En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Figeac St Emilion £530 £450 - £600 - 16 91-93 90-91 91-93 90
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Well-formed blackcurrant fruit, slight spiciness – there’s some nice oak here. The tannins protrude from the structure though, in a way that interferes with the drinkability.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2026

Dark ruby. Very forward nose here with ripe savoury notes, then plenty of firm black fruit with lots of lift and a lovely creamy, polished texture. Very pure and burgundian.

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

A balanced, silky wine for the vintage, with mineral, currant, licorice and light spice. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. I like the hints of sweet tobacco, too. Very different blend: 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 20% cabernet franc; in a normal year, it’s one third of each.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Picked between 1 and 15 October, it is a blend of 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, a high percentage of the latter, which might surprise a few naysayers. Cropped at 36hl/ha, the Figeac 2013 is being matured in 100% new oak. The bouquet is clean and fresh, the Cabernet offering a touch of fresh mint to the dark berry fruit, the oak nicely assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. There is clearly a fine bead of acidity; a harmonious and silky smooth Figeac with shimmering black fruit seguing into an understated charming finish. I have read a lot about Michel Rolland supposedly creating a blockbuster wine when in fact the truth is that Frederic Faye, with Michel as consultant, has created a classic Figeac that will give great pleasure over the next 15 to 20 years. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

First vintage with Michel Rolland as consultant. Lovely blueberry aromas and Cabernet notes. Palate smooth and persistent. Has freshness and length. (90+ Points)

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2035

This delivers a very solid core of plum, cassis and blackberry fruit, with polished edges and a good underpinning of iron and violet notes through the finish. Long and solidly built without overreaching. One of the top surprises of the vintage.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Fleur Cardinale St Emilion £240 £180 - £240 - 15-16 88-90 89-90 89-91 86
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Juicy black cherry, a nice bit of liquorice, and then very furry tannins that don’t really belong in this structure. Peppery spice to finish. Will these tannins ever fully resolve? (15.5)

Score: 15 - 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2026

A slightly confected nose with liquorice, tar. Sweet black fruits fill in the middle with lots of extract, finishing dry.

Score: 88 - 90 Albany Vintners

Attractive cool berry character with chalk undertones. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a silky-textured finish.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Fleur Cardinale was picked between 15 and 23 October at 17hl/ha - a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a pleasant bouquet with ripe blackberry and cassis notes, perhaps just a touch of alcohol giving it lift. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There is good weight here and decent tension on the finish, though it cuts away a little quickly. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Deep, dark colour. Dark fruit and chocolate notes. Touch more extraction. Slightly drying finish but the fruit there.

Score: 86 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Quite solid, with a core of plum and boysenberry fruit studded with anise and roasted apple wood notes. This has a nice muscular feel, particularly for the vintage.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Fleur de Bouard Lalande de Pomerol £175 £150 - £195 - 17 88-91 90-91 - 86
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85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Plum, redcurrant, milk chocolate, really charming and interesting, Smooth palate. Some coffee character on the finish. Very characterful, and more immediately appealing than their Le Plus cuvée.

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

Bright black damson fruit, very forward on the nose, less open on the palate. Lush and ripe with nice acidity and vanilla on the finish.

Score: 88 - 91 Albany Vintners

A very pretty wine for the vintage with a pretty center palate and richness. Full body and integrated with a long finish. A beauty.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Open, expressive dark fruit nose. Fresh and lively on the palate. Tannins fine. Not big but harmonious.

Score: 86 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2020

Light, with a crunchy feel to the pomegranate and cherry pit notes. Savory and bay hints emerge on the finish.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Gazin Pomerol £415 £360 - £480 - 16 90-92 - 89-91 89
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Loads of cedar and clove notes from new oak, but the fruit is bright and bold too. Sieved but insistent mouth-coating tannin. Shame the finish is a bit brief.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2022

Black cherry and violets on the nose then, pure and clean with high-toned black and blueberry fruit and minerals. Juicy fruit in the middle, ripe with nice structure and a lovely elegant fresh finish.

Score: 90 - 92 Albany Vintners

Nicolas de Bailliencourt told me that for the second year running the Grand Vin is pure Merlot. It has a perfumed and much more floral bouquet compared to recent years. There is fine precision here, though it is not a powerful Gazin. The palate is medium-bodied and just a little pinched on the entry. The structure feels firm, lending it a mannered, conservative feel, whilst the finish is balanced with a truffle tinged finish. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Pretty red berry aroma. Full, round and juicy. Fresh. Firm and masculine in style.

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

Shows a firm plum skin frame, with a core of cherry, bitter plum and blackberry fruit. Lightly singed anise notes appear on the finish.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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