En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Carruades de Lafite Pauillac £990 £750 - £1,100 - - 89-92 88-91 88-90 90
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Fragrant and fresh aromatics, with a fan of fresh dark fruit opening on the front and richer cherries developing in the middle. Medium body with silky tannins that are well-integrated. Pure with lively acidity.

Score: 89 - 92 Albany Vintners

Perfumy, with black tea notes out front, followed by racy, tightly focused red currant and black cherry fruit. The sleek, tobacco-fueled finish has a pleasant racy edge. Not dense, but balanced and defined. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has quite a floral bouquet with touches of dried violet petals infusing the crisp blackberry fruit, laced with cedar and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry, starting with black fruit but gently moving to more red fruit towards the finish. There is not the usual persistency, but it has pleasing purity and approachability.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Lovely Lafite fragrance on the nose and almost crunchy fruit on the palate, no hint of a poor vintage, quite forward for Carruades.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2026

A delicate wine with berry, tobacco and chocolate character. Medium body, light finish. Very light.

Score: 86 - 87 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2013 Carruades de Lafite graces the palate with dark red cherry, plum, spice and tobacco notes. A supple, accessible Pauillac, the 2013 is best enjoyed in its youth, before the fruit begins to fade. The Carruades is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Tasted twice.

Score: 87 - 89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Certan de May Pomerol Unreleased £350 - £550 - - - 86-89 88-90 86
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Round, open and rather easy in feel, with silky-edged bergamot, white cherry and raspberry notes liberally lined with balsa wood and tea details on the finish.

Score: 86 - 89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Certan-de-May has a lively bouquet that is a step up from the 2012, imbued with greater vivacity: plenty of cranberry, fresh red cherries and dried rose petals surfacing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. There is an earthiness to this Certan-de-May, perhaps a little foursquare and austere towards the finish, but I appreciate the precision of this Pomerol and its natural sensibility. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Perfumed, floral nose and palate. Pinot notes. Oak apparent though. Slightly tough, chewy finish.

Score: 86 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2025

Some good fruit with berry and flower character. Medium body, firm tannins and a light finish. A little disappointing.

Score: 85 - 86 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Chapelle de la Mission Graves Unreleased £250 - £390 - - 85-88 87-90 83-85 89
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The second wine of La Mission Haut Brion. Deep purple, with fresh, chewy black fruit, sandy tannins and a dry finish.

Score: 85 - 88 Albany Vintners

Shows a chalky frame, with racy red currant fruit and a bright sanguine note through the finish. An echo of pomegranate leaves a slightly tangy feel. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The La Chapelle de la Mission has a light, herbaceous nose with moderate definition, a little stalky at this stage, the second sample tasted at the end of primeur evolving a tealeaf scent. The palate is a little hard on the entry with some under-ripe tannins and an attenuated finish that pulls up short. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 83 - 85 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fine crunchy red fruits over slightly earthy base, a touch of green that adds rather than detracts, good lifted length.

Score: 89 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2013

This is chewy and mineral with an oyster-shell and light iodine undertone. Full body, round tannins and a fresh finish. Intense acidity.

Score: 88 - 89 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Chenade Lalande de Pomerol Unreleased £80 - £110 - - 89-91 85-88 89-91 -
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A good value Pomerol lookalike from Denis Durantou, the celebrated winemaker of Eglise Clinet, containing furit from younger vines. Blue and black fruit with plenty of ripe fresh fruit in the middle. Good body. Fresh and mineral with lovely balance. Very impressive, especially so for the vintage.

Score: 89 - 91 Albany Vintners

Open, with blood orange, cherry pit and pomegranate notes leading to a light floral edge on finish.

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The La Chenade is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc picked between 26 September and 2 October. It has a pure bouquet, very floral with very pure wild strawberry and red cherries that are already very generous. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. There is fine tension here, not a powerful Lalande de Pomerol but natural and refined. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

This is really delicious and delicate with a silky, refined structure. Medium body. The aromas of roses and strawberries are so enticing.

Score: 89 - 90 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Cheval Blanc St Emilion Unreleased £2,000 - £3,600 - - 92-94 91-94 91-93 92
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53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot. Lifted, concentrated aromas of black cherry, mint, violets, liquorice, eucalyptus. Delicious entry, very pure and inviting with a satiny texture. There is nice weight of black plummy fruit and serious grip on the back end but the tannins are ripe and almost imperceptible. Very refined with a long harmonious finish.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

A lovely mix of red berry and blackberry fruit, with focused red currant, bergamot and black cherry notes. A twinge of mesquite, with a note of black tea, hangs on the finish. There's lovely perfume now, with subtle persistence through the finish. This opens steadily at it airs. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Cheval Blanc 2013 is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot, representing around 60% of the total production. It has a complex bouquet, introverted at first with pure black, mineral rich fruit that feels as if it is holding everything back for later. The palate has commendable purity considering the growing season - certainly with no sign of greenness. It might lack a little flair, but it is very focused with fine tension on the linear finish. Whilst this might be construed as a conservative Cheval Blanc, the addition of all the parcels in the blend has created a very well balanced, engaging Saint Emilion, one that might deserve a higher score post-bottling. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

53% Cabernet Franc. Ruby red. Quite intense aromatically - summer fruit cocktail. Fine, smooth texture. Good mid-palate fruit. Tannins caressing. Elegant wine with focused finish. Less depth but true to style.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2035

Seductive. This is incredibly floral with violets, raspberries and hints nutmeg. Full to medium body, with a pretty density and freshness. Silky and refined. Velvety wine. Creamy. Attractive tannin backbone. Fascinating Cheval Blanc. Subtle. Reminds me of 1971 or a baby 2001. 52% cabernet franc and 48% merlot.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

52% Cabernet Franc, 48% Merlot. Very compact nose, much less expressive than the Petit Cheval. Black fruit, no greenness, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Good persistence and balance, this has been well made. Rounded, soft, approachable and with a smoky character just emerging.

Score: 17 Richard Hemming, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2023

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