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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

Blended of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Ausone offers up slowly emerging notes of crushed black plums, blackberries and mulberries with nuances of anise,Blended of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Ausone offers up slowly emerging notes of crushed black plums, blackberries and mulberries with nuances of anise, violets, new leather and unsmoked cigars plus suggestions of black olives and truffles and a touch of cast iron pan. Medium to full-bodied with firm, very finely grained, super ripe tannins and an uplifting backbone of freshness perfectly supporting the profoundly layered, tightly wound yet incredibly intense fruit, it finishes very long with mineral accents and compelling tension. Rating: 97-99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 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

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

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

Solidly built, with a ganache frame that marries well with the core of fig and plum compote flavors. Tobacco and chalky minerality line the finish, revealing an echo of savory at the very end. StartsSolidly built, with a ganache frame that marries well with the core of fig and plum compote flavors. Tobacco and chalky minerality line the finish, revealing an echo of savory at the very end. Starts big and gains refinement as it moves along. Rating: 93-96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

This is very driven and intense with so much limestone and salt character on the palate. Dark fruits, too. Linear and chewy, especially on the long finish. Beautiful center palate of fruit.This is very driven and intense with so much limestone and salt character on the palate. Dark fruits, too. Linear and chewy, especially on the long finish. Beautiful center palate of fruit. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(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

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clos Fourtet is scented of crème de cassis, blueberry compote and plum preserves with touches of hoisin, truffles and dark chocolate plus a waft of anise. MediumDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clos Fourtet is scented of crème de cassis, blueberry compote and plum preserves with touches of hoisin, truffles and dark chocolate plus a waft of anise. Medium to full-bodied, the generous fruit is plushly textured with great freshness, finishing long and spicy. Rating: 92-94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(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

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

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

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

The 2017 Les Grandes Murailles, purchased by the Cuvelier family of Clos Fourtet around three years ago, has a floral bouquet, pressed rose petals infusing the cranberry and crushed strawberry fruit.The 2017 Les Grandes Murailles, purchased by the Cuvelier family of Clos Fourtet around three years ago, has a floral bouquet, pressed rose petals infusing the cranberry and crushed strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly gritty tannin. There is plenty of soy-tinged dark berry fruit laced with black pepper, nicely balanced towards the finish even if it is just missing the energy that the best vintages of Les Grandes Murailles have offered. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 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

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

The grand vin in 2017 is a blend of 54.4% Merlot and 45.6% Cabernet Franc, and it takes just 30% of the total crop. The Merlot was picked September 14th, the Cabernet Franc from September 20thThe grand vin in 2017 is a blend of 54.4% Merlot and 45.6% Cabernet Franc, and it takes just 30% of the total crop. The Merlot was picked September 14th, the Cabernet Franc from September 20th onwards, the Cabernet Sauvignon on September 29th. The frost only hit a few parcels on the valley floor, so the fruit for the grand vin was entirely untouched. The wine has plenty of sweet fruit on the nose, fresh and dark red cherry with a sweet, perfumed, pencil-shaving and vanilla-flower scent. The palate is cool, precise, tightly drawn, with a medium-bodied presence, quite light-footed in style, with a finessed grip of tannin in the middle. Cool, restrained, showing a cherry-stone texture, fresh and lightly gripped, leading into a tense, dry, somewhat grained-tannin finish. A nice substance here. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 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

A fresh and clean second wine of Quintus. Medium body, fine tannins and a precise finish. Easy and fine.A fresh and clean second wine of Quintus. Medium body, fine tannins and a precise finish. Easy and fine. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE DÔME Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU LE DÔME Saint Emilion

Release date: 1/6/2018

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

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

Loads of red and black fruits, hints of sandalwood, incense and dried flowers emerge from the 2017 Château Grand Mayne. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and rounded on the palate, I love its tanninLoads of red and black fruits, hints of sandalwood, incense and dried flowers emerge from the 2017 Château Grand Mayne. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and rounded on the palate, I love its tannin quality. With rock solid mid-palate depth and plenty of length, it should end up being an outstanding wine. Rating: 89-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This shows wonderful depth and tannin quality with incredible elegance and completeness. Medium to full body and racy tannins. Strength, too. It’s the acid that drives the the tannins and keeps themThis shows wonderful depth and tannin quality with incredible elegance and completeness. Medium to full body and racy tannins. Strength, too. It’s the acid that drives the the tannins and keeps them serious and fine. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(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

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

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

The 2017 Valandraud was 30% impacted by the frost on the lower reaches of vines, which were either deselected into the troisième vin or sold off. The wine was picked from 10 October and thenThe 2017 Valandraud was 30% impacted by the frost on the lower reaches of vines, which were either deselected into the troisième vin or sold off. The wine was picked from 10 October and then sporadically over the next week, relatively late. It is matured in 100% new oak as usual. It has a very intense, voluptuous bouquet with layers of crème de cassis, boysenberry and blueberry fruit, a little glossier than I was anticipating, what you might call a “ravishing” nose. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannin, rounded in texture with layers of black cherry, blueberry and cassis fruit. This is a bold Valandraud that shrugs off the effects of the frost and goes full-throttle towards the finish whilst maintaining sufficient freshness and tension that it never palls in the mouth. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CORBIN Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

2017 CHÂTEAU CORBIN Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

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

This has a toasty profile, featuring ganache and warm tobacco notes surrounding a core of lightly steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Shows good flesh and depth, with a graphite accent buried throughThis has a toasty profile, featuring ganache and warm tobacco notes surrounding a core of lightly steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Shows good flesh and depth, with a graphite accent buried through the finish. A very solid version of the style. Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(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

From deep limestone soils, Calcaire à Astéries of course, close to the top of the town. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc were both picked on October 3rd, the former 83% of the blend, the latter 17%. TheFrom deep limestone soils, Calcaire à Astéries of course, close to the top of the town. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc were both picked on October 3rd, the former 83% of the blend, the latter 17%. The alcohol is 13.25% and total acidity 3.26 g/l. I find tense black cherry fruit on the nose here, dry and concentrated, but still fresh and lifted, helped by that dusty, chalky, limestone frame. An elegantly reposed palate, cool, fresh, open, relaxed and generous, with a gentle seam of intertwined cherry, cocoa bean, nuts and grilled pips, wrapped up in a fine sinewy texture. A very different tannic structure here, a little more prominent, chalky and firm, leading into a long, tannin-infused finish. Very good. The élevage will be in 80% new oak. Rating: 93-95 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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