En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

St Emilion - The wines with tasting notes

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[Add to shopping basket] Angelus St Emilion £1,800 £1,350 - £1,980 - 17-18 92-94 92-93 90-92 90
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62% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. Rich, fruitcake aromas. Plush and powerful. Tannins are rounded on the palate, drinkable but not quite ready. Impressive concentration and purity without being forceful (17.5).

Score: 17 - 18 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Potent nose with black plums, chocolate, espresso and mineral notes. Rich and ripe with lots of concentration here, beautiful texture with very well-made with lush black fruit experssion and purity and mocha on the finish. Long.

Score: 92 - 94

Sexy and elegant for the vintage. A blueberry, floral and citrus character on the nose and palate. Full body, with an impressive density for the vintage and a pretty, bright finish. Excellent length.

Score: 92 - 93 , Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin, which this year contains only the old vine Cabernet Franc (representing 38% of the blend) has a conservative bouquet, without the thrills and spills of the 2009 or 2010 and it seems rather straight-laced and linear. That is not necessarily a bad thing: this is nicely focused and controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity, impressive tension and focus with a pleasing sense harmony towards the finish. Whilst it is not a flamboyant Angelus, this is a classy Saint Emilion for drinking over the next decade. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 , erobertparker.com

A little more Merlot than usual (68%). Mainly old-vine Cabernet Franc. Crimson hue. Expressive dark fruit nose. Lighter bodied but harmonious. Long and structured all the same. (90+ Points)

Score: 90 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2030

[Add to shopping basket] Ausone St Emilion £3,250 £2,500 - £4,200 - 17-18 91-94 91-92 91-93 92
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Deep blackcurrant fruit, supple tannins on the palate that grip the finish. A smidgen more concentration than their Chapelle, but it doesn’t scale the heights that you might hope for. That’s not to say it isn’t good, it is very delicious, but the quality is constrained by the vintage (17.5+).

Score: 17 - 18 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2033

A beautiful and complex fresh black and blue fruit nose, very penetrating. Lovely and pure in the mouth with blueberry, rich plums and spice. Some complexity and a really appealing silky smooth texture.

Score: 91 - 94

A balance red for the vintage with a solid core of fruit and dense palate. Silky tannins and stylish character. Full body, with a outstanding intensity and finesse for the vintage. Hazelnut and minerals. Half the normal production.

Score: 91 - 92 , Jamessuckling.com

The Ausone 2013 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, picked from 2 to 6 October. Pauline Vauthier told me that the 10 days in July burnt away the pyrazine notes however, there is just half the usual production at 9,000 bottles. Interestingly, the Merlot character comes through more prominently on the nose that feels just a little monochromatic compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy entry, the acidity (pH 3.55) noticeable. The finish has a citrus freshness, not as complex as recent vintages but showing admirable persistency. This is a commendable effort in the context of the vintage. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 , erobertparker.com

Follows the style of 2012. Accent on the fruit. Pure, elegant and digestible. Less density than top years but long, fine tannins for ageing.

Score: 92 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2038

[Add to shopping basket] Bellevue-Mondotte St Emilion £880 £600 - £1,100 - 15 - 87-88 91-93 88
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Rather sweet oak, very tough tannins. Impenetrable, but without much fruit generosity to back up.

Score: 15 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2026

This is a little lean and firm but has some decent fruit, with spice and berry character. Lacks a center palate.

Score: 87 - 88 , Jamessuckling.com

The Bellevue-Mondotte 2013 has a bright bouquet with crème de cassis, iodine and blueberry, the 80% new oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, fine in the mouth with admirable precision on the finish. This is a more tempered Bellevue-Mondotte, but it has great potential. One of the more successful Saint Emilion crus this year. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 , erobertparker.com

A Gérard Perse wine. Deep, dark and reserved. Firm, tight structure. A little heavy handed in a year that needs a light touch.

Score: 88 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

This has some depth for the vintage, with a solid core of raspberry and plum paste notes lined with red licorice hints and backed by toasted spice details on the finish. A showy style.

Score: 88 - 91 , Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Canon St Emilion £370 £300 - £480 - 17-18 89-91 91-92 90-92 90
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Cherry and plum, luxurious violet and pepper scent. Attractive layering of flavour and high tannins that don’t seem too ambitious given the good concentration on the mid palate. Good length too. Has a lovely sense of traditional structure with generous, sweet fruit and plenty of development to come. (17+)

Score: 17 - 18 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2026

Mid-ruby colour. Lots of high-toned redcurrant fruit aromas and black tea. Bright and lively on entry then the fruit builds in the mouth to reasonable density of pure red cherries. Fresh and supple with a crisp finish.

Score: 89 - 91

A delicate and refined young red with a seductive and fresh character. Medium to full body, with a lovely subtle tangerine peel and a very fine silky texture. Bright acidity. All in elegance.

Score: 91 - 92 , Jamessuckling.com

The 2013 is the first vintage in a long time with a high percentage of Cabernet Franc: a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The vines were de-leafed on one side in July and the second side in September to achieve ripeness. It was picked from 1 October until 10 October and sees 70% new oak. There is a subtle marine influence on the nose with touches of marmalade and seaweed infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. This feels plush in the mouth with an attractive spicy, confit finish. This is a finely tuned, elegant Canon in the making. Nothing new there. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 , erobertparker.com

Fresh, brambly nose. Dark and red fruit with a leafy note. Mid-palate is smooth and sweet. Firmness and length on the finish.

Score: 90 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

Shows a slightly firm woodsy frame, with balsa wood and sandalwood notes guiding the modest cherry and damson plum fruit. Presents a lightly dusty edge through the finish, leaning toward the austere side. This feels like the winemaking overreached a bit.

Score: 86 - 89 , Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Cheval Blanc St Emilion £3,250 £2,000 - £3,600 - 17 92-94 93-94 91-93 92
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52% Cabernet Franc, 48% Merlot. Very compact nose, much less expressive than the Petit Cheval. Black fruit, no greenness, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Good persistence and balance, this has been well made. Rounded, soft, approachable and with a smoky character just emerging.

Score: 17 , Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2023

53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot. Lifted, concentrated aromas of black cherry, mint, violets, liquorice, eucalyptus. Delicious entry, very pure and inviting with a satiny texture. There is nice weight of black plummy fruit and serious grip on the back end but the tannins are ripe and almost imperceptible. Very refined with a long harmonious finish.

Score: 92 - 94

Seductive. This is incredibly floral with violets, raspberries and hints nutmeg. Full to medium body, with a pretty density and freshness. Silky and refined. Velvety wine. Creamy. Attractive tannin backbone. Fascinating Cheval Blanc. Subtle. Reminds me of 1971 or a baby 2001. 52% cabernet franc and 48% merlot.

Score: 93 - 94 , Jamessuckling.com

The Cheval Blanc 2013 is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot, representing around 60% of the total production. It has a complex bouquet, introverted at first with pure black, mineral rich fruit that feels as if it is holding everything back for later. The palate has commendable purity considering the growing season - certainly with no sign of greenness. It might lack a little flair, but it is very focused with fine tension on the linear finish. Whilst this might be construed as a conservative Cheval Blanc, the addition of all the parcels in the blend has created a very well balanced, engaging Saint Emilion, one that might deserve a higher score post-bottling. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 , erobertparker.com

53% Cabernet Franc. Ruby red. Quite intense aromatically - summer fruit cocktail. Fine, smooth texture. Good mid-palate fruit. Tannins caressing. Elegant wine with focused finish. Less depth but true to style.

Score: 92 , Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2035

A lovely mix of red berry and blackberry fruit, with focused red currant, bergamot and black cherry notes. A twinge of mesquite, with a note of black tea, hangs on the finish. There's lovely perfume now, with subtle persistence through the finish. This opens steadily at it airs. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 91 - 94 , Wine Spectator

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