Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate: 95-97/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion, blended of 56% Merlot, 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.4% Cabernet Franc, is very deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with suggestions of cigar box, bay leaves, Indian spices and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied with very firm, grainy tannins and a racy backbone supporting the taut, muscular fruit, it has bags of mineral and earthy suggestions layering the very long finish.´´ Vinous (Neal Martin): 93-95/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion was picked from 4 to 29 September and matured in 68% new oak with 14.1° alcohol. It has a more broody bouquet than previous years: dark berry fruit, brown spices, warm gravel and later, a touch of orange rind. This can sometimes be sultry out of barrel and the 2017 falls into that category. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This La Mission Haut-Brion is built around a wonderful structure and symmetry. It feels precise with a detailed, saline finish that lingers in the mouth. I can see Jean-Philippe Delmas´s comparison with the 2001 though I find the tannins finer in the 2017. Superb. Trinkreife: 2023-2050´´ Wine Enthusiast: 96-98/100 Punkte ´´Barrel Sample. This is a generous, opulent wine with ripe blackberry and hints of spice notes sustained by rich tannins. Juicy and packed with tannins, this will be ready to drink young, but will also age over many years.´´ Decanter 96/100 Punkte ´´The aromatics here are incredible, and there is the most gorgeous density of black brambly fruit on display. It´s graceful but intense, and utterly delicious . It doesn´t have the same intensity through the palate as the wonderful 2016, but it really does stand out in the vintage as being extremely good quality. It´s going to take its time to come round, so settle in for the long haul. 51% of overall crop. 3.86pH. Drinking Window 2026 – 2042” James Suckling: 95-96/100 Punkte ´´This is a very tight and focused young La Mission with a pretty center palate of dark fruit and flavors of oyster shell and hints of fresh tobacco. Serious and precise on the finish. 56% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 4% cabernet franc.´´ Weinwisser: 18,5/20 Punkte ´´56 % Merlot, 39,6 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 4,4 % Cabernet Franc. Lese zwischen dem 4. und 29. September. Tiefes Granatrubin mit funkelnder Mitte. Was für ein tolles Parfüm, strahlend schön, betörende Brombeeren und Wildkirschen, dahinter würziges Cassis und schwarze Teenoten. Am delikaten Gaumen mit einer grandiosen Souplesse zum Niederknien. Ein katapultartiges, langanhaltendes Finale mit Holunder, dunklem Edelholz und Wacholder. Spürbare Adstringenz im langanhaltenden, facettenreichen Finale. Grossartiges Powerpack. 2025 – 2055´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate: 96-98/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Léoville Las Cases, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot from 50- to 90-year-old vines, is deep garnet-purple in color and simply sings of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and plum preserves with notions of wood smoke, cigar boxes, crushed rocks and beef drippings. Medium-bodied with wonderful intensity and vivacity, it gives a firm, fine-grained frame and a densely packed mid-palate, finishing long and earthy. This should age incredibly!´´ Vinous (Neal Martin): 93-95/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Léoville Las-Cases was picked between 15 September and 4 October, cropped at 37hl/ha and as usual, comes from the oldest vines that average around 50-years old. This year there is 13.28° alcohol. It is matured in 90% new oak and contains 7.5% vin de presse. It has a very clean and precise bouquet with blackberry, just a touch of blueberry, violet and a hint of bay leaf. This gains intensity with aeration but it is not as detailed as last year’s 2016. The palate is medium-bodied with more supple tannins than usual (that word is apt – there is nothing ´´soft” about this Saint-Julien). It has great depth with layers of black fruit laced with graphite and a pinch of white pepper, whilst it delivers fine salinity on the sappy finish. Excellent.´´ Weinwisser: 18,5/20 Punkte ´´79 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Merlot, 11 % Cabernet Franc, 90 % neue Barriques. 37 hl/ha. Dichtes Granat mit rubinrotem Rand. Was für ein konzentriertes Parfüm nach reifen Schattenmorellen, Himbeeren und Veilchen. Im zweiten Ansatz mit schönen blaubeerigen Konturen, dahinter Preiselbeermarmelade, Lakritze und Kandisnoten. Am geradlinigen Gaumen mit perfekt stützenden, reifen Tanninen, bleibt präzise wie ein Pfeil, bis ins langanhaltende Finale, das mit Noten von roter Grütze nachklingt. Ein St.-Julien der Spitzenklasse, die spannende Frage wird sein: «Zu welchem Preis?» Ein klassischer Bordeauxstil, mit abgerundeten Tanninen, früher Trinkgenuss und Potenzial. Erinnert an 88 in der Aromatik und an 14+ vom Körper her. Kratzt an die 19/20. 2026 – 2055´´ James Suckling: 96-97/100 Punkte ´´This is very muscular with formed and bright tannins that give the wine super drive and length. The tannins build on the finish with a lovely integration of black fruits. Serious for the vintage.´´ Wine Spectator: 93-96/100 Punkte ´´This has the vintage´s fresh acidity, which does a wonderful job of driving the core of blueberry, black currant and blackberry fruit along. Light anise and graphite accents lend typicity, with a sleek mineral edge on the finish. Rock solid.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 95-97/100 Punkte ´´Barrel Sample. This normally serious, complex wine has a smile on its face in this vintage. Even at this young stage the black fruits shine. It is certainly concentrated and dense, but the intense fruitiness cuts the tannins. This very fine wine will certainly age, although it is likely to be accessible sooner than usual.´´´´ Decanter: 97/100 Punkte ´´One of the very few wines in this vintage that truly stains the glass with its wonderfully vibrant anthocyanins. This is an exceptional wine - Léoville just knows how to knock it out of the park again and again. An early vintage meant everything was blended and in barrels before Christmas, with 7.5% press wine, so this has had some time to settle down already. There´s huge persistency through the palate, very similar to last year. It has presence and a grip that doesn´t want to let go, and you don´t want it to either. It continues to reveal itself over the course of the glass, showing slate, cassis, blackberry and charcoal. It´s not as powerfully knitted as the 2016, but watch out for those tannins. I expect this will be a wine that, like the 1996 and 2016, will close down and evolve extremely slowly. Stunning aromatics. 90% new oak. 3.72pH.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Smith-Haut-Lafitte braucht gerne ein paar mehr Jahre, bis er richtig Fahrt aufnimmt. Doch macht das nicht den Reiz eines wirklich großen Bordeaux aus? In der Nase ätherische Noten, Fruchtaromen von Pflaume und Cassis. Am Gaumen eine endlose Frische, die dem Wein eine wahnsinnige Länge verleiht! Wine Advocate: 94-96/100 Punkte ´´A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte opens slowly to reveal complex notes of crushed black cherries, black currants and wild blueberries with touches of lavender, pencil lead, cast iron pan and a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied and elegant with great freshness and quiet intensity, it has firm, grainy tannins and a sustained yet ethereal mid-palate, with a long, energetic, mineral-laced finish.´´ Wine Spectator: 91-94/100 Punkte ´´This has a good core of dark plum and blackberry fruit, with a twinge of licorice snap mixed in. A hint of bramble on the finish, with the vintage´s refined, fresh acidity as well.´´ Vinous (Neal Martin): 93-95/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte was not affected by frost and is therefore a classic blend matured in 60% new oak. The bouquet demands a little encouragement from the glass this year, eventually opening with floral scents, more iris than violet, flanked by blackberry and bilberry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin that comes across just a little chalky in style. This feels very cohesive and comes replete with a detailed and nuanced finish that might lack the flair and volume of the 2016, but it is certainly sustained and persistent. Give this four to five years in bottle and subject to optimal barrel maturation this may well land at the top of my banded score. Trinkreife: 2022-2045 ´´ James Suckling: 95-96/100 Punkte ´´This is a solid Smith for the vintage with blackberry and blackcurrant character. Full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Excellent potential here.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 95-97/100 Punkte ´´Barrel Sample. Bold tannins and powerful fruits give this perfumed wine concentration and a dense texture. It is rich in pure black fruit-flavors, with bright acidity that will allow for aging. The power and the structure of this wine are impressive, while not losing the crisp fruitiness of the vintage. Drink from 2024.´´ Decanter: 94/100 Punkte ´´This sits a long way above the second wines this year, and here they are very close to recent successes, with excellent juice running right through the cassis, bilberry, liquorice, dark chocolate and charcoal notes. It´s an extremely classical, sculpted vintage with a lovely grilled edge that gives a gourmet, confident feel. It has a velvety texture and finely-placed, flexible tannins that are clearly going to age well. This is a real success, and a testament to their attention to detail - for example, they had 105 pickers in 2016 but 160 pickers in 2017, because with the September rain they wanted to go more quickly. Half of the vineyard is now farmed biodynamically, with full conversion expected for 2020. 60% new oak. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend given.´´ Weinwisser: 18,5/20 Punkte ´´60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot, 4 % Cabernet Franc, 1 % Petit Verdot. Granatrubin mit leuchtender Mitte. Filigranes Cassisbouquet mit Wacholder und verführerischen Walderdbeeren. Im zweiten Ansatz heller Tabak, Kokosschokonoten und dunkle Edelhölzer. Am kräftigen Gaumen punktet er mit stützenden Muskeln, guter Struktur und einer bestechenden Präzision. Im langen, gebündelten Finale betört ein voller Korb mit reifen Waldbeeren und enorm viel Extrakt. Hat ein gigantisches Lagerpotenzial. Beweist die Extraklasse von Fabien Teitgen und seinem Team. Das ist dieses Jahr für mich der beste Rotwein aus Léognan! 2028 – 2050´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
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An authoritative book published in collaboration with Christie´s, featuring photographs of the Bergé-Saint Laurent collection in situ, complete with estimated value information and final auction prices. In February 2009, 733 pieces from Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent´s art collection-one of the largest private collections in the world-was auctioned off in a record-breaking sale of the century. Modern paintings, baroque bronzes, antique silverware and statues, cameos, and minerals comprise this diverse collection that furnished Bergé´s and Saint Laurent´s two luxurious residences in the 6th arrondissement in Paris, and included major works by Picasso, Brancusi, Matisse, and Mondrian, in addition to furniture by the Art Deco masters Eileen Gray and Jean Dunand. Many works sold for prices far above the highest estimates, making this the most important European auction to date. The five-volume catalog published by Christie´s for the event sold out before the end of the auction, leaving collectors and art connoisseurs the world over empty-handed. Flammarion presents a new volume featuring photographs of this fabulous collection in situ in Bergé´s and Saint Laurent´s two Parisian residences and highlights one hundred of the most important pieces with detailed commentaries by Christie´s experts. An introduction by Christie´s vice president François de Ricqlès revisits the intense three-day auction at the Grand Palais that set a new standard in the history of the art market. An illustrated appendix includes images of the works sold, accompanied by their estimated values and final auction prices. This visually stunning and informative volume is a must-have for art lovers and serious collectors. Publication coincides with the auction of the Bergé-Saint Laurent collection at Château Gabriel in October 2009.