En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Belair Monange St Emilion Unreleased £550 - £850 - 17 - 91-94 88-90 90
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Juicy black fruit, smoke and charred meat. Very tannic afterglow. Plenty of concentration, and nice initial hints at some floral, spicy perfume. Unassuming at first, but this might well be a sleeping beauty.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

This has impressive density for the vintage, with very focused, pure red currant, plum and black cherry fruit that courses along, lined with a vibrant, chalky minerality and carrying through the long, floral-edged finish. Shows serious energy for the vintage. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Belair-Monange has quite an upfront, rather bold bouquet with ripe raspberry and wild strawberry scents interlaced with Havana cigar and seaweed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It feels rounded in the mouth, quite succulent although I would have preferred more tension, especially towards the finish. You want this wine to take off and fly, but the finish seems rooted to the ground. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Ripe, crushed berry nose. Appetising palate. Fresh, long and fruit driven. Elegant and poised.

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

A linear wine with blueberry, mineral and dark-chocolate character. Medium body. Firm tannins.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Belgrave Haut Medoc £165 £160 - £230 - - - 85-88 - 88
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Soft and forward, with friendly plum and cherry compote notes and a sandalwood stitching that holds the finish nicely

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Dense colour, well-extracted berry fruit, quite fleshy and good tannins for the future.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Pretty core of fruit for the vintage with plum, berry and hints of earth. Medium body, round tannins, fresh finish.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Bellevue-Mondotte St Emilion £880 £600 - £1,100 - 15 - 88-91 91-93 88
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Rather sweet oak, very tough tannins. Impenetrable, but without much fruit generosity to back up.

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

This has some depth for the vintage, with a solid core of raspberry and plum paste notes lined with red licorice hints and backed by toasted spice details on the finish. A showy style.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Bellevue-Mondotte 2013 has a bright bouquet with crème de cassis, iodine and blueberry, the 80% new oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, fine in the mouth with admirable precision on the finish. This is a more tempered Bellevue-Mondotte, but it has great potential. One of the more successful Saint Emilion crus this year. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

A Gérard Perse wine. Deep, dark and reserved. Firm, tight structure. A little heavy handed in a year that needs a light touch.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2030

This is a little lean and firm but has some decent fruit, with spice and berry character. Lacks a center palate.

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Beychevelle St Julien £425 £330 - £500 - - 88-90 87-90 86-88 89
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A rich sweet black fruit nose, leading to quite good depth of black cherry richness and body. Slightly woody tannins and a dry finish.

Score: 88 - 90 Albany Vintners

Presents a piercing feel to the plum pit and red currant fruit, with a hint of graphite lining the finish, set against a backdrop of warm stone notes.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Grand Vin is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot cropped at 28.5hl/ha between 1 and 10 October. There is around 9% vin de presse. It has a rather "sedate" bouquet with earthy black fruit, a hint of graphite originating from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is balanced, light with that graphite theme interwoven through the black fruit. It is nicely focused although very linear and a little hollow towards the finish. As Philippe Blanc said, this is "honest" Beychevelle that will not set the world on fire, but it should drink nicely over the next decade.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Deep colour, good Cabernet fruit, well-expressed vineyard and will show well, classic St-Julien.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2027

Delicate and pretty with blueberry and mineral character. Medium body, fine tannins, fresh finish. Well-crafted for the vintage.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Branaire Ducru St Julien Unreleased £250 - £320 - - 87-90 89-92 86-88 90
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Light and but balanced in the mouth with very bright strawberry and cherry fruit in the middle. Attractive and Pinot-like.

Score: 87 - 90 Albany Vintners

An elegant, floral style of St.-Julien, with violet and lilac notes out front, followed by rooibos tea, red currant and bitter cherry flavors. The long, stony finish has ample acidity and drive. This should develop into a charmer.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Château Branaire Ducru 2013, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 15 October cropped at 33hl/ha. Patrick Maroteaux told me that the older vines did not suffer so much from coulure. I tasted the wines on three occasions, once at the château and twice elsewhere. It has a simple bouquet with light, slightly herbaceous black fruit laced with graphite, not dissimilar to that of Beychevelle. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. There is just a little coarseness in this Branaire Ducru, a little angular at the moment although it has a little more persistency than Beychevelle with the graphite note lending it a Pauillac-like sensibility, though it cuts off very abruptly. This is a decent, honest Branaire Ducru made in a classic off-dry style but it desperately needs more substance.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fine deep colour and fine vineyard expression, good depth, balance and class for the future.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2018-2028

A juicy young wine with berry, cherry and currant character. Medium to full body, with well-integrated tannins and a juicy finish. Pure and delicious. Very well done.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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