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2020 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 15/6/2021

Market Insight: One of the few Chateau to not really change their price from 2018 to 2019, and why should they? With the momentum Carmes has, it appears it will be like a rolling stone, or perhapsMarket Insight: One of the few Chateau to not really change their price from 2018 to 2019, and why should they? With the momentum Carmes has, it appears it will be like a rolling stone, or perhaps even snowball. The 2019 is now £525/6 and will doubtless continue to creep up.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/6/2021

The 2020 Malartic Lagravière is a powerful, tightly wound wine. There is perhaps a bit less opulence than in years past, but that just gives the wine an extra kick of energy and vibrancy that isThe 2020 Malartic Lagravière is a powerful, tightly wound wine. There is perhaps a bit less opulence than in years past, but that just gives the wine an extra kick of energy and vibrancy that is quite attractive. Inky red cherry fruit, rose petal, spice, cedar and cinnamon all grace this beautifully taut wine from the Bonnie family. Tasted three times. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 Rating: 93-95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 3/6/2021

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Spicy nose. Pretty saline and mineral on the palate – non flashy but with lots locked in there. And no shortage at all of tannin but it's ripe 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Spicy nose. Pretty saline and mineral on the palate – non flashy but with lots locked in there. And no shortage at all of tannin but it's ripe enough. Very much a work in progress but with a certain lusciousness of embryonic fruit. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 28/5/2021

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Dark purple. Notably well-integrated nose. Sweet purple fruits on the palate entry and more than a hint of oak overlay. Quite chewy on the end.55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Dark purple. Notably well-integrated nose. Sweet purple fruits on the palate entry and more than a hint of oak overlay. Quite chewy on the end. Tannins and fruit very separate at the moment. I wouldn't have minded a little more freshness of fruit. A little dry and chunky on the slightly sudden finish. 14% Drinking range: 2027 - 2043 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac-Léognan Château Smith Haut Lafitte

2020 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac-Léognan Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Release date: 27/5/2021

This is a firm, compact wine with a singular cassis theme and a lovely freshness on the finish. There are tannins here but they are discreet and refreshing and so this means that Le Petit HautThis is a firm, compact wine with a singular cassis theme and a lovely freshness on the finish. There are tannins here but they are discreet and refreshing and so this means that Le Petit Haut Lafitte will drink early with enthusiastic hedgerow notes being the main theme. Rating: 16.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Market Insight: The only first growth to have taken a small step back in price since the 2019 release, Haut Brion could do with reigning in their price slightly from last year. That said, it stillMarket Insight: The only first growth to have taken a small step back in price since the 2019 release, Haut Brion could do with reigning in their price slightly from last year. That said, it still looks good when set next to the 2010, which is £3,250 and up.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Spicy and with faint hints of green leafiness among the red fruit this is an interesting wine with more detail than I normally see here. The oak is discreet and the balance is finely judged. TheSpicy and with faint hints of green leafiness among the red fruit this is an interesting wine with more detail than I normally see here. The oak is discreet and the balance is finely judged. The tannins are dry and a little hard, but they will melt away to leave a pretty, energetic, spicy La Garde. Rating: 16.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Market Insight: 2019s other top growth musy buy, La Mission Haut Brion has now shot up to nearly £1,700/6 and looks set to continue growing to £2,500 over the next 5-10 years. A repeat in both priceMarket Insight: 2019s other top growth musy buy, La Mission Haut Brion has now shot up to nearly £1,700/6 and looks set to continue growing to £2,500 over the next 5-10 years. A repeat in both price and quality will make this another must buy, but it can stand to increase a fair amount and still be appealing.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

With bright red fruit and a touch of mint, this is a forward, juicy, friendly style of wine which is kept nicely in balance with fresh, crunchy acidity. Not particularly complicated, but rather tastyWith bright red fruit and a touch of mint, this is a forward, juicy, friendly style of wine which is kept nicely in balance with fresh, crunchy acidity. Not particularly complicated, but rather tasty and pure, this is a safe bet for those of you I search of forward-drinking Pessac-Léognan wines in this vintage. Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Market Insight: 2019 was their best scoring vintage fron Neal ever and got a very respectable mark from Parker, yet still Pape Clement fell off - it's now £40 cheaper than release. It just doesn'tMarket Insight: 2019 was their best scoring vintage fron Neal ever and got a very respectable mark from Parker, yet still Pape Clement fell off - it's now £40 cheaper than release. It just doesn't seem to have found its feet yet, but I sincerely hope it does. The wine is of immense quality, the scores are huge and the perfect back vintage are double this price range. One which has been hit by the vagaries of two leading critics, but really deserves to recover.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Possibly ranking with the top two or three wines of the vintage, the 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte is a blockbuster that reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2009 and 2010. Based on a blend of 65%Possibly ranking with the top two or three wines of the vintage, the 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte is a blockbuster that reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2009 and 2010. Based on a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, its dense purple hue is followed by a monster bouquet of ripe black fruits, scorched earth, charcoal, and graphite. All of these carry to a full-bodied Pessac-Léognan with flawless balance, loads of ripe, polished tannins, a dense mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It’s one of the gems in the vintage and should be snatched up by readers. Give bottles just 4-6 years in the cellar, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following 20-30 years. Rating: 97-100 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 2021)

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2020 HAUT BAILLY II Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2020 HAUT BAILLY II Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon.54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon.L&S (May 2021)

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2020 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

2020 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

The nose is far more open and floral than I expected and while I am aware one cannot smell texture, there is a kindly, open, silky nature to the perfume. The palate follows up this cordial themeThe nose is far more open and floral than I expected and while I am aware one cannot smell texture, there is a kindly, open, silky nature to the perfume. The palate follows up this cordial theme with a generous, open and expressive flavour and it already seems well integrated and balanced. The tannins are feisty, as always, but they are more than compensated but the open and gregarious fruit notes on the mid-palate. There is discreet tension here and this brings a refreshing nature to the finish, but there is nothing dry or closed about the experience and this makes it one of the most forward La Chapelles in recent years. Rating: 17.5/20 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2021)

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2020 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

2020 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

60.1% Merlot, 31.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot. Mid purplish crimson. Rather simple, or at least uncommunicative, on the nose at present, though there is a beguiling60.1% Merlot, 31.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot. Mid purplish crimson. Rather simple, or at least uncommunicative, on the nose at present, though there is a beguiling combination of ripe fruit and stoniness (warm bricks?) on the palate which has impressive concentration. Comparing it with other celebrated Pessac-Léognans of the same vintage, it is clear that this has some magic dust – as it should considering how much more expensive it is. Lots of leathery tannin underneath but it is the integrity of the fruit that is so impressive. Drinking range: 2029 - 2048 Rating: 17+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2021)

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