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2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 23/6/2021

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The first vintage to be made in the new cellars, as they put it: 'The project, which is remarkably aesthetic, meets three52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The first vintage to be made in the new cellars, as they put it: 'The project, which is remarkably aesthetic, meets three technical imperatives: to collect the harvest in the best possible conditions, to apply the same level of precision to the winemaking process as is applied to our viticulture, and to enable the cellar master and his team to work in the best of conditions in premises that are perfectly suited to their tasks.'L&S (May 2021)

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2020 HAUT BAILLY II Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2020 HAUT BAILLY II Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 23/6/2021

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

Release date: 23/6/2021

The 2020 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is rich, dense and so inviting, right from the very first taste. Ripe red purplish/berry fruit, rose petal, spice and gravel all meld together in theThe 2020 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion is rich, dense and so inviting, right from the very first taste. Ripe red purplish/berry fruit, rose petal, spice and gravel all meld together in the glass, but what impresses most about La Chappelle is its exceptional balance. Aromatics, fruit and structure are all so well-balanced. The 2020 is an especially fine La Chappelle. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 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

Release date: 23/6/2021

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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2020 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/6/2021

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 HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/6/2021

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 LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 22/6/2021

Smoked earth, crayon and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruits. The soils here are clay over limestone, a soil type that worked well in 2020, and although this is austere right now. Traces of peonySmoked earth, crayon and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruits. The soils here are clay over limestone, a soil type that worked well in 2020, and although this is austere right now. Traces of peony and blackberry open up through the mid palate, but overall this has both tension and tannins, and is a successful wine from the Cathiard family. Drinking range: 2023 - 2036 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 22/6/2021

The 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte is a thrilling wine of grandeur and spellbinding beauty. The aromatics literally soar out of the glass, perhaps driven by a touch more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. AThe 2020 Smith Haut Lafitte is a thrilling wine of grandeur and spellbinding beauty. The aromatics literally soar out of the glass, perhaps driven by a touch more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. A vertical, explosive wine, the 2020 possesses tremendous energy. It is a rapturous wine that will delight readers for years to come. A move towards gentler extractions, with less oak impact, allows the purity of the fruit to come through loud and clear. Inky dark cherry, plum, mocha, dried herbs and lavender are all amplified in the 2020, but what I admire most is a total sense of harmony. I can't wait to see how it ages, as evolution has at times been the sole Achilles heel here. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045 Rating: 95-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)

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2020 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2020 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 17/6/2021

The wine is of immense quality, the scores are huge and the perfect back vintages are double this price range. One which has been hit by the vagaries of two leading critics, but really deserves toThe wine is of immense quality, the scores are huge and the perfect back vintages 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 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, whose picking was completed on September 24, before the rains, has a bright, vivid nose of mineral-infused red fruit mixed with hints of blueberry and cassis. VeryThe 2020 Malartic Lagravière, whose picking was completed on September 24, before the rains, has a bright, vivid nose of mineral-infused red fruit mixed with hints of blueberry and cassis. Very focused and precise, this is an aromatically sophisticated Pessac-Léognan. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, hints of wild mint coming through, and lively and tensile toward the finish. This is one of the best vintages of Malartic Lagravière that I have encountered out of bottle. Ignore at your peril. Drinking range: 2025 - 2050 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 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

The 2020 Domaine de Chevalier is going to need a number of years to unwind. Rich, heady and super-concentrated, the 2020 is so impressive, right out of the gate. Crushed rocks, rose petal, cedar,The 2020 Domaine de Chevalier is going to need a number of years to unwind. Rich, heady and super-concentrated, the 2020 is so impressive, right out of the gate. Crushed rocks, rose petal, cedar, pomegranate and mint all build as the 2020 shows off its vibrant, layered personality. Domaine de Chevalier remains one of the most under the radar wines in all of Bordeaux. The 2020 is an absolutely brilliant effort from Olivier Bernard and his team. Tasted two times. Drinking range: 2035 - 2055 Rating: 95-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 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

The 2020 Latour-Martillac offers an enticing bouquet of black fruit infused with black olive, background citric scents lending a bit of zest. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins,The 2020 Latour-Martillac offers an enticing bouquet of black fruit infused with black olive, background citric scents lending a bit of zest. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, well-integrated oak and impressive depth. This is a very assured and confident Latour-Martillac that continues their strong run of form. Perhaps one of the dark horses of the appellation in 2020, this should be on your primeur shopping list. Drinking range: 2027 - 2055 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 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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