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2017 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

2017 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1er Cru Classé

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 35hl/ha. The Château used some fairly hefty selection to weed out the undesirable fruit. It was difficult to pin down the89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 35hl/ha. The Château used some fairly hefty selection to weed out the undesirable fruit. It was difficult to pin down the main problem but presumably the late summer rains did have an impact here. All that selection seems to have done the trick because, while it doesn't quite have the power of 2015 or the poise of 2016, there is excellent concentration and intensity of fruit. The tannins are also beautifully ripe and there is an elegant balance to the very long finish. This is a triumph considering the environmental challenges of the vintage and testament to the outstanding quality of this terroir. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

2017 PAVILLON ROUGE du Château Margaux

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. 13.5% 'Just below the quality of 2015', says technical director Sébastien Vergne. Bright healthy crimson. Rich, pure-fruited76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. 13.5% 'Just below the quality of 2015', says technical director Sébastien Vergne. Bright healthy crimson. Rich, pure-fruited and generous. Smooth, velvety tannins, deep and long. Deep and rich and even. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The aromatic profile of this barrel sample commences with some rather dusty and lightly grained blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with a little chalky freshness. The palate has a little substance andThe aromatic profile of this barrel sample commences with some rather dusty and lightly grained blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with a little chalky freshness. The palate has a little substance and concentration at the start, a touch of polish to the texture, although it turns more juicy and open through the middle. It feels a little more composed than some of its peers in this appellation in 2017, with a fresh blackcurrant character which lends it a sense of conviction, a medium-bodied texture which holds up though the middle and finish, and an appropriate central core of grippy tannins. There is a decent savoury character to the fruit on the finish too. A nice effort. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Brane is set back a bit from the river so unfortunately around 25% of the crop was lost to frost. The impact was patchy and74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Brane is set back a bit from the river so unfortunately around 25% of the crop was lost to frost. The impact was patchy and thankfully the best plots on the Brane plateau and Carabin were spared and it's only these parcels that went into the grand vin. Consequently volumes are well down but quality has certainly been conserved. The 2017 is a stunning Brane with gorgeous fragrant fruit, ample structure and a long, elegant finish. A highlight from the appellation. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

2017 BARON DE BRANE Margaux Château Brane-Cantenac

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

53% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carménère. Sadly around 25% of the crop was lost to frost with the worst damage on the plots behind the park. An enormous amount of work went53% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carménère. Sadly around 25% of the crop was lost to frost with the worst damage on the plots behind the park. An enormous amount of work went on in the vineyard to maximise the potential of the surviving fruit. That included drone mapping of the frost-hit areas, meticulous canopy management and two rounds of harvesting on some plots. Forensic selection and small batch vinification has meant that the second wine has actually benefited from a great deal of the second generation fruit from vines that would normally make the grand vin. The result is a simply delicious and open Baron de Brane with ripe, silky fruit and a really good energy. This should offer hugely enjoyable drinking relatively soon. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 89-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU GISCOURS 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

An up and coming Margaux estate, the 2017 Château Giscours offers a complex bouquet of sandalwood, damp flowers, sous bois, and spicy red fruits. It’s slightly stretched and firm on the palate, withAn up and coming Margaux estate, the 2017 Château Giscours offers a complex bouquet of sandalwood, damp flowers, sous bois, and spicy red fruits. It’s slightly stretched and firm on the palate, with medium-bodied richness. I’d like to see more fat and texture here, but I suspect it will put on more weight with time in barrel and bottle. It should drink nicely for a decade. Rating: 89-91 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 5/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Thanks to the proximity of the Gironde and (possibly) the protective walled 'clos', d'Issan was spared the frost. The rest of the season was benign and early - the65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Thanks to the proximity of the Gironde and (possibly) the protective walled 'clos', d'Issan was spared the frost. The rest of the season was benign and early - the earliest harvest since 2003. The result is a Margaux typically full of fragrance, refreshment and finesse. They make much of their historic links at this Château, including supplying the wine for the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine. As a result, the moto on the glittering gold label is 'Regum Mensis Aris Que Deorum' (for the table of kings and the altar of the gods). I imagine this 2017 would please both!  Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 91-93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

2017 BLASON D'ISSAN Margaux Château d'Issan

Release date: 5/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The picking dates here were as for the grand vin, and the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Analyses show the alcohol to be 13.3%, the acidity 3.2 g/l and the IPT 58. The yield was 43The picking dates here were as for the grand vin, and the blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Analyses show the alcohol to be 13.3%, the acidity 3.2 g/l and the IPT 58. The yield was 43 hl/ha, with this cuvée taking 53% of the crop. A very pretty nose here, showing red plum with a little sweet, grilled note, and a touch of toasted pip. The palate has a real sense of charm and grace, with gently gilled red cherry medicine wrapped up in the flavours of cigar box and toasted tobacco oak, with a nice elegance in terms of texture and weight, and some fresh acids. This is a second wine with real charm, but I think it will probably be at its best over the next five to eight years. The élevage will make use of 35% new oak. Rating: 89-91 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 4/6/2018

75cl bottles, case of 6

There's impressive depth to the cassis fruits here, with the same amount of Cabernet as in 2015 (although 2016 was even higher, at 94%). The vines are up to 60 years old and are planted onThere's impressive depth to the cassis fruits here, with the same amount of Cabernet as in 2015 (although 2016 was even higher, at 94%). The vines are up to 60 years old and are planted on clay-sand-gravels along with some deeper gravel soils. There is a beautiful balance in this wine, showing great persistency but not shouting, and the fruit has a clear line of sight. Very low sulphur, expected to be 55ppm. 60% new oak. Biodynamic. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU KIRWAN 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Healthy cherry red. Sweet-smelling damson fruit. Darkly fragrant. Dry, chalky texture but smooth and in harmony if lacking a spark on the mid palate. Juicy finish. Healthy cherry red. Sweet-smelling damson fruit. Darkly fragrant. Dry, chalky texture but smooth and in harmony if lacking a spark on the mid palate. Juicy finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU CANTENAC BROWN Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

With a larger proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon this year, the blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cantenac Brown leaps from the glass with exuberantWith a larger proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon this year, the blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cantenac Brown leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of cassis, warm plums and black forest cake with touches of violets, dark chocolate, cloves and cigar box plus a waft of lavender. The palate is medium-bodied and firm with fine-grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with plenty of black fruit and perfumed layers. Rating: 90-92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 18/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson with black core. Lifted, but not very expressive at first, then a definite graphite note and an inviting dusty75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson with black core. Lifted, but not very expressive at first, then a definite graphite note and an inviting dusty quality. Savoury dark fruit on the palate but juicy and fresh at heart. Fine tannins already surprisingly silky. Just enough depth of fruit on the mid palate to balance the supple tannins. Touch of oak sweetness and toast on the finish. More immediate charm than the Ch Giscours tasted alongside, more friendly. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU PRIEURÉ LICHINE 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 18/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A nose of dark and smoky oak to this barrel sample, lightly toasted, with notes of redcurrant and sage. The palate is fresh, cool, loose and rather light in terms of its presence, with a littleA nose of dark and smoky oak to this barrel sample, lightly toasted, with notes of redcurrant and sage. The palate is fresh, cool, loose and rather light in terms of its presence, with a little chalky midpalate grip. There is a dense substance here, with a little velvety suggestion to the tannins, firmly wrapped around the fruit, with plenty of grip in the finish. The flavour profile is all redcurrant and pomegranate, rather delicately placed atop the structure. A pretty wine with what feels like a light and fairly typical substance for the vintage. Rating: 89-91 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU BOYD CANTENAC 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 17/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Boyd Cantenac has a light blackberry and briary bouquet that develops nicely in the glass, revealing subtle tarry notes with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. DespiteThe 2017 Boyd Cantenac has a light blackberry and briary bouquet that develops nicely in the glass, revealing subtle tarry notes with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin. Despite giving the sample ample aeration, it remains somewhat pinched and with drying wood tannins towards the finish. It feels as if it needs more fruit concentration vis-à-vis the oak. Hopefully this will improve by the time of bottling. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS DE TERME 4ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Lovely old school claret. Rich fruit and oak on the nose. On the palate, the wine opens up with cassis, forest fruits, violet, gravel dust and60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Lovely old school claret. Rich fruit and oak on the nose. On the palate, the wine opens up with cassis, forest fruits, violet, gravel dust and well pronounced oak. It is not muscular but has the concentration and depth to give the wine a lovely mouth-feel. Bright acidity. Tiny drying tannins. Eye catching. Rating: 91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MONBRISON Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Elegantly styled, with a sanguine thread running through the core of gently mulled plum and cherry fruit. Light sandalwood and black teas notes weave in.Elegantly styled, with a sanguine thread running through the core of gently mulled plum and cherry fruit. Light sandalwood and black teas notes weave in. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY 3ème Cru Classé MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This has a really open nose of blackberry and dark cherry fruit with some quite sweet vanilla oak. There's attractive weight to a palate billowing with rich, dark fruit. It's a fairly hedonisticThis has a really open nose of blackberry and dark cherry fruit with some quite sweet vanilla oak. There's attractive weight to a palate billowing with rich, dark fruit. It's a fairly hedonistic Margaux, especially considering the vintage. Quite a big frame too but the tannins are fine and there's more than enough fruit to fill it out. Perhaps it's not the freshest or most subtle interpretation from 2017 but this is a Margaux that will definitely appeal for all its easy, upfront charm. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Ferrière has a bit more Cabernet in the blend than usual because some parcels of Merlot were hit by the frost. The estate is also undergoing a full conversion to biodynamics, though some ofThe 2017 Ferrière has a bit more Cabernet in the blend than usual because some parcels of Merlot were hit by the frost. The estate is also undergoing a full conversion to biodynamics, though some of these practices are already well established here. Claire Villars Lurton's 2017 has an inviting nose of cherry and cassis fruit with leafy, floral undertones. The new wood is 40% in this vintage and it lends a firm backbone but there is just enough charming, juicy fruit to balance. It is relatively light in body but what really impresses is the freshness and tension. It glides across the palate toward a grippy, mineral inflected finish. This is a classic, gently assertive Margaux. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 15/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

50% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. La Gurgue was hit quite badly by the frost in 2017. For the first three nights the estate successfully deployed candles only to run out and see50% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. La Gurgue was hit quite badly by the frost in 2017. For the first three nights the estate successfully deployed candles only to run out and see all their good work come to nothing. How frustrating that must be. Only 3,000 cases will make it to market despite the impressive yields on the surviving fruit. The estate is already certified organic and is under biodynamic conversion. Perhaps that has contributed to the ripeness, fragrance and freshness of this extremely approachable Margaux. There is lots to enjoy here! Given the small volumes produced we will have to wait and see where this ends up in terms of pricing. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is another estate on the move. Under the ownership of the Perrodo family (also owners of Labégorce) since 2006, the quality here is improving all the time. The 2017 is another very impressiveThis is another estate on the move. Under the ownership of the Perrodo family (also owners of Labégorce) since 2006, the quality here is improving all the time. The 2017 is another very impressive showing with bright, perfumed cherry fruit and some sweet spice. There is a good silky weight to the mid-palate and the tannins are very fine-grained. A textbook Margaux that will bring a great deal of pleasure from 2022 onwards. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MARQUIS D'ALESME 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 3/5/2018

Half-bottles, wood case of 12

This is another estate on the move. Under the ownership of the Perrodo family (also owners of Labégorce) since 2006, the quality here is improving all the time. The 2017 is another very impressiveThis is another estate on the move. Under the ownership of the Perrodo family (also owners of Labégorce) since 2006, the quality here is improving all the time. The 2017 is another very impressive showing with bright, perfumed cherry fruit and some sweet spice. There is a good silky weight to the mid-palate and the tannins are very fine-grained. A textbook Margaux that will bring a great deal of pleasure from 2022 onwards. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE COTEAU Cru Bourgeois Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU LE COTEAU Cru Bourgeois Margaux

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2017 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU LABÉGORCE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur MargauxPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A firm favourite in the L&S camp. This year production is sadly down by about 40%, a great shame as the wine really is superb. Some of the losses were immediate (the frost killed off an entire MerlotA firm favourite in the L&S camp. This year production is sadly down by about 40%, a great shame as the wine really is superb. Some of the losses were immediate (the frost killed off an entire Merlot vineyard in Soussans) but that only effected about 6% of the total stock. The cold also reduced yields on the surviving vines as fewer bunches could be supported on each plant. The low yield has led to super concentration in the rich, dark fruit which sits beautifully within a framework of well-judged oak. A mineral undertow gives this wonderful shape and restrained power. Simply delicious and drinkable relatively soon. Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 23/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. Darker nose than the Alter Ego. A touch of brood and intention here. Follows to the palate where the tone is serious. Firm dark crunch of nice54% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot. Darker nose than the Alter Ego. A touch of brood and intention here. Follows to the palate where the tone is serious. Firm dark crunch of nice small berry fruit and gently baked plum flesh. Good gentle structure, fine grained tannin - really smart - but quite fine and quite a tightish middle. Just ripe, 'liquid' fruit intensity. Good and smart wine in the vintage. They have equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the vineyard - and the ratios change year to year in the blend. In 2017 They lost 15 HA of vines to the frost - all Cabernet (on the Western side of the estate) and so the Merlot proportion is higher than normal this year. Rating: 94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

2017 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

Release date: 23/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

53% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Good clean approach - firmish, not plump nor rich. Good mineral energy and bright thread of zippy acidity adds real freshness. Almost subdued in53% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Good clean approach - firmish, not plump nor rich. Good mineral energy and bright thread of zippy acidity adds real freshness. Almost subdued in its gentle feel - but nicely balanced with the just ripe, silky fruit. Fresh feel rides high - nicely done. Rating: 91 - 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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