Saint Estèphe

Saint Estèphe's diverse soil types, with quite a bit of gravel and a deep layer of clay, meant vine stress was much less apparent than its neighbours in 2023. Calon Ségur made an excellent 2023, perhaps a preference to the 2022 and Montrose (as we kept hearing before we got there) was nothing short of outstanding.

If there was a highlight that day, for sheer value, it would have to be Château Lafon Rochet (another property owned by Jacky Lorenzetti in a group that now includes, Pedesclaux, D'Issan and Lilian Ladouys). Razor precision, freshness, poise and a length of flavour that stayed with us for half the journey to our next visit.

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2023 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

2023 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 16/5/2024

The 2023 Les Pagodes de Cos makes a strong statement out of the gate. A blast of intense dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol, game, licorice, dried herbs and chocolate infuses the palate withThe 2023 Les Pagodes de Cos makes a strong statement out of the gate. A blast of intense dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol, game, licorice, dried herbs and chocolate infuses the palate with remarkable textural intensity. Ample and resonant in the glass, with fabulous balance, Les Pagodes is exceptionally fine in 2023. The long, sustained finish is a thing of beauty. Drinking range: 2027 - 2043 Rating: 92-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 16/5/2024

The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the grand vin takes 53% of the crop. The picking began September 12th, a few days later than some on theThe blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the grand vin takes 53% of the crop. The picking began September 12th, a few days later than some on the northern Médoc, finishing on the 29th. Beautiful aromatics here, with scents of dark fruit, griottes, dark chocolate and powdered minerals. The fruit profile on the palate feels even darker, all currants, blackberries and chocolate again, with a supple and sinewy presence of texture, holding up very nicely in the midpalate, supported by integrated, ripe and tightly knit powdery tannins. This shows great promise, framed within the delineated substance and fruit of the vintage, the acidity fresh but far from domineering. And the powdery structure is divine, coating the finish but never drying or puckering. A very fine Cos this year. The alcohol is 12.91% on analysis. Rating: 95-97 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Release date: 15/5/2024

The 2023 Meyney is terrific. Silky and polished, the 2023 shows a side of Meyney I have not seen before. There's also terrific freshness and overall brightness. Dark red plum, blood orange, chalk,The 2023 Meyney is terrific. Silky and polished, the 2023 shows a side of Meyney I have not seen before. There's also terrific freshness and overall brightness. Dark red plum, blood orange, chalk, mint and dried herbs are all beautifully delineated. More than anything else, I admire the wine's poise. Drinking range: 2027 - 2043 Rating: 91-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 14/5/2024

The 2023 Ormes de Pez is 55% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with picking from September 19th. This is the final blend, including 12% press wine. The yield wasThe 2023 Ormes de Pez is 55% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with picking from September 19th. This is the final blend, including 12% press wine. The yield was around 50 hl/ha, close to the appellation average. I find lots of smoky and toasted oak on the nose of this 2023 barrel sample, the berry fruits subsumed by matchstick and smoke, with a little more presence of fruit when tasted at the property. On the palate there is a rather charming and fresh core of perfumed and acidulous berry fruits, wrapped in layers of dark and toasted oak, dark chocolate, coffee bean and toast. The oak is providing a lot of flavour here at the moment, but the structure beneath is firm, ripe, knit and powdery, I am sure there is some nice potential here. Tasted three times. The alcohol is 13.5%. Rating: 90-92 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 7/5/2024

Generous and layered, the 2023 Lafon-Rochet offers up aromas of blackberries, cassis, incense and burning embers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and enveloping palate that's gourmand andGenerous and layered, the 2023 Lafon-Rochet offers up aromas of blackberries, cassis, incense and burning embers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and enveloping palate that's gourmand and charming, concluding with a gently minty finish. Like the 2023, this represents a richer, more demonstrative style for this Saint-Estèphe property, where Christophe Congé and his team are rehabilitating the vineyards. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU HAUT MARBUZET Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU HAUT MARBUZET Saint Estèphe

Release date: 3/5/2024

An intriguing nose here, with sweet blackcurrant fruits dusted with white flowers and crushed chalk. The palate has the same juicy but coherent character of the vintage, but with charming blackAn intriguing nose here, with sweet blackcurrant fruits dusted with white flowers and crushed chalk. The palate has the same juicy but coherent character of the vintage, but with charming black fruits, laced with notes of raspberry, white peach and mint. There is plenty of dry grip to the midpalate, with the juicy fruit enveloped in tightly knit and harmonious tannins, which dominate through to the finish. I see a lot of structure here; the élevage might tame it a little, but I suspect it will need a good few years in bottle thereafter. This has potential; a smart success in this vintage. Rating: 90-92 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 2/5/2024

Aromas of cassis, dark berries, plums and petals introduce the 2023 Le Crock, a medium to full-bodied, pure and flavorful wine with a sweet core of fruit framed by youthfully chewy tannins. It's aAromas of cassis, dark berries, plums and petals introduce the 2023 Le Crock, a medium to full-bodied, pure and flavorful wine with a sweet core of fruit framed by youthfully chewy tannins. It's a characterful wine that will reward a bit of patience. Rating: 81-89 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 29/4/2024

2023 marks the 15th anniversary of the Lorenzetti family's first move into the Medoc. Now owners of Pedesclaux, Lafon Rochet and a considerable stake in Chateau d'Issan, Lilian Ladouys may no longer2023 marks the 15th anniversary of the Lorenzetti family's first move into the Medoc. Now owners of Pedesclaux, Lafon Rochet and a considerable stake in Chateau d'Issan, Lilian Ladouys may no longer be there most prestigious estate but it is certainly a real passion project. Run by Manon Lorenzetti, with help from Pedesclaux's winemaker Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen - this estate gets better every year. Now into their third year of organic conversion and benefitting in 2023 from having more parcels on-stream - they have made a beauty. There's a sophisticated and classic Saint Estephe freshness to the crunchy black fruit. For the first time ever Cabernet Sauvignon takes the lead on the blend with 57% only reinforcing the upright, pure feel. This has great lines a delicious, ripe mid-palate and all the finesse you could ask for in Saint Estephe. Proper Bordeaux and so well priced. At 12.9% it really does feel like a very classic Claret. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet franc L&S (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Precise and confident texture to this wine, has higher levels of both Cabernets in 2023 than in 2022, having reached exceptional maturity, and personally I feel that have recaptured the heart andPrecise and confident texture to this wine, has higher levels of both Cabernets in 2023 than in 2022, having reached exceptional maturity, and personally I feel that have recaptured the heart and spirit of Calon. Skilfully made, love the violet peony savoury character, it's sappy and has liqourice root and squid ink salinity, along with tons of cassis and cigar box. The blend for this was built on Cabernet, and you can feel it. My favourite Calon since the 2020 vintage, hands down. 100% new oak, director Vincent Millet. Drinking range: 2032 - 2050 Rating: 97 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

There is clarity and freshness to this, with crunchy dark fruit, cedar and blackberry. It’s medium-bodied, racy and fine. Lead pencil at the end. More precise than 2022. 69% cabernet sauvignon, 29%There is clarity and freshness to this, with crunchy dark fruit, cedar and blackberry. It’s medium-bodied, racy and fine. Lead pencil at the end. More precise than 2022. 69% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 1% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

The 2023 de Pez represents another important step for the property. The team, led by Pichon Comtesse Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau, continues to work toward a more refined style than in theThe 2023 de Pez represents another important step for the property. The team, led by Pichon Comtesse Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau, continues to work toward a more refined style than in the past. Black cherry, plum, licorice and mocha fill out the layers nicely. There's still plenty of Saint-Estèphe breadth, but these days, the tannins show greater polish. Floral overtones extend the finish. Tasted three times. Drinking range: 2027 - 2043 Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Wow. This is the essence of Montrose, with blackberry, blackcurrant, crushed stone and earth. I have not tasted a Montrose like this in 42 years of my career. It has a much more vertical nature toWow. This is the essence of Montrose, with blackberry, blackcurrant, crushed stone and earth. I have not tasted a Montrose like this in 42 years of my career. It has a much more vertical nature to it, with layered tannins that go very deep and long, The muscular structure and intensity is something else. This is a new era for Montrose. It is now made from only 45 hectares of vineyards right in front of the chateau, instead of about 60 before. 75% cabernet sauvignon, 21% merlot and 4% cabernet franc. Rating: 99-100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Saint Estèphe

2023 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Saint Estèphe

The polish and intensity of this wine is beautiful for the vintage, with blackcurrant, lead pencil and light chocolate character. It’s medium- to full-bodied with well-integrated fruit and tannins,The polish and intensity of this wine is beautiful for the vintage, with blackcurrant, lead pencil and light chocolate character. It’s medium- to full-bodied with well-integrated fruit and tannins, and a long finish. Velvet texture. Excellent potential. Fermented from selected yeast from the various parcels. 58% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 1.5% petit verdot, and 1.5% cabernet franc. Let’s see which is better in the end, 2022 or 2023. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2023 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Silky tannins with grip and intensity, a lovely balance of texture and fresh acidities. Slate and pummice stone grip, this is delicious, with appellation typicity in its powerful black fruits, butSilky tannins with grip and intensity, a lovely balance of texture and fresh acidities. Slate and pummice stone grip, this is delicious, with appellation typicity in its powerful black fruits, but measured with a saline kick on the finish. In organic conversion, to be certified 2025. Drinking range: 2028 - 2040 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

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2023 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

2023 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

The 2023 Le Marquis de Calon-Ségur is a blend of 50% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, incorporating the estate's finest Merlot plots that generallyThe 2023 Le Marquis de Calon-Ségur is a blend of 50% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, incorporating the estate's finest Merlot plots that generally go into the grand vin but which didn't match with Calon's best Cabernet Sauvignon lots this year. Offering up aromas of cassis, plums, burning embers and spices, framed by a deft touch of new oak, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and structured, with impressive density and muscle, built for the cellar. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Apr 2024)

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2023 TRONQUOY Saint Estèphe

2023 TRONQUOY Saint Estèphe

Containing an unusually high 51% Cabernet Sauvignon this year (complemented by 38% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot), the 2023 Tronquoy offers up aromas of dark berries, cherries, burning embers andContaining an unusually high 51% Cabernet Sauvignon this year (complemented by 38% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot), the 2023 Tronquoy offers up aromas of dark berries, cherries, burning embers and violets, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety and refined palate with good depth at the core, lively acids and a persistent finish. Foudres are now complemented barriques for élevage. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Apr 2024)

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