Saint Estèphe

Saint Estèphe has arguably been the stand out commune of the 2018 vintage. Hovering on the northern fringe of the Haut-Médoc the vineyards here had the freshest of the weather and sit on some of the richest clay soils on the Left Bank. We found hugely appetising wines with freshness and balance at every level from the excellent Meyney and Ormes de Pez, to an absolutely outstanding Calon Ségur - one of our candidates for wine of the vintage.

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2018 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 5/6/2019

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. We're told that the Cabernet grapes were 20% smaller than usual with the ratio of juice to skins definitely in favour of the72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. We're told that the Cabernet grapes were 20% smaller than usual with the ratio of juice to skins definitely in favour of the skins. They also used six batches of press wine which showed exceptional concentration. You certainly feel this in the sample we tasted. It has an extraordinary density of dark berry fruit and a huge, solid structure. Less spice than Cos, it shows more gloss and mineral undertone but it's built in the same way. This is a massive Montrose that requires long cellaring and will probably outlive us all. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2018 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Release date: 5/6/2019

52% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. This is often one of our favourite second wines in the Haut Médoc. It's usually full of juicy dark fruit and earthy freshness.52% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. This is often one of our favourite second wines in the Haut Médoc. It's usually full of juicy dark fruit and earthy freshness. The 2018 definitely has those qualities but it's rather more serious than recent vintages. It is more sappy and richly textured, more hedonistic. The tannins seem much more present and there is a bit of heat on the finish. You can certainly tell this was a warm vintage. There's no doubt it's an excellent wine but there isn't the sheer drinkability of the 2010 or 2016 - which you could happily enjoy in their fruity youth. This is a much more grander style of Dame that will need some cellaring. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 4/6/2019

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. This is a super-charged Cos. Everything is dialed up to the maximum - the ripeness of the dark berry fruit, the form and volume74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. This is a super-charged Cos. Everything is dialed up to the maximum - the ripeness of the dark berry fruit, the form and volume of tannin, the alcohol, and the spice-inflected finish. It's head-turning and head spinning stuff - a Lamborghini rather than an E-type. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

2018 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 4/6/2019

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. This is made with some of the same seriousness as the Grand Vin. It's very densely fruited but slightly more open on the nose -54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. This is made with some of the same seriousness as the Grand Vin. It's very densely fruited but slightly more open on the nose - pepper and menthol notes mix with the ripe blackcurrant fruit. The mid-palate is creamy, almost thick and it's not long before the tannins take over. It's all has quite a modern decadent feel. This is definitely a second wine made in the image of its parent. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 24/5/2019

This Phélan is so densely structured it's actually quite hard to analyse. The fruit is almost completely buried in tannin. It may well come around in time but at the moment it's quite hard work. WillThis Phélan is so densely structured it's actually quite hard to analyse. The fruit is almost completely buried in tannin. It may well come around in time but at the moment it's quite hard work. Will the fruit last long enough for all those tannins to mellow? Drinking range: 2030 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Release date: 22/5/2019

This was missing from the tasting booklet at Léoville Poyferré but Château Le Crock is a lesser known Saint Estèphe that should not be overlooked. Much like Meyney and Capbern, it often offersThis was missing from the tasting booklet at Léoville Poyferré but Château Le Crock is a lesser known Saint Estèphe that should not be overlooked. Much like Meyney and Capbern, it often offers terrific value for money, especially in warmer vintages where the higher proportion of clay helps these wines stay fresh. There's plenty of juicy dark berry and black cherry fruit, as well as a streak of cool minerality. The texture is fine too and while there are a lot of tannins to contend with, they are nicely ripe and smooth. This is another excellent Le Crock that's built to last. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 10/5/2019

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. A richly fruited, intense Lafon-Rochet that tops 14.5%. There's plenty of volume and power but it's not the freshest of the St64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. A richly fruited, intense Lafon-Rochet that tops 14.5%. There's plenty of volume and power but it's not the freshest of the St Estephes at the moment and the structure is quite firm at present. This should come round and that deep compote of well ripened fruit will open up and shed some of that beef. Another release that will please fans of this ever consistent estate. Even if not as showy and immediately lovable as the impeccable 2015 and 2016 en primeur. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Release date: 9/5/2019

59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Mixed berries. Dusty mineral. Medium bodied. A crisp feel to the juice. Slightly lacking in concentration compared to some other 2018 Saint59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Mixed berries. Dusty mineral. Medium bodied. A crisp feel to the juice. Slightly lacking in concentration compared to some other 2018 Saint Estèphe. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/5/2019

Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 17% Petit Verdot 15% Cabernet Franc 3%. Quite simply the outstanding wine from this high performing commune in 2018. It will be a record alcohol level for Calon SégurCabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 17% Petit Verdot 15% Cabernet Franc 3%. Quite simply the outstanding wine from this high performing commune in 2018. It will be a record alcohol level for Calon Ségur but do not let that deter you for a second. Calon's clay and gravel soils have helped keep this in perfect balance. There is a lovely mix of pure, fresh red and black berry fruit - the Cabernet really singing, as it so often does at this great estate. Tannins are faultless and seamlessly interwoven with the fruit. It never loses altitude on the palate, there's mineral freshness, effortless flow, and a very, very long finish. This is an outstanding Calon Ségur and one of our wines of the vintage. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

2018 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon SégurPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/5/2019

53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon. The proportion of Merlot in this is falling all the time as the estate completes a replanting programme that will increase the share of Cabernet to around 70% by53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon. The proportion of Merlot in this is falling all the time as the estate completes a replanting programme that will increase the share of Cabernet to around 70% by 2030. They think that in three years they will have the blend they want for the Marquis but based on the 2018 there isn't a lot of room for further improvement! This is just a brilliant Marquis with all the qualities you look for in a second wine: pure, juicy dark fruit, a cool earthy undertow, beautifully judged tannins and a nice bite on the finish. I doubt you'll be able to resist drinking this young on its lovely fruit. Just a seriously smart claret that tugs at the heart-strings and one to order in magnum for dinner parties in five year's time. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Release date: 7/5/2019

This property has seen a significant improvement in quality since 2004 when it came under the umbrella of CA Grands Crus. We've been impressed by several vintages since and this is another. TheThis property has seen a significant improvement in quality since 2004 when it came under the umbrella of CA Grands Crus. We've been impressed by several vintages since and this is another. The estate's dense clay soil has certainly helped with the summer heat, producing a wine that's endowed with fresh blackberry and dark cherry fruit, sweet spice and coffee. It has a refined mid-palate with lovely smoothness and depth. The fine tannins frame the wine rather than envelope it. It's another very well made Saint Estèphe but one that should be cellared for at least 5-10 years to be at its best. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 3/5/2019

41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. It spends 16 months in French oak, 45% new barrels. This is an Ormes de Pez with buckets of rich, dark berry fruit. It has real41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. It spends 16 months in French oak, 45% new barrels. This is an Ormes de Pez with buckets of rich, dark berry fruit. It has real depth and there's no shortage of structure to pin it all on either. The tannins are pronounced but very fine. It's kept fresh by a keen line of acidity running through the middle. This is a powerful, concentrated but well-balanced Saint Estèphe that will reward at least five years in the cellar. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint Estèphe

Release date: 1/5/2019

63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Lots of ripe blackcurrent and blackberry fruit, some dark plum too. Goes a bit missing on the mid-palate and then there's quite a bit of firm63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Lots of ripe blackcurrent and blackberry fruit, some dark plum too. Goes a bit missing on the mid-palate and then there's quite a bit of firm tannin. This just needs to fill out in the middle a bit and it will make a fine Saint Estèphe. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 29/4/2019

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Made by the team at Calon Ségur, this Saint Estèphe is a perennial over-achiever and 2018 is no different. The clay-rich soils have worked their62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Made by the team at Calon Ségur, this Saint Estèphe is a perennial over-achiever and 2018 is no different. The clay-rich soils have worked their magic and kept this refreshed in the summer heat. You feel it in the cool dark berry fruit which is never cloying. There's a very welcome bass note of minerality too. It's Saint Estèphe, so the tannins are very present but they are fine and never drying. You can tell this has been very well made. Likely to be another cellar filling bargain. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035L&S(Apr 2019)

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