Pessac-Léognan

Of all the appellations of the Médoc and Haut-Médoc, Pessac suffered the most in the heat. Alcohol and IPT (a measure of tannin) levels were very high and, while there were some notable exceptions like Carmes Haut Brion and the Dillon stable, far too many wines we encountered lacked fruit or freshness, or both. It's a shame but you will probably find better options for the money elsewhere in the Médoc.

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2018 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 12/6/2019

49% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc. Well integrated nose. Very pure on the palate. The fruit is as clean as a whistle. Very impressive mouthfeel - silky juice, energy and tension,49% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc. Well integrated nose. Very pure on the palate. The fruit is as clean as a whistle. Very impressive mouthfeel - silky juice, energy and tension, fine tannins and a hint of oak richness. This is a very classy Haut Brion. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

2018 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

Release date: 12/6/2019

58% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. The second wine of Haut Brion. Sweet entry - pretty mixed summer fruits. Clean and pure. A little weight, powdery tannins and58% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. The second wine of Haut Brion. Sweet entry - pretty mixed summer fruits. Clean and pure. A little weight, powdery tannins and a streak of crisp acidity. Clean shape. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 5/6/2019

53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc. Distinctive dark fruit on the nose. Silky smooth black currant fruit is joined by the signature Pessac gravel. Dusty tannins build in the53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc. Distinctive dark fruit on the nose. Silky smooth black currant fruit is joined by the signature Pessac gravel. Dusty tannins build in the background. Structure, weight and concentration all balanced and in control. Remarkable wine. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

2018 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 5/6/2019

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. The second wine of La Mission. Attractive nose of summer berries. On the palate there is tension and vigour. Not weighty, the fruit is defined52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. The second wine of La Mission. Attractive nose of summer berries. On the palate there is tension and vigour. Not weighty, the fruit is defined and the character is fresh and lean. Lovely wine. Energetic. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2018 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 4/6/2019

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. 60% new oak. Cool mineral nose. Lovely mouthfeel - structured concentrated juice. Tight and compact. The flavour yet to reveal55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. 60% new oak. Cool mineral nose. Lovely mouthfeel - structured concentrated juice. Tight and compact. The flavour yet to reveal itself fully. This should develop beautifully with patient cellaring. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/6/2019

95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. There is lots of clay here hence the high proportion of Merlot. The wine maker describes the terroir as similar to Pomerol. The property is only a stones throw from95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. There is lots of clay here hence the high proportion of Merlot. The wine maker describes the terroir as similar to Pomerol. The property is only a stones throw from owners Smith Haut Lafitte. Good body with a lovely mineral edge. It has a crisp feel to it - quite direct. Concentrated but fresh. Very promising. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/6/2019

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. The Chateau describes this wine as 'an iron fist in a velvet glove'. Mineral smoky nose. On the palate there is60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. The Chateau describes this wine as 'an iron fist in a velvet glove'. Mineral smoky nose. On the palate there is lovely weight and concentration with ripe tannins and lively acidity. Almost a mineral energy. A little heat but wrapped up in good volume. Lots to like here. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/5/2019

This is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The alcohol is 13.5%. It has a very sweet nose, of crushed black cherries and pressed damsons, but there are also someThis is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The alcohol is 13.5%. It has a very sweet nose, of crushed black cherries and pressed damsons, but there are also some floral notes here, of red peonies and rose petals, and it shows a fresh style for the vintage. The palate feels taut, controlled, with a very sinewy and medium-bodied substance, and it rests on a current of grippy tannins which course beneath, finely polished and velvety. That floral elegance comes through here as well, the palate bursting with peony, cherry blossom and rose petal scents, fresh and pure. Rich, broad and rather athletic, with a taut grip in the finish, this clearly has great potential. The élevage will be in barrel, using the traditional system of one-third each new, second-fill and third-fill oak. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 20/5/2019

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. 40% new oak. Well integrated oak - the dark fruit is nicely poised. Drying tannins towards the end. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. 40% new oak. Well integrated oak - the dark fruit is nicely poised. Drying tannins towards the end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 9/5/2019

66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. A weighty Pape Clement which is currently closed and tight. Polished and stylish. There is structure and the tannins are well managed. Crushed66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. A weighty Pape Clement which is currently closed and tight. Polished and stylish. There is structure and the tannins are well managed. Crushed rock mineral finish. Should be intriguing once it opens up. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 7/5/2019

37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot. 75% new oak. 18 to 24 months in barrel. Some amphora used too. This is lovely - the nose is oaky and inviting. Silky smooth juice is structured37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot. 75% new oak. 18 to 24 months in barrel. Some amphora used too. This is lovely - the nose is oaky and inviting. Silky smooth juice is structured by polished tannins. Concentrated but not loud or weighty. The long autumn allowed the Carmes team to 'pick with conviction'. This is felt in the wine - the balance is superb. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/5/2019

Plenty of ripeness to the wine. Blackberry juice combines nicely with the mineral elements. The oak plays a supporting role. Some aggressive structure led by the tannins near the end. Plenty of ripeness to the wine. Blackberry juice combines nicely with the mineral elements. The oak plays a supporting role. Some aggressive structure led by the tannins near the end. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 30/4/2019

Quite angular purple fruit. Well structured - the wine has intensity. The fruit is defined and polished. Lean and to the point. Another popular option for affordable drinking claret. Quite angular purple fruit. Well structured - the wine has intensity. The fruit is defined and polished. Lean and to the point. Another popular option for affordable drinking claret. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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