En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene Sauternes/Barsac £295 £190 - £300 - 16-17 92-94 87-88 93-95 93
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Honeyed, viscous and fleshy. Really heavyweight, indulgent stuff. Modern, tropical fruit character, needs matching with the richest desserts. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2020

Exotic notes on the nose of pineapple, mango and citrus. Richer and heavier than Vedrines in the mouth with a very racy finish.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

A wine with dried-apple and papaya character. Medium body, medium sweetness and a simple finish.

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Denis Dubourdieu has a created a fine Doisy-Daene, with attractive white peach and honeysuckle on the precise bouquet, which exudes wonderful transparency. The palate is very well-defined with fine acidity, the oak deftly integrated. It gradually builds in the mouth: harmonious and refined with great composure towards the long and satisfying finish. This is one of the finest Barsac wines of the vintage.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

Fresh and vibrant with layers of dried flowers, dried mangos and orange peel.

Score: 93 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2029

Albeit youthfully raw, this is stunning already, with gorgeous, creamed Jonagold apple, melon, pineapple and white ginger notes all melded together and backed by a long finish that drips with almond, honeysuckle and orange blossom.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Vedrines Sauternes/Barsac £225 £180 - £280 - 17 92-94 90-91 91-93 92
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Lots of rich, waxy fruit on the palate, though the nose is very discreet. Spice honey and marmalade on the palate with loads of core concentration. Shows promise. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025

A delicious nose of butterscotch and lime aromas. Medium-bodied with lovely fruit purity. This is really lovely, refreshing and clean in style.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

Attractive apple-purée and honey character. Medium body, lightly sweet with a fresh finish. Outstanding length here.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The sample of 2013 Doisy-Vedrines was showing a little reduction on the nose when I first tasted it. The palate is promising, however, perhaps more linear and less honeyed than recent vintages, but that is compensated by greater tension towards the middle and finish. You might describe this as a more streamlined Doisy-Vedrines, dare I say one that is more like Doisy-Daene in style, with wonderful mineralite on the finish.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

Pure, focused and minerally with almost a salty edge despite the high level of sweetness. Beautifully composed with wonderful intensity and finish.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2026

Ripe, unctuous, rounded style, with lots of orange cream, almond, heather and ginger notes backed by hazelnut and tangerine. Long, powerful finish should really stretch out.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Dry Whites £600 £500 - £700 - - - 97-98 93-95 92
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This white is so dense and powerful, with a finish that lasts for minutes. Pear, lemon, grapefruit and loads of minerals. Has more weight than all the red wines made in 2013. Full body. Profound depth. I look forward to tasting this from bottle in a few years.

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a blend 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. It has a potent bouquet with apple blossom and granite scents that are not as immediate as previous vintages but only nicely in the glass after 5 minutes aeration. The palate is a little spicy on the entry. It is a beautifully balanced white Domaine de Chevalier with a fine line of acidity. Perversely the bottle at the Château was reticent, but subsequent examples suggested dewy green apples, peach and citrus peel notes combining with devastating effect on the finish. This will be worth seeking out after bottling and would be my preference over its red counterpart. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fine lemon yellow, white summer flowers and fruits on the nose, a dry citrus and honey palate, lift and length for a good future.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2025

This marries high-pitched thyme, chamomile and quinine notes with richer white peach, shortbread and meringue flavors. The long finish pulls everything together. Should be a beauty when finished.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Domaine de Chevalier Rouge Graves £300 £280 - £380 90-92 17 91-94 91-92 89-91 90
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Made from an unusual blend for this great estate, the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot (no Petit Verdot), and the total production was less than half of normal. The wine achieved 13% natural alcohol, but yields were frightfully low. The result is an outstanding effort in this frequently disappointing, average quality vintage. The wine possesses a deep plum/ruby color as well as a sweet bouquet of incense, charcoal, red and black currants, and loamy soil. Medium-bodied with good texture, depth and purity, sweet tannins, and present but unobtrusive acidity, it should drink nicely for 12-15 years. Once again, it proves that Domaine de Chevalier often accomplishes impressive things in so-called 'off' vintages.

Score: 90 - 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2014-2029

Beautifully ripe, modern cassis character. Creamy texture, smooth and aromatic. A well-judged leafy element, firm but not impenetrable tannins, and refreshing acid. Comparatively light, but has convincing enough flavour and balance. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2029

A complex and beautiful nose of bright wild strawberries, cherries, tobacco, woodsmoke and mint. On the palate there is nice weight of cedary berry fruit. Very nicely done. This is a gorgeous 2013, refreshing and long.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

Spice and tobacco character with berry and coffee undertones. Medium to full body, silky tannins. Seamless and integrated for the vintage.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A blend 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between from the end of September up to around the 15 October, the Domaine de Chevalier has a toasty bouquet with dark chocolate scents that seem more pronounced compared to previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of greenness in the background. This is a broody, introspective Domaine de Chevalier, with good weight on the dry, gritty finish, but I feel it is missing its usual flair…at the moment. I strongly suspect that it will mellow and demonstrate more pizzazz by the time of bottling as this 2013 has impressive persistency, but it needs to really get hold of that oak. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 89 - 91 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Superb colour, lovely cassis black fruits nose, rich smoothness on the palate with Chevalier tobacco leaf hints, elegantly exuberant in 2013 (90+ Points)

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2017-2028

This is nicely put together, with good flesh to the plum and blackberry fruit. Subtle toast and a hint of graphite checks in on the finish. A touch of plum skin pinches the finish, but this remains solid overall.

Score: 88 - 91 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien £720 £600 - £900 - 17-18 91-94 91-92 92-94 93
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90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. 100% new oak. Much less expressive than their Croix, but the fruit has a fabulous purity on the palate. Malleable tannins, elegant perfume, soft texture. Tender and balanced. At present, the Croix is more immediate and interesting, but this has plenty of potential. (17.5)

Score: 17 - 18 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2033

90% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Merlot. Expressive, fresh aromatics. Bruno Borie says that his 2013 is very balanced, as wide as in profile as it is deep. Certainly it is broad and mouthfilling with lovely juiciness, purity and elegance and good balance. Bruno also believes that it is purer than the 2007 and more sophisticated than the 2008. 50% less than usual with yields of just 26hl/ha, Ducru represents one third of production.

Score: 91 - 94 Albany Vintners

A new traditional styled wine with a texture that spreads across the palate with strawberry, light citrus and mineral character. Harmonious and sexy. Medium and fine. Reminds me of the excellent 1971.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Bruno Borie has overseen not just one of the best Saint Julien wines of 2013, but one of the best Left Bank wines. The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot picked between 26 September with the Merlot and finishing with the Cabernet on 9 October, stopping on the 4 October during the showers. It was cropped at 26hl/ha. It has quite an elegant and natural bouquet, very classic in style with a subtle marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied is medium-bodied with very good concentration and well judged acidity. I like the density here and the grainy texture, persistent on the spicy finish. This is a big step up from the Croix de Beaucaillou this year and an assured, composed Saint Julien.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Dense colour from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, great purity and depth, quite lush for 2013 and superb vineyard expression, a totally modern Ducru.

Score: 93 Decanter, Decanter.com

Displays solid stuffing for the vintage, with steeped plum, blackberry and black currant fruit lined with singed mesquite, black tea and cinnamon notes. Delivers lots of range and ample toast through the finish, revealing a prominent woody side today, balanced by ample flesh. An impressive effort for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2013 Ducru-Beaucaillou is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Black cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and scorched earth blossom on the palate in a rich, resonant wine endowed with terrific depth and intensity for the year. The 2013 is delicate, sophisticated and polished to the core. A blast of red and blue tone fruits linger on the finish. The 2013 is aging in 100% new oak, all of which it has handled impeccably. At press time, Bruno Borie plans to stick to his regime of 18 months in barrel. Readers will find more obvious wines in 2013, but few that speak to this degree of pure finesse.

Score: 91 - 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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