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[Add to shopping basket] Beauregard Pomerol £564 - 91-93 91-93 93-94 16-17 90-93 88-91
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The 2016 Beauregard, which now boasts one of the most modern cellars since its acquisition by the Cathiard and Moulin-Houzé families (although with winemaker Vincent Priou still on board), has a clean and pure bouquet with detailed blackberry and raspberry notes tinged with vanilla and light violet aromas. This is a classy set of aromatics from Beauregard that show more intensity than usual. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a little foursquare in style, quite conservative yet with abundant freshness and fine tannin towards the finish. It is nothing flash. It is the best Beauregard that I have tasted.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-2035

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. Expressive black stone fruit nose. Glossy mouthfeel, subtle concentration with a cool, clean finish and no hard edges.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

Tight and linear on the palate with a lovely depth of fruit and polished tannins. Medium to full body and an attractive, fine-grained texture.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark purple. Very heady and rich on the nose. Super-luscious and easy to like with the richness of the appellation but not too much sweetness and certainly no oak or alcohol in evidence. Just not especially long but a decent effort.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2037

Juicy, with raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit notes coursing through. Spice hints on the finish add range while energetic acidity keeps it all fresh. Delicious.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Beauregard offers good depth and immediacy. Although not especially complex, it is well balanced. Somewhat chunky tannins attenuate the midpalate. Clearly, it will be a few years before new owners Daniel and Florence Cathiard get Beauregard into shape. Overall, the 2016 is solid, but that's it. Tasted two times.

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

This is the second vintage under new owners (Galleries Lafayette family), with Fabien Tetgien of Smith Haut Lafitte overseeing the winemaking and Vincent Priou heading up the team in Pomerol full time. This is an extremely promising wine, with damsons, graphite, and touches of chocolate and exotic spices, while the tannins are soft and plush even at this early stage. A sexy, polished wine that delivers on the vintage. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2025-2040

[Add to shopping basket] Bon Pasteur Pomerol £680 - 92-94 - 96-97 17 - 89-92
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The 2016 Bon Pasteur has an atypically modest and almost bashful bouquet at first, one that required coaxing from the glass, eventually offering blackberry, briary and subtle floral aromas that are very classy. The palate is well defined with crisp tannin. This Bon Pasteur is, you might say, more "classic" than the 2015 and more reserved, but displays excellent tension with impressive detail on the finish. It might not quite possess the persistence on the aftertaste of its peers higher up on the plateau, but it is a very, very good Bon Pasteur that I prefer to the 2015. I would not be surprised if this lands at the top of my banded score once in bottle.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2021-2045

Reminds me of the splendid 1998. Full-bodied yet balanced and rich, showing velvety tannins and a long and beautiful finish. All here. Better than the 2015?

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Purplish crimson. Rather interesting soapy/mineral aromas. Rich with a dry finish and a hint of camembert. Interesting! Good life and vivacity even if it's not in the top drawer.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2040

The 2016 Bon Pasteur is a powerful, tannic wine. Dark fruit,

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

[Add to shopping basket] Bourgneuf Pomerol £372 - 91-93 - 92-93 16-17 90-93 88-91
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The 2016 Bourgneuf from the Vayron family is a wine to watch, especially with the talented Frédérique Vayron in charge of winemaking duties. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, it has an elegant, quite nuanced bouquet with blackberry and black truffle aromas, quintessential Pomerol in many ways. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins that exert a gentle grip. The acidity is very well judged and there is impressive complexity interwoven into the long finish. What a superb Bourgneuf. This comes highly recommended as one of the best wines I have tasted from Trotanoy's next-door neighbor!

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-2040

Linear and racy with pretty berry and blackberry character and hints of walnuts. Medium to full body and firm tannins. Shows intensity and class.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep purplish crimson. Lifted nose and really polished. Less dense than some. Elegant almost1! (16.5+ Points)

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2040

There's a solid fleshy feel here, with plum and blackberry compote notes backed by a good dose of roasted apple wood and licorice root flavors. A little on the muscular side, but it’s a big ball of fruit and has the freshness of the vintage too.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Bourgneuf is a very pretty, hushed wine, with lovely purity and all of its elements in the right place. Soft, fine tannins and bright flavors add to an overall impression of finesse. Bourgneuf shows the more delicate side of Pomerol.

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

The Vayron family is in charge here, and straight off the nose you know you are in quality wine territory. This is extremely subdued, a little more than I expected, with ground coffee beans and crushed blackberries that open up to reveal a luscious quality to the fruit. Restrained power from the 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050

[Add to shopping basket] Cabanne Pomerol £295 - 91-93 - 94-95 16 - -
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The 2016 La Cabanne is a blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked from the end of September. François Estager told me that like last year, he did not add any sulphites until after the malolactic fermentation. It has a well-defined bouquet with black cherries, a touch of cassis, a lovely marine influence and crushed violets. It opens beautifully in the glass. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp, tensile tannin and very well-judged acidity. This Pomerol displays great energy and poise, fanning out on the second half that demonstrates superb mineralité. This is an unmissable follow-up to the 2015 La Cabanne. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2021-2040

A juicy and fruity red that shows reserve and structure. Full body, polished and chewy tannins and a long finish. Big wine for the vintage. Serious… again!

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Big and bold with pinched sweetness on the end but a neat, dry finish.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Certan de May Pomerol £1,060 - 86-88 91-94 97-98 17 90-93 93-96
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The 2016 Certan de May is a blend of 65% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a perfumed bouquet with bright red fruit laced with wilted rose petals, the oak nicely integrated, although it just lacks a little complexity compared to other recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied and felt rather "skinny" on the entry with some hardness to the tannin. Linear and austere, this is a perplexing showing of a Pomerol that I have a lot of time for, continuing a patchy run of form.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2020-2035

Very open expressive fresh nose, red with clean, bright high-toned fruit, cherry and redcurrant and lots of verve and bite. An elegant Certan de May

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

This is really powerful with big tannins and strong acidity. Full and intense. A wine for long-term aging yet one that offers accessibility at the same time. This estate is on a roll now.

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Particularly rich, curranty nose. Really quite intense. And then on the palate it's all freshness and light. Should be a long-distance runner. Lots of sinew. (17+ Points)

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2026-2044

Lovely plum cake and melted licorice flavors lead the way, backed by plum and cherry compote notes. Fruit-forward, with just a light woodsy hint for spine, while the finish lets perfumy tea and floral accents hang.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 Certan de May is powerful and dense in the glass. Dark tonalities of fruit and a sense of gravitas are two of the signatures. This is an especially vertical, baritone expression of Pomerol. Dark spice, lavender, leather and licorice infuse the dark, potent finish. The 2016 delivers serious flavor intensity while retaining its super classic midweight sense of structure.

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

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