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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Beauregard Pomerol Unreleased £290 - £350 90-92 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

2015 will be the first vintage for Beauregard under the guidance of the Cathiards of Smith Haut Lafitte, together with the Moulin family (of Galeries Lafayettes). Situated close to the border with St Emilion, on clay-limestone and also fine sandy, gravel soils where Cabernet does well. The 2015 is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Cool clean spiced character then weighty ripe damson fruit in the middle of the palate. Very seductive texture, supple well-rounded tannins with a clean finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

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 Pomerol £295 £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 shopping basket] Cabanne Pomerol £230 £180 - £250 92-94 - 94-95 17 - -
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The 2015 La Cabanne is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Proprietor François Estager told me that this was the first vintage were he has not used any sulfur (one of a few that are moving in that direction). Tasted on three occasions, the nose is offers brambly black fruit mixed with wild hedgerow and cold stone, certainly more sophisticated than recent vintages, with impressive purity. The palate is built upon fine grain tannin, well-judged acidity, and is nicely proportioned with the fruit, given lift by the new oak on the finish. I suspect that the aromatics were just having an off day; given the performance of the palate and knowing how fine this Pomerol can be, it should turn into a delicious, perhaps relatively approachable Pomerol that will give a couple decades of pleasure.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com Maturity: 2019-2035

95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 55% new oak and 45% 1 year barrel. This Pomerol estate is well situated not far from Trotanoy and Clinet, on clay with gravel soils, and produces on average 2500 cases per year from vines of around 30 years of age, and a second wine, made from the younger vines. Owned by the Estager family since 1952. following a fire at the property in 2010 which destroyed the vat room and the entire 2008 crop, renovations have been carried out with state of the art new winemaking facilities. A Chateau to watch.

Score: - Albany Vintners

A rich and round red with lots of dried fruits, spice and dark chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, flavorful and rich. Classic styled red. Best ever from here?

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very dark, then rich and furry and sweet. Very sweet and charming. Intense and jewelly. Very seductive!

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2035

[Add to shopping basket] Certan de May Pomerol £800 £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

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