencil shavings and light mint aromas defining it as a Pauillac. Very focused and I noticed it gaining delineation with aeration. The palate is very smooth and harmonious, the acidity perfectly pitched with a gentle but insistent grip. It reminds me of the superlative 2016 in some ways, effortless on the lightly spiced finish. This has huge potential. They should build a new winery to celebrate! Drinking range: 2026 - 2060 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 ECHO de Lynch Bages Pauillac Château Lynch Bages
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2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BATAILLEY 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BATAILLEY 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 10/6/2020

The 2019 Haut-Batailley, now of course part of the Cazes family's portfolio, is nicely detailed on the nose with blood orange and even a touch of marmalade tincturing the black fruit. The palate isThe 2019 Haut-Batailley, now of course part of the Cazes family's portfolio, is nicely detailed on the nose with blood orange and even a touch of marmalade tincturing the black fruit. The palate is very intense on the entry, the fruit remarkably pure with fine-grain tannins. This is a Haut-Batailley with ambition: very harmonious with touches of white pepper and cedar towards the finish. Is this a harbinger for things to come? I hope so. Drinking range: 2025 - 2055 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 9/6/2020

Wow. Great impact, this is fantastically well done. Oozing class from the outset. Such good poise and lovely super-fine chalky texture to the tannins. Fruit is pert and yet sweet. A lovely line of

Wow. Great impact, this is fantastically well done. Oozing class from the outset. Such good poise and lovely super-fine chalky texture to the tannins. Fruit is pert and yet sweet. A lovely line of deep, red flesh a mulch of plums and strawberries and some sloe berries too adding nuance and lift. All delivered seamlessly. Precise yet firm. Beautifully intense with a cool poise again and a serious heft lurking in the shadows. So complete and imperious - but never overbearing. What a sophisticated play - what charm! This is deeply impressive and everything you would hope for in First Growth Bordeaux from this very special terroir.

We tasted this via Zoom with Hervé Gouin from the Mouton team. He told us that after a tricky Spring - it had been a fabulous season in the vineyards - but that Cabernet was really the king in 2019. This means there is more Cabernet than usual in the blend this year - (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot) and the results are great - drive and measure and lift. He compares the vintage to somewhere between 2015 and 2016, and you can see where he's coming from but this is definitely 2019 - weight and charm to the fore but just enough of hold on the reins with a smart line of freshness.

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2019 PETIT MOUTON Pauillac Château Mouton Rothschild

2019 PETIT MOUTON Pauillac Château Mouton RothschildPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 9/6/2020

Yes! A serious feel. Lovely brightness and energy here. Good almost lightweight feel when it hits the palate - but lots going on. Juicy, pretty red fruits and super flow. No excess weight - just veryYes! A serious feel. Lovely brightness and energy here. Good almost lightweight feel when it hits the palate - but lots going on. Juicy, pretty red fruits and super flow. No excess weight - just very delicious. Stewed strawberry and sweet smashed red cherries, and a faint note of mocha - all held in place with good, firmish grip that balances it all and keep this charging on so well. It is the quality of the tannins that really impress here, a perfect frame for the delicious, deep fruit core, just enough rub to remind you this is not so 'Petit' after all.L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 9/6/2020

Just 22% Merlot this year - unlike the more normal 34% they had last year. You can notice it immediately. This is so pretty and enticing on the nose. Lots of red berries add real lift to the darkerJust 22% Merlot this year - unlike the more normal 34% they had last year. You can notice it immediately. This is so pretty and enticing on the nose. Lots of red berries add real lift to the darker core of pure refined fruit. Refreshingly taut and intense aromas swirl. There is nothing baked here in the fruit profile. A heady mix of bright black currants and small pert red berries - juicy and moreish. Nice green tobacco leaf a whiff of menthol. Its the feel and the energy that really sing here. Glorious, juicy lift. Tannins are 'barely there' - but build to a surprising level of seriousness, just creep up and you realise how well put together this Clerc-Milon is. Great lively feel and bright flow. Just a hint of some darker, more brooding power in the background, but this is a wine you simply want to drink. (72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.)L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 9/6/2020

Darkly aromatic nose. Floral and some undergrowth here too. On the palate this seems quite firm and intense. Less sleek, less natural ease at this stage than the other wines tasted hereat Mouton.Darkly aromatic nose. Floral and some undergrowth here too. On the palate this seems quite firm and intense. Less sleek, less natural ease at this stage than the other wines tasted hereat Mouton. There is good meaty savour and some firm blackberry notes, the broad core is dark and seems more baked with gentle spice to the fruit. Nice blueberry edge on the back end. The powerful feel and intensity lift off quite quickly.L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBÉRAL 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBÉRAL 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 8/6/2020

Yes. That hits the spot nicely. Good ripe fruit. plummy and some Hawthorne too. There is wet tobacco and soft leather. Proper claret nose. A juicy line of bright acidity keeps this flowing well asYes. That hits the spot nicely. Good ripe fruit. plummy and some Hawthorne too. There is wet tobacco and soft leather. Proper claret nose. A juicy line of bright acidity keeps this flowing well as the fruit darkens this retains a good classical feel. Lovely Pauillac aromatics. Pretty and energetic - but a good weight of smart fruit at the core. A very good year here - their first officially certified as Bio-dynamic.L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 5/6/2020

94% Cabernet, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Beautiful nose. Elegant - pretty dark flowers. Violets and rose petals. Green leafy notes too. On palate there is a brightness and lovely, high-level94% Cabernet, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Beautiful nose. Elegant - pretty dark flowers. Violets and rose petals. Green leafy notes too. On palate there is a brightness and lovely, high-level lift. Fruit is intense and concentrated but floats along nicely. Great spice, a super sleek feel and yet precise and detailed. Everything is in place here. No heaviness, no spare richness just a serious line of precision. Again the structure he is so unobtrusive and round you barely notice the power and intensity. As it builds. This is loaded with grandeur. It was clearly warm and the tannins are so creamy in texture, so sleek - yet there is a cool freshness here too. A very happy balance - poised with power you barely notice. Very sophisticated. L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU DUHART MILON ROTHSCHILD 4ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU DUHART MILON ROTHSCHILD 4ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 5/6/2020

A dark nose full of intent. Pencil lead and firm fruit - follows to the palate. Broad and intense but neatly contained. Quite firm for now, quite 'rock-like' - not monolithic but big and brawny withA dark nose full of intent. Pencil lead and firm fruit - follows to the palate. Broad and intense but neatly contained. Quite firm for now, quite 'rock-like' - not monolithic but big and brawny with impeccable fruit. Black cherry and blackberries hold the attention. This is loaded with everything it will need to become a delicious glass of proper Pauillac - but of the set here it is the least showy for now. Impressive though.L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CARRUADES DE CHÂTEAU LAFITE Pauillac

2019 CARRUADES DE CHÂTEAU LAFITE Pauillac

Release date: 5/6/2020

Coming to this after tasting Duhart there is an unbelievable change of register. Firm morello cherry and redder berries on the nose, straightened out with that characteristic pencil lead too.Coming to this after tasting Duhart there is an unbelievable change of register. Firm morello cherry and redder berries on the nose, straightened out with that characteristic pencil lead too. Succulent and juicy on the palate. Red cherry-flesh explodes with deeply satisfying tang and juiciness. Great balance and measure. Fruit is redder and prettier - with a note of sweetness again. Tannins so slight you don’t notice them build - but they get quite firm and hold well. Delicious. Long life ahead - but very hard to resist already!L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY 5ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/6/2020

Some oriental spice adds an enticing hook to the pretty aromatic nose. Laden with cigar-box notes and pretty, deep red fruit. Gets darker and more cooked on the palate, but holds its own. Rich and

Some oriental spice adds an enticing hook to the pretty aromatic nose. Laden with cigar-box notes and pretty, deep red fruit. Gets darker and more cooked on the palate, but holds its own. Rich and ripe and warming - but has a charming sleek feel. Just enough edge and lift of freshness, some menthol whiffs help with this. Smart - a little complex than some on the finish. But this is a very pleasing effort this year. Classic yet with great charm. Well shaped and a deep feel, there is lots to like. The best we remember tasting from here.

Vines are more than 50 years old now. (74% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 1% petit verdot.)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LYNCH MOUSSAS 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU LYNCH MOUSSAS 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 4/6/2020

Attractive open nose but with a dark edge to the fruit. On the palate there's a good feel. Plump but not overbearing. A more cooked less floral, fruit led drive to the mid palate. There's dark fudgeAttractive open nose but with a dark edge to the fruit. On the palate there's a good feel. Plump but not overbearing. A more cooked less floral, fruit led drive to the mid palate. There's dark fudge and some meaty notes too. Finishes quite nicely tight - but a dark more sinewy, savoury wave becomes more prominent towards the tightly bound finish with sweet mortadella and tarry damson notes. Vines here are more than 40 years old. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon & 27% Merlot.
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Castéja family here and they are celebrating with a one-off special bottle and label.
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2019 CHÂTEAU PEDESCLAUX 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU PEDESCLAUX 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 2/6/2020

Yum. This is super. Really attractive with well-cut, glossy fruit. Bright lift then a sweet line of red berries and nice weight of flesh. Well sculpted though. A gentle floral lift of violets andYum. This is super. Really attractive with well-cut, glossy fruit. Bright lift then a sweet line of red berries and nice weight of flesh. Well sculpted though. A gentle floral lift of violets and pretty blue flowers. This is bright and yet the fruit middle is sweet and juicy. A succulent and deeply enticing 2019 with real energetic flow. Smart Pauillac at a very sensible price. You will be delighted to find this in your cellar in 10 years time!L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU PONTET CANET 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU PONTET CANET 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 28/5/2020

A very tight, compact red that shows wonderful precision and definition with lots of blackberries, blueberries, stones and black tea. The sorting and de-stemming was all done by hand. Love theA very tight, compact red that shows wonderful precision and definition with lots of blackberries, blueberries, stones and black tea. The sorting and de-stemming was all done by hand. Love the sensibility to this. Superb length and finesse. Subtle and sophisticated. No pumping over and gentle pushing down. Handmade. Very exciting and thought-provoking. Very long. 35% in amphora and the rest in 50% new oak and 15% one-year oak. 65% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot. Biodynamic grapes. Rating: 98-99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(May 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 11th of October. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 80% new,The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 11th of October. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 80% new, for 18 months. This grand vin represents 49% of the harvest. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose skyrockets from the glass with vibrant scents of freshly crushed blackberries, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles followed by perfumed sparks of fragrant earth, clove oil, lilacs, crushed rocks, molten chocolate and cinnamon toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with layer upon layer of black fruit, mineral and exotic spices, framed by beautifully ripe, finely-grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with a lingering soft-spoken whisper of floral and earth notions. This is an absolutely beguiling expression that is classic Pauillac and yet it is Pauillac like no other.

Pichon Baron is different this year. Very different. So different, I had to check the bottle. Same label. Different wine. Better wine.

“I think that it is different,” Christian Seely, managing director of AXA Millésimes, which owns Château Pichon Longueville-Baron, told me when I asked him what was going on over there. “I’ve just done a vertical, and it does stand out as different. What particularly showed well this year was the Cabernet. Now, we are only sourcing the Cabernet from our best terroirs, our deepest gravels on the plateau. We were tasting these and they were so impressive. So, this is the highest proportion of Cabernet ever in Pichon Baron. And there was one parcel of Merlot that did very well—also planted on the plateau. It is the most delicate and fine. What’s amazing is the freshness in the wine is almost paradoxical—it was a year when the grapes got extremely ripe. 2019 was a year for the great terroirs to shine. The freshness is almost counterintuitive.”

Politically speaking, I’m not entirely sure what is happening behind the scenes at Pichon Baron, but last year’s 2018 offering was a considerable step up from anything I have ever tasted before at this estate, and this year is, astonishingly, even better. Selection, selection, selection no doubt plays a part. According to Seely, only 49% of the crop made it into this grand vin—just slightly stricter than last year. Frankly, I’m in awe of what Seely and his team have been doing. Keep doing it!
Rating: 97-100+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 TOURELLES DE LONGUEVILLE de Château Pichon Baron Pauillac

2019 TOURELLES DE LONGUEVILLE de Château Pichon Baron Pauillac

Suave and sophisticated, such a subtle spice of oak, really quite voluptuous, ripe tannins, very complete. Dark fruit which is already expressive and will be delicious early drinking.Suave and sophisticated, such a subtle spice of oak, really quite voluptuous, ripe tannins, very complete. Dark fruit which is already expressive and will be delicious early drinking.L&S(Jun 2020)

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