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[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £100 - - 90-92 91-92 16 - 83-85
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50% CS, 47% M, 3% PV. Attractive crunchy black fruit and a hint of hedgerow. Bright with good fresh fruit in the mouth and firm, angular tannins.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

A juicy and pretty wine with berry and chocolate character, a medium body and a clean finish. Clearly better than the 2015.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep crimson. Muted but 'correct' aromatically. Some richness on the front palate. Very dry finish. More flesh than usual and a good expression of vintage and estate. 16++

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2033

The 2016 Beaumont is a bit rustic and rough around the edges, with dull, metallic notes that cover the fruit and dominate the wine's balance. There is not too much pleasure at this stage.

Score: 83 - 85 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

From the Beychevelle team, this is a good wine. The mid-palate fills out with brambly fruit, and it is a little rustic on the finish. An even split between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 8% Petit Verdot.

Score: 89 Decanter Maturity: 2023-2040

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Belgrave Haut Medoc Unreleased - - - 92-93 16 88-91 -
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This is really constructed and powerful with lots of muscular tannins and rich fruit. Full-bodied, juicy and intense. Very serious. One of the best in years.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very deep crimson. Real lift and attractive (rather than underripe) leafy top note. Rather sumptuous start and then it rather falls away to something a little scrawny on the end.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2034

Modest but persistent, with a focused beam of black cherry and cassis flavors, carried by a good graphite edge.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Investments at this property have increasingly paid off over recent vintages. This is brooding and a little subdued at the moment, but is packed with Médoc signature delivered in a subtle but enjoyable manner. It has a cedar sweetness and ripe blackberry fruits with a pulse of acidity, and is well held together. 50% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot.

Score: 91 Decanter Maturity: 2024-2040

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Camensac Haut Medoc Unreleased - - - 92-93 16 - -
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A tangy and dense red with plum, chocolate and berry character. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows excellent upside. Nice follow-up to the excellent 2015.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Hint of pencil shavings on the nose. Then ripe fruit but it could do with a little more lift. And on the palate the phenolics are a bit underripe.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2032

A lovely Camensac full of plush, sculpted tannins and a ripple of cassis fruit. This closes down a little on the finish; maybe the fruit isn't quite pushing through the entire length of the wine and could do with being a little denser, but the tarry edge to the oak gives a sense of ambition and there is plenty to enjoy here.

Score: 91 Decanter Maturity: 2024-2040

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Cantemerle Haut Medoc Unreleased - - 91-93 94-95 15-16 88-91 89-92
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Deep beautiful colour. Impressive core of cassis fruit. Tannins are subtle, round and ripe. Juicy back palate.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

Dense and chewy already with plenty of ripe tannins and bright fruit. Vivid acidity. Full body, a firm and silky texture and a flavorful finish. Lots going on. Excellent follow-up to the great 2015!

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Quite pungent with treacly notes on the nose. Fairly light and soulless - not to say a little fruitless. Green notes on the end.

Score: 15 - 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2030

Lively cherry and bitter plum fruit streaks through, laced with fine chalky tannins. Picks up iron and savory hints on the finish.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Cantemerle comes across as raw and not fully put together. Even so, the wine possesses superb richness, volume and depth. Iron, smoke, raspberry jam and succulent cherry notes are all pushed forward. Plush and racy, with striking depth, this succulent, expressive Haut-Médoc is built for pleasure. Tasted two times.

Score: 89 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

For me this is easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing. Lovely and juicy with excellent tension, really walking that line. Menthol, cassis and cedar are framed by well-wrought tannins that bring the whole thing together and lead onto a juicy finish. The blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot is aged in 40% new oak for 12 months, followed by a further four months in vats before bottling.

Score: 93 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2040

[Add to shopping basket] Lanessan Haut Medoc £113 - - - 92-93 16 - -
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A structured young red with currant and berry character. Medium body, velvety tannins and a savory finish.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Lifted aromatic nose. Polished tannins with some inner glow. Dry end. Very solid performance. GV GV (Good Value). 16+

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2030

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