En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Carbonnieux Blanc Value for money Dry Whites £210 £200 - £230 - - - 93-94 91-93 -
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A very tangy and bright white with intense white peach, grapefruit and mineral character. Full body, crisp acidity. Gorgeous. One of the best Carbonnieux ever.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Carbonnieux Blanc 2013 possesses a very pretty bouquet furnished with citrus lemon and lime flower at first, delicate peach notes following later. The palate is clean and fresh: "zippy" in the mouth with commendable depth and a dab of lemon sherbet enlivening the finish. This is a very composed and "animated" Carbonnieux Blanc that will be worth seeking out after bottling.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

This has an open, high-pitched feel, with chalk and quinine out front, followed by lovely savory, straw, verbena and white peach notes. A mouthwatering white.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Carbonnieux Rouge Value for money Graves £200 - - - - - 88-90 -
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The sample of Carbonnieux Rouge has a dense, almost broody bouquet with dark plum and blackcurrant that is well defined and snugly knit with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with a subtle marine influence on the entry. The tannins feel a brittle and the texture shows some hardness, but that will soften by the time of bottling. This should turn out to be a more masculine Pessac-Leognan that might benefit a year or two in bottle.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

The vivid raspberry and bright cherry fruit is lined with an iron note, staying focused through the lightly taut finish.

Score: 87 - 90 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Carruades de Lafite (2nd wine of Ch Lafite) Pauillac £990 £750 - £1,100 - 16-17 89-92 86-87 88-90 90
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64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Impressive, wonderfully toned cassis and cedar. Softest tannins, and very light body. I expect it will develop quite nicely in the short to medium term, but it doesn’t have the strength to last into old age. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2023

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

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

Score: 86 - 87 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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

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 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 shopping basket] Chapelle de la Mission (2nd wine of Mission Haut Brion) Graves £330 £250 - £390 - 16 85-88 88-89 83-85 89
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52% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Cabernet Franc. Vegetal, leafy nose. Attractive chew to the tannins, but quite light. Missing core concentration. Very pretty, good, dainty balance and attractive floral perfume, but without huge substance.

Score: 16 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2022

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

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

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

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

[Add to shopping basket] Chenade Recommended Lalande de Pomerol £98 £80 - £110 - 16-17 89-91 89-90 89-91 -
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80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Fruitcake mix, very plump on the palate, but with quite furry tannins to back it up. Attractive aniseed and juniper bitterness on the finish. Good lingering dark fruit, worth bottle ageing. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2028

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

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

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

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

Score: 85 - 88 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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