En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Duhart Milon Pauillac £520 £400 - £600 - 16-17 89-92 89-90 88-90 90
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80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Glossy cabernet fruit, and a tell-tale hint of greenness. Fine but grippy tannins on the finish. Slightly medicinal on the finish. Has an attractive structure, though not huge concentration. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2025

More serious than Carruades. Measured and elegant with cedar and cherry and a very appealing satiny texture. Glossy with plenty of juice in the middle and energy on the finish.

Score: 89 - 92 Albany Vintners

A beautiful wine with plum, berry and Spanish cedar. Some chocolate, too. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fine tannin texture.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the Duhart Milon was picked from 1 October until 14 October. It has a typical Duhart with that Havana cigar wafting from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with strict and linear tannins matched by well-judged acidity. This is a straight down the line classic, less demonstrative Duhart with a lovely tobacco infused finish. Drink over the next 15 years.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Deep colour, fine cassis nose, palate reserved at first and then opens with ripeness and length, a combination of firmness and charm.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2030

Offers a sappy core of kirsch and blackberry fruit, harnessed by a sanguine edge that holds the finish. A light cedary note provides the backdrop. A touch austere in the end. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Duhart-Milon impresses for its energy, cut and focus. Freshly cut flowers, smoke, graphite, melted road tar and smoke all take shape in the glass. The 2013 is smoky, gamy and rich, with good depth and intensity for the vintage, all supported by firm, incisive tannins. The harvest took place from October 1 to 14. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Eglise Clinet Pomerol £1,200 £900 - £1,450 Low Stock 92-94 17-18 93-96 93-94 94-96 91
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A 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend from the Plateau of Pomerol near the church, the wine has an inky/purple color, a sweet kiss of mulberry and black cherry liqueurs, interwoven with licorice, truffle, a hint of melted road tar and background spice and oak. The wine is opulent, medium to full-bodied and unquestionably a tour de force for this vintage. Kudos to Durantou. If you can find it, this is clearly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage and a real star. Drink from 2018-2027.

Score: 92 - 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2027

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 70% new oak. Chocolate and black fruit, lovely richness and concentration. Very high tannins here, but they have a buffed edge that suggests they will soften well. Fine, lengthy and concentrated. Pretty hearty, yet quite effortless to taste. Impressive! (17.5)

Score: 17 - 18 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2030

Deep garnet red purple, the nose is brooding at first but opens up to offer intense, lifted scents of damson, blueberries and minerals and floral notes. In the mouth there is ample black fruit, nice minerality. Medium to full bodied, and very precise with lovely concentrated fruit and an amazingly silky texture. Pure, long and gorgeous and a triumph for the vintage!

Score: 93 - 96 Albany Vintners

One of the most naturally structured wines from the vintage. It’s the most properly structured wine of the vintage. It’s full body with mineral character and an intensity. The old vine cabernet franc gave the backbone. This will need aging.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 27 September and 2 October. It delivers 13.5% alcohol, a degree less than last year. The Merlot comes through very strongly on the nose with pure scents of cranberry and wild strawberry, dried violet petals and a touch of sous-bois It is very well defined although not as complex as a top-flight l'Eglise-Clinet. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky entry that does not hesitate in caressing the palate, the oak succinct and deftly interwoven. There is not a huge depth here, but rather great tension and precision, a hint of citrus peel. This is already utterly seductive. One day, Denis might make a L'Eglise-Clinet that does not incite superlatives. I might be waiting a long time. If you do insist on buying one 2013 en primeur, then make it this one. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 94 - 96 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Unusual concentration for the year. Aromatic persistence with complex, exotic notes. Lovely suave texture. Ample fine-grained tannins. Good length.

Score: 91 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2033

Well-rendered, with sleek raspberry and blackberry coulis notes, presenting a backdrop of anise and warm fruitcake flavors and a fleshy, polished finish. Pure and lengthy.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Evangile Pomerol £1,100 £700 - £1,100 - 18 91-94 90-91 91-93 90
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87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc. Plummy, blackcurrant jus, super-fine tannins, a little bit of burnt meat and milk chocolate. Mouthwatering acidity. Demonstrates the leanness of the vintage in terms of structure – but has full flavour ripeness. Lovely sumptuous mouthfeel. Luxurious feel. There is just a bit of perfume opening up here, giving promise of real complexity.

Score: 18 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2026

A focussed nose of pure damsons. Round and plump, almost luscious fruit. Very plummy with lots of middle. Silky and voluptuous. Very integrated with seamless tannins.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

This is very agreeable, with raspberry, light vanilla and chocolate character. Medium body with fresh acidity and a clean finish. Very delicious and fun. Delicate. 27 hectoliers per hectare, rather than the usual 35. 87% merlot and 13% cabernet franc; it shows a little more of the latter than normal.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin is a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc picked from 27 September and 5 October, at 13.03% alcohol (to be exact!) raised in 100% new oak. The bouquet is very pure and intense - there is patently some top quality Merlot here. The palate is medium-bodied with sinewy tannins matched by some of the most concentrated fruit you will find in this vintage. No, there is not the persistency or grip towards the finish of a great L’Evangile, but it has an intensity that will surprise you, plus I suspect that time in barrel will fill out the finish. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Good, deep colour. Elegant, fruit-driven nose. Accent very much on the fruit. Balanced and firm with good tannic grip. (90+ Points)

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2030

Offers a solid core of plum and boysenberry fruit, with lots of smoldering charcoal, bay and roasted alder notes. Shows impressive grip, balanced by the slightly angular acidity of the vintage. Should settle in nicely. An impressive effort. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Fargues Sauternes/Barsac £1,300 £450 - £800 - 16-17 - - 92-94 94
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Rich, sweet and indulgent. Slightly lacking in acidic bite on the palate, though. Plenty of flavour, but not quite enough refreshment. (16.5)

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

The Chateau de Fargues has a gorgeous bouquet that is going to be wondrous after bottling, mineral-rich, tensile honeyed fruit that is less flamboyant than recent vintages and yet amazingly well-focused. The palate has a spicy tincture on the entry, laser-like precision, with a zesty, citrus-driven finish. This is a more delicate, understated Chateau de Fargues, but left alone in the glass over several minutes, it really begins to blossom and gain weight. This should be outstanding after bottling.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

Unctuous and full bodied with firm acidity and lifted flavours. Generous for 2013, with layered dried tropical fruit flavours and a long finish.

Score: 94 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2028

Very spicy, with lots of dried peach, mango and apricot notes leading the way, backed by bold ginger and toasted almond. Layers and layers glide through the very unctuous finish. This is a deep, serious, mouthfilling wine in the making.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[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

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