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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com  The Wine Spectator (WS) from www.winespectator.com or Stephen Tanzer (ST) from www.wineaccess.com

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48 75cl

BATAILLEY
Pauillac

RP/Neal Martin - The 2016 Batailley is a blend of 12% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 50h hectolitres per hectare. Matured in 60% new oak. It has an intense graphite infused bouquet with fine delineation, some freshly picked Pauillac mint coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that grip the mouth insistently; with graphite and tobacco-infused black fruit dominating, this a classically styled Batailley in the vein of previous vintages with the elegance coming through towards the finish. This is one of those wines that grows on you, perhaps not as easy or as charming to taste as other Pauillac 2016s at this stage, but knowing this property well, I know how it can blossom when it matters, which is when you and I drink it.

2016 £55.00 RP/NM95
2022-50
36 75cl

BATAILLEY
Pauillac

RP - From the famous château estate of the Castéja family, the 2012 Batailley is a very strong effort. This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage. A dense purple wine with loads of crème de cassis, blueberry notes, background forest floor and cedar, this is a strong effort from Batailley and may well usher in a new era for this fifth-growth chateau that is capable of producing great wine. The tannins are sweet and the wine has an opulence and richness that is rare for a Médoc in 2012.

2012 £44.00 RP92
2015-40
12 75cl

BATAILLEY
Pauillac

RP/Neal Martin - Tasted at the Batailley vertical tasting the château, the 2010 Batailley may well have been the best wine in a tasting that encompassed three centuries of winemaking at the estate. The nose offers outstanding delineation and mineralité. It positively fizzes in the glass with all that coiled-up energy, ladling out vivid blackberry and cedar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, but it is the detail and precision that achieves a level that makes the 2010 a benchmark for the Pauillac estate. It sashays towards a tensile, tar and graphite-tinged finish that lingers in the mouth. This is destined for long-term aging insofar that its quality will not be widely appreciated for many years.

2010 £56.00 RP/NM95
2020-60
5 75cl

DOMAINE de SAINT GUIRONS
Pauillac

RUDY -
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. Dark, inky colour. A little muted on the nose, but blackberry fruit dominates the palate with cassis, cedar and fresh tobacco. The fruit is pure and focused with good depth and concentration. Lovely supple texture. This delicious wine bears all the hallmarks of both the Pauillac appellation and the brilliant 2015 vintage. Super value.

2015 £28.00
2018-28

Domaine de Saint-Guirons is owned and produced by Francois-Xavier Borie, the proprietor of Château Grand-Puy Lacoste in Pauillac. It is a limited bottling (just over 1,500 cases for the world), produced from a selection of grapes grown in the Grand Puy Lacoste vineyards and vinified by the same great winemaking team responsible for the estates Grand Vin. In essence this can be thought of as a Baby Grand Puy Lacoste!

 

36 75cl

DUHART MILON ROTHSCHILD
Pauillac

RP/Neal Martin - The 2015 Duhart Milon is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot picked between September 23 and October 6, the September 17-23 respectively.
It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and cassis fruit, moderate complexity, perhaps just a little static at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with quite supple tannin for the normally obdurate Duhart-Milon, the acidity nicely judged with a pleasing salinity towards the finish.

2015 £60.00 RP92
2020-48

TOP Vintage

 

9 75cl

LES FORTS de LATOUR
Pauillac

RP/Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 2009 had a very hot, dry summer with a little rain in mid to late September. The wines are rich, opulent and generously fruited, approachable when young, though they have the substance to age beautifully. This is no exception. Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2009 Les Forts de Latour is very spicy on the nose, strutting star anise, fenugreek and cumin seed notions over a core of crème de cassis, violets, plum preserves and blueberry compote with a waft of camphor. The palate is full-bodied, rich, opulent and wonderfully velvety in the mouth with a very long, multilayered finish.

2009 £212.00 RP/LPB95
2019-40


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55 75cl

GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE
Pauillac

RP/Neal Martin - The 2015 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 75% new oak and was picked between September 18 until October 4.  This is more approachable aromatically, beautifully defined, thanks to that expressive Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin and finely tuned acidity (pH 3.68). Beguilingly harmonious in the mouth, it boasts a silky smooth texture with wonderful salinity on the aftertaste that is sustained in the mouth. As usual, Xavier Borie has produced a "classic" Pauillac, but one that is a little more appeasing to those that don't want to cellar for 20-30 years. You could describe the 2015 as being between 2009 and 2010...and that, folks, is not a bad place to be.

2015 £62.00 RP/NM96
2025-60


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11 75cl

LYNCH-BAGES
Pauillac

RP/Neal Martin - The 2015 Lynch Bages is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 23 September until 2 October, matured in 75% new oak. There is an overwhelming sense of purity on the nose: perfumed, almost floral blackberry, wild strawberry, graphite and cedar scents, unmistakably Pauillac in style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, a keen citrus thread that impart tension and ample freshness. Tasting this as the first wine of the day, it instantly refreshes the mouth and leaves it tingling with energy after it has departed. This is an excellent, top-grade Lynch Bages that deserves 8-10 years in bottle and then will offer three decade of pleasure, maybe more.

2015 £104.00 RP/NM95
2024-60

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21 75cl

LYNCH-MOUSSAS
Pauillac

RP/Neal Martin - The 2015 Lynch Moussas is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot cropped at 44 hl/ha between 17 September and 1 October. It has a very controlled bouquet at first with tightly wound raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, the oak nicely integrated and some lovely undergrowth aromas surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, the acidity well judged, leading to a spice-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. It is a very fine follow-up to the 2014 last year, with a freshness and class that I did not find conveyed ten years ago.

2015 £35.00 RP/NM94
2020-40

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24 75cl

LE PAUILLAC de CHATEAU LATOUR
Pauillac

3rd  Wine of Chateau Latour

vinous.com/Neal Martin
 - The 2015
Le Pauillac de Château Latour has gone up in my estimation since I tasted it from barrel. It has a fleshy, ripe, raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry scented nose, a little smudged with subtle hints of marmalade in the background. It is open and inviting. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and well judged acidity. As a Troisième Vin, even for a First Growth, it only achieves moderate complexity, but there is something winsome about this wine with an attractive pencil lead finish that is impressively well defined.

2015 £65.00  

vinous/NM90
2020-30

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12 75cl

RESERVE de la COMTESSE
COMTESSE de LALANDE
Pauillac

2nd  Wine of Pichon Comtesse
The estate's top wine from the excellent 2015 vintage currently sells for  £120 a bottle! - so this represents real value!


Antonio Galloni
 - The 2015 Reserve de la Comtesse is a superb second wine. Time in barrel and egg white fining have softened some of the tannins the 2015 showed as a barrel sample, but the fruit intensity, pedigree and class of the estate are all in the glass. Black cherry graphite, smoke and liquorice are some of the many notes that infuse this potent, almost shockingly virile Comtesse. Quite simply, in 2015 Comtesse is equal to, or greater than, many Grand Vins.
Don't miss it.

2015 £35.00  

AG92
2020-35

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