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[Add to shopping basket] Beauregard Pomerol £516 88-90 92-93 86-88 89 89-92 -
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The 2017 Beauregard, whose lower reaches were hit by the frost, has a straightforward bouquet with touches of mint and fennel infusing the red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a little bitterness towards the second half that just deprives this of the harmony it might have otherwise had. There is a fairly long finish so let’s see how this performs once in bottle.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2021-2031

Shows some serious length here with berries, chocolate and orange peel. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. 40% cabernet franc makes this happen. Rest merlot

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The lower lying part of this vineyard in Pomerol received some frost. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Beauregard is medium garnet-purple colored with a nose of warm red currants and kirsch plus suggestions of potpourri and dusty soil. Medium-bodied, it is just a little lean in the mid-palate with grippy tannins leading to a firm finish. (86-88+)

Score: 86 - 88 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

Just next to the buildings of Clos du Clocher, this site has more gravelly soils and more Cabernet Franc planted. There's a vivacity to the wine, and a real sense that this hits the mark, with a touch of spiciness on the firm but rich palate. There is a touch of rusticity on the finish, and the tannins have not quite smoothed out, but there's still plenty to enjoy. Retasted at the UGC tasting.

Score: 89 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2023-2035

A bright, floral style, with red currant and cherry fruit flavors streaking through, along with savory and incense notes. Fresh acidity makes the finish lengthy and focused.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2017 Château Beauregard, which is made with the help of Smith Haut Lafitte’s winemaker Fabien Tietgen, checks in as a 60/40 split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This rounded, supple, elegant Pomerol offers up a medium-bodied, sexy personality as well as classic notes of ripe cherries, raspberries, flowers, and chocolate. It has ripe tannin, a layered, balanced style, and will drink nicely for a decade or more.

Score: 89 - 91 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Very little aroma, just a hint of graphite. Could do with more flesh in the middle to help with the light but dry tannins. Pretty lean.

Score: 15 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2027

The 2017 Beauregard is the best vintage Florence and Daniel Cathiard, along with Technical Director Fabien Tietjien, have made so far. Silky, plush and wonderfully inviting, the 2017 has quite a bit to offer. Bold Cabernet Franc notes add lift and savoriness to the bold, punchy Merlot fruit in this impeccable, harmonious Pomerol. All the elements are beautifully woven together. This is a terrific showing.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Certan de May Pomerol £950 89-91 94-95 89-91 91 90-93 -
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The 2017 Certan de May continues a run of wines that have left me scratching my head because experience of older vintages prove the heights it can achieve. Yet, recent vintages have fallen short of expectations. This feels a little green, especially when compared to the Latour-à-Pomerol and Hosanna on either side of my tasting at J-P Moueix. The palate is thankfully better with fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, tertiary in style with a touch of charcoal and tar towards the finish. If the aromatics had a little more, for want of a better word, “oomph”, then I might be more generous in my evaluation. Hopefully it will meliorate in barrel. Let’s see.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2022-2032

This is very serious for the vintage with a full body, very polished tannins and a long finish. Well done.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A final blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Certan de May is scented of bay leaves, crushed blackcurrants and blackberries with black pepper and tilled earth nuances. The medium to full-bodied mouth is firm and chewy with tightly knit fruit and an herb-laced finish.

Score: 89 - 91 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

The two Cabernets make their presence felt right from the off, with some clear floral notes. This is an attractive Certan de May, not quite the joyful delivery of the last few years, but controlled, restrained and complex. It has lovely complexity, and the power is delivered with a light touch, with a slatey texture accompanied by rich black cherry and sweet gooseberry fool notes. A very attractive wine that manages to make the most of these slightly underripe fruit notes by adding juice and layers.

Score: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2024-2036

Plump and open, featuring fun raspberry and blood orange flavors, rooibos tea notes and a rounded feel through the finish. Perfumy, with a sandalwood echo.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Black cherries, leafy herbs, underbrush, and some smoky notes all emerge from the 2017 Château Certan de May. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from clay and deep gravelly soils, it's another juicy, lively, pretty Pomerol that shines for its purity and elegance.

Score: 90 - 92 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Deep smudgy crimson. Gorgeous dusty graphite nose and pure cassis fruit. Smells refined even before you taste it. But then unexpected oak sweetness on the palate, tannins are sufficient but moderate. Dies a little on the finish, so that the oak dominates for now. The palate was a bit disappointing after the promising aromas.

Score: 16 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2030

The 2017 Certan de May is bold and pungent in its first impression. Racy floral and savory notes from the Cabernet Franc are front and center. Certan de May doesn't quite have the early appeal of many wines in the Moueix stable, and the tannins need time to soften, but there is a sense of energy and tension to the 2017 that is compelling. Tasted two times.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Clinet Pomerol £690 92-94 92-93 92-94 90 92-95 -
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The 2017 Clinet was picked from 19 to 26 September for the Merlot and on 29 September for the Cabernets at 35hl/ha. It is matured in 72% new oak and the remainder one year old. The alcohol is 13.1° compared to say 14.4° for 2016. It has a perfumed bouquet with mainly red berry fruit, top notes of loam and a touch of violet. It is certainly well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well delineated, and saline in the mouth. It is quite open towards the finish, perhaps with less grip than other Pomerols that I have tasted, but it is undeniably elegant and well balanced with a hint of cured meat cropping up on the aftertaste. Classic Clinet!

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2022-2040

Some green-olive and herb character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Shows some solid and linear length on the finish.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Clinet opens slowly to reveal vibrant red and black fruits: red currants, black cherries, plums and cassis with touches of roses, yeast extract, wood smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with firm, grainy tannins and a taut, muscular palate of tightly wound fruits and compelling mineral accents, it finishes long with wonderful purity and fragrant earth accents.

Score: 92 - 94 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

High colour extraction with grilled damson on the nose, but the intensity through the palate is a few notches below the brilliant levels they have been achieving at Clinet over the past few vintages. They suffered around 15% frost to their vines, although did not use any second generation fruit in the first wine. Appreciate their extremely careful extraction, and lovely soft black fruits.

Score: 90 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2025-2036

Alluring, offering fleshy layers of fig, boysenberry and plum compote notes lined with anise and roasted apple wood accents, this is nicely integrated already, with fresh acidity embedded throughout.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Reminding me of the 2014, the 2017 Château Clinet is a beautiful, dense, concentrated wine that has terrific notes of blueberries, spring flowers, and chocolaty oak. It’s very much in the style of the vintage with its cool, perfumed aromatics and sensational purity of fruit, yet it also has richness and weight. It’s a brilliant Pomerol.

Score: 93 - 95 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Black core. Lovely dense aroma of black fruit and graphite, really savoury/mineral, with graphite dominant at the moment. Much more juicy than I expected on the palate. Plenty of dark fruit but only just fresh enough.

Score: 16 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2032

The 2017 Clinet packs a serious punch. Dense, rich and explosive, the 2017 offers tons of pure power, but it also comes across as oaky and lacking the detail of the best years, at least at this stage. A rush of black cherry jam, inky fruit, grilled herbs, lavender, licorice and smoke builds into the pliant, enveloping finish. The 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend speaks with a loud voice. Tasted two times.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Clos l'Eglise Pomerol £685 91-93 92-93 90-92 - 88-91 -
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The 2017 Clos l’Eglise was picked from 6 September to 2 October, the harvest was spread out for almost one month. It is matured in 90% new oak for 18 months. It has a well-defined, very pure bouquet with cranberry, dark cherries, bay leaf and crushed stone. It needs a little time to open in the glass and is not as immediate as the 2016 last year. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very smooth in texture with a slightly lactic note towards the finish. There is a touch of dark chocolate that infuses the red berry fruit with a subtle liquorice tincture that lingers on the aftertaste. This is a fine Clos l’Eglise although I do feel this year that its stablemate in Saint-Èmilion, Barde-Haut, takes the top honor.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2022-2042

This is a very juicy red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of chocolate. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Tight.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Blended of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Clos l'Eglise comes bursting forth with fresh black plums and black currants notions with hints of black raspberries, black pepper and Indian spices plus touches of lavender and roses. Medium-bodied, firm, grainy and with seamless freshness, it fills the palate with spicy black fruits and finishes long and perfumed.

Score: 90 - 92 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

Blueberry, blackberry and anise flavors rush forth, with more modest structure behind them. Fresh acidity keeps this honest, but this will likely deliver more immediate appeal.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Another pretty, elegant wine in the vintage, the 2017 Clos l'Église (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aging in new barrels) offers a forward, medium-bodied, ultra-fine and seamless profile as well as classic Merlot fruit, spice and floral aromas and flavors. It’s not a blockbuster but shines for its purity of fruit, ripe tannin, and impressive length. It’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve gracefully.

Score: 92 - 94 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

The 2017 Clos L'Eglise is a wine that brings together power, tension and energy. There is quite a bit of richness to the fruit, but also plenty of supporting structure. Beams of underlying tannin give the 2017 its drive and sense of direction, while keeping the flavors perked up. Bright red stone fruit, mint and white pepper lead into a sculpted finish lifted by striking floral notes. This is a decidedly tannic, tightly wound Pomerol that is going to require patience, but it is also hugely promising. The 2017 was done in 100% new 300L barrels.

Score: 92 - 95 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Conseillante Pomerol £1,476 93-95 94-95 95-97 94 - -
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The 2017 La Conseillante contains a little less Cabernet Franc than usual because four or five rows were damaged by frost. It has a classic Pomerol bouquet with touches of truffle and incense infusing the broody black fruit that take a few minutes to unwind in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with a subtle sprinkling of white pepper and fennel. The Cabernet Franc, despite its diminished contribution, is quite expressive towards the balsamic-tinged finish that shows plenty of energy and decent persistence. It is less powerful than the 2016 at this stage but it is clearly a very well crafted, almost sensual Pomerol by winemaker Marielle Cazaux. Tasted twice with consistent notes, this may well settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2022-2045

Tight and precise with focused tannins and a lovely texture to this young wine. Medium to full body. Compressed and serious. Some salty and dark fruit at the end.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2017 La Conseillante displays a deep garnet-purple color and simply sings of crushed blueberries, mulberries and ripe plums with suggestions of violets, chocolate box, rose hip tea and a waft of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive richness at this elegant weight coupled with vivacity and supported by plush, velvety tannins, finishing with great length and energy. This is an arrestingly beautiful expression of this vintage!

Score: 95 - 97 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

Harvest began with the Merlots on gravel at La Conseillante, on 5 September. The temperature dropped, and they had 30mm of rain on the 9th, so they stopped and restarted in mid-September, not picking the Cabernet Franc until 29 September. With 15% lost to frost (just 1.5ha entirely lost), the final yield was 34hl/ha, with no second generation fruit in the wine. I had the chance to taste through the individual components of this wine as well as the blend, and then retasted it the following week. It's an excellent take on the vintage, the austerity coming through on the attack before it opens to a wonderfully smoky mid-palate with loganberry and blackberry fruit, showing real fullness and volume. This has texture, structure and good aromatics, with a great sense of energy and persistency. The plot affected by the frost was a Duo parcel, so they will make a small amount of second wine but not as much as usual, and the overall production will be 85% grand vin. In organic conversion. 70% new oak. 3.6pH.

Score: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2025-2040

One of the sure bets in the vintage is the 2017 La Conseillante, which sports a vibrant ruby color and a deep, concentrated, beautifully layered personality. Black cherries, currants, violets, Asian spice, and truffle all flow to a full-bodied 2017 that has terrific depth of fruit, ripe, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It's an undeniable success in the vintage, if not the wine of the vintage in Pomerol. The blend in 2017 is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, from tiny yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare, aged in 70% new oak. Tasted twice.

Score: 94 - 96 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

The 2017 La Conseillante is a wine of total finesse and class. Bright, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2017 is exceptionally polished and nuanced from start to finish. Despite its mid-weight, gracious personality, the 2017 has real staying power. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux gave the fruit about 2 days on the skins, with no SO2 at crush. Cazaux added that the malos were quite fast. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Frost reduced production by around 15%, while drought further reduced yields in the Franc by a further 10%. As for the wine, well, the 2017 was magnificent on each of the three occasions I tasted it.

Score: 94 - 97 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

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