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2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

95-96 points James Suckling: "A fantastic 2017 from Margaux with a deep and ripe core of fruit in the center palate. Silky and juicy tannins. Full body, plenty of fruit and a long, flavorful finish." (4/2018) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Malescot St. Exupery is scented of crushed red and black cherries, warm plums and mulberries with touches of roses and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of vibrant red and black fruits and soft, plush tannins, with a long, perfumed finish. (LPB)" (4/2018) 91-93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Malescot St. Exupéry has a simpler bouquet than recent vintages w ...Read More » 


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2017 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Gaffeliere has pronounced cassis, baked plums and blackberry pie notes with suggestions of lavender, baking spices and rose hip tea. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins, an electric intensity of bright black and blue fruits and wonderful freshness, finishing long and minerally. (LPB) 95-97+" (4/2018) 94-97 points Vinous: "The 2017 La Gaffelière is without question one of the wines of the vintage in Saint- Émilion. Bright, precise and wonderfully ...Read More » 


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2017 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The saturated purple-colored 2017 Pichon-Longueville Baron will compete with the best of the best in 2017. Possessing full-bodied notes of ripe blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with background graphite and oak, it hits the palate with beautiful purity of fruit, building tannin, and a great, great finish. Its oak is brilliantly integrated, it has a stacked mid-palate, and again, just incredible purity of fruit. It has the fruit/texture to drink nicely in its youth yet deserves 4-6 years and will keep for two decades or more. The 2017 is 79% Cabernet ...Read More » 


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2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, Bordeaux (Pre-Arrival)

93 points Decanter: "Utterly gorgeous freshness and zip, with intensity of flavour. It has a little more Sémillon than usual, due to frost affect the Sauvignon Blanc, which seems to mean the aromatics of the Muscadelle are a little more prominent than a classic Lynch Bages Blanc, adding a white flower honeysuckle lift. It is beautiful and works within the cascade of flavours, although I miss their more classic blend - they probably do too, to be fair. Already bottled. 45% new oak. (JA)" (4/2018) 93 points James Suckling: "A dense and fresh white at the same time with cooked apples, lemon rind and minera ...Read More » 


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2017 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is an impressive wine, full of both plush fruit and firm tannins. It is rich, generously structured supporting layers of ripe black fruits. It is concentrated, yet elegant with a full mouthfeel. This is a wine to age. Drink this major wine from 2024. (RV)" (4/2018) 94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The deep, inky-colored 2017 Léoville-Barton is a classic, powerhouse wine from this estate that’s going to need bottle age. Loads of black and blue fruits, violets, classy oak, and ample minerality all soar from the glass. It’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and backward on the palate ...Read More » 


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2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

95-96 points James Suckling: "This is an excellent Lynch that starts off slowly and then drives at the end with dark fruit and hints of hazelnuts. Strong and focused tannins. A beautiful young wine." (4/2018) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This dense wine is setting out to be fine and rich. It has power and density along with ripe blackberry flavors. Its concentration and dark tannins suggest a long life ahead. (RV)" (4/2018) 95 points Decanter: "They've had their foot on the extraction pedal here, but the extremely dark fruit has great finesse. It is broad-shouldered and savoury-edged, and each time I tasted this wine it seemed a little ...Read More » 


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2017 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Château Labégorce checks in as 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot (which is slightly more than normal), 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, aging in 45% new French oak. Its vibrant purple color is followed by a beautiful bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed flowers, classy oak, and graphite. With medium to full-bodied richness, an awesome texture, and ripe tannin, it’s up with the top wines from the appellation. Tasted twice. This is an estate readers need to have on their radar." (4/2018) 92-93 points James Suckling: "A juicy and rich red with lots of fruit and wet-ea ...Read More » 


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2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Certainly a fine wine, this has ripe tannins that are balanced by the fine, black fruits. With its smoky and black currant character, it has the structure for aging, as well as the attractive fruitiness of the vintage. (RV)" (4/2018) 95-96 points James Suckling: "This is a really fascinating young Pichon Lalande with a dense center palate of currants, crushed stones, salt and seashells. Really long and intense. Wonderful energy. Showing character of some of the top years of the 1980s." (4/2018) 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This barrel sample is 100% new oak, whereas the final blend will be only 60% new oak. A blend ...Read More » 


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2017 Pavillon Rouge, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

94-95 points James Suckling: "There is very pretty purity of fruit to this with lots of currant, strawberry and plum character. Lots of chocolate and hazelnut too. Full body, velvety tannins and a chewy finish. Excellent for the vintage. About half the normal production. This is the same level of quality as 2016." (4/2018) 92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A wine that might be the best second wine in the vintage, the 2017 Pavillon Rouge offers a beautiful, classic Margaux perfume of cherries, cassis, flowers, and spice box. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, again, an incredible floral character, ripe tannin, a ...Read More » 


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2017 Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Reminding me of the 2014, the 2017 Château Clinet is a beautiful, dense, concentrated wine that has terrific notes of blueberries, spring flowers, and chocolaty oak. It’s very much in the style of the vintage with its cool, perfumed aromatics and sensational purity of fruit, yet it also has richness and weight. It’s a brilliant Pomerol." (4/2018) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Alluring, offering fleshy layers of fig, boysenberry and plum compote notes lined with anise and roasted apple wood accents, this is nicely integrated already, with fresh acidity embedded throughout. (JM)" (4/2018) ...Read More » 


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2017 Canon, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Canon, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the gems in the vintage is the 2017 Château Canon, which checks in at 73% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Sensational notes of black cherries, blueberries, liquid violets, awesome graphite, and scorched earth-like minerality all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, incredibly pure, yet masculine beauty that has building tannin, beautiful purity of fruit, and a great finish. It's not going to match the 2015 on sheer size and scale, but it's a sensational wine. It’s going to need 3-4 years of bottle age to be drinkable and will keep for ...Read More » 


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2017 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Malartic-Lagravière, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "An impressively concentrated wine this is full of rich tannins and dark black plum notes. Its structure and smoky character meld with rich black fruits and spice flavors; this is a wine for aging. Drink from 2024. (RV)" (4/2018) 93 points Decanter: "A carefully extracted, well constructed palate delivers a sense of finesse and freshness. The fruit is not particularly expressive on the attack - you need to sit down with this for a while and wait, allow those retracting tannins to soften and unwind. Eventually, a gorgeously pure expression of cassis comes curling through, with l ...Read More » 


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2017 Figeac, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Figeac, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Vinous: "The 2017 Figeac is magnificent. Beautifully layered and exquisite in the glass, the 2017 possesses remarkable balance and harmony from the very first taste. An utterly beguiling, captivating wine, the 2017 simply has it all. Bright, red-toned fruit, mint, spice, lavender and rose petal overtones flesh out in the glass, but above all else, Figeac is a wine of total harmony. The Grand Vin includes 10% second generation fruit. Even so, production is down around 50%. (AG)" (5/2018) 94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Château Figeac is an undeniable success in the vintage and this estate ...Read More » 


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2017 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Haut-Bailly is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish. (LPB)" (4/2018) 93-96 points Vinous: "The 2017 Haut-Bailly is an understated bea ...Read More » 


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2017 Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the more sexy, opulent wines in the vintage is the 2017 Château Gazin, which comes close to the estate’s smoking good 2015. Ripe black cherries, currants, spice box and incense notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, plump, beautifully textured Pomerol that has sweet tannin and a great finish. It should hit the ground running and keep for 15 years or more." (4/2018) 94-95 points James Suckling: "A dense and flavorful red already with dark-berry, seaweed and wet-earth undertones. Full body and round and chewy tannins. Green olives on the finish. Serious for the vintage. ...Read More » 


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2017 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

97-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The final blend of the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries with touches of incense, spice cake, star anise and plum preserves plus a perfumed hint of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm yet wonderfully ripe, "sweet", fine-grained tannins at just 13% alcohol—something of a miracle in our modern times. The palate sports fantastic freshness and tons of energy e ...Read More » 


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2017 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Vinous: "The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte is easily one of the highlights of the vintage. Dense, unctuous and impeccably balanced, the 2017 exudes depth from start to finish. Charcoal embers, graphite, menthol, licorice and sage add myriad shades of nuance to the plush, unctuous dark raspberry jam fruit. This is a super impressive showing from Smith Haut Lafitte. I tasted the 2017 two times. On both occasions, the wine showed tremendous aromatic and flavor depth. (AG)" (5/2018) 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bold tannins and powerful fruits give this perfumed wine concentration and a dense texture. I ...Read More » 


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2017 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Mouton Rothschild has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon ever at 90%, with 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is already singing of crushed black currants, warm blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of violets, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves plus wafts of pencil lead and unsmoked cigars. Medium-bodied, wonderfully delicate yet intense in the mouth (gaining some richness in the mid-palate on my second taste two and a half weeks later), it has super fine-grained, smoot ...Read More » 


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2017 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "This is very solid and tannic with a beautiful core of blueberries, blackcurrants and other blue fruits. Crushed stones, to boot. Full body and a flavorful finish. Serious for the vintage." (4/2018) 90-93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Langoa Barton is absolutely gorgeous. A wine of unusual depth and richness for the year, Langoa Barton is creamy, pliant and incredibly inviting. Super-ripe red and blue fruits, new leather, and dried flowers fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. In 2017, Langoa Barton is a lovely ...Read More » 


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2017 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "While the wood flavors are palpable in this wine, so are the firm tannins and dense black fruit. These elements suggest a wine that will have power and great concentration while also generous blackberry fruits. (RV)" (4/2018) 93 points Decanter: "A lovely wine that sits extremely prettily though the palate, with a seductive expression of florality and blackberry fruits. It's not as powerful as the past two years, but is skilfully worked with soft grilled oak notes. It doesn't sacrifice the excellent quality that this estate has been producing. (JA)" (4/2018) 92-93 points James Suckling: "Dark currant, berry ...Read More » 


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2017 Marquis d'Alesme, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

90-93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Marquis d'Alesme offers terrific depth and resonance, but with a bit more freshness than has been the norm in recent years. Bright red stone fruit and expressive floral notes abound in this very pretty Margaux, but what impresses most is the wine's sense of balance. For that reason, I won't be at all surprised if the 2017 turns out even better than this note suggests. Tasted two times. (AG)" (5/2018) 92 points Decanter: "Rich in colour, with spicy cinnamon and black pepper notes followed by a silky texture in the mouth with good persistency. It's a success in the vint ...Read More » 


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2017 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Shows a lovely, engaging feel, offering succulent blackberry and cherry compote notes. Delightfully pure, with light echoes of bramble, chalk and anise flittering through the finish. Silky and refined, this has length to burn. (JM)" (4/2018) 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine revels in its soft black fruit flavors. Supported by structured tannins that are already well integrated, it shows touches of wood and spice at the end. This is going to be a generous, fruity wine from 2023. (RV)" (4/2018) 91-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from an incredible terroir located on the limestone plateau just outside the villa ...Read More » 


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2017 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

95-96 points James Suckling: "Very tight and energetic finish to this young, new red with currant and blackberry character. Hints of crushed stones. Dense and four-square with a chewy tannin structure and a long finish. Very muscular. Serious encore to the 2016. Same level?" (4/2018) 93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Château Léoville-Poyferré has been on a roll for over a decade now, and they’ve produced a terrific, fruit-forward, pleasure-bent 2017 that readers should snatch up. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was harvested between September 20th and Octob ...Read More » 


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2017 Giscours, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is dense and concentrated, packed with firm tannins as well as powerful fruit. The solid structure is balanced by rich blackberry and plum flavors, resulting in a wine that has a fine future ahead of it. (RV)" (4/2018) 93 points Decanter: "An accomplished, enjoyable Giscours. The fruit character is less generous than 2015 and 2016, but it still has presence and charm. Damson, bilberry, charcoal and slate are cradled by fine tannins that point to well-controlled extraction. There's no dip through the mid-palate, and the overall structure is juicy and elegant rather than ex ...Read More » 


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2017 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

94-95 points James Suckling: "This is really excellent for the vintage with wonderful density of fruit in terms of plum liqueur and creme de cassis. The palate’s plush but velvety with round tannins and a long finish. Should drink fabulously when young. So generous but silky and dialed-in." (4/2018) 92-95 points Vinous: "The 2017 Canon La Gaffelière is superb. Compelling in its aromatics and overall balance, the 2017 has so much to offer. All the elements simply fall into place. As is the case with all of Stephan von Neipperg's wines, the 2017 is wonderfully fresh and nuanced, with less muscle than in the p ...Read More » 


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2017 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Pontet-Canet opens with vibrant wild blueberries, black raspberries and crushed plums with notions of cinnamon stick, violets, unsmoked cigars and pencil lead plus wafts of roses, lavender and tilled black soil. Medium-bodied with very fine, incredibly plush tannins, it is deliciously savory in the mouth, with wonderful freshness and spectacular energy delivering many layers, resulting in a very long, mineral-laced finish. (LPB) ...Read More » 


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2017 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Lafite Rothschild is a little shy on the nose to begin, opening out to scents of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and warm black plums with touches of yeast extract, charcuterie, cigar box and fertile loam plus a hint of iron ore. POW—the paradoxically ethereal, medium-bodied palate hits you with vibrant, exhilarating black fruit and previously latent floral layers, supported with fantastic freshness and super fine-grained, pixelated tannin ...Read More » 


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2017 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2017 Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla) has a profound nose of cassis, warm blackberries and black plums with touches of baking spices, violets, mocha and smoke plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied with a great core of sustained, energetic black fruit, a frame of fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, it finishes with great length. (LPB)" (4/2018) 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine has a densely tannic structure and ripe berry fruits that are just beginning to sh ...Read More » 


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2017 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc with 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Sémillon, the Smith Haut Lafitte 2017 Blanc offers up gorgeous, super-intense scents of pink grapefruit, white peaches, kumquats and ginger with wafts of under-ripe pineapple, lime blossoms and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, it's very polished, sophisticated and wonderfully electric in the mouth, with sparks of citrus fruits, tropical notions and floral perfume exploding on the palate, finishing with epic persistence. (LPB) 96-98+" (4/2018) 94-97 points Wine Spectator: "Tight, but with a lot to like, from the yellow apple, whi ...Read More » 


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2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This perfumed wine is rich in dark tannins and black currant flavors. It has lifted acidity and a wonderful juicy, balanced character. Very pure and well structured, this will be a great wine for aging. (RV)" (4/2018) 94-95 points James Suckling: "This is very delicate on the attack but it grows on the palate with firm and silky tannins that turn lightly chewy. Builds consistently. Compacted and tight." (4/2018) 94 points Decanter: "This is rich, with fresh blueberry and cassis notes. The fruit is on the elegant side, and this should be earlier to drink than the 2016 and even the 2014. Technical director Vin ...Read More » 


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2017 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Léoville Las Cases, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot from 50- to 90-year-old vines, is deep garnet-purple in color and simply sings of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and plum preserves with notions of wood smoke, cigar boxes, crushed rocks and beef drippings. Medium-bodied with wonderful intensity and vivacity, it gives a firm, fine-grained frame and a densely packed mid-palate, finishing long and earthy. This should age incredibly! (LPB)" (4/2018) 97 points Decanter: "One of the very few wines in this vintage that trul ...Read More » 


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2017 Palmer, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is a sexy and well-formed 2017 with very velvety and suave tannins that go on for minutes. Full-bodied, soft and round. Extremely long and last for minutes." (4/2018) 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Palmer, a blend of 54% Merlot with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, is very deep purple-black in color and leaps from the glass with freshly macerated blue and black fruits: wild blueberries, blackberries and black cherries plus hints of licorice, rose hips, tilled soil and oolong tea with a waft of truffles. Medium-bodied, very finely crafted with exquisitely ripe an ...Read More » 


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2017 l'Eglise-Clinet, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 L'Eglise Clinet opens with crème de cassis, black forest cake and preserved plums notes with suggestions of underbrush, lilacs and star anise plus an invigorating spark of Bing cherries. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, ripe tannins and very refreshing acidity supporting the tightly wound muscular fruit, it finishes with epic persistence and bags of energy. This will be extremely long lived! (LPB) 96-98+" (4/2018) 95 points Decanter: "For me, this is one of the ...Read More » 


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2017 Prieuré-Lichine, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

91-94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Prieuré-Lichine is another in a series of utterly gorgeous wines that have emerged from this château in recent years. The construction of a new cellar a few years ago seems to have made a huge difference in the precision of the wine. Soft, supple and gracious, with gentle contours and silky tannins, the 2017 is pure class. Succulent red berry, plum, rose petal and mint infuse this gracious Margaux. The blend is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The increase in Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of a desire to gradually buil ...Read More » 


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2017 Angélus, St-Emilion 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the darkest colored wines in the vintage is the 2017 Angélus. Its final blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, which includes more Cabernet Franc than usual. It's a polished, elegant, layered wine that has beautiful notes of crème de cassis, spice, graphite, and minerality. It has medium to full-bodied richness, fine, silky tannin, beautiful purity and more elegance and charm than normal. I suspect it will put on weight with time in barrel and have two decades or more of longevity." (4/2018) 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big tannins and powerful fruit go together in this fi ...Read More » 


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2017 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

93-94 points James Suckling: "Dense and layered red with dark berry, volcanic ash and white pepper. Full-bodied, layered and chewy. Muscular." (4/2018) 91-94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Tour Saint Christophe is another in a series of brilliant wines from proprietor Peter Kwok and consultant Michel Rolland. The 20% Cabernet Franc adds striking brightness to play off the dense, dark Merlot in this plush, beautifully nuanced Saint-Émilion. Already impeccably balanced, the 2017 appears to have a very promising future. Mocha, espresso, wild flowers and mint add the closing shades of nuance. Tasted three times. (AG) ...Read More » 


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2017 Pavie Macquin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Pavie Macquin is deep garnet-purple in color and opens with flamboyant notes of warm black and red plums, black cherries and tilled soil with delicate touches of cloves, star anise, red roses and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of very finely grained, very ripe tannins and tons of freshness, it has wonderfully elegant yet intense fruit layers and a long, minerally finish. Just beautiful. (LPB)" (4/2018) 93-96 points Vinous: "A sexy, racy wine, the 2017 Pavie Macquin is full of personality. A rush of sweet red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and blood or ...Read More » 


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2017 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

92-95 points Vinous: "A rich, unctuous wine, the 2017 Barde-Haut is endowed with magnificent concentration and richness. Inky black fruit, chocolate, menthol, licorice and spice infuse this spectacularly rich, voluptuous Saint-Émilion. The 2017 saw 4-5 days on cold soak about four weeks on the skins, with no SO2 during fermentation. Most of the wine is aging in 300L barrels, which is a bit larger than the norm in Bordeaux. (AG)" (5/2018) 92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The deep, inky-colored 2017 Barde-Haut is a seriously good 2017 from Hélène Garcin-Lévêque that offers tons of kirsch, ripe black cherries, an ...Read More » 


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2017 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

94-95 points James Suckling: "This is very structured and serious. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful. Boom. This is one of the best Haut-Batailleys in years. From the new owners, who also own Lynch-Bages." (4/2018) 92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A true gem in the vintage, and from an estate on the uptick, the 2017 Château Haut Batailley checks in as 66% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new French oak. It’s a big, medium to full-bodied, yet perfectly balanced 2017 that has loads of dark berry fruits, violets, leafy herbs and damp rock-like aromas and flavors. It has a touch of oak to integr ...Read More » 


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2017 Montrose, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

96-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Montrose is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little closed at first, but with coaxing, it opens to reveal remarkable earth and exotic spice notes of crushed rocks, black truffles, star anise, cassia and fenugreek over a core of crème de cassis, blackberry preserves, violets and blueberry pie with touches of cigar box, charcuterie and black soil. Medium-bodied with a rock-solid frame and an exquisitely ripe, very fine-grained texture, it has wonderful f ...Read More » 


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2017 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Mouton Rothschild has one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon ever at 90%, with 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is already singing of crushed black currants, warm blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of violets, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves plus wafts of pencil lead and unsmoked cigars. Medium-bodied, wonderfully delicate yet intense in the mouth (gaining some richness in the mid-palate on my second taste two and a half weeks later), it has super fine-grained, smoot ...Read More » 


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2017 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This perfumed wine is rich in dark tannins and black currant flavors. It has lifted acidity and a wonderful juicy, balanced character. Very pure and well structured, this will be a great wine for aging. (RV)" (4/2018) 94-95 points James Suckling: "This is very delicate on the attack but it grows on the palate with firm and silky tannins that turn lightly chewy. Builds consistently. Compacted and tight." (4/2018) 94 points Decanter: "This is rich, with fresh blueberry and cassis notes. The fruit is on the elegant side, and this should be earlier to drink than the 2016 and even the 2014. Technical director Vin ...Read More » 


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2017 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Haut-Bailly is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a wonderfully spicy nose of cinnamon stick, cloves, anise and fenugreek with core of roses, warm blueberries, black forest cake and black raspberries plus hints of underbrush and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied with firm, ripe, grainy tannins, it has oodles of freshness and great finesse, continuing bright and energetic on the long, minerally finish. (LPB)" (4/2018) 93-96 points Vinous: "The 2017 Haut-Bailly is an understated bea ...Read More » 


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2017 Clinet, Pomerol 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Reminding me of the 2014, the 2017 Château Clinet is a beautiful, dense, concentrated wine that has terrific notes of blueberries, spring flowers, and chocolaty oak. It’s very much in the style of the vintage with its cool, perfumed aromatics and sensational purity of fruit, yet it also has richness and weight. It’s a brilliant Pomerol." (4/2018) 92-95 points Wine Spectator: "Alluring, offering fleshy layers of fig, boysenberry and plum compote notes lined with anise and roasted apple wood accents, this is nicely integrated already, with fresh acidity embedded throughout. (JM)" (4/2018) ...Read More » 


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2017 Ausone, St-Émilion 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Ausone offers up slowly emerging notes of crushed black plums, blackberries and mulberries with nuances of anise, violets, new leather and unsmoked cigars plus suggestions of black olives and truffles and a touch of cast iron pan. Medium to full-bodied with firm, very finely grained, super ripe tannins and an uplifting backbone of freshness perfectly supporting the profoundly layered, tightly wound yet incredibly intense fruit, it finishes very long with mineral accents and ...Read More » 


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2017 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The saturated purple-colored 2017 Pichon-Longueville Baron will compete with the best of the best in 2017. Possessing full-bodied notes of ripe blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with background graphite and oak, it hits the palate with beautiful purity of fruit, building tannin, and a great, great finish. Its oak is brilliantly integrated, it has a stacked mid-palate, and again, just incredible purity of fruit. It has the fruit/texture to drink nicely in its youth yet deserves 4-6 years and will keep for two decades or more. The 2017 is 79% Cabernet ...Read More » 


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2017 La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2017 La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From the heart of the Pomerol plateau, the 2017 La Fleur Petrus is an undeniable success in the vintage. Deep, ripe, and powerful, with beautiful notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf and integrated oak, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a full, fleshy mid-palate, sweet tannin, and a great finish. This killer blend of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot will need 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise for 15+ in cool cellars." (4/2018) 95-96 points James Suckling: "This rolls over the palate with dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of cedar. ...Read More » 


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2017 Giscours, Margaux 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is dense and concentrated, packed with firm tannins as well as powerful fruit. The solid structure is balanced by rich blackberry and plum flavors, resulting in a wine that has a fine future ahead of it. (RV)" (4/2018) 93 points Decanter: "An accomplished, enjoyable Giscours. The fruit character is less generous than 2015 and 2016, but it still has presence and charm. Damson, bilberry, charcoal and slate are cradled by fine tannins that point to well-controlled extraction. There's no dip through the mid-palate, and the overall structure is juicy and elegant rather than ex ...Read More » 


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2017 Palmer, Margaux 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is a sexy and well-formed 2017 with very velvety and suave tannins that go on for minutes. Full-bodied, soft and round. Extremely long and last for minutes." (4/2018) 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Palmer, a blend of 54% Merlot with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, is very deep purple-black in color and leaps from the glass with freshly macerated blue and black fruits: wild blueberries, blackberries and black cherries plus hints of licorice, rose hips, tilled soil and oolong tea with a waft of truffles. Medium-bodied, very finely crafted with exquisitely ripe an ...Read More » 


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2017 Cheval Blanc, St-Émilion 6-pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

97-98 points James Suckling: "This is tight and very tannic with a linear and steely backbone of texture. Full-bodied, compacted and complete. Muscular and flexing it but polished and toned. Wow. There is 6% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, which may be giving this even more strength. Very, very long. Very Left Bank in terms of the power and depth." (4/2018) 95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Cheval Blanc is, as one would expect, up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. The estate was hammered by the April frosts, and the resulting wine is more ethereal and elegant, with medium-bodied notes of ripe black f ...Read More » 


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