En Primeur Bordeaux 2015

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[Add to shopping basket] Croix de Beaucaillou (2nd wine of Ducru) St Julien £320 £250 - £350 91-93 91-94 93-94 17 - 90-92
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The 2015 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a floral note on the nose: small black cherries, blueberry and wilted violets, the last becoming more intense as the initially tight-fisted wine opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. There is very well-judged acidity and its texture is harmonious and silky smooth. The quality is loaded more in the mouth than on the nose at the moment, but it is a seriously classy "deuxième vin" that just needs a little more persistence on the finish.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2045

La Croix de Beaucaillou comes from its own vines located in the centre of St Julien rather than a traditional second wine made from the younger vines. La Croix differs from Ducru in that it sports a label specially designed by Jade Jagger. 45% Merlot, 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot. Fragrant and aromatic nose with plenty of sweet plums and mineral interest. Good and rich with vibrant fruit and some density in the middle with plush nice spice. A very good second label and a big step up in quality here.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

A juicy and savory second wine from Ducru with lots of ripe fruit and spice character. Chocolate and walnut undertones. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. IPT 70. From a terroir near Léoville Barton on a southern flank of a stream. Small clusters. 40 hl/ha. Two-thirds new oak. Savoury nose - really racy. Very fresh and sinewy. Racy and polished. Dry finish. But pretty sweet fruit in the middle. This 'second wine' showed extremely well even next to the grand vin, but presumably will not last as long. 13.53%

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2034

The 2015 Croix de Beaucaillou emerges from a south-facing parcel in the center of Saint-Julien. Plump, racy and creamy on the palate, the 2015 offers lovely depth from start to finish. Cherry pit, plum, lavender and spice flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's overall balance that is most compelling. The Croix de Beaucaillou is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol £180 £145 - £190 91-93 91-93 92-93 16-17 90-93 89-92
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The 2015 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on gravel/clayey soil, picked from September 15-22 and October 6 respectively, then matured in 45% new oak. The new wood is seamlessly integrated into this Lalande-de-Pomerol, more broody and introspective than the La Chenade at the moment, but very well defined. The palate is beautifully proportioned with crisp tannin, a fine line of acidity, somehow gentle and understated on the finish, but very long in the mouth. Yet another ridiculously fine wine to load up on, courtesy of Denis Durantou.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

This Lalande de Pomerol is made by the dynamic Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet, a stone's throw (well, 1km) from Eglise Clinet. Black cherry compote and a touch of smoke and incense on the nose. Very clean and focused. Lots of vivid direct fruit, violet and cassis with vanilla on the back. Impressive tannic backbone but all in balance. Silky in texture and long lived. if this were Pomerol it would be much more expensive!

Score: 91 - 93 Albany Vintners

This is so on it with velvety tannins and rich fruit. So much fun to taste. Generous and exotic.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 45% new oak. Crimson. Scented and compact nose. Savoury and supple. Very fine for a Lalande-de-Pomerol. Maybe flattering because it went into barrel before Chenade. GV?

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2026

Silky and caressing in feel, with gentle rooibos tea, blood orange and raspberry notes that move gracefully, gaining depth through the finish.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Lés Cruzelles is terrific. Bright, focused and also generous in the glass, the 2015 balances aromatic intensity with textural richness. Dark red cherry, violet, lavender, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully delineated throughout. There is a sense of energy here that is impossible to miss, while the finish is equally memorable. Lés Cruzelles is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc planted on gravel/clay soils. Harvest took place between September 15 and October 6.

Score: 89 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Dame de Montrose (2nd wine of Montrose) St Estephe £295 £220 - £280 88-90 88-90 91-92 16-17 - 89-91
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The 2015 La Dame de Montrose is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot that was picked between 15 September and 8 October. It has a perfumed, floral and pure bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and violets, all with commendable delineation for a deuxième vin. The palate is well balanced with a more sumptuous texture compared to its fellow Saint Estèphes, thanks to that lush Merlot that forms the core of this wine. It has commendable energy and feels approachable, therefore with 3-4 years in bottle, you should have yourself a fine if not exceptional La Dame de Montrose.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

Ripe with deep red fruits and an exceptionally creamy character, with a hint of peatiness of the finish.

Score: 88 - 90 Albany Vintners

Polished tannins with lovely integration and finesse. Full body, round texture. Persistent finish. Second wine of Montrose.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

More Cabernet Sauvignon than usual in this wine: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Picked from 15 September to 8 October. Deep crimson. Scented and sleek. Very ripe and flattering. Not at all like the classic Montrose style - presumably deliberately made to be drunk young. Polished and even rather sweet! Not that St-Estèphe

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2030

The 2015 La Dame de Montrose is a very pretty second wine. Dark, radiant and open-knit, yet with plenty of nuance, the 2015 offers lovely precision and silkiness throughout. The wine's mid-weight structure suggests it will drink well relatively early. Raspberry jam, white pepper and mineral notes add the closing shades of complexity. The 2015 is an attractive Saint-Estèphe, although it lacks the depth and overall follow through of the very best versions, but it makes up for that with its finesse. Tasted four times.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene Sauternes/Barsac £280 £250 - £320 95-97 - 95-96 18-19 93-96 -
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The 2015 Doisy-Daene has a detailed bouquet, very correct, nothing showy or flamboyant as is typical of Denis Dubourdieu's Barsac. The palate is extremely well balanced and very pure: citrus fruit infusing the honeyed botrytis, veins of white peach and quince, leading to a very precise and sustained finish that leaves you with a smile on your face...and the wine ain't even finished yet! Just a wonderful wine - full of class and nascent joie-de-vivre. Chapeau Denis!

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2050

Wow. This is really impressive with a fabulous density and style. So much mushroom, almond and dried apple, apricot character. Fresh and bright. Joyous.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Bright greenish gold. Complex, immediately appealing nose. Racy yet with weight. A very superior wine. Real attack and structure. I wonder what L'Extravagant is like?! Really very rewarding and compelling. Lots of substance but not at all heavy. Such drive and energy here!

Score: 18 - 19 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 20262050

Rippling with energy, this is pure and refined already, showing clearly defined chamomile, peach, pear and apricot notes that are bright and engaging. Still tight but very long, showing ample richness, with minerality in reserve.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Vedrines Sauternes/Barsac £245 £250 - £320 93-95 - 95-96 17-18 93-96 -
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The 2015 Doisy-Vedrines has quite an intense nose, perhaps less fat and honeyed than recent vintages, more finesse if not quite capturing the same level of details as the Doisy-Daëne this year. The palate is very promising with layers of honeyed fruit tinged with white chocolate and almond, a lovely swagger about this Doisy-Vedrines that reminds me of great vintages such as 1989. Always well priced, you won't harm your cellar with a case of Olivier Castèja's sumptuous Barsac.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2040

This has phenolic tension and power with so much dried fruit character from pineapple to mango. Full, medium sweet and lively. Really excellent.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep gold. Broad pear-juice nose. Massive weight and some spice. Big and bold. Dramatic weight even if not the raciness of the other Doisy. Clear botrytis influence.

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2027-2042

A plumper, richer style than most Barsacs, with almond cream, ginger and hazelnut accents starting to develop alongside the orange, apricot and peach flavors. Offers a lovely feel.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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