Pessac-Léognan

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2019 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 22/7/2020

The 2019 le Thil is medium to deep garnet-purple colored, and the nose takes off like a rocket, featuring bold black cherries, mulberries and baked plums notes plus hints of wild mushrooms, forestThe 2019 le Thil is medium to deep garnet-purple colored, and the nose takes off like a rocket, featuring bold black cherries, mulberries and baked plums notes plus hints of wild mushrooms, forest floor and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, the palate gives an impressively velvety texture with lively freshness backing up the intense black berry preserves flavors, finishing on a lingering minty note. Rating: 89-91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/6/2020

Again a wine which no one has tried, but which everyone wants - except a few died in the wool traditionalists. But, modern as Guillaume Pouthier's wines are, there's a lively sense of balance andAgain a wine which no one has tried, but which everyone wants - except a few died in the wool traditionalists. But, modern as Guillaume Pouthier's wines are, there's a lively sense of balance and they really sing.L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 22/6/2020

This is a solid red with a compact, tight palate of black fruit and currants, as well as very pretty, powerful yet polished tannins. This shows finesse with structure.This is a solid red with a compact, tight palate of black fruit and currants, as well as very pretty, powerful yet polished tannins. This shows finesse with structure. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(May 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 19/6/2020

On the nose this is pretty and gorgeously enticing. Once it hits the palate you feel the big step up in power and brawn having just tasted the smart Haut Bailly II. Great structure - but so totallyOn the nose this is pretty and gorgeously enticing. Once it hits the palate you feel the big step up in power and brawn having just tasted the smart Haut Bailly II. Great structure - but so totally charming too. This has a suave flow. Impressively balanced. Seamless feel and long life ahead clearly. Tightly wrapped for now, but already silky and inviting. Great matter here - you can feel the density, but so together and beautifully knitted. Not overly polished though this has intent and bags of charm. Intense and complex. Toothsome. Serious kit this year - so fine and yet gently imposing. Veronique Saunders explained to us it had not been a straightforward season, the results here show just how well the team here is now operating - a very successful 2019. 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 HAUT BAILLY II Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2019 HAUT BAILLY II Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 19/6/2020

Formerly known as "La Parde de Haut-Bailly," this second wine from Haut-Bailly is very attractive in 2019. Very silky and polished but with good bite in the middle. Nice floral notes, some freshFormerly known as "La Parde de Haut-Bailly," this second wine from Haut-Bailly is very attractive in 2019. Very silky and polished but with good bite in the middle. Nice floral notes, some fresh damp tobacco aromatics too. Good feel, silky and indulgent somehow, with flow and nicely exotic Persian spices that add charm to the back end. (60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 15/6/2020

Immediately impressive. Dark and glossy fruit - but nice feel and some good drive. Surprised by quite how pretty this feels. Sweet middle of ripe dark fruit, but super feel and gentle dusty

Immediately impressive. Dark and glossy fruit - but nice feel and some good drive. Surprised by quite how pretty this feels. Sweet middle of ripe dark fruit, but super feel and gentle dusty tannins give shape and fresh push. Quite sophisticated. 50% Merlot is deeply aromatic, with good power and intensity. the 50% Cabernet adds some tension and grip and that gently rounded structure and some finesse.

Jeanne Lacombe, Pape Clement's technical director talked us through the vintage explaining that, yes it was warm here in 2019, but that from the 21st September things cooled down significantly and got wetter, phew! - This really helped with the finishing of the grapes' ripening and stopped the extreme ripeness that was inevitable if things had continued as they were.

In the cellar they were wowed by the colour and flavour intensity coming out of the must - so a programme of very gentle extraction followed with very little punching down. They've significantly reduced the amount of New Oak here too which allows for the generous and pretty fruit expression. 10-15% is raised in large oak vats with the remaining juice split 2/3 in new barrels and 1/3 1 year-old.

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2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 11/6/2020

Powerful and confident, there is no mistaking this concentration of ripe damson and black cherry fruits, set against coffee, earth, sage and black chocolate. Tons of tannins on display but extremelyPowerful and confident, there is no mistaking this concentration of ripe damson and black cherry fruits, set against coffee, earth, sage and black chocolate. Tons of tannins on display but extremely fine, to the point that you almost don't notice them, then once the wine has left your mouth you suddenly realise how many there are, and how they are still exerting a pressure. Great persistency, slowing everything down and asking you to stop and think. Clear ageing ability here. Harvest September 10 to October 3. Drinking range: 2029 - 2050 Rating: 97 Jane Anson, Decanter(May 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 11/6/2020

A tight and structured La Mission that takes you deep into the glass with super intensity and power. The tannins are omnipresent and envelop the palate. It’s full-bodied yet agile and complete.A tight and structured La Mission that takes you deep into the glass with super intensity and power. The tannins are omnipresent and envelop the palate. It’s full-bodied yet agile and complete. Iodine, sweet-tobacco and blackberry character. It seems never to finish. Another WOW wine that reminds me of some of the great classics of this estate, such as the 1955. Rating: 99-100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

2019 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 11/6/2020

The 2019 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has a very pure but slightly introspective nose at first. This demands coaxing, gradually unfurling to reveal blackberry, cassis and iodine aromas thatThe 2019 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion has a very pure but slightly introspective nose at first. This demands coaxing, gradually unfurling to reveal blackberry, cassis and iodine aromas that are nicely integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins. It is very harmonious and lithe. Hints of espresso permeate the sweet black fruit with a corpulent, "sunny" finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2045 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

2019 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

Release date: 11/6/2020

The 2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 72.8% Merlot, 16.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10.9% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 10th of September to the 3rd of October. The estimated labelThe 2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 72.8% Merlot, 16.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10.9% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 10th of September to the 3rd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 15%. With a deep garnet-purple color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notes of crushed black and red plums, redcurrant jelly and wild blueberries plus suggestions of forest floor, lilacs, black olives and menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate practically quivers with energy, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing on a lingering aniseed note. Simply delicious! Rating: 92-94 L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2020

Composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 11th of October, the 2019 Latour Martillac came in at yields of 45 hectoliters perComposed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 11th of October, the 2019 Latour Martillac came in at yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare with an alcohol of 14.2% and pH of 3.7. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 40% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it sashays of of the glass with alluring scents of kirsch, Black Forest cake and warm cassis plus hints of lavender, forest floor, iron ore and tree bark. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and refreshing, giving layers of black berries and mineral notions with a finely grained frame and lifted finish. Gorgeous! Rating: 92-94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2020

The 2019 Malartic Lagravière was picked from 17 September to 11 October at 46hl/ha and sees 65% new French oak for an intended 18 months. It has a lovely bouquet with disarming blackberry, briary andThe 2019 Malartic Lagravière was picked from 17 September to 11 October at 46hl/ha and sees 65% new French oak for an intended 18 months. It has a lovely bouquet with disarming blackberry, briary and subtle marine scents, just a whiff of brine in the background from the distant Gironde estuary. The palate is medium-bodied with extremely fine tannins that frame the layers of blackberry, raspberry and orange rind notes. Satin-like in texture, this feels reassuringly long in the mouth with a dab of white pepper on the aftertaste. What an outstanding Malartic from the Bonnie family. Tasted from three bottles. Drinking range: 2025 - 2055 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jun 2020)

Magnums, wood case of 6

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2019 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/6/2020

‘Delicious. Nose invites you in, more ethereal than most we’ve tasted so far. Nicely spiced, red flesh dominates the palate, but this is subtly complex with mineral lines and fresh herbs weaving‘Delicious. Nose invites you in, more ethereal than most we’ve tasted so far. Nicely spiced, red flesh dominates the palate, but this is subtly complex with mineral lines and fresh herbs weaving through. There is lift and coolness. A fresh purity. Well sculpted, firm plum flesh has a touch of bite. But this is harmonious, with everything in check. Quite a classic feel with some darker notes and a refreshing lift on the finish that keeps you coming back. Long and charming. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.’L&S(Jun 2020)

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2019 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2019 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 2/6/2020

Silky with sweet fruit and supple balance. There's an elegant lightness, but it's not lacking follow-through and the length is lovely - complete.Silky with sweet fruit and supple balance. There's an elegant lightness, but it's not lacking follow-through and the length is lovely - complete.L&S(Jun 2020)

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