En Primeur Bordeaux 2015

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clerc Milon Pauillac Unreleased £350 - £430 91-93 92-95 94-95 17-18 89-92 91-93
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The 2015 Clerc Milon is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 1% each of Petit Verdot and Carmenère, raised in 55% new oak. It has a highly perfumed bouquet with scents of small black cherries, graphite, touches of incense and wilted violets. This is a very extravagant bouquet for Clerc-Milon that wants to make an early impression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, more expressive and delineated than the 2015 d'Armailhac, the finish beautifully focused with that graphite seam coming through on the sustained finish. This is potentially an outstanding Clerc-Milon, though it will need a decade in bottle to show its true potential.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2023-2045

Owned by the Rothschild family and made by the team at Mouton. An expressive nose of cool black Cabernet fruit. Good depth of mint and cassis in the middle with very high quality, polished soft tannins and impressive length. This is a handsome 2015 and an impressive Clerc Milon. Mouton's Technical Director Philippe Dhalluin believes that this could be as good as their 2010.

Score: 92 - 95 Albany Vintners

This is super fine textured with ultra-polished tannins. Full body, blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Long and refined.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère. Picked 17 Sep - 6 Oct. Rather broader and riper than Armailhac, presumably thanks to the lower Cabernet quotient. But still very fresh, almost inky. Dry finish. 'New fashioned.' Super-appetising. Very long.

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2040

Offers a rounded, juicy feel, with cherry and black currant fruit moving along, backed by sweet tobacco notes and a flicker of anise. Pure and fresh.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Clerc Milon is plush, round and inviting, with a gorgeous center of fruit, striking aromatics and balance. The tannins are especially silky, which gives the 2015 much of its succulence and inviting personality. Hints of mocha, dark spices and violets add further shades of nuance and gravitas in a Clerc Milon endowed with real depth, density and gravitas. Patience will be key, as the 2015 is likely to require at least a few years to fully come together. This is a very pretty, rewarding Clerc Milon. Tasted three times.

Score: 91 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Climens Sauternes/Barsac Unreleased £420 - £650 96-98 - - 18 - -
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The 2015 Climens was tasted from different lots (after naughty Bérénice Lurton had successfully duped me with her April Fool's joke by saying that she had done a final blend). The fruit was picked from 8 September until 4 October at 21 hl/ha. The residual sugar is 130 grams per liter this year. Aromas that spring from samples included acacia honey, orange blossom, grapefruit and a little frangipane, all beautifully defined and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a dash of spice on the entry, lively in the mouth with ginger and a dash of pepper tincturing the honeyed fruit, long and sustained as it fans out with vigor. This is a fabulous Climens from Bérénice Lurton and her team, and as usual, those with wise heads will opt to lay bottles down for 15 years to get the most from this special Barsac. It is destined to be a great Climens - and that's no April Fool's joke.

Score: 96 - 98 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2060

Of the 22 very promising ingredients, many are big and muscular, while some are particularly spicy. As usual, Bérénice Lurton did not show the final blend, which is likely to be about 14.3% alcohol.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2027-2050

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clinet Pomerol Unreleased £450 - £850 95-97 94-96 99-100 17 94-97 94-96
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The 2015 Clinet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, cropped at 37 hl/ha and matured in 65% new oak. It was picked from 15 September commencing with the young Merlot vines, and finishing between 28 and 1 October with the very old Merlots and the Cabernets. A couple of specific features to note: the alcohol level is 14.3%, perhaps a little lower than some of Clinet's peers and also a IPT of up to 88, higher than 2010 even. Broody at first, it eventually develops a perfumed bouquet as it opens, with black fruit, melted tar and a brush of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is plenty of nascent energy in this Clinet, spicier than other vintages that I have tasted over the years, linear at first and then fanning out towards the finish with a dash of white pepper on the aftertaste. It is a very harmonious Clinet, one that I suspect will favor those with the nous to age this Pomerol for 5-7 years, even though it might tempt you earlier. This is a great Pomerol from Ronan Laborde and his team.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2050

90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. Picked between 15th September (Merlot) and 1st October (Cabernets). Deep colour with a lovely aromatics, ripe black cherries and blackforest gateau. Lots of dense and opulent fruit with vivid acidity. Good concentration without being overdone and the tannins are creamy and smooth building to a dry finish.

Score: 94 - 96 Albany Vintners

OMG. This is really dense and rich with velvety tannins and so much fruit and length. Super concentration and structure. Greatest Clinet ever. No jam. Just class.

Score: 99 - 100 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Purplish. Almost overripe nose. Very velvety texture. More savoury than sweet on the palate. Hugely ambitious. Rather drying tannins on the end. Not my style but a very good example of the super-concentrated style.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2038

The fleshy plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors sail along, gilded with a hint of anise and backed by velvety tannins. Shows serious length already and latent depth. A hedonistic wine in the making.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Clinet is an exotic, totally arresting beauty. Powerful, unctuous and inky to the core, the 2015 exudes richness. There is nothing subtle at all in this full-throttle, towering Pomerol. And yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. Blackberry jam, crème de cassis, licorice, graphite, dark spices, licorice and bittersweet chocolate are fused into rich, port-like finish. The 2015 is a bit extreme, but it is also compelling. The blend is approximately 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, while new oak is around 65%. The Clinet is unusual in that the Cabernet portion favors Cabernet Sauvignon over Franc. Tasted two times.

Score: 94 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clos du Marquis St Julien Unreleased £300 - £380 91-93 92-94 93-94 17 91-94 90-93
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The 2015 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc cropped at 39 hl/ha between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days of picking. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a pure and harmonious bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and subtle tobacco aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin in the mouth, a keen line of acidity, fine precision here with a mineral-rich finish that exudes terroir expression. This is a great Clos du Marquis from Jean-Hubert Delon and his team, a Clos du Marquis with swagger.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2040

Made by the team behind Leoville Lascases, Clos du Marquis is a separate parcel of vines on the opposite side of the road, on different soil structure than its more famous big brother. Clos du Marquis has a big following of its own given that quality is often better than many Classed Growths, and with the introduction of a new second wine La Petite Marquise (15-20% of the crop), Clos du Marquis is poised to gain in weight and quality. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, from vines averaging 30 years of age. Floral and impressive on the nose with a beautiful mouthfeel and good depth of well-integrated black currants and liquorice. A big set up in quality this year.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

Very fine Clos du Marquis and very pure. The cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with extremely pretty tannins and a mineral, dark fruit aftertaste. Clear and precise. Refined.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Very dark crimson. Very fragrant and much more concentrated and rich than Petite Marquise. Cool and fresh. Really very sophisticated. Bravo! Compete and sappy. 13.8%

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2035

Gorgeous, with anise, plum, blackberry and sweet tobacco notes already melded together seamlessly. Fleshy and inviting through the finish, with long, velvety tannins that are the hallmark of 2015. This is a delicious wine in the making.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Le Clos du Marquis emerges exclusively from 30+ year-old vines on the property. Lavender, violet, plum, crème de cassis, spice and menthol meld together in a deep, beautifully layered Saint-Julien built on spherical texture and juiciness. Silky tannins give the 2015 its up-front, racy personality, while sweet floral notes add aromatic lift on the finish. This is a very pretty and complete wine. Tasted two times.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clos Fourtet St Emilion Unreleased £550 - £700 95-97 92-95 96-97 17 94-97 93-96
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The 2015 Clos Fourtet is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, and it was picked between 18 September and 12 October. It has a voluminous bouquet with sweet cassis and blueberry aromas, rather smudged with violets coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannin, ripe and voluptuous, dark chocolate infusing the red and black fruit with a touch of mint on the structured, graceful finish. What a fabulous Saint Emilion from Mathieu Cuvelier and his team - Clos Fourtet with breeding and class. It deserves 5-8 years in bottle.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2022-2045

Situated right at the old entrance to the town of St Emilion on pure limestone, Clos Fourtet has a distinctively floral character. Sweetly ripe dark fruits and some minerally, stony notes on the finish. Very good.

Score: 92 - 95 Albany Vintners

This is very velvety and flamboyant with a sexy mouthfeel and rich and delicious fruit. Exotic and more-ish. All there. So much fun to taste.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Lively and fresh on the nose. Great balance and fruit. Dry on the end but very classic.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2036

Enticing, with raspberry, plum and boysenberry fruit taking hold from the start, followed by lively spice and black tea notes. The finish is threaded with a fine chalky spine. Focused and refined.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2015 Clos Fourtet is unusually rich and sumptuous in this vintage. Exotic aromatics, a huge core of fruit and ample, soft contours give the 2015 much of its striking personality. Although quite racy and unctuous today, the 2015 is going to need a number of years to shed its baby fat before it is even close to showing all it has to offer. This is a compelling effort from the Cuvelier family and consulting winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu. The blend is 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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