Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur - a "New Classicism"?

After a trio of excellent warm, dry vintages in Bordeaux, where most producers and appellations did very well across the board, 2021 was less straightforward for the vignerons of the world’s most famous wine region. Pressures from frost and mildew were the complications that tested some Chateaux’s resolve but nevertheless, the 2021 growing season has created what Decanter’s Georgie Hindle believes to be ‘one of the most interesting and talked about vintages of recent times.’


Generalising is a difficult thing to do in 2021 Bordeaux but if we were forced, we’d say that the vintage has yielded elegant & classically proportioned wines. Many have moderate alcohol levels, think 12-13.5 % rather than the loft heights of 14.5-15%, whilst they also have more supple, charming profiles more in line with the great Bordeaux wines of the 80s and 90s than the recent blockbuster vintages of 2018, 2019 and 2020. It is in vintages like 2021 where we really appreciate the pedigree and winemaking knowledge of the very best properties within this majestic region– with all the modern science, technology and investment now behind these great estates, it is hard for them to make anything other than beautiful wine.


Don't miss the whites of 2021 as they have been universally praised and were a joy to taste. The cool conditions of 2021 have certainly created the ‘finest set of dry whites since 2017’ that ‘exhibit considerable potential’ (WA).

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Calon Segur 2021 (12x75cl)

£1,000 - £1,200

2021

Calon Segur 2021 (12x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£1,000 - £1,200

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Calon Segur 2021 (3x150cl)

£480 - £576

2021

Calon Segur 2021 (3x150cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£480 - £576

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Calon Segur 2021 (3x75cl)

£228 - £273

2021

Calon Segur 2021 (3x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol

Bordeaux 3x75cl - 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£228 - £273

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Calon Segur 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £726.47
2021

Calon Segur 2021 (6x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £726.47
Cantenac Brown 2021 (12x75cl)

£401 - £481

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£401 - £481

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£404 - £485

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£404 - £485

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (3x150cl)

£204 - £244

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (3x150cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£204 - £244

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (6x150cl)

£411 - £493

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (6x150cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£411 - £493

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D'Issan 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£250 - £300

2021

D'Issan 2021 (12x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£250 - £300

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D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£506 - £607

2021

D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£506 - £607

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D'Issan 2021 (3x150cl)

£251 - £301

2021

D'Issan 2021 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£251 - £301

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Desmirail 2021 (6x75cl)

£144 - £173

2021

Desmirail 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

Creamy and polished with a medium body and firm, silky tannins. Elegant. Lovely walnut, blackberry and graphite character. Sleek and fine.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£144 - £173

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Ferriere 2021 (12x75cl)

£305 - £366

2021

Ferriere 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Ferrière is marked by a historically high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. That yields a Ferrière with notable strictness and energy. Red/purplish fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and sweet spice all take shape in the glass. Pretty floral top notes reappear on the finish, adding lift. I especially admire the vibrancy here.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£305 - £366

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Ferriere 2021 (6x75cl)

£160 - £192

2021

Ferriere 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Ferrière is marked by a historically high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. That yields a Ferrière with notable strictness and energy. Red/purplish fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and sweet spice all take shape in the glass. Pretty floral top notes reappear on the finish, adding lift. I especially admire the vibrancy here.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£160 - £192

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Giscours 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£249 - £298

2021

Giscours 2021 (12x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (94-96)

The 2021 Giscours is fabulous. In fact, the 2021 is one of the best Giscours in recent memory. Silky and impeccable in its balance, the 2012 possesses magnificent elegance that brings out its pedigreed personality. Rose petal, lavender, spice, gravel and black cherry all come together, framed by silky tannins that wrap it all up. The 2021 is less aromatic than most recent vintages, but the depth here is considerable, as is the potential. Taste two times.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£249 - £298

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Giscours 2021 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £866.26
2021

Giscours 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (94-96)

The 2021 Giscours is fabulous. In fact, the 2021 is one of the best Giscours in recent memory. Silky and impeccable in its balance, the 2012 possesses magnificent elegance that brings out its pedigreed personality. Rose petal, lavender, spice, gravel and black cherry all come together, framed by silky tannins that wrap it all up. The 2021 is less aromatic than most recent vintages, but the depth here is considerable, as is the potential. Taste two times.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £866.26
Giscours 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £327.47
2021

Giscours 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (94-96)

The 2021 Giscours is fabulous. In fact, the 2021 is one of the best Giscours in recent memory. Silky and impeccable in its balance, the 2012 possesses magnificent elegance that brings out its pedigreed personality. Rose petal, lavender, spice, gravel and black cherry all come together, framed by silky tannins that wrap it all up. The 2021 is less aromatic than most recent vintages, but the depth here is considerable, as is the potential. Taste two times.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £327.47
Kirwan 2021 (6x75cl)

£173 - £207

2021

Kirwan 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (92-94)

Kirwan (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 6% Petit Verdot; 13% alcohol; tasted at the UGCB press tasting; Eric Boissenot is the consultant here). Beautiful in the glass, with a very radiant lilac rim. This is pure and lifted and very true to its recent style. It is ultra-fresh but there is no harsh edge to the acidity. Instead, there is great lift and precision to the bright, crunchy cassis, redcurrant and briary bramble fruit. Another Margaux wine in this vintage that is pure and compact, the fruit clinging tightly to the spine. Some will no doubt find this a little slender but I rather like that (and I suspect it’ll put on further flesh during élevage). Laser-sharp in its precision, this is impressively pure and linear. It is so very different to how it used to be, with no hint of the oak. I am a fan.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£173 - £207

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La Lagune 2021 (12x75cl)

£313 - £375

2021

La Lagune 2021 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Fresh and fine with tight-grained, lightly stemmy tannins. Violets, raspberries, currants and orange zest. Medium-bodied, tight and fine. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£313 - £375

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La Lagune 2021 (6x150cl)

£360 - £432

2021

La Lagune 2021 (6x150cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Fresh and fine with tight-grained, lightly stemmy tannins. Violets, raspberries, currants and orange zest. Medium-bodied, tight and fine. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£360 - £432

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Lagrange 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£215 - £257

2021

Lagrange 2021 (12x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£215 - £257

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Lagrange 2021 (12x75cl)

£413 - £495

2021

Lagrange 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£413 - £495

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Lagrange 2021 (6x150cl)

£423 - £507

2021

Lagrange 2021 (6x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£423 - £507

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Lagrange 2021 (6x75cl)
£259.67
Inc. VAT: £259.67
2021

Lagrange 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description £259.67
Inc. VAT: £259.67
Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x150cl)

£461 - £553

2021

Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x150cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A tight and focused young red with redcurrant and blackberry character. It’s medium-bodied with racy and fine tannins and a linear, focused finish. Lots going on, yet it’s tight and energetic.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£461 - £553

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Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £321.47
2021

Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A tight and focused young red with redcurrant and blackberry character. It’s medium-bodied with racy and fine tannins and a linear, focused finish. Lots going on, yet it’s tight and energetic.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £321.47
Marquis d'Alesme 2021 (12x75cl)

£327 - £392

2021

Marquis d'Alesme 2021 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

Another beautiful wine that shines for its texture and balance, the 2021 Château Marquis d'Alesme (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) sports a deep purple hue to go with a focused, vibrant nose of blue fruits, spice box, and integrated oak. It's medium-bodied on the palate, has ripe, silky tannins, and again, remarkable balance and purity.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

£327 - £392

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Palmer 2021 (12x75cl)

£2,800 - £3,360

2021

Palmer 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Palmer (Margaux; 56% Merlot, 41%Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot; aging in oak barrels, 70% of which are new; a final yield of just 22hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; tasted at the property). A very exciting wine and a rare exception to the left-bank rule in this vintage that the more Merlot in the blend the more difficult the wine is. For what makes this great is the Merlot. As with Alter Ego, this starts promisingly with a pleasing natural ripe sweetness on the nose that is reflected on the plate. The intensity of the dense yet vibrant fruit is fabulously impressive. Wow! A kaleidoscope of colour. Black, purple and lots of vivid red berry fruit – raspberry and loganberry purée – plump mulberries and brambles too. This has impressive volume for the vintage and quite a bold structure. Yet the frame is amply and in fact densely covered and there is no dip in the fruit intensity. There is also a lovely salinity and creaminess to the mid-palate. But what is perhaps most exciting about this wine is the way in which the sapidity and the salinity work together. For they seem to combine to produce little vertical fireworks of vibrant fruitiness, discharging biodynamic explosions of fresh juiciness at the top of the palate. Spectacular and refreshing in equal measure!

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description

£2,800 - £3,360

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Palmer 2021 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,101.07
2021

Palmer 2021 (3x150cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Palmer (Margaux; 56% Merlot, 41%Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot; aging in oak barrels, 70% of which are new; a final yield of just 22hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; tasted at the property). A very exciting wine and a rare exception to the left-bank rule in this vintage that the more Merlot in the blend the more difficult the wine is. For what makes this great is the Merlot. As with Alter Ego, this starts promisingly with a pleasing natural ripe sweetness on the nose that is reflected on the plate. The intensity of the dense yet vibrant fruit is fabulously impressive. Wow! A kaleidoscope of colour. Black, purple and lots of vivid red berry fruit – raspberry and loganberry purée – plump mulberries and brambles too. This has impressive volume for the vintage and quite a bold structure. Yet the frame is amply and in fact densely covered and there is no dip in the fruit intensity. There is also a lovely salinity and creaminess to the mid-palate. But what is perhaps most exciting about this wine is the way in which the sapidity and the salinity work together. For they seem to combine to produce little vertical fireworks of vibrant fruitiness, discharging biodynamic explosions of fresh juiciness at the top of the palate. Spectacular and refreshing in equal measure!
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,101.07
Palmer 2021 (6x150cl)

£2,600 - £3,120

2021

Palmer 2021 (6x150cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Palmer (Margaux; 56% Merlot, 41%Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot; aging in oak barrels, 70% of which are new; a final yield of just 22hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; tasted at the property). A very exciting wine and a rare exception to the left-bank rule in this vintage that the more Merlot in the blend the more difficult the wine is. For what makes this great is the Merlot. As with Alter Ego, this starts promisingly with a pleasing natural ripe sweetness on the nose that is reflected on the plate. The intensity of the dense yet vibrant fruit is fabulously impressive. Wow! A kaleidoscope of colour. Black, purple and lots of vivid red berry fruit – raspberry and loganberry purée – plump mulberries and brambles too. This has impressive volume for the vintage and quite a bold structure. Yet the frame is amply and in fact densely covered and there is no dip in the fruit intensity. There is also a lovely salinity and creaminess to the mid-palate. But what is perhaps most exciting about this wine is the way in which the sapidity and the salinity work together. For they seem to combine to produce little vertical fireworks of vibrant fruitiness, discharging biodynamic explosions of fresh juiciness at the top of the palate. Spectacular and refreshing in equal measure!

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description

£2,600 - £3,120

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Calon Segur 2021 (12x75cl)

£1,000 - £1,200

2021

Calon Segur 2021 (12x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£1,000 - £1,200

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Calon Segur 2021 (3x150cl)

£480 - £576

2021

Calon Segur 2021 (3x150cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£480 - £576

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Calon Segur 2021 (3x75cl)

£228 - £273

2021

Calon Segur 2021 (3x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol

Bordeaux 3x75cl - 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description

£228 - £273

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Calon Segur 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £592.00
2021

Calon Segur 2021 (6x75cl)

Neal Martin - Vinous (95-97)

The 2021 Calon Ségur was cropped at 36hL/ha and aged entirely in new oak for a planned 20 months. This year, the gap between the Grand Vin and the Marquis is blatantly obvious, to the extent that they are practically different wines, which is how Vincent Millet and his team treat them. The Cabernet is firmly in the driving seat here, with detailed, graphite-infused black fruit and a background florality that comes through with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays very fine tannins, superb acidity (pH 3.65) and impressive harmony. This has exemplary build in the mouth, fine weight on the finish and a persistent aftertaste. An outstanding Calon-Ségur, elevated by the risks taken in de-leafing in June and waiting to pick. Bravo. 12.9% alcohol
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 95-97 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £592.00
Cantenac Brown 2021 (12x75cl)

£401 - £481

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£401 - £481

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£404 - £485

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (24x37.5cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£404 - £485

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (3x150cl)

£204 - £244

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (3x150cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£204 - £244

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Cantenac Brown 2021 (6x150cl)

£411 - £493

2021

Cantenac Brown 2021 (6x150cl)

The Drinks Business (93-95)

Cantenac Brown (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; aging in oak barrels, 60% of which are new; tasted at the UGCB press tasting). Very classy and elegant on the nose, with a seductive gentle suggestion of oak influence – vanilla and sweet spice, but all very restrained. Graphite, walnut skin and a delightful hint of the cedar to come. Deep rich berry fruit, with pleasing floral elements (more than I recall in recent vintages) – lily and peony. Pure, precise, fresh and focussed with good if not massive concentration and lovely balance and harmony. Excellent wine-making is on display here with a series of pitch perfect choices that reinforce the identity and terroir typicity of this exciting wine.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 93-95 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£411 - £493

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D'Issan 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£250 - £300

2021

D'Issan 2021 (12x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£250 - £300

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D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

£506 - £607

2021

D'Issan 2021 (24x37.5cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 24x37.5cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£506 - £607

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D'Issan 2021 (3x150cl)

£251 - £301

2021

D'Issan 2021 (3x150cl)

James Suckling (95-96)

A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

Bordeaux 3x150cl - 95-96 (JS) Read Review/Description

£251 - £301

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Desmirail 2021 (6x75cl)

£144 - £173

2021

Desmirail 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (92-93)

Creamy and polished with a medium body and firm, silky tannins. Elegant. Lovely walnut, blackberry and graphite character. Sleek and fine.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-93 (JS) Read Review/Description

£144 - £173

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Ferriere 2021 (12x75cl)

£305 - £366

2021

Ferriere 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Ferrière is marked by a historically high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. That yields a Ferrière with notable strictness and energy. Red/purplish fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and sweet spice all take shape in the glass. Pretty floral top notes reappear on the finish, adding lift. I especially admire the vibrancy here.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£305 - £366

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Ferriere 2021 (6x75cl)

£160 - £192

2021

Ferriere 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Ferrière is marked by a historically high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. That yields a Ferrière with notable strictness and energy. Red/purplish fruit, lavender, rose petal, mint and sweet spice all take shape in the glass. Pretty floral top notes reappear on the finish, adding lift. I especially admire the vibrancy here.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£160 - £192

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Giscours 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£249 - £298

2021

Giscours 2021 (12x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (94-96)

The 2021 Giscours is fabulous. In fact, the 2021 is one of the best Giscours in recent memory. Silky and impeccable in its balance, the 2012 possesses magnificent elegance that brings out its pedigreed personality. Rose petal, lavender, spice, gravel and black cherry all come together, framed by silky tannins that wrap it all up. The 2021 is less aromatic than most recent vintages, but the depth here is considerable, as is the potential. Taste two times.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£249 - £298

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Giscours 2021 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £695.10
2021

Giscours 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (94-96)

The 2021 Giscours is fabulous. In fact, the 2021 is one of the best Giscours in recent memory. Silky and impeccable in its balance, the 2012 possesses magnificent elegance that brings out its pedigreed personality. Rose petal, lavender, spice, gravel and black cherry all come together, framed by silky tannins that wrap it all up. The 2021 is less aromatic than most recent vintages, but the depth here is considerable, as is the potential. Taste two times.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £695.10
Giscours 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £259.50
2021

Giscours 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (94-96)

The 2021 Giscours is fabulous. In fact, the 2021 is one of the best Giscours in recent memory. Silky and impeccable in its balance, the 2012 possesses magnificent elegance that brings out its pedigreed personality. Rose petal, lavender, spice, gravel and black cherry all come together, framed by silky tannins that wrap it all up. The 2021 is less aromatic than most recent vintages, but the depth here is considerable, as is the potential. Taste two times.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 94-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £259.50
Kirwan 2021 (6x75cl)

£173 - £207

2021

Kirwan 2021 (6x75cl)

The Drinks Business (92-94)

Kirwan (Margaux; 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 6% Petit Verdot; 13% alcohol; tasted at the UGCB press tasting; Eric Boissenot is the consultant here). Beautiful in the glass, with a very radiant lilac rim. This is pure and lifted and very true to its recent style. It is ultra-fresh but there is no harsh edge to the acidity. Instead, there is great lift and precision to the bright, crunchy cassis, redcurrant and briary bramble fruit. Another Margaux wine in this vintage that is pure and compact, the fruit clinging tightly to the spine. Some will no doubt find this a little slender but I rather like that (and I suspect it’ll put on further flesh during élevage). Laser-sharp in its precision, this is impressively pure and linear. It is so very different to how it used to be, with no hint of the oak. I am a fan.

Bordeaux 6x75cl - 92-94 (TDB) Read Review/Description

£173 - £207

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La Lagune 2021 (12x75cl)

£313 - £375

2021

La Lagune 2021 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Fresh and fine with tight-grained, lightly stemmy tannins. Violets, raspberries, currants and orange zest. Medium-bodied, tight and fine. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£313 - £375

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La Lagune 2021 (6x150cl)

£360 - £432

2021

La Lagune 2021 (6x150cl)

James Suckling (93-94)

Fresh and fine with tight-grained, lightly stemmy tannins. Violets, raspberries, currants and orange zest. Medium-bodied, tight and fine. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 93-94 (JS) Read Review/Description

£360 - £432

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Lagrange 2021 (12x37.5cl)

£215 - £257

2021

Lagrange 2021 (12x37.5cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.

Bordeaux 12x37.5cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£215 - £257

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Lagrange 2021 (12x75cl)

£413 - £495

2021

Lagrange 2021 (12x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£413 - £495

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Lagrange 2021 (6x150cl)

£423 - £507

2021

Lagrange 2021 (6x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

£423 - £507

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Lagrange 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £203.00
2021

Lagrange 2021 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (92-94)

The 2021 Lagrange has a ton of potential. Bright Cabernet inflections lead into a core of red/purplish fruit. This mid-weight, gracious Saint-Julien is all class, all the way. Layered and super-expressive, Lagrange is a winner in 2021. Tasted two times.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92-94 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £203.00
Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x150cl)

£461 - £553

2021

Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x150cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A tight and focused young red with redcurrant and blackberry character. It’s medium-bodied with racy and fine tannins and a linear, focused finish. Lots going on, yet it’s tight and energetic.

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description

£461 - £553

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Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £254.50
2021

Malescot St Exupery 2021 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94-95)

A tight and focused young red with redcurrant and blackberry character. It’s medium-bodied with racy and fine tannins and a linear, focused finish. Lots going on, yet it’s tight and energetic.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94-95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £254.50
Marquis d'Alesme 2021 (12x75cl)

£327 - £392

2021

Marquis d'Alesme 2021 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (92-94)

Another beautiful wine that shines for its texture and balance, the 2021 Château Marquis d'Alesme (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) sports a deep purple hue to go with a focused, vibrant nose of blue fruits, spice box, and integrated oak. It's medium-bodied on the palate, has ripe, silky tannins, and again, remarkable balance and purity.

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 92-94 (JD) Read Review/Description

£327 - £392

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Palmer 2021 (12x75cl)

£2,800 - £3,360

2021

Palmer 2021 (12x75cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Palmer (Margaux; 56% Merlot, 41%Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot; aging in oak barrels, 70% of which are new; a final yield of just 22hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; tasted at the property). A very exciting wine and a rare exception to the left-bank rule in this vintage that the more Merlot in the blend the more difficult the wine is. For what makes this great is the Merlot. As with Alter Ego, this starts promisingly with a pleasing natural ripe sweetness on the nose that is reflected on the plate. The intensity of the dense yet vibrant fruit is fabulously impressive. Wow! A kaleidoscope of colour. Black, purple and lots of vivid red berry fruit – raspberry and loganberry purée – plump mulberries and brambles too. This has impressive volume for the vintage and quite a bold structure. Yet the frame is amply and in fact densely covered and there is no dip in the fruit intensity. There is also a lovely salinity and creaminess to the mid-palate. But what is perhaps most exciting about this wine is the way in which the sapidity and the salinity work together. For they seem to combine to produce little vertical fireworks of vibrant fruitiness, discharging biodynamic explosions of fresh juiciness at the top of the palate. Spectacular and refreshing in equal measure!

Bordeaux 12x75cl - 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description

£2,800 - £3,360

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Palmer 2021 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £1,737.50
2021

Palmer 2021 (3x150cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Palmer (Margaux; 56% Merlot, 41%Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot; aging in oak barrels, 70% of which are new; a final yield of just 22hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; tasted at the property). A very exciting wine and a rare exception to the left-bank rule in this vintage that the more Merlot in the blend the more difficult the wine is. For what makes this great is the Merlot. As with Alter Ego, this starts promisingly with a pleasing natural ripe sweetness on the nose that is reflected on the plate. The intensity of the dense yet vibrant fruit is fabulously impressive. Wow! A kaleidoscope of colour. Black, purple and lots of vivid red berry fruit – raspberry and loganberry purée – plump mulberries and brambles too. This has impressive volume for the vintage and quite a bold structure. Yet the frame is amply and in fact densely covered and there is no dip in the fruit intensity. There is also a lovely salinity and creaminess to the mid-palate. But what is perhaps most exciting about this wine is the way in which the sapidity and the salinity work together. For they seem to combine to produce little vertical fireworks of vibrant fruitiness, discharging biodynamic explosions of fresh juiciness at the top of the palate. Spectacular and refreshing in equal measure!
Estimated Arrival to France:
+2 years

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,737.50
Palmer 2021 (6x150cl)

£2,600 - £3,120

2021

Palmer 2021 (6x150cl)

The Drinks Business (95-97+)

Palmer (Margaux; 56% Merlot, 41%Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot; aging in oak barrels, 70% of which are new; a final yield of just 22hl/ha; 13.5% alcohol; tasted at the property). A very exciting wine and a rare exception to the left-bank rule in this vintage that the more Merlot in the blend the more difficult the wine is. For what makes this great is the Merlot. As with Alter Ego, this starts promisingly with a pleasing natural ripe sweetness on the nose that is reflected on the plate. The intensity of the dense yet vibrant fruit is fabulously impressive. Wow! A kaleidoscope of colour. Black, purple and lots of vivid red berry fruit – raspberry and loganberry purée – plump mulberries and brambles too. This has impressive volume for the vintage and quite a bold structure. Yet the frame is amply and in fact densely covered and there is no dip in the fruit intensity. There is also a lovely salinity and creaminess to the mid-palate. But what is perhaps most exciting about this wine is the way in which the sapidity and the salinity work together. For they seem to combine to produce little vertical fireworks of vibrant fruitiness, discharging biodynamic explosions of fresh juiciness at the top of the palate. Spectacular and refreshing in equal measure!

Bordeaux 6x150cl - 95-97+ (TDB) Read Review/Description

£2,600 - £3,120

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