En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

St Emilion - The wines with tasting notes

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[Add to shopping basket] Angelus NEW St Emilion £1,800 £1,350 - £1,980 - - 92-94 - 90-92 90
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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 Albany Vintners

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 Neal Martin, 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, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2030

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 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Ausone St Emilion Unreleased £2,500 - £4,200 - - 91-94 - 91-93 92
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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 Albany Vintners

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 Neal Martin, 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, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2038

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 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Barde Haut St Emilion Unreleased £150 - £230 - - - 88-91 - 86
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Fleshy and inviting, with plum paste, blackberry coulis and black tea notes woven together and backed by a twinge of iron on the finish. Features some showy toast.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Sweet, ripe, fruit-accented nose and palate. Medium-bodied, fresh and clean.

Score: 86 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2025

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Belair Monange St Emilion Unreleased £550 - £850 - - - 91-94 88-90 90
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This has impressive density for the vintage, with very focused, pure red currant, plum and black cherry fruit that courses along, lined with a vibrant, chalky minerality and carrying through the long, floral-edged finish. Shows serious energy for the vintage. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Belair-Monange has quite an upfront, rather bold bouquet with ripe raspberry and wild strawberry scents interlaced with Havana cigar and seaweed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It feels rounded in the mouth, quite succulent although I would have preferred more tension, especially towards the finish. You want this wine to take off and fly, but the finish seems rooted to the ground. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Ripe, crushed berry nose. Appetising palate. Fresh, long and fruit driven. Elegant and poised.

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

A linear wine with blueberry, mineral and dark-chocolate character. Medium body. Firm tannins.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Bellevue-Mondotte NEW St Emilion £880 £600 - £1,100 - - - 88-91 91-93 88
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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 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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 Neal Martin, 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, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

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

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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