En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Bourgneuf Pomerol Unreleased - - - - - - -
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[Add to shopping basket] Branaire Ducru St Julien £280 £250 - £320 - 17-18 87-90 91-92 86-88 90
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Liquorice, aniseed, very savoury and dark. Fruit is quite suppressed, this is very traditional and very successful. Bundles of tannin on the finish. Aristocratic and self-assured. (17.5)

Score: 17 - 18 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2033

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

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

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

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

[Add to shopping basket] Brane Cantenac Margaux £295 £250 - £330 - 16-17 91-94 92-93 86-88 90
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Plenty of toasted oak apparent here. Crunchy fruit, medium body, good balance of tannin and acid. Better body than many other 2013s, though still light compared with a typical Bordeaux year. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2027

A lifted nose with bright red cherry fruit. Lots of interest and flavour here with high-toned fruit and energy and a mocha finish.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

Loads of strawberry and berry character with a fantastic intensity. Medium body, with a beautiful core of fruit and a long finish. Rose petals and fruit. Wonderful finesse. A triumph for the vintage.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Grand Vin is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc (more Cabernet Sauvignon because the Cabernet Franc did not quite pass muster.) It has a clean cedar scented bouquet that is very linear and somehow quite airy. The palate is medium-bodied and nicely balanced. On this occasion, this oak is quite prominent on the day I tasted although Henri Lurton remarked that it varies day to day. This is a nicely made, easy-drinking style of Brane-Cantenac to enjoy over the next 10 years.

Score: 86 - 88 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Good young colour, Margaux fragrance on the nose, florality, elegance and balance in the discreet Brane style.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2027

Light, with airy plum and red cherry notes giving way to a light sanguine note through the finish.

Score: 84 - 87 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Brane-Cantenac is a wine of rare distinction. Tobacco, smoke, cedar, red plums and menthol all meld together in a striking, beautifully nuanced wine endowed with considerable personality and tons of style. The 2013 is soft and understated, but is also impeccable in its balance.

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

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Caisse Duclot 8 Bt (1xMouton, Lafite, Haut Brion, Yquem, Margaux, Petrus, Mission, Cheval) Unreleased - - - - - - -
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[Add to waiting list] Calon Segur St Estephe £420 £300 - £480 Sold Out 92-94 17 91-94 89-90 89-91 92
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The 2013 Calon Segur is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage. The harvest ran from early October for the Merlot grape and to the second full week of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. I don’t recall (although I’d have to go through all my notes for the last 3-4 years) a Calon Segur with this high a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, as Merlot has always been a prominent player in the final blend. It is opaque purple in color with a glorious nose of incense, crème de cassis, licorice and a touch of graphite. The wine is full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and surprisingly deep and dense, especially for a wine from this vintage. It is almost atypically thick and rich for a 2013. Nevertheless, the tannins are soft and the wine should be relatively approachable after 2-3 years bottle age. This is a property on the move, upward. Smart and shrewd readers will take a look at this vintage, as well as future vintages of Calon Segur, a terroir with true first-growth potential.

Score: 92 - 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

92% Cabernets, 6% Merlot (normally more like 25%), 2% Petit Verdot. Rich, scented perfume on the nose, medium body and pretty intense tannins, very compact and restricting on the palate. Deserves some maturation, but doesn’t have the body and concentration to go very long term. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2025

The highest Cabernet vintage ever here with 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A ripe nose with nice concentrated black fruits at the core, with nice weight of licorice, minerals and black plums. Juicy and vivacious with a lovely, long pure fruit finish. Very harmonious and polished. Vincent Millet (formerly winemaker of Chateau Margaux ) has made a beautifully elegant and polished Calon.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

This is fresh and spicy with currant and berry character. Medium to full body with hazelnut, currant and hints of cloves.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Calon Segur 2013 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot delivering 13.1% alcohol raised for 20 months (eventually) entirely new oak. There was a little chaptalization with respect to the Cabernet Sauvignon. It actually included 19% vin de presse, which was included in this sample. The wood comes through quite strongly on the aromatics at first and at the moment it seems to dominate the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco infused black fruit. This is balanced with well-judged acidity, a little softer towards the finish than previous recent vintages. It is a pleasant Calon-Segur but it needs to develop more personality, but it is a successful wine considering the growing season.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Wonderful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), cassis, slightly smoky, all elegance from St-Estèphe, a finely polished wine.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com

This has freshness and cut, with lively bay and savory notes leading the way for a mix of red and black currant fruit. Iron-tinged minerality lines the finish, featuring judicious, integrated toast. A very solid effort.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Calon Ségur is refined and polished to the core. Sweet tobacco, graphite, crushed rocks and dark fruit all meld together in the glass. A wine of notable grace and elegance, the 2013 is all about finesse. A pure crystalline finish rounds things out in style. This is a promising showing. (90-92+ Points)

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

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