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Haut Medoc - The wines with tasting notes


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[Add to shopping basket] Belgrave Haut Medoc £165 £160 - £230 - 16-17 - 88-89 - 88
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Rich cassis and sweet oak spice. Fine but very firm tannins. Attractive smoked-meat character. Good, solid stuff. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2028

Pretty core of fruit for the vintage with plum, berry and hints of earth. Medium body, round tannins, fresh finish.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dense colour, well-extracted berry fruit, quite fleshy and good tannins for the future.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Soft and forward, with friendly plum and cherry compote notes and a sandalwood stitching that holds the finish nicely

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £190 £175 - £225 - 16-17 87-89 - - 88
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Black cherry, savoury and structural. No lack of ripeness, but pretty firm and unyielding at this stage. Reliable, classic claret with very enjoyable savoury character. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Sweet confected nose with plums, then pure fruit and mentholated notes, finishing dry.

Score: 87 - 89 Albany Vintners

Good fresh red and black fruits, some depth and class. An elegant southern Médoc.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2024

Charming, with slightly high-pitched red cherry and damson plum fruit lined with a violet note. Not dense by any stretch, but manages purity and balance.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc £200 £165 - £220 - - 88-90 90-91 - 89
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Lightish colour for Sociando, garnet red. Very fresh and primary with blackberry. Liquorice and a touch of pepper and toast on the finish. Pleasant and easy.

Score: 88 - 90 Albany Vintners

Bright and fruity with blueberry and cream character. Medium body with fine tannins and an attractive finish. Sociando performs outstandingly in difficult years.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dense colour, polished fruit and very good depth. Elegance and classic grip on the finish.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2028

Offering a core of blueberry and blackberry fruit, this isn't shy with its toast as a roasted vanilla edge holds sway on the finish. Yet there’s a juicy edge and some solid flesh for the vintage.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Tour Carnet Haut Medoc £200 £150 - £220 - 17 86-88 89-90 85-87 87
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Juicy cassis and smart, toasty oak aromas. Good concentration and persistence on the palate, plenty of floury tannin to finish. Serious, savoury and worthy of cellaring. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2028

Creamy with savoury black notes, toasty oak and a drying finish.

Score: 86 - 88 Albany Vintners

A balanced, refined wine with silky tannins and a blackberry and dark-cherry character. Medium to full body. Clean mineral and dark-fruit character.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon the Château La Tour Carnet 2014 has a tight knit, slightly herbaceous bouquet with plenty of sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with green-tinged black peppery fruit on the entry, although it attains a decent degree of harmony towards the finish. Tasted March 2014.

Score: 85 - 87 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Impressive deep colour, good Cabernet black fruits, good structure and length, good future.

Score: 87 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2024

Rounded, friendly style, with a core of blueberry and plum fruit coated liberally with a roasted vanilla bean note. A bit obvious in style but has the fruit for balance.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator