En Primeur Bordeaux 2016

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[Add to shopping basket] Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon £195 - 90-92 - 92-93 - - 88-90
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The 2016 Clos les Lunelles, the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux owned by Gérard Perse, is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc picked at 41 hectoliters per hectare on 14 and 15 October, matured in 80% new oak and the remainder one year old. The alcohol is 14.75%. It has a rich and opulent but pure bouquet with creme de cassis and blueberries, seductive and plush. The palate is full-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry, although I would not describe them as "vice-like," rather they lacquer the mouth. There are layers of spicy black fruit here, bay leaf and white pepper; this is a wine of considerable substance even if it just misses a little finesse on the finish that is showing a lot of oak tannin at the moment.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2023-2043

Refined and pretty with lovely fruit and density. Medium body, a delicious center palate and gorgeous fruit. Fine and fresh.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2016 Clos Lunelles, Gérard and Chantal Perse's Côtes de Castillon, is plump, juicy and forward. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, spice and new French oak are pushed forward. Sumptuous and racy, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is very nicely done.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Montlandrie Cotes de Castillon £175 - 91-93 89-92 92-93 17 89-92 89-91
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The 2016 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 3-17 October. It was picked at 40 hectoliters per hectare and raised in 60% new oak (although my sample was from a one-year-old barrel). It is the first vintage to include more than 80% of the vines that were planted by Denis Durantou after 2008. This has a more broody bouquet than the two Lalande-de-Pomerols, just a touch of leafiness originating from the Cabernet Sauvignon that enhances the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine structure, more saline than the Les Cruzelles, backward at the moment, but the Cabernets impart some lovely graphite notes on the saline finish. Superb. Expect this to land towards the top of my banded score once in bottle.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2021-2036

Rich and ripe with dark plums, red berries and liquorice. Generous layers of Cabernet and spice build to a dry finish. Good length

Score: 89 - 92 Albany Vintners

Very fine and polished with pretty tannins, balance and fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean. All about clarity.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

They bought the first bit of this property in 2008, then another bit in 2009. Same geological profile as Pavie and Tertre Roteboeuf. Now for the first time from the Église-Clinet vines that Durantou planted in 2009 and 2011. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Picked 3-17 October. 60% new oak. 3,400 cases. 15 ha of vines and the rest will be truffle oaks.Very deep crimson. Intense nose. Sweet start and very dramatic. This should be worth looking out for over the next few vintages. Real improvement this year!

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2029

Fresh and engaging, with lovely raspberry and plum fruit, backed by a pronounced minerally edge. Shows a slightly firm spine through the spice-tinged finish.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Montlandrie is powerful and bold to its core. Layers of dense, dark fruit, chocolate, lavender spice and sweet oak saturate the palate. Dense and voluptuous, this racy wine from Denis Durantou is packed and ready to deliver maximum pleasure upon release. Tasted two times.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com