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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Beauregard Pomerol Unreleased £290 - £350 90-92 - - 16-17 88-91 88-91
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The 2015 Beauregard has undergone a complete overhaul since its purchase by the Moulin family of Gallarie Lafayette, of which the Cathiards at Smith Haut Lafitte are shareholders. Chancing upon Daniel Cathiard at the UGC tasting held in Beauregard's new vat-room, he told me how stressful it was, seeing the Italian-made, concrete vats being lowered by crane just a few days before the harvest. Their shape, not unlike an English cooling tower, is certainly an arresting sight. But Daniel's high blood pressure was not in vain, since this wine has one of the best bouquets that I have encountered from this Pomerol estate. The 30% Cabernet Franc imparts wild heather and fennel aromas intermixed with the pure black fruit that are entrancing. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet opening, very smooth and sensual for Beauregard, perhaps needing a little more tension and backbone on the finish. There is satisfying body and depth, though I think the investment will really pay off in a future vintage rather than 2015.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2035

Dark lustrous crimson. Bought by Smith Haut Lafitte and Galeries Lafayette family. Debut vintage. Floral nose. Polished. Dry finish but lots of attention clearly went into this wine! There's an Edinburg rock quality.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2033

Engaging, with a juicy core of plum and anise, backed by a bolt of fruitcake. Shows good energy overall. Should be a crowd-pleaser.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Beauregard shows a more intensely earthy, savory side of Pomerol. Hints of iron, smoke, tobacco and leather are nicely delineated in the glass. Pliant and succulent, the 2015 shows plenty of raciness, while the significant presence of Cabernet Franc (25%) in the blend comes through in the wine's floral, savory aromatic finish. Beauregard is not a huge wine, but it does appear to have considerable latent potential. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what Daniel and Florence Cathiard, along with the technical team led by Fabien Teitgen, do here over the coming years. Tasted two times.

Score: 88 - 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Bourgneuf NEW Pomerol £260 £250 - £290 90-92 90-92 94-95 17 91-94 88-90
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The 2015 Château Bourgneuf has a crisp and quite earthy, blackberry and briary scented bouquet that just needs to coalesce during its élevage. The palate is medium-bodied with steely tannin, quite pointed acidity, fresh in the mouth with moderate weight, hints of licorice surfacing towards the linear finish. Note that a second sample at JP Moueix showed more elegance and poise on the velvety finish. Give this 3-5 years in bottle.

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

Well-situated next to the vineyards of Trotanoy and Eglise Clinet, on clay, sand and gravel soils. A traditionally tannic style of Pomerol, the emphasis is now on more roundness to the wine. The 2015 displays high-toned aromas of black cherry, raspberry and violets. Smooth and ripe with an appealing texture in the middle and ripe structured tannins on the finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

A super velvety textured red with a freshness and coolness. Full body, ultra-balanced and a savory finish. Super. Mostly merlot with a touch of cabernet franc.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very dark. Lifted, fragrant, not one of the most intense but nicely balanced. Racy and toasty. Not perhaps absolutely top rank but not forced. (17- Points)

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2034

A flattering wine in the making, with a velvety feel from start to finish, offering warm plum, blueberry and boysenberry fruit that cascades through the finish. Features a healthy dose of toast, but everything is integrated and the fruit will win out easily when the élevage is done.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Bourgneuf is ripe, racy and succulent, all qualities that give it considerable near and medium-term appeal. Sweet red stone fruit, mint, anise and wild flowers flesh out on the succulent, inviting finish. The Bourgneuf is an attractive, mid-weight Pomerol with lovely freshness. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.

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

New generation at the helm and showing constant progression. Rich and complex on the nose. The palate is round and full but also fresh and harmonious, with fine tannins and a long finish. Will offer value.

Score: 91 Decanter

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Certan de May Pomerol Unreleased £620 - £850 89-91 92-94 97-98 17-18 91-94 92-95
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The 2015 Certan de May is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a little leaner on the nose when I compared it directly to the Latour-à-Pomerol, much more reserved and personally, I was seeking more expression from the Cabernet components in the blend. The palate is medium-bodied with gently gripping tannin, quite "solid" in the mouth with a spicy finish following through, although it feels just a little static at the moment. It needs more animation to come through by the time it is in bottle.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 219-2032

This small property is situated in the heart of the famous Pomerol plateau, situated between Vieux Ch Certan, Petrus and La Fleur Petrus. Very primary with plenty of high-toned blue and black fruit with some minerality. Open-knit with fine acidity and good grip all the way through to the long finish.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

Wow. What a wine with incredible depth of fruit and generosity here. Walnut, chocolate, black olive and dark fruits. Full and rich. It goes on for minutes. Velvety texture. Best in decades. A majority of merlot with some cabernet franc and a touch of cabernet sauvignon.

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A Jean-Pierre Moueix wine. 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mid crimson. Intense and meaty on the nose. Round and silky on the palate. Not a drama queen but really quite regal in floating above the hoi polloi. Chapeau! Notably persistent.

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2040

This has its usual silky, perfumed profile, with bergamot, cherry paste and rooibos tea notes, all backed by gentle sandalwood and fruitcake hints through the finish. Rounded and polished in feel, but long too, offering some fine-grained tannins.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Certan de May is a powerful, imposing wine with notable tannic clout and plenty of energy. White pepper, blood orange and mint give the 2015 an attractive upper register of aromatic nuance, but it is the wine's sinewy, tense personality that is its most distinctive attribute. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 is going to need time to fully express. The blend is 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clinet Pomerol Unreleased £450 - £850 95-97 94-96 99-100 17 94-97 94-96
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The 2015 Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, cropped at 37 hl/ha and matured in 65% new oak. It was picked from 15 September commencing with the young Merlot vines, and finishing between 28 and 1 October with the very old Merlots and the Cabernets. A couple of specific features to note: the alcohol level is 14.3%, perhaps a little lower than some of Clinet's peers and also a IPT of up to 88, higher than 2010 even. Broody at first, it eventually develops a perfumed bouquet as it opens, with black fruit, melted tar and a brush of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is plenty of nascent energy in this Clinet, spicier than other vintages that I have tasted over the years, linear at first and then fanning out towards the finish with a dash of white pepper on the aftertaste. It is a very harmonious Clinet, one that I suspect will favor those with the nous to age this Pomerol for 5-7 years, even though it might tempt you earlier. This is a great Pomerol from Ronan Laborde and his team.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2050

90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. Picked between 15th September (Merlot) and 1st October (Cabernets). Deep colour with a lovely aromatics, ripe black cherries and blackforest gateau. Lots of dense and opulent fruit with vivid acidity. Good concentration without being overdone and the tannins are creamy and smooth building to a dry finish.

Score: 94 - 96 Albany Vintners

OMG. This is really dense and rich with velvety tannins and so much fruit and length. Super concentration and structure. Greatest Clinet ever. No jam. Just class.

Score: 99 - 100 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Purplish. Almost overripe nose. Very velvety texture. More savoury than sweet on the palate. Hugely ambitious. Rather drying tannins on the end. Not my style but a very good example of the super-concentrated style.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2038

The fleshy plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors sail along, gilded with a hint of anise and backed by velvety tannins. Shows serious length already and latent depth. A hedonistic wine in the making.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Clinet is an exotic, totally arresting beauty. Powerful, unctuous and inky to the core, the 2015 exudes richness. There is nothing subtle at all in this full-throttle, towering Pomerol. And yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, licorice, graphite, dark spices, licorice and bittersweet chocolate are fused into rich, port-like finish. The 2015 is a bit extreme, but it is also compelling. The blend is approximately 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, while new oak is around 65%. The Clinet is unusual in that the Cabernet portion favors Cabernet Sauvignon over Franc. Tasted two times.

Score: 94 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Conseillante Pomerol Unreleased £720 - £1,150 95-97 96-98 96-97 17-18 93-96 95-97
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The 2015 La Conseillante, a blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, is extraordinarily pure and elegant on the nose. Here, I find a little more red fruit than black fruit, extremely elegant and articulating the terroir with great clarity. At first, wild strawberry and cranberry, then crushed stone, a touch of black truffle and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and elegant with fine tannin on the entry. This is one of the most approachable La Conseillante wines that I have tasted in barrel, the acidity very well judged, "classic" in style, good backbone here with a structured finish. It does not quite possess the bravura of the 2010 La Conseillante and I would agree with winemaker Marielle Cazaux that it bears more semblances to the 2005 La Conseillante at this stage, and even bore common traits with its neighbour, Vieux Château Certan. This is an intellectual and to put it prosaically, "delicious" La Conseillante.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2045

La Conseillante has a new winemaker this year with Marielle Cazaux now at the helm but La Conseillante still displays its signature of floral high notes with vivid blueberry, black berries and violets. A deep core of fruit, polished and creamy, with no hard edges, velvet tannin and a sense of balance and harmony. 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. La Conseillante is a beauty this year.

Score: 96 - 98 Albany Vintners

This is the most powerful La Conseillante I have tasted with lots of muscle and intensity. Full and savory. Chewy. Agile and formed. Beautiful ripe fruit in the center palate. This is a little pushed to the limit like the great Conseillants of the 1960s and 1970s.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Picked 21 September - 7 October. 70% new oak. Direct, savoury nose. New winemaker wants to keep the aromas of Conseillante but they want to add a little more grip. Sweet and fresh with some tea leaf aromas. The oak tannins are just perceptible but it should all calm down. Definitely quite grippy now! 14.5%

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2026-2040

Lush notes of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit glide over ample but velvety tannins, with suave black tea and ganache accents. This is long and should be gorgeous when finished.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A total knockout, the 2015 La Conseillante possesses stunning depth, nuance and complexity. Soaring aromatics meld into a core of dark-fleshed stone fruits, with hints of mocha, crème de cassis, menthol, violets and dark spices that develop in the glass. The 2015 is not an obvious wine, but it is exceptionally beautiful. The blend is 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Don’t' miss it.

Score: 95 - 97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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