Wines Of The Vintage

Following the hectic week of primeur tastings back in early April, we selected a list of wines which most impressed us in terms of quality. This list is not limited to any appellation or price point. It's the one to look at if you want something very special indeed for your cellar. We wouldn't be surprised if quite a few of these get very lofty scores from the critics so it's best to 'pre-order' if you want to secure a case.

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L&S Recommendations

L&S 'best buy' recommendations are marked with this symbol L&S.


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2018 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN Pomerol

2018 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 17/6/2019

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 40 hl / ha. Beautiful nose. Lots of rich ripe dark fruit. Plush on the palate. Concentrated black fruit. Cassis with a mineral edge. Violet and oak notes support.70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. 40 hl / ha. Beautiful nose. Lots of rich ripe dark fruit. Plush on the palate. Concentrated black fruit. Cassis with a mineral edge. Violet and oak notes support. There is a fresh feel throughout which is contributed by the high proportion of cabernet fruit this year. Another wonderful VCC. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2018 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 14/6/2019

37% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the high proportion of Cabernet fruit, harvest did not finish until 12th October. Elegant nose of red fruit and mint. Tight frame, the37% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the high proportion of Cabernet fruit, harvest did not finish until 12th October. Elegant nose of red fruit and mint. Tight frame, the juice feels crisp and energetic. The flavour is yet to develop but the structure, tension and vigour is impressive. The 2018 vintage was made in a temporary winery whilst work is completed on a new state of the art cave. This makes it all the more remarkable! Drinking range: 2027 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

2018 CHÂTEAU LAFITE 1er Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 13/6/2019

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot. If Mouton wins for pleasure, Lafite is the first growth of choice for sophistication in 2018. Immaculate dark fruit sits in effortless91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot. If Mouton wins for pleasure, Lafite is the first growth of choice for sophistication in 2018. Immaculate dark fruit sits in effortless suspension among perfectly ripe, creamy tannins. That signature streak of Lafite minerality provides definition and drive. The finish is astonishingly long and so pure it belongs on a lapidarist's table. There's no question this is a brilliant Lafite that will go on and on. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET PomerolPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 13/6/2019

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Classy nose of rich oak and sweet dark fruit. The concentration on the palate is impressive - density and elegance. There is power wrapped up in a tight90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Classy nose of rich oak and sweet dark fruit. The concentration on the palate is impressive - density and elegance. There is power wrapped up in a tight frame. Powdery tannin adds grip. The acidity is under the radar but keeps it focused. One of the top wines of the Right Bank. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2018 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 13/6/2019

60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot. The average age of the vines are 52 years old and are located on the heights of Saint Emilion facing South-East. A fine nose of black fruit - rich and impressive.60% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot. The average age of the vines are 52 years old and are located on the heights of Saint Emilion facing South-East. A fine nose of black fruit - rich and impressive. There is a real mineral frame to the juice. Rich dark fruit, powdery tannins and real energy throughout. 2018 was a vintage that suited the fresher Cabernet Franc and the high percentage here shines through. This will surely be one of the wines of the Right Bank in this vintage. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

2018 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 12/6/2019

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Quite possibly our 'wine of the vintage'. This left us searching for superlatives - as a first growth really should. It's pure pleasure from86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Quite possibly our 'wine of the vintage'. This left us searching for superlatives - as a first growth really should. It's pure pleasure from start to finish. The blackberry and dark cherry fruit is faultlessly pure and succulent. The tannins are immaculate. We can't remember tasting a wine with a more velvety mid-palate. The balance is perfect and there's astonishing travel on the palate. You'd go back to this and find new sensations to delight every time. It's a glorious, hedonistic Mouton that will sit among the greats. Drinking range: 2025 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 5/6/2019

53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc. Distinctive dark fruit on the nose. Silky smooth black currant fruit is joined by the signature Pessac gravel. Dusty tannins build in the53% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc. Distinctive dark fruit on the nose. Silky smooth black currant fruit is joined by the signature Pessac gravel. Dusty tannins build in the background. Structure, weight and concentration all balanced and in control. Remarkable wine. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2018 CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON 2ème Cru Classé PauillacPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/6/2019

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot with 18 months in barriques, 80% new wood. Now this was a stunning Pichon Baron with a great depth and grandeur. It shows succulent cassis and blackberry fruit and78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot with 18 months in barriques, 80% new wood. Now this was a stunning Pichon Baron with a great depth and grandeur. It shows succulent cassis and blackberry fruit and there's a lovely cool flow across the palate. The wine wears it's substantial tannic frame lightly. It's all about purity, density and balance. This will be another timeless Pichon and it's a wine that shows just how close the rest of the field is to the first growths in 2018. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

2018 CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Release date: 3/6/2019

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. The mildew hit some of the organic plots quite badly here but they don't make up more than 20% of plantings so overall yield71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. The mildew hit some of the organic plots quite badly here but they don't make up more than 20% of plantings so overall yield was still around 35hl/ha. Pichon Lalande's elegance is written all over this pitch-perfect 2018. The dark fruit has richness and depth but there is so much purity and freshness too. The flow and finesse on the palate is remarkable. It just has such lovely lines and gentle power. This all comes from a very light touch in the winery. The team here were so careful not to over-extract, preferring to run the maceration at 25C not the usual 28C in order to preserve that Lalande elegance. They think this is better than 2016 and you could certainly make a strong case based on our tasting. Another wine touching first growth quality. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

2018 CHÂTEAU BRANE-CANTENAC 2ème Cru Classé Margaux

Release date: 24/5/2019

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot at an average of 45hl/ha with 70% new wood. This is an exceptional Brane-Cantenac and, while it didn't quite have the polish and74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot at an average of 45hl/ha with 70% new wood. This is an exceptional Brane-Cantenac and, while it didn't quite have the polish and refinement of Margaux, it was very hot on the first growth's heals in 2018. The wine is so open an inviting with a beautifully scented nose of blackberry, cranberry, black cherry and violets. The palate lives up to the aromatic expectation and is chock full of gorgeously rich fruit of profound depth and purity. It just floats across the mid-palate toward a silky, concentrated finish. This is very fine a very fine Margaux from a property on a real hot-streak. Drinking range: 2028 - 2045L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2018 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 22/5/2019

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. 60% new wood. This has a hugely enticing nose of dark berry and damson fruit. The density and purity of the fruit is just remarkable. There's a gorgeous form on82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. 60% new wood. This has a hugely enticing nose of dark berry and damson fruit. The density and purity of the fruit is just remarkable. There's a gorgeous form on the palate too. Full, juicy and fresh all at the same time. There is a big tannic frame to this but they are extremely fine and the fruit wears them so well. This is just pure class. The finest in a very strong field of 2018 Saint Julien. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2018 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/5/2019

Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 17% Petit Verdot 15% Cabernet Franc 3%. Quite simply the outstanding wine from this high performing commune in 2018. It will be a record alcohol level for Calon SégurCabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 17% Petit Verdot 15% Cabernet Franc 3%. Quite simply the outstanding wine from this high performing commune in 2018. It will be a record alcohol level for Calon Ségur but do not let that deter you for a second. Calon's clay and gravel soils have helped keep this in perfect balance. There is a lovely mix of pure, fresh red and black berry fruit - the Cabernet really singing, as it so often does at this great estate. Tannins are faultless and seamlessly interwoven with the fruit. It never loses altitude on the palate, there's mineral freshness, effortless flow, and a very, very long finish. This is an outstanding Calon Ségur and one of our wines of the vintage. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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2018 CHÂTEAU LE PIN Pomerol

2018 CHÂTEAU LE PIN Pomerol

100% Merlot. 30 hl / ha. Deep fruit and toasty oak on the nose. Pronounced and regal. Smooth and powerful on the palate. Plummy fruit, mineral stone and toast from the oak. Light on its feet the100% Merlot. 30 hl / ha. Deep fruit and toasty oak on the nose. Pronounced and regal. Smooth and powerful on the palate. Plummy fruit, mineral stone and toast from the oak. Light on its feet the weight of the juice never feels over powering. A masterful Le Pin. Drinking range: 2030 - 2055L&S(Apr 2019)

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

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