"Classified as a Cru Artisan this wine has plenty of Black fruit notes with cassis and blackberry, followed by vanilla, sweet spice and cedar. Rich on the palate, the tannins have smoothed out resulting in a smooth, silky wine. The finish is long with pleasant dried fruit and earthy undertones.
Made by a very small family owned winery.
Lalande-Borie is owned by the renowned Borie family, whose flagship estate is the Second Growth Château Ducru Beaucaillou. Relatively new for a Médoc estate, it was created when the family bought 18 hectares of vines from Château Lagrange in 1970 and another 12 hectares from other growers. These fine vineyards have gravel and clay soils, which is why the wine has more Merlot than Cabernet. The wine is aged in French oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months. Coming from the 2017 vintage, this is not a blockbuster claret but superbly balanced and classic in style. It can be served now, at room temperature, with most meats, from veal and chicken to beef or lamb. It will go beautifully with game and mushroom dishes too as it reaches full maturity. "Pretty, elegant Saint-Julien, a silky, soft, pure character to go with a floral, spice-laden bouquet" Jeb Dunnock
The Adams family, Americans, have done a magnificent job with this famous property on the south side of St.-Emilion. Now farmed organically, this wine exhibits an inky purple color, a gorgeous nose of blackberry and cassis fruit, sweet cherries, licorice and spice. It is full-bodied, ripe, opulent, pure and a great success in this vintage. The wine should drink well for 15 or more years. 93 points Wine Advocate.
Elegant, complex nose with dark and blue fruit, as well as spicy and earthy undertones. Sandalwood and cedar with dark chocolate, too. Full body with firm, ultra fine tannins. Structured, layered and flavorful on the palate. It’s very polished with a lovely texture and a long finish. Pure and luscious. Merlot with 37% cabernet franc. Best ever. Try after 2024, but already very beautiful. 97 points James Suckling.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Olivier has a wonderfully intense perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, black raspberries and cassis, with suggestions of red roses, pencil shavings and underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of ripe, expressive black and red berry layers, supported by finely grained tannin's and well-knit freshness, finishing with great length and purity. Robert Parker.
Medium bodied, energetic, soft, earthy expression, that already shows an elegant, easy to drink charm. The finish delivers ripe, sweet, red berries and tobacco. This will be a pleasure to well early in life, yet it can be aged for more complexity.
Antonio Galloni - “A powerful, dense wine bursting at the seams with Cabernet Sauvignon savoriness and structure. Crème de cassis, plum, licorice, lavender and grilled herbs are beautifully delineated in a brisk, vibrant Pauillac loaded with class. This is a very serious Pauillac. Second wine of Château Pichon-Baron. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. New oak is 60%. 91-94pts” . Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2018 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot, to be aged 12 months in barriques, 30% new and 70% one year old. Production represents 20% of the harvest this year. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with frisky cassis, chocolate-covered cherries and boysenberries scents followed up by notions of dried Provence herbs, moss-covered bark, charcuterie and tapenade. Full, rich and opulent in the mouth, it has bold black fruit and savory expressions, with firm, grainy tannins and a long, meaty finish. 90-92+pts"
This wine shows suave aromas of cedar and fresh red flowers with a thread of ripe red berries and blackcurrants, mulberries, coal smoke and cool stones. The palate delivers a wealth of rich red-fruit flavors, framed in sleek tannins that build with precision and length. A class act. One of the best from here in the modern era. Try from 2023 (js).
A very elegant and polished Margaux with great structure and an attractive touch of herbal freshness, then a delicate touch of sweetness at the long, fine finish.94 points Jeb Dunnuck.
From an estate on the uptick and showing beautifully on two separate occasions, the 2016 Château Labégorce is a head-turner of a Margaux that’s based on 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that was brought up in 45% new oak, with the balance in once-used barrels. Sexy notes of blackcurrants, black raspberries, crushed flowers, sandalwood, and incense all flow to a medium to full-bodied, fabulously textured Margaux that carries ripe tannins, loads of fruit and richness, and a great finish. Since arriving in 2009, Marjolaine de Coninck has resurrected this estate and the wines now play with the top in the appellation.94 points Vinous
The 2016 Labégorce comes from a property that has really been getting its act together in recent years. It has a gorgeous, very pure blackberry, raspberry and pressed violet bouquet, almost understated, but there is real focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin and quite Pauillac-like in style, and there is impressive density on the finish. Wonderful. Look out for this. 94 points Wine Enthusiast
This estate on the north side of the village of Margaux is performing at its peak. As befits the vintage it's a rich wine with big tannins. But it also has the style that characterizes a Margaux, with a smooth, perfumed aftertaste.93 points Decanter
Deep, rich extraction, black cherry in colour with very well controlled aromatics of damson and creamy cappuccino. This is a gorgeous wine and there are going to be many many fans of the contemporary but utterly controlled and well judged flavours on display here. Luscious and big, but everything has a reason for being where it is, nothing superfluous. One of the best ever from this property. 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Labégorce is composed of 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 45% new and 55% one-year-old French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps out of the glass with gregarious cassis, kirsch and black raspberries, candied violets, dark chocolate and spearmint. Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and with exciting intensity, it delivers a fantastically long, fragrant finish.
Tucked into the southern tip of the Margaux appellation in the commune of Labarde, home to Dauzac, Siran and Giscours, there are some increasingly interesting things happening here. This, for me, is one of the few Margaux that is clearly better than its 2015 counterpart. Planted to 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, they have introduced a second wine for the first time in 2016 and unveiled new cellars, both helping to focus on upping selection for the main wine. You get a full and frank attack of powerful black fruits, tannins with an astringency and life that is extremely promising, and acidity that absolutely accompanies and plays off the other components. There is a slatey minerality and salinity on the finish. A wine to watch under the direction of Laurent Fortin. 92-93 points James Suckling
Tight and chewy with polished tannins and a extremely deep and dense center palate of fruit. Minerally and intense too. Really fine and precise. A nice follow through after the excellent 2015. 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Dauzac is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot picked at 45 hectoliters per hectare, picked 13 September and over the next 21 days, which is the longest ever at the property according to estate manager Laurent Fortin. The bouquet is tightly wound at first, then gently unfolds to reveal blackberry, briary, pressed flowers and light minty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin on the entry, quite firm in the mouth at first, but there is plenty of fresh, predominantly black fruit locked into this Margaux. It is taut and linear with a grippy finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015, perhaps without the same flair as the previous vintage, but I am certain that it will "loosen its tie" during élevage. 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast
There's nice intensity here, with a beam of cassis and cherry preserves racing through, flecked with light anise and bay notes. Fresh acidity is nicely embedded on the finish. A restrained style, and sneakily long. Wine Spectator.
This wine is a Troisième Cru Classé of the Margaux appellation. Its vineyard covers an area of some ten hectares of siliceous gravel and is planted with vines over 40 years old: mainly Cabernet Sauvignon but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Château Boyd Cantenac 2017 has a beautiful dark purple colour with ruby on the edge of the glass.
On the nose, it exhales a charming bouquet of cooked and jammy black fruits as well as notes of woodland and humid undergrowth.
Château Boyd Cantenac 2017 is moderately full-bodied on the attack. The mid-palate is filled with ripe and juicy fruit, full of freshness and supported by soft and structuring tannins leading to an elegant, fruity finish with a subtle earthy touch.
This 11 hectare property in Lalande de Pomerol is situated 1 km from the famous plateau of Pomerol, and is visible from the back door of Eglise Clinet. The Château was purchased in 2000 by Denis Durantou who ages the crop in 50% new oak and relegates fruit from the younger vines to his La Chenade label. Often better than many Pomerols and Saint Emilions that we taste, yet far cheaper - thanks to the unfashionable appellation. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are selected from the best terroirs of the vineyard - clay soils similar to those on the plateau of Pomerol. A wine that always reminds us of a top Pomerol. Recent vintages have been stunning and there have been impressive results in recent blind tastings including the "Southwold Group". Along with Roc de Cambes, this is, in our view, the best wine produced in a "satelite appellation" of Bordeaux. Pricing policy is moderate. We absolutely love Les Cruzelles! 2625 cases will be produced in 2018 from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, aged in 40% new oak.
This wine has rich aromas of blackberries, dried currants, chocolate, walnuts and tile on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Polished and structured with a nice core of black fruit. Give it at least a couple of years of bottle age. Lovely balance to it.
The 2016 La Lagune has a classic tobacco and cedar bouquet with fine delineation and nicely integrated oak. The medium-bodied palate offers gentle grip on the entry and plenty of tarry black fruit. A touch of mint emerges toward the linear but impressively focused finish. I like the vivacity and penetration here. One of the big estates in the southern Médoc, this property has produced a rich, balanced wine packed with black-currant fruits and fine, elegant tannins. Drink from 2025.
A very attractive, dark-fruit infused Bordeaux from the Martin family, owners of châteaux Saint-Pierre and Gloria. Officially the second wine of Gloria, it is made from younger vines, and displays impressive poise and balance. A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 15% petit verdot and was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, one-third of which were new.
Medium bodied with a sweet plum and cherry character, the wine is soft, forward, and easy to drink, leaving with a blast of fresh, spicy black raspberries. Chateau Cap Saint George is much better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour or so.This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Cap Saint George offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.
The 2016 La Fleur d'Arthus reveals delicate kirsch, raspberry leaves and black cherry scents with hints of roses and new leather plus a touch of cigar box. Medium-bodied, soft, refreshing and elegantly styled, it has a lovely, quiet intensity and perfumed finish. 92 points Robert Parker
This is a spicy wine with juicy crisp acidity and a core of fine tannins. It is bright, lively and, with its red-fruit flavors baked up by some oaky notes,is likely to be attractive from 2018. Shows great potential for ageing.
This is a lovely rich wine that entices with its dark cherry, leather, and woody notes on nose. On the palate it’s full bodied, with fine grained tannins, well balanced acidity. It’s smooth and not overpowering and the finish is velvety and long with a touch of dried cherry and vanilla.
It’s a delight to find a Bordeaux at this price that is so good. Merlot-dominant, the nose is on the shy side, however the palate makes up for it with an abundance of generous red fruit flavours. This is an easy to drink Bordeaux style, similar to the 2015 but this is possibly even better, with good depth of fruit, nicely-judged acidity and velvety-fine tannins. There's wood spice and even cigar-box giving an extra dimension to the cherry-plum fruit.
Produced by the Chateau Prieure Lichine team, this wine is the exact excellent Margaux that we have been waiting for. Made with 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc this is a fine, voluptuous wine, seductive in its olfactory phase (blackberry, cassis, tobacco, chocolate, leather and smoke), and more structured on the palate yet retaining harmonious fine grained tannins.
Rich and solidly tannic, this is a dramatic statement for this lesser appellation, and the wine has the concentration to carry the treatment. In fact, it finishes rather elegant and classical. You could drink this with a steak tonight, but those who have the patience to cellar it until at least 2020 will get so much more pleasure! ~93 James Suckling (2015 vintage)
A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot, this has a finefresh dark fruit nose like brumble, blackcurrant with some tobacco, forest floor, black olive tapenade and a touch of smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely acidity, very well balanced with and fine, quite racy finish. Very fine.
Rich red fruit flows on and on in this charming little wine. The oak maturation gives some layers of clove and leather. The full body and the ripe tannins make it a great wine to bring home for dinner. A harmonious blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc vines that are over 20 years old.
The Château Lagrange Les Tours Bordeaux Supérieur of Vignobles Choquet is a red wine from the region of Bordeaux and is Supérieur which means higher alcohol and higher concentration.This wine is a blend of 5 varietals which are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and the Petit Verdot giving power and roundness but also structure and elegance. In the mouth this wine is well structured, generous with a nice balance between acidity and tannins and nice fresh fruit flavours of black cherry, plum, blackberries and blackcurrant.
This is a great value classic Bordeaux blend (50% merlot and 50% Cabernet), nice and easy for every day drinking. The wine is well structures and displays great freshness with plenty of dark fresh fruit like plums, blackberries, blackcurrant accompanied by a touch of vanilla and sweet spice from oak ageing and earthiness from bottle development. Château Haut Domingue is one of the oldest properties in the Bordeaux region and they are well renowned for their gravel-based vineyard sites which allow the Cabernet to flourish.
This delicious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec is softly concentrated with deep and dense aromas of plush red fruits, blackcurrants,cocoa, spice and cedar aromas. Each variety contributes to an exquisitely varied array of aroma and great depth of flavours. The palate is medium-full bodied with layer of rich and succulent fruit and charry oak flavour. The long finish and fine tannins make this an ideal accompaniment for your beef dishes, richly flavoured foods and cheeses.
Time in bottle will yield further depth of flavour and a wonderful melding of fruit, oak, texture and moreish spice.
This cuvée is made from a one-hectare plot of old vine Merlot situated in the commune of Montagne-Saint-Emilion, one of the most beautiful terroirs of Bordeuax’s Right Bank, and it represents the purity of the grape variety.
Planted on sandy – clay soils in coversion to organic viticulture, the grapes are coming from 80 year old vines and are hand harvested and carefully selected.
The nose is very expressive with ripe raspberry, cherry and blackcurrants aromas with just a touch of vanilla, toast and cinnamon notes
Son of a warm vintage on the palate is well-structured, richly dense with silky and generous tannins and a touch of freshness.
Drink now but will give its best from 2022.
“Single Barrel is a blend of six grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, rubin and mavrud. Curiously they make around 16 barrels of this wine each year. Dense, purple-hued wine that looks much younger than its age of six years. Rich, ripe and flavoursome red with a dense. almost chewy texture suggesting old vine material. Dark berry, wood smoke, old leather, tar and spice characters. An intriguing wine that’s clearly got plenty of life ahead of it.” 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
“A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Intense, bold red with Christmas cake-like dried fruit and nut flavours together with wood smoke, leather, cigar box. A formidable red with a powerful tannic backbone. Should age well. Slightly rustic. Drink: 2018 to 2025.” 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
The 2016 Peyrabon has a finely detailed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, pressed flower and mineral aromas. This exudes class. The palate is well balanced with fine grain tannin, one of the more saline Cru Bourgeois with touches of oyster shell and spice towards the poised, edgy finish. Very fine. This is a property very close to Pauillac, and it's one to watch out for now, and in the future. These wines are well-made, value-driven, with good depth and length. Proprietor Patrick Bernard owns 50 hectares of gravel soils and with the aid of winemaker Xavier Michelet, produce elegant, silky, and vibrant wines that won't break the bank.
An old favourite of ours that we have been importing for many years. A classical Medoc with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the 2015 vintage that is just starting to drink beautifully now. Medium to full bodied and mineral with ripe berry fruit with hints of dry dust and lead pencil, structured and long with a wonderful finish. Give it a good hour to breath and it will open up beautifully! Cheers to that!
This is a well-balanced blend of traditional grape varieties consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As the main variety, the Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine the classic elegance of the Lafite style, while the ageing gives it charm and a well-rounded character.
The nose is intense and expressive dominated by fresh fruit aromas of red currant and raspberry blended with subtle notes of oak. The palate is structured, round and easy, slightly oaked with firm but silky tannins and a long, fresh and fruity finish.
As is always the case with Pierre Lafon, not a man known for a lot of talking so he just lets his wine do it all for him. Most of you will be familiar with this stunning Bordeaux, one of the first imports of Accent on Wine over 20 years ago. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, medium to full bodied with lovely lush and rounded tannins, concentrated and just beautifully balanced. For a Bordeaux Superior it punches well above its weight, it has power, concentration and depth with a lovely middle palate and beautiful finish. You could easily pay double for a wine of this quality. Drink now or over the next 5-6 years.
“An iconic brand meets a terrific vintage. The result is a “must have” wine for collectors and investors. This is elegance on a grand scale and one of the best vintages I’ve tasted. Still youthful and quite closed (it was bottled on the day I tasted it) but with plushness and power.” -- Bob Campbell MW, Business Desk, February 2021
The so-called Sassicaia of Sardinia, made in collaboration with local Sardinian growers, is becoming a reference point for wines from this island and even Italy. Made from a blend of 85% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. On the nose it exhibit spice, black fruits, game and hints of leather. The palate is superb, balanced, poised and full bodied with great depth, length and concentration. This is a wine that has the potential within years to rival Sassicaia itself but at a fraction of the price.
Chateau Loudenne Medoc is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
A wine of exquisite fragrance with blueberries, black plums, and cherries accompanied by subtle earth, oak, licorice, black pepper, clove, dry herbs and pencil notes.
On the palate it’s plush, full bodied yet smooth with medium acidity, fine grained elegant tannins and long finish.
This is a superb red Bordeaux from a great vintage.
Approachable now, will be magnificent in 3 to 5 years time.
Le Volte dell’Ornellaia combines a Mediterranean expression of generosity with structure and complexity, reflecting the philosophy of Ornellaia. It represents the first step into the Ornellaia family, and is an ideal wine for everyday enjoyment. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2018 perfectly reflects the characteristics of the vintage, revealing great elegance and balance. Its nose is wonderfully complex, very fruity with delicate floral and spicy notes. The tannic and smooth texture is striking on the palate, ending in a crisp and lively finish.
"A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb! Drink 2025-2042." Score: 97 - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
Awatea, even though being the so called second wine after the Coleraine, is still a wonderful Bordeaux blend that is able to age beautifully for up to 10 years. It always shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and length.
A new addition from this much acclaimed producer made from a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Grenache from the excellent vintage of 2018 which is full bodied and spicy with a typical expression of Languedoc in being perfumed and floral with hints of dry herbs and garrigue. On the palate it’s profound with lovely racy acidity, soft caressing tannins and a long finish. Excellent now but better over the next 3-4 years.
A full and enticing nose of aromas; blueberry and boysenberry tempered by darker spice flavours of cocoa nib and black cardamom, add to that complex savoury notes of manuka bark and sundried tomatoes. The palate sweeps in with flavours of cranberry and a mineral sensation that lingers through the length of the palate. The tannins are ripe and balanced. An impressive release of this wine, delicious drinking now but with a concentration and structure that will allow this wine to further evolve.
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