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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

Unquestionably one of the successes in the vintage is the 2017 Château Ducru Beaucaillou, which reminds me of the 2014, with perhaps a touch more oomph. As always, it’s a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Unquestionably one of the successes in the vintage is the 2017 Château Ducru Beaucaillou, which reminds me of the 2014, with perhaps a touch more oomph. As always, it’s a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend (90/10 Cabernet and Merlot) brought up in new barrels. Its vibrant purple color is followed by a terrific bouquet of crème de cassis, blueberries, violets, and exotic flowers. It has medium to full-bodied richness, plenty of mid-palate, and fine tannin as well as a great finish. It’s going to need 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for two decades. Count me in as a huge fan. Rating: 94-96 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot. 90% new oak. pH 3.72, IPT 71. Very dark with black core. This invites you in but doesn't say much in terms of aroma. It is dark, intense and 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot. 90% new oak. pH 3.72, IPT 71. Very dark with black core. This invites you in but doesn't say much in terms of aroma. It is dark, intense and sober at heart but with flashes of colour to suggest a future revelation. Super-fine texture, so much finer than I remember earlier vintages, especially at this young age. Seems almost delicate already but has amazing and effortless concentration. Already elegant. And unexpectedly juicy on the finish. Very very long. Fruit purity persists to the end. (JH) 13.28%. Drinking range: 2027 - 2045 Rating: 18 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 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

The 2017 Le Petit Lion comes from the youngest vines on the terroir and some old Merlot vines since they never have more than 15% in the final blend. It is matured in 30% new oak. This felt very The 2017 Le Petit Lion comes from the youngest vines on the terroir and some old Merlot vines since they never have more than 15% in the final blend. It is matured in 30% new oak. This felt very backward on the nose, a little herbaceous compared to previous vintages, touches of pencil shaving and cedar accompanying the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a nicely proportioned Le Petit Lion, that Merlot fleshing out the tender and quite persistent, slightly chalky finish. Perhaps the palate is offering more than the aromatics at the moment? This will be intriguing to taste once bottled. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 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

Château Léoville-Poyferré has been on a roll for over a decade now, and they’ve produced a terrific, fruit-forward, pleasure-bent 2017 that readers should snatch up. A blend of 68% Cabernet Château Léoville-Poyferré has been on a roll for over a decade now, and they’ve produced a terrific, fruit-forward, pleasure-bent 2017 that readers should snatch up. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was harvested between September 20th and October 6th, and is aging in 80% new French oak. Awesome crème de cassis, violets, spice box, and crushed rock-like minerality all emerge from this dense, medium to full-bodied, sexy 2017 that has sweet tannin and an expansive, opulent texture. I love the depth of fruit, and where too many wines in the vintage can be straight and a touch charmless, this beauty dishes out tons of pleasure! Don’t miss it. Rating: 93-95 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE BARTON 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien PRIMEUR 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 felt 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 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

This is a little austere, showing some enjoyable cassis, redcurrant and peony notes, and a richly textured expression with some good tightness that suggests it can age well. An approachable feel at This is a little austere, showing some enjoyable cassis, redcurrant and peony notes, and a richly textured expression with some good tightness that suggests it can age well. An approachable feel at this stage that is perhaps a little deceptive, because the tannins are fairly fierce. The oak, 15% new, is extremely unflashy, but gives a subtle charring. 3.67pH. Drinking range: 2023 - 2034 Rating: 89 Jane Anson, Decanter (Apr 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 when 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 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

A tight and focused red with currants, dark berries and hints of mushrooms. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. A tight and focused red with currants, dark berries and hints of mushrooms. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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

A firm and tight center palate with dark berry, currant, and mint character. Full body, layered and flavorful. Shows a solid mid-palate. A firm and tight center palate with dark berry, currant, and mint character. Full body, layered and flavorful. Shows a solid mid-palate. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (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

The Merlot here is grown on sandy-gravel soils and brings both freshness and structure. There's good balance, plush autumnal berry fruits and lovely spice, supported by well placed, delicate tannins. The Merlot here is grown on sandy-gravel soils and brings both freshness and structure. There's good balance, plush autumnal berry fruits and lovely spice, supported by well placed, delicate tannins. It's a clear Médoc twist on the varietal, even though this is a little lusher and more approachable than in recent years where Cabernet Sauvignon has been higher in the blend - last year it was at 66%, but vintage conditions in 2017 affected some of the crop. It's a little different in expression from 2016, but is an extremely high quality, great drinking wine. 3.74pH. IPT 75. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter (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, as 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, 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 Julien PRIMEUR 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 changes 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 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 very 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 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 Julien PRIMEUR 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 ripe 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 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 Julien PRIMEUR 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, bright 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, 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 Julien PRIMEUR 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 and 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 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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