2019 Rauzan Segla Margaux

$76.99btl/LTD

(Decanter 96)

The black fruits burrow downwards through the palate at first, keeping things pretty closed, everything holding its breath, before the fruit opens. There is the precision of Rauzan Ségla that is reminiscent of the 2016, less of the immediate voluptuous impact of 2018 but the density becomes extremely clear in the glass. A serious Rauzan, cassis and cedar, still with a rinse of iris flowers to give it the Margaux touch. 3.73pH. 50/50 1st and 2nd wine. A yield of 42l/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044

 

*2019 Chateau Canon St Emilion

$99.99btl/LTD

(Decanter 98)

Sleek, elegant and appealing even before you get your nose near the glass. Aromatically it is deep and rich, and then it revs up and takes off. Dense, compact and intense, zingy limestone vibrancy and grip. Winemakers say they are looking for balance all the time, but here you feel it, with tiny pulses of electricity that appear from beginning to end of the palate. Salinity on the finish with gunsmoke and extremely moreish blueberry and blackberry fruit, with a creamy texture as things open up. 50% new oak. Thomas Duclos consults. Drinking Window 2028 – 2050

 

*2019 Troplong Mondot St Emilion

$85.00btl/$1020.00 per case

(Wine Advocate 96-98) (Vinous 95-97)

The 2019 Troplong Mondot is sensational. Rich, vibrant and explosive, the 2019 pulses with energy. Black cherry, violet plum, licorice, lavender and dark spice build in a statuesque Saint-Émilion endowed with tremendous energy and pure power. Troplong Mondot is not as obvious a wine as it was a few years ago, but its grandeur - and more importantly, the grandeur of this site - are evident. Troplong Mondot is a wine that simply can't be denied. The 2019 is aging in 60% new oak and 40% a combination of once-used barrels, foudres and amphora. Troplong Mondot has undergone a radical transformation since 2017 under the stewardship of Managing Director Aymeric de Gironde. Today, picking is earlier, there is greater focus on a parcel by parcel approach at harvest, no SO2 is used until barreling down, and for the first time, none of the malolactic fermentation was done in oak. Harvest took place from September 10 through October 7. De Gironde was among the managers who reported clusters of uneven ripeness, but added he is more comfortable with that than he might have been a few years ago, a way of thinking that is becoming more common in Bordeaux. In tasting, Troplong Mondot remains a big, broad-shouldered Saint-Émilion, but now it also has more energy and vibrancy than in the past.

  

 *2019 Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan

$89.99btl/$539.94 per case of six

(Wine Advocate 96-98+) (Vinous 96-98)

The blend this year is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 17th of September to the 10th of October. The wine is aging in French oak barriques, 60% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Smith Haut Lafitte is downright hedonic on the nose, rolling sensuously out of the glass with notions of warm cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, Black Forest cake and black raspberries with nuances of cinnamon toast, lilacs, camphor and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate juxtaposes remarkable energy and brightness with densely packed, rich, ripe black fruits, framed by wonderfully ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically invigorating freshness, finishing long with mineral-tinged fireworks. Stunning!

 

*2019 Chateau Meyney St Estephe

$25.99btl/$311.88 per case

(JS 92-93) (Neal Martin 91-93)

The 2019 Meyney is well defined on the bouquet, leaning a little more towards the red side of the fruit spectrum with raspberry, wild strawberry and floral scents. The oak is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. It has a citric element from start to finish, a taut line of acidity with light spicy notes towards the finish that shares the brininess of stablemate Grand Puy Ducasse. Very fine. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 2024 - 2048

*2019 Chateau Rouget Pomerol

$39.99btl/$479.88 per case

(JS 95-96) (Decanter 94)

We drank a 1959 Vintage of this wine last year and it was brilliant. This version has silky fruit, polished tannins and loads of succulent black fruits. This wine is becoming a super star.

 

*2019 Château Mazeyres Pomerol

$27.99btl/$335.88 per case

(Neal Martin 92-94) (JS 93-94)

Dark purple color with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant fruit, raspberries, blackberries and mulberries. Vanilla and hints of dark chocolate with subtle oak in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, freshness, crisp fruit and very good length

*2019 Gruaud Larose St Julien

$69.99btl/$439.88 per case

(JM Quarin 95)

The robe is a beautiful brilliant purple, almost black, with limpid reflections. On the nose, notes of liquorice, spices, undergrowth and truffle are present. Black fruits come next. On the palate, it is still fine, but with a power that increases with the years. The tannins are round and smooth. A certain freshness emerges on the finish, lightening the whole. As a wine pairing, it will go perfectly with a rack of lamb, simmered meat or a strong cheese.

 

*2019 Chateau St Pierre St Julien

$45.99btl/$551.88 per case

(Neal Martin 94-96)

The 2019 Saint-Pierre, the sibling of Gloria owned by Domaines Martin rather than the Right Bank estate, is an address that has rapidly become one of the go-to Saint-Juliens in recent years. The bouquet is exquisite: pure blackberry, raspberry and briary scents infused with cedar and hints of mocha, very well defined a little more generous than Gloria. The palate is fresh and detailed with grippy tannins. Very good structure here, a sturdy yet paradoxically elegant wine with a lip-smacking salinity on the long finish. Superb, absolutely superb. 2025 - 2050

 

*2019 Château Gloria St Julien

$32.99btl/$395.88 per case

(JS 94-95)(Decanter 94)

Another winning velvety texture out of St Julien. You can trace the warmth and generosity of the vintage in the concentration and the ripeness of these blackberry and raspberry fruits but it is so seductive and carefully balanced with a core of freshness and a ton of crushed stone, black chocolate and baked earth adding layers and interest. This should be good value and is a definite buy. So much character and personality, right up there with the best vintages of this property. 40% new oak, 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042

 

*2019 Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac

$58.99btl/$707.88 per case

(Decanter 96) (Neal Martin 95-97)

The 2019 Grand Puy Lacoste is deep purple in colour. Initially the bouquet is tight and so I left my sample for 15-20 minutes to open. It rewards patience with a beguiling mélange of pure blackberry, raspberry, crushed violet and pencil shavings, very focused and mineral-driven. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins. Compared to the robust, tannic GPL's of old, this is much more lithe and approachable, yet it still bears the DNA of this Pauillac estate. It might not possess the flair of other 2019 Left Banks, but that it is not what I seek from this estate. Classy and full of breeding - quintessential Pauillac. 2025-2060

 

*2019 Chateau Montrose St Estephe

$126.99btl/$1523.88 per case

(James Lauther 18+)

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample. Deep purple-black hue. Slightly shy and reserved but clearly has plenty of depth. Elegant, dark-fruit fragrance as the wine opens. Clean and direct on attack with a marked note of salinity. Plenty of power but really refined tannins assisted by a bright, juicy quality to the fruit. Incredible length on the finish. (JL)

Drink 2030 - 2050

*2019 Pape Clement Pessac Leognan

$81.99btl/$491.94 per case of six

(JS 96-97)

This shows attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate, walnuts, wet earth, mushrooms and berries with full-body, round and refined tannins and a subtle, focused finish. Excellent length, in a sophisticated way. Chewy at the end.

*2019 Château Le Gay Pomerol

$82.00btl/$492.00 per case of six

(JS 97-98) (Vinous 94-97)

One of the highlights of the vintage, the 2018 Le Gay is fabulous. Crème de cassis, new leather, tobacco, minty and dried flowers all race out of the glass, but what impresses most is the wine's combination of fruit richness and vertical explosiveness. Black cherry, coffee, dried flowers, mint and lavender all soar. Le Gay is rich and concentrated in feel, and yet all the elements are wonderfully fused together. Tasted two times.

 

*2019 Chateau D'Issan Margaux

$48.99btl/$587.88 per case

Y Beck : 94-95 / JS : 96-97 / The Wine Cellar Insider : 94-96 / Decanter : 96 / J Dunnuck : 93-95

This is a very pure expression of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrants, blackberries and tar. Wet earth, too. It

is full-bodied, yet very tight and reserved. Extremely racy, intense finish. This is super precise. Classical.

 

*2019 Larrivet Haut Brion Rouge Pessac Leognan

$32.99btl/$395.88 per case

(JS 92-93)

A full-bodied red with chewy tannins that nicely frame a full body with lots of fruit, tobacco and wet-earth character. Flavorful finish. (JS)

*2019 Chateau Giscours Margaux

$47.50btl/$570.00 per case

(JS 96-97)

Lots of deep blue fruit with blackberries and grape skins, as well as tar and asphalt. Lead, too. It is full-bodied, yet very tight with powerful, defined tannins, surrounded by attractive ripe fruit. Serious. Reminds me of the excellent 1975. 

*2019 Chateau du Tertre Margaux

$35.99btl/$431.88 per case

(JS 95-96)

A lovely perfumed nose, great depth there of dark fruit, very Margaux. Lovely on the palate too, fine, savory fruit, quintessentially Margaux with great balance and definition. Dangerously easy to drink with can be enjoyed relatively early. Drink 2024-2040.

*2019 Lynch Bages Pauillac

$87.99btl/$527.94 per case of six

(JS 96-97)

A tight and very focused young red with redcurrant, tile and blackberry undertones. Lead pencil, too. It's full-bodied with very polished, creamy tannins and lots of intense dark fruit. Compact fruit and tannins. Structured.

 (Decanter 97)

This takes hold from the first moment and powers along, delivering a ton of black brambly fruit, liquorice, grilled cedar and Pauillac confidence. The tannins are pretty chewy, really closing in on the end of play, giving no doubt that this is going to age slowly and for many decades, but there is a creaminess to the overall structure that is

 already evident. Drinking Window 2029 - 2046

 

*2019 Leoville Poyferre St Julien

$69.99btl/$419.94 per case of six

(JS 96-97)

Chewy and rich this year with lots of ripe tannins and solid depth of fruit. Chocolate and walnuts to the blue fruit. It's full-bodied. Plenty of fruit at the end. Excellent length

 

*2019 Duhart Milon Pauillac

$66.99btl/$401.94 per case of six OWC

(Decanter 94) (JS 95-96) (Wine Advocate 92-94)

The 2019 Duhart-Milon is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 4th of October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notes of plums preserves, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles with suggestions of menthol, dark chocolate, pencil lead and woodsmoke plus a touch of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate is spritely and refreshing, with bags of juicy, mint-laced black fruits and an approachable, plush texture, finishing long and lively.

*2019 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge

Pessac Leognan

$54.00btl/$324.00 per case of six

(MDM 97)

Dark purple red with a violet hue and black core. Very refined yet expressive nose of dark berries like blackberries, sweet elderberries, boysenberries and a wonderful aroma of toasted gingerbread, hints of candied orange peel and a touch of violets. On the palate rich yet elegant with wonderful freshness, ripe tannins, fine roasting flavor, juicy fruit and again gingerbreadf. A great wine with precision and purity."

 

*2019 Malescot St Exupery Margaux

$40.00btl/$480.00 per case

Astonishingly there are no tasting notes yet out on Malescot. But if the last 10 years is any indication, this could be the STEAL of the vintage. Last year it was rated 96+ and the previous years 95 and 94+!

 

 

*2019 Pagodes de Cos Rouge

$39.99btl/$479.88 per case

(Wine Advocate 92-94)

The 2019 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.03% alcohol) is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, notions of wild blueberries, boysenberries and redcurrant jelly come bounding out of the glass, followed by a profound core of warm cassis, licorice and bouquet garni with a touch of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate bursts with bright, expressive black and red fruit flavors, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing on a lingering spicy note.

 

 

*2019 Chateau Palmer Margaux

$209.99btl/$1259.94 per case of six OWC

(Decanter 98)

Decanter's  Jane Anson is one of the only critics to have tasted Palmer 2019 so far, and she rated it 98 points, just one point below the Margaux appellation estate's 2018 first wine.

'The Palmer signature of energy and precision is here in spades, and altogether the wine is both measured and elegant, with textbook floral Margaux character,' Anson said.

 



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