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									Bordeaux
En Primeur 2011
“People will be very pleasantly surprised”

Paul Pontallier - Winemaker Chateau Margaux

“The vintage is very good…it’s a great opportunity for the
customer!”

Eric Getten - Domaines Baron Rothschild

“The vintage is a very good surprise…I found many very
good to outstanding quality wines”

James Suckling
Who we are…
Le Clos is a multi-award winning retailer for the Dubai based company MMI
(Maritime & Mercantile International), a subsidiary of The Emirates Group.
Long established as a successful business in the Gulf region, MMI is the
number one alcohol distributor in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman with sig-
nificant duty free experience with Dubai Duty Free, Qatar Duty Free and as
an operator of Duty Free Dubai Ports.

MMI is one of the Gulf regions longest standing and respected companies
with its roots stretching back to 1891 and the proud holder of postal address
PO BOX 70, with only a handful of institutions still boasting a lower number.

Having set the benchmark in its field since opening in Dubai Airport
Terminal Three, the Le Clos concept has become widely recognised within
travel retail and the wine industry as a game changing business.

The hospitality retail model, serviced by an industry qualified and multilingual
team is on hand 24 hours-a-day to ensure that the depth and breadth of stock
caters to all, whether it’s a budding enthusiast looking to try something new
or a serious collector aiming to finish their vertical collection of Petrus.

Falling under the Le Clos umbrella, with the business’ accent on personalised
service, our En Primeur campaign offers consumers the opportunity to gain
access to an unrivalled range of stocks at very competitive pricing and is tried
and tested as a leading supplier on the world stage.
Overview…
What is it that makes a wine good? There are so many variables and how
can one person’s visceral experience be replicated in another? Homog-
enisation can only be a bad thing, what joy could be derived from Leonardo
da Vinci having only painted replicas of the Mona Lisa, Miles Davis recording
the same album over and over again, or Ferrari making the same car…

Serge Hochar of legendary Lebanese winery Chateau Musar is quoted as
saying…”I once produced a wine that was technically perfect but it lacked
the charms of imperfection”.

2011 comes off of the back of two of the most revered vintages in history and
many will breathe a sigh of relief as the Bordelais and customer alike can
take a step back and try to find equilibrium. Described by many commentators as
a “winemakers vintage”, each château didn’t necessarily have Mother Nature
on its side as in the last two vintages, and those who went back to basics and
not their laurels are the undeniable success stories in 2011 – as there some
truly magnificent wines. The growing season is discussed in further detail
later; however there are still several influencing factors outside of the weather
that could alter the status quo of the 2011’s.

Robert Parker’s influence is still the catalyst for investment and pricing and his
glowing assessment of the 2009’s catapulted the garnered wineries, snapping at
the heels of the first growths, into uncharted territories. Smith Haut Lafitte’s 100
point score elevated its price more than 100% overnight, whereas Latour’s
“100” already appeared factored in by the market. One thing for sure is that
buying wine as futures is the smartest and most economical away to secure a
wine from a favourite estate regardless of a critic’s score.

Economic data points towards a Chinese slowdown however on recent visits
to the major cities the demand for fine wine would seem unabated. This
combined with a desire for the “label” rather than the ventage will ultimately
create pressure on 2011 pricing over time, making it a potential win for the
enthusiastic consumer buying now and as a dark horse for investors…Simple
economics dictates that as more and more consumers buy into fine wine
combined with a finite level of production and subsequent consumption
prices can only rise.

In summary the 2009’s and 2010’s have left a vortex ready to be exploited by
the shrewd consumer and as the number one supplier in the region we are as
usual in a position to offer all wines at the best possible prices and volumes…
Salute!




Oliver Dixon
Head of Fine Wine
The Growing Season…
To get any real insight into the quality of the 2011 vintage an understanding
of the growing season is vital, ultimately dictating the quality of the fruit and
forging the style of the wine.

Winter
December 2010 was unusually cold some 2c below average, however moving
into January and February temperatures climbed to at least 1c above a 40
year average. Rainfall was also fairly sporadic compared to averages in both
left and right banks and the winter as a whole was deemed dry.

Spring
The spring was unusually warm and dry with bud break occurring in the last
days of March. Average minimum temperatures in March hit 6.2c vs. 4.3c in
2010. This pattern continued into April with two days hitting 30c and nearly
two weeks at the end of April exceeded 25c each day. April was the second
hottest month on record since 1900. The winter drought also continued with
only 10mm of rain vs. an average of 80mm. Moving into May temperatures
sat nearly 5c above the average maximum and rainfall remained at one tenth.
Flowering lasted just 10 days and was two weeks early. At this point a repeat
of the very ripe 2003 vintage looked a distinct possibility, however…

Summer / Vendage
Moving into June the water table was low and temperatures exceeded 40c on
consecutive days wiping out upwards of 20% of dry soil planted Cabernet fruit.
Surprisingly thinner skinned Merlot fared much better partly attributable to
greater protection from its larger leaves. Veraison (grape colour change)
occurred in the second half of July and temperatures cooled falling below
average, and total sunshine was also well below 2009, 2010 and long term
averages. During August the rains came, nearly four times up on 2009 and
2010, giving the stressed vines some respite and helped dilute some of the
overt warmth in the fruit.

Harvest began in the first week of August for Merlot and mid-August for
Cabernet, with the last picking into early October leading to one of the longest
“hang-times” ever seen in Bordeaux, more akin to Napa Valley with veraison
having occurred up to 70 days prior in some cases. The additional dwell time
added weight to the fruit and was comparable to 2010, and anthocyanins were
up on 2009 suggesting that 2011 will provide age worthy wines with depth
and structure.

The unusual weather patterns with extremes in both heat and rain have
contributed to a more classical vintage than 2009 approachable with more
age like the 2010’s. Quality cannot be said to be uniform, however where
wineries have employed careful selection and managed the tannins some
truly stunning wines have been crafted.
Buying En Primeur…
En Primeur is the purchase of wine whilst it is still maturing in barrel. The
main advantages of buying En Primeur are:

• To purchase wines at the initial release prices. Wines rereleased after bottling
will usually be more expensive.
• To secure allocations of small-production wines that may not be commercially
available after En Primeur release.
• To own a wine from the start of its life, as provenance is priceless.
• To purchase a birth year vintage for a child, grandchild or godchild.
• To be able to choose wines in your preferred format – magnums, double
magnums and imperials. Or to be able to order half bottles.

Upon payment we will send you a certificate of ownership. These 2011 wines
will be bottled towards the end of 2013 and will be released in the spring of
2014.

Our En Primeur prices include delivery to bond in France or UK, insurance
and warehouse receiving charges, but they exclude duty and V.A.T. which
will be payable only if wines are later cleared from bond. Customers who
wish to buy for export, under bond transfer or under bond collection have
nothing further to pay.

There are no initial storage charges for En Primeur wines. Storage charges in
bonded warehouses will subsequently be payable only on wines left in bond
after June 2014, and again, we will contact all our customers before this date
to advise on the release of wines in the UK and to obtain storage or delivery
instructions.

Payment is taken at the time of booking the wines. The cost of the wine is
intimated in Euros though the option to pay in Arab Emirate Dirham’s exists
at the prevailing exchange rate of the day including any bank fees which will
be liable by the customer. Payment can be made by credit card however there
will be a percentage fee liable by the customer for this service. Bank transfers
are the preferred method of payment simplifying the process and the most
secure. Any of the Le Clos team will be happy to discuss payment terms and
can provide our bank details at the time of payment.

In this booklet you will find the list of wines we intend to offer as part of
our 2011 campaign. Please note the wines highlighted as “Category A” may
require additional purchases of other wines due to demand and orders. This
allows us to fairly allocate the stock as outlined in the following section.
How to secure your purchase…
We have endeavored to provide a price guide for each wine with a key based
on our best estimates. For more accurate and up to date information please
consult our website where for your information, we show the original release
price of the 2010’s and the 2011 price once released.

The industry expects some price contraction on the previous vintage, though
there are likely to be some surprises. We would advise customers to “wish-list”
now via the website www.leclos.net or email one of the fine wine team at
enprimeur2011@leclos.net so that as soon as a wine is released we will be
able to offer it to those who have requested it.

We will be updating the website and sending out email notification as and
when the Châteaux release and allocating on request with payment terms
discussed at the time. Please note that in the event of a wine being
over-subscribed we will allocate it to our customers in as scrupulously fair a
way as possible according to the following criteria:

Previous En Primeur purchase - If you bought a Château on release in
any of the last 3 vintages you are almost sure to be offered it this year upon
request.

Buying “across the board” - It is obviously naive to think that we can
source only the wines with the highest critic’s scores. We don’t get, for
example, Lafite without buying other affiliated wines. We have to buy a range
of wines from our negociant suppliers in Bordeaux and we cannot sell just
the most highly rated wines on their own. Supporting us with balanced orders
will help to secure an allocation of the most demanded wines.

Regular buyers - We will of course also try to give allocations of particular
Châteaux to customers who buy them regularly throughout the year through
our outlets.

Wish-list - By wish-listing a wine you will be offered it on release and where
available. If you have any questions please e-mail enprimeur2011@leclos.net
and one of the team will respond with informed advice about all the wines
listed and the vintage overall.
The Financial Rewards…




The Liv-ex Fine Wine Investable Index tracks the most “investable” wines in
the market — around 200 wines from 24 top Bordeaux chateaux. In essence,
it aims to mirror the performance of a typical wine investment portfolio.
The “death and taxes” adage holds true however historical data does show
that fine wine as an investment has outperformed the stock market and when
in receipt of favourable reviews and high scores from critics such as Robert
Parker the returns can be significant as illustrated below.




The chart above illustrates the market price inflation in a selection of
investment grade wines from the 29th February through to March 21st 2012,
after Robert Parker’s positive re-scoring of the vintage from bottle.
Le Clos Picks
Great value… under 30 Euros
Unfortunately we can’t all feature on the Forbes 500 list, however throughout
our extensive tastings of the 2011’s we found some real gems that will offer
great value and drinking pleasure all for under 30 Euros.

Château Les Ormes de Pez, St Estèphe
Is Ormes the best kept secret in the wine world? The quality to price ratio is
astonishing and in 2011 it is off the charts. If you are a fan of bright forward
fruit then this would take pride of place in many a cellar. This isn’t just a flash
in the pan either and will no doubt take on a lovely savoury side by the time
it’s a teenager.

Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac
Pretty wine from what is arguably the world’s most pretty Château…Pichon
Baron. If you were looking for a text book definition of what a Pauillac should
taste like then this is it…menthol P, cassis P, minerality P! The Grand Vin
is fantastic though will need time so if patience isn’t your strong suit then a
case of Tourelles will provide 95% of the pleasure at a third of the cost….an
absolute bargain.
Château Batailley, Pauillac
What a brilliant effort for this stalwart of the Le Clos offering. You will struggle
to find anyone who didn’t enjoy the upfront fruit and impeccable structure
of this sumptuous little number during the primeurs tasting week. Definitely
punching above its 5th growth status and certainly enough to worry some of
Paulliac’s bigger (and more expensive!) names. Bravo!

Château d’Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon
From perhaps the Bordeaux’s most dashing and unique character – Count
of the Holy Roman Empire Stephan Von Neipperg. This wine is as polished
as the man himself with a structure more akin to a St Emilion Grand Cru.
Warm and earthy, with quality far exceeding the terroir it’s drawn from. This
is a beautiful wine to drink in the short to mid-term and will delight fans of
modern styled claret.

Château Larrivet Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan
A white wine…there must be some mistake? Absolutely not as the 2011
vintage produced white wines of quality in excess of the 2009 and 2010’s
with the grapes overall reacting far more favourably than the reds did. As
an introduction to top quality white Bordeaux this is a great place to start,
with exotic fruits and juicy acidity. The perfect foil to rich fish dishes. If you
find the aromatics of New Zealand Sauvignon too much and the whites of
Burgundy too nutty this could be just the place for you…
Top Performers…
Savvy consumers know that it isn’t just about the label being in or out of
favour but rather the TLC that went into the bottle. Please find 5 of our top
performers under 75 Euros per bottle including some pretty famous names at
great prices…

Château Canon La Gaffeliere, St Émilion
The Count does it again! This time from his beautiful St Émilion estate. This is
a more restrained style of Bordeaux and as the Count is often quoted “I don’t
make plum pudding!” This is one of the finest wines from the whole
commune, held together with a great balance and finely grained tannins. This
wine is a keeper and will gracefully sleep past its 18th birthday.

Château Magdelaine, St Émilion
This property has been in the saintly hands of the Moueix family since 1952,
where everything they touch turns to liquid gold… Smaller scale production
allows a focus on absolute quality and craftsmanship, and anyone who
has tasted mature vintages knows this is a wine of real pedigree. The 2011
doesn’t disappoint; bright and ripe currently, it will take on a gamey and
more savoury character. This with roast lamb in 2020 will be heaven.
Château Branaire Ducru, St Julien
This is an under the radar château which deserves a lot more praise with
consistently well made wines throughout the last decade. One of the stars of
St Julien in 2011 and featured the word “Wow” at the start of our tasting note.
You know a winery is serious about quality when they employ a gravity flow
process to ensure the grapes are as tenderly treated as possible. This level of
attention to detail doesn’t go unnoticed in the wine with fruit at the fore with
a good level of grip on the finish. It will need several years to relax and then
bring on the entrecôte!

Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac Léognan
The tasting note ended “lip smacking”. Some estates struggled with acidity
either overdone or left a bit flabby. DDC on the other hand hit the nail right
on the head with a fresh and zesty lick on the finish making you want to come
back for more. The stony side also shone through and you can almost taste
the sun baked pebbles with a beautiful pure minerality going right through
the core on the palate. This is sophisticated stuff and when compared to its
Pessac peers offers remarkable value. It will tighten up mid-way through the
decade and then from 2018 will sit back, open up and flaunt its herbaceous
side.

Domaine du Chevalier Blanc, Pessac Léognan
One of the most upfront and aromatic of all the 2011 whites, this ticks all
the boxes for fans of modern and progressive styled wine. Grassy and with
a touch of grapefruit the acidity is juicy and has a slight spritz quality gently
fizzing on your tongue. Built to cope with robust fish and white meet dishes
it has the structure to cut through buttery sauces where many a red would
fail. There are few white wines on an international scale that can offer this
level of complexity and enjoyment at this price, and as a wine to watch
evolve over the next 10 years will really reward those who can be patient.
Masterly winemaking –
The wines of the vintage…
As Winston Churchill so eloquently put it…“I am easily satisfied with the very
best”. It will come as little surprise that the world’s best terroir’s have done it
again, with a focus on total quality from the vineyard through to the barrel.
Despite the hype about 2009 and 2010 these wines can definitely give them
a run for their money and in some cases even eclipse.

Château Lafite, Pauillac
There would be little excuse for the world’s most famous winery offering up
anything mediocre especially when recently valued at 1 Billion Dollars…
Thankfully the gods smiled down on Lafite and combined with microscopic
winemaking attention to detail have produced a sublime wine outperforming
the vintage. Some may argue that Lafite has become somewhat passé with
overexposure due to eastern interest and fluctuations on the investment market.
Most artists struggle with their “difficult second album” though no one can
ever level that accusation at Lafite with their primary goal of making the
absolutely best wine they can year after year and delivering on it. The
tasting note only read “Big, Juicy, steak-like, cassis, dense”, that was all
that was really required and despite shouting very loudly even the most
subtle nuances could be heard. It is expensive but then it should be… it’s the
one and only Chateau Lafite and worth every penny.

Château Trotanoy, Pomerol
The label screams simplicity with its black and red font on yellow background,
no picture of the estate, though with just one tiny magic word at the bottom
above the 75cl notation it becomes a very serious bottle of wine…”Moueix”.
It may not appear in Robert Parker’s hundred club just yet but is only a mat-
ter of time for this estate with the Moueix family as proprietors. The
name archaically was Trop Ennuie meaning the soil was difficult to cultivate
though as we know some of the worlds best wines come from troublesome
soil and the stress on the vines shows in the bottle. Many Le Clos customers
have latched onto Trotanoy as one of the best wines not only from Pomerol
but pretty much anywhere that grows grapes. Deep, stewed and broody they
have big aging potential though are usually approachable within a decade of
the vintage. If you are to only buy one case from 2011 then this would be a
very smart purchase buy indeed…
Château Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac Léognan
Widely seen amongst the trade as the best white wine of the vintage, and
arguably even better than its red brother. There is never a huge amount of
this wine to go round which can only help increase its mystic and appeal,
with a maximum of 850 cases ever produced in a vintage. If you are a
regular Montrachet drinker and can never see yourself enjoying a Semillon
/ Sauvignon blend then think again as the purity and ability to satiate are
unparalleled. Juicy stone fruits, guava, papaya, and racy pineapple all sit
atop mineral shoulders with a finish as long as many a top red Bordeaux can
muster. This is very classy wine and will deliver a decade or more of pleasure
with Asian dishes as it can more than temper the aromatic spices. Take the
plunge into white Bordeaux and you will never see white Burgundy in quite
the same way…

Château d’Yquem, Sauternes
What list of the best wines would be complete without a sweet ending?
Many of the red wines have been compared to the 2001 vintage and there
are plenty who would say the 2011 d’Yquem is on a par with the 100 Parker
points 2001. Legendary wine writer Michael Broadbent summed up d’Yquem
perfectly as tasting like “peaches and cream” and this vintage is no exception.
Glistening in the glass like no other wine it is a magic elixir that forces you to
smile as it slides down the back of your throat. The finish is like a sweet
cognac that goes on and on. If you are looking to buy to keep for a long
period of time, perhaps for a special anniversary, then look no further as this
wine is one to share with the (great) grandchildren and only needs pairing
with a cheese board for the perfect meal.
The Selection…
After 5 days of exhaustive tastings across Bordeaux (it’s harder than it sounds!)
we have selected a breadth of wines in terms of price and character. You can
be assured that whether you are looking to enter the world of En Primeur for
the first time for delicious wines to enjoy over time, or are a savvy investor who
knows the potential returns that can be made by buying shrewdly we have
something to offer everyone. On the following pages you will find wines that
demonstrate the greatest quality in their respective fields, and versus their
peers. There are old favorites like Batailley and Léoville Poyferré both on top
form. There are the wines that dreams are made of with Pétrus, Lafite, Latour
et al all rubbing shoulders for the top spot, and there are some delicious new
additions perfect for drinking on a special occasion without feeling guilty
such as Croizet Bages and d’Angludet.

Both sweet and dry white wines have performed very well in 2011, but at this
stage we are only to offer an exclusive selection. We will, of course, look at
any specific requests so please contact the team at enprimeur2011@leclos.
net with any enquiry you may have.
          Key to Bordeaux Pricing Symbols
          As we will not know the prices until the Châteaux release the wines,
          we have endeavoured to provide a guide price for each wine.

          €€€€€ Over 400 Euros per 75cl bottle
          €€€€ From 101 & 400 Euros per 75cl bottle
          €€€ From 51 & 100 Euros per 75cl bottle
          €€ From 30 & 50 Euros per 75cl bottle
          € Below 30 Euros per 75cl bottle

          Please note that this is an estimate and eventual prices may be higher or lower than indicated.

          In the absence of Robert Parker scores at the time of print the Scores
          referenced are based on the Le Clos tasting team’s average.




The List…
St Estèphe
Château Cos d’Estournel
No surprise it’s very good again. Good extraction yet not overdone. Lovely
fresh lick of acidity at the end.
95/100 €€€€

Les Pagodes de Cos
Concentrated strawberry and blackberry jam. Supple, plush and really well
balanced. 93/100 €€

Château Lafon Rochet
So friendly on the nose and palate despite its youth and has the structure to
evolve.
92/100 €€

Château Montrose
Mean and moody in a good way. Really dense and concentrated. This is one
for the cellar though the purity still shines through. A really strong effort.
93/100 €€€€

Dame de Montrose
All the finesse of its big brother, yet more floral and sweeter fruit on the
nose. This is a seriously good effort and one of the top “second wines” of
the 2011’s.
91/100 €€

Château Les Ormes de Pez
Warm meaty flavours accompanied by blackberries and reduced strawberry
jam. Nice balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Fresh and clean on the finish.
92/100 €
Pauillac
Château d’Armailhac
Interesting touch of rhubarb and almost citrus. Black cherry and blueberries
mix to make a polished rounded wine. Really fresh and pure with a long ripe
finish. Very impressive.
93/100 €€

Château Batailley
This could turn out to be something of a real bargain. Juicy, structured and
balanced. Great job.
93/100 €

Château Clerc Milon
Zesty red fruit with a touch of tar and graphite. Quite hard and tannic with a
more savoury side currently. This will need time to soften but will be a beauty.
89/100 €€

Château Croizet Bages
Cassis and menthol. Good robust crunchy black fruits and lovely depth. Not
a shirking violet and still very broody. This will evolve into a delicious
polished Pauillac.
91/100 €

Château Duhart Milon
Smells like “purple”. Violet and crushed stones sing from the glass along with
a nice lick of menthol on the finish. Long full and dry. Very good indeed.
94/100 €€€

Château Grand Puy Lacoste
Fresh, mineral, pure. GPL is on a roll. Does not deserve its humble 5th
growth status. The new Lynch Bages!
92/100 €€€
Château Lafite-Rothschild
Big, Juicy, steak-like, cassis, dense. Big scores.
96/100 €€€€€                (Category A)

Carraudes de la Lafite
Smoky polished nose with a raspberry ripple ice cream backbone. Lovely
balance and good integrated tannins. It’s still going to be expensive but there
is no denying the quality.
92/100 €€€€                (Category A)

Château Latour
Massive, dense, robust. What else would you expect? All well-seamed together.
Potential wine of vintage again.
95/100 €€€€€              (Category A)

Les Fort de Latour
Bigger than Pauillac. Very pure, linear and bright. Cassis and graphite. Young
and broody. Delicious.
93/100 €€€€

Château Lynch Bages
Very dry and dense in a good way. Concentrated fruit with fig finish. Tar and
polished fruit sing through and is certainly one for the cellar. Lynch Bages on
really good form!
93/10 €€€

Echo de Lynch Bages
Touch of pencil shavings secondary to black fruits. Really pleasant herbaceous
quality to it and will drink not long after release in 2014.
91/100 €€

Château Mouton Rothschild
Classic Pauillac tasting note – with cassis, mocha, pencil shavings and menthol
finish. Quite aggressive and is a chunky little number. The finish is big and
broody and will need to be tucked away for some time.
94/100 €€€€€

Le Petit Mouton
Nice big bright fruit on the nose, cassis, menthol, graphite – classic stuff. A
very nice surprise.
92/100 €€€€

Château Pichon Longueville Baron
Really complete and well put together with big concentrated nose. Fine tannins
and big forceful fruit harmonise beautifully.
94/100 €€€€
Les Tourelles de Longueville
Nice menthol and cassis nose. Bright, pure, clean, fresh and full of minerals.
Rounded fruit is balanced by nice rasp of acidity. Very good indeed.
92/100 €€

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Soft generous and feminine on the nose. Really bright and plush on the nose
and palate with lovely raspberry and black cherry fruit.
93/100 €€€€

La Réserve de la Comtesse
Lovely perfumed nose with a creamy quality alongside well balanced fruit.
Savoury with its fruit very well integrated with the fine tannins. Will be a
bargain.
91/100 €€

Château Pontet Canet
Ripe blackcurrant and polished fruit. Refined yet juicy. Not too jammy and
really fresh. Very impressive.
96/100 €€€€
St Julien
Château Beychevelle
Nice and bright on the nose. Black cherries, blackcurrants and touch of cedar.
Very well structured.
93/100 €€€

Château Branaire Ducru
Wow, meaty, purple, great nose and consistency all the way through.
94/100 €€€

Château Ducru Beaucaillou
Big open knit nose. Chunky cassis, iodine and bloody side on the nose.
Really great structure and one for the cellar.
94/100 €€€€

Croix de Beaucaillou
Steaky, bloody and warm all the way through. Chocolate mocha finish and
lovely juicy quality.
92/100 €€

Château Gruaud Larose
Big dense meaty nose, full and hard in good way. Broody, nice and rich.
93/100 €€

Sarget du Gruaud Larose
The little sibling echoes its big brother. Not dilute but lighter. Balanced and
pure. Long dry finish in a nice old school fashion. Bargain.
89/100 €

Château Léoville Barton
Lovely deep rich purple colour. Bright and plump all the way through.
92/100 €€€

Château Léoville Las Cases
Smells like proper Claret with a bloody nose. Purity, minerality and weight all
there and shows why it continues to snap at the 1st growth’s heels.
94/100 €€€€

Clos du Marquis
Big concentrated fruit, rounded, meaty yet refined. The quality is easily of
classed growth status and will need a bit of patience to show its full charm.
92/100 €€
Le Petit Lion
Las Cases little brother doesn’t disappoint with a meaty, bloody, rich, dry and
balanced composition. For fans of classical styled clarets worth seeking out.
92/100 €€

Château Léoville Poyferré
More mocha driven than the others with a big rich mouth feel. Sweet, savoury
and undeniably tasty. One of the wines of the tastings.
95/100 €€€

Château Saint Pierre
Under the radar quality. St Julien written all over it. Power, poise and big
chunky not clunky fruit. Really top notch and will be brilliant when softened.
93/100 €€

Château Talbot
Crunchy cassis from start to finish, though relatively soft and round compared
to some peers.
92/100 €€

Connetable de Talbot
Welcome to the wonderful world of Talbot. Really nice surprise with a classic
claret nose and good balance of fruit and acidity. Finish rich and will be great
in 3 years…
89/100 €
Margaux
Château d’Angludet
Nice moody nose, with a bit of herby vegetal character. Really juicy, long
and full. Very impressive stuff for the price.
91/100 €

Château Brane Cantenac
Big and bouncy aromas. Nice rich fruits as well as herby backbone.
92/100 €€

Château Cantenac Brown
Fresh, balanced, raspberries clean, tasty and refreshing. Good job!
91/100 €€

Château Durfort Vivens
Perfumed and violets. Really silky considering it’s so young. Supple and great
tannins. Acidity perfect and very fresh. Great effort. Will be next big thing in
China.
91/100 €€

Château Giscours
The full package and in-check. Acidity fresh and refreshing. A tad lighter at
the end though a really good effort.
91/100 €€

Château Kirwan
Slightly elevated on the nose. Dry, great in the middle and tasty finish.
90/100 €€
Château Malescot St Exupéry
Beautiful refined nose. Bright fruits and dry linear finish. Poise. Really well
made.
94/100 €€€

Château Margaux
Really bright red fruits, violet, roses and stone. Silky as expected and
well-integrated robust tannins. Fresh and will be very drinkable in time. Excellent!
94/100 €€€€€

Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux
Bright bramble fruits mingle with a nice meaty steak like quality. Warm black
cherry and raspberry on the palate alongside a quality dry balanced finish.
91/100 €€€€

Château Palmer
Rich, pure, linear and quite generous on the nose. Long fresh, bright. Nice
balance. A really good effort in a tough vintage for them.
93/100 €€€€

Alter Ego de Palmer
Meaty, savoury on the nose, really fine and integrated tannins. Fresh, pure,
minerality. Very good.
91/100 €€

Château Rauzan Ségla
Crunchy red fruits, with a moderate level of complexity. Will drink relatively
young.
87/100 €€€

Château du Tertre
More open and perfumed nose. Crushed violets and roses. A dryish finish and
a nice rasp of acidy.
91/100 €
The Graves (Pessac Leognan)
Château Haut Brion
More savoury than “Mission”. Fresh pure and great mineral quality. A marvel!
95/100 €€€€€

Le Clarence de Haut Brion
Subdued on the nose and with whiff of smoked meat. Warm baked stones
and parma violets make for a serious wine.
89/100 €€€

Château La Mission Haut Brion
Deeper meatier nose than others, with brooding rich dark fruits and touch of
earth. Will need patience though balance is very much there.
94/100 €€€€€

La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion
Big, dry and fairly dense. The tannins are quite overt and fruit a touch secondary.
This will need a bit of patience though balance was good.
89/100 €€€

Château Pape Clément
Warm ripe nose. Fleshy fruits and nice and bright.
92/100 €€€

Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge
Great structure, fresh, dry, crushed purple fruit and violet.
94/100 €€€

Domaine de Chevalier
Ripe, full though well balanced. Lip smacking and in proportion. Fresh and
stony.
94/100 €€

Château Haut Bailly
Smells really “purple”. Great crunchy Pessac fruit and hot stones. The
connoisseur’s choice – long and lifted on the palate and the finish.
93/100 €€€
St Émilion
Château Angélus
James Bonds favourite. What a nose – you can smell it from a metre away!
So clean and vibrant. Strawberry and plum sauce reduction. This could turn
out to be one of their best efforts full stop.
95/100 €€€€

Carillon d ‘Angélus
Mini James Bond clone! Virtually the same expression but with less power
and punch on the palate. Harmonious fruit and satiates the palate. Really
excellent.
92/100 €€

Château Ausone
Stewed prunes and plums sing from the glass with a pure minerality on the
palate. Simply superb in every way.
97/100 €€€€€

Château Beau Séjour Bécot
Chunky fruit profile though still bright. A really nice surprise. Great balance.
92/100 €€€

Château Bélair-Monange
Bright opulent fruit. Quite Christmassy with a fruit cake quality though with
a sophisticated slant. Not just a jammy fruit bomb. This is quality wine.
91/100 €€€

Château Canon La Gaffelière
Brilliant nose with dark chocolate and plum. Pure, minerality and very supple.
Excellent.
94/100 €€€
Château Cheval Blanc
Really juicy, sunny fruits with the “Franc” providing a great earthy note.
Crunchy and long softer drawn out finish.
93/100 €€€€€

Le Petit Cheval
Warm bloody nose with crushed violet and iodine. Perfumed and lighter
initially.
91/100 €€€€

Château Clos Fourtet
Beautiful mouth feel. Mocha, coffee, bramble fruits. A delight.
94/100 €€€

Château Figeac
Tighter, more complex and really well balanced. Fruit and acidity nicely
counter each other. Classic claret with tasty savoury edge.
93/100 €€€€

Grangeneuve Figeac
Touch meaty on the nose. Bright purple fruit with baked plums and figs. Well
done Figeac!
91/100 €

Château La Serre
Warm baked earth and chocolate notes. Plums on the middle and long pure
finish.
92/100 €

Château Larcis Ducasse
Sweeter warm fruits, great balance. Acidity nicely lifted and all in check.
91/100 €€

Château Le Dome
Big and bold, with a really good hint of herbs and winter spice. The finish is
the best part, long thick and fresh.
91/100 €€€
Château Magdelaine
Lighter in the glass and more expressive than some. Pure, grippy, and warm
finish. Very classy.
92/100 €€

Château Monbousquet
Crushed red fruits. Raspberry, Strawberry and a touch of blueberry pie. A
lighter finish though not dilute.
89/100 €€

Château Pavie
Really extracted and dense. If you like your wines big then this is it. Massive
concentration on nose and palate alike. This is a keeper though and will age
gracefully well into the next decade.
92/100 €€€€

Château Pavie Macquin
Predominately raspberry and cranberry up front. This is a more gentile St
Émilion with a more delicate mid-palate. Sown together beautifully.
93/100 €€€

Château Puy Blanquet
Really attractive nose jumps out. Sweet plums, bramble and a little bit of fig
or date at the end of the palate but not porty. Fresh and vibrant.
90/100 €

Château Trottevieille
Slightly bacon and gamey nose – Frazzles? (British Snack) Crunchy fruits on
the darker side and nice and pure.
89/100 €€€

Château Troplong-Mondot
Supple plummy fruit on the nose with a lighter mid palate. Really delicious
and bright.
94/100 €€€
Pomerol
Château Clinet
Plum, prunes, earth, forest floor. Really gamey and showing beautifully.
94/100 €€€

Château La Conseillante
Fresh and bright, more subtle than most. Well integrated and balanced.
Excellent.
93/100 €€€€

Château Église Clinet
Quality nose, quality palate, quality finish. Everything fits together really
well and boasts a really haunting nose of earthy black fruits. Delicious.
94/100 €€€€

Château Gazin
The class and terroir show. Quite lush fruit and refreshing, sweeter finish than
many of its peers.
92/100 €€

L’Hospitalet de Gazin
More open and approachable than some. Has a sweeter more cutesy side
and feminine touch. Fruit at the core and finish and really balanced.
91/100 €

Château Hosanna
Smells brilliant. Dark and broody .Really concentrated. So plush and rounded.
Superb.
96/100 €€€

Château Lafleur
Aniseed and spearmint mingle with bright and round fruits. Top notch.
96/100 €€€€€
Pensee de Lafleur
Smokey /gamey nose. Deep and dark with a touch of prune though elevated
on the finish and really pure.
91/100 €€€

Château L’Évangile
Plums, figgy yet not porty in character. Fleshy fruit as you would expect and
full and plump mouth feel. Really bright and one of the Pomerol’s of the
tastings.
95/100 €€€€

Château La Fleur Pétrus
Dryer than Hosanna. Nice core of fruit and balanced tannins. Will age gracefully
and no doubt develop…
94/100 €€€€

Château La Providence
Balance good, fruit good, acidity good. Finish good. It’s really good!
93/100 €€

Château Latour â Pomerol
Tight fruit with longer drawn out finish. Very bright in the glass and juicy.
93/100 €€

Château Nenin
A big brutish wine with deep core of reduced black fruit. Inky and smells like
the best Christmas pudding. Really voluptuous and rounded on the finish.
92/100 €€

Château Petit Village
A really nice surprise with “class” all the way through. Deceptively dark in
the glass as the fruit character is much more red in style and demure. Again
fresh and supple.
91/100 €€
Château Pétrus
The guvnor! The extraction is bang on with massive brooding fruit power and
structure. Dense yet not impenetrable and the ability to still be refreshing is
a revelation. Ultra-pure and opulent. Will evolve into a classic.
96/100 €€€€€

Château Trotanoy
Stewed prunes and plums. Quality from start to finish. Absolutely delicious.
96/100 €€€

Château La Fleur Gazin
Sweeter lighter fruit with raspberries and red currents and cherries. Quite
mid-weighted and really well put together.
90/100 €

Vieux Château Certan
On a roll! VCC have outperformed the vintage and delivered near Pomerol
perfection. Black cherry, boiled damson and plums dance from the glass.
Superb.
95/100 €€€€
Haut Médoc, Cotes, etc...
Château d’Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon
More earthy on the nose. Touch of bramble. Concentrated and great fresh
finish. An absolute bargain.
91/100 €

Château Cantemerle, Haut Médoc
Savoury, almost creamy fruit. Bold yet not over extracted. This will make an
excellent house claret over the next 10 years.
89/100 €

La Goulée , Haut Médoc
A little bit spicy and touch of CNDP about it. Still silky despite the tannins
and again will make a great bargain buy.
91/100 €

Château La Lagune , Haut Médoc
If you don’t take La Lagune seriously then you are missing out. Virtually no
wine offers this complexity with multi-layered nuances at this price. Sunny,
vibrant and juicy with a warm herbaceous side to finish. Really good.
92/100 €€

Château Patache d’Aux , Médoc
Tuck a case or two of this away for a rainy day and you will be very glad you
did. Our House claret is back and on form as usual with a well-integrated
tannic structure balanced extremely well by ripe fruit and acidity.
88/100 €

Château Sociando Mallet , Haut Médoc
A Le Clos stalwart and a great value for money proposition this year. Smells
like Bordeaux should but delivers more modern fruit and is quite upfront.
Great effort.
89/100 €
White and Dessert Wines
Ailes d ’Argent, AC Bordeaux
Racy pineapple and citrus jump out of the glass. So shiny in the glass and
bright, looks brilliant. Really harmonious wine and will be great with seared
fish dishes as soon as released.
92/100 €€

Château Coutet, Barsac
Sweetie! Can there be a better value Sauternes? No hint of candied fruits
with the acidity spot on lifting the profile. This is a wine in for the long-haul
and will end up with a 45 second plus finish.
94/100 €€

Château Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac Léognan
So juicy in the mouth makes you salivate. Fresh, clean, balanced. Acidity spot
on. Delicious!
95/100 €€€€

Château La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, Pessac Léognan
Savoury and herbaceous with very pure crisp snappy citrus fruits. Stony and
long finish.
94/100 €€€€

La Clarte de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan
Fresh and bright with nice grapefruity quality. Juicy pineapples add to the
mouth feel. Very good.
93/100 €€€
Château Smith Haut Lafite Blanc, Pessac Léognan
Herbaceous and packed with greengage and a little quince at the end. Very
good.
94/100 €€€

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac Léognan
Very big with upfront fruit and a concentrated grassy, clean finish.
93/100 €€€

Château Malartic Lagravière Blanc, Pessac Léognan
Again strong structure, with long bright finish. So juicy though still refined
and not trying to be modern. Highly recommended.
91/100 €€

Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux, Margaux
Quite grassy and herbaceous on the nose. Very juicy, exotic and clean.
Absolutely delicious and one of the wines of the vintage.
95/100 €€€€

Château d’Yquem, Sauternes
Quite simply the best!
96/100 €€€€
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