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2017 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU MONTROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Montrose is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little closed at first, but with coaxing, it opensThe 2017 Montrose is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little closed at first, but with coaxing, it opens to reveal remarkable earth and exotic spice notes of crushed rocks, black truffles, star anise, cassia and fenugreek over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry preserves, violets and blueberry pie with touches of cigar box, charcuterie and black soil. Medium-bodied with a rock-solid frame and an exquisitely ripe, very fine-grained texture, it has wonderful freshness with electric energy and a very long, minerally finish. Possessing great poise and intensity, this is one of the greatest Montrose's I have tasted! Rating: 96-99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

2017 DAME DE MONTROSE Saint Estèphe Château Montrose

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, the highest level since 2006, because the Merlot didn't quite make it through the September rains unscathed. The wine is correspondinglyThis has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, the highest level since 2006, because the Merlot didn't quite make it through the September rains unscathed. The wine is correspondingly powerful with a robust accompanying acidity that promises a long life. The fruit character is savoury, succulent and extremely persistent, with fleshy blackberry alongside touches of redcurrant and a pulsating freshness that keeps on coming. Harvested 12-29 September with twelve days spent actually picking, compared to sixteen days over the last few years, with more hands on deck. They have never been affected by frost, as far as they can remember, and 2017 was no exception. The wind is always such a benefit here. A normal yield of 45hl/ha, 37% of which was for the grand vin. 60% new oak. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 96 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL 2ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This is exceptional, if a touch below the intensity and harmony of 2016. I love the density that's displayed in this wine, showcasing luxurious, well-enrobed tannins. The complexity steals up on youThis is exceptional, if a touch below the intensity and harmony of 2016. I love the density that's displayed in this wine, showcasing luxurious, well-enrobed tannins. The complexity steals up on you little by little, the dark cassis and plum fruit character deepening through the palate with flashes of sage, charcoal, cigar box, graphite and taut tannins. The colour difference is marked between the grand vin and second wine, with the Cos extremely deep damson in colour following a one-month maceration at 30 degrees and clever use of the press. Harvested 12- 30 September. 40% of production went into the grand vin. 3.7pH. IPT68. 60% new oak. Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/bordeaux/chateau-cos-destournel-st-estephe-2eme-cru-classe-2017-20503#K49Zzk08yo9qdRAO.99 Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 96 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

2017 PAGODES DE COS du Château Cos d'Estournel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 7/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The second wine of Cos d'Estournel. The picking dates were the same as the grand vin of course, between September 12th and the 30th. This takes 60% of the crop, and the assemblage is 56% CabernetThe second wine of Cos d'Estournel. The picking dates were the same as the grand vin of course, between September 12th and the 30th. This takes 60% of the crop, and the assemblage is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. This is a little more Cabernet than usual, but it is not a significant difference. The analyses show this to have 12.5% alcohol, 3.2 g/l total acidity and an IPT of 61. The élevage will be in 30% new oak barrels. It has a fine intensity on the nose, with a fresh, perfumed, dark-plum character. There are fragrant white flower petals, very precise and fresh. There follows a lovely, very complete and energetic profile on the palate, with a very polished and sinewy precision, a finely drawn structure, around red plums, red cherries, peonies and rose petals, with a delicate finesse to the tannins in the finish. This is an impressive second wine, giving a real glimpse of the grand vin's intensity and style, providing a real sense of controlled power with harmony and direction. Impressive. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The clay layer in the soil here at Calon saved them from any danger of water stress, despite the quite dry and hot season. And they were really pleased with the Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot andThe clay layer in the soil here at Calon saved them from any danger of water stress, despite the quite dry and hot season. And they were really pleased with the Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Cabernet Franc were more tricky and there was much work done. Heavy selection of fruit was made ensuring only perfect, healthy bunches were kept and some innovative work was done with the press wines too. To try and add a bit of intensity to the mid-palate here, they introduced almost twice as much wine from the press to the usual free run juice. This element would normally be added in in January - but here it was blended in immediately and fermented together. Clever idea and the results are great. This added a firm, fresh edge - an elegance and a lift but with no austerity. The 2017 is already very attractive. Fresh and clean, a St Estephe feel and pure line - but there is a lovely balance too. Soft and silky on approach. Spicy, soft damson fruit and delicious cassis jus are held in place by the mega-fine, soft tannins. A real delight. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot Rating: 94 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

2017 MARQUIS DE CALON Saint Estèphe Château Calon Ségur

Release date: 6/6/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

Looking first at the 2017 Calon Ségur Le Marquis de Calon Ségur, which is the second wine of the estate, it has solid density and depth, with pretty blue fruits, leafy herbs, and damp rock-likeLooking first at the 2017 Calon Ségur Le Marquis de Calon Ségur, which is the second wine of the estate, it has solid density and depth, with pretty blue fruits, leafy herbs, and damp rock-like minerality. It’s a charming, fresh, classic Saint-Estèphe to drink over the coming decade. The blend of the 2017 is roughly 57% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 88-90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LAFON-ROCHET 4ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

Release date: 5/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Another great St Estephe - this does seem to be one of the more successful villages this year. Nice feel. Chalky texture and hard calcaire middle. Fruit is pretty, elevated with punchy darkAnother great St Estephe - this does seem to be one of the more successful villages this year. Nice feel. Chalky texture and hard calcaire middle. Fruit is pretty, elevated with punchy dark currants. Nice and 'clarerty' just as you would hope, firm and restrained. Feel and depth are good though. Long too. 55%Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 6% Cbernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Rating: 91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LE CROCK Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 29/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2017 Château le Crock is a solid effort made from 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. It’s a classic, medium-bodied effort that gives up plenty of red currants, spice,The 2017 Château le Crock is a solid effort made from 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. It’s a classic, medium-bodied effort that gives up plenty of red currants, spice, and herbs/floral notes. It has juicy acidity, plenty of fruit, and is a classy, balanced effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for a decade. Rating: 89-91 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU PHÉLAN SÉGUR Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

From a 70-hectare vineyard, planted at an impressive 10,000 vines per hectare, comes this Cabernet-dominated cuvée. The fruit was picked from September 14th through to October 4th, and the chosenFrom a 70-hectare vineyard, planted at an impressive 10,000 vines per hectare, comes this Cabernet-dominated cuvée. The fruit was picked from September 14th through to October 4th, and the chosen blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 34% Merlot and a tiny 1% contribution from the Cabernet Franc. The overall yield was 45 hl/ha, which fits with the absence of frost in this appellation. It has a dark, robust, richly desiccated fruit character on the nose. The palate is full, grippy and fresh, with a pile of bright tannin beneath it all. A solidly composed style, a very serious contender, with toasted fruit, praline, cigar and tobacco oak, all sitting on a bed of ripe and velvety tannins. A rich and imposing style, typical of St Estèphe, with good potential. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU MEYNEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Release date: 14/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot. Plenty of Cabernet dominance on the nose. Deep, rich dark fruit with a savoury edge. On the palate the dark fruit is joined by well integrated50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot. Plenty of Cabernet dominance on the nose. Deep, rich dark fruit with a savoury edge. On the palate the dark fruit is joined by well integrated oak. High pitched acidity keeps the juice on its toes. Dusty tannins near the end. This wine has a good Saint Estèphe feel to it. Lots to like. Rating: 89 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LE BOSCQ Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 8/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Lovely toasty oak on the nose. Warming and enticing. Lots of juicy sweet fruit on the palate. Not too much extraction. Cedar wood provides the64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Lovely toasty oak on the nose. Warming and enticing. Lots of juicy sweet fruit on the palate. Not too much extraction. Cedar wood provides the framework. The tannins counter the sweet fruit and add an attractive drying sensation near the end. Notably Saint-Estèphe in style. An excellent option in 2017. Rating: 89-90 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LES ORMES DE PEZ Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Impressive verdant bouquet of bramble fruits, violet and cedar. There is even a hint of Pyrazine character that's missing from51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Impressive verdant bouquet of bramble fruits, violet and cedar. There is even a hint of Pyrazine character that's missing from many wines in this vintage. Good carry and chew on the fleshy mid-palate. The tannins are fine, ripe and really silky. Already approachable and inviting, this has impressive length. Another very good wine from an estate that's been on an excellent run of form. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CAPBERN Saint EstèphePRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 4/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

One of the wines of the day. Excellent crunch and robust feel to the dark, ripe fruit. Lovely grip and chew. Fruit is certainly ripe but there is a firmness and scratch to the texture. A hint ofOne of the wines of the day. Excellent crunch and robust feel to the dark, ripe fruit. Lovely grip and chew. Fruit is certainly ripe but there is a firmness and scratch to the texture. A hint of cedar in the background adds complexity. Bright and lively zip keeps this flowing. It is smart and has a great purity. A classic St Estephe feel. Good, bright fun. Ends clean and pure — but with that ripe note hauntingly present. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU COS LABORY Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU COS LABORY Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Cos Labory is deep garnet-purple colored and scented of blackberry pie, cassis and pencil shavings with touches of violets, garrigue and mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frameThe 2017 Cos Labory is deep garnet-purple colored and scented of blackberry pie, cassis and pencil shavings with touches of violets, garrigue and mossy bark. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, it has lovely freshness and impressive length. Rating: 90-92 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Release date: 26/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This is really bright and summery. There is some good weight to the seamless, deep core of fruit and the polished tannins add a nice feel, just enough chew. It's not complicated, but therein lies theThis is really bright and summery. There is some good weight to the seamless, deep core of fruit and the polished tannins add a nice feel, just enough chew. It's not complicated, but therein lies the joy. It's a friendly, juicy style of Saint Estèphe that will please many. You are just left smiling by the glossy fruit and there's a hint of cedar on the finish to add sophistication. Immediately appealing, this will be ready to enjoy almost the moment it arrives. It would make an excellent, crowd-pleasing party wine. Perhaps one for magnums? Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 88-89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CLAUZET Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CLAUZET Cru Bourgeois Saint Estèphe

Release date: 25/4/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Baron Velge has just sold this estate, after twenty years of ownership, to Jacky Lorenzetti of Lilian Ladouys (he has kept Château de Côme). His final vintage here delivers a straightforward andBaron Velge has just sold this estate, after twenty years of ownership, to Jacky Lorenzetti of Lilian Ladouys (he has kept Château de Côme). His final vintage here delivers a straightforward and enjoyable wine that has sweet, dark fruit and plenty of attractive aromatics upfront. It's just fading a little through the mid-palate. 2% Cabernet Franc completes the blend given. Drinking range: 2023 - 2036 Rating: 88 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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