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[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £80 - 88-90 - 90-91 16 - 86-88
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The Château Beaumont 2014 has a slightly pinched nose at first, but there are appreciable dense blackberry and raspberry aromas interwoven with cedary new oak that surface with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with good weight in the mouth. It is not a complex Haut-Médoc but it dishes out freshness and crisp acidity, flavoursome and savory black fruit fanning out nicely on the finish. "Good Claret" - as they say.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2029

Deep colour with a classic nose of juicy blackberry fruit and cigar box continuing onto the palate. Soft black fruit, a hint of spice and a strictness to the structure making this a traditionally-styled claret.

Score: - Albany Vintners

A solid wine with tar, dark chocolate and berry character. Full and chewy. Impressive.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Pretty dark purplish crimson. Broad, luscious nose. Energetic and well balanced even if only medium weight and medium ambition. Easy to like with attractive fairly open fruit, even if hardly complex or long term. Drying finish with grainy, sandy tannins.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2026

The 2014 Beaumont shows good textural depth and body, but comes across as a bit green and lacking in polish, with slightly angular contours that attentuate the fruit. Savory herbs, smoke, licorice and tobacco notes add a bit of complexity, but the rough edges are impossible to escape.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Belgrave Haut Medoc £145 - 88-90 - 91-92 16 89-92 89-92
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The Château Belgrave 2014 has a boatload of blackberry and wild strawberry fruit on the nose, the oak a little prominent at the moment, but it is well defined. The palate is quite powerful with thickset tannin, good acidity, lightly spiced with a mouthcoating, lightly spiced finish. It is a bit bold 'n' brassy…but I like that.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2030

Full and very chewy. A powerful and rich sample. Best ever?

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very dark purple. Savoury, meaty with just enough flesh and a very firm, almost astringent texture. Pretty severe.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2027

The dark plum and currant fruit is pushed by a strong tobacco note, along with accents of charcoal and grilled savory. Shows good heft through the finish without sacrificing definition.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 is dark, juicy and powerful. Intense savory notes open into black cherry, tobacco, smoke, incense and menthol. A wine of notable density, the Belgrave is super-expressive today, with more than enough fruit and mid-palate sweetness to stand up to the tannins.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £170 - 87-89 - 93-94 16 90-93 90-93
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The Château Cantemerle 2014 has a bright and slightly glossy bouquet with blackcherries and boysenberry fruit, hints of tobacco and gravel coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with quite "fat" tannin that lend this Cantemerle weight in the mouth, although I would have liked more precision and terroir-expression to surface on the finish. This is a "stocky" Cantemerle at the moment that just needs more sophistication.

Score: 87 - 89 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2028

Rich nose with blackberry, pastry and white pepper. Polished with reasonable weight of ripe fruit and balanced structure.

Score: - Albany Vintners

This is a knockout. Excellent concentration of fruit and firm tannins. Very, very long. Fruity and intense. Same quality or better than 2010. Impressive.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Blackish crimson. Very opulent and perfumed. Rather light and simple though certainly friendly in the short term. Tannins are a little underripe with some greenness. Certainly respectable even if not a standout.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2026

Rock-solid, with a lovely loamy edge to the steeped currant and blackberry fruit. Hints of warm paving stone and smoldering tobacco emerge on the finish, and should develop with time. A textbook Médoc Cabernet.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Cantemerle is complete, beautiful and highly expressive. Tobacco, new leather, menthol, cloves, earthiness are all laced together, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that stands out most. The 2014 finishes with notable energy and an invigorating sense of freshness. I won't be surprised if the 2014 comes towards the higher end of this range once bottled.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Potensac Haut Medoc £140 - 88-90 - 91-92 16 88-91 88-90
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The Château Potensac 2014 is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that includes 13% pressed wine. It was picked between 25 September and 16 October over a total of 14 days. The nose is well defined and classic in style with graphite and cedar infusing the black berry and briary fruit, the Cabernet Franc lending more complexity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite noticeable acidity like many in the Médoc, quite lively in the mouth already. There is moderate complexity here and decent length, though it does not evoke a slew of superlatives like Jean-Hubert's finest contributions to the 2014 vintage.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2030

It’s been a while since I had a Potensac like this. Aromatic, very structured and polished with currant character and wonderful length. Polished tannins. Exceptionally small production for this year.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Heady but rustic nose. Solid and not too austere. Pretty good job for the vintage! Solid stuff.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2030

Shows textbook Bordeaux austerity, with racy pomegranate and red currant notes, carried by a bright iron spine. Will unwind slowly but surely.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Potensac is bold, racy and expressive, with plenty of exuberance in its overt, distinctly red-toned fruit. Sweet red cherries, smoke, leather and earthiness are laced together in a supple, forward wine best suited to near-term drinking. The blend is 48% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Caberenet Franc.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc £175 - 90-92 - 92-93 16 89-92 -
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The Château Sociando-Mallet 2014 has an outstanding nose: very intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine delineation and tension, a real humdinger! The palate is fresh and vibrant with fine tannin, plenty of grainy red berry fruit mixed with cedar and bay leaf, with great conviction on the finish. This is a great Sociando Mallet from Jean Gartreau - expect it to land at the top of that banded score.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2030

Chewy and rich with serious fruits and a nutty character. Full and long. Excellent length.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep crimson. Vibrant, deep-flavoured but slightly dark chocolatey fruit. Pretty tough on the end. Not Sociando’s finest vintage.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2032

Fresh, with good cut to the plum and black currant fruit, showing extra tobacco and iron notes on the finish. Has a good shot of toast, but enough fruit and minerality to soak that up. Rock-solid.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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