Saint Julien

Ever the consistent appellation, Saint Julien more or less kept to its reputation this year. There were fewer peaks and troughs here than anywhere else and all the wine we love kept up their end of the bargain. Although Merlot took a big hit and the wines were more Cabernet focused than usual, it was an appellation where they were able to firmly keep the joy in the wine – lovely, polished fruit, with a dash of new oak.

There were no wineries which surprised for knock-out quality when compared to other vintages, but we equally didn’t think anyone had lost themselves. The Bartons were on top form, Ducru was focused and serious, Talbot rich and flavoursome, Poyferré impressively polished. Lagrange and Saint Pierre were perhaps the two sneaky standouts which we didn’t expect to be quite so exciting but made lovely wine this year.

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2021 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 15/6/2022

Firm, structured and pure with a cool and solid core of dark currants, blackberries, tar, pencil lead and bitter chocolate. Hints of tobacco, too. Firm but silky tannins. Very pure, with a long,Firm, structured and pure with a cool and solid core of dark currants, blackberries, tar, pencil lead and bitter chocolate. Hints of tobacco, too. Firm but silky tannins. Very pure, with a long, mineral finish. Intense and very focused. 98% cabernet sauvignon and 2% merlot. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Saint Julien

2021 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Saint Julien

Release date: 15/6/2022

Medium body with a compact core of dark fruit, blackcurrants, pine cones, cloves and chocolate. Beautiful depth. Firm, creamy tannins. Dark and firm, yet cool at the end. 64% cabernet sauvignon, 32%Medium body with a compact core of dark fruit, blackcurrants, pine cones, cloves and chocolate. Beautiful depth. Firm, creamy tannins. Dark and firm, yet cool at the end. 64% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot and 4% petit verdot. Serious second wine. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 LE PETIT DUCRU Saint Julien Château Ducru Beaucaillou

2021 LE PETIT DUCRU Saint Julien Château Ducru Beaucaillou

Release date: 15/6/2022

The heavy selection for the Grand Vin and the Croix de Beaucaillou has meant that this 3rd wine from the enigmatic Bruno Borie has inherited fruit from the prize plots that may normally make the cutThe heavy selection for the Grand Vin and the Croix de Beaucaillou has meant that this 3rd wine from the enigmatic Bruno Borie has inherited fruit from the prize plots that may normally make the cut for the top wines. The firm poise and finesse is certainly impressive for a wine at this level, but there is good richness and dark weight too for the vintage. Black cherry flesh, dark berries and dark cocoa powder abound. The intensity is very commendable - another nod to those grander plots that do not usually get into this wine. Looking like a real bargain for the cellar, this comes highly recommended. Very decent claret, with fine pedigree and a fair price. 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8 Petit Verdot.L&S (Apr 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU SAINT PIERRE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU SAINT PIERRE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 14/6/2022

Enjoyable damson and red cherry fruit, sandalwood smoke adds depth though the mid palate, with stretched out tannins studded through with white pepper and turmeric. This is bight and well handled,Enjoyable damson and red cherry fruit, sandalwood smoke adds depth though the mid palate, with stretched out tannins studded through with white pepper and turmeric. This is bight and well handled, good strcutre, firm tannins, austere but finessed. 34hl/h yield, first year organic conversion, Jean-Michel Comme consultant. Drinking range: 2028 - 2042 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU GLORIA Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU GLORIA Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien

Release date: 14/6/2022

Always a wine that manages to find itself on the right side of ripe, and the right side of exuberant and even in 2021 you will recognise those two skills here. This is bright, cheerful, carefullyAlways a wine that manages to find itself on the right side of ripe, and the right side of exuberant and even in 2021 you will recognise those two skills here. This is bright, cheerful, carefully placed, enjoyable stuff with liqourice and bitter chocolate, First year organic, Jean Michel Comme consultant. Harvest September 27 to October 9. Drinking range: 2025 - 2036 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 13/6/2022

84 Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 Merlot, 4 Cabernet Franc | 95% new oak | 12.55% alc The statistics for this wine are rather terrifying. The ultra-keen alcohol level coupled with an extremely dominant84 Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 Merlot, 4 Cabernet Franc | 95% new oak | 12.55% alc The statistics for this wine are rather terrifying. The ultra-keen alcohol level coupled with an extremely dominant Cabernet recipe and a near-100% new oak regime suggests that this might be a relatively lean, mean and oaky wine, but this is not the case. This is a singular song of Cabernet, and it resonates beautifully on the nose and palate. Pure, refreshing, direct and fascinating, this is a huge success wine in 2021. Rating: 18 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE du Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien

2021 SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE du Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien

Release date: 13/6/2022

Cabernet Sauvignon was unquestionably the grape of the vintage in the Médoc, and here you see its success in a 2nd wine. Harvest September 23 through to Otober 7. Ruby red colour, with lovely violetCabernet Sauvignon was unquestionably the grape of the vintage in the Médoc, and here you see its success in a 2nd wine. Harvest September 23 through to Otober 7. Ruby red colour, with lovely violet edging, clear birght fruits, tasty blueberry and redcurrant, cool vintage character but juicy and blalanced, and moreish. There was frost here on the Sarget plots, giving overall yields of 29hl/h. Final year of organic conversion. Drinking range: 2025 - 2036 Rating: 89 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 9/6/2022

The 2021 Léoville Poyferré shows considerable promise, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with spices, licorice and petals, framed by a deft touch of creamy newThe 2021 Léoville Poyferré shows considerable promise, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with spices, licorice and petals, framed by a deft touch of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, supple and fleshy, it's a polished, charming wine with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins, concluding with a penetrating finish. It's a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Rating: 93-94+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 9/6/2022

Silky and well textured fruits, with gentle build through the palate and a carefully constructed balance of raspberry and redcurrant fruit and fresh acidity that comes through in lemongrass and aSilky and well textured fruits, with gentle build through the palate and a carefully constructed balance of raspberry and redcurrant fruit and fresh acidity that comes through in lemongrass and a raspy slate texture. Not easy to achieve this in 2021, will have needed careful sorting and plot by plot work in vineyard and cellar. The firm frame is a little austere, but there is finesse here, gentle campfire smoke. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 FIEFS DE LAGRANGE Saint Julien

2021 FIEFS DE LAGRANGE Saint Julien

Release date: 2/6/2022

Amounting to some 61% of the estate's production, the 2021 Les Fiefs de Lagrange offers up attractive aromas of cassis, plums, tobacco leaf and nicely integrated oak. Medium to full-bodied, ample andAmounting to some 61% of the estate's production, the 2021 Les Fiefs de Lagrange offers up attractive aromas of cassis, plums, tobacco leaf and nicely integrated oak. Medium to full-bodied, ample and charming, it's a supple, seamless wine that will drink well on release. Rating: 89-91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 2/6/2022

84 Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Merlot, 2 Petit Verdot | 55% new oak | 13% alc I always tend to find Lagrange too oaky, and this vintage is no exception, but the level of woodwork does not spoil the84 Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Merlot, 2 Petit Verdot | 55% new oak | 13% alc I always tend to find Lagrange too oaky, and this vintage is no exception, but the level of woodwork does not spoil the perfume, which is as pure and bright as I can remember from this Château. However, the oak accentuates the tannins on the finish, but, overall, this is a confident and finely tuned Lagrange. Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 1/6/2022

66 Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 Merlot, 6.5 Cabernet Franc, 5.5 Petit Verdot | 60% new oak | 13% alc I am so impressed with how each of the finest estates seems to have nailed both the essence of their66 Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 Merlot, 6.5 Cabernet Franc, 5.5 Petit Verdot | 60% new oak | 13% alc I am so impressed with how each of the finest estates seems to have nailed both the essence of their ‘house style’ and also their location so perfectly in 2021. And so Branaire follows this theme with a lusty, densely-packed, daringly structured wine with just a little more oomph than many. It manages to carry this trick off in spite of the 13% alcohol, and while there is intensity here, there is no unwanted astringency, just tense, refreshing tannin. This is consummate winemaking from a first-class Château. Rating: 18 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CONNÉTABLE TALBOT Saint Julien Château Talbot

2021 CONNÉTABLE TALBOT Saint Julien Château Talbot

Release date: 1/6/2022

Starts of with an attractive burst of bright red fruits, redcurrant and raspberry, but the high acidities stop it from widening out through the mid palate. Tasted twice.Starts of with an attractive burst of bright red fruits, redcurrant and raspberry, but the high acidities stop it from widening out through the mid palate. Tasted twice. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 85 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU TALBOT 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU TALBOT 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 1/6/2022

The 2021 Talbot is promising, exhibiting aromas of wild berries, cherries, cigar wrapper and sweet spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety palate that's bright and seamless,The 2021 Talbot is promising, exhibiting aromas of wild berries, cherries, cigar wrapper and sweet spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety palate that's bright and seamless, with an enveloping, charming profile despite analytically rather high levels of polyphenols. This is a fine effort that reminds Jean-Michel Laporte of the 2001 vintage in style—though the 2021 will benefit from all the improvements that the last two decades have witnessed at this address. Tasted four times. Rating: 91-92+ William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU MOULIN RICHE Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU MOULIN RICHE Saint Julien

Release date: 25/5/2022

54 Cabernet Sauvignon, 27 Merlot, 19 Petit Verdot | 30% new oak | 13% alc There is a considerable difference between this lovely wine and the other two from the L-P stable. The Petit Verdot content54 Cabernet Sauvignon, 27 Merlot, 19 Petit Verdot | 30% new oak | 13% alc There is a considerable difference between this lovely wine and the other two from the L-P stable. The Petit Verdot content and the darker soils bring a deepness and richness to the flavour. While the fruit complexity is not as varied nor as plush as those found in the Poyferré wines themselves, there is undoubtedly a lot of interest and focus here. But alongside this depth of flavour, there is no added tannin, nor is there any hard acidity. This is a massive success for Moulin Riche, and those seeking a full-flavoured, gastronomically-pleasing wine at a great price need look no further. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

2021 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

Release date: 25/5/2022

67 Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 Merlot, 14 Cabernet Franc | 50% new oak | 13.46% alc | 3.69 pH | 86 IPT Cabernet Franc does a great job linking Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot in this wine. It lifts the nose67 Cabernet Sauvignon, 19 Merlot, 14 Cabernet Franc | 50% new oak | 13.46% alc | 3.69 pH | 86 IPT Cabernet Franc does a great job linking Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot in this wine. It lifts the nose and allows the tannins to add crunch but no astringency to the whole experience. Classy and classic, this is a splendid Clos du Marquis, and it has a tension and juiciness ratio that I admire. The Cabernet can concentrate on providing the engine, and Merlot adds a gloss to the bodywork. With red, black and blue fruit adding to the harmony and complexity here, this is a generous and forward-drinking Clos du Marquis. Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2022

The 2021 Leoville Barton is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 27 September to 7 October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a fair bit ofThe 2021 Leoville Barton is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 27 September to 7 October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a fair bit of swirling to shake loose notes of fresh blackberries, mulberries, and cassis, plus touches of garrigue, wild blueberries, violets, and licorice with a touch of wood smoke. Medium-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone with loads of crunchy black fruit layers and an impressive array of savory sparks on the long finish. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 90-92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (May 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2022

Blackberry and black olives with currants and crushed stone. Medium body, integrated tannins and a savory finish.Blackberry and black olives with currants and crushed stone. Medium body, integrated tannins and a savory finish. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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2021 LE PETIT LION Saint Julien Château Léoville Las Cases

2021 LE PETIT LION Saint Julien Château Léoville Las Cases

Release date: 20/5/2022

57 Merlot, 40 Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 Cabernet Franc | 40% new oak | 13.27% alc | 3.54 pH | 31 hl/ha | 71 IPT With pain d’épice notes on the nose coming from the spicy new oak component, this is a57 Merlot, 40 Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 Cabernet Franc | 40% new oak | 13.27% alc | 3.54 pH | 31 hl/ha | 71 IPT With pain d’épice notes on the nose coming from the spicy new oak component, this is a rather flashy wine, and these nuances sit relatively comfortably in the body of the wine, which is relatively firm and packed with fruit. There is tension here, too, with a good purple, tangy black cherry theme and some beautiful freshness on the finish. Rating: 17+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2022)

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2021 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2021 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 20/5/2022

This is very tannic and powerful with currant and salty undertones. Inky. Blackberry and blackcurrant, too. Full-bodied with lots of power at the end. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc andThis is very tannic and powerful with currant and salty undertones. Inky. Blackberry and blackcurrant, too. Full-bodied with lots of power at the end. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc and 5% merlot. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2022)

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