Pavie Maquin, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe, 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

PAVIE MAQUIN, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe, 2019, - not released yet £ 500 est ZR 16+, JS 98-99 Usual, highly polished Macquin with some mint on the nose, but that is probably Derenocourt’s yeast selection. Interesting none-the-less; would need to be below £500 per case to be of any interest despite extremely high Suckling rating. Really classy red, offering blueberries, minerals, salt, limestone and light fresh herbs. It’s full-bodied, but so refined. Fine layers of fruit and tannins. It’s like millefeuille. The 2018 is more exuberant, but I love the elegance and structure here. Subtle and complex. 78% merlot, 20% ...

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Clos Fourtet, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

CLOS FOURTET, St Emilion Grand Cru Classe,  2019 ZR 17, JS 95-96 Not bad at all, quite big and thick. Old style (Parker pleasing), happy wine. Alcohol seem to dominate background, but not badly balanced. Possibly bit too much ripeness and concentration, but looking well. Can’t really figure out how Suckling can rate it this much lower than Macquin, but there we go. A beautiful core of ripe fruit in the centre palate with deep, dark-chocolate undertones. It’s full-bodied with layers of fruit and ripe tannins. Flavourful finish.                             ...

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Leoville Poyferre, St Julien 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

LEOVILLE POYFERRE, St Julien - £305.00 per 6 bott ib ZR 18;  JS 96-97 Lighter, with more red fruit than Beychevelle, but again, very fine drop (as one would expect for Poyferre). St Julien seem to have got the upper hand in 2019 in terms of tannin refinement.  Even with softer fruit expression in Poyferre, there is solid middle palate. Kind of an "iron bar wrapped in velvet" feeling. Not much fruit definition at this stage, just overall feeling of structure and intensity.  Very fine coating on the palate, with good wood background. This will make a great classic, claret ...

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Beychevelle 2019, St Julien
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

BEYCHEVELLE 2019, St Julien, £325.00 per 6 bott ib ZR 18; JS 93-94; JA 94 Since 2010 Beychevelle is way out-batting it’s lowly ranking as 4th Growth. This is now well with 2nd growth quality level finally delivering potential of it’s position next to Ducru Beaucaillou. Textbook, high class St Julien with black fruit, extremely fine grain tannins and great crispy acidity in the back. Power and elegance combined. Very refined and more intellectual than hedonistic, very memorable. I will keep some of this for myself. An easy 18.   Rich, layered red with lots of ripe fruit and creamy, ...

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Pichon Comtesse 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

PICHON COMTESSE 2019 - NOT RELEASED YET - ESTIMATE £960.00 Zr - 18++; JS 98-99; JA 98 What can I say, I like Pichon Comtesse. This year much more than Pichon Baron, which was tasted at the same time and did not really even qualify for a tasting note – perhaps the sample was not up to scratch. Still, I can only write about the wine in front of me. Comtesse is back to its best, with extra fine tannins, purity and elegance one should expect from top end Pauillac; refined and balanced. It seems to go on forever. Right now the pure, crunchy, ...

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Giscours, Margaux 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

GISCOURS, MARGAUX - £420.00 PER 12 BOTT IB ZR 17-  JS 96-97; JA 94 A very decent Giscours! Cabernet Sauvignon, which was harvested very late in 2019 makes 65% of the final blend. Very classic left bank. Reminds me of the old “pre-Parkerise” style of wine making here. Black fruit dominates with solid core of well structured tannins and tobacco/ dark wood in the finish. Touch stalky which complements it very well. This will need 5-6 years and will drink well for further 20. Very solid and classic. Happy to give this 17- and expect to improve once bottled; and it ...

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Marquis D' Alaesme, Margaux, 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

MARQUIS D' ALAESME, MARGAUX, 2019 - ESTIMATE 300+ ZR 16+; Bit confused about the fact that they sent me a sample of Marquis which I normally do not buy and did not send the sample of Labegorce which I regularly buy, but such is life.  Hopefully, Labegorce in on the way. Still, a very decent effort from the team here. Bit more old school with higher tannins and some green undertones, but with fine grain tannins and quite a good length. This will need a bit more time but will be a very good classic Margaux. Price still not released so, ...

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Meyney, St. Estephe 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

MEYNEY, ST. ESTEPHE. £225.00 ZR 16; This was released some 15% below my bottom estimate, which makes it a seriously good buy. Classic, bright purple, fine texture and balance; a step up on Cantemerle for sure.  Black cherries dominate, with fine tannin in the background.  Will drink very well from around 2028 for some 10 y.  Deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Meyney strides confidently out of the glass with classic notes of cassis, warm plums and baked blackberries plus hints of cedar chest, bay leaves, pencil lead and clove oil plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied ...

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Cantemerle 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

CANTEMERLE 2019, £200 ZR 16-; JA 92; Again, very classic, old school claret. Hints of green leaf in the background. Decent structure and finish with fine crisp acidity . Will make a fine lunchtime claret in about 6- 8 years and will drink for further 10. Very decent value at £ 200 per 12 bott considering that it is about the cheapest Cantemerle you can find on the market a very decent buy. Enticing aromatics, clear cassis fruits, astringency on the tannins which bodes well for the ageing as they also have good pliability. Not quite up with their very ...

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Domaine De Chevalier 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER - £247.00 per 6 bott ib ZR16; JS 96-97 Domain de Chevalier is one of the most respected estates in Pessac and  Bordeaux in general. It is regularly rated in the high 90’s and I genuinely do not know 1 single wine professional who is not in love with it….other than yours truly. Don’t get me wrong, wines are decent and well made, but just do not do much for me at least not enough to get excited about it ( the red, white is another story). I always find it bit too light ( without being ...

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Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

SMITH HAUT LAFITTE ROUGE - £390 per 6  botts. ZR 18+ (+); JS 96-97 Now this is the Pessac that I do like. Cathiard family has run this organically for some while producing elegant, fine wines with intensity and concentration without being overblown - balance is the point of the exercise here. More red than black fruit, soft and round with fine polished, cuddly tannins. This is a great example of ripeness and elegance in one place. More hedonistic than intellectual and I am happy with that. Very pure, this will be joy to drink from 2028 for some 10 ...

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Le Thil, Pessac Leognan 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

LE THIL, PESSAC LEOGNAN 2019 - £200 ZR 16+; (Released at 20% below my estimated £240 per case). Since 2016 my favourite little wine of Bordeaux at sub £20 per bottle. Tiny property next to Smith Haut Lafitte and run by the same team. This brings a smile to your face from a word go. 95 % merlot, soft, happy and juicy; summer black cherries and berries dominate all the way. Exceptional concentration for a little drop of vino. Ok, it will not last 20y + and it will never stop the planet, but boy o boy, this is real joy. I ...

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Fleur Cardinale 2019
Posted by Admin | Tue 16 Jun 2020 | En Primeur

FLEUR CARDINALE 2019 St Emilion Grand Cru Classe £290.00 per 12 bott ib. ZR – 17; JS – 95-96 First samples of 2019 Bordeaux en primeur have landed on our tasting desk. Fleur Cardinale at it's best. Deep bright purple, small black berries dominate, bright and crunchy mid palate, with extra fine grain tannins in the background. Will be gorgeous from 2030. Very well done Ludovic and team.THIS IS ON THE LEVEL OF THEIR 2009. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!   The 2019 Fleur Cardinale is ripe, bold and luscious, with striking depth and resonance. Inky dark fruit, graphite, lavender, spice, menthol and ...

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