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[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £60 6x75cl 90-92 90-91 85-87 92 88-90 90-92
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The 2022 Beaumont is a bold Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérior. A burst of dark cherry, plum, gravel and incense gives the 2022 its hearty personality. The 2022 is an unusual blend that features more Cabernet Sauvignon than the norm. Yields are down to 28 hectoliters per hectare instead of the more typical or so through a combination of frost, hail and dehydration, which adds to the wine’s punchy, explosive feel.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2025-2027

Slightly chewy with fresh blackcurrant and berry character. Medium body. Fresh.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

The 2022 Beaumont exhibits somewhat wild aromas of rich cherries and berries mingled with smoked meats and saddle leather. Medium to full-bodied, chewy and chunky, it reflects the limitations of young vines on well-drained soils in a vintage like this.

Score: 85 - 87 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

Layers of sinewy tannins and eucalyptus spice. Opens to show baked earth, tobacco leaf and liqourice, cassis fruits laced with espresso, edges of campfire, a good quality wine that has concentration without overpowering. Anthony Yaigre director. A value pick. 28hl/h yield. Harvest September 19 to October 5.

Score: 92 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2026-2040

The 2022 Beaumont has a classy bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow, iodine and subtle iris flower scents. The oak is neatly integrated, and it retains delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, fleshy and almost creamy in texture. With good depth and light spice, the 2022 is cohesive on the finish. This will be a thoroughly enjoyable Beaumont that should age well in bottle. Tasted thrice with consistent notes.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2028-2048

Tasted on two separate occasions, the 2022 Château Beaumont is a beautiful Haut-Médoc based on 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot mostly from sandy soils. Given the challenging conditions of the vintage, it would be easy to assume this would be a subpar release (the vintage was particularly challenging for sandy soils), but you'd be mistaken. This offers impressive purity in its red, blue, and black fruits as well as notes of chocolate and scorched earth. With medium body, present yet ripe tannins, and outstanding length, it's going to drink well immediately on release and evolve for 10-12 years or more.

Score: 90 - 92 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cantemerle Haut Medoc £133 6x75cl 89-91 93-94 92-94 93 - -
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Currants, blackberries and hints of bark and forest floor. Medium-bodied with creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Pretty balance to this.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

The finest wine this estate has produced in some time is the 2022 Cantemerle, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc that bursts from the glass with aromas of sweet blackberries, violets, rose petals and spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with an enveloping core of sweet, perfumed fruit framed by supple tannin, it concludes with a long, mouthwatering finish. The pH is a very healthy 3.6 this year, and yields were low at 29 hectoliters per hectare.

Score: 92 - 94 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

Intense in both colour and structure, a wine that knows how to make an impact, and it is carrying itself with confidence. Impressive, full of nuanced cassis and bilberry fruit, with liquorice and smoked earth, hints of richly spiced vanilla patisserie cream showing the ripeness of the vintage. This is good, a little abrupt on the finish with a bitter almond kick. Tight tannins at this point. 40% new oak for ageing.

Score: 93 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2030-2046

The 2022 Cantemerle has a feisty bouquet with perfumed blueberry and blackberry fruit, showy with an almost sorbet-like character. The palate is medium-bodied with blackberry and strawberry fruit, licorice and white pepper. It teeters on becoming a little cloying toward the finish and will need a very prudent barrel maturation. Hopefully, it will muster a bit more finesse.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2028-2040

[Add to shopping basket] Cissac Haut Medoc £100 12x75cl 88-90 90-91 89-91 91 - -
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Structured and meaty with medium body and chalky tannins. Polished finish with hints of crushed stones.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

This Haut-Médoc stalwart continues its subtle stylistic evolution towards more charm and finesse with the 2022 Cissac, a strong effort evocative of graphite, tobacco, smoke, cassis and violets mingled with well-integrated hints of oak. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered, it's classy and vibrant, concluding with a slightly austere finish. This long-lived red is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 5.5% Petit Verdot and the rest Malbec. YC

Score: 89 - 91 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

Fig and damson fruits, with bitter almond and chocolate block concentration; has character and punch, and plenty of slate Left Bank character. 15 September to 6 October for harvest. Vialard family.

Score: 91 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2026-2038

The 2022 Cissac has a "correct" bouquet with blackberry, briary and light tobacco scents emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with strict tannins, fresh and grippy, with a slightly minty finish. A kind of "carefree" Cissac…and I like that. But it doesn't quite get the pulse racing.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025-2038

[Add to shopping basket] Lagune Haut Medoc £216 6x75cl 92-94 95-96 93-95 94 88-91 92-94
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The 2022 La Lagune is a very pretty, understated wine with lovely aromatics and mid-weight structure. In this tasting, La Lagune is a bit disjointed, showing only modest depth and complexity relative to the norm. All that said, the 2022 is a very fine effort for a year with hail issues. Yields were just 25 hectoliters per hectare. Tasted two times.

Score: 88 - 91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2027-2047

This is long and fresh with a linear feeling to the rich fruit, showing plums, redcurrants and spices, with chocolate and walnuts. Medium to full body. Fine tannins. This is the first year being certified biodynamic by Biodyvin and furthermore, La Lagune is always excellent in hot years.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

Reminding me, like the 2019, of a modern-day version of the lovely 1990, the 2022 La Lagune bursts with aromas of dark berries, cassis, licorice and violets. Medium to full-bodied, supple and fleshy, it's a broad, sensual wine with velvety tannins and a suave, charming profile. With 13.8% alcohol, it remains classically proportioned, with a rather high pH of over 3.8 likely contributing to its open, giving style this year.

Score: 93 - 95 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

Impressive La Lagune, with depth and reach, manages to deliver intense tannic architecture, with Left Bank power and concentrated cassis and bilberry fruits, with fresher pomegranate, citrus zest, mandarin oil, tobacco, cigar box all adding complexity. Supple tannins also, and plenty of them, with bitter almond notes adding focus on the finish. Ageing potential here, and an impressive vintage for the property. Harvest September 9 to 26. Owner Caroline Frey.

Score: 94 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2029-2044

The 2022 La Lagune really takes a while to settle in the glass. It eventually sheds its veneer of oak to reveal attractive blackberry, sous-bois and pencil box aromas, and an exotic element loitering just off-stage. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins that lacquer the mouth. Quite dense and muscular, yet it retains definition and plenty of freshness on the finish. It will require bottle age, but it should evolve into a fine La Lagune.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2030-2060

One of the best Haut-Médoc out there, the 2022 Château La Lagune reveals a dense purple hue as well as a classic Médoc bouquet of blackcurrants, leafy herbs, fresh earth, and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has a layered, concentrated mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a great finish. A stunning wine, it will have 30 years of longevity if properly stored.

Score: 92 - 94 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

[Add to shopping basket] Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc £168 6x75cl 91-93 - 92-94 94 88-90 -
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The 2022 Sociando-Mallet is a bit hard to read today. I very much admire the dynamic energy, which Sociando has in spades, but at the same time the tannins show some edginess that will need to resolve. Élevage will be critical, but it may not be enough to compensate for a vintage with hail damage and yields of just 21.5 hectoliters per hectare.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2025-2034

Aromas of dark berries and plums mingled with hints of mint, violets and licorice introduce the 2022 Sociando-Mallet, a medium to full-bodied, supple and lively wine that's deep, fleshy and seamless, with powdery tannins that assert themselves with promising youthful grip on the finish. It's a blend of 63% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Readers who remember how this estate acquitted itself in years such as 2003 and 1990 will not be surprised by its quality in 2022.

Score: 92 - 94 William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com

Slap bang in the Haut-Médoc for this one, classic Left Bank with glass-staining purple in colour, slate and cassis, graphite and crushed stones, this is manages to be both muscular and restrained, exuberant and understated. Has the concentration of the vintage but controls it well - one to look out for, and proof that gravel could work in the heat of the vintage if the location is right, and the vineyard was treated carefully.

Score: 94 Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux Maturity: 2026-2040

The 2022 Sociando-Mallet was picked 7-23 September at just 22hL/ha. This is very concentrated and quite opulent on the nose, bit of a bravura bouquet, layers of black cherry, Christmas cake and light undergrowth scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. Quite fresh, grippy in the mouth, my only quibble is that it feels a tad abrupt on the finish. Barrel maturation should address that.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2030-2060

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