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Haut Medoc - The wines with tasting notes

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[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £51 6x75cl 86-88 89-90 87-89 85 88-90 87-88
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The 2021 Beaumont is a deep, punchy Haut-Médoc. A blast of dried herbs, charred earth, spice, leather and tobacco hits the palate as this pleasantly rustic wine shows off its considerable personality. The 2021 could be quite good if it comes together with élevage.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2023 - 2031

Medium-bodied with juicy currant and beetroot notes. Medium, sleek tannins. Savory finish.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Offering up aromas of sweet berries, spices and loamy soil, the 2021 Beaumont is medium-bodied, lively and nicely balanced, concluding with a discreetly minty finish. The blend is dominated by an unusually high 65% of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Score: 87 - 89 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

This is bright and cheerful, not delivering as smoothly as in the past few vintages but there is plenty to enjoy here. Everything in its place, well made with a touch of smoked almosts and grilled oak. 40hl/h yield.

Score: 85 Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com

The 2021 Beaumont is much leaner on the nose compared directly with the 2020, though it is well defined, slightly herbaceous and fresh in style. The midweight palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins on the entry and a grainy texture. It attenuates slightly toward the cedary finish. Give this 2–3 years in bottle to see if it fills out.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-2036

A rock solid Haut-Médoc, the 2021 Château Beaumont gives up plenty of ripe red and black fruits, a kiss of meatiness in its dried herb and spicy aromatics, medium-bodied richness, and a balanced, well-made style on the palate.

Score: 87 - 88 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Fruity with red- and dark-fruit aromas. Supple and easy-going on the palate. Light structure but fine tannins. Pleasant early drinking.

Score: 15.5 James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2030

[Add to shopping basket] Belgrave Haut Medoc £108 6x75cl 89-91 91-92 - 86 89-91 87-89
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The 2021 Belgrave is a tasty Haut-Médoc. Black cherry, gravel, graphite, cloves and licorice infuse the 2021 with quite a bit of complexity. This potent, virile Haut-Médoc should blossom nicely with a few years in bottle. I very much like the vibrancy here.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2036

A nicely polished red with currants, walnuts and hints of fresh herbs. Medium body. Fine tannins. Fresh and refined.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Powerful, spicy black fruits on the nose, starts off enjoyably with well-worked tannins and bright raspberry leaf and blackberry notes, but struggles to maintain balance against hard tannins on the finish. Should soften further over ageing. Tasted three times. 29% new oak.

Score: 86 Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com

The 2021 Belgrave was picked from September 27 to October 7 and contains a little more Cabernet this year; it was aged in 29% new oak. The nose takes its time opening, revealing blackberry, touches of black pepper and menthol, all fresh and vibrant and the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with insistent grip on the entry. Quite Saint-Julien in style (no surprise given its vines border the appellation), with fine structure and salinity on the finish. Maybe just a little short, but I admire its classicism and sapidity.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2042

Darker blue fruits, damp earth, and tobacco notes all emerge from the 2021 Château Belgrave, a pretty, elegant, medium-bodied barrel sample that brings solid mid-palate depth, quality tannins, and a good finish.

Score: 87 - 89 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £108 6x75cl 88-90 90-91 90-91 87 89-91 87-89
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The 2021 Cantemerle is a powerful, classically built wine. Pipe tobacco, cedar, blood orange and exotic spice all run through its mid-weight frame. The Cabernets are especially evident in this year's blend. There's good depth and plenty of character. All the 2021 needs is élevage to pull it all together.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024 - 2033

Savory, with mushrooms, bark and dried leaves. Some cocoa and walnut notes, too. Medium body with lightly chewy tannins. A little loose.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

The 2021 Cantemerle is a very strong effort in a challenging year, offering up aromas of blackcurrants and plums mingled with hints of spice box, black truffle and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming, it's supple and succulent, with a generous core of fruit and a saline finish. It's sure to number among the sleepers of the vintage.

Score: 90 - 91 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

Bright dark fruit, well constructed with fresh acidities and a leafy, rose stem aspect the emphasies the Caberrnet. There is juice on the finish here, but hard tannins also, and it needs further softening over ageing. Tasted twice. 50hl/h yield, generous for the vintage, 40% new oak.

Score: 87 Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com

The 2021 Cantemerle has a pleasant, cedar-inspired bouquet, the light black fruit gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and quite structured, revealing classic tobacco notes toward a finish of decent length. This will do fine as an early-drinking claret.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2036

The 2021 Château Cantemerle is good, and certainly an impressive Haut-Medoc. Offering ample red and black fruits, tobacco-laced herbs, and cedar, it's medium-bodied, forward, has ripe yet crunchy tannins, and a good finish.

Score: 87 - 89 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Pleasantly aromatic with cassis and dark-fruit notes. Juicy and fresh, if a little lean, the tannins well-handled. The oak, though, is rather present and drying (prise de bois?). If it settles, this could improve.

Score: 15.5 James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2035

[Add to shopping basket] Cissac Haut Medoc £99 12x75cl 87-89 89-90 85-87 - - -
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A medium-bodied red, showing plum and light chocolate character with some orange peel. Slightly hard tannins, but good intensity for the vintage.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

For many years, this estate, situated to the west of Pauillac, produced chewy, austere wines, but today more work in the vineyards and greater attention to optimal maturity is delivering more charm. The 2021 Cissac is a solid effort, exhibiting aromas of cassis, violets and loamy soil, followed by a medium-bodied, lively palate framed by powdery tannins.

Score: 85 - 87 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

The 2021 Cissac offers plenty of black cherries and raspberry on the nose, displaying good concentration and more attack than many of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, good grip and a lightly spiced finish. Drink over the next decade.

Score: 87 - 89 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-2034