En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[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

[Add to shopping basket] Cheval Blanc St Emilion £3,250 £2,000 - £3,600 - 17 92-94 93-94 91-93 92
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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 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2023

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

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

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

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

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