En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Clinet Pomerol £420 £400 - £500 - 16 92-94 90-91 90-92 89
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Medicinal tones on the nose, and moderately firm tannins. Rather hollow body, and there is not as much fruit concentration as the structure really needs.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2024

90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. Subdued nose hiting at black fruit, camphor and mineral. Very full in the mouth, continuing to build with lots of flavour and weight of black cherries, cocoa and cloves. Very impressive, silky and refreshing. Ronan Laborde thinks that this may be better than the 2012 here, with the fruit precision of 2008, but with more juiciness.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

A 2013 with attractive mineral, salt and iron character, plus a creamy acidity. Medium body solid core of fruit and a fresh finish. Very good concentration for the vintage.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Cabernet Franc (the highest percentage of Merlot ever) the Clinet 2013 was picked between 30 September until 12 October, finishing with the two Cabernets. Ronan Laborde told me that it was the most compact harvest he had undertaken: 4½ days within 13 days, the fruit selected through an optical sorting machine. The level of new oak is 60%, up from 2012, because Jean-Michel thought the fruit was good enough, with an IPT of 85 compared to 75. The nose takes some time to unfurl, broody and reticent at first, revealing redcurrant and cranberry scents mixed with dried flowers with time. The palate is well balanced with quite linear tannins, the oak nicely integrated and lending this Clinet good depth. It is a more masculine Clinet without the length of a great Château Clinet, but clean and pure. It will need 5 or 6 years to unwind after bottling. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Pure and Burgundian in profile. Lighter weight and frame. Attractive but a little pinched on the finish.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Offers a fresh, racy feel, with raspberry and bitter cherry notes followed by a blood orange accent. Modest spice accents show on the finish

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Clos l'Eglise Pomerol £440 £380 - £480 - - - - 90-92 89
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A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the Clos l'Eglise was one of the first to be picked around 26 September and then further on into October. It has a ripe, fleshy, red fruit-driven bouquet with touches of espresso in the background. It is nicely defined and expands in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, slightly grainy tannins. There is good weight if not enormous persistency, but it feels cohesive and unforced, a natural Pomerol cru that flows gently along. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Classic and restrained. Bright, fresh, harmonious and persistent. Fine tannic frame.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Very pure and silky, with lovely kirsch and plum notes gliding along. Offers a polished structure and a perfumy floral note on the finish. Understated and well done.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Conseillante Pomerol £625 £480 - £680 - 15 91-93 90-91 90-92 90
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Coffee grounds and smoke alongside the black fruit. Seems a little bit confected. Chewy, unyielding texture. Pretty tough stuff.

Score: 15 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2020

A complex and concentrated nose of violets, blueberries, minerals and smoke. On the palate, gently ripe blueberry and liquorice is underpinned by supple ripe tannins. Lovely texture and balance and a structured finish. Moderate weight but a beautifully elegant wine.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

This is lively and refined with a blueberry and cherry character. Medium body with fine tannins and a tangy finish. Bright and lively. Salty. Savory. 87% merlot and 13% cabernet franc.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Conseillante is a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc picked between 25 September and finishing with the latter on 7 October, cropped at 30hl/ha. The wine is being raised in 65% new barrels. There is something "tranquil" about the aromatics of the La Conseillante. Fresh strawberry and violet scents gently waft from the glass: nothing powerful but very pure, the oak seeming to be nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. This is quite a taut and linear La Conseillante with fresh acidity, more masculine than recent vintages and perhaps edging towards a more classic style. It gently builds in the mouth and leaves just a hint of iodine on the finish. This is a fine, precise La Conseillante for mid-term drinking. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Classic blend of 82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc. Attractive blueberry aromatics. Lively, fresh and clean. Fruit on the finish. Lots of charm.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2030

Focused, with black tea, anise, blackberry coulis and black cherry notes that display good range and finesse through the finish.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Eglise Clinet Pomerol £1,200 £900 - £1,450 Low Stock 92-94 17-18 93-96 93-94 94-96 91
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A 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend from the Plateau of Pomerol near the church, the wine has an inky/purple color, a sweet kiss of mulberry and black cherry liqueurs, interwoven with licorice, truffle, a hint of melted road tar and background spice and oak. The wine is opulent, medium to full-bodied and unquestionably a tour de force for this vintage. Kudos to Durantou. If you can find it, this is clearly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage and a real star. Drink from 2018-2027.

Score: 92 - 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2027

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Chocolate and black fruit, lovely richness and concentration. Very high tannins here, but they have a buffed edge that suggests they will soften well. Fine, lengthy and concentrated. Pretty hearty, yet quite effortless to taste. Impressive! (17.5)

Score: 17 - 18 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2030

Deep garnet red purple, the nose is brooding at first but opens up to offer intense, lifted scents of damson, blueberries and minerals and floral notes. In the mouth there is ample black fruit, nice minerality. Medium to full bodied, and very precise with lovely concentrated fruit and an amazingly silky texture. Pure, long and gorgeous and a triumph for the vintage!

Score: 93 - 96 Albany Vintners

One of the most naturally structured wines from the vintage. It’s the most properly structured wine of the vintage. It’s full body with mineral character and an intensity. The old vine cabernet franc gave the backbone. This will need aging.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 27 September and 2 October. It delivers 13.5% alcohol, a degree less than last year. The Merlot comes through very strongly on the nose with pure scents of cranberry and wild strawberry, dried violet petals and a touch of sous-bois It is very well defined although not as complex as a top-flight l'Eglise-Clinet. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky entry that does not hesitate in caressing the palate, the oak succinct and deftly interwoven. There is not a huge depth here, but rather great tension and precision, a hint of citrus peel. This is already utterly seductive. One day, Denis might make a L'Eglise-Clinet that does not incite superlatives. I might be waiting a long time. If you do insist on buying one 2013 en primeur, then make it this one. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 94 - 96 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Unusual concentration for the year. Aromatic persistence with complex, exotic notes. Lovely suave texture. Ample fine-grained tannins. Good length.

Score: 91 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2033

Well-rendered, with sleek raspberry and blackberry coulis notes, presenting a backdrop of anise and warm fruitcake flavors and a fleshy, polished finish. Pure and lengthy.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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