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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 the 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 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 - 2045 L&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

This has great concentration, with carefully balanced black fruits that are fleshy and inviting but unfussy. The berry size was a little bigger than last year after the September rains (70mm in 20 This has great concentration, with carefully balanced black fruits that are fleshy and inviting but unfussy. The berry size was a little bigger than last year after the September rains (70mm in 20 days) so there is a feeling of juice and mouthwatering seduction once you give it some time to work through the initial austerity. There's no dilution through the mid-palate, and it's one of the few second wines that really gets your attention in 2017. They lost 10% of the crop to frost, giving a yield of 35hl/ha, with no secondary fruits used in Pavillon or Margaux (not even the first generation buds from any affected plots). 22% of total production is the lowest ever for Pavillon, and combined with the low yield means there will be 40% fewer bottles. The vineyards were entirely organically farmed in 2017, although there are still no plans to go for certification. Harvested 18-26 September. 3.7pH. IPT 73 - as high as last year. 4% Cabernet Franc also in the blend. Will be 60% new oak. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2017 CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA 2ème Cru Classé Margaux PRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The elegantly styled 2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla is another charming, incredibly well-balanced Margaux that offers up a great perfume of raspberries, violets, incense and spice. It has moderate tannin, The elegantly styled 2017 Château Rauzan-Ségla is another charming, incredibly well-balanced Margaux that offers up a great perfume of raspberries, violets, incense and spice. It has moderate tannin, a silky, lightly textured profile, and a great finish. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot still aging in 60% new French oak, this is one of the 2017s that grows on you with time in the glass and should evolve beautifully after release. Tasted twice. Rating: 91-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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 and 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 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 went 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 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

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson. Perfumed with cassis freshness, straightforward and a sense of small-berried fruit. Even some red fruit and a touch of vanilla. 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson. Perfumed with cassis freshness, straightforward and a sense of small-berried fruit. Even some red fruit and a touch of vanilla. Really quite discreet. Finesse in the tannins, a delicacy that belies its persistence on the finish and just enough fruit at the core for harmony. Needs more time than some, I think. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 16.5+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.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 - the 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 - 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

This is round and velvety with a juicy and fruity character and an undertone of sweet strawberries. Round and full-bodied. Sweet tannins. This is round and velvety with a juicy and fruity character and an undertone of sweet strawberries. Round and full-bodied. Sweet tannins. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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 on 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 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

This has a rather reserved, slightly cooked-fruit character on the nose, gridded raspberry, with a cherry stone grip. The palate starts off with a light textural presence, continuing through the This has a rather reserved, slightly cooked-fruit character on the nose, gridded raspberry, with a cherry stone grip. The palate starts off with a light textural presence, continuing through the middle with a medium body, a gentle but bitter grip of tannins, and fresh and bright acidity. There is a little substance here, certainly a sense of freshness, and a lightly griddled and sandy suggestion to the fruit, leading to a grippy, tannic finish which lingers a little longer than it does for some. A good effort from Kirwan for the vintage. Rating: 89-91 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

This is a very pretty cabernet sauvignon with currants, raspberries and blueberries. Bright and vivid. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. This is a very pretty cabernet sauvignon with currants, raspberries and blueberries. Bright and vivid. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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

The 2017 Château du Tertre is a beauty. Possessing plenty of red, black, and blue fruits, spicy oak, medium body and ripe tannin, it’s going to need short-term cellaring to let the oak integrate but The 2017 Château du Tertre is a beauty. Possessing plenty of red, black, and blue fruits, spicy oak, medium body and ripe tannin, it’s going to need short-term cellaring to let the oak integrate but has loads to love. While Margaux didn’t hit the highs of Pauillac in the vintage, there are plenty charming wines from this appellation. Rating: 89-91 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

The 2017 Château Prieuré-Lichine is a firm, borderline charmless effort that has mid-weight aromas and flavors, good concentration, and little in the way of baby fat. It might flesh out over its The 2017 Château Prieuré-Lichine is a firm, borderline charmless effort that has mid-weight aromas and flavors, good concentration, and little in the way of baby fat. It might flesh out over its élevage, but then again it might not. Rating: 85-88 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

As with Pouget, there was 50% loss to frost here, but it has been better handled in this case. Juice ripples among the cassis and black cherry fruit, well expressed and with some poise. It is not As with Pouget, there was 50% loss to frost here, but it has been better handled in this case. Juice ripples among the cassis and black cherry fruit, well expressed and with some poise. It is not enormously intense and fades just a touch, but it should develop well and is hugely promising as a pleasurable medium term drinker. Give it seven to eight years before this is ready to go. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 90 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 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 and 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 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 Margaux PRIMEUR 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 hedonistic 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 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 of 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 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 see 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 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 impressive 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 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 impressive 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 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 Margaux PRIMEUR 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 Merlot 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 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 nice 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 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 in 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 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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