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2017 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU AUSONE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 21/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Ausone was cropped at 35hl/ha between 23 and 25 September with respect to the Merlot and 28 and 29 September for the Cabernet Franc. It is aged in 100% new oak as usual for 20 months. It hasThe 2017 Ausone was cropped at 35hl/ha between 23 and 25 September with respect to the Merlot and 28 and 29 September for the Cabernet Franc. It is aged in 100% new oak as usual for 20 months. It has a crisp, precise, mineral-driven bouquet with slightly more red fruit than black this year: crushed strawberry, hints of cassis, blueberry and traits of freshly tilled loamy soil. The palate is medium-bodied with cashmere tannin and a fine line of acidity. It is very harmonious and already quite seductive. I admire the depth of this Ausone, the sensuality that is conveyed towards the sustained, glycerin-tinged, peacock’s tail finish that lingers for more than 45 seconds. What a great Ausone this is destined to be. Drinking range: 2024 - 2050 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 LA CHAPELLE D'AUSONE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 LA CHAPELLE D'AUSONE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 21/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% new oak. Lots of charred wood on the nose. Silky on the palate. There is an excellent mineral streak that keeps the sweet concentrated50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% new oak. Lots of charred wood on the nose. Silky on the palate. There is an excellent mineral streak that keeps the sweet concentrated fruit checked. The wood is evident but well integrated and less prominent than the nose. Again, there is nothing weighty about this wine - it has a brightness throughout coming from the fresh acidity. Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 19/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This was the first wine tasted on day two. 56% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost was an issue at Cheval Blanc (less than half the amount produced in 2017 compared withThis was the first wine tasted on day two. 56% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost was an issue at Cheval Blanc (less than half the amount produced in 2017 compared with 2016). The yield was hit but not the quality. Rather stiff at the moment. Lovely structure on the palate. Mineral tension. Fresh and crisp, the acidity gives the wine an 'old school' approach. Mouth coating powdery tannins. Elegance and impressive energy. This will be majestic. Rating: 94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 LA MONDOTTE Saint Emilion

2017 LA MONDOTTE Saint Emilion

Release date: 14/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Incredibly complete for the vintage, this cascades with its character of dark chocolate, blackberry coulis and Chinese spices. It’s so very beguiling on the palate with rich yet in-tune black fruitIncredibly complete for the vintage, this cascades with its character of dark chocolate, blackberry coulis and Chinese spices. It’s so very beguiling on the palate with rich yet in-tune black fruit and complemented by regal, surrounding tannins. Bright acid carries this through to a long finish. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. The wine was still on the lees at the time of tasting, but, had not been racked yet. 100% new oak used. Lots of toasty oak on the nose along with dark fruit. Obvious70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc. The wine was still on the lees at the time of tasting, but, had not been racked yet. 100% new oak used. Lots of toasty oak on the nose along with dark fruit. Obvious creaminess from time spent on the lees. Packed full of flavour which is similar to the nose. Lots of rich dark fruit, vanilla, toast and mineral pebble. The acidity adds a touch of elegance. The finish is long and impressive. Rating: 94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CARILLON D'ANGÉLUS Saint Emilion

2017 CARILLON D'ANGÉLUS Saint Emilion

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 1/3rd new oak. 15% of production lost to frost. The team at Angelus are happy with the quality of the second wine this year. I would agree with them. Lovely fragrant90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 1/3rd new oak. 15% of production lost to frost. The team at Angelus are happy with the quality of the second wine this year. I would agree with them. Lovely fragrant nose. The mouth feel is impressive. the weight is checked by ripe grippy tannins. Well defined flavours of coffee and sweet oak marry well with the precise dark fruit. Plenty of energy and drive. Long finish. Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Over 50% lost to Frost. Lots of creamy red fruit on the nose. Very precise and 'on point'. Excellent texture. The Cabernet duo gives the wine47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Over 50% lost to Frost. Lots of creamy red fruit on the nose. Very precise and 'on point'. Excellent texture. The Cabernet duo gives the wine precision and tension. The red fruit re-appears on the palate with the acidity underlining the fruit giving it definition. Smoke and mineral flavours linger in the background. Well integrated tannins kick in at the end. Long finish. This claret has character and charm - a star of the vintage. Rating: 95 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 PETIT FIGEAC Saint Emilion

2017 PETIT FIGEAC Saint Emilion

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

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2017 CHÂTEAU PAVIE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU PAVIE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. 80% new oak. Some salinity on the nose - restrained. slick and glossy entry. Plenty of structure. Grippy tannins, tension and weight. Packed60% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. 80% new oak. Some salinity on the nose - restrained. slick and glossy entry. Plenty of structure. Grippy tannins, tension and weight. Packed full of rich dark fruit lined with charred oak. It packs a punch but has the signature crisp acidity to see it home. Long finish. Rating: 93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 8/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Closed mineral nose. Viscous smooth entry, lots of prominent dark fruit. Mineral and uplifting acidity makes this very balanced. Ripe tannins in85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Closed mineral nose. Viscous smooth entry, lots of prominent dark fruit. Mineral and uplifting acidity makes this very balanced. Ripe tannins in the background. Lots of juicy fruit, a touch of oak, some power but all checked by remarkable freshness. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU LAGAROSSE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAU LAGAROSSE 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 8/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is one of the best examples of this wine that I have tasted, reaching the same heights as some of the biggest names in this vintage, and barely a step down from 2016 - great stuff from theseThis is one of the best examples of this wine that I have tasted, reaching the same heights as some of the biggest names in this vintage, and barely a step down from 2016 - great stuff from these guys this year. It's firm, bright, intense and deep, with salinity, grip and a lovely seam of freshness. It has a really excellent, juicy character and good persistency, with notes of liquorice and dark chocolate. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 CLOS FOURTET 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CLOS FOURTET 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Good quality with depth of complexity and layers. An excellent Clos Fourtet that really lives up to the success of recent vintages, if not quite at the level of its 2015 and 2016. Damson, darkGood quality with depth of complexity and layers. An excellent Clos Fourtet that really lives up to the success of recent vintages, if not quite at the level of its 2015 and 2016. Damson, dark chocolate and saline notes are bolstered by extremely dark fruits that have the juice to carry them through the mid-palate, the oak supporting rather than overwhelming. There's a slight austerity and savoury edge to the fruit that speaks of 2017, but this is easily hitting the heights of St-Émilion in this vintage. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LARCIS DUCASSE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LARCIS DUCASSE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. Good plum character. Silky entry - plenty of dark fruit on the palate. Tannins are small and ripe and the acidity crisp giving a light weight impression. Its rather92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. Good plum character. Silky entry - plenty of dark fruit on the palate. Tannins are small and ripe and the acidity crisp giving a light weight impression. Its rather elegant and charming. No hard edges, but a touch of shape and form - this is good, positive St Emilion, some gloss but refined feel. Rating: 90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU PAVIE MACQUIN Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of mineral notes on the nose. Very smooth. Very Viscous. The liquid is all encompassing. It is a big wine with structure and energy. Cassis80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of mineral notes on the nose. Very smooth. Very Viscous. The liquid is all encompassing. It is a big wine with structure and energy. Cassis and bramble fruit. Good definition. Rating: 90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CANON 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU CANON 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc. No frost. Some lovely plummy and black currant flavours on the nose. Smooth entry. The mouth feel is intriguing, tiny tannins, lots of weight and power, uplifting77% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc. No frost. Some lovely plummy and black currant flavours on the nose. Smooth entry. The mouth feel is intriguing, tiny tannins, lots of weight and power, uplifting acidity that adds tension. The flavour is slightly muted but you can see where this wine is going. Hints of toasty oak, mineral stone and dark fruit. Showing all the right signs at this stage. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LES GRANDES MURAILLES Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LES GRANDES MURAILLES Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

From a tiny vineyard near the top of the town, this has sweet, ripe, dense, dark cherry fruit on the nose. This is matched by a rather sweet style of fruit on the palate, fresh, pure, lightly roastedFrom a tiny vineyard near the top of the town, this has sweet, ripe, dense, dark cherry fruit on the nose. This is matched by a rather sweet style of fruit on the palate, fresh, pure, lightly roasted even, dressed up with toasty oak, cigar box and praline, plus a ripe wrapping of velvety tannins giving it a firm grip in the finish. A really nice result here, showing the advantage a favourable position can bring in this vintage. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA CLOTTE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LA CLOTTE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. 100% new oak. Lots of burnt wood on the nose and the palate. Velvet smooth entry. I feel this more about the winemaking than the terroir. There85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. 100% new oak. Lots of burnt wood on the nose and the palate. Velvet smooth entry. I feel this more about the winemaking than the terroir. There is some sweet fruit joined by good minerality. The wood dominates the finish. Rating: 89-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU QUINTUS Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU QUINTUS Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 4/6/2018

75cl bottles, case of 6

The 2017 Quintus was picked 14 to 29 September. It has a pretty, rather compact bouquet that clearly lacks the complexity of the 2015 or 2016 like so many Saint-Émilions. The palate is medium-bodiedThe 2017 Quintus was picked 14 to 29 September. It has a pretty, rather compact bouquet that clearly lacks the complexity of the 2015 or 2016 like so many Saint-Émilions. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is a tight ball of slightly ferrous dark berry fruit mixed with brown spice, although the finish feels easy-going and does not deliver the complexity of a top-drawer vintage. As such, I feel this will be suitable for early drinking rather than a vin de garde. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 LE DRAGON DE QUINTUS Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 LE DRAGON DE QUINTUS Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 4/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Le Dragon de Quintus has a simple, slightly rustic bouquet that needs more ripeness. This feels just a little green. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, simple blackberry andThe 2017 Le Dragon de Quintus has a simple, slightly rustic bouquet that needs more ripeness. This feels just a little green. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, simple blackberry and raspberry fruit with a slightly smudged finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 84-86 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE DÔME Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LE DÔME Saint Emilion

Release date: 1/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Chocolate and rich fruit on the nose. Smooth entry. Lots of dark fruit on the palate. Nothing subtle about the wine. The oak is not toasty but adds80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Chocolate and rich fruit on the nose. Smooth entry. Lots of dark fruit on the palate. Nothing subtle about the wine. The oak is not toasty but adds richness. There is weight and ripe tannins. Brooding power with good acidity. A force to be reckoned with. Rating: 93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIÈRE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIÈRE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 55% new oak. There is obvious depth on the nose - rich fruit and a hint of cooked meat. Silky entry, smooth mouth feel with powdery tannins60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 55% new oak. There is obvious depth on the nose - rich fruit and a hint of cooked meat. Silky entry, smooth mouth feel with powdery tannins building at the end. Still very tight. There is a crisp feel to the wine - elegant but without the flavour on the palate it feels slightly lightweight currently. Rating: 90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU GRAND MAYNE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU GRAND MAYNE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Grand Mayne has quite a powerful, voluminous bouquet with red berry fruit, smoke and truffle aromas, not quite delivering the same level of delineation as the previous vintage but stillThe 2017 Grand Mayne has quite a powerful, voluminous bouquet with red berry fruit, smoke and truffle aromas, not quite delivering the same level of delineation as the previous vintage but still nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, clean and precise with a fine bead of acidity. It is a lighter style of Grand Mayne compared to the wines of ten years ago, more nimble on its feet. The finish is lively, uncomplicated and quite mineral-driven, completing what is a fine follow-up to the 2016, though this will drink earlier. Drinking range: 2021 - 2038 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN SAINT GEORGES Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN SAINT GEORGES Grand Cru Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The first in a wonderful tasting of wines from the Vauthier stable at Ausone. This (mostly) survived the frost where Haut-Simard, Simard and Fonbel did not. It has a beautifully fresh dark cherry,The first in a wonderful tasting of wines from the Vauthier stable at Ausone. This (mostly) survived the frost where Haut-Simard, Simard and Fonbel did not. It has a beautifully fresh dark cherry, blackberry and violet nose. The oak (100% new) does come through but the fruit is so bright it's not overdone. Really pure and crunchy on the palate with super-fine tannins and a lovely fresh finish. A really glugable Saint Emilion that will be drinking almost as soon as it arrives. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR BÉCOT 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR BÉCOT 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

From a vineyard of 6.8 hectares, the yield in this vintage was 38 hl/ha, fairly typical for Beauséjour, of which 64% has gone into the grand vin. There was absolutely no loss of fruit to the frostFrom a vineyard of 6.8 hectares, the yield in this vintage was 38 hl/ha, fairly typical for Beauséjour, of which 64% has gone into the grand vin. There was absolutely no loss of fruit to the frost this year. This is 88% Merlot, picked September 22nd, 29th and October 2nd, and 12% Cabernet Franc, picked September 29th and October 2nd. In the glass it has a very classic nose, suggestive of crushed black cherries rubbed on limestone, overlaid with nuances of toast and coffee bean. The palate is very tightly indrawn, reserved, concentrated, with a glossy and yet sinewy, tannin-framed presence of black cherry stone, crushed fruits and black pepper. This has a truly impressive composition, elegant and yet brooding, loaded with ripe tannins wrapped around the palate in a tightly grained and near-velvety central band. This is a very impressive result, long and infused with warm but focused tannins at the finish. This is very good indeed. Rating: 95-97 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU QUINAULT L'ENCLOS Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU QUINAULT L'ENCLOS Saint Emilion

Release date: 22/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

From a pure gravel terroir in Saint-Emilion, the 2017 Quinault l'Enclos is mostly Merlot blended with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, all aging in 50% new barrels. ThisFrom a pure gravel terroir in Saint-Emilion, the 2017 Quinault l'Enclos is mostly Merlot blended with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, all aging in 50% new barrels. This medium-bodied, elegant 2017 has terrific black cherry fruit, plenty of minerality and floral nuances, ripe, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s a fair step back from the blockbuster 2015 but should easily be an outstanding wine. Rating: 90-92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MONBOUSQUET Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU MONBOUSQUET Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 22/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% new oak. Warming thick toasty nose. Lots of concentrated dark fruit on the palate. Toast at the forefront. Tannins are rugged. Acidity60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% new oak. Warming thick toasty nose. Lots of concentrated dark fruit on the palate. Toast at the forefront. Tannins are rugged. Acidity bracing. Hasn't quite come together yet but lovely bold flavour profile. Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU JEAN FAURE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU JEAN FAURE Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 18/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

An unscheduled visit to the Château, we were very warmly received by Olivier Decelle and his rather large shaggy dog. All of his Merlot was destroyed by the frost. The resulting blend: 95% CabernetAn unscheduled visit to the Château, we were very warmly received by Olivier Decelle and his rather large shaggy dog. All of his Merlot was destroyed by the frost. The resulting blend: 95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec (2016 was 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, 5% Malbec). The high proportion of Cabernet Franc is obvious on the nose. Attractive sweet red fruit is complemented by enjoyable bell pepper notes. Surprisingly smooth on the palate - rich fruit and mineral stone keeps it interesting. The oak is well integrated and enhances rather than dominates the wine. This is a great effort in tricky circumstances. There is not much of this kicking around. Rating: 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU D'AIGUILHE Côtes de Castillon

2017 CHÂTEAU D'AIGUILHE Côtes de CastillonPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Always a charmer. Lovely cranberry nose. Then some weight on the palate with an attractive rich fruit. Spritely acidity. Drying tannins at the end. This a cracking90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Always a charmer. Lovely cranberry nose. Then some weight on the palate with an attractive rich fruit. Spritely acidity. Drying tannins at the end. This a cracking wine from Côtes de Castillon. Rating: 89-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

90% Merlot. 10% Cabernet Franc. 50% new oak. Muted on the nose and tight on the palate. Revealing very little at this stage. Medium bodied with crisp acidity. Stones and pebbles. A hint of red fruit90% Merlot. 10% Cabernet Franc. 50% new oak. Muted on the nose and tight on the palate. Revealing very little at this stage. Medium bodied with crisp acidity. Stones and pebbles. A hint of red fruit and oak. Here they did suffer drastically from the spring frosts, which affected about 70% of the production this year. Therefore, this vintage contains a large proportion of second-generation crop, a bold decision perhaps, but this is attractive in its style. Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FAUGÈRES Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU FAUGÈRES Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% New Oak. Quite tight at this stage. Attractive juice on the palate which is eventually joined by chalky tannins. Elements of plum and dark85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% New Oak. Quite tight at this stage. Attractive juice on the palate which is eventually joined by chalky tannins. Elements of plum and dark fruit but still quite closed. Racy acidity. Rating: 90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE TERTRE RÔTEBOEUF Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LE TERTRE RÔTEBOEUF Grand Cru Classé Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 14/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

100% new oak. Sampled straight from the barrel in their charming traditional cellar. Lots of toasty oak on the nose framing wild red and plum fruit. Nina Mitjavile described the vintage as 'up and100% new oak. Sampled straight from the barrel in their charming traditional cellar. Lots of toasty oak on the nose framing wild red and plum fruit. Nina Mitjavile described the vintage as 'up and down' with periods of sun and periods of rain. She thinks the wine is 'traditional' in style but with a lovely 'spicy and fresh' signature. Once the oak recedes, this will begin to show off the remarkable complexity and easy concentration underneath. There is so much to look forward to - dried fruit, tobacco and a saline hit that keeps everything high-toned, savoury and incredibly moreish. A hugely impressive wine in the making that will likely end up at the top end of our banded score. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU ROC DE CAMBES Côtes de Bourg

2017 CHÂTEAU ROC DE CAMBES Côtes de BourgPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 14/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 6

Strikingly perfumed dark fruit nose filled with layers of fresh blackberry, forest floor, spice and toasty oak. There is real intrigue and complexity here but it will need time to knit together inStrikingly perfumed dark fruit nose filled with layers of fresh blackberry, forest floor, spice and toasty oak. There is real intrigue and complexity here but it will need time to knit together in bottle. The palate is full of silky tannin and refreshing acidity which lends energy and tension. It almost reverberates across the palate and finishes very long. A beguiling mixture of savoury and sweet elements. This should be excellent from 2023+. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 DOMAINE DES CAMBES Côtes de Bourg

2017 DOMAINE DES CAMBES Côtes de Bourg

Release date: 14/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

Prominent charred wood on the nose - very toasty. Almost nutty. This has plenty of body on the palate. Slightly dominated by the wood but the rich dark fruit does come through in the end. Will be aProminent charred wood on the nose - very toasty. Almost nutty. This has plenty of body on the palate. Slightly dominated by the wood but the rich dark fruit does come through in the end. Will be a cracking drinking wine in five years time. Rating: 89 L&S(Jun 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MONTLANDRIE Côtes de Castillon

2017 CHÂTEAU MONTLANDRIE Côtes de CastillonPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 11/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 6

75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 40% new oak. Established plummy nose. The fruit is less obvious on the palate. Hints of mineral stone and grainy wood. Tightly woven with75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 40% new oak. Established plummy nose. The fruit is less obvious on the palate. Hints of mineral stone and grainy wood. Tightly woven with powdery tannins. Bracing acidity adds tension and a linear feel. Giving nothing away yet. Rating: 89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 SAINTAYME Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 SAINTAYME Grand Cru Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 11/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

100% Merlot. The nose is relatively light. Saline and mixed summer berries. There is an elegant red fruit character on the palate. The oak (once used barrels) adds just a hint of richness, rounding100% Merlot. The nose is relatively light. Saline and mixed summer berries. There is an elegant red fruit character on the palate. The oak (once used barrels) adds just a hint of richness, rounding off any hard edges. Crisp acidity and quite green tannins gives the wine a linear finish. Always excellent value for money. A great cellar filler. Rating: 88 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BARDE HAUT Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU BARDE HAUT Grand Cru Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

80% merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Rich dark fruit on the nose. It is slick and medium-full bodied with real succulence. The acidity and the Cabernet Franc are what keep this full of energy80% merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. 80% new oak. Rich dark fruit on the nose. It is slick and medium-full bodied with real succulence. The acidity and the Cabernet Franc are what keep this full of energy and refreshment. Lovely fruit core of cassis and black cherry with a lick of some spice and leafy minerality on the finish. Should be drinking within five years and comfortably has the concentration to last. A superb 2017 Saint Emilion. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CLOS PUY ARNAUD Côtes de Castillon

2017 CLOS PUY ARNAUD Côtes de Castillon

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

Lovely relaxed feel to the 2017 Clos Puy Arnaud. Smooth and upbeat. Medium bodied, summer berry fruit, smooth tannins with bright acidity. A lovely option for short to medium term drinking. Lovely relaxed feel to the 2017 Clos Puy Arnaud. Smooth and upbeat. Medium bodied, summer berry fruit, smooth tannins with bright acidity. A lovely option for short to medium term drinking. Rating: 88 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU TROTTEVIEILLE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU TROTTEVIEILLE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This crackles, featuring a savory streak amid a mix of damson plum and red currant flavors. Slightly high-pitched, with a racy mineral- and herb-infused finish.This crackles, featuring a savory streak amid a mix of damson plum and red currant flavors. Slightly high-pitched, with a racy mineral- and herb-infused finish. Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA MAURIANE Puisseguin Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LA MAURIANE Puisseguin Saint EmilionPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

This Saint Emilion from the satellite village of Puisseguin is one of our favourite properties on the right bank. It's hard to find another which offers such consistency of quality and value. TheThis Saint Emilion from the satellite village of Puisseguin is one of our favourite properties on the right bank. It's hard to find another which offers such consistency of quality and value. The 2017 has a lovely rich, plum and violet scented nose. There is plenty of muscle and shape on the palate but everything is kept fresh and well-defined by the wine's signature mineral core - the product of old vines, limestone terroir, plenty of Cabernet Franc and the quiet genius of owner and winemaker Pierre Taïx. Rating: 89-90 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FOMBRAUGE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU FOMBRAUGE Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Obvious fleshy plum fruited nose with a very distinct edge of pencil lead and dried tea leaf. Good richness and concentration with decent carry. A bit lacking in finesse and definition but overall aObvious fleshy plum fruited nose with a very distinct edge of pencil lead and dried tea leaf. Good richness and concentration with decent carry. A bit lacking in finesse and definition but overall a good effort. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 87-89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU VALANDRAUD Grand Cru Saint Emilion

Release date: 23/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Lots of beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruits here. Medium to full body, round and very polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Wet-earth undertones. Velvety mouthfeel at the end.Lots of beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruits here. Medium to full body, round and very polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Wet-earth undertones. Velvety mouthfeel at the end. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CORBIN Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU CORBIN Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

No Grand Corbin will be released in 2017 due to frost damage in April.No Grand Corbin will be released in 2017 due to frost damage in April.Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DASSAULT Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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2017 CHÂTEAU FLEUR CARDINALE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU FLEUR CARDINALE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

A fresh and bright red with plum and currant character. Medium-bodied, tight and focused. On it. Only 1,000 mags made.A fresh and bright red with plum and currant character. Medium-bodied, tight and focused. On it. Only 1,000 mags made. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU FONBEL Grand Cru Saint Emilion

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2017 CHÂTEAU GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE Grand Cru Saint Emilion

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2017 LES ASTÉRIES Grand Cru Saint Emilion

2017 LES ASTÉRIES Grand Cru Saint Emilion

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Les Astéries was picked on 3 October, was 13.25° alcohol, and is matured in 80% new oak. It has a perfumed bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit – cranberry, crème de cassis and wiltedThe 2017 Les Astéries was picked on 3 October, was 13.25° alcohol, and is matured in 80% new oak. It has a perfumed bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit – cranberry, crème de cassis and wilted violets, all nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fairly succulent tannin, a fine bead of acidity, quite fresh in the mouth with a gentle grip towards the finish. This is a toned-down version of Les Astéries compared to previous vintages that it suits it well. Drinking range: 2023 - 2038 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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