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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Calon Segur St Estephe Unreleased - - 96-97 98-99 18-19 94-97 -
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60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot & 2% Petit Verdot. High quality Cabernet Franc distinguishes the 2016 from the 2015 when none was used in the Grand Vin. A sophisticated nose, a wealth of ripe black and blue fruit. Profuse and weighty savoury black fruits in the mouth, very dense character that seems to build and build, with exciting freshness, elegant bite of ripe tannins and length. A great Calon Segur.

Score: 96 - 97 Albany Vintners

Wow. This is the Calon we have been waiting for! Intensity and power. Chewy and polished tannins. Full body, great depth. It goes on for minutes. Shows a classic, historical character that really excites me. The essence of this estate and St.-Estèphe. Best ever?

Score: 98 - 99 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Rich, deep, glowing purplish crimson. Pungent and really interesting and layered on the nose already. Creamy texture and massive energy. Lots of tannin but all beautifully balanced. This is seriously intriguing rather than just ticking boxes. Glows on the end. Old-vine influence - really gives layers and intrigue. Sweetness of tannin. But the freshness really lifts it. 14%

Score: 18 - 19 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2028-2055

This sports a dark fruit core, a mouthwatering iron edge and a long, tobacco-accented finish. The broad and racy feel gives this a distinctive profile. This should put on some weight.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

An extremely complete and well balanced vintage for Calon Ségur that shows how, with the right levels of acidity, tannin and depth of fruit, even 100% new oak can melt away. This is one of the signs of a great vintage and we have it here in spades. Great definition on the darkly spiced palate, with powerful cassis, liquorice, mint and violets that are dense yet feathery, with chalky tannins that need time to bed in. I love that the tannins are extremely high (80IPT) but not upfront, helped by a pH of 3.6. Just 35% of production made it into the grand vin because so much replanting was done back in 2006, although this should ramp up as the vines mature - they believe the potential is for 70% grand vin. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Score: 96 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) St Estephe Unreleased - - 89-92 92-93 17 90-93 -
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69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Deeply coloured with spiced currants and bramble fruit. Midweight with a core of crunchy fruit and firm tannins.

Score: 89 - 92 Albany Vintners

Love the stone, tar and black currant in this. Full and tight with firm and silky tannins and a long, long finish. Spicy, too. Can’t wait to see how this evolves. Serious.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% very old Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Very deep crimson. Round and flattering texture with lots of zappy tannin. A little more angular than the famous 2009 but very easy to drink. Tannins quite marked at the moment. Very round tannins but they are there in such profusion that you will have to wait.. GV 14%

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2032

A vibrant and energetic wine, with savory and bay notes adding to the mix of crushed cherry, plum and blood orange flavors. Reveals an iron-edged spine on the finish.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

This shows a great combination of deep, intense cassis and loganberry fruits and chalky, almost chewy, tannins. There is a slow creep of power, but with a sense of lightness in the touch. This is a reliable property, known as Capbern Gasqueton until 2013, that has delivered another hugely drinkable vintage - the IPT of 78 is similar to the 2014. The blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot spends 18 months in 60% new oak. 3.7pH.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2024-2038

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76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc with ageing in 60% new oak. 45% of the crop will be used to make Cos which shows of a beautiful expressive nose of dark plums, liquorice, cloves, ginger and cumin. Densely packed spicy fruit with cashmere tannins. A glossy bright, elegant, finish that is both long and fine.

Score: 95 - 97 Albany Vintners

The finish is something else here. This is a wine that’s so powerful and tannic yet at the same time so polished and superb on the finish. Full-bodied, beautifully crafted and precise. This is a wine that really grabs your attention. The agility and power are more than impressive. Wow is the word.

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. 26 September to 15 October. IPT 69. pH 3.66. Very similar analysis to 2015. 45 hl/ha yield, which they feel is best for vine balance now. Energy and raciness on the nose. Gentle and lifted. And then lots of tannins underneath. Fresh almost sandy tannins. Good energy and tea-leaf sensation. Excellent freshness. Long. Restrained. Elegant. 13.07%

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2042

This is one of the best Cos d'Estournels that I can remember trying at this early stage, it really does have every hair standing up on end. Powerful and deep, with a clear intensity but such delicacy; this is fresh, beautiful and succulent. It moves effortlessly through the palate without ever letting you forget that it's there. Deep black cherries, touches of dark chocolate and graphite are driven forward by a pulse of energy. From a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new oak.

Score: 97 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050

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A medium to full-bodied red with polished, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and structured. A little lean but this should develop nicely.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark crimson. Thick, sweet and high toned. Then a bit too tarted up. You would certainly enjoy this wine, provided you didn't taste it alongside another 2016 from the same appellation. Lots here and pretty supple. Just a tiny hint of green at the end.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2026-2040

A chewy, well structured, full and deep Cos-Labory where the juiciness steals up on you slowly and surely. This is elegant but rich, and it totally delivers on the potential of the vintage in the appellation. A great year for this château.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2025-2040

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Dame de Montrose (2nd wine of Montrose) St Estephe Unreleased - - 90-92 91-92 17 - -
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52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot. 42% of the crop was used here with 22% set aside for the 3rd wine instead. Deep ruby colour then ripe savoury fruits in the mouth and chunky tannins on the finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

A linear and fine rendition of Montrose’s second wine with blueberry and blackberry character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Structured. Racy.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. This has absorbed all the Petit Verdot in 2016. Exceptionally deep blackish crimson. Not especially expressive on the nose but really deep and intense on the palate Very dense for a second wine but with a good raciness and energy. Rather elegant and flattering without resorting to sweetness. Quite cool on the end. Lighter and less dense than the grand vin.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2039

A little subdued right now but the fresh, floral edging of the grand vin is also clear here, balanced by juicy black fruit flavours and a similar sense of restraint. The blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc represents 42% of the estate's production.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2024-2035

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