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2017 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

There was no frost at Ducru-Beaucaillou in 2017 due to its proximity to the estuary. This barrel sample comes from the final blend, which was made in early 2018. Composed of 90% Cabernet SauvignonThere was no frost at Ducru-Beaucaillou in 2017 due to its proximity to the estuary. This barrel sample comes from the final blend, which was made in early 2018. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 Ducru-Beaucaillou is intensely scented of blackcurrant cordial, blackberries and lavender with hints of crushed rocks, iron ore, rose hips and Provence herbs plus touches of wood smoke and sandalwood. Medium-bodied, very firm and grainy in the mouth, it possesses lovely freshness, lifting the intense flavors, finishing long and minerally. Sporting an incredible core of muscular mid-palate fruit, this wine should age incredibly. Rating: 95-97 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 12/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Léoville Las-Cases was picked between 15 September and 4 October, cropped at 37hl/ha and as usual, comes from the oldest vines that average around 50-years old. This year there is 13.28°The 2017 Léoville Las-Cases was picked between 15 September and 4 October, cropped at 37hl/ha and as usual, comes from the oldest vines that average around 50-years old. This year there is 13.28° alcohol. It is matured in 90% new oak and contains 7.5% vin de presse. It has a very clean and precise bouquet with blackberry, just a touch of blueberry, violet and a hint of bay leaf. This gains intensity with aeration but it is not as detailed as last year’s 2016. The palate is medium-bodied with more supple tannins than usual (that word is apt – there is nothing “soft” about this Saint-Julien). It has great depth with layers of black fruit laced with graphite and a pinch of white pepper, whilst it delivers fine salinity on the sappy finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 LE PETIT LION Saint Julien Château Léoville Las Cases

2017 LE PETIT LION Saint Julien Château Léoville Las Cases

Release date: 12/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This is always a wine that causes a stir of excitement as it approaches, and it succeeds in this vintage. Dense but gentle, it quite clearly will not take as long to come around as the grand vin, butThis is always a wine that causes a stir of excitement as it approaches, and it succeeds in this vintage. Dense but gentle, it quite clearly will not take as long to come around as the grand vin, but it is still extremely complex. It's a spicy, well-defined year for Petit Lion - for me above the 2014 and 2015, but not quite as good as 2016. Savoury and extremely elegant, it can be approached within five years. This has some young vines in the Enclos from 3-15 years old, deepened by 40-80-year-old Merlot vines. 30% new oak. A buy. Drinking range: 2023 - 2034 Rating: 90 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Léoville Poyferré was cropped at around 50hl/ha between 20 September and 6 October at 44hl/ha. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is very pure with scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and aThe 2017 Léoville Poyferré was cropped at around 50hl/ha between 20 September and 6 October at 44hl/ha. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is very pure with scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and a touch of graphite, all very focused and neatly entwined with the 85% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, crisp and focused, very harmonious with a touch of cedar and black pepper towards the finish. I appreciate the combination of weight and finesse here, a really quite enthralling valedictory Léoville Poyferré who is due to retire this coming July. Bon vin. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 11/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Wow a real stand-out at each occasion we tasted. A text-book Barton and classic St Julien - yet this is ahead of so many in 2017 for its impeccable balance and exciting energy. 93% Cabernet and 7%Wow a real stand-out at each occasion we tasted. A text-book Barton and classic St Julien - yet this is ahead of so many in 2017 for its impeccable balance and exciting energy. 93% Cabernet and 7% Merlot this year. An enticing cassis crunch here on the nose - is really attractive. This follows on the palate with a compact coiled energy to the bright and juicy fruit. Blackberry and raspberry notes have a pure feel, there is a lovely precision to it which almost disguises the density and powerful weight of fruit. Beautifully balanced and the intensity is well handled. Energy continues right through. Clean lines, but detailed and nuanced. Lovely level of ripe and fine tannins. They harvested the Merlot between the 15 and 18 September and the Cabernet from the 22nd to 29th. 60% New Wood No frost issues thankfully, a good vintage here according to Damien and Lillian Barton, with just the September rain causing some issues with their Merlot - so they reduced this has mostly gone in to the 2nd wine and we have a high Cabernet level in the Grand Vin - which is delicious. Rating: 95 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 4/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Well-built, with plum and blackberry fruit that is very fresh, thanks to bright acidity. Light floral, anise and graphite notes add range. A savory streak keeps the finish going.Well-built, with plum and blackberry fruit that is very fresh, thanks to bright acidity. Light floral, anise and graphite notes add range. A savory streak keeps the finish going. Rating: 91-94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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2017 SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE du Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien

2017 SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE du Château Gruaud Larose Saint Julien

Release date: 4/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

The 2017 Sarget de Gruaud Larose has a slightly smudged bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and pressed flowers. Maybe because of the awful weather when I tasted this, the aromatics feltThe 2017 Sarget de Gruaud Larose has a slightly smudged bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and pressed flowers. Maybe because of the awful weather when I tasted this, the aromatics felt suppressed. The palate is medium-bodied with “furry” tannin, moderate depth, broody dark berry fruit with a touch of soy on the finish. I suspect this will be for early drinking. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 84-86 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN RICHE Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN RICHE Saint Julien

Release date: 29/5/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

The 2017 Moulin Riche, matured in 20% new oak, has a bright, forward bouquet with black cherries, cedar and light liquorice aromas. This I found a little smudged compared directly with the 2017 LeThe 2017 Moulin Riche, matured in 20% new oak, has a bright, forward bouquet with black cherries, cedar and light liquorice aromas. This I found a little smudged compared directly with the 2017 Le Crock. The palate is a little chewy on the entry. There is certainly good substance here, if not quite the finesse that I have discerned on other vintages. Still, the dash of white pepper on the aftertaste comes as a welcome denouement. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SAINT PIERRE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU SAINT PIERRE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Focused, showing red and black currant preserve flavors driving along, with a racy graphite streak. Fresh acidity keeps it all moving through the anise-tinged finish. Should be delightful whenFocused, showing red and black currant preserve flavors driving along, with a racy graphite streak. Fresh acidity keeps it all moving through the anise-tinged finish. Should be delightful when released. Rating: 91-94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU GLORIA Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU GLORIA Cru Bourgeois Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This old favourite has a dark and rather muted nose, with perhaps a little pine needle and pomegranate freshness, but otherwise it isn't really saying that much. The palate shows a nicely reposedThis old favourite has a dark and rather muted nose, with perhaps a little pine needle and pomegranate freshness, but otherwise it isn't really saying that much. The palate shows a nicely reposed texture, medium-bodied, light and perhaps a little juicy, with red cherry and redcurrant fruits coming to the fore here. It feels a little grippy, slightly austere even, with a little chalky edge to the tannins as they linger in the juicy finish. To me this lacks a little conviction, and I wonder whether the Gloria vineyards haven’t been disadvantaged in this vintage. Rating: 89-91 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LALANDE BORIE Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LALANDE BORIE Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

50% frost here, but the wine seems remarkably unscathed. They harvested the second generation fruit, but didn't use it in the blend, which is in fact the same as usual but just in lesser quantities.50% frost here, but the wine seems remarkably unscathed. They harvested the second generation fruit, but didn't use it in the blend, which is in fact the same as usual but just in lesser quantities. The result is a soft but well-rounded and finessed wine with black cherry fruit and charcoal and vanilla bean notes. A good job here - an early drinking pleasure. 3.75pH. 30% new oak. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 87 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Saint Julien

2017 LA CROIX DE BEAUCAILLOU Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

This is very fresh and minerally with a salty and oyster shell character. Full body, tight and bright. Plenty of currant flavors too.This is very fresh and minerally with a salty and oyster shell character. Full body, tight and bright. Plenty of currant flavors too. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

When we tasted with the talented general manager Matthieu Bordes, he explained it was a difficult year for them here. It was the worst hit of the big names here in St Julien by the frost and, asWhen we tasted with the talented general manager Matthieu Bordes, he explained it was a difficult year for them here. It was the worst hit of the big names here in St Julien by the frost and, as such, much fruit was lost and much re-jigging of the normal blending had to be done. There is 35% less of Grand Vin in 2017 and it is not quite up to the heights this estate has been hitting recently. The wine is attractive - a broad attack is generous and richly scented with dark ripe berries, but we then hit a harder, tighter middle which is less charming and finishes brightly - but without the confidence and the charm of some of their recent greats. They had anticipated they would be able to use the 2nd generation fruit that flowered after the frost - it was 18 days behind the surviving first fruit. They did follow this through and make a wine - but it was not up to scratch so they had to sell it off and not include it in the estate wines. Lots of hard work was done here and they have made a good fist of it. Rating: 89-91 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 FIEFS DE LAGRANGE du Saint Julien

2017 FIEFS DE LAGRANGE du Saint Julien

Release date: 23/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

As with the Grand Vin Lagrange had a tough year - they are down 70% in quantity with the FIefs - and what there is illustrates somewhat the difficulties they encountered. It is charmingly weighted,As with the Grand Vin Lagrange had a tough year - they are down 70% in quantity with the FIefs - and what there is illustrates somewhat the difficulties they encountered. It is charmingly weighted, rich dark fruit and then a broad, velveteen feel. It is easy and generous if not serious or sophisticated. Good drinking and this will be a pleasure in the early to mid-term. Rating: 88 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

2017 CLOS DU MARQUIS Saint Julien

Release date: 18/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. As ever this is not a second wine but a distinct wine in it's own right and a very good effort it is too for 2017. Nose here is quite serious,72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. As ever this is not a second wine but a distinct wine in it's own right and a very good effort it is too for 2017. Nose here is quite serious, cabernet loaded and quite restrained for now. Classic shape on entry this has good gentle power. Actually quite a sleek core of good dark brambling fruit, but all checked by a mineral almost salty spray. Deep red fruit weight builds and some nice spice too. Detailed, quite dense and good lines, then finishes with talc-like, very fine tannins. Rating: 91 - 92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU TALBOT 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU TALBOT 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Jean-Michel Laporte (formerly of Conseillante) has now taken the reins here but he did not have input into this vintage. He has no plans to revolutionise things, just to make small, gradual changesJean-Michel Laporte (formerly of Conseillante) has now taken the reins here but he did not have input into this vintage. He has no plans to revolutionise things, just to make small, gradual changes like slowly increasing the plantings of Cabernet over the course of the next 80 years... The 2017 showed a nicely open nose of fresh black fruit and some savoury elements like cedarwood, earth and tapenade. It has a fine medium-bodied frame and lots of juicy refreshment. The tannins are slightly chalky but overall this is a very well presented Saint Julien. Rating: 90-91 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CONNÉTABLE TALBOT Saint Julien Château Talbot

2017 CONNÉTABLE TALBOT Saint Julien Château Talbot

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

There was some frost here in 2017, which generally affected plots normally destined for the deuxième vin. A great deal of effort has clearly gone into selection as the Château have produced a veryThere was some frost here in 2017, which generally affected plots normally destined for the deuxième vin. A great deal of effort has clearly gone into selection as the Château have produced a very jolly 2017 Connétable. It perhaps lacks a little depth and presence on the mid-palate but it is full of fresh, inviting black fruit and caressing tannin. This will be ready to drink soon but I suspect won't be the longest lived example of this wine. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 88-89 L&S(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU BEYCHEVELLE 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 16/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Tasted at the chateau on the deck above the glorious new winery building. This rolls across the palate with just a touch of suede-like scrape to the tannins - but the feel is dominated by plump ripeTasted at the chateau on the deck above the glorious new winery building. This rolls across the palate with just a touch of suede-like scrape to the tannins - but the feel is dominated by plump ripe cherry scented fruit. At a tasting of St Juliens this stood out for the baked notes to the plummy flesh - a ripe and rich middle, which is fun and easy to taste - but perhaps is less focused than some of its neighbours at this stage. No lack of pleasure though, for now. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LANGOA BARTON 3ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 3/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Another hugely impressive showing from the Barton family. We tasted this three times and don't recall encountering a more succulent and charming Saint Julien in this vintage. The nose is open, brightAnother hugely impressive showing from the Barton family. We tasted this three times and don't recall encountering a more succulent and charming Saint Julien in this vintage. The nose is open, bright and inviting. It fizzes with fleshy red and perky blue skinned fruit that balance beautifully on the palate. This Langoa is not a heavy-weight but it has an enticing coolness and fresh middle which give real energy and definition. It will age gracefully but should also be approachable from 2022. There were no frost issues here and it's a good vintage according to Damien and Lillian Barton, with just the September rain causing some issues with their Merlot. A pretty 13% alcohol. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. 60% new wood. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 92 - 93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 4ème Cru Classé Saint JulienPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 2/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 12

Branaire has made a very fine wine in 2017. François Xavier Maroteaux, who has now taken the reins, explained they are always striving for a ‘home signature’ which combines pure fruit, freshness andBranaire has made a very fine wine in 2017. François Xavier Maroteaux, who has now taken the reins, explained they are always striving for a ‘home signature’ which combines pure fruit, freshness and balance - mission accomplished this year! 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4.5% Cabernet Franc, 6.5% Petit Verdot. For the team here they feel the structure is closest to 2015. It seems a little higher toned perhaps but is very attractive. Lovely purity, well focused and a great feel. There is a nice frame with surprisingly good structure for the vintage and this is quite tightlly wound for now. This feels complete, a very sexy wine with a ripe middle of dark cassis and dark plum flesh - but nothing too sweet. Measured, pure but with nice plush depth. Good stuff. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 92 - 93 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA BRIDANE Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LA BRIDANE Saint Julien

Release date: 13/3/2018

75cl bottles, case of 12

A dense and layered red with plenty of fruit and depth. Ripe and chewy yet polished and bright.A dense and layered red with plenty of fruit and depth. Ripe and chewy yet polished and bright. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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