En Primeur Bordeaux 2016

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Conseillante Pomerol Unreleased - - 96-98 99-100 17 93-96 95-98
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A pretty nose with floral hints. Dense with sweetly ripe opulent fruit explodes on the palate. Round and subtle with seamless tannins. An excellent Conseillante which the owner considers to be the best since 2000.

Score: 96 - 98 Albany Vintners

This is the greatest Conseillante in modern times. Full body and incredible tannins that are polished and velvety. The texture lasts for minutes. I am speechless. What a young and awe-inspiring wine!

Score: 99 - 100 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Not as aromatic as some of the very top Pomerols. Lovely texture but not as expressive as some. A hint of soapiness. Lots of texture buried under the substance here but needs time for the flavour to develop. Lots to chew on. (17+ Points)

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

Bright raspberry and blackberry confiture flavors fill out nicely as they move along, followed by a well-buried graphite edge and a flash of cocoa at the very end. Has a vivid display of fruit and the buried spine to back it up.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2016 La Conseillante is one of the undisputed stars of the vintage. Dark, rich and voluptuous, with no hard edges and exceptional balance, the 2016 has been simply extraordinary on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, lavender and spice notes flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's textural feel and overall balance that stand out most. The 2016 is plush, deep and textured, yet retains the super-classic midweight feel that is such a Conseillante signature.

Score: 95 - 98 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

This is a big wine, from the colour to the stunning level of fruit and tannin extraction that is not overdone, but is certainly evident. Gorgeous violets and blackberries run through the palate and slightly chewy tannins are extremely well-integrated with the oak. At first you think this carries on the slightly more swaggering style of La Conseillante seen in recent years, with black fleshed fruits and high drama, but as it unfurls in the glass you reclaim also the more floral, vibrant and elegant touches that suggest the heart of this property is unchanged. A touch austere, but that's what you want for long ageing. There is around one degree less alcohol than in 2015, even though they finished picking later. For me, this is a more classic La Conseillante than 2015. The aromatics are just so striking. This is the second year of using biodynamic preparations across the whole vineyard. Michel Rolland consults. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% new oak.

Score: 96 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel NEW St Estephe £1,400 - - 95-97 97-98 18 - -
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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

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel Blanc NEW Dry Whites £985 - - 92-94 96-97 - - -
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Just 5500 bottles are made of the 100% Sauvignon Blanc that aims to compete with the best whites from Graves. Grass, melon and a touch of peach, crisp and refreshing.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

A layered and deep white with beautiful fruit giving mango, sliced-lemon and green-pineapple character. Full-bodied and so flavorful. Love the phenolic balance. One of the best dry whites of the vintage.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Another Médoc white to bear in mind when selecting this year. A 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon blend, the team picked over the course of four outings, right through to 10th October having started on 12th September. This is far enough up in the northern Médoc to get full estuary breezes, and with extreme selection the crop is one third less than last year. The aromatic precision is lovely, a fresh, clean line of citrus and white peach flesh that opens up and peels itself back through the palate.

Score: 93 Decanter Maturity: 2019-2030

[Add to shopping basket] Coutet Sauternes/Barsac £318 - - - 94-95 16-17 92-95 -
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Oily and dense with lots of sliced-cooked-pineapple, honey and light spice character. Full body and a long and spicy finish. Lasts a long time on the palate.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

RS 153 g/l, TA 3.8 g/l. Correct but somewhat restrained nose, particularly in comparison with Clos Haut-Peyraguey. Just a little dull. Not the juiciest. Not the sweetest. Very youthful. 13.7%. 16.5+

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2040

Plump, with a mouthful of tangerine, peach and clementine notes laced with a ginger thread. A twinge of bitter orange adds cut on the finish.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Croix de Beaucaillou (2nd wine of Ducru) St Julien Unreleased - - 92-94 94-95 17 91-94 -
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64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Opulent sweet fruit and blackcurrant pastilles on the nose and palate with firm tannins and refreshing acidity. Good balance.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

This is very tight and focused with blackberries, blackcurrants and licorice. Lots of crushed stones, too. Full-bodied, tightly wound and pretty. Exciting second wine from Ducru.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Bright, deep crimson. Tastes so dramatic that it's on the edge - almost camembert notes. Lots of spiciness and glamour and then the oak insists a bit. The new oak is a tad obvious at the moment. 13.44% 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. Not a second wine but from a particular area in the middle of the AOC. 60% new oak. IPT 78.

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

This is lovely from the get-go, with notes of warm ganache and incense in front of a core of alluring crushed blueberry, açai and cassis flavors. Polished and suave on the finish.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Produced from Gunz gravels on south-facing slopes, with their high iron-oxide content. The blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, with a 3.65ph and aged in 60% new oak barrels. The grapes were picked from 27th September to 5th October, taking advantage of the first rains of September but not those of October. Here they have the benefits of the fresh air from the Garonne river that Ducru looks out over, so long, slow ripening of the grapes is evident in a cooling, fresh finish that adds lift and juice to the black cherry fruits. Lovely spice evident through the palate also.

Score: 92 Decanter Maturity: 2025-2040

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