En Primeur Bordeaux 2016

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Aile d'Argent Dry Whites Unreleased - - - 93-94 - - -
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A fresh and fruity white with sliced-pear and apple character. Undertones of pineapple. Full-bodied, savory and round-textured wine. Delicious.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Another success for the white wines of the Médoc, this is lovely with true freshness expertly pulled together under tension, contrasting with the roundness through the mid-palate. Clear, fleshy white peach and soft citrus is pulled in on the finish by a lick of wet stone. 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. 27% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to ensure a creamy character to the body.

Score: 94 Decanter Maturity: 2018-2032

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Carbonnieux Blanc Dry Whites Unreleased - - - 90-91 - 89-92 -
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Linear and solid white with sliced-apple, pear and lemon character. Full body. Little old style but I like it - as always.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Fresh and open, with a lime pith note giving the mix of verbena, melon rind and tarragon flavors good cut.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Clever use of extremely subtle oak that gives structure and body without being intrusive. This doesn't have the mineral directness and depth of, say 2011 or 2014, but it is a very good wine that will bring lots of pleasure. It majors on white flowers, touches of honeysuckle and white pepper spicing. Christophe Ollivier has taken the baton from Denis Dubourdieu who consulted here for 28 years.

Score: 90 Decanter Maturity: 2018-2030

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clarte de Haut Brion Dry Whites Unreleased - - 91-94 93-94 - - -
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23.7% Sauvignon Blanc, 76.3% Semillon. The second wine of both Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc. Crisp aromas of lime flowers, lime oil. Gorgeous slightly waxy texture combined with the crisp delicacy of white flowers and sweet citrus. Great acidity and juiciness.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

Very salty and fruity with lots of dried pineapple and lemon rind. Medium-to full-bodied, dense and long. White pepper, too.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Exceptionally rich flavour and succulence on show here, a lovely Clarté in a tough vintage that is more exotic than in some years but absolutely works. Some spicy herbal notes of rosemary pick up the mid-palate and there is a freshness that ensures a mouthwatering uplift to the finish. An interesting side note - there is 60% new oak here, significantly more than in the grand vin, showing just how the technical team truly is led by what is best for the wine, not what is expected of it. 76.3% Sémillon and 23.7% Sauvignon Blanc, harvested to 13th September. The pH ranges from 3.16 to 3.22 across lots.

Score: 90 Decanter Maturity: 2018-2025

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel Blanc NEW Dry Whites £985 - - 92-94 96-97 - - -
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Just 5500 bottles are made of the 100% Sauvignon Blanc that aims to compete with the best whites from Graves. Grass, melon and a touch of peach, crisp and refreshing.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

A layered and deep white with beautiful fruit giving mango, sliced-lemon and green-pineapple character. Full-bodied and so flavorful. Love the phenolic balance. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Another Médoc white to bear in mind when selecting this year. A 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon blend, the team picked over the course of four outings, right through to 10th October having started on 12th September. This is far enough up in the northern Médoc to get full estuary breezes, and with extreme selection the crop is one third less than last year. The aromatic precision is lovely, a fresh, clean line of citrus and white peach flesh that opens up and peels itself back through the palate.

Score: 93 Decanter Maturity: 2019-2030

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Dry Whites Unreleased - - 93-96 96-97 - 90-93 -
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Clear water white colour with lemon hints. An elegant nose, full-bodied and refreshing with ripe tropical fruit depth and lift on the palate.

Score: 93 - 96 Albany Vintners

A white with sliced apple, pear and lemon character. Medium to full body, layered and so long. Tight and exciting. So salty and minerally. Structured. Phenolic intensity and all wound up. What a white!

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Bright and fresh, with a rounded edge to the mix of lime curd, verbena, green plum and quinine flavors. On the weighty side of the spectrum, but has the freshness for balance.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

This is clearly one of the more impressive whites on display here. They have teased out a sense of verticality, and you can feel the walls and scrape the flesh of the citrus. If it wasn't for the heights that we know Domaine de Chevalier can ascend to, you would be sighing over the structure of this wine. White peach and rich pear are seasoned with beautiful spicing, but it just lacks the grip and drama of the best vintages.

Score: 94 Decanter Maturity: 2019-2035

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