En Primeur Bordeaux 2017

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Carbonnieux Rouge Graves Unreleased - 91-92 - - 90-93 -
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Dark berries with hints of dark chocolate spices. Medium to full body. Juicy finish.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Features a dark profile, with plum and black currant fruit layered with tar and warm anise notes. Offers modest grip. A streak of savory adds lift on the finish.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Carmes Haut Brion Graves Unreleased - 94-95 - - 89-92 -
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A tight and linear red with a firm and intense, pretty center palate of blackberry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied, reserved and focused. Really compacted.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Fresh cherry compote flavors and a light cassis thread work together, picking up light savory and iron notes. Shows charming energy, with twinges of spice and tobacco through the finish. Pure, but a bit shy on stuffing in the end.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Complex damp herbs, underbrush, exotic flowers and ample black fruits emerge from the 2017 Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, which is made by Guillaume Pouthier, who previously worked for Michel Chapoutier in the Northern Rhône Valley. A blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, still aging in 65% new French oak, this medium to full-bodied, rounded, impressively concentrated red will need 3-4 years of bottle age yet keep for two decades. Tasted twice. (92-94+)

Score: 92 - 94 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Chapelle de la Mission (2nd wine of Mission Haut Brion) Graves Unreleased - 92-93 - - - -
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Quite tannic but in a very attractive way with blueberries, currants and spices. Medium-bodied, tight and chewy. Show tension and texture.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2017 La Chapelle de la Mission (second wine) offers a vibrant torrent of raspberry pâte de fruit and anise notes, backed by bitter plum and a hint of fruitcake. It has good tension, with a graphite spine, lingering spice notes and some sneaky grip too.

Score: - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The second wine of the estate is the 2017 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion (49.2% Merlot, 41.9% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc brought in between the 4th and 29th of September). It has beautiful sweetness in its black cherry and black raspberry fruits as well as ample tobacco and gravelly earth-like aromas and flavors. With medium body, polished tannin, and integrated acidity as well as a good finish, it’s a classic Grave to drink over the coming decade or so.

Score: 90 - 92 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clarence Haut Brion (2nd wine of Haut Brion) Graves Unreleased - 93-94 - - - -
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A fresh and bright red with currant, walnut and wet-earth character. Medium to full body, tight tannins and a fresh finish. Second wine of Haut-Brion is focused.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2017 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (second wine) is fuller in feel, with more plum, cassis and cherry preserve flavors, along with a fleshier feel than the La Chapelle. Light tar, red licorice and apple wood notes fill in while grip blossoms on the finish with a pleasantly chewy feel.

Score: - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Leading off the two reds, the 2017 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is a bigger, rich wine compared to its La Mission Haut Brion counterpart. In 2017 it’s a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all harvested between August 31 and September 29. Lots of cold fireplace, black fruits, and smoked earth notes emerge from the glass. It’s medium-bodied, has crunchy, vibrant fruit, building structure and plenty of length. It’s one of the few second wines that’s going to need short-term cellaring. (90-92+)

Score: 90 - 92 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clementin (2nd wine of Pape Clement) Graves Unreleased - 91-92 - - - -
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A layered and pretty young second wine from Pape Clément. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Solid.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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