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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

A little less intense and concentrated than the 2016, this focusses more on rich, smoky, finessed aromatics. The overall feel is gourmet and well textured, with some welcoming rich spice. A seriousA little less intense and concentrated than the 2016, this focusses more on rich, smoky, finessed aromatics. The overall feel is gourmet and well textured, with some welcoming rich spice. A serious contender for the top St Julien in 2017, this has wonderfully fleshy blackberry fruits, a screech of graphite adding some mineral overtones, and a great dash of grilled oak. 7,500 cases of Ducru this year instead of 10,000 - they weren't affected by frost, but the Cabernets were just less generous this year, down to around 30hl/ha. This is accomplished winemaking, with great energy and poise. 100% new oak. 3.79pH. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040 Rating: 96 Jane Anson, Decanter(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

This is very muscular with formed and bright tannins that give the wine super drive and length. The tannins build on the finish with a lovely integration of black fruits. Serious for the vintage.This is very muscular with formed and bright tannins that give the wine super drive and length. The tannins build on the finish with a lovely integration of black fruits. Serious for the vintage. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.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 second wine of Las-Cases, this is a much improved cuvée compared to its debut a decade or so ago. The picking dates are as for the grand vin, while the blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14%The second wine of Las-Cases, this is a much improved cuvée compared to its debut a decade or so ago. The picking dates are as for the grand vin, while the blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc both from young vines, and 34% Merlot from old vines, a reflection of how Cabernet faired better than Merlot in this vintage. The alcohol is 13.26%, the total acidity 3.6 g/l and the IPT 62. This accounts for about 30% of the crop. It has quite a restrained nose, more quietly spoken than the other Delon St Julien wines tasted alongside, with a very fine, pithy density to the fruit. It does feel a little more backward, perhaps all that young vine Cabernet showing through. The palate shows a succulent character to the fruit though, with creamed red cherry and red plum laced with a little sooty blackcurrant, along with very ripe and fine-boned tannins. It seems fresh and grippy, with a nice acid lift. While reserved, this has potential. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(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

Warm, displaying a slightly rounded feel for the vintage, this sports plum, cassis and blackberry compote flavors. A mouthwatering anise edge shows on the polished finish, with a well-buried graphiteWarm, displaying a slightly rounded feel for the vintage, this sports plum, cassis and blackberry compote flavors. A mouthwatering anise edge shows on the polished finish, with a well-buried graphite spine. Rating: 92-95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 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

This is a firm, well-placed cassis and redcurrant expression, ripe enough to highlight some of the best qualities of a classic St-Julien vintage, but not quite hitting its stride. Still, it has aThis is a firm, well-placed cassis and redcurrant expression, ripe enough to highlight some of the best qualities of a classic St-Julien vintage, but not quite hitting its stride. Still, it has a lovely floral character and a fine tannic structure. An attractive, carefully expressed Gruaud Larose with lots to enjoy. Drinking range: 2025 - 2038 Rating: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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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

This is soft and fruity with currant and berry character. Medium-bodied, firm and silky. Fresh finish. Shows pretty depth, too.This is soft and fruity with currant and berry character. Medium-bodied, firm and silky. Fresh finish. Shows pretty depth, too. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(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

The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Saint-Pierre is a little reticent, giving glimpses at warm cassis, baked plums, tobacco and pencil shavings notes with a touch of forest floor. Medium-bodied withThe deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Saint-Pierre is a little reticent, giving glimpses at warm cassis, baked plums, tobacco and pencil shavings notes with a touch of forest floor. Medium-bodied with a muscular core of sustained black fruit, it has a grainy frame and plenty of freshness, finishing with impressive length. The blend is currently 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 91-93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(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

The 2017 Gloria is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of warm plums and blueberry pie with hints of potpourri, tilled soil and espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with just enough expressiveThe 2017 Gloria is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of warm plums and blueberry pie with hints of potpourri, tilled soil and espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with just enough expressive fruit and a fine, approachable frame. The blend is currently 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Rating: 89-91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.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

Warm in feel, with plum and blackberry compote notes backed by charcoal and tobacco accents. Shows a lot of range, but also solid flesh and depth.Warm in feel, with plum and blackberry compote notes backed by charcoal and tobacco accents. Shows a lot of range, but also solid flesh and depth. Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(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

The 2017 La Bridane, located close to Lagrange, has a light, minor green bouquet that needs more energy. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly dry tannin and it needs more fruit to comeThe 2017 La Bridane, located close to Lagrange, has a light, minor green bouquet that needs more energy. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, slightly dry tannin and it needs more fruit to come through on the finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2021 Rating: 82-84 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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