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[Add to shopping basket] Alter Ego de Palmer (2nd wine of Palmer) Margaux £465 £400 - £550 90-92 90-93 94-95 16-17 - 90-93
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The 2015 Alter Ego de Palmer is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. It has a very open, ravishing, quite precocious bouquet with ripe black cherries, fresh dates and crème de cassis that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is more refined, reins it all back in thanks to quite tensile tannin, a crisp line of acidity, moderate depth in the mouth and a gentle grip. There is a touch of tarriness and cracked black pepper towards the finish with very good length. Give this 5-7 years in bottle.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2040

The second wine of Palmer. 52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Lush and potent nose, rich with plump red fruits, summer pudding notes and cloves. An appealing texture, finishing just slightly dry.

Score: 90 - 93 Albany Vintners

Very solid and powerful with dried mushroom and wet earth aromas and flavors. Complex. Full and chewy yet so polished and long. Spicy, meat and gorgeous. Most serious Alter Ego ever. More inner Ego now!. 52% merlot, 41% cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot 6%.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, picked 22 September to 7 October. Very rich on the nose. Very sweet and with sufficient freshness. Very very round. Just on the right side of soupy - but you really have to drink this pretty young, I think.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2027

The 2015 Alter Ego is round, succulent and also a terrific introduction to the vintage. Raspberry jam, cinnamon, flowers and mint are all pushed forward. This is an especially succulent, juicy Margaux that is firing on all cylinders. Today, the 2015 gives the impression it will drink well with minimal cellaring, as its balance and overall harmony are first-rate. The blend is 52% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Boyd Cantenac Margaux £320 £280 - £350 91-93 - 91-92 - - -
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The 2015 Boyd-Cantenac has plenty of ripe blackcurrant, bilberry and wild strawberry fruit on what feels quite a lavish and voluminous nose that is determined to make an impression. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin. This is a Margaux with the dials turned up to ten - a huge overarching structure lacquered with black fruit, supported by some quality new oak that lends it sheen. It is a powerful Margaux that deserves a decade in bottle, not a wine of finesse but it has the substance to reward long-term bottle age.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2050

Full and structured with chewy tannins. Plenty of earth and sweet tobacco character. Medium center palate. Should develop nicely.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Brane Cantenac Margaux £460 £340 - £420 93-95 91-93 93-94 17-18 90-93 92-95
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The 2015 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenère that was picked from 17 September until 7 October (that Carmenère was actually picked on 19 October). It was cropped at 51 hl/ha. This is classic Brane-Cantenac down the line: austere at first, almost aloof, but very well defined and over time it starts revealing lovely tobacco-stained black fruit. The palate is very well balanced with raspberry and wild strawberry on the entry, perhaps more red fruit than I was anticipating. Veins of undergrowth and cedar are in situ on this very well-balanced, reserved and classic Margaux boasting a long and persistent finish that feels satisfying, reassuring even. Not a Margaux for those that seek tons of fruit, it is nonetheless a very terroir-expressive wine that will repay those who know that this cru demands preferably 12-15 years in the cellar. Henri Lurton never wavers from his style of Margaux and it pays dividends here on this great wine for those with patience.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2030-2060

Aromatic but plenty of lift and richness, gloss, sweetly ripe black fruit. Lightish, maybe not as concentrated as usual.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

This is very big and rich wine with dense and rich tannins, lots of ripe fruit. Blackberry, blueberry flavors. Muscular yet polished.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Exceptionally deep crimson. Meat and wild flowers on the nose - very interesting. Definitely out of the ordinary. Left-field wine that should not disappoint. Racy and lifted. Really very elegant. Chapeau!

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2038

This has a mix of enticing dark plum and blueberry fruit woven with a solid graphite note and carrying through an alder-edged finish. Has the vintage’s velvety feel, but a little extra cut.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A super-expressive, deep wine, the 2015 Brane-Cantenac possesses magnificent intensity and pure power from start to finish. Dark red cherry, wild flowers, smoke, plum, tobacco, spice and game are some of the notes that build as the wine gains richness and volume with time in the glass. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but it is nearly buried by the sheer opulence of the fruit, while the creamy finish alone is striking. This a deeply satisfying wine from Henri Lurton. Brane-Cantenac is another wine that is a pure pleasure bomb in 2015. Don't miss it. Tasted three times.

Score: 92 - 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cantenac Brown Margaux £360 £270 - £320 92-94 - 93-94 16-17 91-94 93-96
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The 2015 Cantenac Brown follows their excellent 2014 with another great Margaux. Here, a nuanced nose that does not come racing from the blocks, but keep your nose in the glass and it reveals detailed blackberry, cranberry and strawberry aromas that are neatly embroidered with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite tensile tannin. There is breeding interwoven into this Margaux, palpable sophistication, and it finishes with panache, fanning out with lightly spiced red and black fruit. It is not the most ostentatious Margaux in what is a fecund season for the appéllation, but I suspect it will surprise a few wine-lovers as its ages.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2045

Very structured and muscular with black currant, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Full body. Yet polished and intriguing.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Bright crimson. Very competent representative of the vintage with marked ripeness on the nose but then rather chunky and bitter on the finish - like Oxford marmalade. Not much lift. A tad stodgy. (16.5- Points)

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-20358

Very fresh, with well-defined red currant and raspberry coulis flavors that stream through, enhanced by a violet note on the mineral-edged finish.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Cantenac Brown is superb. Translucent, weightless and totally finessed, the 2015 offers outstanding purity and exceptional overall balance. Sweet plum, tobacco, cedar, licorice and new leather are some of the many nuances that take shape in the glass, but it is the wine's purity that is most impressive. Hints of lavender, iron and smoke add shades of nuance on the tightly wound finish. Over the two weeks I followed it, the Grand Vin put on considerable depth and power. It will be interesting to see where things end up here, but the 2015 was superb all three times I tasted it. Cantenac Brown is one of the great still affordable wines of the year. Don't miss it.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Giscours Margaux £390 £300 - £380 94-96 91-94 96-97 17 92-95 91-94
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The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. That is in stark comparison to older vintages, for example the 2000 Giscours that was 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot. This vintage is matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek told me that the 2015 "...reflects the true terroir at Giscours that created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s." That is something to live up to with fresh memories of the 1961 in my brain. The bouquet is very intense and almost "untamed" at first, but it calms down in the glass, revealing attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. This is a Giscours determined to make a good impression...and it does. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure, a little spicier than recent vintages, adorned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a really quite fantastic, tensile, complex and compelling finish. Having tasted the 1961 and 1970 Giscours just a few months ago, I wager that the 2015 will be the best since the 1961. Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property.

Score: 94 - 96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2060

Attractively perfumed ripe black cherry fruit and floral notes. Delicacy versus the robustness of 2014 but with a very polished texture to the fruit. Full-bodied and long.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

This sets a new level for Giscours with blackberry, black truffle and blackberry. So much walnut and cedar. Full body, dense and incredibly long and powerful. Clearly the best Giscour since 1970 and 1975..

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Relatively light nose. Very luscious sweet fruit on the palate - a very winning wine with a medium charge of tannin. Just a little inky on the finish. But good and appetising.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2035

Solid, with warm plum, fig and blackberry reduction notes, inlaid with a lovely alder accent. Flows beautifully through the long, velvety finish.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Giscours is terrific. In fact, this may be one of the very best recent vintages I have tasted here. Ample and quite broad in its first impression, the 2015 possesses magnificent depth from start to finish. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains striking freshness and delineation. Succulent dark cherry, plum, blood orange and sweet spice notes all flesh out in the glass. Creamy, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The purity of the fruit here is striking. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, with no Cabernet Franc this year. The 2015 is a terrific Giscours.

Score: 91 - 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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