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[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £51 6x75cl 89-91 92-93 87-89 - 90-92 -
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The 2020 Beaumont is dark, fleshy and wonderfully expressive. Charcoal, scorched earth, lavender and spice give this dark, plummy Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Superieur so much character and personality. Expressive spice and floral notes reappear on the long, beautifully articulated finish. This is a winner.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2040

A linear and polished young red with compact, silky tannins that are polished and beautiful. Lots of blackberry, blackcurrant, mushroom and spice character. Very solid wine from here.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Beaumont opens with expressive notions of baked red cherries, mulberries and redcurrant jelly, plus hints of dried mint, pencil shavings and charcoal. The medium-bodied palate delivers a good amount of crunchy red fruits with soft tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.

Score: 87 - 89 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Decanter.com Maturity: 2023 - 2031

The 2020 Beaumont has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, briar and light pine cone scents plus a welcome touch of orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied and classic in style, with dry-ish tannins, but in no way austere; in fact, it displays fine depth and commendable salinity toward the finish. What they used to call "English gentleman’s claret," a.k.a. a good solid Haut-Médoc. Enjoy over 12–15 years.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2040

Full bottle 1,251 g. Cask sample. A cru bourgeois supérieur. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. Dark purplish crimson with black core. Fragrant with cassis and a touch of cassis leaf and just a hint of the sweeter black-plum fruit. Fine, almost gentle tannins for a wine so young, dry but without much friction, almost chalky. A little bit flat on the palate with a charry darkness and less fruit than in the aroma. Could turn into something more elegant but at the moment it is rather slight. (JH)

Score: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cissac Haut Medoc £100 12x75cl 86-88 90-91 - - 86-88 -
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The 2020 Cissac takes a few minutes to really coalesce in the glass, eventually revealing blackberry, raspberry, freshly tilled loam and tobacco scents. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannins on the entry, moderate depth and fine acidity, though it feels a little simple on the finish compared to other vintages.

Score: 86 - 88 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2035

A medium-bodied red with blackberries, black olives and some herbal undertones. Medium finish. A little hollow in the center palate, but should fill out with the elevage.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

The 2020 Cissac takes a few minutes to really coalesce in the glass, eventually revealing blackberry, raspberry, freshly tilled loam and tobacco scents. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannins on the entry, moderate depth and fine acidity, though it feels a little simple on the finish compared to other vintages.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2035

The estate's reputation for structured wine shows up well in the firm tannins. Along with attendant black currant fruits, the wine will take its time to develop into a fine, balanced always upright wine.

Score: 92 - 94 Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

[Add to shopping basket] Lagune Haut Medoc £162 6x75cl 91-93 93-94 92-94 93 92-94 -
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The 2020 La Lagune is a real standout. Intense, soaring aromatics give this racy Haut-Médoc tons of allure. Graphite, dried herbs, leather, menthol and licorice explode from the glass. A wine of unreal dimension, pedigree and class, the La Lagune is simply lights out in 2020. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous red/purplish fruit intermingled with sweet floral notes that add striking inner perfume.

Score: 92 - 94 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2030-2050

A firm, polished red with tight, focused tannins that flow across the palate. It’s medium-to full-bodied with good length and a gorgeous finish. From organically grown grapes.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 La Lagune strides confidently out of the glass with bold, fantastically pure black fruit notes of crushed black plums, ripe blackcurrants and juicy blackberries, plus hints of tar, dried Provence herbs, star anise and smoked meats, with a hint of black truffles. The medium-bodied palate delivers tightly wound, bright, crunchy black fruits with plenty of freshness and an approachable, grainy texture, finishing long with loads of earthy and herbal sparks.

Score: 92 - 94 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2026 - 2042

This comes in strong with both grip and attitude. Some austerity that shows through in the abundant tannic frame, but there is a juiciness that runs through the palate, a sense that it is light on its feet. Liquorice, black chocolate and a spiced tomato leaf adds layers, but things close down on the finish. This is certified organic and in biodynamic conversion. A yield of 30hl/ha.

Score: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2028 - 2040

The 2020 La Lagune offers intense Cabernet scents on the nose, the black fruit, tobacco, humidor and light cedar scents bursting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that frame the crisp black fruit. This is a classic Médoc with just the right amount of structure and dryness, partnered with assiduous sapidity that gets the saliva flowing. It should gain a little flesh during its élevage. You might call this "proper Claret."

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025 - 2045

Full bottle 1,356 g. Cask sample. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Certified organic and in conversion to biodynamic farming. Very dark with purplish rim. Pure left-bank Cabernet aroma that is both intensely cassis but also with a layer of cedar and a hint of stone-dust minerality. A freshness to the aroma without obvious herbaceousness. Super-fine tannins. Pure and fresh on the palate, a hint of dark chocolate and already showing real elegance in the finesse of the dry almost sinewy tannin texture. Lovely young wine without extremes. (JH)

Score: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com

[Add to shopping basket] Lanessan Haut Medoc £59 6x75cl 90-92 92-93 - - 90-92 90-92
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The 2020 Lanessan is impressive, to say the least. Dark, layered and mysterious, the 2020 packs serious punch, the blackberry jam, incense, scorched earth and leather all melding together. I especially admire the wine's depth and textural intensity. Beautifully done.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026-2040

Very beautiful, fine-tannined red with blackberry and blueberry character. Lovely chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Fine tannins. Fresh finish.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

The 2020 Lanessan presents a very perfumed nose of dark cherries, cassis, cedar and background tobacco aromas, turning quite minty with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a crisp line of acidity, plenty of tightly wound black fruit and a saline finish. This is a classy Lanessan, quite complex and intense yet refined.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2027 - 2045

Readers looking for a great buy in the vintage should check out the 2020 Château Lanessan, which offers ample dark (almost blue) fruits, cassis, and spring flower notes to go with a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, balanced beauty that has enough tannins and structure to warrant 2-4 years of bottle age.

Score: 90 - 92 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Undated cask sample. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Machine-harvested and aged in concrete. Purple. Nicely balanced Médoc fruit in a dry wine with marked tannin. Straightforward club claret for a typical old-fashioned gentleman's club – or would the gentlemen find it too ripe?

Score: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com

[Add to shopping basket] Senejac Haut Medoc £62 6x75cl 87-89 92-93 84-86 91 - -
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Rather seductive Senejac with blackcurrant and chocolate character, as well as some walnuts and dried flowers . It’s medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Nice balance. Consistent in the trilogy.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Senejac features notes of sour cherries, raspberry leaves and redcurrants with a waft of tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate is crunchy and refreshing, delivering red berry and herbal flavors with a chewy texture and short, uncomplicated finish.

Score: 84 - 86 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2023 - 2033

Gentle coffee smoke on the nose and spiced waves of flavour that add interest and complexity. This is a good wine with gentle acidities and enough autumnal berry fruit to carry it off. Juicy on the finish, this is another successful vintage at Sénéjac.

Score: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2025 - 2038

The 2020 Sénéjac has a strong marine/seaweed nose that takes time to settle in the glass. Touches of black olive emerge with time, nicely defined and full of personality. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, quite edgy tannins on the entry, and graphite-infused black fruit dominates. Earthy and classic in style toward the conclusion. This is a decent, traditional Haut-Médoc, though it needs to fill out on the finish.

Score: 87 - 89 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2026 - 2040

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