£650 per 12 IB
The 2019 Clinet is just so fragrant on the nose: black and red fruit vying for attention, iris and incense, touches of truffle in the background. The purity that Ronan Laborde and his team have achieved should be applauded. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, perfect acidity, brilliant focus and a killer sense of tension on the finish. This is a stunning Clinet, the best that I have encountered in barrel over 20 years of tasting. That creamy texture takes your breath away. Up there with the very best - a Clinet that rivets you to the spot.
97-99 pts -Neal Martin
Pichon Baron 2019
£1300 per 12 IB
This morning sees the 2019 release of Pichon Baron at £1300. This is one of the most consistent, and consistently brilliant, wines from the modern Bordeaux era. Yesterday it was rated as one of the top wines in Neal Martin’s 2019 report and overnight its reputation was further burnished with a 97-100 point score from Lisa Perrotti-Brown at The Wine Advocate.
La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2019
£338 per 12 IB
Another big-name, big-score release this morning was Ducru Beaucaillou. Whilst this wine continues to strive for (and this year, has the possibility to achieve, with a 97-100pt rating from Lisa Perrotti-Brown) perfection, in 2019 the incredible second wine La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou may have stolen a march on its big brother. With an incredible 94-96 point rating from Neal Martin, who calls it “a deuxieme vin full of breeding”, it sits only two points behind the Grand Vin (which Neal rates at 96-98) and yet it is available for under 25% of the price!
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2019
£750 per 6 IB
“Succulent and gorgeous with such supple tannins, yet it’s full bodied and very rich. It’s very savory, too. Dense, yet polished on the palate, showing fresh, minerally and salty notes. You want to drink it already. 27% of the crop and a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot, the rest petit verdot and cabernet franc.”#
96-97pts James Suckling
Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux 2019
£978 per 6 IB
(only bottles available)
“Grip and balance with clear flesh to the white peach, pear and citrus fruit and a saline finish. The flavours spiral down through your mouth, anchoring themselves to your palate and holding on, totally moreish and very much in the style of the house, with a kick upwards on the finish. You would be hard pressed to say no to this. Harvest 2 to 10 September. 3.15pH.”
96pts Jane Anson, Decanter
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