En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Armailhac Pauillac £250 £250 - £330 - 16-17 89-92 87-88 88-90 90
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59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Pure black cassis fruit, light style on the palate. Slightly simple on the mid palate, though the spiciness is very charming on the finish. Correct balance, easy drinking, especially for Pauillac. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025

An intense direct nose. Attractive and juicy with bright crunchy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit and mocha and nicely judged toast on the finish. Good balance.

Score: 89 - 92

A pleasant, fruity wine with hints of hazelnut and currant character. Medium body, firm tannins and a clean finish that's a little light. 59% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 12% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Score: 87 - 88 , Jamessuckling.com

The d'Armailhac is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot cropped at a whopping (for the vintage) 40hl/ha. It has quite an open, powerful bouquet in keeping with the d'Armailhac style: blackberry, cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins, good depth with a touch of spice on the finish. Fine.

Score: 88 - 90 , erobertparker.com

Fine purple-red, fragrant nose, expressive and even exuberant, a Pauillac with charm and good tannins for the future.

Score: 90 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Lightly tangy in feel, with damson plum and star anise leading the way for black cherry and blackberry fruit. Offers well-integrated toast, with a juniper note threading everything together and a lingering spice note. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 88 - 91 , Wine Spectator

The 2013 is very pretty and silky in the glass. Violets, plums, smoke, tobacco and graphite meld together effortlessly in a gracious, mid-weight wine that impresses for its length, energy and vibrancy. Overall, this is a solid showing for the year, although some slight elements of greenness lurk beneath the fruit. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested between October 1 and 14. Tasted twice.

Score: 86 - 89 , www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Batailley Pauillac £240 £220 - £280 - 16-17 90-93 91-92 89-91 88
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Sweet fruit, but with a very slight herbal edge to give a savoury twist. Dry, furry texture, but plenty of refreshing acidity to balance. Nicely made, not too ambitious, but offers lots of drinking pleasure. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2026

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A lovely nose with berries and lift, then very pure and concentrated on the palate with plenty of red fruit. Light, fresh and appealing. Harmonious.

Score: 90 - 93

This very and racy with a pretty purity and length. Full body, with mineral and stone. Muscular. 94% cabernet sauvignon with the rest in merlot and petit verdot. Very, very impressive from here.

Score: 91 - 92 , Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin has the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend: 94%, augmented by 2% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot cropped at 33hl/ha. It has a pure, well-defined bouquet with blackcurrant, fresh strawberry and cedar that is tightly enmeshed with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, almost understated opening. There are pleasant tobacco and dried herb notes infusing the black fruit and whilst the finish does not possess the structure of recent vintages, it expresses the Cabernet fruit with aplomb and there is something easy drinking, almost languid on the finish (not meant in a pejorative sense.) Fine.

Score: 89 - 91 , erobertparker.com

Dense colour, quite meaty Cabernet fruit with some florality and lift, nice earthiness on the palate, good Pauillac.

Score: 88 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

[Add to shopping basket] Carruades de Lafite Pauillac £990 £750 - £1,100 - 16-17 89-92 86-87 88-90 90
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64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Impressive, wonderfully toned cassis and cedar. Softest tannins, and very light body. I expect it will develop quite nicely in the short to medium term, but it doesn’t have the strength to last into old age. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2023

Fragrant and fresh aromatics, with a fan of fresh dark fruit opening on the front and richer cherries developing in the middle. Medium body with silky tannins that are well-integrated. Pure with lively acidity.

Score: 89 - 92

A delicate wine with berry, tobacco and chocolate character. Medium body, light finish. Very light.

Score: 86 - 87 , Jamessuckling.com

The Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has quite a floral bouquet with touches of dried violet petals infusing the crisp blackberry fruit, laced with cedar and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry, starting with black fruit but gently moving to more red fruit towards the finish. There is not the usual persistency, but it has pleasing purity and approachability.

Score: 88 - 90 , erobertparker.com

Lovely Lafite fragrance on the nose and almost crunchy fruit on the palate, no hint of a poor vintage, quite forward for Carruades.

Score: 90 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2026

Perfumy, with black tea notes out front, followed by racy, tightly focused red currant and black cherry fruit. The sleek, tobacco-fueled finish has a pleasant racy edge. Not dense, but balanced and defined. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 88 - 91 , Wine Spectator

The 2013 Carruades de Lafite graces the palate with dark red cherry, plum, spice and tobacco notes. A supple, accessible Pauillac, the 2013 is best enjoyed in its youth, before the fruit begins to fade. The Carruades is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Tasted twice.

Score: 87 - 89 , www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Clerc Milon Pauillac £330 £280 - £350 - 15-16 90-92 89-90 86-88 90
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58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère. Rich, juicy black fruit, very modern and smooth. Light, plasticine tannins, soft and easygoing. The tannins outweigh the body slightly. (15.5)

Score: 15 - 16 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2027

Deep garnet red. Focused nose, very expressive with dark plums, floral notes and spice. Lots of energy in the mouth with good weight. Pleasant and more obvious structure than Armailhac. Precise fruit and rounded tannins.

Score: 90 - 92

This is a delicious, lighter Clerc with currant, blackberry and mineral character. Medium body with good density and a good, fresh finish. 58% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 1% carménère.

Score: 89 - 90 , Jamessuckling.com

The Clerc Milon is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère. It was cropped at 23hl/ha due to the coulure on both the Merlot and more rarely the Cabernet. It has a light and slightly tertiary bouquet that does not have the precocity of the d'Armailhac. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, compact red and black fruit with a structured but slightly short finish. I must confess: I was expecting more from such a great estate.

Score: 86 - 88 , erobertparker.com

Deep colour and firm fruit both on nose and palate, good structure and weight and fine vineyard character, good future.

Score: 90 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

A light toasty note sits atop the plum and currant fruit for now, with alder and juniper accents lining the slightly taut finish. Seems rather tight and backward today, featuring a plum skin edge that holds sway on the finish. Shows good stuffing for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 89 - 92 , Wine Spectator

Dark cherries, tobacco, scorched earth, smoke and game inform the 2013 Clerc-Milon. The 2013 possesses good depth and intensity, although the tannins are a bit rough around the edges at this stage. In 2013 the blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere, harvested between October 1 and October 9.

Score: 88 - 90 , www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Duhart Milon Pauillac £520 £400 - £600 - 16-17 89-92 89-90 88-90 90
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80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Glossy cabernet fruit, and a tell-tale hint of greenness. Fine but grippy tannins on the finish. Slightly medicinal on the finish. Has an attractive structure, though not huge concentration. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2025

More serious than Carruades. Measured and elegant with cedar and cherry and a very appealing satiny texture. Glossy with plenty of juice in the middle and energy on the finish.

Score: 89 - 92

A beautiful wine with plum, berry and Spanish cedar. Some chocolate, too. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fine tannin texture.

Score: 89 - 90 , Jamessuckling.com

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the Duhart Milon was picked from 1 October until 14 October. It has a typical Duhart with that Havana cigar wafting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with strict and linear tannins matched by well-judged acidity. This is a straight down the line classic, less demonstrative Duhart with a lovely tobacco infused finish. Drink over the next 15 years.

Score: 88 - 90 , erobertparker.com

Deep colour, fine cassis nose, palate reserved at first and then opens with ripeness and length, a combination of firmness and charm.

Score: 90 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2030

Offers a sappy core of kirsch and blackberry fruit, harnessed by a sanguine edge that holds the finish. A light cedary note provides the backdrop. A touch austere in the end. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 88 - 91 , Wine Spectator

The 2013 Duhart-Milon impresses for its energy, cut and focus. Freshly cut flowers, smoke, graphite, melted road tar and smoke all take shape in the glass. The 2013 is smoky, gamy and rich, with good depth and intensity for the vintage, all supported by firm, incisive tannins. The harvest took place from October 1 to 14. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.

Score: 90 - 92 , www.vinousmedia.com

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