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[Add to shopping basket] Certan de May Pomerol £590 - 85-87 - 93-94 16-17 91-94 93-96
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The Château Certan-de-May 2014 has a commendable bouquet, not complex but with satisfying blackberry and raspberry fruit coming through, touches of chalk dust and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with a conservative entry and this continues throughout the wine, rather dry-ish tannins, very linear, nicely composed but missing the joie-de-vivre of some other Pomerol crus, or the charm of say, the Latour-à-Pomerol. It needs to muster something more by the time of bottling given the reputation of this name and the strong performance of past vintages.

Score: 85 - 87 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2028

This is very long with chewy tannins and lots of fruit. Full and juicy with a wonderful length. Lasts a long time. Best in years from here.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark blackish crimson. Heady, classic friendly Pomerol. Already relatively open on the nose. Mulberries and roundness. Light to medium weight. Not the most ambitious but a friendly beacon for traditionalists. A slightly bitter note on the end.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2035

Shows a perfumy profile, with rooibos tea, blood orange and warm raspberry coulis notes leading the way. The structure marries a silky and fine-grained wood feel, letting the fruit smolder through the finish. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Certan de May is one of the most powerful, tannic wines in the Moueix range. There is more than enough fruit and overall density to fill out the big, broad-shouldered frame. Layers of flavors and textures build as the wine opens up, but today, the Certan de May remains quite imposing. My sense is that it will require considerable aging.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Clinet Pomerol £425 - 89-91 91-94 91-92 15-16 91-94 92-95
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The Château Clinet 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc picked from 23 to 30 September, 3 October for the old Merlot vines and 8 October with respect Cabernets. It was cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 60% new barrels and 40% second fill. It has a well-defined bouquet, quite stony compared to more fruit-driven Pomerol 14's, scents of gravel percolating through the light blackberry and boysenberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, slightly abrasive tannin at the moment that will hopefully be abraded during its barrel age. It feels a little attenuated on the finish and you feel taken aback by the lack of its usual concentration and flamboyance on the finish. Interestingly a second sample (at the UGC) showed more cohesion and weight on the finish vis to the sample at the château. Ronan Laborde has produced some truly wonderful wines at Clinet in recent years, but I need convincing that the 2014 will join their ranks. I will hopefully re-taste this later during its barrel maturation and report back.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

90M, 9CS, 1CF with 60% new oak, from yields of 40hl/ha. Pronounced and very ripe with red fruit confit and cream, some slightly cooked notes and crushed wild strawberries. Lively and broad with punchy tannic structure and crispness.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners, -

This is layered and intense with mineral, chalk, berry and olive character. Full, very fine and refined. Tight. Let’s see.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Overripe notes on the nose. A little dull on the palate. Very stolid and without any real pace and direction. (15.5+ Points)

Score: 15 - 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2032

The lush raspberry and plum fruit flavors are lined with an ample but velvety structure, leading to a long, spice-infused finish. Ripe but not overdone, this is sure to be a head-turner.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Clinet is striking. Energetic, tense and wiry, the 2014 jumps from the glass with notable intensity. The tannins are quite evident, as is the acidity, but there is a level of harmony here that is impossible to miss. Red currant, sweet red cherry, tobacco, smoke and white pepper add nuance on the pulsating finish. I imagine the 2014 is going to require quite a bit of time, but it is compelling, even at this early stage. The 2014 is 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc that saw 30+ days on the skins in small lot fermenters, with manual punch-downs. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. This is a fabulous showing from Clinet and proprietor Ronan Laborde.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Conseillante Pomerol £640 - 92-94 - 94-95 17 - 90-93
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The Château La Conseillante 2014 is a blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, picked from 23 September to 2 October and 29 September until 6 October respectively at 35 hectoliters per hectare. There was just 2.5% vin de presse and the Grand Vin represents 88% of the total production this year. As you would expect, there is far more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Duo, with dry tobacco-infused red and black fruit, hints of Provençal herb and black truffle - very Pomerol in style. The palate delivers the class. Supple in the mouth, very well judged acidity, poised and long, the Cabernet Franc drives this along and elevates the finish in terms of complexity. There are light spices entering the fray towards the finish that is feminine and nuanced with lovely salinity on the aftertaste that will urge you to take another sip. I was admittedly a little underwhelmed by the deuxième vin this year, but the grand vin makes up for it. It is another great Pomerol from ever-congenial winemaker Jean-Michel Laporte and his team.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

Wow. This really kick in here with lots of subtle yet fresh fruit and a chewy and long finish. Muscular and long with a wonderful elegance. The winemaker says the cabernet franc gives the style and structure here. And he’s right.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark , healthy crimson. Intense, robust fruit with a sort of Pontet-Canet kind of chunkiness. Tannins are not the smoothest. Full marks for drama but not for subtlety. (17- Points)

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2036

The 2014 La Conseillante is nicely supple and layered in the glass, with distinct cherry pit, plum, rose petal, wild flowers and subtle hints of spice are woven together in an open-knit, expressive Conseillante that is likely to start drinking well relatively early. The finish is decidedly silky and open-knit. The 2014 is quite pretty, but at this stage it is also lacking a bit in body. The blend is 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc a bit higher than the 15-18% that is more typical.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Eglise Clinet Pomerol £1,300 - Low Stock 93-95 95-98 94-95 17 92-95 94-97
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The Château l’Eglise-Clinet 2014 is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked from 26 September to 4 October and 17 to 21 October respectively and matured in 70% new oak. I tasted the wine from two barrels à la Burgundy with Denis Durantou. It has a gorgeous bouquet that boasts exquisite precision. It is not an intense nose but one that unfurls in the glass, revealing red berries, myrtle and more mineralité than probably any other Pomerol ’14 that I tasted from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This is utterly harmonious, the Cabernet Franc more expressive than the 10% would suggest with a long, sophisticated finish whose cousin might be say, Vieux-Château-Certan. This continues a run of outstanding vintages from Denis Durantou and should offer 20+ years of drinking enjoyment.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2040+

A little muted when we tasted first thing on a cool morning, but there is already blueberry and black plum, with complexity of smoke and dark chocolate waiting in the wings. Seductive with full body and weight of pure fruit that continues to build in the mouth. The tannins are ripe and sleek on the long, long dark chocolate finish.

Score: 95 - 98 Albany Vintners, -

A wonderful wine with dense and intense fruit and chewy tannins. Full body, coffee, chocolate, almond and walnuts. Layered. Magic winemaker of Pomerol.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very dark crimson. Very rich and perfumed. Sweet and polished but perhaps with a little less earthiness and fire than usual. Big and bold. And a little drying on the end. 14%

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

Very refined, with alluring raspberry, plum and boysenberry fruit, inlaid with fine-grained structure and backed by a long rooibos tea- and fruitcake-infused finish. Latent grip lurks in the background.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 L'Eglise Clinet is a real head-turner. Gorgeous, super-expressive aromatics meld into a core of dark, sumptuous fruit. Lavender, mint, violets, graphite and crème de cassis notes abound in a powerful, structured wine endowed with magnificent purity and a skyscraper-like sense of lift. Finesse and power collide in a crystalline Pomerol of exceptional beauty. Powerful and dense to the core, the 2014 is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 94 - 97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Evangile Pomerol £860 - 92-94 93-96 91-92 17-18 93-96 -
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The Château L’Evangile 2014 is a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc, the latter from re-planted vines that have come into the grand vin. It has a very refined bouquet, the Cabernet Franc lending a slight savory character. The palate is beautifully structured with a fine line of acidity. The black fruit is suffused with a hint of sweet coconut coming through on the finish from the oak. That will be subsumed with time. This is quite a powerful L’Evangile with fine tannins and an insistent grip. This is an impressive L'Evangile and it may warrant a higher score after bottling.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2022-2045

82M, 18CF. Expressive with bright red cherries and a touch of kirsch liqueur on the nose. Deep red fruit which should continue to fill in with age and with lifted notes of spiced cinnamon and chocolatey oak. Big and bold framework but with very suave tannins and a weightless feel. Plenty of complexity, depth, potential and backbone with a long, bright spicy finish.

Score: 93 - 96 Albany Vintners, -

Aromas of blackberries, oyster shell and black licorice. Full body and a firm and muscular backbone of tannins. Slightly austere.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Black lustrous crimson. Fresh, transparent nose. Round and seductive. Difficult to even see the tannins. Flattering and very vibrant. Long.

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2037

Tightly coiled for now, offering raspberry, bitter plum and dark currant fruit that should unwind slowly. Features charcoal and smoldering tobacco notes, with a hint of loam underscoring the finish. Always among the more muscular Pomerols, with a substantial percentage of Cabernet Franc, and 2014 is no different. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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