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

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Tasting
Score/Notes
Best Drinking

72 75cl

BRANAIRE-DUCRU
St. Julien

RP - Deep ruby/purple, with sweet cranberry, mulberry and raspberry/blueberry fruit, this is always a distinctive St.-Julien and the 2012 has managed to avoid any of the hollowness or harsh tannins that can afflict some of the Médocs. It is elegant, well-made and an outstanding effort in this vintage.

2012 £34.00 RP90
2015-30
59 75cl

BRANAIRE-DUCRU
St. Julien

RP - This wine is more backward than I would have normally expected, but nevertheless, it is very impressive. The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years.

2010 £55.00 RP94
2017-47
32 75cl

BRANAIRE-DUCRU
St. Julien

RP - Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is a dazzling Branaire.

2009 £55.00 RP96
2017-35
69 75cl

BRANAIRE-DUCRU
St. Julien

RP - A stunning success for the vintage, this enticing St.-Julien reveals notes of lead pencil shavings, sweet raspberries and black currants and a subtle touch of oak. Elegant, restrained yet authoritative and impressively intense, it is a medium to full-bodied, lightly tannic effort will be even better with 1-2 years of bottle age and will keep for 15-20 years.

2008 £37.00 RP91
2012-32
108 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £72 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
The second wine (also about 50% of the total production), the 2012 Croix du Beaucaillou is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot with 2% Petit Verdot. It is a soft, round, attractively endowed effort with a deep ruby/plum colour as well as a sweet nose of black currants, dusty, loamy, earthy notes and a touch of lead pencil shavings and vanilla. Well-made and medium-bodied, this attractive 2012 should drink well for 10-12 years.

2012 £28.00 RP89
2015-25

Great Value!

108 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £81 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
The selection process under proprietor Bruno Borie is so severe at Ducru Beaucaillou that readers should be giving serious attention to the second wine, Croix de Beaucaillou, which sports a dramatic black and gold label. The 2011 exhibits attractive black currant and black cherry fruit, medium body, silky tannins and a lush, round, up-front appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade.

2011 £29.00 RP88
2014-24

Great Value!

222 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £187 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
Coming from a totally separate vineyard, this blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot sports a dramatic label designed by Jade Jagger, the daughter of rock legend Mick. The wine is richly fruity, lush, fleshy, very flamboyant, and seems to have more in common with the 2009 vintage than the more structured, backward and restrained 2010s. The wine is medium to full-bodied, luscious and best drunk over the next 10-15 years.

2010 £38.00 RP90
2013-28

Great Value!

133 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £126 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
An outstanding wine and a great sleeper of the vintage, this second wine exhibits a denser purple color along with a sweet kiss of crème de cassis, licorice, incense and graphite. Fruity and medium to full-bodied , with an impressive texture and supple tannins, this wine should drink well for 10-15 years.

2008 £32.00 RP90
2011-26

Great Value!

 

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DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

RP -
The colour is a healthy deep ruby/purple and the wine smells beautiful, exhibiting lots of floral, crème de cassis, liquorice and graphite notes. Medium-bodied but slightly deficient in the mid-palate at present, it picks up speed and finishes with serious authority and power. This 2012 should be outstanding, but it is difficult to favorably compare the 2012 to the prodigious wines produced at Ducru in 2009 and 2010.

2012 £77.00 RP92
2017-37
 

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DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

RP -
The 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou (which normally represents 1/3 to ½ of the entire crop) possesses a dense ruby/purple colour along with a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, crushed rock and spring flower aromas. This rich, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien is among the most concentrated wines of the Medoc. Moderate tannin is sweet and well-integrated. This beauty will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and keep for two decades.

2011 £78.00 RP92+
2023-53
60 75cl

GLORIA
St. Julien

RP -
The 2012 is a successful effort once again from Château Gloria, a property that has been on a major qualitative roll for decades. Dense ruby/purple in colour, it has sweet, juicy, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, no real evidence of any oak, but a fleshy, open-knit, meaty mouthfeel. Excellent purity, low acidity and ripe tannin all characterize this beautiful wine, which should drink well for 12-15 years.

2012 £26.00 RP88
2015-30
72 75cl

GLORIA
St. Julien

RP -
An excellent effort, the 2011 Gloria continues the success this well-known property has enjoyed over the last several decades. A delicious concoction of red and black fruits, spice box, and earth as well as a silky textured, medium-bodied style emerge from this is an undeniable sleeper of the vintage. The round tannins, delicious fruit and forward character suggest it should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.

2011 £29.00 RP88
2014-24
145 75cl

GLORIA
St. Julien

RP -
The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, crème de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for.

2010 £35.00 RP93
2013-33
44 75cl

GLORIA
St. Julien

RP -
Gloria has long been one of the most popular wines in America, but I do not believe they have ever made better wines than they have over the last decade, and the 2009 is one of their finest. While this estate is not a classified growth, it certainly performs like one in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an expressive, flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, Christmas spices, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Fuller-bodied, more concentrated and extracted than most vintages with soft tannins, its low acidity and a sumptuous, plump style remind me of a modern day version of the 1982 (which is fully mature but still in great shape). The 2009 Gloria is a very smart purchase for those looking to maximize their buying power. In fact, this may be the value of the vintage.

2009 £35.00 RP93
2010-35
70 75cl

GLORIA
St. Julien

RP -
A stunning sleeper of the vintage, this beautiful, already irresistible, plum/garnet-coloured 2008 is a wine to purchase by the case. It possesses a dense plum/purple color, a glorious perfume of Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood, black currants, jammy cherries and licorice, medium to full body and a silky personality.

2008 £26.00 RP90
2011-26
28 75cl

SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Gruaud Larose

The top wine currently sells for approx. £49.00 a bottle!, so this represents great value.

ST - Inky-purple. Bright, floral, cabernet sauvignon-dominated nose offers red berry and mineral aromas. Then more red berries on the palate, with a saline nuance on the persistent, fleshy finish. Bright acidity really extends the flavours of red berries and underbrush. A smooth and very successful Sarget.

2010 £22.00 ST86
2013-22
75 75cl

SARGET DE GRUAUD LAROSE
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Gruaud Larose

The top wine currently sells for approx. £67.00 a bottle!, so this represents great value.

Wine Spectator - This has a nice beefy edge, offering roasted fig, plum and warm tobacco leaf notes, with bittersweet cocoa inlaid on the slightly gutsy finish. On the rustic side, but solid and winey.

2009 £21.00 WS89
2013-22
72 75cl

GRUAUD LAROSE
St. Julien

RP
- A nice, earthy, black fruited, spicy and meaty 2012 Gruaud Larose, with medium body, excellent depth, chunky roasted herb and aged beef notes, this wine finishes authoritatively and the tannins are reasonably ripe. Give it another 3-5 years cellaring and drink it over the following 15 or so years.

2012 £44.00 RP89
2018-35
21 75cl

GRUAUD LAROSE
St. Julien

RP
- Dark garnet/plum/purple, with loads of spice, earth, underbrush, red and black currants, liquorice, and even a hint of Provencal garrigue, this full-bodied, tannic, masculine style of St.-Julien needs 5-6 years of cellaring, but is full, beefy, rich and impressively endowed. There are plenty of firm tannins in the background of this blockbuster wine, which has been built for the long haul.

2010 £65.00 RP94
2020-40
28 75cl

GRUAUD LAROSE
St. Julien
Wine Spectator
-  Aromas of blackberry, meat and earth follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a rich finish. Decadent, balanced and very approachable already.

2005 £50.00 WS91
2011-26
4 75cl

GRUAUD LAROSE
St. Julien
RP
-  Meaty, smoky, sweet berry and black currant characteristics intertwined with roasted herb, charcoal, new saddle leather, and bloody steak juice-like notes are found in this lush, full-bodied, opulent wine. It is a fully mature 1990 that, given its depth and intensity, should continue to evolve for at least another 15 years.

1990 £150.00 RP94
2009-24
46 75cl FIEFS de LAGRANGE
St Julien
 
This is the  2nd Wine from Chateau LAGRANGE.

The top wine currently sells for approx. £42.00 a bottle; so this represents real value!

Wine Spectator -
Smoky, with bay, tobacco and briar notes followed by roasted fig and mulled plum flavors, which all meld through the medium-bodied finish.

2009 £24.00 WS88
2013-19

Great value from a Top Vintage.

84 75cl

LAGRANGE
St. Julien

Wine Seacher - Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip.

2010 £41.00 WS92
2015-30
18 75cl

LAGRANGE
St. Julien

RP - Sweet, toasty, oaky notes interwoven with hints of black olives, blackberries, cassis, and spice box are found in this densely saturated ruby/purple-hued 2005. While rich, with impressive concentration and purity, it is also tannic, full-bodied, and painfully backward and foreboding. This is another long-term prospect that will require patience.

2005 £49.00 RP91
2013-27
60 75cl

LA RESERVE de LEOVILLE BARTON
St Julien

2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Barton

Their top wine currently sells for £85 per bottle!, so this says something for the potential of this wine.

A Classic Medoc Vintage!

2010 £29.00 2015-25
3 75cl

LA RESERVE de LEOVILLE BARTON
St Julien

2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Barton

Their top wine currently sells for £94 per bottle!, so this says something for the potential of this wine.

Wine Searcher - Liquorice, tar and ripe berry aromas. Pretty and full-bodied, with velvety tannins, a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Beautiful. The second wine of Leoville-Barton.

2005 £35.00 WS90
2011-22
60 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases

The top wine currently sells for approx. £100.00 per bottle!, so this represents very good value.

RP - The wine is pure with lots of crème de cassis, crushed rock and vanillin characteristics in its long, medium to full-bodied personality. Given the fact that this vineyard was once part of the larger Leoville Las Cases estate, it is no surprise that it is similar to its more famous as well as more expensive cousin.

A brilliant effort from Jean-Hubert Delon, the outstanding 2012 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc and came in at 13.5% natural alcohol. About 50% new oak is used.

2012 £37.00 RP93
2015-35
114 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases

The top wine currently sells for approx. £220.00 per bottle!, so this represents very good value.

RP - With the alcohol hitting 13.6% in a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, this wine displays plenty of sweet kirsch, licorice and black currant fruit in a classy, seductive style, with medium to full body, soft but abundant tannins and a long finish. It does indeed possess the elegance and finesse of its bigger sibling, Leoville Las Cases. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

2010 £42.00 RP90
2013-28
73 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases

The top wine currently sells for approx. £240.00 per bottle!, so this represents very good value.

RP -Now positioned as a totally separate vineyard and a real clos (enclosed walled vineyard), this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Jean-Hubert Delon is a beauty. Crème de cassis notes intermixed with some vanillin, crushed rock and spring flowers jump from the glass. Full-bodied and powerful (nearly 14% natural alcohol), this is a generously endowed, rich wine that was first made in 1902.

2009 £44.00 RP93
2012-37
23 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases

The top wine currently sells for approx. £158.00 per bottle!, so this represents very good value.

RP - A pretty wine and a classic Bordeaux, this 2008 has attractive notes of minerals intermixed with fruitcake and sweet currant fruit. Medium-bodied and pure, with a dense ruby/purple color, it should drink nicely for 10 years at the very minimum.

2008 £34.00 RP89
2011-24
26 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


2nd Wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases

The top wine currently sells for approx. £105.00 per bottle!, so this represents very good value.

RP - The 2006 Clos du Marquis, exhibits a character similar to the grand vin, but it is a more fruit-forward effort with sweeter tannins, and a more precocious, evolved personality. With super intense black cherry and cedary notes intermixed with hints of liquorice and barrique, this deep, medium to full-bodied, velvety-textured wine is ideal for consumption over the next 15+ years.

2006 £36.00 RP90
2009-24
9 75cl

LEOVILLE Las CASES
St. Julien

RP
- Among the more tannic and backward wines of the vintage, the 2007 is another outstanding effort from this estate. Already somewhat closed, it is a candidate for one of the longest lived wines of the vintage. Beautifully pure black currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with notions of cedar and wood are found in this medium to full-bodied, structured, masculine-styled St.-Julien. The attack reveals sweetness and softness, but then the wine shuts down.

2007 £95.00 RP92
2012-27

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72 75cl

MOULIN RICHE
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Leoville Poyferre
The top wine currently sells for approx. £110 a bottle! So this represents real value.

Wine Spectator -
This is inviting, with warm cocoa, steeped blueberry and blackberry fruit notes, featuring a juicy bolt of fig pâté de fruit and a long, dark, charcoal-filled finish that is nearly accessible now. Best from 2014 through 2024.

2010 £26.00 WS90
2014-24

Great Value!

22 75cl

MOULIN RICHE
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Leoville Poyferre
The top wine currently sells for approx. £165 a bottle! So this represents real value.

Wine Spectator -
On the plump, almost jammy side, with friendly plum cake, fig sauce and ganache notes backed by more modest grip on the tar-tinged finish.

2009 £23.00 WS88
2012-22

Great Value!

50 75cl

PAVILLON de LEOVILLE POYFERRE
St. Julien


The top wine currently sells for approx. £165 a bottle! So this represents real value.
From the fruit of Leoville-Poyferre’s younger vines, and reflecting  the style of the grand vin. The palate is opulent with plenty of fruit and a fine integrated tannic structure.

 

2009 £35.00 2012-28

Great Value!

84 75cl

LEOVILLE POYFERRE
St. Julien

RP - Owned by the Cuvelier family since 1920, this property over the last 20 years has made some great wines in the Médoc. The 2012, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, is opaque purple, thick-looking, and from bottle much more impressive than it was from barrel. This very extracted, rich, full-bodied, masculine Léoville Poyferré needs a good 5-8 years of bottle age and should evolve well for at least 20-25 years. Loads of blackberry and cassis, crushed rock and graphite notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated and pure wine.

2012 £49.00 RP92+
2020-45
60 75cl

LEOVILLE POYFERRE
St. Julien

RP - This property, which has been on a qualitative tear over the last generation, has produced one of the most successful wines of 2011. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it is broad, rich, medium to full-bodied and dense. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as lots of concentration, silky tannins, and a bigger, richer mouthfeel than any of its St.-Julien peers. The result is one of the stars of the vintage.

2011 £56.00 RP94
2015-35
4 75cl

LEOVILLE POYFERRE
St. Julien

RP - While perhaps not up to the standards of the extraordinary 2003, the 2005 is still a strong effort from an estate that has been doing everything right over the last two decades. Sweet toasty oak intermixed with jammy black currant, plum, and liquorice aromas jump from the glass of this dense purple-hued wine. In the mouth, there is great fruit, tannin, body, structure, and delineation. This impressively endowed, well made St.-Julien.

2005 £78.00 RP95
2015-30
48 75cl

SAINT-PIERRE
St. Julien

RP - The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, crème de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice.
Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring.
It should also last for 30-40 years.

2010 £74.00 RP97
2020-60
22 75cl

SAINT-PIERRE
St. Julien

RP - The all-time greatest wine I have ever tasted from Saint-Pierre, this estate, the smallest of the grand cru classes of St.-Julien, has an opaque purple color and a spectacular nose of subtle charcoal, crème de cassis, blackberry, and incense. Full-bodied, with striking intensity and flamboyantly rich, exuberant flavors bursting with extract, the St. Pierre has no hard edges, but rather massive, incredibly well-endowed blockbuster style, which should prove to be monumental. Give it 6-8 years to take on more definition and calm down, but this is a 30- to 40-year wine. Bravo!

2009 £74.00 RP98
2018-58
44 75cl

SAINT-PIERRE
St. Julien

RP - As I predicted from barrel, this stunning effort is a wine to buy by the case. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, barbecue smoke, blackberries and black currants. The full-bodied, textured 2008 Saint-Pierre reveals a skyscraper-like mouthfeel along with tremendous viscosity and unctuosity. One of the richest and potentially longest-lived 2008s, it is a fabulous sleeper of the vintage

2008 £34.00 RP93
2011-31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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