Wine Advocate: 96-98/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Brane-Cantenac is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere picked from 22 September until 17 October (the tiny parcel of Carmenere picked three days later). The yields came in at 51 hectoliters per hectare and it is matured in 75% new oak and 25% one-year-old barrels, the final alcohol level 13.3%. It has a beautifully defined, very detailed bouquet with mineral-rich black fruit laced with cedar and graphite notes, living up to its nom de plume as the ´´Pauillac of Margaux.´´ The palate is simply the best that I have ever tasted at the estate, without question. This has presence, but also weightlessness, filigree tannin and perfectly pitched acidity, with real intensity and drive. The tension here is outstanding and the persistence is incredibly long. It is not the showiest of all the 2016s by a long stretch, and yet it is everything you could possibly want from a Margaux. Like Beychevelle this year, the 2016 Brane-Cantenac puts recent vintages in the shade, thanks not only to the growing season, but also a new punching down system in their gravity-fed winery that was completed in 2015. The 2016 is a benchmark against which future vintages will be compared.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2026-2060 Wine Spectator: 90-93/100 Punkte ´´Shows a coffee edge, along with tobacco and bay notes that meld steadily into the core of steeped plum and black cherry fruit. The fleshy finish lets the bay element take an encore. A touch old-school.´´ James Suckling: 95-96/100 Punkte ´´This is really strong from Brane-Cantenac this year with toned muscles and beautiful fruit. Full-bodied, chewy and polished. Shows wonderful intensity and density yet remains reserved and very tight. Very impressive from here. Grabs you. One of the best ever from here.´´ Vinous: 90-93/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Brane-Cantenac is terrific, and also a worthy follow-up to the 2015, although it naturally reflects the very different personality of the year. Dark red and purplish fruit, mocha, spice and leather infuse this super-expressive Margaux. Vivid and intense, but with a perceptible feeling of translucent finesse, the 2016 is wonderfully complete and expressive. It also has quite a bit of potential to grow from there. Tasted three times.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 94-96/100 Punkte ´´While this wine has tannins, they´re beautifully integrated with the juicy black-currant flavors to create a smooth texture. This rich ad structured wine is built for the long term.´´ Decanter: 94/100 Punkte ´´Gorgeous campsite woodsmoke effect on the nose and the effect, as is so often the case with Brane, is that their use of oak ageing is extremely cleverly thought out. This is a luscious wine with rich, deeply layered fruits and gentle spices, all set against well brushed, caressing tannins. This is a great vintage for this property, so effortless. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere (now old enough at 10 years, and successful enough due to the late harvest, to finally make it into the grand vin). Excellent.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Wine Advocate: 97-99/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Chateau Margaux is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, plus 1% of Petit Verdot, representing 28% of the total production. This is the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon apart from 2013, which was due to the poor Merlot. It was cropped around 50 hectoliters per hectare depending on the grape variety, for example it could be up to 65 hectoliters per hectare in some sectors. Lucid in color, it has a detailed and precise bouquet with mineral-rich blackberry, raspberry coulis and limestone scents. It feels very perfumed, though not powerful like many Grand Vins in 2016. The palate is a different creature to the aromatics. Here is the intensity of the vintage with shimmering black fruit laced with spice, a killer line of acidity and an irresistible crescendo on the finish. Then, graphite lingering on the aftertaste, a nod to Pauillac perhaps. The aftertaste is so long you could probably write a letter to your friend enthusing about this wine before the aftertaste fades. Doubtless it is destined to be compared to the magnificent 2015 Château Margaux and to be truthful, there´s a hair´s breadth between them. In a word: crystalline.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2026-2070 James Suckling: 98-99/100 Punkte ´´A purity of fruit marks this Margaux with lots of currant and berry character. Full body, bright acidity and round tannins. It´s a larger and more expanded style of Margaux. A wine with a heart and body. Strong.´´ Weinwisser: 20/20 Punkte ´´… (94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 28% Grand Vin) Samtenes, dichtes, komplexes, süsses, cremiges Bouquet, Cassis, Himbeergelee, Feuerstein, Tabak, Trüffel, Korinthen, Eukalyptus. Konzentrierter, vielschichtiger, kraftvoller, eleganter Gaumen mit kräftiger, süsser, vielfältiger Aromatik, sehr viel feinem Tannin, dichtverwobener, cremiger, fein muskulöser Struktur, sehr langer, kraftvoller, süsser, aromatischer Abgang. Vinous: 97-96/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Margaux is magnificent in the best tradition of the Château Margaux style, which always speaks more to finesse than power. Above all else, the 2016 is a wine of superb persistence, understated power and total refinement. There is wonderful depth and intensity to the ripe red and purplish-hued fruits, accompanied by mint, rose petal and sweet spice overtones that develop in the glass. The 2016 finishes with great aromatic lift and freshness. It has been absolutely compelling on the two occasions I have tasted it so far.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 97-99/100 Punkte ´´This Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine is packed with firm tannins and a dark, dense structure. It is seriously concentrated and powerful in its impression. Magnificent fruit contrasts with the structure to suggest a wine ready for long-term aging.´´ Decanter: 92/100 Punkte ´´This is beautifully fragrant, with the highest ever level of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Pavillon because the Merlots were not quite up to their usual high standard, and two plots that usually go into the grand vin were put into this instead. This has a taut structure, with black cherry and cassis from a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Clear, precise, complex black fruits and charcoal edging provide finesse to this very pretty and successful wine, although it will struggle to live up to the legendary 2015. The reds at Margaux finished up on 18th October after a full month of picking, one of the longest on record. The berries were smaller in size than last year, but there were more of them per vine, hence the higher yield that still achieves great concentration. Pavillon this year was 26% of the overall harvest, compared to 23% last year. 70IPT.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Château Cos d’Estournel ganz klar und fein. Keine überbordende Opulenz, sondern mehr Finesse und Eleganz. Samtig, weich, vielschichtig – der Stil hat sich verändert und zwar nur zum Besten! Zu erwähnen wäre da noch, dass Cos keine Preiserhöhung auf den 2015er gemacht hat. Das ist ein vorzügliches Zeichen, hoffentlich folgen dem noch einige weitere Châteaux. (97+) Wine Advocate: 98-100/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Cos d´Estournel takes the 2016 baton and runs with it. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 26 September and 15 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare, this fabulous Saint Estèphe will be matured in 60% new oak. The alcohol level this year is 13.07%, which proprietor Michel Reybier reminded me is almost 1.5% lower than in 2010. This is clearly a more classically styled Cos d´Estournel that is completely different than say, the 2009 Cos d´Estournel and the more flamboyant, exotic wines in recent years. It actually bears more stylistic similarities to its neighbor Montrose. It is extremely detailed with blackberry and a touch of boysenberry, the fruit almost ´´creeping up´´ on you by stealth and then underneath, an undertow of minerals, wet limestone and even flint. The palate has astonishing: exquisite balance, perhaps the most precise and detailed Cos d´Estournel that I have encountered in many years of tasting at this address. It segues into a Pauillac-like second-half with veins of graphite strafing the black fruit, but what marks this Cos d´Estournel is the palpable energy and tension allied with an effortless nature. The persistence, the reverberation in the mouth is quite magnificent, perhaps even longer on my second visit to the property compared to the first. It really is a brilliant Cos d´Estournel that oozes class and sophistication, moreover, a wine that is going to give serious amounts of drinking pleasure over a very long period of time. Boom-and Cos drops the mic. Tasted twice, almost three weeks apart, with consistent notes.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2026 bis 2065 Weinwisser: 19/20 Punkte ´´… (76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 45 hl/ha, 45% Grand Vin, 13.07% vol. Alkohol) Fein opulentes, kräftiges, süsses, komplexes Bouquet, Backpflaumen, schwarze Kirschen, fein Dörrfrüchte, Moccacreme, Minze, Tabak, Korinthen. Cremiger, dichterverwobener, eleganter Gaumen mit kräftiger, dunkler Frucht, sehr viel feinem Tannin, konzentrierter, molliger Struktur, dichter, dunkler, vielfältiger Aromatik, sehr langer, fein üppiger Abgang mit süssen Rückaromen´´ James Suckling: 97-98/100 Punkte ´´The finish is something else here. This is a wine that´s so powerful and tannic yet at the same time so polished and superb on the finish. Full-bodied, beautifully crafted and precise. This is a wine that really grabs your attention. The agility and power are more than impressive. Wow is the word.´´ Antonio Galloni vinous: 92-95/100 Punkte ´´The beautiful 2016 Cos d´Estournel is one of the most polished, gracious young Cos d´Estournels I can remember tasting. Aromatic freshness and lift, along with a distinctly red fruit profile, are among the signatures. It will be interesting to see if this style of Cos - one in which concentration and textural richness are backed off - is the result of the vintage or an evolution in winemaking philosophy, or perhaps, as is most likely, a little bit of both.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Wine Advocate: 93-95/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Gruaud Larose is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September until 15 October (with the Petit Verdot) and matured in 80% new oak, the remainder one or two years old. The alcohol is a modest 13.02%. It has a generous bouquet with scents of blackberry, briary, a touch of sandalwood and tobacco, gaining more precision as it aerates in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, certainly one of the most finessed Gruaud Larose in recent years, with perfectly judged acidity. I love the focus here, a little understated at first but you cannot deny the intensity and precision on the finish. Moreover, this seems to be a slightly more detailed Gruaud, nuanced and long in the mouth. Excellent-and I suspect it might be a little more approachable than some of its peers.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2023-2060 Weinwisser: 19/20 Punkte ´´Tiefgründiges, klassisches, kräftiges Bouquet, schwarze Beeren, Zedern, Pflaumen, Black Currant, Trüffel, dunkler Tabak. Konzentrierter, kraftvoller, vielschichtiger Gaumen mit dichter,muskulöser Struktur, samtener Frucht, sehr viel gutem Tannin, dichter, vielfältiger Aromatik, sehr langer, aromatischer Abgang mit dunkler Rückaromen.´´ James Suckling: 95-96/100 Punkte ´´Full-bodied, layered and juicy young wine. Very tannic yet ripe and intense. Powerful finish. This will be excellent. Better than the 2015.´´ Wine Spectator: 91-94/100 Punkte ´´This delivers a pure beam of cassis and cherry preserves, underscored by a layer of warm dark earth. Stays polished in feel, with lovely freshness on the relatively open-knit finish.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 92-94/100 Punkte ´´This wine is rich and juicy, with fine tannins that come as much from the fruit as from the wood aging. It shows great promise for positive development.´´ Decanter: 95/100 Punkte ´´A balanced, measured, incredibly tight delivery of the triumvirate of tannins, fruit and acidity. The architecture hits the level of the 2010, fairly unusual in a year where the tannins have such a deft brush stroke in the main. This is a great Gruaud that is going to run and run. Aged for 18 months in 80% new oak. As of 2017, half of the vineyard (approximately 40ha) is being worked biodynamically.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2027-2050 Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
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.