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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

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

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

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

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

This reminds me of 2001 more than most wines I've tasted, and perhaps it's no surprise that a vintage that required a skilful touch and a belief in the power of elegance should do well atThis reminds me of 2001 more than most wines I've tasted, and perhaps it's no surprise that a vintage that required a skilful touch and a belief in the power of elegance should do well at Haut-Bailly. It's hugely pure and restrained, with great aromatics and extremely well placed bilberry, cassis and mulberry fruits. The tannins are fine and poised, set against cigar box with touches of charcoal and slate. They build through the palate, but remain slightly austere on the finish, with a bounce to them that suggests they are going to age beautifully. They kept the vineyard team for three weeks in July, because the vines kept throwing out green shoots after the June rains. Harvested 13-29 September, the vines were around two weeks ahead all the way through the season. The yield was 28hl/ha overall, but only 2hl/ha on the frosted parts, compared to 40hl/ha for the unaffected areas, 50% of production going into the grand vin. Malo was finished by the end of November, but the vats are still separated and there will be final blend in May 2018 (which is what they always do). 4% of Cabernet Franc finishes the blend given below. Drinking range: 2026 - 2042 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter(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

This is a solid Smith for the vintage with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Excellent potential here.This is a solid Smith for the vintage with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Excellent potential here. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LE THIL Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 7/6/2018

Offers a good juicy feel, with bright plum and red currant fruit laced with light mesquite and tar notes.Offers a good juicy feel, with bright plum and red currant fruit laced with light mesquite and tar notes. Rating: 89-92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(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

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

The 2017 Carbonnieux has a light blackberry and raspberry scented bouquet with faint touches of iris developing through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a fine bead ofThe 2017 Carbonnieux has a light blackberry and raspberry scented bouquet with faint touches of iris developing through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a fine bead of acidity; quite structured in style with a firm and slightly obdurate finish that just needs a little more flesh. This year I would opt for its white counterpart. Drinking range: 2021 - 2033 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 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

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier opens with a cedary waft giving way to a good core of crushed black currants, blackberries and mulberries with suggestions of blackDeep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Domaine de Chevalier opens with a cedary waft giving way to a good core of crushed black currants, blackberries and mulberries with suggestions of black truffles, tilled soil and black olives plus a hint of smoked meats. Medium-bodied with a good, solid frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is elegantly fruited yet well sustained on the mid-palate and long finish. Rating: 93-95 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.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

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

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

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

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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