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[Add to shopping basket] Barde Haut St Emilion £308 92-94 93-94 91-93 - 90-93 -
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The 2017 Barde-Haut was picked from 18 September to 2 October, matured in 80% new oak for 18 months. It has a sensual bouquet with black cherries, a touch of oyster shell and iodine, well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, more volume than the Poesia, especially towards the finish that exerts a gentle grip in the mouth. It feels very silky in texture with a persistent finish. This is a really excellent Barde-Haut, in my opinion, with the upper hand over the Clos l’Eglise this year, frankly not far off the 2016 in quality. Bravo Hélène et Patrice Garçin-Léveque.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2022-2042

Very tight and direct with lots of limestone and salt aromas and flavors. Full body and firm and silky tannins. Tightly wound. Impressive.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Barde-Haut didn't see any frost this year due to the altitude of the vineyards. Composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Barde-Haut gives notions of baked blackberries, blueberry compote and Black Forest cake with touches of potpourri, dusty soil and cast iron pan. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and minerally.

Score: 91 - 93 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

Lovely plum, cassis and boysenberry fruit flavors glide through here, with polished toast and a bright red licorice accent on the finish. Nice energy.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The deep, inky-colored 2017 Barde-Haut is a seriously good 2017 from Hélène Garcin-Lévêque that offers tons of kirsch, ripe black cherries, and spice aromas and flavors in a rounded, silky, sexy style. It has wonderful purity of fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish. I suspect it will be reasonably approachable on release yet capable of lasting for 10-15 years. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc which will spend 18 months in 80% new French oak.

Score: 92 - 94 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

A rich, unctuous wine, the 2017 Barde-Haut is endowed with magnificent concentration and richness. Inky black fruit, chocolate, menthol, licorice and spice infuse this spectacularly rich, voluptuous Saint-Émilion. The 2017 saw 4-5 days on cold soak about four weeks on the skins, with no SO2 during fermentation. Most of the wine is aging in 300L barrels, which is a bit larger than the norm in Bordeaux.

Score: 92 - 95 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Batailley Pauillac £393 90-92 92-93 91-93 93 89-92 -
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The 2017 Batailley was picked between 19 and 27 September at 52hl/ha. Like the deuxième vin, the nose demands coaxing from the glass, initially quite restrained with cedar and cigar box infused black fruit that finally begin to unfold after five minutes. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, fine depth and balance, well judged acidity and a precise, quintessential Pauillac finish. This feels long on the aftertaste – a fine follow-up to the 2015 and 2016 and it may well land at the top of my banded score. Tasted three times with consistent notes.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2022-2040

This is a classically structured young Pauillac with tannins that roll over the finish. Medium to full body and a bright aftertaste.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Batailley gives profound notes of crème de cassis, preserved plums and licorice over a core of espresso, tapenade and Marmite toast. Medium-bodied with a ripe, firm backbone of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the vivacious, sustained fruit, it finishes long with a red fruit lift.

Score: 91 - 93 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

This is good, showing less dominant oak than in some recent years and with a good level of fruit and extraction. It's a good year for appellation typicity up in this part of the Medoc, and this displays firm Pauillac tannins, well held together, with savoury and juicy fruit. I get the impression that this will close down, because those tannins are pretty serious, and with good levels of freshness this will age very well. They are doing great work at this estate at the moment. 52hl/ha yield. 60% new oak.

Score: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2025-2038

Focused, if slightly taut and austere in style, with cedar and tobacco notes leading off, pulling red currant and damson plum fruit along with them. A cedar edge hangs on the finish, where a savory streak checks in.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Pauillac is one of the highlights in the Médoc in 2017, and the 2017 Château Batailley has outstanding potential. Deep purple-colored with a smoky, graphite, back fruit-driven bouquet, it’s broad, chunky and chewy on the palate. It lacks some elegance at the moment, but it’s an undeniably pleasure-bent effort.

Score: 88 - 91 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

The 2017 Batailley is a powerful, tightly wound wine. Inky dark fruit, leather, lavender, spice and menthol open with some coaxing, with beams of supporting tannin that extend the mid-palate into the finish nicely.

Score: 89 - 92 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

Deep crimson. Sweet cassis and light-handed oak giving a very slight char. Quite chewy on the palate, a little austere with the structure outmanoeuvring the fruit at the moment. (16+ Points)

Score: 16 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2034

[Add to shopping basket] Beaumont Haut Medoc £98 86-88 - - 87 - -
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The 2017 Beaumont has a simple blackberry, raspberry preserve and charcoal-tinged bouquet, nicely defined but not intense. It doesn’t have to be. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly tough tannin on the entry, structured and quite dense with a stocky finish that has a pleasant blackberry and iodine aftertaste. Fine.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2020-2028

Owned by the same group as Beychevelle, this is a fairly even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a dash of Petit Verdot. The austerity of the vintage is on display in its slightly dour tannins, but it's well-held together and has a 2014 feel about it. There's good depth to the fruit. A good value choice.

Score: 87 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2022-2030

The 2017 Beaumont is a tasty Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois with good depth and personality. Leather, smoke, grilled herbs, licorice and incense give the 2017 a distinctly earthy personality. There is a good bit of Cabernet character in this pleasantly rustic red. Sadly, yields are down 50%.

Score: 87 - 89 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Beauregard Pomerol £516 88-90 92-93 86-88 89 89-92 -
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The 2017 Beauregard, whose lower reaches were hit by the frost, has a straightforward bouquet with touches of mint and fennel infusing the red and black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a little bitterness towards the second half that just deprives this of the harmony it might have otherwise had. There is a fairly long finish so let’s see how this performs once in bottle.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2021-2031

Shows some serious length here with berries, chocolate and orange peel. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. 40% cabernet franc makes this happen. Rest merlot

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The lower lying part of this vineyard in Pomerol received some frost. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Beauregard is medium garnet-purple colored with a nose of warm red currants and kirsch plus suggestions of potpourri and dusty soil. Medium-bodied, it is just a little lean in the mid-palate with grippy tannins leading to a firm finish. (86-88+)

Score: 86 - 88 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

Just next to the buildings of Clos du Clocher, this site has more gravelly soils and more Cabernet Franc planted. There's a vivacity to the wine, and a real sense that this hits the mark, with a touch of spiciness on the firm but rich palate. There is a touch of rusticity on the finish, and the tannins have not quite smoothed out, but there's still plenty to enjoy. Retasted at the UGC tasting.

Score: 89 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2023-2035

A bright, floral style, with red currant and cherry fruit flavors streaking through, along with savory and incense notes. Fresh acidity makes the finish lengthy and focused.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2017 Château Beauregard, which is made with the help of Smith Haut Lafitte’s winemaker Fabien Tietgen, checks in as a 60/40 split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This rounded, supple, elegant Pomerol offers up a medium-bodied, sexy personality as well as classic notes of ripe cherries, raspberries, flowers, and chocolate. It has ripe tannin, a layered, balanced style, and will drink nicely for a decade or more.

Score: 89 - 91 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Very little aroma, just a hint of graphite. Could do with more flesh in the middle to help with the light but dry tannins. Pretty lean.

Score: 15 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2022-2027

The 2017 Beauregard is the best vintage Florence and Daniel Cathiard, along with Technical Director Fabien Tietjien, have made so far. Silky, plush and wonderfully inviting, the 2017 has quite a bit to offer. Bold Cabernet Franc notes add lift and savoriness to the bold, punchy Merlot fruit in this impeccable, harmonious Pomerol. All the elements are beautifully woven together. This is a terrific showing.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

[Add to shopping basket] Beausejour Duffau St Emilion £930 92-94 95-96 94-96 95 93-96 -
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The 2017 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse was picked at 38hl/ha from 22 September to 2 October for the Merlot and 29 September to 2 October for the Cabernet Franc. Around two-thirds of the crop entered the Grand Vin and 55% is matured in new oak. It has a not dissimilar bouquet to the Pavie-Macquin (also overseen by Nicolas Thienpont) perhaps showing a little more volume and decadence: macerated small dark cherries, fig, black plum and a touch of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, a fine bead of acidity, closing in a little towards the second half compared to the Pavie-Macquin that remains open throughout. There is a fine mineral core to this Saint-Émilion with a sappy, saliva-inducing finish. This will require four or five years in bottle and I wager that it should be consumed after the Pavie Macquin.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Vinous Media.com Maturity: 2023-2045

This is very driven and intense with so much limestone and salt character on the palate. Dark fruits, too. Linear and chewy, especially on the long finish. Beautiful center palate of fruit.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Beausejour Heritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is slightly closed, revealing glimpses at bright, cheery black cherries, black berries and wild blueberries with very serious preserved plums, licorice and mocha in the background and a waft of fragrant soil. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of ripe tannins and seamless freshness supporting the subdued, earthy layers, finishing long and minerally. It should be wonderfully long-lived but will need time to enjoy!

Score: 94 - 96 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com

This is one of the best examples of this wine that I have tasted, reaching the same heights as some of the biggest names in this vintage, and barely a step down from 2016 - great stuff from these guys this year. It's firm, bright, intense and deep, with salinity, grip and a lovely seam of freshness. It has a really excellent, juicy character and good persistency, with notes of liquorice and dark chocolate.

Score: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2025-2040

Intense, with juicy layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry compote coursing through. Bramble and spice notes fire up on the finish, which kicks in with an extra bolt of energy at the end. A showy wine that pulls it off.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Of the three properties under the helm of Nicolas Thienpont, the 2017 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse offers the most richness and depth. Blueberries, crème de cassis, graphite, violets, crushed rocks, and spring flowers notes all give way to a structured, vibrant, fresh, yet tannic red that's going to need 3-4 years of bottle age but might end up being one of the top wines of the vintage. Tasted twice. This beauty is made from 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc that was brought in between the 22nd of September and 2nd of October, with yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare (this is 64% of the production). There’s roughly 1,500 cases produced.

Score: 93 - 96 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Very dark. Ripe, dark black plums and just a touch of red cherry. Then quite oaky on the palate, rich, firm, smooth, with chocolate on the finish from the oak. Needs quite a bit of time. Chewy on the second taste. No lack of fruit but the structure dominates at the moment. (16+ Points)

Score: 16 Julia Harding MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2034

A rich, explosive wine, the 2017 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse hits the palate with serious depth and intensity. Charcoal, smoke, crushed rocks, lavender, incense and blackberry jam are all beautifully delineated in a vivid, arrestingly beautiful Saint-Émilion of the highest level. Huge, searing tannins are going to need many years to soften. Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is one of the most structured, tannic Saint-Émilions of the vintage. Tasted three times.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.com

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