2016 Bordeaux Primeurs.

“A once in a lifetime vintage”




Alter Ego
Deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, inky espresso aromas with complexing spicy/ cumin notes... Concentrated and inky textured with dark cherry, dark chocolate flavours, liquorice, fennel notes and fresh long Italianesque acidity. Slinky, al-dente finish with espresso graphite notes. Lovely aromatics and freshness. Tasted at Ch Palmer 95 points.  95  89-91  95-96  90-93




St Emilion
Deep colour. Black cherry, liquorice. Dark chocolate touch marzipan aromas. Lovely plush black cherry, blackberry chocolate flavours, roasted chestnut flavours, ultra fine grainy plentiful tannins. Finishes chalky finish. Fresh acidity. Touch saline, very attractive. Tasted at Ch Angelus. 96 points. 96   96-98  99-100  94-97+
St Emilion
Medium deep colour. Red plum, flint, graphite aromas savoury herb spicy oak notes. Lovely richness and volume with pure redcurrant spicy fruits, fine loose knit lacy textures, plentiful new oak and beautiful clear indelible acidity. Really delicious wine with superb pure fruits, density, energy and mineral length. Tasted at Ch Ausone. 97 points.  97  98-100  97-98  96-99
Deep colour. Classic wine with intense blackberry, juicy black cherry pastille aromas and roasted chestnut/ coffee notes. Beautiful sweet blackcurrant pastille fruit, supple fine tannins and perfectly integrated oak. Finishes inky and long with integrated but linear fresh acidity. Bloody good. For the long haul. Will be a classic from this producer. Tasted at Chateau Batailley/ Borie Manoux. 97 points. 97   93-95  95-96  
Beau- Sejour Becot
St Emilion 
     93-95  93-94  90-93
 Haut Medoc      88-90  91-92  83-85
Beauséjour (Duffau)
 St Emilion      93-95  98-99  95-98+
Belair Monange
 St Emilion Medium deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, dark plum aromas with pastille notes and integrated savoury oak. Well concentrated deep set palate with juicy plum, elderberry mulberry fruit, fine chalky touch graphite tannins. Finishes firm yet long and inky sweet. Still very youthful but all in balance. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 95 points.  95  94-96  95-96  
 St Emilion  Deep colour. Liquorice allsorts, dark blackberry fruit, praline aromas. A hint of herb. Well concentrated plummy fruit, plush generous fruit, fine plentiful bitter tannins. Really good concentration and richness. Bittersweet notes. Really lovely balance between sweetness and savouriness. Average 50-year-old vines. Tasted at Ch Angelus. 94 points.  94  90-92  97-98  93-96
Bellevue Mondotte
 St Emilion  Deep colour. Fresh blackberry graphite aromas with flinty star anise notes. Lovely fresh elderberry blackberry ginger fruit, plentiful lacy bitter tannins and fine long acidity. Refreshing and lengthy. Tasted at Ch Pavie. 93 points.  93  95-97  96-97  95-98
Berliquet - St Emilion
 St Emilion  Deep colour. Intense dark plums, elderberry aromas with mocha oak and herb garden notes. Rich and dense with ripe dark plum chocolaty flavours, inky complexity and fresh long chalky dense tannins. Touch soupy but acidity gives life. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 90 points.  90  91-93  95-96  88-90
St Julien 
Deep colour. Very attractive pure blackcurrant inky aromas with espresso oak notes. Well concentrated pure blackcurrant, blackberry flavours, fine plentiful al dente touch bitter tannins and beautiful espresso roasted coffee nuances. Finishes long and sweet with lovely pastille-like notes. Lovely wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 95 points. 95  96-98  94-95  91-94
Branaire Ducru
Deep colour. Elderberry cassis lead pencil aromas. Sinuous wine with fresh elderberry, cassis-like fruit, graphite tannins and underlying toasty oak notes. Finishes muscular firm but long and sweet. Quite vigorous wine with tannins building up at the finish with mouthwatering acidity. Quite Italianesque.Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 93 points.  93    95-96  
Brane Cantenac
 Margaux Deep colour. Intense liquorice, dark cherry, pure cassis aromas with violet, savoury oak complexity. Parma Violet, cassis dark cherry flavours, inky density, long refined tannins. A modicum of new oak pervades across the palate giving complexity, vigour and extra firmness. Attractive mineral length. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and at Ch Brane Cantenac. 93 points.  93  96-98  95-96  90-93
Calon Segur
St Estephe
Deep colour. Fresh spicy dark cassis, graphite, lead pencil aromas. Well concentrated inky textures wine with dark blackcurrant, cassis flavours, juicy textures, fine chalky. Finishes chalky and brambly. Lovely fruit sweetness and complexity. Really lovely wine with elemental structure. Tasted at Ch Calon Segur. 95 points.  95  95-97  98-99  94-97
St Emilion
Deep colour, Fragrant cassis dark plum inky graphite aromas. Supple and well concentrated with lovely cassis, dark plum, inky flavours, supple long loose knit graphite textures and fresh vanilla roasted expresso notes. Lovely fine bittersweet finish with mineral/ saline length. Very good tension and expression. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points. 96   97-99  96-97  91-94
Canon La-Gaffelliere
St Emilion
Deep colour. Intense liquorice dark cherry, bitter dark chocolate. Generously flavoured wine with sweet mocha berry fruits, espresso notes and dense chocolaty textures. Finishes long and sweet with fine juicy acidity and touch of bitterness lengthening the palate. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points.  94  93-95  95-96  93-96
Haut Medoc
Deep colour. Intense dark berry, mulberry aromas with vanilla bean, roasted coffee notes. Generous and pliant with fresh pure dark fruits, espresso notes and fine long dense chalky tannins. Builds up grainy firm with persistent fruit and spicy oak notes. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points.  94  90-92  94-95  89-92
Carruades de Lafite
Medium deep colour. Raspberry, cassis roasted coffee aromas. Inky dark cherry-cassis fruit, fine persistent graphite textures, chewy al dente finish and plenty of mineral length. Tasted at Ch Lafite Rothschild. 93 points.  93  89-91  94-95  89-92
Certan de May
Deep crimson. Fresh musky plum, spicy, dukkah aromas. Well concentrated buoyant wine with fleshy dark plum, musky, Parma violet flavours, fine chalky grainy textures and balanced new vanilla oak complexity. Finishes dark chocolaty and long. Generous and velvety wine. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 93 points. 93   86-88  97-98 93-96
Cheval Blanc
St Emilion
Deep colour. Intense beautiful red plum, blackcurrant pastille aromas with attractive spice, toasted oak notes. Gorgeously balanced wine with pure cassis, red currant fruits, supple loose knit chalky graphite textures, integrated toasty, spicy oak and long fresh acidity. Extraordinary wine with superb density, tannin quality, understated power and pure fruit expression. Finishes graphite firm with persistent perfectly ripe fruits. Tasted at Ch Cheval Blanc. 100 points. 100   97-99  98-99  96-99
Clerc Milon
Medium deep colour. Coffee, cassis aromas with underlying vanilla oak. Generous and chocolaty with fresh cassis, blackcurrant confit flavours, dense chalky chocolaty tannins and vanilla oak notes. Finishes chocolaty and long. A little over extracted with its tannin density. Will no doubt all come together with time. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and Ch Mouton Rothschild. 94 points.  94  92-94  94-95 90-93 
Attractive flinty camomile grapefruit fig aromas with glacé pure honey notes The palate is beautifully concentrated, opulent yet not overly unctuous, with silky textures, sweet apricot grapefruit glacé flavours, fine chalky slinky textures and long mineral cut. Tasted in 12 parts so it takes imagination to make it a whole. 97 points. 97   95-97   93-96 
 Pomerol Deep colour, Ripe pure dark plums cassis aromas with musky violet notes and underlying bisquity oak. Well concentrated with dark plums, cassis flavours, cedar oak complexity, ripe plentiful touch soupy tannins. Finishes oak firm and long. Should all integrate in time. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 92 points.  92  96-98  94-95  92-95
Clos du Marquis
St Julien
Deep crimson colour. Intense liquorice, cassis, espresso aromas with herb notes. Delicious wine duty superb sweet fruit cassis pastille-like density, mid palate viscosity fresh fine-grained textures and beautiful mocha oak integration. Finishes firm and inky long. Generous and beautifully proportioned wine. Tasted at Ch Leoville Lascases. 96 points. 96  93-95   94-95 91-94 
 Clos Fourtet  St Emilion Deep colour. Intense bright dark plum, dark cherry aromas with violet, camomile aniseed notes. Gloriously saturated palate with lovely inky density, superb fine powder tannins, roasted chestnut oak and long fresh indelible acidity. Superb mineral length. A star of St Emilion. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points. 97  95-97  95-96  93-96 
 Clos St Martin
St Emilion
Deep colour. Intense elderberry, ginger spice aromas. Richly concentrated and fleshy with elemental elderberry fruit, dear chocolaty tannins and underlying savoury oak. Very generous and pigmented with touch aldente finish. Hint of raisin. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 92 points.  92   95-96  
 Cos d'Estournel
St Estephe
Deep colour. Beautiful dark cherry cassis lead pencil aromas with cedar complexity. Generous supple yet structured with lovely dark fruits, viscosity, vanilla oak notes and plentiful chalky bitter notes. Superb graphite tannin finish with pure fruited length. Very elegant style but with classic undercarriage. Tannin plume. A very expressive wine. Tasted at Ch Cos d'Estournel. 97 points. 97  98-100  97-98   92-95
Pale colour. Fragrant honey, lemon glacé aromas with hints of marzipan and herbs. Generously proportioned palate with attractive grapefruit, mandarin, crystalline lemon flavours, fine supple sweet textures and underlying toasty oak. Finishes chalky and sweet with persistent fresh acidity. Pretty classic. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points.  97 91-93  94-95  89-92 
 Pauillac Deep colour. Intense blackcurrant graphite aromas with savoury mocha oak notes. Concentrated dark cherry, cassis flavours, beautiful ultra-fine grainy textures and underlying mocha espresso oak. Finishes slinky and long. A very glossy buoyant wine with vigour and complexity. Tasted at the Union de Grand Crus. This is punching well above it weight when it comes to price quality ratio. On eof my picks of the vintage. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. 97 points.  97  92-94 95-96  89-91 
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Pale colour. Fresh honeysuckle, apricot aromas with guava, lemon glacé notes. Generous and medium weighted with lovely sweet white apricot, white peach, baked apple, honey aromas. The palate is classical with intense sweet fruit lemon glacé, apricot marzipan flavours, supple mid-palate textures and pure long fresh acidity. Finishes minerally and flavourful with chalky elements. Lovely precision and freshness. Will not be released en primeur but a strong performing reference for this vintage. Tasted at Ch d'Yquem. 97 points.  97 95-97   98-99 94-97 
Doisy Daene
 Barsac Deep set lemon curd, grapefruit, intense lime flavours, looseknit fine supple textures, attractive marzipan, roasted almond notes and long fresh juicy acidity. Has good tension and vibrancy. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points. 96   95-97  94-95  91-94
 Doisy Vedrines
Medium pale colour. Fresh grapefruit, honeyed aromas with candy floss notes. Rich and unctuous, almost heavy with fresh lemon glacé, grapefruit flavours, fine bitter sweet notes, savour roasted almond notes and long persistent acidity. Very tangy lively finish. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points. 94    91-92  90-93 
 Domaine de Chevalier  Pessac Leognan Medium deep colour. Fresh classical blackcurrant, dark chocolate liquorice aromas. Well concentrated ripe wine with pure cassis, dark chocolate flavours, plentiful grainy tannins, ginger, mocha cedar oak complexity. Dense chalky finish and tannin plume. Everything in balance. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 95 points. 95   94-96  95-96  93-96
Domaine de Chevalier Blanc
Pessac Leognan
Pale colour. Fresh flinty passion fruit lemon aromas with vanilla notes. Well concentrated sweet lemon curd, passion fruit flavours, loose knit slinky textures, attractive supple mid palate slipperiness and long fresh mineral acidity. Very stylish. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points. 94  90-92  94-95  89-92 
Domaine de L'Aurage 
Cotes du Castillon 
Medium deep colour. Fresh red currant, ripe strawberry aromas with a touch of linseed. Lovely strawberry, red cherry herb flavours, beautiful supple richness, and silky textures. Finishes chalky firm with pure fruit strawberry, herb notes. Spectacularly good with seductive fruit complexity and beautiful mineral length. Tasted at Ch Tertre Rotebeouf. 95 points.  95      
du Tertre
 Margaux Deep colour. Intense Cassis, Blackberry pastille aromas with mocha oak complexity. Generous supple wine with blackcurrant pastille, graphite notes, fine dense grainy textures and underlying savoury oak. Finishes inky and long with plenty of sweet fruit. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 93 points. 93   90-92  94-95  89-92
Ducru Beacaillou
St Julien
Deep colour. Intense black currant, liquorice dark children aromas. Really opulent and beautiful. Generous elegant style with cassis herb flavours, fine mature chalky tannins and integrated savoury oak notes. Lovely natural power, density and length. Will be something. Tasted at Ch Ducru Beaucaillou. 98 points.  98 96-98  97-98   94-97
Duhart Milon 
Medium deep colour. Fresh raspberry, cassis inky aromas with graphite notes. Expressive and vibrant palate with pure cassis graphite flavours, fine grainy tannins and underlying savoury roasted almond oak nuances. Finishes firm with persistent oure fruits. A very elegant and classic Pauillac style with impressive balance and proportion. Tasted at Ch Lafite Rothschild. 95 points. 95  92-94   94-95  89-91
St Emilion
Deep colour. Intense dark plum, crème de cassis aromas with touches of strawberry and ginger crackle. Pure, fresh, buoyant and beautifully proportioned palate with sweet saturated blackcurrant pastille, dark plum flavours, integrated savoury oak and superb plentiful fine graphite tannins. Finishes brambly and long with lovely mineral persistency. Beautiful vinosity and flavour length. Fabulous Figeac. Best in 20 years. Tasted at Ch Figeac. 99 points. 99   98-100 96-97   94-97+
 Gazin  Pomerol Medium deep colour. Fresh red cherry, red plum, inky aromas. Well concentrated slinky textured wine with plentiful red fruits, chalky tannins and savoury oak complexity, Finishes graphite firm and minerally. Very elegant style with attractive aromatic complexity and fine boned structure. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 93 points. 93   94-96  94-95 89-92 
Medium deep colour. Intense dark chocolate, dark cherry, mulberry aromas with graphite notes. Fresh and dinky textured with lovely pure cassis, mulberry, cherry fruits, supple almost silky textures, attractive mid-palate density and supporting fresh espresso oak. Builds up firm and tight with lovely mineral length. Very good. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 95 points.  95  93-95  96-97  91-94
 Gloria  St Julien     93-95  93-94  92-95 
Grand Puy Lacoste 
Medium deep volume loud. Fragrant pure cherry, cassis liquorice touch of pepper, with vanilla oak notes. Lovely rich but elemental blackberry cassus fruit, brambly chalky textures and savoury vanilla roasted chestnut notes. Finishes firm and slinky. Nice. Tasted at Ch Grand Puy Lacoste. 95 points.  95 95-97   96-97 93-96 
 Guiraud  Sauternes Medium pale slightly brassy colour. Fresh sweet lemon curd, mandarin light marzipan aromas with herb, toasty oak notes. Sweet lemon, Satsuma flavours with touches of toasted almonds, and cashew, fine loose knit lacy textures, attractive mid-palate viscosity and long fresh acidity. Well balanced wine with bitter lemon minerally notes at the finish. Very good potential. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 95 points. 95   93-95 94-95   89-92
Haut Bailly
Pessac Leognan
Deep colour. Lovely intense blackcurrant pastille with espresso touch herb notes. Lovely concentrated blackcurrant flavours, superb fine-grained tannins and underlying savoury espresso, hint vanilla oak. Finishes with a fine plume of tannins. A dramatic wine where the fruit and textures intensify to the end with beautiful textural plume. Precision, elegance and exuberance give this wine a unique voice. 99 points. 99   96-98 98-99   94-97+
 Haut Batailley
 Haut Brion  Pessac Leognan Deep colour. Fresh elderberry, cassis aromas, with vanilla oak notes. Richly Dense with voluminous black currant blackberry fruits with cedar oak notes and lovely chocolaty mid-palate textures. All still elemental and unevolved but in symmetry. Finishes gravelly and long. Tasted at Ch Haut Brion. 96 points.  96  97-99 96-97 95-98 
Haut Brion
 Pessac Leognan Pale colour. Intense lemon glacé, grapefruit aromas and flavours with vanilla marzipan oak. Supple and sweet with salty flinty, notes, and fresh long acidity. Well balanced wine. Not the fuck-off wine it should be though. Tasted at Ch Haut Brion. 95 points. 95    96-97  93-96 
Deep crimson. Fragrant aniseed, dark plum mocha aromas with graphite notes. Well concentrated dark plums, dark cherry fruits, fine supple textures, attractive mid-palate richness and vanilla oak complexity. Finishes a touch al dente brambly. Generous wine. The 15% Cabernet Franc giving the wine vigour and vinosity. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 95 points.  95  92-94 96-97 94-97 
Deep colour. Fresh dark cherry confit with flinty chalky notes and underlying savoury oak. Generous sweet supple wine with plummy pane forte liquorice flavours, loose knit slinky textures, new oak complexity and fine piercing yet balanced acidity. Lovely herb garden aniseed notes at the finish with inky notes. A really impressive wine with lovely density and richness. Tasted at Ch L'Evangile 97 points. 97  94-96   98-99 94-97 
La Chapelle d'Ausone
St Emilion
Deep colour. Inky dark blackcurrant flavours, blackberry flavours, bittersweet tannins, underlying savoury oak. Very attractive fruit complexity with chalky dry finish and persistent blackberry pastille notes. Impressive wine with lovely vigour and ripe fruits. Tasted at Ch Ausone. 95 points. 95  93-95   93-94 91-94 
La Clotte
 St Emilion Medium deep colour. Fresh red cherry spicy/ dukkah. aromas Supple inky flavoured wine with red cherry, redcurrant fruit, fine chalky slinky textures and some savoury notes. Finishes cedar/chewy and long. Tasted at Ch Ausone. 92 points. 92    93-94   
La Conseillante
Deep colour. Intense dark plum, inky aromatics with violet notes touch of praline. Generous and silky textured with lovely pure dark plum, mulberry pastille. fruits, fine chocolaty textures and pronounced long acidity and underlying cedar. Finishes cedary with some brambly bitter notes. Beautiful wine. Tasted at Ch Conseillante. 96 points. 96   96-98  99-100 95-98 
La Croix de Gay
Deep colour. Intense liquorice, dark chocolate, dark cherry aromas. Beautiful pure blackberry pastille fruits, dense generous almost silky tannins and fresh roasted nut, vanilla oak. Finishes inky firm with a long graphite tannin plume. Very intuitive to the year. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points.  97 91-93    87-89 
La Dame de Montrose
Deep colour. Fragrant dark fruits, lead pencil, elderberry fruit and savoury mocha oak. Gravelly textured wine with rich dark berry, cassus, dark plum graphite flavours, plentiful ripe chalky touch al dente tannins and fresh mineral length. Still in parts but very good. Tasted at Ch Montrose. 94 points. 94 90-92   91-92 89-92 
La Dominique
St Emilion
Deep colour. Fresh intense dark plum elderberry praline aromas with fresh herb garden violet aniseed notes. Inky and vigorous with plenty of dark plummy fruits, supple yet chewy textures, underlying savoury ginger oak complexity and long lively acidity. Finishes bittersweet. and inky. Quite classical in proportion. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and Ch La Dominique 95 points.  95  91-93 93-94  90-93 
 La Fleur Petrus
Deep colour. Beautiful elderflower, dark plum aromas with mocha espresso notes. Generous and silky with superb fruit density and oak balance. Inky long minerally finish. Wonderful balance and richness of fruit. A wonderful wine with extraordinary density and complexity. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 98 points. 98   92-94 98-99  95-98 
La Gaffeliere
     92-94 95-96  92-95 
La Grave
 La Lagune
Deep colour, Fragrant dark cherry, aniseed, blackberry aromas with hints of dark chocolate, sage and espresso oak. Inky rich with vibrant blackberry, dark cherry fruits, fine grainy chalky textures and long chocolaty firm plume at the finish. Beautifully made wine with lovely tannin density and oak balance. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points. 96   93-95    84-87
 La Mission Haut Brion
Medium deep colour. Intense dark berry liquorice praline aromas. Lovely concentrated blackcurrant cedar, praline flavours, dense chocolaty textures and touch al dente graphite notes. Beautiful rich fruit density and flavour length. Tasted at Ch Haut Brion. 98 points.  98 98-100  96-97   94-97
 La Mission Haut Brion
Pale colour. Fragrant lemon curd, hint of spice, Tropical fruit aromas with bisquity oak. Lovely concentrated lime tropical fruit flavours, chalky textures, some pith grapefruit/tonic water notes and lovely crunchy length. Tasted at Ch Haut Brion. 96 points. 96   91-93 98-99  90-93 
 La Parde Haut Bailly
Medium deep colour. Fresh perfumed violet, dark berry cassis, mulberry aromas with roasted notes. Lovely inky saturated dark cherry, cassis flavours, ultra fine supple - almost silky - tannins, with superb richness and density. Finishes inky with excellent mineral length. 95 points. 95  90-92   92-93 90-93 
 La Petite Marquise  St-Julien Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, blackcurrant aromas. Juicy black currant brambly flavours, touch of red fruits, supple smooth ultra fine cashmere tannins. Finishes chalky firm and minerally long. Delicious wine. Tasted at Ch Leoville Lascases. 91 points.  91   92-93   
 Labégorce  Labégorce Medium deep colour. Fresh blackcurrant, roasted cashew nut aromas with flinty graphite notes. Well concentrated dense wine with ripe blackcurrant, aniseed flavours, fine dense grainy tannins and plenty of espresso, grilled nut oak complexity. Builds up firm, brambly with persistent but integrated acidity and chocolaty, mocha notes. Very good. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points. 94   94-96 94-95   89-91
Deep colour. Intense cassis, espresso, chocolate with violet notes. Supple almost silky textured wine with beautiful pure cassis inky flavours, lacy yet vigorous extra fine tannins and slight bitter chinotto, blackcurrant pastille notes at the finish. Very beautiful Lafite with understated power and refinement. A peacock tail finish. Very good. Great wine. Tasted at Ch Lafite Rothschild. 99 points. 99   96-98  100  95-98
 Lafleur  Pomerol Medium deep colour. Liquorice, dark plum, dark chocolate aromas with lovely grilled almond, oak notes. Generous and voluminous with fresh dark berry fruits and roses, plentiful chalky tannins and savoury roasted almond notes, Finishes brambly and juicy sweet. Plenty of energy and fruit complexity out. Tasted at Ch Lafleur. 96 points. 96   96-98 99-100  96 
 Lafon Rochet
Medium colour. Red currant varnishy aromas with bitter chocolate notes. Fresh and minerally with pure red and dark fruits, fine muscular graphite textures and biscuit oak notes, Very chalky at the finish with juicy fruits. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 92 points.  92 91-93  93-94  91-94 
 Pomerol Deep colour. Dark cherry, liquorice praline aromas. Dense and supple with almost creamy textures. Elderberry, dark cherry fruit, juicy mud palate and lively fresh fine-grained tannins. Underlying roasted chestnut new oak. Finishes long and sweet. Very good wine with superb density and tannin ripeness. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 95 points.  95 86-88   92-93 89-92 
St Julien
Deep colour. Inky graphite aromas with plum, panforte notes. Concentrated yet sinewy and muscular with developed dark berry fruits, fine graphite yet vigorous tannins and new cedar oak notes. Builds up brambly firm and juicy with bitter chinotto notes. Touch over extracted. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 90 points. 90  94-96   95-96  
Langoa Barton
 St-Julien Medium deep colour. Fresh mulberry cassis aromas with toasty oak notes. Medium weighted wine with generous cassis mulberry fruits, silky/ velveteen textures and toasty, vanilla oak notes, Finishes chalky firm but the cassis mulberry fruits persist. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 93 points. 93  91-93   94-95 90-93 
 Larcis Ducasse
Deep colour. Intense liquorice, dark cherry aromas with mocha oak notes. Inky textured wine with dark cherry, plum pastille fruits, fine loose knit textures, savoury oak complexity and crunchy acidity. Finishes firm and tight. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 92 points. 92  93-95  95-96  94-97
Medium deep colour. An intensely aromatic wine with dark plum, elderberry liquorice aromas. A generous fleshy, yet vigorous palate with attractive juicy ripe fruits, firm touch bitter tannins and underlying savoury oak. Finishes chalky firm with inky notes. Everything seemingly in balance. David Suire is making impactful wine at this estate. Definitely worth seeking out. Tasted at Crus et Domaines 94 points. 94    93-94   
 Lascombes  Margaux      89-91 93-94   89-92
Deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, blackcurrant wax polish aromas with integrated vanilla oak notes. Beautifully concentrated wine with intense cassis, blackberry, lead pencil flavours, fine-grained almost muscular tannins and fine mocha spect oak. Finish firm with a peacock's tail of fine lacy tannins. Elemental but perfectly balanced and precise with extraordinary density and vigour. Cold beauty. Tasted at Ch Latour. 98 points. 98   98-100 98-99  97-100 
 Latour a Pomerol
Deep crimson. Intense elderberry inky blackberry aromas with savoury notes. Inky dark berry fruits, fine silky tannins, praline chocolates mid palate, underlying new grilled nut vanilla oak notes. Firm finish. Still elemental but lovely glossy freshness. Tasted at JP Mouiex. 95 points. 95  90-92  93-94  92-95 
Le Petit Lion
St Julien
Medium deep colour. Intense raspberry dark cherry aromas with vanilla oak notes. Well concentrated raspberry, dark cherry fruit with roasted chestnut notes, fine supple tannins, generous mid palate richness and plenty of inky length. Fresh crunchy acidity flows across the palate. Very good wine. Tasted at Ch Leoville Lascases. 91 points.  91  88-90  93-94  90-92
Leoville Barton
St Julien
Deep colour. Lovely blackcurrant, creme de cassis aromas with praline notes and inky complexity. Velvety textured wine with fresh saturated pure blackcurrant pastille fruits, fine supple melting tannins and integrated espresso, roasted coffee oak. The finish is chalky firm with beautiful mineral length. Always a bellwether wine and it delivers. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points.  96  93-95 95-96 93-96 
 Leoville Lascases
St Julien
Deep colour. Intense blackcurrant dark cherry, elderberry aromas with underlying roasted almond notes. Beautifully balanced hedonistic wine with ripe blackcurrant pastille fruit, dense fine textures, pure persistent acidity and lovely integrated vanilla oak. Fresh chalky slightly al dente textures and beautiful mineral length. Everything in the right proportion. Voluptuous, seductive, multi-layered and perfectly balanced wine. One of the finest wines of the vintage. First Growth standard by any measure. Tasted at Ch Leoville Lascases. 100 points. 100  98-100  98-99  95-98+ 
 Leoville Poyferré  St-Julien     95-97  95-96   94-97
Les Forts de Latour
Deep colour. Fresh dark berry, blackberry fruits, hint of mocha vanilla. Dense richly flavoured wine with meaty dark berry, graphite notes, fine grainy slightly al dente textures and plenty of inky length. Lovely density richness and structural balance. Like a second growth. Acidity tightens up the palate giving linear persistency. Tasted at Ch Latour. 95 points. 95  92-94  94-95  92-95 
 Lions de Batailley  Pauillac Medium deep colour. liquorice. Praline, dark cherry cassis aromas with herb notes. Sweet blackcurrant, black cherry fruits, touch cola, fine slinky dry tannins and underlying biscuity, toasty notes. Finishes chalky firm and minerally long. Tasted at Chateau Batailley/ Borie Manoux. 92 points. 92   88-90  91-92  
Lynch Bages
 Pauillac Deep colour, Intense blackcurrant, blackberry cedar oak aromas with graphite, bitter dark chocolate notes. Inky dense with pure ripe blackcurrant cedar flavours, fine persistent bitter chocolaty tannins and plenty of mineral length. Very buoyant and fresh with lovely supple almost velvety feel to the wine. Impressive. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points.  96 97-99  98-99  17.5 
 Malartic Lagraviere
Deep colour. Blackberry black olive aromas with brambly notes. Sweet inky musky plum flavours, with dense ripe tannins, vanilla oak and integrated mineral acidity. Doesn’t have the vigour of other compatriots. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 88 points. 88  94-96  95-96  92-95 
Malartic Lagraviere
 Pessac-Leognan     89-91  93-94   90-93
Malescot Saint Exupery
     94-96  98-99  92-95
 Margaux Medium deep crimson colour. Attractive red plum, strawberry, vanilla spice aromas with flowery herb garden notes. Silky textured supple wine with raspberry, strawberry cassis pastille flavours, loose knit lacy textures and mocha vanilla oak notes. Finishes chalky dense and minerally fresh and long. Very good. Tasted at Ch Margaux. 96 points.  96  97-99 98-99  97-100 
Deep colour. Dark plum, graphite floral aromas. Well concentrated plummy dark fruits, supple fine dense chalky textures and plenty of savoury oak. At first velvety building up to a vigorous and juicy finish. Nice. Tasted at CVBG. 93 points. 93   87-89 93-94  85-88 
St Estephe
Deep colour. Inky shellac, blackcurrant black olive aromas with espresso oak notes. Well rounded wine dense dark fruits and plentiful new cedar, touch cloves. Firm oaky finish with bittersweet notes. Muscular vigorous and persistent. Will be something. Tasted at Ch Montrose. 96 points. 96   97-99 97-98   93-96
 Mouton Rothschild  Pauillac Deep colour. Intense beautiful cassis fig aromas with elements of strawberry and integrated mocha biscuity oak. Superb dark plum, cassis, fig fruit, espresso bisquity, creme brûlée oak, fine loose knit grainy persistent tannins, inky notes and long fresh acidity. Finishes cedar oaky and tannin firm with long pure fruit notes. Generous yet elegantly proportioned. Very good flavour length. A classic vintage with the complexity, substance and balance for the long haul. Tasted at Ch Mouton Rothschild. 100 points. 100  98-100  100  95-98+ 
 Nenin  Pomerol      92-94  95-96  90-93
 Ormes de Pez  St-Estephe  St-Estephe    92-94 93-94  89-91 
Deep colour. A highly evocative and expressive wine with superb and intense pure black cherry cassis aromas, praline oak nuances and herb, star anise notes, The palate is richly concentrated, dense and compact with black cherry, elderberry, pure blackcurrant fruits, fine sinewy long graphite tannins, bittersweet chinotto notes and beautiful radicchio crunchiness at the finish. Fantastic vinosity and freshness. Definitely a century innings ahead of it. Easily one of the great wines of the Bordeaux vintage. Tasted at Ch Palmer. 100 points.  100  95-97  99-100  95-98
 Pape Clement
Pessac Leognan
Deep colour. Fresh dark plum, mocha-espresso aromas. Richly textured and plush with ripe dark berry, praline flavours, dense chocolaty almost velvety tannins and plentiful cedar vanilla oak. Finishes chocolaty firm with plenty of length. Bitter notes and fresh acid line give the wine vinosity and life. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points.  94 95-97   97-98 93-96 
Deep colour. Intense yet lively and complex wine with fresh blackberry, liquorice, aniseed mocha aromas. Beautifully balanced palate with plush, dense dark plum, black currant fruit, chocolaty yet ultra-fine supple textures, fine long acidity and superbly integrated savoury oak. Finishes with an inky minerally plume. This is the most exciting Pavie in at least 15 years. What a statement! 98 points. 98  98-100   99-100  97-100
 Pavie Decessé  St-Emilion Deep colour. Lovely dark sweet plum aromas with praline bitter chocolate notes. Plush velveteen textured wine with dense fruits, savoury oak, fine gravelly tannins and a touch bitter at the finish. Freshness, vinosity, and zippy acidity are completely unexpected underlying factors. A surprise wine. 95 points.  95 92-94  98-99   94-97
Pavie Maquin
Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, plum roasted chestnut, spicy oak aromas. Well concentrated supple wine with gentle dark cherry, plum fruits, supple perfectly ripe lacy tannins, fine roasted almond notes and long mineral acidity. Finishes chalky firm and tight with some leafy bitter notes. Very good wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 95 points. 95  94-96   97-98 96-99 
 Pavillon Blanc
Chateau Margaux
Pale colour. Intense grapefruit, lemon flacé, white peach aromas. Generous grapefruit, lemon glacé fruit, fine chalky textures, tonic water notes, yeasty notes. Finishes chalky with savoury notes. Crystal clear acidity. Touch grassy notes. Tasted at Ch Margaux. 93 points. 93   92-94 97-98  94-97 
 Pavillon Rouge 
Chateau Margaux
Medium deep colour. Red currant pure red cherry, strawberry aromas with vanilla notes. Fresh red cherry inky fruit flavours, supple loose knit tannins, fresh savoury textures and attractive mineral length beautiful wine. Really delicious but not overly dense. Tasted at Ch Margaux. 93 points. 93   91-93 94-95   90-93
Petit Cantenac
 Petit Cantenac
Deep colour. Fresh dark plum, blackberry aromas with lovely dark chocolate notes. Richly concentrated and juicy with dark plum, dark chocolate, fine muscular textures, al dente notes. Quite brambly at the finish. Looks good but elemental. Tasted at Clos Cantenac. 93 points. 93       
 Petit Mouton
Deep colour. Plum confit, vanilla aromas with a touch of herb garden. Inky textured wine with dark plum, mulberry, dark cherry fruits, fine loose knit slightly bitter tannins, attractive mid-palate richness, vanilla, grilled nut notes. Oaky tannin finish. Still elemental but all in balance. Tasted at Ch Mouton Rothschild. 94 points.  94 92-94  95-96  91-94 
 Petrus  Pomerol Dark colour. Intense dark berry, cherry, graphite aromas with blueberry inky tobacco notes. Supple and glossy deep set blackberry inky fruit, touch juicy, with hint of smoke, musky notes. Fine chalky graphite textures, lovely pure fruit notes and exceptional mineral length. Really super wine with freshness silkiness and viscosity. Tasted at Ch Petrus. 98 points.  98 96-98  99-100  95-98 
Phelan Segur
 St Estephe Medium deep colour. Fresh aniseed blackcurrant pastille aromas with fragrant herb aniseed notes. Inky textured wine with lovely supple fruits, silky fine textures and superb ripe fruits. Builds up slinky firm with gorgeous fruit density and mineral length. A stand out wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points. 97  92-94  94-95  91-94 
 Pichon-Longueville Baron
Deep glossy colour. Intense dark blackcurrant black cherry aromas with integrated roasted coffee, chestnut aromas. Well concentrated, rich and chocolaty wine with black currant, almost pianoforte fruit, with balsamic notes and savoury espresso oak. Builds up oaky and tannin firm with plenty of rich fruit flavours. One of the more dense and robust styles, yet harmonious and elegant. Tasted at Ch Pichon Longueville Baron. 95 points. 95   96-98 98-99  93-96 
 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  Pauillac Deep colour. Fresh elderberry, inky, dark cherry, cassis aromas. Pure and fresh with classic saturated cassis flavours, plentiful chalky/ grainy tannins and cedar oak/ chestnut oak complexity. Finishes long and sweet. Lovely vigour and mineral freshness, Touch al dente textures gives freshness and vinosity. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and at Ch Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. 96 points.  96  96-98  96-97  97-100
Pontet Canet
Deep colour, Fresh elderberry, cassis aromas with herb notes. Beautiful fruity cassis blackberry flavours, fine supple tannins, inky richness and savoury new oak notes. Finishes minerally with liquorice/aniseed notes. A generous wine with attractive richness, density and bittersweet notes. Delicious wine. Tasted at Ch Pontet Canet. 96 points  96  95-97  98-99 96-99 
Medium deep crimson. Fresh black cherry, cassis aromas with flowery notes. Well concentrated buoyant wine with fresh dark fruits and dark chocolate flavours, plentiful chalky textures, attractive mid-palate inky smoothness and long cedary notes at the finish. Acidity is bright but totally integrated into to the wine. Very good for this estate. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points. 94  91-93   91-92 88-90 
 Margaux Medium deep colour. Classic blackcurrant cedar aromatics with liquorice notes. Saturated cassis fruits, fine loose knit lacy textures and underlying cedar oak. Finishes minerally and long with a fresh long graphite touch bitter tannin plume. Attractive vinosity and mineral length. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 94 points.  94   93-94   93-96
 Quinault L'Enclos  St Emilion Deep colour. Intense mulberry hazelnut aromas with salted liquorice flinty notes. Sweet supple fruit with inky mulberry fruit, fine loose knit chalky/ velveteen textures. Attractive mineral length with toasty notes. Tasted at Ch Cheval Blanc. 92 points  92 91-93   92-93 88-91 
 Rauzan Segla
Medium deep colour. Fresh blackcurrant, mulberry aromas with herb garden aniseed notes. Dense plush wine with inky blackcurrant, mulberry, touch panforte flavours, rich dense tannins and balanced espresso roasted coffee notes. Generous and supple with love pure mineral cut. Very good. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 95 points.  95 95-97  96-97   94-97
Medium colour. Lemon curd, mandarin bitter lemon aromas with flinty marzipan notes. Fresh and lively with lemon curd, marzipan toasted almond flavours, lovely lacey textures, underlying toasty oak notes and long flinty acidity. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points.  96  92-94 98-99   93-96
Smith Haut Lafitte
This estate has enjoyed an astonishing ascendancy in the last 15 years. The investment in winemaking is extremely impressive. The love and attention to detail is easily seen in a vintage of this calibre. Medium deep colour. Fragrant dark plum, cassis red cherry aromas with herb garden spicy notes. Supple and richly flavoured with inky dark fruits, sinuous velveteen textures, roasted chestnut oak, juicy mid-palate richness and fine bittersweet finish. Lovely volume and acid cut with lacy tannin plume. a really lovely wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points. 97   96-98 97-98   94-97
Smith Haut Lafitte
Pale colour. Fragrant chamomile, lemon curd aromas with flinty notes. Harmonious and richly flavoured with lovely lemon curd, yeasty creamy flavours, toasty oak complexity, fine plentiful lacy textures and beautiful mineral length. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points. 96  93-95  96-97   92-95
 Suduiraut  Sauternes Medium colour. Bittersweet almost vermouth like aromas with some lemon grapefruit notes. Sweet and unctuous with lemon glacé. Grapefruit flavours, chalky loose knit textures, some grilled nut marzipan notes. Finishes bitter sweet with al dente textures. Attractive wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus at Ch Pichon Longueville Baron. 93 points. 93     95-96  91-94
 St Julien Deep colour. Liquorice, praline, black currant aromas with inky complexity. Supple and sweet with dark cherry, cassis flavours, dark chocolate notes, dense chalky dry tannins, attractive mid-palate volume and espresso mocha oak notes. Finishes al dente long and minerally. All in balance. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus.94 points.  94  90-92  93-94 92-95 
 Tertre Rotebeouf   Medium deep crimson. Beautiful complex dried roses, cherry, smoky oak aromas. Supple and sweet with lovely dried roses, leafy notes, fine al dente tannins and beautiful rich toasty/ roasted chestnut oak. Superb slinky dry tannins. Sensuous wine with chewy long finish. Wonderful and different.Tasted at Ch Tertre Rotebeouf. 97 points. 97   96-98    94-97
 Tronquoy Lalande        89-91  92-93 88-91 
Troplong Mondot
St Emilion
Deep colour. Elemental wine with intense dark cherry, dark plum aromas with ginger, spice cedar oak. Substantial and saturated wine with generous sweet fruit flavours, dark chocolate praline notes, cedar oak complexity and vigorous yet dense tannins. Everything in balance. Really good. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 96 points. 96  93-96 96-97   94-97
 Pomerol Medium deep colour. Fresh blackberry pastille praline aromas. Well concentrated blackberry, elderberry fruits, fine vigorous touch sappy textures and savoury oak. Quite sinewy at the finish. Muscular and fleshy with persistent acid line. Very elemental and unevolved. Tasted at JP Moueix. 92 points.  92 96-98   97-98 95-98 
 Trottevielle  St Emilion Medium deep colour. Fresh plummy inky flinty aromas with meaty notes. Deep set plummy fresh, minerally wine with blackberry jam, raspberry frits, fine chalky textures, attractive butter notes and underlying espresso characters. Quite muscular but pure fruited. Finishes juicy ad long with al dente notes. Tasted at Chateau Batailley/ Borie Manoux. 93 points.    93-95 97-98   
St Emilion
     95-97  97-98  94-97
Vieux Chateau Certan
 Pomerol Deep colour. A brilliant wine with all the high floral notes and the bass richness of a classic Vieux Chateau Certan. Typically, it is Intense with musky violet, dark plummy morello cherry blackcurrant fruits and integrated dark chocolate oak notes. Fresh sweet dark plummy flavours, supple and soft flowing textures, perfectly ripe beautiful fine savoury tannins and silky fruit complexity. A touch cacao-bitter sweet with really superb mineral length at the finish. Understated power and concentration with lovely balance and vigour. Delicious to drink now - always something of an indicator. Tasted at Vieux Chateau Certan. 99 points. 99  95-97   98-99 97-100 
 Vray Croix de Gay  Pomerol       92-93