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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

Year

Price per
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including
VAT

Tasting
Score/Notes
Best Drinking

10 75cl

AMIRAL de BEYCHEVELLE
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Beychevelle
The top wine currently sells for approx. £70 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
A very strong second wine from Beychevelle, the dense ruby/purple 2012 Amiral de Beychevelle displays nice meaty, crushed rock minerality, strong and powerful flavours and depth. This is an impressive second wine, built for serious aging of up to 10-15 years. Kudos to Beychevelle.

2012 £34.00 RP89
2015-30

BIN END PRICE

1 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 £35.00 RP90
2015-30

BIN END PRICE

1 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 colour 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 £53.00 RP94
2017-47

BIN END PRICE

60 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £115 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
The 2014 La Croix de Beaucaillou has enjoyed a purple patch in recent vintages. The nose on the 2014 appeared to have closed down after bottling, but the quality is still tangible, almost sedate, but exquisitely defined tertiary red berry fruit gradually opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and energetic, very focused with superb mineralité. There is just a mote of hardness and rigidity on the finish, but that will be abraded by bottle age (and this is one Deuxième Vin that benefits from bottle maturity).

2014 £36.00 RP/NM92
2020-40

Great Value!

5 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £91 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 £34.00 RP89
2015-25

Great Value!

6 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 £35.00 RP88
2014-24

Great Value!

9 75cl

CROIX de BEAUCAILLOU
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Ducru Beaucaillou
The top wine currently sells for approx. £239 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP -
The grand vin is the result of an increasingly strict selection process, with approximately 50% of the production going into the final wine and the balance used in the Croix de Beaucaillou. The 2009 may be the finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Up-front, precocious and generous, it possesses a dense purple colour, a big, broad, unctuous texture and abundant notes of crème de cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with hints of wood smoke, vanillin and earth. This nearly viscous-styled wine can be drunk in 2-3 years or cellared for 15+.

2009 £41.00 RP91
2012-27

BIN END PRICE

36 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 £30.00 RP88
2015-30
1 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 £42.00 RP93
2013-33

BIN END PRICE

3 75cl

LAGRANGE
St. Julien

Wine Searcher - 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 £44.00 WS92
2015-30
24 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


RP -  The 2014 Clos du Marquis, a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, has kept that soupçon of opulence that I observed when this was in barrel; it has layers of blackberry, raspberry coulis, incense and iris emerging from the glass whilst maintaining superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. Graphite-infused red and black fruit on the front palate whilst the back is adorned with just a hint of blue fruit that lends this a more feminine allure. There is lovely balance here, fresh and focused with a touch of graphite borrowed from over the border in Pauillac. This is an excellent Clos du Marquis that will give 20 years of pleasure.

2014 £41.00 RP/NM92
2019-39
10 75cl

CLOS DU MARQUIS
St Julien


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 £42.00 RP93
2015-35
2 75cl

MOULIN RICHE
St. Julien

2nd Wine of Léoville Poyferré
The top wine currently sells for approx. £140 a bottle! So this represents real value.

RP/Neal Martin -
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, this has a very ripe, somehow rather airy notes that seems to float along the ether. Mouth-coating tannins, very ripe and rounded, quite opulent with a touch of spice, dark vibrant black fruits interwoven with black plum and cassis, leading to a well-defined, peppery finish. Very fine.

2009 £32.00 RP/NM90
2015-26

Great Value!

3 37.5cl

MOULIN RICHE
St. Julien

AS ABOVE BUT
HALF-BOTTLES

2009 £18.00 RP/NM90
2015-22

Great Value!

9 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 £51.00 RP92+
2020-45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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