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[Add to shopping basket] Brane Cantenac Margaux £295 £250 - £330 - 16-17 91-94 92-93 86-88 90
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Plenty of toasted oak apparent here. Crunchy fruit, medium body, good balance of tannin and acid. Better body than many other 2013s, though still light compared with a typical Bordeaux year. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2027

A lifted nose with bright red cherry fruit. Lots of interest and flavour here with high-toned fruit and energy and a mocha finish.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

Loads of strawberry and berry character with a fantastic intensity. Medium body, with a beautiful core of fruit and a long finish. Rose petals and fruit. Wonderful finesse. A triumph for the vintage.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc (more Cabernet Sauvignon because the Cabernet Franc did not quite pass muster.) It has a clean cedar scented bouquet that is very linear and somehow quite airy. The palate is medium-bodied and nicely balanced. On this occasion, this oak is quite prominent on the day I tasted although Henri Lurton remarked that it varies day to day. This is a nicely made, easy-drinking style of Brane-Cantenac to enjoy over the next 10 years.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Good young colour, Margaux fragrance on the nose, florality, elegance and balance in the discreet Brane style.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2027

Light, with airy plum and red cherry notes giving way to a light sanguine note through the finish.

Score: 84 - 87 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Brane-Cantenac is a wine of rare distinction. Tobacco, smoke, cedar, red plums and menthol all meld together in a striking, beautifully nuanced wine endowed with considerable personality and tons of style. The 2013 is soft and understated, but is also impeccable in its balance.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Giscours Margaux £270 - - - - - - -
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[Add to shopping basket] Issan Margaux £295 £250 - £330 - 17 90-92 91-92 90-92 90
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74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. 50% new oak. Clove, blackcurrant, very firm tannins giving good, solid structure. Tender despite the firmness, and has the classic Margaux perfume.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Aromatic with flowers and lift. Good clarity with layers of bright fruit and flesh in the middle, fine tannins and a mouthwatering finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

An outstanding core of ripe fruit for the appellation of Margaux. Medium body, with blueberry and strawberry character. Fine tannins. Fresh finish. Extremely well done.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Château d'Issan, a blend of 26% Merlot and 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, has a simple, light redcurrant and cranberry scented bouquet that has a pleasant floral aspect. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, good depth considering the performance of its peers, with fine definition on the finish. At last - a decent Margaux 2013! Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Floral yet quite dense Cabernet fruit with balance and length, very Margaux, very attractive.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Light, with a savory note mingling with plum pit and pomegranate fruit flavors. Slightly trim, cedary finish.

Score: 84 - 87 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 d'Issan is a fruity, straightforward wine built for near-term drinking. Crushed flowers, sweet red cherries, tobacco and anise linger on a finish marked by elements of dryness.

Score: 84 - 87 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Kirwan Margaux £235 £250 - £320 - 15-16 - 89-90 90-92 89
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Tannins define and dominate the structure here. There is quite pleasant perfume, but it is fighting an uphill struggle against the structure. Light body. (15.5)

Score: 15 - 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2025

A balanced wine with blueberry and berry character, a medium body and a delicate finish. Fine tannins.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Kirwan 2013 has a reticent nose at first, light gravel-tinged black fruit that have a slight Pauillac allure à la Brane-Cantenac. But I would have liked more vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple opening: bright red berry fruit, well judged acidity, cohesive with more depth on the finish than I expected. This is definitely one of the brighter spots of the appellation this year. Bravo. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Good colour and good, lightly spicy cassis nose, good clarity and Margaux fragrance, nice depth.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Direct red cherry and raspberry notes are backed by modest spice. A bit firm on the finish, with the toast clamping down a touch.

Score: 84 - 87 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Lascombes Margaux £395 £300 - £450 - 15 90-92 86-87 84-86 89
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Dark black fruit essence. Chewy texture which really overwhelms the finish, and the flavours fall away quite quickly.

Score: 15 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2022

Aromas of spice, cherry, mocha with plenty of flesh mid-palate, followed by grippy tannins and a toasty finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

Very attractive blueberry and mineral character but slightly hollow center palate. Medium body. Light finish.

Score: 86 - 87 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Lascombes is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 5% Merlot cropped at 25hl/ha between 26 September and 12 October. It has a slightly pinched nose that will hopefully gain more vigour by the time of bottling. At the moment if feels too strict. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grippy tannins, but it is lacking fruit intensity and fleshiness towards the finish. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 84 - 86 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Rich colour, extracted robust fruit, rather chunky but will wake up once in bottle.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Plump, and with a juicy edge as dark plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black tea and singed balsam wood notes. Good flesh through the stone-tinged finish.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Lascombes is nicely layered in the glass. Dark red and blue fruit, tobacco and smoke all meld together effortlessly. This supple, fruit-forward Margaux is best enjoyed in its youth. The finish is gracious and inviting. Tasted twice.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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