Grand Puy Lacoste 2019
£540 per case/12 IB
BI favourite Grand Puy Lacoste has been released this morning at £540. At 20% below the release of the 2018, this is a fabulous price for a truly wonderful wine.
In his recent report, Vinous’ Neal Martin (95-97pts) raves about the 2019 GPL; he describes it as “Classy and full of breeding – quintessential Pauillac” which is just great news for everyone who loves this estate! Decanter’s Jane Anson (96pts) rates the 2019 a point higher than the 2018, which was already rocking a pretty serious 95-point score, admiring how it “just screams Pauillac” and calling it “a brilliant wine, easily equal to the 2018 and approaching the 2016.”
£1200 per case/12 IB
Chateau Montrose is one of our favourite addresses in Bordeaux. With the remarkable unbroken run of ’14-‘18 still fresh in the mind, and the incredible double-hundred pair of 2009 and 2010 quietly gaining ground in quality and maturity (and both tasting extraordinary at 10 years old), we have the arrival of the 2019 at £1200 – showing a fantastic 23% reduction on the price of the 2018 release.
Montrose were not keen to send out samples given anxiety about the quality of samples post-travel so in fact as yet we only have one critical review – that of Jane Anson, Decanter’s Bordeaux expert (who has the good fortune of being based in that fair city). The good news is – she absolutely LOVES it, scoring it a huge 98 points.
Sociando Mallet 2019
£256 per case/12 IB
The 2019 Sociando-Mallet has a lovely bouquet with vivacious raspberry, wild strawberry and rose petal scents, touches of undergrowth coming through with time, one of the most elegant noses from this property in recent years. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit, crushed stone and a discrete pinch of white pepper, focused and full of energy on the finish. What a superb Sociando-Mallet. June 2020
92-94 pts - Neal Martin
Pape Clement Rouge 2019
£725 per case/12 IB
96-98pts Neal Martin, vinous “The 2019 Pape-Clément was picked from 17 September to 10 October, underwent a 30 day maceration. Matured in 90% oak barrels and 10% wooden foudres for 18 months. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious black cherries and boysenberry fruit, touches of raspberry preserve and crème de cassis. The palate is full-bodied and quite muscular, exerting a firm grip and displaying plenty of tobacco-tinged black fruit that dovetails into a more saline, marine influenced finish. This is a very serious Pape-Clément that will require longer ageing than its peers, but will surely be rewarding for those with patience.
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