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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

Bruno Borie's focus at Ducru-Beaucaillou is, as always, on Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost did not bother the vines of the grand vin, which are located closest to the estuary. After a generally earlyBruno Borie's focus at Ducru-Beaucaillou is, as always, on Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost did not bother the vines of the grand vin, which are located closest to the estuary. After a generally early vintage, with budbreak, flowering and véraison all well ahead of schedule, the harvest was equally well ahead of the norm. The picking of the Merlot ran from September 18th until the 25th, and as was also the case elsewhere there was no rest as the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest commenced immediately afterwards. In order to maximise quality the Cabernet Sauvignon was, for the first time, picked in two tries, the first for the plateau vines starting on September 25th and the second running up to rain on September 30th. The pickers finished with the last Cabernet Sauvignon and the Petit Verdot on October 3rd. The blend is strong on Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 90%, with 10% Merlot. While this reflects the comparative success of Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage, it is nothing out of the ordinary for Ducru-Beaucaillou, which often includes between 85% and 95% Cabernet Sauvignon. The alcohol is 13.51%, total acidity 3.47 g/l and the IPT is an impressive 78. On the nose it presents dark, savoury, almost brooding fruits, black cherry with a desiccated concentration. It has a smoky and curranty richness, but also a perfumed, white-flower, white-pebble, limestone freshness. All in all this is an incredibly expressive aromatic profile. The palate feels just so complete, fresh, polished and plush with notes of black cherry, damson, currant and black olives, around which the tannins are wrapped like a velvet jacket, ripe and significant in their presence, but also integrated and complete. It is very long in the finish, with just a little toasty oak showing here. This is a real tour de force, and is clearly a magnificent Ducru-Beaucaillou in the making. Rating: 96-98 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

The flagship 2017 Léoville Las Cases is made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot, still aging in 90% new barrels, and it’s unquestionably one of the greatest wines in thisThe flagship 2017 Léoville Las Cases is made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot, still aging in 90% new barrels, and it’s unquestionably one of the greatest wines in this complex, far from homogenous vintage. Inky black colored with sensational richness in its black currants, scorched earth, graphite, and charcoal aromas and flavors, this blockbuster barrel sample is full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated. It has bright acidity, building tannin, and is going to need 5-7 years of cellaring to be drinkable. Rating: 95-97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

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

Didier Cuvelier was grateful for his vines having escaped the frost in the 2017 vintage. After a benevolent growing season he delayed picking only a day or two longer than his peers, starting withDidier Cuvelier was grateful for his vines having escaped the frost in the 2017 vintage. After a benevolent growing season he delayed picking only a day or two longer than his peers, starting with the Merlot harvest on September 20th, finishing on September 26th. Then, as was commonplace in this vintage (although rare in most years), the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began without a break, running from the 26th until October 3rd. The Petit Verdot was picked on the 28th and the 30th, while the Cabernet Franc came in last of all, on the 3rd. Even with this ‘delay’, this was still the earliest harvest here since 2011. The blend is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, while the alcohol is 13.2%, total acidity 3.3 g/l and the IPT 77. It has a really focused style on the nose, with a lifted, chalky, limestone perfume, over lightly desiccated blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. The palate shows a quite charming texture, broad, supple at its heart, but with a nicely defined grip to it, and a frame which keeps the wine upright and vigorous through to the end of the palate. The finish is confident, with a flourish of chalky tannin, and the whole being seems complete and composed. Overall very elegant, charming, with a creamy concentration. I love the understated tannic backbone it possesses. 93-95/100 Rating: 93-95 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(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

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

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

A deep and juicy red with currant and fresh herbs. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Very good second wine.A deep and juicy red with currant and fresh herbs. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Very good second wine. Rating: 88-89 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN RICHE Saint Julien

2017 CHÂTEAU MOULIN RICHE Saint Julien

Release date: 29/5/2018

The 2017 Château Moulin Riche is a solid Saint-Julien based on 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Classic notes of tobacco leaf, loamy earth, and ripeThe 2017 Château Moulin Riche is a solid Saint-Julien based on 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Classic notes of tobacco leaf, loamy earth, and ripe currants give way to a medium-bodied, ripe, textured 2017 that does well in the vintage. This charmer will hit the ground running and drink nicely for 10-15 years. Rating: 88-90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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