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[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £99 £80 - £95 90-92 - 88-89 16 - 86-88
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The 2015 Beaumont has a more floral bouquet compared to other Haut-Médoc barrel samples: well-defined with subtle cold granite scents percolating through the red berry fruit. The palate is fresh and crisp with fine tannin, plus there is satisfying depth of fruit. It is your classic Bordeaux here, the kind of bottle you happily find on your dinner table and is finished down to the last drop. This is a well-made, straight down the line Claret that is probably overlooked these days. I would buy a couple of cases and just enjoy them with Claret-lovers over the next decade.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2030

Beaumont is a cru bourgeois estate in the Haut Medoc bettwen Margaux and St Julien. Textbook traditional claret.

Score: - Albany Vintners

A firm and silky red with chocolate, berry and chewy aromas and flavors. Medium body. Straightforward finish.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Light but very correct nose. Quite robust. Just a tad stodgy but everything is there. Chunky tannins on the end.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2021

A dark, brooding wine, the 2015 Beaumont is full of character and personality. Tobacco, scorched earth, black cherry and licorice are some of the signatures in a hearty, pleasantly rustic Haut-Médoc that will deliver excellent drinking, especially at the dinner table.

Score: 86 - 88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Belgrave Haut Medoc £190 £140 - £180 90-92 89-91 90-91 16-17 87-90 -
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The 2015 Belgrave has a vivacious bouquet with cedar and cigar box-infused black fruit that really leaps from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, plenty of blackberry and crushed strawberry fruit with fine mineralité coming through on the finish. This is a very fine 2015 from this Haut-Médoc estate.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

This Classed Growth is situated just outside the St Julien appellation west of Beychevelle. Usually a great value. Fresh and generous ripe dark fruits and a hint of tobacco and earth. Firm with smooth tannins.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

A rich and spicy young red with chocolate, plum and berry aromas and flavors. Full and silky textured. Very attractive.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very very intense dark crimson. Very fresh and vital. Clearly lots of work has gone into the Dourthe flagship. Smooth as satin but with good dry vitality. Really racy. (16.5+ Points)

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2032

Plump and soft-edged, with cherry and blackberry notes lined with light cedar and tobacco hints.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £210 £185 - £230 90-92 90-93 95-96 16 89-92 86-88
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The 2015 Cantemerle is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. It offers plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, not the best defined that I encountered among the Haut-Médocs, but with plenty of "stuffing." The palate is medium-bodied with supple red and black fruit on the entry matched with a fine thread of acidity. There is a pleasing crescendo in the mouth driven by that Merlot content and it finishes with some swagger. This is a very fine Cantemerle exuding joie-de-vivre that I can see doling out plenty of drinking pleasure over the next decade and beyond. Tasted thrice with consistent notes.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2033

Ripe and juicy with black fruit, plenty of it. Medium body and weight with some minerality on the back, and spicier notes on the finish. Silky and long. Good.

Score: 90 - 93 Albany Vintners

Wow. Real Cantermerle with stupendous power and depth. Mineral, stone and violet character. Full and structure. It starts slowly and then goes on for minutes. Perhaps best ever?

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep crimson. Brimming with fruit on the nose but there is rather less on the palate. At most medium weight with some oak in evidence but a pretty Cantemerle with good ripe fruit.

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

Fresh, with a good sanguine note weaving around red currant and bitter cherry flavors. There's a stony echo developing on the finish.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Cantemerle is ripe, juicy and forward, with good overall depth and plenty of juiciness. Sweet red cherry, new oak, herb, blood orange, anise and earthy notes wrap around the fleshy, inviting finish. This is an especially racy, forward style, but there is good tannic grip as well. Tasted two times.

Score: 86 - 88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cissac Haut Medoc £94 - - - - - - -
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[Add to shopping basket] Lanessan Haut Medoc £105 £100 - £115 90-92 - - 16-17 - 86-88
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The 2013 Lanessan has quite a punchy, fruit-driven bouquet with well-integrated oak, a Lanessan with more sense of purpose than I have found in recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tannin, leading to a smooth and harmonious finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. You know, this is the best Lanessan for a long time, perchance because Mon. De Bouard is consulting?

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

Light crimson. Not very expressive on the nose. Very brisk indeed. Glossy fruit. Could be quite a charmer in the short term. GV?

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2026

The 2015 Lanessan is an attractive, mid-weight wine that will drink well upon release. Dark red cherry, plum and sweet floral notes add to the wine's open-knit personality and considerable appeal. Tasted two times.

Score: 86 - 88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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