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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

In this vintage the team at Montrose were able to enhance the precision of their selection even further than before, following the installation of additional small vats, some with a volume of just 13 In this vintage the team at Montrose were able to enhance the precision of their selection even further than before, following the installation of additional small vats, some with a volume of just 13 hectolitres, so that they now have 82 stainless steel vats in total. The harvest was thus picked in 82 lots, coming from 89 hectares of vines currently in production, so nearly one hectare per vat. The fruit was picked from September 12th onwards, finishing on September 29th, although there were in fact just twelve days of active picking. The rapid completion of the harvest is down to the expansion in the picking team, previously up from 60 to 80, and now up again to 100 members. The grand vin takes 37% of the crop, less than 40% being the in-house target, and it is strong on Cabernet Sauvignon, at 76% of the blend, the last time a vintage had this sort of contribution from this variety was back in 2006. The balance is 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a very fine and very lightly dusty concentration on the nose, with notes of white flower petals and grained black cherry fruit, wrapped in a subtle praline toast. There follows a remarkably broad and composed palate, fresh and pure, possessing a supple texture and breadth, carrying notes of black olive and damson fruits, with a little hedgerow complexity, along with a deeply buried bed of ripe, polished and velvety tannins. This is a wine of real charm and precision, with both elegance and structure, and a medium-bodied finesse. And it is long, with an elegant tannic grip in the finish. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

A juicy and savory second wine with blackberry, blueberry and wet-earth character. Medium-bodied, tight and silky. Fresh finish. A juicy and savory second wine with blackberry, blueberry and wet-earth character. Medium-bodied, tight and silky. Fresh finish. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (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

Love tasting this wine. You almost want to drink it for its harmony and balance. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the Love tasting this wine. You almost want to drink it for its harmony and balance. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the finish. Rating: 97-98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (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

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Harvested 12–30 September. 30% new oak. pH 3.71, IPT 61. Much more scented than the Goulée just tasted, with lovely dark-red 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Harvested 12–30 September. 30% new oak. pH 3.71, IPT 61. Much more scented than the Goulée just tasted, with lovely dark-red fruits here. Sweet cassis and a light floral note. Delicate but harmonious structure, cool and silky, extremely silky, very fresh, apparently delicate but persistent too. Elegant and fresh right to the finish. Succulent and beautifully balanced. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe

2017 CHÂTEAU CALON SÉGUR 3ème Cru Classé Saint Estèphe PRIMEUR 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 and 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 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

Fresh and delicate with firm tannins and a crisp finish. Medium body and a bright currant and dark-cherry character. Second wine of Calon. Fresh and delicate with firm tannins and a crisp finish. Medium body and a bright currant and dark-cherry character. Second wine of Calon. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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 dark 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 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 Estèphe PRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 29/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2017 Le Crock, owned by the soon-to-be retired Didier Cuvelier, is matured in 25% new oak. It has a straightforward, slightly earthy bouquet with light sea spray scents infusing the black fruit. The 2017 Le Crock, owned by the soon-to-be retired Didier Cuvelier, is matured in 25% new oak. It has a straightforward, slightly earthy bouquet with light sea spray scents infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, slightly glossy in style with lightly spiced black and red fruit and a splash of Hoisin towards the short finish. Give this Le Crock three or four years and you should have a decent, quite concentrated Saint-Estèphe. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 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

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Phélan Ségur gives up notes of black plums and fresh blackberries with an earthy undercurrent of damp soil, truffles and mossy bark. Medium-bodied, Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Phélan Ségur gives up notes of black plums and fresh blackberries with an earthy undercurrent of damp soil, truffles and mossy bark. Medium-bodied, soft, plush and with a good core of fruit, it gives an earthy finish. Rating: 87-89 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.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 integrated 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 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 Estèphe PRIMEUR 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 the 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 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 Estèphe PRIMEUR 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 from 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 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 Estèphe PRIMEUR 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 of 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 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 frame 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 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 the 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 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

Mid cherry red. Sweetness of dark-red fruit on the nose. Tannins are fine-grained but the whole is a little dry and lacking fruit on the mid palate but you won't have to wait too long for it. Mid cherry red. Sweetness of dark-red fruit on the nose. Tannins are fine-grained but the whole is a little dry and lacking fruit on the mid palate but you won't have to wait too long for it. Drinking range: 2022 - 2029 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2018)

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