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2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

On the nose there is an unmistakable whiff of class here - intense, refined and hugely inviting. 53% Merlot, 40.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.3% Cabernet Franc. On the palate there is again a veryOn the nose there is an unmistakable whiff of class here - intense, refined and hugely inviting. 53% Merlot, 40.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.3% Cabernet Franc. On the palate there is again a very fine feel. A touch more guts and intensity here than the La Mission - and a good jolt of energy comes in too. Again fruit is mature, almost a baked feel, some cocoa and more savoury notes - which balance and underline the measured feel to the fruit. Black berries and plum flesh - some good firm lines of green herbs too and smart wood-spice. This is nicely judged. Incredibly long and lingering finish again displays its pedigree. Rating: 94-95 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

56% Merlot, 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.4% Cabernet Franc. Perfumed nose, some restrained red fruit, some pure black currant juice too. More nuanced, more angles, more intensity a super-fine56% Merlot, 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.4% Cabernet Franc. Perfumed nose, some restrained red fruit, some pure black currant juice too. More nuanced, more angles, more intensity a super-fine texture. But this is not dark and mean - no, there is a lovely spring to it. A gorgeously balanced push of just such elegant restrained fruit it keeps on driving, not glossy, not perky - just spot-on feel and gentle, fine tannins - really almost seems to be a push-over and yet this is so far from simple, it is just easy to love and admire - yet there is power lurking too. A fine and really enjoyable wine to taste. Rating: 95 L&S(Jun 2018)

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2017 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

2017 LE CLARENCE DE HAUT BRION Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Brion

Release date: 14/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The blend is 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5,3% Cabernet Franc and 1,7% Petit Verdot. Haut Brion's second wine is very charming in 2017 - a smart - peppy blend that has lovely energy and aThe blend is 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5,3% Cabernet Franc and 1,7% Petit Verdot. Haut Brion's second wine is very charming in 2017 - a smart - peppy blend that has lovely energy and a good, mid-weight of darker, riper berries and some morello cherry juice. Intensity grows in stature in the mouth - the lovely, tiny fine tannins build gently and add a satisfying bite - a tension and chew. A good and pleasing effort. Rating: 89-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

2017 LA CHAPELLE DE LA MISSION Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This opened up the tasting here - and was a very charming start. A silky soft attack ;leads to great weight of plum and cherry fruit and tannins, that although very fine-grained, build in the mouthThis opened up the tasting here - and was a very charming start. A silky soft attack ;leads to great weight of plum and cherry fruit and tannins, that although very fine-grained, build in the mouth nicely. There is some undergrowth, some gravelly notes - but the purity and svelte fruit core hums along nicely - with finer more precise lines framing this well. Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BAILLY Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan Château Haut Bailly

Release date: 12/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The blend here is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The fruit was picked from September 13th to the 29th. The blend is noteworthy for the inclusion ofThe blend here is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 4% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The fruit was picked from September 13th to the 29th. The blend is noteworthy for the inclusion of fruit from youthful Petit Verdot vines, here in the grand vin for only the second or third year, says Véronique Sanders, who is very happy with the way these young vines are performing. The yield overall was 28 hl/ha, but 40 hl/ha from the non-frosted vines, and just 2 hl/ha from the frosted vines (all the latter was declassified into the third wine). This has a really impressive nose, filled with dark red cherry scents, immediately perfumed, floral, but cut with notes of black bean, cocoa bean and vanillin oak, but as with the second wine these complexities swirl around behind that floral perfume. A very confident and broad palate, showing real density here, but with a sinewy substance, concentrated, focused, with an elegant poise and a firm bed of ripe, fine, tightly grained tannins. This is hugely impressive, a striking wine, rich and yet so contained, taut and focused. Huge potential here. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte was not affected by frost and is therefore a classic blend matured in 60% new oak. The bouquet demands a little encouragement from the glass this year, eventually openingThe 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte was not affected by frost and is therefore a classic blend matured in 60% new oak. The bouquet demands a little encouragement from the glass this year, eventually opening with floral scents, more iris than violet, flanked by blackberry and bilberry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that comes across just a little chalky in style. This feels very cohesive and comes replete with a detailed and nuanced finish that might lack the flair and volume of the 2016, but it is certainly sustained and persistent. Give this four to five years in bottle and subject to optimal barrel maturation this may well land at the top of my banded score. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This estate is in the same ownership as Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, the Cathiards having purchased the vineyard in 2012. The vineyard has undergone some development, some Cabernet Sauvignon graftedThis estate is in the same ownership as Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, the Cathiards having purchased the vineyard in 2012. The vineyard has undergone some development, some Cabernet Sauvignon grafted over to Cabernet Franc, and this was the first vintage in which these vines have borne fruit. The blend here is just 5% Cabernet Franc, with 95% Merlot. The aim is to have the blend up to 20% Cabernet Franc, maybe in the next three or four years. It has fresh dark cherry and plum on the nose, with a sooty, olive-stone concentration. I see attractive fruit on the palate, broad, with black plum, cocoa bean, coffee grounds and black olive, black bean too, all underpinned by a spicy, peppery and tannic backbone, dry and energetic. Overall, this is fresh, bold and characterful. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LES CARMES HAUT BRION Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a little reticent to begin, opening up to fragrant notes of potpourri and oolong tea over a core of crushed red and black currants plusDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a little reticent to begin, opening up to fragrant notes of potpourri and oolong tea over a core of crushed red and black currants plus hints of violets, dark chocolate and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, it has an ambitious palate with firm, grainy tannins slightly masking the elegant fruit, finishing with good length though just a tad chewy. Rating: 91-93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CARBONNIEUX Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU CARBONNIEUX Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Deep crimson. Sweet blackcurrant and just a touch of mint. A little severe on the palate, dark and savoury with a dark-chocolate aftertaste. Deep crimson. Sweet blackcurrant and just a touch of mint. A little severe on the palate, dark and savoury with a dark-chocolate aftertaste. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Cru Classé Pessac-LéognanPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 17/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A very expressive, open, fruit-rich and perfumed nose, full of fragrant black cherry character, intense and dusted with rose-petal and peony scents. These floral elements are prominent, although theyA very expressive, open, fruit-rich and perfumed nose, full of fragrant black cherry character, intense and dusted with rose-petal and peony scents. These floral elements are prominent, although they come with rather impressively intertwined twists of back bean and melted tar. This confidence and expression translates perfectly onto the palate, which carries a creamy texture, with a polished tannic grip, fine-boned and fresh, and delightfully correct acidity. We have a real tour de force here, long and with a gentle caress of tannins in the finish. Impressive, and well set up for the future. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LA GARDE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 8/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Revealing nose of dark fruit and obvious wood notes. Good concentration - plenty of dark fruit edged with cedar. Tannins build near the end. Some66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Revealing nose of dark fruit and obvious wood notes. Good concentration - plenty of dark fruit edged with cedar. Tannins build near the end. Some mineral and saline notes. Spritely with some weight. It is quite forward in its style which suggests short term cellaring. Interesting and attractive. Rating: 89 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot. 70% new oak. Rich nose. Extraction on the palate with lots of red and black fruit. Good power and plenty of energy. There is bright intensity, good juice and ripe55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot. 70% new oak. Rich nose. Extraction on the palate with lots of red and black fruit. Good power and plenty of energy. There is bright intensity, good juice and ripe tannins appear at the end. Cedar in the background. Long finish. Rating: 92-93 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. There is a good feel here. Polished and shiny dark fruit. Morello cherry to the fore, kirsch almost and lovely cedary, tobacco65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. There is a good feel here. Polished and shiny dark fruit. Morello cherry to the fore, kirsch almost and lovely cedary, tobacco -leaf high notes. Sculpted by lovely fine tannins in abundance. This is serious, intense, lovely and juicy with acidity. There is everything you need here in happy balance. Sophisticated but with a joyful heart. Rating: 92 - 93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Latour Martillac lies on a particularly deep rise of Pyrenean gravel which makes these wines more elegant and high-toned than some of their Pessac neighbours. The 2017 shows off the terroir. It isLatour Martillac lies on a particularly deep rise of Pyrenean gravel which makes these wines more elegant and high-toned than some of their Pessac neighbours. The 2017 shows off the terroir. It is full of fine, precise dark berry and cassis fruit. There isn't masses of mid-palate fruit weight but it's charming and fresh with an attractive herbal streak. Tannins need time to settle but this should be drinking well from 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 89-90 L&S(May 2018)

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