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2023 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2024

The 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is quite the extrovert. Apricot, passion fruit, mint, tangerine peel and pineapple all soar out of the glass. Medium in body, with gorgeous texture, the 2023 isThe 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc is quite the extrovert. Apricot, passion fruit, mint, tangerine peel and pineapple all soar out of the glass. Medium in body, with gorgeous texture, the 2023 is quite showy. I imagine it will drink well with minimal cellaring. Drinking range: 2026 - 2037 Rating: 94-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc Pessac-Léognan

2023 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2024

Good vibration here, with edgy, fresh acidity that makes it long and vivid. It's medium-bodied and tight, with sliced lemon and green apple and stone character. Better than 2022? 80% sauvignon blancGood vibration here, with edgy, fresh acidity that makes it long and vivid. It's medium-bodied and tight, with sliced lemon and green apple and stone character. Better than 2022? 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

2023 ALTER EGO du Château Palmer Margaux

Release date: 3/6/2024

This takes one-third of the crop, and the blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, very similar to the grand vin, from the usual Alter Ego vineyards, which have lighter soils.This takes one-third of the crop, and the blend is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, very similar to the grand vin, from the usual Alter Ego vineyards, which have lighter soils. Beautifully pure, dark yet fresh and expressive aromatics, with violets, blackcurrants, blackberries and liquorice, but it is that dark floral perfume which dominates. It is very Palmer in style, but also very Margaux. The palate seduces with beautiful texture, dark fruits, fresh floral nuances. The structure is very fine, deeply buried in the wine, with a lovely tense grip which only shows right at the finish, supported by fresh acidity. Great vivacity and build, wonderful freshness, and great length too. This is a superb Alter Ego; pour this blind and you might not be sure whether you were drinking Alter Ego or the grand vin. The alcohol is 13.9%. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2023 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 15/5/2024

60 Cabernet Franc, 40 Merlot: 100% new oak for 20 months in underground quarries: The Merlot was harvested on 14 & 19 September and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on 25, 28 & 30 September Ausone60 Cabernet Franc, 40 Merlot: 100% new oak for 20 months in underground quarries: The Merlot was harvested on 14 & 19 September and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on 25, 28 & 30 September Ausone has made the flip to Cabernet Franc dominance work perfectly, and the nose sings of this variety with beautiful wild blackberry fruit and superb green highlights. The palate is plush and silky, with more texture than I expected in this vintage. The finish is positively genial with a ripe round, carefree set of tannins, and the acidity merely tightens the belt on the finish, allowing the wine to finish in a state of delightful constriction. This is a somewhat different wine than I expected to taste, as I imagined a more tortured soul would greet me, but no. I am surprised and delighted to see a smiling face on this enchanting Ausone instead of a furrowed brow. This is a fascinating take on the vintage, and it will please every person who falls under its spell. 19+/20 Rating: 19+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2023 CHÂTEAU DURFORT VIVENS 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 21/5/2024

Wonderfully fragrant aromatics that climb through the palate, this has the juice and power that 2023 does so well in the right hads, majoring on squid ink and cassis, with clear expansion through theWonderfully fragrant aromatics that climb through the palate, this has the juice and power that 2023 does so well in the right hads, majoring on squid ink and cassis, with clear expansion through the palate, liqourice, sage, saffron, pomegrante, orange zest and salt-scrape. Harvest September 11 to October 4, 35hl/h yield, 3.66ph, 66% new oak, 33% amphoras for ageing. Right up there with the best of Margaux. Drinking range: 2033 - 2048 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2023 CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 21/5/2024

The 2023 Ferrière is a hugely promising wine. At this early stage, 2023 looks like a wine of notable refinement. Ferrière is typically a big Margaux with large-grained tannins, but that is not theThe 2023 Ferrière is a hugely promising wine. At this early stage, 2023 looks like a wine of notable refinement. Ferrière is typically a big Margaux with large-grained tannins, but that is not the case at all with 2023. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol abound. Claire Lurton likes to present this wine from tank, before the wine is put into wood, in order to show the quality of the fruit. For that reason, the en primeur sample is really just a snapshot. Drinking range: 2031 - 2053 Rating: 92-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBÉRAL 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2023 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAGES LIBÉRAL 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 21/5/2024

Intense and crunchy blue and black fruits, delivering tons of Pauillac character, reserved and well judged, juicy cassis, liqourice root, slate and cocoa bean. Delicous, a lovely vintage of thisIntense and crunchy blue and black fruits, delivering tons of Pauillac character, reserved and well judged, juicy cassis, liqourice root, slate and cocoa bean. Delicous, a lovely vintage of this wine. Harvest September 12 to 30. 53hl/h yield, just a little higher than the already high yield of Pauillac in this vintage, no mildew. 3.48ph, 40% new oak, with the rest of one year old, pls concrete eggs and amphora. Claire Villars-Lurton owner. Rating: 93 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

Magnums, wood case of 3

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2023 CHÂTEAU LA DAUPHINE Fronsac

2023 CHÂTEAU LA DAUPHINE Fronsac

Release date: 24/5/2024

Medium plus intensity, gorgeous deep plum colour, raspberry leaf, rosebud, sinewy tannins, a little bit subdued, but clear quality, great tannic juice, an estate to bookmark for sure.Medium plus intensity, gorgeous deep plum colour, raspberry leaf, rosebud, sinewy tannins, a little bit subdued, but clear quality, great tannic juice, an estate to bookmark for sure. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

2023 CHÂTEAU LA GURGUE Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Margaux

Release date: 21/5/2024

A property Claire Villars-Lurton has owned since 2000, the wines now made at Château Ferrière. The vines are in Soussans, on gravelly soil. The blend is 62%Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 13%A property Claire Villars-Lurton has owned since 2000, the wines now made at Château Ferrière. The vines are in Soussans, on gravelly soil. The blend is 62%Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot, the latter coming from the estate’s 3 hectares of Petit Verdot vines. Rose-infused fruit on the nose, with a touch of chocolate. This is followed by a light and juicy palate, with the linear substance of the vintage and a rather peppered edge, underpinned by a little frame of pithy tannins which flourish with a touch of bitterness in the finish. This one will probably be for drinking relatively young. The alcohol is 13.6% on analysis. Rating: 86-88 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 3ème Cru Classé Ludon

2023 CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 3ème Cru Classé Ludon

Release date: 3/5/2024

A subtle yet plush La Lagune with black olives, blackberries and hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Medium body with fine, polished tannins and a savory finish. There's a crunchy feel to it and it’sA subtle yet plush La Lagune with black olives, blackberries and hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Medium body with fine, polished tannins and a savory finish. There's a crunchy feel to it and it’s layered and deep at the end. 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. No petit verdot. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU MANGOT Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2023 CHÂTEAU MANGOT Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 15/5/2024

Vibrant ruby in colour plenty of violet reflections, attractive En Primeur colour and aromatics, with estate signature. Pretty fresh acidities, a little overly sharp, but there is plenty of raspberryVibrant ruby in colour plenty of violet reflections, attractive En Primeur colour and aromatics, with estate signature. Pretty fresh acidities, a little overly sharp, but there is plenty of raspberry and redcurrant fruit to counterbalance, and the whole thing feels full of life and tension. Todeschini family, Thomas Duclos consultant. 34ha, 25% new oak for ageing. Drinking range: 2029 - 2042 Rating: 93 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

2023 CHÂTEAU PALMER 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 3/6/2024

A breathtaking wine, the 2023 Palmer is sensational. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2023 is a real head-turner. Readers will find an extroverted, dense Palmer that is immediately captivating. Here,A breathtaking wine, the 2023 Palmer is sensational. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2023 is a real head-turner. Readers will find an extroverted, dense Palmer that is immediately captivating. Here, too, the balance is mind-blowing. Ample and resonant, the 2023 is striking in its beauty. Waves of layered fruit rush out first, building through to the back end with stunning aromatic intensity. There is no other wine like Palmer in Bordeaux. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of a great Pomerol, as heretical as that might sound! If I could pick only one wine to own from the 2023 vintage, Palmer might very well be it. Drinking range: 2033 - 2063 Rating: 98-100 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU PONTET CANET 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2023 CHÂTEAU PONTET CANET 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 30/4/2024

This is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, with picking from September 7th for the Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on the 20thThis is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, with picking from September 7th for the Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on the 20th and Cs on the 28th. No declaration on the yield here, Alfred Tesseron choosing to keep this figure to his chest, which only makes me wonder if the vines really suffered with the mildew here. There is no second wine here, although Alfred tells me some (volume not disclosed) was sold off in bulk. A sample on which the cork was popped as I arrived, before Alfred showed off his new bottle, 300 g lighter (starting with the 2022 vintage in fact). The 2023 Pontet-Canet starts with a nose of dark fruits, certainly in a pointed style, also a little high-toned and dusty; the élevage in those cement amphorae coming through? It carries the sinewy and juicy style of the vintage on the start of the palate, with a modest midpalate, restrained and fresh, with a rich undercurrent of dense, ripe and taut tannins. Draped over this are the smoked and high-toned fruits of the vintage, before it finishes with a sense of harmony, with a powdery, tobacco-infused grip. Very much a wine in the style of the vintage, with plenty of ripe tannic grip evident, the lighter texture of 2023 perhaps allowing it to show through. The alcohol this year is about 13.5%. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2024

The 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte is a powerhouse. In recent years, the Grand Vin has shifted toward a bit more nuance than in the past, but in 2023, small yields and thick skins yielded a somber,The 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte is a powerhouse. In recent years, the Grand Vin has shifted toward a bit more nuance than in the past, but in 2023, small yields and thick skins yielded a somber, explosive Grand Vin. It will need many years to be at its most expressive. Blackberry, gravel, licorice, spice, plum and chocolate are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass. Readers will find a wine of real substance and textural intensity, framed by vibrant acids. A touch of air works wonders here. Drinking range: 2030 - 2053 Rating: 95-97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2023 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac-Léognan

2023 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2024

The 2023 Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte is another stellar wine from the team at Smith Haut Lafitte. It screams with Cabernet Sauvignon character. Inky dark fruit, blackberry, gravel, pencil shavings,The 2023 Le Petit Smith Haut Lafitte is another stellar wine from the team at Smith Haut Lafitte. It screams with Cabernet Sauvignon character. Inky dark fruit, blackberry, gravel, pencil shavings, crushed rocks, lavender and sage saturate the palate. The tannins will need time to soften. Small berries and thick skins yielded an especially serious Petit Smith Haut Lafitte that is quite impressive. Drinking range: 2027 - 2038 Rating: 92-95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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