En Primeur Bordeaux 2016

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Carbonnieux Rouge Graves Unreleased - - - 94-95 16-17 90-93 -
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Big and juicy red with lots of fruit and tannins yet it’s not overdone. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Lots of potential here. Better than the 2015?

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very lively and fresh on the nose. Thick and sweet. Lacks a little bit of life but it's superficially flattering. Very drying finish. Lots of mass but not that much finesse.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2037

Lively, with a bouncy edge to the mix of plum, cherry and cassis notes. A light tarry echo shows on the finish, but this relies more on juicy acidity. Solid length.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Succulent, beautifully fragrant and subtly spicy, easy to sink into and will offer many years of pleasurable drinking. Planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and Carmenère.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2025-2040

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A scented nose with fresh fruit, blackcurrant and cassis, star anise and mineral hints. Cool and elegant, this is very well-made with an appealing fresh finish.

Score: 93 - 95 Albany Vintners

Extremely long and erudite with crushed stones, blackberries and blueberries. Hints of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, tight and polished. The balance and beauty are amazing. Salty and minerally. More polished than the 2015. Wait and see. From biodynamic grapes.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Sumptuous texture if not that much flavour at present. Very round and gorgeous with lovely Graves freshness on the finish. Very glossy and winning. Nicely managed tannins.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2040

This has the grippy, licorice-accented edge typical of the AOC, along with sappy kirsch and cherry paste flavors. Good energy supplies lift and cut through the finish, putting this half a step ahead of the pack.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is one of the most distinctive wines of the vintage. A wine of real depth and density, it possesses stunning richness and intensity in all of its dimensions. The high proportion of Cabernet Franc and the 50% whole clusters give notable aromatic lift, saline intensity and drive. Ample, full-throttle and unapologetically intense, Les Carmes Haut-Brion is once again superb. Tasted three times.

Score: 94 - 97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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36.5% Merlot, 21.5% Cabernet Franc, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby purple. Rich, soft stone fruit nose with smoky hints. Intense and fleshy with soft-skinned plum fruits, hints of raisin and Victoria plum jam. Some tighter fruit in the middle. Mild slightly grainy tannins.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

Minerals and blueberries with plenty of blackcurrant character. Medium body and silky tannins. Pretty second wine of La Mission.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Sumptuous first-growth suavity on the nose. Sinews and dry finish but a little austere. Just slightly muscular. Dry but not drying finish.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2033

The success of La Mission is even more impressive as this was not an easy vintage for the Haut-Brion stable. They are close to the city here, and things got hot on their gravel soils. It is one of the main reasons that alcohols are lower than in recent years, because various plots shut down and stopped accumulating sugar. Although yields were high at 52hl/ha, the extra volume was mostly put towards the third wine. They have performed an amazing sleight of hand here, as La Chapelle has plenty of the signature of its brilliant big brother. There is less persistency but still plenty of juicy, ripe fruits and a toasty edge to the aromatics that is a classic signature of the house. There is a gap between the two wines, perhaps more than in some other years, but it's a space where you would be very happy to sit and enjoy the view. From a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot and 21.5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 25% new oak. 3.6pH.

Score: 93 Decanter Maturity: 2023-2040

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clarence Haut Brion (2nd wine of Haut Brion) Graves Unreleased - - 91-93 94-95 17 - -
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More brooding on the nose than Chapelle, intense darker fruit. Blackberry, damsons and stones with complex flavours and sweetness but not too much. Quite measured with strict tannins finishing dry.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

This is powerful and intense with lots of minerals, crushed stones and dark fruit. Dense and linear. Minerally and very energetic.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Intense nose that's very Haut-Brion. Fine, restrained and just a bit low key. But very classy fruit and oak. Would give a lot of pleasure quite young.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2038

As with La Mission Haut-Brion and La Chapelle, there is a beautiful signature here running from grand vin to second wine, a clear indication of quality. This is a little more intense than La Chapelle, which was pretty and floral, showing a firmer side with cassis and blackberry. A gorgeous, confident wine. It's very hard to think of a vintage where things are so well constructed and yet so soft. Clarence de Haut-Brion represents 31% of production, from a blend of 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot aged in 33% new oak.

Score: 94 Decanter Maturity: 2023-2040

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Lovely nose, plush and plump black fruit ripeness with spiced notes behind and a hint of toast. Round and opulent with an effortless mouthfeel but notable density in the middle. Structured and harmonious with a very long, pure fruit finish.

Score: 94 - 96 Albany Vintners

A dense and tight DC with minerals, crushed stones, cement and blackcurrants. Full, tight and racy. Gorgeous. Leaf and tobacco undertones. Complex.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Concentrated and luscious. Real life and savour on the (at the moment slightly inky) end. One of the most youthful samples I encountered. Dry sandpaper end but perhaps it's a more honest sample than most? 17+

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2048

Intense raspberry and boysenberry fruit drives along, flecked with anise hints and scored with roasted apple wood details. A touch toothy on the finish, with a loamy note, but the fruit takes an encore, which is a great sign for the future

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Domaine de Chevalier is a wine of total precision and class. Today, the flavors are remarkably primary, while the tannins, unusually, are totally buried by the fruit. It will be many years before the 2016 is ready to show all of its cards, but it is a brilliant wine in the making. Dark red cherry, blood orange, mint, white pepper and rose petal infuse the strikingly delineated, vibrant finish.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

Rich, round and beautiful, there really is distance between red and white this year. This has all the signature welcome and power of the very best vintages of Domaine de Chevalier, one of the 'clue' châteaux you should follow to track the quality of reds and whites in Bordeaux in any given vintage. Here you see that 2016 hits it out of the park with the reds. Rich damson, deep black cherry, slate, wet stones and curls of cold ash - this has beautiful complexity and texture. Stunning.

Score: 96 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050

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