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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

50% new oak. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% each Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Very dark with purple rim. Oozes elegance on the nose, subtle dark fruit, nicely dusty/mineral and a touch of50% new oak. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% each Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Very dark with purple rim. Oozes elegance on the nose, subtle dark fruit, nicely dusty/mineral and a touch of graphite and a slight and attractive herbaceous note. More fragrant with air. Texture is fine like layers of paper, tannins are dry and refined. Lightness of touch but really persistent. Juicy, gentle. Very lovely, the graphite elegance, freshness and fruit go on to the end. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.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

There was less than 15% of frost loss here. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Les Hauts de Smith is deep garnet-purple in color with expressive crème de cassis, plumThere was less than 15% of frost loss here. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Les Hauts de Smith is deep garnet-purple in color with expressive crème de cassis, plum preserves and blueberry pie scents plus touches of spice box, dusty earth and unsmoked cigars. Medium-bodied and giving up a lot of vibrant red and black fruits in the mouth, it has a soft, rounded-tannins backbone and refreshing lift to the finish. Rating: 89-91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 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

A very pretty and juicy young wine that’s medium-bodied, salty and pleasantly fruity. Round. Very attractive for the vintage.A very pretty and juicy young wine that’s medium-bodied, salty and pleasantly fruity. Round. Very attractive for the vintage. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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

A tight and linear red with a firm and intense, pretty center palate of blackberry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied, reserved and focused. Really compacted.A tight and linear red with a firm and intense, pretty center palate of blackberry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied, reserved and focused. Really compacted. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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

The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge was cropped at 34hl/ha between 11 and 29 September and is matured in 35% new oak for 18 months. It has a vivacious bouquet with quite generous black fruit,The 2017 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge was cropped at 34hl/ha between 11 and 29 September and is matured in 35% new oak for 18 months. It has a vivacious bouquet with quite generous black fruit, raspberry, brine and black olive that is well-defined and focused, if not possessing the complexity of the previous two vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly edgy tannin – layers of black fruit interlaced with melted tar and graphite, closing in a little towards the finish with a gentle grip. I appreciate the deft manner in which this fans out and leaves a mineral residue on the finish. A Domaine de Chevalier of refinement rather than power, one with “buvabilité” or “drinkability”. Drinking range: 2021 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 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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