En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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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 JancisRobinson.com, 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 Albany Vintners

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

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

[Add to shopping basket] Armailhac Pauillac £250 £250 - £330 - 16-17 89-92 87-88 88-90 90
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59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Pure black cassis fruit, light style on the palate. Slightly simple on the mid palate, though the spiciness is very charming on the finish. Correct balance, easy drinking, especially for Pauillac. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025

An intense direct nose. Attractive and juicy with bright crunchy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit and mocha and nicely judged toast on the finish. Good balance.

Score: 89 - 92 Albany Vintners

A pleasant, fruity wine with hints of hazelnut and currant character. Medium body, firm tannins and a clean finish that's a little light. 59% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 12% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The d'Armailhac is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot cropped at a whopping (for the vintage) 40hl/ha. It has quite an open, powerful bouquet in keeping with the d'Armailhac style: blackberry, cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, grippy tannins, good depth with a touch of spice on the finish. Fine.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fine purple-red, fragrant nose, expressive and even exuberant, a Pauillac with charm and good tannins for the future.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2028

Lightly tangy in feel, with damson plum and star anise leading the way for black cherry and blackberry fruit. Offers well-integrated toast, with a juniper note threading everything together and a lingering spice note. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 is very pretty and silky in the glass. Violets, plums, smoke, tobacco and graphite meld together effortlessly in a gracious, mid-weight wine that impresses for its length, energy and vibrancy. Overall, this is a solid showing for the year, although some slight elements of greenness lurk beneath the fruit. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested between October 1 and 14. Tasted twice.

Score: 86 - 89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[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 JancisRobinson.com, 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 Albany Vintners

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

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

[Add to shopping basket] Batailley Pauillac £240 £220 - £280 - 16-17 90-93 91-92 89-91 88
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Sweet fruit, but with a very slight herbal edge to give a savoury twist. Dry, furry texture, but plenty of refreshing acidity to balance. Nicely made, not too ambitious, but offers lots of drinking pleasure. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2026

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A lovely nose with berries and lift, then very pure and concentrated on the palate with plenty of red fruit. Light, fresh and appealing. Harmonious.

Score: 90 - 93 Albany Vintners

This very and racy with a pretty purity and length. Full body, with mineral and stone. Muscular. 94% cabernet sauvignon with the rest in merlot and petit verdot. Very, very impressive from here.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin has the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend: 94%, augmented by 2% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot cropped at 33hl/ha. It has a pure, well-defined bouquet with blackcurrant, fresh strawberry and cedar that is tightly enmeshed with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, almost understated opening. There are pleasant tobacco and dried herb notes infusing the black fruit and whilst the finish does not possess the structure of recent vintages, it expresses the Cabernet fruit with aplomb and there is something easy drinking, almost languid on the finish (not meant in a pejorative sense.) Fine.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Dense colour, quite meaty Cabernet fruit with some florality and lift, nice earthiness on the palate, good Pauillac.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

[Add to shopping basket] Belgrave Haut Medoc £165 £160 - £230 - 16-17 - 88-89 - 88
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Rich cassis and sweet oak spice. Fine but very firm tannins. Attractive smoked-meat character. Good, solid stuff. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2028

Pretty core of fruit for the vintage with plum, berry and hints of earth. Medium body, round tannins, fresh finish.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dense colour, well-extracted berry fruit, quite fleshy and good tannins for the future.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Soft and forward, with friendly plum and cherry compote notes and a sandalwood stitching that holds the finish nicely

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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