En Primeur Bordeaux 2016

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Belgrave Haut Medoc Unreleased - - - 92-93 16 88-91 -
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This is really constructed and powerful with lots of muscular tannins and rich fruit. Full-bodied, juicy and intense. Very serious. One of the best in years.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Very deep crimson. Real lift and attractive (rather than underripe) leafy top note. Rather sumptuous start and then it rather falls away to something a little scrawny on the end.

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2034

Modest but persistent, with a focused beam of black cherry and cassis flavors, carried by a good graphite edge.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Investments at this property have increasingly paid off over recent vintages. This is brooding and a little subdued at the moment, but is packed with Médoc signature delivered in a subtle but enjoyable manner. It has a cedar sweetness and ripe blackberry fruits with a pulse of acidity, and is well held together. 50% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot.

Score: 91 Decanter Maturity: 2024-2040

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This is very exciting this year with a profound depth and power of fruit in addition to mineral undertones. Full and intense. Great finish. Better than the 2015?

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2016 Bellevue is simply extraordinary. The aromatics alone are captivating, but it is the wine's balance and poise that are most impressive. Graphite, gravel, smoke, licorice, crème de cassis and blueberry jam all flesh out on the palate as this deep, dense Saint-Emilion shows off its personality. Hints of blood orange and citrus add a touch of freshness. Complete and satisfying, Bellevue is a total knock-out on 2016. Tasted two times.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

From the Angélus stable, this lovely property has a 0.5ha slice on the top of plateau, with the remaining 6ha on clay limestone top slopes. Late ripening soils mean that this can be austere when young, even though it is 100% Merlot. Plum fruits, wild berries and a touch of austerity through the mid-palate. Needs time in the glass, but it opens to reveal lovely elegant mineral notes that layer over the top of restrained power.

Score: 93 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2045

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Bellevue Mondotte St Emilion Unreleased - - 94-95 96-97 16 92-95 -
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90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc % 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A lush nose of sweet confit red and black stone fruits, creamy vanilla and spices is thick and rich with sweet fruit in the mouth. Concentrated Merlot with very polished tannins and very long on the finish.

Score: 94 - 95 Albany Vintners

There’s a vibrance and brilliance that gives this wine focus and energy. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Very fine.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Blackish crimson. Sweet blackberry compôte plus cumin. Lots of flavour but awfully drying on the end. Maybe this will come right eventually but I'd prefer a wine that's capable of giving pleasure in youth too. Grating, grainy tannins. (16++ Points)

Score: 16 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2028-2043

Very, very solid, showing a core of delicious blackberry and dark plum fruit laced with anise and light bramble notes. Has a dose of toast, but it’s integrated and the finish has drive, thanks to a buried chalky spine.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Efforts are being made here, with a new cellar and stricter selection, to make their best wines ever and the 2016 is a great achievement with a fresh floral nose. Pleasing fresh berry and mineral character with gorgeous ripe fruit intensity on the mid-palate. Supple, fresh and elegant.

Score: 94 - 96 Albany Vintners

The softness and finesse to this are indeed impressive with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full-bodied, dense and polished. Lovely texture and length. It builds on the palate. Clearly better in 2015. This is the first year in from the new cellar.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Dark purple. Light peppery nose. Sweet palate entry with a hint of sweet oak, and then a bit austere on the palate. Lively coconut hint. Falls away on the finish. Competent rather than exciting.

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

A textbook St.-Julien in the making, with crushed plum and warm cassis notes inlaid with anise and graphite accents. The muscular, driven finish is just a touch chewy in feel but gets soaked up quickly on the finish by the pure fruit. Really solid.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

An extremely successful Beychevelle this year, a carefully drawn wine where the fruit register is deep and dark, the tannins a little brooding, and a seam of freshness runs right through and picks things up. Excellent persistency, a beautiful wine.

Score: 94 Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Blason d'Issan (2nd wine of Issan) Margaux Unreleased - - - 93-94 16-17 - -
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This is a fantastic Blason with gorgeous fruit and velvety tannins. Full-bodied and dense with soft and velvety tannins. Lovely acidity at the end. Best ever second wine from here.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Fresh and penetrating aroma. Luscious texture. Doesn’t taste like a second wine! Just a little stodgy on the finish.

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

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