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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

A wine that might be the best second wine in the vintage, the 2017 Pavillon Rouge offers a beautiful, classic Margaux perfume of cherries, cassis, flowers, and spice box. Possessing medium toA wine that might be the best second wine in the vintage, the 2017 Pavillon Rouge offers a beautiful, classic Margaux perfume of cherries, cassis, flowers, and spice box. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, again, an incredible floral character, ripe tannin, and incredible elegance, enjoy it anytime over the coming two decades. Rating: 92-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

A mix of savory and mint notes lead off here, followed quickly by juicy dark plum and black cherry fruit. Light anise and iron hints show on the finish. Fairly breezy and open in feel throughout.A mix of savory and mint notes lead off here, followed quickly by juicy dark plum and black cherry fruit. Light anise and iron hints show on the finish. Fairly breezy and open in feel throughout. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(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

Very long and driven on the palate with asphalt, blackcurrants and violets. Full body, tight and intense. Hints of hazelnut at the end. Demeter certified biodynamic.Very long and driven on the palate with asphalt, blackcurrants and violets. Full body, tight and intense. Hints of hazelnut at the end. Demeter certified biodynamic. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(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

Bright and fresh, with fine acidity stretching out the elegant layers of cassis, blackberry, lilac and sandalwood. Pure and refined.Bright and fresh, with fine acidity stretching out the elegant layers of cassis, blackberry, lilac and sandalwood. Pure and refined. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(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

From this much-improved estate, this wine has a rather dark nose of smouldering oak, with a slightly sauvage, gamey and minty note to the fruit, with all that charred oak character batting it down.From this much-improved estate, this wine has a rather dark nose of smouldering oak, with a slightly sauvage, gamey and minty note to the fruit, with all that charred oak character batting it down. It feels nicely textured at the start, then a little looser in the middle, with a charming suppleness and relaxed character. There are appealing velvety-rich tannins giving it some grip, without the unripe bitterness sometimes encountered in this vintage, and a fresh acid bite. It culminates in a short and pithy finish. For the appellation, in this vintage, this is a good effort. Rating: 90-92 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Prieure-Lichine is scented of crushed blackberries, black cherries and roses with touches of cloves, cinnamon and dusty earth. The palate is medium-bodied withDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Prieure-Lichine is scented of crushed blackberries, black cherries and roses with touches of cloves, cinnamon and dusty earth. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of flesh, textured by plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. Rating: 88 - 90+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.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 notAs 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 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

What should be an outstanding wine, the 2017 Château Monbrison offers a fresh, medium-bodied style as well as loads of red fruits, cedary spice, and loamy earth. It picks up some floral notes withWhat should be an outstanding wine, the 2017 Château Monbrison offers a fresh, medium-bodied style as well as loads of red fruits, cedary spice, and loamy earth. It picks up some floral notes with time in the glass, is impeccably balanced, and has a terrific sense of elegance. It should keep for 10-15 years. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(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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